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KEEP YOURSELF IN GOD’S LOVE…

KEEP YOURSELF IN GOD’S LOVE…

“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: WHOEVER TURNS A SINNER FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAY WILL SAVE THEM FROM DEATH and cover over a multitude of sins.” (Jam. 5:19-20)

[The soul here is presented as the principal part the one being saved, the saving of that soul is only mentioned, but it of course includes the salvation of the whole person: the spirit shall be saved from hell, the body raised from the grave, and both saved FROM ETERNAL DEATH. And then, because of this conversion of heart and life, a multitude of sins shall be hidden under the blood of Jesus!]

“…dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO DIVIDE YOU, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.” (Jude 1:17-19)

[We must not to be surprised if accusations and persecutions arise and succeed in the Christian’s life; this was prophesied, and therefore we should not think that Jesus is losing influence in His, doctrine, or death on the cross, when we see things fulfilled. So, WHAT MUST WE DO?]

“But you, dear friends, by BUILDING YOURSELVES UP in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, KEEP YOURSELVES IN GOD’S LOVE as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” (Jude 1:20-21)

[We must not think this strange, but comfort ourselves with this, that in the midst of all this confusion Jesus WILL MAINTAIN HIS CHURCH, and make good his promise, that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, Matt. 16:18! What we must do is build up and keep ourselves in Christ’s love! The way for us to assure our eternal destiny is to profess our faith and then HOLD ON TO IT. Having laid a sure foundation with a sincere upright heart, we must build upon it, continue to make progress; and we should take care with what materials we carry on our building, namely, gold, silver, precious stones, not wood, hay, stubble, 1 Corin. 3:12.]

“Be merciful to those who doubt; save others BY SNATCHING THEM FROM THE FIRE; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” (Jude 1:22-23)

[We may have to go into places that are not comfortable for us to “pull” our loved one to safety!]  

“TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO KEEP YOU FROM STUMBLING and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25)

WE MUST BUILD UP OURSELVES IN OUR MOST HOLY FAITH AND KEEP OURSELVES IN GOD’S LOVE!

-Bill Stockham

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE… 

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE… 

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but THE LORD RISES UPON YOU AND HIS GLORY APPEARS OVER YOU.” (Isa. 60:1-2)

[When Jesus was begotten and born of the Virgin Mary, He came into this world as the light: “in Him was life, and that life was THE LIGHT…” (John 1:4).

[Then Jesus said to us:] “While I am in the world, I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.” (John 9:5)

[Then He gave us notice that the responsibility for being the light was being transferred to:] YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matt. 5:14)

[We all know from our travels that when you have an open road before you that you can see the lights of the next town from many miles away!]

“…LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE OTHERS, that they may see your good deeds and GLORIFY YOUR FATHER in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)

[Our calling is to LET OUR LIGHT SHINE, Oh Abba Father; we need your help with such a great responsibility!]  

“John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. HE WILL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE.” (Luke 3:16)

[Jesus can, and does, baptize with the Holy Spirit; he will give the Spirit to cleanse and purify the heart, not only as water washes off the dirt on the outside, but as fire purges out the darkness from within, and melts down the hardness, that we may complete our transformation in becoming a brand-new creation, now OUR LIGHT FROM THIS NEW FIRE, will shine with enlightened authority!] 

“Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but YOU WILL SEE ME… On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I AM IN YOU…the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS and will REMIND YOU OF EVERYTHING I HAVE SAID to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED and do not be afraid.” (John 14: 19-21, 26-27)

[There are people in darkness all around us, help us Holy Spirit, to let our light shine for God’s glory!]

THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL TEACH US ALL THINGS AND WILL REMIND US OF EVERYTHING JESUS HAS SAID TO US!

-Bill Stockham

LORD, YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE! 

LORD, YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE! 

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL, FOR YOU ARE WITH ME; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psa. 23:4)

[We are blessed with the benefit of our Abba Father’s presence with us caring for us no matter what we are going through!]

“No one will be able to stand against you ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU.(Josh. 1:5)

[I am not and NEVER WILL BE ALONE because my Abba Father will never leave me nor forsake me!]

“You are my hiding place; YOU WILL PROTECT ME FROM TROUBLE AND SURROUND ME WITH SONGS OF DELIVERANCE. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you WITH MY LOVING EYE ON YOU.” (Psa. 32:7-8)

[Thank you Father for such loving devotion for our love and care!]

KEEP YOUR SERVANT ALSO FROM WILLFUL SINS; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.” (Psa. 19:13)

[Keep me Abba Father from doing anything that will not be pleasing to you!]  

“The LORD is our refuge,” and we make the Most High our dwelling, NO HARM WILL OVERTAKE YOU, NO DISASTER WILL COME NEAR YOUR TENT. For he will command his angels concerning you TO GUARD YOU IN ALL YOUR WAYS(Psa. 91:9-11)

[Today, we have the angels of the Lord around us to protect and keep us so no disaster will come near us!] 

“You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH ALL MY WAYS. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. YOU HEM ME IN BEHIND AND BEFORE, AND YOU LAY YOUR HAND UPON ME.” (Psa. 139:1-5)

[Thank you mighty God, our Abba Father, that you always have your hand upon us – keeping us securely in your loving care!]

WE ARE HEMMED IN, BEHIND AND BEFORE, AND OUR ABBA FATHER’S HAND IS LAID UPON US!

-Bill Stockham

TODAY, I WILL SEEK GOD FIRST…

TODAY, I WILL SEEK GOD FIRST…

[Today I WILL love the Lord my God with ALL my heart, soul, mind and strength and I WILL love my “near ones” as myself!]

“This is the day that the LORD has made; LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT. (Psa. 118:24)

[Today I WILL rejoice and be glad in this day! Today I WILL acknowledge and thank my Abba Father for His love and know that He always will love me!]

“…WHEN YOU PRAY, go into your room, close the door and PRAY TO YOUR FATHER, WHO IS UNSEEN. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, WILL REWARD YOU.” (Matt. 6:6)

[Today I WILL pray knowing that my Abba Father hears and will answer my prayers!]

“Blessed rather are those WHO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND OBEY IT.” (Luke 11:28)

[Today I WILL read the word of God and obey it!]  

“So, DO NOT WORRY, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:31-33)

[Today I WILL not worry about the needs I have, instead I WILL seek first (pursue, look for) God’s kingdom and His righteousness!]  

“…WHEN YOU GIVE TO THE NEEDY, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, WILL REWARD YOU.” (Matt. 6:3-4)

[Today I WILL give to help (in whatever way I can) to someone in need!]

“…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and GLORIFY YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.” (Matt. 5:16)

[Today I WILL let my light shine so others will be blessed and my Abba Father will be glorified!]

WHEN WE PRAY, LET’S GO INTO OUR ROOM, CLOSE THE DOOR AND PRAY TO OUR FATHER, WHO WILL REWARD US!

-Bill Stockham

GOD’S UNFAILING LOVE… 

GOD’S UNFAILING LOVE… 

“Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, ABOUNDING IN LOVE and faithfulness, MAINTAINING LOVE TO THOUSANDS, and forgiving wickedness…” (Exo. 34:5-7)

[The Lord came down, to give Moses a better awareness of who He was, and an expression of his amazing glory. His descending speaks His divine humility; he humbles himself to demonstrate to Moses that this relationship was important for the sake of God’s people!]

“Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you– majestic in holiness, AWESOME IN GLORY, WORKING WONDERS? “You stretch out your right hand, and the earth swallows your enemies. IN YOUR UNFAILING LOVE YOU WILL LEAD THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE REDEEMED. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. (Exo. 15:11-13)

[The awesomeness of our God is demonstrated by His UNFAILING LOVE!]

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!” Let the sea resound…Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the LORD…Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER. (1 Chron. 16:31-34)

[This was from a song that David wrote to be sung so God would be glorified in our praises…by our thanksgivings…by our songs…by our speech! For Our Abba Father is ABOUNDING in UNFAILING LOVE that ENDURES forever!!!]

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. SHOW ME THE WONDERS OF YOUR GREAT LOVE, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. KEEP ME as the apple of your eye; HIDE ME in the shadow of your wings…” (Psa. 17:6-8)

[The Lord’s love is wonderful and great, KEEP US IN THAT LOVE, please, Abba Father! One of the “experts” in the law asked Jesus:] “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matt. 22:36-39)

[All the law is fulfilled in one word, and that is, LOVE.]

“Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore, LOVE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW.” (Rom. 13:10)

“…KEEP YOURSELVES IN GOD’S LOVE as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” (Jude 1:21)

[Regardless of how we are treated, what is said to us or how people respond to us; we need to keep ourselves in the wonderful love of God and demonstrate that love in our lives!]

WE CAN KEEP OURSELVES IN GOD’S LOVE!

Bill Stockham

DENYING THE POWER OF GOD…

DENYING THE POWER OF GOD…

“…realize this, that in the last days DIFFICULT TIMES WILL COME. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although THEY HAVE DENIED ITS POWER (2 Tim. 3:1-5)

Divine healing is the result of the “stripes” Jesus suffered: “…by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5), where a person is miraculously healed physically and/or delivered from emotional, mental, or spiritual affliction. When Jesus walked on this earth He demonstrated divine healing everywhere he went except for: He came to His hometown and…He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.” (Matt. 13:54, 58).

The greatest revival of all time took place after the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit filled each one present and they went out and shared the good news and performed miraculous miracles. All who came with sickness were healed and people by the thousands were being saved and added to the church.

“…more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by…and ALL OF THEM WERE HEALED.” (Acts 5:14-16) Why did this happen? They were obeying the Lord’s instructions:

As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come, HEAL THE SICK, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; FREELY GIVE.” (Matt. 10:7-8)

When someone looks “godly” but denies the “POWER OF GOD”, we know something’s not right.

“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us PURIFY OURSELVES from everything that CONTAMINATES body and SPIRIT, PERFECTING HOLINESS out of reverence for God.” (2 Corin. 7:1)

THE BIBLICAL FACT IS THAT: BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED!

-Bill Stockham

 

STEALING, KILLING, DESTROYING…

STEALING, KILLING, DESTROYING…

 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they MAY HAVE 1LIFE, and have it TO THE FULL.” (John 10:10) 1zōē: God’s life. Zoe is life as God has in Himself! The God kind of life!

The devil is very busy trying, by any means, to steal our confidence and trust in the Lord, to steal our peace and the joy of the Lord. As he succeeds in doing this, he will kill our faith in God’s ability to do miraculous wonders trying to destroy or relationship with God. So, what do we do?

“Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But 2RESIST HIM, FIRM IN YOUR FAITH…” (1 Pet. 5:8-9) 2anthistēmi: oppose, rebel, withstand.

We must oppose the devil when he comes against us, being firm in our faith in the inspired, anointed and living word of God, which instructs us to:

Submit therefore to God. RESIST THE DEVIL and HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you(Jam. 4:7-8)

God has provided us with divine protection, we must learn how to arm ourselves…

“…be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the FULL ARMOR OF GOD, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Eph. 6:10-11)

Let’s look at God’s armor so we may learn how to use it.

“put on…the belt of truth…the breastplate of righteousness…the SHIELD OF FAITH…the helmet of salvation…the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is the word of God. And PRAY IN THE SPIRIT on all occasions…” (Eph. 6:14-18)

Believe God, believe His word is true, memorize it and practice it DAILY.

THE WORD OF GOD IS POWERFUL

-Bill Stockham

 

 

 

 

 

 

BREATH OF LIFE… 

BREATH OF LIFE… 

BREATH OF LIFE… 

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils THE BREATH OF LIFE, and the man became a living being.” (Gen. 2:7)

[All along, in the first chapter, God was called Elohim – a God of power; but now YAHWEH ELOHIM – a God of POWER AND PERFECTION, A FINISHING GOD! The Hebrew Tetragrammaton (word without vowels) has also been interpreted as YHWH and transliterated to Yahweh. God’s name is supposed to be “Yahweh.” Why do people call him “Jehovah” instead? About the 13th century the term “Jehovah” appeared when Christian scholars took the consonants of “Yahweh” and pronounced it with the vowels of “Adonai.” This resulted in the sound “Yahowah,” which has a Latinized spelling of “Jehovah.” The first recorded use of this spelling was made by a Spanish Dominican monk, Raymundus Martini, in 1270. Just in case you were wondering!]

“THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD [Elohim]; the skies proclaim the work of HIS hands.” (Psa. 19:1)

[The awesome majesty of our God is “declared” by His creation!]

“Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep…FOR WITH YOU IS THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE; in your light WE SEE LIGHT.” (Psa. 36:5-9)

[In our God we have a fountain of life, from which the rivers of pleasure flow, Psa.36:8. The God of nature is the fountain of natural life. In him WE LIVE, AND MOVE, AND HAVE OUR BEING. The God of grace is the FOUNTAIN OF SPIRITUAL LIFE. All the strength and comfort we need for our sanctified soul, all of its gracious principles, powers, and performances, are from our awesome Abba Father!]

“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who REDEEMS YOUR LIFE FROM THE PIT and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” (Psa. 103:2-5)

[The redemption of our soul is the most precious gift from God we can ever receive; we cannot begin to grasp the awesomeness of it, and therefore we are more indebted to divine grace that has made it possible, and to our Abba Father, through his Son Jesus, who purchased with His blood, eternal redemption FOR US.]

“The LORD will keep you from all harm– HE WILL WATCH OVER YOUR LIFE; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psa. 121:7-8)

[We could not be in better hands! The disciples ask Jesus to show the way to this new life!]

“Jesus answered, “I AM the way and the truth and THE LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

[You know what is so wonderful about all this? Jesus has chosen to live with us and IN US to finish His wonderful work of perfect redemption! SO WE MAY BE PRESENTED TO THE FATHER WITHOUT “SPOT OR WRINKLE” Eph. 5:27 KJV]

THE LORD IS WATCHING OVER OUR LIFE; THE LORD ALWAYS WATCHES OVER OUR COMING AND GOING…

Bill Stockham

THE BLESSING OF CONTENTMENT…

THE BLESSING OF CONTENTMENT…

“…godliness with 1contentment IS GREAT GAIN. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” (1 Tim. 6:6-8) 1autarkeia: a perfect condition of life in which no aid or support is needed.

The bible declares that when we are living a Christian life and our daily needs are being met, we will experience great contentment!

“Those who want to get rich FALL INTO TEMPTATION and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires THAT PLUNGE PEOPLE INTO RUIN AND DESTRUCTION. For the LOVE OF MONEY is A 1ROOT OF ALL KINDS OF EVIL. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with MANY GRIEFS.” (1 Tim. 6:9-10) 1rhiza: cause, origin, source.

The “I MUST HAVE MORE” syndrome is alive and well today. There are so many items being created and available to bring us an amazing means of pleasure which often keep us from our “GOD PURPOSE”…

WATCH AND PRAY so that you will not FALL INTO TEMPTATION. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt. 26:41) “Consider it ALL JOY, my brethren, when you FALL INTO VARIOUS TEMPTATIONS, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.(James 1:2-3)

Jesus encourages us not to fall into temptation, James teaches us that if we do, to consider it ALL JOY because the ability to endure temptation will be produced in us.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; HE WILL NOT LET YOU BE TEMPTED BEYOND WHAT YOU CAN BEAR. But when you are tempted, he will also PROVIDE A WAY OUT so that you can endure it.” (1 Corin. 10:13)

The devil tempts us to steal away our confidence in God, kill our faith and destroy our relationship with God. Our heavenly Father provides US with an awesome godly contentment which gives us access to great gain…

THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS PROVIDING A WAY OUT FOR US LORD!

-Bill Stockham

THE POWER OF WISDOM… 

THE POWER OF WISDOM… 

“By WISDOM a house is built, and through UNDERSTANDING it is established; through KNOWLEDGE its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” (Prov. 24:3-4)

[We are tempted to lust after those that grow rich, and raise their families, and of course all of this lusting (envying) will be to no avail. So, to overcome that temptation, Solomon shows that a person, with practical, godly management, may raise their family by righteous and honest means, with a good conscience, and a good name, and THE BLESSING OF GOD WILL BE UPON OUR EFFORTS; and, if the wealthy raise theirs a little sooner, ours will last a great deal longer!]

“THE WISE PREVAIL THROUGH GREAT POWER, and those who have KNOWLEDGE muster their strength.” (Prov. 24:5)

[What is recommended here is to us having the best influence upon our lives, wisdom, and understanding, and knowledge; that is, both devotion towards Spirit (for that is true wisdom) and carefulness in the management of our outward affairs. We must govern ourselves in everything by the rules of spirituality first!]

“Trust in the LORD with ALL YOUR HEART and lean not on your own understanding; IN ALL YOUR WAYS SUBMIT TO GOD, and HE WILL make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5-6)

[We must believe that our Abba Father is able to do what is wise, what is best, and good, according to his promise, TO DO WHAT IS THE FINEST FOR US, if we love him, and serve him. We must, with an entire submission and pleasure, depend upon him to perform all He has promised for us, and we must not lean to our own understanding, as if we could, by any means of our own, without God, help ourselves, and bring our path in life to a good end!]

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. THIS WILL BRING HEALTH TO YOUR BODY AND NOURISHMENT TO YOUR BONES.” (Prov. 3:7-8)

[Our encouragement is to LIVE IN THE FEAR OF GOD and what is promised is that it will as good to us as our necessary food. It will be nourishing: It shall be health to our bodies. It will be strengthening: It will be marrow to our bones!]

“Blessed are those who find WISDOM, those who gain UNDERSTANDING, for THEY ARE MORE PROFITABLE THAN SILVER and yields better returns THAN GOLD. THEY ARE more precious than RUBIES; NOTHING YOU DESIRE CAN COMPARE WITH THEM.” (Prov. 3:13-15)

[We must seek wisdom and understanding. It will be a happy man who, having found it, makes it his own, and gets both an interest in it and takes possession of it, the one who draws out understanding, who receives it from God. Knowing it not in himself, but he draws it with the bucket of prayer from the fountain of all wisdom, WHO GIVES TO ALL LIBERALLY.]

WISDOM IS MORE PROFITABLE THAN SILVER AND YIELDS BETTER RETURNS THAN GOLD…

-Bill Stockham