112214 – Lord, Have Mercy

From the descendants of Shem, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we meet the Jews, who were God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6). Zechariah prophesied of the Jews as being “the apple of God’s eye” (Zechariah 2:7-9). The purpose of God’s choosing the Jews was to bring the Messiah into the world (John 4:22). Yet, even with all that God had done for the Jews, they sinned against Him. Sin is taken very lightly in today’s world, but its seriousness is that it got Adam and Eve kicked out of the Garden of Eden, and got Jesus nailed to the cross. Yes. God forgives sin, but its consequences, which can be described as being “collateral damage,” can have its own equally damaging effects. Because of Israel’s continued sin against God, the Jews were expelled from the land that had been promised to them by God. The dispersion of the Jews from “their God-given land,” which we know as Israel, began in 722 B.C. and continued through 586 B.C. God’s chosen people have not yet totally returned to their promised land, even though in 1948 the United Nations granted a statehood status to Israel. Since that time, Jews have been returning incrementally, and will continue to do so until the time that the Kingdom is reestablished during the reign of Christ in the Millennium (Matthew 24:31). As we consider the relationship that Israel had with God prior to their dispersion from their promised land, we should also consider the stern warning that God gave the Jews, as we read in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. It is important for you to read all of those verses, and as you do, consider our nation, the USA. Our nation was formed so that we can have freedom of religion. For many years we held close to the Judeo-Christian principles that we find in God’s Word, The Holy Bible. But, the protective hand of God that has covered our nation is gradually being removed. As a nation, we have said that it is okay to kill unborn babies in the womb. We have also said that it is okay for a child to be born, but left to die if it survives an abortion. As a nation, we have said that it is okay for men to marry men, and for women to marry women. That is a good starting point that tells how we are sinning against God. I’m sure that you can think of other offenses. Our nation is walking on thin ice. Just as God removed His chosen people from the land that He chose for them, He can just as easily, and even more quickly, turn our land into one that looks nothing like “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Because this post will go directly to believers in Christ, I have not added a lot of supporting verses of scripture. But, if anyone desires such data, please let me know and I will provide it. Consider the song that is provided. Consider our need to ask for mercy from God. Folks, this is real stuff. We can’t pretend that our continued sinning against God will not bring about His judgment upon us. May God have mercy on us.

Deuteronomy 7:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.

Zechariah 2:7-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 “Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.”

8 For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. 9 For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me.

John 4:22 New King James Version (NKJV)

22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

Matthew 24:31 New King James Version (NKJV)

31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Lord, Have Mercy
Moody Church
Tim Stafford
Chicago, IL

Deuteronomy 28:15-68 New King James Version (NKJV)

Curses on Disobedience

15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

16 “Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country.

17 “Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

18 “Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

19 “Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.

20 “The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me. 21 The Lord will make the plague cling to you until He has consumed you from the land which you are going to possess. 22 The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.23 And your heavens which are over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you shall be iron. 24 The Lord will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.

25 “The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth. 26 Your carcasses shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and no one shall frighten them away. 27 The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. 28 The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart. 29 And you shall grope at noonday, as a blind man gropes in darkness; you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save you.

30 “You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her; you shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but shall not gather its grapes.31 Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it; your donkey shall be violently taken away from before you, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have no one to rescue them. 32 Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all day long; and there shall be no strength in your hand. 33 A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually. 34 So you shall be driven mad because of the sight which your eyes see. 35 The Lord will strike you in the knees and on the legs with severe boils which cannot be healed, and from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.

36 “The Lord will bring you and the king whom you set over you to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods—wood and stone.37 And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations where the Lord will drive you.

38 “You shall carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, for the locust shall consume it. 39 You shall plant vineyards and tend them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them. 40 You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off. 41 You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity. 42 Locusts shall consume all your trees and the produce of your land.

43 “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. 44 He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

45 “Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. 46 And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever.

47 “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you. 49 The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. 51 And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you.

52 “They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the Lord your God has given you. 53 You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the Lord your God has given you, in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you.54 The sensitive and very refined man among you will be hostile toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind,55 so that he will not give any of them the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates. 56 The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, will refuse to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter,57 her placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.

58 “If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD, 59 then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues—great and prolonged plagues—and serious and prolonged sicknesses. 60 Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.61 Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the Lord bring upon you until you are destroyed. 62 You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God. 63 And it shall be, that just as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess.

64 “Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known—wood and stone. 65 And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul. 66 Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life. 67 In the morning you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were morning!’ because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and because of the sight which your eyes see.

68 “And the Lord will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, ‘You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”

112114 – Tell ‘Em

As believers in Christ, we have been given a tremendous honor and responsibility to tell others about the love of God, and the message of salvation which is available to all of the world through an intimate relationship with Jesus (John 1:9; John 17:3). We are also directed by God to “teach, rebuke, correct, and train” in accordance with His Holy Word (2 Timothy 3:16). Consider the following verses of Scripture.

Ephesians 4:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

Eph 4:11-12 is the marching order of our ministry. Its teaching is that Jesus gives spiritual gifts of leadership to key people in the true church, the body of Christ. The context is not that of a brick and mortar church, but is that of those who have been born again and are spiritually indwelled by Christ. The spirits of such believers also indwell the Spirits of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as well as the spirits of all other people who have ever been born again and who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The visual and physical leadership of brick and mortar churches is described in 1 Timothy Chapter 3 and Titus Chapter 1. It is important to notice that in Eph 4:11, “He gave” the gifts. He, “Jesus,” gave those spiritual gifts to key people without any church vote being a part of the process. The terms “pastors and teachers” are used here to describe two separate and distinct people of spiritual leadership. In the context of this scripture, those pastors and teachers who have been spiritually gifted for leadership by Jesus. Other spiritual gifts are described in 1 Corinthians 13 and Romans 12, but they are not necessarily gifts of spiritual leadership as are identified in Ephesians 4. Also, please note that the spiritual gifts of leadership, that Jesus gave in Ephesians 4, are given without specification to education or congregational vote; they are spiritual gifts. Neither is there an expiration date on any of those gifts.

Deuteronomy 6:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Greatest Commandment

1 Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2 that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3 Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Caution Against Disobedience

10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— 12 then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Deuteronomy 6:1-12 tells parents that they are responsible to teach their children the Word of God. In this time in our nation’s history, we have many children, who are children of children. Out of wedlock babies, and homes without fathers, create a major problem for a nation, and for the church of Christ. We, who are aware of such dysfunctional home situations, should become involved in helping those families to know the Word of God. Grandparents may be the instruments of God to teach their grandchildren about the Word of God. There may be believers in Christ who are recognized in communities as being trusted agents of righteousness. There may be other situations where the true born-again church of believers may be able to make a difference in our world. Please pray about this situation. Consider what you may be able to do to teach God’s Word to those who have a great need for it, but know little or nothing of it.

Ezekiel 3:1-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll.
3 And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.
4 Then He said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. 5 For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel, 6 not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you. 7 But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted. 8 Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads.9 Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.”
10 Moreover He said to me: “Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears. 11 And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.”
12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice: “Blessed is the glory of the Lord from His place!” 13 I also heard the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, and a great thunderous noise. 14 So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me. 15 Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.

Ezekiel Is a Watchman

16 Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

Ezekiel 3:1-19 explains a specific situation whereby God directs Ezekiel to warn the people of Israel to repent of their wicked ways. God told Ezekiel that the mission would be very difficult, but the Word of God still needed to be spoken to the people of Israel. Consider the fact that Ezekiel would be talking to his own people. Consider our friends and family, and their need to know the Word of God. By making Ezekiel a watchman over the people of Israel, God also gave Ezekiel a grave requirement. If Ezekiel failed to warn the people of their sins, Ezekiel would be held accountable for those people dying in their sins. God may not hold such a strong arm of judgment over us today, but we should consider the great need to share the Word of God with those who need it the most; those who are lost in their sin of unbelief in Jesus as their Lord and Savior (John 3:18).

Matthew 28:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

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.

Matthew 28:18-20 is known as “The Great Commission.” In the passage Jesus commissions His disciples, who will be soon known as Apostles, to “go, teach, baptize, and teach,” the things that they had been taught by Jesus. As unbelievers became believers in Christ, they also assumed the command of Jesus to “go, teach, baptize, and teach” the things that they had learned from the disciples/apostles. That daisy chain process of evangelism has led the teachings of Jesus to you and me.

Acts 1:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:8 is also known as the Great Commission. The apostles were commanded by Jesus to begin their ministry of evangelism in Jerusalem and go outward in all directions to teach unbelievers the teachings of Jesus.

Acts 17:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

Ministering at Berea

10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.

Acts 17:10-12 occurred twenty years after the events of Acts 1:8. The passage shows the gospel being spread to Jews in Berea and Thessalonica, as well as to Gentiles. A unique factor in this story of the spreading of the gospel of Christ, is that as Paul and Silas preached the Word of Christ, those who heard that message in Berea were “fact checking” the words of the apostles against the words of scripture. Because the New Testament had not been put together yet, the scriptures that were checked were those of the Old Testament as they related to the coming Messiah.

2 Timothy 2:15 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 tells believers in Christ to study God’s Word, but not only should they study; they should be intentional in deeply studying God’s Word. Consider the word of the following translation.

2 Timothy 2:15 American Standard Version (ASV)

15 Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth.

Consider “giving diligence,” as we read the words of the Complete Jewish Bible, as follows.

2 Timothy 2:15 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

15 Do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of his approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because he deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth.

We are told to study, to be diligent, to do all that we can, as we strive to understand more deeply the Word of God.

James 3:1 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.

In James 3:1, we are told that we are held to Godly standards to teach God’s Word. We can’t escape the calling that God has put on our lives. God has called us to teach His Word. We must be serious about that calling.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 New International Version (NIV)

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we read that God’s word is literally “God-breathed.” This passage relates to the Old Testament scriptures, but just as the Old Testament was “God-breathed,” the same thing can be said about the words of the New Testament. Consider the wording of verse 16 in the following translation.

2 Timothy 3:16 English Standard Version (ESV)

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

The Word of God is “breathed out” by God, which shows that it is originated in God, and by God, and is “of God.”

Consider “Tellin’ ‘Em?”

It is without a doubt that in today’s world there is a major populace that has not been told the Word of God. If they have had the gospel spoken to them, they don’t understand it. If all of the people who are rioting, looting, burning and destroying public and private property, and doing other acts of violence actually knew the word of God intimately, we would not be seeing scenes of such anarchy through television outlets almost every hour of the day. So, what should be the responsibility of those of us who know Jesus, and His Word, intimately? We should be intentional in performing the commission of the Great Commission. Yes. We should “go, teach, baptize, and teach” the Word of God to people who may not be in our normal circle of friends and acquaintances. We need to teach our family members to protect them from the Satanic influences that they will encounter in life. We also need to share God’s Word with those people in our world who have no idea of the teachings of Jesus. Otherwise, those people are likely candidates to be indoctrinated into cult and Islamic groups. So, let’s agree, that our God-given responsibility is to “Tell ‘Em,” the Word of God.

There are times when we find ourselves in times of uncertainty, as it relates to our direction of ministry. Some of those times may be very difficult for us. During those times, let’s remember the Words of Jesus, as follows.

Matthew 11:28 New King James Version (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

The following song, that is sung by Charles Billingsley, closely reflects the teaching of the Words of Jesus.

When I Don’t Know What To Do
Thomas Road Baptist Church
Southern Baptist Convention
Lynchburgh, Virginia, USA
Charles Billingsley

That song was so good, that we should listen to another one that tells us of “our Source, who is Immanuel,” which is also sung by Charles Billingsley. Jesus is the source of our “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (The fruit of the Spirit is singular. If we have one of the fruit, we have all of the fruit. Galatians 5:22-23). As scripture tells us, Jesus is Immanuel, who is “God with us.”

Isaiah 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:23 New King James Version (NKJV)

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Immanuel

I can’t let this go. Charles Billingsley will now sing a song that should be the cry of our nation to God. We should individually, and collectively as a nation, cry out to God for His mercy to be shed upon us. Consider the words that God spoke to the nation of Israel after It had drifted away God.

2 Chronicles 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Lord, Have Mercy

112014 – Pray With Me

Our nation is experiencing an assault of lawlessness on it. Today, at twelve o’clock noon eastern time, I will be praying for an ending of all of the criminal acts of rioting, looting, burning, and all other sorts of violence that are affecting our nation. As believers in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, let us consider the last verse of the scripture on The Whole Armor Of God. The first word of verse eighteen says, “praying.” Let all of God’s people go into a time of prayer today with me. Let us be voices of reason. Let us consider the words of Philippians 4:8. My time of prayer will be a time of corporate prayer. Please stay in prayer with me until one pm, eastern time. Continue praying individually, and in your own collective groups, “without ceasing.” Let us worship Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Philippians 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Meditate on These Things

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Ephesians 6:10-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Whole Armor of God

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.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Let us enter into a time of worship, praise, and prayer.

For Your Name Is Holy
Paul Wilbur

111914 – An 832 Life

Consider the Words of Jesus, as he spoke to the Jews, with whom He came to share the Truth of His being “God with them.” (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23-25). In John 3:16-18, He explained that by a belief in Him, a believer would have eternal life with Him. On the contrary, a person who does not have that belief will have an eternity of condemnation, which is one of separation from God and of eternal torment in Hell. In John 8:30-32, Jesus explained to the Jews that by having a belief in Him, they would “know the truth, and be free.” Knowing Jesus is a result of being intimate with Him. The Truth that comes from that relationship results in a believer being freed from the domination of sin over that person’s life. In John 14:16-17, Jesus told the Jews that the result of someone believing in Him would be that His Spirit would indwell them, which is a literal indwelling of His Spirit in their spirit. Such an indwelling will result in our words, thoughts, and actions being influenced by God’s Holy Spirit. In John 17:3, Jesus told the Jews that having an eternal relationship with Him would be the result of having a belief in Him as their Messiah. The truth of the teachings of Jesus were made known to the non-Jewish world through those Jews who became His disciples, who were also believers in Him (Matthew 28:18-20).

Consider the great probability that the readers of this post are believers in Christ, and are also His disciples. We, who say that we are believers in Jesus, have been given a great responsibility. We say that we “know the Truth,” and that “the Truth has set us free” from sin’s domination over our lives. We also say that the Spirit of Christ indwells us. The significance of that belief is that if we have saving faith in Jesus, we have the Presence of God with us regardless of what we do, where we go, what we observe, and what we say. If the Truth of Jesus has actually set us free from sin’s dominion over our lives, we need to put that belief into action in our lives. If we believe that the Truth of Jesus has set us free (John 8:32), we need to have a John 8:32 life. Our house needs to have a spiritual address of “832.” The words that we speak need to be enclosed in an “832 tube.” The places that we frequent need to be “832” places, by virtue of our actions while we are there. We can not remove ourselves from a “non 832 world,” but our closest friends should be “832 friends.” Our places of worship should be “832 places of worship,” and not allow “non 832 causes” to be birthed or encouraged there. We need to pray for the Truth of Jesus to be made known to the “non 832 people” who are looting, rioting , and burning cars and businesses in our nation. The majority of the problems that we are facing in our lives today are of a “non 832” source. In John 10:10, it is easy for us to see that Satan is everything that Jesus is not, and that Jesus is everything that Satan is not. We need to be sure that anyone who observes us, is not confused as to whose we really are, whether we are of Satan or of Jesus. Please read the scriptures and prayerfully listen to the song of worship and praise that follows them.

John 3:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 8:30-32 New King James Version (NKJV)

30 “As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 10:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

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

John 14:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

John 17:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

A Song About An Intimate Relationship With Jesus
First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Southern Baptist Convention
Jessica Stewart, Soloist

111814 – No King, No Peace

Judges 21:25 New King James Version (NKJV)

25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Our country is witnessing the proof that it is a nation whose king is not the Lord, the Lord Jesus. Please pray for our nation, that it will submit to King Jesus as its Lord and Savior. We, who are believers in Christ, who know Him as our Lord and Savior, need to be voices of reason.

Prestonwood Baptist Church
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Something Happens

Medley Of Songs

Lord I’m Coming Home

Take Me Back

Bishop G.E. Patterson (deceased; a mighty man of God)
Church Of God In Christ
Memphis, Tennessee

Revelation 22:20 New King James Version (NKJV)

I Am Coming Quickly

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

111714 – Unto The Lamb

Revelation 5:11-14 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living beings and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,
12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength, and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature which is in heaven and on the earth, and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, saying, “Blessing and honor and glory and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever!”
14 And the four living beings said, “Amen.” And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshiped Him that liveth for ever and ever.

Prestonwood Baptist Church
Southern Baptist Convention
Fort Worth, Texas USA
Unto The Lamb