Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Anointing

1 John 2:20-23 (ESV Strong's)

20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.


We have received an anointed by the Holy Spirit who brings us the truth and knowledge of Jesus. We have the extreme privilege of His abiding presence to lead and guide us in the way we should go. 


God cannot deny Himself. No one with His Spirit can deny the Son, for the Son is the Spirit. We who have His Spirit have become the children of His light. 


Monday, January 14, 2019

Chosen


John 3:16 (ESV Strong's)

For God So Loved the World

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.


Whoever trusts in the name of the Lord will be saved. They will be clean and a virgin in Christ. Being a virgin in Christ does not mean they will be chosen for the Bride of Christ and invited to the wedding feast, but they will have eternal life. 


The Matthew 25:1-13 (ESV Strong's)

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.


If we are ready for bridegroom, we will become His Bride. Being saved is only a part of being ready. We must repent and believe, then we must bear the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. 


If we are ready, we will join Him at the wedding feast. If we are not, we won’t. Our salvation will not be lost if we are not, but there will be a loss. 


Matthew 22:11-14 (ESV Strong's)

11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Made Manifest

1 John 1:1-2 (ESV Strong's)

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—


Jesus is the light from the beginning of creation who was made manifest in the flesh. The word of God is the divine expression which enters creation bringing eternal life. God the Father is beyond creation, but is with us through His Son and Holy Spirit. He came to us in the form of man that we might come to Him in the image of God. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Plan For Our Life


Ephesians 3:8-9 (ESV Strong's)

8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things,


Paul is an instrument and servant of the light coming into the world. Let his light reveal the light of creation. It is through the grace of the Lord that we receive His grace. All are predestined to receive this offer and to be made in the image of God. 


Jesus Christ is that image. He is the plan for our life. If we follow the plan, we will find find the unsearchable riches of His abundant life. We will see the light. 


Friday, January 11, 2019

Like Chaff

Zephaniah 2:1-2 (ESV Strong's)

1 Gather together, yes, gather,

O shameless nation,

2 before the decree takes effect

—before the day passes away like chaff—

before there comes upon you

the burning anger of the Lord,

before there comes upon you

the day of the anger of the Lord.


Far from producing the fruit of the Lord, Israel had become a dry vine that was in danger of being scattered like chaff in the wind. They have chosen the fire of the burning anger of the Lord as their destiny. They have suffered much as a people over the centuries, but have yet to experience the great and final tribulation promised as the day of the Lord. Once the anger of the Lord is spent, they will be restored and will be the leaves on the tree of life that will serve in the healing of the nations. 


The Lord is looking for the fruit of the Spirit from all those who are attached to the vine of life. Those not producing are in danger of being broken off and thrown into the fire. Our destiny with God has always been a matter of our choice. We are predestined in this way. The wisdom of God will show us the way. 



Thursday, January 10, 2019

A Clean Sweep

Zephaniah 1:2-3 (NIV)

2 “I will sweep away everything

from the face of the earth,”

declares the Lord.

3 “I will sweep away both man and beast;

I will sweep away the birds in the sky

and the fish in the sea—

and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”

“When I destroy all mankind

on the face of the earth,”

declares the Lord,


Zephaniah 1:7-9 (NIV)

7 Be silent before the Sovereign Lord,

for the day of the Lord is near.

The Lord has prepared a sacrifice;

he has consecrated those he has invited.

8 “On the day of the Lord’s sacrifice

I will punish the officials

and the king’s sons

and all those clad

in foreign clothes.

9 On that day I will punish

all who avoid stepping on the threshold,

who fill the temple of their gods

with violence and deceit.


Matthew 21:12-13 (NIV)

Jesus at the Temple

21:12-16pp — Mk 11:15-18; Lk 19:45-47

12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”


The Old Testament prophesied about the cleaning that will take place on the day of the Lord. Jesus demonstrated His zeal for the righteousness of His house. On that day coming, He will sweep His house clean of every bit of the leaven of wickedness. 


The face of the earth may imply His chosen people. Jerusalem is at the center of God’s earth and Israel is the face of mankind that stands before God. The great tribulation in Revelation is the final punishment of Israel before they are restored to their place and glory among the nations. 



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Baptized In The Name

Acts 2:37-38 (NASB Strong's)

37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


Baptism in the name of Jesus takes place in the heart. It begins with the repentance of sins. The living waters of life will wash them away making room in the heart for the gift of the Holy Spirit. 


The outward sign of baptism in Christ is a changed heart. A changed heart will be visible in a changed life. Anyone who receives the light of Christ will become visible in the body of Christ as children of the light. 


Ephesians 5:13-14

But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says,

“Awake, sleeper,

And arise from the dead,

And Christ will shine on you.”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

He Executes His Word


Joel 2:10-11 (ESV Strong's)

10 The earth quakes before them;

the heavens tremble.

The sun and the moon are darkened,

and the stars withdraw their shining.

11 The Lord utters his voice

before his army,

for his camp is exceedingly great;

he who executes his word is powerful.

For the day of the Lord is great and very awesome;

who can endure it?


He who provided the lights in heaven will withdraw the knowledge and order they give as heaven and earth shake on that day. The Lord will be true to His word and render the consequences He promised for disobedience. He utters His voice before the invading arm coming  to Zion to execute His judgement. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Important Thing

Mark 12:29-31 (ESV Strong's)

29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”


 1 Corinthians 13:13 (ESV Strong's)

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


John 13:35 (ESV Strong's)

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


1 John 4:16 (ESV Strong's)

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.


Love poses a question we must all answer. The right answer is love. We receive God’s love by becoming His love. 



Sunday, January 6, 2019

On My Holy Mountain

Joel 2:1-2 (ESV Strong's)

The Day of the Lord

1 Blow a trumpet in Zion;

sound an alarm on my holy mountain!

Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,

for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near,

2 a day of darkness and gloom,

a day of clouds and thick darkness!

Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains

a great and powerful people;

their like has never been before,

nor will be again after them

through the years of all generations.


The day of the Lord is centered in Zion and its people. This is the great and final tribulation of a nation that rejected God. The curses they entered due to rebellion against the commandments of God will be spent and that cup emptied out. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

A Pause


Revelation 8:1-5

The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.


We are in the pause in Revelation before the Lord’s judgement is poured out on the earth. The story of the chosen people of God is put on hold while the body of Christ takes shape and the Bride of Christ is fashioned. 


This is the time for invitations to the wedding banquet to be extended to all who would come. Israel declined when they received the first invitation. The door was opened to those beyond the house of Israel. They won’t make that same mistake again. 


Romans 11:11-12 (ESV Strong's)

Gentiles Grafted In

11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!


Matthew 22:8-10 (ESV Strong's)

8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.


Friday, January 4, 2019

Revelation Letters- Greetings To The Seven Churches


Revelation 1:4-8 (ESV Strong's)

4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”


In this passage we receive a greeting from the Three Persons of the one God, the Almighty who is the beginning and the end of man, and His Spirit who brings us this message. We’ve seen Him in the form of a man whose blood was spilled on our behalf, cleansing us from sin and making the Church a kingdom of priests. This is the kingdom of heaven which is manifest by His presence with and in us. 


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Revelation Letters- Prologue

Revelation 1:1-3 (ESV Strong's)

1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.


Jesus sends the Holy Spirit, His Angel, to John to show what will take place in the future. The Spirit bears witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ because He was the Spirit of Jesus. In the Church letters that follow we are told to listen to what the Spirit says. It is the Lord who speaks. 


Blessed are those who hear and keep what is written in these letters that will follow. 


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

What The Lord Wants


Micah 6:8 (ESV Strong's)

He has told you, O man, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God?


The Hebrew word translated as “require” is more often translated as “seek.” The Lord is seeking the righteousness that comes from obedience to Him. He is looking for more than mental assent in belief. He is looking for the action that flows from one who lives in obedience to Him. 


The Hebrew word translated as “justice” is often translated as “manner.” His word has brings us into salvation and prescribes how we are to live in response to His gift of life. We are to live in a manner that reflects this new life. 


“To love kindness” implies in the Hebrew that we return the love we have received from the Lord. He has extended His mercy and favor to a people who deserve neither. We do so by loving Him with all that we are. 


“To walk humbly with your God” essentially means letting Him lead all the way in the journey before us. He knows the way and is our destination. 


The Lord seeks those who love Him by obeying His commandments and following where He leads. In New Testament terminology we would call this discipleship. He is our Teacher and destination. He is our beginning and the end. 


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Our Confession


Psalms 31:5 (ESV Strong's)

Into your hand I commit my spirit;

you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.


This is the confession and reality of everyone in the body of Christ. He has freed us from our servitude to death and will deliver us into the fullness of His life. 


We can say this at our rebirth into His life. 

We can say this when we pass through the death from this life on earth. 

It is a continuation of the same experience and promise. 


Those in Christ are in the hand of the Lord. He has reached down from heaven with His strong and mighty arm and placed us in His palm. Let us take joy in His refuge of peace.