A Look at Fear . . . Part 2

Rom 8 35 37to38

Halley’s Bible says of this scripture ~

“The sacred, permanent, unbroken love of Christ for us. His death for us, His forgiveness. He has given Himself to us in the person of the Holy Spirit. If we are His, no power on earth, or in heaven, or in hell, can prevent His bringing us to Himself.”

Matthew Henry ~

“All that God is, and has, and does, is for His people. And if so, ‘Who can be against us?’ And prevail against us? Be they ever so strong, so many ~ What can they do?

While God is for us and we keep in His love, we may defy all the powers of darkness. Let Satan do his worst. He is chained.

Who then dares fight against us, while God Himself is fighting for us?

Psalm 118:6 AMP ~ “The Lord is on my side, I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:6 AMP ~ “So we take comfort and are encouraged, and confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, in time of need, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?’ “

 

Loving Your Enemy . . .

Praise and Worship are the weapons of warfare!

Matthew 5:44 NLT ~ “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”

Proverbs 25:21-22 AMP ~ “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. For in doing so, you will heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord will reward you.”

I always thought that this verse was heaping judgement upon those who wronged me.

But this is not to be understood as a revengeful act, but quite the opposite. The High Priest, on the day of Atonement, took his censer and filled it with coals of fire from off the Altar of burnt offerings, and then put incense on the coals, to create a pleasing sweet-smelling fragrance. The cloud or smoke of the incense covered the Mercy Seat and was acceptable to God for atonement. (Leviticus 16:12)

Samuel Wesley wrote ~ “So artists melt the sullen ore of lead, By heaping coals of fire upon its head, In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow, And pure from dross the silver runs below.”

Dross is dirt, refuse, waste.

The writer of Proverbs 25:21-22 above, understood the process of creating something beautiful from refuse or waste.

Matthew Henry wrote ~ “We shall mollify (soften) them (our enemy) as the refiner melts the metal in the crucible, not only by putting it over the fire, but by heaping coals of fire upon it. The way to turn an enemy into a friend, is to act towards him in a friendly manner.”

This sheds a whole new light for me on this scripture. The coals heaped over the dross being refined (or in this case our enemy) by loving them, softens the piece being shaped and in relation to a person softens the heart to prepare them for shaping and moulding to what the creator wants to make. Out of waste comes hope and a precious new creation!

How cool is that!

prov 21 21 (1)

The Sin of Murder . . .

He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him ~ 1 John 3:14,15.

This is the sixth commandment : You shall not murder.

Make what Jesus has done

There was a time in my teens and young adulthood that my hatred of my grandmother went so far as to want to get rid of her. She was a nasty and bitter old woman who lived with us and drove me crazy. It was very sad. But when I got born again, I began to pray for her. By this stage I was married. I heard a preacher talking about his experience of bringing a senile aged relative to the Lord. I was encouraged and inspired. I continued to pray for my grandmother and I sent her a letter to apologise for my part in our differences and I told her Jesus loved her. My mum read it to her but didn’t know if she even understood.

It was coming up to Christmas, so I decided that when we arrived at mum and dad’s place on Christmas day, the first thing I was going to do was go and pray with my grandmother. I had been praying that God would open up a moment of clarity so that her spirit would understand and receive Him.

At this point in time she was not going well and was bed-ridden. I read the prayer for salvation line by line and waited for her to repeat each one and as she did I went on to the next line until we had said the whole prayer. I left her to rest, believing by faith that she had received something.

A little while after Christmas my sister was sitting singing praise songs to her and she responded by singing with her!

Now you had to know my grandmother to appreciate the fact that God had moved in a big way and this was a definite confirmation of her salvation!

I was so thankful to God for His mercy and grace, poured out over a bitter old woman who had not been raised knowing Him, but who had now been saved by grace.

And by faith and a choice to not hate and resent any longer, but to love.

Some scriptures pertaining to this article ~                                                                         Exodus 20:13 ~ Matthew 5:43-47 ~ Luke 6:27-38 ~ Romans 12:10-21 ~ Galatians 5:14-16 ~ 1 John 3:14,15 ~ All 1 John ~ 2 John 5,6

Honouring My Parents . . .

Jer 29 11 (3)

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honour your Father and Mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth (Ephesians 6:1-3)

This is the fifth commandment, repeated here in the new Testament.

There have been many times over the years that I have resented many things that my parents either did, or did not do, in regards to my upbringing. I was a very emotionally charged teenager who was never given any purpose or direction in regard to my life. So I developed into a very emotionally charged adult who spent quite a few years blaming my parents for everything. That is, until one day God showed me that I was wrong to be blaming everything that had happened to me over the years on my parents and others.

Many of us do this, sometimes for our whole lives, without ever owning responsibility as adults for the fact that we can, if we really want to, make changes to our generational inheritances of all the things that went wrong. The bad things that happened, or the opportunities that I missed, cannot be rectified, but God can certainly help to turn my life around. It’s up to me to make the effort, with God’s help, to change.

What my parents did or did not do is determined pretty much by the fact that they were raised by imperfect parents also. When I became a parent, and particularly of teenagers, my whole perspective changed. My parents, I realised, did the best for me, and my sisters, with the education and resources that they had. Amazingly, in fact, when I really take time to think about it. I respect and honour my parents for their input into my life, and thank God for them.

Some scriptures pertaining to this article ~                                                                           Exodus 20:12 ~ Proverbs 1:8,9 ~ Proverbs 6:20,21 ~ Proverbs 20:20 ~ Proverbs 23:22,25 ~ Ephesians 6:1-3 ~ Colossians 3:20

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There is however, the suffering experienced under abusive parents, which I can only imagine would deem respect pretty much impossible. All I can say is that forgiveness, and holding them up in prayer, and fighting in the spirit for their souls, would be the greatest honour that could be shown for them.

Matthew 5:43-48 ~ Matthew 6:14-15 ~ Matthew 7:7-8 ~ Matthew 7:12 ~ John 3:16 ~ Ephesians chapter 6

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The Ten Commandments . . .

DAY 1

The Ten Commandments comprise barely 300 words, yet lie at the very core of Western civilization.

They also make up our legal system and parliamentary structures, but even as Christians many of us could not name all of them.

They were given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai, which can be found in Exodus 20:1-17, and also in Deuteronomy 5:6-21, where they are repeated in the introduction to the Jewish laws.

They are :

1. I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before Me ~

2. You shall not make for yourself an idol, you shall not worship them or serve them ~

3. You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain ~

4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy ~

5. Honour your father and your mother ~

6. You shall not murder

7. You shall not commit adultery ~

8. You shall not steal ~

9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour ~

10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods or his or her spouse.

There is not one of the above commandments that the world honours anymore.

We idolize performers, sporting personalities, money and many other things. We use God’s Precious Name very lightly and in some cases along with other questionable phrases. We play sport, sleep in, go out for coffee, or go to work, on the one day set aside for us by God to come together and worship Him and rest. We no longer respect our parents for the fact that that’s who they are, that they make mistakes too. Every time we gossip and malign and hate someone, we commit the sin of murder in our hearts, and some actually carry it out. The same goes for lusting after someone other than our partner. We may not actually commit the offence but what is in our hearts defines us, therefore laying the foundation to perhaps act on those desires. We are always looking for the quickest way to make a fortune, and some justify theft and dishonestly thrive by it, and wallow in their riches. And as for our neighbours, Jesus called us to Love one another as He loved us.

That’s it in a nutshell. Jesus is coming back soon, and like a thief in the night He will snatch His bride away and we need to be ready. When that happens I want to be doing all God has asked of me.

Guilt and shame hold us back from becoming who God wants each of us to be. Repentance and forgiveness set us free to move on in God.

If we have any problem at all with any of God’s commandments, now is the time to seek help from Him if we are truly serious about seeking His Will for our lives.

If you love ME

DAY 2
Psalm 19:7-11 ~
“The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.
Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true, each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning for Your servant (that’s you and me), a great reward for those who obey them.”

DAY 3
Psalm 119:1-2 ~
“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Joyful are those who obey His laws and search for Him with all their hearts.”

DAY 4
Psalm 119:32 ~
“I will pursue Your commands, for You expand my understanding.”

DAY 5
John 14:15 ~
“If you love Me, obey My commandments.”

DAY 6
1 John 2:3-6 ~
“And we can be sure that we know Him if we obey His commandments.
If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.
But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we know we are living in Him.
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”

DAY 7
Revelation 3:3 ~
“Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.”

Forgiveness . . .

DAY 1

As I have already said, I was brought up in mainstream church, so I have always understood that if I bring my sins to God, He is faithful to forgive them. But many people feel that they are so unworthy to come to Him, even to ask forgiveness, that they miss the amazing blessings that God wants to bestow upon them.

Psalm 118:5 says, “From my distress I called upon the Lord ; the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.” For me, a large place is somewhere I am free, forgiven, able to move and grow in Him.

God is so good. He could have thrown mankind into the pit with Satan after we sinned. But we are made in His image, we have a spirit fashioned after His, with His breath of life in us, and He did not want mankind, His ultimate work, to be lost.

This is amazing mercy and grace.

He loves me so much that He set in place a plan to forgive me and save me from eternal death. God forgave me for my sin of pride and idolatry (the original sin) He is the God of gods and the Lord of lords. He is great and He is mighty. He is awesome and just and loving, and praised by all creation.

He is worthy to be praised!

Psalm 116 is worth a read. Verses 7,8 say, “Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have rescued my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.” David then asks in verse 12, “What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? ”

His answer in verse 13 blows my mind.

“I shall lift up the cup of Salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.”

It doesn’t matter what sin I have committed in my life, God will forgive that sin, if I come to Him genuinely sorry and repentant. He knows my heart and how honest or not I am to receive His mercy and grace. Jesus, as He was dying, forgave those who betrayed Him, condemned Him and nailed Him to the cross. Don’t you think He is willing to forgive you too?

Jesus, as He was dying, forgave those who betrayed Him, condemned Him and nailed Him to the cross. Don’t you think He is willing to forgive you too?

1 John 1 9

Amplified Bible: To confess is to agree with God, to admit that we are sinners in need of His mercy. If we confess our sins to God, He will cleanse us. Forgiveness and cleansing are guaranteed because God is faithful to His promises. Those promises are legitimated because God is just. He can maintain His perfect character and yet forgive us because of the perfect and righteous sacrifice of Jesus, His own Son.

DAY 2
Psalm 103:1-5 ~ “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits;
who pardons all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;
who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

DAY 3
Psalm 118:5 ~ “From my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a large place.”

DAY 4
Matthew 6:14,15 ~ “For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

DAY 5
Romans 4:7,8 ~ “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered.
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.”

DAY 6
Colossians 1:13,14 ~ “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

DAY 7
Colossians 2:13,14 ~ “And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

Repentance . . .

Some people say that I am too hard on myself. But it is only me and God who really know who I am, what I’m thinking, what sin is in my life, and what I am or am not doing about it. I believe I need to be my greatest critic, with God’s help. Not condemnation, but coming to God daily and keeping myself pure. God cannot look upon sin.

Instead of continuing on a course that excludes God, and walking toward destruction, I need to recognize who God is and ask Him for His forgiveness for my sins.

To repent means to be reformed, actually turning around and going in a new direction.

Back in the garden of Eden original sin marred man’s relationship with God. Sin entered man’s soul and he was now too unclean to commune with God.

John 3 16 (3)

All the outrageous ceremonies that the Hebrews went through to atone for their sins in the natural, were all they could do, because they had no saviour to stand in the gap between them and God. That’s why God formulated a plan to send His only Son to stand in that gap for us. It needed to be someone who was free from sin, and because of that could outstrip the devil at his own game.

Because of what Jesus did for me, I respond with recognition of this great act of love and repent for my sins that He died for, and accept and receive the Lord Jesus, once again into my life.

In his book, The World Aflame, Rick Joyner says that “All sin must be confessed to God and we must repent. The church has to be cleansed. Have I forgiven everybody? Unforgiveness separates us from God. We must obey the Holy Spirit.”

And not just one time, but as a Christian, a way of life.

So, repentance is, to recognise that I am born with sin (inherent from Adam and Eve) and therefore a sinner. I admit to my sins and ask God’s forgiveness.

And really, it’s this daily act of contrition that carries me much more easily through my life and my walk with God.