June 2019

The Word: Episode 0871 1 John 2:20-22

“Cling to Him”

June 19, 2019

“Cling to Him”

Blessings folk!

It is amazing how many different times and how many different ways the Lord told His people to love Him…
With all their heart.
With all their soul.
With all their mind.
With all their strength.

Note the warning and instruction…

Deu 13:1-4

“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,

and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying,
‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’

you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams;
for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

“You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.

The Lord would test them as to whether they loved Him.

In this example, it would be through a prophet/dreamer of dreams.

The prophet would speak.
He would provide a sign or wonder to verify his word.
If the word was to pursue other gods, then they would know that the Lord was testing.
The word of the prophet was incorrect, even if it had attesting signs and wonders.

Remember, these gods were/are real.
They are not fake.
They are not fiction.
They are not myth.
They are divine beings who have rebelled against the Most High God.

These gods would have prophets.
They would have signs and wonders.
Yet, they are not the Most High God.
They will seek to lead man to worship and serve them.

The Lord reiterates again…
Follow the Lord your God.
Fear the Lord.
Keep His commandments.
Listen to His voice.
Serve Him.
Cling to Him.

Cling to Him?
That is “new”.

Do we cling to Him?

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The Word: Episode 0870 1 John 2:18-19

“Be Careful to Do”

June 18, 2019

“Be Careful to Do”

Blessings folk!

The book of Deuteronomy is the “second giving of the law”.

Moses was restating the Law for the second generation of Israelites that were about to enter the Promised Land.

The first generation had died due to lack of faith and obedience.

The Lord had told the current generation to love Him with all their hearts, mind, soul and strength.

He had told them the choice between blessings and curses.

He now says this…

Deu 11:29-32

“It shall come about, when the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, that you shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.

“Are they not across the Jordan, west of the way toward the sunset, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, beside the oaks of Moreh?

“For you are about to cross the Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall possess it and live in it,

and you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the judgments which I am setting before you today.

The Lord told them about two mountains - Gerizim and Ebal.
God told them where they were located.

They were to do something there.
From Gerizim they would “place” blessing.
From Ebal they would “place” curse.
(We see the actual account in Joshua 8:33)

The Lord tells them what was to occur.
They would cross the Jordan (the account shows that God piled up the water for them to cross on dry land!)
They would possess the land that the Lord was giving them.
They would live in it.

They were to be careful to do all the statutes and judgments of the Lord.

How about us?
Do we truly possess what the Lord has for us?
Are we carefully obeying and abiding?


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Hebrews Part 3 - Lesson 2

Hebrews Part 3 - Lesson 2

The Word: Episode 0869 1 John 2:15-17

“Blessing or Curse”

June 17, 2019

“Blessing or Curse”

Blessings folk!

We continue through Deu 11…remember, landed there while looking at the “love of God”.

Watch as the Lord draws some conclusion…

Deu 11:26-28

“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:

the blessing,
if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God,
which I am commanding you today;

and the curse,
if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your God,
but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today,
by following other gods which you have not known.

The Lord was setting options before them.
He gave them a choice.
They could choose.
Blessing.
Curse.

They would receive blessings if they listen to the commandments of the Lord… if they obeyed.

They would receive curses if they did not listen to the commandments of the Lord.
Notice “how” they did not listen.
They followed “other gods”.
“Gods” they had not known.

These gods are real.
They are not mythology.
They are not fiction.
They are not what we paint them today…”idols” related to stuff.

They are divine beings.
They are supernatural beings in the unseen realm.

These gods are “elohim” that had been assigned by the Most High God to rule over rebellious mankind and his nation. (Deu 32:8-9)

Deu 32:8-9

When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
when he divided mankind,
he fixed the borders of the peoples
according to the number of the sons of God.

But the LORD’s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.


These gods are a part of God’s Divine Council (Psalm 82) who rebelled against God.

Israel was being tempted to follow them.

The Lord said to follow them would bring curse.

These gods are still here today.

Choose.
Blessing?
Curse?

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The Word: Episode 0859 1 John 2:16

“The Lord Will Lay…”

June 16, 2019

“The Lord Will Lay…”

Blessings folk!

If the people of the Lord obeyed Him, then some things would happen.

We have covered the first two verses below.

Read them all…

Deu 11:22-25
“For if you are careful to keep all this commandment which I am commanding you to do,
to love the LORD your God,
to walk in all His ways and
hold fast to Him,

then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you,
and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.

“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours; your border will be from the wilderness to Lebanon, and from the river, the river Euphrates, as far as the western sea.

“No man will be able to stand before you; the LORD your God will lay the dread of you and the fear of you on all the land on which you set foot, as He has spoken to you.

The Lord would drive out nations before them.
The Lord would dispossess greater and mightier nations before them.
Every place the sole of their foot treaded would be theirs.

The Lord then tells them their geography.

The Land the Lord gave to Israel is clearly delineated in several places in the Word.

Then this…

No man would be able to stand before them.
The Lord would lay the dread of them on other people.
Fear of them would be upon other people.

The same principles applies to Believers today.

If we walk in His way…
If we love Him….
If we abide/hold fast to Him…

Then, He will grant unto us that which He desires.

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The Word: Episode 0858 1 John 2:15

“Hold Fast to Him”

June 15, 2019

“Hold Fast to Him”

Blessings folk!

Write the Word of the Lord upon your heart.
Speak it.
Teach it.
Proclaim it.
Rejoice in it.

The Word is not just something to be “studied” a couple of times a week for a few minutes.
The Word is not to be “taken in” by listening to someone for a few moments every now and then.

The Word is alive!
The Word is life!
The Word is to be lived by word and deed.

Our lives reflect what we believe about the Word of God.

Many…far too many in church leadership…claim to believe the Word, but never speak if forth in conversation…nor in the pulpit.

They flit about it, painting a picture of depth and familiarity, yet they avoid a true encounter with the Word of the Lord,

We have seen in Deu. 11 what we are to do with the Word of the Lord.

Watch what the Lord will do if we are faithful and keep His Word…

Deu 11:22-23
“For if you are careful to keep all this commandment which I am commanding you to do,
to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and hold fast to Him,

then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you,
and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.

The Lord will grant victory.
Victory over enemies before us.
He will dispossess that which comes against us.

Love the Lord your God.
Keep His commandments.
Walk in His ways.
Hold fast to Him.

He is the Victor!

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The Word: Episode 0857 1 John 2:13-14

“Teach. Write”

June 14, 2019

“Teach. Write”

Blessings folk!

What are we to do with the Word of the Lord?

Deu 11:18-21

“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.

“You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.

“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,

so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.

We are to have the Word in our mind and heart.
We are to allow the Word to guide our hand.
We are to allow the Word to guide our thoughts.

Then…

We are to teach the Word to our family.
Not limited to a particular “devotional” time…
Not limited to “sunday school”…
Not limited to “worship” time…

But…
As we are sitting in the house.
As we walk/ride/drive along the road.
As we lie down.
As we rise.

The Word of the Lord should/must be upon our lips with every breath.

Think on this.

We have a choice.
To speak the Blessing of the Word of the Lord.
Or
To speak that of the flesh, soul…perhaps even the curse of the enemy.

The Word should be so prevalent in our lives that it is written upon the physical structures in which we live.

Why all this?
So that our days may be multiplied upon the land…ours…our offspring.

Too many “professing believers” live a fragmented existence.
They have “their life.”
They have a small portion reserved for their “spiritual life”.

Such should not be.

We should overflow with the Word of the Lord, His Power and His Presence.

Do we?

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The Word: Episode 0856 1 John 2:7-11

“Impress. Bind.”

June 13, 2019

“Impress. Bind.”

Blessings folk!

We continue in Deu 11.

We are to love the Lord will all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

Now, note what is said about the Word of the Lord…

Deu 11:18

“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul;
and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.

We are to…

  • Impress the Words of the Lord on our heart and soul
  • We are to bind them on our hand
  • They shall be a frontals on our forehead

The people of Israel took this in a literal sense.
They had the Word on their hands and forehead.

What does this mean to us?

The Word should be in our heart.
The Word should guide every work of our hand.
The Word should direct every thought of our mind

Does it?

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The Word: Episode 0855 1 John 2:1-6

“Anger of the Lord Kindled”

June 12, 2019

“Anger of the Lord Kindled”

Blessings folk!

The Lord has warned us.

We are to beware.
We are to be careful that our hearts are not deceived.
We are not to turn away from God.
We are not to serve other gods.
We are not to worship other gods.

What if we/they do?

Deu 11:16-17

“Beware that your hearts are not deceived,
and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them.

“Or the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you,
and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain
and the ground will not yield its fruit;
and you will perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.

The anger of the Lord will be kindled against you.
He will shut up the heavens - no rain.
The ground will dry.
No fruit.
No food.

The people will perish quickly from the good land.
The good land the Lord had given.

This happened to the children of Israel.
This happens to us.

In the physical realm.
In the “spiritual” realm…many are the dried up, dead “churches” upon the land.

Beware.

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The Word: Episode 0854 1 John 2:1-3

“Beware: Do Not Turn Away”

June 11, 2019

“Beware: Do Not Turn Away”

Blessings folk!

We continue with the Word of the Lord related to loving Him.
We are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

We pick up the passage…

Deu 11:16
“Beware that your hearts are not deceived,
and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them.

We are warned.
We have a responsibility.
Beware.
Let not your heart be deceived.

Deceived in what way?

By turning away from God
By turning to other gods.
By serving other gods.
By worshipping other gods.

In our western mind we think these “other gods” are material things…cars, boats, events, etc.
This is true to a degree.
But, the greater truth is profound.

There are other gods.
There are other elohim, divine beings in the spiritual realm.

They are real.
They are behind much of what we encounter.

We are not to worship and serve them.

Think on this for a moment.

Many places in scripture tell us that God is greater than all gods.
Are these verses saying that the Most High God is greater than something that does not exist?

It would be like me saying “the Lord is greater than all unicorns”.
It would make no sense.

The gods exist.
This gives profound insight in the Word and the Kingdom of God.

We will talk more about this…

For now, do not serve/worship them.

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Hebrews Part 3 - Lesson 1

Hebrews Part 3 - Lesson 1

The Word: Episode 0853 1 John 1:8-10

“The Lord Gives Rain…”

June 19, 2019

“The Lord Gives Rain…”

Blessings folk!

We are to love the Lord with all of our hearts, minds, soul and strength.

The Lord tells us much about such.

Watch what happens if we do so…

Deu 11:13-15

“It shall come about,
if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today,
to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul,

that He will give the rain for your land in its season,
the early and late rain,
that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.

“He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.

Listen obediently to the Lord.
Abide in the Lord.
Live His commandments.

If we do so, then He will…

  • Give rain for the land in season - early/late
  • Give grain
  • Give new wine
  • Give oil
  • Give grass for livestock

He will give sustenance for life.
We will eat.
We will be satisfied.

How much more so for those of us in the New Covenant?
Doubt not.

Love the Lord.
He will take care of all.

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The Word: Episode 0852 1 John 1:6-9

“You Shall Therefore Love…”

June 9, 2019

“You Shall Therefore Love…”

Blessings folk!

We are to love God.

Read.
Learn more.

Deu 11:1
“You shall therefore love the LORD your God,
and always keep His charge,
His statutes,
His ordinances,
and His commandments.

Short reminder for today.

Love the Lord.
Be certain that He is your God…does your life reflect this?
Keep His:

  • Charge
  • Statutes
  • Ordinances
  • Commandments

Yes, this was under the Old Covenant…the Law.

We keep it in/through the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is no other way.

Are you a person The Way?

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The Word: Episode 0851 1 John 1:4-5

“You Shall Love the Lord”

June 8, 2019

“You Shall Love the Lord”

Blessings folk!

We are to love God.

Consider what the Word says…

Deu 6:5
“You shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart and
with all your soul and
with all your might.

 Deu 7:9
“Know therefore that the LORD your God,
He is God,
the faithful God,
who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation
with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

 Deu 10:12-13
“Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you,
but to fear the LORD your God,
to walk in all His ways and love Him,
and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

and to keep the LORD’S commandments and
His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?

The Lord God:

  • He is covenant-making and covenant-keeping
  • He is lovingkindness
  • Love Him
  • Fear Him
  • Walk in His ways
  • Serve Him
  • Keep His commandments
  • Keep His statutes

With all your heart, mind, soul and strength…

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The Word: Episode 0849 Psalm 73:21-28

“God Loves”

June 5, 2019

“God Loves”

Blessings folk!

A quick, foundational truth that we need to think on often.
We forget this.
The enemy wants us to live outside of it.

God loves you.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

God has loved you from the beginning…

Rom 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

While you were a sinner, He demonstrated His love for you/us.
While we were sinners, He died for us.

He loves us that much.

As Believers, this is the foundation of our lives.

Why worry?
Why fret?
Why be anxious?

The Lord loves us more than we know or can imagine.

Let us live in that love.

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The Word: Episode 0848 Psalm 73:16-20

“Healing…”

June 5, 2019

“Healing…”

Blessings folk!

Sitting in the surgical waiting room awaiting the outcome of a procedure on a family member.

We thank the Lord for what He has revealed to man as to how to handle situations.

God heals.

Sometimes He heals by the hand of the physician.
God uses physicians.
Luke…who wrote the gospel of Luke and Acts…was a physician.
Paul loved him.

Col 4:14
Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also Demas.


Sometime the Lord uses insight/revelation related to diet, etc. to bring healing.

Remember what Paul told Timothy…

1Ti 5:23
No longer drink water exclusively,
but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.

So…
A physician…
A friend…

Anything else.
Yep!
What about a prophet?

Read the account.
Note who was king.
Note who was prophet.
What happened?

2Ki 20:1-7

In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill.
And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him,
“Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’”

Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying,

“Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

“Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people,
‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD.

“I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.”’”

Then Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.” And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

King Hezekiah was mortally ill.
The Lord sent Isaiah the prophet to tell Hezekiah to get his house in order.
Hezekiah wept bitterly before the Lord.
The Lord granted another fifteen years of life…a blessing that would be devastating to Israel. (That is a story for another time.)
The prophet then told the King how to be cured…a “poultice” of figs to be laid upon the boil… apparently he had an infected boil

Physicians.
Diet.
Prophetic word.

The Lord heals in multitudes of way.

The Lord also heals through the Spirit…through gifts of healing among His people.
Many examples are given in the Word

Physicians.
Diet.
Prophetic word.
By the Spirit.

Of course, there is the ultimate healing…when He takes us to glory.

Most of time that occurs through death…the transition event from this corporeal existence to the eternal Presence of the Most High.

Need healing?
Seek the Word of the Lord.
Seek the Lord.
Believe.
Trust.

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The Word: Episode 0847 Psalm 73:10-17

“Vapor”

June 4, 2019

“Vapor”

Blessings folk!

Life.
It is short.

Jas 4:14
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

I just returned from the first of three funerals this week.

Sweet lady.
Long life.
Well-lived before the Lord.

We, as Believers, must seize every moment.
Waste not a breath.

The Lord has granted us a specific length of days.
He knows exactly how many.
We do not.

That should motivate us to make every moment count…for the Kingdom.

Length of days can be added (which does not negate the foreknowledge/plan of God)…

Pro 3:1-2

My son, do not forget my teaching,
But let your heart keep my commandments;

For length of days and years of life
And peace they will add to you.

Let your heart keep His commandments.

  • Length of days
  • Years of life
  • Peace
…will be added to you.

Remember,

Eph 6:1-3

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise),

SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.

Live the days the Lord has granted in His power.
Rejoice.
Love.
Trust.

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Hebrews Part 2 - Lesson 9

Hebrews Part 2 - Lesson 9

The Word: Episode 0846 Psalm 73:1-9

“Precious In the Sight of the Lord”

June 3, 2019

“Precious In the Sight of the Lord”

Blessings folk!

Many are grieving and rejoicing at the home-going of loved ones.

Some were older.
Some were younger.
All are in the hands of the Most High God.

Death is a part of life.
The Word says much about such.

Give heed to what the Word says about those who die “in the Lord”…the holy ones…the “saints”.

Psa 116:15
Precious in the sight of the LORD
Is the death of His godly ones.

Psa 116:15
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Death of the godly ones is precious in the sight of the Lord.

It is a special time.
It is a precious time.
It is a temporary time of separation for believers.

We rejoice in the believers that have gone before us.
They are now a part of the great cloud of witnesses.

Yes, we grieve.
Yes, we miss them.
Yes, we rejoice that the pain and suffering of this life have passed.
Yes, we anticipate a reunion soon.

Rest in the Lord.
Trust in the Lord.
Rejoice in the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 0845 Psalm 37:32-40

“You Loved Me Before…”

June 2, 2019

“You Loved Me Before…”

Blessings folk!

We are considering the phrase/thought “before the foundation of the world”.

The Word reveals some interesting things.

Consider…

John 17:24
“Father, I desire that they also,
whom You have given Me,
be with Me where I am,
so that they may see My glory which You have given Me,
for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

Jesus is speaking.
He is praying to Father.

Note what Jesus desired.

He wanted those that the Father had given to Him to be with Him…where He would be.

Who?
Disciples.
Those who will believe.

Why?

So that they could see (experience?) the glory that Father had given Jesus.

Then, Jesus make this profound statement…
“for You loved me before the foundation of the world.”

Father loved Son…
Before the foundation of the world.

There is a mystery here.

The mystery of the eternal Godhead covenant.

Father.
Son.
Spirit.

One.

Before the foundation of the world.

Before they created…
The Spirit hovered…
The Son spoke…
All at the behest of Father.

This is the glory in which true believers live.

Hallelujah!

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The Word: Episode 0844 Psalm 37:25-31

“Predetermined…”

June 1, 2019

“Predetermined…”

Blessings folk!

Fear not.

Why?

God has a plan.

How do we know?

The Word tells us.

God has a plan…before the foundations of the earth.
Before creation was spoken into existence.

Here is an example…

Act 2:22-23

“Men of Israel, listen to these words:
Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—

this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.

It was the predetermined plan of God for Jesus to be nailed to the cross by the hands of godless men.
It was predetermined for Jesus to die.
This was done by the foreknowledge of God.

Think on that.

Then, consider.
Why worry?
Why fret?
Why doubt?

Walk in the plan the Lord has for you.

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