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Chapter 20 in Proverbs for today: (Jan 20) (Living Bible)
20 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;
those who anger him forfeit their lives.
3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 Sluggards do not plow in season;
so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
but one who has insight draws them out.
6 Many claim to have unfailing love,
but a faithful person who can find?
7 The righteous lead blameless lives;
blessed are their children after them.
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,
he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am clean and without sin”?
10 Differing weights and differing measures—
the Lord detests them both.
11 Even small children are known by their actions,
so is their conduct really pure and upright?
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—
the Lord has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—
then goes off and boasts about the purchase.
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;
hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,
but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Plans are established by seeking advice;
so if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid anyone who talks too much.
20 If someone curses their father or mother,
their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance claimed too soon
will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”
Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.
23 The Lord detests differing weights,
and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
How then can anyone understand their own way?
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly
and only later to consider one’s vows.
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;
he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The human spirit is[a] the lamp of the Lord
that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;
through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil,
and beatings purge the inmost being.
- Proverbs 20:27 Or A person’s words are
Chapter 8 in (Genesis) for today: (January 20) (Living Bible)
8 God didn’t forget about Noah and all the animals in the boat! He sent a wind to blow across the waters, and the floods began to disappear, 2 for the subterranean water sources ceased their gushing, and the torrential rains subsided. 3-4 So the flood gradually receded until, 150 days after it began, the boat came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 Three months later,[a] as the waters continued to go down, other mountain peaks appeared.
6 After another forty days, Noah opened a porthole 7 and released a raven that flew back and forth[b] until the earth was dry. 8 Meanwhile he sent out a dove to see if it could find dry ground, 9 but the dove found no place to light, and returned to Noah, for the water was still too high. So Noah held out his hand and drew the dove back into the boat.
10 Seven days later Noah released the dove again, 11 and this time, toward evening, the bird returned to him with an olive leaf in her beak. So Noah knew that the water was almost gone. 12 A week later he released the dove again, and this time she didn’t come back.
13 Twenty-nine days after that,[c] Noah opened the door to look, and the water was gone. 14 Eight more weeks went by. Then at last the earth was dry. 15-16 Then God told Noah, “You may all go out. 17 Release all the animals, birds, and reptiles, so that they will breed abundantly and reproduce in great numbers.” 18-19 So the boat was soon empty. Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives all disembarked, along with all the animals, reptiles, and birds—all left the ark in pairs and groups.
20 Then Noah built an altar and sacrificed on it some of the animals and birds God had designated[d] for that purpose. 21 And Jehovah was pleased with the sacrifice[e] and said to himself, “I will never do it again—I will never again curse the earth, destroying all living things, even though man’s bent is always toward evil from his earliest youth, and even though he does such wicked things. 22 As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.”
- Genesis 8:5 Three months later, literally, “On the first day of the tenth month.”
- Genesis 8:7 a raven that flew back and forth. Apparently lighting from time to time upon carcasses of dead animals floating on the water. The dove that Noah next dispatched would not alight on such floating carrion and was thus a good indication of the water level.
- Genesis 8:13 Twenty-nine days after that, literally, “In the 601st year, in the first month, the first day of the month.”
- Genesis 8:20 some of the animals and birds God had designated, literally, “clean,” i.e., ritually approved by God.
- Genesis 8:21 And Jehovah was pleased with the sacrifice, literally, “And Jehovah smelled the delicious odor.”
Chapter 8 in (Matthew) for today: (January 20) (Living Bible)
8 Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the hillside.
2 Look! A leper is approaching. He kneels before him, worshiping. “Sir,” the leper pleads, “if you want to, you can heal me.”
3 Jesus touches the man. “I want to,” he says. “Be healed.” And instantly the leprosy disappears.
4 Then Jesus says to him, “Don’t stop to talk to anyone;[a] go right over to the priest to be examined; and take with you the offering required by Moses’ law for lepers who are healed—a public testimony of your cure.”
5-6 When Jesus arrived in Capernaum, a Roman army captain came and pled with him to come to his home and heal his servant boy who was in bed paralyzed and racked with pain.
7 “Yes,” Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”
8-9 Then the officer said, “Sir, I am not worthy to have you in my home; and it isn’t necessary for you to come.[b] If you will only stand here and say, ‘Be healed,’ my servant will get well! I know, because I am under the authority of my superior officers and I have authority over my soldiers, and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave boy, ‘Do this or that,’ and he does it. And I know you have authority to tell his sickness to go—and it will go!”
10 Jesus stood there amazed! Turning to the crowd he said, “I haven’t seen faith like this in all the land of Israel! 11 And I tell you this, that many Gentiles like this Roman officer,[c] shall come from all over the world and sit down in the Kingdom of Heaven with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 12 And many an Israelite—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—shall be cast into outer darkness, into the place of weeping and torment.”
13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go on home. What you have believed has happened!” And the boy was healed that same hour!
14 When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was in bed with a high fever. 15 But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her; and she got up and prepared a meal for them![d]
16 That evening several demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus; and when he spoke a single word, all the demons fled; and all the sick were healed. 17 This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, “He took our sicknesses and bore our diseases.”[e]
18 When Jesus noticed how large the crowd was growing, he instructed his disciples to get ready to cross to the other side of the lake.
19 Just then[f] one of the Jewish religious teachers* said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you no matter where you go!”
20 But Jesus said, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but I, the Messiah,[g] have no home of my own—no place to lay my head.”
21 Another of his disciples said, “Sir, when my father is dead, then I will follow you.”[h]
22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me now![i] Let those who are spiritually dead* care for their own dead.”
23 Then he got into a boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly a terrible storm came up, with waves higher than the boat. But Jesus was asleep.
25 The disciples went to him and wakened him, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re sinking!”
26 But Jesus answered, “O you men of little faith! Why are you so frightened?” Then he stood up and rebuked the wind and waves, and the storm subsided and all was calm. 27 The disciples just sat there, awed! “Who is this,” they asked themselves, “that even the winds and the sea obey him?”
28 When they arrived on the other side of the lake, in the country of the Gadarenes, two men with demons in them met him. They lived in a cemetery and were so dangerous that no one could go through that area.
29 They began screaming at him, “What do you want with us, O Son of God? You have no right to torment us yet.”[j]
30 A herd of pigs was feeding in the distance, 31 so the demons begged, “If you cast us out, send us into that herd of pigs.”
32 “All right,” Jesus told them. “Begone.”
And they came out of the men and entered the pigs, and the whole herd rushed over a cliff and drowned in the water below. 33 The herdsmen fled to the nearest city with the story of what had happened, 34 and the entire population came rushing out to see Jesus and begged him to go away and leave them alone.
- Matthew 8:4 Don’t stop to talk to anyone, literally, “See you tell no man.”
- Matthew 8:8 and it isn’t necessary for you to come, implied.
- Matthew 8:11 like this Roman officer, implied.
- Matthew 8:15 prepared a meal for them, literally, “ministered unto them.”
- Matthew 8:17 He took our sicknesses and bore our diseases, see Isaiah 53:4.
- Matthew 8:19 Just then, implied. one of the Jewish religious teachers, literally, “a scribe.”
- Matthew 8:20 the Messiah, literally, “the Son of Man.”
- Matthew 8:21 when my father is dead, then I will follow you, or “let me first go and bury my father.”
- Matthew 8:22 now, implied. spiritually dead, implied.
- Matthew 8:29 You have no right to torment us yet, literally, “Have you come here to torment us before the time?”
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Don’t get the idea that the will of God is something you have to do. God’s not going to force His will on you. It is something you GET to do. When you learn to obey, you learn the joy that’s available in the Christian life. There’s no such thing as a happy, disobedient Christian. It is a contradiction in terms. Obedience and rejoicing come together. It is a lie from Hell that doing the will of God is painful and makes you miserable. The Bible says, “His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).
The reason some of us don’t obey the Lord and fail to understand there’s joy in obedience is that we don’t trust the Lord; we have difficulty taking commands from a stranger we don’t know. Once we get to know the Lord Jesus Christ, we learn that His commands are not grievous or burdensome.
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FATHER GOD WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE SOVEREIGN KING OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE AND BEYOND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR MERCY AND GRACE OVER 2,000 YEARS AGO WHEN YOU SENT YOUR ONLY BEGOTTEN SON TO THIS EARTH TO DIE ON THE CROSS OF HIS OWN VOLITION AS PAYMENT FOR ALL OF OUR SINS IF WE WOULD ONLY BELIEVE ON HIM, REPENT OF OUR SINS AND GIVE HIM TOTAL CONTROL OF OUR LIVES.
DOING THOSE THINGS WE ARE SPIRITUALLY BORN AGAIN, THE HOLY SPIRIT SEALS US AND WRITES OUR NAME IN THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE GIVING US ENTRY INTO HEAVEN WHEN WE DIE OR WHEN RETURNS AT THE RAPTURE.
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“The Greatest thing that ever happened to me was when I realized that GOD forgave me of all my sins through the Death, Burial and Resurrection of His Son, Jesus and through my Faith in Him.”
Why is He so important in terms of what happens to my Soul, which resides in my body, until my body dies?
First, let me tell you that the Creator of the Universe, God the Father, truly Loves you and every member of the Human Race which He also created.
He also wants you and every human’s soul to be in Heaven with Him when your body dies here on earth. The part of you that goes to Heaven when you die is your soul.
Everyone has a soul that merely resides within your body as a tenant; the soul NEVER dies. Again, Father God Loves every human that has ever been born since Adam and Eve, 6,000 years ago, and He WANTS your soul to live for Eternity, to which there is NO END, with Him! BUT there is a problem:
Ever since Adam and Eve the ENTIRE Human Race has been infected with a DISEASE and there is only ONE CURE for it! Please remember that God created the Universe AND the Human Race, making Him the Sovereign King of the Universe, in other words:
HE SETS THE RULES!
The disease that we all have, as soon as we are conceived in our Mother’s Womb, is SIN! Adam and Eve broke God’s only Commandment at the time while they were in the Garden of Eden: “Don’t eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree!”
When they disobeyed that one Commandment, they SINNED! They were no longer HOLY and God threw them out of the Garden and, as He had told them: Their bodies would eventually die BUT their souls would live on for Eternity.
2,000 years later, God gave Moses the 10 Commandments for the people to live by. He set the Rule that if anyone broke one of those Commandments they were to sacrifice an unblemished lamb to God and God seeing the blood of that lamb, would forgive that person’s sins.
2,000 years after that, which brings us to 2,000 years ago, Father God showed His Mercy and Grace upon the entire human race by sending His Only Begotten Son: Jesus, to this earth, as Prophesied hundreds of years earlier in the Old Testament (Isaiah 7:14), as a human baby, born of a Virgin named Mary in the City of Bethlehem of Judea!
THIS is the Jesus everyone is talking about today!
He lived a perfectly SINLESS life, performed thousands of miracles during the 3 years that He Ministered from the age of 30 until He was 33. His last miracle was raising a good friend of His, named Lazarus, from the dead after he had been dead and in a tomb in Bethany for FOUR DAYS!
This miracle, seen by many Priests and Rabbis and common people of Bethany, INFURIATED the Priests and Rabbis because all of the people were starting to follow Jesus instead of them! They then started to plan a way to get rid of Jesus!
After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He and His 12 Disciples went on in to Jerusalem for the Passover to Commemorate God’s freeing the Nation of Israel from the Egyptians hundreds of years earlier.
While in Jerusalem preparing for the Passover Dinner, one of Jesus’ Disciples, a traitor named Judas Iscariot, secretly met with the Priests and Rabbis and accepted 30 pieces of silver to BETRAY Jesus to them during the Passover Celebration.
During the Passover Supper with His 12 Disciples, including Judas, Jesus revealed the NEW COVENANT to them. This New Covenant would require Jesus to shed His Sinless Blood as Payment to Father God for the sins of the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE!
Later that night, as Jesus and all of the Disciples, except Judas, were Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas showed up with soldiers sent by the Priests and Rabbis to arrest Jesus.
Judas was leading them and walked up and kissed Jesus on the cheek identifying Him to the soldiers.
They arrested Him, took Him before the Priests and Rabbis, was given a mock trial and turned over to the Roman soldiers to be beaten, have a Crown of Thorns crushed down upon His Head and forced to carry His Own Cross through the streets of Jerusalem, out the gates to a place called Golgotha where they Nailed Jesus to the Cross He had been carrying and stood it up between two thieves.
Jesus COULD have called upon 72,000 Angels standing there with swords drawn ready to rescue Him, but He told them not to, that He had to Sacrifice His Life as Payment for the SINS of the entire Human Race.
After hanging on that Cross for 6 hours, as He was about to die, God the Father, supernaturally placed the SINS of the entire Human Race upon Him and then turned His Back upon His Only Begotten Son. Jesus saw His Father do this and shouted: “My God, My God, Why hast Thou forsaken Me?” And then dropped His Head, said “It is Finished” and died.
To make certain that He was dead, a Roman soldier forced a spear into His Side and Blood and Water spilled out.
Two followers of Jesus then went to the Roman authorites to obtain permission to remove Jesus’ Body from the Cross. They took His Body down, covered it with a long white sheet and carried it to a newly hewn grave where they laid His dead Body upon a pedestal and walked out.
Roman soldiers then rolled a large stone against the entrance, sealed it and stood guard.
On the morning of the third day, Father God, brought His Son Jesus BACK TO LIFE!
The stone was rolled away and Jesus made 10 appearances to 500 people after His Resurrection before ascending back into Heaven in front of His remaining Disciples commanding them to go to the entire world telling them about “My Death, Burial and Resurrection!”
So those are the FACTS concerning Jesus.
If, by Faith, you believe all of that to be true: That Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on that Cross for all of your sins, was Resurrected on the 3rd Day, we now call Easter and ascended back into Heaven to sit upon His Throne to the Right-Hand Side of God the Father and you can lift up a Prayer to God the Father Praying that you “Confess that you are a sinner and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior by Faith, Repent of your sins and commit to trying to follow Him for the rest of your life, in Jesus’ Name.”
If you say that Prayer and really mean it, you will be Spiritually “Born Again”, your name will be Permanently written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and your Place in Heaven will be reserved in Heaven for ETERNITY!
Now go and tell the World about Jesus, the ONLY way into Heaven!
By the way, I must tell you that if you do NOT accept Jesus as your Personal Savior before you die, your soul will be eternally separated from God and on Judgment Day will be thrown into the Eternal Lake of Fire (Rev 20:15) with Satan.
It is your choice.
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His Great Commission, as He ascended back into Heaven while on the road to Bethany was:
GET OUT OF THE BOAT!
I’m sure most of you know of the Story in the Holy Bible about Jesus sending all 12 of His Disciples off in a boat in the Sea of Galilee to go to the other side while He sent 5,000 men and their families home after feeding them, Miraculously, with only 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread (Please Google: Matthew 14:13-21).
Jesus then went up into the nearby mountain to Pray.
As the Disciples sailed to about the half-way point across the sea, a tremendous storm came up threatening to swamp the boat with water and drown all of them!
Suddenly, they looked out to sea and saw someone WALKING TOWARDS THEM ON THE WATER!
It was Jesus!
Peter recognized Him and yelled out to Him: “Lord, if it is You, Command me to come to You!”
Jesus answered “Yes, Come!”
And Peter, FULL OF FAITH AND COURAGE, kept his eyes upon Jesus and STEPPED OUT OF THE BOAT and started walking on the water towards Jesus (Please Google: Matthew 14:29).
Peter didn’t even think about what the OTHER 11 Disciples thought about him taking this step of Faith!
HE JUST DID IT!
Peter actually walked a short ways ON THE WATER toward Jesus while looking steadfastly upon Jesus!
Unfortunately, when he took his eyes OFF of Jesus and started looking at the wind and the waves HE STARTED SINKING!
He cried out to Jesus to save him, which Jesus did, of course, then they both got into the boat and Jesus shouted out to the wind and the sea: “Peace, be still!”
And the wind and sea immediately calmed down!
And ALL 12 Disciples finally realized that Jesus truly MUST be the Son of God! (Google: Matthew 28:14-22)
EVEN THOUGH these same 12 men had already seen Jesus perform literally THOUSANDS of Miracles, beginning with changing 5 30-gallon pots of water into Fine Wine at the Wedding Feast in Cana to the one they had just observed where He fed 5,000 men AND their families with only 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread, Jesus KNEW that their hearts were STILL hardened toward whether He was REALLY the SON OF GOD!
THIS MIRACLE CONVINCED THEM!
My point today goes back to where PETER SAW JESUS WALKING ON THE WATER and asked Him to COMMAND him to walk upon the water TO HIM!
HE GOT OUT OF THE BOAT, keeping his eyes upon Jesus, WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT WHAT THE OTHERS IN THE BOAT THOUGHT ABOUT THIS!
I Repeat: WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT WHAT THE OTHERS IN THE BOAT THOUGHT ABOUT THIS!
My question is this: Are YOU afraid to “Step out of the Boat” and start TRULY WITNESSING FOR JESUS, telling the world about Him being the ONLY way to be Born-Again, like you were when you were really FIRST BORN AT YOUR BIRTH, when your Soul’s Name was already written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Google Rev 20:15) when you were conceived in your precious Mother’s womb and REMOVED when you committed your first SIN after reaching the age of accountability and knew the difference between right and wrong!
At that moment, your name was BLOTTED out of the Book of Life!
2,000 years ago our Father God, in His Mercy and Grace, provided a way that ALL members (Souls) of the entire Human Race could get their names Re-Written into the Lamb’s Book of Life and be “Born-Again” when He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth as a little Baby, Born of the Virgin Mary, with a Primary Purpose of Shedding His Blood on a Cross at Calvary as Payment for ALL OF THE SINS OF THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE, WHICH HE DID, IF they would only Believe that:
Jesus was and is the Son of God;
He died upon that Cross for their sins;
He was buried in a borrowed tomb and
Rose from the dead on the 3rd Day called Easter;
He made at least 10 appearances to over 500 people afterwards;
He Ascended back into Heaven 40-days later on a cloud in front of the Galileans;
He is now sitting on His Throne at the Right-Hand of His Father, our Sovereign King and Creator of the entire Universe and Beyond, as our: High Priest, Advocate, Lord and Savior!
The Father will one day send His Son BACK to earth, at the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:17), when the SOULS of ALL Born-Again Human Beings, whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, will take on their Heavenly Bodies and RISE to meet Him in the sky and enter Heaven to live FOREVER (Eternity with no end).
Those that are NOT Born-Again will be left behind and have to endure what will be called The Tribulation Period for seven (7) years (Revelation 7:14, and Matthew 24:21-29). Those who become Christians AFTER the Rapture will live through (or perish during) the Tribulation.
After the Tribulation, Christ will return to establish his Kingdom on earth for 1,000 years during which time, Satan will be bound.
At the END of Christ’s 1,000 year Reign, Satan will be released, will assemble a large contingent and try to attack Christ’s Earthly Kingdom! He will be destroyed by God, the Father, with fire and Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire for Eternity!
The next event will be the Great White Throne Judgment when ALL Souls that have NOT accepted Christ as their Personal Savior by Faith, Repented of their sins and given Christ Complete control of their lives prior to that Judgment Day, meaning that they DID NOT accept Christ’s Death on the Cross as Payment for all of their sins, will have to defend THEMSELVES for all of their sins before God: THERE WILL BE NO DEFENSE and ALL of them will be taken by Angels and thrown into the Lake of Fire with Satan and all of his demons FOR ETERNITY. (Revelation 20:15)
Those Souls that HAVE been Born-Again and have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THAT JUDGMENT, they will have their Eternal Bodies and live for Eternity in Heaven.