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)

Weekly Devotional – May 8, 2021

The Perfect Garden!!

Genesis 1:11-12 (NKJV)

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Can you imagine a garden that you only have to plant each year and watch it grow? A garden that has no weeds, no insects eating the leaves, no mold, or anything else to damage the plants. This would be the perfect garden.

In the beginning this was the type of garden man was given to tend. The Garden of Eden contained nothing that would corrupt the plants in any way.

Believe it or not you, as a Christian, have experienced this twice. The first time was at birth. Even though we are born into a sinful world, children have not yet learned to sin. Small children live in their own little world and there is no sin in it.

The Christian experiences this situation a second time at the time they are saved. (Eph. 4:24) Because we are born again into God’s Righteousness and Holiness, we are again in a sin free state. It is not until we listen to others that we are tempted to sin again.

Some preachers like to take advantage of this state of the Christian and send them out to talk to the lost in the community. This is usually a good thing for the church, but bad for the Christian. Instead of using the baby Christian to talk to people, the preacher should be teaching the baby Christian how to resist temptation. How to live by the spirit, not by the flesh.

Once we grow as Christians, we should be able to achieve this state a third time. As we grow as Christians, we learn more about using the Holy Spirit to direct and improve our lives. When we do this, we are living by the spirit and we are living “in Christ.” If we live in Christ every day, then there is no sin in our lives, and we are living in righteousness and holiness and in that perfect state. This is what God intended for us from the beginning of the world.

Genesis 2:9 (NKJV)

And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

As you can see from the verse of scripture above, God gave man a choice between His way of life and the sinful live we now want to live.

Yes, God forbid man to eat from the tree of good and evil. However, God left the tree there for man to see.

God also left the tree of life there and allowed man to eat from its fruit. If man had chosen this tree, we would live forever in the presence of God.

We still have that choice. Like Adam and Eve, we have our choice of eternal life and the destruction of darkness.

What have you chosen for your life?

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Christian Word Definition: Patience

Patience is a Virtue: The ability to wait for something without frustration is a useful skill and a good aspect of one’s personality. The origin of “Patience is a Virtue” goes as far back as the fifth century.

The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

The Bible definition of patience.

The quality or virtue of patience is presented as either forbearance or endurance. In the former sense it is a quality of self-restraint or of not giving way to anger, even in the face of provocation; it is attributed to both God and man and is closely related to mercy and compassion.

The Bible says that hope is needed to be patience. For Christians it is our hope in Jesus Christ that brings patience. If we have no hope, we have no need for patience. Patience is also closely aligned with love as well as hope. Love is full of patience and hope.

The word translated “patience” in this verse means “endurance.” A Christian runs the race patiently by persevering through difficulties. In the Bible, patience is persevering towards a goal, enduring trials, or expectantly waiting for a promise to be fulfilled. Patience does not develop overnight.

The Bible calls patience a “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22), which means that patience adorns our bodies like a beautiful apple on a tree that is fed by living water. Because of the Holy Spirit, we can choose to use patience (1 Thessalonians 5:14).

Bible Verses About Patience – Scripture Quotes on Being Patient. We all face moments where our patience wears thin – either with others, with ourselves, or to be honest, with God’s plan. According to Scripture, patience is a virtue and a fruit of the Spirit, a sign of someone who trusts in God. According to 1 Samuel “lack of patience can cause you to miss blessings.”

When my wife and I talk to people about our marriage, I always tell people that I have had some fun and my wife has had an abundance of patience. Patience can make your life more fun and it can also bring joy to others.

The Things Which God has Prepared for Those Who Love Him

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)

I think the Bible Knowledge Commentary sums up verse 9 better than anyone else I have read.

The blessings of salvation were prepared by the Father, carried out by the Son, and applied by the Spirit (Eph. 1:3-14) to all believers who as a result, love God.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.
  1. God has been setting the stage for salvation since the beginning of time. Man was created to look, act, and think like God.
    1. God created man in His own image, Genesis 1:27
    2. God Breathed the breath of life into man, Genesis 2:7
    3. God has given us the “Mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16
  2. All that God created; He gave to man. Genesis 1:28
  3. God demonstrated His ultimate love toward man by giving His only Son to die on the cross in our place. To pay for the sins we committed, Jesus was sacrificed. He had no sin.
  4. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was introduced to man. He was not given to man to judge man, but to lead man in the ways of God. The Spirit was given to help us understand God’s word, enjoy God’s love, and live a Christian Life.

Today our young people read these verses of scripture and they mean extraordinarily little to them. They cannot understand how we could own all this and not make a profit from it. In fact, we do make a profit, just not each individual.

Even those who are Christians have a hard time putting all this in perspective. We get hung up on, “what do I get out of all this?”

Simple, you get all that is listed above and a lot more. All that is listed above is already our responsibility, and there will be much more to come.

Christ stated in John 14:10 that the statements He made didn’t come from Him, they came from the Father. Why? Because the Father lived in Christ just as the Holy Spirit lives in the Christian today.

Paul and eleven of the twelve disciples were called Apostles, I too have that distinction because I also teach and preach the Gospel. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t put myself in the same circles as those Apostles, but God does. I am a part of that circle of teachers and preachers because that is the way God structures the church.

I do not share the same physical father as Christ; however, I do share the same Spiritual Father. If I love my Spiritual Father as Christ did, the Holy Spirit will live in me just as the Holy Spirit lived in Christ (Matt 3:16-17). With the Holy Spirit to guide me and tell me what to teach and preach, how could I possibly go wrong? However, I do have to follow the commands.

How does one follow (obey) the commands, quite simple, you live the bible daily. If you are living the word of God daily, you will automatically follow the commands because they are a part of the bible.

I can live the bible the same way Christ did. I am in the Father and the Father is living in me.

Let me explain two things that people often get wrong.

  1. Christianity is not a religion; it is a Way of Life.
  2. God has already given us His love through the death of Jesus on the Cross. Now we must give our love to God by following His commands

If you are indeed a Christian, then you live in the Father and the Faither lives in you just as He lived in Christ. You are a part of God because God lives in you. AMEN!!

Christian Word Definition: Disciple

A scholar, sometimes applied to the followers of John the Baptist (Mat 9:14), and of the Pharisees (Mat 22:16), but principally to the followers of Christ. A disciple of Christ is one who

  1. believes his doctrine,
  2. rests on his sacrifice,
  3. imbibes his spirit,
  4. imitates his example (Mat 10:24; Luke 14:26, 27, 33; John 6:69).
Illustrated Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History, Biography, Geography, Doctrine, and Literature.

Usually a substantive (μαθητής, mathētés, “a learner,” from manthánō, “to learn”; Latin discipulus, “a scholar”): The word is found in the Bible only in the Gospels and Acts. But it is good Greek, in use from Herodotus down, and always means the pupil of someone, in contrast to the master or teacher (διδάσκαλος, didáskalos). Matthew 10:24; Luke 6:40.

  1. In all cases, it implies that the person not only accepts the views of the teacher but that he is also in practice an adherent. The word has several applications. In the widest sense, it refers to those who accept the teachings of anyone, not only in belief but in life. Thus the disciples of John the Baptist (Matthew 9:14; Luke 7:18; John 3:25); also of the Pharisees (Matthew 22:16; Mark 2:18; Luke 5:33); of Moses (John 9:28). But its most common use is to designate the adherents of Jesus.
    • In the widest sense (Matthew 10:42; Luke 6:17; John 6:66, and often). It is the only name for Christ’s followers in the Gospels. But
    • especially the Twelve Apostles, even when they are called simply the disciples (Matthew 10:1; Matthew 11:1; Matthew 12:1, et al.). In the Acts, after the death and ascension of Jesus, disciples are those who confess Him as the Messiah, Christians (Acts 6:1-2, 7; Acts 9:36 (feminine, mathétria); Acts 11:26, “The disciples were called Christians”).
    • Even half-instructed believers who had been baptized only with the baptism of John are disciples (Acts 19:1-4).
  2. We have also the verb, μαθητεύω, mathēteúō, “Jesus’ disciple” (literally, “was discipled to Jesus,” Matthew 27:57);
  3. “Make disciples of all the nations” (the King James Version “teach,” Matthew 28:19); “had made many disciples” (the King James Version “taught many,” Acts 14:21); “every scribe who hath been made a disciple to the kingdom of heaven” (the King James Version “instructed,” Matthew 13:52). The disciple of Christ today may be described in the words of Farrar, as
    • “one who believes His doctrines,
    • rests upon His sacrifice,
    • imbibes His spirit,
    • imitates His example.”

The Old Testament has neither the term nor the exact idea, though there is a difference between teacher and scholar among David’s singers (1 Chron. 25:8), and among the prophetic guilds the distinction between the rank and file and the leader (1 Samuel 19:20; 2 Kings 6:5).

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

  one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: such as

  1. Christianity:  one of the twelve in the inner circle of Christ’s followers according to the Gospel accounts
  2. a convinced adherent of a school or individual a disciple of Freud

Capitalized, Christianity:  a member of the Disciples of Christ founded in the U.S. in 1809 that holds the Bible alone to be the rule of faith and practice, usually baptizes by immersion and has a congregational polity

Merriam-Webster

While We Were Still Sinners

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (NKJV)

Jack Goodall was a good man. He paid his bills on time and always put others first. There were those that would have told you not to have any financial dealings with Jack, he didn’t believe in the golden rule. He believed that you should get all the money you could from each customer.

Dan Harris took his wife to church any time she wanted to go. However Dan was a very angry man who didn’t believe in God. Dan loved to fight and was a big man. In other words, Dan was the man you definitely stepped aside from when you met him on the sidewalk.

Tom Patrick was not one to cheat people and he never let his temper get away from him. Tom believed in helping his fellow man all he could, However, Tom was a womanizer. He liked taking the ladies home from the bar and staying for a while.

Each one of these men had their “sinful ways” that defined their lives. None of the three men actually believed in God. However, none of them kept their families from worshipping any time they could.

One Sunday night, all three of the men took their families to a revival meeting at one of the churchs in town. There was a large crowd and none of the men wanted to stay, but they wanted to be with their families.

The preacher chose John 3:1-16 for his sermon that night. The preacher was at his best that night and each man’s heart was ready. When the preacher finished his sermon and gave the call to the alter, all three men walked to the alter and dropped to their knees and confessed their sins. They gave the sins to God and God demonstrated His love by giving them salvation.

Notice that God didn’t wait for them to change their lives before He gave them salvation. God didn’t make them go to some class to be saved. God didn’t wait for them to be saved before He loved them. No, God loved these men while they were still sinners. God gave them salvation before they confessed their sins. Just as the scripture says, God love and saved them while they were still sinners.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 (NKJV)

God’s largest act of Love was to give His only son to die on the cross for the sins of the world. Not just for the people who was alive at that time, but also for the sins of the people who would be born in the future. Jesus died not only for those who were sinning then, but also for me, a person that would be born in the distant future.

God still loves the world, because He is still giving salvation to any sinner who will profess their love to Christ.

Christian Word Definition: Humility

A prominent Christian grace (Rom 12:3; Rom 15:17, 18; 1Co 3:5-7; 2Co 3:5; Php 4:11-13). It is a state of mind well-pleasing to God (1Pe 3:4); it preserves the soul in tranquility (Ps 69:32, 33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22).

Christ has set us an example of humility (Php 2:6-8). We should be led thereto by a remembrance of our sins (Lam 3:39), and by the thought that it is the way to honor (Prov 16:18), and that the greatest promises are made to the humble (Ps 147:6; Isa 57:15; Isa 66:2; 1Pe 5:5). It is a “great paradox in Christianity that it makes humility the avenue to glory.”

Illustrated Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History

Humility is the quality of being humble. Dictionary definitions accentuate humility as a low self-regard and sense of unworthiness. In a religious context, humility can mean a recognition of self in relation to a deity or deities, and subsequent submission to said deity as a member of that religion. Outside of a religious context, humility is defined as being “unselfish”, a liberation from the consciousness of self, a form of temperance that is neither having pride nor indulging in self-deprecation. Wikipedia

Definition of humility: freedom from pride or arrogance: the quality or state of being humble accepted the honor with humility, the ordeal taught her humility: the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people: the quality or state of being humble: the quality of being humble She accepted the award with humility.

www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humility

How to Practice Humility

Mother Theresa once said, “Humility is the mother of all virtues, purity, charity, and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent.” These words ring true, but you don’t have to be Mother Theresa, or even religious at all, to make an effort to practice humility in your everyday life. Being humble means accepting your limitations and making an effort to make the world a better place without wanting to take all the credit.

Developing a More Humble Mindset

Don’t think you’re too good for everything you do. People who have big egos tend to think that they deserve to be working at a better place, to be dating someone better, or even to be hanging out with people who are interesting and cooler. But your life is your life, and if you want better things, then you have to work to reach for them, instead of assuming the attitude that you’re not getting treated fairly. To practice humility, work to accept the life you have while striving for more without complaining.

 If you adopt the attitude that you’re too cool for school, people will become allergic to you. Instead, work to be grateful for what you have and work to earn more if that’s what you want.

For He Dwells with You and Will Be in You

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

John 14:15-17 (NKJV)

Please forgive me, I would like to break this verse of scripture down to get the true meaning and unfortunately just how dumb I can be sometimes.

The first statement that Jesus makes here is, “If You Love Me.”

There are some that advocate that you begin to “Love” Christ the moment you turn your life over to Him. I will stipulate that this is possible, it is also very unlikely. The feelings we have for Christ at that moment is “faith.”

I was one of the people that was extremely fortunate and had a person who was a good disciple. He was good at explaining the things that had been taught in the wrong context and showing how to replace them.

By using Hebrews 11:6 he was able to teach me the difference between love and faith in God’s eyes.

After we demonstrate our “faith” and accept Christ as our Savior, then we are on the correct road to salvation. As we study God’s word and get to know God, our love for God and Christ begins to grow.

When we learn to love God and apply that knowledge, then we must complete our works. God’s love comes at a price. Christ said we must “Keep My Commands.”

When we apply the knowledge we have learned and demonstrate that we can keep the commands and choose to not sin, it is at that point we become Christians. At that point Christ said “he” would pray to the Father and ask for Him to give us another helper.

You would be amazed at how many teachers and preachers I have heard teaching the Christ was living in us, this verse of scripture says different and so does John 14:3. In this verse of scripture, Christ says he has gone to prepare a place for us. We will need this place when Christ comes again to claim us and take us with him. That is God’s Love Supreme.

There are many that will tell you that you receive the Helper (Holy Spirit) the moment you are saved. Not according to the bible. We must first learn God’s word enough to learn to love God and keep His commands daily. If you are following the commands all day, there won’t be time for sin.

When I was saved, I wanted everyone to see the difference in me, but that was not possible. They wanted to see the change last in me.

Remember, the world can’t see God’s love and grace. They can’t respond to the Holy Spirit because they can’t see that He is present. Christianity is a way of life that we must live daily. The results of living a Christian Life are what the world can see in you.

Christian Word Definition: Religion

The definition of Religion is as follows:

 the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. Oxford Dictionaries

a cultural system of behaviors and practices, world views, sacred texts, holy places, ethics, and societal organization that relate humanity to what an anthropologist has called “an order of existence”.  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

Acts 26:5 (NKJV)

Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Acts 9:1-2 (NRSV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6 (NIV2011)

This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:17-24 (NKJV)

As you can readily see, Christianity (the Way) is not a religion. Christianity is a way of life that is to be lived day by day. Through the study of God’s word (the Bible) and prayer through the Holy Spirit, each one of us will reach the righteousness and holiness that will bring us back to the original state; in the image of God. Genesis 1:27