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|81||Consequences leading by pride.||Bible general Archive 1||inmyheart||75975|
|Greetings, go to the below site and here you will find may answers that you are seeking. Praise God!
GOD resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. - James 4:6.
|82||Consequences leading by pride.||Bible general Archive 1||inmyheart||75973|
|There are three ways to destroy Pride, and they must all be taken together:
1) Be grateful to anyone and everyone. Treat even the things people are expected to do as great gifts. Be grateful for your food, your change at Burger King, rain, life itself. Thank everyone.
2) Beg forgiveness of God for the sin of Pride. Go before Him in prayer every day or every few hours and implore His mercy. The more this offends you, the more Pride you have.
3) Ask God for a spirit of Humility and Gratitude. Read Philippians 2:3-11 and imitate it. Understand that without God's Grace, we will never cast away our illusions. Ask God to break your pride and vanity using whatever it takes: illness, loss of friends, loss of family, public humiliation. This is unbelievably difficult to request, and every fiber of our being fights it. We protest it is not fair, or "God doesn't work that way." My friend, what good is health, friends, family, a good reputation, if you have no real love for God, but only a hollow illusion? In the end, all but true love for God is lost, so count all else but God as loss now.
For continued reading, the following are a few good books:
"Mere Christianity," by C.S. Lewis
"New Seeds of Contemplation," by Thomas Merton
"The Cost of Discipleship," by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
|83||Crispus and Sosthenes?||Acts 18:8||inmyheart||75843|
Good to see you posting once again. The below web site will give you the info that you need. Once on the site, just scroll down to the end and there's your answer.
God bless you in your studies
|84||Why pride is the number one sin?||Bible general Archive 1||inmyheart||75703|
Here is a long answer to your short question.
It was pride that reached out the hand in the Garden to take of the forbidden fruit. It was pride which formed the foundation of the infamous Tower, and pride that laid its every stone, one upon the other. It was pride that moved David to number his troops and to trust in the sword and the chariot rather than in his God. Pride kept the Israelites in the wilderness for forty years. Pride drove Nebuchadnezzar from his throne and deprived him of his sanity. Pride brought the Apostle Peter low. Pride ate the heart of Pilate with worms. Pride crucified the Lord of Glory and brought destruction upon Jerusalem. Rightly does the Scripture declare, "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18).
Beware of this consuming cancer; check its spread before it overruns your whole person. Never entertain the thought that perchance you are immune from such a dread disease. Pride is at first a shadow that seeks to elude our notice; it feeds upon ignorance and draws strength from blindness. "[You] do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked" (Revelation 3:17), was the chastisement of Christ against the prideful Laodiceans. Yet, once discovered, pride becomes a roaring beast that will fight its eradication with tooth and claw. Fervent prayer and sweat and tears will prove this adversary not unconquerable. However, neither begin to speculate that, once discovered and strived against, that it has gone into remission and cannot assault you afresh. "...[B]eware of the leaven of the Pharisees...." (Matthew 16:11)
"Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith" (2 Corinthians 13:5). Further, examine the standard by which you examine yourself. Is it by the infallible Word of God, or is it by your own sentiments and your own self-love that you judge yourself.? Do not even stop there; examine also your interpretation of the standard of the Word. Is it according to truth, or is it according to your own depravity?
Always remain suspicious of yourself, of your own righteous deeds and of your knowledge, yea, of your own humility- too easily you may begin to find your righteousness and knowledge grounds for praise, and your humility itself a source of pride. Maintain a constant mistrust regarding yourself, and never rest upon anything but the mercy of the Father and the Blood of His Son for your justification. Therein lies your only source of hope and assurance.
Heed also the words of Jesus Christ:
"... [W]hy do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:3-5).
The intent of our Lord in this passage was not to distinguish between sins or to class them by degrees or magnitude, this one a plank, and that one but a speck. Rather, His exhortation was to make us mindful first of the sin that dwells nearest unto us before we notice that which is afar. What business have you in rebuking your brother and making known his shortcomings, when so great and numerous are your own? The sin that putrefies our own home is to seem to us of more import and ever more odious than that which putrefies our neighbor's home. Though our nostrils, having grown accustomed to the stench in which we ourselves dwell, may often be more sensitive to that to which we are temporarily exposed, we are instructed by Christ to search diligently to find the sin within ourselves before that which is in others. And when we have so discovered one sin, there is yet another that eludes our gaze and must be rooted out. So endless is this task and so consuming this duty, that scarcely have we time to assist our brother in his own search.
Pride is quick to see the faults of others but slow to focus upon the faults of the very heart in which it has taken residence. In reading this article, notice how quickly your mind has envisioned someone other than yourself to which these descriptions apply. Notice the exultation that you have begun to feel rise up within your heart in knowing that the prideful man has at last been discovered and exposed publicly. Indeed he has been; he is you:
"... [A]ll of you be submissive to one another., and be clothed with humility, for 'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.' Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time...." (1 Peter 5:5-6)
|85||Ex-Cult Members - What Changed?||Bible general Archive 1||inmyheart||75355|
This is a duplicate post!But nevertheless, not being a ex-cult member, I would say GRACE changed their mind to turn to Jesus! Just everyone else.
|Stacey, Here is a little information from a commentary:
Eph.22-24, How wives walk in the light: submitting to their husbands
a. The command to submit to your own husbands is as clear as it is difficult; true submission is not only shown in our actions, but in our hearts - God wants us to be able to joyfully embrace submission.
i. God commands of every believer submission to some level of authority or another; and as with all submission, wives find it easy to submit to their husbands when they agree, but difficult when they do not agree - but that is where our submission is tested.
ii. Essential to the idea of submission is trust - trust in God (because submission to proper authority is always submission to God), more than a trust in the authority (whom God has the ability to by guide).
iii. We think we display a lack of trust in the authority by our unsubmissiveness; what we really display is a lack of trust in God, who has commanded our submission.
First, I rejoice with you for your deliverance from (his) addiction. I would recommend that you and your husband get counseling or join a recovery program, there are many great Christian groups, because there are many issues that you both still must work through. Paul writes about this in Romans 7:15-20.
The process that you are going through is a natural one, but as I have mentioned, as you work and grow with others who have walked in the same path as you both have, and you'll gain the understanding that you seek. God will continue to strengthen both of you.
This is my recommended reading to you: Romans 12:1-2 and Philippians 4:8
You have made the best decision that you'll ever make in all of you're life!
|87||New Testament TITHING ?||Bible general Archive 1||inmyheart||75022|
RIGHT GIVING IS A PART OF RIGHT LIVING. THE LIVING IS NOT RIGHT WHEN THE GIVING IS WRONG. THE GIVING IS WRONG WHEN WE STEAL GOD'S PORTION TO SPEND ON OURSELVES.
|88||Who was the govenor of Galilee?||Luke||inmyheart||74938|
|tycollins37, Herod was the govenor of Galilee, here are the verses:
Luke 23:6-7. 6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
|89||I need verses on why we need God's Word.||NT general Archive 1||inmyheart||74936|
|Damascus, here are but a few;
Luke 2:40 And the little child [Jesus] grew and became strong, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.
Col. 2:3 In whom [Christ] all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.
Psalms 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalms 119:32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
Psalms 119:9-11 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
The Bible is all this and more. This is why the wise person sets himself to knowing and obeying God's word.
If you love me, you will obey what I command. John 14:15
|90||need reference about gifts from God||1 Corinthians||inmyheart||74732|
|Hello mosca001, you'll find this in Paul's writtings.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul listed the gifts of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:7-11). Included in this list of the gifts or manifestations of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, distinguishing of spirits, tongues and the interpretation of tongues.
|91||Difference between sin and sins?||Rom 5:12||inmyheart||74670|
|Sin is a disease
The first man, Adam, acquired the disease It was acquired by Adam through the forbidden fruit The fruit presumably contained some infective agent
This agent has two effects:
(1) It initiated a process of decay which introduced physical death into human experience.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin...and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (Rom. 5:12).
(2) Sin causes physical death. Until Adam ate the forbidden fruit and introdcued this poison into his body, he was not subject to physical death. The day he ate it he became a dying creature, though the process took almost a thousand years to complete. The life span of his descendants was steadily reduced as the effects of the poison became cumulative.
Sins are Symptoms of the disease
All men now inherit this disease. It is inherited by Adam's descendants through natural generation.
The infective agent appears to be passed on through the male seed. Man is inevitably a sinner because he is constitutionally diseased.
(2) It effectually marred human behavior, making all men sinful by nature and Spiritually dead.
For by one man's disobedience many were made sinners...(Rom. 5:19). Sins cause spiritual death.
Although every man begins life as a mortal creature, spiritual death occurs only when one becomes accountable for his behavior. It is not sin, but sins, which break our communion with God.
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)
I end this post with "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, look, the Lamb of God, who takes the "sin" of the world." John 1:29 (NIV).
|92||TATTOOS....yea or nay??||Bible general Archive 1||inmyheart||74043|
Within the book of Revelation there are nearly as many references to the mark of God on believers as there are references to the mark of the beast. Several times the Apocalypse refers to the Lord writing the name of Christ and God upon His servants (Revelation 3:12; 14:1; 22:4). Twice (ch. 7:3; 9:4) the phrase "the seal of God" upon the "foreheads" of His servants is mentioned (see Isaiah 44:5 and especially Ezekiel 9:4 for the OT background on this). When these verses regarding the "seal of God on their foreheads" are compared with ch. 14:1 and 22:4, it becomes clear that the seal of God is His written name.
And what of Christ Himself? Twice in chapter 19, our Lord is depicted as having a name written on Him (verses 12 and 16). As unthinkable as it may be for some to picture our Lord Jesus as having a tattoo, the author of the Apocalypse had no problem with it.
Some may argue that the seal of God/written name of God upon the foreheads of believers does not constitute a "tattoo," and that the name "King of kings and Lord of lords" written on the thigh of Jesus certainly does not constitute a tattoo. If writing on the flesh here cannot refer to tattoos, then neither can the writing of the number of the beast ("the mark of the beast") upon those who follow the beast. If not, why not?
In conclusion, the Scriptures do not condemn having a tattoo per se. "Tattoos" are spoken of both positively and negatively in the Scriptures, and the message of or purpose behind the tattoo is what determines whether or not such a mark is good or bad. Those who would judge the salvation or Christian walk of others on the basis of outward appearance and Old Covenant commands should be reminded of two things. One, "man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV) Two, the basis of our covenant relationship to God in Christ is based, not upon rules and regulations or dress codes, but upon God's grace, which is received by faith (Ephesians 2:8f.; Titus 3:4-5).
|93||TATTOOS....yea or nay??||Bible general Archive 1||inmyheart||74038|
|Greetings, let me answer your post in two parts.
You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo [KJV, "print"] any marks upon you: I am the LORD. [Leviticus 19:28, NKJV]
"There it is," brethren opposed to tattooing would say, pointing to this verse as the primary weapon in their arsenal. "A clear cut prohibition of tattooing in the Scriptures." It might seem that way to some, if the verse is just casually read without much attention to what is actually being said here and to whom this command applies.
The reason behind the prohibition in this verse against tattooing had to do with ancient pagan practices in mourning the dead. As the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia puts it, "Here the practice [of tattooing] is associated with mourning rites for the dead and is forbidden as a heathen practice." [ISBE Vol. IV, page739] The ancient occupants of Canaan would make marks in their skin, either by incision or by burning the flesh to appease their "gods," or, as Matthew Henry puts it, "to pacify the infernal deities they dreamt of, and to render them propitious to their deceased friends." The Good News Bible in Today's English Version even renders this verse to show that both cutting the flesh and tattooing here apply to mourning rituals: "or tattoo yourselves or cut gashes in your body to mourn for the dead."
Those of the opposing view may say, "Granted, but a prohibition is still a prohibition. Regardless of the historical/cultural reason behind it, this verse commands Christians not to get tattoos." Actually, that's not true. This verse does not command Christians to reject tattoos as unacceptable. This verse was a part of the Old Covenant given by God through Moses to the Israelites. It applied only to a specific period of Jewish history: from the time of the giving of this covenant at Mount Sinai (Deuteronomy 5:2-3) until the covenant was "made obsolete" and "taken away" by the sacrifice of Christ (Hebrew 8:13; 10:9-10). The commands of the Hebrew Scriptures, therefore, are stipulations of covenant requirements, a covenant Gentiles were never under, a covenant that has been set aside as "old" for the sake of the "new" covenant in Christ (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:7-13). If an Old Covenant command is not repeated in the New, then it is not binding upon the Christian.
The verse in Leviticus is the only place in most English versions where the word "tattoo" appears. However, those wishing to condemn the practice cite other passages to buttress their weak position. To my knowledge, the only other verses they use are found in the Revelation, which refer to the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:16, 17; 14:9, 11; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4). These verses, it is claimed, refer to tattoos, which are marks of ownership or allegiance.
These verses could indeed refer to tattoos. However, the aspect of having this mark that is condemned is not that it is a tattoo upon one's flesh, but that those possessing the mark are showing their allegiance to the beast, that they "worship the beast and his image" (Revelation 14:9, 11; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4). Once again, it is the purpose behind the mark or tattoo that is condemned in the Scriptures, and not the tattoo in and of itself.
|Acts 15:38: This scripture directly links Paul's refusal to take Mark with them to the fact that Mark departed from them prematurely on their first missionary journey. That still leaves many questions about what Mark's motives were for the departure, but suffice it to say that Paul thought Mark's reasons were inadequate.
This reveals an attitude that Paul had towards those in leadership which we would do well to imitate. Paul did not want to spend his time ministering to his own team. He needed only strong, mature help. The weak or wounded should not be put on the front lines for their own sake as well as the sake of the mission.
Whatever Mark's problems were, they were resolved so that he went on to become a mighty man of God. There is no reason to believe that Paul was against that. In fact, Paul's treatment of Mark here could have been an inspiration to him to grow up.
|95||God is everywhere?||Bible general Archive 1||inmyheart||73705|
|God has said, "I will never leave you, or forsake you."
He is always and everywhere present.
Here is how he said it through the prophet Isaiah:
Isaiah 43:2ff "Fear not for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…"
Jeremiah 23:23,24 "Am I only a God nearby", declares the Lord, "and not a God far away? Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" Declares the Lord. "Do not I fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord."
John 14:16-23 "I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you… On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you… If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."
300 years ago Stephen Charnock wrote concerning the Acts 17 passage:
"In him we live and move and have our being" God is "not absent from anything, but so present with (everyone), that they live and move in him, and move more in God, than in the air or earth wherein they are; (God is) nearer to us than our flesh to our bones, than the air to our breath; he cannot be far from them that live, and have every motion in him. The apostle did not say, "by him" but "in him" to show the inwardness of his presence."
Again, I ask you, where IS God?
Listen to God’s own answer as given through the Psalmist David in Psalm 139 READ
Verses 8-9 directly address the question, "Where is God?"
In these verses David imagines the furthest distances away.
In verse 8 he speaks of the highest place above and the deepest place below.
In verse 9 he speaks of the furthest east ("the wings of the dawn") and the furthest west ("the far side of the sea" – the Mediterranean was west of where he was).
Any direction David might go, and far as it was conceivable to go – who was there? God!
|96||barnabas enabler of paul?||Acts||inmyheart||73703|
|Barnabas: Encourager and Enabler
Acts 4:36-37; 9:26-27; 11:22-26; 15:36-41
Biblically, we traverse four chapters of the Book of Acts to discover gems in the life of Barnabas. Joseph, who was called Barnabas ("one who encourages"), sold a field and gave the proceeds to the apostles (4:36-37). When the apostles were frightened of Saul, Barnabas vouched for his good character (9:26-27). The church in Jerusalem sent Barnabas to check out the situation in Antioch, and he welcomed the new converts with joy (11:22-24). Barnabas sought out Paul to minister with him in Antioch, where believers were first called "Christians" (vv. 25-26).
Barnabas and Paul decided to make a second missionary journey, but instead went their separate ways when Barnabas insisted that Mark go with them (15:36-41). From this lesson, we gain insight into the life of a Christian as manifested by one of the early saints, Barnabas. Here we learn that it is important for us as believers to take the posture of encourager in the life of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Too many of us are critics instead of encouragers. We can also learn from Barnabas's generosity. He could not keep the blessing of the Lord to himself; he had to share it with the people of God. We learn of his outreaching spirit as he makes the first missionary journey with Paul.
|97||What was the name of Lot´s wife?||Bible general Archive 1||inmyheart||73638|
|What was Lot's wife's name?
This woman, unknown by name, figures in the narrative of Lot that relates to his escape from Sodom. She is mentioned in Genesis 19:15-17, where she is commanded to flee from the doomed city with her husband and daughters, and is laid hold upon by the angelic visitors in their effort to hasten the slow departure; and in verse 26, where she alone of the four fugitives disobeys the warning, looks back, and becomes a "pillar of salt." This disobedience, with the moral state it implies and the judgment it entailed, is held up as an example by Christ in Luke 17:32. In the Scriptures this is all that is said of this person. (From the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.)
|98||KNOW EACH OTHER IN HEAVEN||Bible general Archive 1||inmyheart||73479|
The Apostle Paul believed and taught that Heaven was a place of mutual recognition for the children of God. In his first Epistle to the Thessalonians, Paul wrote: "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For ye are our glory and joy" (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). There is no mistaking what Paul had in mind. He fully expected to meet the converts from Thessalonica in Heaven, and furthermore, he looked forward to being able to distinguish them from others who had found Christ during the years of his ministry. By the Holy Spirit, Paul taught also that those who were saved under his teaching and preaching would know him. He says, "As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus" (2 Corinthians 1:14). Elsewhere Paul speaks of "the whole family in heaven and earth" (Ephesians 3:15). Heaven is our home, and all who go there are one family with God as their Father. How sad if we had to live throughout eternity as strangers! It would not be home.
But we take courage and press on hopefully, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known" (1 Corinthians 13:12). Today our knowledge is confined to the revelation that God has given us, and how we do praise Him for that marvelous revelation in His Word! But in that day--"face to face!" O blessed hope! Face to face with family and friends whom we have loved and long since lost awhile. But more wonderful still we shall see Him as He is, "face to face."
|99||Are Tounges a sign of Spiritual Baptism||Acts 2:4||inmyheart||73323|
|What is the will of God?
I Corinthians 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues ...
I Corinthians 14:14-15 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth...What is it then? I will pray with the spirit...
I Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.
I Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
The apostle Paul wrote this section of Corinthians to correct error in use of the manifestations in public worship. When the Corinthians got together they all wanted to (because of course all can!) speak in tongues. In fact they were all doing it together at the same time. So Paul wrote to let them know what should be the order of things in public. But he also made it clear that tongues in your private worship of God was not only good. It was God's will, it was Paul's practice [more than ye all], and it was a commandment of the Lord. Does God want you to speak in tongues? ABSOLUTELY!
|100||I want to know more about suicide?||Ex 20:13||inmyheart||73322|
But what does the Bible say about taking your own life?
1. God has a great plan for your life. God has created us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). He created us for a purpose. God has a specific plan in mind for everyone.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
2. God's plan is for life, not death. The Bible teaches that both physical and spiritual death are the result of our sin and disobedience to God, but eternal life is a gift to those who receive it.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
3. Jesus taught that death and destruction are the work of "the thief" (Satan). He said, "The thief comes only to steal and destroy;" (John 10:10). John 8:44 says that Satan is a "murderer" and the "father of lies". The feelings of despair that lead to suicide are caused by some of his lies.
4. Jesus wants us to have life. He said:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
5. Life belongs to God. It is never our place to take our own life or someone else's life:
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Has this answered your question?
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