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dishonoring a woman …

10 When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, 11 if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. 12 Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails 13 and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. 14 If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 21 IN FOCUS)


O woman, from his ribs ye came from as his helper! O man, from a woman ye come from to be her head 22; honor each other then! When the right things are combined, the right results are produced! There shall always be a space when covering a square can with a round lid! Oh mortal man, why thou changes the order of His creation? 4Have you not read, that he who made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh? Therefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder. ( Matthew 19)

God made it perfect from the beginning; all creatures were made male and female, “But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”

If God made it perfect, why the disorder oh mortal man? “They said unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8He said unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts allowed you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.”

From the beginning it was not so, but your hard heart; dissatisfaction of what God has done and how He has made things is making man take so many steps! It was said unto them, “ You must not sell her or treat her as a slave“. Despise not the woman, o man, for she is thy suitable helper! She was made from you for you!  She was made to fill a vacuum; let all women vanish from the surface of the earth, and we shall see yet another big vacuum!

Oh man, understand the woman and do not dishonor her! Oh man, understand the woman, and understand her well! understand what troubles her, 38Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

In his letter concerning married life, the Apostle Paul wrote,

1Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6  8 10 11  12 14 15 16

“When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ? 6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

7“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

8Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.” Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

Woman, act well! Woman, be ye noble!

The Wife of Noble Character

A wife of noble character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her

and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,

all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax

and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships,

bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still night;

she provides food for her family

and portions for her female servants.

She considers a field and buys it;

out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously;

her arms are strong for her tasks.

She sees that her trading is profitable,

and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff

and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her arms to the poor

and extends her hands to the needy.

When it snows, she has no fear for her household;

for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

She makes coverings for her bed;

she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate,

where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24She makes linen garments and sells them,

and supplies the merchants with sashes.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;

she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom,

and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed;

her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women do noble things,

but you surpass them all.”

30Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31Honor her for all that her hands have done,

and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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Immanuel …

When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 20 IN FOCUS)


Many are the things which make the mind ponder! Many are the things which make people have fear! Many are the daily puzzles of life!  Many are the battles of life, small and big, but no matter how fearful and fierce the battles we face each day are, there is a full assurance of victory from the Sovereign Lord God of host if we make Him our Warrior! It is written, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  The apostle, convinced of his assured victory in all things wrote,

“For your sake we face death all day long;

we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 If God be for us, who can be against us? The wars of our time might not be the same wars they faced, but no matter the battle, one thing we know is that God is with us, and our victory is fully assured! Only believe! Only have faith!

Sometimes, life situations seem bigger than you can handle, but that is exactly when you need to remember what God has done before! The impossible is possible to Him! Believe! The Israelites never had any knowledge of what God was going to do, but God knew the miracle that was ahead of them! They were seeing the sea, but God was seeing a miracle in the sea! Remember Exodus 14: 14. Remember, oh mortal man, how God has sustained you to today! Isn’t it such a great privilege and a miracle to see another day in good health?

Fear not! God is with you! God said to them in Deuteronomy 20 “When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

Let the whole world and its inhabitants be against you, and let God who created the whole world and it’s inhabitants be with you; you have no problem at all! Who is that enemy who breathes the same air God  created? Remember Isaiah 41:10. God said, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Immanuel; God with us! He who walked on the sea is still alive! 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

 

No matter the battle, it is for His glory to be known! They faced the battles and they cried unto God for His glory and power, and God answered them; 19Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.” 35. God is not dead; He is still alive to deliver His people! Jesus Christ is still in the miracle ‘business’!

1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

What is your battle? Who is that enemy?  Just commit all things into God’s hands and in due time, you shall see the power of his mighty delivering  Hands. Relax; God is in control!!!


HYMN

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

FANNY CROSBY

 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.
Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior, all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

 Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending, bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love. [Refrain]

3 Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love. [Refrain]

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Refuge …

You must not shed innocent blood in your land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, for that would make you guilty.

However, suppose a person hates someone else and stalks him, attacks him, kills him, and then flees to one of these cities.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 19 IN FOCUS)


 Run to the city of refuge! Run! Run! Run to the city of refuge!Thy sins might be numerous, but run to the city of refuge! Thy detestable deeds might be uncountable, but run to the city of refuge! Thy evil might be indelible, but run to the city of refuge! Your mind might be in wander, 17But on Mount Zion will be deliverance! Oh ‘Zacchaeus’, run to the city of refuge! A ‘city’ awaits you, oh mortal man!

“He entered Jericho and was passing through.And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature.So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

 

 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,4  They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.9  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (John 8:3-11).

They were to set three cities apart as cities of refuge, but we have one Christ Jesus as our refuge, shield and anchor!1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus… And the apostle added,  33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Elijah took refuge in God, and he was secured 12 ! Why do you hate thy neighbour and profess to love God? 20. Why do you conspire against your neighbor and think that’s a true service to God? Why the murder? Why slander?22  19

Jesus said,

38You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 21

There is more than a city for us: Christ Jesus our savior! He is alive ! He is alive! He is alive and He is calling us to repentance! Will L. Thompson, the hymn writer wrote,

1 Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
for you and for me;
see, on the portals he’s waiting and watching,
watching for you and for me.

Refrain:
Come home, come home;
you who are weary come home;
earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
calling, O sinner, come home!

2 Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not his mercies,
mercies for you and for me? [Refrain]

3 Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
passing from you and from me;
shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
coming for you and for me. [Refrain]

4 O for the wonderful love he has promised,
promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon,
pardon for you and for me. [Refrain.

He came, not because of our righteousness, but our transgressions! 29. On the cross He said, “it is finished”! Oh what a friend we have in Jesus!


HYMN

What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear

Author: Joseph Medlicott Scriven (1855)

1 What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer!

2 Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer!

3 Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge–
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
you will find a solace there.

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Occult Practices…

When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 18 IN FOCUS)


There are many believes; There exists many faith; There are many practices; There are many seeming ways leading to God, but one is the true: Jesus Christ! There is one true God: the Creator of Heaven and earth and the entire universe we see! And there is only one true way which leads to Him! 6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

So many people do so many detestable things thinking they are pleasing God, but God said to them When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ wrote,

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1).

The admonishing goes,  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12). When the disciples got to the town of Samaria, they did not  go for help from  Simon the sorcerer, nor did they yoked with him! They concentrated on their works and Simon saw the truth; the truth that sets the captive free!

9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.” After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages. (Acts 8)

Oh mortal man, fear your Immortal God! It is not everything you know that you teach your child; Oh mortal man, do not go beyond what you are supposed to know; Oh mortal man, do not seem so wiser than He who created you! Oh mortal man, remember God Almighty is Supreme! Oh mortal man, remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego  15.  Oh mortal man, remember, “You must be blameless before the Lord your God.” Oh mortal man, remember, God Almighty can give you all that you seek to get from the other side! Does He who created all that we see and placed gold in the earth lacks silver and gold?  19. Only believe!

Oh mortal man, avoid detestable practices! One day, God who created all, will order judgment for all!

“The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

7“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.” I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

 

Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

Epilogue: Invitation and Warning

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

18I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. (Revelation 22)

Oh mortal man, surrender your all to Jesus Christ!


HYMN

All to Jesus I surrender

Author: Judson W. Van De Venter (1896)

 All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
Refrain:
I surrender all, I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

2 All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine. [Refrain]

3 All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me. [Refrain]

 

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Sacrifice

 Do not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect or flaw in it, for that would be detestable to him.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 17 IN FOCUS)


Those who make good sacrifices in obedience and from a broken heart unto the Lord touch the heart of God and gets awesome repayment from the Lord! What have you been sacrificing unto the Lord? Remember God gave His best to us: Jesus Christ! Think of Cain and Abel! We live to serve God! We live to do something for God 23!  If even mortal men will not be happy with bad service, what about the Creator of all that we see? Do something from a good heart unto the Lord! Anything done anyhow will surely get anything anyhow!

“Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4)

Do something for God, and sacrifice something unto Him from a very good heart even if it hurts! God loves “4 those who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;” 33

In your journey of life oh mortal man, what sacrifices do you make to God? Let us never forget it took the selfless sacrifices of some people for the gospel to get to many places! Remember it took the sacrifices of some people for certain lives to have certain reliefs and joy! Remember it took the sacrifices of some people for some people to be rescued from perishing and death! Oh mortal man, God wants your good sacrifices; do something for God now! It might be too late tomorrow!

Remember Abraham! Sometimes God puts us to test, not because He wants something from us per se, but to prove our true worship, sincerity and loyalty! Such tests may  sometimes not look ‘funny’, ‘friendly’ or comfortable, but when we act with a willing and obedient heart, we surely see His true blessings! 11

 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

Who wants to sacrifice something unto God? Let it come from a  good and sincere heart! If you cannot sacrifice anything at all unto the Lord, sing praises unto His name from a sincere heart each day you see a new day! Today, do something for God! Today, touch the heart of Heaven!  Today, let your sacrifices count before God!

10Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.


HYMN

Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,

“Who will go and work today?”

Author: Daniel March (1868)

1 Hark, the voice of Jesus crying,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting;
Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the Master calls us,
rich reward He offers free;
who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I, send me, send me”?

 

2 If you cannot cross the ocean,
and the distant lands explore,
you can find the lost around you,
you can help them at your door.
If you cannot give your thousands,
you can give the widow’s mite;
what you truly give for Jesus,
will be precious in His sight.

3 If you cannot be the watchman
standing high on Zion’s wall,
pointing out the path to heaven,
off’ring life and peace to all,
with your pray’rs and with your bounties
you can do what heav’n demands;
you can be like faithful Aaron
holding up the prophet’s hands.

 

4 Let none hear you idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do,”
while the lost of earth are dying,
and the Master calls for you:
take the task He gives you gladly;
let His work your pleasure be;
answer quickly when He calls you,
“Here am I, send me, send me.”

 

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Remarkable days; The Passover…

 Observe the month of Aviv and celebrate the Passover of the Lord your God, because in the month of Aviv he brought you out of Egypt by night. Sacrifice as the Passover to the Lord your God an animal from your flock or herd at the place the Lord will choose as a dwelling for his Name.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 16 IN FOCUS)


Remember His crucifixion, oh mortal man, remember His crucifixion! Remember that night of Passover; remember the betrayer! Remember the blood that was shed on the cross to enable us cross to the ‘other side’! Remember! Remember! Remember! There is always a day we remember; there is always a moment we can never forget. There are different reasons and motives for remembering certain  days or moments, and we must never forget the end of ages in all our endeavors. God said to them,  “Observe the month of Aviv and celebrate the Passover of the Lord your God, because in the month of Aviv he brought you out of Egypt by night”

Remember the ‘Passover’, oh mortal man, and remember that it is not just in remembrance of the Exodus, but also His crucifixion, and more importantly, where His death took us from, and where His resurrection power is taking us to!

“17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread,the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.” (Matthew 26)

The Passover was not just remarkable day in the lives of the Israelites or the then people of His time, but also Jesus Christ! It was a critical moment; a moment to determine the betrayer; a moment to move into the final phase of His “arduous errand”. A moment for the real test of faith 46; a moment to finish the race 30; a moment to firmly establish His distinctive footprints, and a moment to live a lasting noble legacy for mankind 19!

The past is a good ” mirror ” for not just the present, but also and more importantly, the future! Just as we keep remembering the  “Passover “, so shall we see  His second coming, either now or a nearer tomorrow to come.

Who is without a speck of sin? Oh mortal man, do not forget, “23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” For  this reason God sent His only begotten son to make known to mankind that regardless of our unbelief and daily sins, there is redemption for us in Christ Jesus.

God created us all and almost all people do things because of God, but in the end, true  salvation shall only be found in His only begotten son Jesus Christ! In the end, salvation shall be for only those who accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior and lived according to His commands. They that truly believe in Him, even if they die, they die in the Lord.  “For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. ” (Romans 14 :8 – )

God said to them,  “12 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and follow carefully these decrees.”

We cannot expect, though  we may have believed in the Lord Jesus  Christ, to live any life at all and expect to secure our salvation in the end. ‘For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Romans 14:17). (Read Matthew 11:12).

We shall always remember certain days and moments. We shall always have remarkable days ; in all our remembrances, let us not forget the final day of accountability when the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more! “In the same way, after super he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me …”  (1 Corinthians 11 : 25) .

They that know what God has done for them always remember what God has done for them, and that always remind them of the goodness of the Lord and the reasons to stay for God no matter what, and in wait for His final promise: an awesome stay in Heaven above.

Remember the cross on which He was crucified! Remember the pain He endured!  Remember there is more to life than what we see! What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Oh mortal man, know that ye belong to an Immoral God Almighty! Oh mortal man, remember your Creator now!!! He said, ‘My appointed time is near’


HYMN

When I survey the wondrous cross

Author: Isaac Watts (1707)

1 When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ, my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them through his blood.

3 See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

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Canceling Debts…

 At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel any loan they have made to a fellow Israelite. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the Lord’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed. You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you. However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today. For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 15 IN FOCUS)


Fulfilling the commands of God can sometimes seem a paradox, but there is always blessings in obedience to God! How can you keep demanding from he who does not have and because of lack came to you for help?  God demanded them to cancel debts, but one would wonder, what if somebody owes me a huge some of money? God knows how to provide, oh ye mortal man; only trust and obey!

He said, “ ‘Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws, and you will live safely in the land. Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and live there in safety. You may ask, “What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?” I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years. 22While you plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and will continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year comes in.

There are many people who always seek pardon from God, but they do not know how to forgive! There are many people who always seek the prosperity of God, but they hold others in bondage because of certain ‘debts’! There are many people who want the blessings of God, but they always refuse to bless others! It is written, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.  He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Remember Zacchaeus the Tax Collector!

19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19)

Because of what others will say, many people will never do something for the sake of the Kingdom of God, but we always need to remember that the most dangerous debt is owing God a duty, even when He daily gives us free air to live and renews our strength each new day to continue the journey of life! Zacchaeus did it out of a broken heart! God said unto them,

“If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. 10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.” (Deuteronomy 15)

Remember oh mortal man, God knows your motive! Trust and obey!


HYMN

When we walk with the Lord

Author: John H. Sammis (1887)

 When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

 

2 Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]

 

3 But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]

 

4 Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]

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Tithes

22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. 23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: NUMBERS 14 IN FOCUS)


Who wants to give something to God, let it be a total submission unto the Lord! Who gives a tenth unto the Lord; let him not refuse God his whole life! Who seek to obey God? Let such a person be obedient in all things! The fundamental reason for tithing  is not just to obey God and fulfil the commands for blessings, but more importantly also, to make His house always have something to ‘cloth’ they that seek refuge in Him. God said, Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:10). Who wants to please God? Let such a person remain faithful in all things to the very end! 10

It was said to them to give a tenth of their produce, but we have more than a tenth to give: the totality of our all, our lives and our silver and gold! A good understanding that we are not owners, but only custodians of all that we have shall be a good understanding for us to dedicate all that we have unto the Lord, and for His total service! What do we have that we did not receive  7? What shall be the true relevance of all that we have to us when the life we have here on earth comes to an end ? 36 37

Because of the ‘tenth’ we give, we neglect who we truly are and the true service we ought to offer unto the Lord! “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18)

It is always a paradox when it comes to a total submission of our all unto the Lord! It would have been a simple thing for the young man if Jesus had demanded a portion of what he (the young man) had. “Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “ ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’c and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’d“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Remember Ananias and Sapphira 1 (Acts 5). God needed their all, but they thought just a portion would be okay!  God is not all that interested in our silver or gold, but a total dedication of our entire lives and all that make our entire lives unto Him; that in all our daily endeavor, we may remember that everything we do, in words, thoughts, actions  and deeds, is a dedication unto the Lord!

A tenth was not the interest of Jesus, but the souls! He came not to abolish the laws, but to strengthen them 17!  He said unto them 23“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” (Matthew 23)

“While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.b When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.  14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them. (Luke 5).

Because of the cost of dedicating our all unto the Lord, many people would never dedicate their all unto the Lord and His service! Will He who receives a tenth and give a tenths blessings not receive a whole and give a wholes blessings?  27Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19).

An absolute love for the world and all that is in it can be an absolute hatred for the Lord and a full hindrance to our total dedication unto the Lord! “As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9).

It is important to give a tenth, but do not ever neglect a dedication of the totality of your  life unto the Lord! Remember, Jesus Christ is coming again for not just those who gave a tenth unto the Lord, but their whole lives and their all unto Him! 21 22 23.


HYMN

Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,

“Who will go and work today?”

Author: Daniel March (1868)

1 Hark, the voice of Jesus crying,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting;
Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the Master calls us,
rich reward He offers free;
who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I, send me, send me”?

 

2 If you cannot cross the ocean,
and the distant lands explore,
you can find the lost around you,
you can help them at your door.
If you cannot give your thousands,
you can give the widow’s mite;
what you truly give for Jesus,
will be precious in His sight.

3 If you cannot be the watchman
standing high on Zion’s wall,
pointing out the path to heaven,
off’ring life and peace to all,
with your pray’rs and with your bounties
you can do what heav’n demands;
you can be like faithful Aaron
holding up the prophet’s hands.

 

4 Let none hear you idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do,”
while the lost of earth are dying,
and the Master calls for you:
take the task He gives you gladly;
let His work your pleasure be;
answer quickly when He calls you,
“Here am I, send me, send me.”

 

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Clean and unclean…

 You are the children of the Lord your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead, for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.

Do not eat any detestable thing

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 14 IN FOCUS)


Any person who knows where he or she is heading towards does not just go anywhere, speak anything, act any act, think any thought and do anything…

Jesus Christ said,  “Listen and understand. 11What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”. There are so many things we consider as clean and unclean in  our days. There are so many things we consider as right and wrongs! There are so many things we deem as pleasant to God, but…

In all things we must consider how solemn and pleasant whatever we do truly pleases God, and not just for our self gratification! Let not our service to the Lord be a vain service! He said, “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.”

We ought not to do anything at all, but things which pleases God and in accordance with His commands and will! It is written, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”. Wonderful people do wonderful things; let us therefore be clean enough to not just worship with our lips, but our entire lives, in truth and in Spirit! 

Faith makes many people take different steps and act in different ways all with the aim of pleasing God! We only need to do what truly pleases Him! We may consider one as clean and another as unclean; we may consider one as worshipping well and another as the otherwise, but let us note  Apostle Paul’s admonishing! He said,

1Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

5One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister ? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; ’ ” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died.

Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

 

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

There are weightier issues! Souls to save; the dying to be cared for; the perishing to be rescued… ! For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,… The disciples were offering Him food, but He had a different meal! “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work 34. Let us remember the zeal of Stephen in Acts 6 2.

When you bypass a sign post which tells you to limit your speed because you are  approaching a town, you know you are closer to the town; the more you draw closer to the town, all the more the sign post gets out of sight; in the same way when rainbow which is God’s sign never to destroy the earth with water again 12 begins to get out of the sight of mankind, you know mankind is closer to the judgment of fire; a day of eternal redemption or forever condemnation! A day of no excuses! If you want to know how the earth will look like on that day, consider volcano eruption 29  10 ! Let the clean continue to be clean and let the unclean continue to be unclean; judgment awaits them all!

“Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

Epilogue: Invitation and Warning

12“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

Do not just give your silver or gold, but your whole life to Jesus Christ!


HYMN 

Take my life and let it be

Author: Frances Ridley Havergal (1874)

1 Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
let them flow in endless praise.

 

2 Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.

 

3 Take my voice and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
filled with messages from thee.

4 Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.

5 Take my will and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.

6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.

 

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That prophet…

If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him

JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 13 IN FOCUS


One day a Christian, another something else! Hmm! One day on the Lord’s side, another day on the other side! Oh mortal man, for how long shall you serve God anyhow? Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?  Be careful of that prophet! The hymn writer,  John H, Sammis, wrote, ‘ When we walk with the Lord  in the light of his word,  what a glory he sheds on our way!  While we do his good will,  he abides with us still,  and with all who will trust and obey.’.

Be watchful, oh mortal man! Be vigilant oh pilgrim of life! Not every advice must you heed to, and not everything good is good for you! Obey God with care! Be watchful and discern! Peter thought he was doing a noble thing, “But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” 33

 “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left.  And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’ “One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’ “ ‘By what means?’ the Lord asked.

“ ‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. “ ‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’ “So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.” Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah went up and slapped Micaiah in the face. “Which way did the spirit from the Lord go when he went from me to speak to you?” he asked. Micaiah replied, “You will find out on the day you go to hide in an inner room.”

The king of Israel then ordered, “Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon the ruler of the city and to Joash the king’s son and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.’ ” 28Micaiah declared, “If you ever return safely, the Lord has not spoken through me.” Then he added, “Mark my words, all you people!” (1 Kings 22)

Remember that old prophet of Bethel in 1 Kings 13 and how he caused another to stumble  18, 21. The world has so many alluring ways of getting many people! Jesus Christ warned the disciples,  6“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 

Oh prophet, why thou prophesy good today and do evil tomorrow! Remember what God says in Ezekiel 13. 1. Do not follow the prophet, follow God! Do not believe in the prophet, believe in Jesus Christ! There are good prophets! There are good prophets who speak what God says, and do what God wants, only be careful of deceptive spirits that will lead you to had I known! Many lives are in the ditch because of deceptive prophesies! Many have done what is against the true will of God because of ‘those prophets’! Be careful of that prophet!

The Holy Spirit is still at work, and perfecting the perfect will of God in men! It is written, “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22reject every kind of evil.” God sees them; they that are leading the flock of God astray, and in the end they shall get their rewards accordingly! Many fall prey to false prophets because of life circumstances, but remember the hymn

 Courage, brother! do not stumble,
though your path be dark as night;
there’s a star to guide the humble:
trust in God, and do the right.
Let the road be rough and dreary,
and its end far out of sight;
foot it bravely; strong or weary,
trust in God, trust in God, trust in God,
and do the right.

2 Perish policy and cunning,
perish all that fears the light!
Whether losing, whether winning,
trust in God, and do the right.
Some will hate you, some will love you,
some will flatter, some will slight;
heed them not, and look above you:
trust in God, trust in God, trust in God,
and do the right.

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

That prophet was to be put to death in Deuteronomy, but it is written,  “judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.” 5. Draw closer to God and He shall lead you all the days! Meditate on His word under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and you shall know the truth which will set you free! Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and you shall be on the path to glory!

Remember, do not follow that prophet just because his words came to pass, if afterwards he is leading you astray; discern, 6! Oh prophet, do not rush for profit like Balaam 11. Be Elijah, who when all odds were against him, he still stood for God! Remember Elisha, who obeyed God in all his duty! Oh mortal man, fear God and give reverence to Him! Let His word be a lamp to your feet day and night! 105. Let us never forget, the dawn of the second coming of Jesus Christ is here; let nobody go astray! Be led by His word!


HYMN

Lord, Thy word abideth

Author: H. W. Baker (1861)

1 Lord, thy word abideth,
and our footsteps guideth;
who its truth believeth
light and joy receiveth.

2 When our foes are near us,
then thy word doth cheer us,
word of consolation,
message of salvation.

3 When the storms are o’er us,
and dark clouds before us,
then its light directeth,
and our way protecteth.

4 Who can tell the pleasure,
who recount the treasure
by thy word imparted
to the simple-hearted?

5 Word of mercy, giving
succour to the living;
word of life, supplying
comfort to the dying.

6 O that we discerning
its most holy learning,
Lord, may love and fear thee,
evermore be near thee!