But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:14-17. Have you ever tried to explain the Bible to an unbeliever and they come back at you with the words, "The Bible is just a book written by man"? Well, they're right, the Bible was, written by man. Here's the difference, the Bible WAS written by man, WHO WAS INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, to write the words he did. And the Bible is the ONLY book Inspired by the Holy Spirit to qualify as THE WORD OF GOD. Many men have written some really great books ABOUT God, but again, only the Holy Bible is proven to be the Word OF God. Big difference. For example, I write this daily devotional called MORNINGTIME that I hope is even somewhat inspired by the Holy Spirit ABOUT the Things of the Lord, but it is not the inspired word OF God. The Bible is HIS WORD and man is not to add, or take away any words from it. To do so is just another bible "translation". The King James Bible has best withstood the Test of Time as far as books go. And the Bible is a Wonderful written Reference Manual, AS THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US UNDERSTAND HOW TO APPLY IT TO OUR EVERYDAY LIVES FROM A PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVE. He Knows the Heart OF God, and the intent of HIS WORD, and He instills it into our Heart as only the Holy Spirit can. The Bible is GOoD, BUT TO SOMEDAY SEE CHRIST FACE TO fACE will be even better. So read The Word, study Christ, allow Him to Live IN your Heart with Repentance, Forgiveness, and Salvation, Growing into CHRISTLIKENESS all the rest of your days, that you may Eternally, Be Blessed.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the Power of God unto Salvation to every one that Believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16. BUT CONTINUE thou IN THE THINGS which THOU HAST LEARNED and hast been assured of, knowing of Whom thou hast learned them; And that FROM A CHILD THOU HAST KNOWN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, WHICH ARE ABLE TO MAKE THEE WISE UNTO SALVATION through faith which is in Christ Jesus. ALL SCRIPTURE IS given by inspiration of God, and is PROFITABLE for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, FOR instruction in RIGHTEOUSNESS: THAT the MAN of God MAY BE perfect , THROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOoD WORKS. 2 Timothy 3:14-17. The whole earth cries out showing man the Awesome and Great Mercy and Grace of the Lord, TO ALL OF MANKIND. To the lost and to the saved, the Word of Christ is all around us, all day, every day, everywhere. There is no denying it, and no avoiding it. Christ is EVERYWHERE and in EVERYTHING. Saved and a sinner alike, every breath you take is a Gift from Him. He is so involved in your Life, He has to physically hold all your atoms together because the Laws of science and physics tell us that atoms, the Building Block of EVERYTHING, should actually blow up with nothing left. (Actually, scientists call this "Cosmic Glue", because they have no explanation of why everything DOES hold together). Remember, there are no Atheists on earth, or in Hell, just liars and God-Haters. It is impossible to Deny the Hand, and the Handiwork of the Lord all around you. God made this world and everything in it to show you His Great Handiwork, that you would want even More of Him and come running to Christ unto Salvation. The Bible, The Word Of God, gives explanation and understanding to all that you see around you. You cannot Deny Christ HIS DUE PRAISE. You can ignore Him, but you cannot dispute Him. You see His Handiwork, now run into His Holiness as He Forgives you of your sins, and you, Be Blessed.
And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, ALL THE PEOPLE STOOD UP: (for the reading of the Word), And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. So they read in the book in the law of God DISTINCTLY, and GAVE THE SENSE, and caused them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites THAT TAUGHT THE PEOPLE, SAID unto all the people, THIS DAY IS HOLY unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept (for Joy), when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is Holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; FOR THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH. Nehemiah 8:5-6,8-10. Let's just say this was one huge Bible Study, AND ALL THE PEOPLE GOT IT. They all came to an understanding of The Word, the Law, and what God was truly trying to say to them. Yes, The Law has no Mercy and Grace in it by itself, but when the Lord gives UNDERSTANDING to His Word, then all the people understand that the Lord IS Merciful and Gracious to all who will Follow Him in all their ways and days. Can YOU have this same Joy? Absolutely YES. Read and study the Bible, it is the Word of Christ and He is everywhere throughout ALL the Bible. ASK for Knowledge and Understanding of what you are reading and THAT will bring the Great Joy of the Lord into and through ALL your Life, here, AND the One later. The Bible is a Love Story all about the Lord and why He made us. THAT will bring Joy unspeakable into ALL your day, as Christ gets ALL the Glory all your day long. Both YOU AND HE can't help but Rejoice in ALL the Work of His Hands. Now you can, AND WILL, Be Blessed.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils THE BREATH OF LIFE; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, WHICH LEADETH UNTO LIFE, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:1. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; AND IN THE WORLD TO COME ETERNAL LIFE. Mark 10:29-30. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ETERNAL LIFE. John 3:15. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him A WELL OF water springing up into EVERLASTING LIFE. John 4:14. For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, AND GIVETH LIFE UNTO THE WORLD. John 6:33. The question was asked, "What is God's Greatest Gift to man", and the answer was given as "Salvation through Christ". No, not true. God's Greatest Gift to man, was the Gift of PHYSICAL LIFE. Without Physical Life first, there is no need for Salvation. But once you have the Gift of Physical Life, THEN God's Greatest Gift is Salvation unto Life Eternal. Physical Life starts with mom and dad. Spiritual Life Eternal starts with ONLY Christ, and never ends. If you're reading this, GOoD for you, you have Life. Now continue on the path of Life into Christ and His Gift of Life Eternal. And once you receive the Gift of Eternal Life through Salvation in Christ, you will no longer be concerned about your Gift of Physical Life. That "concern" will turn into Faith and Trust in Christ and that HE will keep you here in earth as long as He wants, and at the Appointed Time, that physical life stops, and Eternal Life takes over. THEN, you will Be Blessed.
And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, BE NOT TERRIFIED: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, THEY SHALL LAY THEIR HANDS ON YOU, AND PERSECUTE YOU, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being BROUGHT BEFORE KINGS AND RULERS FOR MY NAME'S SAKE. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: FOR I WILL GIVE YOU A MOUTH AND WISDOM, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. AND YE SHALL BE BETRAYED both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; AND some of you shall they cause to be PUT TO DEATH. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. BUT THERE SHALL NOT AN HAIR OF YOUR HEAD PERISH. In your patience possess ye your souls. Luke 21:7-19. There is nothing new here, Paul was charged with heresy and taken before Caesar. He testified of Christ to top government officials, and then they killed him. Don't fear man and what man can do TO you, Love Christ and what he will do FOR you. Settle it in your hearts, we are here to preach Christ to a lost and dying world, and then be called Home. Fear not man and his devices, but Love Christ and his Provisions. Man has limited power and authority, but Christ has ALL Power and ALL Authority. So Preach Christ until HE calls you home. There is NO FEAR in serving Christ, Be Fearless, and, Be Blessed.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, HE SHALL NEVER SEE DEATH. John 8:51. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and KEEP YOU FROM EVIL. 2 Thessalonians 3:3. 1 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. John 5:21. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ UNTO ETERNAL LIFE. Now unto him that is able to KEEP YOU FROM FALLING, AND to PRESENT YOU faultless before the presence of his glory WITH EXCEEDING JOY, Jude 1:21&24. It's a scary thing to just know that terrible death and destruction, deception and disillusionment are swirling around just outside your door. And without Christ, all these things can be enough to give someone a heart attack. (Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luke 21:26). But to those of you who have Christ as the Center of your Life, these verses will encourage you to know that no matter what kind of anything is going on around you, THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, will keep you from stumbling, falling, and going down for ANYTHING this old world tries to throw at you. This includes being Deceived about anything. The Lord can show you a deception coming for you a mile away. Again, there is no deception out there that can touch you if you will but Trust Christ and give it all to Him. Satan is defeated and nothing he has for you will touch you, if you are in Christ. Keep in mind, the Lord Himself will use anything He wants to, to bring you closer to Him. But if you stay in Christ, Deception will never touch you. Trust Christ to keep you Safe in Him, Grow you in all the Things He has for you, and someday He'll Call you Home to Himself. In all this, you will, Be Blessed.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Satan is trying to establish doubt in Eve's mind). And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (So far, Eve is standing on Truth). And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: (Here 's the poisoned sewer water). For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (Satan has just spoken Truth AND mixed in his sewer water to preach a False Religion, a lying theology). AND WHEN THE WOMAN SAW (For all that is in the world, THE LUST OF the FLESH, and the lust of THE EYES, AND the PRIDE OF LIFE, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (Satan) 1 John 2:16). that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat". Genesis 3:1-6. Satan went in for "the kill" to suggest to her all 3 "worldly sins", and Eve fell for it. She decided on her own to not talk to her Head, Adam, about this new contradiction of instructions from God and Satan. Eve started the first false religion and took Adam down into sin with her. Can it be said, EVERY religion, doctrine, and theology STARTED BY WOMEN, are all false??? Yes, that's harsh, but is it true? Yes, men also start false religions from the same "3 sins" source of lust and pride, and they all originate from Satan himself. That was the start of sin, and Christ is THE FINISHER of Salvation. Christ will forgive you if you will Repent of your sins, turn from your evil ways, and Trust Him. Do so and you will, Be Blessed.
For THE WRATH OF GOD IS revealed from heaven AGAINST ALL UNGODLINESS AND UNRIGHTEOUSNESS of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by (man) the things that are made, even His Eternal Power and Godhead; SO THAT THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Romans 1:18 -22. So what was the first false religion ever created, who created it, and how many followers did it have? "AND THE SERPENT SAID unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and YE SHALL BE AS GODS, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that THE TREE WAS GOOD FOR FOOD, and that it was PLEASANT TO THE EYES, AND a tree TO BE DESIRED to make one wise, SHE TOOK of the fruit thereof, AND DID EAT, and gave also unto her husband with her; AND HE DID EAT". Genesis 3:4-6. The serpent was the author of the first, (and all subsequent) FALSE RELIGIONS. And Eve was the first woman Preacher of all false religions OF HER DAY. Here's the key, Satan could ONLY try, to plant an idea in her head. Eve took that idea, that she could be like God, AND SHE RAN WITH IT. She decided the tree was good to eat, (so far so good, it was good looking and COULD be eaten in sin), and here is where her THOUGHTS turned into ACTION, she ATE of the fruit, and gave it to the rest of her congregation. AND HER HUSBAND, THE HEAD OF HER HOUSE DID NOT EVEN TRY TO STOP HER. He, Adam, willingly followed her lead. And God, the Head over Adam, was left in the "theological dust". Ever wonder why God says women are not to Teach over men? She would not, Be Blessed.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven AGAINST ALL ungodliness and unrighteousness of MEN, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is MANIFEST IN THEM; for God hath shewed it unto them. For THE invisible THINGS OF HIM from the creation of the world ARE CLEARLY SEEN, BEING UNDERSTOOD by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; SO THAT THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE: Because that, when they knew God, THEY GLORIFIED HIM NOT as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, THEY BECAME FOOLS, And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Who KNOWING THE JUDGMENT OF GOD, that they which commit such things ARE WORTHY OF DEATH, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:18-22,28,32. These verses are THE LAW. They are the facts saying, "All men know God, all men sin willingly and knowingly, and all will die and go to Hell". The Law has NO Mercy and Grace. ALL mankind is going to die and go to Hell. BUT CHRIST, full of Mercy and Grace, came to Fulfill The Law, that ANY man can come to Him, receive His Forgiveness, and Freely Walk with Him all the way into Heaven. Here's my point. When you talk to lost sinners about Christ, the Law, and His Mercy, THEY KNOW YOU ARE RIGHT AND PREACHING THE TRUTH. They also Know that any excuse they try to fool you with, is a lie. Even if you just Preach Christ, the Law, and His Mercy and Grace, AND WALK AWAY, the Holy Spirit will stay and crush ALL their excuses for denying Christ. The Law says Hell, Mercy and Grace say Salvation. The sinner AGAIN has to choose One, or the other, EVERY TIME they hear God calling them to Salvation. They KNOW the Truth already, your Preaching and Teaching just highlights they have A Way to, Be Blessed.
O magnify the Lord with me, AND LET US exalt His Name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. O fear the Lord, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. COME, YE CHILDREN, hearken unto Me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Psalm 34:3-11. Many of the Psalms were written by King Solomon and this one may be his also. Or maybe this was written by King David. For this discussion, who wrote this Psalm really doesn't matter, because the writer was looking at Life THROUGH THE EYES OF WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING. Wisdom is calling all people to seek Her, to Grow in Christ, and to Grow in a serious Understanding of everyday Life fully covered by the Will, the Ways, and the Why's of why the Lord does and leads the Way He does. Yes, the Lord will gladly reveal Himself to all who are seeking Him in Spirit and in Truth, and many times this means blindly accepting the Things He says, by Faith with no Understanding. Yes, Understanding does come to many of your questions, BUT NOT TO ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS. Those He chooses to not answer the way you want Him to answer, you'll just have to Believe He has it all worked out for your best. When Momma tells a child, "Don't play in the street", the child may not understand, but he'll obey his Momma just because he knows she knows what she's talking about and it is for his good. That's called having Faith in and Trusting someone who knows more, and better, than you. Many times something that starts by Faith, does Grow in Understanding. And you will, Be Blessed.