Psalm 124:8 (isv) Our help is in the name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
The very name of Jesus is above ALL other names (Phil 2:9, Rev 1:8) we merely need to call on His name to be saved (Rom 10:13, Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21, 1 Tim 2:5). This is the conclusion with which the church must come to terms: that her help comes from the Lord only, not idols, people, traditions or rituals (2 Cor 6:16, 1 John 5:21, John 14:6, Mark 7:8-9, John 6:63, Acts 4:12). Why would anyone want to trust in anything or anyone else but a God who is powerful enough to create the universe? “Jesus” is the only name we need (Matt 12:21, 18:20, John 3:16, 14:6). God has made it so easy for us: Now all we need to do is trust Him.
1 John 3:18 (isv) Little children, we must stop expressing love merely by our words and manner of speech; we must love also in action and in truth.
All talk and no show does not impress God. If our love is only in word then it is not from the heart (Jas 2:14, Matt 7:26) which means our faith is dead! Such love ends as soon as the word is spoken. But, our actions will last for eternity (Matt 6:20, Luke 12:33). From Jesus’ example we clearly see that true love is proven though actions (Matt 20:28, John 10:18, 15:13) which inturn shows the world that our love is real.
2 Corinthians 13:5 (nkjv) Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified
“God intends for us to discover the reality of our nature. Of course, it is impossible to fathom it entirely, but we can and must come to grips with the potential for evil that exists in every one of us”. ” The Berean”, 12-21-20. As long as we inhabit these fleshly bodies we will sin (Matt 26:41, Rom 7:18, 8:13, Gal 5:16). But, don’t worry, and don’t be discouraged. All we need to do is confess to God and ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9, Psa 32:5, Pro 28:13). God would much rather we inventoried ourselves (1 Cor 11:28a) than for Him to have to tell us what is wrong (1 Cor 11:31).
Romans 14:1 (net) Now receive the one who is weak in the faith, and do not have disputes over differing opinions.
The Bible tells us not to engage in arguments. How can we do this? Here are three suggestions: 1: Don’t compare yourself to others (Rom 12:3, 12:16), 2: don’t judge the other person (Matt 7:1), 3:. and don’t contradict the other person (Pro 29:20). Remember, an argument is essentially person A trying to convince person B that person A’s opinion is right and person B’s is wrong (Pro 26:12, Isa 5:21, 1 Cor 3:18-19).
Colossians 3:5 (kjv) Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Why does God equate these behaviors to IDOLATRY? “The actual mechanics of the process begin when the individual creates an idol in his mind in order to get something: a spouse, money, power, praise—even a feeling. None of these things are inherently evil, but in the process of achieving them, the person gradually allows the desire to have them to so dominate him that possessing them becomes his only worthwhile activity in life”. “The Berean”, 12-20-20. At this point the desire becomes an idol that he covets and now worships instead of God. This is the epitomy of selfishness! This person now seeks to please himself rather than God. Not only has he forsaken God but he will also forsake family, friends, and career to obtain that idol he now worships. Covetousness is very expensive: It never ends well (Eph 5:5, 1 Cor 6:10, Gal 5:21).
Mark 9:24 (isv) With tears flowing, the child’s father at once cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief!”
Do Christians doubt? Of course they do. With satan’s relentless onslaughts against us doubts are inevitable. So, how do we handle these doubts? The best way would be to study God’s word and memorize certain verses (Psalm 1:2, 119:11, Job 22:22). Another way is to talk to God frequently (1 Thess 5:17, Luke 18:1, Rom 12:12, Col 4:2). A third way is to constantly be thanking God for everything (1 Thess 5:18, Eph 5:20).
Mark 13:37 (nkjv) And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!
The word “watch” in the Greek is in the imperative tense. It is a command! We are to keep our spiritual clothes clean. We are to keep our character pure by constantly being focused on God and not the world (Rom 8:4-6, 12:11, 1 Cor 6:17-18, Col 3:2, Jas 1:21, 1 Peter 1:22, 2 Cor 1:12, Phil 1:10, 4:8). In so doing we will always be prepared for Jesus’ return.
Remember these verses so they can remind you to keep yourselves pure and always ready for His return.
Galatians 6:2 (kjv) Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
What is the law of Christ? To love your neighbor (Matt 22:39, Lev 19:18, Rom 13:9). What does it mean to “carry each other’s burdens”? Simply to help those in need. You can do this in several ways: by giving of your time, money or talents, praying, comforting, calling them or sending a note or text of encouragement, or simply by listening to them (1 Thess 5:14, John 23:14-15).
Matt 7:21(isv) Not everyone who keeps saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will get into the kingdom from heaven, but only the person who keeps doing the will of my Father in heaven.
Christianity is sometimes referred to as “a mile wide but an inch deep”. This is because of the evil that was allowed to corrupt our church through: syncretism, works w/o faith, false teachers, going through the motions but spiritually dead, focusing on causes rather than the kingdom, putting our trust in political parties & politicians rather than God (Jer 7:18, Matt 7:22-23, Rev 2:4, 2:14-15, 2:20, 3:1, 3:15).
Exodus 32:7 (kjv) And the LORD said to Moses, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.
It’s incredible that humans are still doing the very same thing today that the israelites did millenia ago. “People create gods in their own image. They interpret God according to their own cultural biases, as well as what family, educational, and business associations have predisposed them to believe. They then attribute His favor to their political parties, athletic teams, motivations, and prejudices. All this is done with precious little careful study into, meditation upon, and especially wholeheartedly believing His inspired revelation of Himself in the Bible”. “The Berean”, 12-15-20. ☹️ That is truly sad, since God made entry into heaven so easy for us (Matt 11:29, 1 John 5:3). All one needs to do is simply believe that Jesus is the son of God and that He rose from the dead (Rom 3:22, 10:9, Acts 16:31, John 3:16). 😌
Proverbs1:20-21(nheb) Wisdom (God) calls aloud in the street. She utters her voice in the public squares. She calls at the head of noisy places. At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words:
God is calling to everyone. (1 tim 2:4, titus 2:11, ps 19:1, 49:1-3). If they listen they can be saved (Eze 18:23, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 Tim 2:4). So, all humans are given the choice to hear or not to hear. Wisdom also calls to the “simple” and the “fools,” and, like everyone else, they too have to choose between her (wisdom’s) voice and that of the world. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear (Matt 11:15) is a proverbial expression, implying that the highest attention should be given to that which was spoken. (Barnes commentary) Because wisdom is so readily available, humans who choose not to hear will have no excuse when they stand before Jesus for judgement (rom 1:20, John 25:22)! 😟
1John 2:15 (isv) Stop loving the world and the things that are in the world. If anyone persists in loving the world, the Father’s love is not in him. This world has nothing to offer God’s children (Matt 16:26). in fact, the phrase “the world” is used metaphorically to refer to evil. the Biblical definition of “the world” is “the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ, world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly, the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments, riches, advantages, pleasures, etc, which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ”. this is why we are not to be part of this world (Matt 6:24, Rom 12:2, James 4:4, 1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 2:15-16, Eph 5:11, 1 Thess 5:5). Instead we are to be God’s light, we are to shine His truth in this dark world (Phil 2:15, Pro 4:18). You never know, someone just may choose to seek God’s truth because of something you said or did (Math 5:16). 😎
Luke 13:11 (net) and a woman was there who had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely.
She probably had what we call severe scoliosis. She was completely unable to look up. God is using this case as a metaphor for what sin does to our spirit. If given a chance, satan will always cripple us spiritually (Rom 3:23, 2 Cor 2:11, 4:4, 12:7). “Her stooped posture aptly illustrates humanity’s spiritual condition due to sin. Sin does not straighten a person up but bends him over so all he can see is the way of the world not God”. “The Berean”, 12-12-20. (Psalm 40:12, Rom 7:5). 😔
Matt 20:28 (isv) That’s the way it is with the Son of Man (Jesus). He did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people.
Jesus set the example of generosity and service that His followers are expected to apply to their lives (Phil 2:7, Matt 20:26-27, Mark 9:35). Having a servant’s attitude precludes the development of pride which God hates (Pro 6:17). 😌 When we serve others we are giving of our time, money, talents etc.
We are being generous just as God was generous when He sent His son to be our savior: and He has commanded us to be generous as well (Deut 15:11, Psalm 37:21, Pro 11:25, 22:9, 2 Cor 9:6, 1 Tim 17-19). 🤗
Pro 24:30 (isv) I went by the field belonging to a lazy man, by a vineyard belonging to a senseless person. 31 There it was, overgrown with thistles, the ground covered with thorns, its stone wall collapsed.
Physical laziness we know and understand: but what about spiritual laziness? We need to be working continuously in order to grow spiritually (Phil 1:9, 2:12, 2 Tim 2:15, Psalm 1:2) not just one hour a week at church. How do we do this? Talking to God is a start (Psalm 116:1-2, 144:18, 145:19) which is another way to say prayer (Col 4:2, Luke 18:1, Rom 12:12, Eph 6:18, 1 Thess 5:17, Phil 4:6). Reading, studying and memorizing God’s word (the Bible) would also help (Psalm 119:11, 119:97, Jer 15:16, Col 3:16). Developing a relationship with God, as with a human, requires serious commitment and honest communication. ☺️
1 Timothy 1:15 (niv). – Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
There is a story that The London Times posed a question to readers at the turn of the twentieth century, “What’s wrong with the world?” One response in particular has endured in its brief brilliance. The English writer, poet, and philosopher G. K. Chesterton penned this four-word response, a refreshing surprise: “Dear Sirs, I am.” We are all part of this world’s problems since we have all sinned (Rom 3:23, 11:32, Ecc 7:20, 1 John 1:8). ☺️
Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, Matthew 20:26 (nlt).
As Christians we are to follow Jesus’ example and become more like Him (John 13:15, Matt 11:29, 1 Peter 2:21, Phil 2:5, 1 John 2:6). This means we are to assume a servants attitude (Matt 20:28, 10:24, 23:11): which means we are to think more of others than ourselves (Rom 12:3). 😌
not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near. Heb 10:25 (net)”
…but to exhort each other to greater diligence in attending there, especially since they might observe that a time of great tribulation was at hand, ” (Gill commentary).
We need to gather together (zoom for now) so we can encourage each other to be excellent: in so doing we help one another to remain faithful and not to become complacent in their faith (Acts 11:23, 1 Cor 4:16, 11:1, Phil 3:17, 2 Cor 7:7, Eph 6:22, 1 Thess 2:12, 4:18). 😀
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Heb 1:3 (nkjv).
Here “express image” comes from the Greek word that means “character”. Similar to the impression a seal leaves in wax: which means Jesus is the exact impression of God (William Barclay). So when we choose to follow Jesus we are to become ‘godly’ (righteous) by becoming more like Jesus (John 13:15, Rom 12:2, 2 Cor 5:21, Phil 2:5, 1 Peter 2:21, 1 John 2:6). 😇
A servant of the Lord must not argue. Instead, he must be kind to everyone, teachable, willing to suffer wrong, 2 Tim 2:24 (isv)
Trying to force people’s blind eyes open so they can see truth by pounding them with the Bible never works since only God can make blind eyes see (Matt 9:29-30, 20:34). We must be gentle with them and pray for them (1 Tim 6:11, 2 Tim 2:26). 😌 In so doing you may encourage them to seek truth (2 Tim 2:25).
and gentle when refuting opponents. After all, maybe God will allow them to repent and to come to a full knowledge of the truth, 2 Tim 2:25 (isv)
Remember, when people choose to believe a lie they can’t see truth because satan has blinded their eyes (2 Tim 2:26). Our gentle response may encourage them to seek truth: then God can open their eyes to see truth. 😌 Since only God can make blind eyes see, not only should we be gentle but we should also be praying for them (Matt 17:21).
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Tim 4:4 (kjv)
There is only one TRUTH in this life and that is God (1 Cor 2:5, John 18:37, 17:17, 14:6, 1 John 4:6, Heb 4:12). Once people reject the Truth or decide for themselves what the truth is, what is there? What is left? What does it produce? Fables, myths, manmade wisdom, opinons, unsound teaching, rituals and religions (1 Tim 1:4, 4:7, Titus 1:14, 2 Peter 1:16, Pro 26:12, 12:19, 1 Cor 1:20, 3:19). All of which are worthless (Pro 3:7, 18:2, 1 Cor 3:19, Job 5:13) in God’s eyes. 😑
Choose carefully to whom you will listen: man or God. Your eternal soul is at stake. 😔