March Musing and Understanding

author Thank you all for joining me today. I am reading the Moravian Daily Texts 2019, our Pastor invited us to join him for Francis Chan’s Disciple Makers study (you can download it from the Play Store) and our Life Group is watching Pastor Robert Morris’ Free Indeed series on YouTube. This is a lot of Bible reading, learning, and soul searching. Here’s some things I’m gleaning.

Free Indeed session 6 topic: lust of the eyes. stary eyesThe categories are:

  1. Greed

  2. Unbelief

  3. Fear

Look at Adam and Eve’s temptation: This looks good! Did God really say? Is God keeping me from something good? Pastor Morris shared that an ordinance is an ordinary principle, like the one God gave Adam & Eve. We were all challenged to see what happens when we put God first and give to Him the first 10th {number 10 equals test} of all we have. In Malachi (see 3:6-12), the LORD says to test Him and see; if you bring all your tithes into the storehouse so there will be food in His house, see if He won’t provide all your needs over and above that 10%. One in our group is a single woman fearful of losing job, apartment, car…too proud to ask help. This Scripture is what came to me for her:

I would have fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Hope in the LORD! Be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart and you will line up with the LORD! Psalm 27:13-14 (One New Man Bible)

Pastor Morris says people tell him tithing isn’t in the New Testament; they are Psalm 143.10mistaken! I challenge you to obey what the Lord says and taste and see that He is good. I certainly have, and look forward to taste and see more of His goodness as I learn more about obeying. Did you know the coins paid Judas to betray Jesus came out of the Offering of God [God’s money] in the temple? The High Priest & Elders robbed from God to betray Jesus.  When Judas threw the coins at their feet, they couldn’t put the money back in the offering box because they KNEW they had done wrong. That’s why they used the coins to buy “The Potter’s Field”  called “Field of Blood” to this day! [see Matthew 26:14-16, 27:3-10]

Psalm 37: 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.

Thinking about all the struggles going on in our country, these verses stood out to me. Do Not Fret; evildoers shall be cut off. We must cease from anger, forsake wrath, not fret because these things only cause harm (to us and others). God continues:

For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.

Pray for the Lord’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, and leave it to Him to bring things around for our good as He brings good in the midst of this evil, chaos and strife. 

Next, I’m reading Nehemiah 12,  where the meanings of the men’s names are significant to understanding the chapter. Verse 10: Yeshuah=deliverance/salvation, Joiakim=God exists, Eliashib=God responds, Joiada=God knows. Verse 24: Hashabiah=Thoughts of God, Sherebiah=Scepter of God, Kadmiel=God goes before you. Imagine what it was like for the refugees knowing what these men’s names mean, to those who did all the work to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and preparing the place to worship God Almighty. Imagine being the parents who picked out these men’s names! Since the Lord God never changes (Malachi 3:6), we can claim God is our deliverance and salvation, can know He exists, that He responds and He knows all about us and our needs. The thoughts of God are for us, the scepter of God is in the midst of His people. [name definitions from One New Man Bible foot notes pg.1125 ]

Until next time, think on these words from March 20th Moravian Daily Texts 2019

hymn #609:

O give me Samuel’s mind! A sweet unmurm’ring faith, obedient and resigned to thee in life and death, that I may read with childlike eyes truths that are hidden from the wise.

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Concluding Biblical 10:10 Series

happy nerd Hello again dear readers. Join me as I look  into my last 10:10 and a few 1:10’s in the New Testament.

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

obesentYes, all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, so make sure you are speaking the truth in love and have a true estimation of who you are in Christ.

2 John 1:10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;

Many there are these days, as there were in the first Apostle’s days, who don’t stick to the basic gospel: Jesus’ virgin birth, torture, death and resurrection. The Word speaks of gospels of angels, of demons, denial of resurrection, …

3 John 1:10 Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.

This passage speaks of leaders who do not believe the truth of the Gospel, prohibit those who do, and throws these people out of the church.

Jude 1:10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.Image result for photo of brute beasts

If you read further, they’ve “run greedily into the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.” (v.11)

Revelation 10:10 Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.Image result for picture of scroll with seven seals

 the ‘book’ or scroll did just as the angel said 

11 And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”

As in the days of Noah…as in the days of the early church… as in the 21st century… it behooves us to dig into the Word of God and ask Holy Spirit to enlighten us and help us understand the truths it contains. This world is going to continue to descend into the deep chasms of darkness and error the Bible talks about, but those who walk in the light of Jesus Christ and fellowship with the Lord will shine brighter as the world gets darker. God planned your birth for this time, in this place to shine forth the glory of God and accomplish the good works God planned for you. 

This weekend as we celebrate “the wearing of the green” for St. Patrick‘s Day , I encourage you to learn about the fascinating life and ministry of the man we celebrate who brought salvation to the Emerald Isle. I pray amongst the festivities you’ll deepen your communion with the Lord of life, for He is worthy!

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New Testament 10:10’s Part II

happy nerdWelcome once again dear readers! As I work on this, it is Ash Wednesday. Visiting with an Episcopal priest a few days ago, she said they can’t say Hallelujah from today until the Lenten season is over. This is news to me, which shows I’ve not been in a church that observes Lent from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. I truly DO learn something new every day – do you?

Our first 10:10 verse today is in the book of Acts.

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Acts 10:10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance.

In this part of Acts, the Lord lowers a sheet down before Peter filled with unclean animals and God says: “Take and eat.” Peter testifies to God that he’s a “good Jewish boy” and has never eaten any unclean thing in his life. The sheet was taken up and came down three times before Peter understood God was showing that the gospel is for the gentiles as well as the Jew. This vision prepared Peter to accept the invite to go to Cornelius’ house, where he preached the good news and Cornelius’ entire household was saved. Not only that, a whole church was planted from this event!

Romans 10:8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Dark BaptismThis passage is explaining to the Israelites how to accept the free grace of Jesus and the next passage shows how they can’t rely on keeping the Law to save themselves; even their ancestors in the wilderness could not keep from following the lusts of the flesh.

1 Corinthians 10:6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul is attesting to his Spiritual authority and integrity in Christ.

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2 Corinthians 10:10 “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” 11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.

Hebrews chapter 10 brings all the verses above together:

Hebrews 10:8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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God’s Old Covenant in the Law has been fulfilled and the New Covenant is established in Christ Jesus. If we walk in the Old Covenant; the Law, we must keep every dot and tittle to the ‘T’ or we break the whole Law and there is no reconciliation. The last Passover Christ ate with His disciples was the New Covenant being set forth. The final Matzo that was hidden, found by the children at the end of the meal, redeemed from the child, then broken and passed around as the ‘dessert’. This is that which Jesus took, broke, then said “Take, eat. this is My  body broken for you.” Then He took the cup of wine that was the Cup of the New Covenant in His blood, the fourth cup passed around at the Seder. So with the celebration of Passover starting the Old Covenant, this celebration of Passover started the New Covenant. The cup of Christ’s blood covered ALL our sins, which the blood of animals never could do. This cup also created One New Man out of Jew and Gentile and reconciled both to the Father. All the Scriptures I’ve shared today are the Apostles and Disciples reaching out to share the New Covenant in Jesus Christ with first the Jew, then the Gentile. It’s a little glimpse into the New Testament writings that explain the Christ and how we can be brought into fellowship with Him as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May we all learn to live in the light of this great covenant of love from Father God, through Christ Jesus, activated by Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

Bless you all as we head into the Lenten season which leads to the Greatest Day of all: the day we celebrate with “Christ the Lord has risen today, Alleluia!”halleluia

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New Testament 10:10’s part 1

Thank you readers, for joining me as we enter the first chapter 10 verse 10’s in the New Testament. Let’s start at the beginning as I combine Matthew and Luke where Jesus was sending His disciples out:

Matthew 10:These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying:..Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts,10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.

Luke 10:8 [spoken to the 70] Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say…

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Jesus gathered His disciples and commissioned them to preach salvation, heal, deliver those they went to minister to in the villages surrounding Jerusalem. The disciples were amazed at the provision of the LORD on their journey and how the spirits obeyed them in Jesus’ name. Remember, at the end of Matthew Jesus appeared after His resurrection to the 11 disciples (after Judas Iscariot was gone) and further defined their commission:

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

As followers of Jesus, we have the same commission. He has given us ALL AUTHORITY as His Spirit has taken up residence in those who believe. 

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Mark 10:10 In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter.11 So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Jude 10:10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.

In the above verses, Jesus sharpens the focus of God’s original Laws and reveals the true nature of our battle. Today we are inundated with people as described in Jude. Don’t be deceived; God is not mocked! We should not be dismayed at the things going on around us in this world, we should be fighting the good fight of faith and battling in the spirit as Paul mentioned in 2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…

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Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren,be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

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Until next week, praying you will all STAND STRONG in the Lord, Amen.

 

Finishing the Old Testament 10:10’s

happy nerd Welcome Readers! Thanks for joining me again as I work through the last 10:10 verses in the Old Testament, starting in Isaiah. I will include some verses around the 10:10’s this time to give more detail to the verse.

Isaiah 10:10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols,
Whose carved images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
11 As I have done to Samaria and her idols,
Shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols?’ ”

Well, should Jerusalem get away with worshiping idols if God didn’t let Samaria? If God didn’t let idol worship go unpunished in the Old Testament, why would He let us go when we turn from Him to our modern idols?

Jeremiah 10:10 But the Lord is the true God;
He is the living God and the everlasting King.
At His wrath the earth will tremble,
And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.

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This passage comes at the end of God talking about the skilled workers of wood and stone who fashion idols. They use half the wood to carve the idol, then throw the other half into the fire to keep warm. These idols can’t speak and can’t stand up by themselves, so why serve these worthless things when we can serve the Living God?

Ezekiel 10:9 And when I looked, there were four wheels by the cherubim, one wheel by one cherub and another wheel by each other cherub; the wheels appeared to have the color of a beryl stone. 10 As for their appearance, all four looked alike—as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel.11 When they went, they went toward any of their four directions; they did not turn aside when they went, but followed in the direction the head was facing. They did not turn aside when they went. 12 And their whole body, with their back, their hands, their wings, and the wheels that the four had, were full of eyes all around. 

This is the famous vision Ezekiel saw in God’s throne room, the wheel in the middle of a wheel. The world pictures cherubs as cute little chubby”cupids” floating around on the clouds. The REAL cherubs around God’s throne are much more intimidating! Are we ready for the REAL Heaven to invade earth? The prophets say it’s coming SOON! 

Prophecies Concerning Persia and Greece

Daniel 10:10 Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands.11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.

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As Daniel did, may we all tremble at the greatness of our God! 

Hosea 10:9 “O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah;
There they stood.
The battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity
Did not overtake them.
1When it is My desire, I will chasten them.
Peoples shall be gathered against them
When I bind them for their two transgressions.

pexels-photo-415983.jpegGod sends the enemy to chasten His beloved ones so that they might turn from their sins back to the Father. God also chastises enemy nations for being too harsh on His people. Remember:

Deuteronomy 32:35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense;
Their foot shall slip in due time;
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
And the things to come hasten upon them.’

 The last 10:10 Scripture is filled with hope and a promise from God Almighty.

Zechariah 10:9 “I will sow them among the peoples,
And they shall remember Me in far countries;
They shall live, together with their children,
And they shall return.
10 I will also bring them back from the land of Egypt,
And gather them from Assyria.
I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon,
Until no more room is found for them.

The LORD has NOT forgotten His chosen people Israel! This prophecy is being fulfilled in our days; He is bringing multitudes back to the land of Israel and space is at a premium. Pray that they will be able to lengthen their tent stakes, stretch out their borders, and posses the whole land God gave to their forefathers.

cry me a riverIn light of what I’ve shared, let’s repent, for He is coming quickly. So wash your ‘garments’ and cleanse your soul by the Blood of Jesus, press in to relationship with Him and stand firm in faith. Hope in God alone and trust the great, joyful sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As Daniel and Ezekiel prayed for the sins of their nation, let us also repent for our nation’s sins and our part in it.  The LORD will execute His justice at just the right time. In that day we will thank Jesus Christ for His mercy and grace and the righteousness that we ourselves could never buy!

I leave you with one last Scripture:

Psalm 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!                                                                                            angelic

 

The Question About Knowing Your Final Destination When You Die

Great thoughts on an urgent topic!

Victors' Corner

A reader recently commented on one of my posts. And I followed his trail to his blog where I read some interesting posts.

In Suicidal thoughts/In case tomorrow never comes, the author asked some amusing questions and suggested that we think or blog about them. I am taking up the challenge here by answering one of the many questions he asked.

Of all the thirty five questions on the list, this one (which was incidentally no 1) tickled my fancy the most:

“If you had the chance to find out where your final destination would be after you die right now at this moment, would you wanna know?”

My immediate response to that question was, “…I am glad that I don’t have to wait till I die to know where I would be when I die. As a believer in Christ, I know I will be with God when I…

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Bible 10:10’s in Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes

Welcome Readers to the next installment of my study of the Bible 10:10’s. Let’s see what the next 4 books say about God – and about us.

Job 10:10 Did You not pour me out like milk,
And curdle me like cheese…

Verse 10 is where Job begins his plea to God after his learned “friends” start giving him advice about his sins that “obviously” brought all these troubles on him. As we find out if we read through the whole book of Job, God turns the questions back to Job and humbles him to the ground. Job realizes quickly that he has no right to question God, who made all things in Heaven and earth and has a right to do what He needs to do to humble us and bring about His plans and purposes; for the universe, as well as each of us as individually.

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Psalm 10:10 So he crouches, he lies low,
That the helpless may fall by his strength. 

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As a lion waits to pounce, the wicked do also. I just watched a video from Kyle Winkler in which he does an excellent illustration of how the devil compares to an actual lion:  Stand in Your New ”I Am” – Kyle Winkler Ministrieshttp://www.kylewinkler.org I encourage you to watch this video; it’s less than 30 minutes long.

Proverbs 10:10 He who winks the eye causes trouble,
And a babbling fool will be ruined. NASB             sly like a fox

angelic Chapter 10 of Proverbs shows the “Contrast of the Righteous and the Wicked”. All wisdom comes from God, and from seeking Him and reading His Word. It is able to make a simple person wise and one who sins to change their ways. I’m so grateful for Christ’s Righteousness that covers each of us sinners once we accept His saving grace and call Him Lord.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the ax is dull,
And one does not sharpen the edge,
Then he must use more strength;
But wisdom brings success

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In chapter 10, Solomon talks about wisdom and folly and what life is all about. He was well-acquainted with both, as we find reading through his life. God gave King Solomon more wisdom than any other man had – or has had – even to this day. I recently read this fact in the books of I & II Chronicles.

I encourage you all to find time to read much in these 4 books of the Bible. They are amazingly similar, all dealing with wisdom and folly, telling of the Lord’s creation, glory, judgments, mercy and grace. I hear Him as well as Job, King David and King Solomon showing God’s faithfulness to His precious creation. God’s ultimate goal is to orchestrate things so His Glory will be manifest; the people will be in awe and then turn to Him.

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stary eyes I love the glory of God that surrounds the plane in this photo; no person will have an excuse for not believing in The Lord God Almighty after experiencing sites like this! Join me in praying for the harvest and for more workers for the harvest! Remember, the greatest prayer we can pray is “Thy kingdom come; They will be done…” I hope you will join me again next week when I dig into the next Scriptures in this “series”.