Gods Living Word

Gods Living Word

Friday, 21 July 2017

Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon 5 v8&9
“.. I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, If you find my beloved,
That you tell him I am lovesick!
What is your beloved
More than another beloved, O fairest among women?
What is your beloved More than another beloved,
That you so charge us? ..”

    When constructing a Sermon or a short bible study, like this one you need to read either side of the verse to see the context the verse you want to use is based on. While I included verse 8 it is only verse 9 I’m high lighting. But, though it would help you see the context of verse 9. So whilst being lead I came across this I thought I would show that each verse contains far more than you think.

To the Artist He is the altogether lovely one
To the Architect He is the chief corner stone
To the Astronomer He is the Son of righteousness
To the Baker He is the living Bread
To the Banker He is the hidden Treasure
To the Biologist He is the Life
To the Carpenter He is the Rule
To the Doctor He is the great Physician
To the Educator He is the great Teacher
To the Farmer he is the Lord of the Harvest
To the Geologist He is the Rock or Ages
To the Horticulturist He is the True Vine
To the Judge He is the Righteous Judge
To the Juror He is the True Witness
To the Jeweler He is the Pearl of Great Price
To the Editor He is the Good Tidings of Great Joy
To the Philosopher He is the Wisdom of God
To the Printer He is the True Type
To the Sinner He is the Lamb of God
To the Christian He is the Son of the Living God Saviour, Redeemer and Lord.


  So the next time you look at a verse stop and ask God what is trying to show/teach you. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Coming end of the week




The Triumphs of Faith

You will need to read 

Numbers chpt's 13 & 14


There are points that will covered they are
  1. Confirms the promise of God
  2. Exhibits the proofs of God's faithfulness
  3. Advocates present possession
  4. Laments the folly of unbelief
  5. Rests exclusively in the Lord
  6. Follows God always and everywhere
  7. Inherits the promises


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

290417

You Should Love Your Neighbour


Leviticus 19 v18   “. .You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord. .”

Mathew 5  v43/4   “. .You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. .”

Romans 13 v8/9   “. .  Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. .”


   Definitions are important such as. . .Who is your neighbour?. . . Do you know them?. . . What it is to love your neighbour?

   Why all these questions I’ve bombarded with from the start? It happened one day whilst Jesus was on His travels that a man tried to catch Jesus out by asking Him ‘Who is your neighbour?’ We all should know the answer to this question, if not please look up the parable of ‘The good Samaritan’.   

  So who is your neighbour? Well, they are not restricted to those live on either side of us. A good neighbour is one who by-chance happens to be near to you in need of distress or danger. They may be the worst people in the world, out lawed/ cast by their sins. But if they are near to us and are need of help, they are our neighbour, the very same person the commandment bid us to love.

   We would be willing to love our neighbours more if only we could choose them, but, unfortunately we cannot. With love and affection we must let God choose the particular neighbour He wants us to love. So again ‘Who is our neighbour’? No matter what they have done to you, no matter you anger ~ hatred you may feel, yet loving will/has to be the hardest feeling we must show them. We could do almost anything else short of loving unpleasant neighbours.

   Here are some verses that best express those feeling that cores around our bodies. .

“Dear Lord will it not do if we return wrong for wrong?
Neither love nor hate, but love ~ O’Lord our souls
Are far from strong and love is such a tender,
home nursed dove ~ How can we Lord, our enemies
bless and love

Fasting! How one could fast and pray!
One could most pathetically pray. But love our enemies?
Dear Lord is there set unto the easier way.
Some way through Churchly service song or psalm
Ritual grand to reach Heavens calm”.

   We need to take note that ’Love’ is the word and no matter your version of the Bible it will never change that .No matter how disagreeable ~ unlovely ~ unworthy our neighbours for the time may be still the commandment persistently and relentlessly say to us . . Leviticus 19:34  “. .Thou shalt love him as yourself. .”

   Remember, our neighbours are about us, all the time, needing our love, will you give unconditionally, the next time they call for help. May be unknown to us they continually touch our lives.  There for we must guard our every look/word or act, unless we will badly hurt/offend some sensitive spirit.

   Always try and remember others have feelings to. Sadly knowing this some will continually say words and do things that will cause pain.
“True love is thoughtful”

   We ought to be mindful and train our hearts to be the most sense of kindness, that we may never, even in jest, give pain to another human being. Our neighbours have hearts, and we owe to every one of the . . .
Ø (From) the beggar we meet on the street
Ø The poor wretch we find crawling in the mire of our bins.
Ø The enemy who flings insults in our force
Ø Everyone we owe the love, that is thoughtful, gentle and gives no hurt.

  
Charles Kingsley has been attributed in saying the following.. (Which could have come right out of Proverbs or Psalms?)
Ø Never seek to hurt anyone’s self-respect
Ø Never trample on anyone’s soul, (though it may be lying in the mire any way).

      Who knows, for that spark of self-respect is it’s only hope, it’s only chance, the last seed of better life, the voice of God which still whispers to it. You are not what you ought to be. You are still Gods child, still an immortal soul, you may rise and conquer yet, and be a man yet, after the likeness of God who made, and Christ who died for you. Oh why crush that voice in my heart. If you do crush their spirit/soul, the creature is lost, and lies where he or she falls never to rise again.

   We should all, train ourselves to such regard, to have a reverence for human life, that we should never hurt the heart of one of God’s creatures, not even by a disdainful look.

   A common phrase that gets banded about is ‘If only I knew’. So if we did know the story behind someone’s life, the hidden loads they have to carry day-in & day-out, often even carrying someone else’s as well, whilst all the time never letting be seen the cracks be seen. Yet also never letting be seen the unhealed sore in their heart, surly then we would have been more gentle with them.

   Life is hard for most people; certainly have enough without us adding to its burdens by our censoriousness, our charity, our jeering and our contempt towards them.

There is a Hymn that goes . . .
Is it worth that we jostle a brother,
Bearing his load on the rough road of life?
Is it worth that we jeer at each other’
In the bleakness of heart that we war to knife?
God pity us all our pitiful strife,
God pity us all we jostle each other.
God pardons us all for the triumphs we feel.
When a fellow goes down ’neath’ his load on the
Heather pierced to the heart. Words are keener than steel
And mightier for woe than for veal.

Were it not well, in this brief journey
On over the isthemus, down into the tide.
We give Him a fish instead of a serpent
Ere folding the hands to be and abide
For ever and aye in dust at his side?


   It is a sad state of affairs but all the more true, in that, many of us neglect and fail in our ‘love duties’, as much as the hurts we give others. How many would walk in ‘cold’ silence beside those whose hearts are aching or breaking, and not saying the warm rich words of love we might say and which would give so much comfort?

   If only we would open our eyes we could see those who are hungry, and the master is saying unto us ‘give ye them to eat’. Are we really withholding from them what we might give, they are starving when they might be filled. The thing is, I’m sure we don’t mean to be so neglectful towards them. In this moment many don’t realise how lucky a position they are in. To be such a blessing to those in need of such kind words of reassurance.

It touches our influence; we must not do that which
will hurt him or cause him to stumble.

   To wrap up this ‘Life’s Lesson’, all this has it’s important bearing on missions. We owe love to the perishing ones far and near to whom we may carry or send the gospel of salvation.

   Our miss conception about who is our neighbour, does not stop or limit to who live next door. When ’Thy neighbour’ is in fact any man woman or child, of whatever condition, character, Nation or even religion, whom God place us near to them in need.

   Am I finally getting through to the most stubborn of you, is that penny actually dropping? All that said, there is a brotherhood in Christ that is closer still. Christ our Lord has called us to be nice to ‘all men’, especially to those who are of the household of faith. I don’t mean just to the one’s own Church.

   There was a man who went up in a balloon, said that as he arose the fences that divided the country into fields & farms faded out, until he saw only one great, wide beautiful landscape of meadows and of fields and forests with winding stream and river shining rich in loveliness beneath the pure skies. So as we sawed nearer to God is love and faith and Christian experience.

The fences that divide our great ‘Church’ into ecclesiastical farms and pasture fields grow smaller and smaller until at last they vanish altogether, and we see only one wide Holy Church.

   The accidents of denominationalism are but of minor importance is comparism with the love of Christ ~ The Cross ~ The Bible ~ The Sacraments and of cause Heaven, which we  have in common. We all should learn to love one another as Christians. Love will soon break down the hardest of fortifications. We all need to learn to comfort one another and help each other on the way home.

Each giving to others need,
Each helping to the others best
& blessing each other as well as the rest.

For together we can be one



Friday, 2 June 2017


Coming soon





Why . . .


You should love your neighbour



Reading from . .


Levi 19 v18   Math 5 v43/4

Rom 13 v8/9


Monday, 22 May 2017

Chastisement

Why do we need it?

Hebrews 12 1 ~29

   I’ll go out on a limb here in saying that whilst we were growing up we all at some time were told off? Then told what is expected of us. The following will show, why it is ‘good for us’. Also why it is needed. They said that we had use their faith to overcome, to use their faith to have victory through our life.

V1  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
V1 is telling us we can do it no matter where you are in life, no matter what you are lay aside every weight, such as over eating . . . watching to much TV,  and the sin This would be the sin of unbelief, this must be layed aside.

   Run with endurance the race Everyone has their own race mapped in front of them. We don’t chase the race that is set before us. What we must do is to find out/discover what it will be/with patience & endurance.

V2  “ .  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith . .”
We’re told never to ‘look at’ Jesus, instead we’re told to ‘look unto’ Jesus. Why is this?  . . .  Let me try and explain.

   You waken to find out the flat your in is on fire and the only exit is blocked off by the fire. You’ve called the fire brigade is on their way, once they get there you are told NOT to look at the fireman, but to look unto the fireman.

   Why, I hear you say, surely they are the same thing? NO If ‘look unto’ the fireman, you’re looking with expectation, that the fireman has an expectation to rescue you. So when looking ‘unto’ Jesus with an air expectation that Jesus has a champion to be able to live this life the way He lived His life.

“. .and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus. .”

   When we run into hard times, and there seems no solution to the problem set before you. We need to loo ‘unto Jesus’ with expectation for Him to help us out of where we are. . .
“. .endured the cross. .”
I don’t think today anyone would gladly offer themselves for such a barbaric beating that Jesus had taken for us. That said Jesus knew what His life was about from a very young age. Now the time had come for Him to go to the cross, also knowing in 3 days He would rise from the dead.
“. .who for the joy that was set before him. .”
   So yes as it says here that Jesus must have gone to the cross with joy in Hi heart, pre-knowing, who would win this battle before it had begun. You know whilst having ‘happiness in your life, you can still be without joy. But you can have joy in your life, that it’s infectiousness will bring on happiness..
. Joy comes from what you know
. Happiness comes from your comfort
. . but, the sour note is, that you can have joy yet be thoroughly uncomfortable.

V3  “. . such contradiction of sinners . .”
   We always feel that we have it worst that you neighbour or friends. Just the other day I was told this, “If you feel you it watch a TV program called ‘The Jeremy Kyle show’, then you’re your troubles will just fade away, compared to theirs.

   It’s a hot day and need that fan to help cool you down, you would not take your child by the hand thrust the hand into the fan? Teaching the child how dangerous it could be, messing up the child’s hand. There is a special place for people like this!

   God was introduced to us as ‘Abba Father’, what Jesus meant here was that God is ‘the first and the last Father’ one who is intimate with us. As God’s heart is filled with so much love & tender mercy, and NOT just judgement. Because of Jesus death on the cross was so that we can benefit from His selfless act,  also that we benefit from the fullness of God.

God is good all the time

V5    Shows clearly that God does not rebuke us with diseases and the like, for He will use for most, use words and signs. Your profit and growth will come to be based on whether you will be able to receive those words that God will use to rebuke and encourage you . .
Psalm 141  5   “. .Let the righteous strike me;
It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me;
It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it. .”

   There can be powerful results that come from correction. But even more so when it comes from a man steeped in the word of God and also being ‘righteous’, let it be a kindness to me, thus may I rejoice because of such correction. The implication is that if a ‘righteous man’ sees and says that this is a disservice to you.

Q “What would the correction be in Heaven?
More so than here on Earth?
In Heaven surely these acts would not occur, so no
Need for correction?

   When we see a building on fire, the Firemen would run head long into the fire. Whereas you and I run in the other direction till we are a safe distance away. As Christians we can/must-not despise correction. So we should, like the Firemen, run head long to being corrected, even just like a righteous person would.

RPT x2
I will not despise the correction of the Lord
  
Proverbs 3  9   “. . Honour the Lord with your possessions,
And with the first fruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine. .”

Proverbs 3  11   “. . My son, do not despise the chastening
of the Lord, Nor detest His correction. .”

   The Lord only brings His correction/chastening, “if you head my word your barns would be filled to bursting, and you vats over flowing, fit to burst.
(NKJ)
Hebrews 10  “. .  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemed to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yielded the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. .”
  This verse in Hebrews shows the difference between our Earthly parents & Heavenly parents. As when God chastens He only does this for ‘our-own’ profit, and no one else. That we may be partakers of His Holiness, as well so that we may declare this, “God you are my Wisdom”. The result that we mat blame on Gods correction, is actually the judgement for the road we continue on down, whilst all the time God is trying to tell you not to go gown.

V9  John 10 v10  “. . I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. .”  Gods correction is just so!

   The seal of empowerment was called the ‘Beamer Seal’. This is the seal in Heaven that Christians will come before to receive our rewards according to our works, here on Earth. Not to be confused with the ‘Seal of Judgement’.

   (This is my surmise) I feel this may have come about those Christians whose works were neither many nor good. This was done by one Jew called Augustine. It is here in Heaven for us to give account of our works whilst on Earth. We will be rewarded as well as have losses.

   The seal nobody wants be on willingly is in hell, called ‘ The Great white Throne of Judgement’. That is where it will be determined to what level in hell or lake of fire you will go for eternity. Yes there many levels of punishment in hell, where you will receive your suffering. The name ‘Dante’ is famous for depicting and showing, in his paining, the many levels of hell and the suffering there.  I know, and understand, there will be many scoffers among you, saying, who will be saying how does he know how many levels there truly are? The truth is NO-ONE really knows alive, among us knows for sure, but I feel he nails it.

   OK, so, let’s start raping by showing one of the ways God knew how to correct Peter. What was it that brought Peter to his knees? In his prayers he prostrated himself before God and humbly he said to God forgive me Lord, for I’m so stupid’. So what actually brought Peter to his knees? Well, it was when our Lord caused a net breaking harvest to come.

   You ask so how did God correct him? Well, not by being angry or shouting or pointing at him or wagging his finger. NO, instead He showed extreme kindness toward Peter. ‘A net breaking harvest’. It was Peter who told Jesus, you don’t know you’re not a fisherman, we have been out all day, so all my nets are in and stowed away.

   But Jesus told him to cast out his nets, just the same. Reluctantly Peter did this to humour Jesus, in doing so, suddenly the nets were ready to break and called the other fishermen come lend a hand. Such was the harvest, such was Gods extreme kindness. The kindness and blessing bestowed upon him brought Peter to his knees. Because even the partners boats began to sink such was the kindness showed to him.

   Suddenly it became clear to Peter what this meant. Let me leave you with this verse from…
Romans 2 v4  “. . Or do you despise the riches of His
goodness, forbearance, and long suffering, not knowing that the goodness 
of God leads you to repentance?. .”





Wednesday, 17 May 2017



Chastisement


Why do we need it?



I am sorry for the length time you have
 all been waiting for this, only
 between my health as well as nearly
 loosing my dog 
with a life threatening illness. Has 
caused a weeks delay, 
please be patient it will be live by 
Monday all being well.

Friday, 14 April 2017


Coming Soon . . . 

Chastisement

Why do we need it?

Here's some reading till then . .

Hebrews 12 (whole chapter)
Psalm 141
Proverbs 3 v9
1 Samuel 2
Proverbs 3 v11


See if you can find more reasons why we need to be told off.