Moments with Marge

Verse by Verse Commentary.com

Dr. Grant Richison has spent a lifetime laying out for all of us the Word of God in a clear cut fashion. Not only is it clear but it makes us want to study further and deeper and absolutely strangle the Word of God so that we are getting every drop from every Word into our souls to enrich us and prepare us for eternity. He has 5,100 studies and over 11,000 free pages. Boggles the mind.

With this post and my next one, I am going to print out a lesson for you to consider.  Some of you are students of the Word.  I have spent the past couple of days printing lessons.  I am on my fourth package of ink and have depleted one 750 sheet pkg. of printing paper that Walmart sells.  I don’t know of any other company who sells packages larger than 500 sheets. If you are interested, Walmart is the one.

Because I have John 14:1-7 memorized I wanted to go deeper into it.  So I am going to print here his study on John 14:5f.  Here it is.

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5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.


When Jesus indicated that He was going away and coming back again Thomas may have thought in materialterms. He did not know where Jesus was going. He may have supposed that He “was going to another location on earth?”

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Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going,

Thomas did not know the specific destination of where Jesus was going. He was perplexed about what Jesus meant. Although he questioned Jesus, his underlining devotion to Jesus is clearly seen by addressing Jesus as “Lord.”

and how can we know the way?”

Jesus answers Thomas’ question in the next verse. He did not upbraid Thomas for his questioning. He may have been in despair over Jesus’ words.

14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am

This is sixth of the great “I am” statements of the gospel of John (Jn 6:48; 8:12; 10:9; 10:11; 11:25; 15:1). The emphasis is on the “I.” Jesus does not merely show the way, speak of the truth or give life but He ISthe way, the truth and the life. Ultimately, God saves us not only by an action but by a Person. Salvation involves personal relationship to Jesus.

the way [road],

Jesus describes Himself by three corresponding terms; they are co-ordinate to each other.

Note the definite article “the” before each of the words “way,” “truth” and “life.” These three “the”s are not accidental. Jesus was no nice alternative to other gods. He was not a way among other ways. He was and is uniquely the access to heaven.

PRINCIPLE:

Jesus encompasses all that we need for and in eternity.

APPLICATION:

All three claims of Jesus are absolute; no one else could substitute for Jesus. It is not possible to add anyone or any system to who and what He is. Any message that adds to Christ alone is not biblical.

Jesus did not merely claim that He knew the way, truth and life. He asserted that He was all three of those things. There is no bridge to heaven other than Him, other than His payment for our sin. Truth is embraced in everything that Jesus is. He is veracity. Jesus is also eternal life. There is a new dynamic to living for the believer (Jn 1:4). Every Christian has divine vitality but in heaven we will have perfect eternal life. All of this is encompassed in the person and work of Jesus.

All three descriptions of Christ are dynamic. The “way” brings us to God; the “truth” sets men free; the “life” provides eternal fellowship with God. Without Jesus as the way, there is no going to heaven; without Jesus as the truth, there is no complete knowledge of God; without Jesus as the life, there is no experience of eternal life.

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Until Tomorrow….
Marge H.

 

17 years old today. Happy birthday little guy!!

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Sweet little Od!  Today is his birthday ~~ May 26th.  He is now 17 years old!  He has major health problems.  Dr. Tom tells me that he is living on love.  I know the day will be here soon when I need to make a decision.  We have talked.  We have discussed the various elements in eliminating his hurts.  I know what we will do and how. When the day comes for us to implement them I know the Lord will take care of me during that time.

It is because of how I know the Lord cares for me that I know everything, at that time, will be alright.

For now, he is my little buddy and ever so sweet.  Happy birthday, little guy. Here comes the meatloaf and gravy that makes you wish every day was your birthday.

Happy for you Od!!

Marge

How to Walk in the Spirit

Faith (Trust in God and in His promises) is the only means by which a Christian can live the spirit-directed life.  As I continue to trust Christ moment by moment…..

My life will demonstrate more and more of the Fruit of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22, 23) and will be more and more conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. 12:1).

My prayer life and study of God’s Word will become more meaningful.

I will experience His power in witnessing.  (Act. 1:8).

I will experience His power to resist temptation and sin.

I will be prepared for spiritual conflict against the world, the flesh and Satan.

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Proud vs. humble.

Pharisee:  Holier than thou.  Wrapped up in self.

I thank….I am….I fast….I give.

Tax Collector:  Asked for pardon.

Pharisee:  DID NOT ask for pardon.

How to pray:  Pray persistently but not proudly.  Earnest, but humble. Bold, but not arrogant.

Vs. 1. “not to lose heart.”   Do not be discouraged because answers do not come immediately.

 

“When I think of the wisdom and scope of His plan I fall down on my knees and pray to the Father of all the great family of God . . . that out of His glorious unlimited resources He will give you the mighty inner strengthening of His Holy Spirit.  And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust Him.  May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high His love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it.  And so at last you will be filled up with God Himself.

“Now glory be to God who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes.” Ephesians 3:14-20 LB)

(Paul wrote Ephesians in AD 60. ) You can feel the emotion of his very being as he wrote to the Ephesians.  God.  Jesus.  The Holy Spirit.  The only Three that ever work on us, for us, in us or with us for our good.  Satan. is always working to destroy our relationship with Them.  Don’t let him do it.  Be strong.  Remain strong. Forge ahead.  The best is yet to come!!!!!!!!  I guarantee that!!

In His Hands and On His Road.

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Marge

God’s Love Letter to you!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. 29) Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. 30) For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-29 (NIV)

VS. 28:  REST:  Peace WITH God through salvation.

VS. 29:  REST:  Peace OF God through surrender of life.

“So don’t be anxious about tomorrow.  God will take care of your tomorrow too.  Live one day at a time.”  Matt. 6:36. (LB)

“And now, just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust Him too for each day’s problems;  Live in vital union with Him.  Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him.  See that you go on growing in the Lord and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.  Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all He has done. Col. 2:6,7 (LB)

“Peace I leave with you;  my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:27. (NIV)

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, cause He cares for you”. 1 Peter 5:6,7 (NAS)

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”!  Jos. 1:9. (NAS)

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NOW………..Let me show you a bit of SATAN

In scripture, the existence of Satan is taught in seven OT books and by every NT writer.

Satan possesses intellect (2 Cor. 11:3). Emotions (Rev. 12:17). Has a will (2 Tim. 2:26) and is treated as Morally Responsible Person (Matt. 25:41).  Personal pronouns are Used of Him (Job 1).

He was cast out of his original position in Heaven (Ezek. 28:16). Judgment pronounced in Eden (Gen. 3:14,15). Will be cast into the Lake of Fire at the end of the Millennium (Rev. 20:10).

It was God who cast Satan out of Heaven.  Satan has been at war since that time in history.  He will do everything within his power to take as many away from God as possible while he has the opportunity.  We would not have Cults if it was not for Satan. Nothing about a single one of those cults speaks lovingly and powerfully about God, the Holy Spirit, The Lord Jesus Christ or Salvation.  They are drug through the mud and filth of all time. People  run to them for security for feelings, for helpless hope that last for them a short while but then life is coming to an end and they have nothing in the future but brimstone and fire to look ahead to.

God will never send you to any one who will take you OUT of the church and away from the Word of God. Never. Never.  Never.  Never!!!!!

IN RELATION TO UNBELIEVERS!

He blinds their minds.  “In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” 2 Cor. 4:4. (NAS)

He snatches the Word from their hearts. “Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.”

He uses men to oppose God’s work.  “I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.”

THE DEFENSE OF THE BELIEVER AGAINST SATAN

The  Intercessory Work of Christ continues on.  John 17:15

“I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.”  (NAS)

The Purpose of God may very well include using Satan for beneficial purposes in the life of the Christian. Remember Paul and his thorn in the flesh!! 2 Cor. 12:7

“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me–to keep me from exalting myself!”  (NAS)

The Christian Should Never Speak of Satan Contemptuously.Jude 8-9

“Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and evil angelic majesties.  9) But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgement but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’ (NAS)

The Believer Should Be On Guard.  1 Peter 5:8

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

The Believer Should Take a Stand Against Satan.  James 4:7

“Submit therefore to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

The Believer Should Use His Armor. Ephesians 6:11-18.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians. 6:11

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God is not like the swallows that leave us every winter!  He is always here for us. He never leads us or directs us to another person who leads to another way of believing anything other than what is the Word of God.

Remember Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah?  The angels had given Lot and his family time to get away before God destroyed the area.  But it actually came push to shove. Lot’s son-in-laws did not believe him.  They perished. The angels literally pulled Lot, his wife and daughters out of the area.  But his wife, (with feelings in Sodom),looked  back, and instantly became a pillar of salt.

“Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of  heaven”. Gen. 19:24.

Let’s jump to Luke 17.  The Pharisees had been asking Jesus questions as to when the kingdom of God was coming. During His answering, He said this.  “…but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30) It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. ”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Christian and non-Christian.  These are solemn times.  There is no competition for God.  He created all. He knows all. He understands all. He does not need any help from any one.

“Thou art worthy O Lord to receive glory and honor and power for Thou hast created all things and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.”

 

Marge Humphrey

Heavenly Thoughts…..for Fri.

>Do not ask God to use you without asking Him to make you useable.

>Test of what I believe about God is best when everything is collapsing.

>Be fishers of men….you catch ’em, He’ll clean ’em.  Mark 1:17

>Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm.  Mark 4:30

>It is the object of your faith that matters, not the strength of it. Mark 11:22-24

>FORGIVENESS is a lovely idea until I have something to forgive.

>True PRAYER is a way of life, not just in case of emergency.

>ADVERSITY causes some people to break down and others to break records.

>God does not promise strength for uncommanded work.

Current Christianity is 73 miles wide and 1/2″ deep.

>The NT is 1/23 about Jesus Christ and 2/3 about the church.

>Salvation is not Don’t or Do, but……………………DONE!!!!

>GRACE is….God giving me what I NEED and not what I DESERVE!!!!

>When things get tough…..don’t move!!

>If we have a vision but no faith to step out, it is worthless.

>No woman content with temporal goals will ever achieve eternal gains.

>When I was 50 years old – In time it meant it was 10:34pm.

>Be thankful for my problems. If I didn’t have them I wouldn’t be here.  If they were less difficult, someone with less ability would have my job.

>Accepting myself means being myself without apologizing. Don’t under estimate and don’t over estimate my importance.

>The gift of HAPPINESS is for any one who unwraps it.

>20% do the work while 80% do the spooning.

>I am safer in the storm with Him, than in the calm without Him.

>At the center of my life must be God in Christ Jesus. There the ultimate issues are settled, and I start living from the inside out. My person is a part of the center, too.  My body is the flesh that clothes His Presence.  MY LOOKS ARE IMPORTANT.

>Am I a Christian……….in spots?

>The best cosmetic???? Jesus Christ.  

>When you go on a date take your Bible with you and place it between you and your date.  No one will climb over Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to get to you!!!!

>A OPTIMIST looks at an oyster and expects to find a pearl.

>A PESSIMIST looks at an oyster and expects ptomaine poisoning.

<A PESSIMIST has no starter.  An OPTIMIST has no brakes.

>Grief cannot be dry cleaned – It must be washed in tears.

>Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.

>We crucify ourselves between two thieves: REGRET..for yesterday.  FEAR..of what tomorrow may bring.

DEAR FATHER

Help me to bridle my tongue

so that on Judgment Day I will not be

found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon.

>Take a tip from nature.  My ears weren’t made to shut but my mouth was!!

>I AM a person..I AM a possibility..I AM a problem..I am a power.  The I AM determines the I CANS in my life.

>SIN is a condition BEFORE it is an action.

>FORGIVENESS is giving up my right to hurt you because you have hurt me.

>Because God created me from dust is no reason for me to treat you like dirt.

>God is sovereign:  SUFFICIENT.  He will never do anything WRONG to me or mine.

‘Til next time.

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Marge

This strikes home to me~~~~~

I know I posted another devotional of Adrian Rogers this morning, but this WAS the devotional for today and I HAVE TO SHARE IT WITH YOU because I have experienced this very incident.

Many years ago, back in the early 80’s, I was driving along and had come up to the red signal light, two cars back.  Had stopped for the light and so decided to “fix” my seatbelt.  Some how it was tangled. In so doing, unrealized to me, my foot had slipped off the brake and the car slowly edged its way into the one ahead of me.

When the officer came and I explained what had happened, he said, “That is why we call them accidents.  That is simply what it was.”

But then I had to go home and face Loren with it. I walked in the door and said, “I had an accident with the car”.  He quickly said “Are you alright?”  Flippantly, I said, “Yes. But I had an accident with the car.”  He got up and as he was coming toward me, he said, “Darling, the car we can replace. You I cannot.”

Enough said.  Here is the devotional.

 

Another great devotional!

May 19, 2020
Today’s Daily Devotional

BIBLE MEDITATION

“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT

A man may say, “It’s hard for me to have faith—I deal in reality.” So, what is real? Your house? Your car? Your money? No, reality is not in something you can see, taste, touch, smell, or feel. Those things are not real because they are not lasting. Reality is in God.

If you’re putting your trust in things you can see, touch, and count, you’re living in a world of illusion. The things that are seen are temporal; the things that are not seen are eternal. The only “real” things are those things that will last eternally.

ACTION POINT

When we put God first, then we will come in contact with reality. Are you putting Him first? Is He more real to you than things that seem so rock solid? Look up Matthew 6:33 in your Bible and commit to living by seeking His kingdom first.

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TREASURES FROM THE WORD

His thoughts are a great way to begin a day.  Those of you who need the above verse the most, don’t have a Bible, so here is the verse.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”

Have a great day in the Lord!

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                Marge