Supporting The Teacher


“Don’t you realize that those who work in the temple get their meals from the offerings brought to the temple? And those who serve at the alter get a share of the sacrificial offerings. In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.” (NLT, 1 Corinthians 9:13-14)

Are we supporting the person who is delivering us God’s Word and helping us to understand it? If they are not supported by the hearers, there will arise a distraction in their lives which will force them to divide up their time with preparing the message, spending quality time with the Lord, and seeking out labor which produces income. Please, I implore you, do everything you can to support all of the deliverers of the Good News!

Divorce


“But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband. But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife.” (NLT, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11)

“Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her. And if a Christian woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue to live with her, she must not leave him. For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.)” (NLT, 1 Corinthians 7:12-15)

Salvation


“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”” (NLT, Romans 10:9-13)

“But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!””(NLT, Romans 10:14-15)

Your Body Is Not Your Own


“…I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT, Romans 12:1-2)

Love Each Other


“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” (NLT, Romans 12:9-10)

The Order of Relationships


What does your relationship tree look like?

Does it resemble the following: Jesus…husband…children…church…family…friends…acquaintances…work friends…professional networks…

Who are our closest friends? Do they hold on to the same beliefs and faith which we do each day? …Or are they the exact opposite of who we are now?

I have found that those who appear to be my closest friends (bff’s) are those who are not disciples of Jesus or on fire for Him. However, the ones who are disciples of Jesus and choose to follow His ways are farther from being my closest friends (actually there is not much (if at all) contact with them outside of church services or events (not particularly due to anyone’s fault, just life’s circumstances building walls between us).

How are we to place other disciples and like-minded people as our closest friends in our relationship tree, when they are the farthest from us? Why are the ones already in the position of closest friends, so far from being disciples of Jesus…but yet some of their behaviors resemble what you would expect from a disciple of Jesus? Is there something missing in the behaviors of most disciples of Jesus today? Why do some disciples behave as non-disciples and non-disciples resemble disciples? This is all very confusing. Furthermore, how does a disciple of Jesus gain other disciples to place in their closest friend positions? Do they already have groups and circles which are too full to accommodate another disciple friendship?

There is nothing wrong with being a friend to non-disciples, for we might end up being the light in their darkness. However, our closest friends should be disciples which encourage and help to keep our fires lit for Jesus…having the same perspectives and faith as we do now as a new creation in Jesus.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this or have seen/experienced this in their own lives? Please comment…

Needs


Since the Lord provides for the birds, the grass, and the flowers…how much more would He provide for His children [“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26)]…and I am one of those children…I know in Faith that God will provide for me WHAT I Need, WHEN I Need it. God knows the exact timing for all of our needs, we just like to have it delivered in advance most times for the assurance that we have it ready for our time of need. Be assured with what you do not see, that you will see it in the hour it is needed!

Judge Not Lest Thee Be Judged…


Last week I did something which made me appear no better than anyone else in this world who sins (actually, by my thoughts and actions, there would have been no distinction of differences). In my thoughts I judged two different people at different times. Not only was I judging them in my mind, but I shared my judgment with others as to bring more judgment upon these individuals in a mocking manner. I can tell you that those actions were definitely not ones that would belong to a follower of Jesus. I have acknowledged what I have done and seen it for what it is. I have asked the Lord for His mercy upon me and repented of my actions, not wishing to do them again. By this open confession I am holding myself accountable to all who reads it. Therefore, there is no hiding from what I have done and no pretending on who I am or my character. I am a continual work in progress…each time my stumbles are made known to me through the Holy Spirit, I detest what I have done…others may see it as nothing…but I see it as a large something that places dirt on the name of Jesus. I am nowhere near perfect, but I do strive to be like Jesus in every way I can…even when I keep falling on my face…times like these find me lifting up my head, outstretched my arm, and asking the Lord to pick me up and dust me off so I can start over again…..Thinking back on these written words, I wonder to myself how many times have I placed judgment on others where I have no authority to do so in the first place.

Believe…


He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
-(NKJV, John 1:10-12)

Believe:

1) Accept that something is true or that someone is telling the truth
2) (believe in) Have faith that something is true or exists
3) Think or suppose
4) Have a religious faith
-(Oxford, 2010, p.66)

Believe:

“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name-”
-(AMP, John 1:12)

When I first heard the word “believe”, I thought along the lines of one of the dictionary’s definitions of “believe”…”Have faith that something…exists”. According to the Amplified version of the Holy Bible, the Bible’s meaning goes a bit deeper than just merely believing that something or someone exists. It states that to “believe in” is to “adhere to, trust in, and rely on” what you are believing in. Therefore, if we are to “believe in” Jesus Christ, then we are to adhere to Jesus, trust in Jesus, and rely on Jesus.

What does “adhere to” mean?

adhere;

1) stick firmly to
2) follow or observe
Synonyms:
1) stick, cling, bond, hold
2) (adhere to) abide by, stick to, hold to, comply with, conform to, follow, obey, heed, observe, respect, uphold, fulfill
-(Oxford, 2010, p. 11)

In order to “believe in” one of the things we must do is;
stick firmly to Jesus, follow or observe Jesus, stick-cling-bond-hold to Jesus, abide by Jesus, comply with Jesus, conform to Jesus, obey Jesus, heed Jesus, respect Jesus, uphold Jesus

What does “trust in” mean?

trust;

1) firm belief in the truth, reliability, or ability of someone or something.
1) have trust in
Synonyms:
1) confidence, belief, faith, certainty, assurance, conviction, credence, reliance
1) have faith in, have (every) confidence in, believe in, pin your hopes/faith on
2) rely on, depend on, bank on, count on, be sure of
-(Oxford, 2010, p. 826)

In order to “believe in” a second thing we must do is;
have a firm belief in the truth of Jesus, reliability of Jesus, or ability of Jesus, have trust in Jesus, have every confidence in Jesus, have belief in Jesus, have faith in Jesus, have certainty in Jesus, have assurance in Jesus, have conviction in Jesus, have credence in Jesus, have reliance on Jesus, believe in Jesus, pin our hopes and faith on Jesus, rely on Jesus, depend on Jesus, bank on Jesus, count on Jesus, be sure of Jesus

What does “rely on” mean?

rely;

1) need or dependent on
2) have faith in; trust
Synonyms:
depend on, count on, bank on, be confident of, be sure of, have faith in, trust in;
-(Oxford, 2010, p. 658)

In order to “believe in” a third thing we must do is;
need or be dependent on Jesus, have faith in Jesus, trust Jesus, count on Jesus, bank on Jesus, be confident of Jesus, be sure of Jesus, have faith in Jesus, trust in Jesus

Wherever it states in the Bible that we are to “believe in”, then we are to “adhere to, trust in, and rely on”. Take a look at these verses:

And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness
(KJV, Gensis 15:6)

And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper
(KJV, 2 Chronicles 20:20)

Then believed they his words; They sang his praise
(KJV, Psalm 106:12)

I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
(KJV, 116:10)

Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, A tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: He that believeth shall not make haste
(KJV, Isaiah 28:16)

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.”
(KJV, Jeremiah 17:7)

Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
(KJV, Daniel 6:23)

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
(KJV, Mark 1:15)

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned
-(KJV, Mark 16:16)

The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
(KJV, John 1:7)

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
(KJV, John 1:12)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
(KJV, John 1:50)

This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
(KJV, John 2:11)

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
(KJV, John 3:15)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(KJV, John 3:16)

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
(KJV, John 3:18)

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
(KJV, John 3:36)

And many more believed because of his own word;
(KJV, John 4:41)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
(KJV, John 5:24)

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
(KJV, John 6:29)

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
(KJV, John 6:35)

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
(KJV, John 6:40)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
(KJV, John 6:47)

And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?
(KJV, John 7:31)

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(KJV, John 7:38)

As he spake these words, many believed on him.
(KJV, John 8:30)

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
(KJV, John 9:35-36)

And many believed on him there.
(KJV, John 10:42)

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
(KJV, John 11:25-26)

Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him
(KJV, John 11:45)

If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
(KJV, John 11:48)

While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed , and did hide himself from (KJV, John 12:36)

Jesus cried and said , He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
(KJV, John 12:44)

Let not your heart be troubled : ye believe in God, believe also in me.
(KJV, John 14:1)

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
(KJV, John 17:20)

And all that believed were together , and had all things common;
(KJV, Acts 2:44)

Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed ; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
(KJV, Acts 4:4)

Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized , he continued with Philip, and wondered , beholding the miracles and signs which were done .
(KJV, Acts 8:13)

And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.
(KJV, Acts 9:42)

To him give all the prophets witness , that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
(KJV, Acts 10:43)

Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
(KJV, Acts 11:17)

And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed , and turned unto the Lord.
(KJV, Acts 11:21)

And when the Gentiles heard this , they were glad , and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed .
(KJV, Acts 13:48)

And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote , exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come , helped them much which had believed through grace:
(KJV, Acts 18:27)

As touching the Gentiles which believe , we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
(KJV, Acts 21:25)

As it is written , Behold , I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed .
(KJV, Romans 9:33)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved . For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith , Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed .
(KJV, Romans 10:9-11)