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Wisdom Brings Fairness and Perfect Judgment

March 22, 2020

Wisdom Brings Fairness and Perfect Judgment

Proverbs 1:3 (KJB) To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity.

“Don’t judge me…” How many times have you heard this mantra?  Likely often, especially if you have attempted to speak to another about the loving and judging nature of God.  You see, a person cannot personally know God unless he is familiar with His entire character, which goes way beyond comprehending His grace-filled love for self and others. It is moving ...

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God Offers Simple Soundness

March 21, 2020

God Offers Simple Soundness

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJB) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

It is not big news that some in this world attempt to make a living by trying to alter the state of the mind and body. 

“What, you might say- What do you mean?” 

Mind control is big business, but is nothing more than an attempt to maneuver another person into doing, saying, or ...

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God’s Law Brings Liberty

March 20, 2020

God’s Law Brings Liberty

James 2:12 (KJB) So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

The decrees of God and spiritual liberty, pitted against the laws of this world written by mankind, work in opposing directions. 

You see, God’s decrees are to direct us and guide us as we sojourn in this world.  They give us the freedom to choose our response.  However, the laws of this world tell us how to behave and act according to ...

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A Sharp Crusader

March 19, 2020

A Sharp Crusader

Psalm 149:6 (KJB) Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand.

God does not expect His spiritual family to sit on the sideline of life.  Nor does God desire for them to sit on the fences of life.  Continual praises, scripture, and marching ahead are to be a child of God’s spiritual crusade as they walk circumspectly, bringing glory to God in this world.

God desires for each of us to sing a litany ...

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Prepared for Battle

March 18, 2020

Prepared for Battle

Ephesians 6:11 (KJB) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Battles are inevitable.  Spiritual skirmishes are at work all about us.  A child of God is given everything that he or she needs to stand tall and secure against God’s nemesis, satan in this world.  God never promised His spiritual family was protected from facing battles, but that they could stand victorious in the heat of any fight.

God gives ...

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A Disciplined Army

March 17, 2020

A Disciplined Army

Joel 2:8 (KJB) Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.

The ancient context of this verse is speaking of a time when enemies were invading the ancient land of Israel.  Not only that, but this message parallels one of a coming invasion with the fifth trumpet judgment, as was recorded for our consideration in the book of Revelation.

We can compare this marching band of ...

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God Decreed Light to Shine in Darkness

March 16, 2020

God Decreed Light to Shine in Darkness

2 Corinthians 4:6 (KJB) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

This verse of scripture is a beautiful picture of God’s grace and truth.  This portrait of eternal light is available for whosoever places faith is placed in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  Not only is this promise true, but the eternal ...

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The Absence of Light Creates Darkness

March 15, 2020

The Absence of Light Creates Darkness

Isaiah 45:7 (KJB) I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

God takes credit for both light and darkness.  Does this true statement confuse your thinking?  The presence of evil is a natural void of the presence of God.  You cannot have light without the presence of darkness or peace without hate working in this world.

I hope you understand that there is nothing cloudy about this statement ...

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David Laments About His Sin

March 14, 2020

David Laments About His Sin

Psalm 6:6-7 (KJB) I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. 7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

David is led to share in this Psalm about a personal time of great remorse.  His sadness and grief about his sin and is sad indeed.

I am sure you have had a time or two when you cry ...

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True Wisdom Does Not Require A Degree

March 13, 2020

True Wisdom Does Not Require A Degree

James 3:15-17 (KJB) This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

In the verses just before these above, James was referring to the characteristics of earthly wisdom.  He continues by describing the character of ...

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