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God is love–but He is MORE!

The Glory of the Lord Paul spoke of in Acts 20:29-31 “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.  Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.”  Peter and Jude were alarmed because of the great numbers of false teachers in the churches of their day.  Jude’s letter, to whomever it was written, tells it like it is in these the final days.  I’m sharing the one and only chapter of Jude,  because I was searching for a specific verse last  evening before falling asleep.  I found what I was looking for in Jude 24 and 25.  Reading the first 23 verses is exactly why I wanted the comfort of 24 and 25.

“Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen. ”  

These last 2 verses are my prayer for “all the saints…”  Please study the Word!  Don’t believe something just because someone who is a preacher, teacher, minister, or author.  Use the HOLY WORD of God as your plumb line to keep you on the narrow road.  Lovingly in Christ  ♥ Streim

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Posted in Living in Today's World, The Grace of God

Because You Ask Not!

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How many times do we become concerned about situations that affect our lives that involve ourselves, family members, church friends or neighbors?  How many of those times do we get to our wits end before we bring them before the Throne of Glory and ask God for help?  I believe far too many times.  God’s Word gives us a very important message in James 1:5 : “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Of late, I know for myself that many people are hurting, struggling, scared and ready to quit–for whatever the reason.  Let us not forget, that the Father loves us beyond our human comprehension!  He gave up His most beloved Son to pay the ultimate penalty for our sin. Why wouldn’t He care about everything in our lives?  Remember that to obtain salvation we must “ask the Lord’s forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ and ask for Jesus Christ to come in when He knocks at our heart’s door”.   David in his poetic psalm 119 asks for the things he lacks…

Psalm 119: 33-40 

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. 

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it.

36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness.

37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way. 

38 Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You.

39 Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your judgments are good.

40 Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness.

May you blessed more each day as you walk closer to Him– even when you don’t have the strength, just ask Him. Streim

Posted in Lessons from the Holy Bible, Living in Today's World, Seeking Truth?

The Taming of the Tongue!?

All of  Paul’s epistles were written to churches in the form of theological letters.  Many of the new churches strayed from the “pure teachings of the true Gospel” for whatever reason.  An example is the church at Corinth.  Paul received a letter from the leaders of that church because some members were erring from the ways of righteousness!  Arguing over how to practice the Lord’s Supper, suing one another and even sexual/carnal problems.

James writings are for the practical purposes of everyday living.  Most Bible scholars believe this James is the brother of Jesus.  The main emphasis of his writing is to point out that saving faith needs to result in changed behavior!

Taming the Tongue!?  James 3 (ESV)

1) Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

2) For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

3) If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.

4) Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

5)  So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

6)  And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

7) For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,

8) but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9) With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.

10) From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,these things ought not to be so.

11) Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?

12) Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

WOW!!!  Those are some harsh words!  So what or how can we tame the tongue?  It’s full of poison and is a restless evil!  Simply James says ” but NO human being can tame his tongue…”  But wait, the rest of the chapter gives us the hope we need and how we are to know what to speak, where to speak, when to speak and how!  We are to seek wisdom from above!!

13)  Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

14) But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

15 ) This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

16) For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

You want to know how to tame that tongue??  Here’s your answer

17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 

18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Getting rid of the sour, proud, hurtful, ungodly and vile words spoken from our mouths is to fill our hearts with God’s Wisdom.  Where do we get that from?  The Holy Word~~quiet alone time with Him in prayer~~fellowship with other believers who love of our Lord Jesus as much as we do~~and

Asking the Lord, for it His will!

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Psalm 51:6 “Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.”
Psalm 111: 10 ” The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!”
Proverbs 2: 6 ” For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; “
Proverbs 15:33 ” The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor “
Proverbs 18:4 ” The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. “