Purpose…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 3

19“Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked. 20For everyone who does evil things hates the light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed. 21But everyone who does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.3>

God is glorified.  The believer does what is right.  The believer does what is true.  What is right?  What is true?  Following Christ is both right and true; he is the light that came from God and his coming glorifies God.  The purpose of a cup is to hold a drink so the drinker may be refreshed.  The potter spends the  time, invests his efforts to have a vessel that will hold a drink so the owner may be refreshed.

The believer is created , all mankind was created with the purpose to love and glorify God the Creator, to fulfill his wishes.  The believer knows his Father’s will and knows his own purpose; for as David declares, he spends time searching God’s spoken words written down for the believer.  The cup that refuses to hold the drink is destroyed for it does not fulfill its purpose.

Those who prefer darkness, refusing the light, rejecting the Christ, Son of God sent to bring light, are refusing to fulfill their purpose.  They do not bring God glory and so the sentence, the judgment, remains on them.  Those who come to the light fulfill their purpose, glorify God.  Not only that, the light enters them and as Christ is light so they become light to the rest of creation.  And God is glorified.

Pray – How happy are those whose way of life is blameless, who live by the Torah of Adonai.  How happy are those who observe his instruction, who seek him wholeheartedly!  They do nothing wrong but live by his ways. Psalm 119:1

Repent – I repent for the days spent in the darkness of night with no light.  I repent for those in this nation who continue in darkness.

Ask – You laid down your precepts for us to observe with care.  May my ways be steady in observing your laws.

Yes – Then I will not be put to shame, since I have fixed my sight on all your ways.  I thank you with a sincere heart as I learn your righteous rulings.

Source; John and Psalms

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Growing…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Matthew 5:14-16

Mat 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Mat 5:15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.

Mat 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Let His Light shine

Let His Light shine

Do not confuse self-control with hiding what is done, or doing all things in secret. The good that is done should be seen, it becomes evidence of God’s glory and brings Him praise. Righteousness is evidence of God’s presence. Faith in Him brings excellence into the life of the believer. That move for excellence permeates everything that is done and makes room for knowledge. Knowledge gained from the experiences of exercising the faith given by God, believing that God is, who He is and what He does, believing Christ came, accomplished what he came to do, that it is for the benefit of all peoples…that creates the desire for excellence in all things. That knowledge gained gives the possibility to control self. Desires and drives are now founded on the basis of faith in God, acquired through a drive for excellence to please Him, built by experiences giving and building knowledge of His ways and desiring those ways rather than the ways of self. It compounds. There is something growing in the believer and it is transforming them into a spiritual being as they yield to the Holy Spirit and cooperate with the Holy Spirit in them.

 

Transformed by the renewing of the mind, that mind of Christ, a work in progress begun with faith in God through Christ Jesus and seen by all around the believer… a light on a lampstand shining Christ’s light to all who see.

 

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Break the silence….

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Genesis 42:21

21 Then they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us.”

 

Do we honestly think we are immune?  It is time to break the silence…Germany paid dearly for their silence…

Luke 10:29-37

 

29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain [man] went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded [him], and departed, leaving [him] half dead.

31 “Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 “Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

33 “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.

34 “So he went to [him] and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 “On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave [them] to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

36 “So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

The following excerpt is included because it is a battle cry to action.   

 

“God specifically tells us:

“When you happen on someone who’s in trouble or needs help . . . don’t look the other way pretending you don’t see him – don’t keep a tight grip on your purse. No. Look at him; open your purse; lend whatever and as much as he needs. . . . Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God’s blessing in everything you do – all your work and ventures. . . .” Deuteronomy 15:9-11The Message (MSG

First they came for the Coptic Christians but I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t Coptic.

Then they came for the Homosexual and stoned them to death, but I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t homosexual.

Then they sold the Kurdish women and children in to slavery but I wasn’t a 9 year old Kurd so I didn’t say anything.

Then they came for the Muslim who wasn’t Muslim enough and the Christian that wouldn’t convert but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t think it involved me and I didn’t think I could do anything anyway.

Eventually they will come for you, and there will be no one left to speak out for you.

Not to speak is to speak, not to stand is to stand. God will not hold us blameless.”– Glen Beck

 

Not to speak is to speak.

Not to stand is to stand.

Not to vote is to vote.

Not to act is to act.

Each of us can be a Samaritan in some way to our neighbors suffering violence whether it be at the hands of ISIS or angry protestors or the scalpel of an abortionist.  Violence is done to the innocent.  We can no longer look away as children and women are enslaved and trafficked to a customer base that includes the US of A.   It doesn’t go away because we close our eyes.  It remains and grows.

God’s people are the salt and light of the earth.  Salt enhances flavor but also burns the wounds and destroys the soil.  Light brings understanding but also exposes the acts done in darkness.  We are the salt and light.  We have a voice.  We must raise the voice of the Samaritan and bind the wounds, bring relief, spread the message of love to counter the voices of hate.  Note that the religious leaders avoided the confrontation.  Let’s not turn away or go to the other side of the road. Let’s engage in this fight against evil. Let’s raise our voice…

Remember this?

“The Sound Of Silence”

Hello darkness my old friend.

I’ve come to talk with you again.

Because a vision softly creeping

Left its seeds while I was sleeping

And the vision that was planted in my brain

Still remains

Within the sound of silence.

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In restless dreams I walked alone

Narrow streets of cobblestone

‘neath the halo of a street lamp

I turned my collar to the cold and damp

When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light

That split the night and touched the sound of silence.

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And in the naked light I saw ten thousand people, maybe more.

People talking without speaking,

People hearing without listening.

People writing songs that voices never shared

No one dared, disturb the sound of silence

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“Fools,” said I, “you do not know,

Silence like a cancer grows.

Hear my words that I might teach you,

Take my arms that I might reach you.”

But my words like silent raindrops fell and echoed

In the wells of silence.

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And the people bowed and prayed

To the neon god they made

And the sign flashed out its warning in the words that it was forming.

And the sign said, “the words of the prophets

Are written on the subway walls and tenement halls

And whispered in the sound of silence.

© 1964 Words and Music by Paul Simon

 

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Be a light…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 3:16-26

 The LORD said:

 Because the daughters of Zion are haughty

and walk with outstretched necks,

 glancing wantonly with their eyes,

mincing along as they go,

 tinkling with their feet,

 therefore the Lord will strike with a scab

 the heads of the daughters of Zion,

and the LORD will lay bare their secret parts.

 In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents;   the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves;  the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets;  the signet rings and nose rings;  the festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags;  the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.

  Instead of perfume there will be rottenness;

 and instead of a belt, a rope;

 and instead of well-set hair, baldness;

 and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth;

and branding instead of beauty.

 Your men shall fall by the sword

 and your mighty men in battle.

 And her gates shall lament and mourn;

 empty, she shall sit on the ground.

It would be wise to know there is a part of God that is shared with us that alerts us to the knowledge of judgment.  Not a judgment imposed by mankind upon one another, not a judgment similar to that of the Pharisee elevating one over another, but a judgment imposed by God Almighty; one more severely intense that is placed against His people for their pride and their rejection of Him, all that He is.  In Christ we have forgiveness and with a that acceptance comes responsibility.  Genuine believers respond to Him out of love and gratitude and there is no rebellion in them.  Let’s be sure to be a part of the remnant saved from total destruction.  Let us be a light in a dark world.  Peace.

 

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Children of light…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Colossians 3:1-17

 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

 

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.   In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.   But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.  Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 

 

 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,   bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

How shall we live?  With compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiving with love, allowing peace to rule with the word in us teaching and admonishing, singing songs and giving thanks to God, this is the picture drawn of genuine believers.  Does the description fit us?  Time to reflect and search our hearts, minds and souls.  Time to ask of ourselves, if we were the person crossing our path what would they see, experience of us? Is there light?  Is there salt?  Or do we carry the opposites of these descriptors?  Help us Lord this day to exhibit the list of traits that say we are your children, children of light not darkness.

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transformed…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Colossians 1:11-20

 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,

 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,   in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.   And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.   And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.   For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

So, in Christ we see God our Father and Creator.  And light is spoken once again into the darkness; a darkness that crept over the face of earth as mankind turned their backs on  God to go their own way.  So as we  turn back through Christ, light enters our world once more.  And now we speak in spiritual terms.  This light transcends all other light.  It illuminates the soul and we grow as spiritual beings in Christ.  In this we become transformed into overcomers of all that the darkness tries to throw at us.

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Litmus test…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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II Corinthians 11:1-15

  I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!   For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.   But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.   For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.   Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles.   Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

  Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God’s gospel to you free of charge?   I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.   And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.  As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia.  And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! 

And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do.  For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.   So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

How do we know if the Jesus preached is a different Jesus, or the spirit a different spirit, or the gospel a different gospel?  We can answer this question only as we hold what is spoken, given or received up to the light of the Word.  A jeweler uses light and magnification and knowledge of the genuine to determine authenticity.  We can do the same.  We must be in the Word, knowledgeable of the Word and intimate with the Spirit of God to know the authenticity of the message delivered by another.  Paul is giving warning that there are those about who are not genuine.  And we can , have the means, to determine their source; whether it truly be of God or not.

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