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What does God’s Word say about being Holy? First let us look at how God is Holy. 1 John 1:5 “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” There is no sin in God at all. He is totally separate from anything evil. For us to have fellowship with Him, we must strive to be Holy. When we live in sin, we break fellowship with Him. Understand that we cannot be perfect as He is until we go to be with Him. But we must, with all our hearts, live each day trying to live separate from sin so that we may have fellowship with God. My devotion this morning touched on daily cleansing ourselves of sin so that we may have fellowship with God. The cleansing comes from examining myself each day and confessing and repenting of my sins, as well as asking God to show me of any un-confessed sin that I need to bring before Him. Since I am born with a sinful, fleshly nature, I am bound to commit some sin every day of my life. So, I need a daily cleansing. This is part of trying to be holy unto God.

1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Quotes Leviticus 19:2 “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” We see that because God is holy, He calls us to be holy. If we are living under the influence of this world, we are apart from God and cannot be holy. The only way we can live holy unto God is by the power of His Holy Spirit. Therefore, we must first be saved by the blood of Jesus and filled with His Spirit to be able to even try to live a holy life. God reveals any un-confessed sin in our lives through His Holy Spirit. If we try to just “be good people” we are doing things on our own. Being good does not get us to Heaven. John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Once we are saved, then the Holy Spirit’s power aids us in living holy or righteously for God. 1 Peter 1:14-16 “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (not just in our speech, but in how we live our lives) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” We can be holy by being obedient to God in ALL areas of our lives. To be able to obey God, we must KNOW God – Psalm 119:9-12 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.” To know God’s Word, is to know God.

If we are truly spending time with our Lord each day and in His Word and hiding it in our hearts, it will show outwardly and some in this world will see and possibly come to know Him too. Our speech will change, our faces will probably smile more because our hearts are smiling more. Our dress when we come into His house will change as well. When we first start walking with the Lord, we may not understand that how we dress in His house and in His Service reflects where we are in our walk with Him. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict a child of God of things in our outward appearance as to where we are in our holiness. If we are dressing like we are going to a back yard B-B-Q instead of wearing our best to His house, we still need work in our hearts. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. That is why we pray for each other in these areas. As we grow closer to Him, we understand that, and are happy to show Him respect by giving Him our best when we come to His house, or when we serve Him. That comes with time. I have always pondered how some can have no problem whatsoever dressing nice and respectful for a friend’s wedding, for example, but coming to the house of our Holy God Jehovah in disrespect and immodesty. But, that is something I leave to the Lord. It is my responsibility to act according to God’s direction and set an holy example for Him. I have to remind myself that children are not being taught, as I was, that when we come into God’s house, we show Him respect, by dressing in our best.

Psalms 99

1 The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

2 The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.

3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.

4 The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.

8 Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.
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Posted by on March 18, 2017 in God's Truth

 

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“Fervent Heat”

Thank you Lord for this Baptist Bread Devotional! And thank you Pastor/Dr. Steve Harness for these great Godly words of wisdom!

II Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Believers are looking for the return of Christ, the Blessed Hope, for the Rapture, when Christ takes His own out of this Jesus-rejecting world. Once the Rapture takes place, the world will follow antichrist, and the Lord will begin judging the earth in what is called the Tribulation.

When God’s plan for the world is complete, the earth will be destroyed. This is what is being referenced in this passage in II Peter. Not too long ago, I was able to visit two volcanoes. What a thrill to see this amazingly powerful natural phenomenon. The destructive force of volcanoes and the lava they spew are incredible. Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted in 1991. The effects are still seen over twenty years later! When the Bible talks about fervent heat and the elements dissolving away, it is speaking of an event more powerful than the eruption of a volcano.

II Peter 3:12 also mentions the melting with fervent heat, then verse 13 says, “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” Verse 11 tells us that in the meantime, while waiting for Christ, and later the new Heaven and new earth, that we are to carefully live holy lives before the Lord. Check your life and check your motives today. –Steve Harness

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2016 in God's Truth

 

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“And ALL the People…”

“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.” Psalm 119:136

We just went through the book of Nehemiah in our studies at  Colorado Springs Baptist Church. Chapter 8 where Ezra reads the Book of the Law (God’s Word) to all the people has always made me take a strong look at and compare it to people of our day, but this time it had me weeping for God’s church and how it has grown lax and complacent in His Laws and morals. I hear it a lot that we have had it too easy for too long in these great United States, and we are headed for a great fall because of “the people turning away from God Jehovah.” I believe more than I ever did, as I watch the minorities of people such as homosexuals and abortionists winning their battle to force everyone to condone their sinful lifestyles. Supposedly, those who call themselves Christians far outweigh this group of people, yet many sit back on their thumbs, with their heads in the sand and ignore issues like this as if maybe they will just all go away. Well, as we can see, they will not go away. In fact, they will continue to get worse and worse. We are already seeing Christians stepped on, mocked, and condemned for trying to take a stand for Godly morals and His Laws/Word. I call these few God’s  “Remnant.” Perhaps we have survived as long as we have because of this Remnant who remain faithful to Jehovah and His Word. I was recently reminded that “As the darkness grows darker, the Light shines brighter.” This is my commitment to the Lord until I go be with Him, to keep letting His Light shine through me.

Too many of our churches today do not even preach or teach the Great Commission or remission of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ. Many Pastors today are afraid to share God’s true Word or teach reverence to the one and only HOLY God by giving Him our best in all that we do, which includes how we dress before Him in HIS House and when we represent Him in service to Him, because people will not stay. So many today bring our Holy God down to their level instead of lifting Him up as He deserves to be lifted up. As a Holy God, He deserves for us to take some extra time and effort, to go to what we think of as a hassle, to reverence Him in our attire and our behaviour. We do not mind dressing up for a friend’s wedding out of respect for them, but it seems to be okay to enter God’s House or do service to Him dressed like we are going to the gym or a b-b-q. Does He not deserve even more respect than our friend?! Many only want to hear what makes them feel good or comfortable as they continue living in lives of sin – itching ears which have grown deaf to God’s truth. Many of today’s churches do whatever the world asks them because they need their money to survive. The church has become their ‘business’ –  some even stealing from God by taking money from things like Missions Accounts, and seemingly getting away with it. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) I would not want to be in that pastors’ shoes! I say to these so-called men of God, “Grow up in the LORD and stick to His true Word.” He is still on His throne and in control, and you will be held most accountable when you stand before Him. Trust Him to bring people in – people who need and want to hear the truth. People who are sick and hurting and need to be healed/saved and can only be healed by the hand of our Great Physician, Jesus Christ. If people leave because we are sticking to God’s Laws and reverencing Him as His Word commands, let them leave. They usually end up being a doorway for evil anyway. Perhaps after a time of pain and sorrow in the world, they will return ready for the truth. I say that because I have certainly been down that path in my journey to know the LORD more.

Just yesterday we watched coverage as it was happening on the news of  terrorist excrement (I will not even bother to name them and give them any notoriety) committing acts of murder on innocent people they call infidels in France. Do you really kid yourselves that that cannot happen in our great country? Look where we have come in our abomination lifestyles and celebrating sin more than committing our lives to our Loving and Holy LORD. This country has turned from its God and Creator who founded it through our forefathers. With the ready access to social media and news outlets today, you cannot tell me that you are not aware of the thousands of these extreme Muslims right here among us, and they come over our open borders daily with other illegals. We WILL get what we deserve. I know that our God has allowed this evil atrocity in our White House, who laughs at our Constitution and makes his own laws, for the purpose of bringing this sin-laden country to its knees and back to Him. We are going to have to go through some terrible times which we have never seen before, to lead ALL the people to “gather themselves together AS ONE” and hear God’s true Word  again, and not some corrupted version that leaves out what people do not want to hear because it convicts them of their sin.

Some background leading up to Ezra Chapter 8:

From the beginning, God had promised to bless the people of Israel (you could place the United States here) if they obeyed Him and to curse them if they disobeyed Him. The times when His people were taken captive (by the Assyrians in 722 B.C., the Babylonians in 586 B.C., and the Medo-Persians in 539 B.C.) were times when God used the heathens to discipline His children for their disobedience. The burning and destruction of Solomon’s temple by the Babylonians and its rebuilding 70 years later was foretold by Jeremiah in Chapter 25:11 and 29:10 – “And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years; For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place,” to assure the people that God would preserve a faithful remnant of His people. I believe that God’s Remnant will be taken from this earth at any moment. God help this world when that happens. Turn to God! You do not want to be left behind to face what God is going to allow to turn those who continue to reject Him toward Him. Read the book of Revelation.

Though the Assyrians and the Babylonians brought the captives to their empires, the Medo-Persians treated them as refugees and let them return to their own land. So, in 538 B.C., Cyrus issued orders to begin rebuilding the temple, and the 1st of 3 groups of post-exiled Jews went back to Jerusalem under the leadership of Sheshbazzar and Zerubabbel. The temple was completed in 516 B.C. The 2nd group of exiles returned in 458 B.C. with Ezra who followed God’s guidance in leading the people back to Him spiritually. In 445 B.C., King Artaxerxes I issued his decree for Nehemiah to lead the 3rd group to begin rebuilding the wall and the gates of Jerusalem.

Nehemiah was also led of God to bring the people back to a spiritual relationship with Jehovah by obeying His Laws. Nehemiah’s reforms helped to preserve Jewish identity, protecting it from compromise with its pagan neighbors, until God’s promised seed of Abraham, Jesus the Messiah, entered the scene. The book of Nehemiah was the last recorded history of Israel in the Old Testament, beginning the silent years before the New Testament.

The man of God, Nehemiah, was a man of prayer. There are 10 recorded prayers ranging from the quick “arrow prayer” when God gave him opportunity to make his request to King Artaxerxes – Nehemiah 2:4 “Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.” (right then and there) to the Bible’s longest recorded prayer in Nehemiah 9. There are prayers of confession and repentance, delivered in mourning with sackcloth and ashes, and prayers of praise and adoration, delivered with jubilant singing and musical instruments. There are prayers of supplication in weakness – Nehemiah 6:9, and prayers for God’s judgment on Nehemiah’s enemies in Nehemiah 4:4, 5. Most of all, Nehemiah desired the approval of God more than the approval of man. His walk in faith was balanced with prayer and action. He prayed and then put his request  before the king; he prayed and then “set a watch” (Neh. 4:9). He exhorted the people to “remember the Lord..and fight” (Neh. 4:14). How else could they have rebuilt the walls and gates of the city in just 52 days?!

Our evil enemies (also enemies of God) oppose us and try to engage us in strong spiritual warfare when we do His work. satan’s purpose is to destroy God’s people and God’s work. I see the hand of evil succeeding more in its work today than ever because God’s people have turned from following Him. Maybe it is easier for some to go the way of the world than to fight God’s battles, which should in fact be His children’s battles. We must follow Nehemiah’s example by combating evil with continual prayer, single-mindedness, wisdom, and righteous living. AND WE NEED ALL OF GOD’S PEOPLE DOING THAT, NOT JUST HIS REMNANT!

Nehemiah Chapter 8:1-12 “Ezra Reads the Book of the Law”

  1. And ALL the people gathered themselves together AS ONE MAN into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
  2. And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. (Women and children, though they did not participate in regular temple functions, came together on such solemn occasions: Deut. 31:12; Joshua 8:35. Presumably “all that could hear with understanding” referred to children old enough to understand. This rediscovery of the Word of God was evidently meant for everyone in the family. Many may never have heard it before this time.)
  3. And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those tht could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
  4. And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mat-ti-thi-ah, She-ma, and A-nai-ah, and U-ri-jah, and Hil-ki-ah, and Ma-a-sei-ah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pe-dai-ah, and Mi-sha-el, and Mal-chi-ah, and Ha-shum, and Hash-bad-a-na, Zech-a-ri-ah, and Me-shul-lam.
  5. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: (they reverenced our Holy God by standing in respect for Him and His Law)
  6. And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And ALL the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. (Just as in days past, we can take it to the bank that we will go through consequences of turning our backs on our LORD, because unfortunately it takes horrendous events to bring us back to a right relationship with our righteous and Holy God.)
  7. Also Jesh-u-a, and Ba-ni, and Sher-e-bi-ah, Ja-min, Ak-kub, Shab-be-thai, Ho-di-jah, Ma-a-sei-ah, Ke-li-ta, Az-a-ri-ah, Jo-za-bad, Ha-nan, Pe-lai-ah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. (While Ezra read the Scripture from the Hebrew text, the Levites translated and explained the meaning in Aramaic, the language understood by the people. The people “stood” as a sign of reverence for the Word. This reading, interpretation, and even standing later became part of the synagogue worship services and can be seen in some Christian churches today. I am glad to say that CSBC does stand in honor and reverence to God as His Scripture is read before the message.)
  8. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
  9. And Ne-hem-i-ah, which is the Tir-sha-tha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. (They were convicted by God’s Word, that is the power it has when we truly hear it, and they repented with weeping and mourning when they heard the Word because they realized how disobedient they had been. Oh, that God’s children would hear God’s true Word today and know their disobedience, repent and turn back to Him.)
  10. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. (Once we understand our sinfulness and repent and turn back to God, we can then let go of our guilt and joy in God’s forgiveness.)
  11. So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy: neither be ye grieved.
  12. And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared to them. (I am not sure when God will Rapture His church from this world, but I do believe it will be sooner than most think. I find it very sad that many may not enjoy this joy and mirth until we go be with Jesus, after He wipes our mournful tears from our eyes, when we realize our lack of obedience and honor to Him while we were here. Come quickly Lord Jesus.)
 
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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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May God Continue to Bless America

 

Although progressive socialists have high-jacked our country for nearly 4 years now, I want to believe that there are still more of us who truly believe in the grit this country possesses, and we will make the real change that is needed this November. I pray that the overwhelming “entitlement mentality” communities finally understand that nothing the great O has promised is free. Unfortunately, because of the bad choice that was made in 2008, the innocent suffer along with the guilty who voted this Chicago Mob in to run our country. We also need to understand the division that this current “regime” is trying to cause in our great nation.

We MUST bring God back into our country and into our lives; else He will not continue to bless us. (Ezekiel 21:1-32 Our God is a just God)

The Duke said it best. “The Hyphen” and “America-Why I Love Her”:

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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in God's Love

 

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Thanksgiving-What Really Took Place

Our great nation is, more than ever, under attack by the evil forces in this world who hate God. As we pray for God’s will, He is on His throne, we must also take responsibility as His children to do our part. We most assuredly need to pray and take action to change the current administration in our White House. But, as that happens, we must continue to fall on our knees and cry out and repent and turn from our evil ways of the world. I am once again reminded of 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their WICKED WAYS; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (Emphasis mine.) There are far too many who claim God’s saving grace, but continue to live in sin and teach others that it is ok, just be good. At this Thanksgiving time of year, let us become more attentive and responsible for and to God’s truths. “To whom much is given, much is required!”

“This is an article reprinted by permission in it’s entirety from The Christian Law Association’s website. It contains truths that are never heard in our schools or media today. Due to the pernicious demand that we must have a “separation of church and state” by the anti-God crowd, the truth of our country’s Godly heritage has been virtually drowned out. Hopefully this article will help you to see that God is real and that He is still at work.” (Images added by Anna.)

Americans are beginning to forget the important origins of our national Thanksgiving holiday. Its spiritual significance is no longer taught in our nation’s public schools. In fact, most school children today are taught that Thanksgiving originated when the Pilgrims invited their Indian friends to dinner to thank them for providing sustenance after the Mayflower landed. As with much of modern American revisionist history, there really is much more to the story.

Richard Warren, among 10 passengers in the lan...

Coming to America
The Atlantic crossing in the fall of 1620 had been an extremely difficult journey for the Pilgrims. For two months, 102 people were wedged into what was called the “tween decks” of the Mayflower-the ship’s cargo space with only about five-and-a-half feet of headroom. No one was allowed above deck because of the terrible storms. This was no pleasure trip. The Pilgrims comforted themselves on their journey by singing from the Book of Psalms. This “noise” irritated one of the ship’s paid crewmembers. He told the Pilgrims he was looking forward to throwing their corpses overboard after they succumbed to the routine illnesses common on such voyages. As it turned out, this crewmember himself was the only person to die on the voyage and be thrown overboard. God providentially protected His own people. A little-known fact about the Mayflower is that this ship normally carried a cargo of wine; and the wine spillage from previous voyages had soaked the beams, acting as a disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease. During one terrible storm, the main beam of the mast cracked. Death was certain if this beam could not be repaired. At that moment, the whole Pilgrim adventure could very easily have ended on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Providentially, the Pilgrims had with them a large iron printing press screw. That screw repaired the beam, saving the ship and all on board.

“Land Ho!”

Mayflower arrived inside the tip of Cape Cod f...

After sixty-six days at sea, land was sighted off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not the place these Pilgrims wanted to be. They intended to establish their new colony in the northern parts of Virginia (which then extended to the Hudson River in modern-day New York), but two factors interrupted their plans. The winds had blown them off course, yes; but they later learned that other Englishmen who wanted to settle in the same part of Virginia had actually bribed the ship’s crew to land them farther north. Despite this chicanery, God was in charge and the Pilgrims landed exactly where God wanted them to be. Had they actually made landfall near the Hudson River, they most certainly would have been immediately attacked by hostile Indians. Instead, they arrived at the one spot along the coast where hostile Indians had been providentially removed from the land. Many years before the Mayflower journey, local Indians had captured a Frenchman on a fishing expedition to that region. Just as they were about to kill him, the Frenchman warned them God would be angry, would destroy them all, and would replace them with another nation. The Indians boastfully replied that his God could never kill them. Yet, a year or two before the Pilgrims arrived in this very same region, nearly all the native inhabitants had been wiped out by a plague.

Help Arrives
Despite this miraculous provision of safety from hostile Indians, the Pilgrims barely survived their first winter on the Cape. Only four families remained intact; but God was still faithful. In the spring of 1621, He sent Squanto, an English-speaking Indian who offered to teach the Pilgrims how to survive in this strange new land. Squanto was one of only a few local Indians who escaped the plague. He had been captured as a young man and taken to England as a slave. During that time he mastered the English language. When he was freed, he returned to his native territory on the Cape shortly before the Pilgrims arrived.

How Well The Corn Prospered. Squanto or Tisqua...

Probably the most important thing Squanto
taught the Pilgrims was how to plant the native winter staple crop-corn. The Pilgrims thanked God for this wonderful helper. They also repaid Squanto by sharing with him the most valuable treasure they had brought with them from England-the Gospel. Squanto died a year or two after coming to the aid of the Pilgrims, but before his death he asked them to pray with him that he might go to be with their God in Heaven.

Peace and Thankfulness
Squanto introduced other Indians to the Pilgrims, and these Indians were also impressed with the Pilgrims’ God.

Prayer

During the summer of 1621, it appeared the year’s corn harvest would not survive a severe drought. The Pilgrims responded by calling for a day of fasting and prayer. By the end of the day, it was raining. The rain saved the corn, which miraculously sprang back to life. One of the Indians who observed this miracle remarked that the Pilgrims’ God must be a very great God because when the Indians pow-wowed for rain, it always rained so hard that the corn stalks were broken down. They noticed the Pilgrims’ God acted differently by sending a very gentle rain that did not damage the corn harvest. It was that miraculous corn harvest in 1621 that provided grain for the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving meal with their Indian friends and helpers. The evidence of history shows that on this first Thanksgiving Day, both the Pilgrims and Indians thanked God for His great provision and for His goodness toward them all. Unlike other Europeans who came to America, these Bible-believing Pilgrims were model Christians in their dealings with the native populations. During their first year on the Cape, Squanto, acting as a friend and interpreter, had assisted the Pilgrims in negotiating an important peace treaty with Chief Massasoit, leader of the nearby Wampanoag Indians. The two populations, Indian and Pilgrim, kept that treaty of peace for more than fifty years.

The Tradition Continues
The story of Thanksgiving doesn’t end there. The holiday itself was not officially celebrated until almost 170 years later, after the Revolutionary War had been won and our American Constitution had been adopted.

Detail of Preamble to Constitution of the Unit...

In 1789, Congress approved the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Congress then “recommended a day of public thanksgiving and prayer” to thank God for blessing America. President Washington declared November 26, 1789, as the first national day of prayer and thanksgiving to the Lord. Another 75 years later, after the Civil War ended, President Abraham Lincoln officially established the last Thursday in November as a day to acknowledge “the gracious gifts of the Most High God,” which He had bestowed on America. Every president continued this tradition until 1941 when Congress officially made Thanksgiving a national holiday.

Teach Your Children

Now that you know the true story of Thanksgiving, this year make sure your children and grandchildren learn it too. As America is currently facing serious challenges both at home and abroad, let’s join together with countless generations before us in giving thanks to God for blessing and preserving our nation. Let’s make sure that all our children and grandchildren learn Whose hand of protection has been on America; and let’s all pray that He will continue to bless and sustain our nation as we continue to acknowledge and honor Him.

From your friends at:
‘Old Paths’ Baptist Ministries
1482 N. Ramah Drive – Pueblo West, CO 81007
Dr. Robert E. Bliss, Director/Evangelist
[719] 248-9036 or http://www.opbm.org

A Ministry out of:
Lighthouse Baptist Church
4280 Hopeful Drive – Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Dr. James Carroll, Pastor
[719] 444-8502 or http://www.Ibcsprings.com

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in God's Love

 

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Creation of the First Woman

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The first time the word woman appears in the Bible is when God created Eve from Adam’s rib or side. The Hebrew word for this usage of woman is nashiym (naw-sheem), “because she was taken out of man” (Genesis 2:23). The stress is on identification of womanhood.

God’s word tells us that he created the earth and the heavens and everything in them in seven days. It was on the 6th day that he created mankind. Genesis 1:26, 27 – “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

We see that God made both man and woman in his image. One was not any more the image of God than the other. Neither sex was of more or lesser value to God. He fashioned and prepared us for various tasks, but his purpose was for us to live with the same intent: to honor God. Though one of us is not superior to the other, each of our genders has its own exclusive privileges.

In Genesis 2:18 God saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone; he was incomplete. “I will make him an help meet for him.” So God formed all of the beasts of the field and the birds in the air and gave them to Adam to see what names he would give them. But there was no help meet found for him among all of those.

God put Adam into a deep sleep and took one of his ribs and made a woman and brought her to him. The Hebrew word for rib used here is the feminine tsalah (tsal-aw). Literally it means a rib, as curved, of the body; or figuratively, a side or chamber of a person. Wow! It makes me think of woman actually being taken out of a chamber in man’s side. That helps me to understand why it is a God-given instinct for a man to take his woman under his wing to care for and protect her. It also explains why we women have a deep desire for our knight in shining armor to ride in, whisk us off our feet and devote his life to us. I believe that deep down inside, every woman wants her husband to step up and be the leader Godly that God created him to be. I know that I find that very comforting.

God could have made Eve from dust as he did Adam, but he chose to create her from the man’s flesh and bone. This symbolizes how a man’s and a woman’s hearts and lives are mysteriously joined together in marriage. We can see throughout God’s word that he takes this union very seriously.

A good question to ask ourselves before marrying is : “Are we willing to keep the commitment which makes the two of us one? The ultimate goal in marriage is more than friendship; it is oneness.

Side Note: God did not create man out of man nor woman out of woman that they would be godly joined in union as one. His word clearly states that he made woman from the side of man. The natural union of man and woman in marriage is a sacred blessing from God.

Homosexuality: to “change” or “leave the natural use of” sex

For those who live a homosexual lifestyle and try to justify it by pointing to God’s love and grace, I say, examine yourselves as to whether you are truly a born-again child of God, or ask yourselves if you are being led astray by Satan’s deceivers. Some are choosing to be deceived by so-called preachers (some who are homosexuals themselves) who teach that they cannot help being the way they are. Many believe and teach that their desires are normal and that they have a right to express them. God does not encourage us to fulfill all of our desires, as they are not all good desires. We must restrain those desires that violate his laws. Satan’s liars do not set the standard for God’s Law, and they will answer to God for it.

Yes, God does love the sinner, but he does hate the sin. He is willing to receive anyone who comes to him in faith, and as Christians, we should always love and accept others, but not their sin. We are not to stand in judgment, but to use good judgment when it comes to tolerating what God looks upon as sin.

Homosexuality is a sin in God’s eyes. Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.” The Hebrew word here for abomination as referenced to God (because this act is an abomination in God’s eyes) is toebah (to-ay-baw) – and it describes people, things, acts, relationships, and characteristics that are detestable to Him because they are contrary to His nature.

Can a saved person live the life of a homosexual? I have pondered that question much because I know and love some who live that lifestyle and say that they are saved. Only God knows that for sure. Saved people are sinners and we will be until we be with our Lord. We are to live day by day in God’s grace, repenting for sins that our natural flesh is tempted to. Repenting means turning away from.

I would venture to say that if they are saved, they are ignoring the roots of whatever issues they have in their pasts that may have led them to this lifestyle. I would also submit, that if they were totally honest with themselves, they would admit that they do not have God’s peace that passes understanding in their spirits.

To those who have homosexual desires: You can and must resist acting upon them. As with temptation to any sin, you must consciously stay away from places and behaviors that you know will spark these temptations. Do not underestimate Satan’s power and goal to lead you astray. Also, I beg you to consider the risk you take for serious harm if you keep giving in to these temptations.

If you are saved and living a homosexual lifestyle: Do not forget that God will forgive sexual sins the same as he forgives other sins. The key is to completely surrender yourselves to the grace and mercy of God, and ask him to show you the way out of sin and into the light of his liberty and love. Immerse yourselves in prayer, Bible study, and the loving support of Christians in a Bible-believing church that does not water down God’s word to make you feel better about your sin. Those actions will help you to gain the strength that you need to resist those powerful temptations. You may even need to seek the help of a trustworthy and professional true, Christian counselor. Christian meaning living a Christ-filled, Christ-like lifestyle.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in God's Love

 

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