December 5, 2015

Proverbs 16:25King James Version (KJV)

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

January 18, 2013

Hope From the Spirit of God

As I was reading the story of Noah and the Ark to my children yesterday, something really amazing stood out to me.   After being on the Ark for about eleven months, Noah sent out a raven and a dove to see if they could find dry land. The raven was apparently able to feed on the carrion floating on the water and to find some place to rest, presumably in the mountains or on the top of the Ark, so he never returned, but, because there was no nesting places and no vegetation for food, the dove came back. I can imagine that Noah and his family were growing weary of being cooped up with all of those animals.  The Ark had already come to rest on Mt Ararat and they were just sitting there waiting.  They longed for dry land.  They may have even been discouraged and questioning what exactly God was doing. On the 271st day Noah sent out the dove again, and it came back with the olive leaf. They must have been really excited when that happened. Seven days later he sent out the dove yet again, and it did not come back. They still had to wait even longer until the land dried up, but now they had hope that it would.

       This story reminded me of John chapter fourteen when Jesus Christ promises to send His disciples a comforter.  In the Scripture, the dove represents the Holy Spirit.  When Jesus told His disciples that He was going away, His disciples were very sad and distraught.  They did not know what to do or where to turn.  He tells them, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also"  (John 14:1-3).  And then in verse sixteen and following, He says to them, "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you" (John 14:16-18).  This is when they received HOPE.  They knew He would keep His word and they could trust Him.  Just as Noah and his family received hope that things would work out, the Disciples also received hope that all would work out.

       The Holy Spirit is there to give us hope as well.  Through Him, we have hope of being sanctified in this life.  He gives us love, joy, peace, long suffering, goodness, gentleness, faith, meekness, and temperance, and so much more.  Through Him, we also receive help to dwell together in unity (Ephesians 4:3).  We have through Him the hope for the "Day of Redemption" (Ephesians 4:30) when we will see the "Day of Promise" (Ephesians 1:13-14) for which we are sealed by Him.  There is so much He will do for us if we yield ourselves to Him.  Today, thank God for His Spirit.  Thank Him for giving us a glorious hope.  May God richly bless you today.

January 15, 2013

To Be Or Not To Be

Did you know that there are 1050 commandments in the New Testament?  I've been studying these for several months now and it is fascinating to see all that is expected of Bible believers.  Of course, works do not save us as we all should know, but as James states, works follow true conversion.  With all that I am commanded to do, how could I have time to worry about what my neighbor is doing or not doing?  This is our problem:  we love to gossip and we are hypocrites.  We hold others to a higher standard than we hold ourselves.  Not long ago, a member of our church was slandering our pastor and his wife to a non-member of our church.  There are so many reasons why that behavior is despicable.  The point however is this:  Would that member think it okay for our pastor and his wife to speak of them in the way that they were speaking of the pastor and his wife?  My challenge to you today and every day is to be what God wants you to be.  If you would like to know what to be, there is a list below of what the Holy Spirit tells us to be and will equip us to be.  There is also a list of what not to be.  Take heed my friends.  When we see ourselves as the dust that we really are, we have no reason to glory in ourselves, save in the cross of Christ.  May God richly bless you today.


Seventy-four "Be's":

  1. Be exceeding glad (MATTHEW 5:12)
  2. Be reconciled to a brother (MATTHEW 5:24)
  3. Be perfect (MATTHEW 5:48; 2 CORINTHIANS 13:11)
  4. Be wise as serpents (MATTHEW 10:16)
  5. Be harmless as doves (MATTHEW 10:16)
  6. Be ready for Christ's coming (MATTHEW 24:44; LUKE 12:40)
  7. Be content with your wages (LUKE 3:14)
  8. Be merciful as God (LUKE 6:36)
  9. Be like faithful servants (LUKE 12:36)
  10. Be thankful (COLOSSIANS 3:15)
  11. Be at peace among selves (1 THESSALONIANS 5:13)
  12. Be patient toward all people (1 THESSALONIANS 5:14; 2 TIMOTHY 2:24)
  13. Be no partaker of sin (1 TIMOTHY 5:22)
  14. Be sober and hope (1 PETER 1:13)
  15. Be sober and pray (1 PETER 4:7)
  16. Be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, charity, and patience (aged men, TITUS 2:2)
  17. Be sober, love husbands and children (young women, TITUS 2:4)
  18. Be sober minded (young men, TITUS 2:6)
  19. Be in behaviour as becoming to saints (aged women, TITUS 2:3)
  20. Be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient (young women, TITUS 2:5)
  21. Be ready to give an answer of the hope that is in you (1 PETER 3:15)
  22. Be of good cheer (JOHN 16:33)
  23. Be baptized (ACTS 2:38)
  24. Be converted (ACTS 3:19)
  25. Be transformed (ROMANS 12:2)
  26. Be kind of brotherly love one to another (ROMANS 12:10; EPHESIANS 4:32)
  27. Be fervent in spirit (ROMANS 12:11)
  28. Be patient in tribulation (ROMANS 12:12)
  29. Be given to hospitality (ROMANS 12:13)
  30. Be afraid, if lawless (ROMANS 13:4)
  31. Be no idolater (1 CORINTHIANS 10:7)
  32. Be followers of Paul as he followed Christ (1 CORINTHIANS 11:1; PHILIPPIANS 3:17)
  33. Be followers of God (EPHESIANS 5:1)
  34. Be followers of the faithful and patient (HEBREWS 6:12)
  35. Be children in malice (1 CORINTHIANS 14:20)
  36. Be men in understanding (1 CORINTHIANS 14:20)
  37. Be steadfast (1 CORINTHIANS 15:58)
  38. Be unmovable (1 CORINTHIANS 15:58)
  39. Be always abounding in God's work (1 CORINTHIANS 15:58)
  40. Be strong in the Lord (1 CORINTHIANS 16:13; EPHESIANS 6:10; 2 TIMOTHY 2:1)
  41. Be of good comfort (2 CORINTHIANS 13:11)
  42. Be of one mind (ROMANS 12:16; 2 CORINTHIANS 13:11; PHILIPPIANS 2:2; 1 PETER 3:8)
  43. Be separate from the unclean (2 CORINTHIANS 6:17)
  44. Be renewed in spirit (EPHESIANS 4:23)
  45. Be angry and sin not (EPHESIANS 4:26)
  46. Be tender-hearted one to another (EPHESIANS 4:32)
  47. Be filled with the Spirit (EPHESIANS 5:18)
  48. Be like minded (PHILIPPIANS 2:2)
  49. Be one of accord (PHILIPPIANS 2:2)
  50. Be anxious for nothing (PHILIPPIANS 4:6)
  51. Be an example to believers in word, conversation, charity, spirit, faith, and purity (1 TIMOTHY 4:12)
  52. Be a partaker of Christian sufferings (2 TIMOTHY 1:8; cp. 1 PETER 4:1)
  53. Be gentle to all people (2 TIMOTHY 2:24)
  54. Be apt to teach (2 TIMOTHY 2:24
  55. Be instant in season, out of season (2 TIMOTHY 4:2)
  56. Be careful to maintain good works (TITUS 3:8,14; cp. MATTHEW 5:16)
  57. Be content with what you have (HEBREWS 13:5)
  58. Be doers of the Word (JAMES 1:22)
  59. Be afflicted and mourn (JAMES 4:9)
  60. Be patient till Christ comes (JAMES 5:7-8)
  61. Be holy in conversation (behaviour) (1 PETER 1:15-16)
  62. Be pitiful (1 PETER 3:8)
  63. Be courteous (1 PETER 3:8)
  64. Be examples of the flock of God, not lord over it (1 PETER 5:3)
  65. Be subject one to another (1 PETER 5:5)
  66. Be clothed with humility (1 PETER 5:5)
  67. Be sober (1 PETER 5:8)
  68. Be vigilant (1 PETER 5:8)
  69. Be mindful of prophecies and command­ments (2 PETER 3:2)
  70. Be diligent to be found in peace (2 PETER 3:14)
  71. Be diligent to be without spot, and blameless (2 PETER 3:14)
  72. Be faithful to death (REVELATION 2:10)
  73. Be watchful, strengthen self (REVELATION 3:2)
  74. Be zealous and repent (REVELATION 3:19)

Thirty "Be Not's":

  1. Be not like the hypocrites in prayer (MATTHEW 6:5)
  2. Be not like the heathen in prayer (MATTHEW 6:8)
  3. Be not as hypocrites in fasting (MATTHEW 6:16)
  4. Be not called "Rabbi" (MATTHEW 23:8)
  5. Be not called "Master" (MATTHEW 23:9)
  6. Be not afraid of man (LUKE 12:4)
  7. Be not of doubtful mind (LUKE 12:29)
  8. Be not many teachers (JAMES 3:1)
  9. Be not afraid of terror (1 PETER 3:14)
  10. Be not troubled (1 PETER 3:14)
  11. Be not ignorant of time with God (2 PETER 3:8; cp. ISAIAH 57:15)
  12. Be not deceived: 10 classes not to inherit the kingdom (1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-10)
  13. Be not conformed to world (ROMANS 12:2)
  14. Be not slothful in business (ROMANS 12:11)
  15. Be not conceited (ROMANS 12:16)
  16. Be not overcome of evil (ROMANS 12:21)
  17. Be not mere servants of men (1 CORINTHIANS 7:23)
  18. Be not children in understanding (1 CORINTHIANS 14:20)
  19. Be not deceived by evil companions (1 CORINTHIANS 15:33)
  20. Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers (2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-15)
  21. Be not entangled again with keeping the law (GALATIANS 5:1)
  22. Be not deceived: man will reap what he sows (GALATIANS 6:7-8)
  23. Be not partakers with sinners (EPHESIANS 5:7)
  24. Be not unwise about God's will (EPHESIANS 5:17)
  25. Be not drunk with wine (EPHESIANS 5:18)
  26. Be not weary in well doing (2 THESSALONIANS 3:13)
  27. Be not ashamed of God (2 TIMOTHY 1:8)
  28. Be not slothful (HEBREWS 6:12)
  29. Be not forgetful of strangers (HEBREWS 13:2)
  30. Be not carried about with different strange doctrines (HEBREWS 13:9)
 Source: ‘Dake's Study Notes'