Personal profile for user screen name: GeorJoy(Part 1)
Through my biblical studies, I have recently found why I am as I am.
In the KJV, Ro:12:6 through 8, Paul lists seven gifts, of which the 4th is “exhortation.”
I George AKA GeorJoy, am one who exhorts.
Per Merriam Webster; exhortation is defined as follows
1 : an act or instance of exhorting
2 : language intended to incite and encourage.
transitive senses : to incite by argument or advice : urge strongly
intransitive senses : to give warnings or advice : make urgent appeals
Why is it that many, and at times “most” choose to bring out the first of the transitive senses of my gift?
I have been a believer all my life.
So has Satan.
Knowing myself kept me from serving the Lord. And thus Satan was my master.
Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Rom 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
I have promised myself that I will devote the remainder of my life to the study of Gods word. And that by tithing I will no longer rob Him of what is his.
I ask of ALL WHO READ that for the sake of your eternal soul, you would promise yourself that you will devote a mere 15 minutes a day to the reading of Gods word.
Personally, I can not always understand the King James version of the bible. My tested and proven version is the NIV (New International Version.) I first discovered it shortly after it was printed in its entirety back in the late 70's. To my delight, it is fast becoming a favorite to those much more blessed in the word than I.
There is a gold mine of biblical information on the www. However, I would caution everyone that even on the www there are false prophets.
Although the NIV is not yet available, eSword.com is the richest sight I have found to date.
J. Vernon McGee once said that it was all right to "graze in everyone’s pastures, but give ones own milk." I would add that this is true "if one knows what is nourishing and what is poisonous." Otherwise I'd say to keep to your own pastures.
In other words, The Holy Bible (my pasture) has withstood the test of time.
Mans words, "Leaven" is not totally condemned; it is often desirable and profitable, but often advised against as well. Bread (The Word) without leaven is the true word in it's purest form.
One should be careful to discern between (Mans) leavened and (Gods) unleavened word.
I pray that all who read this and I myself would be blessed with a Spirit of discernment, particularly where the living word is concerned.
When I was young my mind and heart were as a sponge. They absorbed the living water of Gods word. But as a sponge deprived of water will, they soon dried up, and became hard.
Now that I am older it seems that the water simply beads up and runs off my sponge. I know however through experience that even the hardest of sponges can eventually be softened with water. Retention and distribution is my goal. To soften my sponge, retain and distribute the Living Water. If your sponge is not yet hard, Use it now. For it is no easy matter using one which has been hardened.
Praise be to the One and Only Living God.
Pour out Thy blessings upon us and those who read and take these words to heart.
I know that if I make many posts in this forum, there will be those who disagree with my thoughts. If you disagree. challenge me to provide a scriptural foundation.
I respect the thoughts and opinions of all who back them up with "scripture." I didn't say " theirs or someone elses interpritation of scripture. I did say "SCRIPTURE."
I may attempt to clarify, but I will not argue scripture. It is not mine to argue. I am only a messenger; not the originator.
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