Monday, November 25, 2013

Remember My...


1 Corinthians 11:24 (NKJV)  and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."

The last word of this verse, "Me", comes from a Greek word pronounced, "Em-os"(1). A more accurate translation of this word would be, "My", but it does not seem to fit; "do this in remembrance of My". It seems to require another word to follow.

When I noticed this, I took a deeper look at this word in its original Greek spelling, using a tool called, an "Interlinear Scripture Analyzer"(1). I discovered this word is recorded thirteen times in the Bible; eight times quoting Jesus.

The Bible records Jesus using this word three times referring to communion (Lu. 22:19, 1 Co. 11:23 & 24). Jesus said in John 8:43, "My speech". Then in John 8:56, He said, "My day". In John 14:27---"My peace". John 17:13, "My joy", and in John 17:24, "My glory".

My speech
My day
My peace
My joy
My glory

When I have communion, I like to remember everything it means. Now when I replace the word Me with the word My, I remember the things Jesus said (His speech), I remember this is His day---the time of the new covenant---not the old one. I remember He wants me to experience His peace and joy.

I also remember that because of what Jesus did, I can come into His glory and commune personally with Him. Even His glory is for me to enjoy.

Jesus said in John 16:15, "All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you." Jesus provided us with all these attributes on the cross and so many more. When you break bread, remember the word at the end is My. Do not stop there but fill in the blank because Jesus said, "everything of Mine is yours".

Be blessed!
(1) ISA Interlinear Scripture Analyzer copyright AndrĂ© del Mol 201. ISA (Basic) can be downloaded free @ http://www.scripture4all.org/

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ruin the Devil's Day


Psalm 112:10 (NLT) The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

As a child of God, we are entitled to many benefits. The devil wants to make sure we do not get them.

We can easily get snared into defending ourselves against the devil's attacks. He will try anything to hold us back from our inheritance. He may attack our health, finances, family, or marriage---to keep us from receiving it.

Psalm 112 is a beautiful picture of the Christian that has received their God-given benefits. It even reveals how to do it. Our verse at the top describes the enemy's response to a righteous person. If you are born-again, you are the righteousness of God (1). You qualify for these benefits.

So what does the wicked one see to cause him to grind his teeth and slink away in hopelessness? Verse 9 says, "They [the righteous] share freely and give generously to those in need." This it what hurts the devil. When we do good for others.

The Old Testament makes the point over and over; God protects us from the enemy. When Pharaoh sent his armies after Israel, God drowned them in the Red Sea. Jehoshaphat, Joshua, Gideon, and King David all saw God defeat their enemies in unique ways and they did not have to do the battle. God takes care of the enemy for us.

Now I am not telling you to roll over and play dead. If you have bill collectors, you need to try to work something out. If you have health problems---see a doctor. Whatever you do, do it in prayer and do what seems to bring you the most peace. Most importantly---find someone else to bless.

The enemy wants us to defend ourselves. This prevents us from doing the good works that God has planned for us to do (2).

God has a purpose for each of us. As we fulfill that purpose, the enemy suffers destruction. I refuse to get caught up in my own affairs when God has a fulfilling, prosperous, destiny for me to live out. God takes care of me when I fulfill my purpose.

Be Blessed!
(1) 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV) For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
(2) Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Monday, November 11, 2013

I Don't Ask for Money


Deuteronomy 8:18 (NKJV)  And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Several years ago, I was a traveling sales representative. The product I sold was expensive and one sale often meant thousands of dollars to me. Needless to say, my monthly income could be feast or famine.

During one period of famine, I was having problems with my vehicle. It was an intermittent problem that caused it to stall from time to time. I really needed a sale so I could not only feed my family and pay bills, but I needed to get my vehicle fixed.

The opportunity for a sale finally arrived. I had a potential buyer about three hours drive from home. I made the appointment and headed out; I would show them the equipment after business hours.

However, my vehicle decided to give me more grief than I could deal with.  I drove about an hour out of town and it became too unreasonable to keep going. I had to turn my vehicle around and limp it back home. As I drove it kept stalling, I would pull over and wait a moment, start it up again and continue on.

As I went along, I wondered how I was going to get out of this predicament. I had a qualified buyer but no way to work out a deal.

Pondering the thought that God is my provider, the Scripture at the top kept coming to mind. The van decided to stall once more when suddenly, from deep in my heart came the words, "God gives me the power to get wealth to establish His covenant". I shouted this out and the van started up and ran like new.

I ended up getting the deal that night and my van ran flawlessly the whole way to the customers and back home. It quit running once I parked in my driveway.

The Bible says in Isaiah 48:17, "Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.""

We need to realize God is our provider. He teaches how to make money and leads us through financial challenges. We do not have to ask---He is at the ready.

I rely on God to give me the ability to do my job efficiently. I give Him all the glory when I do well because I know it is because of Him. When I have unusual financial difficulties come up, I do not concern myself with the result but rather, what God wants me to do.

Sometimes God allows things to happen that I may not understand, but the end result is not important because God meets all my needs no matter what. He always finds a way because I have placed my confidence in Him.

I no longer worry about money; instead I focus on fellowshipping with God. He is my teacher, my guide, and the provider of all my income. I do not ask for money---I expect it!

Be blessed.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Let it Flow


John 7:38-39 (NKJV)  He who believes in Me [Jesus], as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."  But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive...

When I was a young boy, I used to enjoy hanging out with a friend at a nearby slough. A slough is not the most pleasant place to hang out but little boys like water, even if it has a foul odor. A slough has a bad smell to it because the water is stagnant; no water flows into or out of it.

A lake, on the other hand, does not smell like a slough. It can be a wonderful place to go swimming and just relaxing on the shoreline. A lake has streams or rivers flowing through it. The water is alive instead of stagnating.

The water in a slough is unpleasant; the water in a lake is pleasant.

In the Scripture at the top, Jesus promises us that whoever believes in him will have living waters flowing through them. He then explained that the living water is the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is revealed as love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Galatians 5:22). I have always tried to display these beautiful attributes to those around me. I memorized them and kept myself in check. I did a reasonable job---much of the time, but not always.

Recently I discovered something better. The more I become like the Holy Spirit---the more I release His fruit.

I have discovered, the more I receive the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the more I become like the Holy Spirit. When I receive His love, I become His love. When I receive His joy, I become His joy. I do not have to memorize Scripture and keep myself in check, only to do a reasonable job. I have been learning to let Him flow through me. I have become naturally overflowing with love, joy, peace and all the beauty of God.

When the beauty of the Lord is upon you, you receive favor. This can lead to promotions at work and better service in restaurants and department stores. And it all comes to you naturally, with no effort at all.

Focus on receiving His fruit. Fellowship with God continually through conversation with Him and learning about His grace. You will find out how much He loves you and discover the joy He has over you. Receive His peace and the patience He has for you. It will overflow through you into a world that desperately needs it!

Be blessed.