Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Whose Name is Holy

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite." Isaiah 57:15

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Monday, October 24, 2016

His Spirit and Breath

If it were His intention
and He withdrew His spirit and breath,
all humanity would perish together
and mankind would return to the dust.
Job 34:14-15

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

False Teaching for Shameful Gain

They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach--and that for the sake of dishonest gain. Titus 1:11

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Spirit of Christ

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. Romans 8:9

It occurs to me that telling a new believer in Christ that they are now saved, so go and live a holy life until the Lord's return is like throwing small children into shark-infested waters and telling them to swim.  Even if they are quick learners and don't drown, the sharks still might get them.  They need a safe environment in which to learn how to swim, with an instructor.  So do new believers.  They need a community of believers to help them learn how to be a DISCIPLE of Jesus, how to FOLLOW Him, to do what He commanded us to do.  (Matthew 28:19-20, Matthew 10:38, John 10:27)  Salvation is the end of the old life and beginning of the new.  (Acts 5:20, Romans 6:1-13, 2 Corinthians 5:17)  Their instructor is not only the pastor of their church congregation, but the Holy Spirit inside of them.  He will be their life preserver and steer them away from the "sharks," but only if they heed His prompting, convicting, warning and guiding.  He does this through the spoken and read word of God (Romans 10:17, John 14:26)--helping the believer to understand it AND to put it into practice.  We also talk to God in prayer and He builds our faith by answering according to His will.

How will new believers survive and thrive in the faith if they aren't even told this amazing, glorious thing has happened to them--the living God lives INSIDE of them?!  Not just "you're sealed as a child of God, now go and do your own thing until your time is up."  If a child starts to go under when learning to swim, do we tell them that they just need to try harder?  That's what it's like when new believers try to resist sin by their own power, not realizing that God is their strength to overcome.  (John 16:33)  They need to know His word, to feed their faith by hearing it often, and rely on Him.  They need to learn what God is like so that they can love and trust Him.  They need to grow up and want what He wants instead wanting their own way like a child does.  He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. Colossians 1:28  (Also 1 Corinthians 13:11)  Even if a child learns to swim very well, it is still not recommended to swim in shark-infested waters, is it?  But someone who hasn't been told about the hazard might not know better.  Again, the family of believers, including the pastor through the teaching and preaching of the Word, and the Spirit Himself are needed for guidance and instruction to navigate the "dangerous waters" of this world.

The passage beginning with the verse at the top continues on: But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. 12  So then, brothers, 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. Romans 8:10-13

This is about not "only" being saved FROM hell, but also about the incredible privilege of being permitted to enter INTO the kingdom of heaven, isn't it?  Then let's make good use of all of the support  given to us to ensure that we will get what we expect.  A changed life does not save, only Jesus does that, but it is evidence of saving faith.  This life is short--let's help each other to be ready to serve Jesus, the King of kings, for all eternity by practicing now.  He will perfect the work He began in us when He comes (Philippians 1:6), but let's not have to be ashamed of what we did after coming to Him for salvation--that was when He became our Lord and we were set free from enslavement to sin (Romans 6:23, 10:9, 2 Corinthians 4:5, Ephesians 1:16-23, 5:23, Philippians 2:9-11, 3:8-11, Colossians 2:6-14, 1 Timothy 6:11-16, 1 Peter 1:3-9, Revelation 1:4-8).  There's still time to receive forgiveness for anything we've done and to start fresh, with His help, so that we can be assured of hearing "Well done, good and faithful servant" from Him when He judges us.

"The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” Revelation 11:18

I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27  But the anointing that you received from Him abides in you [His Spirit], and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in Him. 28  And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears we may have confidence and not shrink from Him in shame at His coming. 29  If you know that He is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of Him. 1 John 2:26-29

Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals." Come to your right mind, and sin no more. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:33-34

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-11 

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10  that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11  that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12  Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15  Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16  Only let us hold true to what we have attained. 17  Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18  For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19  Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20  But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21  who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:8-21

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 4  Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. 5  This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering.  2 Thessalonians 1:3-5 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3  Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4  In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5  And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6  For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 7  It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8  If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9  Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10  For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12  Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13  and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14  Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15  See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16  that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17  For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. Hebrews 12:1-17
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5  Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6  On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7  In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8  But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11  Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 18  Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19  Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20  Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21  Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22  Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23  Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24  knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25  For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. Colossians 3

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18  They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19  They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20  But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21  assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22  to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23  and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25  Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27  and give no opportunity to the devil. 28  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. 5:1  Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2  And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3  But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4  Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5  For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7  Therefore do not become partners with them; 8  for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9  (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10  and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11  Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12  For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. Ephesians 4, 5:1-12 

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. 26  For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27  but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28  Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29  How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30  For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32  But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33  sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34  For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35  Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36  For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37  For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; 38  but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” 39  But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:24-39 

Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. 8  For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. 9  How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10  Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. 11  Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12  May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13  May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-13 

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6  Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8  Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10  And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11  To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:5-11

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:44

Speaking of looking forward to the return of our Savior for His own, not everyone should be looking forward to it.  Some should be dreading it, but many don't KNOW that.  Some think it will be a glorious day, but it will turn into the worst thing that ever happened to them.  Anyone who is not IN Christ, born again, having His Spirit within them to testify that they are His, is NOT ready.  Even if His return may not be as soon as we expect or maybe even hope, the date of our own personal appointment with God is unknown to us.  We had best all get ready to meet Him NOW.  Even if His return may not be as soon as we expect or maybe even hope, the date of our own personal appointment with God is unknown to us.  We had best all get ready to meet Him NOW.  Filling up churches with baby believers who never mature is like filling a shark tank with children who can’t swim.  Assuring people that they are saved because they made a confession with their mouth, but then proved that the confession was NOT made sincerely from their heart by their subsequent behavior–completely unchanged, showing no fruits of the Holy Spirit, and no progress whatsoever toward Christ-likeness–is not only NOT loving, but it’s unconscionable.  It’s like filling up the wedding banquet hall with  guests who do not have on their wedding garment, even though we KNOW that everyone who is not wearing the righteousness of Christ will be thrown out.  (Matthew 22:11-14)

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17  and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. 18  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. Romans 8:16-19 

Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD! Why do you long for the day of the LORD? That day will be darkness, not light. 19  It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him. 20  Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, not light— pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness? Amos 5:18-20

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23

Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12  But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13  Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. Matthew 25:11-13 

And He was passing through from one city and village to another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem. 23  And someone said to Him, "Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?" And He said to them, 24  "Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25  "Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know where you are from.' 26  "Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets'; 27  and He will say, 'I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.' 28  "In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out." Luke 13:22-28

But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? 17  For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. 18  If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers. 19  “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. 20  You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. 21  These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. 22  “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver! 23  The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” Psalm 50:16-23

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5  You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6  No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7  Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8  Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9  No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. 10  By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:4-10

Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. 5  This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— 6  since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7  and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8  in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9  They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10  when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 2 Thessalonians 1:4-10

(Also see the Book of Jude.)

On the other hand, those who belong to Jesus, who have His Spirit, will be found following Him, walking as He walked (1 John 2:6).  No one is “perfect” until Jesus completes his perfect work in them after they leave this earth, but those who truly belong to Him will be ready, watching and waiting, doing the will of their Master.  (Matthew 24:42-46)  They will not suffer the wrath of God, but will be spared from the greatest tribulation that ever has or ever will come upon the earth.  Their names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.  They will serve God with great joy forever.

Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. 21  For behold, the LORD is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain. Isaiah 26:20-21

For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6  So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7  For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8  But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9  For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10  who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11  Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:5-11

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28  so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28 

Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11  I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12  The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. Revelation 3:10-12

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24  By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25  and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26  They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27  But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Revelation 21:23-27 


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Truth and Error

We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:6

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Terrifies Them with Warnings

Why do you contend against Him, saying, `He will answer none of my words'? For God speaks once, even twice, but man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while they slumber on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and terrifies them with warnings, that he may turn man aside from his deed, and cut off pride from man; He keeps back his soul from the Pit, his life from perishing by the sword. Job 33:13-18

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Prophesy Illusions

For this is a rebellious people, false sons,
Sons who refuse to listen
To the instruction of the Lord;
Who say to the seers, “You must not see”;
And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right,
Speak to us pleasant words,
Prophesy illusions.
Leave the way, turn aside from the path,
Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
Isaiah 30:9-11

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