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#1 Sep 4, 2008
This thread is a continuation of the devotional material that has been posted in another thread for the past several months.
Please enjoy the word of God!
#2 Sep 4, 2008
Our help is in the name of the Lord. Amen! We turn to a song written by David and recorded in the Bible as Psalm 124. This is a short psalm, but says an awful lot about the protection available if we look for shelter in the name of the Lord. Praise God - the Maker of heaven and earth!
Psalm 124 NIV
If the Lord had not been on our side- let Israel say- if the Lord had not been on our side when men attacked us, when their anger flared against us, they would have swallowed us alive; the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away.
Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
#3 Sep 5, 2008
Psalm 91 is a great prayer. It suggests that we dwell in the shelter of God and trust Him. Excellent advice! Read this psalm out loud. Declare it over your home and your family. Seek the awesome face of God and the protection found when He is your refuge and fortress.
Psalm 91 NIV
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord,He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling- even the Lord, who is my refuge- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
Because he loves me, says the Lord,I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.
#4 Sep 6, 2008
Brian the cut and Paste internet preacher!
#5 Sep 9, 2008
Marriage has been a topic that has been put before me recently. I would like to share a prayer and some verses from Song of Songs, that could be considered for use in marriage services.
Our Father in heaven, we come to you in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ to ask that you bless this couple on this day that they are being joined in marriage. Show them that they are no longer two individuals but are becoming one flesh. Jesus, we welcome you into this marriage because we know that anything built on Christ will stand strong in good times and bad. Lord we love you and we trust you in all situations. Amen
Song of Songs 8:6-7
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.
#6 Sep 10, 2008
Think the Bible is boring? Think there is nothing that could ever spark an interest in you from that old fashioned book? Read Song of Songs. It is filled with love poems. It is said to be a beautiful picture of ideal human love and marriage. I suggest husbands and wives read the book together. Pray together and enjoy it together.
Song of Songs 2:3-13 NIV
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love. His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me. Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
Listen! My lover! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains,
bounding over the hills. My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. My lover spoke and said to me,Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.
#7 Sep 11, 2008
Chapter 3 of Song of Songs contains two more poems or scenes of this book. First we see the bride of King Solomon searching for him and the joy when she found him. Secondly, we read about the grand wedding scene of these two. If you are married, I hope your heart rejoiced on your wedding day.
Song of Songs 3 NIV
All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him. I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves. So I looked for him but did not find him. The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city.Have you seen the one my heart loves? Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother's house, to the room of the one who conceived me. Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
Who is this coming up from the desert like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and incense made from all the spices of the merchant? Look! It is Solomon's carriage, escorted by sixty warriors, the noblest of Israel, all of them wearing the sword, all experienced in battle, each with his sword at his side, prepared for the terrors of the night. King Solomon made for himself the carriage; he made it of wood from Lebanon. Its posts he made of silver, its base of gold. Its seat was upholstered with purple, its interior lovingly inlaid by the daughters of Jerusalem. Come out, you daughters of Zion, and look at King Solomon wearing the crown, the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day his heart rejoiced.
#8 Sep 12, 2008
Chapter 4 of Song of Songs contains a very vivid description of Solomon's bride. She has stolen his heart and very obviously her beauty has brought him great pleasure. Please enjoy the poetry and share it with someone you love.
Song of Songs 4:1-8 NIV
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing. Each has its twin; not one of them is alone. Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate. Your neck is like the tower of David, built with elegance; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors. Your two breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies. Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of incense. All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, come with me from Lebanon. Descend from the crest of Amana, from the top of Senir, the summit of Hermon, from the lions' dens and the mountain haunts of the leopards.
You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.
I pray everyone has a safe and blessed weekend. Amen!
#9 Sep 14, 2008
I pray that you stop your cut and paste internet bible quotes you suck Brian!
#10 Sep 16, 2008
Ephesians chapter 5 begins with a plea from Paul, requesting that we live as imitators of God. Can we imitate God while we are in a state of drunkeness? The answer is a resounding - NO! The word of God certainly supports a life of sobriety. Alcohol and drugs that alter your mind will take you away from a God pleasing life.
Seek the Lord Jesus Christ and guidance from the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Ephesians 5:15-20 NIV
Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
#11 Sep 17, 2008
The book of Proverbs warns against drunkeness. It does not seem wise to be a drunkard.
Be sober and seek Jesus as your Savior! Jesus continues to be the same yesterday, today and forever. His loving arms are wide open and waiting for you.
Proverbs 23:20-21 NIV
Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Proverbs 26:9 NIV
Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
#12 Sep 18, 2008
The New International Version of the Bible refers to sobriety many times as self-control. Using drugs and alcohol certainly reduce your ability to control yourself.
Peter calls for sobriety several times in his first letter. Serve God with self-control. To him be the power and the glory forever. Amen!
1 Peter 4:7-11 NIV
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:8-11 NIV
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
#13 Sep 19, 2008
I have been told this week that the message is too negative. The Bible doesn't let us do anything. Of course that is not true. There is no law against acts of kindness and love.
Let's all try out some of these suggestions from Galatians.
Galatians 5:23-25 NIV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
I pray everyone has a safe and peaceful weekend.
#14 Sep 22, 2008
Brian your a lazy cut and paste preacher! Get off the Ironwood forums please!
#15 Sep 23, 2008
Have you had your faith questioned and challenged? Have you been dragged into foolish arguments and controversies over ideas and teachings of the Bible?
Paul gives some good advice towards such events in his letter to Titus. I encourage everyone to read the Bible for themselves and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to understanding.
Titus 3:1-11 NIV
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
#16 Sep 24, 2008
I was reminded of a saying this week: If you choose to roll in the mud with a pig, both you and the pig will get filthy, but the pig will enjoy it.
I was also challenged to a "friendly" debate on faith and religion. Part of the challenge issued was that I did not include any word of God, but only my own ideas. I was challenged to be a good Christian and fight. If the atheist refuses to be convicted by the word of God, why in the world would they be influenced by my opinions?
I will stick with the word of God. Here is more advice from Paul in his second letter to Timothy.
2 Timothy 2:22-26 NIV
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
#17 Sep 25, 2008
It seems Solomon had a lot to say about avoiding quarrels and gossip. Here is just a few of the Proverbs dealing with the subject.
Proverbs 15:18 NIV
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
Proverbs 17:14 NIV
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
Proverbs 20:3 NIV
It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
Proverbs 26:20 NIV
Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.
#18 Sep 26, 2008
As I read further into 2 Timothy, I was impressed by these words in the third chapter. I am sure you all are aware of people who fit the descriptions in these passages. The words of advice from Paul are: Have nothing to do with them. Their folly should be clear to everyone.
2 Timothy 3:1-9 NIV
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth- men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
Father God, I ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, that we all might enjoy a safe and blessed weekend.
#19 Sep 30, 2008
In hard times, God and His word are our comfort. God can smooth all the rough spots in our lives. Several places in the Bible we are instructed not to turn to the left or to the right, but to stay on a straight path. Stay on that straight path to God.
The word of our God stands forever! Amen and Amen!
John the Baptist came before Jesus to fulfill this prophecy of Isaiah. We learn this in John 1:23.
Isaiah 40:1-8 NIV
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.
A voice of one calling:In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
A voice says,Cry out. And I said,What shall I cry?
All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.
#20 Oct 1, 2008
We are taught by examples in Deuteronomy that we are to stay on that straight path of God. Do not veer to the left or to the right.
The words in chapter 5 were included shortly after the Ten Commandments were presented to the Israelites. Chapter 28 tells of blessings for obedience to God's commands.
Deuteronomy 5:32-33 NIV
So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
Deuteronomy 28:13-14 NIV
The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
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