Does It Match?

Does the preaching you’re hearing match the Word of the Bible?  My son told me about  a Pastor who admonished everyone to question this several years ago.

Jesus says in Matt 4:4, “But He answered and said, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;

But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV).

It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.” says Jesus in Luke 16:17

Revelation 22:18-19 (KJV), “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

The Sword

And take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God;” Ephesians 6:17.

“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the  knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”  2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV).

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“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ” writes Paul (again) in Hebrew 4:12 (NIV).

We can be heroes for Christ, sticking up for Him. Be partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).  He has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen. (Revelation 1:6).

“I Will Sustain You”

Heard this from the Lord when I contemplated how long a fast to go on.  In the past recent years it wasn’t more than 2 days at a time.

We heard special first of the year messages, but I’d missed my usual beginning of the year fast and special Bible readings.  Holy Spirit doesn’t work on our time schedule and I was feeling a loose end.

God will answer you just as well, He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

Jesus says,When you fast…” (Matt 6).

Step By Step

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.

For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.” Habbakuk 3:19 (NIV).

Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV), “A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

Psalms 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.

Has anyone else been getting preparation messages like we have?  Like one or two a week?

Dear Father, we don’t know where You’re leading us or what we’ll do once we get there, but we are sure You will be there, too.

 

 

 

God’s Boundaries

David says in Psalm 18:25-27 (NKJV),

With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
For You will save the humble people,
But will bring down haughty looks.”

“You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, that they may not return to cover the earth. Psalm 104:9 (NKJV)

Jesus says in Matt 5:7-8,Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

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Marriage

… is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Hebrews 13:4 (NKJV).

“But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:20.

“Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.” Naomi to Ruth in Ruth 3:18.

“Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.” Proverbs 31:23.

Song (KJV)

8:6-7, “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.”

Verse 14, “Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.”

5:16, “His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.”

 

He Sows and Reaps

Galatians 6:1 (KJV), “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

Verse 7-8, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

Jesus says in John 3:16 (NIV), “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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To Be One With You

Jesus prays in John 17:21 (NIV),that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.”

And in John 14:23 (KJV), “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.”

To know Him: Paul says in Philippians 3:10 (KJV), “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;”

John says in 1John 4:6-7 (NIV):

“We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”

Know Me: Father God says in Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV), Thus says the Lord:

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
24 But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

Thank You Father God, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit for being faithful and true.  Praise God!

 

Richness

Jesus prayed, “And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One:John 17:22 (KJV).

And

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJV).

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Paul prays in Philippians 4:19 (NKJV).

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”

“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. ” Romans 11:33-36 (NIV).
“Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.”    Malachi 3:8-10 (NKJV).

 

The Conclusion of the Matter

Ecclesiastes 12

Verse 7: “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Verse 12-14:

“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

Dear Father God, help us to remember You made us and we are just borrowing time down here. You are the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13). Amen.

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