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Bobby R. Edwards

2. Incorruption vs. Corruption

September 21, 2020

Matt. 12: 22-30/Mark 3:20-25/

A Divided Nation is a Fallen Nation

“Evangelicals and POTUS make strange Bedfellows”, admittedly was not the best title for the previous blog. Moreover, I do get it; it’s offensive to some readers, particularly if you happen to be an Evangelical and you know it, and you take great pride in that. While my blog was not meant to offend, I am not surprised that it did. One person did leave an interesting, he said ‘annnd blocked’. That is probably a Facebook friend I will never get back. I spoke about a few things that are going on all around us in this country, which is our right. Therefore, I am compelled to raise my voice; I have been silent way long enough. The is about more than political parties, it’s about the love and peace of God being shared freely with every human being on the planet. Salvation did not cost my a penny, neither should cost anyone else Politicians have been trying to fix this world’s problems throughout history unsuccessfully.
Matthew 10: 5 “5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, [c]raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food. 11 “Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. 12 And when you go into a household, greet it. 13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.”
Ephesians 4:11 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of THE STATURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
John 18: 33 “Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then? “Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.”
All my life I have experienced corruption on one level or another. The first 26 years of my life having been spent with nothing but what The Apostle describe as ‘the works of the flesh’, were not as evident to me as they are now. I have seen it in the eyes of some of the least likely folks. Christians, whose anarchistic behavior is completely out of control. We all possess this weakness to some degree, and those who would deny this are on a much higher plain. Christ made available an arsenal of weapons we can us to combat narcissism. I do realize that most Christians see have been made aware of what we have In Him when it comes to what has been brought to the table by Christ completed work on the cross. These are just a reminder:
2 Corinthians 10:1 “Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled 7 Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s. 8 For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave [c]us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed— 9 lest I seem to terrify you by letters. 10 “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” 11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present. 12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ;”

1. Evangelicals and POTUS make strang Bedfellows

August 30, 2020

(NKJV UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED)

2nd Timothy 3: 16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

First, I want to make this clear; whether you agree with it or not, your amen will not make it any less true. Keep in mind, and this is not my truth, it’s the truth that is all around us that many refuse to acknowledge. The present-day church known as The Body of Christ has allowed us to become as corrupt and divided as our Government. In fact, if it were not for the evangelical voters, Hillary Clinton would be our President. We may have an entirely different set of issues in The White House, but I’m sure nothing like we are witnessing today. The Revelation of Jesus is unfolding right before our eyes, and I am confident that she would have swiftly and immediately responded to this pandemic and listened to science. Christians are still trying to speak to the virus and send it back to the pit of hell from whence they believe it came. However, it did not come from hell; it was born out of sin and corruption. In the Old and New Testaments, we see miraculous signs consistently. Have you not ever wondered why we don’t? We are not like those men and women because we are a church and a nation puffed up with too much pride, and a president with very little humility. He has the audacity to intimate there will be a vaccine for COVID-19 before a special day (11/03/20), only for political purposes. For the most part, today’s church has (“the mo money blues blues”). I want to be clear; not all churches have sold their souls just to be in his orbit. Some evangelicals know more about the Republican Party than they know about their Bibles. TV Evangelist that I had so much respect for, that I listened to and admired for decades has flipped the script on me. That is why Trump has gained the evangelical vote so easily. Billionaire businesspeople should be leading us to a prosperous and healthy America. But it seems prosperity in this country is reserved for to topheavy few:

 

Ephesians 4:11 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

This administration would not be creating such a big stink about mail-in voting. Trump’s biggest fear is that people will see through his cellophane veneer and vote. Look at us four years later. Is America Great Again? Is it, really? Our country always touts about being a superpower, the greatest nation in the world, as if we should be in some sort of competition. Our Heavenly Father placed us here to walk according to the things of the spirit, not of the flesh. We are here to do His will, not our own. When our sinful nature is unchecked, we are prone to adultery, fornication, backbiting, and hatred; we open ourselves up to a spirit of delusion. The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church in Galatia. They were very close to falling out of God’s grace by listening to godless men feeding them disinformation and half-baked truths. These are a few of his words:

Galatians 5: 19 “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

Donald Trump has shown nothing but contempt for Christian values. We know that Trump is an adulterer; while his current wife was pregnant, he cheated on her. These are works of the flesh, not of the spirit, maybe an unregenerated spirit, but not one born of The Spirit of God. Let us skip to the word lewdness because I know some will defend this man by saying, “well, maybe he didn’t know Jesus then,” or “well, we all sin.” Yes, we do sin from time to time. However, 1st John 1: 9 instructs us to confess our sins, and we will be forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness. That means we have right standing or in a right relationship with God, and we strive to do the right thing. Donald Trump has publicly admitted that he has never asked God for forgiveness, so how can he be in a right relationship with Him? Nevertheless, there are Christians who want this man to lead this country for another four years, and have us believe that he is an ambassador of Christ.

Ephesians 4: 29 “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

The word ‘corrupt’ in verse 29 in the original Greek from the Thayer Definition: ‘sapros’ meaning:
1) rotten, putrefied
2) corrupted by one and no longer fit for use, worn out
3) of poor quality, bad, unfit for use, worthless

Matthew 23: 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”

Jesus said these things a most important but always neglected when it came to the religious leaders and the Roman Government to whom the Jews were accountable. These three words were still cast aside like pearls before swine, “justice and mercy and faith.”
I want you to have an idea of what our LORD Jesus, the Kings of all King meant when He used those words:

1. (Strong’s #2920 — Noun Feminine — krisis — kree’-sis ): primarily denotes “a separating,” then, “a decision, judgment,” most frequently in a forensic sense, and especially of Divine “judgment.” For the variety of its meanings, with references, see CONDEMNATION, B, No. 3.
Notes: (1) The Holy Spirit, the Lord said, would convict the world of (peri, “in respect of”), i.e., of the actuality of, God’s “judgment,” John 16:8,11 . Cp. 2 Thessalonians 1:5 . (2) In Romans 2:5 the word dikaiokrisia, “righteous judgment,” combines the adjective dikaios, “righteous,” with krisis, the two words which are used separately in 2 Thessalonians 1:5 .

Romans 3:13 “Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (KJV)

2nd Timothy 2: 22 “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

2nd Timothy 3: 1 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” 

It’s so strange that Evangelical Christians are turning to this man when we should be getting as far away from him as possible, but that’s just my opinion, take it or leave it.

The Apostle Paul wrote these words by inspiration of the Spirit of God to his spiritual son Timothy, who was now responsible for a flock of his own. Being responsible for others is no small matter and not be taken lightly. The flock looks to the Pastor or Government for mature leadership, not dictatorship, nor authoritarianism. Whether you are a Christian or not, these principles should be applied across the board, that is, if you want a successful congregation or business.

In 2nd Tim. 2: 22 Paul wrote, “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness.” Of course, as Christians growing up is essential to our relationship with Christ. He is always calling us up higher. Often we do not listen because we want to hang on to the lust of the flesh. However, if we want to walk with Him, we must desire the things He desires for us, maturity.” To be continued…

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24. On Faith, foolishness, and presumption (NKJV UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED)

April 12, 2020

24. This post was born out of a group text with some friends of mine.

Coming from a place of love.

Matt. 5: 44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Thayer Definition: perfect=teleios, which means:

1) brought to its end, finished
2) wanting nothing necessary to completeness
3) perfect
4) that which is perfect
4a) consummate human integrity and virtue
4b) of men
4b1) full grown, adult, of full age, mature

My wife and I were in Smart & Final the other night and saw the cutest thing. A young mother and her tiny (maybe 3 yr. old daughter) both wearing masks because of the virus. We were wearing gloves and a mask. The little girl pointed at me and Karla saying “look Mommy, they have a mask too.” Obviously, at her age, she didn’t really understand the gravity of the situation, but her mother did and so did we. They wouldn’t know this, but I’m a 66-year-old man, diabetic, had a liver transplant about 15 years ago, kand will be taking meds that have compromised my immune system for the rest of my life. Physically, this me a health risk.

I am literally for a candidate for COVID-19. I have no desir3×2ir to prove to anyone how strong my faith is in the finished work of our LORD Jesus Christ because:


He has us covered every which way but loose. However, I’ve had a few colds and the flu a couple of times since becoming a Christian and I’m fairly certain you have too. Henceforth, how I feel about Donald Trump and his handling of this pandemic is not the issue. What bothers me is some Christians propagate the idea that they are above it all. Much of what we see worldwide is the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. Que sera sera, whatever will be will be. I respect the CDC and the cautions they are asking us to take. My true concern is that little girl, her mother, and respecting their boundaries as well as mine. Christians let’s get real, if you’ve dealt with allergies, colds and or the flu, you don’t walk on water. God forbid that I should be the reason that child or anyone else was infected by COVID-19 because I believe I’m covered by the blood of Christ. I used the analogy of Matthew 5 because I believe Jesus was teaching all of God’s kids to be wise as serpents but harmless as a dove.
This pandemic for me is not about fear mongering or being paranoid. I have no fear of death at all, I think those who know me have heard me say so on several occasions. But I am concerned about people who may not have the same faith as myself. I practice social distancing out of faith which works by love. I want to take Trump out of the equation because the Bible says:

Psalm 118:8 “It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in princes.

I try to keep my ideology regarding politics to myself because they could cause division between members of the Body of Christ…my family. In conclusion, everyone just stay safe and stay in love. As far as one-world government is concerned, the bible says it’s going to happen whether we like it or not, why? Because God is omniscient and He said these things will happen. We can plead the blood until the cows come home, no matter what we do, His Word will always come to pass and there is nothing we can do about. Even so, if we are still here when prophecies from the book of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and the Book of Revelation come to pass, we will be affected. That’s the rain falling down on the just as well as the unjust.
I love my family, the body of Christ…peace out.

 

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Also, please cheerfully give your financial gifts to this orphanage, large or small to Pastor Henry Lubega @ Reach A Hand Children’s Ministry And Orphanage: Or use wave.com a quick and easy way to send money to Africa. You will need this phone no. +256703678764

You can also purchase anything from Amazon.com or Target.com through this website.

23. Eph. 5: 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us (NKJV) (Unless otherwise indicated

April 9, 2020

The Cost of Discipleship

Ephesians 4: 29 “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Ephesians 5: 1 “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

I want to start this post by saying, there a are few things in this life we have control over. For instance, with this current pandemic (COVID-19) affecting our world today. Some Christians seem to think that because we are children of God, we won’t be harmed by an earthquake, or a tornado, or even a tsunami. We tend to think because we are saints, we can just plead the blood of Christ, pray in the name of Jesus, and all calamities will just pass us by. Well, I’m about to say something many of you will not want to hear, but first, let’s have a word from our LORD Jesus.

Matt. 5: 44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

For many of us, it’s so hard to love someone who’s mistreated you. It’s even hard for some Christians to love at all. Even those who hold the title of Apostles, Prophets, Preachers, Teachers, and Evangelist. So don’t look at me as if I’m speaking some type of heresy…you know this is true. Jesus called them hypocrites and vipers. But that is not what I want to focus on. In Matthew 5: 45, he said: “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” The LORD is comparing unbelievers with Believers. If an unbeliever and a Believer stood outside on a sunny day or a rainy day, they both will feel the sun on their skin and get wet in the rain. Yes, we do have the promises of our heavenly Father in our corner, however, we need to discern what is faith, foolishness, or presumption.

Matt. 4: 5 “Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” 7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”

Christians and non-Christians are dying all over the world because of the coronavirus. It’s invisible to the naked eye. When it comes to sunlight or rain, you have a certain amount of control; just don’t go outside. The sun nor the rain does not discriminate between ethnicity, culture, or religion. It is easy to avoid the sun and rain because of our senses. On the other hand, this virus cannot be discerned by our senses, at least not until we’re experiencing the symptoms.

Even Jesus implied that it would not be a good idea to put His Father to the test. That was His faith speaking. He would be foolish to presume that just because He was the Son of God angels would catch Him in mid-air. The same is true of us as Christians, and very few of us have come close to actually imitating the Son of God…let’s just be honest. This virus is real. Therefore, do not put the LORD our God to the test. Wash your hands one hundred times a day if need be, practice social distancing, and if you must go out, wear some type of covering for your nose and mouth, and wear gloves also if you have them. Avoid large gatherings such as Church, trust me, it will not diminish your faith in any way. In fact, by practicing these things we show just how much our faith is working by love. Study your Bible; especially Romans 14. Paul explains in a nutshell that by you showing off how great your faith is can cause your brother whose faith may not be as strong to stumble. In other words, just because you are not sick doesn’t mean you can’t contaminate someone else and get them sick. Now, I will sandwich this post with these words, and for the love of  God,,,stay safe.

Ephesians 4: 29 “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

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Colorstreet.com/NailingIntoTheSunset

FACEBOOK: To Join Karla’s Group
Nailing Into The Sunset – Karla’s Nail Party

Also, please cheerfully give your financial gifts to this orphanage, large or small to Pastor Henry Lubega @ Reach A Hand Children’s Ministry And Orphanage: Or use wave.com a quick and easy way to send money to Africa. You will need this phone no. +256703678764

You can also purchase anything from Amazon.com or Target.com through this website.

NON-MEDICAL GRADE ACTIVATED CARBON FILTER FACE MASK

April 8, 2020

I just found out today that Amazon.com has non-medical grade face mask available. We want to leave the medical grade mask for our warriors on the front-line of this COVID-19 virus.

My wife, Karla, has a great website for the Ladies who love to have their nails done in unique colors and styles:

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22. 1st John 2: 6…walk even as He walked (NKJV) (Unless otherwise indicated The Cost of Discipleship

March 25, 2020

What’s Love got to do with it?…everything!

2nd John 2: 6 “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”
1st Peter 1: 22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.”

I have tweaked the following chapter beginning at verse four just a bit. You might say I’ve personalized them. During this time of uncertainty regarding COVID-19, we as the Body of Christ need to remind ourselves and one another what we have, and who we are in Him. God Is Love, and perfect love cast out all fear, there is NO FEAR IN GOD. In another post I said, it is not the coronavirus the world is afraid of, the world is afraid of death and judgment. The truth is, death is inevitable. However, how we respond to Christ Jesus (in love) will determine the final outcome, judgement. I told my wife the other day that I am very patient, I just don’t like to wait. Guess what, I wasn’t kidding. It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s the truth. On the other hand, the work that He has begun in me shall continue, and He works perfectly. Do not beat yourselves up when we miss the mark, just 1st John 1: 9 it and get back on the bicycle of life and ride until you can do it with no hands, blindfolded. Christ will see us through.

1st Cor. 13: 1 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging 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, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love (I) suffers long and (I am) kind; love (I do not) envy; love (I do not) parade (myself), (I am not) puffed up; 5 (I do not) behave rudely, (I do not) seek my own, (I am not easily) provoked, (I) think no evil; 6 (I do not) rejoice in iniquity, but (I rejoice) in the truth; 7 (I) bear all things, (I) believe all things, (I) hope all things, (I) endure all things. 8 (I am not a failure). But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” To be continued…

My wife, Karla, has a great website for the Ladies who love to have their nails done in unique colors and styles:

WEBSITE: To Place An Order Only
Colorstreet.com/NailingIntoTheSunset

FACEBOOK: To Join Karla’s Group
Nailing Into The Sunset – Karla’s Nail Party

Also, please cheerfully give your financial gifts to this orphanage, large or small to Pastor Henry Lubega @ Reach A Hand Children’s Ministry And Orphanage: Or use wave.com a quick and easy way to send money to Africa. You will need this phone no. +256703678764

You can also purchase anything from Amazon.com or Target.com through this website.

20. 1st John 2: 6…walk even as He walked (NKJV) (Unless otherwise indicated

March 9, 2020

The Cost of Discipleship

In Matthew 11: 27-30, Jesus is speaking not only of New Covenant Believers. His words extend back to the beginning. Every Old Testament saint could only know the Father if the Son, as The Angel of The Lord (Theophanous) revealed Him. Some are invested in only one name from the Old Covenant; Jehovah or Yahweh. I won’t take the time to list every name of the LORD. However, if you really want to know, there is a Bible called “The Names of God Bible”. It can be purchased on my website through https://www.amazon.com. The one name that tells the whole story is the name He revealed to Moses: 

Exodus 3: 12 “Elohim answered, “I will be with you. And this will be proof that I sent you: When you bring the people out of Egypt, all of you will worship Elohim on this mountain.” 13 Then Moses replied to Elohim, “Suppose I go to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The Elohim of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What should I tell them?” 14 Elohim answered Moses, “Ehyeh Who Ehyeh. This is what you must say to the people of Israel: ‘Ehyeh has sent me to you.” (NOGB)

In my Emphasized Bible verse 14 reads as follows: “And God said unto Moses, I Will Become whatever I please. And he said-Thus shalt thou say to the sons of Israel, I Will Become hath sent me unto you.”

That is awesome. Most bibles read “I Am That I Am hath sent me”, but here we see a prophetic element involved. The omnipotent Yahweh can become whatever He chooses. Most importantly, He (The Word) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14}.” (KJV)

Undeniably, our God can manifest Himself in whatever form or personage He chooses. Christ Jesus was, is, and will always be God, while simultaneously being (and some won’t like this) mankind: 1st Tim. 2: 5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” Those are the words of the Apostle Paul.

Let us be clear about one thing, we are not disciples of Paul, Peter, or John. We are disciples of the LORD Jesus Christ. He is our Eesh (Husband), and we are His ish-shaw’ (wife). Those two words are taken from the Hebrew language. We are married to Him and no other. We are not wed to John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Wesley, John Smyth, or any other man. When we hold these men in such high regard as being their disciples, we may as well say we are a throuple. If we are going to be Christians, i.e. married to Christ, then we are named by that name. The cost of discipleship is high. We often have to make sacrifices for the sake of our calling in Him. Remember, He said, “I Will Become whatever I please.” Well, it pleased Him to become our Father, our Brother, our Friend, our Husband, and so much more. God has become so much for us I cannot put it all in one post if I did the list would be way too long and you would never read it. Suffice it to say, He is our everything…why would we diminish that relationship by being in a throuple? 

Luke 9: 57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” 61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” To be continued…

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19. 1st John 2: 6…walk even as He walked (NKJV) (Unless otherwise indicated

February 28, 2020

The Cost of Discipleship

Matt. 11: 27 “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one KNOWS the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone KNOW the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Thayer Definition: know=epiginōskō-1) to become thoroughly acquainted with, to know thoroughly

1a) to know accurately, know well

2) to know

2a) to recognize

2a1) by sight, hearing, of certain signs, to perceive who a person is

2b) to know, i.e. to perceive

2c) to know, i.e. to find out, ascertain

2d) to know, i.e. to understand

When Jesus spoke these words, no human being truly knew the Father as Christ knew Him. Neither was Christ truly known by any man as God the Father knew Christ. His followers knew Him according to the flesh (2nd Cor. 5:16), but He is not known in that way any longer. The Father and the Son were intimately connected in the spirit, we could say that the Spirit of God communed with Christ human spirit on a level that had never been known by any other man or woman until that time. We must get this concept in our thinking because if we don’t, we will never have the type of relationship with the Godhead They desire to have with us. Especially as He walked this earth as a man because we now walk this earth as men and women.

Knowing our God intimately is the most important thing a human being could ever accomplish in this life. However, it is not so much an accomplishment on our part, but it’s to whom the Son wills to reveal Him, i.e. the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 11: 27). What are you saying Brother Bobby? Is Christ picking and choosing those who will become heirs of salvation? That a big NO. That would be the doctrine of predestination. The LORD goes on to say in Matt. 11: 28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Even though the Bible says He knew us before the foundations of the earth, we must take into account His omniscience. The truth is He knew everyone before the foundations of the earth, however, salvation is granted to those who come to Him, those who labor and are heavy laden, to those who are willing to admit their need for salvation as it is revealed through the preaching of the Gospel. To these, and these only He will grant this rest.

I’m going to give you the definition of the word rest based on W. E. Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament words and the way it was used. Afterward, I will rest my fingers:

Rest

(Noun and Verb)

  1. Nouns.

  2. anapausis (G372), “cessation, refreshment, rest” (ana, “up,” pauo, “to make to cease”), the constant word in the Sept. for the Sabbath “rest,” is used in Mat_11:29; here the contrast seems to be to the burdens imposed by the Pharisees. Christ’s “rest” is not a “rest” from work, but in work, “not the rest of inactivity but of the harmonious working of all the faculties and affections—of will, heart, imagination, conscience—because each has found in God the ideal sphere for its satisfaction and development” (J. Patrick, in Hastings’ Bib. Dic.); it occurs also in Mat_12:43; Luk_11:24; Rev_4:8, RV, “(they have no) rest” [KJV, “(they) rest (not)”], where the noun is the object of the verb echo, “to have”; so in Rev_14:11.

  3. katapausis (G2663), in classical Greek, denotes “a causing to cease” or “putting to rest”; in the NT, “rest, repose”; it is used (a) of God’s “rest,” Act_7:49; Heb_3:11, Heb_3:18; Heb_4:1, Heb_4:3 (twice), RV (1st part), “that rest” (the KJV, “rest,” is ambiguous), Heb_4:5, Heb_4:11; (b) in a general statement, applicable to God and man, Heb_4:10.

  4. anesis (G425), for the significance of which see EASE, B, is translated “rest” in 2Co_2:13, KJV (RV, “relief”); 2Co_7:5 (ditto); in 2Th_1:7, the subject is not the “rest” to be granted to the saints, but the divine retribution on their persecutors; hence the phrase “and to you that are afflicted rest with us,” is an incidental extension of the idea of recompense, and is to be read parenthetically. The time is not that at which the saints will be relieved of persecution, as in 1Th_4:15-17, when the Parousia of Christ begins, but that at which the persecutors will be punished, namely, at the epiphany (or out-shining) of His Parousia (2Th_2:8). For similar parentheses characteristic of epistolary writings see 2Th_2:10; 1Th_1:6, 1Th_2:15, 1Th_2:16.

  5. sabbatismos (G4520), “a Sabbath-keeping,” is used in Heb_4:9, RV, “a sabbath rest,” KJV marg., “a keeping of a sabbath” (akin to sabbatizo, “to keep the Sabbath,” used, e.g., in Exo_16:30, not in the NT); here the sabbath-keeping is the perpetual sabbath “rest” to be enjoyed uninterruptedly by believers in their fellowship with the Father and the Son, in contrast to the weekly Sabbath under the Law. Because this sabbath “rest” is the “rest” of God Himself, Heb_4:10, its full fruition is yet future, though believers now enter into it. In whatever way they enter into divine “rest,” that which they enjoy is involved in an indissoluble relation with God.

  6. koimesis (G2838), “a resting, reclining” (akin to keimai, “to lie”), is used in Joh_11:13, of natural sleep, translated “taking rest,” RV.

Note: In Act_9:31, KJV, eirene, “peace” (RV), is translated “rest.” To be continued…

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18. 1st John 2: 6…walk even as He walked (NKJV) (Unless otherwise indicated

January 25, 2020

The Cost of Discipleship

Deut. 32: 44 “So Moses came with Joshua the son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people. 45 Moses finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 and he said to them: “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe—all the words of this law. 47 For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.”

Moses admonished the Children of Israel set their hearts on the words which he testified. Those words were God’s Words, not his. This was a commandment, not a suggestion or a good idea. The same applies to you and me, we are to be careful in our observations as we study the Word of Christ. Reading a thing is not the same as studying it. Paul said in Col. 3: 16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Moses goes on to say that their lives depended upon what they did with the Word of God. They could prolong their lives or shorten them. God’s attitude toward the Body of Christ is the same, Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, tomorrow, and today.

Matt. 16: 24 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

When I was first introduced to Christianity, I was given the impression that denying myself meant to stop drinking, smoking, partying and fornicating. Later I found that this was a partial truth. If all we had to do was look clean on the outside that would not be much of an accomplishment. People of the world and other religions do these things. Jesus said in Matthew 23:25-26 to the scribes and Pharisees that it was a waste of time cleaning the outside of a cup while the inside  remained filthy. This metaphor speaks to people who look as if they are holier than thou, but in truth, they are blind to their internal state of being. We are to be made holy from the inside out, not the outside in. Denying self means we must allow the Spirit of God to reverse the order of our lives. How can we be led by the spirit when we have no consciousness of the division of our spirit and soul (Heb. 4:12). Finis Dakes said, “Renounce all self-dependence, self-interests, and self-pursuits which are contrary to God; Habitually follow regardless of the price—even to death; not just when it is easy, convenient, and popular.”

And now back to you Paul: Rom. 6: 16 “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We serve the LORD from the heart or our spirit. When we have our mind renewed by the Word of God, we come to know what it means to worship God in spirit and in truth. Jesus said flesh begets flesh and the works thereof. On the other hand, Spirit gives birth to our spirit (John 3:3-7; Luke 24:49). The following does not mean that we should not be concerned about smoking, drug abuse, alcoholism, and the like. Like I said earlier, that’s partially true. The problem is, we make our own feeble attempts at overcoming the flesh. Many churches will confuse you with outward appearances:

 

Matt. 15:1 “Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— 6 then he need not honor his father [a]or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ” 10 When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” To be continued…

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