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Scriptural Reflections
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:13:46 PM »
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from Daily Overcoming Devotional  - Ray Prinzing for August 25

But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to obtain salvation through the sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth (2 Thess 2:13)

Salvation, which is a process, will ultimately attain its fullness and perfection when "belief of the truth" and "sanctification of the Spirit" have fully worked their ministry in us.  We read of Lydia, "whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul." Acts 16:14.  God initiated the action, He opened her heart, then there could come a responsive action on Lydia's part.  Jesus said, "Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you."  Once we are awakened by His Spirit to His life, we can respond in RECEIVING and begin to live the life which He quickens within.  All of our responsive action is secondary, the first, initial working is all His, by sovereign grace.

The Bereans "received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."  Acts 17:11

The Thessalonians "received the Word in much affliction (pressure), with joy of the holy Spirit.  1 Thess 1:6.

Blessed are those who can receive with readiness of mind, so that they do not search for an obscure inference against it, but they seek to earnestly see if it be so, and as it is confirmed to them, they are believing into it.  Blessed also are those who, though the Word comes to them through pressure, yet undergirded with the joy of the Spirit, they are able to receive truth that it might work in them to their salvation.

"Ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.  1 Thess 2:13.  Truth accepted as a word of men becomes another tradition and dogma, but received "as the word of God", then He quickens it, and it becomes a WAY OF LIFE.

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Re: Scriptural Reflections
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2013, 05:04:08 PM »
The "Truth" sets us free.
The power of the Word is the truth of who we are and why we are here.
We are children of God.
We are here to prepare us for the coming ages.
All this sets us free from the fear of death, and stimulates the looking ahead. For the things that we see are temporary, the things that are not seen are eternal.
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 05:57:10 PM »
For I know the plns I have for you,declares the Lord,plans t prosper you and not to harm you,plans to give

you hope and a future

   So there is hope for your future,declares the Lord.'Your children will return to their own land"


    In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a sure foundation for the future,so that they may take hold

  of the life that is truly life.

     we have a future because of Him......the wages of sin is death..the free gift of righteousness/ eternal life...is our hope of

  and in Him

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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2013, 06:54:16 PM »
Thanks Sheila, what a wonderful reflection... it is especially meaningful to me as it reminded me of Jeremiah 29:11-13 which I am using for a Thanksgiving Letter to my family and friends (I need to get back to putting that letter together so I will be able to mail it in early November)

Jeremiah 29
v 11   For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
v 12   Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you.
v 13   And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye search for me with all your heart.

Thanks Ross, I've been reflecting much on the Truth (Jesus) setting us free as I listen to the Chorus and last stanza  of one of jabcat/James' song:

Chorus:
"Have you heard those words He said "come unto me"
Have you heard those words "I have set you free"
There's no sweeter sound in this world you've ever heard
than "I love you, you're forgiven" have you heard those words

last stanza:
He says "come all you that labor I will give you rest
Take my yoke upon you put Me to the test
I will give you Living Water so that you'll never thirst
then we will go be with My Father" have you heard those words

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Re: Scriptural Reflections
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2013, 03:07:26 AM »

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Eph 2

v 7 That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us through Christ Jesus.

v 8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:

v 9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

v 10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 


from J R Miller   (Eph 3:8 The unsearchable riches of Christ)

"God never gives all He has to give.  The time will never come, when He has nothing more to bestow.  We never reach the best in Divine blessings:  there is always something better yet to come.  Every door that opens into His treasury of love  :HeartThrob: -- shows another door into another treasury beyond.  The yet unrevealed.  We need not fear that we shall ever come to the end of God's goodness, or to any experience for which He will have no blessing ready."

1 Cor 2:9
No eye has seen,
nor ear heard, and
no mind has imagined
--what God has prepared for those who love Him.


John 1:17

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus


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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2013, 04:16:50 PM »
Hi anna;
Phil 3;21 " Who shall transform the body of our humiliation to its being conformed to the body of HIS GLORY, according to the working of His power, even to subject the all things to Hi self."
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2013, 05:07:44 PM »
Hi anna;
Phil 3;21 " Who shall transform the body of our humiliation to its being conformed to the body of HIS GLORY, according to the working of His power, even to subject the all things to Hi self."

Hi Ross: 
I had requested that my account be deleted--but just checked this forum to reread some posts that had given me further ideas for my September Bible Study Time and I saw this reply from you and was reminded of some of my favorite (I have a few hundred favorites!!) ... I don't have time to type them out so I'll just give the verses that I think speak to Phil 3:21

1 Cor 15:43
Rom 6:4
Rom 4:25
Col 2:12
Rom 8:11

I've given much reflection to "the power of His resurrection" ... Phil 3:10

I will have my account deleted for the month of September, but will occasionally read posts.  Thanks Ross for your interest in Scriptural Reflections.  anna




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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2013, 02:35:50 AM »
Hi Anna;
You seem to be perceiving the difference between our current physical and our resurrected spiritual. Our current form cannot take all of the power that is in  our spiritual form.
I like the illustration of the comparison between the sun and the creator of the sun. We cannot currently stare at the sun or we go blind, we lower our eye line. Plus we cannot go any closer without just melting away.
God has more power than that. No wonder no-one has yet approached that light.
1 Tim 6;16 " Who alone is having immortality, dwelling in light unapproachable, whom NO ONE of men did see, nor is able to see, to whom is honour and might age-during! Amen!"
Col 3;4 " When the Christ, our life, may be manifested, THEN we shall also be manifested WITH HIM in glory."

His plan just excites such mind blowing positive things that the things which are seen as temporary now have heaps less associated stress.
May He indeed bless you beyond your wildest dreams.
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Re: Scriptural Reflections
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2013, 06:15:49 PM »

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Romans 12:9 (NLT)
Don't just pretend to love others.  Really love them ... Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

from Daily Open Windows for Sept 15      (TASparks)

"He loved them unto the uttermost."  And I think in that statement, there is the most wonderful thing that ever came into this world.  Jesus had had a lot of trouble with those men.  They had often misunderstood Him.  They had often disappointed Him.  They were really a very poor lot of men... He knew what a poor lot of men they were, but He loved them unto the uttermost.  That is the first thing about this love.  It is not offended by our failures.  He does not withdraw His love because we make mistakes.  We may often disappoint Him, we may often fail Him, we may often grieve his heart, but He goes on loving us.  He loves us unto the uttermost, right to the end.  He is not offended by our failures.  That is a very different kind of love from our love.  This is God's love in Christ...


from Mister God, This is Anna

"Anna had bypassed all the nonessentials and distilled centuries of learning into one sentence:  'And God said love Me, love them, and love it, and don't forget to love yourself."

'You love because you are people.  I love Mister God truly but He don't love me.' It sounded to me like a death knell. ...But I was wrong.  She had got both feet planted firmly on the next stepping stone.  'No, no, He don't love me, not like you do, it's different, it's a millions of times bigger.'

"Mister God is different.  ...people can only love outside, and can only kiss outside, but Mister God can love you right inside, and Mister God can kiss you right inside, so it's different.  Mister God ain't like us; we are a little bit like Mister God, but not much yet.'

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Re: Scriptural Reflections
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2013, 03:03:34 PM »
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from Daily Overcoming Devotional Ray Prinzing for September 30

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The word "hope" as used in the scriptures, can simply be defined as "desire combined with expectation."  It is not just wishful thinking, but bespeaks of an expectation that is assured that it will receive in due time.  Our hope is derived from experience which has proven the soundness of our vision. "Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scripture might have HOPE." Rom 15:4  There is a difference between hope and patience, for patience is the result of tested faith, while hope is the result of that mature character developed by such endurance.

We are being changed "from glory to glory," but the climactic completion awaits His appearing.  We have this HOPE, that He shall come, and when He does, it will be the hour of our total redemption.

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Re: Scriptural Reflections
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2013, 04:56:22 PM »
on HOPE

from Daily Overcoming Devotional Ray Prinzing for September 30

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The word "hope" as used in the scriptures, can simply be defined as "desire combined with expectation."  It is not just wishful thinking, but bespeaks of an expectation that is assured that it will receive in due time.  Our hope is derived from experience which has proven the soundness of our vision. "Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scripture might have HOPE." Rom 15:4  There is a difference between hope and patience, for patience is the result of tested faith, while hope is the result of that mature character developed by such endurance.

We are being changed "from glory to glory," but the climactic completion awaits His appearing.  We have this HOPE, that He shall come, and when He does, it will be the hour of our total redemption.

Wow, I love that!! I am copying and pasting this in my notes of things to remember/read again.. then when I turn on my old lumbering computer one of these days, I think I'll print it and hang it on my wall.. I'm not much of a warm and fuzzy kind of person, but this post was most definitely very warm and fuzzy.. Feeding the soul heart and psyche..

hmmm, I've been trying to think of Christmas gifts (can't believe I'm actually thinking of Christmas before December).. and popped into my head just now to dig out my old wood burning tool to make some scripture verse plaques..

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: thanks for posting that irenic-inkwell, teacher of grandma's (and others!) :smile:
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Where does it say no repentance after death? being resurrected still in their sins (the 2nd) during age of Judgment, there's sure to be weeping and wailing & for those habitual despisers of God, gnashing of teeth--who may make their way to LOF
~Is weeping & wailing the beginning of the redemptive process??
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The historist elements in the Bk of Rev shed light on the futurist! (Like13:13, same as, 6:12-17, but both  begin/historist & end/futurist r described here so early! a clever lock; & parts of ch12-hist; ch's 10,12,13 = inserts)
~imo we are at 7:1 a pause of 6:12/splitting of atom

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Re: Scriptural Reflections
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2014, 04:28:52 AM »
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1 John 1:5-7  (AMP)
v 5   And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you:  God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way].

v 6   [So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents].

v 7   But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses [removes] us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2014, 11:16:22 AM »
Hi anna274;
We are indeed pure indeed in God's sight because of Christ!!!!

I also love;

1 thess 2;13  " When you received the Word of God which you heard from us,
you accepted it not as a human word, but as it truly is,
the Word of God that is EVEN NOW DOING IT'S WORK IN YOU WHO BELIEVE."
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Re: Scriptural Reflections
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2014, 11:27:51 PM »
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THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD IS JESUS  Bliss, 1875

The whole world was lost
In the darkness of sin,
The Light of the world is Jesus!
Like sunshine at noonday,
His glory shone in.
The Light of the world is Jesus!

Refrain
Come to the light, 'tis shining for thee;
Sweetly the light has dawned upon me.
Once I was blind, but now I can see:
The Light of the world is Jesus!


No darkness have we
Who in Jesus abide;
The Light of the world is Jesus!
We walk in the Light
When we follow our Guide!
The Light of the world is Jesus.


Ye dwellers in darkness
With sin-blinded eyes,
The Light of the world is Jesus!
Go, wash, at His bidding,
And light will arise.
The Light of the world is Jesus!


No need of the sunlight
In the new Jerusalem we're told;
The Light of the world is Jesus!
The Lamb is the Light
In the city of gold,
The Light of the world is Jesus.
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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2014, 04:00:41 AM »
Just wondering, all of the stanzas have 6 lines but the one after the refrain. Did a line get left out?
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« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2014, 04:10:52 AM »
Thank you, thank you, thank you... How could I miss typing the most important line???

No darkness have we
Who in Jesus abide;
The Light of the world is Jesus!
WE WALK IN THE LIGHT
When we follow our Guide!
The Light of the world is Jesus!

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« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2014, 04:27:02 AM »
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