Matthew 20:20-28

This selection really speaks to my heart. It serves as an example of how we should be willing to serve others. Too many people seek to have authority over others, this is why Jesus told them that he came the minister to the people. Ministering in the Bible was more than just sharing the Gospel it was taking care of the people. This is a concept that gets overlooked by many modern churches.

We must be willing to serve if we want to lead others. Wouldn’t it be horrible to get to heaven and find out we weren’t staying because we were more worried about authority than serving? This is a concept that I constantly work on in my daily life. I would rather plant a seed in someone’s life and allow the Holy Spirit help it grow than try and force someone to see things the way I believe. Please remember me in your prayers.

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Adam and Talking Animals

While I was work the other day, I had a conversation with someone about the creation of man. This person said that the Bible tells that Adam was not the first man. He was using the fact that God said let us make man in Genesis 1 that this meant other people were created before Adam. However, when you look in Genesis 2 the creation events apply specifically to the Garden of Eden that was created. Was Adam the first man? According to 1 Corinthians 15:45, Adam is named as the first man, was created a living soul. I think it is a safe assumption that Paul, personally called by Jesus, is accurate in his description of Adam being the first man.

Eventually, our conversation led to taking the Bible literally and figuratively. I was told that there was no literal serpent that spoke to Eve. This concerned me because the Bible states that the devil took the form of a serpent. 2 Corinthians 11 talks about Satan being transformed into an Angel of Light. Would it really be difficult to take the form of a serpent? I would think it wouldn’t be a far stretch by any means. I believe if God wanted an animal to speak to me, I better shut and listen. Numbers 22 gives the story of the donkey speaking to Balaam.

My suggestion to this person and anyone reading this post: study the Word for yourself, don’t assume that something that someone else tells you is accurate. God bless!

Matthew 13:24-30

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

There are a few different theories on the rapture of the church, a fact that got me to studying on this topic. Many churches today teach that the church will be rapture before any type of tribulation befalls believers. I have always had an issue with this theory because that Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 24 that the days of tribulation would be shortened for the elect’s sake. Now this got me thinking that if the days have to be shortened to allow flesh to be saved there must be believers present at the tribulation. So, I started searching out other scriptures that addressed the end of the world. I know that Jesus said that no one, but God knows the day or the hour so I don’t try to date events. Instead I am more interested in the order that these events will occur.

I find the parable and later explanation that Jesus shares in Matthew 13 to present an interesting order of events. Since Jesus explains the meaning of the tares, wheat, and harvest to the disciples we can assume that the order of the parable could be the actual order of the events. In the parable Jesus says the tares are gathered first and then the wheat. Does this mean that everything could happen all at once? The answer is that each person must study the scripture and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to them how literal to take the order of events. Speculation can lead to unintended confusion and therefore I leave it to everyone to form their own opinion.

The important thing to remember is that Jesus is coming for His people and we need to ready to go at any time. People must be always watching and then they will not be taken off guard. God Bless!!!

Flawed Man

You know, there are times when I am presented with situations that can serve as a test and I fail them. This is because I am a flawed man that can never live good enough to make it to Heaven on my own. Some things, such as being faithful to my wife, seem like a no-brainer that I never feel tempted about. I know I love her deeply and she is a part of me. Its other things like listening and partaking in gossip, neglecting praying, neglecting studying my Bible, and allowing harsh feelings to remain in my mind. These are the types of flaws that I must work on daily and rely on the strength of God to deliver me from them. Through God’s grace and mercy, I remain a forgiven man even with my flaws. We all do who have faith in God.

There will be times when situations are presented that are designed to show us that our faith is more powerful than we may realize. It reminds me of the poem, “Footprints in the Sand”, it is during our most difficult times in our lives that we are carried by God. We just need to accept His grace and believe that He will do what is best for us.

Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. 14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: 15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

53 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

I wanted to wait until after Easter to start posting again because God showed me that this selection of Scripture was fitting for the holiday. There are many people who will avoid the Old Testament because they believe that with the fulfillment of the law, through Jesus, that the Old Testament no longer applies. However, when you read this selection I believe that it is apparent that this prophecy shows what Jesus would eventually go through over 600 years before it happened. Whether you agree about the appropriate way to celebrate the holiday or not, it is easy to understand that the reason for the holiday is because Jesus was accused, abused, wrongfully convicted, sentenced, crucified, and resurrected for a sinful world to be offered salvation. A choice that he made because of the love he had for God’ creation.

Love

Short and simple truth. We are to be creatures of love because we come from a Creator of love. This Creator, God, sent His son in love to save the world. Any person who preaches or teaches it any other way is not of God, nor His love. These false teachers are trying to deceive us because of their lack of love.

I always tell people that they can either be of God or of the world, not both. Jesus told the people it was possible to serve two masters. Another piece of wisdom that can be overlooked is that a house divided against itself cannot stand. When you have true Godly love for others then this things are simple to follow.

PSALM 46

While taking a break at work tonight a Scripture came upon me about knowing God. The entire chapter of Psalm 46 shares the importance of know that God is God. That His power and control over the entirety of the world cannot be matched. I believe this came to me because there are times in my life that I try to solve my problems without seeking deliverance from God.

I believe that each of us need to take the time to be still and know that God is God. Just like when he told Moses, “I am that I am.” He told Moses to tell the people that I am sent him to deliver His message. GOD could have commanded Moses to go into detail, instead He knew a few words were all that was needed to get the point across. Sometimes, we needed to us little to no words to make thing go better.