Sunday, November 20, 2022

BIBLE as REFERENCE

Psalm 119:97

King James Version

97 O how love I thy law! 

it is my meditation all the day.


There are many smart people on earth.

But no one can out-smart GOD.

He is the CREATOR, after all.

I've always known, and acknowledged, that.

But since He made me born again in 2019, proof from the Bible exceeded all my initial thoughts.

The day I first started really studying the Bible over three years ago, was the day I dropped ALL other books, and ideas.

The Bible had become my MAIN reference for everything.

Whether on GOD, JESUS, the HOLY SPIRIT, life, work, people, past, present, and future.

No one can match the Bible's TRUTH.

Which happens to be ABSOLUTE truth.

Something I had been seeking, for the longest time.

Not realizing it had been right under my nose the whole time.

How deeply humbled I was by the GLORY of GOD.

Now, I would not touch any other book, unless it had GOD in it.

The Bible had become my go-to.

For anything, and everything.

If you are still reading other literature, or checking out other gurus, hoping to get enlightenment, clarity, peace, love, joy, contentment, and fulfillment, you need only to seek GOD with all your heart.

He will do the rest.

He will lead you to the Bible.

The Bible will lead you to JESUS.

JESUS will lead you to the HOLY SPIRIT, as witness.

The HOLY SPIRIT will lead you to JESUS.

JESUS will lead you back to GOD.

It becomes a seamless whole.

And you shall find, all three are ONE.

1 John 5:7

King James Version

7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, 

the Father, 

the Word, 

and the Holy Ghost: 

and these three are one.


But you couldn't have known that.

Until the HOLY SPIRIT taught you about Scripture.

Scripture is about JESUS.

JESUS is the WORD of GOD.

As you saw in the previous verse, and in this verse:

John 1:14

King James Version

14 And the Word was made flesh, 

and dwelt among us, 

(and we beheld his glory, 

the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) 

full of grace and truth.


The HOLY SPIRIT teaches us everything about JESUS.

John 14:26

King James Version

26 But the Comforter, 

which is the Holy Ghost, 

whom the Father will send in my name, 

he shall teach you all things, 

and bring all things to your remembrance, 

whatsoever I have said unto you.


You see, the Bible is really all about JESUS.

How everything was created for Him.

Colossians 1:16-20

King James Version

16 For by him were all things created, 

that are in heaven, 

and that are in earth, 

visible and invisible, 

whether they be thrones, or dominions, 

or principalities, or powers: 

all things were created by him, 

and for him:

17 And he is before all things, 

and by him all things consist.

18 And he is the head of the body, 

the church: 

who is the beginning, 

the firstborn from the dead; 

that in all things he might have the preeminence.

19 For it pleased the Father 

that in him should all fulness dwell;

20 And, 

having made peace through the blood of his cross, 

by him to reconcile all things unto himself; 

by him, I say, 

whether they be things in earth, 

or things in heaven.


Only by being born again, can we know things of the SPIRIT.

John 3:5-7

King James Version

5 Jesus answered, 

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, 

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, 

he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; 

and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, 

Ye must be born again.


I've stopped looking for other material.

GOD already gave me His material.


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JESUS


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Friday, September 2, 2022

Simple BIBLE primer

 

The LORD JESUS said:

Luke 11:28

King James Version

28 But he said, 

Yea rather, 

blessed are they 

that hear the word of God, 

and keep it.


What is the Bible?

Why does it matter so much?

Why must we live by the Bible?

Here's a brief summary of its importance.

The Bible answers us, through these verses.


Who wrote the Bible?

2 Timothy 3:16

King James Version

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God


What is the Bible for?

2 Timothy 3:16

King James Version

and is profitable for doctrine, 

for reproof, 

for correction, 

for instruction in righteousness:


2 Timothy 3:17

King James Version

17 That the man of God may be perfect, 

thoroughly furnished unto all good works.


1 Peter 2:2

King James Version

2 As newborn babes, 

desire the sincere milk of the word, 

that ye may grow thereby:


What power does the WORD of GOD have?

Hebrews 4:12

King James Version

12 For the word of God is quick, 

and powerful, 

and sharper than any twoedged sword, 

piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, 

and of the joints and marrow, 

and is a discerner of the thoughts 

and intents of the heart.


Proverbs 2:6

King James Version

6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: 

out of his mouth cometh knowledge 

and understanding.


Isaiah 40:8

King James Version

8 The grass withereth, 

the flower fadeth: 

but the word of our God 

shall stand for ever.


Matthew 24:35

King James Version

35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, 

but my words shall not pass away.


John 5:39-40

King James Version

39 Search the scriptures; 

for in them ye think ye have eternal life: 

and they are they which testify of me.

40 And ye will not come to me, 

that ye might have life.


John 6:63

King James Version

63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; 

the flesh profiteth nothing: 

the words that I speak unto you, 

they are spirit, 

and they are life.


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LIVE by the Bible

BORN AGAIN articles

Bible Verses about the Word of God

Justin Peters: Dangerous Doctrines


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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

GLORIOUS GOSPEL of GOD

 

1 Corinthians 14:33

King James Version

33 For God is not the author of confusion, 

but of peace, 

as in all churches of the saints.


What draws a person to Scripture?

What makes us understand the WORD of GOD?

What makes Scripture the WORD of GOD?

Why do people avoid reading the Bible?

What makes for easy comprehension?

What does it mean to live by the Bible?

Here's where the SPIRIT of GOD led me about Scripture.


What the Bible is for:

2 Timothy 3:16-17

King James Version

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, 

and is profitable for doctrine, 

for reproof, 

for correction, 

for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, 

thoroughly furnished unto all good works.


1 Timothy 1:8-11

King James Version

8 But we know that the law is good, 

if a man use it lawfully;

9 Knowing this, 

that the law is not made for a righteous man, 

but for the lawless and disobedient, 

for the ungodly and for sinners, 

for unholy and profane, 

for murderers of fathers and 

murderers of mothers, 

for manslayers,

10 For whoremongers, 

for them that defile themselves with mankind, 

for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, 

and if there be any other thing 

that is contrary to sound doctrine;

11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God

which was committed to my trust.


1 Corinthians 1:18

King James Version

18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish 

foolishness; 

but unto us which are saved 

it is the power of God.


Hebrews 4:12

King James Version

12 For the word of God is quick, 

and powerful, 

and sharper than any twoedged sword, 

piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, 

and of the joints and marrow, 

and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


Why people don't believe:

2 Corinthians 11:3

King James Version

3 But I fear, 

lest by any means, 

as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, 

so your minds should be corrupted 

from the simplicity that is in Christ.


2 Corinthians 4:4

King James Version

4 In whom the god of this world 

hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, 

lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, 

who is the image of God, 

should shine unto them.


How we are to treat the WORD of GOD:

Titus 2:7-8

King James Version

7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: 

in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; 

that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, 

having no evil thing to say of you.


2 Corinthians 4:2

King James Version

2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, 

not walking in craftiness, 

nor handling the word of God deceitfully; 

but by manifestation of the truth 

commending ourselves to every man's conscience 

in the sight of God.


How to understand the Bible easily:

John 3:5-7

King James Version

5 Jesus answered, 

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, 

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, 

he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; 

and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, 

Ye must be born again.


Matthew 18:3

King James Version

3 And said, 

Verily I say unto you, 

Except ye be converted, 

and become as little children, 

ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.


John 14:26

King James Version

26 But the Comforter, 

which is the Holy Ghost, 

whom the Father will send in my name, 

he shall teach you all things, 

and bring all things to your remembrance, 

whatsoever I have said unto you.


John 15:26

King James Version

26 But when the Comforter is come, 

whom I will send unto you from the Father, 

even the Spirit of truth, 

which proceedeth from the Father, 

he shall testify of me:


There is nothing more beautiful than to be born again, that one may understand the laws of GOD.

Then, you will know how to live.

How to love.

How to work.

How to be.


Related material:

Justin Peters: Dangerous Doctrines

WORD of GOD

The LIVING GOD


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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

LEADERS honor the BIBLE

 

Hebrews 4:12

King James Version

12 For the word of God is quick, 

and powerful, 

and sharper than any twoedged sword, 

piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, 

and of the joints and marrow, 

and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


What do leaders from the past, think of the Bible?

What have they said, in honor of God's WORD?

Here are a few quotes gathered by the late Chuck Missler:


"It is impossible to rightly govern the world 

without God and the Bible."

  -- George Washington


"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. 

All the good from the Saviour of the world 

is communicated to us through this book."

  -- Abraham Lincoln


"The Bible is worth all the other books 

which have ever been printed."

  -- Patrick Henry


"The Bible is no mere book, 

but it is a Living Creature, 

with a power that conquers all that oppose it."

  -- Napoleon Bonaparte


"If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, 

our country will go on prospering and to prosper; 

but if we and our posterity 

neglect its instructions and authority, 

no man call tell how sudden a catastrophe 

may overwhelm us 

and bury  all our glory in profound obscurity."

  -- Daniel Webster


Source:

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours - Hour 1 - Small Groups - Chuck Missler


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Monday, January 17, 2022

The PEOPLE's preacher

 

1 Corinthians 16:13

King James Version

13 Watch ye, 

stand fast in the faith, 

quit you like men, 

be strong.


On 28 September 2019, The HOLY SPIRIT led me to a sermon by Charles H. Spurgeon.

That was my first encounter with this preacher's riveting sermon, which was beautifully read.

Today -- nearly 28 months after -- SPIRIT led me to a life movie on the "People's Preacher".

I came to appreciate God's champion even more, viewing his beginnings, and travails, in Victorian England.

Amazingly, Spurgeon started as a teen preacher, ordained by God to preach to multitudes.

But there came a time, a battle of two Charles occurred.

Charles Darwin, the scientist, versus Charles Spurgeon, the preacher.

Of course, the media mocked God's preacher.

But Spurgeon went on to teach the WORD of GOD for 40 years, until his death in 1892, at age 57.

The narrator informs that Spurgeon had preached to over 10 million people.

Even as he passed on, his sermons continue to live on.

Such is the power of GOD's WORD in the faithful, and those who thirst for His WORD.

Rare, and far between, are preachers totally devoted to the WORD of GOD, unswerving in their faith, and devotion.

Here are a few of Charles Spurgeon's sermons:

The Holy Ghost: the Great Teacher

A Solemn Warning for All Churches

Christ's First and Last Subject

How to Please God

For the Troubled


Monday, April 26, 2021

BEST Approach to UNDERSTANDING the BIBLE

 

PARADOX:

The deeper I go, 

the clearer Scripture becomes.


What is it about being a kid, when it comes to understanding God?

Or even studying His Word?

Somehow, things seem pretty clear, even as I'm a baby Christian.

So, I'm careful I don't let anyone interpret the Bible for me, EXCEPT for the Holy Spirit of God.

He alone must teach me.

Only He can shed LIGHT on SCRIPTURE.

We humans come from all kinds of cultures, conditioning, and pre-conceived notions.

Our knowledge has been corrupted.

Only by approaching God, as an eager child, could we really get to know Him.

I found:

The more child-like I am,

the simpler God's WORD becomes.

And the more

GOD reveals His treasures.


We are to become like little children -- knowing nothing, but wanting to know EVERYTHING about God.

I found that to be the best approach to God.

Jesus did say:

Matthew 18:3

King James Version

3 And said, 

Verily I say unto you, 

Except ye be converted, 

and become as little children, 

ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.


If we are to understand Scripture, we must first surrender to God, in eager anticipation.

For the world has played around with our hearts, and minds, and it's now time to surrender to the ONLY ONE who really knows everything.

Pretend you've tied a white handkerchief on a pencil, and waving it up at God, hoping He'd show up.

He likes sincere, and playful hearts.

How He abhors the wisdom of the world!

1 Corinthians 3:19

King James Version

19 For the wisdom of this world 

is foolishness with God

For it is written, 

He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.


For God knows what that type of wisdom stands for.

1 Corinthians 3:20

King James Version

20 And again,

 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, 

that they are vain.


We become teachable when we are child-like, simple, humble, trusting, caring to know the two W's of God:

WILL

WORD


Then, we can effectively do the third W:

WORSHIP


It's really the only way to understand God, Scripture, and all the ways of Jesus:

Seek God.

Become trusting, and child-like with God.

Be willing to learn.

Be willing to obey.

Fear Him.

Be proud of Him.

Focus on Him.

Pray for clarity.

Be born again.

Listen to His Holy Spirit.

Believe in His Son, Jesus.

Thank God for His blessings.

Be perfect, like Him.

Learn to love, as He does.

Find that child-like spot in your heart, let go of the corrupted ways of the world, and make a home for Jesus, for He will surely come knockin'.

And your life will forever be changed.

In ways only God would know.

Consider it your GREATEST adventure -- EVER.


Related video:

The Clarity of Scripture with Dr. John MacArthur


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

SOLE Reference

 

Psalm 119:97 

King James Version

97 O how love I thy law! 

it is my meditation all the day.


How beautiful each day becomes!

When the WORD of GOD guides you.

When, for every question, you seek the Lord's instructions.

ONLY the Lord's instructions.

If you've been born again, you'd know what the world asks of you, is in total opposition to God's commands.

And even that, being born again, must be precise -- according to JESUS' instructions.

For there are many born again, but who really follows the WORD of GOD faithfully, without excuses, or alibis?

Who can really understand Christ?

Only those who have read God's WORD, guided by His HOLY SPIRIT, for it is Spirit who will teach you.

Once the Holy Spirit is upon you, you will be forever changed.

I know it for myself.

There is no looking back.

Only a digging deeper into Scripture.

Making sure your heart is right, with the LORD.

There can only be authenticity.

I suppose the title of this post can also be SOUL Reference.

You see?

Who taught me that?

Only the Holy Spirit of God.

Whatever God gave me, the Holy Spirit uses, for I am in His service.

The day we were born, God knew our mission.

The only difference is if we'll know it, remember it, look for it, ask about it, or even care about it.

When the world fails us, we turn back to God.

He's always been there, no matter what.

He is infallible, strong, steady, mighty, powerful, faithful, and loving.

The Bible attests to all that.

How else can we know, unless we ask God to make things clear for us?

That's actually the first step back to God.

Humility.

Surrender.

Watch how God will come upon your life, and make things right for you.

There is no pride in heaven.

There is only PRAISE for GOD.

We do not serve the world.

We must only serve God.

Only by becoming born again, and reading Scripture, can we know things of God.

After that, all become clear.

We get strength from JESUS.

Life blossoms differently and beautifully.

Each one of us becomes a hope for the other.

As we share how the WORD  of GOD has changed our life.

JESUS is the WORD.

Revelation 19:13 (KJV)

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: 

and his name is called The Word of God.


Let the WORD of GOD -- JESUS -- be our SOLE reference on EVERYTHING!


BIBLE as REFERENCE

Psalm 119:97 King James Version 97 O how love I thy law!  it is my meditation all the day . There are many smart people on earth. But no one...