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Amazing drama in John today where the eternal purposes and of God and His truth intersect with sordid human purposes, their power plays, politics and deceptions.

I wonder if the comments of David about the curses came out of the depression he was in because his son had betrayed him. It must have been awful to have your own flesh and blood betray you, no wonder he didn't try and stop Saul's kin from hurling the curses.

John 18:37

Pilate said to Him, Then You are a King? Jesus answered, You say it! [You speak correctly!] For I am a King. [Certainly I am a King!] This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth [who is a friend of the Truth, who belongs to the Truth] hears and listens to My voice. (John 18:37 AMP)

I will peak through the curtains of the New Testament and for this moment leave behind my comments on the Old Testament reading today, at least for now. In reading the above verse, which Mike has mentioned in his comments today, I want to deal with this “thing” called “Truth” and the presenting of truth.

Believers, Christians, are commanded to go into all the world, the kosmos—as per Thayer: 1) an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government
2) ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. the arrangement of the stars, ‘the heavenly hosts’, as the ornament of the heavens, to preach and teach and make disciples. We as a people of God have wrestled with how that looks. Do we stand on the street corner, the marketplace, in our front and back yards to do this? Do we cross the seas heading off to other countries, becoming missionaries to give out the gospel? Do we support those who do and thus, by our support and through them present the gospel?

Jesus has stated to Pilate that those who desire Truth will hear and listen to His voice, thus receive the Word that is truth. I wonder if our job is to cultivate the love for the truth in our own lives, our families’ lives, as well as our distant relatives and neighbors. If someone has the heart for truth then it follows, they will receive Truth. The problem with truth is this: It is confrontational, especially the truth about ourselves. We just loved to be lied too. We think that if we deal in truth and hurt people’s feelings who want to be lied too, then we are operating out of something other than love. In today’s slang vernacular, we become “haters.”

In using Jesus “salt and light” image, how do we live our lives in Truth in such a way that we cause those around us to become thirsty for the Truth, not stopping to quench that thirst on substitutes, and cultivate a desire to come out of darkness into the Light showing up every piece and speak of sinful dust?

Just some things to think about and go, “Hmmmmm.”

Kidron Valley: Valley of the Shadow of Death
http://www.returntogod.com/jerusalem/valleys.htm

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First, David asks God to confound Ahithophel's counsel; then he sends Hushai to accomplish this request.

I can identify with this, as I feel "I have the solution," and I try to help God resolve my problems. On the one hand it is our desire to trust God and on the other hand, it is our nature to try to manipulate the results.

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I fell behind in some of my reading of the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs--well, not really fell behind, simply did not comment on it as I was trying to get through the text Mike shared (Bob Deffinbaugh , Th.M: a book? hee hee).
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What is eternal life?

"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."

There was a song in the 1960s; some of you may remember it: "To know, know, know him, is to love, love, love him. Just to see him smile, makes my life worthwhile. To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him, and I do."

If we know Him, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, we will love Him, because we will know what Jesus wants to convey to us his "joy" and for us to be set apart by the TRUTH.

I am reading a book by Greg Bahnsen called "Always Ready" that seriously focuses on our need to recognize that ALL "wisdom and knowlege" come from God. The only path to wisdom and truth is found in Christ. Colosians 2:3 says that ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are deposited in Christ alone. It is impacting me greatly, as my world view has been diluted by neutral thinking.

Here Jesus prays that the Father will:

7Sanctify[b] them by the truth; your word is truth.

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This is the first time I can recall God ever being willing to share "His glory,"

"22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one."

I never saw that before! God is actually giving US the glory that God gave Jesus!

Do you all realize how BIG that is? I am BLOWN AWAY!

But then I think to myself: If we are truly IN HIM and He is truly IN US, how can we NOT be glorified, and then I must recognize how much my actions represent my Lord and in ways I had not previously considered. It is an awesome responsibility be the child of the True King of kings and Lord of lords.

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I cannot help but wonder how the Jehovah's Witnesses handle John 17:24.

24"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because YOU LOVED ME BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD."

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In John 18 we see Jesus taking a route similar to that which David took: The Kidron Ravine (Valley of the Shadow of Death).

Jesus had been up all night long, and it was the early morning hours when they brought him before Pilate.

It appears the High priests attempted to convey some kind of conspiracy to incite a revolution, though Jesus clearly lets them know he spoke openly in the Synagogues and throughout all of Judea.

38Pilate 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 guilt in Him."

Standing in front of Pilate was the EPITOME of TRUTH, yet he wanted to know WHAT IS TRUTH!

I couldn't help thinking about the high priests...who was he priest to?Did he identify with the cries of Israel for a messiah or was he too comfortable without one.If he as high priest wanted to know truly if Jesus was the Son of God,he could have sought for answers from God.No where is it recorded that the Jews really asked God to reveal the truth.They had their expectations and if God's plans didn't fit into their agenda then they turned their back.
Godly men who submitted to the will of God in their lives didn't always have it easy....Abraham had to leave his comfort zone,Joseph spent time in prison,the disciples left jobs and families to follow Jesus.God's plans may not seem plesant to us at the time..the early christians paid dearly for their faith.Will we fit God into our lives or let Him fit us into His.Do we want God's plans in our lives to be nice and comfy...or do we submit our lives and carry our crosses(even if they're not nice and comfy)....

About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

Peace Be With You
Micky

When Absalom slept with David’s 10 concubines in 2 Sam. 16:21-22, it happened for no other reason than to fulfill the word of God! When God sent Nathan to rebuke David for his adultery with Bethsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah, God told David in 2 Sam. 12:11-12 “This is what the Lord says, ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel’.” (NIV)

We need to realize that God always keeps His word and He is just! We also need to realize that even though we repent for our sin and God forgives our sin, we still must suffer the consequences resulting from that sin.

God Bless!
Pat

2 Samuel 16:18 stood out for me today “I’m here because I belong to the man who is chosen by the Lord and by all the men of Israel,” ~ I'm not sure why it's so powerful to me. It's such an encouragement! "I belong to the man who is chosen by the Lord" ... WOW! Imagine one of my friends saying that ha ha ha! I belong to Mae the woman who's chosen by the Lord! Ha ha ha!

Reading in John, about Peter ... makes my toes curl! I just can't believe he denies being one of Jesus' disciples! How many of us are dreaming about being so close to Jesus as one of His disciples? One of my "friends" asked me not too long ago if I'd deny being a Christian if I knew I'd die that instant moment. I didn't hesitate, my answer was flat out "I will NEVER deny!". She laughed and said "Well ... we'll see about that!". I asked her if she'd deny her father if she knew she'd die for being his daughter. Her answer was "Ohhhhh that is just so not the same thing!". I told her that it is the same thing ... but she didn't believe me. Too bad ... People are missing out on something so beautiful!

“What is truth?” John 18:38 ~ Funny Pilates asks!
What is truth. This is a question that is still asked today of you and me. What is truth? Who is truth? ~ Yes, many many many people ask me why I'm so sure about the Bible being the truth. They want facts, they want prove, they want to be sure. "How do you know it's the truth? How can you be so sure?". Well, first of all, I was brought up with God, I didn't know better. I went to Christian schools and the first time I heard about evolution was when I was a teenager! And I was like "Millions of years ago there was a big bang? And then there was the earth? How is that possible? God created the earth?!?". I remember the whole class laughing at me because I said that God created the earth. It was the first time (I think I was 15 or maybe 16) I realized that not everybody served my God, not everybody prayed. It was a weird moment in my life. Anyway, when people ask me why I'm so sure about the Truth, I tell them it's in my heart. I can feel the Truth in my heart. The thing I see over and over again is that people have a hard time believing the Bible is the truth. I try to explain them that the books in the Bible were sometimes written hundred years apart from eachother. And they already knew what was going to happen! To people who believe in evolution, I reccomend Kent Hovind, watch his dvd's and then we'll talk! LOL Well yes ... we know what the truth is and Who the Truth is. I just give my testimony, I give it by word and also show how I live. I'm happy, I'm guided, I'm loved ... what else do I want? I'm a daughter of a King!

Hi Mickey,

I thank you for your post. I too suffered with depression for many years and was terribly ashamed of it. You see, I was a christian (protestant) and felt protected from all these. But I read in the Daily Word that a preacher had a similar experience, which was comforting. Towards the end of my bout the Lord said to me 'You wanted to see the devil to conquer him, this is waht he looks and feels like.' Another day I was looking at TBN-christian television- I actually felt the depression devil a few inches coming to me to take away my night's rest. I was impressed by the Holy Spirit to rebuke him and to continue to do so everytime I sense he is around. the devil is depression and depression is hell. May you find Jesus in a deep and profound way for in Him you will really begin to enjoy life and not want to die.

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