Wisdom:  If, Then.; The Benefits of Truth.

Wisdom: If, Then.; The Benefits of Truth.

January 25, 2014

What is wisdom?
Definition of wisdom

1. having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right;
possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.

Correct Application of Truth, makes one Wise.

Truth is Objective
It’s not just the laws of physics, mathematics, nature that are holding the universe together.
It is also God’s moral laws.

Wisdom cannot exist unless truth Exists.
Including Moral Truth.
Moral Truth is Objective.
It’s as real as rock. To break moral truth is to break yourself.
The More Truths you use, the more freedoms/benefits you can gain.

What happens when you combine these three laws?
1. Air Pressure, *storms and artic vortexes
2. Gravity, *tired feet, aching back.
3. Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. *bump into the doorway. The wall doesn’t move, all that energy is delivered back to you.

Answer; Flight, requires at least three laws.

True Freedom: Individual Responsibility.
Enables us to become Interdependent.

Children, Dependent
Teenagers are becoming: Independent
Adults: Interdependent.
You are never alone with your choices, they always effect your relationship with God and people.

Whenever a third party comes in and says you are no longer responsible for ______________________ you have lost a freedom and become a slave.


In Proverbs God is going to talk about the following.
Your work ethic,
Your finances,
Your relationships,
Your Idols,
Your affections,
Your Time
Why? because they are all in the 10 Commandments.

Look at the genius of this literary pattern.

IF. . . .
[Pro 2:1 ESV] My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
[Pro 2:2 ESV] making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;
[Pro 2:3 ESV] yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
[Pro 2:4 ESV] if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,

Then. . . . (Benefits) 1st Benefit is God, a relationship with your Creator.
[Pro 2:5 ESV] then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

Benefits of Following Your God. . . .
God is the Source
[Pro 2:6 ESV] For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

To Gather & secure safely.
[Pro 2:7 ESV] He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
[Pro 2:8 ESV] guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints.

Then. . . . .(Benefits)
[Pro 2:9 ESV] Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;

[Pro 2:10 ESV] for wisdom will come into your heart,
Wisdom come INTO your heart, NOT from your heart.

False Teachers say the good is already in your heart.
Godly teachers say Put Good in your evil heart.

Jesus said concerning the human heart.
[Mat 15:18 ESV] But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
[Mat 15:19 ESV] For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
[Mat 15:20 ESV] These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone."

and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

[Pro 2:11 ESV] discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you,
Look before you leap.

Wisdom Protects you from Politicians, Preachers, Salesmen & The National News.
[Pro 2:12 ESV] delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,

“Tie means lie”
Preachers; False Teachers,
News People.

Have you listened to a politician and after all those words, you still don’t know what they said?
They use general words but do not define what they specifically mean.

[Pro 2:13 ESV] who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
[Pro 2:14 ESV] who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil,
[Pro 2:15 ESV] men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.

Each one of the following breaks one of God’s Big Ten Commandments.
Abortion, Murder
Healthcare: Steals Freedom & Your Money
Taxes: Steals your money
Tithing to TV Preachers, so God will give you more material wealth. Stealing
Sexual Immorality: Coveting & Adultery: Any physical intimacy outside of marriage of one man and woman.

Wisdom protects you from Sexual Immorality.
[Pro 2:16 ESV] So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words,
[Pro 2:17 ESV] who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God;
[Pro 2:18 ESV] for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed;
[Pro 2:19 ESV] none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.

[Pro 2:20 ESV] So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.
[Pro 2:21 ESV] For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,

The Unrepentant don’t have much of a future.
[Pro 2:22 ESV] but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Wisdom Proverbs 2

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The Path To Wisdom

January 18, 2014

Who, what, where, when, why. 

Who wrote it?:
Solomon highly likely penned chapters 1 to 29.
Agur wrote chapter thirty.
King Lemuel wrote chapter thirty-one.

When was it written?
During his reign from 970 to 930 B.C.
When was it compiled? Compiled and edited from 715 to 686 b.c.
The role of Hezekiah's men (see 25:1)

Why was it written: it’s spelled out for us in the first chapter.

Background leading up to Proverbs.

A little about Solomon,
2nd child of David and Bathsheba
2 Samuel 11-12. The first child died at birth and was conceived in adultery.

Because of David’s adultery, his oldest sons never became King. (a judgment of God)
Solomon became the next King. King number 3.
Close call for Solomon.
Absolom was the first born. He tried to steal the kingdom from David and eventually was killed.
The next in line was Adonijah, He tried to take the kingdom, without David even knowing about it.

The folks closest to David,
Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Bathsheba went directly to David and had Solomon become King.

Solomon was given a choice from God.
[1Ki 3:5 ESV] At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, "Ask what I shall give you."
[1Ki 3:6 ESV] And Solomon said, "You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day.
[1Ki 3:7 ESV] And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.
[1Ki 3:8 ESV] And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.
[1Ki 3:9 ESV] Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?"
[1Ki 3:10 ESV] It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.
[1Ki 3:11 ESV] And God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,
[1Ki 3:12 ESV] behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.
[1Ki 3:13 ESV] I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.
[1Ki 3:14 ESV] And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days."

Overview of Proverbs: See outline in powerpoint.

Chapter One!
[Pro 1:1 ESV] The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

[Pro 1:2 ESV] To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,
[Pro 1:3 ESV] to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;
[Pro 1:4 ESV] to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth--
[Pro 1:5 ESV] Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,
[Pro 1:6 ESV] to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.

Where it begins:
[Pro 1:7 ESV] The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Gospel.
Know that you are a sinner,
know that you need a savior.
If you are not afraid of God’ wrath, then you are not willing or able to embrace God’s Love.

Wisdom Leverages Other People’s Experiences, good or bad.
[Pro 1:8 ESV] Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching,
[Pro 1:9 ESV] for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

Teenagers struggle with this because they in the process of becoming independent.

Don’t follow the popular evil people. They may be “cool”, but they are fools.
[Pro 1:10 ESV] My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

A Fools plan. Easy money, community, provision. (evil gain)
[Pro 1:11 ESV] If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason;
[Pro 1:12 ESV] like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
[Pro 1:13 ESV] we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder;
[Pro 1:14 ESV] throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse"—

Warning: it leads to death.
[Pro 1:15 ESV] my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths,
[Pro 1:16 ESV] for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
[Pro 1:17 ESV] For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird,
[Pro 1:18 ESV] but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives.
[Pro 1:19 ESV] Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.

Wisdom personified
[Pro 1:20 ESV] Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice;
[Pro 1:21 ESV] at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
[Pro 1:22 ESV] "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?
[Pro 1:23 ESV] If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

Nobody likes to be told that they are wrong. Especially when not asked.
[Pro 1:24 ESV] Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
[Pro 1:25 ESV] because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,

No mercy for the foolish.
[Pro 1:26 ESV] I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you,
[Pro 1:27 ESV] when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.

Sometimes there are No second Chances.
[Pro 1:28 ESV] Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
[Pro 1:29 ESV] Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD,
[Pro 1:30 ESV] would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof,

Consequences for rejecting the Gospel
[Pro 1:31 ESV] therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices.
[Pro 1:32 ESV] For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them;

[Pro 1:33 ESV] but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster."

Promise from Jesus
[Jhn 10:27 ESV] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
[Jhn 10:28 ESV] I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
[Jhn 10:29 ESV] My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
[Jhn 10:30 ESV] I and the Father are one."

[2Cr 1:21 NIV] Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
[2Cr 1:22 NIV] set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

[Eph 1:13 NIV] And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
[Eph 1:14 NIV] who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.

Tell people about Jesus, you cannot lose.
[2Cr 4:5 NIV] For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
[2Cr 4:6 NIV] For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ.
[2Cr 4:7 NIV] But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
[2Cr 4:8 NIV] We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
[2Cr 4:9 NIV] persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
[2Cr 4:10 NIV] We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
[2Cr 4:11 NIV] For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.

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New Year,  New Creation!

New Year, New Creation!

January 11, 2014

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The wonderful gift of seasons is it reminds us of renewals.

[2Cr 5:17 NIV] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

New Creation not old religion
[Gal 6:12 NIV] Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.
[Gal 6:13 NIV] Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh.
[Gal 6:14 NIV] May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
[Gal 6:15 NIV] Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.

How to become a new Creation? You must be Born Again.

Born Again
[Jhn 3:3 NIV] Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again."
[Jhn 3:4 NIV] "How can someone be born when they are old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother's womb to be born!"
[Jhn 3:5 NIV] Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.
[Jhn 3:6 NIV] Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
[Jhn 3:7 NIV] You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
[Jhn 3:8 NIV] The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

Born Again is a work of the Holy Spirit.
No Worries. If you desire the Holy Spirit to change you, most likely He has already changed you.
If you could care less, then you have not been born again and you are a child of God’s wrath.
If that statement offended you, then you are clearly an enemy of God. Your heart has exposed you.

Once Born Again, Always Born Again. (Imperishable)
[1Pe 1:23 NIV] For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

The Holy Spirit enables a person to respond to Jesus Christ

[Jhn 3:9 NIV] "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
[Jhn 3:10 NIV] "You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things?
[Jhn 3:11 NIV] Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
[Jhn 3:12 NIV] I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
[Jhn 3:13 NIV] No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.
[Jhn 3:14 NIV] Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
[Jhn 3:15 NIV] that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him."
[Jhn 3:16 NIV] For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
[Jhn 3:17 NIV] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
[Jhn 3:18 NIV] Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

You are reconciled to God the Father through Jesus Christ.
[2Cr 5:18 NIV] All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
[2Cr 5:19 NIV] that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Born of God
[Jhn 1:10 NIV] He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
[Jhn 1:11 NIV] He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
[Jhn 1:12 NIV] Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--
[Jhn 1:13 NIV] children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

Only Hope in what has been precisely Told US
[1Jo 3:1 NIV] See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
[1Jo 3:2 NIV] Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
[1Jo 3:3 NIV] All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Have you been Born of God?
[1Jo 5:1 NIV] Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
[1Jo 5:2 NIV] This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.
[1Jo 5:3 NIV] In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,
[1Jo 5:4 NIV] for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
[1Jo 5:5 NIV] Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
[1Jo 5:10 NIV] Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.
[1Jo 5:11 NIV] And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
[1Jo 5:12 NIV] Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
[1Jo 5:13 NIV] I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Sanctification: Despite Us.
[1Jo 3:4 NIV] Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
[1Jo 3:5 NIV] But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
[1Jo 3:6 NIV] No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
[1Jo 3:7 NIV] Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
[1Jo 3:8 NIV] The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.

You are UNABLE go on sinning.
[1Jo 3:9 NIV] No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.
[1Jo 3:10 NIV] This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God's child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

Consider the most unpopular verses in America
The Message is about Unrepentance.
Instead of making excuses to continue your sin, you admit it is a sin and begin the fight of turning away from the sin.
God made me that way . . . . You can use that argument for ANY sin. Even murder. Abortion doctors.

[1Cr 6:9 ESV] Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
[1Cr 6:10 ESV] nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
[1Cr 6:11 ESV] And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Consider 1 John 3:9 and Gal 5. Which is or was your pet sin?
You sins should be slipping away from you, because God is winning the war in you.

You should be developing a profound hatred of your own sin.
[Rom 7:14 ESV] For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.
[Rom 7:15 ESV] For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
[Rom 7:16 ESV] Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.
[Rom 7:17 ESV] So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
[Rom 7:18 ESV] For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
[Rom 7:19 ESV] For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
[Rom 7:20 ESV] Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
[Rom 7:21 ESV] So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
[Rom 7:22 ESV] For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
[Rom 7:23 ESV] but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
[Rom 7:24 ESV] Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
[Rom 7:25 ESV] Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

How long should a Christian punish oneself when you openly commit a sin against your God?
To punish yourself is not repenting, it’s works.
Godly Guilt leads to repentance, repentance leads to hatred of your sin.

A Godly man knows he is a sinner in need of a savior.
[Rom 12:3 NIV] For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

[Rom 12:1 NIV] Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship.

The definition of Christianity!

The Great Commandment and The Great Commission. 
The Five Disciplines

[Rom 12:2 NIV] Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Like Fire: Change is always internal first and emanates outward
New Heart

[Eze 36:26 ESV] And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
[Eze 36:27 ESV] And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
[Eze 36:28 ESV] You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
[Eze 36:29 ESV] And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you.

You can only be born again once
but you are being renewed every moment.
[Psa 51:9 ESV] Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
[Psa 51:10 ESV] Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
[Psa 51:11 ESV] Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
[Psa 51:12 ESV] Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
[Psa 51:13 ESV] Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
[Psa 51:14 ESV] Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
[Psa 51:15 ESV] O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
[Psa 51:16 ESV] For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
[Psa 51:17 ESV] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

You now live to Serve Jesus
[2Cr 5:14 NIV] For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
[2Cr 5:15 NIV] And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Go tell somebody!
[2Cr 5:20 NIV] We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
[2Cr 5:21 NIV] God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

New Year, New Beginnings

Immanuel;  God With Us

Immanuel; God With Us

January 4, 2014 Logo

1. Jesus said He was God.
[Jhn 10:24 NIV] - The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."
[Jhn 10:25 NIV] - Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me,
[Jhn 10:26 NIV] - but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
[Jhn 10:27 NIV] - My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
[Jhn 10:28 NIV] - I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.
[Jhn 10:29 NIV] - My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand.
[Jhn 10:30 NIV] - I and the Father are one."
[Jhn 10:31 NIV] - Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him,
[Jhn 10:32 NIV] - but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"
[Jhn 10:33 NIV] - "We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."

No other leader of any other religion or major cult claimed they were God.
Buddha, Pursued enlightenment of his own definition
Muhammad, Claim to be the one true prophet, but not God.

Which forces an honest answer from people.
You cannot say Jesus was a good teacher and leave it at that. Either He is delusional and should not be trusted at all or His claims to deity are true and you better worship Him as God.

2. Believe the miracles.
Jesus Back up His claims with miracles.
Mention Miracle Chart
[Jhn 10:31 NIV] - Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him,
[Jhn 10:32 NIV] - but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"
[Jhn 10:33 NIV] - "We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."

[Jhn 10:37 ESV] If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;
[Jhn 10:38 ESV] but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."

3. Jesus forgave sins.
Only God can forgive sins. Why? Because when we sin we sin against God.

Every little sin is cosmic treason against an eternal God.
That is why hell is eternal conscious punishment.
The punishment is “fair” and equal to the crime.

[Psa 41:4 NIV] - I said, "O LORD, have mercy on me; heal me, for I have sinned against you."

[Jer 14:20 NIV] - O LORD, we acknowledge our wickedness and the guilt of our fathers; we have indeed sinned against you

That is why blessed is the man whose sins God will not hold against him.
[Rom 4:3 NIV] - What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
[Rom 4:4 NIV] - Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
[Rom 4:5 NIV] - However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
[Rom 4:6 NIV] - David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
[Rom 4:7 NIV] - "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
[Rom 4:8 NIV] - Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."

The goal is not to have God say, “Good enough” You tried your best. That’s what the world says.
World message: A loving God will overlook your rejection of Him and His rules.

Our hope is that God will never even see our evil, only the righteousness of Jesus on us.

A response to a Duck. Phil Robertson quoted the Bible and it was held against him.
Look at the message: It’s full of HOPE and LOVE!

Before I read this I am asking you to practice true Tolerance and Open-Mindedness

Any Unrepentant person, all forms of unrepentant sin, which includes any form sexual immorality, not just homosexuality. 

[1Cr 6:9 ESV] Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
[1Cr 6:10 ESV] nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

[1Cr 6:11 ESV] And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

People don’t want to be Washed, Sanctified and Justified by God through Jesus, because we first must acknowledge our ways are evil and turn away from them. We would rather keep our evil ways and make a god who is as evil as we are.

Gospel: God Himself will punish your wickedness on Jesus and declare you not guilty at all.

Jesus forgave sins and backed it up with a miracles.
[Luk 5:17 NIV] - One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.
[Luk 5:18 NIV] - Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.
[Luk 5:19 NIV] - When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
[Luk 5:20 NIV] - When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."
[Luk 5:21 NIV] - The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
[Luk 5:22 NIV] - Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?
[Luk 5:23 NIV] - Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
[Luk 5:24 NIV] - But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . ." He said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."
[Luk 5:25 NIV] - Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God."
[Mat 9:7 NIV] - And the man got up and went home.

4. Died on a cross.
[Luk 18:31 NIV] - Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.
[Luk 18:32 NIV] - He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him.

It’s why we call Good Friday Good. It’s why the Cross is our logo

5. And one more thing, Came back to life.
[Luk 18:33 NIV] - On the third day he will rise again."

[Mat 28:2 NIV] - There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
[Mat 28:3 NIV] - His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.
[Mat 28:4 NIV] - The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
[Mat 28:5 NIV] - The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
[Mat 28:6 NIV] - He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
[Mat 28:7 NIV] - Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

Paul Writes
[1Cr 15:3 NIV] - For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
[1Cr 15:4 NIV] - that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
[1Cr 15:5 NIV] - and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.
[1Cr 15:6 NIV] - After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
[1Cr 15:7 NIV] - Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
[1Cr 15:8 NIV] - and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

Luke begins his Gospel with the following statements.
[Luk 1:1 NIV] - Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
[Luk 1:2 NIV] - just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
[Luk 1:3 NIV] - Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,
[Luk 1:4 NIV] - so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Peter writes.
[2Pe 1:16 NIV] - We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
[2Pe 1:17 NIV] - For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
[2Pe 1:18 NIV] - We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
[2Pe 1:19 NIV] - And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

John writes concerning Christ.
[1Jo 1:1 NIV] - That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
[1Jo 1:2 NIV] - The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
[1Jo 1:3 NIV] - We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
[1Jo 1:4 NIV] - We write this to make our joy complete.

Our Response!
[Psa 5:11 ESV] But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.
[Psa 5:12 ESV] For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

[Psa 16:11 ESV] You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

If you like Christmas now, Wait till Heaven!  

Immanuel; God With Us

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