Sunday, August 7, 2022

SINGLENESS of HEART

 

Acts 2:46

King James Version

46 And they, 

continuing daily with one accord in the temple, 

and breaking bread from house to house, 

did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,


What does "singleness of heart" mean?

Here's what JESUS said:

Matthew 6:22

King James Version

22 The light of the body is the eye: 

if therefore thine eye be single, 

thy whole body shall be full of light.


GOD, through prophet Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 32:37-41

King James Version

37 Behold, 

I will gather them out of all countries, 

whither I have driven them in mine anger, 

and in my fury, 

and in great wrath; 

and I will bring them again unto this place, 

and I will cause them to dwell safely:

38 And they shall be my people, 

and I will be their God:

39 And I will give them one heart, 

and one way, 

that they may fear me for ever, 

for the good of them, 

and of their children after them:

40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, 

that I will not turn away from them, 

to do them good; 

but I will put my fear in their hearts, 

that they shall not depart from me.

41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, 

and I will plant them in this land assuredly 

with my whole heart and with my whole soul.


GOD, through prophet Ezekiel:

Ezekiel 11:19-20

King James Version

19 And I will give them one heart,

and I will put a new spirit within you; 

and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, 

and will give them an heart of flesh:

20 That they may walk in my statutes, 

and keep mine ordinances, 

and do them: 

and they shall be my people, 

and I will be their God.


How do people of such heart, live?

Acts 2:41

King James Version

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized

and the same day there were added unto them 

about three thousand souls.


Acts 2:42

King James Version

42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, 

and in breaking of bread, 

and in prayers.


Acts 2:43

King James Version

43 And fear came upon every soul: 

and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.


Acts 2:44

King James Version

44 And all that believed were together, 

and had all things common;


Acts 2:45

King James Version

45 And sold their possessions and goods, 

and parted them to all men, 

as every man had need.


Acts 2:47

King James Version

47 Praising God, 

and having favour with all the people. 

And the Lord added to the church daily 

such as should be saved.


With singleness of heart, comes singleness of purpose.

Such is the BORN AGAIN way of life.

Our purpose, being JESUS alone.


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Saturday, August 6, 2022

It's ALL about OBEDIENCE

 

John 12:49

King James Version

49 For I have not spoken of myself; 

but the Father which sent me, 

he gave me a commandment, 

what I should say, 

and what I should speak.


The LORD JESUS taught us many lessons.

But there's one that was really striking.

It was revealed near the end of His life.

As He was praying fervently to GOD.

Here's what JESUS said:

John 17:4

King James Version

4 I have glorified thee on the earth: 

I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.


John 17:6

King James Version

6 I have manifested thy name unto the men 

which thou gavest me out of the world

thine they were, 

and thou gavest them me; 

and they have kept thy word.


John 17:8

King James Version

8 For I have given unto them the words 

which thou gavest me; 

and they have received them, 

and have known surely that I came out from thee, 

and they have believed that thou didst send me.


John 17:9

King James Version

9 I pray for them: 

I pray not for the world, 

but for them which thou hast given me; 

for they are thine.


John 17:12

King James Version

12 While I was with them in the world, 

I kept them in thy name: 

those that thou gavest me I have kept, 

and none of them is lost, 

but the son of perdition; 

that the scripture might be fulfilled.


John 17:14

King James Version

14 I have given them thy word; 

and the world hath hated them, 

because they are not of the world, 

even as I am not of the world.


John 17:18

King James Version

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, 

even so have I also sent them into the world.


John 17:22-23

King James Version

22 And the glory which thou gavest me 

I have given them; 

that they may be one, 

even as we are one:

23 I in them, 

and thou in me, 

that they may be made perfect in one; 

and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, 

and hast loved them, 

as thou hast loved me.


John 17:26

King James Version

26 And I have declared unto them thy name, 

and will declare it:

 that the love wherewith thou hast loved me 

may be in them, 

and I in them.


In the gospel of Matthew, JESUS again speaks of the same thing:

Matthew 7:21

King James Version

21 Not every one that saith unto me, 

Lord, Lord, 

shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; 

but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.


Matthew 12:50

King James Version

50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father 

which is in heaven, 

the same is my brother, 

and sister, 

and mother.


JESUS even made this part of the prayer He taught us:

Matthew 6:9-10

King James Version

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: 

Our Father which art in heaven, 

Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, 

Thy will be done in earth, 

as it is in heaven.


JESUS taught us "obedience".

To do the FATHER's will.

To love GOD, honor GOD, obey GOD.

EXACTLY as He showed in His own life.

EVERYTHING -- all GLORY -- was for the FATHER alone.

SPIRIT helped me explore what makes GOD answer a prayer.

And here's what I found:

1 John 5:14

King James Version

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, 

that, if we ask any thing according to his will, 

he heareth us:


It's always been about OBEDIENCE.

Do you have such obedience?


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Monday, August 1, 2022

MAGNIFICENCE of JESUS

 

Acts 4:12

King James Version

12 Neither is there salvation in any other: 

for there is none other name under heaven given among men, 

whereby we must be saved.


Do we have any idea how magnificent the LORD JESUS is?

How great His power?

How vast His influence?

How loved He is by GOD?

How much we need His forgiveness?

Scripture knows.

John 21:25

King James Version

25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, 

the which, 

if they should be written every one, 

I suppose that even the world itself 

could not contain the books that should be written. 

Amen.


Colossians 1:16-20

King James Version

16 For by him were all things created, 

that are in heaven, 

and that are in earth, 

visible and invisible, 

whether they be thrones, or dominions, 

or principalities, or powers: 

all things were created by him, 

and for him:

17 And he is before all things, 

and by him all things consist.

18 And he is the head of the body, 

the church: who is the beginning, 

the firstborn from the dead; 

that in all things he might have the preeminence.

19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, 

by him to reconcile all things unto himself; 

by him, I say, 

whether they be things in earth, 

or things in heaven.


Isaiah 9:6

King James Version

6 For unto us a child is born, 

unto us a son is given: 

and the government shall be upon his shoulder: 

and his name shall be called Wonderful, 

Counsellor, 

The mighty God, 

The everlasting Father, 

The Prince of Peace.


Matthew 1:21

King James Version

21 And she shall bring forth a son, 

and thou shalt call his name Jesus: 

for he shall save his people from their sins.


Matthew 17:5

King James Version

5 While he yet spake, 

behold, 

a bright cloud overshadowed them

and behold a voice out of the cloud, 

which said, 

This is my beloved Son, 

in whom I am well pleased; 

hear ye him.


Matthew 23:8-10

King James Version

8 But be not ye called Rabbi: 

for one is your Master, 

even Christ; 

and all ye are brethren.

9 And call no man your father upon the earth: 

for one is your Father, 

which is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters: 

for one is your Master, 

even Christ.


Mark 16:17-18

King James Version

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; 

In my name shall they cast out devils; 

they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; 

and if they drink any deadly thing, 

it shall not hurt them; 

they shall lay hands on the sick, 

and they shall recover.


Luke 10:17

King James Version

17 And the seventy returned again with joy, 

saying, 

Lord, 

even the devils are subject unto us 

through thy name.


John 11:25

King James Version

25 Jesus said unto her, 

I am the resurrection, 

and the life: 

he that believeth in me, 

though he were dead, 

yet shall he live:


Philippians 2:9-11

King James Version

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, 

and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 

of things in heaven, 

and things in earth, 

and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess 

that Jesus Christ is Lord, 

to the glory of God the Father.


Acts 5:31

King James Version

31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand 

to be a Prince and a Saviour, 

for to give repentance to Israel, 

and forgiveness of sins.


Hebrews 2:14

King James Version

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, 

he also himself likewise took part of the same; 

that through death he might destroy him 

that had the power of death, 

that is, the devil;


Hebrews 4:14-16

King James Version

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, 

that is passed into the heavens, 

Jesus the Son of God, 

let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched 

with the feeling of our infirmities; 

but was in all points tempted like as we are, 

yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, 

that we may obtain mercy, 

and find grace to help in time of need.


James 2:19

King James Version

19 Thou believest that there is one God; 

thou doest well: 

the devils also believe, 

and tremble.


1 Peter 3:21-22

King James Version

21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us 

(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, 

but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) 

by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

22 Who is gone into heaven, 

and is on the right hand of God; 

angels and authorities and powers 

being made subject unto him.


Revelation 1:5-6

King James Version

5 And from Jesus Christ, 

who is the faithful witness, 

and the first begotten of the dead,

 and the prince of the kings of the earth. 

Unto him that loved us, 

and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; 

to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. 

Amen.


Revelation 1:10-18

King James Version

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, 

and heard behind me a great voice, 

as of a trumpet,

11 Saying, 

I am Alpha and Omega, 

the first and the last: and, 

What thou seest, 

write in a book, 

and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; 

unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, 

and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, 

and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. 

And being turned, 

I saw seven golden candlesticks;

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks 

one like unto the Son of man, 

clothed with a garment down to the foot, 

and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, 

as white as snow; 

and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

15 And his feet like unto fine brass, 

as if they burned in a furnace; 

and his voice as the sound of many waters.

16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: 

and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: 

and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

17 And when I saw him, 

I fell at his feet as dead. 

And he laid his right hand upon me, 

saying unto me, 

Fear not; 

I am the first and the last:

18 I am he that liveth, 

and was dead; 

and, behold, 

I am alive for evermore, 

Amen; 

and have the keys of hell and of death.


Revelation 19:11-13

King James Version

11 And I saw heaven opened, 

and behold a white horse; 

and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, 

and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, 

and on his head were many crowns; 

and he had a name written, 

that no man knew, 

but he himself.

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: 

and his name is called The Word of God.


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SINGLENESS of HEART

  Acts 2:46 King James Version 46 And they,  continuing daily with one accord in the temple,  and breaking bread from house to house,  did e...