“With All Of Me” 3/27/2017 Written by Beejai for “THE RIVER WALK”

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March 26 – With All Of Me

                          

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Read: Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25, Luke 7:11-35, Psalm 68:19-35, Proverbs 11:29-31

Relate: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. This is it. It’s number one. When asked what was the greatest and most important commandment, Jesus pointed right to this verse with the caveat that loving your neighbor is right up there (Leviticus 19:18) Since this command is so important, it is no surprise that I tend to hear and read a lot of commentary about this verse and just what exactly the “heart”, “soul”, and “strength” really stand for. The thing is, all too often people are imposing their own modern views, hellenized philosophical views, or at the least New Testament understanding on to this Old Testament scripture.

Strength is pretty self explanatory but let me clear up the muddied waters a little bit with regard to the heart and soul. While the Hebrew heart represents the same organ as in modern times, its function has drastically changed. In the OT, the heart was the central hub for all emotional, moral, and intellectual activity. It was the center that made you go and gave you a reason for doing so. Over time this understanding shifted to the point that heart represented the emotions and the mind the intellect. Jesus recognized this change which is why, when quoting this verse in Mark he says to love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength. He had to change the wording to maintain the intent.

The soul, the nephesh, represents life. It is our living, breathing, conscious self. In the Old Testament, there was no concept of an immaterial, immortal soul. Let me say that again: In the Old Testament there is no concept of an immaterial, immortal soul. Got it? Good. So what modern understanding would best help us understand what God, through Moses, was referring to when He said soul? I think the pulpit commentary nails it right on when it calls the soul our personality. It is what makes you, you. You are unique to all other living things because God has breathed a soul, a nephesh, into you.

React: If I am to obey this greatest of all commands, then I need to love God in five ways. 1) My love for Him must be a sincere love. It must come from deep within me… from my heart. 2) My love must also be an overflowing love. If my love comes from my soul then it flows out of my personality. When people try to define what makes me unique, how I love God should top their list. 3) My love for God must be a strong love. It cannot easily be shaken and I invest the best of all that I do into living out that love with all my soul. 4) My love must be an intelligent love. Remember the heart originally included the intellect, and Jesus added mind to his list to reflect that change in understanding. The more I know of God, the more I will love Him, and the more I will want to know. My faith doesn’t shut off my brain, it stimulates it. 5) My love for God must be an undivided love. It encompases every aspect of who I am. Heart, soul, strength, mind… with all of my I love Him.

Respond: 

Dear God,
I love You. Help me to love You more. From deep within, flowing out, and encompassing every aspect of who I am, let Your love define me. Let me dwell in it and radiate it everywhere I go.
Amen

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“Have I Betrayed Him?” 3/26/2017 Posted by Alister Begg for www.truthforlife.org

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March 25

Have I Betrayed Him?

Would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?
Luke 22:48

The kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss. Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very great reverence for it. Let me beware of sleek-faced hypocrisy, which is assistant to heresy and infidelity.

Knowing how easily the unrighteous are deceived, let me be wise as a serpent to detect and avoid the designs of the enemy. The young man, devoid of understanding, was led astray by the kiss of the strange woman: May my soul be so graciously instructed today that the seductive tones of the world may have no effect upon me. Holy Spirit, let me not, a poor frail son of man, be betrayed with a kiss!

But what if I should be guilty of the same dreadful sin as Judas, that son of perdition? I have been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus; I am a member of His visible church; I sit at the Communion table: All these are so many kisses of my lips. Am I sincere in them? If not, I am a base traitor. Do I live in the world as carelessly as others do, and yet make a profession of being a follower of Jesus? Then I am exposing my faith to ridicule and leading men to speak evil of the very name Christian. Surely if I act inconsistently, I am a Judas, and it were better for me if I had never been born. Dare I hope that I am innocent in this matter? Then, O Lord, keep me so. O Lord, make me sincere and true. Preserve me from every false way. Never let me betray my Savior. I do love You, Lord Jesus, and though I often grieve You, I still desire to remain faithful even unto death.

O God, forbid that I should be a high-sounding professor and then fall at last into the lake of fire because I betrayed my Master with a kiss.

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Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

 

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“How can you believe in salvation by faith alone when the only occurrence of ‘faith alone’ in the Bible (James 2:24) says that salvation is not by faith alone?” 3/25/2017 Posted by www.gotquestions.org

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Question: “How can you believe in salvation by faith alone when the only occurrence of ‘faith alone’ in the Bible (James 2:24) says that salvation is not by faith alone?”

Answer: It is entirely true that the one verse in the Bible that contains the exact phrase “faith alone” seems to argue against salvation by faith alone. James 2:24 reads, “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (ESV). However, rejecting the doctrine of salvation by faith alone based on this verse has two major problems. First, the context of James 2:24 is not arguing against the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. Second, the Bible does not need to contain the precise phrase “faith alone” in order to clearly teach salvation by faith alone.

James 2:14–26, as a whole, and especially verse 24, has been the subject of some confused interpretations. The passage definitely seems to cause serious problems for the “salvation by faith alone” concept. First, we need to clear up a misconception, namely, that James means the same thing by “justified” in James 2:24 that Paul means in Romans 3:28. Paul is using the word justified to mean “declared righteous by God.” Paul is speaking of God’s legal declaration of us as righteous as Christ’s righteousness is applied to our account. James is using the word justified to mean “being demonstrated and proved.”

The 2011 NIV provides an excellent rendering of James 2:24: “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone” (emphasis added). Similarly, the NLT translation of James 2:24 reads, “So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone” (emphasis added). The entire James 2:14–26 passage is about proving the genuineness of your faith by what you do. A genuine salvation experience by faith in Jesus Christ will inevitably result in good works (cf. Ephesians 2:10). The works are the demonstration and proof of faith (James 2:18). A faith without works is useless (James 2:20) and dead (James 2:17); in other words, it is not true faith at all. Salvation is by faith alone, but that faith will never be alone.

While James 2:24 is the only verse that contains the precise phrase “faith alone,” there are many other verses that do, in fact, teach salvation by faith alone. Any verse that ascribes salvation to faith/belief, with no other requirement mentioned, is a declaration that salvation is by faith alone. John 3:16 declares that salvation is given to “whoever believes in Him.” Acts 16:31 proclaims, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” See also Romans 3:28; 4:5; 5:1; Galatians 2:16; 3:24; Ephesians 1:13; and Philippians 3:9. Many other verses could be referenced in addition to these.

In summary, James 2:24 does not argue against salvation by faith alone. Rather, it argues against a salvation that is alone, a salvation devoid of good works and obedience to God’s Word. James’s point is that we demonstrate our faith by what we do (James 2:18). Regardless of the absence of the precise phrase “faith alone,” the New Testament definitely teaches that salvation is the product of God’s grace in response to our faith. “Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? . . . On that of faith” (Romans 3:27). There is no other requirement.

Recommended Resource: Faith Alone, The Doctrine of Justification: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters by Thomas Schreiner


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“Educating Your Head at the Expense of Your Heart” 3/24/2017 Written by Patrick Hawthorne for “SGM”

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Educating Your Head at the Expense of Your Heart

                            By Patrick Hawthorne

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Indeed, this is a sad commentary on the state of the Church.  Are we, the Body of Christ, educating our heads at the expense of our heart?  Remember back to the days when you were first born again, before religion had the opportunity to sink its insidious talons into your born again baby flesh?  We had faith to grab the moon; we had faith to move mountains.  But then something happened.  We became educated.  We allowed the teachings of man to set the bar on how high we should believe.

Education is not a bad thing.   However, education at the expense of our heart – at the expense of our personal relationship with our Lord Jesus – is idolatry.

 “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you change and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 18:3)

Children will reach for the stars.  Children are willing to believe beyond their capabilities.  If you have ever seen a child pray for another, there is no pretense; there is no formality.  There is only faith.  There is only hope for the thing which cannot be seen to be manifested in the natural.

A little child has not been educated into believing that miracles, signs, and wonders have passed away.  They have not learned man’s teachings that God will not do for some as He has done for others.  They have not learned the limitations set by man’s doctrine.  If God did it in the Bible, they believe…period.

Yes, as I write this I feel a deep sadness.  I have prayed for the Lord to break my heart for what breaks His.  Now, I’m beginning to understand what He meant when He asked if I was ready to be inconvenienced by the answers to my prayers.  Be blessed.

 

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“Do You Need Someone to Encourage You?” 3/23/2017 Written by Rev. B. Keith Haney for “The Light Breaks Through”

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Do You Need Someone to Encourage You?

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It is so easy in life to have a “me first” attitude.  An approach to life that finds value in the things you can put in your success column.   Don’t get me wrong I find fulfillment in personal accomplishments, but in the end, I also realize that all those were not me only but me living out the call of God in my life.  In this first post, I talked about how God wired me to be a person who finds joy in equipping others to live out the call of God in their lives.  The second critical foundation of the wiring is there to encourage others in their journey.  This illustration may add a bit of context.

“Forty thousand fans were on hand in the Oakland stadium when Rickey Henderson tied Lou Brock’s career stolen base record. According to USA Today Lou, who had left baseball in 1979, had followed Henderson’s career and was excited about his success. Realizing that Rickey would set a new record, Brock said, ‘I’ll be there. Do you think I’m going to miss it now? Rickey did in 12 years what took me 19. He’s amazing.’

The real success stories in life are with people who can rejoice in the successes of others. What Lou Brock did in cheering on Rickey Henderson should be a way of life in the family of God. Few circumstances give us a better opportunity to exhibit God’s grace than when someone succeeds and surpasses us in an area of our own strength and reputation.”  -Our Daily Bread, June 19, 1994.

What an awesome approach to life when you can honestly celebrate what someone else is accomplishing in their life, even when it in erasing your legacy.  How many of us could have that kind of outlook?  Being an encourager means that you are there to help someone do as Jesus describes in John 14:12-14, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”

I can’t speak for anyone else, but the idea of surpassing the work that Jesus did is awesome.  Jesus is laying down an appealing challenge.  You will get a chance to make a kingdom difference even greater than the one He started.  If Jesus was concerned with His legacy only, would He have added this encouragement for us?

What does it mean to be an encourager?

It means that we understand that life can be full of ups and downs.  It is easy to get distracted, and that distraction can cause roadblocks that tempt us to throw in the towel.  Life’s journey is difficult.  It is filled with obstacles.  You will fall and be injured by circumstances, how you respond to these situations will determine whether you fully accomplish the mission God called you and gifted you to accomplish.  The role of an encourager is to remind us, not to lose heart and to point us back to the source of our strength, God.

Question for reflection:

What is grieving your spirit today that you need encouragement to overcome?

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“Prayer – Practical Faith Practice” 3/22/2017 Written by Patrick Hawthorne for “SGM”

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Prayer – Practical Faith Practice

                            By Patrick Hawthorne

 

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For the last several months, I have been blogging on the power of prayer.  I am a firm believer in prayer and our Heavenly Father’s desire to meet the needs of His children.  Yet, I honestly believe that many needs go unmet simply because the asker has not approached the throne in faith believing that God is willing to answer our petitions.  Many times I have heard people say that they feel guilty approaching our Heavenly Father with petty requests.  Not me!

Let me ask you a question.  Which is easier, asking God for help finding a parking spot or asking God for a parking lot?  This might sound really ridiculous, but serves well to illustrate my point.  How will you learn to stretch your faith for the big unless you start practicing in the little?

I assure you, our Heavenly Father is not offended by us practicing our faith so that we can fine tune our spiritual ears to be able to hear accurately the voice of the Holy Spirit. As I have written before, I’ve asked the Lord on numerous occasions to help me find a dropped screw or nail so that I don’t puncture a tire.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV)

Did you get that one word…, “Everything?”  Everything means everything, even if it seems ridiculous or over simplistic.  Prayer by the religious is repetitive nonsense built upon the premise of a clanging symbol – it is a one-sided note designed to create noise.  Prayer by those who look to God not as a religious figure but as a Heavenly Father is a delight; it is a relationship.  Begin today with a practical practice of faith.  Ask the Lord for something very simple and then allow His peace to prevail.  If you have no peace with one direction, go another till you feel that peace.  You may be certain that I did prior to passing on this information to you.   Be blessed

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“From Unbelief To Joy” 3/21/2017 Written by Pastor Rob Barkman for “Settled In Heaven Ministries”

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 21 – From Unbelief To Joy

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Genesis Chapter 21:

Gen 21:1-34

(1)  And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

(2)  For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

(3)  And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

(4)  And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.

(5)  And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.

(6)  And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.

(7)  And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.

(8)  And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

(9)  And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.

(10)  Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

(11)  And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.

(12)  And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

(13)  And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

(14)  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

(15)  And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

(16)  And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

(17)  And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

(18)  Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

(19)  And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

(20)  And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

(21)  And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

(22)  And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:

(23)  Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.

(24)  And Abraham said, I will swear.

(25)  And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken away.

(26)  And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.

(27)  And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.

(28)  And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

(29)  And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

(30)  And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

(31)  Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.

(32)  Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.

(33)  And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.

(34)  And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.

Thought For This Chapter…

Turning the laughter of unbelief turned into the laughter of overflowing joy.  That is exactly what Sarah experienced at the birth of Isaac.

Keep in mind, when Sarah was first told about God’s promise of a child to Abraham, she mocked Abraham with the laughter of unbelief…

Gen 18:12

(12)  Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

Now following Isaac’s birth, her laughter has been transformed to one of overflowing joy…

Gen 21:6

(6)  And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.

What a wonderful experience for Sarah or for us as well!

Have you ever had a dream that seemed absolutely unachievable?  Have you ever had a need that seemed unable to be supplied?  Have you ever had a prayer request that seemed to be beyond possibility of fulfillment?

Then, do you remember the great joy you experienced when you see God’s miraculous intervention in the situation bringing about that which you thought you could never attain?  Remember the overwhelming feeling of appreciation and awe towards the Lord for all He had done for you!   This is what Sarah was experiencing at the birth of Isaac.  The impossible had become possible, the unattainable had been attained, the hopeless need had been supplied.

May we all take a moment to think back at our life and remember one of these great events where our Lord did the seemingly impossible to be a blessing to us.  And then, let us realize the greatest miracle of all was our salvation experience.   Let’s praise Him for it, remember His greatness through it, and determine to live our lives for Him today and every day for the wonderful miracle He has done for us!

Psa 77:13-15

(13)  Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

(14)  Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

(15)  Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

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