OUR MOST PERFECT SUPPORT – JESUS CHRIST

THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH

THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH

Do you have a support group?

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two men can stand back-to-back and conquer.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT

A faithful friend is a strong defense; and he that hath found him hath found a treasure.

Louisa May Alcott

The strength of the huddle

When I asked Mike what he missed most about pro football, I was surprised by his answer. He said it was getting into the huddle. You felt safe there, he said. It was where you could get direction, support, and correction. It was where you could regroup for the next phase of the battle, knowing 10 other guys were there to help you win.

Mike said the huddle was a real refuge during away-games in hostile stadiums, when, besides the team, they were fighting a negative environment. It was a place where they could return to for encouragement to keep going.

Every man needs a safe place to get what he needs to enter into life’s conflict. If a man’s going to survive—no, win—the battles of life, he must have a huddle of good men around him to cheer him on and bandage his wounds. He needs men who will celebrate with him in the good times and do whatever it takes to bring help and healing in the bad times.

Rodney L. Cooper in Shoulder to Shoulder

The writer of Ecclesiastes paints a depressing picture of a man who strives to gain the whole world alone, then asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” The writer concludes, “It is all so meaningless and depressing” (Ecclesiastes 4:8). How much better it is to go through life with a strong network of support. When you share your trials and triumphs with others, you soon realize that you’re not alone. And somehow, when we stand together, life’s challenges don’t seem so daunting anymore.

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for June 29.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

Peter's Denial by Rembrandt, 1660. Jesus is sh...

Peter’s Denial by Rembrandt, 1660. Jesus is shown in the upper right hand corner, his hands bound behind him, turning to look at Peter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hebrews 5 Jesus Our Priest Forever

Hebrews 5
Jesus Our Priest Forever

 

Joshua 1:9    King James Version (KJV)
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Mark 14:54-72

54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.

55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.

57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.

60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.

Peter Disowns Jesus

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.

“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.

69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it.

After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”

71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

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THE HOLY GHOST, THE REVELATOR OF TRUTH

Fulfilled In Your Presence

Fulfilled In Your Presence

 

Jesus Christ is the Revelation of the entire Holy Scripture. From Genesis one to Revelation twenty-two, Jesus Christ is the heartthrob and centrality of every inspiration and great revelation. Jesus Christ is indeed the Word of God. Nowhere in Scripture is this said better than St. John said it, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1:1-5) That same Word was then made flesh and came to dwell among us that we might see the Father visibly.

While God the Son is the Revelation, God the Holy Ghost is the Revelator. His divine prerogative within the Trinity is to protect, defend, and reveal the Word of God. To ever accuse the Holy Ghost of acting, speaking or in any way departing from the revelations of Biblical truth is the ultimate act of heresy. The Lord Jesus Christ made this crystal clear in His dialogue about the promised Comforter. He said, “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.” (John 15:26)

Several statements that Jesus made within this dialogue recorded by John (John 14, 15, and 16) emphasize this role or title as applied to the Holy Ghost. Notice two more statements, “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 14:26) “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.” (John 16:7-15)

Every truth or Word in Holy Scripture is saturated with the authority and power of the Holy Ghost. “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17) Apostle Peter stated the same basic truth. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Pet. 1:21)

The words of Peter are extremely beautiful. Notice, “…holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” The suggestion is clear that they were carried along or given each word as the Holy Ghost spoke through them. The Holy Ghost is a person in every way that personality is reflected or manifest. He actually took men in their own colloquialisms and personalities and gave them the perfect words of eternal truth. There is a merging of the two personalities in each case: God, the Holy Ghost, and man, the vessel of God. God, the Holy Ghost, transcended them in communicated truth, but left the traces of each human vessel in style and mannerisms. The words of Paul in II Corinthians add to this truth. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)

That truth is evident as we read the Holy Scriptures. We can always find the personality and presence of these great prophets, and, yet, see how the Holy Ghost preserved a perfectly pure expression of God’s Revelations and Words to His human family. This is the picture of the total sixty-six books of the Holy Bible. The Holy Ghost was the Revelator beginning with Moses, the writer of the Torah, to the Book of Revelation and the final words of John, the beloved.

The Holy Ghost of God reveals His unique presence in each of the sixty-six books. His overarching authority guaranteed the perfection as the prophets were moved to write. The revelation of each book is always Jesus Christ centered and never overtly revealing the personality of the Spirit. His role is to give the revelation in perfection and to preserve each nuance of truth. Every word was chosen by the omnipotence of this “pure Spirit” and dictated to the human vessel. He was like a mystery from God perfecting every sentence, but carefully maintaining the glory for the Father and the Son. He was so perfect in this task that the Old Testament scholars had no consciousness of His existence. Jesus Christ Himself made us aware of His influence and then taught the disciples and us by Holy Scripture of His beautiful person and ministry.

The Word of God Is The Sword Of The Spirit

The Sword by which the Holy Ghost accomplishes the redemption of Jesus Christ and performs the will of God the Father is the Word of God. There is no other weapon to defeat Satan and his horde of evil spirits, to magnify the God of creation, and perfect His will on earth but the “water of the Word.” Apostle John made this abundantly clear. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.” (1 John 5:7-8) The only authority Satan and his kingdom of darkness respects is clearly described in the above Scripture. He and all his expressions of darkness must respect the Holy Ghost, the Water of the Word and the Blood of Jesus Christ. Trying to defeat Satan by any other activity, idea, or program is a venture in futility. Calling anything, other than those Biblical ideas spiritual, is to distort church and turn it into a social club at best.

 Satan is not disturbed until the Word of God, anointed by the Holy Ghost breaks forth like a thousand armies. All hell cannot withstand a barrage of Gospel preachers who have waited before God until the Holy Ghost indwells their vessel.

 

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Lord's Word Is A Sweet Fragrance

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