A collection of thoughts, observations, quotes, passages, and reflections
- Life is short, let's get through it together.
- THE Question. There is a question that faces each person that is born into the earth,
"What are you going to do?"
What are you going to do with God? Will you receive him or will you not.
Men are easily distracted in this life, but the distractions matter not, the question still remains no matter how people choose to live their lives down here. They may run after this or that, but the question is there. "What are you going to do?" Men may chase after this or that, but the question still remains. "What are you going to do?"
Time is like a conveyor belt moving along. When we are born, we are cast from our mother's wombs on to the conveyor belt facing the question. Our lives are soon over and we are abruptly cast off of the conveyor belt to go to the place of our decision. One can imagine a sorting as people abruptly spring off of the conveyor belt--some bounce off to this place, others to that place. The place of people's eternity is based on the decisions that they made on the belt. Those that chose to live a life with God under his word go to continue to live with God for ever. The others who decided to live without God go to exist without God for ever.
God made us. God loves us. God wants to be with us. Do you want him too? Do you want to live with him now? Do you want to dwell in his house in holiness and in righteousness now and for ever?
- The Affirmative answer to the question is to enter a life with God. How to Get to Heaven.
- The book that we read and sup on is the Bible. It is the word of God himself--a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). The Authorized Version of 1611: the precepts of a mighty nation. ||| Overview of the Bible ||| Proverbs practical wisdom for daily living.
- Personal consecration. An excerpt from Christians are on the earth to serve the Lord--After we get saved, we read God's word and start making changes. Years ago, when I would look back at those early days after I first got saved, I used to say that my walk with the Lord was by the checkbook or checklist method. I would read the word of God, examine my life, and start trying to change--like somebody going through a checklist with the goal of doing what they find on it. As I kept on trying, the Lord came by with that invisible part, his grace, and helped me, and has continued to do so. (Those with issues may wish to see our Deliverance Series.)
We put off the old man and his desperate, wicked deeds (like watching television) and we start putting on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. We start serving the Lord. Even when a Christian woman is washing the dishes and taking care of her children she is doing sanctified work--she is fulfilling the scriptures; women are to be keepers at home. When we consecrate ourselves and our things--house, apartment, furniture, grass, etc. daily living takes on a new dimension. Some years ago, someone asked me a question that I never forgot. They asked what I did in seeking personal consecration. I had never heard anyone speak on that wise and it caused me to examine something very important--what I was actively doing in setting aside my self for God. We can actively seek to be set apart and holy for God and dedicated to his purposes. In actuality, we are commanded to be holy--1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
We are to be sanctified and set apart for God's uses. When we start purging ourselves from the dishonourable things (including false doctrines), we can be used.2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
Personal consecration...the state of personally being set aside for God, for his worship and for his service; a person setting aside his body, his goods, and everything that he has for God Almighty--even if we are imperfect. We just keep on trying and doing what we can. God helps us along and helps us to do what we can do--even a preschooler can put his toys in the toy box, make his bed, and fold towels. They are little, but they can help.
It may have been after that important question about personal consecration that I dedicated the couch, the bench, the furniture, every inch of yard, etc. to God for his service. When we actively seek God by obeying his word, it does not take a long time before holiness actually becomes a preference. There is another way to live outside of tv and the world's system. It is a deeply satisfying life with God. There is a path that no fowl knoweth and on which the lion's whelps have not trodden and it is not found in the land of the living (see Job 28). Only God knows the way thereof.Job 28:23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
We find ourselves on it when we leave the world's system for God's word (the Authorized Version of 1611 of the Bible). By the fear of the Lord, men depart from evil. When we walk toward God's word, we are at the same time leaving evil. If someone is going to the grocery store, they have to leave their house. If we are turned to God and drawing nigh to him, we are leaving the devil and his evil works. A reward is awaiting all that do this (see Hebrews 11:6).James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
If a man purge himself from evil works and habits, he shall be meet for the master's use and prepared unto every good work.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
- The Laver. In going through this life, we can get muddied by our own sins and, at times, even by the sins and actions of others. "Go wash at the laver." We go to the laver of prayer and wash ourselves of the dusts that arise as we walk through this life. Exodus 30:17-21; Exodus 40:30-32.
- The music of the movement--speak-singing in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing as an extension of speaking (Ephesians 5:19). Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16).
- To be yielded like the Shulamite. Song of Solomon
- The path which no fowl knoweth.
- This great city. Holiness is the law of the house. Stairs to climb, profane/common places, passageways, elements (Ezekiel).
- "If you see a turtle on a fencepost, you know that someone put it there."
- Exercise. Difficulties arise but strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Trying to face the difficulties properly is critical--whether they come from within or without.
- A way strewn with diamonds. A diamond is found and picked up (whether knowledge or rebuke, etc.). Then another appears and is picked up and received to hold. The process contiues. It is not long before a pattern is discerned, the life of collecting diamonds continues, but the bag is never too full, the next diamond will fit.
- Better than a goldmine. It was time for the morning oblation (prayer and presentation before the Lord), but felt that there was not much to pray about. At the end of the prayer time came, "This is better than a gold mine."
- The fire is lit. After striving and trying, a fire is lit, as in fire by friction. "My father, Behold the fire and the wood, but where is a lamb for a burnt offering?" "My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering." When the efforts are done and the conditions are set, God will lay on the altar the sacrifice.
- "Half way to heaven is all the way to hell."
- God give gifts unto men.
- The adulteress hath no place in God's house. God requires that bishops rule their own house well and God rules his house well. He tarries with us if we wander, but it comes to a point where we must make a decision. Hell fire is really good to know about. From fear of it men will depart from evil.
- The Bible is like a house to live in. It can provide a culture even to those that had no culture (many Americans now have no real culture, they follow whatever tv/academic/street trends predominate in their particular circle). Families food ways and traditions can arise and remain as one reads and seeks to walk in God's word.
- "When you do well to your enemies, it is not for them--it is to keep the devil off of you!" Look diligently lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. Resist not evil. Be not overcome of evil but overcome evil with good. Actively do good and lend, hoping for nothing again. Pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.
- A survey of the Old Testament books is an expedition through the land which gives a lay of the land.
- Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
- That. We may think we do well but God wants that, too (whatever that may be in each individual).
- Stages. Children, young men, and fathers. 1 John 2:12-14
- Love not the world. 1 John 2:15-17. If any man love the world, he is the enemy of God (James 4:4). Cut off the television.
- The Bible is nourishment and sustenance. Without it, there is withering and wasting. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).
- The Sublimity and Beauty of Divine Limitations and Duties
- It is good that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes (Psalm 119:71, Psalm 107).
- The psalms are expressions and as an healing balm in time of affliction. There is a such thing as mental and emotional health. The Psalms are healing and helpful and a place to praise the Lord and to learn, too.
- Psalm 119 extols the merits of God's word and a place to gain purchase and foothold in this life--step-by-step the psalmist magnifies the truth of the scriptures and confesses that he will continue to obey them in spite of his enemies. He is small and despised but he does not forget God's precepts. He is in the earth but seeking God above through his precepts and asking for help to keep on doing so. Psalm 119 and The Hebrew Alphabet
- "My back!" In times of danger, we run to God in prayer for refuge and an hiding place. We can ask for protection for everything that pertains to us.
- The place of prayer is the place of power and the womb of the house--things are conceived there. The morning oblation/prayer/presentation before the Lord. When something is discussed or thought of that one wants to make note of, a pencil and paper are handy. Pray and write, pray and write. The time can become a planning session and more. Thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
- When the ax falls on you showing your errors, say amen to it. When we are guilty, need to receive the word of rebuke and make adjustments. Judgment must first begin at the house of God. Once we are improved we can be in a position to help somebody else (Matthew 7:3-5). Look in the mirror and start there.
- The sabbath.
- Let not the eunuch say I am a dry tree (Isaiah 56:3-5).
- The barren with more children than the married wife (Isaiah 54).
SING, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.
2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
6 For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
- Our children are our friends and companions desirous of our companionship. Praying we can know what to do in life and know how to lead them, step by step. Fatherhood. They Need Us. Rescue Hug. Remember the time when you only had to be a friend. Children need their whole mother--the woman who is in tune with motherhood and trying. There to care for, comfort, nourish, relieve, correct, stand up for.
- There is a place for the strong face and hard forehead, the divinely strengthened face, the divinely hardened forehead.
Ezekiel 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.
11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
- If first there be a willing man it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not (1 Corinthians 8:12). We do what we can.
- Situations arise. Be calm in your spirit, wait on the Lord, go forward.
- Lively stones.
- There will be no temple (Revelation 21:22).
- The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force. Holy violence, striving to enter the kingdom casting off the old man and putting on the new man. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. A warrior people. Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Harmless sheep soldiers on the violent course.
- "We are sheep, but we have a Shepherd."
- Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:44-45).
- Excerpt from The Apostle Paul: A Chosen Vessel--In the apostle Paul, we see the transformation complete from being a sinner to being a yielded and completely consecrated saint. We see spiritual maturity with all the attendant, requisite afflictions--pains, trials, tribulation, and persecutions to keep him weak and low (2 Corinthians 12:7, 9). We see the fastings, the watchings, the labours, the cares, etc. We see the transformation from sinner to saved, sanctified and totally yielded to the Lord and meet for the Master's use. More than one person, as they have grown in the Lord, has come to admire and love the apostle Paul very deeply and has come to more closely feel and understand the magnitude of his spiritual stature and personal consecration before the Lord.
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