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Archive for April, 2008

The Desires of Our Heart!

Posted by Scott on April 30, 2008

In my morning studies it was wonderful to come across this passage of scripture again.  I have read this passage many times before, but this morning the meditation on this passage was fruitful in my life.

Psalm 1:2-3  “But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yield its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.”

Delighting ourselves in the Lord requires daily meditation upon the word of God.  Think of the requirement for our physical health by eatting numerous times per day.  The mediatation of God’s word is the same way.  We need to feast upon God’s word in order to sustain a healthy and growing spiritual life. 

This is like the tree mentioned in the passage.  We are like this tree to God.  A tree planted by a stream of water grows slowly but surely over time.  It has a fresh supply of water daily that never runs dry.  As the tree grows slowly as we grow slowly it will yield its fruit in its season.  We too will yield fruit that glorifies God in its proper season as well.  This tree’s leaves never wither due to lack of nurishment or water.  As we are planted near God always, He is our constant source of nurishment and fresh water. 

The scriptures have only one true authentic meaning or translation, yet it yields numerous applications for our lives.  As we study on God’s word daily and come across the same passage from time to time, we will find a different application many times within the same verse of scripture.  The depth to the well of God never ends.  The well on top looks the same as always, but the water drawn from it is just as rich as the first water ever drawn…God’s word is the same, rich with every reading.  God knows exactly what we need in application of His word at each moment of our life. 

Other scriptures to meditate on about “Delighting in Him” are:  Joshua 1:8  Meditate on God’s word constantly and be careful to obey what you read as it applies.  1 Timothy 4:15 Be very diligent in meditating on the word of God.  Be sure to give yourself completely to the Word of God and be careful to obey what you have read as it applies.  Isaiah 58:13-14 Keep one day holy as the Sabbath to honor Him, Glorify Him, and worship Him.  In this we will delight in Him even more.  Psalm 63:5-6 The evening is an especially good time to meditate on His word taking us into the night.  God calls evening the first day in Genesis 1:5.  What we meditate on in the evening that takes us into our rest at night effects how we start our next morning.  Pslam 119:23 Do not be bothered by those around you who may redicule or slander you.  Just keep meditating on God’s word.  Look to the Bible for counsel.  Meditate on the decrees and statutes.  Psalm 119:99-100 Wisdom comes from meditating on the word of God.  This produces a better understanding of this life and the life to come.  You wil find yourself witha better understanding than your teachers and counselors and elders.  Continue to be odedient to His word and the understanding you now have.  1 Samuel 13:14 We find God calling David “a man after His own heart”.  Why?  David meditated on the word of God, he would wake up in the middle of the night to meditate on the word of God and was always thinking upon the ways of God and His awesomeness in his life.  Psalm 37:4 We are to make the Lord the delight of our life.  In this way He will give us the desires of our heart because we now have the desires He wants in our heart.  Through meditating on the word of God constantly we will understand what it is God intends for us to desire.  God transforms us through His word.  If we do not spend much time in the scriptures how can we expect to know what it is God desires for us? 

Truth to apply:

1. Meditation on the word of God transforms our thoughts to God’s thoughts and desires. 

2. Begin our day in the evenings as our last thoughts being on God’s word.  This will influence the dreams and rest we have at night to assist in the start of a brand new morning.

3. Psalm 1:2-3 He tells us that we will prosper in all that we do if we constantly meditate and read His word.  Why is this?  Because the word of God is a light to our path.  He guides us by His word.  This leads us away from evil counselors and unfruitful activities.  It is important to our faithfulness to meditate on His word daily.  “Prosper” in the Hebrew is tsalach or tsaleach meaning to “push forward” or “come mightily”…it is also to be “profitable” to make “profitable”.  God intends to supply us and use us for His purposes.  For some that could mean financial wealth to be used to further His kingdom and for others it could mean a wealth of knowledge and wisdom beyond our years that can be used to further His kingdom.  Prosperity comes in different shapes and sizes.  I do not think it means many cars and houses, but the wealth is to be given out as God directs and may be needed to further ministries that struggle to keep going or supply families with needed resources during difficult times in their lives.  We are simply to stay in His word constantly in order to know the direction we are to take and how to use that which He prospers us with.

4. Meditation can assist in helping us go to sleep easier.  However, at times it may dislodge impure thoughts in our minds that results in a bad dream.  This is simply purifying our minds and hearts for the fresh new morning ahead.  Refer to John 15:3..the word provided by Christ cleans us and restores our hearts for His greater use on a daily basis.

2 Timothy 3:16-17  “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Continue in the reading and meditating of God’s word regardless of the direction of this world.  Only His word has sustaining power that leads us into eternity.

Scott Bailey 2008

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Our Father who is in heaven…!

Posted by Scott on April 25, 2008

Over the past few days I have spent some time researching Matthew 6:9-13 to which Jesus shows us how we should pray.  This followed Jesus explaining to us how “not” to pray.  I love the words of my Savior and take great heed to His words telling me how to pray.  He is telling the believers how to pray, not the general public mind you.  Think of it, how could someone pray like this who does not know the heavenly Father…the only way to know the heavenly Father is through the Son…Jesus Christ!  Refer to Matthew 11:27.

Prayer is no doubt something that is to be very personal and this model prayer is only to be used as a guide to enter into a very personal time with your heavenly Father.  Immediately in the beginning we are to make known exactly who it is we are speaking to.  This is not our earthly father.  No matter how frail or how great our earthly fathers where or are, we are still speaking in this moment with our most perfect parent of all…our heavenly Father.  He will never let us down.  He always loves His own.  He will carry us as an earthly father carries his own child.  We can count on our heavenly Father no matter what the circumstance we are in.  Do not think that He will spoil us, but He will give us exactly what we need and when we need it.  He never gives us too much or too little…it is always exact.  He listens to His children when they pray.  He longs to hear from us in this most intimate way…prayer!

After doing my early research on these words of Jesus a very personal and intimate prayer flows out from the text of verses 9-10 something like this:

“My dearest heavenly Father in all eternity, Your name is the holiest of all.  May Your royal kingdom come here, may Your pleasure be fulfilled here in my world as it is where You live in all eternity, the abode of heaven.”

The “abode” of heaven is a place elevated above all other places.  It is a place of dwelling in continuance.  This is where our self-existant heavenly Father lives…our God lives on high.  He has always been and always will be.  He lives in a place that has continued always without beginning or end.  Our heavenly Father right now is longing for the time in the future when He will share all eternity with His chosen people…this will be in the New Heaven…that is another subject by itself.  Think of your heavenly Father like what I have described above.  He is not a tyrant looking for someone to pounce on.  He is not an old judge without grace.  Our God is full of grace, mercy and love.  Our God is a “just” God.  He loves His chosen people and did so to the point He was willing to sacrifice His only Son on the cross for our sins.  Our heavenly Father is longing to be with us forever, but time is not an issue with Him, so He waits for His elect to accept Him.

In the meantime we have this beginning of Jesus’ model prayer.  I will continue later with the latter part of this prayer.  For now, just meditate on Matthew 6:9-10…these two verses alone once you understand and take into your mind the full meaning of Who you are praying to should be enough to leave you in awe of our wonderful heavenly Father.  Pray with great intimacy to our God in heaven.  He is waiting for His children to call upon Him.

In Christ,

Scott 2008

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The New Heaven and New Earth On Earth!

Posted by Scott on April 19, 2008

So much is said today about “The New Earth”.  Every philosopher has his or her ideas, but most are just that, ideas.  However, what does the Bible say about the New Earth.  This might dispell a few myths that have been taught for ages that simply are unbibical including the newest fade proclaimed by Oprah and Eckhart Tolle.

We see the vision of the New Earth as seen by John in Revelation 21:1…”Then I saw a new heaven and new earth, for the first heaven and first earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea.”

According to the commentary from Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible dated to 1961 he states that “passed away” in reference to the first heaven and earth has “passed from one condition to another”.  The greek word for “passed away” is “parerchomai” taking us to 2 Peter 3:10…”But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.”  This gives me every indication that the earth will not be completely destroyed into a non-existant state, but it will be purified by fire making the foundation ready for the new earth and the reversal of the curse that has been on the earth since Adam first sinned.  The Ryrie Study Bible commentary on this verse notes that “the present creation will be destroyed on the earth as to cleanse it from all the effects of sin”.  This again makes way for the new earth on the old earth foundation.  The myth taught throughout much of Christianity is that the new earth will not be on this planet or on this foundation, but the scriptures would imply something else.  The late Dr. W. A. Criswell states in his book called “Heaven” from 1991 written with Dr. Paige Patterson under the heading “Heaven is a renewed world creation” in part of chapter one.  When speaking of the greek word “kainos” which is the only use for the word “new” in Revelation.  “Kainos” refers to quality or kind of character.  Criswell, “This word [kainos] never refers to annihilation but rather to re-creation and redemption”.  In Ecceliastes 1:4 that “…the earth abideth forever”.

In Revelation 21:2 we find the Holy City or New Jerusalem coming out of heaven to the new earth.  This comes after the thousand year rein or millennium.  This place will be on the new earth as the dwelling place of all believers during eternity with emphasis in 21:1-8.  In the book “50 days of Heaven” by Randy Alcorn he tells us “the future Heaven will be in the human realm, on Earth, in a resurrected universe”.  God will come to rein with His people in the New Heaven on earth after He restores it.  Acts 3:21 says, “Jesus must remain is heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets.”  Refer to Isaiah 60:1-22 to back to that long ago time the glory of the New Jerusalem is described.

God is Omnipresent and can dwell whereever He chooses.  He wants to come to be with us in a place He made for us, His chosen people, the bride of Christ.  Another time in history God has come to be with us when Adam and Eve sinned…rather than just picking them up and taking them to heaven, God came to earth to visit them.  Jesus came to earth to embody the God-Man part of His plan.  Again, this is God coming to us.  We find His grace in both of these occasions. 

Anthony Hoekema said, “If God would have to annihilate the present cosmos, Satan would have won a great victory…Satan would have succeededin so devastatingly corrupting the present cosmos and the present earth that God could do nothing with it but to blot it totally out of existance.  But Satan did not win such victory!  On the contrary, Satan has been decisively defeated.  God will reveal the full demensions of that defeat when he shall renew this very earth on which Satan deceived mankind and finally banish fron it all the results of Satan’s evil machinations.”

The last part of that first verse says “the sea will be no more”.  Yes, on this earth there will be no separation anymore from God and His people.  According to Dake’s Bible notes, there will be an abundance of lakes, rivers, and smaller seas “forever”, but no more sea to separate us.  From one end of the earth to another we will have access to our God to never be separated again by ocean, sin, death, or anything.  This all takes place on the New Earth (resurrected old earth).  The curse that sin caused will be reversed and we can live forever without murder, hatred, sin, death, tears, lying, stealing, backstabbing, fighting, or any of the negatives of life.  I dare to tell you that this will be “Living your best life”.  Your best life is not now.

I have seen the notes in a few Bible’s that the New Jerusalem will be suspended over the earth. This has no biblical foundation that I have found.  When the curse on the new earth is lifted heaven and earth will not longer need to be separated as it is now.  The separation we experience now is because a holy dwelling place where God the Father is cannot mingle with a sinful depraved man on earth.  At the time of the New Heaven and New Earth they will be joined forever together as it indicates in Rev 21:1-2. 

It is absolutely exciting to study the scriptural meanings of the New Heaven and New Earth in contrast to the myths and even the new philosophy of Eckhart Tolle’s New Earth.   Man cannot create heaven on earth, but God can.   I can find no biblical basis for heaven being created within us…this is simply not the case according to the authority of the scriptures.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Homeland

“Think….of stepping on shore and finding it Heaven! 

Think…of taking hold of a hand and finding it God’s hand!

…of breathing a new air and finding it celestial air!

…of feeling invigorated and finding it immortality!

…of passing from storm and tempest, to an unbroken calm!

…of waking up and finding yourself HOME!   HALLELUJAH!”

-by anonymous poet found by Ruth Ray Hunt of FBC Dallas passed on to Dr. Criswell

In Christ,

Scott

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I Enjoy the Psalm’s!

Posted by Scott on April 18, 2008

I thoroughly enjoy reading in the Psalm’s.  It is my habit to study and read in Psalm each morning.  Along with my studies I try to go to the Hebrew meanings of many of the words used within the text.  What I learn by studying this way is what the writer was thinking and trying to say to us….what God was conveying through these writers thousands of years ago.  I want to be as close to the mind of the writer of the text as I can be.  It does not matter what any verse says to me or what I “think” a verse is saying.  What matters is what the original writer intended each verse of scripture to mean.  Any opinions of mine is really not worthy of printing or using my breath on.

In studying Psalm 36 David is delivering an oracle concerning the sinful wickedness of the day he was living.  An oracle is a “divine speech or comment”…it comes from God through the heart and mind of the writer.  During this time people were living willfully in sin without any thought towards their own sinfulness.  These people thought they were very cute, so to speak, flattering themselves and could not see their own sin.

After a brief scolding of the wickedness, David tells us about God’s love.  This love spoken about in verse 5 is a loyal, covenant, faithful love that each of us as believers can count on without fail.  The Lord loves each of His people with this kind of love.  Then he ask God to preserve both man and beast.  You know God’s wrath could have fallen heavy upon this land and these people…wiping out each living person and all living creatures, but He did not.

Then David goes into a short, but very indepth look at just who our God is.  “How priceless is Your love”.  This is excellent, merciful love…no greater love than the love of our God.  Can you see why David was constantly speaking of the awesomeness of His God, our God?  Although David was living in such a wicked land among very wicked people, he could still see and experience a great God. 

Do you ever find yourself looking for a place of refuge, a place to rest upon something or someone mighty and huge?  Our God is such a place we can take refuge in. Both the heavenly celestial beings on high, the angels,  to God’s chosen people here on earth we can find refuge in the shadow of His wings.  He will cover us, protect us, allow us to rest under His wings.

“They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights.”  

What an awesome God we have that we can delight or be satisfied in Him.  He has overflowing abundance to the point we can find our fullness feasting at God’s table.  This is a prophetic promise of God.  Can you imagine drinking or drawing from the river of God’s great pleasure, His delight?  God desires that we delight in Him.  “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him…”  by John Piper.  It is in the times that are most difficult in our lives that we must find our delight in God…not just when times are good.  Most of life on this earth will be difficult, so to live out this life victoriously our satisfaction must be found in nothing less than our Lord. 

“For with You is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” 

Ah, the depth of the well or fountain of God is never ending…this living water will never stop flowing to His people.  The satisfaction it brings, the purity found in this “living” water, life itself is found here.  If you want to “awaken to your life’s purpose”, then look no further than our awesome God, “Elohim” the all powerful, supreme God and “Adonai” the sovereign, divine master Lord.  David experienced God in such a tremendous way.  For as he looked upon the light of God which is the brightness of God’s face he experienced and enjoyed the true happiness of God. 

I can imgane David not even taking a breath during this brief glorification of God.  As David pondered on these thoughts about God how could one really even take a breath…our God is breath taking!  Then after a huge sigh, David ask God to continue His love to the believers and His righteousness to those believers upright hearts.  In the end of all this wickedness he describes God tells us through David that these people who live in wickedness will not stand for they have fallen, thrown down and cannot get up.  Why can they not get up?  Because God has crushed them under His feet.  Why do worship any other person or being?  Why do think so little about our God.  The Lord “Adonai” sovereignly guides us, has a plan for our life that will not be altered by any of our actions.  He will work His perfect plan to the end.

In Christ,

Scott

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Repentance! by Ray C. Stedman

Posted by Scott on April 16, 2008

by Ray C. Stedman

READ: Genesis 3:10-13

“Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and ate it. “Then the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:11b-13).

There is something very interesting here. God asks essentially the same question to both the man and the woman. He is saying to each, “Tell me, what is it that you did? Specifically, definitely, clearly what is it that you did?” But there is an exquisite touch of delicacy and grace here that we ought not to miss. He does not put the question in the same form to Adam and Eve. To the man, He is forthright and blunt: “Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” But to the woman He puts the question much more softly and gently.

It is comforting to me to realize how fully God understands women, so that He puts the question to her very gently. He says, “Tell me in your own way, now, what is this that you have done?” It is significant that in their answers, both Adam and Eve come out at the same place. Each blames someone else (we call this human nature, as it is such a widespread, universal response), but when they come to their final statement, they both use exactly the same words: “and I ate.”

That is where God wants to bring them. That is what the Bible calls repentance. It is a candid statement of the facts with no attempt now to evade them, color them, or clothe them in any other form. It is a simple, factual statement to which they are both reduced: “and I ate.”

Notice how these questions have followed a designed course. God has made them first admit, “We’re not where we ought to be—we know that. We ought not to be hidden in the garden. We ought not to be lost. We ought not to require a question like this: “Where are you?” God has made them see that something has happened within them. They have seen that they are where they are because of what they are, and all of this has happened because they disobeyed, because they ate the forbidden food, they sinned. God has led them graciously, and yet unerringly, to the place where each of them, in their own way, has said, “Yes, Lord, I sinned; I ate.”

That is as far as people can ever go in correcting evil. They can do no more than that. But that immediately provides the ground for God to act. This is where He constantly seeks to bring us, because it provides Him with the only ground upon which He can act. You can see this throughout the whole Bible, in the Old and New Testament alike. When God is dealing with people, He seeks to bring them to the place where they acknowledge what is wrong.

This is what God wants to do with us. He finds us in our failure, our estrangement, our guilt, our sense of nakedness and loss, and immediately He moves to bring us to repentance. We misunderstand His moving. We think He is dragging us before some tribunal in order to chastise us or punish us, but He is not. He is simply trying to get us to face the facts as they are. That is what He does here with Adam and Eve.

Thank you, Lord, for the way in which You bring me to this place of repentance. Help me not to hide, but to bring my sin to light that I might experience your grace and mercy.

This daily devotion was inspired by one of Ray’s sermons. Please read “God At Work” (or listen to the audio file  Listen to Ray) for more on this portion of scripture.

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Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose! Eckhart Tolle

Posted by Scott on April 11, 2008

“I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth…for the first heaven and first earth had passed away”.     Revelation 21:1

I have been watching and listening intently at many actors and actresses as they describe what this New Earth book by Eckhart Tolle means to them.  With such terms as “a new conscienceness” or “a new earth” being thrown around.  I watched and listened to the sincerity of each of them including other people who are simply a follower of Oprah.  I even have studied Oprah through all of this and how she is changing daily because of this “new revelation” from this book.  So, I wanted to try to be brief and clear about what is taking place here.  As many people are looking for the meaning of life, true peace, true happiness, and true joy.  Many of these same people are also looking for riches, glory, honor, and influence that they have never had before.  I would ask that anyone contemplating turning their hearts and eternity over to this “new conscienceness” to listen and meditate closely on what is presented within this text.

Galatians 1:6 [ There Is Only One Good News ] I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News.”

First items I heard was the different words used that you will hear in Christianity and other religions.  This can throw many people off are not versed in the scriptures.  Psalm 26:2-3 it tells us “Test me, O Lord, and try me.  Examine my heart and my mind, for your love is ever before me…”  I would encourage you to first ask God to examine your heart and mind to see if it is of a sound doctrine.  God will show us through His word, the Bible, if we are on the right track or not.  We know that many will come say they have found a “new way”, “new light”, new revelation”, or even the way to a “new earth”…however, this does not mean it is the truth.  God’s word tells us also that our ways are not God’s ways nor is our thoughts God’s thoughts.  So, we cannot believe for a moment that we have discovered anything new or discovered the secret to God.  For a few thousand years now we have found in the bible the true way to a personal relationship with God.  This personal relationship is as real as two people setting across from each other at a table talking.  This “new earth” way is not a personal realtionship with God…there is no God in the Tolle philosophy.  Do you want a rock you can stand on?  Do you want someone that has felt your pain and died for your depraved mind and heart?  Would you like to settle the issue of eternity while you live your life on earth?  Would you like to be able to get through those lowest times in your life with a spiritual being carrying you through?  This is all found in Jesus Christ.  He will deliver true peace, true joy, true happiness, true prosperity…not this feel good methodology.  God never ask that you empty your mind like Tolle tells his people and meditate.  God wants you to meditate on His word…He will direct you and teach you something from that, not an empty mind listening to whatever spirit blows across your mind.  The most dangerous thing in the world is emptying your minds to nothing.  Look to the authority of the scriptures, the holiness of a sovereign God and to the loving righteousness of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus tells us in John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” 

Now, I would ask Eckhart Tolle and Oprah from what authority they preach and teach this book to millions of people?  One must have authority before they can make such claims as they do.  The Bible is time tested and has survived each test…however, this new book has not survived the test of even a years time yet.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  Now, I ask again, by what authority does Oprah and Eckhart preach and teach the themes within Tolle’s new book?  They have no authority from heaven, but possible from the millions of people that have cleared their minds to winds of any spirit travelling by at the moment.  This is not authority, but it is mindless popularity.  Millions of people are willing to place their eternity in the hands of a paperback book written by a non-authority in eternal things.  This puzzles me somewhat, that this many people are willing to empty their minds to something that is not proven nor will it be proven unless it is to be false.

Many people have been taught incorrectly in churches for decades by unholy men or unknowledgable men.  These men did not convey the love within the pages of God’s word.  They did not expound on the word correctly for the most part either to the point that legalism took the place of true Christianity.  C.S. Lewis plainly spoke one time, “It is Christ Himself not the Bible who is the true Word of God.  The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good leaders, will bring us to Him.”  The mistake for decades has been worshipping the words on a page or a book rather than the power behind the words on those pages which is found in Jesus Christ.  John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.”  Who is the Word?  It is Jesus Christ.  Who was with God in the beginning?  Jesus! 

What is our life’s purpose?  It is to bring glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ in all things.  The beauty of the earth was to bring glory to God.  The suffering of Jesus was to glorify the Father in heaven.  Our life is to honor and love Christ regardless what we are going through.  God wants you and I to delight in Him.  Not when we are buying a new car, house, or clothes neccessarily, but when we are walking through the dark valley of death, when we are sick and dying in a hospital, when a child or loved one is killed suddenly, or when we are bankrupt financially with no end in sight….this is when God wants us to delight in Him in all things.  “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  Psalm 37:4.  Does this mean if we desire a new car then we call out to our magic Geni and He will deliver a new car?  No, it means that if we will delight in Him, then our hearts can be tested and found to be one with Him…this results in our desires matching up with God’s.  Our desires will then want nothing less than honor and glory for Him…new cars, new houses, new clothes, and new things will not even be in the picture…our personal relationship with Jesus will replace those earthly, selfish desires.

Throughout all of scripture, if we are at one with our Lord, we can find our loving Jesus in every book of the bible from Genesis to Revelation.  It is more than inspiring…it is life transforming.  Read the list below of who Christ is throughout the entire Bible:

HE IS!

In Genesis He is the breath of life

In Exodus He is the Passover Lamb

In Leviticus He is our high priest

In Numbers He is the fire by night

In Deuteronomy He is Moses’ voice

In Joshua He is salvation’s choice

In Judges He is the law giver

In Ruth He is our kinsmen-redeemer

In First & Second Samuel He is our trusted prophet

In Kings & Chronicles He is sovereign

In Nehemiah He is the re-builder of broken walls and lives

In Esther He is Mordecai’s courage

In Job He is the timeless redeemer

In Psalms He is our morning song

In Proverbs He is wisdom’s cry

In Ecclesiastes He is the time and seasons

In Solomon He is the lover’s dream

In Isaiah He is the Prince of Peace

In Jeremiah He is the weeping prophet

In Lamentations He is the cry for Israel

In Ezekial He is the call from sin

In Daniel He is the stranger in the fire

In Hosea He is forever faithful

In Joel He is the spirit’s power

In Amos He is the arms that carry us

In Obadiah He is the Lord our Savior

In Jonah He is the great missionary

In Micah He is the promise of peace

In Nahum He is our strength and our shield

In Habakkuk & Zephaniah He is pleading for revival

In Zechariah He is our fountain

In Malachi he is the sun of righteousness rising with healing in His wings

In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John He is God, Man, Messiah

In Acts He is the fire from heaven

In Romans He is the grace of God

In the Corinthians He is the power of love

In Galatians He is freedom from the curse of sin

In Ephesians He is our glorious treasure

In Phillipians He is the servant’s heart

In Colossians He is the Godhead Trinity

In Thessalonians He is our coming King

In Timothy, Titus and Philemon He is our mediator and our faithful pastor

In Hebrews He is the everlasting covenant

In James He is the One who heals the sick

In Peter He is our Shepherd

In John and Jude He is the lover coming for His bride

and In Revelation He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace, The Son of Man, the Lamb of God, the Great “I AM”…He is the alpha and omega, Our God and Savior….He is Jesus Christ the Lord.

You see there is no new conscienceness or new revelation…the only new earth will be after Jesus comes back after He has defeated the wicked on this earth…after the old heaven and earth are gone away then comes the new Jerusalem here on earth.  God has and always will be the same yesterday, today, and in the future.  He is outside of time and is not bound by our time.  He is the awesome God of the Universe and beyond.  If you want to awaken to your life’s purpose…then give your heart and soul to Christ, not some new age philosophy out of a book that really has no meaning at all.  Do not trust your eternity to mindless talk and philosophies…trust your eternity to the God who created you and wants you to be with Him for all eternity.

Oprah and Eckhart, there is only one way to heaven, to the heavenly Father, to a true relationship with God…that is through Jesus Christ our Lord Who sets at the right hand of the Father today.  There is no other way regardless of what any man walking this earth from past to present tells you.  Jesus tells us “Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate  and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.”  Further He tells us “I Am the gate, whoever enters through Me will be saved.”  This New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and is being taught by its new false prophet, Oprah Winfrey, is the broad road….it looks good, sounds great, is just what man thinks in his own depraved heart he is looking for….how could it be bad when it does so much good?  I tell you now that this broad road, this new earth, this new conscienceness only leads to destruction.  Oprah said in public and denied that Jesus Christ was the only way…this was a public denial of the deity of Jesus Christ and will lead to her ultimate destruction.  I plead with anyone listening to not fall for it or travel down that path…stay with the narrow way, the small gate which is Jesus!

To read more about the real New Heaven and New Earth just click here!

-Scott Bailey 2008

 

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Ways Parents Provoke Their Kids!

Posted by Scott on April 9, 2008

 

Ways Parents Provoke

8 Ways Parents Provoke(By John MacArthur)

In Ephesians 6:4, Paul writes, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” In our series these last two weeks, we’ve looked at both discipline (specifically, spanking) and instruction (specifically, evangelism). Today, we will look at the command to not provoke.

To “provoke . . . to anger” suggests a repeated, ongoing pattern of treatment that gradually builds up a deep–seated anger and resentment that boils over in outward hostility.

Such treatment is usually not intended to provoke anger. Here are eight ways in which parents can provoke their children to anger:

1) Well–meaning overprotection is a common cause of resentment in children. Parents who smother their children, overly restrict where they can go and what they can do, never trust them to do things on their own, and continually question their judgment build a barrier between themselves and their children—usually under the delusion that they are building a closer relationship. Children need careful guidance and certain restrictions, but they are individual human beings in their own right and must learn to make decisions on their own, commensurate with their age and maturity. Their wills can be guided but they cannot be controlled.

2) Another common cause of provoking children to anger is favoritism. Isaac favored Esau over Jacob and Rebekah preferred Jacob over Esau. That dual and conflicting favoritism not only caused great trouble for the immediate family but has continued to have repercussions in the conflicts between the descendants of Jacob and Esau until our present day! For parents to compare their children with each other, especially in the children’s presence, can be devastating to the child who is less talented or favored. He will tend to become discouraged, resentful, withdrawn, and bitter.

Favoritism by parents generally leads to favoritism among the children themselves, who pick up the practice from their parents. They will favor one brother or sister over the others and will often favor one parent over the other.

3) A third way parents provoke their children is by pushing achievement beyond reasonable bounds. A child can be so pressured to achieve that he is virtually destroyed. He quickly learns that nothing he does is sufficient to please his parents. No sooner does he accomplish one goal than he is challenged to accomplish something better. Fathers who fantasize their own achievements through the athletic skills of their sons, or mothers who fantasize a glamorous career through the lives of their daughters prostitute their responsibility as parents.

I once visited a young woman who was confined to a padded cell and was in a state of catatonic shock. She was a Christian and had been raised in a Christian family, but her mother had ceaselessly pushed her to be the most popular, beautiful, and successful girl in school. She became head cheerleader, homecoming queen, and later a model. But the pressure to excel became too great and she had a complete mental collapse. After she was eventually released from the hospital, she went back into the same artificial and demanding environment. When again she found she could not cope, she committed suicide. She had summed up her frustration when she told me one day, “I don’t care what it is I do, it never satisfies my mother.”

4) A fourth way children are provoked is by discouragement. A child who is never complimented or encouraged by his parents is destined for trouble. If he is always told what is wrong with him and never what is right, he will soon lose hope and become convinced that he is incapable of doing anything right. At that point he has no reason even to try. Parents can always find something that a child genuinely does well, and they should show appreciation for it. A child needs approval and encouragement in things that are good every bit as much as he needs correction in things that are not.

5) A fifth way provocation occurs is by parents’ failing to sacrifice for their children and making them feel unwanted. Children who are made to feel that they are an intrusion, that they are always in the way and interfere with the plans and happiness of the parents, cannot help becoming resentful. To such children the parents themselves will eventually become unwanted and an intrusion on the children’s plans and happiness.

6) A sixth form of provocation comes from failing to let children grow up at a normal pace. Chiding them for always acting childish, even when what they do is perfectly normal and harmless, does not contribute to their maturity but rather helps confirm them in their childishness.

7) A seventh way of angering children is that of using love as a tool of reward or punishment—granting it when a child is good and withdrawing it when he is bad. Often the practice is unconscious, but a child can sense if a parent cares for him less when is he disobedient than when he behaves. That is not how God loves and is not the way he intends human parents to love. God disciplines His children just as much out of love as He blesses them. “Those whom the Lord loves He disciplines” (Heb. 12:6). Because it is so easy to punish out of anger and resentment, parents should take special care to let their children know they love them when discipline is given.

8) An eighth way to provoke children is by physical and verbal abuse. Battered children are a growing tragedy today. Even Christian parents—fathers especially—sometimes overreact and spank their children much harder than necessary. Proper physical discipline is not a matter of exerting superior authority and strength, but of correcting in love and reasonableness. Children are also abused verbally. A parent can as easily overpower a child with words as with physical force. Putting him down with superior arguments or sarcasm can inflict serious harm, and provokes him to anger and resentment. It is amazing that we sometimes say things to our children that we would not think of saying to anyone else—for fear of ruining our reputation!

In closing, consider the confession of one Christian father,

My family’s all grown and the kids are all gone. But if I had to do it all over again, this is what I would do. I would love my wife more in front of my children. I would laugh with my children more—at our mistakes and our joys. I would listen more, even to the littlest child. I would be more honest about my own weaknesses, never pretending perfection. I would pray differently for my family; instead of focusing on them, I’d focus on me. I would do more things together with my children. I would encourage them more and bestow more praise. I would pay more attention to little things, like deeds and words of thoughtfulness. And then, finally, if I had to do it all over again, I would share God more intimately with my family; every ordinary thing that happened in every ordinary day I would use to direct them to God.

(Today’s article adapted from John’s commentary on Ephesians, published by Moody.)

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The Transforming Word of God!

Posted by Scott on April 8, 2008

I have been compelled these days to write a brief report on the transforming power of the Word of God and the benefits or advantages of having the Word of God living in us.  However, the first event that must take place is the regeneration of the heart….thus we must be “born again”.  God’s Word will have no power in the life of an unsaved unrepentant person to which their heart is not regenerated by the Holy Spirit…the Word will simply fall to the ground from this person without taking root and being “born again”.  Romans 8:7-8 tells us, “the sinful mind is hostile to God.  It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.”  The heart of man cannot accept Christ unless it has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit so that we can be “Born Again”.  This sets the stage for our salvation.

The Holy Spirit must first lay open the fertile ground to which the Word is to be received…this fertile ground is our heart or mind.  This regeneration must take place for a sinful depraved human to even be able to take in through the ears the Word of God.  It is salvation by grace through faith in Jesus and can be no other way.  As Romans 10:8-9 tells us “…the Word is near you, it is in your mouth and in your heart.  That is the Word of faith we are proclaiming.  That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved or born again.”  It is not simply the confession, but the Word penetrating to the heart and bursting into new spiritual life with belief in Jesus as Lord…this is salvation by grace through faith.  The grace is God commissioning the Holy Spirit to regenerate the heart of a dark, sinfully, depraved man to which He cannot stand to look at without the blood of Christ flowing over us…God does not and is not under any obligation to man to do this work in our hearts, yet in His gracious love He chose us to be the receptient of His great salvation…we are His remnant that He loves and will see us through to the end and for all eternity.  Think upon this work of the Holy Spirit as the bride ready to receive her husband on their wedding night.  The fertile place of the wife is open for the husbands perishable seed to be planted to spring forth life in a baby that will be born soon.

1 Peter 1:23 and 25:  “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable seed through the living and enduring Word of God….and this is the Word that was preached to you.” 

This imperishable seed is the Word of the living God that penetrates through our ears to our listening regenerated hearts to receive the imperishable seed the Word of God and therefore it brings forth the spiritual life of being “Born Again” into the family of God.  Is that not the most facinating work ever..I think so?  Both births are a miraculous intervention by a Holy and loving God, unfortunately not all will experience this.  God does the work in both the water birth and the spiritual birth.  Man has no part in the spiritual birth at all from the standpoint of his salvation…the Free Will of man cannot overcome the Free Will of God…for God is sovereign not man.  The imperishable seed will not rest and take root in unfertile unregenerated sinful depraved ground…the ground must be prepared before hand in order for the seed to burst forth with life and grow roots that will result in a wonderful spiritual life.  

Once “Born Again” as Jesus says in John 3 we must be in order to see the kingdom of heaven, then we experience the “transforming power” of the Word of God in our lives.  What power one could ask?  The power to overcome any obstacle set before us that God intends we overcome.  The power to “flick” satan and his demonic pals away from us by the authority of God’s holy Word.  The power to stand and preach the Word of God by the authority of His holy Word.  A power that knows no limits or bounds in and of God Himself.  This is not man’s power, but the power of our holy God.

Another great question could be, “What are the advantages or benefits of having the Word living in us?”  Excellent question.  One benefit is that now we can be pleasing to our heavenly Father filtered through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ.  We can now have true joy regardless of our situation…even if the end of our life is in turmoil, we can still have peace and joy in God just because He is God no matter how it turns out.  The peace that surpasses all understanding is a benefit of being Born Again with the Word of God planted and rooted in us.  The benefit of spending eternity in heaven with our Lord is a tremendous advantage of the Word, Jesus, living within us.   All benefits must point towards our awesome God and not upon ourselves.  

To be “Born Again” translates into resting in God’s peace, love, joy, power, and the Word of God coming to life in our lives.  It is no longer man’s peacelessness, lovelessness, joylessness, powerlessness, and Wordless existance.  Before our “Born Again” state we were hopelessly wandering without the truth of any of these benefits in reality.  Many will read God’s Word, try to live a good life, try to think good happy thoughts, go to church maybe, ask spiritual questions, but in the end it is all futile to God, because the person was never “Born Again”…in other words the Word of God never entered into this person and took root in order to create a new born spiritual life.  We can have all the head knowledge in the world of a living God, of  a wonderful savior, yet not ever really accept Him or know Him on a personal level.  Many have tried to come to Christ on their own terms, but Jesus will simply say to these people He never knew them.

Do not be deceived by our understanding of what it means to be saved.  Look to God’s word in John 3…

 1″Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

 3In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.[a]

 4“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”

 5Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

 9“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

 10“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.”

  To experience the transforming power of God’s Word and experience a life from the benefits of His Word you must first be “Born Again”.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2008

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Why Are We Not Told Plainly?

Posted by Scott on April 7, 2008

My Utmost for His Highest

by Oswald Chambers

He charged them that they should tell no man what things they
had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.

Click link below to study this verse: Mark 9:9
     http://www.studylight.org/desk/?query=mr+9:9

Say nothing until the Son of man is risen in you – until the life of the
risen Christ so dominates you that you understand what the historic Christ
taught. When you get to the right state on the inside, the word which
Jesus has spoken is so plain that you are amazed you did not see it
before. You could not understand it before, you were not in the place in
disposition where it could be borne.

Our Lord does not hide these things; they are unbearable until we get
into a fit condition of spiritual life. “I have yet many things to say
unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” There must be communion with His
risen life before a particular word can be borne by us. Do we know
anything about the impartation of the risen life of Jesus? The evidence
that we do is that His word is becoming interpretable to us. God cannot
reveal anything to us if we have not His Spirit. An obstinate outlook will
effectually hinder God from revealing anything to us. If we have made up
our minds about a doctrine, the light of God will come no more to us on
that line, we cannot get it. This obtuse stage will end immediately [when]
His resurrection life has its way with us.

“Tell no man . . ” – so many do tell what they saw on the mount of
transfiguration. They have had the vision and they testify to it, but the
life does not tally with it, the Son of man is not yet risen in them. I
wonder when He is going to be formed in you and in me?

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Taken from ‘My Utmost for His Highest’, by Oswald Chambers. © l935 by Dodd
Mead & Co., renewed &copy; 1963 by the Oswald Chambers Publications Assn.,
Ltd., and is used by permission of Barbour Publishing, Uhrichsville, Ohio.
All rights reserved.

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Just Wait on God!

Posted by Scott on April 7, 2008

by A.W. Tozer

But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him. –Habakkuk 2:20

I think we are the busiest bunch of eager beavers ever seen in the religious world. The idea seems to be that if we are not running in a circle, breathing down the back of our own neck, we are not pleasing God!

When Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15 KJV), Peter probably leaped to his feet and, no doubt, scooped up his hat on the way out. He was going to go right then!

But the Lord said, “Peter, come back, and ‘stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high’ (Luke 24:49).”

I heard a Christian leader warn recently that we are suffering from a rash of amateurism in Christian circles. Christianity has leveled down and down and down. We are as light as butterflies– though we flit, flit, flit around in the sunshine and imagine that we are eagles flapping our broad wings.

Sometimes I think the Church would be better off if we would call a moratorium on activity for about six weeks and just wait on God to see what He is waiting to do for us. That’s what they did before Pentecost. The Counselor, 95.

“Lord, this morning I’ll stop for a while at least to ‘just wait on God.’ I know You’re wanting to work, and I for one am willing to wait this morning to hear Your voice and discover what You want to do for me today. Amen.”

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