Friday, March 24, 2023

GOD's mysterious ways

 

Romans 11:33-36

King James Version

33 O the depth of the riches 

both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! 

how unsearchable are his judgments, 

and his ways past finding out!

34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? 

or who hath been his counsellor?

35 Or who hath first given to him, 

and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

36 For of him, and through him, and to him, 

are all things: 

to whom be glory for ever. 

Amen.


One of the many early things SPIRIT taught me about GOD, are His mysterious ways.

I've come to know that, through Scripture.

Three particular instances come to mind --


Where JESUS sprung from:

Hebrews 7:13-14

King James Version

13 For he of whom these things are spoken 

pertaineth to another tribe, 

of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; 

of which tribe Moses spake nothing 

concerning priesthood.


Why Israel was selected:

Deuteronomy 7:7

King James Version

7 The Lord did not set his love upon you, 

nor choose you, 

because ye were more in number than any people; 

for ye were the fewest of all people:


The temporary blindness of Israel:

Romans 11:25

King James Version

25 For I would not, brethren, 

that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, 

lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; 

that blindness in part is happened to Israel, 

until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.


So far, those the three mysteries reflect the ways of GOD.

Pure mystery.

In a way only GOD can judge.

But Scripture tells us why:

Isaiah 55:8-9

King James Version

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 

neither are your ways my ways, 

saith the Lord.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, 

so are my ways higher than your ways, 

and my thoughts than your thoughts.


So, if we are wondering why the world is the way it is, why people are the way they are, why our lives are the way it is, and if change will occur, it all serves GOD's purpose.

We pray to know His will.

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

VALLEY of DECISION

 

Joel 3:14

King James Version

14 Multitudes, 

multitudes in the valley of decision: 

for the day of the Lord is near 

in the valley of decision.


Agonizing over decisions?

What would a true born again do?

He doesn't agonize over decisions.

He's made that 180-degree turn.

There is no vacillating over decisions.

SPIRIT and SCRIPTURE have made it pretty clear for us:


GOD, or man?

Colossians 3:23

King James Version

23 And whatsoever ye do, 

do it heartily, 

as to the Lord, 

and not unto men;


GOD, or strange gods?

Psalm 115:3-8

King James Version

3 But our God is in the heavens: 

he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

4 Their idols are silver and gold, 

the work of men's hands.

5 They have mouths, but they speak not: 

eyes have they, but they see not:

6 They have ears, but they hear not: 

noses have they, but they smell not:

7 They have hands, but they handle not: 

feet have they, but they walk not: 

neither speak they through their throat.

8 They that make them are like unto them; 

so is every one that trusteth in them.


GOD, or mammon?

Matthew 6:24

King James Version

24 No man can serve two masters: 

for either he will hate the one, and love the other; 

or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. 

Ye cannot serve God and mammon.


GOD, or the world?

Luke 16:15

King James Version

15 And he said unto them, 

Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; 

but God knoweth your hearts: 

for that which is highly esteemed among men 

is abomination in the sight of God.


JESUS, or the devil?

1 John 3:8

King James Version

8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; 

for the devil sinneth from the beginning. 

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, 

that he might destroy the works of the devil.


SPIRIT, or flesh?

Galatians 5:16

King James Version

16 This I say then, 

Walk in the Spirit, 

and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.


ETERNAL LIFE, or sin?

Romans 6:23

King James Version

23 For the wages of sin is death; 

but the gift of God is eternal life 

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FULL DEVOTION to GOD, or neutral?

Revelation 3:15-16

King James Version

15 I know thy works, 

that thou art neither cold nor hot: 

I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, 

and neither cold nor hot, 

I will spue thee out of my mouth.


LOVE, or hate?

Matthew 5:43-48

King James Version

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, 

Thou shalt love thy neighbour, 

and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, 

Love your enemies, 

bless them that curse you, 

do good to them that hate you, 

and pray for them 

which despitefully use you, 

and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father 

which is in heaven: 

for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil 

and on the good, 

and sendeth rain on the just 

and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, 

what reward have ye? 

do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, 

what do ye more than others? 

do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, 

even as your Father which is in heaven 

is perfect.


STRAIT GATE, or wide gate?

Matthew 7:13-14

King James Version

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: 

for wide is the gate, 

and broad is the way, 

that leadeth to destruction, 

and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, 

and narrow is the way, 

which leadeth unto life, 

and few there be that find it.


LIFE and GOOD, or death and evil?

Deuteronomy 30:15-19

King James Version

15 See, 

I have set before thee this day life and good, 

and death and evil;

16 In that I command thee this day 

to love the Lord thy God, 

to walk in his ways, 

and to keep his commandments 

and his statutes and his judgments, 

that thou mayest live and multiply: 

and the Lord thy God shall bless thee 

in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

17 But if thine heart turn away, 

so that thou wilt not hear, 

but shalt be drawn away, 

and worship other gods, 

and serve them;

18 I denounce unto you this day, 

that ye shall surely perish, 

and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, 

whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, 

that I have set before you life and death, 

blessing and cursing: 

therefore choose life, 

that both thou and thy seed may live:


GRACE through FAITH, or works?

Ephesians 2:8-9

King James Version

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; 

and that not of yourselves: 

it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, 

lest any man should boast.


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Thursday, March 2, 2023

On SPIRITUAL discernment

 

1 Corinthians 2:14

King James Version

14 But the natural man receiveth not 

the things of the Spirit of God: 

for they are foolishness unto him: 

neither can he know them, 

because they are spiritually discerned.


How much do you trust your own judgment?

Do people come to you for advice?

How perfect is your wisdom?

I don't have such things.

As born again, I only turn to JESUS.

As born again, I only wait for His answer.

As born again, I wait for SPIRIT to teach me.

John 3:5-7

King James Version

5 Jesus answered, 

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, 

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, 

he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; 

and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, 

Ye must be born again.


The answers JESUS gives come from Scripture.

Where He laid down His law.

And I live by it.

I do not trust my own judgment.

For it is fallible.

GOD is infallible.

JESUS is infallible.

SPIRIT is infallible.

And the THREE are ONE.

1 John 5:7

King James Version

7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, 

the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: 

and these three are one.


Up until GOD made me born again nearly 42 months ago, I trusted my own judgment.

More like my own instincts.

Oftentimes, it worked.

And I wondered if there was an inner angel guiding me.

Despite my many errors, and failures.

Surely, lessons I needed to learn.

Still, I was being saved from destruction each time.

When GOD took mercy upon my questioning soul, He led me to the Bible.

Where all the answers I needed were there.

He also led me to His SON, who I could pray to.

As well as giving me His SPIRIT, that I may understand Scripture easily.

The world is the way it is, because man doesn't humble himself before the LORD.

He has no love for GOD.

He doesn't seek the LORD.

He'd rather trust his own desires, instincts, and ego.

If only he'd turn to the LORD!

His whole life will be transformed.

He will never doubt his own judgment again.

For his judgment is perfectly aligned to GOD's WILL.

He turns to GOD's WORD for everything.

He knows his life, breath, freedom, work, and relationships hinge upon GOD's LOVEGRACE and MERCY alone.

GOD owns everything.

GOD controls everything.

We do not have a sleeping GOD.

GOD knows all, sees all.

Everything depends on His will, His timing, His plan.

No one can distract GOD from these.

All have been prophesied.

It's just a matter of when things will happen.

The who, why, where, and how have all been prophesied.

It's only the WHEN we believers wait for.

And only GOD is privy to that.

Matthew 24:35-36

King James Version

35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, 

but my words shall not pass away.

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, 

no, not the angels of heaven, 

but my Father only.


For you to know perfectly what to think, say, and do, you must turn to GOD.

GOD supplies all.

Without JESUS, we can do nothing.

John 15:5

King James Version

5 I am the vine, 

ye are the branches: 

He that abideth in me, and I in him,

 the same bringeth forth much fruit: 

for without me ye can do nothing.


Matthew 28:18

King James Version

18 And Jesus came 

and spake unto them, saying, 

All power is given unto me 

in heaven and in earth.


SALVATION comes from JESUS alone.

John 8:24

King James Version

24 I said therefore unto you, 

that ye shall die in your sins: 

for if ye believe not that I am he, 

ye shall die in your sins.


John 14:6

King James Version

6 Jesus saith unto him, 

I am the way, the truth, and the life: 

no man cometh unto the Father, 

but by me.


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.


Trust NOT in your own judgment.

TRUST in JESUS alone.

He is the ANSWER.

To everything.


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