God Communicating Himself to Man

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. 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 a 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
Bibliology
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Great Grace!

 

We cannot control that sinful nature inside us…that’s why Romans 5:6 tells us “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Grace is the sovereign (or superior) act of God by which we are drawn irresistibly to Him…Ephesians 1:5 says… “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Following Jesus is Most Profitible

Back in the Biblical days, the Pharisees and Sadducee’ s (or holier than thou high priest) boasted of all their fasting and how much they prayed and let everyone know how self-righteous they were. They thought they kept the law, therefore, they felt as though they did not need a savior. Many of us are exactly like that for we boast of how we go to church on Sundays and how we are not a bad person and do not do this or that. Little did they know that Truth was standing in their midst.

Well, there is a story in Mark 10:17-22 about a man who came running to Jesus, and kneeled to Him and asked what he could do to inherit eternal life. The man referred to Jesus as Good Master and Jesus responded by saying Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God. (In other words, Jesus was telling the man that you must know that I am God) Jesus really had a way with word and made people account for every word that came out of their mouths.

Anyway, Jesus went on to explain that the law states do not kill, steal, bear false witness, defraud not and honor thy father and mother. Well, the man told Jesus that he had observed all those things from his youth. Jesus then replied with love and said, “there is one thing thou lackest, go thy way, sell whatsoever thou has, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and  come take up the cross and follow me.” You see, this man did not understand that following Jesus was more profitable.

Well, that man went away sad, because he had much riches. Brothers and sisters, there was one law that this man could not fulfill and that is the law that states: thou shalt have no other god before thee. God was less important than his possessions. This man’s possessions were his god.

When we become true followers, we are justified because Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior fulfilled all of the requirements of the law. It is finished, only believe, repent and receive the precious gift of SALVATION!  AMEN AND AMEN!

What’s Your Mind Set On

The mindset around the world is undoubtedly keeps coming back to Christians. Many of us are always keeping track of what’s taking place in the world instead of focusing on what’s occurring in their spirit person. World refers to the world system. It refers to the beliefs, way of thinking, opinions of existence and major fears that operate complete opposite to the will and the way of God.

The world recommends that your victory call for an individual to convert from the journey of godliness and to evade working on your relationship with God. Nevertheless, Jesus said a life devoid of God or the things of God are useless. In spite of how beneficial things in the world appear, they are really of absolutely no benefit. Matthew 8:36 states: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?                             

 Rom 12:2 gives us the strategy by advising : And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.. We have to be prepared to fight and withdraw from the world’s methods by means of re-training our hearts and minds.

Our hearts and minds are reprogrammed and created for God. As soon as we change our thoughts, the Holy Scriptures teaches us how to operate in the spirit person. Philippians 2:5 which states: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus You see brothers and sisters; we must withstand the devil in order to gain victory over the world. Philippians 2:13 goes further to tell us: For God which worketh in you both to will and to do his good pleasure.

Memorial Day and Instruments of War

America celebrates Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th. However, some Americans  do not understand the significance of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is about honoring the many brave military people who defended our country.   As an ex-soldier of the United States Army, I was not one of those who actually went to war. However, I stayed behind and did a great deal of guard duty for families left behind enemy lines in Germany.

Some Americans  go about their daily duty without ever thinking about the security of our country. We often run around trying to make ends meet or are partying hardy while men and women fight for our country. Personally, I do not think there is enough recognition for those brave men and women who risk their lives for us.

Nevertheless, military people are not the only people on the battlefield. Christians are on the battlefield every day. A devout soldier of the Lord has the responsibility of pulling God‘s children back from the enemy lines. They do this by telling them the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who released us from the grips of the enemy. As a Christian, we make it known to the lost that “WE WIN” through believing and trusting that the battle is the Lords and we are instruments sharpened by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Christians are required to take this spiritual battle serious and understand that whether we want to or not, we must stay focused on the Commanding officers lead. He automatically knows every move and sees every thing the enemy is trying to do. He is the all-seeing, all knowing God Almighty!

Only through listening and believing in  Him will we have the ability to be steps ahead of the enemy. Our Commanding Officer gives us the ability to NOT get caught off guard. However, we must pay close attention to Him by building a strong line of communication with Him.  He even helps us when it is hard to venture into the unknown as to  accomplish our mission.

God teaches us how to be effective mighty warriors defending the lost and wounded souls of battle. Those who try to be heroes, not listening to the commanding officer will not gain a purple heart or great badge for bravery. The only badge they will receive is a badge of dishonor for refusing to obey.

As mighty warriors, we are invincible through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Live or die, we win! Carry on Soldiers of the Lord!

STONE Y HEARTS

I know that most of you have heard the statement: “God knows my heart”.  Well that is very true…Mark 28 tells us how Jesus knew that the high priest reasoned within themselves. Luke Well, from the beginning of time, even in the first book of the Bible, Genesis 6:5, God say that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of mans heart was only evil continually.

Not one of us has the ability to cleanse our own heart. Proverbs 20:9 states: “Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure and free from sin?”

Proverbs 21:2 says people may be right in their own heart, but the LORD examines their heart.

God wants wicked hearts to depart from him. In Psalm 101:4 it states: A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.

Ezekiel 11:19 says: And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stoney, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, a heart of flesh.

It’s amazing how humanity tries to change God by coming up with man made laws to justify their actions so they will not have to conform to the Word. Romans 10: 3 remind us: For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

 

He lifts you up!

The labor that we find difficult to perform is letting go and God and allowing Gods finished work to manifest in us through relentless FAITH that He’s got an answer for all of our woes and whining and let downs. All we have to do is draw closer to the Lord so he can show us how to tap in to our resources.

We have healing, prosperity, no distress and not hunger because God has already provided us with the means to tap into the Holy treasures God have stored up for us. He wants us to rest in knowing that we must labor to learn how to say “I AM HEALED BY HIS STRIPES” .

If your doctor tells you that you have cancer and have an expectancy date to die. It takes labor to look straight at that doctor and say, I understand, but I am healed by his stripes.  It takes labor to see your child go away and you finally let go by confirming that “God takes care of your children”, he will protect them. And it takes even more labor to say “God supplies all my needs according to his riches in Glory through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, when you are jobless and hungry. However, keep believing until that thing manifest before your eyes. 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.”

Philippians 4:19 states:

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

People, many of us are trying to get God to move and do things He’s already done. It is now our move.

Be strong and trust in the fact that God is always there in the midst looking at you and wondering why you choose to go through things rather than calling upon Him so you learn how to access the secrets to total victory, spiritual, mental, and physical success!

Temptations

In the first few chapters of the book of Genesis, God established Adam as Eve and gave them power over everything, and everything they needed, he also gave.  After the serpent convinced Eve against God’s s specific instructions, Genesis 3:6 tells us that she was convinced after she saw how beautiful and delicious the fruit looked and she desperately wanted it. Allurement is attraction to something flattering or desirable.

Eve‘s desires for the fruit made her forget the importance of what she already had. According to James 1:15; lust gives birth to sinful actions. In Ephesians chapter 4 and verse 18, states we continue to drift far from the life God gives.

Many of us keep closing our minds and hardening our hearts towards God. Still, even in our rebellion, God loves us so much, that again, he gave us everything we could ever need or want through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Yet, we still do not understand the importance and the power we possess. Some people are not excited by God, but by His creations. Clearly, they are after the charming things they see, hear, taste, and feel, however, we should be chasing God. We should be storing up heavenly treasure that will never end. We are to desire the creator more than His creations.

The Church

Ephesians 1:22-23. It states; God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

1 Peter 2:5  NLT states: And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

The original Greek translation of the word Church means the called out ones. The English version means “dedicated to the Lord. Commonly used to refer to a holy place or temple, it typically implies a sacred building or temple.

Hebrews 10:25:

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Romans 12:5: states:

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Ephesians 2:21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

The Bible confirms that we are the church.

Ephesians 4:11-13 further explains: Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. In reality, the saved or the “called out” come together in a collective gathering at an appointed time and place.

Saints are ministered to through singing, praising, and teachings.

The Church building is where Christians assemble to receive in depth knowledge from chosen minister/teachers of the Lord. Take your time to choose what church you should attend, for there are many false prophets out there. However, do not let them stop you from gathering. God has a special plan for them. They must answer to God for such behavior. We are not the judge.

God Keeps You from Going Crazy

Everyday we experience different confrontations and so many different people cross our pathways. Sometime we get caught up in situations and it it difficult to figure out how we got there. For this reason, It is important that each day before we take off into the world of battles we should ask the Lord to prepare us for what is coming. 

Take this scripture with you each day and say it:

 

THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH PASSETH ALL UNDERSTANDING KEEPS MY HEART AND MY MIND THROUGH CHRIST JESUS. AND THINGS WHICH ARE GOOD, AND PURE AND PERFECT AND LOVELY AND OF A GOOD REPORT, I THINK ON THESE THINGS.

Phillippians 4:7-8