Category Archives: Bible Thoughts

Hide God’s Word In Your Heart

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Hide God’s Word In Your Heart

Our culture changes, styles change, but God’s Word never goes out of style and it remains the same.

In Psalm 119:11 we learn that by hiding God’s Word in our heart it will help us not to sin against God. One might ask, “How does memorizing God’s Word help us not to sin against a holy God?” When you truly memorize Bible verses and know how they apply to your life it gives you something to build your faith on.

Throughout your life the Holy Spirit will bring to your mind scriptures concerning a particular situation/decision you are facing. It is your job to put the scriptures into your mind and it is His job to bring them to your remembrance.

It is sad to say that too many today expect God to do everything for them. They don’t want to put the work, or effort into memorizing/studying God’s Word for themselves.

I would like to encourage all parents to help your children memorize God’s Word because it will help them in their walk with God and in life. After all, you will NOT be around them to tell them what to do all their lives. You’re not going to be there to tell them what’s right or what’s wrong. They must know what they believe and why. When we look back over our lives, at our past mistakes and sin, the chances are our parents were not with us either. When your children are faced with their greatest temptations and decisions you won’t be there, their pastor won’t be there, their Sunday school teacher won’t be there, but the Holy Spirit will be. He will bring to their mind a Bible verse that they have memorized, or a Biblical truth that they have studied. He will encourage them to do the right thing. In the world in which we live today your children need YOU to help them hide God’s Word in their heart.

Psalm 119:11

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

 

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Takes Time To Grow

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About five years ago we purchased some land in Washington and began our slow move there. Over these years I have been transplanting my flowers and bushes. The soil at our old place was very rich and it was easy to get things to grows. Our new place however is very sandy and it is a challenge to get things to grow (other than pine trees). Most of the things that I have planted /transplanted has taken several years to get their roots established enough that they actually grow and flower. The thing that I have learned about planting on sandy land is PATIENCE.

When I plant things I have to be patient and allow the plant however long it needs to get its roots established. I can’t give up on the plant just because I don’t see any visible growth. Most of the very important growth is going on where I can’t see – its roots. Sometimes it takes years for the roots to get to where they can tap into underground water. This reminds me of God. He plants us where He wants us. Not everyone is planted in the same soil conditions. I am thankful that He gives us time to grow – He is PATIENT and He never gives up on us. Even when man can’t see our growth, God sees the inside of us and the roots that are growing. One day, when our roots finally reach the streams of living water we will blossom and bloom.

Is The Fire Growing Dim Or Gone Out? – Self-Examination

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Is The Fire Growing Dim Or Gone Out? – Self-Examination

Evaluate your life with the Holy Spirit. Are there signs that you are growing cold in your spirit? Have you left your first love? Can you remember a time in your past when you were hungrier for God than you are right now? If so, you need to repent and ask the Holy Spirit to create a hunger for God within you like you have never had before. Ask Him to fan the flame of passion within you.
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Some signs, but not all, that a person has grown cold in their spirit are:
Adopting a world view instead of a Biblical view.
Exchanging God’s values for the worlds.
Becoming complacent toward sin.
Being critical about everything.
Desiring the approval of man instead of God.
Ceasing to give to God’s work or to the needs of others.
Having secret thoughts that do not honor God.
Lack of love for others.
Lack of joy in their life.
Loving temporary riches more than eternal riches.
Making excuses for sin.
Lack of conviction.
No desire to spread the Good News.
Not enjoying times spent in reading or studying God’s Word, or in prayer.
Placing stumbling blocks in front of others.
Taking pleasure in people or things more than they do in God.
Thinking that they are missing out on fun.
Unwillingness to forgive.
Viewing God’s commands as restrictions.
God is not the center of your life anymore.
Separating yourself from other believers.

My Thoughts From October 6, 2013

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My Thoughts From October 6, 2013

This morning as I was praying, I found myself praying that God would break every yoke, shatter every chain and set His people free. Then I heard a small still voice say, “I already have.” Immediately my thoughts went to our dog, Gunner.

Yesterday as I was walking into the back yard I realized that Gunner had pulled the swivel that he is chained to up out of the ground. I told him to sit and he did. Gunner knows where his chain will reach, his boundaries. When told to sit down, he did not realize that he was free.

Like Gunner, there are times that God’s children do not realize that they have been freed. Their yokes have been broken, their chains have been shattered, and they have been set free. After the thoughts of Gunner, the verse “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36 NKJV) came to mind. Instead of praying what I was, I felt urged to pray that God’s people would be delivered from a spirit of captivity.

May the sounds of the enemy be drowned out and may you walk in the freedom that God has given you through His Son Jesus Christ.

Clean Up Your House

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Clean Up Your House

The glory of God will come to the church first but it will not stay unless the people take it home with them. If we do not clean up our homes (spiritually) , and keep them that way, the glory of God will not stay in our church. God will not have a double standard. He expects the same standard at home as He does in His church.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 NKJV
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
‘I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.’
Therefore
‘Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you
I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty’ ”

We must sanctify ourselves. We must keep ourselves clean if we want to experience a continuing outpouring of the glory of God. Each one of us should ask ourselves, “Is there life or death in my home?” There are different things in our homes that can (and will) bring about a spiritual death in our homes. Ultimately, spiritual death in our homes means spiritual death in our church.

Love Leads To True Conversions

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Love Leads To True Conversions

We were not saved to serve or work. We were saved to love. God saved us so that we could have an intimate relationship with Him. Out of that intimate relationship He will place in us a desire to be His hands, His feet, His mouth to a dying world. In the tabernacle, in the Old Testament, there were many people working in the outer court, but their hearts were far from God.

Isaiah 29:13 NKJV
“Therefore the Lord said:
‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men’ ”

Mark 7:6-7 NKJV
“…These people honors Me with their lips
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men”

God wants your heart so He can give you His. In Acts we see an important truth. When we worship (minister to God), He will put His desires and burdens within us. Then He will fill us with the desire to work (minister to others), and He will give us the words to say. Then the Holy Spirit will bring in the harvest. The people converted will have an encounter with the Holy Spirit, not with man.

The Holy Spirit filled the believers to praise God.

Acts 2:11 NKJV
“…we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

The Holy Spirit filled Peter with a desire to preach a sermon. The Holy Spirit put His words in Peter’s mouth.

Acts 2:14 NKJV
“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, ‘Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be know to you, and heed my words.”

Acts 2:38 NKJV
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit brought forth conversions.

Acts 2:41 NKJV
“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

As you fulfill your royal priesthood duties, ministering to God, He will fill you with a desire to be His servant, to minister to others. As you do your part, ministering to others, the Holy Spirit will do His part. He will bring fourth true conversions.

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Dear Father,

We thank-you that You first loved us and made a way for us to be able to have an intimate relationship with You. May our love for You grow stronger each and every day. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to guard our hearts. Cause us to honor You with our lips and our hearts. Help us to follow Your commandments, not the doctrines of men. Fill us with Your desires and burdens. We desire to be Your hands, feet and mouth. When people look at us may they only see You — let them encounter Your Holy Spirit, not man.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Do You Love Me?

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Do You Love Me?

Revelation 2:1-7 NKJV

“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write ,

‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands” ‘I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nethertheless I have this against you, that you have left you first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place – unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.’ ”

The church in Ephesus had it’s good points (strong areas) and it’s bad points (weak areas). They were instructed what to do to correct the bad points (weak areas).

I. Strong Areas

The church in Ephesus was praised for rejecting evil, their perseverance, and their patience.

A. Reject Evil

The church would not accept immoral and wrong thoughts or behaviors.

B. Perseverance

The people had faithfully labored for the Lord’s name.

They were determined to continue in their labor for the Lord and in their belief in Him despite the many difficulties they faced.

C. Patience

The church exhibited the ability to endure waiting and delay without becoming annoyed or upset. They behaved calmly when faced with difficulties.

D. Hate Immorality

The church had a strong distaste and aversion for things that were contrary to accepted moral principles.

E. Hate Idolatry

The church had a strong distaste for the worship of idols or false gods.

 

II. Weak Areas

The church in Ephesus was lacking in their love for God. Their love for Christ was no longer fervent. The church had experienced a considerable drop-off of love to the Lord. Many within the church had began to love the world and the things of the world more than God. Their lifestyle was a reflection of their love for God.

III. Instruction

The church in Ephesus was instructed to admit, repent and do the first works again. They should once again do the things that they had done before their love for God had dimmed.

Revelation 2:4-5 NKJV

“Nethertheless I have this against you, that you have left you first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place – unless you repent.”

A. Admit

They had to admit that they had grown cold in their love for God, that they had left their first love (They had left the love feast-intimate communion with God).

No matter what the situation is, you will never get anywhere in finding a solution until you first admit that there is a problem. Problems will not go away by sticking our heads in the ground and pretending that nothing is wrong.

Like the church in Ephesus, we must remember where we have been and look at where we are now. Is our love for God stronger now than it’s ever been? Or have we too grown cold and turned away from our love of the Lord? Do we love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind.

Matthew 22:37-38 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.”

 

B. Repent

The church at Ephesus was told to repent. They church at Ephesus knew that they were to have vibrant (throbbing with vitality and enthusiasm), intimate communion with God, however they no longer did. They had become lukewarm and complacent in their worship and communication with God. They had become pleased with themselves and what they had. They were self-satisfied.

James 4:17 NKJV

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

 

True repentance is turning from your sin and going the opposite way, to make a conscience decision to turn away from sin. True repentance is to ‘Go and sin no more.’ The people were to ask God to forgive them of their sins, including lukewarmness and compliancy.

C. Do

After they repented for leaving their first love (the love feast – intimate communion with God), they were instructed to do the first works again. They were to once again enter into a time of intimate communion and worship with God.

Zechariah 1:3 NKJV

“Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Return to Me,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

Conclusion

If the church as Ephesus would listen to and obey the instructions given to them they would be allowed to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. The same is true for us today – both the church and the individual believer. Our lifestyle WILL reflect our love for God.

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Dear Father,

We thank-you for Your Word, which gives both correction and promises. By the power of the Holy Spirit, show us our weak (bad) points and may we be quick to repent. May our love for You be fervent. Keep our eyes on You and not on the world. May we seek Your will and eternal riches – not the pleasures and enticements of this world. Don’t allow us to let our love for You to grow cold. Remove lukewarmness and compliancy. Release the spirit of conviction within Your body – may we repent and do the first works again. Cause each believer to evaluate their life – let them remember where they have been and look at where they are now. May Your body not become pleased with themselves or self-satisfied. Open our ears to hear what the Holy Spirit says to us and may we act upon His instructions. Let us truly see that our lifestyle will reflect our love for You.

In Jesus’ name, Amen