Archive for December, 2011
1 John 4:1-6
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Not everyone that says they follow God does. There are people in the world that are not teaching the word of God and deceiving many people. When you hear someone saying that they are teaching the word of God you need to take that information and compare it the word that we know is true. As we learned earlier in the week the word is God. Everything of God will match the word. If it does not agree with the word than it is not of God.
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
The unity of two people in marriage is a powerful thing. The two become one. God blesses those who keep him in their marriage. Our marriages between people on earth are symbolic of the one between Christ and his church. Will you be ready for the wedding?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
God is truth. God is the word. The word is truth. We must us his word to guide us in all things. If we stay with the word we stay with God. Don’t you want to stay with God?
From Broth Norm
Message 114:10, “Leave all in the Master’s Hands. It will bring you peace and deliverance.”
There are parts of a ship which taken by themselves would sink. The engine would sink, The propeller would sink. But when the parts of a ship are built together, they float. So with the events of my life. Some have been tragic. Some have been happy. But when they are built together, they form a craft that floats and is going someplace. And I am comforted.
From Brother Norm.
“Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.” The Apostle John wrote unto us a short letter in second John (the three small books in the back of your Bible. Among the things he told us was in verse 4, “I rejoiced greatly that I found thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.” Of course he was not only referring to truth of the world in general, but more specifically in the commandment to love one another.
It is such a simple commandment, yet at times so difficult to accomplish is it not? We can easily love those who love us in return, but loving those who we know not, or even more our enemy is even is often a mountain we fail to climb. Yet the commandment is still there. Consider the things we do, that we lose not.
Merry Christmas! Let us rejoice is the birth of our savior.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Christ came for our salvation. He came that we might follow his footsteps in our lives. We need to put the things of the world behind us and try to follow Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
Our salvation through Christ gives us the gift of eternal life with Christ. This salvation is the best gift that we can receive. There is no greater sign of love than when Christ gave himself up for us. Because of this love let us do our best to return it by serving him and following his commandments. If we do that we will be able to live together forever.
I am instructed of the Lord to instruct you in all things, that the Church will be established in its fullness, that the gospel will be preached to all nations and people. The Lord will lead and direct his people, those that will be humble and full of love and will be led.
Christ’s salvation is for all people. There is not a single person on earth that Christ will not save if that person follows Christ’s commandments. Let us take this great message about Christ’s birth and salvation to all of the people of this world.
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Not only is our Christ our savior and redeemer, but he is also the head of the Church. There is only one way to salvation and that is though Christ and his teachings. These teachings can only be found in one place on earth and that is in his Church. Christ is the head of the Church and it follows his teachings and directions.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 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. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Christ came to earth for our salvation. He did not come for his own glory. He came to save the world, not condemn it. His message is one of peace and salvation. Those that listen to it will receive blessing and happiness that is unimaginable to us humans
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Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee
Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
To fulfill the promises that God made Christ had to become human. In today’s verses Joseph is told about this miracle in a dream. As an obedient servant of God he does what he is told. He takes Mary as his wife and when the baby is born it’s named Jesus. Let us all strive to be as obedient at Joseph in our lives.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
As we start to get closer and closer the Christmas day let us start remembering the true reason that we celebrate Christmas. It is not for the gifts or the toys, but to celebrate the birth of our King. This King does not rule over an earthly kingdom, but a heavenly one. This king is not cruel to his people but always loving. Most importantly this king will rule forever with love and peace.
Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
If our actions are of the flesh, we can expect to receive corruption in return. Man cannot hold onto the truth without the help of God. If our actions are spiritual in nature and in according to the plan of God we will receive everlasting life with our God. I know which one I want to have in the end.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.
Each of us has our own responsibility. We cannot ride other coat tails and then expect to receive the benefits. The reward when we live our own lives and take control of what we do is great. If we do our own work for God we will receive great blessings and reward.