Confidence

Chapter 5

Good Monday Morning to this week 5 of 2021

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5. 14-15

This is the confidence – the liberty of access and speech, that if we ask anything according to his will, that is, which he has promised in his word.

His word is a revelation of his will, in the things which concern salvation and redemption. All that God has promised we are justified in expecting; and what he has promised, and we expect, we should pray for.

Prayer is the language of God. He who is been received of God speaks this language. He calls God Abba, Father, in the true spirit. Prayer also is the language of dependence on God. Faith and prayer are not boldly to advance claims upon God; we must take heed that what we ask and believe for is agreeable to the revealed will of God.

What we find promised, that we may plead.

This phrase “according to his will.” is only used two other times in the New Testament. In Luke 12, a parable is told about a servant who did not act “according to his [master’s] will” and received judgment. In Hebrews 2:4, the author mentions gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed “according to his will.”

Verses such as this clear up the common misconception that God promises to give us “absolutely anything” we ask for, no matter what. God is not a vending machine, or a robot. He acts according to His ways, not ours.

He hears our prayers, but it should come as no surprise that He responds to those prayers “according to His will”. This all reminds me of the other 3 principles; Ask, Seek, Knock!

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7.7

Pray, as in asking.
Seek, with diligence .
Knock, persevere importunately in that diligence.

All in great confidence as we continue to approach God!

Yes, I have this confidence, but in regard to the many people I know, living in great poverty, and praying exactly these prayers, I conclude that without the faith in the confidence I am not completely satisfied. These verses remain a challenge to me as I think and pray for many in great need.

Wishing you a good start to this week!

blessings

Philemon

Walk in it!

Chapter 4

Good Monday Morning to this week 4 of 2021

And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 2. John 1.6

Second John was written around 95 A.D. from Ephesus where John served after being released from exile on the island of Patmos. If there is one thing to summarize the message of 2 John, it’s walking with God. So how are we to walk with God?

Twenty-five people embarked on a trip from Urfa to Hebron about 900km from Turkey to Israel, following Abraham’s legendary walk from what may have been his place of birth, to the place he is believed to be buried. This journey, from womb to tomb, laid the foundation for a visionary and hopeful project: the development of walking trails approximating the travels of Abraham and his family in Mesopotamia, who shared hospitality with people they met along the way. Walkers foster friendships across sometimes challenging divides, enriching understanding of this region and its peoples.

Walking is a tool for deepening understanding of self and other; it allows an experience of culture that is unattainable from the seat of a bus. The simple act of walking has connected people around the world since time immemorial. The Abraham Path Initiative has seeded walking trails here in order to reintroduce this storied region as one of irrepressibly hospitable people. This walk evokes the beloved regional origin story that shows up in everyday life: residents welcome strangers in honor of Abraham, a spiritual ancestor of over half of humanity.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11.8

This verse defines the kind walk John speaks of. Here, it means obeying or walking God’s commandments, also in faith! Love is not merely an emotion, but requires actions based on truth and movement along with a selfless focus on other people

John re-emphasizes that this command is one the reader should already be familiar with and apply by being able to “walk in it” or obey it.

Wishing you a good walk of faith in this week!

Philemon

Truth

Chapter 3

Good Monay Morning to this week 3 of 2021

I’m following in the pattern, one verse to one book of scripture. Today to 3. John:

I greatly rejoiced when some of the brethren arrived and testified to the truth of your life, as indeed you do follow the truth. (3 John 1:3)

Speaking of being consistent in his actions:

He showed the truth in his life, what impressed John was not that he knew the truth, but that he followed the truth. He lived it. He had a consistent life.

Truth’ involves both the quality of “faithfulness, fidelity, loyalty, sincerity, veracity”, and that of “agreement with fact or reality”.

Truth is the property of being in accord with fact or reality. In everyday language, truth is typically ascribed to things that aim to represent reality or otherwise correspond to it, such as beliefs, propositions, and declarative sentences.

Merriam Webster defines truth as :

: the truth
: the real facts about something
: the things that are true
: the quality or state of being true
: a statement or idea that is true or accepted as truth. In many Judeo-Christian churches the definition of truth is based upon statements made by new testament authors and the messiah. Truth, reality; the unveiled reality lying at the basis of and agreeing with an appearance; the manifested, the veritable essence of matter. The Hebrew thought and the culture is the driving force behind all of the translations. The word translates as truth, true, truly, right, faithfully, assured, assuredly , established, faithful, sure, verity, firmness, faithfulness, sureness, reliability, stability and continuance.

While that gives us a little more revelation, it is still not concrete, actually looking deeper we find out that truth is not antiquated or fulfilled.

Truth was, is, and is to come! This is wording we are very familiar with:
Who is, who was and who is and who is coming!

A great concept to tackle the concept of truth in our daily lives!

Wishing a blessed week, full of truth!

Philemon

Conviction

Chapter 2

Good Monday Morning to this week 2 of 2021

This year i’m planning on taking 52 verses out of 52 books of the Bible.

Jude 1:21 – keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

Keep yourselves in the love of God  ….

Jude’s words are but the echo of the tenderer words of his Master and ours, when He said, ‘As My Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you. Abide ye in My love. If ye keep My commandments ye shall abide in My love.’

The words are in great harmony with the general tenor of Bible and Jesus language: , and, in “continue ye in my love” or in Pauls language “the love of Christ constraineth us”.

looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ ….

The verb implies, that the “mercy” is thought of as in the future. There is no ground, however, for limiting it to this significance, and it may well include all acts of mercy to which men were looking forward in patient expectation, as in store for them during the remainder of their earthly pilgrimage.

Thoughts for Every-Day Living writes it beautifully:

“Keep yourselves in the love of God” does not mean keep yourselves loving God, but keep believing and rejoicing that God loves you. “Conviction” is a good word there, because it comes from con and victum—conquered, or vinculum—a chain. Be conquered, be enchained, by the thought that God loves you. “Keep” means guard, protect, as in a fortress. Live in this castle, and no enemy of doubt or fear can by any means hurt you.

Wishing you a great sense of conviction of God’s love for you as you start into this new week.

Philemon

Reversal

Good Monday Morning to this first and week Nr. 1 of 2021

Chapter 1

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21.5

God is making all things new? Is this a prophecy, a wish, a desire, a vision ….

The first and only time that God addresses the seer, or speaks again after the verse in which he names himself as the Alpha and Omega. The almost unbroken silence assigned to God in the Revelation corresponds to the Egyptian idea of the divine Reason needing no tongue but noiselessly directing mortal things by righteousness. (Expositor’s Greek Testament)

A new conception of God. Often referred to a “new name” of God, for us to discover yet another part of God as he let’s this be known to us.

A a new spiritual body, a corruptible exchanged for the incorruptible.

A new character with new dispositions and habits.

A new social condition. Probably nothing will be more marked in the Kingdom of God than the new and then total reversals of the judgments and patterns of injustice currently prevailing .

A new dwelling place. Not literally, no need that we should take it that way. But as the other changes take place so with these changes result therefrom. In Psalm 107 there is much emphasis of this reversal. He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and the dry grounds into water springs.” So is it for the righteous. So many are the aids to the faith, that, given a new moral character, there will be a new dwelling place.

The regeneration of the earth on which they dwelt is fulfilled in  Psalm 67: “All the people praise thee, O God; then shall the earth yield her increase; God shall bless us, and all the ends of the world shall fear him.”

Now, of all this, and much more is part of this this blessed spring tide. This spring tide needs to carry a seed. Have we, then, the seed of the life of God within us?

“I am come,” said the Lord, “that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” S.C

Lord, send us this spring tide, carrying the seed of life with these reversals for this earth, your creation, all people and nations, for us, create in us, create with us this “new thing” in this new year 2021.

Wishing all to see more of these “new things” and reversals this year.

Philemon