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Sticky Notes and Random Thoughts….

I’m rather sure I got around telling all the girls that Ladies Bible Study has been postponed. Just in case I missed somebody – there it is.

Today, I just gotta talk about a “weakness” of mine. Sticky notes. I am always thinking and studying in my mind, so that when I want to “save” the thought, I quickly grab a sticky note. They say our minds work like a computer, but when I “save” a thought, no amount of searching brings it back – usually. A pad of them is every where I light upon, even by me when I sleep. This morning, I was combining them onto a page in my prayer notebook and did that to some of them; but, just couldn’t continue. Sometimes when I look at the note, my memory will recall where I was when I wrote it and where I wanted to go with that thought when I had time to study.

Here are some recent ones. See if you see the trend, or subject matter:

Rm. 7:4 – “fruit unto God”

Daily Light 9/17 evening, “taste”

look up “Christ be formed” & “Christ in you”

2 Sam. 7:12 – “seed of David”

John 12:24 – grain dies

See 9/8 in D. L.

E. E. page 190

Page 859 in NKG

2 Cor. 5:14-15

1 Cor. 15:22, 45

1 Tim. 2:13, 14

The Holy Spirit and believing – Acts 10:43, 44

parable of vineyard – Mt. 21:33-46

the laboring element in sowing and reaping

harvest – John 4:34-36

See D. L. 8/24 evening

harvesting comes in seasons

Now, look those up and put them with your thoughts that come to mind. I also have chores stuck up around my study area and counter in the “hole in the wall.”

do my nails,

finish wash

post

collect house trash

plan meals for week

And here’s a Bible verse stuck on my bookcase on a “Post-it” 3 x 5 card – yep, they make index cards –

Isa 57:15” (NET version) “For this is what the high and exalted says, the One Who rules forever, whose name is Holy: I dwell in an exalted and Holy place, but also with the discouraged and humiliated, in order to cheer up the humiliated and to encourage the discouraged.”

Let’s all stand and sing the “Hallelujah Chorus!”

 

 

 

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September 19, 2011 Posted by | "Daily Light", Ladies Bible Study Notes, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal, Sticky notes, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

Newsy News & Pages from my notebook…

Today is testing day at the hospital.  I am in great pain as I cannot take my arthritis medication before surgery – it’s an NSAID and thins the blood.  It is absolutely necessary at times like these, that I draw strength from what I have already hidden in my heart and written in my journal.  🙂

The sections in my present notebook are: praise, admit, requests, thanks, listening, messages, N. T., O. T., proverbs, and “to do.”  As I open it, the back of the front cover is covered with “sticky notes.”  The first one reads, “Dearest Father, Today is Your’s!  You have plans for it – I accept its happenings as from you; and give you all my plans.  Direct my heart to concentrate on today only.  You have all my tomorrows as well.  Thank You!”  Another one is Ps. 38:9 – “All my longings lie open before You, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.”

Before any of the particular sections is a “devotion” written by Elisabeth Elliot named, “First Be Quiet.”  Some of you will think I have never read such a thing!  But, oh, I have to spend double the quiet times before the Lord that I spend with people.  I still mess up!  I work daily, hourly, moment by moment, cultivating a quiet heart – a meek and quiet spirit.

The first page in the “praise” section is my handwritten copy of “Trust and Obey” – the hymn.  “That doesn’t sound like a praise hymn,” you say?  Oh, but the privilege of trusting and obeying deserves my highest praise.  The God of the universe desires I trust HIM with my fears and longings and sends and teaches me His Word, so that I can obey by leaving ALL to Him, Who loves me and gave Himself for me!

Act 20:32 And now [brethren], I commit you to God [I deposit you in His charge, entrusting you to His protection and care]. And I commend you to the Word of His grace [to the commands and counsels and promises of His unmerited favor]. It is able to build you up and to give you [your rightful] inheritance among all God’s set-apart ones (those consecrated, purified, and transformed of soul). (-from the Amplified version)

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal, Sticky notes | 1 Comment

THE REAL HEALTH CARE CRISES…………

HAVE YOU BEEN DOING YOUR JAMES ASSIGNMENT?  Ah, Ha, you thought I had forgotten.  I just got your attention because of that title up there, perhaps.  This is the time of year that color pencils are plentiful and on sale.  Oh, how I wish I needed some; but, I have so many that I could stock a small store!  Crayola brand does bleed through.  Those designed for Bibles will be the best for you.  So- school has begun; and even if you home school, you have time for study.  Whether your children are at a school building or in a designated room in your home, you have time!  I do not accept any excuse! 

Back to James – and having health (which is different from not being sick!).  Biblical health insurance is Biblical!   Our Lord healed the sick (and still does in various and sundry ways), but there is something more important than being healed.  It is being healthy!

From my purple sticky note in my Bible at the beginning of James:  “James presents a series of tests by which our soul salvation’s progress can be determined.  James is concerned about the development of soul salvation.”  (See August 5th entry if you need to refresh your memory.  The definition of soul salvation is in a nutshell at the bottom of the blog for that day.)

James appears to have varied themes; however, I believe they all have one common goal found in the last verse of the last chapter: 5:20 b – “…………save his soul from death……..”  There is no insurance policy that can keep us from physical death.  It is an “appointment” we must keep.  (Hebrews 9:27- “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”)  It is the judgment that most people dread or just refuse to admit  to be true.  It is this judgment that will determine our admittance and participation in the age to come or “death” – separation from seeing, entering, and participating in this coming rule of our Lord.  There is a marked difference in the word, “die” in Hebrews and the word, “death” in James 5:20.   We MUST die – but we do not have to experience death –  in the age to come!

Open your Bibles to James, chapter 5.  You may have noticed the theme of praying for the sick, anointing with oil, etc.  Boy, that’s where my mind went when I was so sick.  However, long ago I discovered a theme in the previous verses to this.  I am quoting from my NAS version:  v.3b – “…it is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure.”      v. 4b – “…the Lord of Sabaoth.”     v. 7b – “…until the coming of the Lord.”     v. 8b – “…the coming of the Lord is at hand.”     v. 9b – “…the judge is standing right at the door.”     v. 12b – …”fall under judgment.”

Then in verses 13 through 18, examples of sickness, suffering, anointing, and prayer are given – especially the example concerning Elijah.

In verses 19 and 20 – “My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.” – You must recognize that the overall theme of this chapter does not change in the middle nor at this point!  This is a brother still being discussed.  The is the coming judgment still being discussed.  This is still soul salvation – or not – that is still being discussed.

So – let’s explore REAL health:

ALL the scriptures printed below have the same Greek word meaning “health” or “healthy:”  

 – this is Strong’s #G5198. 

 Vines definition –  hugianio (G5198) denotes “to be healthy, sound, in good health” (Eng., “hygiene”), rendered “mayest be in health,” in 3Jo_1:2; rendered “safe and sound” in Luk_15:27. See SAFE, D, No. 2, SOUND, WHOLE, B, No. 1.

 Thayer Definition:

1) to be sound, to be well, to be in good health

2) metaphorically

2a) of Christians whose opinions are free from any mixture of error

2b) of one who keeps the graces and is strong

 

 1.  Lu 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

 2.  Lu 7:10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

 3.  Lu 15:27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

 4.  1Ti 1:10For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;   

 5.  1Ti 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

 6.  2Ti 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

 7.  2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

 8.  Tit 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. {as…: or, in teaching}

 9.  Tit 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be soundin the faith;

11.  Tit 2:1 ¶ But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

 12. Tit 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. {sober: or, vigilant}

 13. 3Jo 1:2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (KJV)

Let’s talk about # 1  –  Luke 5:31   – The immediate context for this verse begins in verse 17 and goes through verse 32.  Read it.  The literal rendering of v. 17b is “…the power of the Lord for their healing” was present to heal the Pharisees and teachers.  Others came to Him for physical healing, but He had power to heal those Pharisees – and they were not physically sick!  The Lord’s healing, in this case of the paralyzed man, was of his sins to teach the Pharisees something – “That you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earthto forgive sins.”  The Pharisees had no sin!  They could not make the connection.  They were well, not sick, and not sinful, and not paralyzed; besides this Man eats with tax-gatherers and sinners!”  He was the Great Physician for the Phairsees; and they refused to receive health!  They were already “healthy” and had no need of this physician!

The word, “sick,” has two Strong’s numbers:  G2192 – “echo” and G2560 – “kakos.”   Summary:  The ones needing a physician esteem themselves to be ill and miserable, either/or in spirit, soul, or body.   

So much emphasis is put on the physical healing today that the intended message of our Lord is obscured.

(BY THE WAY, “HEALTHY” IS ONLY FOUND IN LUKE – OF THE FOUR GOSPELS – THREE TIMES LISTED ABOVE.  HE WAS A PHYSICIAN BY OCCUPATION.)

In # 2, the centurion recognized Jesus’ authority to heal with worded commands.  Jesus marveled at this man’s faith!  He knew much more than the Pharisees!  Luke 7:2-10

In # 3, why do you think the Father “received his son back as “healthy?” Luke 15:27  Because he acknowledged he needed his father and he repented – something the Pharisees, in general, refused to do.

NOW – can you understand Mark 2:17 – “……It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

In numbers 4 through 12, you need to notice what the word “healthy” is describing:  “healthy doctrine,”  “healthy words,”  “healthy faith,” and “healthy faith, charity, patience.”

Now, look at #13 – 3John 2 – Can you forget all you’ve heard before, and put this into the context of what our Lord is showing us about health?  This reference mentions the soul as prospering.  Prospereth means “to help on the road, journey.” 

To be healthy on this journey of the salvation of our soul that will be revealed at the judgment seat of Christ,  we must consume healthy doctrine! 

                                                             – a subject for a later date!

August 18, 2009 Posted by | Health Crises, James, on faith, Pages from my journal, Soul Salvation, Sticky notes | Leave a comment

Identifying the overall theme of the book of James

“DO NOT BE DECEIVED…”

 This sticky note is not dated.  “James presents a series of tests by which our soul salvation’s progress can be determined.  James is concerned about the development of soul salvation.”

 Soul salvation was understood by some of these early believers; but hardly understood nor taught to believers of today.  However, those who have “ears to hear and eyes to see” will seek to know this doctrine that is so plainly and simply put in 1 Peter 1:3-25:

3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 ¶ In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,

7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

10 ¶ As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,

11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.

12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven–things into which angels long to look.

13 ¶ Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;

18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,

19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you

21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

24 ¶ For, “ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,

25 BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.” And this is the word which was preached to you. (NAS95)

 See what I underlined in verses 3 & 23 ?  “Born again” here is NOT the same as in John 3:7.  This one actually means “born again” not “born from above.”  This begetting, here in 1 Peter, is to a salvation that will be revealed at the “in the last time,” (v.5) compared to “now” in the next verse  v.6.  Hopefully, this salvation will result in “Praise and glory and honor at the revelation (appearing) of Jesus Christ” – v.7.

 In verse 9, this salvation (of the soul) will prove to be an outcome of our faith.  “Faith” is a noun and has to do with the lifestyle we are living now – after being born from above.  Read again the lifestyle of faith in verses 13-17.

 These verses are plain and simple and there are many others concerned with this salvation of the soul to be revealed at the last time.  Beware of the tradition of men.  Read these verses again and again before heading back to James; then, you will understand James 1:21 “Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.” (NAS)

 Compare the “seed” in 1 Peter 1:23 to the “word implanted” in James 1:21.  Then read about the “seeds” and “soils” in Matthew 13:1-23.  This parable is explained in verses 18-23.  Then – reread verses 10-17.

  To whom is our Lord speaking? (disciples)

What is their question? (“Why do You speak to them in parables?”)

Our Lord’s answer to the disciples?  (“…to you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them (the multitudes v.2) it has not been granted.”)

 In a nutshell:  The salvation of the soul will be revealed in the last time – the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is NOT the salvation that we commonly have at this present time (See Jude 3).  Soul salvation has to do with our present possession of faith that lives in the “things to come” and is “pleasing to God.”

 James deals with how we work the faith now and warns of impediments to this faith that could lead to dire consequences in the “age to come.”

 1:16 – “DO NOT BE DECEIVED…”

August 5, 2009 Posted by | "Born Again" / "Born from Above", 1 Peter 1:3-25, James, on faith, Soul Salvation, Sticky notes | Leave a comment

Sticky Note from my Bible….

Stuck in my Bible between the 1st and 2nd chapter of James, dated 11/09/1997, is a note to myself :

I wrote:

Since faith is the commodity at stake in all our trials (NOT THE OUTCOME), then when the testing of our faith does not produce patience, we can know we have focused on the outcome and not faith (what God has said concerning things unseen, things to come).  Also, we will be tested again and again (hopefully) until we submit to FAITH.

 

August 1, 2009 Posted by | James, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, on faith, Sticky notes, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

   

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