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The WORD in Us

Tuesday, July 01, 2014


There are people who are really into the WORD. They read their bibles every day and go away forgetting what they just read.
Deuteronomy 11:17-21The Message (MSG)
16-17 But be vigilant, lest you be seduced away and end up serving and worshiping other gods and GOD erupts in anger and shuts down Heaven so there’s no rain and nothing grows in the fields, and in no time at all you’re starved out—not a trace of you left on the good land that GOD is giving you.
18-21 Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities so that you’ll live a long time, and your children with you, on the soil that GOD promised to give your ancestors for as long as there is a sky over the Earth.
It is when the WORD is in you that the power of Christ comes out. When the WORD is in you it comes to remembrance right at the perfect moment to comfort and encourage.
John 5:37-40The Message (MSG)
34-38 “But my purpose is not to get your vote, and not to appeal to mere human testimony. I’m speaking to you this way so that you will be saved. John was a torch, blazing and bright, and you were glad enough to dance for an hour or so in his bright light. But the witness that really confirms me far exceeds John’s witness. It’s the work the Father gave me to complete. These very tasks, as I go about completing them, confirm that the Father, in fact, sent me. The Father who sent me, confirmed me. And you missed it. You never heard his voice, you never saw his appearance. There is nothing left in your memory of his Message because you do not take his Messenger seriously.
39-40 “You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.
Abiding in the WORD is the natural state of the Christian. Their testimony has Christ in it. You may be the only bible that some people read. When Jesus was in the world He spoke of himself to the people but now we are living in the world and it is our job to testify of him also.
John 8:36-38The Message (MSG)
34-38 Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. I know you are Abraham’s descendants. But I also know that you are trying to kill me because my message hasn’t yet penetrated your thick skulls. I’m talking about things I have seen while keeping company with the Father, and you just go on doing what you have heard from your father.”
Here we have Jesus explaining that the WORD of God is abiding in his people not in the people of the enemy that seek to kill and destroy. The more you have Christ in your heart the more you have his WORD in you.
John 15:6-8The Message (MSG)
5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
Jesus explains that it is his WORD abiding in us that gives us the power to do His good will and work. When we share the WORD with others we are sharing Christ in us with others. That part of the Holy Spirit that is in you comes out for all to see.
Acts 20:32The Message (MSG)
32 “Now I’m turning you over to God, our marvelous God whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends.
The WORD sanctifies us. It cleanses us. It purifies our hearts and minds. It does a work on us. We need to allow the Word to do its’ work in us. We are His workmanship. He is changing us by his WORD.
Ephesians 5:25-28The Message (MSG)
25-28 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.
When the WORD is in us the very best of us is brought out. Our lives show the evidence of our changed nature. We become radiant with holiness. We are “One” in the Spirit. We are “One” in the LORD.
2 Corinthians 6:6-10The Message (MSG)
Staying at Our Post
6 1-10 Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,
I heard your call in the nick of time;
The day you needed me, I was there to help.
Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.
The WORD of truth approves us as God’s ministers to the saints in Christ. It does not matter what state we are found in so long as we are found in Him. His WORD abides in us.
1 Timothy 4:4-10The Message (MSG)
Teach with Your Life
4 1-5 The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.
6-10 You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.
Over and over throughout the bible it tells us it is the WORD in us that brings about the changes that mark us as His. We need to take seriously the admonition to be doers of the WORD and not hearers only. Being exercised by the WORD. His WORD is life. We are living “for” God.
Hebrews 4:12The Message (MSG)
12-13 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.
The WORD is a deep down purifier. Like fire.
The WORD which is Christ in us is powerful to breakdown the strongholds.
There is power in the WORD. It can keep us from sinning. It is able to keep us from falling away from GOD. (Jude 24-25)
2 Corinthians 10:3-6The Message (MSG)
3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
Jesus himself used the WORD as a weapon against the devil in his battle in the wilderness. The WORD is part of our daily armor that we “put on”.
1 John 1:9-10The Message (MSG)
8-10 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.
When his word is not in us we do not have the power to do those things that He would have us to do. The WORD is the light that shows us the WAY. It guides our feet in the way we should go. It lights the way to eternal life with God in Christ Jesus our LORD.
2 Timothy 2:14-18The Message (MSG)
14-18 Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul. Hymenaeus and Philetus are examples, throwing believers off stride and missing the truth by a mile by saying the resurrection is over and done with.
Unity is the whole purpose of His WORD in us. We are called to remember the WORD. Let it have its’ work in our heart. We are serving the WORD which is Christ to all who will be partakers of Him.
1 Peter 1:22-25The Message (MSG)
22-25 Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,
The old life is a grass life,
its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
God’s Word goes on and on forever.
This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.
The WORD of our GOD stands forever. It is alive in us. It lives and moves and has its’ being in us.
James 4:10The Message (MSG)
7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.
When the Holy Spirit urges you to pray for someone or give them a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom take from the deep deep well in your heart of His HOLY BIBLE. Pass it around. Share it. Distribute it. He will lift you up.
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Abide in Christ

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Vine and the Branches

15 1-3 “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.

4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.

5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.

9-10 “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.

11-15 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

16 “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

17 “But remember the root command: Love one another.

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True Confessions

Thursday, June 19, 2014

If you think back to the tiniest little white lie you told and go to the throne of grace and lay it down and confess to God and ask forgiveness. It doesn’t matter to God how big it is because that little sin to him is as big as the empire state building.

1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

True confessions starts with pouring out your heart to your heavenly Father. He cares for you.

2 Corinthians 7:9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.

Once you’ve confessed it is only natural for you to feel godly sorrow. Repentance means to turn around and go the other way. Don’t go back to your old ways. You are a new creature in Christ.

Ephesians 1:

6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

It’s in the blood, people. The blood of Christ is like acid to sin. It eats it up. Destroys it. Love covers a multitude of sins. As far as the east is from the west has he removed our transgressions from us. It is not anything we do. It is a free gift from God.

This forgiveness, this redemption is from the creator of the universe.

Romans 3:

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[a] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

It is by grace you have been saved through faith. His grace is sufficient for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:

22 reject every kind of evil.

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

So the attic is swept clean and you are full of God’s Spirit of truth.

We have no need to go back to the steps of salvation: confession, repentance, forgiveness, atonement, justification, sanctification, but we can move on.

Hebrews 6:1-3Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[c] and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites,[d] the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.

The working out of your salvation is actually done by the Spirit of God in you.

Jude:

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

The whole purpose of this salvation, which is a free gift from God is for his purpose for you to be fulfilled.

Joshua 1:

5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

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    So much response to the tiniest white lie.

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Sweeping the Attic

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

You know we all have thoughts.

Try not having one.

We are not only suppose to rid our minds of violence, vengeance, and vacillations but destructiveness, divisiveness, and delusions.

There are all kinds of brooms out there to pick from. There are the broad based ones used in industrial jobs all the way down to little “whisk brooms”. Some even have pointed edges for corners and crevices. And now you can use electronic brooms with rotating bristles. And for the really tough jobs if you are “plugged in” you can use a vacuum.

The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

So the whole purpose of this ‘cleaning’ is to make room for some new “furniture”. Instead of clutter and disorganization, you’ll have organization and peace.

The point is there will be no room for God’s peace until you clear your hearts and minds of all the negative thoughts about misfortune, misgivings, and mischief. Just imagine replacing those with joy, justice, and goodness.

We are here to change our minds.

In 1 Corinthians 3:

10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble.

Jesus becomes the main focal point of our thoughts. He is the first thought every morning and the last thought every night.

We have a choice of what we think about every day, every hour, every minute. Dwelling on things that you can’t change like the past can deter you from enjoying your present. The present is the only time you have, just this one instant. Better forgiveness and forbearance than bitterness and regret.

Some of the very best thoughts are scriptures.

Isaiah 55:

7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Matthew 15:

18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Romans 2:

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

1 Corinthians 3:

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

21 Therefore let no man glory in men.

I cannot stress how important it is to get control of your thoughts because: once spoken…

Matthew 12:

35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

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Walk (Humbly)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

Israel’s Guilt and Punishment


9 Listen! The Lord is calling to the city—
and to fear your name is wisdom—
“Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.

This is it. The calling of God's people is to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.


Acting justly includes fair weights and measures. God hates when people are cheated. This is an abomination to him.


In fact in the very next verses he says so:


10 Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house,
and the short ephah,[c] which is accursed?
11 Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales,
with a bag of false weights?
12 Your rich people are violent;
your inhabitants are liars
and their tongues speak deceitfully.

You may think it is alright to cheat someone but God doesn't agree with you. If you've ever been robbed you know how it feels. This is something you would never do to another person. That is why God gave us the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That means don't cheat. Don't cheat God. Don't cheat others. And most of all don't cheat yourself.


  
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