Mathew 25

Matthew 25:  Jesus speaking to His disciples about the end times.  Parables,  stories,  whatever, people have tried to understand  this chapter forever.

So lets take a non-denominational look:

Wise and foolish virgins:   Oil for their lamps.

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Let no man deceive you. ..

Let no man deceive you. ..

2 Thessalonians 2:3

Let no man deceive you by any means:

Paul was warning people not to be mislead about the Day of the Lord. …that people would fall away from the true Gospel and follow the false Prophet.

Today we need to be warned against non believing, believers.  Who are these people. …Those who have tried it all and not succeeded.   They love the Lord but really, “He doesn’t do that Biblical mumbo-jumbo anymore.   We are much too intelligent to believe in signs, wonders and miracles.

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God so loved the world; do you?

God so loved the world

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God loved the world….not just those of us who have chosen to receive Him but everyone.  It grieves me when I hear the unsaved say a loving God wouldn’t send so many to hell.  My good out ways the bad.

How do we convince the World?
John 13:35
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

If we learn to love as the Lord loves, perhaps we will see and experience His glory.

John 17:22-24
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:   I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

What is this glory….it is explained various ways:
●    Abundance, wealth, treasure, and hence honour
●    Honour, dignity
●    Splendour, brightness, majesty
●    The glorious moral attributes, the infinite
perfections of  God.
●    The bliss of heaven
●     “Give God the praise”  is an adjuration to confess. They    are equivalent to, “Confess that you are an impostor,” “Give God the glory by speaking the truth;” for they denied that a miracle had been wrought.   John 9:24  (they did not believe the healed blind man)

Give God the glory. …SPEAK THE TRUTH. ..live the truth. ..if we could learn to love like Jesus.   That means be willing to accept their sickness,  accept their fears, failures….love unconditionally.

Be willing to die for them.  (whosoever needs what we have to give).   Are you willing to die or get cancer be lame or blind.  When we are I believe we will see signs, wonders and miracles.

John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Lord help me to be that man.

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I am the Lord that healeth thee

I am the Lord that healeth thee

Exodus 15:26
King James Version (KJV)
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

Do any of us realize what this scripture promises?  Can we truthfully say we walk in it?  I know I fail at it.

Diligently = characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort : painstaking

Hearken = to give respectful attention

I am not always steady, earnest and energetic in my study of the Word.  I am afraid that I’m haphazard,  sloppy and slovenly in my study. Respectful attention?   Do I ever really hear His heart?  Then act accordingly?

I believe that we all are a little disappointing to the Lord.  He offers us the world and we settle for a postage stamp.  He offers us health and we suffer from unbelief.  Miracles, signs and wonders.

We wonder why He no longer acts.  We must learn to “hearken diligently”….Become serious about serving The Lords will…not our own.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14
King James Version (KJV)
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.  

And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.  And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow,  And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Lord, please help me to be a man after your heart.  Help me to be obedient to Your will and walk in Your ways.  May I be a vessel that You can use to increase Your Kingdom.

That is my prayer for all who love Him…but so many of us live in the following 55 verses on this chapter.   Lord help us to “HEARKEN DILIGENTLY” to Your voice.

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that they may not understand

These were Gods words when He came down to see the city and tower the people were building.
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Lost NC. – Lost Souls

https://www.dropbox.com/s/q3kyezbq14nc793/NC%20lost.pdf

When I see the once loved and cared for….I hope our Spirits are faring better.

 

Anyone guess what kind of farm this was?

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these signs shall follow them that believe; (Really?) 2


Signs that should be following you, me and everyone else who believes that Jesus Christ is Lord:

  • We should cast out devils
  • Lay hands on the sick and they shall recover
  • Speak with new tongues
  • Take up serpents
  • Drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them

Wow, what a list….since I’ve been saved. I speak with new tongues,  I have laid hands on the sick….most have recovered….some have gone on to the Lord.   Continue reading

these signs shall follow (Really? )

There are a lot of promises in the Bible that, as Christians, we want to believe and walk in but it is hard to when we rarely see results.
Here are a few of the troublesome  scriptures:
Mark 16
“these signs shall follow them that believe;
Mark 11
Have faith in God.   For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Luke 8
Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
The common denominator is BELIEVE:
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God,  He died for my sins and rose from the dead to save us.   That is good, it means we are saved but it is not enough.
So what does Jesus say?
Matthew 17:20-21
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Because of unbelief;   how can this be?  I believe,  help my unbelief.   Confusing isn’t it, if we fast today all we hear is be careful,  drink plenty of water…..you can’t go with out food, it’ll make you sick.
Let me say most of this is good advice.  Does it line up with the word? No.  The scriptures tell us of Moses, at least twice going 40 days without food or water.
Daniels twenty-one day fast.  Jesus,  40 days, also 3 day, 14 day fasts.
How can this be?
Psalm 65:4
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
We are the people God has chosen, He will cause whosoever will to draw near and those who do will be satisfied with Gods goodness.  So we find Gods supply to those who draw close.
I’ve fasted, prayed and I find that alot of things are still impossible for me.  Something is wrong with my belief. ..Gods word is true….why isn’t it working? Does He no longer watch over His Word to proform it?
This series will endeavor to unravel the mysteries.

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King Saul and Samson – men of God? Nope

When we think of these two men,  who were used mightily by the Lord.  It is natural to think of them as Godly men.   After all one was the first King of Israel, who led them to many victories   and the other was one of   Israels  most famous Judges, who did many mighty exploits.

They were not Mighty Men of God but men God used mightily.    Let me explain:

Samson s parents were approached by an angel of the Lord,  told though barren, they would have a child.  A Nazarene,  don’t ever cut his hair, eat only special food and drink.   They were obedient,  the child grew, the Spirit of the Lord came upon him and he did mighty exploits.   He delivered Israel from many enemies.

Then we have King Saul,   made the first King of Israel because of his hight and looks.  Anointed of the Lord who made him a new man, while God gave him a new heart.  He led Israel to many victories.

You might ask, why are these not great men of God then?

Neither of these men had a real personal relationship with the Lord and did not realize when the Spirit of the Lord left them.   Their concerns were being dissed and revenge.

When we study the life of David, we find a man after Gods heart.   Who when confronted with his sin,  cried out:  “Take not your Holy Spirit away from me.”

A truly Godly man knows and fears grieving the Spirit.  He is quick to repent and longs for the fellowship of the Lord.

 

Signs of an Apostle

 

2 Corinthians 12:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

The signs of an Apostle:    What a concept?   Is there a way to prove if someone is an Apostle?  What are these signs?

◆      Something that is recognized by people (seen)

◆     Something done with patience (love, the fruit of the Spirit)

◆     Signs (supernatural)

◆     Wonders (unknowable)

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II The True Church

 

The true Church is first:

◆   Built on the revelation knowledge that Jesus is the only       begotten Son of God, He is alive and well today and sits at the right hand of the Father.

◇   We are saved by His blood and grace

What is the purpose of the Church?

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Christian,  who can you trust?

 

A nameless Man of God, (MOG), Only mentioned in one chapter of the Bible is our subject today.   He appeared in 1 Kings 13.

 

God sent him from the tribe of Judah to speak with the King of Israel,  Jeroboam: whose name means “he that opposes the people. ” or one who leads his people to sin. Continue reading

Why do you believe in Salvation? 

 

Romans 10:9

King James Version (KJV)

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

This Scripture is the cornerstone of our Salvation. We believe Jesus was a virgin born, God/man, who lived a sinless life.  Died on a cross for our sins, buried and three days later rose from the dead.  Is in heaven now at the right hand of the Father. Through Jesus the Father finds us guiltless and sons of God.

 

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6. Concerning Spiritual Gifts

In this section,  I will be giving a lot of scriptures. …
For to one is given by the Spirit discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues.

For the best example of discerning of Spirits, we need to look at King Saul. ..

He couldn’t decern but those around him could.

1 Samuel 16:14  King James Version (KJV)
But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.

1 Samuel 16:15  King James Version (KJV)
And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

1 Samuel 19:20. King James Version (KJV)
And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.

1 Samuel 28:3. King James Version (KJV)
Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him i Continue reading

Parable of the talents

We think of the parable of the talents as being a financial (responsible with God’s money) or physical talent, (play piano, sing for the Lord).  I have come to a radical conclusion.  Continue reading

these signs shall follow them that believe;

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In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

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5. Concerning Spiritual Gifts.,

brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

For to one is given by the Spirit, prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

prophecy:

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

The gifts where we speak;  Lord help me are the scariest gifts to work.  Perhaps it is a lack of faith on my part.  I love to preach the Word of God, share the promises o f God but jump out there to say thus says the Lord; interpret tongues.

I just don’t think the Spirit has annointed me in this area.  I am more than confident to proclaim the truth of His written word but the other is a limb that scares me.

Definition of Prophesy and Prophets:

“Prophet

The ordinary Hebrew word for prophet is nabi, derived from a verb signifying “to bubble forth” like a fountain; hence the word means one who announces or pours forth the declarations of God. The English word comes from the Greek p Continue reading

Gifts of God

The gifts of God are many and varied.  From victory in war to land, to rest for the people.   New heart for King Saul, wisdom, understanding and Continue reading

Will you live to be 120 years old?

After the flood God promised man a lifespan of 120 years.   Moses dies at 120, eyesight not dimmed, strength not diminished.

I said what’s up God, I’m only 60, I can’t see worth a flip and strength,  whose kidding who?

Gods answer:    Bill if you would get off the couch,  walk the desert for 40 years eating only what I supply……(nuff said).

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4. Now concerning spiritual gifts,

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”       Benjamin Franklin

 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

For to one is given by the Spirit, the working of miracles;

God had His reasons for the gifts of the Spirit. In Isaiah 41:20.  

That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
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