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The Shepherd in the Valley of Need PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 December 2015 16:18

Sheep and shepherds are used in the Bible quite often! Have you ever wondered why sheep are used and not cattle, horses or other animals to describe humanity?   Also, shepherd speaks to  constant care, protection, provision for sheep, that is not needed with other animals;  therefore, you find a  tenderness, closeness and identification between a shepherd and their sheep.  In many ways we are  shepherds as parents, fathers, brothers, sisters, family, pastors, employees, employers, Hebrews 10:24-25.

Sheep always need leadership. Without it, sheep wander off and lose their life or get hurt; they end up in danger and can't find their way back home.   Isaiah explains it this way, " All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way...." So many times in our lives we find ourselves lost.  We are like the younger son in Luke 15 who lost his way.  Our dreams get shattered, our hopes and expectations come to an end.  Our efforts seem useless  and that is where we can find our Shepherd, in the valley of need.  He will be your shepherd if you want Him!  Isaiah 40:11 "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; he shall gather the lambs with his arms, and carry them in bosom...." David said, He "is my shepherd..."  So many times Christ is as a mighty man that cannot save because we will not let Him be our Shepherd!

 

What is faith? Or what is believing God?  It is when you come to the end of yourself, you say, "I will arise and go to my Father..."  It is saying to Him and to yourself, "I have sinned and I need you".  It is resting in His forgiveness, because you debt of sin has been paid, Colossians 2:13-14.  It is presenting my body to Him and saying, "let me do something for you in my life", Romans 12:1-2.

 
The Wonder of His Birth PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 December 2015 01:17

Have you ever wonder how the Shepherds knew where to go and find the babe that was announced by the angels?  Many answer that question by saying, "they followed the star"!  But the star did not appear until later and guided the Wise Men.  These Shepherds certainly did not go to every stable trying to find the announced Saviour.

How was wrapped in swaddling clothes  a sign?  Now Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes but why?  Do you think there was there a great host of babies in a stable and Jesus would be the one wrapped in swaddling clothes.  We know there was not any other child there but Jesus the Son of Man.  So how is swaddling clothes a sign.  This sign is a truth a fact and it has significant meaning.

Jesus was not born in a smelling stable behind a inn surrounded by donkeys, cows, pigs and other barnyard

animals.  He (Christ) would be God incarnated, in human flesh, wrapped in swaddling clothes Swaddling

clothes were present because all of the new born lambs were wrapped in strips of clothing to keep from injury

they were to be perfect as a sacrificial lamb.  Christ, the Lamb of God, was born where all sacrificial lambs

were born "Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."


These were not ordinary Shepherd and they were not keeping watch over ordinary sheep.  These Shepherds and Sheep stayed out year around.  Therefore the times of the year and weather has no bearing on when Christ was born.

"This watch tower from ancient times was used by the shepherds for protection from their enemies and wild beasts. It was also the place ewes were safely brought to give birth to the lambs. In this sheltered building/cave the priests would bring in the ewes which were about to lamb for protection. These special lambs came from a unique flock that was designated for sacrifice at the temple in Jerusalem." by Cooper P Abrams III " Where was the Birth Place of the Lord Jesus?"

"And yet Jewish tradition may here prove both illustrative and helpful. That the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, was a settled conviction.Equally so, was the belief , that He was to be revealed from Migdal Eder, ‘the tower of the flock.’ This Migdal Eder was not the watchtower for the ordinary flocks which pastured on the barren sheep ground beyond Bethlehem, but lay close to the town, on the road to Jerusalem." From Alfred Edersheim (1899)" In Chapter 6 of The Life and Times of Jesus Messiah,"

The wonder of this story is "Emmanuel", God is with us. Mat 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

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Why People go Hell PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 October 2015 15:28

If human beings reject Christ as their Saviour do they go to hell in payment for their sins? The answer is no! While it is true they will end in the Lake of fire they will not be there to pay for their sins because there is no payment for them to make. They are there because of rejecting the payment that was made.
Why is the answer no? Because it denies the reason Christ came. 1 John 2:2. "And he is the propitiation" (The Atonement) "for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." What Christ did on the cross is real, 1 Pe 2:24 "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the" tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." He took away our sin! He was judged for our sin! 2Co 5:21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." Col 2:14 "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;"
One is not going to hell because of sin but lost because the name is not written in The Book of Life. Names are absent from the book of life because of not believing. Joh 3:18 "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
In John 11:25-27 "Martha did not decide to believe in Jesus for eternal life. She was convinced of the truth of what Jesus said and hence she believed in Him in the biblical sense." (Bob Wilkin, Saving Faith in Focus, Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society.
Faith is being convinced that something is true! Are you convinced that Jesus is the Christ, The Son of God, that did come into the world and took your sins in His own body, "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the" tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."

 
"Two Immutable Things" PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 October 2015 18:40

Hebrews 6: 16-20

The Word of God is true simply because it is God's Word, (Heb 6:18)  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: So what are the two immutable things?  His counsel, and His oath! Heb.  6:16-17. Look what He is confirming:  (Heb 6:17)  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

Immutability: means there is no ability to change His counsel.  In short His counsel cannot be changed!.

His counsel: means His purpose.  Therefore God is saying my counsel (purpose) is unchangeable. But God, as the Father, goes to great lengths to show the certainty of His provision.  (Heb 6:17)  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: He has given His Word, promise, and that is in itself immutable  and is sufficient in itself.  But God reiterates His Word and gives His Oath.  (Heb 6:16)  For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.  He could find no one greater so He swore by Himself.  There is no way to separate The LORD from His Word. It is His Word and see what He said about the Word (Psa 138:2)  I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

More Abundantly: Means a great deal more, super abundant.  He did this for you to be confident in His Word.  Confident in the provision of His Son, Christ. He goes beyond, His mercy and Grace knows no bounds, seeking for you to believe Him, (Isa 1:18)  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

As you think about His Word and His oath you  must read (1Jn 2:25)  And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

Think about His purpose a fixed purpose that is unchangeable, (2Ti 1:9)  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

These two immutable things: His Counsel and His Oath, , (Heb 6:18)  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Notice that the counsel of God came first and then the oath. It takes both to assure the fearful and distrustful nature of man to trust in the immutable word of the Lord. The word, “immutable”, in the Greek means to be “unchangeable, unalterable”, and it cannot be perverted from it’s original intent and purpose. Such is the nature of the counsel of God, which is etched in the granite of His own substance and character, a God which CANNOT lie! copied from Bob Torango "Two Immutable Truths"

Consolation means comfort,  fled for refuge: as one fleeing from something.  What is being fled is the shipwreck of a sinful life, the fear of spending eternity in hell, living in uncertainly, the fear of death  We like Eve listened to the lie of satan and sinned.  These sins are all different in our lives but the same results: we sinned.   We have sinned in thought and we have sinned in deed, we have sinned against our fellowman and we have sinned against God.  The Bible says, Isa 1:6  From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores : they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.KJV And then in Romans 3:10-18

Now the word hope here means confidence, something that is concrete.  .....Who have fled for refuge  to lay hold upon Christ who set before us, Hebrews 6:19,  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

What is this hope we have as an anchor of the soul that is both sure and steadfast:  I have the Finished Work of Christ!  (Heb 9:12)  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

He entered into the presences of God and presented His blood for us  and sat down at the Right Hand of the Father, (Heb 1:3)  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

When He had by himself purged our sins......

 

 
Born From Above PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 07:49

Jesus said," Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God". Of course man begins to add baptism to salvation or baptized into a certain church as the only way for salvation. Also, there are various other works that well meaning religious people have added to salvation which becomes another gospel and we know there is not another.

Both water and Spirit belong to the second birth and wind and water both originate in heaven.

Christ is telling Nicodemus that he must be born from above. This birth is made possible by the death of Christ on the Cross, Joh 3:14 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:" Joh 3:15 "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life". He also makes very clear that Christ is the only way to Heaven, Joh 3:13 "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." Christ was resurrected from the dead and ascended up to heaven, Eph 4:10 "He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)" The One that God raised from the dead is the same one who He sent into the world: "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world" To have eternal life Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."

 
There is No Other Name PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 August 2015 12:44

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: What this verse excludes is worth noting: It says nothing about inviting Christ into your heart! This name: Acts 4:12" Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved". There is no difference in believing that Jesus is the Christ and believing in Him. What must you believe to have Eternal Life? The answer is clearly seen in John 11: 25 -27 "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" John 11:26 " And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" John 11:27 She saith unto him," Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world". Jesus presented it to Martha: Do you believe in me for Eternal Life? Martha answered Him, I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. 
She believed that the Father sent the Son to give eternal life to anyone who will believe Him for it,

 
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