Moses and God

Exodus 3:1-4  Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4  And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

A goodly child:

     When Moses was born his mother must’ve had a sense of God’s hand upon her because the word says, “she saw he was a goodly child”. Goodly means: pleasant, of a higher nature. In Heb 11:23 it says he was a proper child. Proper means: of the city; of polished manners. His parents hid him from Pharaoh for three months and then placed him in a basket

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Be moderate

Philippians 4:5  Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

What is moderation?

      When we say the word moderation we usually think of restraint in areas of living such as food, work, exercise and numerous other activities. But the word means more properly seeming suitable, equitable, fair mild and gentle. In 1 Tim 3:3 it is translated patient and in Titus 3:2 it is translated gentle. In James 3:17 it is given a broad sweeping definition of wisdom that is from above translating as gentle. All these give us the idea of fair and equitable.

      While restraint in our daily living is important and necessary for our physical well being, the moderation Paul speaks about is related to our character in our spiritual nature and important in our soul wellness.

Three aspects:

      Our moderation (gentleness, fairness and equitableness) are an important part of our spiritual make up or make over. Prior to salvation/sanctification we may not exhibit these qualities, but they are part of our spiritual nature subsequent to conversion. Many people are fair and equitable  and even gentle before conversion, but this quality is something God produces or we learn through

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The Holy Spirit

John 15:26-27  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:
27  And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

Necessity of the Holy Spirit:

Some Christians over emphasize the work of the Spirit and others under emphasize His work and ministry. Scripturally speaking no one can be saved without the work of the Spirit (Jn 6:44; Jn 3:3, 5-8; Tit 3:5). He is constantly working in the lives of God’s children to bring them into the likeness of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. He is in the world and also works in the lives and on the lives of the unconverted.

His ministry to the world:

            Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would act upon the world in a three-fold manner (Jn 16:8-11). Reprove means to convince, bring to light; the suggestion of bringing shame to one exposed; to expose a fault. He acts as God’s Agent to draw us into a personal consciousness of our sin, Christ’s righteousness and the absolute certainty of judgment to come. He exposes our sinfulness,

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Hurricanes and God

Harvey, Irma and more

Psalm 83:15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.

            In the text verse the Psalmist asks God to punish the enemies of Israel and God with a mighty wind and storm. In light of the recent events in natural disasters, the question that many ask is: “Is this a punishment from God?” Different people will have a different opinion about these events. The “gloom and doom” people declare that this is some kind of punishment – whether from God or nature for man’s crimes on earth. To the environmentalists it is a sure indication that we have violated the earth and it is a direct result of climate change. The futurists say it is a definite sign of the soon return of Christ and to the atheists and others it is just a natural weather event in the life of earth.

            The word “storm” is used eleven times in the Old Testament and it carries varying meaning but always the idea of wind and floods. One time it carries the idea of “terror” that it instills in people.

            We must first recognize that God is ultimately in

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Minds and hearts kept

Philippians 4:6-7  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Happiness and joy

            God does not want His children to be mule faced about serving Him. It is also Paul’s desire for us to be rejoicing in our Christian experience (Phil 4:4). We often see this theme in the New Testament teachings – exhortations to be overcomers. Even in the Old Testament passages speak of overcoming circumstances through God (Psa 3:5; 4:8). People do not want to hear what we have to say about our faith if it does not keep us through the difficult times of life. Do we get stressed out? Can we sleep well? Is the joy of the Lord our strength?

Paul’s exhortation

      Be careful for nothing – don’t be anxious or full of care. It means anxiety or harassing care, nervous solicitude, brooding over the matter. Jesus taught that we are not to take thought for certain items. It has the same meaning as Paul’s exhortation in this passage. Don’t

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Having the mind of Christ

1 Corinthians 2:16   For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The mind of man

      The Bible mentions several aspects of the mind – reprobate mind (Ro 1:28), carnal mind (Ro 8:7) and a defiled mind (Tit 1:15). It speaks of those who “walk in the vanity of their mind” and “blindness of the mind” (Eph 4:17-18).

      When a person is born again he/she becomes a new creature in Christ and begins the work and life of renewing their mind so that they might not follow the world’s way of living (Ro 12:1-2).

Knowing the mind of the Lord

      Paul echoed the same thing in Ro 11:34 probably quoting from Isa 40:13 when he wrote it. It is an interesting question very much different from us today who can literally know what another is thinking – husbands and wives.

      There are many aspects to God’s infinite mind, but the key is undoubtedly the attribute of sacrificial love (Phil 2:5-6, 8). So following His example we should be of a humble mind: not to think of our self beyond what we are (1 Cor

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Man of God

1 Timothy 6:11  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Man or woman of God:

      The expression “man of God” appears 78 times in the Bible with only two occurrences in the New Testament, both of these are by Paul to Timothy the other being in 2 Timothy 3:17.  In the Old Testament it is used often of prophets or those sent by God for His work. Sometimes they are named and other times they are simply called the man of God. The first occurrence is in reference to Moses (Deut. 33:1) and often throughout the Old Testament he is called man of God. David is called man of God in Neh 12:24. In Judges when an angel appears to Manoah and his wife about Samson, he is called a man of God.

Qualities of a man or woman of God:

            Moses being called a man of God was a great leader and the law giver to Israel. He was also said to be the meekest man (Num 12:3). David being called a man of God is said to be a man after God’s own heart (Acts

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Seeking Healing

Man at the pool

John 5:1-5  After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2  Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3  In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5  And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

Pool of healing:

     The pool was called Bethesda or House of Mercy, a place where sheep were probably kept and where the impotent gathered in hope of receiving a healing. None of those around this pool would be permitted to attend the worship at the temple because of their sickness, disease or whatever their physical impotency was with which they were afflicted. Some versions do not include this verse saying that certain manuscripts do not include it and feel that it was added

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Keeping your experience in Christ

Maintaining our experience

James 1:2-4  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Obtaining the experience:

      The Christian walk was never promised to be a “cake walk”, but one with trouble and difficult encounters and experiences (Jn 16:33). We deal with other people – some Christian and some not – and they live in bodies with temperaments affected by the fall just as we are affected. They experience similar circumstances and feelings as we do. They have bad days and experience moods the same as we do, so that inter-personal experiences can sometimes be less than great.

      Seeking and obtaining the sanctified experience is the duty of every Christian (1 Thes 4:3-4; Eph 3:16-19) and can be seemingly difficult. Once we bring our wills into surrender we enter into this experience and keep on following and yielding our wills and entire self to God (Rom 12:1-2).

Maintaining the experience:

      1. Secure and maintain an abiding attitude against any sin – if we lack a whole

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Obedience and love

Ephesians 3:19   And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

            Knowing the love of Christ is beyond our mere intellect. So, how is it we can know the length, breadth, depth and height of God’s love along with all saints? God provides us with the answer in His word.

First: obedience:

            1 John 2:5   But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. Though our submission, God perfectds His love in us and carries it through to completion.

Second: loving others:

            1 John 4:12 . If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Love is of God and He desires that we be like Him. God so loved the world that He gave . . . This I part of His holy character and hHe desires us to be like Him in love.

                We must remember that He first loved us and we are responding to that love of the Author of love who instigated the relationship of love. Our obedient response

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Uncertainties

Life’s uncertainties 

John 14:5  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

Uncertain times:

      We live in very uncertain times; financial uncertainties, unrest, spiritual lethargy and compromise, ecclesiastical apostasy, political turmoil and etc. As the song writer expressed it, days are filled with worry and care, hearts are lonely and drear . . . but he goes on to say, burdens are lifted at Calvary, Jesus is always near. Some may even get to the point of doubting Scripture and even their own experience.

      When Jesus began talking to His disciples about His forth coming crucifixion and death, they were troubled. And when Jesus told them that they knew where He was going and they also knew the way, Thomas told Him how can we know the way (Jn 14:1-5). Jesus responded with the certainty that they needed – He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

The Way:

      In the world there is a severe push to make the way to heaven into many ways to heaven. The compromise of the church from a beacon of light and call to repentance has turned into a

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Contentment

Learning to be content 

Philippians 4:10-12 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11  Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12   I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Paul’s thanks to the Philippians:

     When Paul expresses his thanks to the Philippians, he does so in such a way that shows his appreciation for the gift, but also his dependence upon God and not the gifts.  He tells them in such a way that he was not sitting waiting for their support or wandering why they had not sent anything prior to it. He wants them to know how grateful he is but also that his happiness is not dependent upon it.

      Paul said that he learned to be content – independent of circumstance, or conditions or surroundings; having sufficiency in oneself. Paul

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Trust

Knowing and trusting

Psalm 9:10   And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Knowing the name of the Lord:

      God’s names are important, for they tell us about Him and His relationship to us and all of mankind. When Mary proclaimed, “God my Savior”, she was not only referencing Jesus as God, but also acknowledging that God is our Savior. There was not a struggle to persuade God to save mankind by Jesus and the Holy Spirit. God loves His creation and desires that all come to Him in repentance (2 Pet 3:9). To Isaiah, God announced His name (Isa 42:8) declaring He would not allow an idol to receive the glory belonging to Him.

 Jehovah is the most commonly known name for God, meaning the self existing One. He was before there was time or anything, He is presently and He will be eternally after this thing we know as time has vanished. (Rev 1:8, 11; 21:6; Isa 41:4). God was here before there was anything and He will be here after all is gone. There is none like Him and there will never

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Keeping and avoiding

1 Timothy 6:20  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Positive and negative:

     Paul charges Timothy with both positive and negative instructions. The Christian walk and life is a combination of both the positive and negative. There are things we must do as Christians and there are things we need to avoid. “Keep” is a military term which carries the idea of isolation or being on guard duty for the rest of the people. “Avoid” means more than just turning away from, but an active and willful rejecting or turning away. Paul taught Timothy by example as he took Timothy with him on the mission journeys and also instructed him through his letters.

Keep:

      Timothy is to guard that which has been committed unto him (1 Tim 5:22). When we are saved our hearts and lives are purified by the Holy Spirit (Acts 15:9) and Paul admonishes Timothy to guard that experience (1 Tim 3:9). Peter tells us that purifying of the soul involves obedience (1 Pet 1:22).

      Jesus instructed the disciples to guard His words (Jn 14:15, 23). In the parable

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Blessed is the nation

Psalm 33:12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

          America was founded upon Christian principles and ideals. Although not all the Founding Fathers were Christian they were all God-fearing men and women. Some in recent years have tried to change history to tell us that they were all atheists and unfortunately there are those who actually believed this lie. The Fathers prayed for three hours before their congressional meetings, asking for divine help and guidance. If they were all atheists they would not pray at all let along for three hours.

          The Founding Fathers knew the text verse and its implications for our nation. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. The word LORD is Jehovah, the great I AM of the Old Testament times and especially the God who met with Moses to bring Israel out of Egyptian bondage and into the Promised Land. They knew which religion was being expressed by this passage and what the implications of it were. They were convinced that the God of the Bible was being identified as the One who blesses any nation that confirms

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Judge not

Judging others

Matthew 7:1  Judge not, that ye be not judged.

Familiar maxim:

     Often we hear this verse quoted by unbelievers or carnal Christians when someone will say something about them, their actions, dress, etc. It is used as a rebuke to those whom they regard as intolerant to them or their ways. These are the words of Christ and they are given as a warning to the self-righteous condemnation of others with whom they disagree on the basis of superficial criteria.

Differing words:

      Matt 7:1 – krino:  ”to pass judgment; to sentence”

      1 Cor 2:15 – anakrino: “question; examine; evaluate”

      1 Cor 11:31 – diakrino: “make distinction; weigh thoroughly”

      Gal 6:4; 1 Jn 4:1 – dokimazo: “test; examine; interpret”

      2 Cor 13:5 – peirazo: “examine; to prove; to try”

Discerning and judging:

      The command of Jesus not to judge does not relieve us of our duty to be a discerning and examining people. We are to evaluate beliefs, actions and spirits in light of Scripture. Matt 10:16 is a directive from Jesus for us in this world of wickedness.

      It is important for us to know the difference between a judging

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Judging

Judging one another

James 4:11-12  Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12  There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

Two types of sin:

     Christians commit two types of sin in the area of criticism – they are too harsh in criticizing others; and they get offended if they are criticized. Criticism can be good and/or bad. If it is designed to help a fellow Christian in their walk with the Lord, then it can be very beneficial. If it is too harsh or extreme and spoken in the wrong manner, it can become very bad, even sinful, because it enters into the realm of judging which only God is qualified to do.

Results of criticism:

            Criticism, even constructive, can generate resentment, quarreling and enmity. It can damage the character of the critic as much as the recipient. It can build walls between Christians (Prov 18:19) and cause divisions. The

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God invites you

The invitations of God

John 1:39  He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.

Invitations from Jesus

      Our text is the first invitation of Jesus to “come” to Him. On this occasion, right after His baptism by John the Baptist, He invited two potential disciples to come with Him to His dwelling place. It is very likely that Jesus stayed as a “street Person” because on one occasion He said, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Matt 8:20) One night abiding with Jesus made a deep impression upon these two and they became His disciples. 

      Later Jesus issued another invitation to them (Mk 1:17); first Jesus invited them to come to see Him and begin to get to know Him, then come along with Him as He goes out to win the lost. The promise to them in this invitation was that they would become fishers of men.

      Another wonderful invitation is to those who are burdened and weighed down

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Our help in time of trouble

In time of trouble

Psalm 27:5  For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

David’s confidence in God

            David says that even though his enemies came to destroy him (2); in spite of the danger he looks to God for safety (1). David is trusting in God for his earthly salvation as well as his eternal salvation. But why was it that God would preserve David?

David had a heart for God

            David was declared by God to be a “man after His own heart”. This means that David sought after the things of God and desired God’s honor. When David went against Goliath his concern was for God and His name(1 Sam 17:26, 45-47). David was concerned about God’s anointing upon Saul when Saul was trying to kill him (1 Sam 24:6). In this Psalm David speaks of his desire to seek God (4, 8, and 11).

It is God’s nature

            By His very nature God hates evil and extends grace to His own. God is here pictured as a warrior conquering the

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When Christ came

In the fullness of time

Galatians 4:4-5  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

God’s time

      When something happens to us suddenly like the strike of lightning or the eruption of a volcano or an earthquake, we think of God and His power. We think of God coming suddenly in the affairs of man and earth. It seems to us as if there was no warning – just all of a sudden “boom”.

      God can and does come suddenly upon us and the world, but more likely it is probably the opposite. We see God in nature and His working in our lives and that of others, but we see perhaps only the climax of His workings and not the process.

      Throughout Scripture we see God revealing Himself not all at once, but over years of progressive revelation as He builds upon that revelation thru His prophets and the events of life. God told of His coming to earth thru the prophets and each had

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