What is security?

God is our security

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
Psalm 118:8

What is security?

Put on the whole armor, and take up your shield. Prepare for battle, and come to my aid.

Psalm 35:2

Security is our nearness to God, not our distance from danger.

Kenneth R. Hendre

In the gun sights

 

When Ira Sankey was at the height of his ministry, he was traveling on a steamer in the Delaware River. Some passengers had seen his picture in the newspaper and knew he was associated with evangelist D. L. Moody. When they asked him to sing one of his own compositions, Sankey said he preferred a hymn by William Bradbury, “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.” One of the stanzas begins, “We are thine, do thou befriend us; be the guardian of our way.”

When he finished, a man stepped out and inquired, “Were you in the army, Mr. Sankey?”

“Yes, I joined up in 1860.”

“Did you ever do guard duty at night in Maryland, about 1862?”

“Yes, I did.”

“Well, I was in the Confederate Army,” said the stranger. “I saw you one night at Sharpsburg. I had you in my gun sight as you stood there in the light of the full moon. Just as I was about the pull the trigger, you began to sing. It was the same hymn you sang tonight,” the man told an astonished Sankey. “I couldn’t shoot you.”

I. M. Anderson in Moody

Life is filled with near misses. We know only a fraction of the many situations in which God preserves us from severe physical and emotional injury.

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 May 14.

 

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God is always fair and just

God is always fair and just

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Do you deserve justice or mercy?

 

O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage.

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my body is in agony.
I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me?

Psalm 6:1-3

“You have heard that the Law of Moses says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting like true children of your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:43-45

About this week’s promise

 

When others wrong us, we cry out for justice. When we wrong God, we cry out for mercy. Fortunately, God is merciful. But if we don’t accept his merciful gift of salvation, we are subject to God’s justice, the punishment of eternal death and separation from God. Until God sets up his eternal kingdom, where perfect justice prevails, justice will continue to be needed here on earth — both God’s justice to urge us toward his kingdom, and law and order to keep anarchy from ruling. But we would do well to learn some lessons about God’s mercy as we mete out justice. While justice provides law and order, mercy provides hope and forgiveness — God’s formula for restoration.

From TouchPoint Bible with commentary by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers, Tyndale House Publishers (1996), pp 1220-21

Digging Deeper

For more on this week’s promise, see To Fly Again by Gracia Burnham and Dean Merrill (Tyndale House Publishers, 2005), the follow-up to the bestselling In the Presence of My Enemies.

 

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Do You Understand Justice?

God is always fair and just

Do You Understand Justice?

Evil people don’t understand justice, but those who follow the Lord understand completely.

Proverbs 28:5

 

Awareness of justice

 

Justice means righteousness, lawfulness, and moral rightness, the quality of being true or correct, the moral principle determining just conduct. So justice has a moral quality. It contains a concept of what is right and, therefore, must also have a concept of what is wrong. Only people who understand these concepts of right and wrong can understand and administer justice. By extension, only those who follow the Lord can understand justice. Why? Because they subscribe to the foundational laws of the one who created them.

Thus, as this proverb points out, evil people don’t understand justice. Because they refuse to subscribe to justice’s moral underpinnings given by God in his Word, they are left to discover their own truths. As a result, many conclude that there is no truth. Others conclude that everyone can have different truths. Both perspectives are hopelessly doomed. And as a building without a foundation will crumble, so justice can never be served without the foundation of right and wrong as given by God in his Word.

WISE WAYS  What are you using for your foundation? Where do you get your concept of truth, of right and wrong?

Today, Lord, teach me the foundational truths about life that are given in your Word.

Adapted from The One Year® Book of Proverbs, by Neil S. Wilson, Tyndale House Publishers (2002), entry for February 28


Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.
G K CHESTERTON

Delay of justice is injustice.
WALTER S LANDOR

 

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Wisdom of Proverbs (Discerning Rightly)

“He shall see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge shall My
righteous Servant justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.”
Isaiah 53:11.


Proverbs 29:4-5

4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

Judgment

(Justice or a ruling)

Establish

(Setup or standing)

Receive gifts

(Bribes or tax burdens on citizenry)

Overthrow

(teardown)

5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

Flattereth

(smooth talker)

Spreadeth a net

(stretches out a trap)


 

Word: “Ignorance” monopolizes conversations today. Why?

Commentary:

In so many conversations today whether in person or on social media the subject of “ignorance or stupid” creeps in.  The usual response is ” there’s no cure for stupid!”  This may true on some level but God’s Word has a lot to say about.  So, I will post His Word on the matter and let folks resolve the answer for themselves. We serve and Praise The only one True God, the Father of our Savior, Jesus Christ, guided by His Holy Spirit and let us say: AMEN!


 

Ephesians 4:18 – Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Proverbs 22:3 – A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Acts 17:30 – And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Proverbs 19:2 – Also, [that] the soul [be] without knowledge, [it is] not good; and he that hasteth with [his] feet sinneth.

James 1:5 – If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Proverbs 8:5 – O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

1 John 4:1 – Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Matthew 7:21-23 – Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.   (Read More…)

Luke 23:34 – Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Ezekiel 33:6 – But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take [any] person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

John 13:7 – Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

1 Peter 1:13-16 – Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;


 

Wisdom

Wisdom And Knowledge


 

James 1:5 – If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 2:1-22 – My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;   (Read More…)

Psalms 111:10 – The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do [his commandments]: his praise endureth for ever.

Ecclesiastes 7:12 – For wisdom [is] a defence, [and] money [is] a defence: but the excellency of knowledge [is, that] wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

Isaiah 11:2 – And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

Colossians 2:8 – Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

1 Timothy 2:4 – Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Matthew 7:7-8 – Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:   (Read More…)

1 Corinthians 3:19-20 – For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.   (Read More…)

Proverbs 4:1-27 – Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.   (Read More…)

Romans 1:22-25 – Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,   (Read More…)

James 3:15-18 – This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish.   (Read More…)

2 Chronicles 1:7-12 – In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.   (Read More…)


 

Deceiving Days – Holy Spirit of God, High Preist Jesus Christ Guide and Protect Us!

John 14:26

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you.

1 Cor. 2:10

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

 

Romans 11:33
O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways!

Galatians 1:12
I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3:3
that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.

Ephesians 3:5
which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons,

Revelation 2:24
But I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned the so-called deep things of Satan: I will place no further burden upon you.