Time Passages
For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Jan
15

My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

The importance of hiding the word of God in our hearts can never be over-emphasized. We are in an age in which incredible deceptions; even with accompanying fireworks will be manifest. We’re also in a time when people will forgo sound doctrine in favor of heaping to themselves teachers having itching ears. While it’s good to have teachers who will present the whole councel of God, men can fail us or be unwittingly lured into a diversion from truth. As such, it’s imperative to search the scriptures daily and become increasingly familiar. To do so prayerfully; allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us instead of reading and fitting what we just read into our theology.

Job placed more value on the words of God than on physical sustinence. I wonder if many of us can truly make such a proclamation today. There are many whose lives so packed full of activities that time for searching the scriptures would appear to be unavailable. Yet they would never miss a meal if it were to become the only way to find time for getting into the word of God. Our choices will always announce to the world what’s important to us and what sits on the back burner of our heart. If we truly love the word of the Lord as we should, we’ll consistantly strive to make time for it. A lot of things can be trimmed back, but we can never soak up too much scripture.

Jan
14
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

A truly incredible passage and in bringing it up I’m initiating an alteration in the course of this blog. The change is twofold. For one, it’s been eleven months since posting anything here. Secondly, it’s going to focus on passages of scripture and ponderings upon them. Not lengthy commentary filled with theological rhetoric, but rather a reflective consideration of Gods word that is perfect and will satisfy the soul. The bible is filled with verses that, the more they are thought upon the deeper they become. The word of God is as infinate and timeless as he is; unchanging and wonderful beyond comprehension.

The passage above tells us to purchase sustinence without price. It’s amazing how we run ourselves to the point of exhaustion trying to maintain the physical elements which need a continuous resupplying. The flesh can never satisfy and if we focus exclusively upon seeking satisfaction therein, we’ll never arrive at a place of contentment. The life that we have in Christ, however, resides beyond the limitations of flesh. It’s joy in the Holy Ghost and a enveloping peace that supercedes all of the worlds anxieties that will remain unabated in even the most contrary of circumstances. Jesus described it as rivers of living water springing up into everlasting life and it’s the place that every saint should be abiding in.

Feb
28

Isaiah 59:1-2  “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

These two verses outline the problem that all of us must, at some point, come to terms with.  The first verse reveals the fact that God is able to save.  He can save the wickedest of the wicked and will grant eternal life to “all” who will come to him in sincerety and accept the sacrifice that he made for us.  The second verse reveals that sin separates is from God and it must be dealt with.  Gods love for us is far beyond our ability to grasp and he desires to have a relationship with each of us.  But he is also completely holy, perfect in every way, and never changes.  This is comforting because it means that we can trust him.  But it also means that sin cannot be in his presence.  So while God fervently desires a relationship with us, sin keeps us apart from him. 

Romans 3:23  “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Every person has fallen short.  It doesn’t matter if a person is a murderer who disrupts the lives of their contemporaries or just an ordinary citizen who does their best to be a good person.  It doesn’t matter how much a person may be involved with a church or what kind of a title they attach to themselves.  All have sinned and if one goes into eternity without this sin being taken care of, they will abide forever, apart from God, in a place of everlasting torment and despair.  Please grasp the seriousness of this matter because none of us are promised a tomorrow in this world.  A soul is an eternal entity and, once in existance, it will “never” cease to be.  This next passage outlines the problem and reveals the solution.

Romans 5:8-9  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Jesus Christ is the only begotton Son of God.  He came into this world, born of a virgin, and his blood was pure.  He was tempted in all points as we are, and yet never sinned.  He went to the cross to pay for our sin.  Every sin; every bad thought and sinister plot was paid for on the cross by the precious blood of Jesus.  There’s an old saying, “I owed a debt that I could never pay.  He paid a debt that he did not owe.”  Because of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection, we can be made whiter than snow.  Through faith in Christ, we have forgiveness of sins and can be made in right standing with the Father. 

Romans 6:23  “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

This gift of salvation is offered to all.  Regardless of a persons past the blood of Jesus can wash away all sin and make the vilest of the vile a new creation.  This next verse is awesome!

II Corinthians 5:17  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are made new.”

A person has no idea of what true life and real peace is until they come to Jesus.  As I write this, I have no idea as to who may read it, but I know that God desires for you to have eternal life.  Your sin separates you from God, but if you will, in sincerety, ask Jesus for forgiveness and accept his death on the cross as payment for your sins, he will save you from the moment that you first believe on him.  Your name will be written in the book of life and your eternal destination altered.  You don’t have to die in your sins.  Our sins have been paid for by Jesus Christ and there’s room at the cross for you. 

John 6:37  “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

The invitation is to all.  More insight into this can be found on the page titled “Salvation.”  My prayer is that I’ll see you on the other side, in a place of everlasting peace and joy unspeakable.  Sorrow, death; even time itself, will have no standing in this place. 

Feb
20

Ecclesiastes 8:8  “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.”

The very fact that we are, at this moment, living on planet earth and wandering about the blogosphere, reveals to us the incredible mercy of God.  He can remove us from this place in an instant and the book featuring our days under the sun will be complete.  For one who is born again, this isn’t a fearful thing as to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  If, however, one passes into eternity without knowing Jesus as their Savior and Lord, they will be lost forever.  God is not willing for any to perish, and while a person is alive, they can repent of their sin and ask Jesus to save them.  (This invitation is to all)  But when the final moment passes by, the window of opportunity is closed forever. 

Job 12:9-10  “Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?  In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” 

Every person on earth, the good and the wicked, the compassionate and the malicious, is here because God is sustaining them.  The very breath of life comes from God.  Many will wonder why he allows the wicked to remain and continue in their ways.  The truth is that none of us are righteous and when we are unsaved, it’s of the Lords mercy that we are not consumed.  I came to Jesus in September of 1983.  Had I entered eternity in August of 1983, I would have now been in hell for 25 and a half years with absolutely no hope.  None of us, while alive, can fathom a total absence of hope.  Even one who is in the most dire of situations has a shread of hope that either their circumstances will change or that death offers an escape.  In hell, there is absolutely no option; only everlasting despair. 

God does not want anyone to perish!  This must be understood.  His love for us is beyond our ability to fathom and he never intended for priceless souls to be lost forever.  Jesus shed his blood on the cross to pay for the sin that we could never pay for ourselves.  But if a person continually neglects Jesus and goes about looking for another way, the window will, at some point close.  Hebrews 2:3 poses the question How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?”  Jesus Christ; God manifest in the flesh, stepped out of eternity, lived a completely sinless life, and paid for our sins on Calvary.  God has done everything possible to keep us from being lost for eternity.  But he also gives us a free will. 

Jesus Christ stands at the door and knocks.  He will save anyone who comes to him in sincerety; being sorry for, and turning from their ways, (this is what true repentance is) and accepting his shed blood as payment for their sins.  It doesn’t matter how wicked a person may be.  When they come to Jesus, he makes them a new creation and their past is remembered no more.  This next verse explains this:

II Corinthians 5:17  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”

If unsure about your eternal destiny, the page “Are You Saved” explains Gods simple plan of salvation.  This blog is set up for the express purpose of urging all who come by to consider these things and, if they are without Christ, to come to him while the door is still open.  Eternity is a long time and this is the single most important decision that we will ever make.  Every other choice in life, be it our career, marriage, causes that we may champion, what have you, pale in comparison to this one.  Salvation is freely offered to all, but tomorrow is not a promise to any of us.  So while there’s still breath in you, please take this into consideration. 

Matthew 11:28-30  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly of heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” 

Feb
15

There’s an old saying that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  It implies that each person sees things somewhat differently concerning appearances, although many things may be common.  Tragically, however, most people take the same approach to truth.  While all of us would concour that “two plus two equals four” and “for every action, there is a reaction” we tend to take a much more casual approach to issues which have eternal significance. 

When asking people to give their thoughts on God and eternity, the responses may be as varied as the number of people asked.  Many withdraw to the shelter of “everybody has their own opinions” or “as long as your good deeds outweigh your bad deeds.”  Most will take up an opinion that seems right and go about their day without ever searching into whether or not what they’re believing is accurate.  They are, in effect, playing Russian Roulette with eternity. 

The truth is that there are absolutes.  There is absolute up and absolute down.  Likewise, there is absolute right and absolute worng.   There is’ in our hands, a manual that tells what is absolutely right and absolutely wrong and in it one finds the way to eternal life.  It is a book, written by several authors from every walk of life over a span of sixteen hundred years.  These authors didn’t know each other, and information had to be recorded by hand; one copy at a time.  Yet their words concerning God, humanity, and creation are in total agreement with each other.  This is a feat which, apart from divine inspiration, is mathematically impossible. 

I’m referring to the bible; a book (actually a series of books) that has stood the test of time and is able to make one wise concerning the deep things of God.  One can turn search into it and know that what they’re reading is divinely inspired and profitable.  The bible isn’t simply a collection of theories and opinions, but is the living word of God that is able to make one wise unto salvation.  I would compel all to examine it for themselves; put it to the test and see if it truly is the word of God. 

Going forth on this blog, the validity of the scriptures will be upheld in the posts to follow.  It will be the reference to everything written and proclaimed here as it is our final authority.  God keeps perfect records and has left a perfect record of himself for us to hold on to.  In closing this first post, I’ll leave with the following passages that testify to this.

Psalm 119:105  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Isaiah 28:10  “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 

Isaiah 34:16  “Seek ye out the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.”

John 1:1-3  “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 

John 5:39  “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” 

I Peter 1:24-25  “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 

I would admonish any to check these passages out along with the context in which they are written.  I would also encourage a reading of the gospels; Matthew mark, Luke and John.  The reason as to why this is important is that, as is mentioned beneath the blog title, we are spiritual beings.  Our time on earth is as a summer breeze that passes by once and is never to return.  But we will abide in eternity forever and as such this matter should be addressed with the utmost of urgency.  There will be more on this topic later along with other related topics.  The simple truth is that God, who created all that is, desires to have a relationship with you and “desires” that you would have eternal life.  I’ll close out with a passage that almost everyone has heard.

John 3:16-17  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world,; but that the world, through him, might be saved.”

Jesus Christ; our Savior who came into this fallen world to save us from our sins.  

Feb
14

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