Articles for October 2016

REASONS TO READ THE BIBLE

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLE READING

  1. TO KNOW THE MIND OF GOD

1 Corinthians 2:7-12 NIV

No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard,

and what no human mind has conceived”—

the things God has prepared for those who love him—

these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has FREELY GIVEN us.

  • Free salvation.
  • Free healing.
  • Free deliverance.
  • Freedom

1 Corinthians 2:7 AMP

But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden [from the human understanding] and now revealed to us by God—[that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence].

  1. TO ACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH THE PATTERNS / WAYS OF GOD.

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Psalms 103:7

He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

 

  1. TO FILL YOURSELF WITH TESTIMONIES – STORIES OF GOD’S INTERVENTION IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN – HOPE ARISES.

Romans 15:4

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

 

  1. TO BE READY TO ANSWER / DEFEND WHERE NECESSARY

1 Peter 3:15 NIV

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

1 Peter 3:15 AMP

But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.

 

  1. TO GAIN WORDS OF VICTORY OVER AN INCESSANT devil.

WHEN IDENTITY IS QUESTIONED. …if you are all that you claim to be…

 

Luke 4:3-4

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

 

WHEN YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE IS THREATENED. …..take the short cut?!?

Luke 4:5-8

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

WHEN YOUR SECURITY IS THREATENED. …

If Jesus was tempted to commit suicide – to compromise his well-being / end His life prematurely….. Surely the enemy would not hesitate to repeat the same trick on GOD’S people

Luke 4:9-13

The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you

to guard you carefully;

they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

 

  1. TO SECURE GODLY SUCCESS ALREADY PROMISED.

Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

 

  1. TO GAIN THE CONFIDENCE OF HEAVEN FOR IMPORTANT MISSIONS.

2 Timothy 2:15 AMP

Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

ACTS 8:26-39

Philip was sent by the Spirit to the desert road.  He was shown the chariot. …Nothing else was said!!! He was competent to handle the WORD OF TRUTH.

 

 

THE THIEF – STEALTH

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THE THIEF.  Stealth

Def:   One who dispossesses another by cautious or surreptitious movement usually without violence.

JESUS SPOKE ABOUT A THIEF

1.   THERE’S NOTHING EVER POSITIVE ABOUT A THIEF

John 10:10
The thief comes ONLY to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

2.   THEY COME / SNEAK  WHEN LEAST EXPECTED

Matthew 24:43-44
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at WHAT TIME OF THE NIGHT the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

3.    A THIEF STUDIES MOVEMENTS AND USES THE LEAST EXPECTED

John 10:1
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but CLIMBS IN BY SOME OTHER WAY, is a thief and a robber.

4.    A THIEF THRIVES ON THE SURPRISE ELEMENT

1 Thessalonians 5:4
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should SURPRISE YOU LIKE A THIEF.

5.   A THIEF MAY BE VOCAL ON ISSUES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE TO HIDE THEIR TRACKS

John 12:4-6
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

6.    A THIEF HAS SOME SURE SUFFERING AWAITING AT ANY MOMENT

1 Peter 4:15
If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.

7.    A THIEF INCURS CURSES  TOGETHER WITH HIS SILENT ACCOMPLICES

Proverbs 29:24
Whoever is partner with a thief hates his own life; he falls under the curse [pronounced upon him who knows who the thief is] but discloses nothing.

TREASURES TO BE GUARDED VIGILANTLY

What do we have in us,  that so precious, that must

1.   CAPACITY TO HARM THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS

1 Samuel 13:19-22
Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!” So all Israel went down to the Philistines to have their plow points, mattocks, axes and sickles sharpened. The price was two-thirds of a shekel for sharpening plow points and mattocks, and a third of a shekel for sharpening forks and axes and for re-pointing goads.
So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.

2.   THE POWER OF TWO

Deuteronomy 32:30-31
How could one man chase a thousand,
or two put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
unless the Lord had given them up?
For their rock is not like our Rock,
as even our enemies concede.

Matthew 18:19-20
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

3.    OUR FLYING INSTRUMENTS

The pilot – eg jet winds – our recent Perth to OR

It takes about 9hours from OR Tambo Perth Australia
And it takes 11 hours from Perth to OR Tambo
WHY?
Jet stream – are fast flowing, narrow meandering air currents found in the upper atmosphere above the earth.  They are like rivers of winds they are westerly ( flow from west to east )

So when you fly to Perth they carry you along, they “assist” the aircraft
But when coming back, you fly against them.   And your journey is two hours longer

But recently, when flying out of Perth, the pilot announced that he would take an air route he had never done before.  He was going to fly so far down south in order to avoid some thunderstorm activity along the way. As soon as he took off you could see the aircraft going south west instead of north west,

The pilot has never used this route before
Generally this journey is already two hours longer
This detour into “unknown / unfamiliar waters / atmospheric space”
But we settled and calmly enjoyed the flight

WHY?  HOW COULD ANYONE BE ‘COOL’ ABOUT THIS?

The flight instruments were in tact
The compass was going to show exactly where we are
The radar would tell exactly where we are to those we are flying to!

RADAR:    a system for detecting the presence, direction, distance, and speed of aircraft, ships, and other objects, by sending out pulses of high-frequency electromagnetic waves that are reflected off the object back to the source.

The purpose of the “detour” was to avoid strong wind / Thunderstorm activity
( some winds they fly through – some winds are better avoided )
In fact locally there have been times when they flew much higher just to avoid some thunderstorm activity

HOW DID THEY KNOW THERE WERE THUNDERSTORMS
AND EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE …..
The instruments are in tact

Our compass is Peace
Our radar is in heaven – GOD knows exactly where we you are
That we are strong enough to fly through – Praise the LORD
Where there’s a seemingly a detour – the control center has figured out that we will make it through

OUR INSTRUMENTS INCLUDE THE SPIRIT OF DISCERNING OF SPIRITS

SOMETIMES ALL WE NEED IS PEACE – to affirm we are still on the right road

AT TIMES WE GET A SIGNAL IN OUR SPIRIT TO PRAY – we are activated to pray because our “control center” / instruments have detected some thunderstorm activity ahead in our journey ROM 8:26

AT TIMES WE ARE TO JUST DISCERN AND AVOID

eg.    The Angels could have fought Herod – but they just told Joseph to go down to Egypt and death defeated those who were serving it

NB.    THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL LOOSE BECAUSE WHILE THEY SEEK TO HURT YOU THEY WILL FALL

Psalms 7:15-16
Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pit they have made.
The trouble they cause recoils on them;
their violence comes down on their own heads.

Proverbs 26:27
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.

Proverbs 26:27 AMP
Whoever digs a pit [for another man’s feet] shall fall into it himself, and he who rolls a stone [up a height to do mischief], it will return upon him.