Weekly Word Defintion – Forebearance

Definition of forbearance. a refraining from the enforcement of something (such as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due. The policy provides a means of forbearance for borrowers meeting certain criteria. Definition of Forbearance by Merriam-Webster

Forbearance” (a holding back) is ascribed to God (Romans 2:4, “the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering”; Romans 3:25 the Revised Version (British and American), “the passing over of the sins done aforetime, in the forbearance of God,” the King James Version “remission” (margin “passing over”) of sins, that are past, through the forbearance of God”); in Phil. 4:5, Revised Version (British and American) “forbearance,” margin “gentleness”; it is a Christian grace in likeness to God. “Forbearing” (The King James Version, margin) is substituted by the Revised Version (British and American) for “patient” (“holding up under evil”) in 2 Tim. 2:24. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

Sin is easy and some say it is fun; Salvation on the other hand is inconvenient, boring, wimpish, and is not easy to maintain.

For some, sin is easy because they have lived that type of life so long, they just can’t give it up. It is much easier to stretch your definition of what the bible says than to change your whole lifestyle.

God has given us the alternative to sin through Jesus Christ. If we believe on Christ as our savior, He will change our lives for us. To believe we must, study the bible, pray, love one another, Help one another, and be willing to die for each other. If you do all these things for the remainder of your life, you will use less energy than just one of those parties you attended.

Weekly Devotional – June 26, 2021

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

Matthew 7:15-20 (NKJV) “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.”

When trying to find a new church, always talk to the preacher and your teacher away from other people, before you attend their church if you can. Ask them why they started preaching or teaching. If their answer is not, “God called me to do so” then always challenge anything they do that involves the receiving of money.

There are wolves in sheep’s clothing in the church now. Ask God for guidance and be careful.

By the way, “God called me to teach/preach His word.”

Judgement is not within the scope of our duties as Christians, that is God’s job and his only. However, that does not mean we can’t see someone that is using God’s word or service for their own gain.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

There is nothing that happens here on this earth that is not covered in the bible, you just need to find it. And make sure you understand it before using it on someone else. Why do you think ministers and teachers have to study all their lives?

The scriptures are a living thing that will change with the situation. In March 2020, this world became united in a way they would have never expected. It was the start of Covid 19. It was so bad we had to stop gathering in the church building for over a year. However, the church went on and still thrives today. Christ is the head of the church, not some preacher or teacher.  It is God that keeps our spiritual spirit alive, not some singer or music director. The church belongs to God, not some association or religion.

As I have said many times, Christianity is a way of life, not a religion. Christians know how to listen and follow God’s guidance. No matter what is going on in this world, the Holy Spirit will help us study God’s word and use it to lift up our hearts and keep us doing God’s Will.

A Christian will always use the bible to navigate their day. Religions do anything they want to do and misuse the scripture to twist it until they think it makes them look good.

How about you; do you use religious beliefs to make you soul look Good to God. Do you have the Holy Spirit living in your heart? Are you someone who studies the bible daily and you walk in a way that everyone can see Christ in you?

Religious people display the same fruit as the world. Christians display Christ in their actions at all times.

Which are you, religious or a Christian?

You will know them by their fruits!!

Weekly Word Definition – Hallowed

Definition of Hallowed:

Illustrated Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History, Biography, Geography, Doctrine, and Literature.

To render sacred, to consecrate (Ex 28:38; Ex 29:1). This word is from the Saxon, and properly means “to make holy.” The name of God is “hallowed”, i.e., is reverenced as holy (Mat 6:9).

A prayer in the Bible commonly known as the Lord’s prayer contains the phrase, “Hallowed be Your name,” but what does hallowed mean? The American Heritage Dictionary defines hallowed as, “sanctified; consecrated; highly venerated; sacrosanct,” like the hallowed halls of a great university. To hallow is “to make or set apart as holy.

Definition of ‘hallowed’. Hallowed is used to describe something that is respected and admired, usually because it is old, important, or has a good reputation.

Hallow. to render sacred, to consecrate (Exodus 28:38; 29:1). This word is from the Saxon, and properly means “to make holy.”. The name of God is “hallowed”, i.e., is reverenced as holy (Matthew 6:9).

What does Hallowed Fire Mean? Hallowed Fire is an expression of Carlyle’s in definition of Christianity “at its rise and spread” as sacred and kindling what was sacred and divine in man’s soul and burning up all that was not.

Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV)

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

You can’t be dead and alive at the same time. If you died to sin, those sins were buried with Christ and can no longer be a part of your life. They are gone. Sin is no longer in your nature, because you have become part of God’s nature (2 Peter 1:4). You have become Hallowed!!

Colossians 1:21-23 (NKJV)

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight; if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Because of the death of the only Begotten Son of God, who died on the cross for Our sins, the grace of God was extended to us through faith in Christ. God will only extend that Grace one time. Christ can’t die again so it was a one-time good deal!

God has reconciled us through the death of Jesus on the cross that we can be presented Holy and Blameless before him.

1 Peter 1:13-15 (NKJV)

Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

It is not that Christ stands between us and God so God can’t see our sins, it is that we change our lives through our faith in Christ, so God sees the Holy Spirit living in us (John 14:17).

Weekly Devotional – June 19, 2021

A Parable of the Vineyard!

Matthew 21:33-40 (NKJV)

“Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.

Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?”

Of course we know the landowner was God. God had promised Abraham that his seed would be as the sands of the sea. The seed of Abraham would prosper under the protection of God and they would be God’s people.

Over the years the world (vinedresser) sold the descendants of Abraham into bondage, they needed them to build a pyramid for their king. Again God rescued His people and established their worship of Him. God placed a judge as their overseer, and established the order of the priesthood to carry out His work for the people. The people and the world again betrayed Him.

This time God sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross that we might have eternal life. Jesus established the church and removed God’s people from the law that was responsible for hurting His people. When God’s own people rejected Jesus, they lost their share in Heaven.

When the landowner comes to gather His people, those who have betrayed Him will have to stand trial. If found guilty, they will die (Romans 6:23).

The scripture above is a parable. A parable is a story that resembles real life. This story is the story of salvation and why it had to happen. When Jesus established the church, God again placed a line of preachers, teachers, and other clergy to oversee and educate the church. God also gave us His will for us, and we call it “The Bible. “Over the years these clergy allowed the world to creep into the church and corrupt it. These same clergy also allowed their hearts to harden. The bible that God gave us has been perverted over the years and used against God not for him.

This time God did things differently. The church is not a tangible asset. The church was placed in the hearts of the believer. This time each and every person can change the outcome of the church. By studying the word of God for ourselves and finding out His will for us, we can remove the church from the world and lead it out of bondage ourselves through faith in Jesus Christ.

The landowner’s son died in our place. The least we can do is allow Christ to take charge of our lives and lead us through the desert (life) and bring us to the Promised Land (Heaven).

After all, Jesus died in our place for that privilege. (Romans 8:11)

Weekly Word Definition – Garments

Definition of ‘garment’.

A garment is a piece of clothing; used especially in contexts where you are talking about the manufacture or sale of clothes. Many of the garments have the customers’ name tags sewn into the linings. Garment definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary

Isaiah 59:17 (NKJV)

For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

In Biblical days a garment wasn’t just a piece of clothing. The garment was the clothing next to the skin of the person wearing them.

The outer clothing was called a Cloak. Both men and women were dressed the same. The under garment was not normally seen.

Isaiah was a prophet sent to warn the people of God’s wrath. There was no one to intervene for the people of God, only the prophets that were sent to warn them.

Many believe the above scripture was a prediction of the coming of Christ. I guess you could say that God was telling people that in the future, things would change for the better.

The Messiah (Christ) was to be an intermediate between man and God. The Messiah was to position Himself in such a way that when God looked at man, He would see Christ. However, man must play their part as well. We must put Christ in our hearts to be seen by God. If we fail to do God’s bidding, we take away our chances at salvation.

Our cloak (our outer body) is exposed to the world and many things can influence the body; many things can put the body in danger. However, the garment today is cared for by Christ if we have accepted Him as our Savior.

Our Garment (Heart) is reserved by God for His Son that He freely gave as a sacrifice for our sins. If we accept Christ as our savior, He will stand between us and God as an intercession. God will not see the sinfulness of our hearts; He will only see Christ.

Your cloak is made of sin, what is your garment made of?

John 14:16 (NKJV)

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–

Weekly Devotional June 12, 2021

The Wheat Field Murder!

Genesis 4:1-8 (NKJV)

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

This was the first case of sibling rivalry. Each wanting to do better than the other. In doing so they could claim superiority over the other. If you look at it closely, sibling rivalry is silly and impossible. Both came from the same seed. How could either one be superior? They may be different, but neither is better than the other.

The envy Cain had for Abel was the cause of his anger. The envy and anger themselves are not a sin (James 1:20), however as you can see, they will often lead to sin. Anger while not a sin, certainly is not an example of righteousness.

The act of killing someone is not a sin. If it were, God would have sinned when He told the Children of Israel to go into the land of Caanan and kill every man, woman, and child in the land. Had the Children of Israel followed the command of God they would not have sinned. However, they disobeyed God because of the doubts and desires of their hearts. Sin can only come from the heart, not the action. Sin is an attitude, not an action.

Cain also experienced the first instance of jealousy. Again, while jealousy is not really a sin, it did lead to a sin and often does. What jealousy is, must be considered a useless and time-wasting act. In this case Cain was jealous because God chose Abel’s gift over his. It was the gift God chose, God didn’t say Abel was better than Cain. Cain’s jealousy was a vain act.

In Jude 1:11, God inspired Jude to use this as a warning to those who seek to make a profit off Christianity. We have many who preach and teach who are not called to do so. These people are not representing God, they are teaching false teachings to profit from the people.

God doesn’t charge people for coming to or being members of the church. Churches need money to pay for the things needed to run the church, but God has never put a price on anything He does in the church, neither should we. The gift of money in the offering should come from the heart of the individual, not the mandate of the pastor.

When trying to find a new church, always talk to the preacher and your teacher away from other people. Ask them why they started preaching or teaching. If their answer is not, “God called me to do so” then always challenge anything they do that involves the receiving of money.

There are wolves in sheep’s clothing in the church now. Ask God for guidance and be careful.

By the way, “God called me to teach/preach His word.”

Weekly Word Definition – Foreigner

A person born in or coming from a country other than one’s own.

The noun Foreigner has 2 senses:

1. a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country.

2. someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group.

What is the difference between Foreigner and alien?
  1. As nouns the difference between foreigner and alien is,
  2. a foreigner is a person from a foreign country.
  3. an alien is a person, animal, plant, or other thing which is from outside the family, group, organization, or territory under consideration.
Who is considered a foreign national?

A foreign national is a person (male or female) that is a legal resident of a country other than the United States. This person may come to the United States throughout the year, whether on vacation or on business, but their primary home is in another country.

Luke 17:17-19 (NKJV)
So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

There are people from all over the world that have been promised a place in Heaven. God will not discriminate against anyone who has the faith needed to become a Christian.

Those who desire to go to Heaven must do so through faith in Jesus Christ. Just because we are from the most powerful country in the world today, does not insure us a place in Heaven. Just because we belong to the original church or the largest church in the world does not matter when it comes to going to heaven.

There are no natural citizens in Heaven. There are only foreigners. We cannot buy a place, win a place in Heaven.

Just as the foreigner in verse 19 above, only our faith in Christ will give us a place in Heaven. We are born into this world and people are born into many different countries, however, according to Christ (John chapter 3), we must be born again to go to heaven. We can only reach Heaven through faith and the healing powers of re-birth.

Have a nice day, foreigner.

Weekly Devotional – June 5, 2021

Honor Your Mother and Father

Mark 10:19 (NKJV)

You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ “

The man Jesus was talking to here came running down the road where Jesus walked and knelt down before Jesus. This was a rich young man who (in the eyes of those around him) was living a life of luxury. The young man had heard Jesus as He taught, and the young man wanted to inherit eternal life.

Many people would be skeptical about what the young man thought eternal life was. Jesus didn’t care what the young man’s motives were, so Jesus began to explain.

Jesus’ first statement was “You Know the Commandments.” Then Jesus began telling the young man what he couldn’t do. Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud. These are the things Jesus told the young man he couldn’t do. But Jesus also told the young man one thing that he must do.

Did you know that not honoring your father and mother could keep you from going to Heaven? In fact, there is more. Look at Mark 7:10. Now think back at all those times you were mad at your father or mother because they would not let you do what you wanted to do.

Why should there be such a discussion concerning my opinion of my father and mother? The idea of God looking at my treatment of my father and mother is daunting.

Your father and mother are your first line of authority in your life. How you treat their authority is an example of how you will treat all future authority. If you disobey their authority, then you will be reluctant to obey all other authority.

If you won’t listen to your parents, all others can expect the same. You may listen to them and obey them, but they will always be waiting for you to disobey.

Paul further explains the difference in this statement as a commandment. Paul tells us that it is the first commandment with promise. All the other commandments Jesus quoted were negative statements. “Honor Your Father and Mother is a positive statement. Positive statements give hope and promise to the world.

God has given the world a way to gain His favor.

If you have always honored your parents, you are certainly on the right road to eternity. However, if you are at odds with your parents, there is still time to make amends so there is hope for you after all. Provided you don’t wait.

Weekly Word Definition – Image

A representation of the external form of a person or thing in art.

synonyms: likeness · resemblance · depiction · portrayal · representation · statue

Genesis 1:26 (NKJV)

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

The general impression that a person, organization, or product presents to the public. “she strives to project an image of youth.”

synonyms: public perception · public conception · public impression · persona · profile · face · identity · front · facade · portrayal · depiction

Romans 6:4 (NKJV)

Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

To be buried with Christ in Baptism, is to be immersed under the water so that we may imitate the resurrection of Christ. Just as Christ died on the Cross for the sins of the world, we as True Believers are dead to sin and have risen from the waters of baptism a new person. This new person is free from the bondage sin uses to keep us from the life of Christ. This new life is a newness of mind, spirit, and soul.

Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

In this verse of scripture, Paul is using the word flesh to represent the Sin Nature. The sin nature does not walk in the ways of God nor Christianity. The sin nature is the constant urge to do things that are not pleasing to God. To do things that waste the short life span we have and to deprive us of the opportunity to worship God.

When Paul refers to the spirit, he could be referring to the Holy Spirit. When we walk according to the spirit, we are following the guidance of the Holy Spirit that lives in us (John 14:17) The Holy Spirit that comes from God and is part of God.

The sin nature is gone because we are dead to sin, and we have put on the New Man because we now have God living in us and the sin nature was replaced by God’s Divine nature (1 Peter 1:4)

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