Monday, January 1, 2018

Keep your focus on Jesus in 2018

All through Christmas we have been focused on the reason for Christmas and that is Jesus. Christmas is over and we are looking at the new year.

Let's keep our focus on the Lord. Having your eyes on the Lord. Your eyes of understanding. Ephesians 1:17-19 "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,"

The wise men had their eyes on Jesus as they followed the star. Matthew 2:1,2 "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."

Paul's traveling brothers had their focus on Jesus. Colossians 4:14, Philemon verse 24, & 1 Timothy 1:2 "Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. - Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers. - Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord."

Think about when your eyes of understanding were opened. And when your eyes of understanding of the meaning of Christmas. When you called upon the name of the Lord and was saved. Or have you done what the Bible says in John 1:12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"

How easy it is to lose our focus on Jesus.

The wise men lost their focus when they got to Jerusalem. They relied upon their own understanding that a king was born so they went to where they thought a king would be. Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." They were following God and his star, then they looked to man, and after being set back on track they were back following the star again, which they could have stayed following. Matthew 2:9 "When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was."

Demas took his focus off Jesus. 2 Timothy 4:10 "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia."

But Timothy kept his focus on Jesus. 1 Timothy 6:20 "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:"

How do we keep our focus on Jesus?

  1. Hide his word in your heart. Psalm 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

  2. Gird up the loins of your mind. 1 Peter 1:13 "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;"

  3. Think on Good things. Philippians 4:8,9 "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. 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."

  4. It takes sacrifice. Romans 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Why in the world would anyone want to read the King James Bible?

The King James Bible is written in a poetical format. For memorizing verses, being poetical is a big help for a person’s mind. God’s word in history has undergone 7 trials from 1300 to 1599. These 7 trials are listed here noting that the first 5 trials were met with death and persecution. John Wycliffe translated the original writing of the Bible content into the 1st English Bible. Persecuted for his faith, he died in 1384. John Huss deemed that the translation of John Wycliffe was indeed accurate. Huss was burned at the stake for his faith in 1415. William Tyndale, a master of language, translated the New Testament into English. He was burned at the stake for his faith in 1536. His was the first Bible to be copied with a printing press. Miles Coverdale assisted William Tyndale in printing the Bible, and carried on Tyndale’s work after Tyndale was imprisoned. Coverdale was exiled multiple times for his beliefs. John Rogers, under the pseudonym "Thomas Matthew", finished Tyndale’s work and printed the entire bible in English. He was executed for his belief in 1555. The Great Bible was the first English Bible to be authorized by King Henry VIII. The Geneva Bible was the first mass printed English Bible for the people. The King James Bible was authorized by the King of England (James) in 1604. At this time, 47 scholars divided into 6 groups to confirm the accuracy of the previous translations. Each group studied a section of the Bible. These 6 groups came together to take a seventh and final look at the translation. With all in agreement that the translations were accurate, they published the King James Bible of 1611. No other translation has been created that uses this historical biblical lineage of the King James Bible. Who am I to say these great men, who lost their lives translating God’s Word, were inaccurate? The Scripture says in Psalms 12:6 ‘The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.’

Friday, August 21, 2015

The day of the Zombie!

There is a day of the Zombies coming. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I shall not see the day the zombies walk the earth. In all reality there is coming a 5 month period of time that God will remove death from the earth. There will be creatures released during the time of the tribulation and they will be commanded to torment humanity and as you read these verses God orders them not to kill people, but only torment them. As seen in verse 6, the people will seek to die and will not be able to. Let's think about this. Seeking death? I could think of a few ways to seek death; jump off a high bridge, stand in front of a train, strap a bomb to me and set it off. Look at what is written in the word of God. They will seek death, and shall not find it. Hmmm, they will desire to die, but this death will flee from them. Analysis, if someone seeks death and stands in front of a train, but death flees from them, then what do you have? One undead mess. Revelation 9:5, 6 "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Life After Death. What if?

Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. The afterlife, Over Jordan, Heaven... What is it like? What if...What if someone doesn't believe in Jesus? The Bible gives us a few personal accounts of what... of what... Hell is like. The Bible refers to man as a Worm; Job 25:6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm? Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. And the Bible makes a reference to people in Hell; Mark 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Jesus gives us a personal account of someone who dies and wakes up in Hell. Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. Luke 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. The account that Jesus is referring to is not someone in the future, but someone who has died and has entered into the afterlife. Jesus is the way to heaven. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: If we do not trust in Jesus then he will say to us; Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Life After Death

Psalms 23:4 "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." The afterlife, Over Jordan, Heaven... What is it like? The Bible gives us a few personal accounts of what Heaven is like. Adam - The first, I would like to say, is Adam; though his witness may not exactly be Heaven, but a likeness unto it. Adam saw a perfect world. Genesis 2:9 "And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." Genesis 2:10 "And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads." Revelation 22:1 "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." Revelation 22:2 "In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:3 "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:" Isaiah - The second I would like to mention is Isaiah. Isaiah saw the glory of God of which we may see when we "cross Jordan". Isaiah 6:1 "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple." Isaiah 6:2 "Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly." Isaiah 6:3 "And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory." Isaiah 6:4 "And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke." Stephen -Third is Stephen who also saw the glory of God when he looked into heaven, the place that he was about to go to. Acts 7:55 "But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God," Acts 7:56 "And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God." Note that this was not Abraham's bosom, it ended at the resurrection of Jesus, but the arms of Christ, whom Stephen was about to personally meet. Paul -Then there was Paul. Paul was caught up to the third heaven. 2 Corinthians 12:2 "I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven." 2 Corinthians 12:4 "How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter." The words he heard while there are beyond utterance. I can't imagine what he heard nor what he saw. Paul having been to Heaven and as we read with Stephen's testimony, when we that believe are absent from the body, we are present with Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:8 "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." John - Lastly there is John, whom Jesus talked to directly. It is only with God's help that we would be able to understand what lies after the grave. John 3:12 "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?" We may often think of the golden streets, but that is in the end, what of today? If one has received Jesus into their heart and was to die today what lies beyond the grave? God tells us some tidbits, though they still are not fully comprehendable. Jesus explained about beyond the grave that when we die we, that believe, will have an angelic escort. Luke 16:22 "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;" And he explained that we will be comforted. Luke 16:25 "But Abraham said, "Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented." John shows us beyond the grave in revelations. First we see the throne of God, Revelations 4:2 "And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne." And we see Jesus! Revelation 5:5 "And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. " Revelation 5:6 "And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain..." Surely we the saints will fall down before Christ and like the elders we should bow and sing praises. Revelation 5:8 "And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints." Revelation 5:9 "And they sung a new song,..." Though the sayings of John are futuristic, we can apply these at our death being absent from the body and present with the Lord.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Coments on 1 John 5:7, 8

--This verse shows Jesus is God and able to forgive sin. 1 John 5:7 'For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.' --This verse shows Jesus is a man, able to be our redeemer, the perfect lamb and sacrifice. 1 John 5:8 'And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.'

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Lords Prayer

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to Pray.  Jesus taught them to pray after this manner.  He opens with Matthew 6:9, 10

When we pray, we need to acknowledge God for who he is.  He is the Creator, and he is Holy, we are to praise God.  Open your prayer with reverence and praise to God.

Matthew 6:9, 10 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

In our prayer, we should go into thanksgiving. Thanking God for his provision, and guidance over us.

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

As we pray and praise God and being thankful, we need to ask for forgiveness and confess our sins.

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

After our confession of sin, we can make our requests known unto God. Pray for others as in the end of verse 12 forgiving our neighbor.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

In ending our prayer there should be reverence to God in closing. It is God's kingdom, and it is in his power and give God the glory.