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April 24, 2018, 9:25 AM

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April 24, 2018

Matthew 7:12 (KJV)
12  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

The Golden Rule. This goes hand in hand with the greatest commandment, “…thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Mark 12: 30-31).

Now isn’t that easy? How contrary to the current value structure that exist in our world today. We live in a selfish world. We are good at receiving, but not at giving. Our value system has changed from that which is Godly supported by the Word of God, to a value system that is based on the current flow of human desire. Now in the great state of California, my home state, they are attempting to establish by law to make human desire the foundation of values and strip away any dissenting voice. I just wish we would learn something from history, just once, and avoid the erosion of liberty. We want it our way. Just as Samuel heard from the people of Israel, we want a king. We want to be like everybody else, give us a king. Israel went from a theocracy to a monarchy. They didn’t want to be different from everybody else.

If we want to be treated well, treat people well! If you want to be loved, love! If you want to receive, give! I f you want compassion, be compassionate! We need more than an attitude change, we need a complete change in our heart and mind. Jesus is building on the truth that He has already spoken, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Mat. 6:33). To reach the point in our spiritual journey where we can love our neighbor as ourselves, we must first crown Jesus as Lord of our whole life. Only then will we have this heart and mind. The first fruit listed as the fruit of the Spirit is love. To love others as He loves us we must yield. We are blessed.

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April 23, 2018, 9:29 AM

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April 14, 2018

Matthew 7:9-11 (KJV)
9  Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10  Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

One of my greatest tools for daily devotion is my hymnal. There I find great expressions of truth.

“Be not dismayed what ere betide, beneath His wings of love Abide,

Through days of toil when heart doth fail, when dangers fierce your path assail,

No matter what may be the test, Lean, weary one, upon His breast,

God will take care of you.”

God desires to give good things to His children. In the light of all we have already learned through this study, we know that God is faithful in providing all our needs. As we seek first His kingdom, He continues to give us good things. The comparison is that if our worldly father, which is sinful, gives good things, how much more our heavenly Father gives.

To them that ask Him. Do we think that God is too big to take care of our daily needs.  Ask! God wants to take care of you. Do we really believe? Ask in faith! Believe! We are blessed.                                                                        

         

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April 19, 2018, 9:22 AM

Morning Coffee


April 19, 2018

Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV)
7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

What do we treasure? Where is our heart? What are we asking for? What do we seek? What do we want opened?

I believe that the main thrust of this message is the personality of a kingdom man. With this in mind, our treasure should be His kingdom in our life, where Christ is lord. Our treasure should be His rule in our life. “For where your treasure is, there will heart will be also.” (Mat 6:21).

He encourages us to pray. We ask for things we don’t have, we seek for things we can’t find, we knock on doors we can’t open. In our quest for the kingdom, Christ rule in our life; we ask, and keep on asking, for continual growth in our personal relationship with God. We seek, and keep on seeking, for wisdom, faith, power and vision. We knock, and keep on knocking, on doors of opportunity to open for the advancement of the kingdom in ourselves and in our influence in the world.

The church is a gathering of kingdom men and women who have covenanted together to advance His rule, kingdom, in the world. “We’ll work till Jesus comes, we’ll work till Jesus comes, we’ll work till Jesus comes, and we’ll be gathered home. This hymn, written by Elizabeth Mills years ago, speaks toward our work till Jesus establishes His Kingdom on earth. Until then we strive to advance is rule over the hearts and lives of men. We ask, and keep on asking, “the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into the harvest.” (Mat 9:38). We seek, and keep on seeking, for truth, love and means to do the work. We knock, and keep on knocking, to find and open new doors for Bible study, evangelism and missions. Our work will only end in glory. When we make Jesus lord over our whole life, lord of our stuff and lord of our future we will be on the ride of a lifetime. The adventure is just beginning. We are blessed.

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April 18, 2018, 9:49 AM

Morning Coffee


April 18, 2018

Matthew 7:6 (KJV)
6  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

It has been my experience that people don’t like rebuke or correction. The easiest preaching is to rail against “big” sins, and to leave personal sin alone. I long for the days when people came to the alter, broken and weeping over their sin, limping because their loving pastor danced on their toes, knee capped them and gave them a swift kick in the hinder parts. Now we are afraid not wanting to offend. Folks,  the gospel is naturally offensive. It gets right in the face of the sinner demanding repentance. It is not for us to condemn, but to instruct in righteousness and proclaim the truth. It is because of those who preach evading the whole counsel of God and tickle the ears of the listener that we embolden sin. We are more interested in crowds than truth. Now we wonder why sin is so bold. Bob Harrington said, “What used to slither in back allies now struts down main street.”

I recently read a poll report that said that for the first time more Americans do not believe that the bible is the Word of God. This makes reaching them difficult. This is giving that which is Holy to dogs, and casting our pearls before swine. They will not reverence it or respect it. They seem to like morality on a sliding scale instead of the absolute morality taught in God’s Word. How are we to reach this vast crowd? We can only do this by the demonstration of the love and power of God. The words of one of my favorite hymns fits this situation. “Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies a parchment made, were ev’ry stalk on earth a quill and ev’ry man a scribe by trade. To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry, nor could the scroll contain the whole tho stretched from sky to sky. O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure the saint’s and angel’s song.” (The Love of God, Frederick Lehman, 1917). The task is difficult. But God is faithful! We are blessed.

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April 17, 2018, 9:38 AM

Morning Coffee


April 17, 2018

Matthew 7:5 (KJV)
5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Talking about not holding back! The hypocrisy here is when we look past our own sin and dwell on the sins of others. I read on social media that America needs Jesus. This being absolutely true, so does the church. We look past our bitterness, our self-righteousness, our slander, our pride, our thievery (Malachi 3:8)(not just financial but also our time and influence), our rebellion, our bad attitudes and dwell on the sins of the world; adultery, homosexuality, transgender, drug abuse, alcoholism, disobedient children and wickedness in high places. Should we stand against these? Yes. Should we call them sin? Yes. If we don’t stand for righteousness, who will? God has set the moral standard, we should not apologize for it, we should not condone it; we should proclaim it.

God does not rebuke His children without correction and instruction. (II Tim 3:16) He does not convict us of sin without showing us His love and forgiveness. “…first cast the beam out of thine own eye.” One of the greatest invitation verses in the Bible is Rev 3:20. The picture of Jesus knocking on the door is a wonderful invitation to relationship. This verse is written to the church! He is on the outside knocking to be let in. If we are to change our world, we must be conscience of our own relationship with God. Then see clearly how to stand for righteousness and demonstrate the love and mercy of God.

I read that where the fires in California completely ravaged the land and mudslides brought even more destruction, that the wildflowers are more plentiful than most can remember. That’s our God! He can take a ravaged and broken soul and make it beautiful; restoring life out of death and despair. God is good. All the time! We are blessed.

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