Today's Christian thought: Monday January 12th, 2004
Take a moment to look within your very heart, and then ask yourself these questions:
Am I poor of spirit and seeking the kingdom of heaven?
Do I mourn and seek God's comfort?
Am I meek and do I seek to inherit the earth?
Do I hunger and thirst for righteous?
Am I merciful, seeking mercy?
Am I so pure of heart that I look forward to seeing God's face?
Am I a peace maker, one willing to suffer pain and indignation for the Lord?
Am I the Lord's salt? Am I a light to this world for Him?
Do I understand that Jesus came not to destroy the law and prophets, but to fulfill every last prophecy and requirement for the first coming of the Messiah, and that every other thing in the Bible is still 100% intact and in effect?
Do I understand that to twist Scripture is to assure oneself of eternal damnation?
Have I reached the point where I know that I must not go to the Lord when I have anything against a fellow Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian?
Am I willing to agree with those who oppose me on things other than my faith in Jesus and His teachings? That to even look at another woman with lust in my heart is adultery?
Am I willing to bite my tongue off if I find myself using God's name in vain? Do I understand that it is better to go to heaven without a tongue than it is to go to hell with it still in my mouth?
Am I willing to pray for those who hurt me instead of curse them?
Tough questions are they not? If you answered yes to each and every one of them, you are a liar. For to answer yes to each one would make you perfect and that just is not possible for us here on earth. But to strive to be able to answer yes to each one, now that is our goal.
Let us look at the Lord's teachings on the above questions, let us look and see what Jesus says about these things. Let us study, not just read Matthew chapter five.
Matthew Chapter Five
1 And seeing the multitudes, He (Jesus) went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came unto Him: 2 And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: 35 Nor by the earth; for it is His footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. 36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:1-48 ACP/KJV)
Last week President Bush announced his policy on illegal immigrants in the USA. Pat Buchanan hit the nail right on the head when he stated that the President was violating his oath of office by rewarding and not prosecuting those who have invaded our nation by violating our borders. There seems to be a movement afoot to find one or two democrats in the Congress to introduce articles of impeachment for this violation of his oath. I am not going to play lawyer and look between the lines or seek to find some legal cover for what President Bush has done, he is big boy, a smart one and one with courage, let him stand on his actions.
What I am going to do instead is remind you that your allegiance is to the Lord Jesus, the Christ, not the Republican party or President Bush. I don't believe that you can say you are striving to be able to say yes to the questions above if you put loyalty to a party or a man ahead of what is right. Of course the President has little to worry about. Finding a member of the democratic party that has ever read the Constitution will be next to impossible. And then, to get one to vote against the weakening of our borders and our national security will be impossible. Ffor what democrat is there that supports our national security over his own special interest votes, which include the illegal alien votes.
Lord, as Your faithful servant John has said: Please come quickly Lord, or at the very least Lord, bring us revival in the pulpits.
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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