Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Glory of God -2

Have you ever seen the glory of God, I haven't either.  I know that God's glory cannot be endured by humanity according to the Scriptures but we can at least read about it and one thing I do know is the more we study about God, the more we will want to be like Him, and just maybe we will find some verses in our studies to help us understand Him more.  Let's see.

Like Devouring Fire

Exodus 24:17  "And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel."

Filled the Tabernacle

Exodus 40:34  "Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle."

Priests Could Not Minister

1Kings 8:11  "So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord."

The Heavens Declare the Glory

Psalm 19:1 "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork."

And They Were Afraid

Luke 2:9  "And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid."

Saw the Glory of the Lord

Acts 7:55  "  But he being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus  standing on the right hand of God."  Speaking of Stephen when he was stoned for confessing Christ.

We are Changed

2 Corinthians 3:18  "But we all,with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."

We don't know a lot about God the Father, but one thing we do know is that He is full of love for this fallen world, and we know that for sure because He sent His only Son to die for our sins and pay our debt on Calvary so that we might receive His character and be able to live with Him for eternity.  If that isn't love, I guess I don't know what love is.  I don't understand it.  It may take us eternity to understand it.  We can let our imagination picture it all we want and it won't compare to the reality of it all.  So the next best thing to being there is to prepare to be there, don't you think.  I want to be.  I pray that you do too.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gifts From God

God has special gifts for everyone who asks and He has a gift or gifts for you.  Sometimes we can only handle one gift but I think most of us can handle more than one.  Let's see. I am going to put the gifts in the verses in bold print, so let's see how many we can find.

Psalm 84:11  "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly."

Matthew 7:11  "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is heaven give good things to those who ask Him."

Luke 11:13  "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him."

Luke 12:32  "Do not fear, little flock , for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom."

John 3:16  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

John 4:10  "Jesus answered and said unto her, 'If you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you, give Me to drink' , you would have asked Him, and He would have given you Living water."

Acts 2:38  "Then Peter said to them, 'repent every one of you, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins' and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Acts 5:32  "And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him."

Romans 6:23  "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Ephesians 2:8,9  "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."

James 1:5  "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him."

1 Peter 4:10  "As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

Well, you see there are many, many gifts that God gives His children and I would say that all that we found tonight are very important for each one of us to possess, don't you think so.  There are quite a few others that we didn't mention which you would not want to possess them all as it would end up being a great burden, like teaching, prophecy, healing, discerning of spirits, etc.  And you would not be able to do them all justice.  But the ones we studied today, we will be blessed to have them all.
Grandma Joan

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

God's Guidance in Our Life

Who doesn't need direction or guidance in their life?  I know I do.  There are always questions as to what we ought to do? or where we ought to go? or how we ought to do something?  Always in need of answers and guidance.  The Bible has some sure answers to these questions.  Let's see what they are.

Psalm 16:11  "You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy.  At your right hand are pleasures forever more."

Psalm 18:36  "You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip."

Psalm 32:8  "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye."

Psalm 37:23,24  "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in His ways, though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His right hand"

Psalm 40:1,2  "I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me and heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, and the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps."

Isaiah 30:21  "Your ears will hear a word behind you saying, 'This is the way walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand and whenever you turn to the left."

Psalm 25:9  "The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way."

Psalm 73:23,24  "Never the less I am continually with You.  You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory."

Isaiah 58:11  "The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought and strengthen your bones..."

These verses are not only guidance verses, most of them have a promise attached to them.  These verses mean a lot to me, we always need guidance, always.  We always have questions and wonder what we should do.  We have a Master guide right at our right hand to lead the way in every aspect of life.  There is no need in worrying or fretting about what we should do.  God is right there with His right hand of guidance.  Let's us always seek Him first before venturing out on our own way and being sorry we didn't take time for counsel.  Grandma Joan

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Sufferings of Christ

I don't think its humanely possible to even imagine what kind of suffering our Savior went through so we could have eternal life with Him.  I hope this study will brighten our understanding a little so that we will not want to hurt the One that died to save us.  I surely hope that this will give us some under-standing as to what Christ went through.

Isaiah 50:6  "I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair.  I hid not my face from shame and spitting."  Can you imagine being smitten, having your beard pulled out if you are a man, and being spit on?

Isaiah 53:5  "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed."  He was wounded for our sins, and was bruised for our iniquities and with His stripes we are healed from our sinful life.

Mark 15:34  "And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?  What a horrible thought to think that your God has forsaken you.  That's a horrible thought for me, if I thought He had forsaken me, which I know He hasn't.  But the agony that Jesus went through He was feeling forsaken by His Father.  I can't imagine that at all.

Luke 22:44  "And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat  was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground."  Being in such agony as sweating great drops of blood, it is so unreal to us today to imagine anything like that.

Hebrews 2:10  "For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."  We can be brought to glory by the One who suffered for like this for us."

Hebrews 13:12  "Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate."  Jesus suffered outside the gate of Jerusalem on a hill called Golgotha.

1 Peter 3:18  "For Christ also hath once suffered for sin, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit." Christ did all this suffering to bring us to God and to put to death our sinful flesh and quicken us by His Spirit.

I have a simple mind, I guess because I like to say some of the verses using my own words to help me understand what the verse is saying.  I hope you don't mind.  You can do the same with your own thoughts.  It puts a better light on it for me  I hope it doesn't distract you in the least.  It is very hard for me to understand and I doubt if I ever will until some day when I see Jesus face to face, what He went through on Calvary.  I know it was an excruciating experience for Him, it wasn't the physical torture that He went through it was the fact that He had the sins of the whole world placed upon Him, yes your sins and mine.  He suffered for all the murders, rapes, tortures, robberies, abuse, and you name it plus all the things that you would consider small sins, which I don't believe any sin is small but certainly some are much worse than others.  Can you imagine all of that weight upon your shoulders?  Every sin that was ever committed He suffered for.  It is so hard to comprehend, I can't begin to fathom it.  All I can say is, 'Thank you Lord Jesus for doing that for me' and I hope that you can say the same thing.  We need to be so grateful that He carried all our sins to the cross and we do not have to pay the penalty for any of them if we have repented of them and confessed them to the Father, through Jesus.  It is so important and then remember what He said to the woman that was caught in adultery, 'Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more'.  Grandma Joan







Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Need of Diligence or Persistance

You have probably figured out by now that I like to do word studies.  I pick a word and then bring all the texts together that mean the same as the word I want to study. It brings the verses together and make a lot of meaning to me.  I hope you enjoy and of course you know that you can do the same.  It is very rewarding for me.

Diligence means constant and earnest effort, thoroughness, steady, and energetic effort.  I think this describes it quite well.  As we study these verses, we can replace the word diligence with any one of these words and it will probably mean the same.

Proverbs 13:4  "The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied."

Proverbs 10:4  "A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich."

Galatians 6:9  "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

Proverbs 12:24  "The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor."

2 Peter 3:14  "Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by Him without pot or blemish, and at peace."

2 Peter 1:10  "Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall."
     You may want to read the first 10 or so chapters of 2 Peter 1 and see what these qualities are.  It is very good reading.

Proverbs 12:27 (last part) "Diligence is a man's precious possession."

2 Peter 1:2-4  "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who has called us to glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious  promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

Verse 5-7  "But also for this very reason give all diligence to add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. (charity meaning love) (Then go back up to 2 Peter 1:10 and finish the complete thought.

I hope you can go over this and over again until it penetrates deep into your heart.  It is so amazing what these verses are saying.  I have called this chapter, 'Peter's ladder' because it gives us a list of  things to give diligence to, to make sure our calling and election is sure and also so that we don't have to fall or keep falling.  We can have victory through our Lord Jesus Christ who has called us to glory and virtue.  We may often have to fall at the feet of Jesus in repentance and contrition but He forgives and picks us up and we are on our way again.  There is always hope no matter how bad we have fallen, and we have a very forgiving and loving God that is looking out for us every step of the way.  Have faith in God.  Grandma Joan

PS  Psalm 37:23,24  "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in His ways, though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His right hand."A precious promise.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Definition of Sin

Right or Wrong? What is right and what is wrong?  Do we really need a definition of this?  Seems that most of us have a conscience to tell us the answer to this but sometimes consciences get seared and right and wrong get all mixed up, I don't know how but I suppose it has a lot to do with how we are raised or who we associate with.  I do know that some people have the best environment when growing up and then when grown, they choose the wrong company and before you know it they are in the wrong environment.  We are going to study what sin is today and see what the Bible has to say about it.

Vain Talk

Proverbs 10:19  "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin, but he that refrains his lips is wise."

Contempt for Others

Proverbs 14:21  "He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he."

Foolish Thoughts

Provers 24:9  "The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men."

Unbelief

Romans 14:23  "And he that doubts is damned if he eats, because he eats not of faith: for whatsoever is not  of faith is sin."

Neglect of Opportunity

James 4:17  "Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin."

Transgression of the law

1 John 3:4  "Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law; for sin is the transgression of the law."

All Unrighteousness

1John 5:17  "All unrighteousness is sin."

I really don't think these verses need any explanation, they are pretty plain and cover just about everything.  There is one verse that comes to my mind that I forgot and that is the one about the works of the flesh.  Here it is.

Galatians 5:19-21  "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery fornication uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings , and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Could I just add a good note to all of this?  I hate to leave a study with such a bad taste in our mouth.

Galatians 5:22-25  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."

There it is, a brighter note to end this study.  If we live in the Spirit, we will also walk in the Spirit and none of this study will apply to us, and if it does we know what to do, don't we?  Run to Jesus and He will give us the strength to overcome whatever it is.  Jesus saves.  Grandma Joan

Friday, April 21, 2017

Choosing Your Friends -2-

Some more verses on choosing friends.  I have seen so much heartache from choosing wrong friends, please be careful when you pick friends, it's so important.

Proverbs 20:19  "He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips."

Proverbs 23:6,7  "Do not eat bread of a miser, nor desire his delicacies; for as he thinks in his heart, so is he.  Eat and drink! he says to you, but his heart is not with you."

Proverbs 11:13  "A talebearer reveals secrets,but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter."

Proverbs 12:26  "The righteous should choose his friends carefully.  For the way of the wicked leads them astray."

Proverbs 16:28  "A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends.

Proverbs 19:6,7  "Many entreat the favor of nobility, and every man is a friend to one who gives gifts. All the brothers of the poor hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him!  he may pursue them with words, ye they abandon him."

Proverbs 20:6  Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man.?

Proverbs 27:5,6  "Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed.  Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."

Proverbs 26:20  "Where there is no wood; the fire goes out: and where there is no talebearer,strife ceases.

Proverbs 26:23  "Fervent lips with a wicked heart are like earthern ware covered with silver dross.

Proverbs 26:24  "He who hates, disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself."

Proverbs 26:25,26  "When he speaks kindly, do not believe him for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will be revealed before the assembly."

Proverbs 22:24  "Make no friendship with an angry man. And with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his way and set a snare for your soul."

I think we know how to pick our friends now, don't you think?  Read them over and over if you have to, it will save much sorrow in the end.  Make no mistake, picking the wrong person for a friend will end in some kind of sorrow, it's not always the same but ends up painful.  Be very careful.  Grandma Joan