Psalm 106 Excerpts – A Study

I’ve stated it several times in my teaching that many things that have happened in the past in the Bible, we can find a correlation in this modern day we live, mainly because man’s nature, fallen human nature does NOT change UNLESS the Holy Spirit is voluntarily allowed in the person is surrendering to the leading, discipline and counsel of the Holy Spirit.

There are too many situations in the Bible that bears a closer look to what is happening in our world today and I am not the only one who notices it, but greater men than me, in the Lord, have brought instances out in the open.

God does NOT change and that has been established. His Character, His attributes such as holiness, righteousness and purity do NOT change even in the least. His Word, His Living and written Word do NOT change and have stood as I have said before, the test of time over literally thousands of years.

With that reminder given, as some of you know, I have been spending some time in the Psalms. I haven’t read them, other than casually for studies and such for about two years, so going through from the beginning to the end (not there yet, almost) has been an eye-opener with situations both politically and medically that have been going on in the world around us and especially the United States.

As long as the Holy Spirit points out or illuminates certain passages to me, I will share them with my Brothers and Sisters in Christ. I sincerely hope that my Brothers and Sisters study them or at the least read them, as the noble Bereans did with the Apostle Paul and Silas’ teaching. Not to find fault, but to verify that what the Scriptures say, in the light with which they are given, line up with the rest of the Word of God! (Acts 17:11).

As I was reading just yesterday Psalms 105 and 106, and as I was praying through each one, applying the writer’s pleas, praise and words to myself personally, verses in Psalm 106 truly jumped out at me. I want to share some of them in light of modern-day circumstances compared to God’s ways, as recorded through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 106

1 Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
2 Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord?
Who can ever praise him enough?
3 There is joy for those who deal justly with others
and always do what is right.

Psalm 105 just got through describing the many miracles that God had done for His chosen people in the task of bringing them towards the promised land. The writer described the miracles wrought on Egypt allowing them eventually to finally leave with far more than they ever arrived there with. Psalm 106 continues with the theme of praise AND awe concerning the unfailing love, graciousness and longsuffering of the Lord towards His children. In verses 1-3 the psalmist is expressing the wonder and awe associated with so many miracles of the Lord and how we can never praise Him enough. Along with that thought, the psalmist shares with the joy that is associate with dealing righteously with others.

4 Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people;
come near and rescue me.
5 Let me share in the prosperity of your chosen ones.
Let me rejoice in the joy of your people;
let me praise you with those who are your heritage.

The thing that struck me in these verses as I was reading them was that the psalmist was sharing the joy he experienced with his brothers and sisters. Now remember, we are showing the correlations between God’s Nature with His chosen people under the Old Covenant, and God’s Nature with His chosen/adopted people under the New Covenant. In these verses, 4-5, the psalmist is identifying himself with the Lord’s people as his brothers and sisters.

“Lord, when you bless them, count me with them. When they prosper, count me with them. When they rejoice, let me be one of them rejoicing and when they praise You, let me be among them.” Today it is no different, for as Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we have a spiritual connection and a bond. We are not as the children of Israel of the same nationality, but spiritually we DO belong to the same spiritual Kingdom! We have been grafted into the family of Abraham in a spiritual sense. Therefore, these Scriptures apply to us as well.

6 Like our ancestors, we have sinned.
We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!
7 Our ancestors in Egypt
were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds.
They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them.
Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.
8 Even so, he saved them—
to defend the honor of his name
and to demonstrate his mighty power.
9 He commanded the Red Sea to dry up.
He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert.
10 So he rescued them from their enemies
and redeemed them from their foes.
11 Then the water returned and covered their enemies;
not one of them survived.
12 Then his people believed his promises.
Then they sang his praise.

As I was reading these next verses, I was praying AND acknowledging to the Lord the same thing. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23. I acknowledged that I had sinned and in the eyes of God had done wickedly and at times, like the children of Israel, when I should’ve known better! It is easy to forget all that the Lord has done for His children when they are steeped in the middle of wanton sinful behavior. YET“Even so, he saved them – to defend the honor of his name and to demonstrate his mighty power.” In so doing, His children once again remember/remembered His promises to them. So it is even today. When we do sin, when we stumble, He truly IS longsuffering and will do all to bring us back to Himself. He restores our liberty to praise Him for all He does for us.

So far, we have pretty much made the parallel of the natural with the children of Israel, to the spiritual of the Lord’s modern-day children. But I want to start sharing some similarities in the natural to the natural of today. In the past, the Nation of Israel was God’s special possession, His chosen people, again, as a Nation.

In the last couple of hundred years another people cried out to God to save them from religious oppression and corrupt governments. God heard their plea because they were His spiritual children and He led THEM to a promised land. It was America, eventually to become the United States of America, proudly flying under the banner of God and His principles, adopting the slogan for their whole country, “In God We Trust.” God blessed and prospered the people of this new land as they followed His principles and ideals and as they continued to call upon Name in hope and thanksgiving. We became the most blessed and powerful nation of all the nations of the earth. God was our Lord!

13 Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done!
They wouldn’t wait for his counsel!
14 In the wilderness their desires ran wild,
testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland.
15 So he gave them what they asked for,
but he sent a plague along with it.
16 The people in the camp were jealous of Moses
and envious of Aaron, the Lord’s holy priest.
17 Because of this, the earth opened up;
it swallowed Dathan
and buried Abiram and the other rebels.
18 Fire fell upon their followers;
a flame consumed the wicked.

Comparing natural in the past with God’s chosen people, to the natural in the present with those who identified with God Almighty we see these next verses in a modern light. Forgive me as I take a few liberties in explaining my point. How quickly do a people who have received miraculous salvation from the Lord have a tendency to forget, as a people at large, what God in His unfailing love has done for them. You can go back to Psalm 105 and see the list of events, yet with all of that, they still grumbled and complained.

The children who identify God as their Father still today have a tendency to forget, to run wild and not wait or even accept the counsel of God as Father any longer. They continue to test God’s patience and longsuffering by doing what they want. Now look at verse 15: “So he gave them what they asked for, but he sent a plague along with it.”

Now I want you to think seriously about what I am about to point out. In the last decade (at the least), because of the decline and the apparent wantonness of our political leaders this nation has suffered heavily, in blessing, prosperity and even in health. The American people as a whole have been crying out to God to please, please restore us to our previous glory; please dear Lord, “make America great again!”

Our Heavenly Father has heard the cries of the Nation as a whole AND have heard the prayers of His true spiritual children. Instead of appointing another politician, in His graciousness and wisdom He gave us a businessman of the world. Someone who KNEW how to run a business and he applied those principles to this Nation and gave the Nation what they wanted. For three and a half years, we have had increased economic prosperity, the lowest unemployment in all areas of ethnicity, increased freedom to serve God the way we see fit, a leader who has chosen to even participate in prayer and honoring God for those many blessings. The people for three and a half years have been seeing what they have asked for come about. Yet there is still a faction that cannot see past the noses on their faces!

God has given the Nation, as a people, what they asked for and everyone has benefited. But three and a half years later He also allowed a plague, COVID-19, the Coronavirus, to manifest itself, and though it is as serious as some viruses in the past, it has manifest within the people of the Nation and even the world, unprecedented and needless, panic and fear! A plague.

Now I’m going to paraphrase the next verse to let you see the direct parallel and correlation and you decide in your heart whether the Bible is as applicable today as it was centuries ago.

Verse 16: “The people in the camp were jealous of President Trump and envious of Vice-President Pence, the Lord’s holy priest.” If you think this is taking too much liberty let me ask you to think of something. VP Mike Pence is a die-hard, born-again Christian who has been an inspiration to President Trump concerning trusting the Lord for wisdom and counsel. If that isn’t an appointed holy priest for the time, I don’t know what is. President Trump is the appointed leader (Daniel 2:21) to lead America back to what the children of the Nation, “Who Trust In God,” have been crying for and clamoring for. He has been a “type” of modern-day Moses leading the people to a place of prosperity and blessing; AND, it has been nothing short of miraculous what he has been able to accomplish, because, whether he truly realizes it or not, God has used him to accomplish these historic feats. However, there have been fellow Americans who have been jealous of him since the very beginning and of VP Mike Pence because of his Christian testimony. They have tried time and time again to thwart and sabotage the very things they have been trying to accomplish for the American people. There comes a time, when even God’s longsuffering and patience comes to an end and demands justice.

I will let you decide for yourselves how verses 17 and 18 may apply. I will tell you this much; as a Christian, who truly loves the Lord, I do not want to see people destroyed for eternity. I do not want to see judgement by death, but I DO, beyond any reasonable doubt want to see the blatant evil and sin judged! I CONTINUE to pray that those things that have been hidden and done in the dark will be brought to light; if not for the Nation as a whole, then for God’s true children who continue in faith to walk in the Light! God IS the ultimate Judge and He has ways of accomplishing His will that we can’t even begin to fathom.

Now I’m going to jump ahead a few verses, but feel free to read the preceding verses.

23 So he declared he would destroy them.
But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people.
He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.

24 The people refused to enter the pleasant land,
for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.
25 Instead, they grumbled in their tents
and refused to obey the Lord.

As I stated, God does NOT change and so His patience and longsuffering must eventually give way to justice and judgement. YET – because of the prayers of not only President Trump and Vice President Pence AND the true children of the Lord in the Nation, there is a plea for the Nation. That is pretty much where we are today in the world and at this time. There are people, including appointed and righteous leaders who are praying for intercession, AGAIN, on behalf of the Nation and the people that they would return to righteousness and holiness.

But unfortunately in the midst of this very panic and fear we have leaders, and thus people, who “refuse to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his (God’s) promise to care for them. Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey the Lord.” I do NOT have to point specific fingers, but let’s just say almost half this Nation refuses to acknowledge blatant sin and evil for what it is. Licensed prostitution and gambling, abusing the poor with oppression, laws passed condoning homosexuality and making it a “hate crime” to even identify as sin against God. Members of the clergy who engage in the very lifestyle of homosexuality being “ordained” in mainstream churches and do these churches check with the Bible, NO, on the contrary, they refer to their church-established guidelines written over the years in their own books! We have legalized the killing of unborn infants, the very souls that our Lord in more than one place in the Bible, has stated He knew them before the foundations of the world and yet while in their mother’s wombs. (Jeremiah 1:5, Isaiah 49:1, 5, Luke 1:15, 41, Galatians 1:15-16). I could go on and on about the sins that are being condoned by laws and yet God in His unfailing love, still withholds judgement awaiting those who might still turn to Him in repentance.

28 Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor;
they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead!
29 They angered the Lord with all these things,
so a plague broke out among them.

I surely don’t have to exhort any more on these two verses for you can see the parallel plainly and simply here. Baal was the false god in which the children of Israel sacrificed their children too. Why can’t we learn from history? Especially when we CLAIM that we serve God and trust Him in our Nation? Is this Coronavirus God’s judgement? I truly don’t know but it follows Scripture and I can categorically state that the fear and panic is a result of God standing back and rather than interceding (at least in this moment in time) He is allowing the fear to overwhelm and confound the minds of those who rebel against Him. All you have to do is watch a press conference by some of these corrupt leaders to see the results of this.

35 Instead, they mingled among the pagans
and adopted their evil customs.
36 They worshiped their idols,
which led to their downfall.
37 They even sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to the demons.
38 They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters.
By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan,
they polluted the land with murder.
39 They defiled themselves by their evil deeds,
and their love of idols was adultery in the Lord’s sight.

We were a nation of laws and that included immigration laws. We didn’t prejudice ourselves against different nationalities as long as they were willing to come to this Nation and adopt our values and lifestyles. We embraced and were blessed by the different cultures because they weren’t trying to change us from the inside; but rather they were trying to ADD to the uniqueness and diversity of this once great Nation.

Today, however, let anybody into our borders. Don’t demand that they follow the values let alone the laws of the land. In fact, it has become so rampant that certain communities are so comprised of people who want to DESTROY this Nation and what it stood for that we have elected leaders who outwardly condemn the values and principles this Nation was founded on. Yet a portion of our elected leaders tell us to welcome them with arms outstretched while they plan to destroy us from the inside, much like the once great Roman Empire. Our destiny and fate stands right before our eyes and we are without excuse because we ignore God’s Word(s).

How can anyone with even a modicum of common sense, NOT see the similarities between our Nation of today and the Nation of Israel of the past? If God did not spare judgement upon His own chosen people, how arrogant do we have to be to believe He will spare us, an adopted Nation?

43 Again and again he rescued them,
but they chose to rebel against him,
and they were finally destroyed by their sin.
44 Even so, he pitied them in their distress
and listened to their cries.
45 He remembered his covenant with them
and relented because of his unfailing love.

I ask again in the light of verses 43-45, how long to you truly believe God’s unfailing love and patience will last. The Nation of Israel suffered destruction for their sins and yet God is true to His Word AND His promises. So it is with us today for His Word and His promises do not change. However, there IS a major difference. This is where you need to study and discern the Scriptures in the light of a New Covenant. The Nation of Israel, as a nation and the Jewish people are and always will be God’s chosen special people and possession. The Nation of the United States, as a Nation, is NOT! We have been blessed as a Nation because of God’s adopted children, the true followers of Jesus Christ. The blessings that God, our Heavenly Father has poured out upon His praying and righteous people have flowed to those around us, whether Christian or not. I have stated it many times before, but where God has judged Israel and its people as a Nation, chosen and special to Him, under the Old Covenant as they follow after God they are blessed as His children.

However, under the New Covenant of Christ Jesus, we are individually God’s children whether Jew OR Gentile! We prosper and are blessed according to our intimate relationship with God, the Father, THROUGH Jesus Christ as empowered by the Holy Spirit of Christ that has been given to His children as the promise and seal of our redemption. The Holy Spirit does NOT inhabit a nation as in days of old, but rather inhabits the individual who has surrendered voluntarily to the yoke and Cross of Christ Jesus!

47 Save us, O Lord our God!
Gather us back from among the nations,
so we can thank your holy name
and rejoice and praise you.

48 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
who lives from everlasting to everlasting!
Let all the people say, “Amen!”
Praise the Lord!

You’ve heard it said, “As the leaders go, so goes a nation.” This is a true statement and verified time and time again by the Bible and it’s accounts of God’s Character and His relationship with His creation. The United States has many leaders and the President and Vice President can only do so much as the rest of the leaders allow and follow. Our President and Vice President need our continued prayers and support. But we NEED to understand, that God will judge ALL nations and especially a nation that claims Him to be their Guiding Light and in whom that nation trusts.

Whether judgement (of any severity) is happening now or not, it WILL happen sooner or later and the people who refuse to follow the principles of God will suffer along with the judgement of that nation. However, God’s true children need to remember one very important consideration; when we accepted Christ Jesus as Savior and were essentially spiritually born-again, we became citizen immigrants of another Kingdom; a Heavenly Kingdom. Our trust and our faith has been reborn into the values and principles of THAT Kingdom. The United States nor any other Nation remains our government other than to the degree that as foreigners and pilgrims we are indebted to that nation while we are living there.

Some of my brothers and sisters have a hard time following this principle, but it is one that must be taken by faith. It is faith in THAT Kingdom, it’s principles, values and its King of Kings to whom we owe our allegiance. In every other nation, we pray for God’s perfect will to be accomplished knowing AND believing that He has His children’s best interest at heart!

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Psalm 94

*Pastor’s Note: I was reading this just this morning. It amazed me at how close it parallels what is going on in our Nation’s government and the thought for this post came to me. Anyone who doesn’t believe that God’s Word is relevant even over thousands of years, does not realize that human nature and especially sinful, unrighteous nature and behavior just does not change unless the Holy Spirit can use a surrendered heart and spirit!

Psalm 94 (NLT)

1 O Lord, the God of vengeance,
O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth!
2 Arise, O Judge of the earth.
Give the proud what they deserve.
3 How long, O Lord?
How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?
4 How long will they speak with arrogance?
How long will these evil people boast?
5 They crush your people, Lord,
hurting those you claim as your own.
6 They kill widows and foreigners
and murder orphans.
7 “The Lord isn’t looking,” they say,
“and besides, the God of Israel doesn’t care.”

8 Think again, you fools!
When will you finally catch on?
9 Is he deaf—the one who made your ears?
Is he blind—the one who formed your eyes?
10 He punishes the nations—won’t he also punish you?
He knows everything—doesn’t he also know what you are doing?
11 The Lord knows people’s thoughts;
he knows they are worthless!

12 Joyful are those you discipline, Lord,
those you teach with your instructions.
13 You give them relief from troubled times
until a pit is dug to capture the wicked.
14 The Lord will not reject his people;
he will not abandon his special possession.
15 Judgment will again be founded on justice,
and those with virtuous hearts will pursue it.

16 Who will protect me from the wicked?
Who will stand up for me against evildoers?
17 Unless the Lord had helped me,
I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave.
18 I cried out, “I am slipping!”
but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.
19 When doubts filled my mind,
your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

20 Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side—
leaders whose decrees permit injustice?
21 They gang up against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the Lord is my fortress;
my God is the mighty rock where I hide.
23 God will turn the sins of evil people back on them.
He will destroy them for their sins.
The Lord our God will destroy them.

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Why Perseverance Matters

I was looking in my WordPress reader for something Spiritual on perseverance. Just something by another author/minister that I can share to get another perspective and I ran across this young lady. I actually read a couple of her posts as I was so enthralled with this article. Needless to say, I started following her website.

I’ve learned over time that it doesn’t matter how old you are, and I’ve been around for a while, you can ALWAYS learn from others if your heart and spirit are open to the Lord! I sure hope you can be as blessed by this young lady’s perspective on the situation in the world today as I am. God Bless!

Merry Mence

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy spirit, who has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5

Today has been hard and upsetting and a rollercoaster of emotions. There seems to be more and more bad news, and quite frankly I’m tired of hearing it.

School has been canceled and moved online for the rest of the semester. More and more people are getting sick. Everyone is being asked to practice social distancing and quarantining which has resulted in more frustration as some act as if the rules don’t apply to them and others are taking this as seriously as they can.

My church building is gone. Right before COVID-19 became a pandemic, a…

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The Lighthouse In The Storm . . .

When days were calm and times were bright;
We smiled with joy at the sight;
For we could see that things were fair;
The summer breeze and fragrant air.

The family ties were held on tight
And love was there when things were right.
We laughed and sang without a care;
For we were with our loved ones there.

But as time passed our smiles would fade;
When we saw death and times were gray;
We watched our loved ones fade away.

We saw that good times come and go;
They hit us hard how could we know?
That things could change so rapidly;
That tears would bring us to our knees?

The storms of life were dark and gray;
The rain hit hard as lives would sway;
And many went their chosen way.

Some thought that drugs would ease their pain
Or alcohol would numb the brain;
And many would not be sane again.
They lost all hope for better days.

To bad they did not look for light;
To guide them through those storms in life;
To navigate them through the night.

To reassure them storms do fade;
That faith would show them all the Way;
And God would lead them to the day.

When ships are caught in stormy gale;
When frantic wind would rip the sail;
The sailor looked into the dark of night,
For the lighthouse and its guiding light;
A light to save them from the storm;
To a place secure and warm.

In the book of John I read one day;
How God came to earth to guide our way.
How He was born the light of man;
And how we then did not understand.

He came as a child and yet divine;
The very One who made all things;
The Light of Life would we believe?
The One who guides our destiny.

Christ, the Savior of mankind;
Had a plan that He should die;
To save us from our sin inside;
To make us clean and give us life.
Just believe in Him not man;
And He will make you Born Again.

The storms in life will come and go;
I’ve been through many this I know;
That I can trust my Lord in them.

He is the light to every man;
To every woman, girl and boy;
The Only One who can give joy;
For in the morning joy will come;
When we’ve learned to trust Gods only Son.

The lighthouse in the storms do save;
If in life’s darkness, we are lost;
It shows the way we need to go;
Reminds us Jesus paid the cost;
With His own blood to save the lost.

He is the only Way I know.
His love has always calmed my storms;
He’s kept me safe, secure and warm.

For God so loved the world;
That’s us;
In Him we should believe and trust.

© Mike Nano Armijo, July 31st, 2017. Used with permission.
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Waiting Rather Than Fretting – A.W. Tozer

Aiden Wilson Tozer (April 21, 1897 – May 12, 1963) was an American Christian pastor, author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor. Self-taught theologian. Fearless preacher. Gifted writer. Man of the inner life. A.W. Tozer, called by many a “modern-day prophet.” Observing contemporary Christian living, Tozer felt the church was on a dangerous course toward compromising with “worldly” concerns. He was a man who was obsessed with the glory and the holiness of God and making it known to others.

Of one thing we may be sure; we can never escape the external stimuli that cause vexation. The world is full of them and though we were to retreat to a cave and live the remainder of our days alone, we still could not lose them. The rough floor of our cave would chafe us, the weather would irritate us, and the very silence would cause us to fret.

Deliverance from a fretting spirit may be by blood and fire, by humility, self-abnegation and a patient carrying of the cross. There will always be “evildoers” and “workers of iniquity,” and for the most part they will appear to succeed while the forces of righteousness will seem to fail. The wicked will always have the money and the talent and the publicity and the numbers, while the righteous will be few and poor and unknown. The prayer-less Christian will surely misread the signs and fret against the circumstances. That is what the Spirit warns us against.

Let us look out calmly upon the world; or better yet, let us look down upon it from above where Christ is seated, and we are seated in Him. Though the wicked spread himself like “a green tree in its native soil” (Psalm 37:35), it is only for a moment. Soon he passes away and is not. But “the salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble” (verse 39). This knowledge should cure the fretting spirit.

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Perseverance – God Demands

Nehemiah 9:7-8, “You are the LORD God, Who chose Abram And brought him out from Ur of the Chaldees, And gave him the name Abraham. You found his heart faithful before You, And made a covenant with him To give him the land of the Canaanite, Of the Hittite and the Amorite, Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite – To give it to his descendants. And You have fulfilled Your promise, For You are righteous.”

Ephesians 1:19-20, “And what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.”

To The Extreme

In 218 B.C. Hannibal invaded Italy in the second of three Punic Wars that determined the fate of Rome and Carthage. From her people Rome raised an army, animated it with patriotism, and ordered it to fight. The wealthy devoted their treasure to the cause, and all classes sacrificed everyday amenities for troops in the field. For fifteen years the Romans defended their homeland against the brilliant Carthaginian – and could never drive him out. But their willingness to persevere assured victory, for Hannibal could never conquer them. He finally disembarked his troops from a lack of support at home.

God demands that we obstinately oppose Satan, as those Romans untiringly harried Hannibal. Victory is ours! We may not be able to conquer Satan all at once, but he cannot conquer us at all. No, not at all. We shall conquer him eventually, for God has willed His truth to triumph through us.

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*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do. – Helen Keller

There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures. – J.G. Holland

You have received Christ; persevere in receiving him. You have come to trust him; keep on trusting him. You hang about his neck as a poor, helpless sinner; remain hanging there. Abide in him. – Spurgeon

God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them. – C.S. Lewis

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A Time For Every Purpose

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.” – Habakkuk 2:3-4

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Persevere In The Lord

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” – Galatians 6:9-10.

“That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” – Colossians 1:10-12.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” – James 1:12.

“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” – Revelation 3:10-11.

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I John 5:12-13

1 John 5:12-13, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

Blessed Assurance! Think of that term aside from the hymn many of you are familiar with. What an exceptional AND powerful concept. Assurance, indeed, but blessed as well. Blessed because it come from God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. What greater assurance could there even be?!

John, in these two verses is concluding the previous thought that we studied in the last lesson. How simply put, how dramatically emphatic. “He who has the Son has life.” Like the old cliché goes, “no ifs, ands or buts!” If you have the Son of God abiding within you, you DO have life! Remember what Jesus Himself stated as recorded by this very same Apostle, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10b. Jesus is talking about His followers, all His disciples including future generations.

The Beloved Apostle is just reminding his readers what Jesus, Himself had stated. From this his conclusion cannot be denied. If you are joined with Christ Jesus, you have life. The Son of God is the source of that life. We can further deduce other scenarios from this; education does not provide us with eternal life; philosophy and the sciences do not provide us with eternal life. By the same token, we can say beyond doubt that neither is good works or religion and thus the institutionalized churches cannot provide us with eternal life. The ONLY conclusion, the ONLY source of eternal life to a believer, is to him who believes on Jesus Christ as the Son of God and His voluntary sacrifice on the Cross and His Resurrection afterwards for the payment of our (all of mankind’s) sins!

Therefore, it can be concluded beyond any doubt that to have life, one MUST have the Son! Then John takes it to its farthest conclusion; “He who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” At least true, eternal life. According to the Apostles preceding statement, you cannot separate eternal life from Christ Jesus, the Son of God. Therefore, if you deny God’s witness, if you deny the Son’s gift, there is no possibility of eternal life without the Son. Since the Son IS life itself, the giver of life and the ONLY way to life itself, then those who refuse the Son are actually reverting back to trusting in the Law and the condemnation that goes along with trying to gain life through the Law!

I have stated it so much lately because of what is happening in the world around us with panic and fear, God’s Character and His Word is from everlasting to everlasting. It does NOT change! If you deny the Son, you deny God’s witness and testimony of the Son and since God is STILL, even in this age and dispensation of grace, a just, righteous and holy God, He HAS to abide by and fulfill His Word!

Thus, the blessed assurance! Those who have the Son have life eternal. It is promised, it is guaranteed by God, Himself. He has given His unchanging and unchangeable Word. You cannot in this world have any greater assurance than that. Now understand this, that goes the other way as well; you have God’s guarantee that if you wish to deny Him and reject His Gift, according to YOUR choice, He will grant that too you and you can spend eternity in total darkness, no light whatsoever for God and His Son are the Light, and in the total absence of His presence and the presence of His love! What a horrifying thought to any who have already chosen to believe!

Then John continues on with the clearest terms possible of why he has chosen to write this very theme and why he wants it understood so emphatically. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” Don’t doubt, don’t second guess, don’t presume, but KNOW, that if you are a believer in Christ Jesus as the Son of God, because of God’s Word already written, you may KNOW beyond all doubt that you have eternal life. This is such an important aspect of truly being a child of God, the Beloved Apostle does not want anyone to have any doubts whatsoever!

You do not have to live your life hoping that you are saved. John is saying that by God’s Word you can KNOW beyond any shadow of a doubt. You do not have to rely on emotions, how you feel one day as compared to another. Your feelings have no bearing whatsoever on the subject of your salvation. The TRUTH of the Word of God is your guarantee, your assurance. If you truly believe God’s Word, His stated Truth, then you CAN know that you have eternal life!

Think about this; the Scriptures, not just John’s writings, but all those things written that point to Jesus Christ as the Son of God, were written so that you will have, beyond all doubt, assurance of your salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ! Thus as a believer Thus as a believer you should be quickened, encouraged, and comforted, and inspired in the very prospect of your salvation. How much more will we value the scriptures written, which have been done so for our assurance, consolation and salvation.

Then as the Apostle usually does, he takes it to it’s farthest conclusion, the final step in the reason why he is writing. Assurance and knowledge of the truth is the premiere reasoning and the undeniable FACT that salvation is ours. Once you realize this is not a theory but a hard fact, then he takes it to the next step in the actual living within that fact, “and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

With the affirmation and confirmation of their faith in believing, John is reminding them that they can keep on believing for nothing can rob them of that belief once they are truly “in the know.” As believers in the Son of God, in Christ Jesus AS Savior, we must persevere and continue to strive forward in the faith. To pull back from believing, to start to allow doubts to rule our lives would be the same as doing nothing. The enemy would love nothing more than to cause you to linger in doubts to the point of doing absolutely nothing as far as striving forward in faith. This is why encouraging one another is such an important part of a mature believer’s walk in the Spirit. This is why the Beloved Apostle is so adamant on returning to the same thought over and over again.

Believing is the start of our faith. Walking in that faith and belief leads to practice and experience and experience leads to actual knowing. But it takes others like the Apostle John to continue to share the Word of God to encourage and inspire those young in the Lord to persevere and press forward. This is why the Apostle Paul is constantly encouraging in his letters to strive and press forward in the Lord and not to look back on past mistakes. They ARE in the past and all they can do is either make you stronger by learning from them, or dwelling on them and causing you to be dragged back into doubts and fear.

When you can KNOW that God’s Word is meant to not just acknowledge to you the truth of God’s love and His desire that you believe in the Son of God, but is also meant to assure you beyond all doubt, you definitely grow stronger and more mature in the Lord.

Blessed Assurance! Again, think about what an awesome gift that is to a believer! It truly IS a treasure and one that has its foundations in God, Himself! When you begin to truly know the truth of His Word(s), there is nothing that can shake you from that foundation!

Next post we will begin with 1 John chapter 5 verse 14.

*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Results of Israel’s Sins

Jeremiah has been called to warn the people of Israel. When you read Jeremiah, if you substitute the United States for Israel, you will realize that the Book of Jeremiah is not just historical, but extremely and divinely prophetic. Jeremiah, except for certain verses is rarely taught on today and yet, with the state of the United States as a Nation, we NEED, we MUST take the words of Jeremiah to heart!

Israel was (and still is) God’s chosen children. His first-born as it were. As Christians we have been adopted or grafted in to Abraham’s seed as promised by the Lord. As much as the Lord loves His children, He also has to discipline them, being a just and holy God. The U.S. was founded AND was blessed and prospered under the “banner” of Christian and Biblical principles. We have been blessed as God’s child, yet today and for some time now, many of the leaders of the U.S. feel God is obsolete and archaic. He is NOT progressive enough and as the leaders go, so goes a nation as proof in the Old Testament writings about Israel. When the leaders did right in the sight of the Lord, the people did right and the nation prospered. When the leaders sinned in the sight of the Lord, the people followed suit and God, the Father had to discipline them as unruly and rebellious children and they did NOT prosper.

I know I have stated this many times, but with a God whose Character and Word is from everlasting to everlasting and does not change, what makes us as adopted sons and daughters, as a Nation, mind you, think we can escape the same discipline for our rebellion and outright sin? The ONLY thing keeping this Nation “afloat” right now is the prayers and deeds of the righteous resulting in the Father’s blessings on His TRUE children, flowing from them to those who still choose to live unrighteous lives and outright deny the sovereignty of God Almighty! That however, will not last forever. Though God IS truly longsuffering, His justness and uprightness will not allow the Nation who lives under His Name to go undisciplined.

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