The Bible IS the Word of God.

Trusting that the Bible is God's Word

Daily Spirit & Word 564: God’s Word.

God Planning & Timing IS Perfect.

Last night whilst out sharing the Lord Jesus with people in West Norwood, London, we met many different folks. Our first real conversation was with a man, who made little sense. He couldn’t trust the Bible to be the Word of God. He’d obviously read quite a lot of the Bible, was intelligent, but would not listen to a word we said. He was unreceptive to anything and only wanted to spout-out what he believed. It was hard to engage that man, and when someone is as unreceptive as that, I normally move on quite quickly, but, I don’t know why, we were with him for over twenty minutes. David, my buddy disciple for the evening, said, “You know Don, I know he was a ‘red-herring’ wasting time etc, but if we’d not stayed chatting to him, we would not have had the more fruitful conversations with the others we met. He was right, because we shared the whole Gospel with a shop owner, who’d just popped out of the shop for a cigarette, if we’d been there just two or three minutes before or after, he would not have been there. Then there were three people at a bus stop, whom we both managed to share the Gospel with, then a man who’d just pulled up on a motorbike. He was taking a tour of South London with his soon to be bride, they are getting married in a little church on Balmoral Estate in Scotland. If we’d been any earlier we would not have met any of them. Moral of the story: Some ‘Red-Herrings’ are God’s way of slowing us down a bit 🙂

THE BIBLE: It is the Word of God.

As you share the Good News with folks, you may come across people who just don’t believe the Bible to be the Word of God. It’s good for every Christian to know if it really is or not. From experience and study and trusting and putting into practice, I can tell you that it is, but you will not know that for yourselves, just because I tell you that. You’ll need to DISCOVER if it is for yourself.

You can trust the Bible: But we’re living in a day when very few Christians are actually reading God’s Word Daily (see article below).

It’s inspired by God, but written by men under the influence and power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17  so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

How much of the Bible is God-breathed? ALL SCRIPTURE.

My friends, you CAN trust the whole Bible.

Here’s an amazingly simple way of getting into studying God’s Word.

SIMPLE BIBLE STUDY METHOD.

First, write out a copy the verse from one or more versions of the Bible.

Give it a heading: VERSE FOR STUDY: Put the Verse reference, e.g. 1 Timothy 3:16.

Second, under the heading MESSAGE, write out in your own words what the verse says – what it commands, teaches, warns of, or promises. e.g. “ALL SCRIPTURE” for 1 Tim 3:16. “Every word of the Bible comes from God”

Third, look at the verses immediately preceding and following the verse. These are known as the context of the verse. Under the heading CONTEXT, record first the thoughts added by the verses preceding your study verse. Then Record the thoughts added by the verses following your study verse. (Before and After).

Example: 1 Timothy 3: Is all about how people will abandon God in the last days before Christ comes back. He lists all the ways that men and women will abandon God’s standards. Then our verse; Paul is encouraging Timothy to remain steadfast and keep following God, remembering that ALL Scripture is God’s Word.

The verses after 2 Tim 3:16 are telling us the reason why God’s Word is useful for teaching etc… So that the follower of Jesus will be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Fourth, record the questions that the verse raises in your mind, or the problems you think it might pose for yourself or someone else. These can be recorded under the heading QUESTIONS.

Is the whole of the Bible God’s Word?

What does this mean for me?

How can I trust this verse? Are there any other verses in the Bible that support this thought?

etc etc…

Finally, APPLICATION: Describe one specific way you can change your attitudes or actions because of the teaching of this verse.

It’s awesome to get into studying the Bible for yourself. It doesn’t take very long and if you do a verse or two a week like this, on your own, you’ll soon begin to get to know God’s thoughts after Him. You’ll get to know yourself better as a disciple of Christ and you’ll know God’s will, plans and desires for your own life. But soon you’ll know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Bible is the Word of God and not just a book written by mere men. It’s Holy Spirit inspired!

GET INTO GOD’S WORD

Here are some awesome verses that you can do the same kind of Bible study with;

Suggested verses to study:
Matthew 4:19 (18-20) – Follow Christ
Matthew 5:6 (5-7) – Hunger for Righteousness
Matthew 5:11 (10-12) – Persecution
Matthew 5:44 (43-45) – Love your enemies
Matthew 6:6 (5-7) – Prayer
Matthew 9:37 (36-38) – Laborers
Matthew 23:11 (10-12) – Spiritual coldness
Matthew 28:19 (18-20) – Make disciples
Romans 1:16 (15-17) – Not ashamed of the Gospel
Romans 1:22 (21-23) – Becoming fools
Romans 6:13 (12-14) – Offer your bodies to God
Romans 8:34 (33-35) – We are not under condemnation
Romans 12:15 (14-16) – Empathy
Romans 15:2 (1-3) – Build others up
Galatians 4:2 (1-3) – Humility
Galatians 4:30 (29-31) – Do not grieve the Holy Spirit
Galatians 6:2 (1-3) – Carry each others burdens
Galatians 6:8 (7-9) – What you sow, you reap

Have an awesome day, trusting that God’s Word (ALL of it) is the WORD OF GOD.

Don’t be put off from sharing God’s Good News with folks, even the ones that will not listen, those ‘red-herrings’ can be God sent, because God’s planning and timing is PERFECT.

Don.

P.S. We go out every week to share the Gospel (Good News of Jesus) with people on the Streets and Door-to-Door in West Norwood, London. If you’d like training in personal evangelism or just to sharpen up a bit, then why not join us? We’d love to help many other Christian to learn to share the good news the way that Jesus did. Just drop us a line: dondavisuk@gmail.com or contact us through St Luke’s Church Facebook Page: or Don’s Facebook Page.

Looking forward to hearing what you think about these messages.

Don.

Premier Christian News:

Half of Christian teenagers don’t read Bible more than once a month

Wed 22 Jul 2015

By Marcus Jones

Fifty per cent of young people who identify as Christians don’t read their Bible more than once a month.

New research published by Premier Youthwork Magazine has found just one in three read it a couple of times a week or more.

What was also revealed was that teenagers pray far more regularly than they read the Bible.

Writing in this month’s edition, London youth worker Mark Walley looked at other stats which show young people overwhelming see having a regular experience of God an important part of their faith.

He wrote: “When held together with the fact that young people expressed a strong desire to experience God in their churches, something seems amiss.

“Because the thing is, there is a link between the discipline of Bible reading and the experience of God. One of the main day to day ways you experience God is through reading the Bible.”

Premier Bible Reading.

 

Beware The Comparison Trap

Beware of the Comparison Trap

Daily Spirit & Word, 512: Beware The Comparison Trap.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 28. John 21:18-23.

Thank you for your prayers; last night’s meeting of the PCC was wonderful. There were some new members so I got everyone to introduce themselves; tell who they are, where they come from and how long they’ve worshiped in St Luke’s Church. We had a lady who’s new to the Church who wanted to ask questions about everything. It’s amazing, I’d forgotten what it’s like to be NEW in an organisation; there’s just so much we don’t know and it’s a very steep learning curve.

Beware The Comparison Trap:

We’ve got some wonderful blue / purple cornflowers and forget-me-nots in the garden in Springtime, they are stunning, but as they fade, the aquilegia (ladies bonnets) takes over and begins to put a different kind of delicate dance in the wind, they are beautiful, but in a very different way. Each has it’s own glory and unique beauty. So have each and every one of you. You are ALL different and God’s got very different plans for your walk with Him than for anyone else; so beware of the comparison trap.

Do you remember what it was like when you first began reading God’s Word? My first thought was, “What a BIG book, it will take me years to learn to get to grips with this.” Indeed it has and to be honest, though I read the Bible every single day and have done for over 30 years now, I’m constantly surprised by what the LORD shows me. When I read a familiar old passage, one I’ve read hundreds of times, I’ll see something new, some new light is shed upon the glorious holy phrases. God’s Word is always fresh. Today, the Lord has done it again with Peter.

John 21:18-23 18  I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
19  Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
20  Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”)
21  When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22  Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
23  Because of this, the rumour spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

“WHAT ABOUT HIM?”: Beware The Comparison TRAP?

I’ve read this particular passage many times, preached upon it a few times, read countless commentaries about it, but it’s only when the Lord seems to highlight something within it the TRUTHS PENETRATE MY HEART, it sinks in and seeps through into every fiber of my being. When God does this through His Word, the result is a transformed life. It’ll be the same for you my friends. A man or woman can write about God’s Word or share about their experience of walking with Jesus, but until we begin to read and walk ourselves, it’s all going to be second-hand. We must not fall into the trap of merely taking what others have said and staying with that, we must seek the LORD for ourselves and for the unique calling and gifts that He’s expecting us to use in our own walk with Him. When we do, we’re going to be used by the Lord to encourage others on their own journey with Jesus.

Peter had just been recommissioned by Jesus, but then almost immediately, after having had his interview with Jesus, wants Jesus to deal with the other disciples; “WHAT ABOUT HIM?” It’s like turning around and pointing the finger at someone else. Jesus rebuke is quite wonderful. “Peter, YOU must follow Me” You’ve got your own calling and destiny. I’ve got plans for you Peter. And Jesus has got plans for you too my friends. So don’t fall into the trap of just hearing Jesus and not doing what He’s calling you to do. Stop looking around at other people and expecting them to do and be the ones.

God has said in so many different ways in His Word: “Don’t merely listen to the word, but do what it says”.

James 1:19-25 19  My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20  for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror
24  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

What do I get from this?

God wants to BLESS you in ALL that you do. However, look again and you’ll see that to be blessed, we must do both, we must LISTEN and ACT upon what we’re learning. Peter almost slipped; he’d just listened to Jesus and learned a valuable lesson about being recommissioned and forgiven, then almost immediately he points the finger at someone else. To be someone who’s constantly drinking in information, and not doing anything with what you are learning; is like a barrel of fine wine with a crack, the wine inside can be of the finest vintage, but if it’s leaking out all over the place, who’s ever going to taste it? God’s Word is the finest wine in His Kingdom that you can ever get into your heart, however, If we don’t do what God has revealed, we’re going to dry up or get clogged up with information overload. It’s only when you act upon what you’ve been learning, hearing and being taught by the Lord, that you’ll get a true understanding of all that He wants you to be and to do.

Thankfully, Peter learned his lesson from Jesus that day. He stopped looking at others and began to live the life Jesus had called him to in the power of the Holy Spirit. He did indeed die a wonderful martyrs death being crucified. However, tradition had it that Peter was crucified upside down, because he didn’t feel worthy to be crucified in exactly the same way as Jesus. I don’t know if that part is true, but we do know that Peter was led with outstretched hands to death for Jesus and His Kingdom. That was after a lifetime of serving Jesus so powerfully.

Don’t BE a Sponge Type of Christian: Only soaking-up Information.

I’ve know people in some great teaching churches, they love to hear the Gospel’s and the Word of God being expounded. Then they’ll go home and listen to some more great teaching on the internet. They’ll buy the CDs or Tapes and even Download hours of sermons. Some will even makes some notes. Then they’ll move onto the next sermon series, the next great teaching, the next fantastic, wonderfully gifted preacher, expounding God’s Word, but they’ll never get around to actually APPLYING what they’re hearing and learning. There’s a danger that we’ll become like the people of Athens in Paul’s time, who just wanted to hear the latest teachings. It’s like people who’ve got to be listening to the latest news 24/7… My friends, at some point in our walk with Jesus, we’ve got to get out and begin to DO what He’s gifted us for. Christ didn’t call you to be a knowledge sponge, soaking up great teaching, He called you to serve HIM with all your heart, mind, will and strength. Serving the Lord means doing, it means, acting, it means getting out into the world and using your unique gifts and talents to lead others to faith and trust in the Saviour as your first order of priority. Then, you’re calling also means serving Him in your gatherings, but let’s not pretend that’s all He’s called us to. So many Christians and whole gatherings of the saints settle for just serving Jesus once a week for an hour. I’ve known some Christians who get exhausted doing just that very little bit of service, as if they’ve been working at it all week. It makes me laugh sometimes when I hear people moaning how exhausted with the service they’ve become. For goodness sake, it’s ONLY AN HOUR or TWO once a week. We gather only once or twice a week, what about the other five days? We’re called to be active in His kingdom not for an hour on a Sunday, but for every waking hour. We’re God’s Ambassadors and an Ambassador is never off duty; He’s being constantly monitored by his host country. Even in the embassy, they’ll be watching, and waiting and looking for him to slip-up or to see if he’s really serving his government with all his heart.

Like Peter, You are an Ambassador for Jesus Christ in this world, so you need to act like one and let others see the light and experience the goodness of you’re LORD’S Kingdom. To do that, you’ve got to be ready to serve. Yes, you do need the gatherings of the saints to be equipped, you do need to hear great teaching, you do need to get equipped to serve, but at some point, and I would say the sooner the better, you’ve got to begin to use what He’s given you. Get out and get on with what the Lord has graciously poured into your life. You’ve got the goodness of the wine of the Kingdom within you, now it’s time to let the world taste the best vintage of all. Let them savour the wine of the Kingdom through your life. Stop looking at others and saying; “LORD, WHAT ABOUT HIM?” or “LORD, WHAT ABOUT HER?” Jesus has got His own plans for you my friends, and with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, you’ll be of great use in His Kingdom. Be His Ambassador today.

You’ve got the goodness of the wine of the Kingdom within you, now it’s time to let the world taste the best vintage of all; serve Jesus today.

I don’t want any of you to fall into the traps of comparing yourself with anyone else or of hearing Jesus Word and not doing it. You’ve got the goodness of the wine of the Kingdom within you, now it’s time to let the world taste the best vintage of all; serve Jesus today.

Don.

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Be Strong and Courageous

Daily Spirit & Word, 473: Be Strong and Courageous.

 “Be strong and of a good courage.” Joshua 1:18

Good morning my friends, it seems strange to me that the LORD would need to keep encouraging Joshua to be “Strong and of good courage”, because of all the people in the Nation of Israel, Joshua was probably one of the most courageous and strongest. Perhaps the LORD knew Joshua better than we do and outward appearances were not the same as his heart condition. Just look at how many times the LORD encouraged Joshua to be; STRONG and COURAGEOUS.

Joshua 1:5-9 “No-one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6  “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7  Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

“Be Strong and very courageous” Joshua 1:7.

God knows each one of us intimately and what our fears and anxieties are, He knew Joshua better than he knew himself, but note the power of Joshua’s life, it was because he chose to spend time alone with God. Even after Moses had left the tent of meeting, Joshua remained in the tent with the Lord.

  • The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear?
  • The Lord is the strength of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?
  • He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
  • Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
  • but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
  • they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
  • they shall run, and not be weary;
  • and they shall walk, and not faint. —
  • My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
  •  If God be for us, who can be against us? —
  • The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? —
  • Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us. —
  • We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
  •  Arise therefore, and be doing, and the Lord be with thee.

Acts 4:13. Psalm 27:1. Isaiah 40:29-31. Psalm 73:26. Romans 8:31. Psalm 118:6. Psalm 44:5. Romans 8:37. 1 Chronicles 22:16.

My friends, there’s just one more verse from the Bible to share with you today, note that the Apostles were transformed and very courageous, but take note of why: Acts 4:13 (NIV) “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

 Joshua was very strong and courageous.

Peter and John were courageous.

Moses, Gideon, David, Elijah, Paul, James, Stephen; were all courageous.

WHY?

Because they spent TIME with the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

And God was with them.

Now, let’s get alone with Jesus and talk with Him, be with Jesus, soak in His Word, read and meditate upon His Word, pray to Jesus about your day, be strengthened and encouraged, be strong and courageous.

Then you too will be very strong and courageous and the world will be ASTONISHED.

“For the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

He’s with you to the end my friends.

I hope your Saturday is filled with great things from the LORD today.

Don.

Be Strong and Courageous.

 

God’s Ancient Gospel Revealed

Daily Spirit & Word, 465: “I WILL Walk In His Ancient Paths”…

The Ancient GOSPEL: How God Saved Precious Souls.

Are not very different to the ways He’s winning, warning and wooing people today.

Good morning my friends, I love the way that bluebells come back every year and seem to get better and better the longer you leave them in the ground. You know my friends, long before the New Testament was completed our ancient brothers and sisters in the faith used the Old Testament to proclaim the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ. When Paul was writing to Timothy, he understood the Spiritual nature and value of the Scriptures. 2 Tim 3:16-17. Therefore today I’m going to show you that picking up a text from the most ancient of the Old Testament books, the book of Job, which is considered by some to be the oldest, we can see that God used the same ways to lead men to the awareness of their need of a Saviour thousands of years before Christ came and how the LORD provided them with a pathway towards Salvation, New Life and a much closer walk with God.

 Our focus text today is from the book of Job.

  • Job 33:14-33 (ANIV)
  • 14  For God does speak—now one way, now another— though man may not perceive it.
  • 15  In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds,
  • 16  he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,
  • 17  to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride,
  • 18  to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.
  • 19  Or a man may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in his bones,
  • 20  so that his very being finds food repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal.
  • 21  His flesh wastes away to nothing, and his bones, once hidden, now stick out.
  • 22  His soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the messengers of death.
  • 23  “Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator, one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him,
  • 24  to be gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him’—
  • 25  then his flesh is renewed like a child’s; it is restored as in the days of his youth.
  • 26  He prays to God and finds favour with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state.
  • 27  Then he comes to men and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved.
  • 28  He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light.’
  • 29  “God does all these things to a man— twice, even three times—
  • 30  to turn back his soul from the pit, that the light of life may shine on him.
  • 31  “Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.
  • 32  If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, for I want you to be cleared.
  • 33  But if not, then listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”

WOWzer! You think you know the story of a book in the Bible, then the Lord opens it up by His Spirit and you suddenly observe new depths. You know the story of Job: How he was viewed by the LORD as a righteous man, then Satan came to test Job and was allowed to do so by the LORD. Satan wanted to see how far he would need to go to make Job curse God, but God knew Job’s heart and allowed the test. Remember Satan tests and tempts us to make us fail and fall from God’s Grace. The Lord, on the other hand, allows testing to come, so that we’ll be encouraged, strengthened and grow towards maturity in the Christian faith. God wants us to succeed and pass every test.

 First: God Speaks: (verse 14).

Some people think that God doesn’t say anything today, but as we’ll see from Job, God’s NOT silent, but uses many different ways to communicate with mankind. Job 33:14  “For God does speak—now one way, now another— though man may not perceive it.”

And in those ancient days it was the same; sometimes men could hear and sometimes, like today, they are DEAF. Jesus indicated that this was so too; (explaining the ancient prophesy of Isaiah) Matthew 13:13-15 “This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14  In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ” ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15  For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'”

Yes indeed my friends, God speaks today, as He did in ancient times, but there are hard hearts and deaf ears today, just as there were back then.

But their needs were the same then as they are today:

  1. a) They needed Conversion: Verse 14. (Even if they are unaware of it).
  2. b) They needed Repentance: Verse 17. (Pride says in the heart, “I don’t need God”).

Secondly: God Works The Same Way Today: RANSOM

Though men are deaf to God’s voice in Creation, though they may not listen or respond to an evangelist (Messenger), His heart so longs for men to turn in repentance and admit their need of God, that He’ll use the Ancient methods to turn are heart and soul towards Himself.

a) God Does ALL these things to a man: Job 33:29  “God does all these things to a man— twice, even three times—” He’s doing them again and again and again, to AWAKEN men and women to their need of God.

  1. b) God Speaks in their EARS: Job 33:16  “he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,” Remember my friends, The FEAR of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
  2. c) God PAYS the PRICE for their SINS and Transgressions: Job 33:24  “to be gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him'”

Kidnappers: When someone gets kidnapped, the kidnappers ask for a RANSOM, it’s the price that needs to be paid to set the captive free.

It’s the same today, God has found the RANSOM, He paid for mankind’s Salvation in the life and blood of His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. (WOWzer! Can you see the Gospel in the ancient text today?)…. Jesus Christ has died to set mankind free from Sin, Satan and Death and Hell. This is the very verse that JUMPED out at me as I was reading Job this morning… God doesn’t want anyone to perish and end up going down to the pit of Hell, but everybody to come to repentance, that’s why He’s speaking so much to men and women who will not listen to Him.

 Thirdly: God Wants The Same Thing Today:

God used trouble, hardships, warnings, dreams, visions, revelations, to turn a man from the error of his ways. A life lived without reference to God’s Holy Standards, a life lived without God is a Rebellious state and God wants people to come and confess (admit) their sinfulness, to turn from their wicked ways, be converted, and to receive His Divine pardon and New Life.

Job 33:16  “he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, 17  to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride, 18  to preserve his soul from the pit, ….”

My friends, our Souls are even more precious to God than they are to us. No one would sell one of their eyes for even £100,000 punds would we? Would you? NO of course not, but why do we exchange our eternal souls for a few moments of pleasure in this life today? God wants to SAVE us more than we want to SAVE ourselves.

 Finally: When We’re SAVED by God the REWARDS are the same.

a) The Ransom Price Has Been Paid: Verse 24. Jesus Christ.

b) The Response Required Is The Same: Job 33:27  “Then he comes to men and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved.” We deserve DEATH & HELL, but God’s GRACE is revealed by the RANSOM price He paid in Jesus Christ.

c) The Reward of LIFE and LIGHT of God’s Glory: Job 33:28  “He redeemed (paid the ransom price) my soul from going down to the pit (Death and Hell), and I shall live to enjoy the light.’

It’s also revealed in our most famous verses from the New Testament: John 3:16-17.

  • John 3:16-17 (ANIV)
  • 16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • 17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
  •  Job 33:26  “He prays to God and finds favour with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state.”
  •  My friends, when we today HEAR the GOOD NEWS and RESPOND to God’s Voice, we’ll also see the LIGHT. We’ll walk with God for the rest of our lives and for all eternity. We’ll be REDEEMED from the PIT.

God’s Ancient ways ARE the exact same as His way today:

Jeremiah 6:16 (ANIV) “This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.'”

All God’s People today will say, “I WILL walk in His Ancient paths”… Amen!

That fact that the first Believers preached the Gospel from the Ancient Texts of the Bible should be an encouragement to us today, knowing that God’s WORD is the Inspired, Infallible, and Indefatigable WORD of God. Also, God’s Salvation PLAN has always been the same and His Ancient Gospel is Revealed in it’s pages. Praise the Lord! He’s the same, yesterday, today and forever. Amen.

Have an awesome weekend with your GREAT Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Don.

God’s Ancient Gospel Revealed.

 

A Word In Season

Daily Spirit & Word, 462: A Word In Season.

Bible Memorisation: Benefit #7 Usefulness in the Kingdom of God.

Good morning my friends, it’s a cold, wet March morning here in London, but I’m back in the study ready to praise and worship the Lord. Today we’re on the final Benefit of Bible Memorisation, but I thought it good to just remind ourselves of what we’ve looked at so far;

  • Benefit #1: Goodness comes from the Good you store up in your heart.
  • Benefit #2: Knowing How to Use the Sword: God’s Word. And the benefit of the Helmet of Salvation.
  • Benefit #3: Knowing God’s Word Gives Believers True Hope and Peace For Times of Despair.
  • Benefit #4: Divine Expectations: Eating not for one or two but for thousands of souls.
  • Benefit #5: It’s an Anchor for the Soul: Fastened to the Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Benefit #6: We’re only as strong as our weakest link: In the Chain that leads to the Anchor.

Now we come onto the Seventh Benefit: But to be honest, I could think of Seven Hundred Benefits of Storing God’s Word in your heart 🙂 However, Seven gives us something manageable.

 Benefit #7: You’ll Be Useful in the Service of the Kingdom: A Word in Season.

Since I’ve been a very young Christian, I’ve gotten into the habit of getting up early to spend time with my Lord Jesus. I do that because I’m a weak Christian and I know how much I need the Lord every day. I also do it because since 1984 I’ve gotten to know the Lord and how His Word impacts my life and the life of others around about me. He gives me words in season, it’s like everything that happens, every conversation or event is filtered through God’s Word. He brings to mind the right word when it’s needed. He also reveals His secrets to those who love Him; His friends. It’s such a privilege and a joy to be used by the Lord to help others into His Kingdom and to build others up whose flame is flickering in the winds of trouble and hardship.

You too will be useful in the service of the Kingdom when you store up God’s Word in your heart, He’ll give you a Word in Season for others too. Don’t underestimate how POWERFUL knowing God’s Word can be. I remember reading a book by Jack Deere “Surprised by the voice of the Spirit”… He was a wonderful man of God, highly educated and knew the Bible inside-out, but one day he was given the task of taking Sunday School, He thought with all his Bible knowledge it would be a breeze, he’d be able to answer any of the children’s questions. Well it didn’t go quite like that, because the children asked practical questions about why God did stuff and why He allowed certain things; Jack was stumped and went home and repented of his pride and arrogance. He asked the Lord to help him to be better equipped to assist the children, then came the voice of the Spirit.

Once, years later he was in his office at Theological College, and a student came into the office who’d been struggling with his course work. When Jack looked at him he got a picture of a banner over his head with the word; “Pornography” written upon it. Jack had gained wisdom from years of spending time in God’s Word, in prayer and knowing Jesus, and he knew enough not to just blurt it out. He asked the student if he was struggling with things? He said in a hushed voice, “Yes Professor Jack”… Jack said, “Is there anything blocking your access to Jesus?” (or something like that) The student blurted it all out, his struggles with pornography etc through tears the student repented and turned again to the Lord.

My friends, you’ll get words from the Lord in Season; A few weeks ago a woman in our fellowship was given a word from the Lord; “Let the children worship”: We thought we were quite good at being inclusive in our worship times, but we were neglecting the children’s full involvement in every aspect of our gatherings. So we’ve repented and we’re encouraging the kids who come regularly, who love the Lord, to be involved in prayers, Bible reading, singing and playing instruments: not just a All Age Worship Services, but every week. The Word: “Suffer little children to come unto me, and do not hinder them, for their’s is the Kingdom of Heaven”.  Praise the Lord for His WORDS in Season and for giving us ears to hear.

Here’s the WORD for today;

Isaiah 50:4-7  “The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. 5  The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back. 6  I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. 7  Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.”

Can you recognise who Isaiah is talking about? It is of course a prophetic word about the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember how he was mocked, spat upon, beaten etc… Yet those words are also prophetically true for every single BELIEVER who trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ. How? Well the Lord will awaken you in the mornings, He’ll awaken you and give you an ear to listen, like one being taught. You’ll learn from the LORD Himself as you set your face like flint to serve the Lord God Almighty with your life. The more you store God’s Word in your heart and life, the more He’ll use you in the Service of His Kingdom.

Getting God’s Word Inside Your Head: Means taking time to be with the Lord, in His Word, in Prayer, in Praise, in the Spirit. Once you’ve started, you’ll never want to stop, because you’ll see quickly how the Lord will use you for service in His Kingdom.

Yes my friends, by getting to know the Lord and His Word you are useful for Service in God’s Kingdom, but how?

It will keep you; Pure, you’ll have the ready sword of the Lord, you’ll remain fixed to the Anchor the Lord Jesus Christ, because you’ll always be aware of your need for Him. You’ll experience His hope and peace in times of despair. He’ll fill your heart with Divine Expectations that you’ll want and know how much God wants all people to come to know Him as you do, you’ll be filled with His compassion and love for all people, you’ll be transformed into the likeness of God’s Son Jesus Christ daily as you come to Him in His Word. You CAN do it! Begin today!

 Matthew 6:33 Kingdom Service. Seek First The Kingdom of God.

The LORD know ALL of your needs my friends, but He’s commanded us to seek first His Kingdom. To put it in first priority order in our lives and then He’ll give us everything else that we need to survive. He’ll also reveal to you the secrets of the Kingdom.

Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28  “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. 29  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 Is God’s Kingdom First Priority in your life today?

God bless and have a great day with the Lord. Keep singing and praising Him all day long.

My song that’s been in my head since I woke up is, “I’ve got Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy, deep in my heart. Deeep in my heart, Deep in my heart…” 🙂 I’m praising the Lord now.

Don.

 

NOTE:

The Bible Memory Training Course

Many people tell me; “Oh I’ve got a bad memory, I can’t retain facts, it’s too hard to commit to memory” etc, etc… But I can prove very quickly that no matter how old you are, you’ve got a wonderfully functioning memory. It’s a gift from Father God who made you.

 

  1. A) You can remember you house number right? How did you learn that? You know where the number is on the door or gate of your house. You can see the number in your head and you’ve probably touched it and remember what it feels like. That’s HOW we begin to train ourselves to remember the Bible.
  2. B) You can remember all your brothers and sisters, your children and grandchildren’s names can’t you? Yes because you’ve built up a moving picture of them in your mind. You can see them running, smiling, and saying stuff to you. You know them and can see them and you remember their names. If you use your imagination you even know what they smell like. That’s how we can train our minds to remember anything.
  3. C) You can remember, sometimes where you parked your car? LOL. I know, I even forget where I parked if I’m in deep conversation with someone, we seem to go into automatic and close the door and walk away and immediately forget what floor of the car park we were on. But when you take time to take note, you’ll find your car instantly.
  4. D) You don’t need to write a single thing down again, shopping lists can be a thing of the past. For years I’ve been able to instantly recall lists of upto 50 or 100 things, it’s just training and practice. I learned an awesome little technique that we’re going to share with everybody soon on our little Bible Memory Course.

However, when I’m attending a lecture or a seminar, I always take notes. It helps me to think through what the speaker is saying and aids recall later, but once I’ve learned something, it seems to stay with me forever.

It doesn’t require endless repetition of verses over and over again. After a while, you’ll be able to commit verses to memory quickly and it will take a fraction of a second to review those verses. Our minds are not limited by time, we can instantly recall facts, times, dates, numbers and names. Even quicker than Google 🙂 You’ll never forget your first day at Secondary School or your first date with a boy or girl? You can see their faces and remember their smile and the perfume they wore? Why? Because they were SIGNIFICANT events in your life. Now all you have to do is train your brain to make everything you want to remember just as significant. It’s easy and once you begin to see the benefits of having a trained memory, you’ll never look back.

 

Benefit #7: You’ll Be Useful in the Service of the Kingdom: A Word in Season.

 

The Helmet & The Sword

God’s Word The Sword of The Spirit

Daily Spirit & Word, 456: The Helmet & The Sword

Seven Benefits of Memorising God’s Word.

Benefit #2: Knowing God’s Word; The Sword of The Spirit.

 Ephesians 6:17 “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Good morning my friends, today I want to highlight one of the practical aspects of Bible Memorisation, but also pointing out one of the dangers too.

First the Danger: There is a tendency within the human heart, some think it noble, right and good, and there are some aspects of it that are great in the workplace and world; they are INDEPENDENCE of spirit, STRENGTH, DETERMINATION and ABILITY. When we see these evident in our children we praise and honour them. However, the danger of being able to memorise the Bible is that we could mistake that for our relationship with the Lord Jesus and the need of being dependent upon the Holy Spirit to illuminate Scripture and give us the strength to live the Christian life. Without the Holy Spirit, simply using our own human faculties, we’ll never truly understand or be able to apply the Word of God to our lives, because the things of the Spirit are foolishness to the world (or the man without the Spirit cannot understand the things of God). So we must get that relationship with Jesus Christ right first, then maintain it and then being led by the Spirit memorise / internalise God’s Word. There are some people in the world who could / can memorise the whole Bible and mesmerise others with the talents, but still not become a dependent believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s why the Helmet of Salvation comes before the Sword of the Spirit in the list of the Gospel Armour in Ephesians. When we put it on daily, we’ll be remembering that we’re saved by God’s Grace through our Faith and Trust in The Lord Jesus Christ and not by mere Human effort or ability.

Bible Memory: The Sword of the Spirit: The Word of God.

The Spirit Enables You to Wield the Sword (God’s Word) When Required.

Ephesians 6:17 “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Internalized Scripture keeps our minds in good working order and when required we’ll be able to recall the right scriptures for whatever situations we face in life.

John Ruskin, the brilliant British social critic whose views about art and architecture were influential during the Victorian and Edwardian periods of English history, testifies to this. Ruskin was an author, poet, and creative thinker; and today Ruskin College in Oxford is named for him. Leo Tolstoy described him as “one of those rare men who think with their heart.”

When he was young, Ruskin’s mother insisted that he memorize seventeen different chapters of the Bible, word perfect, six of them from the Old Testament. She also assigned an additional eight psalms.

When he was fifty-five, Ruskin said that memorizing these chapters had “established my soul in life.” He said that though afterward he learned many things from many teachers, the “installation” of the Bible into his brain became “the most precious and on the whole the one essential part of all my education. For the chapters became indeed strictly conclusive and productive to me in all modes of thought.”

My friends, All truth is God’s truth, it can be found in Creation itself, the mathematics of the Universe for example, but Scripture is His revealed truth and provides the intellectual foundations for all the rest. God’s written WORD provides the historical, philosophical, theological, and psychological scaffolding within which all other facts become united. It reveals the wisdom of God regarding everything from daily life to eternal life. Without the engraving of Scripture in our minds, we’re left with a brain filled with the rantings and ravings of a confused human intellect, which is in fact foolishness to God.

Jesus Modeled How to Use God’s Word (The Sword of the Spirit).

At the beginning of His ministry, when Jesus faced Satanic temptation in the wilderness, He used verses for the Old Testament. Of course Jesus knew God’s Word completely: He is the Word (John 1) He’d knew the full meaning of the Old Testament and often explained what it meant from a Divine perspective. Throughout His ministry Jesus often quoted verses, in the last, most stress-filled, anguished and painful moments of His life, Jesus again quoted Old Testament Scriptures, such as: “Into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46 NKJV) and “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46 KJV). These are direct quotes from Psalm 31 and Psalm 22. Our Lord was quoting Scripture as He was dying upon the cross, that’s how internalised God’s Word was in our Saviour. He really was the living Word.

If Jesus embodied God’s Word and demonstrated to us how to think clearly during those six torturous hours upon the cross, just think how much they can help us through the stress and strain of each day in our lives. When we recall Bible verse, when we bring them to mind, sometimes the Holy Spirit will bring them to our remembrance, they become like fountains of life-giving water for the thirsty wanderer in a dusty dry desert.

Today we’ve seen that we need both; The Helmet & The Sword.

The Helmet: Knowing Jesus as Lord and Saviour: Daily knowing and remembering that we’re saved by God’s Grace, through Faith and Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Sword of The Spirit: Is our only offensive weapon in Christian warfare against spiritual forces of evil in this life, so what better use of the time the Lord has given could we have than being employed in retaining His Word for life.

Bible Memory Course:

If you’d like to know how to get God’s Word into your Memory Banks (Stored for Life), we’ll be running an Online Bible Memory Training Course / Alongside a Group / Class in Church. Let me know if you are interested.

Have an Awesome Wednesday with Jesus.

Don.

Seven Benefits of Bible Memorisation.

Benefit #2 God’s Word: The Sword of The Spirit.

God’s Word The Sword of the Spirit.

 

 

With Jesus you will NEVER be LONELY again

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With Jesus you will NEVER be LONELY again.
With Jesus you will NEVER be LONELY again.

Daily Spirit & Word, 451: With Jesus you will NEVER be LONELY again.

Jesus Christ is the ANSWER to our deepest needs in life: relational connection with the Creator.

Good morning my friends. Last night when we were out on the Streets sharing the Gospel with folks and giving out tracts and Gospel messages, we had a few great conversations with people, but as usual one sticks out in my mind more than the others. It was with a woman we stopped and chatted with under the railway bridge on Norwood Road in Tulse Hill.
It was so noisy, trains going overhead, buses roaring their engines and an endless stream of traffic on Norwood Road, but she stopped when we offered her a £1,000,000 note. I said, “It’s not real, but has a message about Jesus on the reverse side”. She smiled and we began to chat about faith. Isaac asked her, “Do you have a faith?” She said, “I used to, but I’ve been a bit disillusioned by things”. We would normally have gone back over her life and asked about her faith background, but as I found out afterwards, both Isaac and I felt the Lord was telling us to just be quiet and listen to the lady. As we did so we discovered a woman who revealed she was; lonely, desperate and seeking a deep connection with the something, she knew there was something missing in her life, she’d tried many different paths and found them all to be a dead end. She’d been trained as a Clinical Psychologist, trying for years to help people through their difficulties, but she needed help herself, she was desperately lonely and though she thought she should have or know the answer, she’d found all her pathways empty. Now she was ready to try something, anything to make that connection.
After listening for about ten minutes, I said, “You know something, God loves you”. Guess what happened? She began to cry. She’d been waiting to hear that for so long. Then I said, “When you know Jesus Christ, you’ll never be lonely again.” She looked straight into my eyes and said, “My mother is a committed Christian”. I said, “I’ll bet you she’s been telling you that for years?” She nodded. I said, “There’s more, with Jesus you will NEVER be Lonely again and you’ll have a FRIEND not just for life, but for all eternity.”
After giving her some assurance of life with Jesus, we then chatted about the NEW Course we’re starting after Easter, it’s a course that’s looking at the Resurrected Jesus and different people’s encounters with Him. I asked her, “Would you be interested in such a course?” She said, “Yes I would indeed”… I gave her our little leaflet with contact details and said, “Please get in touch with us, I know you are going to enjoy the experience of getting to know Jesus Christ.”
We’ve been saying for many moths that Jesus speaks when we go out for Him, but there’s POWER with us my friends. The Holy Spirit made sure that Isaac and I knew last night to keep quiet and just listen for a while. What if we’d just blurted out with the Gospel? We’d probably have lost that woman, but by being attentive to His leading we were able to engage on a completely different level. We ask Him to prepare the way and He does, but we must be careful to observe and listen to His leading.
Lonely: Loneliness: There are countless desperate and lonely people in our world today. The Bible reveals that loneliness is like a prison and we, Isaac and myself, could see that this woman was like a locked up prisoner desperate to see the outside world and escape the prison cell of loneliness.
 
Psalm 68:5-6 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”

Here the Psalm reveals what we said to the Lonely lady last night:

A) God is A Father: A father relates with his children. God relates with those who come to Him as a Father. Yes He disciplines, rebukes and punishes, just like an earthly father does, but God also encourages, gives grace to the humble and strengthens those who are weak and feeling empty.
B) God is a DEFENDER: of those who can’t defend themselves. We serve a God of Justice and one day He’ll give righteous justice to all who mistreat those who are fatherless and widows.
C) God is in HEAVEN: But He’s also right here beside us. God is NOT far away in a place that cannot be found. He’s close to every single human soul. He’s only a prayer away.
D) God PROVIDES: For every single soul there is a FAMILY to belong to. When you come to Jesus you are in God’s Family, He becomes your FATHER and every Christian is your brother or your sister.
E) God sets the captives FREE: In the verse above, loneliness is described as a PRISON and those who are suffering loneliness as PRISONERS, but listen what happens when He sets those prisoners free.
D) There’s SINGING: rejoicing, happiness, peace, joy, praise, release. When you’re set free from something the next thing you want to do is CELEBRATE and REJOICE right? Well my friends, that’s what happens when Father God sets the LONELY FREE.
G) DESERT EXPERIENCE: Those who’ve yet to come to the Saviour, it’s like living in a DESERT, “A sun-scorched land”.
Reflecting back on our meeting with the woman last night, I can see her now in my mind, walking along the road, looking sad, head down. However, after our conversation, as I watched her walking away there was a difference in her. She was walking taller, she was lighter, brighter and more joyful and hopeful. There was a spring in her step and I know an expectation of peace and the prospect of an end to her deep loneliness.
With Jesus Christ as your Lord, Master, Saviour and Friend, you’ll never be lonely again. We, who’ve trusted in Jesus, have an answer to one of the world’s greatest needs today: The need to feel connected, loved, accepted for who we are, cared for, and protected. God has revealed in my places in the Bible that He is the Answer to ALL of life’s relational problems. We’re rootless and restless until we find our eternal rest in Him. It comes when we come to Jesus. Release comes when we come as prisoners longing to be set free by Jesus.

In Everyone’s Life;

There are SIN issues to deal with.
There are Righteousness issues to deal with.
There are Rebellious issues to deal with.
There are Character issues to deal with.
Yes all of the above in ALL of our lives, but there’s a much bigger issue, the issue of being and FEELING CUT OFF from the Creator. We’ll always be lonely until we come to the Saviour, there’s a soul searching within every single human being, that will not be satisfied until we find our true rest in Jesus. That’s why Jesus said, “Come to Me”.
We can try and fill that aching and longing with things, with people, with pleasures and distractions, but it won’t go away. Many mistake the longing for needing more of what the world offers, and they spend all their energy and time trying to fill their life up with things and the world’s resources, but what we need most is to find total satisfaction in absolutely NOTHING, but being with Father God, when we find that total satisfaction, then we’re set free to really enjoy what He’s provided for us.
We’ll no longer see the world and the things of the world as something to posses, to own or keep, but to use and enjoy and give away freely, because our Father has given all of it to us. We’ll hold onto these things loosely, because our happiness, contentment, security and joy are not dependent upon the things or the people of this earth any more. Our deepest JOY and Happiness comes from being connected, related, joined and filled with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
So for anyone who’s feeling lonely today, I would say “Listen to what the Lord your God has told you in His Word. Read and reread those words aloud, because it’s only in knowing the LORD of Creation that we find true companionship that our souls are crying out for.”
My friends, come to the Creator again today; to Jesus who made all things, stop trying to find soul satisfaction in the world, it will always leave you feeling wanting, but be filled to overflowing with His presence in your lives.
What a FOUNTAIN!
What a JOY.
What a PEACE.
Have an AWESOME Thursday.
Don.

NOTES on Loneliness / Our Need For God.

Bible Verses, Quotes, Scriptures About: Feeling Alone; Being Alone ; Feeling Empty, Feeling Lost, Feeling Lonely, Feeling Alone ; Loneliness ; Feelings.Psalm 25:16-17
“Turn to me and have mercy on me, because I am lonely and hurting.
My troubles have grown larger; free me from my problems.” (NCV)Psalm 121:1 -2 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (KJV)John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” (KJV)Matthew 11:29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (NKJV)1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.” ~ KJV Ad.

Psalm 142:5-7 “I cry to you, O LORD; I say,
“You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.” (NIV)

Deuteronomy 31:6
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (ESV)

Psalms 46:1
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (KJV)

Psalms 27:10
“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” (KJV)

Isaiah 41:10
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (NIV)

Matthew 28:20
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (KJV)

Hebrews 13:5
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (ESV)

2 Timothy 4:16-17
“At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.” (NIV)

Psalm 68:6a
“God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” (NASB)

Lamentations 3:24-25 “”The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.” (NASB)

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (NASB)

Luke 19:10
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Amplified)

Psalm 91:1-2, 14-15 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Because he loves me, says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” (NIV)

Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (KJV)

Psalm 9:10 “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (ESV)

Psalm 28:7
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” (NIV)

Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (NIV)

Lamentations 3:22 -23 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. ” (KJV)

2 Chronicles 16:9a
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (NIV)

John 14:1-2, 27
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (KJV)

Matthew 11:28 – 30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (KJV)

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)

Once Alienated From God..
Galatians 5:4 “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” (NIV)

Colossians 1:21 “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.” (NKJV)

Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (KJV)

Bible Verses About Being Alone, Solitude, Jesus Being Alone
It’s Important to take out time to be alone sometimes – Like Jesus did
Matthew 14:13-14
“When Jesus heard what had happened to John, he left in a boat and went to a lonely place by himself. But the crowds heard about it and followed him on foot from the towns. When he arrived, he saw a great crowd waiting. He felt sorry for them and healed those who were sick.” (NCV)

Mat 14:23 “After he had sent them away, he went by himself up into the hills to pray. It was late, and Jesus was there alone.” (NCV)

Luke 5:16 “..but Jesus often slipped away to be alone so he could pray.” (NCV)

Finally..
Psalm 62:1-2
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

Romans 8:35-39
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV)

With Jesus you will never feel lonely again.

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How Important is Knowing God’s Word?

How Important is Knowing God’s Word?
I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Ps 119:11
I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Ps 119:11

Daily Spirit & Word, 448: How Important is Knowing God’s Word?

Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You”

Good morning my friends, I’ve been reading a little book about getting God’s Word into our memory banks, the importance of knowing God’s Word. Today, I’ve copied a little story for you, it’s powerful and will encourage you in your walk with Jesus. The story will move you to tears and strengthen your resolve to get to know God’s Word better.
Psalm 40:8 “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
Taken from 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know: “One night several years ago I sat up into the wee hours, engrossed in a book I’d picked up at a yard sale. ‘In the Presence of Mine Enemies’, it was the memoir of Vietnam POW Howard Rutledge, who was shot down over North Vietnam on November 28, 1965. When his plane was hit, Howard bailed out, but he descended into thick mud near a large village and was soon surrounded by a crowd welding knives, machetes, and sticks. Forming a ring around him, the townspeople blocked his escape and descended on him, pounding him with blows, stripping off his clothing, and dragging him into their little jail, half dead. Shortly thereafter, he was transported to the infamous Hanoi Hilton where he was brutally interrogated and tortured.
Howard described how, in an initial set of tortures, his legs were forced into rough shackles, with his arms hog-tied in an excruciating position. He was deprived of clothing, food, and sleep and forced to lie on a cold slab in a mucky cell. The walls, floors, and ceilings were caked with filth, and a large rat shared his space.
Until his incarceration Howard had felt little concern for spiritual things; but now he desperately tried to recall snatches of Bible verses, hymns, or sermons he had heard in his childhood. Fortunately as a youngster he had attended a church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a Sunday school that had stressed the importance of Scripture memory. There in the POW camp, he racked his brain for every single verse he could recall. During the rare moments when he could communicate with other POWs, he found them seeking to do the same.
“Everyone knew the Lord’s Prayer and the Twenty-third Psalm,” he said, “but the camp favorite verse that everyone recalled first and quoted most often is found in the Book of John, third chapter, sixteenth verse: 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.”
With a friend’s help, Howard even managed to reconstruct verses 17 and 18.
Howard wrote, “How I struggled to recall those Scriptures and hymns! I had spent my first eighteen years in a Southern Baptist Sunday School, and I was amazed at how much I could recall; regrettably, I had not seen the importance of memorizing verses from the Bible…. Now, when I needed them, it was too late. I never dreamed that I would spend almost seven years (five of them in solitary confinement) in a prison in North Vietnam or that thinking about one memorized verse could have made a whole day bearable. One portion of a verse I did remember was, ‘Thy word have I hid in my heart.’ How often I wished I had really worked to hide God’s Word in my heart. I put my mind to work.”
In his memoirs Howard described days and nights of tortures that made my skin crawl as I read about them; but he also testified of being able, as time progressed, to recall more and more Bible verses from the recesses of his mind. His recollection wasn’t word perfect, but he was amazed at how many phrases and sentences from the Bible lay buried deep in his memory, waiting to be discovered.
Those Bible verses literally kept Howard Rutledge from losing his mind. The memorized snippets of Scripture in his brain were potent. They faced down death, rallied his spirits, steeled his nerves, and tapped into the deepest strength known in the universe. They beat back the torture, stifled the despair, subdued the terrors he felt, and maintained his sanity even when he was immobilized for days in a stifling hut, chained to a metal frame, lying in his own waste, and covered with ants, flies, and biting insects.
Those verses, long ago learned by heart, proved more restorative than any tonic. They dispensed strength and were sufficient to the pain; and they bolstered his mind and his mood with the strongest thoughts of an omniscient God in the midst of humanity’s most sadistic ravings. They were the reason he came home alive.
“That first New Year’s Eve in Heartbreak Hotel,” he wrote, “I had resolved never to be without a Bible again. Those verses of God’s Word that I had memorized or that I had scrounged from other prisoners’ memories had been a living source of strength in my life.”
Most of us will never be POWs in a concentration camp, but all of us occasionally find ourselves at Heartbreak Hotel. Life is hard, full of anguishing moments and dangerous temptations. We need strong minds – brains that think clearly, emotions that remain calm and steady.
Bible verses, committed to memory and applied by the Holy Spirit, are the most powerful medications in the whole world. They’re a balm for sore hearts, an elixir for low spirits, an immunization for bad habits, a booster shot of high spirits, a pick-me-up for dreary days, and a stimulant for positive nerves.
How many Bible verses could you reconstruct from your memory banks if push came to shove?
Here’s the little verse again, hopefully the importance of knowing God’s Word will sink down deep today and you’ll begin to hide God’s Word within your head and heart, then with the Holy Spirit’s help, they’ll surface just when you need them.
Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
God bless and have an awesome week.
Don.
P.S. We’ll be sending out links to a brand NEW Bible Memory Course coming very soon. If you want to know more, please let me know and I’ll add you to the list of those who want to learn; “HOW to Hide God’s Word in your Heart”.
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