Saturday, October 25, 2014

What Study Bible I Recommend

One of my readers ask me about the kind of Bible I would recommend for study. I recommend the one that I use which is:

NKJV Study Bible: Large Print Edition Bonded Leather – Large Print, November 3, 2009

The best-selling NKJV Study Bible is available in an easy-to-use large print edition. Chosen by pastors and lay leaders alike, The NKJV Study Bible is the cornerstone Bible for anyone interested in serious Bible study. 
Along with the NKJV®, one of the best translations for Bible study, The NKJV Study Bible, Large Print Edition, also includes a 14-page section of clear, attractive full-color maps and more than 15,000 study notes that help you understand the text and apply the Bible to your life.
Additional features include in-text maps, Quick View charts, a prophetic reference system, and expository study notes. Word studies keyed to Strong's Concordance help you access terms in the original languages. In-depth articles on key topics and timelines of each book also allow you to take your study as deep as you want.
This Bible has the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor. Let it take you deeper into the Word than ever before.

The most helpful part of this study Bible is the notes associated with each chapter and especially the definitions from the Strong's Concordances shown. I highly recommend that you consider this Bible for you home study. 

Work Out Your Own Salvation

A family member once told me that they try to read the Bible, but they just do not understand what they are reading.  The unfortunate thing about reading the Bible for reading sake will not make much sense to a novice student without some help.  One way to learn what the scriptures mean is to attend a Bible teaching church or class.  It is very necessary for the Bible student to be patient as the learning process could take several years of study.  Another thing the student must seek the Holy Spirit's help with the interpretation of certain passages as some Pastor's and teachers teach their particular denomination's accepted opinion rather than what the passage actually says.  

One of my Son's told me one day that he has been invited to attend a particular denomination, but he was confused at to what this denomination believes as it conflicts with his understanding of scripture. I asked my Son what about their doctrine is confusing you.  He told me the particular things they believe and then I ask him, "Is their theology scriptural?"  He said, "Not that I can find in the scriptures!"  I said said to him, "If their church doctrines are based on man made rules and not the truth of the scriptures then I would not recommend your being involved with that denomination."

Work Out Your Own Salvation

What does that phrase mean?  This phrase is found in Philippians 2:12 and as you know I don't like to take scriptures out of context.  I recommend that you also read Philippians chapters 1 and 3.  To me this phrase means that each one us individually has to work out our own understanding of our intimate relationship with Christ Jesus and our heavenly Father.  We have to do it on our on, but we are not alone.  We cannot believe and do certain things just because of what you hear someone say or what a preacher said in a sermon.  You will, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, by faith find that close relationship with the Father as you relax and let Him be involved in every part of your life.

Philippians 2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

So by whatever [appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever] strengthening and consoling and encouraging [our relationship] in Him [affords], by whatever persuasive [a]incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the [Holy] Spirit [we share], and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy,
Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.
Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].
Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.
Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[b]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [c]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [d]or retained,
But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [e]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has [f]freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,
10 That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee [g]should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 And every tongue [[h]frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, [i]with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).
13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while [j]effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure andsatisfaction and [k]delight.
14 Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [[l]against God] and [m]questioning and doubting [among yourselves],
15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,
16 Holding out [to it] and offering [to all men] the Word of Life, so that in the day of Christ I may have something of which exultantly to rejoice and glory in that I did not run my race in vain or spend my labor to no purpose.
17 Even if [my lifeblood] must be poured out as a libation on the sacrificial offering of your faith [to God], still I am glad [to do it] and [n]congratulate you all on [your share in] it.
18 And you also in like manner be glad and [o]congratulate me on [my share in] it.
19 But I hope and trust in the Lord Jesus soon to send Timothy to you, so that I may also be encouraged and cheered by learning news of you.
20 For I have no one like him [no one of so kindred a spirit] who will be so genuinely interested in your welfare and devoted to your interests.
21 For the others all seek [to advance] their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
22 But Timothy’s tested worth you know, how as a son with his father he has toiled with me zealously in [serving and helping to advance] the good news (the Gospel).
23 I hope therefore to send him promptly, just as soon as I know how my case is going to turn out.
24 But [really] I am confident and fully trusting in the Lord that shortly I myself shall come to you also.
25 However, I thought it necessary to send Epaphroditus [back] to you. [He has been] my brother and companion in labor and my fellow soldier, as well as [having come as] your special messenger (apostle) and minister to my need.
26 For he has been [homesick] longing for you all and has been distressed because you had heard that he was ill.
27 He certainly was ill [too], near to death. But God had compassion on him, and not only on him but also on me, lest I should have sorrow [over him] [p]coming upon sorrow.
28 So I have sent him the more willingly and eagerly, that you may be gladdened at seeing him again, and that I may be the less disquieted.
29 Welcome him [home] then in the Lord with all joy, and honor and highly appreciate men like him,
30 For it was through working for Christ that he came so near death, risking his [very] life to complete the deficiencies in your service to me [which distance prevented you yourselves from rendering].

I pray this message and scripture reading has been a blessing to you.  Please feel free to write a comment.

Intimacy With The Father

In a previous post I told you about my deliberate method of studying the Father's words from the New Testament. Since then I felt impressed to read and study the Old Testament starting with Genisis 1.  My study has revealed to me the Father's desire for His children to totally surrender our hearts, our will, and our desires to Him. I have found that the Father desires for us to have an intimate relationship with Him. Intimate in this context is not sexual, as most people think of first when they hear the word intimate. In this context the word simply means to have a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person.

Matthew 22:36-40New King James Version (NKJV)

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

My Heavenly Father's desire is for me seek Him and His will for my life.  When I do this my focus is changed from me and what I desire to pleasing the Father.   I am comfortable in the Father's presence because when the Father looks at me He is pleased with me.  Am I perfect? No, I am still a human and still live in an earthly body that is subject the deeds of the flesh.  The Father is pleased when He looks at me because He sees me covered in the blood of His Son Jesus.  Jesus paid the price for all my sins and when I accepted what Jesus did for me, by faith, my spirit man was born again.  My body is not a new man, but my spirit man, the real me, has been risen from death to life.

The Holy Spirit raised Jesus' dead body (the body that bore the sins of the entire world and purchased our salvation) back to life, except Jesus was raised back to life with a new body.  Jesus' new body looks like the earth man looked before His crucification, but His new body is both earthly and heavenly.  Jesus still bears the scars in His hands, feet, and in His side, but Jesus is also a supernatural man that can pass through solid walls and doors at will.  He now sits on His throne at the right hand of the Father.  Wow! Jesus intercedes for me to the Father, what have I to be afraid of.

For the time being, we still live in a fallen world as strangers waiting for the day that Jesus come back to earth and put a stop to the rebellion on earth.  I look forward to the day when He appears in the sky and every knee, through out the whole earth, will bow down and worship Him.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Joseph Prince - Live The Overcoming Life - 28 Sep 14

Today we are continuing our study of how to be an overcomer with a portion of a sermon by Joseph Prince.

Rise above defeat and start living the overcoming life! In this inspiring and enlightening message, Joseph Prince shows you the key to overcoming sin and defeat, and enjoying freedom and fruitfulness in your Christian life. Learn what it means to believe right in the finished work of Christ and experience victory over every addiction, sickness and lack. Discover also how to be effortlessly led by the Spirit of life to walk in wisdom and protection, and see success in all that you do. Let this message set you free from fruitless self-occupation, struggle, and toil, and set you up to reign in life!

I pray that you will be blessed and encouraged by this message.  Please feel free to share your comments.