Revive Me in Your Way


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“Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.” Psalm 119:36-37 (NKJV)

As I read Psalms 116-120 this morning, and came to Psalm 119 I noticed several verses saying “Revive me” or something to do with reviving.  The KJV says “Quicken” for revive.

I need to be revived.  I need to walk in God’s word and in His way.  One place to begin is to turn away my eyes from looking at “Worthless things”.

How about you; do you need to be revived?

House Church


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“Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.” Colossians 4:15 (KJV)

The early Church met in the homes of the people.  Nympha was the owner of this home where Christians were meeting on the Lord’s Day, and such other times that they met to learn the Word of God, pray, and worship.

Every Christian family should have worship, learning and prayer in their home; and each family member should exemplify the life of Jesus Christ; not only at home, but in the community they live, the place they work, shop, play and recreate.

The fact that people met in Nympha’s house is evidence that the early Church saw cause for us as Christians to gather with other Christians.  Why would that be so?

Let us consider some causes:

  1.  Study of the Word of God for increased knowledge and wisdom;
  2.  Prayer; there is power in numbers of people gathering for prayer;
  3.  Worship of the Lord Jesus Christ along with the above prepares us to go into a lost dark world to share the Gospel of Christ with others;
  4.  We are given the opportunity to give of ourselves, and our resources to get the gospel out into the world.

This is not an exhausted list, but a beginning.  One of the great reasons for gathering on the Lord’s Day is because we have a verse which tells us “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…” (Hebrews 10:25).

God bless the house Church today; and all the Churches where the word of God is preached and the cross of Jesus Christ is proclaimed.

Aristarchus, Mark and Company


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“Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him), and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me.” Colossians 4:10-11 (NKJV)

It is almost a certainty that many had heard of the desertion of Mark from a Missions endeavor with Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:13), in what was probably not a favorable condition.  Then some time later brought contention between Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:36-41).

Paul would not hear of taking Mark, and Barnabas insisted.  Thus the two parted their ways, and chose different ministry brothers.  If we look at that this way –  the ministry doubled – we might have less trouble with the contention.

The above verses though show us that Paul had a forgiving heart, a loving heart and attitude which should be evident  in every follower, and believer in Christ Jesus.

Something we as Christians too often forget is to give honor to those who work with us, beside us, and for the honor and glory of Christ.  Let us face it; without our brethren we are without strength.  Praise, and thank God, His Son Jesus, and do not neglect or forget the one’s who walk and work alongside you (your “Fellow workers”).  And always, always forbear, and forgive.

Time Redemption


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“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:5-6 (KJV)

After spending time in diligent,earnest prayer the walk of every Christian should be in wisdom.  The wisdom which is of God, not of the world.

This wisdom is part; not the whole of our testimony; because the walk is the evidence of our testimony in Christ.  O child of God; others are watching us to see how we stand in the storms and trials of life.  They are also watching how we speak, refrain from speaking, and how we use our words; and the words we use.

Every day we ought to “Redeem our time” ie.  make good use of our time with words that uplift Jesus Christ who bled and died on the cross for our sins, was buried – carrying all our sin, our shame, our guilt, our condemnation away; and rose again.  This same Jesus is coming again, soon.

Our time to live for Christ in a godless world is short.  Live for Jesus Christ now.  Then, we will have an answer for all who ask the question.

…With Him…


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“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:4 (KJV)

Jesus Christ is with us now.  He lives with us in the person of the Holy Spirit possessing us, keeping us, empowering us, comforting, convicting, and correcting us.

One day Christ will appear in glory and power to all who are on the earth, and those who are His will be with Him (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18;  Revelation 19:14).

Cling to Jesus Christ.  He died for you, was buried, and He rose again.  He is coming soon.

God’s Protection for His People


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“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.” Psalm 91:1-8 (KJV)

I needed some words of encouragement, and hope.  These provide it along with all of Psalm 91, and through Psalm 95. I pray these words will pick you up, and encourage you as well.

The Fullness of Christ


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“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2:8-9 (KJV)

The apostle addressing some issues in Colossae, and Laodicea reminds them, and it is a reminder to the Church of all ages, that Christ is our sufficiency.  If we have Him we have all we need in the faith.

Even in our day there are elements of a form of Christianity that try and tell us we need more.  We need “Dreams” and “Visions” and to some they are not according to the Word of God, but additions to the word of God.  For some we need an extra-biblical baptism of the Spirit where we utter things which no one would understand but God.

Let us understand.  We have all the Word of God that He has given us.  There are no more being added to it.  We do not need to speak in a language no one understands.  Our greatest, most urgent need is Jesus Himself in our hearts, minds and lives.  He is everything we need.

“For in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”  Walk in Him.

Sinners and Saints


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“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 1:1-2 (KJV)

The letter from the apostle Paul, written to the Church of Colosse begins very similar as his other letters (Romans, Corinthian letters, Galations, Ephesians, Philippians, etc.).  He addresses the “Saints and faithful brethren”, and just in case some of you have a problem with the word “Brethren” it is reference to all the born again Church members; male and female.

There are many who attribute being a “Saint” to a special edict of some liturgical Church, or papal hierarchy; when in truth it is in fact a decree put upon all who have trusted and believed in Jesus Christ, and trusted His work on the cross – His death, burial and resurrection.

Sinners who turn to Christ; away from sin; are declared by God Himself to be saints.  Declared to be just, holy, righteous, and given eternal life because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  The woman or man who has been decreed as “Saint” by God may, and will sin, but the saint will not live in sin.

Come to Jesus.  Believe Him.  Trust His work on the cross, and be saved from you sin, and declared “Saint” by God Himself.

Our Talk With God


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“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:2-4 (NKJV)

God communicates with us through His word.  He has spoken to us through the Law and the Prophets, and continues to do so.  He speaks to us through His Son Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-2).  He also speaks to us through His creation (Romans 1:20-21).  When we hear the word of the Lord we submit to Him, and believe what He says; and we pray.

Prayer is our communication with God our Creator, our Lord, and our Savior.  Prayer is not us telling God what we want.  Prayer is us requesting what God wants for us, others, countries, leaders, our witness, missions, and other things.

We pray with “Thanksgiving”, being grateful for His blessing, presence, power, love, mercy, grace, etc..   Prayer is not a “Wishing well” or a magical way of doing things.

We pray earnestly.  We pray diligently.  We pray continually, without ceasing.  I really doubt though that we will ever hear “You prayed too much”.

Pray today for the Word of God to be revealed, exposed in the hearts and minds of people around the world, that Christ and His cross – His death, burial and bodily resurrection may be revealed in the hearts of many people.

The Clothes We Wear


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“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:12-13 (KJV)

We could look at living the Christian life as “The Clothes We Wear”.  It takes the mind that has been renewed by the Spirit of God to mentally put off sin, and to put on Christ.  That is a heart and mind choice we make each day.

In verse eight the apostle tells us what we are to “Put off”.  These are put off by an act of the renewed mind which the Christian has received through faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Likewise the things which we “Put on” are acts of the renewed mind.  This renewed mind is operating in the heart and mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit in us (Romans 8:9).  You are the “Elect of God” if you have by the grace of God been born again through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Two of the things I want to point out in these verses is of particular importance; and that is “Forbearing one another” that is putting up with one another’s faults, real or unreal; and “Forgiving one another”.  These are so necessary in a Christian’s life.  Forbearance does not mean to put up with another’s sins, but little things that often bother us about other people.  Let us face it; we are all different.  Different in our thinking, different in raising a family, different in politics, different in religion and beliefs.  We can discuss those things without anger, malice, etc..

We have received much forgiveness from our Lord and Savior.  We can give much.  If we are unforgiving toward anyone; we have ourselves for an enemy.  We do not have to wait on someone asking forgiveness; we forgive when the offense is committed, or at least as soon as we realize we have not been forgiving.

What will you put off today; and what will you put on?

Verses to read: Matthew 6:14-15;  Luke 17:3-4; 23:34.

…In the Faith


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“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 (KJV)

As I look at the verse and hear what the Lord says through it I am also reminded of the First Psalm, and its use of the “Tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season” (Psalm 1:3).

In Christ Jesus our Lord we are to walk in Him.  That means contrary to the world and sin.

The word “Rooted” above means settled in Christ, receiving His nourishment from the water of the word of God, and His Spirit, and being made strong, and made firm in faith.

The “Faith” we are to have is not in faith itself; but in God, His word which never fails, is always faithful to completion of what He says; believing God no matter what the trials of life may bring.  “Faith is the substance…”, and “Faith… is the evidence…”  (Hebrews 11:1).

When we are walking in Christ Jesus the Lord we will be rooted, built up and stablished in the faith, and be thankful people.

The One Who Holds the Universe Together


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“…Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him…” Colossians 1:15-16 (KJV)

The Apostle Paul is writing to the Church at Colossae, and the letter is also going to Laodicea concerning some religious teachers who are creeping in telling the people they need more than Jesus Christ.

Jesus is all they needed.  He is all I need.  He is the ALL of the Church of 2016 and beyond.  The Holy Spirit is Christ in you.

The One who is the “Image of the invisible God” is speaking of no other but Jesus Christ.  You can see more for understanding that in Hebrews 1:1-3.  Jesus is the “Exact representation” of God.  When you look at Jesus you are looking at God.

Philip came to Jesus and said, “Show us the Father”.  Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:8-9).

By the hands of Jesus were all things that exist created.  By Him all things consist.  The word “Consist” means since they were made by Him, and for Him; it is He who holds them all together.  Every planet, every star, the moon of earth, and all the celestial bodies are held in their respective orbits by the hand of their Creator, who is Jesus the Christ Son of the Living God, God the Living Son.

Think of this for a moment.  Should the Creator remove His hands from this creation it would all fly apart.  You and are ones He has made all  these things to bless us, hold us, keep us in His hands.  If you are not willfully in His hands your life will fly apart.  Maybe it already has began.

Place your life in the hands of the One who died for your sins.  Believe Him and live.  Believe Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead.

Speak What Jesus Has Done


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“Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, ‘Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.” Mark 5:19-20 (KJV)

Someone once said, “Evangelism is nothing more than one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”  That is a pretty good thought.

The man of our verses above was one who had been delivered from demonic bondage.  Jesus sent him home to tell his family, friends and neighbors about what great things Jesus had done for him, and he did.

He had been a crazed, demon dominated man who had no self control.  Christ Jesus had cast the demons into a herd of swine, and delivered the man.

There is deliverance from anything that holds you through faith in Christ, and His death, burial and resurrection.  Believe Jesus.

Surrounded By His Shield


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“But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them: let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee. For Thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt Thou compass him as with a shield.” Psalm 5:11-12 (KJV)

Is Jesus the Christ the Son of God?


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“Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of Power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Matthew 26:64 (KJV)

The words Jesus speaks above are during His trial, and are asked by the high priest concerning whether He was the Christ the Son of God.

On the day of His death He declares He will be returning, and all who do not know Him should be prepared for His coming.

The question are – Are you with Him? or Are you against Him?  If you are against Him you will fall.

What It Will Be Like When Jesus Comes Again


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“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:37-39 (KJV)

It will be a day similar to that of Noah’s.  Much of life will be what we might call “Normal” – eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage – saying, “Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die” without any thought for eternity or the value of their eternal soul.

Are we in a day similar to that of Noah?  To me it seems to be so.  I am longing, desiring the Lord’s coming again.

If you have never been born again through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ you will be on the judgment end of God’s hand.  However if you are born again through Him you will be in His protecting hand.  See Isaiah 49:16.

How about you?

The End Result of Killing Prophets


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“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Matthew 23:37-39 (KJV)

Your Anger


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And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, ‘My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.'” Matthew 21:12-13 (KJV)

Several years ago I  heard a preacher say, “You can tell the character of a man by what makes him angry”.  I have never forgotten that statement, because I believe it to be true.

There are some who find anger to be a bad thing, a bad emotion, or bad emotional response to an event of one kind or another.

I do agree that anger over some trivial matters, such as who wins a ball game, chess game, checker game, etc., or someone cutting you off on the street while you are in a rush to get home, or to work; are matters where anger should be checked and deserted.

By the Scripture text above we see that  even Jesus was angry.  He was angry over the way His temple was being molested by religious leaders, and money venders making profits off the people’s religious obligations.  For the verse Jesus was quoting see Isaiah 56:7.  In the last part of that verse the LORD says, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”  It had been closed off to all nations. Jesus drove these people out with a whip; overturning tables, and money, and other items going all over the ground.

Does it make you angry when politicians use children to get a vote, but are the very ones who promote the killing of the unborn child?  It does me.  It angers me too when I see a drunk driver on the road, and ends up killing someone; or himself or herself.

Paul the apostle wrote, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26.  There is nothing wrong with anger when we see a wrong being done, but it must not fester until it becomes hatred, and sin.

Needle’s Eye


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Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, ‘That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23-24 (KJV)

I am told that there is; in the wall of Jerusalem; or there was at one time anyway; a hole that is called the “Needle’s eye”, and that the only way to get a camel through that eye is to unload any thing on the camel, get it on its knees, and gradually work its way through.

That hole; at least for me; does not fit the “With God all things are possible”, because that would be the work of the camel man rather than God.

Now, I can see the need for the rich man to unload his riches, seeing them as useless, and worthless as far as his soul is concerned.  To get into the kingdom of heaven – the kingdom of God is a God thing alone.

To get into the kingdom of God is provided by God through the cross of His Son Jesus.  Our sin debt has been paid by Him, and nothing in this world is worth losing our eternal soul.

Is there something keeping you from Jesus?  He can thread the needle’s eye, and He can get the camel through it.  Only He can.

“With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Experiencing Jesus


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And Jesus came and touched them, and said, ‘Arise, and be not afraid.’ And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.” Matthew 17:7-8 (KJV)

People almost live and die for the most exciting experiences they can think of.  Climb the highest mountain, walk across a continent, drive the fastest car, swim across an ocean, or maybe just go around the world.  Experiences like that are exciting; of that I would only have to guess.

Jesus’ disciples – Peter, James and John had just experienced one of the most exciting events of their lives; the “Transfiguration of Jesus on the Mountain”, and they had seen Moses the Lawgiver, and Elijah the prophet speaking with Jesus, and they are afraid.

When the experience is over they still have Jesus.  They see Jesus, and I am certain that they see Him in a new light, and understanding.  The experience is wonderful, but Jesus is better than the experience.

Have you experienced Jesus?