Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Favorite Psalms!

Psalm 150

New King James Version (NKJV)

Let All Things Praise the Lord

150 Praise the Lord!

Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

I trust you enjoy this Psalms as much as I do!

Enjoy each day that the Good Lord grants us!

Counsels and Purposes of God.

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Counsels and Purposes of God Continued.

We are living in a world today that seems to need sound counsel and there is no better place to look than the Bible [ the book of truth ]. Today we are going to look and read what the Bible says about this subject.

1/ None can dis annul ———Isaiah 14:27

New King James Version (NKJV)

27 For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
And who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
And who will turn it back?”

2/ His counsel Shall be performed.——–Isaiah 14:24

24  The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying,

Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass;

And as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

3/ The suffering and death of Christ were according to His purpose and by His counsel.

Acts 2:23

Expanded Bible (EXB)

23 Jesus was ·given [handed over] to you, and ·with the help[L by the hands] of ·those who don’t know the law [or lawless ones; wicked people; C a reference to the Gentiles/Romans who crucified Jesus], you put him to death by nailing him to a cross. But this was ·God’s plan which he had made long ago[L according to God’s predetermined plan]; ·he knew all this would happen [L …and his foreknowledge].

Acts 4:28

Expanded Bible (EXB)

28 These people made your plan happen because of your ·power [L hand] and your ·will [purpose]. [or L They did whatever your hand and your purpose predestined/determined beforehand to be done.]

4/  Saints are called according to His purpose and by His counsel.

Romans 8:28

Expanded Bible (EXB)

28 We know that ·in everything God works [or God works everything together; or everything works together (see text note)] for the good of those who love him.[a] They are the people he called, ·because that was his plan [L …according to his purpose].

2 Timothy 1:9

Expanded Bible (EXB)

saved us and ·made us his holy people [L called us to a holy calling]. That was not because of anything we did ourselves but because of ·God’s [L his own] purpose and grace. That grace was given to us through Christ Jesus before ·time began[L eternal times],

5/ Union of the Saints is according to His purpose and counsel.

Ephesians 1:1 (KJV )

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:  Note the words by the will of God.

Home reading.—- Isaiah 25. —His words are faithful and true!

 

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VOICE OF GOD
While strolling today,
I was amazed at the beauty,
the beauty of creation around me.
The bright blue sky,
the snow covered branches,
the soaring hawk above,
and the squirel,
chattering beside me,
are all great blessings,
blessings for you and me.
In the book of Genesis,
we are told,
these things were spoke,
spoke into existance,
by the VOICE OF GOD.

Quickly Passed

Quickly Passed

 

2013 is here,

2012 has quickly passed,

as I get older,

I wonder how the days,

Days fly bye so fast.

It seems like yesterday,

That I was ten,

And my memory,

Well, it don’t remember,

Much from back then.

Back when I was a teen,

I thought that I was,

A fast, tough machine,

I would play hockey,

Half the night’

And dodge pucks,

And avoid fights.

Now I am older,

About Seventy-two,

My mind wonders back,

But the memories are few.

I remember one night,

A pastor was in town,

I heard a great sermon,

And my knees bent down,

And asked God for forgiveness,

And that He would,

Would turn my life around.

He did, He placed me,

From a broad road,

One leading straight down,

To a narrow road.

Praise God,

I am Heaven bound!

COUNSELS OF GOD

The Purposes and Counsels of God

1/ Jer.32:19—- Great in counsel, and mighty in work:
for thine eyes are upon all the ways of the sonsof men:
to give to everyone according to his ways,
and according to the fruit of his doings:

GREAT IS HIS COUNSEL!

2/ Isaiah 28:29—- This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts,
which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.

WONDERFUL IS HIS COUSEL!

3/ Psalms 33:11— The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever,
the thoughts of His heart to all generations.[ Heb.6:17- 19 ]

EVERLASTING IS HIS COUNSEL!

4/ Isaiah 40:13-14; Daniel 4:35

SOVEREIGN ARE HIS COUNSELS!

5/ Eph.3:11— according to the eternal purpose
which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

[ to be continued ]

Today’s Bible Reading!

John 1:1-14

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Deity of Jesus Christ

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [a]He was in the beginning with God.All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not [b]comprehend it.

The Witness John

There [c]came a man sent from God, whose name was John.[d]He came [e]as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. [f]He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

There was the true Light [g]which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His [h]own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were [i]born, not of [j]blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word became flesh, and [k]dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of [l]the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Worldly Pleasures and Amusements continued.

Worldly pleasures and amusements may lead to:

Job>21:14-15—-“They say to God, ‘Depart from us!
We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.
15 ‘[a]Who is [b]the Almighty, that we should serve Him,
And what would we gain if we entreat Him?’

Matthew Henry commentary for Job 21:7-16 is as follows:
“7-16 Job says, Remarkable judgments are sometimes brought upon notorious sinners, but not always. Wherefore is it so? This is the day of God’s patience; and, in some way or other, he makes use of the prosperity of the wicked to serve his own counsels, while it ripens them for ruin; but the chief reason is, because he will make it appear there is another world. These prospering sinners make light of God and religion, as if because they have so much of this world, they had no need to look after another. But religion is not a vain thing. If it be so to us, we may thank ourselves for resting on the outside of it. Job shows their folly.”
Worldly pleasures may lead to rejection of God!

Isaiah 5: Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine;
But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD,
Nor do they consider the work of His hands.

Amos 6: Woe to those who are at ease in Zion
And to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria,
The distinguished men of the foremost of nations,
To whom the house of Israel comes.
2 Go over to Calneh and look,
And go from there to Hamath the great,
Then go down to Gath of the Philistines.
Are [a]they better than these kingdoms,
Or is their territory greater than yours?
3 Do you put off the day of calamity,
And would you bring near the seat of violence?
4 Those who recline on beds of ivory
And sprawl on their couches,
And eat lambs from the flock
And calves from the midst of the stall,
5 Who improvise to the sound of the harp,
And like David have [b]composed songs for themselves,
6 Who drink wine from [c]sacrificial bowls
While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils,
Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph.

Worldly pleasures may lead to a disregard for the things of God!

Proverbs 14: 13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,
And the end of joy may be grief.

Proverbs 5:4
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.

Worldly wisdom and pleasure can lead us into sorrow and destruction!

The Snow Drift

The Snow Drift

There is a large snow drift,

In front of the large tree,

The large tree in front of the house.

There are no tracks in sight,

Except those of a wee little mouse.

My mind wonders back,

Back about sixty years,

When I was twelve,

And without many fears.

There were no snow plows,

Like we have today,

And we would walk,

and wade deep snow,

and play along the way.

Sometimes we would get stuck,

And lose our rubber boots,

And we would laugh,

And go get our skates,

Our hockey sticks and pucks.

Our spiritual life,

Is much the same,

And we get bogged down,

In the worlds snow drifts,

And we get discouraged,

And we get tired,

Tired as we try to honor,

Honor His Holy name.

Then I remember,

Remember His promise,

A promise, we can claim;

He will never leave us,

Or forsake us

And He is always the same.

[  by Winston Staples ]

A Favorite Bible Chapter!

ROMANS EIGHT:

New King James Version (NKJV)

Free from Indwelling Sin

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Sonship Through the Spirit

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

From Suffering to Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[b] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to Hispurpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to beconformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[c]

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.