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Psalm 28: 3 – 5 2018

Theme: God reveals his great power in nature. We can trust God to give us both the peace and the strength to weather the storms of life. 

Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts. Give them according to their deed, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

Focus Points: It’s easy to pretend friendship. Wicked people often put on a show of kindness or friendship in order to gain their own ends. David in his royal position, may have met many who pretended friendship only to meet their own goals. David knew that God would punish them eventually; but he prayed that their punishment would come swiftly. True believers should be straightforward and sincere in all their relationships. 

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Daily Reading and Bible Study 9/14/2018

Theme:  Only the fool denies God. How foolish it must seem to God when people say there is no God.

Spa. 14:1
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Psa 14:2
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

Psa.  14:3
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  

  Focus :

The true atheist is either foolish or wicked – foolish because he ignores the evidence that God exists or wicked because he refuses to live by God’s truths. We become atheists in practice  when we rely more on ourselves than on God. The fool  mentioned here Is someone who is aggressively perverse in his actions. To speak in direct defiance of God is utterly foolish according to the Bible. No one but God is perfect; all of us stand guiltily before him (see Romans 3:23) and need his forgiveness. No matter how well we perform or how much we achieve compared to others, none of us can boast of his or her goodness when compared to God’s standard. God not only expects us to obey his guidelines, but he wants us to love him with all our heart. No one except Jesus Christ has done that perfectly. Because we all fall short we must turn to Christ to save us (Romans 10: 9-11). Have you asked him to save you?

Psa.  14:4
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

Psa.  14:5
There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Focus points:

If God is “in the company of the righteous,” then those who attack God’s followers may be attacking God. To attack God is utterly futile (see Ps.2:4-5,10-12). Thus, while we may feel we are losing the battle, there can absolutely no doubt that our ultimate victory is in God.

Psa.  14:6
Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.

Psa.  14:7
Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD brings back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

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Daily Bible Reading: Ps.13-43-73-103-33. Prov.13:

Psalm 13: 1 – 6   

David’s complaint of delay of prayer for grace … how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

Deut.31:17>  And in that day I will become angry with them and forsake them; I will hide my face from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?’

Job 13:24>  Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?

Ps.22:1> My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?

Isa.59:2> But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

3b – lighten mine eyes lest I sleep the sleep of death:

Ezr.9:8> “But now, for a brief moment, the LORD our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage.

Ps.18:28>You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

Luke 2:32> a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”

Rev.21:23>  The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

3c – Ps.76:5-6>The valiant lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands. At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still.

Isa.37:36> Then the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!

Jer.51:39> But while they are aroused, I will set out a feast for them and make them drunk, so that they shout with laughter— then sleep forever and not awake,”
declares the LORD

Eph.5:14> This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

5d – But I have trusted in thy mercy;

2Chr.20:12> Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

Study area Psalm 43:1-5

Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

Psa. 43:2
For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?Psa. 43:3
O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

Psa. 43:4
Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Psa. 43:5
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

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As you think so are You 8/28/2018

Matthew 12: 33, Luke 6:43

Proverbs 23:7

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. For a good tree brings not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.         

 

Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. 

The Bible says that a tree is known by its fruit.     

     The same is true in our lives. Thoughts bear fruit. Think good thoughts, and the fruit in your life will be good. Think bad thoughts, and the fruit in your life will be bad.   Actually, you can look at a person’s Attitude and know what kind of thinking is prevalent in their life. A sweet kind person does not have mean vindictive thoughts. By the same token, a truly evil person does not have a good, loving thoughts.

      Remember Proverbs 23:7 – For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, says he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.  (follow this Proverb and allow it to have an impact on your life: for as you think in your heart, so are you. I frequently say where the mind goes, so goes the man.

 

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Daily Bible Study Aug.3, 2018

Daily Promises

 Deuteronomy 30: 9,10

And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. 

 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land,

Ref:  Ezek. 34:27>  The trees will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure in their land. They will know that I am the LORD, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.    

 

for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:

Jer. 32:41> I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.

Zeph. 3:17> The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Luke 15:6,10,32> Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”

Reflection : In Jesus’ story, the older brother represented the Pharisees, who were angry and resentful that sinners were being welcomed into God’s Kingdom. After all, the Pharisees must have thought, we have sacrificed and done so much for God. How easy it is to resent God’s gracious forgiveness of others whom we consider to be far worse sinners than ourselves. But when our self-righteousness gets in the way of rejoicing when others come to Jesus, we are no better than the Pharisees.

Psalms 3:

“Praise of God for His goodness”

1 – LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

2 Sam.15:12> While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he also sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, to come from Giloh, his hometown. And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom’s following kept on increasing.  

2 – Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. 

2Sam.16:8> The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!”

Psalms 22:7,8> All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. “He trusts in the LORD,” they say, “let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”     

3 – But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 

2Kings 25:27> In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Awel-Marduk became king of Babylon, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison. He did this on the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month.

Ps.27:6> Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

4 – I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

5 – I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. 

Ps.4:8> In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Prov. 3:24> When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Acts 12:6> The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.  

6 – I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

7 – Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 – Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. 

Ps.37: 39,40> The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

Prov.21:31> The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.

Hos.13:4> “But I have been the LORD your God ever since you came out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me. 

Focus Points:   When abundant possessions made Israel feel self-sufficient, it turned its back on God and forgot him. Self-sufficiency is as destructive today as it was in Hosea’s time. Do you see your constant need of God’s presence and help? Learn to rely on God both in good times and bad. If you are traveling along a smooth and easy path, right now, be aware of forgetting who gave you your good fortune. Don’t depend on your gifts, depend on the Giver.  See Deuteronomy 6:10 – 12> When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.    (Egypt/World)  

and 

Deuteronomy 8:7 – 20 for God’s warning. 

For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.

 

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Daily Bible Study Aug.2,2018

Psalms 2:8> Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.   

Ref.

Dan.7:13,14> I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

John 17:4,5> I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Focus points:  This one like a son of man”is the Messiah, Jesus used this verse to refer to himself (Matt.26:64; Luke 1:27; John 1:51). The clouds heavenly  portray the Son of Man as divine, throughout the Bible clouds represent his majestly and awesome presence. God’s glory appeared in cloud in Exodus 16:10 and 19:9 at the giving of the law at Sinai.

     Before Jesus came to earth, he was one with God. At this point, when his Mission on earth was almost finished, Jesus was asking his Father to restore him to his orinial place of honor and authority: Jesus’ resurrection and ascension – and Stephen’s dying exclamation (Acts 7:56) – attest that Jesus did return to his exalted position at the right hand of God.

Proverbs 2:6,7

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 

Ref:

Luke 21:15> For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.

John 6:45> It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’[fn] Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.

James 1:5> If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Psalm 84:11> For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 

Focus points:

 God gives us wisdom and victory but not for drifting through life or acting irresponsibly with his gifts and resources. If we are faithful and keep our purpose in life clearly in mind, he will keep us from pride an greed.  Wisdom’s  starting point is God and his revealed Word, the source of “knowledge and understanding”. In that sense, wisdom is his gift to us. But he gives it only to those who earnestly seek it. But because God’s wisdom is hidden from the rebellious and foolish, it takes effort to find it, and use it. The pathway to wisdom is strenuious. When we are on the path, we discover that true wisdom is God’s and that he will guide us and reward our sincere and persistent search.

 

 

 

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Psalms 52

Dear Lord God, I want to press on to know You. I do not want to pursue after human wisdom, earthly power, or material riches. Nothing compares to knowing You. By Your grace, through the light of Your word, let me grow in knowing You, Amen.

[[To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.]]

Ps.52:1

Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

1Sam.22:9> But Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul’s officials, said, “I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelek son of Ahitub at Nob.

Focus point: This psalm was written about Doeg, the Edomet who had betrayed Ahimelech and David and then killed God’s priest (see 1 Samuel 21:7; 22:9-23) Doeg thought he was a great hero-even boasting about his deed. In reality, his deed was evil, and offense to God. It is easy to mistake “accomplishment” with goodness. Just becausesomething is done well or thooughly doen’t mean it is good (for exaple, someone may be great gambler or a sskllful liar). Measure all you do by the rule of God’s Word, not by how proficiently you do it.

Psa 52:2
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Ps.50:19> You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit.

Prov.12:18> The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Psa 52:3
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. Ps.59:7> See what they spew from their mouths— the words from their lips are sharp as swords, and they think, “Who can hear us?”

Psa 52:4
Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

Psa 52:5
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

Prov.2:22> but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Psa 52:6
The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

Job 22:19> The righteous see their ruin and rejoice; the innocent mock them, saying,

Ps.58:10> The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.

Psa 52:7
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Job 31:24, 25>  “If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, Ps.49:6> those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?

Psa 52:8
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Focus Points:  With God by his side, David compared himself to an olive tree flourishing in the house of God. Not only is an olive tree one of the longestliving trees, but a flourishing tree has even greater longevity. David was contrasting God’s eternal protection of his faithful servants with the sudden destruction of the wicked (Ps.52:5-7).

Ps.92:13> planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.

Psa 52:9
I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.

Ps.54:6> I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, LORD, for it is good.