Backsliding – we’ve all heard the term and some Christians are even in this state as I’m writing this. The term is not used in the New Testament but is found in Jeremiah:

Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. ~Jeremiah 8:5

According to Noah Webster, the word perpetual means:

1. Never ceasing; continuing forever in future time; destined to be eternal; as a perpetual covenant; a perpetual statute

Notice Jeremiah uses the terms perpetual, holding fast to deceit, refusing to return. The born-again Christian who is stirred by the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, will be under conviction when he/she sins against God. It is when we quench the Holy Spirit that we find ourselves in a state such as this. (1 Thess. 5:19) We all go through a dry spell from time to time. But when one is in this state all the time, it is very dangerous. We blaspheme the Word of God with our actions.

A Christian will either be moving forward for the Lord as he submits himself to God’s will for his life or moving backwards. Standing still can be just as bad as going in reverse, my friend. Neither one of these produces anything positive for the Lord. A believer who is stirred in his spirit by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit cannot stand still and will not go backward. He will move forward as he submits to the hand of the Potter. (Jer. 18:6) The stationary believer, as well as the one who is going back to his old ways, is submitting to the work of the devil in his life.

~James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (7) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. ( 8 ) Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. (9) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (10)

When one is in this condition, he has strayed from God – he has not submitted himself totally to His will for his life. That is why the devil can “have his way.” James 4:7 says that if we submit to God and resist the devil’s tactics in our lives, he (the devil) will flee from us. James was writing to believers and, therefore, he is not talking about being demon possessed here. The devil can influence us with distractions – he can entice the lust of our flesh to work against us. The devil can even use God’s work to distract us. If we are all consumed with doing the Lord’s work yet leaving our spiritual life aside, it is a distraction and it is keeping us away from our First Love! (Rev. 2:4)

Notice verse 8: Many quote the first part of this verse but they fail to quote the rest, which is what we must do to draw nigh to a Holy God: Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

  1. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners – I doubt the Lord is telling us to wash our hands here – I believe He is asking us to examine our lives and wash away what is unpleasing to Him: ungodly music, unacceptable TV programming, etc. (you know what your weaknesses are). ~ James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
  2. Purify your hearts – Christ must be at the center of our hearts after salvation. Purify (according to Noah Webster) is to free ourselves from pollution. What is polluting your life today? It could be the things you discovered about yourself in the previous verse. It could be your walk with the Lord. Are you praying? Are you reading the Word? If not, go back to 12 o’clock in your spiritual walk and start over. Again, remember your First Love. When you don’t feed your body food, it becomes weak and you waste away. If you do not feed your spiritual body the Heavenly manna found in the Word and follow its convictions, you starve spiritually and your spiritual self will waste away. To the believer, conviction should be hard at work in the heart at this point. Don’t just listen to conviction but apply conviction to your life. This is the only way you will experience change and forward movement in your spiritual walk.
  3. Ye double minded – When you are away from the Word long enough, you become double minded. You do not hold the same “standards and convictions” as before. You begin to doubt your convictions or slack off. You are unsettled in your thoughts. God provides your with conviction and you do not heed His command for you. This is not of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. That is why you are unsettled in your heart and you are not at peace.

So what do you do to get out of this rutt?

~Rev 2:4-5 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. (4) Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (5)

Return to the joy of your salvation. Remember when you were in the Word every chance you got and you obeyed the voice of God when He told you to repent from a certain sin? Get back into the Word – obey His voice. As you start your new plan, don’t over schedule your time in the Word to the point where you will fail. Some people have the right intentions and spend 2-3 hours in the Word right from the git go. Although this is admirable, it may not be what is needed right here and now to keep you motivated and continuing forward. The devil will see your intentions and will cause all kinds of distractions to come your way. Instead, until you have re-established your habit, keep your time in the Word manageable. Schedule it like any appointment in your life. A scheduled appointment is more likely to be kept than to face the day with a list of things to do and no rhyme nor reason in its timing.

It’s O.K. to say no to too many commitments. After all, we don’t have to do everything that we are asked to do. Saying no is not that bad 🙂 Look over what things you have committed to. See if some can be eliminated. If you’re in a quandry as to which one to eliminate, ask your husband or a spiritual adviser and get their opinion. A wife’s primary role in life is the Lord – right after that, she is to be a helpmeet to her husband. Then next on her list is to be a good mother. Church activities, ladies meetings, etc. must not take priority over these. When we have our priorities in order, everything else falls into place. If you must say no, simply say, “I would love to do this, however, I will have to say no at this time.” Simple – to the point – and usually no one pushes for a better answer after they hear no. 🙂

Don’t delay – don’t procrastinate – don’t give up! You’re under conviction for a reason and that is because of the Holy Spirit’s work in your heart. Once you are back in the Word, being nourished by the Spirit and heeding His convictions, you will see this discouragement melt away!

Most Christian women who are married to an unbeliever have husbands who are good and kind – and they are willing to live at peace with their Christian wife. Their husbands are not abusive and are decent men. I know a handful of women who are in this situation. In fact, I am in that situation, too.

The topic that kept cropping up in my own spiritual life was being an obedient wife to my unsaved husband. What does the word of God have to say about this? I use to say, “Ya, but what IF he tells me to do something that’s wrong?” The fact of the matter was that many of the “what if’s” never came to pass. I was worrying over situations that never occurred. This worry is old slew foot’s way of distracting the Christian woman and keeping her from moving forward in her role of submission.

Let’s look at what the Scriptures have to say about being submissive and obedient to our husbands:

~Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

~1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

~1 Corinthians 11:8-9 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

~Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

~Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

~Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

~Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

~1 Timothy 2:11-12 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

~Titus 2:4-5 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

~1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

~1 Peter 3:5-6 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

I find it interesting that six times we see the appearance of the phrase “own husbands” – we are not to submit to someone else’s husband. Submitting to my husband’s leadership in our family is essential for a biblical marriage. He may not be saved, but he is still the leader in our home. It does not mean that he has the right to rule as a little ‘Hitler’ with a fist of iron. It does not mean that he has the right to demand that I go against the Scriptures. That is not leadership. Granted, if my husband would ask me to go against the Scriptures, I must obey God. 

God’s Word says we are to submit to our husbands – not just on the outside but on the inside as well. Submitting is easy as long as it goes along with what we want. However, when the rubber meets the road, are we as willing to submit when we do not agree with what our husbands want? For example, your husband wants to purchase a new car with your income tax refund and you want a new washer and dryer. The two of you do not agree and you make a plea to your husband. That is where the Holy Spirit’s work comes in. Let it go and let the Lord work in the situation. If your husband still buys the car, let it go. 🙂

Submitting is not an option – we are commanded to do so. When we do not submit, we will be “spanked” by the Father. Just as our children’s punishments get harsher when they continue to do what we tell them not to do, so will our punishments be more severe if we refuse to obey God’s Word and submit to our husbands. God gets our attention one way or another.

I hope all this makes sense to you ladies. I find it is much easier to obey the Holy Spirit and submit to my husband than it is to resist and suffer punishment as a result. Once we “get this,” our relationship with our husband improves dramatically.

~Proverbs 15:1-2 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. (1) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. (2)

I think we have all been through one of those arguments with our dear husbands where we know that he is wrong but he doesn’t know that he is wrong! 🙂 Yes, we can chuckle at this statement but what do we do as submissive wives during times like these?

Today’s verses tell us what to do. I have used these verses and applied them to my relationship with my beloved. After I remained quiet and didn’t try to prove my point, I discovered that God had the opportunity to work in the situation.How many times do we step in and have things work out horribly?!

If I had “fought back,” God would not have been able to show His glory. More times than not, when I apply Proverbs 15:1-2 in my conversations/arguments with my beloved, the Lord works it out and works in my husband’s heart. When I jump the gun, I don’t give the Lord the opportunity to work in the situation and I make it worse.

I hope that makes sense to ya’ll 🙂 Try to apply these two verses today with your beloved. God honors His Word!

~Exodus 21:22-23 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,

The Sixth Commandment is “Thou Shalt Not Kill.” Today’s judicial system has totally missed the mark when it comes to abortion. They do not see that a baby inside the womb is a human being! Today’s opening verse spelled out the Law a little further but yet mankind has managed to eliminate this portion of the Law to follow after their own lusts. Plainly worded, this Law states that any pregnant woman who is attacked and loses her unborn child, the attacker will be punished and even put to death in some instances.

My word, people, what more can one say? How more clearly can the Word of God describe this horrible situation? The woman spoken of in this verse is not the cause of losing her unborn child. But the women of today who deliberately and willfully partake in aborting their child fall under the same punishment!

One may not be afraid of what God thinks at that particular moment in life. But there will come a day when God will judge the unbelieving world according to their works here on earth. Some of those deeds that will not go unpunished are listed in this verse:

~Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

It is never too late to turn to Christ and be forgiven completely of your sin! Abortion is the shedding innocent blood! That life inside a pregnant woman has blood. The baby’s heart is formed after 18 days (from conception) and starts to pump at 21 days. There is blood flowing through that baby’s body from that point. This is the beginning of innocent blood! Please think again if you are thinking about aborting, dear one!

~Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

If you have already gone through with an abortion, don’t be one of those who will be cast into the Lake of Fire because of your sins. It is never too late to turn to Jesus Christ, the One who died for all your sins so that you may be set free from your bondage.

~John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

~Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

~Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

~John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

~John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

~1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

~Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Accept Christ’s forgiveness today!

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. ~James 3:1-12

Our tongue is little in comparison to the rest of our body but it sure can be a sharp little tool if it is not trained! (James 3:10) One minute it can praise God and the next minute it can gossip about another!

So how can we train our tongue? (Psalm 39:1) Firstly, we must change the condition of the heart, amen? (Luke 6:45) Starting the day with the words from Psalm 19:14 is an excellent beginning 🙂 When my heart is right, the words coming from my lips will be also.

As I read today’s text, the Lord impressed upon my heart Colossians 4:6 – my speech should be seasoned with salt. Just what is the purpose of salt in our lives? Why would the Lord use this analogy? Meditating on the little word salt and comparing it to our everyday life opened this part of scripture so much more. I don’t know about you, but I really get more out my reading when analogies are used. The Lord sure knows His creation 🙂 He knows we learn better with real life applications. So what does salt actually do for us?

(1) It adds flavor to food – Again, Colossians 4:6 says my speech should be “seasoned” with salt. We all know what food tastes like when too much salt is added. It’s just not edible! But the right amount of salt makes food taste awesome! So does my speech add flavor to a conversation?   Do I contribute something from God’s Word when someone opens their heart to me? When someone comes to me discouraged, do I have the right words to encourage them? (Psalm 19:14) We should strive to share verses with everyone we talk to, saved or unsaved, and add flavor to our conversations. Remember, God promises that His Word will not go out void.

(2) To preserve foodDo your words preserve? There are lost souls everywhere and their souls need to be preserved, if you will. They need to hear the Gospel and they need to hear it with “flavor.” (John 6:68) We have the words of life and they are lost! Do you see a Christian friend heading toward distruction? That friend needs to be preserved – that friend needs you to love her and show her through the scriptures what she is doing wrong. I am close to two dear ladies and both are not hesitant in preserving me 😀 They would rather see me living for the Lord than to stray and be chastised. That is a characteristic of a good friend!

(3) To heal open soresWe have all gargled with salt water at one time or another. It helps to heal mouth sores. Do your words bring comfort and healing?  (Proverbs 12:18) To the lost, your words should be the Gospel.  (John 6:68) To the saved, your words should be full of mercy rather than judgment. (Luke 6:36) We say that we love the sinner yet hate the sin – do we really ? We need to remember that we all are sinners. (Romans 7:24) Not one day goes by that we are not tempted and sin because of it. So who are we to consider ourselves better than the one who has fallen? We are told to love one another – only then will our words bring healing to those who are hurting!

Our goal should be to draw others to the scriptures. (Acts 8:31) Just as salt causes us to thirst and to heal, so should our speech be to others. God’s words will not return to us void – He promises us this! (Isaiah 55:11) Every time I look at a salt shaker, you can be sure I look at it differently! 🙂

We know that what is in our hearts will reflect by the words we speak, amen? (Matthew 12:34, Matthew 15:18, Luke 6:45) What can change a heart? Romans 10:10 tells us that with our heart we believe unto righteousness and with our mouths we profess our salvation. Once the sinful heart is made clean by the precious blood of the Lamb, we are a new creature (II Corinthians 5:17) and we now have the power to stay away from sin. So how can we do that?

It is the scriptures which cleanse us when we obey them. (Psalm 119:9) We are who we hang around with and who we spend more time with, amen? A woman who is a busy body will not be able to stay away from this awful sin if she continues the same path she’s been on. God’s word warns us about this sin so if she heeds His word, she will be able to be “cleansed” from that sin. It takes action on our part – heeding God’s word – taking control of our spiritual life and actively giving up that sin. It is doable because we possess the Holy Spirit of God who desires to help us during each and every temptation. (I Corinthians 10:13) This is a promise – if this verse does not work for you it is because you chose to continue in the sin rather than say no.

We have a new day, each and every day, to dedicate it to the Lord and consecrate it especially for His good pleasure. What is more beautiful than a woman beginning her day by dedicating her mouth to the Lord? What a beautiful verse to memorize for each and every one of us:

~Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

What is in our heart will come out of our mouth. Therefore, when we begin our day by dedicating the words from our mouth to the Lord, we are going to make a conscious effort to guard our words, amen? We must weigh our thoughts before speaking them.  I think of the wife of an unsaved husband. If she begins her day in this manner, her husband will receive kindness and understanding even if he does not deserve them. Since the woman was created for man (and not vice versa), it is our God-given duty to strive to be the godly helpmeet He wishes us to be. (I Peter 3:1-2)

Speaking only kindness takes practice. Holding your temper or sarcastic retorts takes work. It’s easy to speak our minds but it takes work to control the tongue. (James 1:26) Just think of the wonderful benefits you receive when you obey this verse: (1) you’re in God’s will in doing so, (2) you are being a godly testimony to those around you, and (3) the unsaved will see Christ in you and be won over!

When we speak kindness, we are showing our love to the Lord! God sees this and He is pleased. Aren’t you pleased when your children do something good? God is the ultimate parent! He is pleased when we obey His words and put them into action.

I hope you can see this photo clearly.  I took this of the beautiful California Redwoods.  Can you see the two vertical trees that have grown from the horizontal branches of this Redwood?  Isn’t that magnificent?  They are all part of the same tree!  I was simply amazed and in awe of the Lord’s handiwork.  In all of creation, there is an object lesson.  This particular picture brought today’s post to mind.

~1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

~Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

~1 Thessalonians 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

~1 Thessalonians 2:14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:

Who does one follow when it comes to the things of God?  Does one follow church leaders?  Does one follow the Bible?  What if the Bible says one thing and the church leaders say another? What does one do?

Some churches say that their church’s traditions and church fathers’ writings are additions to the word of God and more recent. Therefore, they must follow these traditions. Some believe that God’s word is the foundation only and traditions and church fathers’ writings are building blocks which must be obeyed. Hmmmm! That ought to be a red flag! (Proverbs 30:6 and Revelation 22:18)

Paul wrote several times in today’s text that we should follow God – and if we follow a church leader, that church leader must be following God and what His word commands.  In other words, we should not be following after a leader who goes against the scriptures.  The scriptures are our measuring stick.  If our church leaders say one thing and the Bible says another, we are to follow the scriptures.  Paul had the opportunity here to tell us to follow leadership even when they are wrong or even when they make up doctrine that goes against Scriptures.  However, Paul emphatically stated that we are to follow after leaders who follow after God – and God reveals His will in His word! Many churches are extremely against following the scriptures only. (Jeremiah 23:32, Matthew 22:29, Hebrews 3:10)

Read these verses and ask yourself if the church you attend falls under these guidelines.  There are fundamental beliefs in Scriptures that cannot be compromised – salvation is one of them.  What does your church leader teach about salvation?  Read your Bible – compare the two.  If there is any difference, your church leaders are not heeding Paul’s exhortation.

~Proverbs 21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

~Proverbs 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

I’m sure you have found yourself at one time or another in the same room with someone with a bad temper. Your main thought is to get as far away from the contention as possible. A house cannot be big enough when it contains a woman who is ranting and raving her displeasure. Do we behave like this Proverb’s woman with our own husband?

We can try to justify our actions all we want. We can say that we are trying to make a point. We can say “He’s my husband, he needs to see how he makes me feel!” But does he really have to know exactly how you feel? If yes, does he have to hear it through screaming words?

There is nothing appealing or admirable about a woman who cannot control her anger. I once knew a woman who would throw her wedding ring at her husband during a fight and then she would storm out the door and go for a ride in the car. Is that Christ-like to you? You might say she got her point across, but did she? I doubt it. What she did get across to her husband was that she was childish and if she didn’t get her way, she would throw a fit. By the way, there are husbands who act this way as well but that’s a whole other devotional 🙂

~Proverbs 21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

This speaks for itself, doesn’t it? There are quite a few verses dealing with a woman being the contentious woman. It is probably because we women are emotional creatures. Therefore, we must learn to control those emotions in a godly manner.

~Proverbs 27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

Ugh! A continual dropping? Oh my!! I use to have a bathroom faucet that dripped like that. I could hear it in the still of the night and could NOT fall asleep!  I can see why they called this Chinese torture as a joke! It’s funny to think of but it’s not funny when a husband is stuck with a wife whose anger and brawling is compared to this annoying scenario!

If an unsaved man has a Christian wife who is like this, do you think he will be quick to come to Christ? If he is saved but disobedient to the Word, do you think her testimony will be quick to draw him back? Do you think this type of emotional outburst will allow the Holy Spirit to woo him? There is nothing Christ-like in her behavior so why should he thirst for Christ?

So what kind of testimony are we to our husband? They are watching, believe me. Are you a contentious woman? Self examination is so important to the wife of an unsaved man. Being in Proverbs daily is a good start to self examination – there is no better book for spiritual discipline. The scriptures cleanse us and keep us on track.

Our day should start with sincere prayer like Psalm 51:10:

~Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

The Lord desires to help us be in control of our tongues, our attitudes, and our actions. He desires to help us be the helpmeets we need to be, despite our husband’s spiritual condition. No, it’s not easy being married to an unbeliever. However, that does not prevent us from having a right relationship with the Lord. In fact, we are only responsible for our own spiritual condition, not our husband’s. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to work in his heart, not ours.

Someone is always watching – including our husbands. Challenge yourself today … ask the Holy Spirit to shed light on areas that are not pleasing to Him and that are hindering your husband’s salvation or hindering his return from backsliding. Ask Him to give you your husband’s eyes so you can see how he (your husband) views you.

After all, no one wants their husband to prefer living in the wilderness than to be around them  God bless you as you strive to be sanctified and meet for the master’s use!!

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (II Corinthians 6:17)

How does the world measure you as a Christian? Many times our Pastor has encouraged us from the pulpit to come out of the world and be different. We are called to be different! In today’s text, Paul is telling the Corinthians not to fellowship with the things of Belial (Satan). (II Corinthians 6:15) How could Christians be fellowshipping with the things of Satan? WHAT could Christians be doing that could be associated with Satan?

Not everything we do and say is the devil’s fault. You’re heard the old saying, “The devil made me do it.” Not necessarily so. It is by our own will that we sin, many times. We can put ourselves in situations that cause us to sin or get further into sin. Let’s look at some areas where we can learn to protect ourselves or “keep” ourselves from:

My Mouth: Do I use slang for curse words? Everyone knows what curse word I was intending to use by using its slang. Am I causing the hearer to “think” of the actual cuss word? The slang, therefore, is just as bad as using the actual word! Am I always complaining? Everyone hates a complainer. Each time I open my mouth and complain, I cause someone to dislike being around me. Why would I want to chase my friends and family away? My mouth should be filled with words of wisdom and encouragement to those around me so they can see Christ, not hate the sound of His name because of my complaining. The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life. (Proverbs 10:11)

My Appearance: Why should I wear the same clothes as the world? Shouldn’t I be different? If the world goes to church in jeans, why should I? Doesn’t God deserve my “Sunday best” all the time? If the world wears revealing tops and tight skirts, does that mean it’s OK for me to wear them? What if a weaker Christian sees me “dress down” for church – will that weaker Christian think it’s OK for her to do it? Paul says “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” (I Corinthians 8:9)

My Music: Does the music I listen to deal with Godly things? Or is it the world’s music filled with lyrics dealing with sex? One would be surprised at the content of Christian’s iPod. If my sister in Christ has been struggling with worldly music and hears the kind of music I listen to, will this cause her to think that it’s OK for her to continue to listen to worldly music? Will she be encouraged toward Godly music because of what I listen to? Some weaker Christian is always watching. (I Corinthians 8:13)

My Books: Do the books I read come from the world? Are they romance novels, popular top 10 readers’ choices filled with sex and cursing? What if my brother in Christ sees me reading one of these books. Will he think it’s OK for him to do so since his Christian friend is reading it? Or are my books the kind that will help him to grow in Christ and mature as a Christian? (Matthew 18:9) Today’s reading media has advanced to eReaders, such as the Nook and Kindle. What kind of books are on yours?

My Habits: Do the things I watch on TV have Godly principles? Or are they filled with sex, violence, drugs, etc.? Does my sister in Christ see the things I watch and figure it’s OK for her to do so as well? A few years ago, I once overheard one of the church ladies talking to a group of other ladies about an episode she watched the night before on Desperate Housewives. Based on the commercials alone, no Christian should be watching this type of programming! Yet this lady watched this weekly show faithfully and loved it. Something is wrong there. First, she was feeding herself with sin – she, personally, was not committing adultery (or any other sin shown on this program), but she was standing by watching. Second, she was sharing these sins with other Christian ladies. The sad thing is that she may have caused someone in her group to stumble spiritually. A weaker Christian could interpret that action to be that it’s OK to watch such trashy programming just as long as you don’t actually commit the sin. (Matthew 5:28) The word of God says differently. This lady has no idea that she may have caused another to stumble repeatedly because of her actions. Sadly, her daughters watched this wretched show with her. Instead of recognizing things of Belial and staying away, she succumbed and took her daughters with her.

My testimony is all I have on this earth to show others the way to Christ. My testimony is ALL I will take with me when I get to Heaven. Everyone there will then know just what kind of Christian I really was. OUCH!  (Matthew 10:26) What about our families? No wonder it is so hard for our family members to get saved! They see us just exactly as we are … we walk like the world, talk like the world, and dress like the world … but yet we preach Christ. Such hypocrisy. 🙁

“If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and water rolls off its back like a duck, then it must be a duck.” What a great saying! Therefore, if a Christian walks like the world, talks like the world, and dresses like the world … then the Christian must be of the world.

Lord forgive us our sins and weaknesses. Help us to live more Godly lives for YOUR cause so we may be testimonies for You and not against You!!

In Genesis He is the Seed of the Woman

In Exodus He is the Passover Lamb

In Leviticus He Is our High Priest

In Numbers He is the Pillar of Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night

In Deuteronomy He is the Prophet like unto Moses

In Joshua He is the Captain of our Salvation

In Judges He is our Judge and Lawgiver

In Ruth He is our Kinsman Redeemer

In 1 and 2 Samuel He is our Trusted Prophet

In Kings and Chronicles He Is our Reigning King

In Ezra He is the Rebuilder of the broken down walls of human life

In Esther He is our Mordecai

And in Job He is our Ever-Living Redeemer, “For I know my redeemer liveth.”

In Psalms He is our Shepherd

In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes He is our Wisdom

In the Song of Solomon He is our Lover and Bridegroom

In Isaiah He is the Prince of Peace

In Jeremiah He is the Righteous Branch

In Lamentations He is our Weeping Prophet

In Ezekiel He is the wonderful Four-Faced Man

And in Daniel the Fourth Man in “Life’s Fiery Furnaces.”

In Hosea He is the Faithful Husband, “Forever married to the backslider.”

In Joel He is the Baptizer with the Holy Ghost and Fire

In Amos He is our Burden-Bearer

In Obadiah He is the Mighty to Save

In Jonah He Is our great Foreign Missionary

In Micah He is the Messenger of Beautiful Feet

In Nahum He is the Avenger of God’s Elect

In Habakkuk He is God’s Evangelist, crying, “Revive thy work in the midst of the years.”

In Zephaniah He is our Saviour

In Haggai He is the Restorer of Gods lost heritage

In Zechariah He is the Fountain opened to the house of David for sin and uncleanness

In Malachi He is the Sun of Righteousness, rising with healing in His wings

In Matthew He is the Messiah

In Mark He is the Wonder-Worker

In Luke He is the Son of Man

In John He is the Son of God

In Acts He is the Holy Ghost

In Romans He is our Justifier

In 1 and 2 Corinthians He is our Sanctifier

In Galatians He is our Redeemer from the curse of the law

In Ephesians He is the Christ of unsearchable riches

In Philippians He is the God who supplies all our needs

In Colossians He is the fullness of the Godhead, bodily

In 1 and 2 Thessalonians He is our Soon-Coming King

In 1 and 2 Timothy He is our Mediator between God and man

In Titus He is our Faithful Pastor

In Philemon He is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother

In Hebrews He is the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant

In James He is our Great Physician, for “The prayer of faith shall save the sick.”

In 1 and 2 Peter He is our Chief Shepherd, who soon shall appear with a crown of unfading glory

In 1, 2 and 3 John He is Love

In Jude He is the Lord coming with ten thousands of His saints

And in Revelation He is the King of kings and Lord of lords!

This was copied with permission from Hope of Israel.

This page seems to be one of our most popular. It is our desire that you will search the Scriptures for these prophecies. Some are more clear than others. Nevertheless the final verdict is unmistakable. Please take the time to compare this list with Messianic Prophecy According to the Rabbis as well as Messiah in the Targums. You will find that we are not so far in left field after all. Search our site. Study the typology of the Tabernacle, Moses, Joseph, etc. See how many of the Old Testament characters, places, and objects were prophetic pictures of Messiah. You can not even create a fictional character who is foreshadowed by the Old Testament as much as Jesus was. And at the end of the day, it is our prayer that you will find the truth about Messiah, the Hope of Israel.

Genesis 3:15 … Seed of a woman (virgin birth) … Luke 1:35, Mt 1:18-20
Genesis 3:15 … He will bruise Satan’s head … Hebrews 2:14, I John 3:18
Genesis 5:24 … The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated … Mark 6:19
Genesis 9:26-27 … The God of Shem will be the Son of Shem … Luke 3:36
Genesis 12:3 … As Abraham’s seed, will bless all nations … Acts. 3:25,26
Genesis 12:7 … The Promise made to Abraham’s Seed … Galatians 3:16
Genesis 14:18 … A priest after Melchizedek … Hebrews 6:20
Genesis 14:18 … A King also … Hebrews 7:2
Genesis 14:18 … The Last Supper foreshadowed … Matthew 26:26-29
Genesis 17:19 … The Seed of Isaac … Romans 9:7
Genesis 22:8 … The Lamb of God promised … John 1:29
Genesis 22:18 … As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations … Galatians 3:16
Genesis 26:2-5..The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer… Hebrews11:18
Genesis 49:10 … The time of His coming … Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4
Genesis 49:10 … The Seed of Judah … Luke 3:33
Genesis 49:10 … Called Shiloh or One Sent … John 17:3
Genesis 49:10 … To come before Judah lost identity … John 11:47-52
Genesis 49:10 … To Him shall the obedience of the people be … John 10:16

Exodus 3:13,14 … The Great “I Am” … John 4:26
Exodus 12:5 … A Lamb without blemish … I Peter 1:19
Exodus 12:13 … The blood of the Lamb saves from wrath … Romans 5:8
Exodus 12:21-27 … Christ is our Passover … I Corinthians 5;7
Exodus 12:46 … Not a bone of the Lamb to be broken … John 19:31-36
Exodus 15:2 … His exaltation predicted as Yeshua … Acts 7:55,56
Exodus 15:11 … His Character-Holiness … Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27
Exodus 17:6 … The Spiritual Rock of Israel … I Corinthians 10;4
Exodus 33:19 … His Character-Merciful … Luke 1:72

Leviticus14:11… The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthood … Luke 5:12-14; Acts 6:7
Leviticus16:15-17 … Prefigures Christ’s once-for-all death … Hebrews 9:7-14
Leviticus16:27 … Suffering outside the Camp … Matthew 27:33; Hebrews 13:11, 12
Leviticus17:11 … The Blood-the life of the flesh … Matthew 26:28; Mark 10:45
Leviticus17:11 … It is the blood that makes atonement … I John 3:14-18
Leviticus23:36-37 … The Drink-offering: “If any man thirst.” … John 19:31-36

Numbers 9:12 … Not a bone of Him broken … John 19:31-36
Numbers 21:9 … The serpent on a pole-Christ lifted up … John 3:14-18
Numbers 24:17 … Time: “I shall see him, but not now.” … Galatians 4:4

Deuteronomy 18:15 … “This is of a truth that prophet.” … John 6:14
Deuteronomy 18:15-16 … “Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe me.” … John 5:45-47
Deuteronomy 18:18 … Sent by the Father to speak His word … John 8:28, 29
Deuteronomy 18:19 … Whoever will not hear must bear his sin … John 12:15,
Deuteronomy 21:23 … Cursed is he that hangs on a tree … Galatians 3:10-13

Ruth 4:4-9 … Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed us … Ephesians 1:3-7

I Samuel 2:10 … Shall be an anointed King to the Lord … Matthew 28:18; John 12:15

II Samuel 7:12 … David’s Seed … Matthew 1:1
II Samuel 7:14a … The Son of God … Luke 1:32
II Samuel 7:16 … David’s house established forever … Luke 3:31; Revelation 22:16

II Kings 2:11 … The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated … Luke 24:51

I Chronicles 17:11 … David’s Seed … Matthew 1:1; 9:27
I Chronicles 17:12, 13a … To reign on David’s throne forever … Luke 1:32, 33
I Chronicles 17:13a … “I will be His Father, He … my Son.” … Hebrews 1:5

Job 19:23-27 … The Resurrection predicted … John 5:24-29

Psalm 2:1-3 … The enmity of kings foreordained … Acts 4:25-28
Psalm 2:2 … To own the title, Anointed (Christ) … Acts 2:36
Psalm 2:6 … His Character-Holiness … John 8:46; Revelation 3:7
Psalm 2:6 … To own the title King … Matthew 2:2
Psalm 2:7 … Declared the Beloved Son … Matthew 3:17
Psalm 2:7-8 … The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimated … Acts 13:29-33
Psalm 2:12 … Life comes through faith in Him … John 20:31
Psalm 8:2 … The mouths of babes perfect His praise … Matthew 21:16
Psalm 8:5, 6 … His humiliation and exaltation … Luke 24:50-53; I Corinthians 15:27
Psalm 16:10 … Was not to see corruption … Acts 2:31
Psalm 16:9-11 … Was to arise from the dead … John 20:9
Psalm 17:15 … The resurrection predicted … Luke 24:6
Psalm 22:1 … Forsaken because of sins of others … II Corinthians 5:21
Psalm 22:1 … Words spoken from Calvary, “My God … ” Mark 15:34
Psalm 22:2 … Darkness upon Calvary … Matthew 27:45
Psalm 22:7 … They shoot out the lip and shake the head … Matthew 27:39
Psalm 22:8 …”He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him” … Matthew 27:43
Psalm 22:9 … Born the Saviour … Luke 2:7
Psalm 22:14 … Died of a broken (ruptured) heart … John 19:34
Psalm 22:14-15 … Suffered agony on Calvary … Mark 15:34-37
Psalm 22:15 … He thirsted … John 19:28
Psalm 22:16 … They pierced His hands and His feet … John 19:34, 37; 20:27
Psalm 22:17-18 … Stripped Him before the stares of men … Luke 23:34,35
Psalm 22:18 … They parted His garments … John 19:23,24
Psalm 22:20-21 … He committed Himself to God … Luke 23:46
Psalm 22:20-21 … Satanic power bruising the Redeemer’s heel … Hebrews 2:14
Psalm 22:22 … His Resurrection declared … John 20:17
Psalm 22:27 … He shall be the governor of the nations … Colossians 1:16
Psalm 22:31 … “It is finished” … John 19:30
Psalm 23:1 … “I am the Good Shepherd” … John 10:11
Psalm 24:3 … His exaltation predicted … Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:9
Psalm 30:3 … His resurrection predicted … Acts 2:32
Psalm 31:5 … “Into thy hands I commit my spirit” … Luke 23:46
Psalm 31:11 … His acquaintances fled from Him … Mark 14:50
Psalm 31:13 … They took counsel to put Him to death … John 11:53
Psalm 31:14-15 … ” He trusted in God, let Him deliver him” … Matthew 27:43
Psalm 34:20 … Not a bone of Him broken … John 19:31-36
Psalm 35:11 … False witnesses rose up against Him … Matthew 26:59
Psalm 35:19 … He was hated without a cause … John 15:25
Psalm 38:11 … His friends stood afar off … Luke 23:49
Psalm 40:2-5 … The joy of His resurrection predicted … John 20:20
Psalm 40:6-8 … His delight-the will of the Father … John 4:34
Psalm 40:9 … He was to preach the Righteousness in Israel … Matthew 4:17
Psalm 40:14 … Confronted by adversaries in the Garden … John
Psalm 41:9 … Betrayed by a familiar friend … John 13:18
Psalm 45:2 … Words of Grace come from His life Psalm … Luke 4:22
Psalm 45:6 … To own the title, God or Elohim … Hebrews 1:8
Psalm 45:7 … A special anointing by the Holy Spirit … Matthew 3:16; Hebrews 1:9
Psalm 45:7-8 … Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed) … Luke 2:11
Psalm 55:12-14 … Betrayed by a friend, not an enemy … John 13:18
Psalm 55:15 … Unrepentant death of the Betrayer … Matthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19
Psalm 68:18 … To give gifts to men … Ephesians 4:7-16
Psalm 68:18 … Ascended into Heaven … Luke 24:51
Psalm 69:4 … Hated without a cause … John 15:25
Psalm 69:8 … A stranger to own brethren … Luke 8:20-21
Psalm 69:9 … Zealous for the Lord’s House … John 2:17
Psalm 69:14-20 … Messiah’s anguish of soul before crucifixion … Matthew 26:36-45
Psalm 69:20 … “My soul is exceeding sorrowful.” … Matthew 26:38
Psalm 69:21 … Given vinegar in thirst … Matthew 27:34
Psalm 69:26 … The Saviour given and smitten by God … John 17:4; 18:11
Psalm 72:10-11 … Great persons were to visit Him … Matthew 2:1-11
Psalm 72:16 … The corn of wheat to fall into the Ground … John 12:24
Psalm 72:17 … His name, Yinon, will produce offspring … John 1:12-13
Psalm 72:17 … All nations shall be blessed by Him … Acts 2:11, 12, 41
Psalm 78:1.2 … He would teach in parables … Matthew 13:34-35
Psalm 78:2 … To speak the Wisdom of God with authority … Matthew 7:29
Psalm 88:8 … They stood afar off and watched … Luke 23:49
Psalm 89:27 … Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings … Luke 1:32,33
Psalm 89:35-37 … David’s Seed, throne, kingdom endure forever … Luke 1:32-33
Psalm 89:36-37 … His character-Faithfulness … Revelation 1:5
Psalm 90:2 … He is from everlasting (Micah 5:2) … John 1:1
Psalm 91:11-12 … Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ … Luke 4:10-11
Psalm 97:9 … His exaltation predicted … Acts 1:11; Ephesians 1:20
Psalm 100:5 … His character-Goodness … Matthew 19:16,17
Psalm 102:1-11 … The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary … John 21:16-30
Psalm 102:25-27 … Messiah is the Preexistent Son … Hebrews 1:10-12
Psalm 109:25 … Ridiculed … Matthew 27:39
Psalm 110:1 … Son of David … Matthew 22:43
Psalm 110:1 … To ascend to the right-hand of the Father … Mark 16:19
Psalm 110:1 … David’s son called Lord … Matthew 22:44,45
Psalm 110:4 … A priest after Melchizedek’s order … Hebrews 6:20
Psalm 112:4 … His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et al … Matthew 9:36
Psalm 118:17-18 … Messiah’s Resurrection assured … Luke 24:5-7; I Corinthians 15:20
Psalm 118:22-23 … The rejected stone is Head of the corner … Matthew 21:42-43
Psalm 118:26 … The Blessed One presented to Israel … Matthew 21:9
Psalm 118:26 … To come while Temple standing … Matthew 21:12-15
Psalm 132:11 … The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body) … Luke 1:32
Psalm 138:1-6 … The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes kings … Matthew 2:2-6
Psalm 147:3, 6 … The earthly ministry of Christ described … Luke 4:18
Psalm 1:23 … He will send the Spirit of God … John 16:7

Song of Solomon 5:16 … The altogether lovely One … John 1:17

Isaiah 6:1 … When Isaiah saw His glory … John 12:40-41
Isaiah 6:9-10 … Parables fall on deaf ears … Matthew 13:13-15
Isaiah 6:9-12 … Blinded to Christ and deaf to His words … Acts. 28:23-29
Isaiah 7:14 … To be born of a virgin … Luke 1:35
Isaiah 7:14 … To be Emmanuel-God with us … Matthew 1:18-23
Isaiah 8:8 … Called Emmanuel … Matthew 28:20
Isaiah 8:14 … A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense … I Peter 2:8
Isaiah 9:1-2 … His ministry to begin in Galilee … Matthew 4:12-17
Isaiah 9:6 … A child born-Humanity … Luke 1:31
Isaiah 9:6 … A Son given-Deity … Luke 1:32; John 1:14; 1 Tim. 3:16
Isaiah 9:6 … Declared to be the Son of God with power … Romans 1:3-4
Isaiah 9:6 … The Wonderful One, Peleh … Luke 4:22
Isaiah 9:6 … The Counsellor, Yaatz … Matthew 13:54
Isaiah 9:6 … The Mighty God, El Gibor … Matthew 11:20
Isaiah 9:6 … The Everlasting Father, Avi Adth … John 8:58
Isaiah 9:6 … The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom … John 16:33
Isaiah 9:7 … To establish an everlasting kingdom … Luke 1:32-33
Isaiah 9:7 … His Character-Just … John 5:30
Isaiah 9:7 … No end to his Government, Throne, and Peace … Luke 1:32-33
Isaiah 11:1 … Called a Nazarene-the Branch, Netzer … Matthew 2:23
Isaiah 11:1 … A rod out of Jesse-Son of Jesse … Luke 3:23,32
Isaiah 11:2 … The anointed One by the Spirit … Matthew 3:16-17
Isaiah 11:2 … His Character-Wisdom, Understanding, et al … John 4:4-26
Isaiah 11:4 … His Character-Truth … John 14:6
Isaiah 11:10 … The Gentiles seek Him … John 12:18-21
Isaiah 12:2 … Called Jesus-Yeshua (salvation) … Matthew 1:21
Isaiah 25:8 … The Resurrection predicted … I Corinthians 15:54
Isaiah 26:19 … His power of Resurrection predicted … John 11:43,44
Isaiah 28:16 … The Messiah is the precious corner stone … Acts 4:11,12
Isaiah 29:13 … He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word … Matthew 15:7-9
Isaiah 29:14 … The wise are confounded by the Word … I Corinthians 1:18-31
Isaiah 32:2 … A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding place … Matthew 23:37
Isaiah 35:4 … He will come and save you … Matthew 1:21
Isaiah 35:5 … To have a ministry of miracles … Matthew 11:4-6
Isaiah 40:3-4 … Preceded by forerunner … John 1:23
Isaiah 40:9 … “Behold your God.” … John 1:36; John 19:14
Isaiah 40:11 … A shepherd-compassionate life-giver … John 10:10-18
Isaiah 42:1-4 … The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemer … Matthew 12:18-21
Isaiah 42:2 … Meek and lowly … Matthew 11:28-30
Isaiah 42:3 … He brings hope for the hopeless … John 4
Isaiah 42:4 … The nations shall wait on His teachings … John 12:20-26
Isaiah 42:6 … The Light (salvation) of the Gentiles … Luke 2:32
Isaiah 42:1,6 … His is a Worldwide compassion … Matthew 28:19-20
Isaiah 42:7 … Blind eyes opened … John 9:25-38
Isaiah 43:11 … He is the only Saviour … Acts. 4:12
Isaiah 44:3 … He will send the Spirit of God … John 16:7,13
Isaiah 45:23 … He will be the Judge … John 5:22; Romans 14:11
Isaiah 48:12 … The First and the Last … John 1:30; Revelation 1:8, 17
Isaiah 48:17 … He came as a Teacher … John 3:2
Isaiah 49:1 … Called from the womb-His humanity … Matthew 1:18
Isaiah 49:5 … A Servant from the womb … Luke 1:31; Philippians 2:7
Isaiah 49:6 … He is Salvation for Israel … Luke 2:29-32
Isaiah 49:6 … He is the Light of the Gentiles … Acts 13:47
Isaiah 49:6 … He is Salvation unto the ends of the earth … Acts 15:7-18
Isaiah 49:7 … He is despised of the Nation … John 8:48-49
Isaiah 50:3 … Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliation … Luke 23:44,45
Isaiah 50:4 … He is a learned counsellor for the weary … Matthew 11:28-29
Isaiah 50:5 … The Servant bound willingly to obedience … Matthew 26:39
Isaiah 50:6 … “I gave my back to the smiters.” … Matthew 27:26
Isaiah 50:6 … He was smitten on the cheeks … Matthew 26:67
Isaiah 50:6 … He was spat upon … Matthew 27:30
Isaiah 52:7 … To publish good tidings of peace … Luke 4:14-15
Isaiah 52:13 … The Servant exalted … Acts 1:8-11; Ephesians 1:19-22
Isaiah 52:13 … Behold, My Servant … Matthew 17:5; Philippians 2:5-8
Isaiah 52:14 … The Servant shockingly abused … Luke 18:31-34; Matthew 26:67-68
Isaiah 52:15 … Nations startled by message of the Servant … Romans 15:18-21
Isaiah 52:15 … His blood shed to make atonement for all … Revelation 1:5
Isaiah 53:1 … His people would not believe Him … John 12:37-38
Isaiah 53:2 … He would grow up in a poor family … Luke 2:7
Isaiah 53:2 … Appearance of an ordinary man … Philippians 2:7-8
Isaiah 53:3 … Despised … Luke 4:28-29
Isaiah 53:3 … Rejected … Matthew 27:21-23
Isaiah 53:3 … Great sorrow and grief … Luke 19:41-42
Isaiah 53:3 … Men hide from being associated with Him … Mark 14:50-52
Isaiah 53:4 … He would have a healing ministry … Luke 6:17-19
Isaiah 53:4 … He would bear the sins of the world … I Peter 2:24
Isaiah 53:4 … Thought to be cursed by God … Matthew 27:41-43
Isaiah 53:5 … Bears penalty for mankind’s transgressions … Luke 23:33
Isaiah 53:5 … His sacrifice would provide peace between man and God … Colossians 1:20
Isaiah 53:5 … His back would be whipped … Matthew 27:26
Isaiah 53:6 … He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind … Galatians 1:4
Isaiah 53:6 … God’s will that He bear sin for all mankind … I John 4:10
Isaiah 53:7 … Oppressed and afflicted … Matthew 27:27-31
Isaiah 53:7 … Silent before his accusers … Matthew 27:12-14
Isaiah 53:7 … Sacrificial lamb … John 1:29
Isaiah 53:8 … Confined and persecuted … Matthew 26:47-27:31
Isaiah 53:8 … He would be judged … John 18:13-22
Isaiah 53:8 … Killed … Matthew 27:35
Isaiah 53:8 … Dies for the sins of the world … I John 2:2
Isaiah 53:9 … Buried in a rich man’s grave … Matthew 27:57
Isaiah 53:9 … Innocent and had done no violence … Mark 15:3
Isaiah 53:9 … No deceit in his mouth … John 18:38
Isaiah 53:10 … God’s will that He die for mankind … John 18:11
Isaiah 53:10 … An offering for sin … Matthew 20:28
Isaiah 53:10 … Resurrected and live forever … Mark 16:16
Isaiah 53:10 … He would prosper … John 17:1-5
Isaiah 53:11 … God fully satisfied with His suffering … John 12:27
Isaiah 53:11 … God’s servant … Romans 5:18-19
Isaiah 53:11 … He would justify man before God … Romans 5:8-9
Isaiah 53:11 … The sin-bearer for all mankind … Hebrews 9:28
Isaiah 53:12 … Exalted by God because of his sacrifice … Matthew 28:18
Isaiah 53:12 … He would give up his life to save mankind … Luke 23:46
Isaiah 53:12 … Grouped with criminals … Luke 23:32
Isaiah 53:12 … Sin-bearer for all mankind … II Corinthians 5:21
Isaiah 53:12 … Intercede to God in behalf of mankind … Luke 23:34
Isaiah 55:3 … Resurrected by God … Acts 13:34
Isaiah 55:4 … A witness … John 18:37
Isaiah 59:15-16 … He would come to provide salvation … John 6:40
Isaiah 59:15-16 … Intercessor between man and God … Matthew 10:32
Isaiah 59:20 … He would come to Zion as their Redeemer … Luke 2:38
Isaiah 61:1-2 … The Spirit of God upon him … Matthew 3:16-17
Isaiah 61:1-2 … The Messiah would preach the good news … Luke 4:17-21
Isaiah 61:1-2 … Provide freedom from the bondage of sin and death … John 8:31-32
Isaiah 61:1-2 … Proclaim a period of grace … John 5:24

Jeremiah23:5-6 … Descendant of David … Luke 3:23-31
Jeremiah 23:5-6 … The Messiah would be God … John 13:13
Jeremiah 23:5-6 … The Messiah would be both God and Man … I Timothy 3:16
Jeremiah 31:22 … Born of a virgin … Matthew 1:18-20
Jeremiah 31:31 … The Messiah would be the new covenant … Matthew 26:28
Jeremiah 33:14-15 … Descendant of David … Luke 3:23-31

Ezekiel 17:22-24 … Descendant of David … Luke 3:23-31
Ezekiel 34:23-24 … Descendant of David … Matthew 1:1

Daniel 7:13-14 … He would ascend into heaven … Acts 1:9-11
Daniel 7:13-14 … Highly exalted … Ephesians 1:20-22
Daniel 7:13-14 … His dominion would be everlasting … Luke 1:31-33
Daniel 9:24 … To make an end to sins … Galatians 1:3-5
Daniel 9:24 … He would be holy … Luke 1:35
Daniel 9:25 … Announced to his people 483 years, to the exact day, after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem … John 12:12-13
Daniel 9:26 … Killed … Matthew 27:35
Daniel 9:26 … Die for the sins of the world … Hebrews 2:9
Daniel 9:26 … Killed before the destruction of the temple … Matthew 27:50-51
Daniel 10:5-6 … Messiah in a glorified state … Revelation 1:13-16

Hosea 13:14 … He would defeat death … I Corinthians 15:55-57

Joel 2:32 … Offer salvation to all mankind … Romans 10:12-13

Micah 5:2 … Born in Bethlehem … Matthew 2:1-2
Micah 5:2 … God’s servant … John 15:10
Micah 5:2 … From everlasting … John 8:58

Haggai 2:6-9 … He would visit the second Temple … Luke 2:27-32
Haggai 2:23 … Descendant of Zerubbabel … Luke 3:23-27

Zechariah 3:8 … God’s servant … John 17:4
Zechariah 6:12-13 … Priest and King … Hebrews 8:1
Zechariah 9:9 … Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem … Matthew 21:8-10
Zechariah 9:9 … Beheld as King … John 12:12-13
Zechariah 9:9 … The Messiah would be just … John 5:30
Zechariah 9:9 … The Messiah would bring salvation … Luke 19:10
Zechariah 9:9 … The Messiah would be humble … Matthew 11:29
Zechariah 9:9 … Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey … Matthew 21:6-9
Zechariah 10:4 … The cornerstone … Ephesians 2:20
Zechariah 11:4-6 … At His coming, Israel to have unfit leaders … Matthew 23:1-4
Zechariah 11:4-6 … Rejection causes God to remove His protection.. Luke 19:41-44
Zechariah 11:4-6 … Rejected in favor of another king … John 19:13-15
Zechariah 11:7 … Ministry to “poor,” the believing remnant … Matthew 9:35-36
Zechariah 11:8 … Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them … Matthew 23:33
Zechariah 11:8 … Despised … Matthew 27:20
Zechariah 11:9 … Stops ministering to the those who rejected Him … Matthew 13:10-11
Zechariah 11:10-11 … Rejection causes God to remove protection … Luke 19:41-44
Zechariah 11:10-11 … The Messiah would be God … John 14:7
Zechariah 11:12-13 … Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver … Matthew 26:14-15
Zechariah 11:12-13 … Rejected … Matthew 26:14-15
Zechariah 11:12-13 … Thirty pieces of silver thrown into the house of the Lord … Matthew 27:3-5
Zechariah 11:12-13 … The Messiah would be God … John 12:45
Zechariah 12:10 … The Messiah’s body would be pierced … John 19:34-37
Zechariah 12:10 … The Messiah would be both God and man … John 10:30
Zechariah 12:10 … The Messiah would be rejected … John 1:11
Zechariah 13:7 … God’s will He die for mankind … John 18:11
Zechariah 13:7 … A violent death … Matthew 27:35
Zechariah 13:7 … Both God and man … John 14:9
Zechariah 13:7 … Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him … Matthew 26:31-56

Malachi 3:1 … Messenger to prepare the way for Messiah … Matthew 11:10
Malachi 3:1 … Sudden appearance at the temple … Mark 11:15-16
Malachi 3:1 … Messenger of the new covenant … Luke 4:43
Malachi 4:5 … Forerunner in the spirit of Elijah … Matthew 3:1-2
Malachi 4:6 … Forerunner would turn many to righteousness … Luke 1:16-17

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15)

Whenever I study the scriptures, I use Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. I stay away from commentaries because I don’t want someone else’s gleaning but my own. On occasion, I like to look up the modern-day definition of a word and am so surprised at how “diluted” the definition has become through the years. In fact, at times the definition is far from what was intended when the King James Bible was given to us in 1611!! I thought I would share with you some examples, which I believe will surprise you. I did not alter the definitions at all but simply copied and pasted it.

I will list Merriam Webster’s definition first (in blue) and then Noah Webster’s 1828 definition (in red). I’ll then put a Bible verse using the word. I’ll let the definitions speak for themselves and you can draw your own conclusions. I hope this speaks to your heart as much as it did mine. I PRAY that it encourages you to study your bible instead of assuming that the definition in your head is the truly the one God intended.


1 a: an offense against religious or moral law b: an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible – it’s a sin to waste food c: an often serious shortcoming : FAULT
2 a: transgression of the law of God b: a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God
synonym see OFFENSE

1. The voluntary departure of a moral agent from a known rule of rectitude or duty, prescribed by God; any voluntary transgression of the divine law, or violation of a divine command; a wicked act; iniquity. Sin is either a positive act in which a known divine law is violated, or it is the voluntary neglect to obey a positive divine command, or a rule of duty clearly implied in such command. Sin comprehends not action only, but neglect of known duty, all evil thoughts purposes, words and desires, whatever is contrary to God’s commands or law. 1 John 3. Matt. 15. James 4. Sinner neither enjoy the pleasures of nor the peace of piety. Among divines, sin is original or actual. Actual sin, above defined, is the act of a moral agent in violating a known rule of duty. Original sin, as generally understood, is native depravity of heart to the divine will, that corruption of nature of deterioration of the moral character of man, which is supposed to be the effect of Adam’s apostasy; and which manifests itself in moral agents by positive act of disobedience to the divine will, or by the voluntary neglect to comply with the express commands of God, which require that we should love God with all the heart and soul and strength and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves. This native depravity or alienation of affections from God and his law, is supposed to be what the apostle calls the carnal mind or mindedness, which is enmity against God, and is therefore denominated sin or sinfulness. Unpardonable sin, or blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, is supposed to be a malicious and obstinate rejection of Christ and the gospel plan of salvation, or a contemptuous resistance made to the influences and convictions of the Holy Spirit. Matt.12.

2. A sin-offering; an offering made to atone for sin. He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. 2 Cor 5.

3. A man enormously wicked. [Not in use.]

4. Sin differs from crime, not in nature, but in application. That which is a crime against society, is sin against God.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (I John 3:8)

Sacrifice (noun)

1 : an act of offering to a deity something precious; especially : the killing of a victim on an altar
2 : something offered in sacrifice
3 a : destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else b : something given up or lost
4 : LOSS

1. An offering made to God by killing and burning some animal upon an altar, as an acknowledgment of his power and providence, or to make atonement for sin, appease his wrath or conciliate his favor, or to express thankfulness for his benefits. Sacrifices have been common to most nations, and have been offered to false gods, as well as by the Israelites to Jehovah. A sacrifice differs from an oblation; the latter being an offering of a thing entire or without change, as tithes or first fruits; whereas sacrifice implies a destruction or killing, as of a beast. Sacrifices are expiatory, impetratory, and eucharistical; that is, atoning for sin, seeking favor, or expressing thanks.

Human sacrifices, the killing and offering of human beings to deities, have been practiced by some barbarous nations.

2. The thing offered to God, or immolated by an act of religion.

My life if thou preserv’st, my life thy sacrifice shall be.

3. Destruction, surrender or loss made or incurred for gaining some object, or for obliging another; as the sacrifice of interest to pleasure, or of pleasure to interest.

4. Any thing destroyed.

And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. (I Samuel 15:22)


1: to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life
2 a: to feel regret or contrition b : to change one’s mind
transitive verb
1: to cause to feel regret or contrition
2: to feel sorrow, regret, or contrition for
– re·pent·er noun

1. To feel pain, sorrow or regret for something done or spoken; as, to repent that we have lost much time in idleness or sensual pleasure; to repent that we have injured or wounded the feelings of a friend. A person repents only of what he himself has done or said.

2. To express sorrow for something past.

Enobarbus did before thy face repent.

3. To change the mind in consequence of the inconvenience or injury done by past conduct.

Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return. Exo 13.

4. Applied to the Supreme Being, to change the course of providential dealings. Gen 6. Psa 106.

5. In theology, to sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God’s holy law, a dishonor to his character and government, and the foulest ingratitude to a Being of infinite benevolence.

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
(Luke 13:3)

Please take special note at Merriam Webster’s definition of sin – “fault”??? Can you wonder why the world today does not see sin the way God sees sin? Also compare the definitions for “repent”!

I pray this encourages you in your own personal study time. If we received God’s word in our hearts with the same fervency with which it was translated in 1611, I dare say there would be no question as to what the words “sin” and “repent” mean. In so doing, our personal relationship and fellowship with the Lord would be more precious and sweet.

And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. (Exo 3:5) Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. (Exo 3:6)

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (Rom 14:11)

We have all heard that “actions speak louder than words” – or “actions speak volumes”! What do my actions speak about my love for the Lord? More importantly, do I hold God in a place of honour in my life above any other? What does God deserve? Why does He deserve this place of honour?

Do I truly view God as Moses viewed Him in Exodus 3:5-6? Do I stand on holy ground when I am doing my devotions? Or have I taken the worldly Christian’s view of “Abba Daddy” too far? Do I give God the reverence that is due Him? Or have I “trivialized” His position in my walk and worship?

Yes, our Heavenly Father IS our Abba, Father. But do I speak to my earthly Dad with disrespect? Do I put my Dad on the same level as my friends? Of course not. My earthly father is respected and has a “higher” place than my friends. I don’t speak to him in the same manner as I would my friends. The average Christian has removed this respect and honour for God from their lives. They’ve “buddy-fied” (excuse my new term) God. They’ve lost that proper fear and respect. Is it any wonder that there is hardly any wisdom amongst Christians today? The proper fear of God brings wisdom in a Christian’s life. If we look at God as just “one of the guys,” we reveal just how little reverence we have for Him and, therefore, we won’t receive the wisdom He wishes to give us! (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10)

The phrase, Abba, Father is mentioned three times in the word of God. All three times they are in the New Testament and were spoken by the Lord, Jesus Christ:

And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. (Mark 14:36)

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Rom 8:15)

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Gal 4:6)

Whenever we want to learn what the scriptures have to say about a certain topic, the best Teacher is Christ Himself. Christ revered His Abba, Father to the point of praising and reverencing Him (all things are possible unto thee), petitioning Him (take away this cup from me), and finally submitting to His will (nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt). Christ did not treat His prayer as though it was a talk with one of His friends. He recognized His position as being under submission but yet as a Son speaking to His Father. What a great teacher, amen?

Why doesn’t God work through men and women today as He did with our forefathers? Could it be because we have allowed the devil to dilute God’s holiness and position in our lives? Do I “take off my shoes” in my heart as I enter into my prayer closet to spend time with the Lord? Do I hide my face because I am not worthy to look upon the face of God?

If not, why not? More importantly, if not – then what are my actions revealing? God is not just “one of the guys”! God is not my “buddy”! God is not “the Man upstairs”! How dare we trivialize God! How dare we put God on “our level”!

Yes, the scriptures do say that God is our friend. And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. (Exo 33:11a) But Moses didn’t take advantage of his relationship with God by disrespecting Him. Would you treat your friend with disrespect? Then why do you watch movies or listen to jokes that dishonor God? Do you lie to your friend? Then why do you try to weasel your way out of telling the whole truth about missing church services? Do you steal from your friend? Then why do you steal from God by withholding your offerings? Do you find every excuse under the sun to avoid being with your friend? Then why do you skip your devotions and prayer time? Do you throw your friend’s letters away or leave them unopened? Then why don’t you open your Bible except in church? Ouch!

What the average Christian needs today is to set aside the “emerging church’s” view of God and get back to the old fashioned principles taught in the scriptures. If you want to be God’s friend, then pattern your life after Moses – And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. (Exo 3:5) Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. (Exo 3:6)

Jesus Christ is our King of Kings! Let’s treat Him like one!

How great Thou art!

Do you care about God? Do you care what happens after death? Maybe you don’t care at all. I pray you would take a moment to read this anyway. I am not here to pass judgment as it is not mine to pass. I merely want to share God’s word with you so that you can know for yourself instead of leaving it in the hands of someone else.

But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? (Psalm 50:16)

God asks what it’s going to take for you to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord of all? Jesus is God’s covenant to us – His promise, if you will. Without believing in Jesus Christ, you have no covenant with God – you cannot claim His promise to you. You have no chance of heaven! (John 14:6)

Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. (Psalm 50:17)

God knows that you hate going to church – He knows you hate hearing anything about Him. He knows that if you do go to church, it is only because it is your religious obligation. Your heart is really not into it. If you attend a church that doesn’t use bibles in its services, then you are left to listen to what the priest/pastor/minister says … and just maybe you don’t listen to that as well. You cast God’s words behind you. Remember, you cannot fool God.

When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. (Psalm 50:18)

Does it bother you if someone steals in your presence? Do you find it amusing that the thief “got away with it”? This is never more true than watching the news after a natural disaster hits a community. Thieves have a field day looting stores – the cameras catch them laughing as they steal things – we saw this during the Hurricane Katrina news footage. How appropriate is the above verse to these looters. God goes on to say that the sinner is likened to have partaken with adulterers. Are you an adulterer? Have you looked at another woman and lusted after her? If so, you have cheated on your spouse. Jesus said that even if you lusted after another in your mind, you are guilty of adultery! (Matthew 5:28)

Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. (Psalm 50:19)

Cursing is all around us today. It is nothing to hear God’s name in vain in public places. Lest you think it doesn’t matter, it is still one of the Ten Commandments. Don’t think God will overlook cursing. The bible says that everything we say is being “recorded” in Heaven and will be held accountable to each of us. (Matthew 12:36) What about lying? Does your tongue frame deceit? This does not only refer to lying but also cheating. There are many who deceive and cheat people out there today. Have you sold a car to someone and not divulged everything that was wrong with it?  You are in essence lying. You are also breaking one of the Ten Commandments.

Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. (Psalm 50:20)

You may have thought that slandering your family wasn’t a big deal. God thinks differently. Just read on.

These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. (Psalm 50:21)

What things is God speaking of here? (1) Not listening or heeding to God’s instructions in the bible (2) Stealing (3) Adultery (4) Blaspheming God (5) Lying and cheating, and (6) blaspheming and slandering your own brother. Have you done any of these things? I know that I had committed several of these things! We’re not alone – most people have!

Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. (Psalm 50:22)

Unless you listen to God’s word, God will tear you in pieces. You won’t be able to hide anything from God when you stand before Him after you die. None of your friends will be there to protect you or save you from this event. I remember saying that I would meet my friends in Hell and we’d have a good time there together. Not according to God’s word I won’t! That was just foolish talking on my part because I had no idea where I was going so I hid behind my ignorance.

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. (Psalm 50:23)

Anyone who desires to know about God will not go unrewarded. God will reward that person by showing him/her the truth and how to be saved from the wrath to come. The bible says: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) The bible does not say that you can go to the Father in Heaven by Allah. The Bible does not say that you can go to the Father in Heaven by Buddah. The Bible does not say that you can go to the Father in Heaven by Joseph Smith. The Bible does not say that you can go to the Father in Heaven by any church for that matter. It is through Jesus Christ alone. Please take a moment and read the following verses with an open heart and mind:

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (John 11:25)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3)

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9)

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. (Ephesians 4:28)

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (II Corinthians 5:17)

There is nothing you can do to get to Heaven. It is impossible for us to stop sinning! IMPOSSIBLE!  If it were so, Christ would not have had to die a bloody and horrible death on the cross!

After Adam and Eve sinned, that sin nature was passed on to everyone born after that. God did not make Adam and Eve that way. They were made perfect and without sin. But God did not create robots who could make no choices in life and nor did He create someone without a will of their own. He created man to think for himself. Unfortunately for us, Adam and Eve’s sin has left all of mankind with a choice. Do we admit that we cannot stop sinning and, therefore, are doomed to eternity in Hell? Eternity is too long and Hell is too hot for you to shrug this away, my friend.

It broke God’s heart so much when His creation could not stop sinning! Even His chosen people, the Jews, could not stop, despite the Ten Commandments, their sacrifices of spotless lambs, and the laws that had been created to rule them. It was this compassion and broken heart that led God to send Jesus Christ, His Son, to die for us.  The Scriptures say that without the shedding of blood, there is not remission of sin. (Matthew 26:28, Romans 3:25, Hebrews 9:22) Therefore, a perfect Lamb, Jesus Christ the Son of God, left His throne in Heaven to take on human form. Why this method? Jesus did this so that He could feel what we feel as human beings. He could experience the temptations but never sin. This made Him the perfect, sinless Lamb who would be sacrificed for all mankind. Those other lambs were but mere symbols of what was to come when Christ came. He finished that requirement by being the final sacrifice, one sacrifice for all! (Hebrews 10:10)

Jesus Christ’s work did not stop there. Not only did He die, but He arose from the dead three days later! A few weeks later, He ascended into Heaven and is waiting to come back in the air to take born-again Christians to Heaven!  If you read the verses and you have allowed the Holy Spirit of God to prick your heart, won’t you please pray and ask God to forgive you? Accept His Son’s perfect sacrifice for your sins. Repent of your life style and change directions. If you are a thief, steal no more – if you are an adulterer, do it no more, etc. If you pray these things with a sincere heart, God will hear you and save you.  He knows whether or not you are sincere. As a result, you will be born again – a brand new beginning – a brand new nature! Your sins will be forgiven and the weight of your sin’s debt will be lifted from you! You will now be a child of God! A child of God begins to change immediately. The desires to curse, lie, cheat, steal, commit adultery, etc. will either be completely taken away or will diminish drastically.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (II Corinthians 5:17)

A Christian is not sinless but a Christian should sin less with each passing day as he yields himself to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit in his life. Read your bible faithfully every day – not just a verse or two – but really read and you will be fed God’s holy word! Look at the tab at the top of this blog for new believers and start there. Find a good Bible believing church that preaches God’s word without compromise.

I pray that this post has been a blessing to someone today! If so, please share your blessing by posting a comment!

Father in Heaven, I lift up this blog to You today and pray that Your Spirit would direct someone here who would read it and his/her heart would be convicted. Father, I beg You for a soul to be won as a result of this labor to bring honor and glory to You. I ask these things in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

Can we truly say that God’s rod and staff comfort us? The rod was used by the shepherd on his sheep for discipline at times. I began to meditate on why God’s rod would be a comfort to me. As God’s child, there are many times that I must be corrected. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. (Proverbs 22:15)

David was quick to add “and thy staff” immediately afterwards. The staff was used as a walking stick – this is a wonderful picture of God’s direction and guidance! David did not insert this in the next sentence but placed it right along with “Thy rod”! I wondered why? God’s correction and chastisement is always followed with direction and love. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:5) Can you just picture the Lord as our Shepherd using the rod to discipline us and then using His staff to guide us and direct us back on the right path?

A shepherd uses his rod to chastise his sheep into staying with the herd. His staff then guides and directs the sheep in the direction the shepherd wants them to go for their own protection. What a beautiful picture of Jesus, our Shepherd!

Our Father in Heaven is the ultimate Father! In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. (Isaiah 54:8 )

Father, I welcome thy rod and thy staff in my life. Without Your correction and guidance, I would wander aimlessly. Thank You for Your everlasting kindness and mercy, my Redeemer and King!

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. (Proverbs 31:10)

Is my personal “virtue” worth more than rubies? Or is my personal “virtue” a fake like cubic zirconia? Only I can answer that question honestly.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. (Proverbs 31:11)

Does my husband know that I will be frugal with the money he works hard to bring home? Or do I spend it without prayer or forethought and end up with too much week at the end of his paycheck?

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. (Proverbs 31:12)

Do I do my husband good ALL the time? Or only when I feel like it or if he’s nice to me?

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. (Pro 31:13)

Do I willingly work with my hands for the benefit of my family? Or do I complain of the mending that is sitting in the basket waiting to be mended?

She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. (Proverbs 31:14)

Do I try to help out when finances are tight? Or do I complain to my husband that there’s not enough money (all hubby hears in my complaint is that he is an awful provider!)?

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. (Proverbs 31:15)

Am I in control of my schedule to the point that I can get up early to take care of my time with the Lord and the needs of my family before they rise and the hussle bussle of the day takes over? Or do I hit the snooze button a couple of times only to have my entire household in a rush. I am in charge of setting the “tone” in my home.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. (Proverbs 31:16)

Do I consider what I buy and spend the money I make from my “craft” (whether that be from my garden or sewing, etc.) wisely? Or do I buy on impulse and hide it away in a drawer or closet and never use?

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. (Proverbsv31:17)

Do I exercise to keep myself physically fit for my family’s sake? Or do I indulge and overeat only to put on more weight? Too much weight reduces my stamina, adds stress to my heart and my legs, and plays havoc with blood pressure. My family needs me strong and healthy to be able to meet their needs.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. (Proverbs 31:18)

Do I make sure that the products I sell are done to the best of my ability? Or do I try to get away with providing lesser quality for the same amount of money? Do I do just enough to “get buy”? Am I so well organized so that I do not run out of oil for my candle during the night? In the days of the Proverbs 31 wife, no light in the window usually meant something was wrong, like a death in the family.

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. (Proverbs 31:19)

Do I learn to use the talents that God has blessed me with faithfully? Or do I make excuses that I simply just can’t learn?

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. (Proverbs 31:20)

Do I care for the needs in my own church as I should? Or do I turn my head and hope that someone else will take care of those needs?

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. (Proverbs 31:21)

Do I plan ahead and buy winter clothes on sale in the Spring to prepare for the needs of my family? Or do I end up buying winter clothes at top dollar value in the Fall? Are buttons missing from last year’s clothing? Are holes in need of mending?

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. (Proverbs 31:22)

Am I watchful as to how I dress so I can represent my husband properly? Or do I leave the house to go shopping wearing my grungiest jean skirt and no make-up? Do I look nice when he comes home from work or am I less than desirable to look at?

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. (Proverbs 31:23)

Are my deeds such that someone who knows my husband would say “He sure does have a good wife!” Or do his friends see a man whose shirt has not been ironed and his pants look like they sat in the dryer for a few days? Are the children so well behaved that people know he is a good leader?

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. (Proverbs 31:24)

Are my creations done to the best of my ability where they are a wonderful example of Christ through my work? Do I search out new ideas on how to sell my goods?

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. (Proverbs 31:25)

Am I clothed inwardly (spiritually) as well as I am clothed outwardly? Or am I guilty of hypocrisy?

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. (Proverbs 31:26)

Do I think before I speak making sure I have a kind response? Or do I blurt out the first thing that comes to mind and have to clean up my mess later? Do I try to disguise my unwise speech with “Oh well, I guess am just too honest at times.”?

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. (Proverbs 31:27)

Do I make sure that my list of chores for the day are accomplished? Or do I procrastinate on a few of those chores so I can watch something on TV?

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. (Proverbs 31:28)

Do my words and actions warrant receiving praise from my family? Or do I become bitter because they don’t praise me, not once thinking that it is I who needs to repent?

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. (Proverbs 31:29)

Do I strive to excel in my spiritual walk? Or do I do just enough to get by? Do I give my husband and family my all? Can my husband brag on me and say that I’m the best wife he could have?

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)

Do I fear (and honour) the Lord enough for it to guard all my words and actions? Or do I leave those things undone and concentrate on appearing spiritual?

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:31)

Do I let my spiritual walk and work speak for itself? Or do I look for praise from others?

Luke 10:38-42, Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

I love how God puts examples in the Bible that help us to learn His lessons for us. Here are two women, both raised in the same family but yet very different. There are a few spiritual applications we could glean here, that’s for sure. Martha could be an example of a person who is not saved and does not desire the things of God. It could be that Martha represents the saved woman who has not studied to show herself approved unto God. As well, she could represent the woman who has been saved a long time and has become comfortable in her Christian walk and feels she doesn’t need to grow spiritually anymore so she “works” a lot. Which Martha are you today, ladies?

Luke points out that Martha was “cumbered, careful and troubled about many things.” She was expecting Jesus and many others in her home. She was busy in her thoughts, laying out plans, what dishes to use, what meal to make, housework needed to be done, and everything in its place. In fact, these thoughts obsessed her so much so that she went to Jesus saying, “There’s so much to do, tell Mary to come help me!” Think about this for a minute. If you were receiving guests in your home and your sister wasn’t helping you with preparing, would you go to your guest and ask them to tell your sister to get to work? Is it me or was this a strange request to make? I think this goes deeper than meets the eye, don’t you? I think Martha wanted to draw attention to herself and all the work she had done by herself. SHE wanted the credit, in my opinion.

Jesus saw through this and told her that she was caught up in what needed to be done but was leaving the more important matters aside – her spiritual life. He came right out and told her that Mary had chosen the good part and that this spiritual nourishment would not be taken away from her.

Is your spiritual housework all done, ladies? Is your house nice and spotless but your Bible study life is not? Do you put emphasis on cleaning your house but you leave your spiritual housework undone? What can we do to have a spiritually house clean?

1. Ask God to show you those secret sins in your heart and confess them.
Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. (Psalm 19:12)

2. Ask God to show you all your sins and to wash you thoroughly from them so you don’t repeat them. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2)

3. How can we continually cleanse our hearts? By taking HEED to the word. Not just reading it but taking HEED to it. BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (Psalm 119:9)

4. Again, the word of God washes. It helps us to stay clean. What happens to water as it goes into a colander? It goes through the colander, right? But the colander is cleaned by that water, even though the water does not stay contained in it. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (Ephesians 5:26) The same with our spiritual lives. We may not remember everything we read in the scriptures or study, but continual reading and studying helps us to stay clean.

5. Getting closer to God will clean our hearts. It will bring conviction, repentance and a need to ask forgiveness from the Father. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:8)

6. Abstain from worldly lusts. The things of this world have a lot to offer the flesh. Think in your hearts today what worldly things God is revealing to your heart right now. Is it TV? Is it music? Is it a book? Is it a distraction that keeps you from His word? Any of these things distract. (II Corinthians 6:18) Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (II Corinthians 7:1)

Are you having difficulties saying no to the things this world offers? Are you having difficulties in your spiritual walk in general? Do a spiritual house cleaning today. Ask God to show you what He wants cleaned out. You probably already know what needs cleaning. Then ask the Lord to help you keep your spiritual house clean. He can, He will and He promises to help you. 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. (I John 4:4)

For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (Romans 2:13)

Oh how these two verses pricked my heart this morning. Often I say “amen” to the preaching of the scriptures, or blogs I’ve read, and posts on my favorite boards. But can I truly say that I “practice” the content of the messages? Self examination must be done daily and we must ask, “Am I a doer or am I deceiving myelf”?

According to Romans 2:13, if we are hearers we are not justified! Praise God for Romans 5:9 otherwise we would be in BIG trouble. Praise God that because we are born again, Jesus’ righteousness is all the Father sees and we are justified because of His shed blood! We are not condemned! And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. (Romans 5:16)

Are we doers of the word of God? We can try to fool those who “watch” us but can we fool our own selves? More importantly, do we honestly believe we can fool God? But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22) James says that we deceive our OWN selves! Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary has an excellent definition for the word deceive: “To mislead the mind; to cause to err; to cause to believe what is false, or disbelieve what is true; to impose on; to delude” We’ve all heard the old saying that we see life “through rose-colored glasses.” This expression goes back to at least 1861. It means that one has the attitude of cheerful optimism, of seeing everything in an attractive, pleasant light. Good night! What an eye opener that was! Do we see our own selves through these same rose-colored glasses? Do we see our sin for what it really is?

The bottom line is this … if we hear a message that points out sin in our lives and we do not heed that message, we are guilty of being a hearer of the word only. We are misleading ourselves – we actually convince our minds to believe that which is false or disbelieve that which is true! What is scarey here is that if we become hearers only, what false doctrine will we fall for? If we are hearers only, what effectiveness does our testimony have on the unsaved? Does our testimony give them vinegar rather than the water of life? When I think of what vinegar is, I shudder to think that my testimony would have this affect on others. Again, Noah Webster’s definition of vinegar is: “Vegetable acid; an acid liquor obtained from wine, cider, beer or other liquors, by the second or acetous fermentation. Vinegar may differ indefinitely in the degree of its acidity. When highly concentrated, it is called radical vinegar.” The soldiers tried to give Jesus vinegar as He hung on the cross and was thirsty. Matthew 27:34 says that once Jesus tasted it, he would not drink it!

Jesus provided “living water” to the thirsty soul. He did not give them vinegar. What are we producing? If we are hearers of the word only, we will be giving the world vinegar – why would they want that? If we are doers of the word, however, we are giving the world what their soul is thirsting for – living water!

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. (John 4:10)

The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? (John 4:11)

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38 )

I was studying these two verses this morning and why Paul would tell us to be no more like children. In other words, stop being childish! Anyone with children of their own knows just how childish this can be. An immature Christian is either immature because he is newly saved or is not in the Word.  We need to be in the Word so we can grow – it’s just like that baby needing milk. Withhold milk and that baby will become malnourished. Peter exhorted the newborn babes to grow by getting into the Word.

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: I Peter 2:2

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Ephesians 4:14

If a believer does not get into the Word, he will be easily deceived by cult members. He will be easily deceived into believing that worldliness is OK. He will fall for every wind of doctrine. He will be easily influenced by what his peers believe. His flesh will lead him rather than his spirit. Jesus knew that the flesh would starve the believer and mislead, but the spirit would feed that believer into growth. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)

If we quench the Holy Spirit by not heeding His conviction when He tries to show us our sin, we feed our flesh. When we do not read the word, we cannot build our faith (our strength) and we cannot grow. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17) We saw this earlier when Peter said to desire the word so we can grow. If we are not growing spiritually, then we are feeding our flesh more than our spirit. We are allowing worldliness into our lives more than we are allowing spiritual things into our lives. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5)

Is it your parents responsibility to feed you now that you are an adult and not living at home? Of course not! Is it your pastor’s responsibility to feed you spiritual food? Watch out what you answer! If you answer yes, then you are still a babe in Christ. You are still the child mentioned in Ephesians 4:14. It is your responsibility to feed yourself spiritually. Yes, we get fed at church but that should not be the only time you eat! Your Pastor doesn’t come to your house to prepare your meals, does he? Can you imagine if you fed your body only three times a week? Your pastor can only feed you when you are at church – that’s only about six hours a week. Are you starving the other 162 hours in the week?

Feed yourself, ladies, so you can feed your children! You’re not just responsible for their physical health but their spiritual health as well. How important is the Word in our lives? Here are a few reasons:

BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (Psalm 119:9) The word cleanses me.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11) The word keeps me from sinning.

DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. (Psalm 119:25) The word makes me alive!

My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word. (Psalm 119:28) The word strengthens me.

VAU. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word. (Psalm 119:41) The word shows me mercy.

So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. (Psalm 119:42) The word enables me to have the right words to respond to accusations.

This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. (Psalm 119:50) The word comforts me.

TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word. (Psalm 119:65) The word convicts me.

Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. (Psalm 119:67) The word keeps me from going astray.

They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. (Psalm 119:74) The word gives me hope.

Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. (Psalm 119:76) The word comforts me.

LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. (Psalm 119:89) The word is settled – never changing.

I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. (Psalm 119:101) The word keeps me from evil.

NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105) The word gives me direction in a dark world.

Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. (Psalm 119:133) The word brings order to my walk.

Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. (Psalm 119:140) The word is pure.

Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word. (Psalm 119:148) The word is to be meditated on.

I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word. (Psalm 119:158) The word burdens my heart for the lost.

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. (Psalm 119:160) The word is truth and is everlasting.

I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. (Psalm 119:162) The word is precious!

TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. (Psalm 119:169) The word gives understanding.

Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word. (Psalm 119:170) The word delivers me.

My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. (Psalm 119:172) The word is righteous.

There are trials that cause us to shed so many tears, you feel as though there could not possibly be any more to shed. When I was going through one of those trials with my husband’s cancer, I needed to encourage myself by writing. I decided I would look up verses with the word “tears” and see what the Lord gives to me.

I noticed that tears are shed for various reasons – but not one tear goes unnoticed by our Heavenly Father.

Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? (Psalm 56:8)

Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. (II Kings 20:5)

Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. (Isaiah 38:5)

Different types of tears:

When friends (or even family) scorn us: My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. (Job 16:20)

When we go through personal trial or turmoil: I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. (Psalm 6:6)

When we receive deliverance and direction from God: For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. (Psalm 116:8)

Tears resulting from spiritual warfare and work: Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. (Jeremiah 31:16)

When family trials overwhelm us and faith is little: And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. (Mark 9:24)

When we receive true repentance: And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. (Luke 7:38)

When we receive correction: And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. (Luke 7:44)

When we serve God: Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: (Acts 20:19)

When the man of God preaches and Exhorts the brethren: Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. (Acst 20:31)

When we suffer affliction and anguish for others: For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you. (II Corinthians 2:4)

When we remember the brethren: Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; (II Timothy 1:4)

The end of them all: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelations 21:4)

God will wipe away every tear! He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 25:8)

We need to remember that the battles we face here on this earth are not ours but God’s. His Word says so:

And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands. (I Samuel 17:47)

And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (II Chronicles 20:15)