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Watch and Pray


 

Ephesians 6:18

 

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints,” Ephesians 6:18.

 

One of the most important jobs in aviation happens in the control tower. Although all parties, from the ground crew to the pilot work together to have a successful flight, no one is more important than the person watching out for the aircraft.

 

Have we ever considered Christian warriors as similar to aircraft controllers? We have to be on guard twenty-four hours a day against Satan and his advocates. We must be hypersensitive to the activities of Satan and his sly wolves in sheep clothing tactics. In fact, we must always seek God’s guidance by the Holy Spirit through prayer. Certainly, we can never pray too much or too often for His guidance.

 

Likewise, everything we attempt to do should be saturated in prayer before hand, whether it pertains to personal, family, church, school or governmental matters. And shamefully, we often neglect this great and easily accessed benefit of being God’s children.

 

Additionally, we must pray for others in an effort to intercede in prayer on their behalf—praying for healing, spiritual strength and God’s guidance in their lives. It is our duty and our pleasure to pray for others.

 

We must always watch and pray!

 

 

Reflection

 

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight. Prayer makes the Christian armor bright. And Satan trembles when he sees, the meanest saint upon his knees—Author unknown.

 

Beverly Barnett

 

 

 

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Assurance of Resurrection


 

2 Corinthians 5:1-8

 

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit,” 2 Corinthians 5:5.

 

 

When a person wants to purchase a home, many times the owner will require earnest money from the potential buyer. Earnest money is a nonrefundable deposit that reserves the home for the potential buyer, preventing anyone else from purchasing the home until the buyer is ready. Should the buyer change his mind, the home owner keeps the earnest money because the home was off the market and could have been sold to another buyer.

 

The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit works in a similar way to guarantee that we are, and will forever be, God’s. At the moment of faith in Jesus Christ, God makes our dead souls come alive by sealing us with His indwelling Holy Spirit. Not only does the Holy Spirit empower us to live for God, but He is also the guarantee that God has every intention of ultimately redeeming, not just our souls, but our bodies as well. God will not change His mind about the purchase of us by the blood of His Son. As an earnest payment, He has sealed us with His Spirit which assures us that, though our flesh may weaken and die, He will fulfill His promise of raising us all from the dead, giving us glorified bodies that have no flaws or defects. So, we can be of good courage (verse 6), knowing that our salvation is sure.

 

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Will you live courageously by the power of the Spirit today?

 

 Mark Clements

 

 

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Soul and Spirit


Bob Hess has done some in depth research on Man’s Soul and Spirit. With consideration of the girl on life support because of a common operation, maybe this will give some people a little insight into a dilemma.

 

 

I had an individual who wanted me to do a lesson on “The Difference Between The Soul And The Spirit”.  I taught a Sunday School lesson on this over the weekend and will pass it on to you.  I hope this will answer questions that MANY Christians have had down through the years.

 

The secret to understanding this topic is the Biblical Terms that were used in talking about the Soul and Spirit.  I attempted to show this in my class.  My Sunday School class seemed to understand it, so I’ll give you a try.  Here it is.

 

 

1.  The Greek word Psuche is translated into the word SOUL and LIFE.

 

 

    a.  In the New Testament this term is used to speak of the immaterial part of man.  It is invisible and is contained inside of the flesh covering.

 

    b.  Man’s soul speaks of the INTERNAL LIFE ELEMENT of the man.

 

    c.  I know that this may set many back on their heals, but animals have a soul.  In Revelation 8:9 we read “And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died and the third part of the ships were destroyed”.  The word “life” is the Greek word Psuche or in the English, soul.

 

    d.  The difference between the animal and man is that the man was created with a soul that was made up with three elements.  Man’s soul consists of two additional elements that animals do not.  Man has a SPIRIT and a MIND that are part of the makeup of the human SOUL or PSUCHE.  Animal souls do NOT contain these two elements.  We will get into these two elements later.

 

    e.  In 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Paul speaks of this.  He says that when the Lord comes back, we will go to be with him as a whole person, body, spirit and soul.

 

    f.  In Genesis 2:7 we are told that God breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life.  the word soul in this verse the Hebrew word, nephesh.  This word means breaths.  Here it states that man became a living soul or a living, physical, breathing being.  The term corresponds with the Greek word Psuche which is translated as “life” in Revelation 8:9 and soul in other references that are too numerous to mention.  See also 1 Corinthians 15:45 where the term is translated as soul and in Acts 20:10 where it is translated as life.

 

 

2.  The word Greek word Pneuma is translated as SPIRIT.

 

 

    a.  As was stated in our look at Psuche, the human has an element within the soul that is called the spirit.  That is one element that is NOT found in animals or other created beings.

 

    b.  It is very important to realize that this is NOT the word that is used for a GHOST.  The KJV translates Pneuma as Ghost in speaking of the Holy Spirit.  “Ghost” is a completely different term in the Greek, which we will see later.  The third person of the Godhead is the HOLY SPIRIT and NOT the HOLY GHOST.

 

    c.  The SPIRIT of man is not a material element, but is, as the soul, immaterial.

 

    d.  This part of man makes the man aware of his body and his natural, physical environment.

 

    e.  It is the part of man that makes him like God in the respect that it (the spirit) is eternal (will NEVER go out of existence) and it can share that characteristic of God.

 

    f.  It is the part of man that can be given a new birth from God (John 3:3-7).  NOTE:  It is the SPIRIT (Pneuma) that is born again (from above by the Spirit of God) and not the soul (Psuche).  This new birth is made possible through placing one’s trust in Jesus as his

 

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Humility—The Way to Greatness


 

Luke 14:10, 11

 

For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted,” Luke 14:11.

 

 

 

To humble oneself to be exalted is an oxymoron. James and Peter also gave the same admonition. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Since the grace of greatness is only afforded by God to those who are humble, it would benefit us to find out what it means to humble oneself. Jesus publicly accused the Pharisees of false piety for publicly advertising their fasts and disfiguring themselves to appear humble and submissive.

 

Humility that God recognizes is supernatural, a gift of the Holy Spirit, like the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23). Humility appears not to be the result of praying for it, but rather surrendering oneself to God’s control. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10). Here, we see James, Jesus’ blood brother, advising us to humble ourselves to be lifted up by God. One basically has to lift an empty cup for God to fill. “Blessed are the poor in spirit [spiritually bankrupt] for their’s is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3).

 

Greatness in the eyes of God may be opposite man’s idea of greatness. Jesus told twelve jealous apostles that the greatest people in the kingdom are those with a servant’s heart, willing to serve others rather than be served. Jesus Himself came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.

 

 

 

Just Saying

 

Here’s my cup, Lord. Fill it up and run it over into others’ lives.

 

 

Robert Brock

 

 

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Greater Is He


 

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world,” 1 John 4:4.

 

This marvelous sentence hangs on one word because.

 

Because Christ has sealed Himself to the believer’s spirit, the believer lives in a state of supernatural power. He has access to the throne of God and to the compassionate Mediator who knows exactly what His child is going through.  He has been there, “I feel your pain, little one.”

 

The title little children shows a relationship. Little shows dependence on God the Father who willingly offers all the grace and strength necessary to overcome Satan and his forces. This same promise of powerful supernatural resources is made to every little child of God.

 

Little children who know their position compared to God, their Creator, have a great deal of confidence. “I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone” (Isa. 6:1, 5). He then said, “Here am I; send me” (verse 8).

 

I have a grandson who was frightened out of his wits when his mother left him in someone else’s care. However, he began to realize that she would always come back and learned to relax and enjoy the innocent life of a helpless child. His mama and daddy had his back.  Jesus taught us to pray for God to deliver us from evil. This word evil in the Greek language is an adjective used as a noun and could be translated, deliver us from the evil one. When we stand toe to toe with the devil, we need to know that the Creator of the universe has our backs. We need to put on the rest of the armor to fight with all His might the good fight of faith. Do not give Satan an inch or he will take a mile (Eph. 6:10-18).

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Everyone can have victory and be an overcomer.

 

Robert A. Brock

 

 

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261 – Sept. 18 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

Nearly every house a house of prayer

 

1842 – Elder Jabez Smith Swan preached the last Sunday of a five week evangelistic effort that began on August 14 in Mystic, Conn. Those present said that he was truly ‘in the Spirit on the Lord’s day’, as he preached with great power. After the first baptism, there were daily baptisms in Mystic for twenty-six successive days, and sometimes twice daily. More than four hundred persons were baptized during that period. Almost every house was turned into a house of prayer. Swan was born in Stonington, Conn. on Feb. 23, 1800 and at fourteen had “given a good account of himself” as a powder boy in the defense of his town in the War of 1812. He moved to Lyme with his parents, Joshua and Esther and had a deep conversion experience when he was twenty-one years old and was baptized by Rev. William Palmer. He was called to preach, studied at the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institute, and was ordained to the gospel ministry on June 20, 1827. He pastored several churches but always returned to evangelism. He died in 1884 after seeing more than 10,000 conversions, most of them baptized. [F. Dennison, The Evangelist, or Life and Labors of Rev. Jabez S. Swan (Waterford, Conn.,: Wm. L. Peckham, 1873), pp. 193-95, 203-4. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 511-13]
Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

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349 – Dec. 15 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


The conversion that “shook the world.”
December 15, 1850 – Charles H. Spurgeon was converted to Christ, and it was the conversion that “shook the world.”  According to the following account given by Baptist Historian William Cathcart,” Spurgeon happened to go into a Primitive Methodist Chapel in Colchester, and heard a sermon on the text, ‘Look unto Me and be ye saved.’ From that hour he rejoiced in salvation.” However, in a sermon that Spurgeon himself delivered in the New Park Street Chapel on Sunday, January 6, 1856, he gave the date of his conversion as Jan. 6, 1850. Nevertheless the conversion of the 15 year old boy can never be called into question, for his life was changed radically as he placed his trust in the finished work of Christ for his redemption. It was a cold, snowy day, and the storm was so fierce that the scheduled preacher did not arrive to preach his message. Fifteen people or fewer made up the congregation. A local layman finally agreed to preach, and he chose for his text Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” In a brief few minutes the speaker had exhausted the text…and seeing the guilt-ridden face of the lad under the balcony, he fixed his eyes upon Charles, and pointing with his finger he shouted, “Young man, you’re in trouble! Look to Jesus Christ! Look! Look! Look! “ And Spurgeon did look in faith, believing, and God brought peace and purpose to his heart and life. Little could that layman have known that the storm in his heart was more severe than the storm outside the building! In his Autobiography, he gives an entire chapter to the subject of his conviction. He said, “Let none despise the strivings of the Spirit in the hearts of the young; let not boyish anxieties and juvenile repentance be lightly regarded.” Jesus said, “Forbid them not.”
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 523-24.

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304 – Oct. 31 – This Day in Baptist History Past Posted: 30 Oct 2012 05:59 PM PDT A Recipe to Make an Anabaptist October 31, 1771 – The Virginia Gazette, published A Recipe to Make an Anabaptist Preacher in Two Days Time. “Take the Herbs of Hypocrisy and Ambition, of each an Handful, of the Spirit of Pride two Drams, of the Seed of Dissention ad Discord one Ounce, of the Flower of Formality three Scruples, of the roots of Stubborness and Obstinancy four Pounds; and bruise them altogether in the Mortar of Vain-glory, with the Pestle of Contradiction, putting amongst them one Pint of the Spirit of Self-conceitedness. When it is luke-warm let the Dissenting Brother take two or three Spoonfuls of it, Morning and Evening before Exercise; and whilst his Mouth is full of the Electuary he will make a wry Face, wink with his Eyes, and squeeze out some Tears of Dissimulation. Then let him speak as the Spirit of Giddiness gives him Utterance. This will make the Schismatic endeavor to maintain his Doctrine, would the Church, delude the People, justify their Proceedings of Illusions, foment Rebellion, and call it by the Name of Liberty of Conscience.” Our Lord warned in Lk 6:26, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!” Our Baptist forefathers knew the fury of the tongue and pen as well as of the knife and sword. Speaking of John Waller and the early Separate Baptist preachers of Virginia, Lewis Peyton Little has written that “preachers of that day endured the most inhuman treatment and bodily suffering in order that they might make disciples for their Lord.” But the bitter scorn and ridicule that was heaped on them in many ways was even harder on them than the physical punishment as the above was an example. Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 451-52.


A Recipe to Make an Anabaptist

October 31, 1771 – The Virginia Gazette, published A Recipe to Make an Anabaptist Preacher in Two Days Time. “Take the Herbs of Hypocrisy and Ambition, of each an Handful, of the Spirit of Pride two Drams, of the Seed of Dissention ad Discord one Ounce, of the Flower of Formality three Scruples, of the roots of Stubborness and Obstinancy four Pounds; and bruise them altogether in the Mortar of Vain-glory, with the Pestle of Contradiction, putting amongst them one Pint of the Spirit of Self-conceitedness. When it is luke-warm let the Dissenting Brother take two or three Spoonfuls of it, Morning and Evening before Exercise; and whilst his Mouth is full of the Electuary he will make a wry Face, wink with his Eyes, and squeeze out some Tears of Dissimulation. Then let him speak as the Spirit of Giddiness gives him Utterance. This will make the Schismatic endeavor to maintain his Doctrine, would the Church, delude the People, justify their Proceedings of Illusions, foment Rebellion, and call it by the Name of Liberty of Conscience.” Our Lord warned in Lk 6:26, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!” Our Baptist forefathers knew the fury of the tongue and pen as well as of the knife and sword. Speaking of John Waller and the early Separate Baptist preachers of Virginia, Lewis Peyton Little has written that “preachers of that day endured the most inhuman treatment and bodily suffering in order that they might make disciples for their Lord.” But the bitter scorn and ridicule that was heaped on them in many ways was even harder on them than the physical punishment as the above was an example.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 451-52.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT 1


Holy Spirit investigation

A request for an explanation of a particular passage of scripture relating to the Holy Spirit has sent me scurrying to New Testament references to the Holy Spirit so that I could do some comparison. Here is what I have found.

These scriptures use Holy Ghost and/or Spirit and are all translated from the same Greek words. They have been diligently compared in several translations. They are – KJV, ASV, CEV, ISV, MKJV, and the YLT. I found that all translated the Greek words haggios as holy and the Greek word pneuma as Ghost or Spirit.

Here are the passages I compared: Luke 4:1, 11:13; John 1:33, 7:39; Acts 1:5, 2:4;

1Co_7:34 There is difference also betweenG3307 a wifeG1135 andG2532 a virgin.G3933 TheG3588 unmarried womanG22 careth forG3309 the thingsG3588 of theG3588 Lord,G2962 thatG2443 she may beG5600 holyG40 bothG2532 in bodyG4983 andG2532 in spirit:G4151 butG1161 she that is marriedG1060 careth forG3309 the thingsG3588 of theG3588 world,G2889 howG4459 she may pleaseG700 her husband.G435

CEV (contemporary english version) translates spirit.g4151 into mind pure. I included this verse because of the strange rendering made here.

1Co_12:3 WhereforeG1352 I give you to understand,G1107 G5213 thatG3754 no manG3762 speakingG2980 byG1722 the SpiritG4151 of GodG2316 callethG3004 JesusG2424 accursed:G331 andG2532 that no manG3762 canG1410 sayG2036 that JesusG2424 is the Lord,G2962 butG1508 byG1722 the HolyG40 Ghost.G4151
CEV replaces but by the Holy Ghost into and you will never curse Jesus.
Another verse that has been mangled by the CEV

Eph. 1:13, 3:5, 4:30; I Thess. 4:8; Rev. 21:10

One thing I pray you see is a consistency of translation here.
We will pursue any deviation in the next posting.

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THE TREATMENT OF MISBELIEF


Sound doctrine is right thinking that reflects what the Bible says about ourselves, our God, and our world. Our challenge, therefore, is not to learn to talk and act like theologians, but rather to know and believe what God has said (I Timothy 1:3,10; II Timothy 3:10,16; 4:2,3; Titus 1:9; 2:1,7,10).

In God’s eyes, belief is more important than behavior. That’s not because what we do is not important. It’s because thoughts are the seeds of actions. Negatively put, misbehavior is usually an expression of misbelief. While physical factors may play a supporting role, misbehavior is usually rooted in the misbeliefs that occupy our souls.

Nothing cures wrong actions better than right thinking and sound doctrine. Without right thinking we follow feelings and desires into dark swamps of personal deception and eventual self-destruction.
Doctrine is far more than heavy words like:

  • Pneumatology – the study of the Spirit.
  • Soteriology – the study of salvation.
  • Eschatology – the study of endtimes.
  • Ecclesiology – the study of the church.
  • Christology – the study of Christ.
  • Hamartiology – the study of sin.

Doctrine is right thinking about our feelings, our desires, our relationships, our discouragements, our fears, our joys, and our hopes. it is right thinking about God, ourselves, others, and our world. Nothing is more urgent than learning to think and believe what is right. It has very little to do with feelings and is totally based upon doctrine as revealed by the Word of God.
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