Bible Scriptures for January 2015: Matthew 7
I am including this scripture because this is very important to follow and think about and God put it on my heart to share. I will offer a brief commentary at the end of each section, but seek God and let Him show you what He wants you to see from the scriptures. (You can read the scriptures here. Just click on this link and then enter the scripture reference you want to read. http://kjvbible.net/ .)
7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
[Note: If we do make judgment, we need to make sure we ourselves are right with God. God doesn't want us to be critical and judgmental toward others, but God does want us to discern when a brother or sister in Christ is living in sin. Galatians 6:1 says: "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."]
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
[Note: Seeking God, to know God (personally and very well) and to know God's will for our own life is what being a true Christian is all about. Seeking God and asking Him for things we need is trusting in Him. But, if we are not abiding in God (see John 15) and are instead seeking our own will, God will not give us our (self-centered) desires. (See James 4).]
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
[Note: The wide gate is the world we live in. It is what the world promotes as being "good" and "fun". Here are some of the things that the world promotes and that, sadly, are popular among "Christians": Committing adultery (such as pornography or looking at a woman with lust); lying; cheating; focusing on advancing to the next level in your company; getting that raise; spending a lot of time at hobbies; neglecting time with God; making sure your kids enter college; being "successful" financially; buying a larger house; doing "church" (i.e. going to church on Sunday and living like the world); working to earn your way to Heaven (see Ephesians 2:8-9); believing that God's grace will let you keep sinning (without any need to repent from it) (see Hebrews 10:26-31 and Ezekiel 33:13); ... you get the picture. Sadly, anything that comes between you and God and anything that God forbids is what many "Christians" today accept. In their minds, God has become just a genie in a bottle to give them their wishes. But, that is not the God of the Bible. God is Holy and expects His people to be righteous too (as they look to Him and repent from sin) (see 1 Peter 1:13-16 and Proverbs 28:13-14). We need to turn away from idols and seek to know God intimately. (See Hebrews 12:1-2 and John 17:3 and Jeremiah 29:13).
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
[Note: The whole point is building our lives according to God's will, not our own will. We are friends of God if we obey God. Those who enter Heaven are those who do God's will--what God personally shows each of us to do and what the Holy Spirit teaches us from the Bible or tells us. (See 1 Corinthians 2).]
Bible Scriptures for December 2014:
2 Corinthians 5:7-8, 2 Timothy 2:5-7, 2 Corinthians 1:7-8, Revelation 7:8-10
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2 Corinthians 5:7-8
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
[Note: Christians must walk by faith an not by sight because the days are evil. Christians need to trust in God completely because God is the source of life and there is no true life apart from God. These are very dark times we are living in and Christians need to seek God about everything and seek to know God better.]
2 Timothy 2:5-7
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
[Note: The people who have sought God need to continue to seek Him because the days ahead are dark and we Christians need to walk in obedience to God. We will not receive rewards in Heaven if we are not doing God's will. The people who are seeking God will be rewarded because of their obedience to God. You will not be rewarded because of sin: you will be rewarded because of righteousness.]
2 Corinthians 1:7-8
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
[Note: Those who are partaking in the sufferings of the Gospel will be rewarded. The sufferings Christians go through will be rewarded if Christians are suffering for the Gospel and for Jesus Christ.]
8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
[Note: The saints who have been willing to suffer for the sake of Christ shall be rewarded. Those who have sought the Lord God will be sealed because they are God's children. Those who have not sought God shall be destroyed. All people shall worship God who have their names in the book of life. Let us seek God with all our hearts and not give up hope. Let us put Christ on the throne of our hearts and make Him our King and let us obey Him in all He tells us to do with cheerful hearts. Grace and peace to those who love God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.]
Bible Scriptures for November 2014: Acts 5:7-10 and Psalm 1
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7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
[Note: God told me this will happen to America. Why? How? The people who have sought after God will be spared but the people who have not will be destroyed. They will be destroyed because they are not seeking God and depending on God but on themselves instead. They are in rebellion against God and God's commandments (the 10 commandments). They love their sin more than God. They have no fear of God and blaspheme Him continually. They blaspheme the Holy Spirit by saying the lie that the work of God is the work of the devil. God is very grieved for all of this, and in His righteousness, and because He will not let sin continue forever, God will judge the wicked like He did to Sodom and Gomorrah. Would you like to learn how to be saved from sin and from Hell and learn how to know God's name and have a good, close relationship with God? Click here and scroll down to read.]
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
[Note: When you read the Bible and meditate on it, seeking God as you do, God will reward you for this. But if you follow in the footsteps of the wicked, God will have to judge you. Would you like to learn how to be saved from sin and from Hell and learn how to know God's name and have a good, close relationship with God? Click here and scroll down to read.]
Bible Scriptures for November 2014: Leviticus 20:10, Exodus 20:14, James 5:1-10
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"And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death."
"Thou shalt not commit adultery."
5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
[Note: God will judge the wicked, but He will bless the righteous with everlasting life. How can we be righteous? Only through the blood of Jesus Christ and by obeying God. Would you like to learn how to be saved from sin and from Hell and learn how to know God's name and have a good, close relationship with God? Click here and scroll down to read.]
3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.