Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gone Astray

Matthew 18:11
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

The Son of man; who is this Son of man?
Matthew 8:20
And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

Matthew 9:6
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

Without doubt the Son of man is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. His purpose for coming to this earth is the save sinners from an awful place called hell. It's wonderful that He does so much more but the main reason for His coming is to save sinners or the lost.

The apostle Paul said it this way.
1 Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Not only did Jesus come to save sinners but also to keep the saved.

John 18:9
That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

Jesus is not just in the saving sinners business He is also in the keeping saints business.

Matthew 18:12
How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?


ASTRAY "Out of the right way or proper place,  it signifies wandering from the path."
Here we see a picture of a sheep going astray . The Shepherd leaves the rest of his sheep and goes back and finds the one that went astray. For God so loved that He gave but God so loves that He goes. If a parent looks around and their child is missing they immediately go in search for their child.

Luke 2:43
And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

If your child is missing you stop what you are doing and nothing is more important than finding that child. The Lord is no different He goes seeking to bring that sheep back to the fold.

Matthew 18:13
And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

Why does He do this?

Matthew 18:14
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

John 3:16
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.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Think

7 August 2017

Matthew 18:1
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Chapter 17 closes with the tax collectors in Capernaum wanting Jesus to pay taxes which Jesus does. Now in chapter 18 we read "At the same time came" His disciples come to Jesus with a question. "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"  Why did they asked that question? I'm not sure unless they thought it would be one of them. Can you image the disarray that would have brought on if Jesus would have named one of them? Jesus does something much different and I should learn from His example. Jesus turns and calls a child and places them for His disciples to see.

Matthew 18:2
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

Them Jesus teaches an object lesson; why did He do that? Because Jesus knows we will remember more of what we see than what we hear. Jesus brings this child into the center, now all the disciples are looking and watching as well as hearing. Jesus begins.

Matthew 18:3
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus tells His disciples "Except ye be converted" Strong say
CONVERTED "to twist, that is, turn quite around or reverse (literally or figuratively): - convert, turn (again, back again, self, self about)."

Jesus bring this child and says "Except he turn around and reverse your way of thinking.  These disciples thinking was wrong it was worldly thinking who's the greatest, the best, the most important. Jesus says no boys you have the wrong thinking going on. You see this child? It doesn't matter to them who's the best, greatest, fastest, richest none of these things  matter to them, they could care less, change the way you think.

Matthew 18:4
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Listen "WHOSOEVER" humbles themselves as this little child. Jesus called a little child to come to Him and without question that child came straight to Jesus. That child humbled themselves and came. Jesus said but you disciples are standing around here wanting to know who's the greatest but this child could care less. But there something else I want you see and learn. This child humbled themselves and came and I received them, now you boys do the same.

Matthew 18:5
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Matthew 18:6
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

There's that word "WHOSO" again Webster has this to say about that word"Any  person whatever."
It does not matter any person that shall be OFFEND ("To attack; to assail.") one these that have humbled themselves that believe in me, it would be better that a millstone were to be placed around their neck and that they were drowned.

Would you think that would refer to our talking bad against one another? Maybe even taken side? "Who is the greatest" when we take sides listen to gossip and even gossip ourselves we may be hurting one of God's little children as Aretha Franklin said in her song "Think" which was released May 2,1968 “You better think about what you're trying to do"  I'm afraid to many times we speak before we think. If God so loved the world and that is more than just me. God loves us all and when I run someone down I'm saying God who's the greatest in your eyes me or them? It's far better to keep your mouth shut. Lord help me to do just that.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mom's Right

Proverbs 31:1
The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

There's no doubt who this boy's mother was.
1- My Son
2- The Son of my Womb
3- The Son of my Vows

She is saying your mine, your mine, your mine therefore because you are listen to my teachings of what will destroy you and your character. 

1- Women 
Proverbs 31:3
Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

2- Wine
Proverbs 31:4
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

You'll never find a virtuous  woman (Morally good; acting in conformity to the moral law; practicing the moral duties, and abstaining from vice;) if all she trying to do is lure you to the bedroom for sexual pleasures. Neither will you make wise decisions for those who are under you while under the influence of alcohol. 
There's the story of King Ahasuerus who made a very bad decision while under the influence. The drinking had been going on for 7 days when King Ahasuerus decides to call his wife Vashti to undress before the servants, princes and nobles to show them her beauty. 
Esther 1:11
To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.
But she refused 
Esther 1:12
But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.
She refused to lower herself and perform before a bunch of drunken men.
Esther 1:15
What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?
Refusing her husband the king, cost her, her Queenship. 
Esther 1:19
If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she.
Doing what's right will not always promote you to a higher level but you can never do right by doing wrong. 

Son keep yourself from wild women and wine for you will never find happiness in either they will only bring you lower says King Lemuel mother. She Right!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Who's in Charge

Proverbs 29:2
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
At the time , the period of time of day is morning and a period of time is night. At the time the Righteous are in control the people rejoice: but at the time the wicked have rule the people morn. In one I see no rules just control in the other there are rules. A RULE is To have power or command; to exercise supreme authority. Sounds like a play on words but one brings joy and another bring mourning grief or sorrow. As I think about this verse, how does it apply to my life? There are fruit that come from both, one has the fruit of joy and the other has the fruit of weeping. One gives while the other takes away. There's no way I can keep weeping out of my life completely and there's no way I have joy every minute. But in this verse there is the AUTHORITY, who I allow to have control in my life. There must be a difference. Until 1973 I had a mixture of both joy and weeping I didn't know the Lord so my joy and sadness was based on what was happening at the time. But something happened in April of 1973 that changed my life for eternity. On that day in April of 73 I willing gave my heart to the Lord; I asked Jesus into my heart asking Him to forgive me of my sins, and He did. On that day I allowed the Righteous God of heaven to come in and I began to see what real joy was. When I allow wickedness to have control I mourned because of the sadness that came because of the rules. I deserve a drink with friends which lead to another and another and now I'm no longer in charge it is now ruling my decisions and those bad decisions brought morning into my life. One bad decision after another soon brought sorry into my marriage not joy. I didn't know nor did I understand why I kept letting the wicked bear rule. When I heard that God loved me and sent His son to die for me to pay a debt I could not pay but owed. I loved Him because He first loved me.

1 John 4:10
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:19
We love him, because he first loved us.


Guess what?  RIGHTEOUS was now in authority and I rejoiced and have been for the last 44 years. Last night it was almost midnight when I got home I had spent 2 hours talking with a young preacher that God sent my way to encourage and help. We rejoiced in the goodness of God and when I opened my eyes this morning after a few hours of rest I was still rejoicing in the Lord. I also knew where I had been and with who I had been with no feeling bad, no head ache, no upset stomach no feeling bad throughout the day none of those things that bring mourning. All because who was in authority? 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Right King

Proverbs 25:5
Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

Take away meaning there's wickedness there. Can't take something away if it's not there to start with. I have 4 apples I take 2 away and I have 2 apples left. 
First time we read the word "WICKEDNESS" in the Bible is in
Genesis 6:5
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Wow look at it at where this wickedness was in mans movie theater of his mind, thoughts which were in his heart. The wickedness is already there but no one can see it. It's like electricity it's there you just can't see it but when you plug the lamp up to it, it lights up. So it is with wickedness plug the right thing up to it and it will light up. Remove the wickedness and establish it with "RIGHTEOUSNESS"  and things will light up differently. Abram whom God would change his name to Abraham was given a promised from God that he would have a son that came from his own Bowels. The first time we read this word "RIGHTEOUSNESS" is in 
Genesis 15:6
And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
The Son whom God promised would be Isaac, Isaac is an Old Testament picture of one who is to come; Jesus Christ.

Then to get "WICKEDNESS" out of my Imagination, Thoughts and Heart is to allow more Jesus in.
First time we read the word "THOUGHT" in the New Testament is in.
Matthew 1:20
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Wickedness had moved into Joseph thoughts. He finds out the woman he loves is pregnant and he knows it's not his.
Matthew 1:18
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Joseph decides to just put her away privately.
Matthew 1:19
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
But while he though on these things. 
He did the thinking, he let his imagination run wild and the Lord had to take away the wicked thinking. Same thing in my life. Put myself in Joseph place and I would have the same though pattern. It's worldly thinking, I must turn worldly thinking into Godly thinking.

Philippians 2:5
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Change my thinking and the right King will be enthroned.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Roaring of the Lion

Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

In verse 1 we read of the MOCKER, of the RAGING of the DECEIVING.
MOCKER one who mimick  acts like another, out of character. 
RAGING To be furious with anger; a strong feeling of anger that is difficult to control.
DECEIVING To mislead the mind; to cause to err; to cause to believe what is false, or disbelieve what is true;

We read of the word WINE first in Genesis 9
Genesis 9:21
And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Look what has happened there is a willfully partaking which caused an unwillingness of the mind. Let me explain Noah whom God had used to build a huge ship over a long period of time now willing not only partake of this strong drink but makes it himself. Why Noah  made something that is so destructive  we may never know, but he did. He not only made it but he also knew what it would do to him. Alcohol causes one to lose control of their mental functions and always causes one to make wrong decisions.  Here we read that Noah drank then was drunken or overpowered by spirituous liquor. Now here the question how was wine used in those days? Did Noah drink and before he knew it the wine was making decisions for him that he would not normally make? Well I'm not too sure about that and the reason I say that is Noah should have felt, known that this wine was making him feel funny yet he kept on drinking it and before long it had overtaken him to the point that he passed out.

Genesis 9:24
And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

Noah had drank more than a little for his stomach sake, more than a glass with his meal. Noah had drank way to much. This wine had effected his CHARACTER his self CONTROL and CAUSED his mind to believe what was not true. Causing him to not be wise in his thinking. The next verse I believe also is dealing with the unwise decisions made in verse one. First we read of a KING, that's someone who makes decisions. Then we read of a ROARING LION now it's the king of the jungle and this king is now ROARING. the we read of ANGER and this anger is spoken of as SIN and this sin is against his own soul. 
 The FEAR of what this King could and would do was not noticed. Do lion roar before they chase down their prey? I wouldn't think a lion would not make a loud or numerous loud noises to warn their prey that they were in danger of becoming a meal. The time of roaring was when they have got their prey, 

Amos 3:4

Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Happiness, Trust and Desire

He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he. 
Being happy should be a goal that is set for all of us. Webster says this about HAPPY "Being in the enjoyment of agreeable sensations from the possession of good; enjoying pleasure from the gratification of appetites or desires." True happiness would be a desire that we find  enjoyment in. When I was a young boy back in elementary  school I was to do a report on a state and something that was in that state. I picked Arizona not knowing anything about Arizona as I looked at this state I read about what is called the Grand Canyon. I was fascinated with it and told myself that one day I would love to see it. From that young age of 12 I had a desire to see the Grand Canyon. About the same time a read something about a comet they called Halley's Comet. I read about Halley's Comet in 1962 the next sighting would be in 1986 and I had a desire to see that too.  I was able to see both, but those desires came and went happy to see them but I must asked myself what are my desires for this day? What are my desires Dailey? Do my Dailey desires bring real happiness? The key to real happiness is found in verse 20 "whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he." What am I trusting in? Is what I have placed my trust in causing happiness to flow through my life? Do I feel safe in what I have placed my trust in? 
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
Yes, I not only feel safe in what I've placed my trust in but also have a desire to know more about my Lord. As I awoke this morning my first real desire was to get my Bible and see what the Lord will show and teach me. Today it was about trusting Him and being happy. Can never go wrong placing my trust in the Lord. The desire to view Halley' Comet came and is gone the same with the Grand Canyon but the desire to spend time with the Lord is an ongoing desire that I never want to say it came and it went.
Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.

5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.