“Obedience to the Death of the Cross” 2/16/2019 Posted by Wally Fry for “Truth in Palmyra”

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Posted by Wally Fry for “Truth in Palmyra” @   https://truthinpalmyra.wordpress.com

Written by Walley Fry for “Bogard Press Daily Devotional”

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Obedience to the Death of the Cross

 

Philippians 2:4-8

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross,” Philippians 2:8.

Human beings hate anything that denies us the opportunity to have things our on way. We want what we want, how we want it and when we want it. If anyone has ever raised a child, then he knows this from personal experience. We become this way early in life and without intervention; we stay this way. Scripture calls this sin. We fall short of the glory of God because we insist that our desires trump His desires.

In our passage, we see the fact that God sent His Son for the sole purpose of redeeming us from the penalty of our unrighteousness. God loved us from eternity past, while we loved ourselves and, in fact, hated Him!

While Jesus is fully God, it is the actions of Jesus as a full and complete human being that are truly astounding if we only consider them. Jesus is God, just as much as He is fully Man. Yet, He willingly removed Himself from His rightful place with God the Father, entered into humanity and suffered the ugly and humiliating death of the Roman cross for no other reason than our salvation.

Here, Jesus clearly set the example for us that the needs of those we love (and that should be everyone,) are to be placed higher than our own. If we believe, how can we not appreciate the depth of that sacrifice on the part of our Lord and act accordingly?

JUST A THOUGHT: Jesus came from Heaven to give His 
all for us. How much are we willing to give back?

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“Thought For Today – Grateful” 2/15/2019 Written by Ann V. Friend for “afriendofJESUS2013Blog”

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Thought For Today – Grateful

Grateful for what God has done. Grateful for what God is doing. Grateful for what God will do. 

Grateful compliments contentment. Praise The Lord.

Acrostic grateful scriptures:
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
~ Psalm 18:32 ~

Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindness; for they have been ever of old.
~ Psalm 25:6 ~

As for me, I will upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
~ Psalm 55:16

To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning and thy faithfulness every night
~ Psalm 92:2 ~

Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
~ Psalm 139:10~

For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
~ Psalm 48:14 ~

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
~ Psalm 25:1 ~

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
~ Psalm 18:2 ~

Have a marvelous day and weekend!

Abundant blessings, because the just shall live by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts.

©Ann V Friend, afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

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Psalm 119:145-152 – KOPH

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Remembering the faithfulness of God helps to be still, have faith and know he will bring us through as he works things out.

Even our roughest moment serves a purpose.

Be still, it’s temporary, it passes and faith grows stronger. Praise The Lord.

KOPH
145I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
146I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
147I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
148Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.


149Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.
150They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
151Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.
152Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded…

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“Imitate Jesus” 2/14/2019 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL FEBRUARY 11, 2019

Imitate Jesus

And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 
Acts 4:13

A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read lives of Christ, beautifully and eloquently written, but the best life of Christ is His living biography, written out in the words and actions of His people. If we were what we profess to be, and what we should be, we would be pictures of Christ; yes, such striking likenesses of Him that the world would not have to hold us to the mirror and say, “Well, it seems somewhat of a likeness”; they would, when they saw us, exclaim, “He has been with Jesus; he has been taught by Him; he is like Him; he has caught the very idea of the holy Man of Nazareth, and he works it out in his life and everyday actions.”

A Christian should be like Christ in his boldness. Never blush to own your Christianity; your profession will never disgrace you: Take care you never disgrace that. Be like Jesus, very valiant for your God.

Imitate Him in your loving spirit; think kindly, speak kindly, and do kindly, that men may say of you, “He has been with Jesus.” Imitate Jesus in His holiness. Was He zealous for His Master? So should you be, going about doing good. Do not waste time; it is too precious. Was He self-denying, never looking to His own interest? Be the same. Was He devout? Then be fervent in your prayers. Did He defer to His Father’s will? So submit yourselves to Him. Was He patient? So learn to endure. And best of all, as the highest portraiture of Jesus, try to forgive your enemies, as He did; and let those sublime words of your Master, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” always ring in your ears. Forgive, as you hope to be forgiven. Heap coals of fire on the head of your enemy by your kindness to him. Good for evil, remember, is Godlike.

Be Godlike then; and in all ways and by all means so live that all may say of you, “He has been with Jesus.”

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Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

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“Encountering the God of the Word” 2/13/2019 Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House”

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Original post @  https://melwild.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/encountering-the-god-of-the-word/

Encountering the God of the Word

Jesus said this to His disciples: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63).  The Bible was never meant to be read as a textbook, or really even as a history book. At least, not in any modern sense. This is one point some Christian apologists and most skeptics seem to miss. 

This is also why theologian Walter Wink astutely concluded, “Historical biblical criticism is bankrupt.”  You can read more about that in my post, “Truth:why we need more than just the facts.”

But, before I continue, let me emphasize that I believe the Bible is very much inspired. But the salient question is, while the Bible may be inspired, am I inspired when I read it? And that, my dear reader, makes all the difference. I wrote about that in “The nature of biblical inspiration.”

The Word of God is to be encountered; it’s meant to study us (Heb.4:12).  The problem is not with the text; it’s with our perception. Perhaps, our paradigm. You see, in this world, you won’t believe unless you see, but in the Kingdom of God, you won’t see until you believe. We understand nothing important about the Word of God until we open our heart to His Spirit who reveals it to us (John 16:13-15; 1 Cor.2:9-16).

 Notice what John says about the Word who was God come to us…

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:4-5  NKJV*)

Isn’t it interesting that it’s possible for light to shine in the darkness and yet not be comprehended. It’s possible to be given truth…yet not hear the truth. This is why Jesus would say, “For him who has ears to hear….” Some hear, some don’t, even though the message reached everyone’s ears. Of course, we’re not talking about physical deafness here.

I would like to return to John 6 from a wider scope. This time in the Message paraphrase:

61-65 Jesus sensed that his disciples were having a hard time with this and said, “Does this throw you completely? What would happen if you saw the Son of Man ascending to where he came from? The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don’t make anything happen. Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-making. But some of you are resisting, refusing to have any part in this.”(Jesus knew from the start that some weren’t going to risk themselves with him. He knew also who would betray him.) He went on to say, “This is why I told you earlier that no one is capable of coming to me on his own. You get to me only as a gift from the Father.”

66-67 After this a lot of his disciples left. They no longer wanted to be associated with him. Then Jesus gave the Twelve their chance: “Do you also want to leave?”

68-69 Peter replied, “Master,to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. We’ve already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:61-69 MSG *)

First, Jesus’ followers were confused by Jesus’ words because they had no spiritual understanding. And most were only following Him for their physical needs (John 6:26-27). All of those people walked away from the Word of life.

Second, many did not believe because they didn’t receive the free gift of grace given by His heavenly Father (vs.65). The same is true today, even though the Holy Spirit is poured out on all flesh (Acts 2:16-17). The light shines in the darkness but the darkness does not comprehend it. The words of life are given freely by God’s grace, but we must be willing to receive the gift because human intellect won’t give us this understanding. Our heart is the gatekeeper that either leads us to or keeps us from this free gift that bring life.

Finally, the only people left are those who not only heard Jesus’ words but took them to heart. For these few, even though they were just as clueless as the rest (like we often are), they stayed because they had personally encountered the God of the Word and could no longer “unhear” His words of life. For this reason, they would follow Him to the very end.

Here’s my point. If we don’t encounter the living Jesus in the pages of the Bible, we’ll never understand the Bible. We’ll just become religious, legalistic, Pharisaical, or even worse, a skeptic. The Word of God is spiritual, to be spiritually discerned. Human understanding will not lead us into its truth. The letter without the Spirit produces death, for it’s the Spirit that gives it life (2 Cor.3:6).

12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. (1 Cor.2:12-14 NIV *)

As it’s been said, the Bible is the only book ever written that requires the Author to be present when it’s read.

* All emphasis added.

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P.S. (from bruce) If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

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“Love is Active” 2/12/2019 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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Love is Active

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:26-27

My first thought when it came to writing on these verses was that this would be a very easy post… and then I started thinking about it.  The “catch” here is the part about keeping a “tight rein” on the tongue.  My first thought was to go off on people within the church who abuse their positions of authority to say hurtful and ugly things to people from a position of self-righteousness.  Of course it occurred to me that having a tight rein on the tongue probably applies to the keyboard as well.  OK, I’ve heard the more traditional approach to this many times: watch your language!  Somehow however, that always has struck me as being just a bit shallow. Yes, we shouldn’t be tossing foul language around, but do you really need me to tell you that?  I have the impression that James had considerably more in mind, particularly in this context.

Great: Now what?

The truth is that I think we often make a mistake in passages such as these by taking them too literally. I doubt that James wrote this to give us the perfect verse to enable an annual sermon on cussing, nor do I think that he wrote verse 27 to give us the perfect verse to justify our annual message on helping the needy or to raise money for an orphanage. After all, the context is love in action, and that is far broader than either of these two applications. Of course followers of Jesus shouldn’t be using the filthy language of this wicked world, of course followers of Jesus should actively aid and protect widows and orphans; these are but examples of a larger truth.

In the larger context, it seems to me that James is giving instruction about the sanctity and sacredness of each one of God’s children. He wants us to recognize the fact that every single person is valued by God, that we must make every effort to respect, love and cherish every single one. We mustn’t be in the habit of denigrating anybody, for they are loved and cherished by our Lord, so much so that He willingly gave Himself up for them. Most of all, the little children who are innocent and helpless must be a high priority for us to love, nurture and protect from harm, as well as the widows who have been left alone and vulnerable… and anybody else who is unable to protect themselves from this harsh world.

This is what it means to love, to put that love into action, and to serve God.  This is what Jesus did, and this is what His followers are to do.

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P.S. (from bruce) If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

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“Do you live your life realizing the reality of spiritual warfare?” 2/11/2019 Written by Pastor Jim Lee for “THE DOMAIN FOR TRUTH”

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Do you live your life realizing the reality of spiritual warfare?

 

Listen to 1 Peter 5:8:

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Do you realize that you have a spiritual enemy?

Does that change the way you live?

It should.

We should put on the armor of God:

 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 [f]in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.                     (Ephesians 6:11-17)

But don’t forget this warfare is spiritual, not physical:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

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P.S. (from bruce) If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

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