Lord God, for a brand new day, we are grateful and joyful to be alive! Psalm 4:7 says “You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.” Lord God, we thank you for joy even in the midst of storms. We know that as long as you are with us, we win. In the name of Jesus, embrace the lives of our unbelieving family members and draw them nearer to you. Father, we desire for our loved ones to go to heaven as well. Help us to be your instrument and to plant seeds in their lives so you can grow them in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Thank you for their salvation. Thank you for your joy which is our strength.
When I open my blinds to look outside, I cannot help but smile. I think: “My God, what an artist you are.” Passing people on the streets, noticing how different they are, I think to myself: “Lord, your handiwork in creating us is beyond awesome!” Brothers and sisters, the testimonies I just shared are only a few examples of delighting in the Lord. Delighting in the Lord is a joyful response to the things we know God can do. Delighting in the Lord is a joyful response to understanding the power, majesty, mercy, and grace God provides.
Isaiah 61:10 describes my feeling better than any words I can utter. Isaiah 61:10 says “I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! “For he has dressed me in the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.” Brothers and sisters, Psalm 37:4 KJV says “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” This scripture is always taken literally and out of context. Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us that The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? God does not grant evil desires. In John 15:7 Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Delighting in the Lord is abiding in the Lord. Therefore, when we abide or delight ourselves in the Lord, our desires become His desires. Therefore, God gives us the desires of His Heart!
In the name of Jesus, please continue to bring healing to our hearts and minds so we can stay tuned in to your plans and purposes.
Always remember, my brothers and sisters, that God is far greater than any of our problems. For those who are in the heat of a spiritual warfare, hold on! Keep your confidence! In Christ, the battle is already won. My brothers and sisters, troubled times are the times when we cling tighter and become stronger in the Lord. Do not to fall apart, give up, cave in nor quit.
There are some of us crying out for justice and relief. Try to remember David’s dilemma, and if this is not what you are facing now, then we must pray for those caught in the devils snare. David, in Psalm 31 cried: “O LORD, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me, for you do what is right. Turn your ear to listen to me; rescue me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe. Psalm 31 and do not dwell on what’s happening around you. God not only extends His grace, but God also extends justice to those who try to harm us.
Proverbs 20:3 NLT says avoiding a fight is a mark of honor, only fools insist on quarreling. Life brings many challenges that help build our patience. However difficult, quarreling, complaining and selfish people make it seem as though we’re fighting a battle that’s already lost. I find myself losing this battle or any battle, when I lose focus on who’s doing a new thing… quarreling is a recipe for ending up in wastelands. You see, Satan has willing instruments who throw us off our route. Once we swerve off course, we end up in the wastelands. Who’s making a way out of these wastelands? Isaiah 43:19 says “See, I am doing a new thing.” What new thing did God do? Brothers and sisters, God gave us a savior, a comforter, a guide and a get out of jail free ticket. God gave us freedom from bondage to sin and power to overcome the crafty tricks of the devil.
Born-again believers, saved by grace through Jesus Christ must utilize their God-given grace…their spiritual power and boldly engage in spiritual warfare. Ephesians 6:12 explains, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Satan uses people to push our buttons. Satan hates Christ followers. He’s not playing games. The devil wants us to go down with Him. He’s recruiting many people through emotional turmoil caused by button pushers. Brothers and sisters until the coming of Christ we must continue to engage in spiritual warfare. So from this day on do not allow aggressive people who love to quarrel get you down. Pick up the sword… your Bible; read it, study it, meditate on it, and learn to fight back and be effective in spiritual warfare. The Word of God is powerful against satanic attacks. It is a probing instrument. Hebrews 4:12 NIV explains that “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The Word of God is a defense weapon. Ephesians 6:17 reminds us to take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Jeremiah 5:14 KJV says, “Therefore this is what the Lord God Almighty says: “Because the people have spoken these words, I will make my words in your mouth a fire and these people the wood it consumes.” Again, in Jeremiah 23:29, God spoke to Jeremiah saying, “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
God communicating himself to man
Revelation is the act of God whereby he gives knowledge of Himself which man could not otherwise know. Therefore, there is a great difference between the revelation of God and the discovery of God. Discovery implies that man, by exploration or research, has found God, who was unknown or had hidden himself. Discovery further implies that God was inactive in the process and that man took the initiative in seeking after God. However, the opposite is true. God revealed himself because man could not have found God by searching for him. Man is spiritually limited, and man would not have sought for God, because a holy God condemns and punishes man, who is a sinner.
Theology for Today
Elmer L. Towns
Wretched, oh how wretched I would be if Jesus Christ had not saved me.
Bounded in chains of misery… if Christ had not freed me.
Blind, I was once, but now I see!
Empty and lonely I would be if Christ were not in me.
Ignorant, without knowledge I would be, if God would have not left his basic instructions for me, the Bible.
No other book can compare, no other book is more reliable.
How great Thou Art almighty God for saving someone as wretched as me!
You even left Holy Spirit to comfort and guide me!
You made a wretch like me free from the power of sin…. with Jesus Christ my savior, I always win!
Once I was engaged in the conversation with a friend about the power of Holy Spirit. He begin speaking very proudly of how everything he needs to know Holy Spirit tells him. He even said that he understand everything Holy Spirit tells him. This is a prime example of misguided Reliance on the Holy Spirit. A related danger, and enemy of study, is the notion that because the Holy Spirit influences Our Lives, he will somehow fill us with knowledge of the New Testaments truth without our having to work at mastering it ourselves. Why we should not minimize our dependence on God Spirit to understand scripture aright, it is a mistake to substitute spiritual influence alone for the substantive means of Grace that God has given in the form of SCRIPTURE. Without solid understanding of God’s revelation of himself in scripture, how can we be sure that the spiritual influence we sense is truly from God? The primary standard for making that determination must in the end the scripture!
Encountering the New Testament
Why study the New Testament?
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Romans chapter 1 starting at Verse 24 is proof that God will abandon those whose mind become dark and Confused because they’re going along with what’s going on in this world. The New International Version Bible Romans 1:24 says …so God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their heart desired. As a result they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. And in verse 26 it says that is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other and the men instead of having normal sexual relations with women burned with lust for each other men did shameful. things with other men and as a result of this sin they suffer within themselves the penalty they deserved again and verse 28 it says since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Please, study Romans chapter 1 and you we’ll see that God eventually abandons reprobate Minds… these are those who do whatever to please themselves totally disregarding moral Godly principles outlined in the Bible.