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When Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.'--JOHN xiii. 1. The latter half of St. John's Gospel, which begins with these words, is the Holy of Holies of the New Testament. New Living Translation (NLT) Bible Book List. Font Size. John 13:1. New Living Translation Update. Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet. 13 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. ... The term “to be born” is often used to denote this change. Compare John 3:3-8; 1 John 2:29. It illustrates clearly and beautifully this great change. The natural birth introduces us to life. The new birth is the beginning of spiritual life. Before, the sinner is “dead” in sins Ephesians 2:1; now he begins truly to live. And as the ... John 13 - Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.* John 13 New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet. 13 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. [] 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, [] son of Simon Iscariot, to betray ... John 13:1 NLT Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.

REPENT

2020.09.18 08:34 abi19911 REPENT

Lately I've been praying to God inviting the Holy Spirit to convict me of all the sins I have commited, and I've also been asking God to make me fear Him more; as I often drift away too far doing worldly things and sinning uncontrolably.
I have been given these verses:
Ezekiel 18:23‭-‬24 NLT:
Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord . Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live. However, if righteous people turn from their righteous behavior and start doing sinful things and act like other sinners, should they be allowed to live? No, of course not! All their righteous acts will be forgotten, and they will die for their sins.

Hebrews 10:26‭-‬31 NLT:
Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. For we know the one who said, “I will take revenge. I will pay them back.” He also said, “The Lord will judge his own people.” It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
When I read these words, I began to humble myself realising without Jesus I am broken piece of garbage sinner on the highway to hell. Through all the disasters humanity have endured, we should be thankful that God is still patient with us. He has given us so many chances to repent and turn from our wicked ways; but I fear that God's judgement will come on us like raging fire(1 Peter 4:17), there will come a time where God will side on justice and judge his people accordingly. God's mercy is his divine gift to us, not an express ticket to heaven that we get for free, not just by believing and not repenting. Jesus PAID for our redemption.
We Christians have been divided into so many different kinds of teachings, some have fallen, some are still standing, some are uncertain. Let's not forget the only thing that God values of us is REPENTENCE, nothing more nothing less. God's commands to Paul was to teach ONE Gospel, that is to believe and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, REPENT and turn away from sin!
My family and I have been kicked out of our church for exposing the truth of the pastor, all I want is the truth; the only thing that I care about is whether Jesus knows me, whether Jesus knows you, whether Jesus knows the innocent people of the church that kicked me out of.
Matthew 7:21‭-‬23 NLT:
Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Matthew 7:13‭-‬14 NLT:
You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Please brothers and sisters, seek the one true God; Jesus said "Seek and you shall find". Put in some effort to seek the truth, for Jesus said "I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life". Seek Jesus.
Matthew 7:7‭-‬8 NLT:
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

John 14:6 NLT:
Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
We are nothing without the love of God, for he sent Jesus to pay the ultimate prize of our sins and has given us chance after chance to repent. Let us not forget He is both a God of mercy and justice!
All I desire is the glory of God, not the approval of men.
May God bless you all brothers and sisters, and to all my Jewish siblings; Happy New Year!

Edit:-
Some of you may have misunderstood my message thinking my belief was to receive salvation by works, no I never said that. In fact we left our church for that very reason.
What I'm trying to say here is that a lot of Christians are not growing spiritually, they believe and have faith in Christ but never know how to be led by the Spirit. These are the kind of people who are like "Oh look, I believe in Christ therefore I can do what ever I want." or who are lukewarm and are not sure how to move further.
Romans 8:13-14 NLT:
For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
A lot of preachers like to take advantage of this to preach prosperity gospel and sweeten God's words to get more money placed into their offering bags.
To be led Spiritually is to be like Christ, to be like Christ is to love what He loves and hate what He hates. When my dad was told by the pastor "We shouldn't hate one another, we should forgive!", In awe my father answered "Huh? Is it wrong to hate sin? What is there to forgive when there's no repentance?". Then they rebuke us by saying we have "righteous hatred", I don't even know what that means.
Matthew 18:15-17 NLT:
“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.
Ultimately the goal of the Gospel of Jesus is to make us repent, turn away and hate sin all together by believing and putting our trust in Jesus.
Matthew 5:17 NLT:
Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose
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2020.09.18 03:45 JpBlez5 Escape from sin

“When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:23-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬
These events happened after Saul was visited by Jesus. Saul began testifying the good news to the Jewish people. After Saul proved Jesus was the messiah, the Jews planned to kill him. But alas the lord helps save him.
This story represents how God helps us escape temptation. Saul’s enemies plotted to kill him. Likewise, our enemy the devil is a murder(John 10:10) who attempts to kill us spiritually through sin. As the word say the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23).
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” ‭‭John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
But Saul was aware of the plot of his killers, and likewise we must be aware of the devil.
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.” 1 Peter‬ ‭5:8-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬
So as Saul’s enemies stalked the gates day and night in order to kill him, the devil will also tempt us night and day, and wait for the correct time to strike. A lion never attacks strong prey, but aims for the weak and vulnerable. So let us not let our guards down, leaving us vulnerable to temptation, but let us always be prepared, covered in the armor of God.
So Saul’s disciples got him passed his enemies through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket. Saul escaped his killers, but he needed help to do so. Saul ran away from those trying to kill him, so likewise, we must run from sexual sin.
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:22‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Likewise in order to escape the plots and temptation of the devil, which leads to death, we need help as well. This help could come from others(Proverbs 27:17), but are the help comes from Jesus, who helps us escape temptation.
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Refer back to John 10:10 and Romans 6:23. While the first half of those verses talks about the devil, the second half of them talks about Jesus. As it says in John 10:10 and Romans 6:23, Jesus is the giver of true life and eternal life. Let us run to him to obtain this life, and have it to the full.
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2020.09.17 05:03 Ez3k1el Dark Night of the Soul

Greetings brothers and sisters, I pray that the Lord is with you all and He is helping you in your trials, your rests, and your studies and work.
I am writing this to allow for discussion and perhaps confession as well of a well-known thing that Christians often go through. The Dark Night of the Soul, a poem written by a Carmelite Monk known as St. John of the Cross. It is intimated that he wrote the poem while inside a prison, but here is the poem in general:
"One dark night, fired with love's urgent longings--ah, the sheer grace! -- I went out unseen, my house being now all stilled. In darkness, and secure, by the secret ladder, disguised, --ah, the sheer grace!-- in darkness and concealment, my house being now stilled. On that glad night, in secret, for no one saw me, nor did I look at anything with no other light or guide than the one that burned in my heart. This guided me more surely than the light of noon to where he was awaiting me -- him I knew so well -- there in a place where no one appeared. O guiding night! O night more lovely than the dawn! O night that has united the Lover with his beloved, transforming the beloved in her Lover. Upon my flowering breast which I kept wholly for him alone, there he lay sleeping, and I caressing him there in a breeze from the fanning cedars. When the breeze blew from the turret, as I parted his hair, it wounded my neck with its gentle hand, suspending all my senses. I abandoned and forgot myself, laying my face on my Beloved; all things ceased, I went out from myself, leaving my cares forgotten among the lilies."
The poem itself is interesting, but according to John of the Cross, it resembles our varying stages of spiritual maturity in Christ.
However, a question arises, is this really real? I can assure you that it is. The dark night of the soul, I believe, is God's tool for removing His presence for periods of time to test us and to shape us, and to remove incorrect understandings of Him and to pursue a deeper relationship with Him. Much like how God withdrew from Hezekiah to test Him (2 Chronicles 32:31), the tribulation of Job, Jesus being wracked with trembling before His death on the Cross (Luke 22:39-46), Jesus in the desert being tempted by the devil (Luke 4, Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4), and many other instances that the Apostles no doubt went through, especially Paul.
I think at its base, the dark night of the soul is God's way of showing us to trust Him and His word even when feelings or thoughts or perceptions in regards to His presence, peace, and wisdom are not immediately felt or are seemingly at odds with our faith. In short, it is a letting go of our own self-sufficiency and trusting in His sufficiency, which is what Paul was talking about in Galatians in regards to no longer being under the law of sin and death, but in the new law of Christ. The old law is a mirror, showing us where we are dirty, but cannot save us and does not give us the power to be godly, for that we need Christ. I can tell you that going through this can strike at the very heart of salvation itself: are we trusting in ourselves or in Christ? Where does the "buck" stop so to speak? Are we relying on our feelings of acting in God's will and foregoing our minds, even withholding our minds from Christ? Are we relying on our own intellect and foregoing our hearts and learning how to love as He loves us, even withholding our hearts from Christ out of fear? All the while the devil seeks us out in these times of spiritual dryness to try and devour us (1 Peter 5:8) throwing our sins in our faces, causing all manner of chaos in our minds, and even causing dissonance in our assurance of faith in Christ. And this seems to be what God intends, our assurance of faith in Christ and His work on the Cross, that there is no work, no thought, no feeling, that ever makes us justified before Him. It is purely by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross plus nothing (Ephesians 2:8, ESV) For those of us who have studied the interplay between law and grace, we can understand this feeling of incompleteness, for if we measure the assurance of our faith by the works we do... We realize that our works are never enough and never will be enough, which will always cause us to doubt. The flip side is that those who understand God's love, but have a hard time understanding His holiness, this will cause a feeling of incompleteness too because we are measuring by our feelings and not seeing the fruit that God indicated through Paul (Galatians 5:22-26), which comes through the Holy Spirit through His teaching us the knowledge of the truth of God's wisdom as we read both the Old Testament and the New Testament (the interplay between the over-reliance of the mind and the heart is something that is on display throughout the book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes).
In short, God pulls us through this kind of situation to divest ourselves of reliance upon our own cleverness (even if we have His wisdom in our minds) and our own perceptions of feelings (even if we feel love for Him), and to rest ourselves in Christ Jesus by way of His grace through faith in Him. Don't get me wrong, we need His wisdom and to listen to the Spirit to be prudent in applying it in our decisions, corrections, and our writings, and we certainly need to have the experiential joy of salvation and loving God so that we may love others as we love ourselves, but neither of these come from ourselves, but from, ultimately, to God who teaches us, loves us, and guides us through His Son in the power of the Holy Spirit, yet loves us enough to let us choose His way over our own way. In this way, we will love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves by His strength and His empowerment, rather than our own finite strength. In the words of a favorite Pastor of mine, "Your arms are too short to box with God."
One last thing, don't give up. Yeah, it's hard being in a spiritually dry state, but think of the alternative if you walk away. Do you remember the movie The Matrix? Think of the scene where Neo is in the car with Trinity and the other two, he's about to step out because he has fallen into disbelief and despair at what they were telling him. Remember what Trinity said? "You've been down that road before. You know exactly where it ends." You know where the road of unbelief and walking away leads, and I know I've no need to tell you. Cling to Christ, stay in the car, and He will get you through this.
Now I want to open the floor to you guys. Take this as an opportunity to confess and be open and honest about your struggles, "Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are." (1 Peter 5:9, NLT), to realize that Christ suffered the same thing, "This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin." (Hebrews 4:15, NLT), and that we ought to encourage one another, be encouraged by each other, and ultimately place the source of our comfort and encouragement in Jesus our Lord through such a time as this, "All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer." (2 Corinthians 1:3-6, NLT)

Two resources:
https://cprc.co.uk/quotes/lutherassurance/
https://www.soulshepherding.org/growing-through-a-dark-night-of-the-soul/
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2020.09.15 09:26 btwn3and20charizards Has Catholicism replaced the Holy Spirit with Mary in their prayers? And were the heretical apparitions ever officially condemned?

I'm a Protestant who is interested in Catholicism due to several things: 1) a conviction that Jesus established ONE church, 2) seeing holes in the idea of "Sola Scriptura," 3) and recognizing the value of tradition.
But like many Protestants, I'm getting pretty hung up on the Mariology of the Catholic Church. I have two major concerns, and I hope that someone might be able to address them.
1) I was interested in the Holy Rosary, so I went to a Catholic bookstore and bought a rosary, along with a little booklet on how to pray it. Some of the prayers in it seem to be replacing the role of the Holy Spirit with Mary. For example:
a) in many of the mini-prayers underneath the scripture readings, we are told to ask Mary to "grant" to us different things, or to "help" us, or "obtain" something for us, or to "bless" us.
I'm fine with the idea of asking the saints to pray for us. But why do Catholics ask Mary to do more than that? So far as I understand the official Catholic position (and obviously I affirm this as a Protestant), Mary cannot herself grant any of our requests; she can only bring them before her Son in prayer, asking Him to help, as He did at Cana. So why are Catholics told to ask her to do that which is only in God's power to do?
b) In the "Hail Holy Queen," we are told to address Mary as "our hope; [our] most gracious Advocate (59)."
In Psalm 71:5, we are told that the Lord is our hope. Why, then, are we told to ascribe God's title to Mary?
The NIV, NLT, Berean, NET, and Weymouth versions all tell us that Jesus told His disciples that He would ask the Father to give us "another Advocate" (John 14:16). He is here of course referring to the Holy Spirit, not Mary. Why has the Catholic Church so elevated Mary that they ascribe one of the Holy Spirit's titles to her?
2) The Marian apparitions seem SUPER creepy. Many of the apparitions (and what they're reported to have said) sound really, really off. For example:
a) "if I do not want my son to abandon you, I am forced to pray to him myself without ceasing"
Except that in Hebrews 13:5, we are told that God will never leave us or forsake us, and this doesn't depend on Mary's prayers. Also, the idea that Mary cares more for our souls than Jesus does is way off-base.
b) "make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because they have no one to sacrifice and pray for them"
There is only one reason that people go to hell: they reject the Son (John 3:36).
c) "I call upon you to open yourselves completely to me, so that through each of you I may be enabled to convert and save the world"
Mary does not save the world; Jesus did. And to "open yourselves completely" to any spirit except the Holy Spirit is straight up the occult.
d) "I have come to save the world through you"
Again, Mary did not come to save the world.
e) "I am here in the world to defeat [Satan]"
Nope, Jesus is.
f) "Those who place their confidence in me will be saved"
Proverbs 3:5 says that we are supposed to trust in the Lord with our whole heart. That doesn't leave any room for trusting in Mary for salvation.
g) "[Mary is the fourth] part of the Holy Trinity of God"
Well that's just blasphemy.
h) "[Mary] is elevated to the Throne of God.”
See above.
(Quotes sourced from Berean Beacon)
I can't find any information on the Catholic church's official position on these apparitions and what they apparently said to the recipients of the visions. I know that the Fatima vision was officially endorsed; were any of the other apparitions (or the false doctrines conveyed by them) officially condemned?
I know I've asked a lot of questions here. Any help on these issues will be much appreciated.
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2020.09.05 16:18 biblebytes Psalm 119 verse 88, Revive Me That I May Keep The Testimony From Your Mouth.

Psalm 119 verse 88, Revive Me That I May Keep The Testimony From Your Mouth.
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Psalm 119 verse 88, Revive Me That I May Keep The Testimony From Your Mouth.
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Psalm 119:88: Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, so that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.
Before Pentecost and the giving of God’s indwelling Holy Spirit, the thought of being quickened was to receive supernatural help in service to our Lord enabling the faithful to bear affliction, to baffle the devil’s cunning, and to conquer sin. Today, after receiving new birth and God’s indwelling Spirit we are given the boundless energy of his grace. We can read about walking out this walk in the way of the Spirit in 2nd Timothy 2:19; “But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: ‘The LORD knows those who are his,’ and ‘All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil.’” And in 2nd Thessalonians 1:12; “Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NLT)
Jesus is the Word of God and is so identified in John 1:1 and Rev. 19:13 which adds new insights to what the psalmist requested when he asked that “he may keep the testimony of Your mouth.” On this side of the Cross, we are told that it is the indwelling Holy Spirit that gives us the godly words to speak; John 14:23-24,26 ". . . If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s, who sent Me. 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
The Christian goal is not more life for the sake of our flesh, rather it should be so that we are enabled to be of greater service to our Lord. His lovingkindness will be expressed when we live life abundantly. This is one of the significant goals of our salvation, Jesus said in John 10:10:
. . . I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.
The Spirit gives our minds the testimony of God to speak and share, which is confirmed in Romans 8:26: “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Thus, let every word we read or hear be regarded as coming directly from the "mouth of God" Jesus affirms this doctrine in John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
Did you notice that the psalmist doesn’t pray for freedom from his woes, rather he asks for renewed life and a revived heart? Perhaps we should recall in verse 40 when David prayed to be Revived “in Your righteousness”; Here, the man of God appears to be entreating God to be spiritually energized and be enabled to keep God’s divine testimony. He is asking for the living principles of divine grace be imparted to His soul and that of all who believe that they may be raised to a spiritual presence that brings glory to God above the dismay of the natural men.
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2020.08.24 02:46 JpBlez5 For the sake of the body of Christ, please be a good example of Christ.

Earlier this month on ask Reddit, I saw a tread asking “why don’t you believe in God?” When I saw this, I decided to look into why they didn’t believe. I read the tread, then I went into atheism and exChristian.
While every atheist has their own reasons for not believing, due to a variety of factors, there was usually a factor in it that horrified me. Christians themselves. I’ve read stories about some parents or pastors rejecting and kicking out their own children and congregation because of sin. Stories about rape, hateful speech, abuse, etc. While these things are absolutely awful from just a human and Christian perspective, It’s hurts that a reason why some people are encouraged to turn away from Christianity can be because of Christians themselves.
“I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” ‭‭John‬ ‭13:15‬ ‭NLT‬‬
This is why it’s imperative we show a good example of Christ everywhere. From spiritual leaders to an regular person, we are commanded to be an example of Christ.
For spiritual leaders, they’re looked upon as leader of the church, and might be the closest thing they identifying or sees Christ. We as church goers maybe the only bible a person ever reads.
“Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.”Hebrews‬ ‭12:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
There’s a quote I’d like to end on that I feel strongly hammers this message.
“preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words”.
How do you preach the gospel without words? It’s simple, through actions.
Jesus didn’t just say he loved us, he didn’t just preach the gospel, he ultimately showed his love for us through the cross. As believers we don’t think Jesus loves us just because he said it in the Bible, we know he did by him showing us through his actions. Through forgiveness for sins and his sacrifice we see his love.
Likewise saying, “I love someone or I respect someone”, but not showing it isn’t evidence of love at all. We must show it to believers and non believers alike. Let us love and forgive others since he has done the same for us.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:7-8
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”‭‭ I John‬ ‭4:11-12, 20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“““But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:44-48‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Ik we won’t be perfect, I’m no saint, but let us do our best to forgive others, love others, respect others choices, regardless of beliefs or opinions. Even if others decide to not believe, at the end of the day it’s their choice, and we have to respect it. Love is something that never quits nor gives up( 1 Corinthians 13:7, 13). Even through insults, let us show his love, and love our enemies. Also since this apparently( hopeful not) has to said (per a few atheists) atheist aren’t evil, and aren’t inheritly bad people because they don’t believe. I can attest that I’ve met Atheist that are good people, and many Christians who I couldn’t say the same thing.
Like how God showed love the us all through the gospel, let us show our love for others as well.
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2020.08.23 20:45 JpBlez5 For the sake of the body of Christ, please be a good example of Christ.

Earlier this month on ask Reddit, I saw a tread asking “why don’t you believe in God?” When I saw this, I decided to look into why they didn’t believe. I read the tread, then I went into atheism and exChristian.
While every atheist has their own reasons for not believing, due to a variety of factors, there was usually a factor in it that horrified me. Christians themselves. I’ve read stories about some parents or pastors rejecting and kicking out their own children and congregation because of sin. Stories about rape, hateful speech, abuse, etc. While these things are absolutely awful from just a human and Christian perspective, It’s hurts that a reason why some people are encouraged to turn away from Christianity can be because of Christians themselves.
“I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” ‭‭John‬ ‭13:15‬ ‭NLT‬‬
This is why it’s imperative we show a good example of Christ everywhere. From spiritual leaders to an regular person, we are commanded to be an example of Christ.
For spiritual leaders, they’re looked upon as leader of the church, and might be the closest thing they identifying or sees Christ. We as church goers maybe the only bible a person ever reads.
“Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.”Hebrews‬ ‭12:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
There’s a quote I’d like to end on that I feel strongly hammers this message.
“preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words”.
How do you preach the gospel without words? It’s simple, through actions.
Jesus didn’t just say he loved us, he didn’t just preach the gospel, he ultimately showed his love for us through the cross. As believers we don’t think Jesus loves us just because he said it in the Bible, we know he did by him showing us through his actions. Through forgiveness for sins and his sacrifice we see his love.
Likewise saying, “I love someone or I respect someone”, but not showing it isn’t evidence of love at all. We must show it to believers and non believers alike. Let us love and forgive others since he has done the same for us.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:7-8
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”‭‭ I John‬ ‭4:11-12, 20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“““But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:44-48‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Ik we won’t be perfect, I’m no saint, but let us do our best to forgive others, love others, respect others choices, regardless of beliefs or opinions. Even if others decide to not believe, at the end of the day it’s their choice, and we have to respect it. Love is something that never quits nor gives up( 1 Corinthians 13:7, 13). Even through insults, let us show his love, and love our enemies. Also since this apparently( hopeful not) has to said (per a few atheists) atheist aren’t evil, and aren’t inheritly bad people because they don’t believe. I can attest that I’ve met Atheist that are good people, and many Christians who I couldn’t say the same thing.
Like how God showed love the us all through the gospel, let us show our love for others as well.
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2020.08.23 07:27 JpBlez5 For the sake of the body of Christ, please be a good example of Christ.

Earlier this month on ask Reddit, I saw a tread asking “why don’t you believe in God?” When I saw this, I decided to look into why they didn’t believe. I read the tread, then I went into atheism and exChristian.
While every atheist has their own reasons for not believing, due to a variety of factors, there was usually a factor in it that horrified me. Christians themselves. I’ve read stories about some parents or pastors rejecting and kicking out their own children and congregation because of sin. Stories about rape, hateful speech, abuse, etc. While these things are absolutely awful from just a human and Christian perspective, It’s hurts that a reason why some people are encouraged to turn away from Christianity can be because of Christians themselves.
“I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” ‭‭John‬ ‭13:15‬ ‭NLT‬‬
This is why it’s imperative we show a good example of Christ everywhere. From spiritual leaders to an regular person, we are commanded to be an example of Christ.
For spiritual leaders, they’re looked upon as leader of the church, and might be the closest thing they identifying or sees Christ. We as church goers maybe the only bible a person ever reads.
“Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.”Hebrews‬ ‭12:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
There’s a quote I’d like to end on that I feel strongly hammers this message.
“preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words”.
How do you preach the gospel without words? It’s simple, through actions.
Jesus didn’t just say he loved us, he didn’t just preach the gospel, he ultimately showed his love for us through the cross. As believers we don’t think Jesus loves us just because he said it in the Bible, we know he did by him showing us through his actions. Through forgiveness for sins and his sacrifice we see his love.
Likewise saying, “I love someone or I respect someone”, but not showing it isn’t evidence of love at all. We must show it to believers and non believers alike. Let us love and forgive others since he has done the same for us.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:7-8
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”‭‭ I John‬ ‭4:11-12, 20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“““But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:44-48‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Ik we won’t be perfect, I’m no saint, but let us do our best to forgive others, love others, respect others choices, regardless of beliefs or opinions. Even if others decide to not believe, at the end of the day it’s their choice, and we have to respect it. Love is something that never quits nor gives up( 1 Corinthians 13:7, 13). Even through insults, let us show his love, and love our enemies. Also since this apparently( hopeful not) has to said (per a few atheists) atheist aren’t evil, and aren’t inheritly bad people because they don’t believe. I can attest that I’ve met Atheist that are good people, and many Christians who I couldn’t say the same thing.
Like how God showed love the us all through the gospel, let us show our love for others as well.
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2020.08.15 06:35 JpBlez5 How badly do you want this? Are you ready to make the choice to be well? Everyone here needs freedom, but freedom is for those who wants it, not for those who need it.

Here’s a story from John 5: 1-11
“Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.” ‭‭John‬ ‭5:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬
( when we’re lustful, not only are we sick( , our vision of God is clouded or blinded, and we’re paralyzed or unable to do the right thing).
“One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?””‭‭John‬ ‭5:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Like the invalid man, some of us have been fighting this sin for a long time. Jesus could’ve looked at him and focused on someone else, maybe someone younger, thinking they’re a lost cause. But no matter how long we’ve been like this, no matter how much we screw up, Jesus still offers us help and forgive us. Jesus still wants to love you and help you through this sin. Remember he will never abandon you, nor forsake you( Joshua 1:9)
Notice how Jesus asked him “do you want to get well”, he didn’t cure him automatically.
This is something Jesus asks us not only when we sin, but every day, “do you want to get well”? We many show him this with our actions, for faith is shown with good works( James 2:17)
““Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,”‭‭John‬ ‭5:7-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬
This is the day we dream for, when we’re cured of our lustful desires. But as I said before, why didn’t Jesus just automatically heal the man, and likewise why doesn’t he just heal us?
  1. Do you remember how Jesus tells us “ in order to enter our hearts, we must open them to him. Jesus isn’t rude and breaks down the door, forcing you to salvation, he gives you a choice. Likewise Jesus won’t take away something we love, like how we must surrender our hearts in order for Jesus to come in, we must surrender the desires of our sins to God. He won’t just take it away. We have to choose to love God over this sin.
  2. You can’t just magically make porn addiction or lust go away. You have to work towards it. Because the man worked towards it, he was healed. The good news is like the man Jesus will help us through our trails. So how do we work towards freedom like him?
He did 3 things we must do as well.
  1. He listened to Jesus’ directions: when Jesus told him to get up and walk, he did just that. Likewise Jesus is telling us to pick up our cross and walk with him, and obey his word about this sin, etc. So let us listen and obey Jesus’ directions in order to evade this sin.
    1. Didn’t give an excuse to why he couldn’t do it: The man was paralyzed for years, and could’ve used that as an excuse to say” I can’t do this” or” this is just who I am”. But instead he had faith in God and put his excuses away. Sometimes we make an excuse and justify why we watch porn,” oh it’s just who I am, or my friends do it or...” “ I’m not strong enough”No! There are no excuses. God always provides us a way out of this sin, so it’s not that we’re force to sin, but we desire to sin.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬
In order to stop this, ask God to change your heart.
  1. He drew strength from God to do the hard work: Because he depended on Gods strength, he walked again. It would be impossible for him to walk on his own, but when he invited Jesus to help, the impossible became possible.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬
We can’t beat this sin on our own, we must draw from Gods strength in order to help us.
But there’s also another factor to account for, when we’re tempted:
“At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”” ‭‭John‬ ‭5:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬
The religious leaders were asking the man why he was living his mat up, and if you could imagine, being questioned by the religious teachers had to be hard. The man was probably extremely tempted to lay back down on the ground, and go back to what Jesus had healed him from.
Sometimes whether it’s because we know others would do it, or because the devil is tempting us hard, we may feel like giving into sin, even when Jesus has already healed us. but...
“But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”” ‭‭John‬ ‭5:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬
In response to the teachers, the paralyzed man stood his ground, and reaffirmed that Jesus had told him to walk.
Likewise when we are tempted to give in, we must stand firm in our faith, and use the word of God to counter the temptations of the devil.
Even when it feels like we have to sin, even when the devil comes to us and tempts is, like how the man said Jesus told him to pick up his mat, Jesus instructs us to carry our cross daily So let us obey the lord and fight this sin daily, even when we don’t feel like it.
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2020.08.14 16:33 Silver9T History...

The scriptures state Jesus was chosen before God designed creation, and all that in it is. All history was designed to culminate with his death, as the undeniable display of God's love. Because he wanted his authority to be based on love.
1 Peter 1:20 NLT : God chose him [Jesus] as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.
God knows the future before it happens, and to say he never knew that Lucifer would betray him and insert a history of sin into perfection, takes this power away from God. Isaiah 46:10 says God he has written all history before it began.
Isaiah 46:10 NIV : I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’
Therefore, Christ having been with God and being God before all creation John 1:1, knew what he must do eventually, hence he was slain before all began. As Paul says, God speaks of the things which have not happened as though they have
Romans 4:17 NKJV : ...God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;
So why did sin still appear? When God created all things, he created order. This order was that God was the supreme all in all, whose word was law, because he alone knew what was good. He created Angels of different kinds and capabilities and gave them power, sentience, free will and personality. This means they would question God's authority, and eventually there would be a being who would want to do things his way. It was unavoidable, so God decided to deal with it rather than create mindless drones.
Ezekiel 28:15 NIV : You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.
Lucifer is the representation the selfish and proud, of the "why not my way" individuals, he stands for those who think they know better. He pretended to want equality but wanted the power that wasn't his, and God to give away what he rightly owned.
Lucifer in questioning God's love, and intentions by rejecting God's order in the name of freedom finally manifested the first sin, as God expected. Scripture defines sin as the transgression of the law.
1 John 3:4 NIV : Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
God knew Lucifer's plans would result in chaos. But the angels were also asking why Lucifer was wrong. It seemed like a reasonable request. So rather than make a martyr out of Lucifer, he decided to prove why Lucifer's reasoning was pure evil.
The scriptures state that God's saints, were also known before the world began. Just as he knew which angels would reject his order, he knew which humans would accept him.
Ephesians 1:4-5 NIV : For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
So why did God create man? God created man before Lucifer's full rebellion. It was sometime when the angels were still questioning God, and wondering why they were not given power to rule. As a lesson to the angels who began to lust for power, God wanted to teach them humility. That power comes to the lowly and humble and not to the oppressive and powerful. So he intentionally made man lower than the angels, but gave them more than any angel ever had.
Psalm 8:4-6 NIV : what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
As expected, this didn't go well with Lucifer. He wanted to destroy this insult to his pride, and in the act that would eventually bring suffering into existence, he tempted Eve to sin. He aroused in them a desire for power that wasn't theirs, just as he and his companions felt.
Genesis 3:5 NIV : “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Adam and Eve, sinned not in eating the fruit, but breaking God's law, which was his word. Had man resisted, Satan and his angels would have been damned by his own actions. Yet they did not. By doing this, they rejected God and joined Satan's campaign. God had already given man dominion over earth and everything in it, and would not go back on his word*.* So he left man to do as he pleases. The parable of the prodigal shows this perfectly Luke 15:11-32. We went and wasted our inheritance.
This was the last straw for God in regards to Satan. God had shown how selfish and proud Lucifer was, that he would do anything to slander and insult God. Jesus even calls Satan out on this.
John 8:44 NIV : You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
He couldn't destroy Satan, because then he would have to destroy man as well. Man was merely a victim of Satan. In order to save man, he needed to prolong Satan's punishment as well. So God rather cast Satan and all his companions out of heaven.
Revelation 12:7-8 NKJV : And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
Because man rejected God, he would do nothing to protect them and what they owned from Satan. Because then he would be supporting our evil actions. But God protected all the other worlds he made from Satan, so Satan decided to take control of Earth because he had no where else to go.
Revelation 12:12 NKJV : Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.
Adam and Eve were much much too weak to resist Lucifer, man was made lower than the angels afterall. So like a bully, Satan just came and took everything man owned. Thereby, he became prince or god of this world and everything Adam owned!
2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV : The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers*, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.*
Now angels and the universe, were in sadness because they had to look at man's suffering and evil. They were curious to see how God would fix things. The punishment for sin is suffering and then death. Satan, his angels, and man, were all supposed to suffer and die for disobeying God's word
Romans 6:23 GWT : The payment for sin is death...
As God told Adam and Eve;
Genesis 2:17 NIV: ...for when you eat from it you will certainly die.
but God was patient and heaven looked wondering what the plan was not knowing God saw this from the beginning.
1 Corinthians 4:9 NIV : For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings.
In order for God to save man from death, he needed to restore man's race to obedience. He could not save a rebellious race, because God only saves the righteous and punishes the wicked. But there was one problem.
Romans 3:23 NKJV : for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
From the day we are born, we are trapped with the stained flesh of Adam's sin. We are replicating Adam and Eve's sinful flesh because there is no other way to inherit our flesh. We are basically Adam and Eve being born again and again, that's what birth is. We are made in the image of Adam in the flesh. As this verse says, birth is a combining the flesh, so if the flesh is sinful it can only produce sinful flesh.
Genesis 2:24 KJV : Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
But isn't sin disobeying God's word? Yes, and Adam disobeyed once and should have died there and then. But God delayed his death, in doing so Adam made all of us accomplices in his sin. We didn't sin, but made us sinful. Because the flesh comes before the spirit. The spirit is the conscious man, and that only comes after the sinful flesh is born.
1 Corinthians 15:46 NKJV : However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.
But man still needed to die, along with Satan and friends. God was postponing the sentence. Why? In order to save man, the sinful flesh had be destroyed, so that God could save a sinless generation and not be called the God who saves the wicked but the righteous. But Satan still owned the world and the animals. So God needed to do 2 important things

  1. Save humans from sin in the flesh and death
  2. Get back the Earth's dominion from Satan, who rightfully owned by taking it from Adam
1 - Destroying sin in the flesh
The first one God could do by giving birth to a new race of humans. Who are not born in the flesh but the spirit, in which is no sin.
John 3:5-6 NIV : Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
This way God could completely destroy sin and the flesh, without having to destroy humanity. Because the sin that is plaguing man is in the flesh, man's spirit still has God's image because it cannot be corrupted by another person's sin. The Spirit is from God and not Adam. That is why our bodily desires lead us to sin, but our conscience seems to just know what good is.
Killing the flesh means killing the body, so Adam's sin can finally can be paid for. But the problem is, how would God justify our resurrection? We would have got what we deserved and it ended there. So God needed a man who had never sinned ever, to die, thereby deserve to be resurrected, because he died even though he never sinned in any way. Thereby killing the flesh and allowing God to resurrect that man's spirit in a new body free from sin. A new Adam. That man is Jesus Christ! This is why he needed to be born a man and die unjustly.
Romans 8:3-4 NIV : For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law [That we die for our sins] might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Jesus being resurrected becomes the Adam of the new race of humans. So that everyone living in the spirit is born with his body and character, just like the flesh is a copy of Adam.
1 Corinthians 15:45,47-49 NKJV : And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit*. [47] The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. [48] As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. [49]* And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
These humans are born in the spirit entirely and because the spirit if from God they are born from God. Therefore they put to death their flesh in Jesus, without ever having to die physically, it is enough for God to see that we would kill the flesh if we could. Christ stands to represent every human who is repentant of their sin. They live after the Spirit entirely.
Romans 8:13-14 NKJV : For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Therefore the law, that demands that we die is satisfied without having to abolished. God remains the Lord who never changes, and is entirely just and good, and the angels can trust that he would do anything aside from his word.
So Jesus didn't just come to just teach us virtues, but literally give us life. This is why living a good life can never save us from death. Because doing good things is what we're supposed to do, so our actions never take away our past sins. Every sin must result in death, no matter what we do after. Much like here on earth, if I kill someone, building an orphanage won't change the fact that I did what I did.
2 - Removing Satan from Man's throne
So God has saved man in Christ, but he must get back what belongs to man. God own's all things but he also never goes back on his word. He gave Adam ownership of Earth. Yet, Satan according to God's law was the rightful prince of the world because Adam sold to him everything he owned.So God needed a man who is descendant of Adam's race thereby the heir of Adam's throne, but who was righteous enough to pay for it and strong enough to take it from Satan. That being Christ as he says
John 12:31 NIV : Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.
This can be discerned from the law. God's thinking manner of governing is reflected in his law and this law makes clear Christ's purpose clear.
Leviticus 25:24 NLT : With every purchase of land you must grant the seller the right to buy it back.
Adam had the right to take back his possession from Satan, but he was not capable of such a thing because he had nothing with which to buy it back. So Adam died and his descendants lived under Satan's rule until Christ, who owns all things came to purchase this world back.
Leviticus 25:25 NLT : If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell some family land, then a close relative should buy it back for him*.*
Christ had to be related to Adam in order for the law to remain untarnished. So he needed to be a man of flesh and blood as Adam was, and born from Adam's line. So Christ's birth could not have been entirely without human participation. So he never just came down straight from heaven, but was born of Mary. Then he paid the price before God, who owns all things, to get back what his people lost to Satan. Rightfully saying
Matthew 11:27 NKJV : All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
Since Christ has redeemed both man and the world, he can finally put an end to rebellion by submitting everything to God. Satan refused rule, and governed the world in chaos, but God will take it all back and restore peace and order. Christ took all things from Satan, that they may restored to God's just governance.
1 Corinthians 15:24-28 NKJV : Then comes the end, when Christ delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when Christ puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things under His feet.” But when Christ says “all things are put under Him, ” it is evident that God who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Christ, then the Son Himself will also be subject to God the Father who put all things under Him, that God the Father may be all in all.
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2020.08.13 20:17 JpBlez5 Let us glorify God

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬
We are called to be lights on a hill( Matthew 5:14)
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”Matthew‬ ‭5:15-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬
We are called to be examples of Christ.
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” ‭‭John‬ ‭13:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬
We have been called to glorify God wherever we go, whether we’re alone at home or in front of a crowd. So let us glorify him with our lives.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Heck, glorifying him through our actions could even lead others to glorify him, through your example of Christ. So keep glorifying him, no matter what.
Through troubles:
But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but let him glorify God in having that name” (1 Pet. 4:16)
With our lips/ what we say/ worship: “My lips will glorify you” (Ps 63:3)
Through actions and love:
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:5-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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2020.08.04 02:51 VforVendetta90 Season 4 Early Predictions (Based On Teaser Clue Package)

So after watching the the first Season 4 teaseclue package very carefully focusing on every possible detail. I have come up with my guesses on who may be on the show as well as some guesses on who should be on the show. My guesses are in Bold
  1. So at the beginning of the clip if you look carefully and quickly you see a basketball & a trophy with a star (usually meaning brightest star or can also be All Star or All Rookie Team). My best guess is Jerry Stackhouse who played from 18 seasons (1995 to 2013) in the NBA with 8 different teams (76ers, Pistons, Wizards, Mavericks, Bucks, Heat, Hawks & Nets). He was a 2x All Star & made the 1996 All Rookie Team. He is currently the coach of Vanderbilt, he also has worked as an analyst on NBA TV. He was known to sing the National Anthem before games, showcasing a solid vocal range, look it up!!!
  2. The next thing I noticed was a Queen Bee, along with it was a picture of the Sock & Buskin (also known as the drama faces and symbols of comedy & tragedy) usually linked to theater. There are two other pictures but its hard to exactly pin point what they are (one looks like a cake or possible deck of cards, while the other looks like fireworks or possibly a Lei). So based on the clues I was able to see my best guess is Kristin Chenoweth who is an actress & singer who has credits in musical theater, film & television. She has been nominated 3x for a Tony award and has won once. She can be classified a Queen Bee being able to sing a wide range of genres and hit very high notes, as well a as being successful in musical theater, film & television. The Sock & Buskin mask can show how she can both take any roles from drama to tragedy to comical seeing she has been in Wicked, Glee & Promises Promises (revival).
  3. The next thing I noticed was a UFO Spacecraft, Veggies (broccoli, mushrooms & beets) & a Cactus alongside one another. So based on these strangely put together clues my best guess is Rachel Ray who is a celebrity cook, author and TV personality. She has wrote 28 cookbooks, and has 6 Emmy nominations with 2 Emmy wins not to mention she has one of the most successful food talk shows on the air. How do all the clues fit? well the Veggies link with her because she has a cook book dedicated to veggie meals in which her top three veggies used in those recipes are broccoli, mushroom & beets. The cactus has a few links one being that she has had the musical group catcus cuties appear on her show various times, and in her last book Rachel Ray 50 she has various recipes including cactus. The UFO Spacecraft is linked to Emeril Lagasse saying in interviews that Rachel Ray is "out of this world" for being so successful & a talented cook despite not being a fully trained chef.
  4. The next thing I noticed together was a baseball glove with a diamond in it, 2 pairs of sunglasses (both Ray Ban styles), as well as a picture taken at night time. Based on these clues my best guess is Bronson Arroyo who played 15 seasons (2000 -2014) in the MLB for 4 teams (Pirates, Red Sox, Reds & Diamondbacks). This is the easiest to fit all the clues, seeing the baseball glove with the diamond signifies he was a World Series winner back in 2004 with the Red Sox (the diamond) and Golden Glove win in 2010 (the glove). As for the sunglasses he always wore those two specific styles of Ray Ban when not pitching, and as for the picture at night he played for 3 teams who historically & primarily have night games or broadcast at night (Red Sox, Diamondbacks & Pirates). You can also easily look up him signing alone or with his band, he actually is a very solid singer.
  5. The next thing I noticed together was a Ying Yang symbol & 2 keys on black key chains with one of the key chains having the number 34 above a poker chip. Based on these clues my best guess would be D Roc (from Ying Yang Twins). The duo has 9 total albums (7 original and 2 remixes ), the duo also has 2 Grammy nominations. The obvious association with the Ying Yang symbol being that he is part of the rap duo Ying Yang Twins, the two keys also symbolize the duo who are not actually twins but both bonding over each of them being born with disabilities. The 34 and the poker chip symbolize Vegas in which the Ying Yang Twins play at the MGM in Vegas often. Main reason I chose D Roc over Kaine is because D Roc has done more outside of the duo as far as interviews, appearances, etc.
  6. Now the last set of clues all seen together I feel are all for different contestants, hence why there is an arrow pointed at each other (where as the others I did before were purposely placed/focused together to symbolize they were associated with each other).
  7. The red leaf like the leaf on the Canadian flag tells me this is a Canadian born celebrity. Seeing that the show will most likely not have any big A list stars my best guess is Avril Lavigne who is singer who has 6 albums, who has 8 Grammy nominations & has 5 top 10 Billboard hits with 1 reaching number 1. She was born in Ontario, Canada & is a Canadian citizen as well as a French citizen.
  8. The 11:11 can be a birthday but I personally believe it is for Veterans Day (November 11th) and my guess is Ice T who is a singer (rapper), song writer, musician, actor, author & record producer. He is linked to Veterans Day because he served in the military for 4 years in the 25th infantry division based in Hawaii.
  9. The purple bow tie is a bit tricky of a clue but my best guess is Sean Hayes who is best known for his role on Will & Grace. How does he fit the clue, well he designed a bow tie which also happen to be purple. He also appeared on the Masked Dancer part of a skit on the Ellen Show which could also be a link to his interest in the show.
  10. The paper that says Mel Born makes me believe this celebrity has to either be from Melbourne or at least from Australia. My guess was born, raised and still lives in Melbourne Australia and that is Kylie Minogue. She has 5 Grammy Nominations, 1 Win, & 15 Albums. She has also acted, done song writing, acted & done art.
  11. The Stethoscope tells me that this celebrity played a doctor on TV. My best guess is John Stamos who appeared on ER as a doctor as well as appeared on Glee as a dentist, and on You as a psychiatrist. He went from teen heat throb on General Hospital to household name on Full House to appear in various other shows. He has also showcased his talented vocal range and passion for music.
  12. The one picture is hard to tell but to me it looks like a red and blue scorpion which seems like a fairly strange clue. But strangely enough red and blue scorpions can be found in Cuba or Dominican Republic so my guess is this celebrity is from that area. So my guess is a legend and that is Gloria Estefan who is from Cuba. She has 13 Albums, 12 Grammay Nominations & 3 Wins.
  13. The gavel would make you think a judge who is on TV but I highly doubt this, here I am going to go with a twist on the clue and believe the gavel stands for justice and thus guess Victoria Justice who happens to be a singeactress who rose to fame on popular Nickelodeon shows like Zoey 101 and Victorious.
Those are 12 celebrities based on the clue packages I can see being on the show. Here are 6 celebrities I feel could benefit from being on Masked Singer & could realistically be on the show (thinking Season 4 will be 18 contestants again)
  1. Hillary Duff - former Disney Channel sta teen idol who has kinda gone off from he promise
  2. Ashlee Simpson - sister of Jessica Simpson, promising singesong writer who had a big lip syncing issue on SNL
  3. Jordin Sparks - former American Idol winner who has a good career but never .has really hit stardom.
  4. Joel Madden - front man of Good Charlotte, has had a solid career but many have underestimated his vocals, also was a judge on The Voice Australia.
  5. Kevin Mchale - former star on Glee, and was part of the boy band NLT. He has never been seen as a strong singer but showed off his vocals on Glee and even on celebrity X Factor reaching the final 7.
  6. Montell Jordan - promising singer and good dancer who left Def Jam label and became a pastor, never really was appreciated in the music industry.
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2020.08.03 01:56 JpBlez5 “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Gods faithfulness is always present.

“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.”‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
God is always faithful towards us, even though we may not be faithful towards him.
God is faithful to forgive us of sin:
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬
He is Faithful to help us through temptation, and give us a way to escape it:
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
God gives us an escape route, a chance to leave temptation and run back to him. God never allows the temptation to be more than we can bear. It’s like having and umbrella in a rain storm, while the rain will pour in you, God won’t allow it to be so much the umbrella will break. We will still have the ability to get somewhere to get dry if we keep going strong.
Faithful to always be with us:
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬
He is faithful to love us no matter what:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:34‬ ‭NLT‬‬
““Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬
( God endures with us, stays faithful towards us, and never gives us on us).
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans‬ ‭8:38‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Faithful to continue the working in us, no matter what sin we fall into:
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬
God is always faithful towards us, so let’s use this faithfulness to inspire us not to sin. Gods grace is not just designed to help us achieve forgiveness, but to also cause us to want to change, and repent of our sins.
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬
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2020.07.27 07:58 ForsakenDoctor8 Shame and guilt in the community

This is not a new issue by any means: many, many, many Christians have murdered, burnt people at the stake, and waged wars, all in the name of Christ, the forgiver. All in the name of the man who said:
“I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.” ‭‭John‬ ‭12:47‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Yet, Christians are known for being judgmental. Churches are known for shaming people into submission, in the name of the man who told religious leaders:
“They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Churches shun people who struggle with sexual immorality, addiction, homelessness, etc... in the name of the man who, when questioned about spending his time with such people, said:
“But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum? ” When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:11-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
You might say, “well, that’s Jesus. None of us are Jesus.” That is true! But Jesus taught us:
““Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:36-40‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Are we loving people as we love ourselves when we judge them? When we riddle them with so much shame they cannot even admit their sin to themselves, more-less confess and repent them to Jesus to be healed? This drives me absolutely mad... people keep telling me that they’re afraid to come to Christ because Christians have made them feel unworthy... BUT THAT IS THE POINT!
We bring all our sins to Christ and confess them to him with an honest and open heart, willing to be healed! That’s the -whole- point... but all this shame mongering PREVENTS people from doing that, well intentioned as it may be.
“You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me.” ‭‭John‬ ‭8:15-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Even Jesus gives the authority of judgement to God... so why, why on earth, do so many Christians feel they have the authority to judge? Do they realize they’re claiming to have higher authority than Jesus?
“What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God’s standards, they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place. But the people of Israel, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded. Why not? Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law instead of by trusting in him. They stumbled over the great rock in their path.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭9:30-32‬ ‭NLT‬‬
I feel like this applies so very much... people are missing the forest for the trees. They’re getting stuck on the details and missing the point. The point is trusting in God. The point isn’t to judge others or count their sins - we don’t have that authority! The point is to guide them toward Christ! Christ will help them reconcile their sins. That’s what he does! Why on God’s earth do we try to do that job ourselves?
And really... how did the shame and fear and guilt get so bad? How did anyone think that was the way to guide people to a forgiving, loving, and merciful messiah?
“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:29‬ ‭NLT‬‬
I’ve posted this in a few Christian subreddits, but in this one specifically I’d just like to add: big difference between Christ and Christians. Don’t worry so much about what Christians say about homosexuality. Pray, ask, share your fears and concerns, tell God you don’t mean to offend Him, tell Him you love Him, pour your heart and soul out to Him, honestly and with trust in Him, and see what happens. That’s how I really came to peace with Him. I tuned everyone else out and went straight to the source. Trust me, He’s as great as you can imagine. Better. He’s, literally, God.
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2020.07.27 07:44 ForsakenDoctor8 Shame and guilt in the community

This is not a new issue by any means: many, many, many Christians have murdered, burnt people at the stake, and waged wars, all in the name of Christ, the forgiver. All in the name of the man who said:
“I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.” ‭‭John‬ ‭12:47‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Yet, Christians are known for being judgmental. Churches are known for shaming people into submission, in the name of the man who told religious leaders:
“They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Churches shun people who struggle with sexual immorality, addiction, homelessness, etc... in the name of the man who, when questioned about spending his time with such people, said:
“But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum? ” When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:11-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
You might say, “well, that’s Jesus. None of us are Jesus.” That is true! But Jesus taught us:
““Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:36-40‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Are we loving people as we love ourselves when we judge them? When we riddle them with so much shame they cannot even admit their sin to themselves, more-less confess and repent them to Jesus to be healed? This drives me absolutely mad... people keep telling me that they’re afraid to come to Christ because Christians have made them feel unworthy... BUT THAT IS THE POINT!
We bring all our sins to Christ and confess them to him with an honest and open heart, willing to be healed! That’s the -whole- point... but all this shame mongering PREVENTS people from doing that, well intentioned as it may be.
“You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me.” ‭‭John‬ ‭8:15-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Even Jesus gives the authority of judgement to God... so why, why on earth, do so many Christians feel they have the authority to judge? Do they realize they’re claiming to have higher authority than Jesus?
“What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God’s standards, they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place. But the people of Israel, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded. Why not? Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law instead of by trusting in him. They stumbled over the great rock in their path.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭9:30-32‬ ‭NLT‬‬
I feel like this applies so very much... people are missing the forest for the trees. They’re getting stuck on the details and missing the point. The point is trusting in God. The point isn’t to judge others or count their sins - we don’t have that authority! The point is to guide them toward Christ! Christ will help them reconcile their sins. That’s what he does! Why on God’s earth do we try to do that job ourselves?
And really... how did the shame and fear and guilt get so bad? How did anyone think that was the way to guide people to a forgiving, loving, and merciful messiah?
“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:29‬ ‭NLT‬‬
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2020.07.27 07:40 ForsakenDoctor8 Shame and judgment in the community

This is not a new issue by any means: many, many, many Christians have murdered, burnt people at the stake, and waged wars, all in the name of Christ, the forgiver. All in the name of the man who said:
“I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.” ‭‭John‬ ‭12:47‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Yet, Christians are known for being judgmental. Churches are known for shaming people into submission, in the name of the man who told religious leaders:
“They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Churches shun people who struggle with sexual immorality, addiction, homelessness, etc... in the name of the man who, when questioned about spending his time with such people, said:
“But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum? ” When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:11-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
You might say, “well, that’s Jesus. None of us are Jesus.” That is true! But Jesus taught us:
““Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:36-40‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Are we loving people as we love ourselves when we judge them? When we riddle them with so much shame they cannot even admit their sin to themselves, more-less confess and repent them to Jesus to be healed? This drives me absolutely mad... people keep telling me that they’re afraid to come to Christ because Christians have made them feel unworthy... BUT THAT IS THE POINT!
We bring all our sins to Christ and confess them to him with an honest and open heart, willing to be healed! That’s the -whole- point... but all this shame mongering PREVENTS people from doing that, well intentioned as it may be.
“You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me.” ‭‭John‬ ‭8:15-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Even Jesus gives the authority of judgement to God... so why, why on earth, do so many Christians feel they have the authority to judge? Do they realize they’re claiming to have higher authority than Jesus?
“What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God’s standards, they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place. But the people of Israel, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded. Why not? Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law instead of by trusting in him. They stumbled over the great rock in their path.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭9:30-32‬ ‭NLT‬‬
I feel like this applies so very much... people are missing the forest for the trees. They’re getting stuck on the details and missing the point. The point is trusting in God. The point isn’t to judge others or count their sins - we don’t have that authority! The point is to guide them toward Christ! Christ will help them reconcile their sins. That’s what he does! Why on God’s earth do we try to do that job ourselves?
And really... how did the shame and fear and guilt get so bad? How did anyone think that was the way to guide people to a forgiving, loving, and merciful messiah?
“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:29‬ ‭NLT‬‬
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2020.07.20 00:32 JpBlez5 Things we can learn from Hebrews 12:1-12: discipline

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Verse 1: Since there are a lot of people God wants me to influence through our messages, let me strip off this sin which may weigh me down, and run the path God has set out for me. Doing this can help others to run a straight path looking and learning from me. This is why it’s so important to live and an example of Christ.
“So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:12-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2-3‬ ‭NLT‬‬
2: I’ll do this by keeping my eye if Jesus, the founder and protector of my faith. Knowing the joy that awaited him, the forgiveness of sin and the honor from God, Jesus suffered on Earth and died in the cross. God has promised the crown of life to those who endure temptations of this world. So likewise, before we receive the crown of life God promised to those who endure temptation, we will have to struggle through sin.
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“”I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”” ‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Remember the life Jesus had to go through, and the hostility and struggles he had to face. Know that Jesus came out of those struggles victorious. Know that the same man who went through all those struggles is with us to help us through ours. Remember the same Holy Spirit that rose him from the grave is with us today. So let us keep looking towards Jesus, the instigator and perfecter of our faith.
Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” Hebrews‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Discipline makes disciples:
And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:5-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬
I know that abstaining from this sin in order to obey the lord may feel like suffering. But take heed, for this discipline from the lord is a sign of his love, and that we are his sons and daughters. Do you remember that verse, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”( Proverbs 22:6) This doesn’t just apply to parents, but our father God as well.
When a parent disciplines a child, it shows the love a parent has for that child, for the parents have to invest heavily into teaching the way a child should go. It may take a while for the child to learn, but eventually they will not depart form this teaching. When a parent doesn’t discipline a child, it shows a parent isn’t majorly concerned about the child’s life, or concerned about teaching them the way they should live. So when God convicts us with the spirit and disciplines us through his word, it’s a shows that we are his children, and presents his love for us. As a parent teaches their child to live the right way, the lord wants to teach his children to live righteously as well.
“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬
God knows this discipline is hard for us, it’s never enjoyable, but it will produce a harvest of righteous living to those who follow it. Our father in heaven is teaching us the way we should go.

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2020.07.09 05:31 JpBlez5 God is always faithful to us, will we be faithful to him?

When I relapse, I usually pray and worship God immediately afterwards. While I was doing this, I realized I did this because I wanted to make sure the Holy Spirit is still with me. Then I remembered something, God is faithful, he’s faithful to continue the work he started in me, and keep the Holy Spirit in me. God is faithful to me even though I’m not faithful to him. This just tore at my heart.
He’s faithful to forgive us always:
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT
To love us always:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬
God is always faithful to me, but I’m not always faithful to him. This just tears at my heart. He’s faithful to me, but I’m not faithful to him. Christ faithfully died in the cross for me, and showed his faithful love to me, but I can’t show my faithful love to him. I love Jesus, I have to put this sin down, I NEED to.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” ‭‭John‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
If Jesus is my friend, won’t I sacrifice this sin for him?
I’m sorry God, I turn away from this sin, and turn my heart back towards you, and not lustful desires. I know you’re faithful to forgive me, but please help me be faithful and repent. Create in me a clean heart lord, and may my thoughts be your thoughts. I love you, Amen.
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2020.07.02 05:30 JpBlez5 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

As someone who’s life was plagued by a spirit of fear before I met God, don’t fear or allow it to hold you back. It’s never worth it. I have an anxiety disorder, and before I gave myself to Christ almost 3 years ago, the spirit of fear plague my life. One summer I was prepared to keep who I truly was hidden again due to fear just as usually, when something happened. For some reason, I just couldn’t. It was as if God just wouldn’t let me. Then I felt something tell me “no more”. Then an idea popped in my head, I would introduce myself to someone and keep myself out of my comfort zone once everyday. So for months I worked through my anxiety and fear at school, introducing myself and and getting out of my comfort zone once a day. I read the word bad what it said about faith, and meditated and used it daily. At last I keep faith in the lord. Then in the fall my church had a retreat. I remember in this retreat our small group leader said we have to open ourselves up and be honest here if we wanted God to act in a part of our lives. I felt the Holy Spirit confirm what he said as true. So I placed my trust in God and opened myself up during our small group. The entire time during retreat, I was open about my problems, was activity involved in conversations, and I was even the first to start conversations. Saturday night at chapel, I truly have my life to Christ, and I felt God remove the spirit of fear out of my life. When I got up from praying I walked and felt like a newborn infant, and there was just peace. It was the most amazing feeling ever. The most amazing thing is through God I did all of these things without taking my anxiety medicine, I forgot( this doesn’t mean you should stop taking your medicine because of God, always take your medicine!). I went from a kid who couldn’t even introduce himself to someone to now a kid that can preach about his faith in front of a classroom. While I do still feel fear and anxiety in my life, now I have God helping me through it.
God never gave us a spirit of fear, but he gave us:
the power to overcome it: ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭NLT‬‬
a love that overshadows it: (1 John 4:18)
and the self control to handle it. 1 Peter 1:13
So try to work toward improving on your fears and anxiety, keep and meditate on the word of God and pray( look up verses on faith ), and most importantly have faith in him.
Something I’ve learned is fear is the opposite of faith. When we fear, we obtain a lack of trust in God,who promises to always be with us, for us, and never against us.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭56:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬
While fear is an emotion that can come and go, God doesn’t want us to live a life controlled by fear, but driven by faith in him. We may face may fearful situations in life, but remember the God who made the world is with you, for you, and never against you. So place your trust in him, and he’ll help you.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬
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2020.06.30 18:56 RoryWatt The "all other" argument in Colossians 1:16-20 of the NWT

I've seen this argument become increasingly popular against the NWT Bible. If you're not familiar with the argument, it goes something like this; Jehovah's Witnesses have inserted the word "other" in Colossians 1:16-20 in order to fit their Unitarian beliefs.

Whether the verses support Unitarianism or not isn't the purpose here. The purpose is to directly deal with the claim that "all other" is an interpolation of the original Greek.

Firstly, there is no Greek word that means "All other", this is something I bring up at the end. The root word is πᾶς (pas), which translates as either "all" or "every" depending on the grammar (with of course some anomalies). This means then, by nature any word-for-word translation of Biblical Greek into English can only translate πᾶς in the absolute sense without any exceptions. Thankfully we know the meaning of a sentence is much more important than it's literal translation (take modern phrases like "chip on your shoulder" to give an extreme example). Here are some translations in which "other" has been inserted into scripture in order for the English to make sense;
Luke 13:2,4
"Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? .... Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them--do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?" NIV

Majority of translation insert "other" despite the original Greek reading "παρὰ πάντας τοὺς.." (than all the..) Why is this? Because that's the correct meaning of the verse; how can a Galilean be worse than all Galileans, doesn't that include himself? Clearly Jesus means all other Galileans, which the original Greek doesn't allow for in its literal translation. And so here we have a number of verses that all follow this rule;
Matthew 13:32 "This is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches" NASB (only translation that inserts "other" - depends on whether you interpret Jesus talking about that particular mustard seed or the mustard seeds in general)
Luke 11:42 "Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God." NIV John 10:29 "My Father gave them to me, and he is greater than all others." CEV (some versions put "else") Romans 8:32 "Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?" NLT (τα πάντα ημίν χαρίσεται - things all us will-he-grant?)
1 Corinthians 6:18 "Keep on running away from sexual immorality. Any other sin that a person commits is outside his body, but the person who sins sexually sins against his own body." ISV Philippians 2:9 "For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name." GNT
These all show that inserting "other" is acceptable, if not required, in order for the meaning of these verses to be properly translated. And now back to what I think is my strongest point;

1 Corinthians 15:27
"For he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ." NIV

Read that again. Now whether Paul is taking about God or Jesus or as the same individual or not in the original text, doesn't matter; Paul is going out of his way to explain that the "all" (πάντα - or translated "everything" here) does not include the one who subjected all things to him. If there existed a Greek word for "all other", why didn't Paul use it? Instead he has to write further to explain his point and save potential confusion for a word he himself is using.
This doesn't prove that inserting "other" in Colossians is correct, I'm happy to argue for that in another post, and as always it depends on the surrounding verses to get a better idea. What this proves is that there is nothing wrong or unusual in inserting "other" for translating scriptures more accurately, in fact it's preferable.
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2020.06.30 00:19 RJ-Hamster Applaud God, Loud and Often

Applaud God, Loud and Often
📷
Max Lucado
18 hours ago
📷
Those who worship Him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration. — John 4:24 MSG
We suffer from poor I-sight. Not eyesight, a matter of distorted vision that lenses can correct, but I-sight. Poor I-sight blurs your view, not of the world, but of yourself.
Some see self too highly. Maybe it’s the PhD or pedigree. A tattoo can do it; so can a new truck or the Nobel Peace Prize. Whatever the cause, the result is the same. “I have so many gifts. I can do anything.”
Brazenly self-assured and utterly self-sufficient, the I-focused have long strutted beyond the city limits of self-confidence and entered the state of cockiness. You wonder who puts the “air” in arrogance and the “vain” in vainglory? Those who say, “I can do anything.”
You’ve said those words. For a short time, at least. A lifetime, perhaps. We all plead guilty to some level of superiority.
And don’t we also know the other extreme: “I can’t do anything”? Forget the thin air of pomposity; these folks breathe the thick, swampy air of self-defeat. Roaches have higher self-esteem. Earthworms stand taller. “I’m a bum. I am scum. The world would be better off without me.”
Divorce stirs such crud. So do diseases and job dismissals. Where the first group is arrogant, this group is diffident. Blame them for every mishap; they won’t object. They’ll just agree and say, “I can’t do anything.”
Two extremes of poor I-sight. Self-loving and self-loathing. We swing from one side to the other. Promotions and demotions bump us back and forth. One day too high on self, the next too hard on self. Neither is correct. Self-elevation and self-deprecation are equally inaccurate. Where is the truth?
Smack-dab in the middle. Dead center between “I can do anything” and “I can’t do anything” lies
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. — Philippians 4:13
Neither omnipotent nor impotent, neither God’s MVP nor God’s mistake. Not self-secure or insecure, but God-secure — a self-worth based in our identity as children of God. The proper view of self is in the middle.
But how do we get there? How do we park the pendulum in the center? Counseling? Therapy? Self-help? Long walks? Taking Lucado out to dinner? Advisable activities, but they don’t compare with God’s cure for poor I-sight:
Worship.
Surprised? The word conjures up many thoughts, not all of which are positive. Outdated songs. Cliché-cluttered prayers. Irrelevant sermons. Meager offerings. Odd rituals. Why worship? What does worship have to do with curing the common life?
Honest worship lifts eyes off self and sets them on God. Scripture’s best-known worship leader wrote:
Give honor to the LORD, you angels; give honor to the LORD for His glory and strength. Give honor to the LORD for the glory of His name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness. — Psalm 29:1–2 NLT
Worship gives God honor, offers Him standing ovations.
Worship can happen every day in every deed. We can make a big deal about God on Sundays with our songs and on Mondays with our strengths. Each time we do our best to thank God for giving His, we worship.
Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life — and place it before God as an offering. — Romans 12:1 MSG
Worship places God on center stage and us in proper posture.
Let me show you how this works.
King David and his men have just raised enough money to build the temple. This is the most successful fund drive ever. Philanthropy magazine would happily dedicate an issue to these fundraisers. They are sitting ducks for cockiness. But before their heads can swell, their knees bow. David leads them in a prayer of worship. Read it slowly:
Praise be to You, O LORD,
God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness
and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in Heaven and earth is Yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the Kingdom;
You are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from You;
You are the ruler of all things.
In Your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give You thanks,
and praise Your glorious name.
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand. — 1 Chronicles 29:10–14 NIV
Imagine a bigheaded guy offering this prayer. He begins arrogantly — his chest puffy and thumbs in lapels — but as the worship continues, reality sets in. As he recites phrases like “Yours… is the greatness,” “Wealth and honor come from You,” “Everything comes from You,” he dismounts his high horse.
Worship humbles the smug.
By the same token, worship lifts the deflated. Read Psalm 27:10-11, Psalm 27:13-14 to see if the weak wouldn’t be strengthened by these words:
Though my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will receive me.
Teach me Your way, O LORD;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors….
I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD. (NIV)
Can’t you see a head lifting? A back straightening? “The LORD will receive me…. I will see the goodness of the LORD.” Can you see how these words would turn a face toward the Father and away from frailty?
Worship does that. Worship adjusts us, lowering the chin of the haughty, straightening the back of the burdened.
Breaking the bread, partaking of the cup.
Bowing the knees, lifting the hands.
This is worship.
In the solitude of a corporate cubicle or the community of a church.
Opening our mouths, singing to Him our praise.
Opening our hearts, offering to Him our uniqueness.
Worship properly positions the worshiper. And oh how we need it!
We walk through life so bent out of shape. Five-talent folks swaggering: “I bet God’s glad to have me.” Two-talent folks struggling: “I bet God’s sick of putting up with me.” So sold on ourselves that we think someone died and made us ruler. Or so down on ourselves that we think everyone died and just left us.
Treat both conditions with worship. Cure any flareup of commonness by setting your eyes on our uncommon King.
During our summer vacation I took my daughters on a snorkeling trip. I took advantage of the occasion to solicit a sailing lesson. Ever puzzled by the difference in leeward, starboard, and stern, I asked the crew a few questions. After a while the captain offered, “Would you like to sail us home?” I reminded him that no West Texan has ever won the America’s Cup. He assured me I would have no trouble and pointed to a rocky outcrop on the shore. “Target that cliff,” he instructed. “Set your eyes and the boat on it.”
I found the instruction hard to follow. Other sights invited my attention: the rich mahogany of the deck, my giggling daughters beneath the sail, rich foam cresting on the waves. I wanted to look at it all. But look too long and risk losing the course. The boat stayed on target as long as I set my eyes beyond the vessel.
Worship helps us do this in life. It lifts our eyes off the boat with its toys and passengers and sets them “on the realities of Heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power” (Colossians 3:1 NLT).
We worship God because we need to.
But our need runs a turtle-paced distant second to the thoroughbred reason for worship.
The chief reason for applauding God? He deserves it.
If singing did nothing but weary your voice, if giving only emptied your wallet — if worship did nothing for you — it would still be right to do. God warrants our worship.
How else do you respond to a Being of blazing, blistering, unadulterated, unending holiness? No mark. Nor freckle. Not a bad thought, bad day, or bad decision. Ever! What do you do with such holiness if not adore it? And His power. He churns forces that launch meteors, orbit planets, and ignite stars. Commanding whales to spout salty air, petunias to perfume the night, and songbirds to chirp joy into spring. Above the earth, flotillas of clouds endlessly shape and reshape; within the earth, strata of groaning rocks shift and turn. Who are we to sojourn on a trembling, wonderful orb so shot through with wonder?
And tenderness? God has never taken His eyes off you. Not for a millisecond. He’s always near. He lives to hear your heartbeat. He loves to hear your prayers. He’d die for your sin before He’d let you die in your sin, so He did.
What do you do with such a Savior? Don’t you sing to Him? Don’t you celebrate Him in baptism, elevate Him in Communion? Don’t you bow a knee, lower a head, hammer a nail, feed the poor, and lift up your gift in worship? Of course you do.
Worship God. Applaud Him loud and often. For your sake, you need it. And for Heaven’s sake, He deserves it.
Excerpted with permission from Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado, copyright Max Lucado.
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Worship places God on center stage and us in proper posture. How does worship place God on center stage? How does worship place us in proper posture? What is this proper posture? Come share your thoughts on our blog!
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2020.06.30 00:18 RJ-Hamster Applaud God, Loud and Often

Applaud God, Loud and Often
📷
Max Lucado
18 hours ago
📷
Those who worship Him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration. — John 4:24 MSG
We suffer from poor I-sight. Not eyesight, a matter of distorted vision that lenses can correct, but I-sight. Poor I-sight blurs your view, not of the world, but of yourself.
Some see self too highly. Maybe it’s the PhD or pedigree. A tattoo can do it; so can a new truck or the Nobel Peace Prize. Whatever the cause, the result is the same. “I have so many gifts. I can do anything.”
Brazenly self-assured and utterly self-sufficient, the I-focused have long strutted beyond the city limits of self-confidence and entered the state of cockiness. You wonder who puts the “air” in arrogance and the “vain” in vainglory? Those who say, “I can do anything.”
You’ve said those words. For a short time, at least. A lifetime, perhaps. We all plead guilty to some level of superiority.
And don’t we also know the other extreme: “I can’t do anything”? Forget the thin air of pomposity; these folks breathe the thick, swampy air of self-defeat. Roaches have higher self-esteem. Earthworms stand taller. “I’m a bum. I am scum. The world would be better off without me.”
Divorce stirs such crud. So do diseases and job dismissals. Where the first group is arrogant, this group is diffident. Blame them for every mishap; they won’t object. They’ll just agree and say, “I can’t do anything.”
Two extremes of poor I-sight. Self-loving and self-loathing. We swing from one side to the other. Promotions and demotions bump us back and forth. One day too high on self, the next too hard on self. Neither is correct. Self-elevation and self-deprecation are equally inaccurate. Where is the truth?
Smack-dab in the middle. Dead center between “I can do anything” and “I can’t do anything” lies
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. — Philippians 4:13
Neither omnipotent nor impotent, neither God’s MVP nor God’s mistake. Not self-secure or insecure, but God-secure — a self-worth based in our identity as children of God. The proper view of self is in the middle.
But how do we get there? How do we park the pendulum in the center? Counseling? Therapy? Self-help? Long walks? Taking Lucado out to dinner? Advisable activities, but they don’t compare with God’s cure for poor I-sight:
Worship.
Surprised? The word conjures up many thoughts, not all of which are positive. Outdated songs. Cliché-cluttered prayers. Irrelevant sermons. Meager offerings. Odd rituals. Why worship? What does worship have to do with curing the common life?
Honest worship lifts eyes off self and sets them on God. Scripture’s best-known worship leader wrote:
Give honor to the LORD, you angels; give honor to the LORD for His glory and strength. Give honor to the LORD for the glory of His name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness. — Psalm 29:1–2 NLT
Worship gives God honor, offers Him standing ovations.
Worship can happen every day in every deed. We can make a big deal about God on Sundays with our songs and on Mondays with our strengths. Each time we do our best to thank God for giving His, we worship.
Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life — and place it before God as an offering. — Romans 12:1 MSG
Worship places God on center stage and us in proper posture.
Let me show you how this works.
King David and his men have just raised enough money to build the temple. This is the most successful fund drive ever. Philanthropy magazine would happily dedicate an issue to these fundraisers. They are sitting ducks for cockiness. But before their heads can swell, their knees bow. David leads them in a prayer of worship. Read it slowly:
Praise be to You, O LORD,
God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness
and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in Heaven and earth is Yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the Kingdom;
You are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from You;
You are the ruler of all things.
In Your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give You thanks,
and praise Your glorious name.
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand. — 1 Chronicles 29:10–14 NIV
Imagine a bigheaded guy offering this prayer. He begins arrogantly — his chest puffy and thumbs in lapels — but as the worship continues, reality sets in. As he recites phrases like “Yours… is the greatness,” “Wealth and honor come from You,” “Everything comes from You,” he dismounts his high horse.
Worship humbles the smug.
By the same token, worship lifts the deflated. Read Psalm 27:10-11, Psalm 27:13-14 to see if the weak wouldn’t be strengthened by these words:
Though my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will receive me.
Teach me Your way, O LORD;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors….
I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD. (NIV)
Can’t you see a head lifting? A back straightening? “The LORD will receive me…. I will see the goodness of the LORD.” Can you see how these words would turn a face toward the Father and away from frailty?
Worship does that. Worship adjusts us, lowering the chin of the haughty, straightening the back of the burdened.
Breaking the bread, partaking of the cup.
Bowing the knees, lifting the hands.
This is worship.
In the solitude of a corporate cubicle or the community of a church.
Opening our mouths, singing to Him our praise.
Opening our hearts, offering to Him our uniqueness.
Worship properly positions the worshiper. And oh how we need it!
We walk through life so bent out of shape. Five-talent folks swaggering: “I bet God’s glad to have me.” Two-talent folks struggling: “I bet God’s sick of putting up with me.” So sold on ourselves that we think someone died and made us ruler. Or so down on ourselves that we think everyone died and just left us.
Treat both conditions with worship. Cure any flareup of commonness by setting your eyes on our uncommon King.
During our summer vacation I took my daughters on a snorkeling trip. I took advantage of the occasion to solicit a sailing lesson. Ever puzzled by the difference in leeward, starboard, and stern, I asked the crew a few questions. After a while the captain offered, “Would you like to sail us home?” I reminded him that no West Texan has ever won the America’s Cup. He assured me I would have no trouble and pointed to a rocky outcrop on the shore. “Target that cliff,” he instructed. “Set your eyes and the boat on it.”
I found the instruction hard to follow. Other sights invited my attention: the rich mahogany of the deck, my giggling daughters beneath the sail, rich foam cresting on the waves. I wanted to look at it all. But look too long and risk losing the course. The boat stayed on target as long as I set my eyes beyond the vessel.
Worship helps us do this in life. It lifts our eyes off the boat with its toys and passengers and sets them “on the realities of Heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power” (Colossians 3:1 NLT).
We worship God because we need to.
But our need runs a turtle-paced distant second to the thoroughbred reason for worship.
The chief reason for applauding God? He deserves it.
If singing did nothing but weary your voice, if giving only emptied your wallet — if worship did nothing for you — it would still be right to do. God warrants our worship.
How else do you respond to a Being of blazing, blistering, unadulterated, unending holiness? No mark. Nor freckle. Not a bad thought, bad day, or bad decision. Ever! What do you do with such holiness if not adore it? And His power. He churns forces that launch meteors, orbit planets, and ignite stars. Commanding whales to spout salty air, petunias to perfume the night, and songbirds to chirp joy into spring. Above the earth, flotillas of clouds endlessly shape and reshape; within the earth, strata of groaning rocks shift and turn. Who are we to sojourn on a trembling, wonderful orb so shot through with wonder?
And tenderness? God has never taken His eyes off you. Not for a millisecond. He’s always near. He lives to hear your heartbeat. He loves to hear your prayers. He’d die for your sin before He’d let you die in your sin, so He did.
What do you do with such a Savior? Don’t you sing to Him? Don’t you celebrate Him in baptism, elevate Him in Communion? Don’t you bow a knee, lower a head, hammer a nail, feed the poor, and lift up your gift in worship? Of course you do.
Worship God. Applaud Him loud and often. For your sake, you need it. And for Heaven’s sake, He deserves it.
Excerpted with permission from Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado, copyright Max Lucado.
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Your Turn
Worship places God on center stage and us in proper posture. How does worship place God on center stage? How does worship place us in proper posture? What is this proper posture? Come share your thoughts on our blog!
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