Thursday, December 31, 2015

Inspired Words

Inspired Words

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Inspired Words
"Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." (Luke 21:33)
The doctrine of plenary verbal inspiration, wrongly considered antiquated by many modern neo-evangelicals, is actually essential to the Christian faith. "All scripture [that is every word written down or inscribed] is given by inspiration [literally 'breathed in'] of God," not man (2 Timothy 3:16)!
We acknowledge, of course, that problems of transmission and translation exist, but these are relatively trivial in the entire context. We also acknowledge that the process of inspiration may have varied, but the end result is as if the entire Bible had been dictated and transcribed word by word.
This is the way Jesus Christ—the Creator, the Living Word, the Author of Scripture—viewed the Scriptures. "The scripture cannot be broken," He said (John 10:35). "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Matthew 5:18). "Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: . . . And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:25, 27). The Bible, therefore, every word of it, is divinely inspired, verbally without error, infallibly true, and of absolute authority in every area of our lives. The words of Christ who taught these truths are forever "settled in heaven" (Psalm 119:89) and "shall not pass away."
It is mortally dangerous, therefore, "unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book" to "add unto these things" as the cultists do, or to "take away from the words of the book of this prophecy" as the liberals do (Revelation 22:18-19). Would it not be much better to say with the psalmist, "Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors" (Psalm 119:24)? HMM
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015




Some stores require people to wear shirts and shoes in order to get service… even computers have requirements to run some systems. Some jobs require a high school diploma, some a college degree, etc. Sometimes the requirement is 5 years’ experience in the field. Section 1 of Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution states that in order to be President a person must: be a natural born citizen of the United States, be at least 35 years old and must have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years.

So what does God require of us in order to for us to be acceptable to Him or approved by Him? Micah 6:8 has the answer but what does it mean?


1. A Biblical question (Job 25:4, Lk. 12:20, Dt. 10:12, 18:18-19)

2. A Biblical answer (Ps. 143:1-3, Lk. 12:48]

3. A Divine solution (Hab. 2:4, Rom. 1:17, Gal. 3:11, Heb. 10:38)

II. LOVE MERCY (in loving it we must…)

1. Embrace it personally (Titus 3:4-7)

2. Rejoice in the Author (Luke 1:46-50, 58)

3. Share the Author (II Cor. 4:1-7, Ez. 3:18-20)


1. Walk to Him (salvation) (II Cor. 5:7, 17, 21)

2. Walk with Him (submission) (1 Cor. 4:2; Rm. 4:12, 6:4, 8:1-4, 13:13, I Jn. 1:6-7)

3. Walk for Him (service) (Eph. 2:8-10, 4:1-2ff, 5:1-2ff, 8-15)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Is the place of Jesus Birth Important?

the information in this post is from the highly recommended Jimmy DeYoung's Daily Devotional

Prophecy Today Devotions  
Jimmy DeYoung
Thank you for reading my Prophetic Daily Devotionals! 

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
For further study -Micah 5:1-4

The key verse for our devotional today is a very familiar Christmas passage, the prophecy of the actual town where the Messiah would be born, "the little town of Bethlehem".

What has been very interesting to me over the years that I have led tours through the "land of the Bible" and listened to my Israeli guides say over and over again that the "place" doesn't matter, it's the "person" that is important.

It is true that the "person", Jesus Christ, is what any trip to Israel and the rest of the land areas, spoken of in the Bible, is all about and the reason any one would want to visit this region of the world. People want to "walk in the footsteps of Jesus".

However, I must hasten to add that the "place" is as important as the "person" if one is really to come to a proper understanding of the record of Biblical history. There are many times in the record of "history", "His story", that the location is an absolute in order to know if what happened is truth.
The Christmas Story is a prime example that the "person" and the "place" are key to the validity of the account of what happened and it's accuracy in the record of the "first coming" of Jesus Christ. Both must be correct in order for this event to be the fulfillment of the many prophecies that foretold of the coming of the Messiah, the Son of God.

There are two towns in Israel that are called "Bethlehem", and one of them is much closer to the community where Mary and Joseph lived than Bethlehem Ephratah where Jesus was born. The other Bethlehem is in the area of the land that was given to Zebulon and is not far from Nazareth.

It would have been much easier for Mary, who was "heavy with child" to travel the few miles from her home to the northern Bethlehem than to the one some ninety miles from Nazareth, near Jerusalem.

In fact, had Jesus been born on the way in any number of little towns, Jericho, Bethany or even Jerusalem, He would not have been the one spoken of by the ancient Jewish Prophets. In order for Jesus to be the true Messiah He had to fulfill all Bible prophecy in absolute detail.

Before we leave the Christmas Story that is prophesied in the book of Micah let's take a look at a verse in Micah 4, verse 8. This verse mentions that the Messiah will come to a place called, in the Hebrew, "Migdal Edar", which in English is "tower of the flock".

This phrase is mentioned only one other time in the scriptures and that is in Genesis 35:21 when it refers to the location Jacob, "Israel", traveled to and pitched his tent after he had buried his wife Rachel. The location is on the road from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, which is just about four miles between the two.

"Migdal Edar", the "tower of the flock", refers to a two story stone structure that serves as the watchtower for the shepherds overseeing their sheep in the "shepherds fields" at Bethlehem. In the top story the chief shepherd looks out across the fields to make sure nothing is bothering his sheep.
The sheep in the Shepherds Fields are the ones that are taken to the Temple to be used in the sacrificial activities called for in the scriptures. By the way, they use the bottom floor of "Migdal Edar" to birth the new-born lambs.

When these lambs are born they are wrapped in "swaddling clothes" and then laid in a "manger" until it has calmed down so this lamb won't be marred and not able to be sacrificed at the Temple.

This is what the Angel told those shepherds that night when Jesus was born, Luke 2:12, and Luke 2:16 said they "went with haste" to the birthplace of Jesus the Messiah. The "person" is important, but also the "place" is an absolute as well in order for prophecy to be fulfilled.

I remind you that Bible prophecy already fulfilled, in exact detail, as called for in the scripture, gives us the assurance that prophecies yet to be fulfilled will also be fulfilled in absolute detail as well.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord, thank you for the assurance that all prophecies yet to be fulfilled will be fulfilled as written in your Word. Help me to live in that reality and that these prophecies may well be fulfilled in the very near future.

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Monday, December 28, 2015




Could the "BUT" in the above title simply be that we "do not know how to worship God?" If so, well, stay with me for a minute – –
First, let's take a look at YOU in heaven. (Wow! What a great thought). In Revelation:4- John saw 24 elders seated on thrones. They were wearing white robes and crowns of gold. These elders represent a blood–washed, royal priesthood. Only the church (believers) fulfills that description. 
What were these elders doing? They were worshipping God! Read it with me:
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created"
~Revelation 4:11
John saw these elders fall down before the throne of God in worship.  In other words, you will worship God in Heaven. How fitting it is that we should worship God while we are yet in this world. Let us look at another verse of help and instruction and then a few practical words:
"Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness."
~Psalms 29:2
Now, a few practical words:
What is worship? "An extreme devotion or intense love or adoration" (This is a good core definition which expresses our complete attitude toward our wonderful God.)
– We worship God the Father. 
– We worship God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 
– God the Holy Spirit. (We are not instructed to worship the Holy Spirit; but, we're told by the Word of God to: Pray in the Spirit and worship God in the Spirit - Rom. 8:26-27; Jude 20; John 4:24.)
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Pure Word

The Pure Word

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The Pure Word
"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him." (Proverbs 30:5)
When the inspired writer of Proverbs testified here that God's Word was "pure," he did not use the usual word for, say, moral purity or metallic purity. Instead, he asserted in effect that every word of God had been refined and purified, as it were in a spiritual furnace, so that any and all contaminants had been purged out, leaving only the pure element.
The same truth is found in the great psalm of the Scriptures (Psalm 119). "Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it" (Psalm 119:140). David used the same word in another psalm, where it is translated "tried" in the sense of "tested for purity." "As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried. He is a buckler to all those that trust in him" (Psalm 18:30). The word for "buckler" in this verse is the same as for "shield" in our text. Thus, God equips with a perfect shield against the weapons of any foe, because "His way is perfect" and "every word" in Scripture has been made "pure" before the Spirit of God approved its use by the human writer.
This surely tells us that the human writer of Scripture (that is, Moses or David or John or whomever), with all his human proneness to mistakes or other inadequacies, was so controlled by the Holy Spirit that whatever he actually wrote had been purged of any such deficiencies. Thus, his final written text had been made perfectly "pure," free from any defects. This control applies to "every word," so that we can legitimately refer to the Scriptures as verbally inspired and inerrant throughout.
As the apostle Paul stressed, our spiritual armor in the battle against evil is "the shield of faith" and "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:16-17). HMM
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