Friday, March 11, 2016

Bible Quotes Deuteronomy 7:9

“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” - Deuteronomy 7:9

We fall short of the commands God has given us. But in holding onto Him, he holds onto us. He is faithful. And able. He gives life and hope. He provides a way when none can be seen. 

God has authority. The world may work as it will, but God can change it. You can pray to God and He will answer through the Holy Spirit. Some say He does not answer prayer, but that blind luck sometimes does. How faithful are those that worship luck? Yet I tell you that if you pray, God will answer your prayer. Try it and see. And note, talk to God in your prayers. He is the good father. Not to be trifled with with lustful thoughts of the heart. He does not give you what you want. He gives you what you need. 

Bible Quotes Romans 8:38-39

“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.” -Romans 8:38-39

The persecution facing Christians in Rome at Paul’s time was strong. Much like that faced by Christians persecuted by Daesh death cult. It is said Nero used Christians as human torches to light his gardens. Paul faced that persecution, and died. But before he died, he provided this powerful testimony. There is no promise of lust or money, no threat of pain or destruction, no loss, which will prevent God from holding us as we call and serve Him. 

On his Journey to Rome, Paul was stoned, probably to death. But Paul persevered. 

We are challenged by Demons. But it is not our job to fight those demons. We should resist them. If we fight demons, we end up dancing to the tune they play. But God will fight them and win. It has been written in Revelations that He will throw them into a black pit. All you need do, is hold onto God.

Bible Quotes Romans 8:35,37

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” - Romans 8:35,37

In early Rome, attempts were made to stop Christian worship and restore traditional Roman pantheist worship. And in stoic Roman style, Christian worshippers showed their faith. Hundreds of years after Paul wrote this letter, a young Christian woman, a teenager, was sentenced to death for her faith. She faced a gladiator. Her father was in the stadium. The gladiator subdued her, but hesitated at the killing blow. She placed the sword tip at her throat and instructed the gladiator to thrust. She died Roman and Christian. Although we die, Christ holds us. Although we fail, Christ holds us. As we live, Christ holds us. 

Many Christians are persecuted for their faith today. Many will go their whole lives and not face worse than a reversal of fortune at work. How one dies may make a statement. How one lives makes all the difference. Live as though Christ holds you. It is ok to be outspoken for Christ. It is ok to pray silently. It is ok to let others know you are Christian. It is ok to serve. It is ok to be humiliated for Christ. It is ok to be wrong, and admit it and repent. There is only one way to lose. Reject Christ, continually and finally. 

Bible Quotes 1 John 3:11

“For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” - 1 John 3:11

The message of love was not readily conveyed by the commandments God had given. But as Jesus said, that was their intent. People have hard hearts. They tend to selfishness. Which is understandable, as life is sweet, and so one craves more. But 100 large milkshakes should not be consumed in an hour, but easily in a year, God shows how life can be sweeter. 

Service to others is a godly heart. It is humbling, making it easier to continue. Service points the heart in the right direction to walk with God. Selfishness points away from the Lord. Even isolation, which is sometimes what we wish to commune with God, is a selfish retreat if there are others in need. 

But the love is like that of family. And family sleep, rest, play and work. It isn’t selfish to tend to your own needs. But we live for family. 

Bible Quotes 1 Peter 3:15

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” - 1 Peter 3:15

Peter loved Jesus, but he denied him when he was asked about it on the morning of Jesus’ crucifixion. Three times. Peter revered Jesus, and Jesus loved Peter, but Peter did not have an answer. Maybe, had Peter answered, he would have been killed. But everyone will endure mortal death until God decides they won’t. Even John, who had felt for a time he would not. 

The correct answer if you know the Lord and love Him is you know the Lord and love Him. And there may be dire consequences. But mostly, there won’t be. And if you speak simply and honestly, it impresses people. It suggests integrity and that is a desirable thing. Know your heart and speak your mind. And stand to be corrected when you are wrong. It is ok to disagree with others, too. But do it lovingly. 

Bible Quotes 1 John 4:10

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” - 1 John 4:10

God loves you. But God will not endure your rebellion to him. God has created a path so that He can love you and not see your rebellion. It is a remarkable thing, to be loved by God. To be loved by God is to have a home in paradise forever. And it is given freely to all, and those who accept the gift can have it. 

Just like prayer is not answered if one does not pray, the gift of love must be reciprocated. If you are angry at God, and blame Him for your choices, then you aren’t listening to Him. Anger divides and hurts love, leading to a broken heart. 

God made a path for you. You were lost to Him, but He found a way to retrieve you. It is your choice. But why choose to reject the gifts? Why break the heart of one who loves you? 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Bible Quotes 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Everyone needs comfort. And God gives it freely. When the one we love rejects us, we need comfort. When our work is not good enough, we need comfort. When we lose our treasures, we need comfort. Everyone has times in their life when comfort is needed. And, maybe the need was a personal fault or failing. Comfort is needed. 

And God gives comfort. He gives it to the homeless, to widows without family, to the poor and destitute. God also gives comfort to the rich and wealthy, should they choose to accept it. 

Children know when they miss out on something they want. Their father gives as he should to let them grow. God is the perfect Father. God denies nothing that his children need. Sometimes a person dies young and tragically. Let Him comfort you. 

Bible Quotes John 13:34-35

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”” - John 13:34-35

Is it such a difficult command? 

It is a wonderful thing to be a disciple of God. Disciples are called by God whose spirit feeds them. They follow the doctrine He set out. They rest on His sacrifice. Anyone can be a disciple, they need only read his Word and want to follow Him. 

It is a new command from God. The earlier commands were like it but it restates them in a way that had not been interpreted that way before. Jesus is exemplary of God’s love for all. God wants to be the loved one too. and by showing love, one shows love for God. The love one has for God is deserved by God. So too is the love you show anyone, because it goes to Him. 

We are not lost in the wilderness when we have love. And by giving it, we make more. 

Bible Quote 2 Timothy 1:9

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,” - 2 Timothy 1:9

We did not ask for God to sacrifice Jesus. But he did. It is grace that He did. Everyone who was not at the top is now equal with those who are. God is part of our lives, when we let Him. He isn’t here to give you season baseball tickets or extra points in home games, He is here to give you eternal life and numerous blessings. 

Turn aside from self serving behaviour. Serve God, and He will bless you. If you build God’s house, He will build yours. Don’t waste time trying to do everything yourself. There is no joy in doing things your way, so as to show you are better than those doing it their way. Such pettiness is hurtful. Do things because God wants you to. Show praise because God has blessed you. Love one another, because God loves you. 

Bible Quotes John 3:16

“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.” - John 3:16

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Bible Quotes Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 Mar 6th

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” - Deuteronomy 6: 6-7
Children are you future and it is important to let them know what you feel is important. Don’t deprive them of your wisdom. You may want them to make their own decisions. Let those decisions be informed ones. Don’t worry about telling them something which you feel is prejudicial, let them know what you think. Otherwise, they will regret not knowing your mind, and they may resent you making choices for them. 

There is nothing more important than walking with God. And it gives a child a tremendous advantage if they are raised with knowledge of God. It is ok to question God’s existence, but know that there are proofs of it too. It is ridiculous to think of sending a child to school and not let them know about standard measures. God provides the standard by which we can measure our achievements in life.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Bible Quotes Joshua 1:9 Mar 5th

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”” - Joshua 1:9
The words here to Joshua are to do with entering the promised land. It was not straightforward. There were powerful enemies in front as well as forty years behind. But the same is true for you too. You have baggage and you have impediments to progress. 

The Devil laughs at you and humiliates you. Pointing to your past and saying you have no future. But it is the Devil that has no future and no power over you. Don’t watch the Devil, but watch the Lord and serve Him. The Lord knows your past and yet loves you. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Bible Quotes Isaiah 55:8-9 Mar 4th

““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” - Isaiah 55:8-9
God knows your future. And your past. You aren’t going to impress God by taking time to improve yourself before choosing to worship Him. Take the time to go to church and learn the ways of the Lord. You will find that God’s ambitions for you give you life with joy. 

Your ways are not the same as His. But you can learn to walk with Him and talk with Him. Start now. Don’t delay engaging with him. Don’t try to engage with him on better, or equal terms. Let yourself be known to His people. Walk in His Kingdom. Learn the paths of the righteous.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Bible Quotes Job 23:10-11 Mar 3rd

“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.” - Job 23:10-11
Job is oppressed by sickness and disease and sorrow. But Job has confidence that the Lord has not forsaken him. It is  one of the earliest books of the Bible, and Job was fabulously wealthy. Everything Job had was lost. But in holding fast to the Lord, even though Job was tested by those who would have had him turn away, Job is blessed with much again. 

You have been given much too. And you can lose it all by following bad advice and being misled. Or just through ordinary tragedies. It is wisdom that allows you to navigate tragedy. Tragedy is terrible and personal. But no matter how terrible, hold to the Lord. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bible Quotes Psalm 73:25-26 Mar 2nd

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” - Psalm 73:25-26
If God is for you, none may stand against you. But so as to not cross God’s purposes, you must learn who God is, and his ways. In heaven, there is still teaching and learning. There are those who do not know God well. But the singing of praise teaches us who God is. Reading the Bible regularly allows you to walk with the Lord before you go to His kingdom. 

There is nothing here which you would keep. The love you have is real, and is of the kingdom of God. And you keep that. But the possessions are not going with you in heaven or hell. You are mortal and your flesh will fail you. But God offers eternal life. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bible Quotes 2 Timothy 1:7 Mar 1st

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:7
We have a spirit and it comes from God. From serving God, not ourselves. We walk with God and learn about Him by reading the Bible. He begins to talk to you with a distinctive voice. You can hear Him answer your questions. And yet you doubt too. How much is it His voice, and how much is it you wanting it to be His voice? Walk with God by reading the Bible. He will tell you. 

You cannot fail. God loves you. Hold to His purpose, and He will reward you. What would you do if you knew you could not fail? What holds you back? He will open the doors if it is His will. But you must knock on the door, too. Let Him say yes. And accept it if He says no.