Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thank You


For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  For as the rain comes down , and the snow from heaven, and return not thither, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud , that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that go forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please , and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  Isaiah 55:9-12


Dear heavenly Father, 

It is an honor and privilege to come before You this day; this day that has been set aside to give thanks for all of your goodness unto us;  acknowledging Your sovereignty; giving You all the honor and glory for keeping us another day; for keeping us in our health and strength; having the use of our limbs and being in our right faculties.  This day is being set aside to honor You for allowing us a place with liberty and hope and freedom to worship You according to what Your word says. 

But most of all, dear Father, we thank You for a right mind; a mind to serve You and worship You in spirit and in truth for the ability to establish a right relationship with You!  

All blessings, honor and glory belong to You; it’s due You for You are the sovereign one; the Lord of Lord and King of Kings.

We thank You heavenly Father because You are our keeper, the lover of our souls, the comforter, the almighty, the great I AM. I thank You Lord for sticking closer than a brother. I thank You Lord because You've never failed us; You picked us up out of a world filled with sin and shame. You cleaned us up on the inside so that Your glory could be revealed on the outside. You replaced our stony hearts with a heart filled with a desire to serve You. You gave us a peace that passes all understanding. I thank You Lord because you said You’d never leave us nor forsake us. I thank You Lord because You've delivered us from our self. I thank You Lord because You are a mind regulator, You sustain our mind. You've kept us Lord, when we didn't think we could be kept. You hid us in Your secret place and protected us in the shelter of Your wings. When we thought we couldn't go on, You gave us Your word to encourage our self in, You give us shelter in the time of our storms, You are our strength Lord when we’re weak and worn.

We come to You heavenly Father with thanks giving in our hearts knowing that You and only You are able to supply our every need; to equip us to run this race, to defeat everything that comes up against us, everything that is not like You. Lord we thank You for the provision that You've given.

Dear heavenly Father, we thank You for one more opportunity to come together in prayer and supplication before You.

Lord we acknowledge that we just can’t do without You, we can’t win without You, we need Your power and Your strength. We realize that it is no goodness of our own but You Lord, in Your infinite grace and mercy, that keeps us and allows us to accomplish Your will in our lives. It is Your grace, mercy and good pleasure that we are here today. It is only with You Lord, that we have a promise of eternal life with You!

You said in your word because of Your glory and excellence, You've given us great and precious promises; promises that enable us to share Your divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human lusts. 2 Peter 1:4


You said You know the plans You have for us,” plans for good and not for disaster, to give us a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

You tell us in your word, that the battle is not ours, that it belongs to you. II Chronicles 20:15 So when we feel overwhelmed with the cares of this world, help us Lord to stand, when we've done all that we can possibly do, help us to stand with our faith rooted and grounded in You. Ephesians 6:13

My God, You promised us rest!  You said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and You’ll give us rest.  You said to take Your yoke upon us and learn from you, for You are gentle and humble in heart, and we’ll find rest for our souls.  Matthew 11:28-29

We thank You heavenly Father because you give power to the weak and strength to the powerless.  You promised new strength to those of us who trust in You.  Lord You said we will soar high on wings like eagles.  That we’ll run and not grow weary; that we’ll walk and not faint.  Like Paul, I trust and believe that I can do all things in Jesus name through Christ which strengthens me.  Isaiah 40:29-31

King David said, “I was young and now I’m old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Lord God, I thank You because we know you as a provider. I thank You because you favored me not to have to go without; when I didn't know how I was going to make it; but because of obedience to your word, you supplied all of my needs. And because I know that you are not a respecter of persons, I know that the same God who takes care of me will supply all of our needs from Your glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

Lord I thank You because through You, we don’t have to worry and fret, be depressed or have any other negative feelings due to the cares of this world because despite all these things, whatever negative thing that may come our way, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, because You love us.  We thank You Father because You loved us so much that You gave Your son as the final sacrifice for us.  We thank You God for the holy lamb, Jesus, who You sent here to save us and wash our sins away. John 3:16

We thank you heavenly father for Your wings of comfort and protection. You tell us in your word to be careful for nothing; but in everything we do, by prayer and supplication and with thanksgiving, we are to let our requests be made known to You.   Phillipians 4:6  We thank You because we know You hear our prayers and our supplications and that You will answer us. We thank You Lord, for we know that if we seek Your kingdom first and Your righteousness, that You will come down and see about us.  Matthew 6:13

We thank you Lord because when we heed Your voice and Your word, You said we will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”   Proverbs 1:33

We thank you Lord for Jesus leaving us with a gift—a gift of peace of mind and heart.   Jesus said, “And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:7  We thank you Lord, because You said if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive.    Teach us Lord to forgive and be forgiving even as You are.  Help us to walk in the fruit of  Your spirit.  We know that when we walk in obedience according to Your word that You will supply every need we have according to Your riches in glory.  John 14:27 

Dear God, we thank You for your great, everlasting faithfulness and unfailing love through Jesus Christ. We thank You for your goodness and for Your mercy. Lord, we want to say thank You for all that You've done and for all that You’re going to do.

And now, Lord we pray that even as You be within us that you be with us, that you lead us and guide us, give us wisdom and knowledge to speak and act according to Your will; that we may be worthy ambassadors for You; that your manifested glory be revealed through us dear God. 

We ask all these things and we thank You for all things, in Jesus wonderful name we pray, amen

In closing, I want to leave this final scripture with you:

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Romans 8:37-39

We give God the glory; thanking Him for the comfort, love and strength that we have in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I pray that all minds are clear and that something was said to encourage us to go on in Jesus name. 

Be Blessed in God!


Elder C. L. Henry





Saturday, October 22, 2016

Then Shall the End Come - Part 2


And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come (Matthew 24:14)




Here is a continued brief summary of what God has revealed in His Word about the end of the world:

Some people believe the rapture will occur before the tribulation and that believers will not have to experience any of this terrible time on earth. Others believe the rapture will happen midway through the period. Still others believe the rapture will happen at the end of the tribulation. The most common belief is that the rapture of believers will happen before the tribulation begins. The different views of the timing of the rapture result from various interpretations of Scripture. Actually, no one knows the exact timing of this event except God the Father: 

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  (Matthew 24:36)

What is most important is to know you are a true believer and are ready to go with Jesus in the rapture when it does occur.

The Tribulation:  

Some people will not be glad to see Jesus return:  

Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.
 (Revelation 1:7)

The reason for their sorrow is that they did not accept Jesus. They rejected Him and lived in their own sinful ways. Now, they face a time of great suffering on earth. The Bible tells of this terrible time called the "tribulation" which will occur after believers have been raptured to be with Jesus:

The tribulation will last for 42 months or 1,260 days (Daniel 9:24-27).  It will be a very difficult time. There have been many difficult times in the world, but three things will distinguish the tribulation from all other times of trouble:

First:                It will be worldwide and not just local (Revelation 3:10).

Second:           People will realize that the end of the world is near (Revelation 6:16).

Third:              The intensity of the trouble will be greater than ever before experienced  (Matthew 24:4-14).

There are a series of judgments of God on the earth during the tribulation. These are described in Revelation chapters 6, 8, 9, and 16 and Matthew 24:4-14. The judgments fall on all men and women who have rejected Jesus Christ.

The Millennium:  

The Bible tells of a period of 1,000 years after the tribulation during which Jesus will rule the earth in righteousness (Zechariah 14:9; Daniel 7:14). The city of Jerusalem will be the center of government (Isaiah 2:3). This period will end when Satan stages a last revolt against God (Revelation 20:7-9). God will send fire from Heaven and end all opposition. Satan will be cast into the lake of fire for eternity (Revelation 20:10).

Judgment:  

Those who died as unbelievers will be resurrected from the dead to face judgment. Because they did not repent from sin and accept Jesus as Savior, they will be condemned to eternity in Hell (Revelation 20:12-15). True believers who repented from sin and accepted Jesus as Savior will spend eternity in Heaven in the presence of God (Revelation 21).

The World Destroyed:  The Bible speaks of the world being destroyed with fervent heat:  

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night: in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
 (II Peter 3:10)

Time as we now measure it, will no longer exist. We will enter eternity, which has no beginning and no end:

And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created Heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer. (Revelation 10:5-6)

And then, the special purpose of God will be made manifest: 

Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself; That in the dispensation of the fullness of times, He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him. (Ephesians 1:9-10)

At last, God's special plan will be fulfilled:  

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in Heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.
 (Revelation 11:15)

And 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, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (Revelation 5:13)

 God will create a new Heaven and a new earth. The description of these is given in Revelation chapters 21 and 22. Believers of all nations will be gathered together with the one true God:  

After this I beheld and lo a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God, which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.
 
  (Rev. 7:9-12)

Men and women of all nations--of all tribes and tongues, of every people group--gathered before the throne. But as we preview this great scene of rejoicing in Heaven, let us not forget the challenge that only those who. . .

. . . shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
  (Romans 10:13)

BUT. . . 

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?
 (Romans 10:14-15)

Now. . . what is YOUR personal response to this great challenge?

Be blessed and stay encouraged in the word of God!

Biblical Studies

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Purpose Your Tongue not to Transgress








I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever; with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. 
(Psalms 89:1)






Though the tongue is a powerful weapon that the enemy desires to take advantage of and often does, We serve a sovereign God who is able to cause us to use our tongue for good just as He is good.  God has given us counter strategies to overcome the battle with the tongue. The only way to win this battle with the tongue is by application of spiritual counter strategies given in God's Word.  Consider these strategies:

  USE YOUR TONGUE FOR GOOD:

Speak words of wisdom and kindness:

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.   (Proverbs 31:26)


My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. (Psalms 49:3)

Talk about God:

I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. (Psalms 145:5)

My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day...  (Psalms 71:15)

My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long... (Psalms 71:24)

 Speak of God's Word:

 My tongue shall speak of thy Word; for all thy commandments are righteousness.  (Psalms 119:172)

With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. (Psalms 119:13)

I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.  (Psalms 119:46)

Speak words of comfort from God's Word:

Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (I Thessalonians 4:18)

Speak of the Kingdom of God:

They shall speak of the glory of thy Kingdom, and talk of thy power. (Psalms 145:11)

Let your lips be filled with praise to God:

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever. (Psalms 145:21)

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.  (Psalms 149:6)

I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise Him among the multitude. (Psalms 109:30)

My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. (Psalms 119:171)

Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. (Psalms 63:3)

...and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips. (Psalms 63:5)

I cried unto Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue. (Psalms 66:17)

Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all the day. (Psalms 71:8)

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. (Psalms 71:23)

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalms 34:1)

BEFORE YOU SPEAK, ASK THESE QUESTIONS:

1.         Will what I am about to say bring glory to God?

And whatsoever ye do in WORD or deed, do ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. (Colossians 3:17)

2.         Is it the truth?
3.         Is it fair to all concerned?
4.         Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
5.         Will it edify others (result in good will and better friendships)?
6.         If you are talking about another person, have you said the same thing to him or her?
7.         Do you know that what you are saying is a fact or have you arrived at your own conclusions after hearing rumors?
8.         If you have something against your brother or sister, have you attempted to be reconciled to them before discussing it with others?
9.         Is it absolutely necessary that you say this?

REMEMBER THESE VERSES:

For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.  (Psalms 139:4)

...the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. (Proverbs 16:21)

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.  (Proverbs 16:23)

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! (Proverbs 15:23)

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. (II Peter 3:11)

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. 
(Proverbs 21:23)

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life; but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. (Proverbs 13:3)

CLAIM THESE PROMISES:

Hear; For I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.  (Proverbs 8:6-8)

PRAY THESE PRAYERS:

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. (Psalms 141:3)

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalms 19:14)

ESTABLISH THIS PURPOSE:

Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou has tried me, and shalt find nothing: I AM PURPOSED THAT MY MOUTH SHALL NOT TRANSGRESS.  (Psalms 17:3)





(Biblical Studies)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Victory Over The Tongue







What shall be given unto thee? Or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?  (Psalms 120:3)










You just have to believe the Apostle, Paul, when he tells those that he is teaching and leading that he would not have them ignorant regarding God or the wiles of the enemy.  Yes, the tongue is powerful in its ability to destroy, but God never leaves us defenseless. Though the tongue is a powerful weapon that the enemy  takes advantage of, God has given us counter strategies to overcome the battle with the tongue. The only way to win this battle with the tongue is by application of spiritual counter strategies given in God's Word.

GET YOUR HEART RIGHT WITH GOD:

The first step in gaining victory over the tongue is to get your heart right with God:

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies; These are the things which defile a man...  (Matthew 15:18-20)

Your mouth will speak what is in your heart. If your heart is not right, your tongue will reveal it. Use your tongue to get your heart right with God:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10)

RECOGNIZE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY:

Recognize you will be held responsible for the words that come out of your mouth: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be  condemned. (Matthew 12:36-37)


And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant...  (Luke 19:22)

REALIZE YOUR WORDS REFLECT ON THE GOSPEL:

As long as you believe your tongue is not important, you will not gain control of it. You must realize your conversation reflects on the Gospel of Jesus:

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ... (Philippians 1:27)

Because of this, you should set a good example by your conversation:

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (I Timothy 4:12)

What comes out of your mouth is noted by the unbeliever:

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. (Psalms 126:2)

You can actually win others to the Lord Jesus Christ by your conversation:

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. (I Peter 3:1-2)

KEEP YOUR WORDS FEW AND SIMPLE:

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19)

But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. (Matthew 5:37)

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK:

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear; slow to speak, slow to wrath.  (James 1:19)

If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth. (Proverbs 30:32)

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. (Proverbs 15:28)

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. (Proverbs 17:28)

SEPARATE YOURSELF:

Separate yourself from those who cannot control their tongue: Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.  (Proverbs 14:7)

LEARN THE POWER OF PEACEFUL WORDS:

Peaceful words are more powerful than words of anger:

By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone. (Proverbs 25:15)

RECOGNIZE YOUR TONGUE IS A WEAPON:

Your tongue is a weapon you can use to overcome the enemy instead of being defeated by him:

And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. . .  (Revelation 12:11)

If you control your tongue, it will put to shame those who falsely accuse you:

Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.  (I Peter 3:16)

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR TONGUES:

With God's help, you can control the tongue.  But YOU must take action to control your own tongue. The following verses indicate action from YOU:

For he that will love life, and see good days, LET HIM refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. (I Peter 3:10)

 ...Speak evil of no man... (Titus 3:2)

Speak Not Evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law; but if thou judge the law thou artnot a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? (James 4:11-12)

Let Your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have... (Hebrews 13:5)

Only Let Your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ... (Philippians 1:27)

That Ye Put Off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that YE PUT ON the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Wherefore Putting Away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor...  (Ephesians 4:22-25)

But now Ye also Put Off ...filthy communication out of your mouth. (Colossians 3:8)

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of Your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)

Let all...evil speaking be put away from You... (Ephesians 4:31)

 ...Be Ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be Ye holy; for I am holy. (I Peter 1:15-16)

Put Away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.  (Proverbs 4:24)

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. (Psalms 34:13)

I said, I Will Take Heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I Will Keep My Mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. (Psalms 39:1)

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me; and to Him That ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. (Psalms 50:23)

Thou Shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)

THOU Shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (Exodus 20:16)

PATTERN YOUR CONVERSATION AFTER JESUS:

Jesus spoke gracious words:

And all bare Him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth, And they said, Is not this Joseph's son? (Luke 4:22)

He spoke words of authority about God:


And they were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one that had authority and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)

There was no guile (sinful speaking) found in His mouth:


Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth; Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to him that judgeth righteously. (I Peter 2:22-23) 

(Biblical Study)