Friday, August 22, 2014

Children of Light

Mo. 8/25/14: Isaiah 42:5 – 7                  Who did God call?
      Thus says God the Lord,
      Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
      Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,
      Who gives breath to the people on it,
      And spirit to those who walk on it:
      “I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,
      And will hold Your hand;
      I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
      As a light to the Gentiles,
      To open blind eyes,
      To bring out prisoners from the prison,
      Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
Who did God call? God called One in righteousness as a light to gentiles.
Tu. 8/26/14: Isaiah 43:10 – 11                  Who were the witnesses?
      “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord,
      “And My Servant whom I have chosen,
      That you may know and believe Me,
      And understand that I am He.
      Before Me there was no God formed,
      Nor shall there be after Me.
      I, even I, am the Lord,
      And besides Me there is no savior.
Who were the witnesses? The Jews were supposed to be the witnesses.
We. 8/27/14: Isaiah 43:25 – 26                   What precedes acquittal?
      “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
      And I will not remember your sins.
      State your case, that you may be acquitted.
What precedes acquittal? The great ‘I AM’ blots out our sin.
Th. 8/28/14: Ephesians 5:8 – 10                   How are being and walking different?
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
How are being and walking different? Being is once, walking is daily duty.
Fr. 8/29/14: 1 John 1:5, 7                  How are we to walk?
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

How are we to walk? We are to walk in Light.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Repentance and Forgiveness

Mo. 8/18/14: Micah 2:6 –                   Why is the Spirit restricted?
      “Do not prattle,” you say to those who prophesy.
      So they shall not prophesy to you;
      They shall not return insult for insult.
      You who are named the house of Jacob:
      “Is the Spirit of the Lord restricted?
      Are these His doings?
      Do not My words do good
      To him who walks uprightly?
Why is the Spirit restricted? The Spirit’s restricted when we walk in shame.
Tu. 8/19/14: Hosea 5:3 – 7                  What is in them?
      I know Ephraim,
      And Israel is not hidden from Me;
      For now, O Ephraim, you commit harlotry;
      Israel is defiled.
      “They do not direct their deeds
      Toward turning to their God,
      For the spirit of harlotry is in their midst,
      And they do not know the Lord.
What is in them? The spirit of harlotry is in them.
We. 8/20/14: Hosea 14:4 – 5                  What is God’s response?
      “I will heal their backsliding,
      I will love them freely,
      For My anger has turned away from him.
      I will be like the dew to Israel;
      He shall grow like the lily,
      And lengthen his roots like Lebanon.
What is God’s response? Repent, and My forgiveness is with you.
Th. 8/21/14: Luke 17:3 – 4                  What is our responsibility?
Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
What is our responsibility? Ours is to do likewise in life.
Fr. 8/22/14: 2 Corinthians 2:10 – 11                  Who does Paul forgive?
Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Who does Paul forgive? Paul forgives the sexual sinner. (In 1 Cor.)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Impenitent of Kings and People

Mo. 8/11/14: Hosea 4:12                  Who played the harlot?
      My people ask counsel from their wooden idols,
      And their staff informs them.
      For the spirit of harlotry has caused them to stray,
      And they have played the harlot against their God.
Who played the harlot? The very people chosen by God played the harlot.
Tu. 8/12/14: 2 Chronicles 26:19 – 20                  Who became a leper?
Then Uzziah became furious; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the incense altar.
And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and there, on his forehead, he was leprous; so they thrust him out of that place. Indeed he also hurried to get out, because the Lord had struck him.
We. 8/13/14: Amos 4:6 – 7                  Who was impenitent?
      “Also I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities.
      And lack of bread in all your places;
      Yet you have not returned to Me,”      Says the Lord.
      “I also withheld rain from you,
      When there were still three months to the harvest.
      I made it rain on one city,      I withheld rain from another city.
      One part was rained upon,
And where it did not rain the part withered.
Who was impenitent? Those punished by God were still impenitent.
Th. 8/14/14: Matthew 14:6 – 9                  Who was sorry but didn’t act?
But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. So she … said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.”
And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her.
Who was sorry but didn’t act? King Herod was sorry but didn’t act.
Fr. 8/15/14: 2 Corinthians 7:8 – 10                  Who did not regret a letter?
For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while.
Now I rejoice … For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Who did not regret a letter? Paul did not regret his letter.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Minor Prophet & God's Warnings

Mo. 8/4/14: Amos 4:13                  What was created?
      For behold,      He who forms mountains,
      And creates the wind,      Who declares to man what his thought is,
      And makes the morning darkness,
      Who treads the high places of the earth—The Lord God of hosts is His name.
What was created? Everything we sense was created.
Tu. 8/5/14: Jonah 1:1 – 3a                  What was Jonah’s problem?
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
What was Jonah’s problem? Jonah did not want Tarshish to know God.
We. 8/6/14: Jonah 1:12, 2:9 – 10                    What was his conclusion?
And he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.”
      But I will sacrifice to You       With the voice of thanksgiving;
      I will pay what I have vowed.      Salvation is of the Lord.”
So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
What was his conclusion? Jonah concluded God’s way was right.
Th. 8/7/14: Luke 7:26 – 29                  Who is the greatest prophet?
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written:
      ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
      Who will prepare Your way before You.’
For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John.
Who is the greatest prophet? The greatest: John the Baptist.
Fr. 8/8/14: Acts 2:16 – 17                  Who is salvation for?
But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
      ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
      That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
      Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
      Your young men shall see visions,
      Your old men shall dream dreams.

Who is salvation for? Salvation is for everyone.