Sunday, September 25, 2011

THE VALUE OF THE HOLY BIBLE

The 119th chapter of Psalms tells us how important and necessary the Bible is.

This chapter speaks of the Bible as the Word, the Law, the Statutes, Precepts, Commandments, Judgments and Testimonies of God.

This chapter tells us what we need to do with the Bible.
This chapter tells us what the Bible will do for us and to us.

We need to read it, study it, meditate upon it, remember it, share it and obey it.
King David loved the Word of God. How about you?

Romans 1:16-19
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

Do you know the truth but do not obey it? Are you living in unrighteousness, even though you know the truth? Are you allowing error to continue in your conduct, even though you know truth? Do you hold truth in unrighteousness?

Listen to the exhortations of King David, a man who loved God and served God.
Don’t let this rebellious generation cause you to disrespect King David. I know he committed a terrible sin; but, he was punished for it and he repented of it and God forgave him and erased it off of his record just like God did when you repented.
I don’t think it would be pleasing to God or His people if someone came around the church and started talking about all your sins that you have repented of and are erased off of the Record Books of God.

Mark 12:36 tells us that David spoke by the Holy Ghost.
In Acts 4:25 the church was praising God and said that God spoke by the mouth of his servant David.
In Acts 13:36 says: “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God…”
In Revelation 22:16 Jesus said, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David,”
1 Kings 15:5, “Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.”

Only six verses out of the 176 verses in this chapter do not contain the specific mention of the Word of God. This chapter contains 22 sections with 8 verses in each section. The principal subject of every section and almost every verse is THE WORD OF GOD. Only verses 37, 84, 90, 121, 122 and 132 do not have specific mention of the Word of God.

If you desire to be saved and make heaven your eternal home, you must obey the Word of God. Ask God to help you think just like David. Let the same mind be in you which was in Christ and in David. Cherish the Word of God. Claim it to be the greatest blessing in your life. By the Word of God, the Bread of Life which is the essence of God and His Son Jesus Christ you either are saved or have the opportunity to be saved.

Psalms 119
1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.
27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.
32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
***37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.
53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
55 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.
56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
57 Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.
58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.
61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.
63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.
64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.
65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.
71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
75 I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.
78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.
79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.
80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
***84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
***90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
94 I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.
107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.
108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.
109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.
111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
112 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.
113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.
***121 I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.
***122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
123 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.
124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.
127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
***132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.
135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.
138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.
142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.
145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.
146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.
150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
151 Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.
152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.
154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
156 Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.
157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.
160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
166 Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
169 Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word.
170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
174 I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

Monday, September 19, 2011

THE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD


The Bible is the product of the will of God. It is not the work of men alone.
It is eternal and immortal life.
It is the breathings of God which the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ have born witness.
It is the word of God which liveth and abideth forever.
It is a book of faith, but it has many witnesses and proofs.

You can find God in His Word. Search for Him in the Book. He has foreordained that you have a copy of His Word so that you can know the truth and the truth will make you free.

1 Peter 1:18-25
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

“What man can produce, man can destroy. But this Book, being the Word of God, partakes of the character of God, and has for its age immortality. Kings and kingdoms have risen up against the Word. However powerful the opposition to it may be, it is born but to perish, while the Book which is the object of its hatred is destined to be age-abiding. All that pertains to man the ravages of time will destroy; but the Bible is the book of eternity.

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35).

God has instructed many holy men to "write it down" and pass it on for others to read and know the one true God.

Exodus 17:14 Write this for a memorial in a book,
Exodus 24:4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD,
Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
Deuteronomy 17:18 a copy of this law in a book
Deuteronomy 31:24 end of writing the words of this law in a book,

1 Samuel 10:25 wrote it in a book,

Job 19:23 Oh that my words were now written!

Proverbs 30:5,6 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Isaiah 30:8 note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:

Jeremiah 30:2 Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
Jeremiah 36:2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee
Jeremiah 36:23 destroyed by the King
Jeremiah 51:60 Jeremiah wrote in a book

Daniel 7:1 he wrote the dream

Matthew 4:4 It is written,
Matthew 21:13 It is written,

Mark 1:2 As it is written in the prophets,

Luke 7:27 This is he, of whom it is written
Luke 10:26 What is written in the law?
Acts 13:33 written in the second psalm

Rom 15:4 were written for our learning,
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come
2 Corinthians 3:14,15 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
Colossians 4:16 when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
Hebrews 10:7 the volume of the book it is written of me

2 Peter 1:20 no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Revealtion 1:3 keep those things which are written
Revelation 1:11,19 write in a book
Revelation 22:18,19 If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city.

Study these scriptures and the context in which they are found. You will find that God has given us a written copy of His Laws and Commandments to guide us into righteousness.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

HOW DO YOU KNOW GOD?

The most important subject which can occupy the mind of any person is their relationship with God.

Wisdom and understanding are gifts from God. Certain requirements must be met in order to gain wisdom and understanding.

The understanding which comes into the mind of a person to inform him that he is a sinner (separated from God and in need of repentance) is evidence of the mercy and love of God. In a small measure the conviction and condemnation for sin is knowledge and understanding from God. These are given to bring a person to godly sorrow and a desire to be forgiven.

A person must acknowledge God in order to come to Him and gain salvation. However, there is a much greater depth of relationship which God wants to enjoy with every person. Beyond the grace of salvation; beyond the knowledge and understanding which God gives to bring the lost into the family of God; there is a close relationship whereby we do know God and the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ.

Many people do not know God and do not want to know God. They are proud, selfish and spend their time in satisfying the lust of their flesh. Their heart is gross. Their ears are dull of hearing. Their eyes are closed because they do not want to see. They do not want to think about their evil and selfish ways, lest their heart condemn them and they might be converted by the grace and love of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 13:15
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

If this describes your condition, you need to resist the temptation to continue on the broad way of sin. You ought to let Jesus Christ deliver you from the bondage of sin. Come and learn the way of holiness. It is a much better way. Paul said in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Since the time of Jesus and the sending forth of the Holy Spirit, all men have known Jesus Christ. Some people have forgotten Jesus, but at some time in their life, they did know Him who came to take away the sins of the world.

Hebrews 8:10-11
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

This is the work of the Holy Spirit to make sure that every person knows or has known the voice of God and understood what God wants them to do. Sadly, most people have turned a deaf ear to the Holy Spirit because they do not want to hear or see the truth.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jeremiah tells us one of the great requirements for knowing God. We will find God and know God when we search for Him with all our heart. In our day of lukewarmness and sleepiness, people do not search for God with all their heart. Their heart is divided. Their affections are divided.

James 1:5-8
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

A double minded man will not get wisdom and understanding from God. A double minded man wants the pleasures of the world and the glory of heaven at the same time. And if he is strongly tested, he will choose the pleasures of the world and hope that God will give him another chance for heaven.

James 4:1-10
1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
This is why you have conflict in your mind and in your marriage and in all your relationships. You are double minded. You have conflicting goals. You want both good and evil.
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
You do not ask in faith and in obedience. You ask in selfishness.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
The spirit of an un-regenerated heart is full of self love and is contrary to holiness and righteousness.
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
The proud and selfish person can not retain God in his mind and heart. He has known the voice of God, but he does not presently know God. He did know God, but now he does not know God. Why? Because he turned away from God and forgot God. He loves the things of the flesh more than heavenly things.

Romans 1:28
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

If you do not want to think about God, He will not bother you all the time. In His mercy, He may visit you from time to time to see if you will change your mind. He will not force you to think about Him. He wants you to think about Him because you want to think about Him.

If you have been disappointed and hurt by someone, you will be tempted to blame God and think that you don’t want to have anything to do with God. You may even doubt if there is a God; or, wonder what kind of God He is that would allow bad things to happen to people. You may have become foolish in your thinking. If so, then, Satan has sown the seeds of bitterness in your heart.

Let me help you understand a scripture which is often mis-quoted and widely mis-understood..

Psalms 14:1-4
14 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They [the fools] are corrupt, they [the fools] have done abominable works, there is none [not one fool] that doeth good.
2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men [not children of God], to see if there were any [of the children of men] that did understand, and seek God.
3 They [the fools] are all gone aside, they [the fools] are all together become filthy: there is none [not one fool] that doeth good, no, not one.
4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.

The workers of iniquity do not know God. They do not want to know God.
Do you know God?
How do you know God?
Are your thoughts true and right? The influence, which has affected your thoughts and your heart, is it of God or of Satan? Do you know?
Can you discern what spirit is controlling you?

If you will humble yourself and seek God with all your heart, He has promised to reveal Himself to you.
You need to know God.
There are eternal consequences for what you know, believe and act upon.

Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8, “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:”

Do you know God?
You can find Him, if you seek for Him with all your heart.
A half-hearted interest in God will not lead you to find Him.
You will not know God if you are careless and too busy with the affairs of this world.
God knows the truth about you, even if you do not know the truth about Him.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where Will God Live?

Where Will God Dwell?
Where will God live?
What are the requirements which must be met to enjoy the presence and power of God?

Ephesians 2:19-22
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

In whose heart and life will God honor with His presence and His approval? Does God dwell in the heart of every man? Paul tells us that His temple must be a “HOLY TEMPLE.” The household of God is made up of “saints.” A saint is someone who is known for his piety and virtue. Are you a saint? Can you be a saint? By the grace of God, which works in you through the Holy Spirit, you can be holy. You can be a saint.

Jeremiah tells us that the Lord lives where we find Truth, Judgment and Righteousness.

Jeremiah 4:1-4
1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.
2 And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.
3 For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
V 1. REMOVE means to disappear or wander away.
V3. FALLOW GROUND means land which is left untilled or tilled but left unplanted; un-cultivated.
V2. TRUTH: trustworthiness, faithful, right, sure.
V2. JUDGMENT: a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially. Judicially means that judgment is rendered which is proper according to the law, esp. divine law.
V2. RIGHTEOUSNESS: objectively (justice), morally (virtue)

These are the requirements for a dwelling place for God. He will not live in any place where any of these virtues are absent. Truth, Judgment and righteousness. Without these virtues, you will wander away from God and disappear from the household of God.

Psalms 97:1-2
1 The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
Where ever the Lord is, He reigneth. If He is not reigning in your life, then He will not live in your heart. You can not be Christ like, you can not be a Christian, unless the Lord reigns in your life. Many people claim to have Jesus Christ in their hearts, but they do not allow Him to rule their decisions and desires.

If Jesus Christ is sitting on the throne of your heart, you will be known for righteousness and judgment. Not that you are judging people, but that you exalt and live by the judgments of God. When you do judge it will always be by the leadership of the Holy Spirit and it will be true and righteous.

Psalms 89:14
Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
The ways of God are always just. They are right. They are never wrong. Men make mistakes, but God never makes mistakes. When mistakes are committed, it is because someone acted contrary to the righteousness of God. When men make mistakes, they should humble themselves and repent.

Mercy is the kindness of God. When we are merciful, we are kind to those who have transgressed against us. God had great mercy on us and we should have mercy on one another.

Romans 1:32-2:6
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Chap 2 Verse 1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

The conduct condemned in this passage is that of a person who is guilty of wrong doing judging another person whom he thinks is guilty of wrong doing. But, we know and “are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth.”

We have this knowledge of what is to come: every man will be judged according to his deeds.
God’s judgment is and will be true and righteous. We must be sure that our judgment is true and righteous and well seasoned with mercy.

We must not judge according to any prejudice, any bias or according to any false witness. The act of judging is final. If it is true, righteous and merciful, it will produce good fruit. If it is flawed by human weakness and a lack of Holy Ghost leadership, it will hurt many people.

Habakkuk 2:18-20
18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
20 But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

Our God is a living God. He lives in a living temple. That temple is holy.

Remember the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter two:
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

1 Peter 1:13-17
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

Are you a holy habitation? Are you a holy temple?
Is God dwelling in your heart?
Regardless of what you may think; regardless of what you have been taught; you must meet the requirements of God for your heart to be a place where God lives.

THE KING JAMES VERSION OF THE BIBLE

What year was the King James Version of the Bible published? 1611.
This is the 400th year anniversary of the King James Bible.

The Authorized Version, commonly known as the King James Version, the King James Bible or simply the KJV, is an English translation by the Church of England of the Christian Bible begun in 1604 and completed in 1611. First printed by the King's Printer, Robert Barker, this was the third such official translation into English; the first having been the Great Bible commissioned by the Church of England in the reign of King Henry VIII, and the second having been the Bishop's Bible of 1568. In January 1604, King James I of England convened the Hampton Court Conference where a new English version was conceived in response to the perceived problems of the earlier translations as detected by the Puritans,

The King James Version of the Bible was not translated personally by King James. However, he was very intelligent and capable of reviewing and judging the work of the translators who were assigned to do this great work. King James was fluent in English, Greek, French and Latin. It has been written of him that he became “immensely intellectual, speaking Greek before Breakfast, Latin before Scots, comprising stiff Renaissance poetry translating the Psalms, capable on sight of turning any passage of the Bible from Latin to French and then from French to English.”

King James was appointed King of Scotland when he was just a toddler. Queen Elizabeth of England appointed King James VI of Scotland to be the new King James I of England, March 24, 1603. King James was 37 years old when he was confirmed as King of England.

The translation of the King James Version of the Bible began in 1604 by the authority of the Hampton Court Conference of King James and the Puritans. King James gave many rules of instructions by which the translators must strictly follow. Some of those rules are:

1. The translators were instructed to leave the texts from their model, the Bishops’ Bible as little altered as the Truth of the original will permit.

2. Every particular man of each company, must take the same chapter or chapters, and having translated or amended them severally by himself, where he thinketh good, all to meet together, confer what they have done, and agree for their parts what shall stand.

3. As any one company hath dispatched any one book in this manner they shall send it to the rest to be considered of seriously and judiciously for His Majesty is very careful in this point.

4. When any place of place of special obscurity is doubted of, letters to be directed by Authority, to send to any learned man in the land, for his judgment of such a place.

5. It was required that letters to be sent from every Bishop to the rest of his clergy, admonishing them of this translation in hand and to move and charge as many skilful in the tongues; and having taken pains in that kind, to send his particular observations to the company, either at Westminster, Cambridge or Oxford.

6. No marginal notes at all to be affixed but only for the explanation of the Hebrew or Greek Words, which cannot without some circumlocution, so briefly and fitly be expressed in the Text.

7. When a word hath divers significations, that to be kept which hath been most commonly used by the most of the ancient fathers, being agreeable to the propriety of the place and the analogy of the faith.

The Lead Translator was Lancelot Andrewes. It was for his linguistic mastery that Andrewes caught James” eye as the perfect lead translator. He spoke 15 modern and 6 ancient languages. Andrewes was a man of intense piety who spent five hours every morning in prayer. Although about 52 men were chosen to be the principal translators, the whole church was enjoined to participate.

Credit for the first complete English translation of the Bible goes to John Wyclif, who rendered the Vulagate into Middle English in the 14th Century. Two versions of the Wyclif Bible appeared between 1380 and 1397 of which around 180 manuscripts survive.

The translators prepared a long preface to the 1611 edition, as if they felt the need to explain what they had done.

“Truly, good Christian Reader, we never thought from the beginning that we should need to make a new translation. Nor yet to make a bad one a good one…but to make a good one better…”

Six Committees appointed to the duty of translating the KJV Bible. The number of men assigned varies from different sources: some 47, some 52, some 70. The following is a list of 52 names which were assigned to this great task.

First Westminster Company (10), translating from Genesis to 2 Kings:
Lancelot Andrewes, John Overall, Hadrian à Saravia, Richard Clarke, John Layfield, Robert Tighe, Francis Burleigh, Geoffrey King, Richard Thomson, William Bedwell

First Cambridge Company (8), translated from 1 Chronicles to the Song of Solomon :
Edward Lively, John Richardson, Lawrence Chaderton, Francis Dillingham, Roger Andrewes, Thomas Harrison, Robert Spaulding, Andrew Bing

First Oxford Company (8), translated from Isaiah to Malachi:
John Harding, John Rainolds (or Reynolds), Thomas Holland, Richard Kilby, Miles Smith, Richard Brett, Daniel Fairclough, William Thorne

Second Oxford Company (10), translated the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, and the Book of Revelation:
Thomas Ravis, George Abbot, Richard Eedes, Giles Tomson, Sir Henry Savile, John Peryn, Ralph Ravens, John Harmar, John Aglionby, Leonard Hutten

Second Westminster Company (7), translated the Epistles:
William Barlow, John Spenser, Roger Fenton, Ralph Hutchinson, William Dakins, Michael Rabbet, Thomas Sanderson (who probably had already become Archdeacon of Rochester)

Second Cambridge Company (9), translated the Apocrypha:
John Duport, William Branthwaite, Jeremiah Radcliffe, Samuel Ward, Andrew Downes, John Bois, Robert Ward, Thomas Bilson, Richard Bancroft

If there were serious flaws in the integrity of the work of these scholarly and devout religious men, then the atheists and critics would have made a great public outcry. Many versions and translation of the Bible have caused great controversy, but the KJV has held a pious position above all others. For four hundred years it has been considered the most valuable and most published book in the world.

“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” President Ronald Reagan

Sunday, September 4, 2011

THE HEART AND THE WILL

How many of you have ever heard the scripture quoted: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”? How many have heard that scripture quoted? Did I quote it correctly? If I think I am saved, then I am saved. If I think I am holy, then I am holy? Is that right? If I think that I have sinned, then I have surely sinned. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Have you ever heard of a person going to the altar and wanting to repent of sin, but the wise pastor knows that the person is going through a battle with an accusing spirit. So, the pastor counsels the tender and humble person to resist and rebuke the accuser and don’t let Satan take away your salvation. So the person thought they had sinned when in fact they were just battling an accusing spirit. Conversely, there are many who believe they have not sinned and yet they certainly have sinned. Therefore, we must conclude that the Bible does not say, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

Let’s read what it really says in the Bible.

Proverbs 23:6-8
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

The evil person may speak as if they want to share their blessings with you. They may sound very friendly. But if you eat their words and take them in to your heart, you will surely vomit them up later. The evil man is not what his words say, but what his heart and will says.

A person may not be as they appear. Actions speak louder than words. Many people say they want a certain thing, but they may not want it enough for it to become the will of their heart.

People say they want to go on a good diet, but they really don’t because in their heart they do not have the strength of their will to discipline themselves. They may say they want to be healthy, but they really want cookies, chips and ice cream. They may say they want to be successful, but they don’t want to do the hard work to become successful. They may say they want to be a Christian, but they don’t want to study the Bible, pray, fast and consecrate themselves to do the work of true Christian.

Jeremiah 2:26, “As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; “

Notice that the thief referred to in this passage is “ashamed” when he is found. He is not ashamed before he is found. He is ashamed when he is caught and exposed. So it was with Israel. So it is with many who claim to be a Christian. Their feeling of being ashamed is produced by the exposure of being caught. When a sinner repents because he has been caught, it is not true repentance. True repentance is the result of godly sorrow which causes a person to be ashamed and possess a will to change and live differently because of an inward change of attitude. Salvation is a work on the heart. It has a life changing effect on a person’s desire. Many come to a place where they think they want to be saved and they feel that they are saved, but in their heart they still desire the things of the flesh and the world.

What is motivating you? Is it an inward, real you, heart change? Or is it some outward influence which is pressing you to make a different choice. Not because you really want to please God, but because you want to please some person.

The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance gives several synonyms for the word “will.”
It is the same as: choice, wish, desire, prefer, incline.

Your words are not always a true statement of your hearts choice. Thus it is that we have the old adage: Talk is cheap. I hear your words but in what direction are you leaning in your heart.

To be inclined is different than to be enticed. All men are enticed to desire evil, but all men are not inclined to do evil. To be inclined means that you are leaning toward, instead of drawing back from. God requires His people to be inclined to do good always.

The will of man involves a decision which reflects your character and attitude.
When you express your will, you are displaying the real you.
What you want and what you give your will to do is the person God knows.
You may appear to be of a certain nature to us, but God knows the real you.

Matthew 15:16-20
16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

The heart is used to symbolize the center of your affections, the seat of your desires and wishes. It is that spiritual compartment of your inner self, where your real nature and character is found.

Matthew 15:7-9
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

What do you want? Why do you want it? Do you know yourself?
Do you ignore your real desires and wishes because you don’t want to bring them into subjection to the laws of God?
“If I don’t think about them, maybe God will not know they are there.”
Some people think that if they don’t speak certain things then the devil will not know they are thinking about it. I believe God allows the devil to know your thoughts.

Mark 11:23-26
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

It is according to your will whether you believe or doubt.
You will purposely decide which position you will take.
You can choose to believe or you can choose to be a doubter.
You can choose to submit and obey, or, you can choose to rebel and disobey.

Matthew 7:21-23
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

You must do the will of God to be able to continue to know the will of God.
He does not reveal His will to disobedient people.

John 4:34-36
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

When you say that you will obey God later, it means that you don’t want to obey God now. The heart of a Christian is the same as the heart of Jesus. It is: “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me.” What is your meat? What is that which makes you strong to do what you want to do? Are you being motivated by your flesh and the comforts of the flesh; or, are you motivated by your heart’s desire to serve the Lord Jesus Christ with all your strength and will.

1 Timothy 6:6-12
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Money is not the root of all evil. The love of money is the root of all evil. The heart and the will go after the thing which it desires. If your heart is not leading you into a full consecration to the work of saving souls, then you are still walking after the flesh and not after the Spirit of God.

Proverbs 3:13-15
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

There is nothing more important than to seek wisdom and understanding from God.

What is your will?
What do you really want?
I hear you words, but what does your heart say?
If we could read the will of your heart, what would we find out about you?
On that great judgment day, the will of your heart will be judged.
Don’t die with a selfish will, seeking your own pleasure.
Give your heart to Jesus and do His will. Seek wisdom and understanding.
Judge yourself now and repent of your self-will so that you will not be judged as a sinner on the day of judgment.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

BEWARE OF MEN’S RULES

When men begin to co-mingle their self-serving rules with God’s divine laws there will always be strife and contention.

It is a man’s responsibility before God to make rules for the good of his family. These rules may not be stated specifically in the Holy Scriptures. They must not be in conflict with the Word and the Spirit. Example: “It is 9:00 o’clock, time for all you children to go to bed. We have a rule in this house that the children go to bed at 9:00 o’clock.” That rule is not in the scriptures but the Holy Spirit will bear witness that it is a good rule. Another family may have the rule that the children go to bed at 10:00 o’clock. One man does not have the authority or responsibility to tell another man when his children must go to be, even though he may think it is unwise to allow them to stay up that late.

The same principle applies to a local congregation. One minister may teach and exhort the women in the congregation to wear clothing that has a hem which reached somewhere between the bottom of the calf of the leg and the ankle. Another minister may teach that mid-calf to the ankle is modest. The Bible principle is that a person’s nakedness (which includes the part of the body above the knee up to the neck) be kept covered at all times.

Some fathers and some ministers set rules which infringe upon the liberty which should be properly allowed certain individual members of the family and congregation. A farmer with a large farm may require his children to bring their spouse and children to the family farm to maintain the family unity. A pastor may require new converts to permanently attend the congregations where they sought salvation and not allow them the liberty to labor in God’s Kingdom and in such a secular place of employment as may be acceptable to God.

God’s wisdom and His ways are far above the thoughts of men. When we begin to enforce the rules of men which run contrary to righteousness, we have supplanted the rules of God for the rules of men. Men’s rules form the foundation for traditions which may be so long standing that they become sacred in the minds of those who wish to enforce those traditions.

We could spend hours reviewing man made rules and comparing their righteousness with the rules of God. When men add their rules to God’s rules, they may encounter situations where their rules do not work. God’s rules always apply to the situation at hand. Men should not be so dogmatic and bound to tradition to enforce an unrighteous rule.

Often times and perhaps in the majority of instances where men establish rules, they do so to protect the integrity and purity of the congregation. However, they may easily overreach their responsibility and authority by making rules which are detrimental to individual members of the congregation. It is a serious injustice to be a partaker of causing a person to lose hope and confidence and consequently backslide over an unjust or unrighteous rule.

Listen to what “thus saith the Lord.”

Deuteronomy 4:2
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Proverbs 30:5,6
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Revelation 22:18,19
If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city

We have been given a sober warning to not add our rules to God’s rules. You may explain and build upon the precepts of God but do not change the meaning or limits of God’s rules. If the motive for establishing the rule is self-serving, conflict and strife will follow.

Mark 2:23-28
23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?
26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

The Jewish leaders were suppose to be trying to protect the Sabbath day and to keep it holy according to the third commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep; it holy. Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work.” Numerous man made rules were formed to enforce this commandment. Notice how their rules ran against what was right and good in the following passage where Jesus healed a man who had been impotent for thirty eight years.

John 5:1-16
5 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

Is it evil to do good on the Sabbath day? According to Jewish leaders the answer is yes, if it is contrary to one of their rules. There rules would prevent someone from doing the right thing. Jesus made this clear in many of His works. Do you make rules which prevent people from doing the right and wise thing to do?

Luke 13:14-16
14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

When people break their own rules, it is hypocrisy. Some ministers have imposed rules concerning divine healing upon their congregation and then privately and secretly broken those same rules. Many rules have been formed by men concerning: diet, dress, divorce, discipline, vocation, place of residence, and such like which infringe upon the liberties granted by the Holy Spirit. The church of God stands against sin, rebellion and disobedience to God. We must be careful to not judge a brother who is walking in the light of truth which has been made known to him. You say, “But, he is breaking one of our rules!” Is he breaking one of your rules or one of God’s rules. Yet you say, “One of the rules of God is that he must obey those who have the rule over him.” Not if in his heart he truly believe that the rule is unjust or unrighteous; and, you can’t convince him that you have a clear scriptural base for the rule.

Acts 15:5-12
5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

Why would you provoke God’s displeasure by requiring something which He has not required?
Would you provoke God’s displeasure by casting someone out of the congregation because he does not understand one of your rules; even though in the other areas of his life he is living a holy life.

Romans 10:1-3
10 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Woe be to that person or pastor who is more concerned for his own reputation and position of authority than he is about the advancement of truth and justice for all persons. The Law of Love, if it is observed, will move a person to compassion and mercy so that he does not exercise the force of a situational rule to maintain his position of authority. The Holy Spirit would have you examine the real purpose for which you demand conformance to a rule which is not set forth by righteous principles.

Matthew 15:1-3
15 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Will God say that to you at the great and final judgment?
In your effort to uphold righteous principles have you established traditions, rules, which are a hindrance to a person’s faith in the righteousness of God? Do people find justice and mercy in your works?

Mark 7:5-8
5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

Are you holding to beliefs which are not based on the scriptures?
Are your beliefs what you parents and grandparents taught contrary to scriptures?
Are your beliefs based on the influence of some minister whom you respected even though you can not prove it by the scriptures?
Are you teaching for doctrine the commandments of men?

Colossians 2:6-8
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

BEWARE OF THESE THINGS: men’s philosophies, vain deceit, traditions of men, and beliefs which are based on things of the world rather than the word of God.

These works can creep into your spiritual life much easier than most people may think.
They can be the result of teaching and training from your early childhood or you early indoctrination in the congregation where you were saved. The people you first associated with has been a great influence on you. It is your responsibility to prove that influence.

Titus 1:12-16
2 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

If we profess to know God, but we deny him in our works and beliefs, we will be lost forever.
Beware of what you have been taught. Make sure your beliefs are founded on the word of God and the witness of the Holy Spirit.