Servant of God

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Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God.” 

When God divinely clarifies Scripture to make it understandable to us and divinely enables us to obey Scripture. When the Spirit leads a person in these ways they can be assured God has adopted them into His family. 

The Spirit within us makes us God’s children.

All born-again Christians are God’s servants. A servant is someone who carries out the will of another. A servant of the Lord is one who fulfills God’s will. The Bible has a lot to say about servanthood. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). When we give Jesus Christ His rightful place in our lives, His lordship will be expressed in the way we serve others Mark 9:35; 1 Peter 4:10; John 15:12-13. 

True leadership is servanthood and the greatest leader of all time is Jesus Christ. If you are a servant of God the Spirit within you makes you one of God’s children. 

God Bless

God is not going to bless a goal motivated by greed, envy, guilt, fear, or pride. But he does honor your goal that is motivated by a desire to demonstrate love to him and to others, because life is all about learning how to love.

Why is it important for you to have goals that are based on love? Because if you set loveless goals, you’re going to treat people as projects. You’re going to run all over them to get to your goal. You’re going to run over your marriage, your friends, and other people as you climb up the ladder of success. God says, “No. You’ve got it all wrong. It’s not about accomplishments. It’s about relationships. It’s about learning how to love.”

“Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV). The number one goal in your life should be to learn to really love — your family, neighbors, unlovely people, and those who are hard to love. That makes you more like God, because God is love.

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What must I do to be saved

Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

This verse does not mean a simple acknowledgment that He is God and the Lord of the universe, since even demons acknowledge that to be true.

This is the deep personal conviction, without reservation, that Jesus is that person’s own master or sovereign. This phrase includes repenting from sin, trusting in Jesus for salvation and submitting to Him as Lord.

This is the volitional element of faith.

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Believeth: To trust, rely on, or have faith in. When used of salvation, this word usually occurs in the present tense “is believing” which stresses that faith is not simply a one-time event, but an ongoing condition. True saving faith is supernatural, a gracious gift of God that He produces in the heart and is the only means by which a person can appropriate true righteousness.

Saving faith consists of 3 elements.

  1. Mental: the mind understands the gospel and the truth about Christ
  2. Emotional: one embraces the truthfulness of those facts with sorrow over sin and joy over God’s mercy and grace
    1. Volitional: the sinner submits his will to Christ and trust in Him alone as the only hope of salvation.

Genuine faith always produces authentic obedience.

“God hath raised Him from the dead”: Christ’s resurrection was the supreme validation of His ministry. Belief in it is necessary for salvation because it proved that Christ is who He claimed to be and that the Father had accepted His sacrifice in the place of sinners. Without the resurrection, there is no salvation.

This leaves absolutely no doubt at all what we must do to be saved.

Romans 10:10 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

“Confession is made unto salvation”: One is not saved by his mouth’s conversation, (meaning many, who by their head knowledge say they are saved, but really are not), but rather, the mouth testifies readily of the grace of God in Christ which has been received by faith (for those who have been truly saved and their words are coming from their heart).

Confession is the Greek word which basically means to say the same thing, or to agree with someone. The person who confesses Jesus as Lord, agrees with the Father’s declaration that Jesus is Savior and Lord.

Psalm 32:1-11

Most scholars agree that this Psalm and Psalm 51 were responses to David’s sin with Bathsheba (2 Samuel ch. 11). For a while, David did not ask God to forgive him. When he asked forgiveness from God, and He forgave David. David repented to God. 

David uses three words to describe disobeying God: Disobedience, sin, and doing bad things. These three words describe all the ways we disobey God. 

Next, David uses three words for what God does: God forgives, God covers, and He does not hold our sin against us: He will save us from going to hell for doing it. 

In verses 3-5 we see where David asks God’s forgiveness. A burden was lifted from David when he asked for forgiveness from God and he was once again happy. God always forgives us if we ask Him no matter what we have done. 

In verses 6-7 we see that David now feels different. He now feels free from sin. He tells everyone “Pray to God” He means if you sin ask God to forgive you; do not wait”. God was David’s hiding place. God will hide us from the bad times that are sure to come. He will keep us safe. 

Verses 8-9 is God speaking now. God will always show us what we should do if we will ask Him. We should be people God can talk to, not like the animals.

In verses 10-11 we see that the people who trust God will not be sad. The only real way to be happy is to ask God to forgive you for your sin. You will have a clean heart then. It will be as though you have never sinned. 

Sources: https://www.easyenglish.bible/psalms/psalm032-taw.htm

Acknowledge God

God wants us to acknowledge Him. Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth”. When we acknowledge God, there will be a confession of sin (Proverbs 28:13), a confession of salvation (Romans 10:10), a confession of the Savior (John 4:15). We must admit our own weakness in the flesh, our inability to help ourselves and our total dependence on Jesus Christ. Jesus said “without me, ye can do nothing” John 15:5. Paul said, ” I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me” (Philippians 4:13). We are to commit our ways to Him (Proverbs 3:6), we are to commit our lives to Him (Philippians 1:21), and we are to commit our will to Him (Luke 22:42).  God wants our allegiance. Jesus commanded, ” And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27). We give our allegiance to many things, political parties, employers, family and friends and many other things, but God wants us to give Him our allegiance first. We will make time for what is most important in our lives. Colossians 3:2 says “Set your affections on things above, not on things of the earth”. God wants us to be available to Him. We need God. Many time’s people think God needs them. People who think this have, an over-inflated ego. Nothing could be further from the truth. Romans 12:3 says, “For I say through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…….. The Lord wants to use us but He can and will use someone else if we are not willing to be obedient to Him. 

Why some versions the Bible use Son of man and the KJV use’s Son of God in John 9:35?

Why some versions the Bible use Son of man and the KJV use’s Son of God in  John 9:35?

This is a good question you have asked, One that not many people ask. This is the best answer that I can find. It comes from D. A. Carson, The Gospel according to John, The Pillar New Testament Commentary (Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; W.B. Eerdmans, 1991), 376.                                                                                                       But why is the object of faith the Son of Man, when simply ‘the Son’ is the more common Christological title in the Fourth Gospel? The anomaly prompted many later copyists to change ‘Son of Man’ to ‘Son of God’, but it is almost universally acknowledged that ‘Son of Man’ is original, not only because the earliest manuscripts support this reading, but also because it is hard to see why in this instance copyists would have introduced a harder reading.

Son of God and Son of Man are Jewish idiom that can mean both diety and humans. Prophets, priests, and kings were called Sons of God. Only the Messiah could be called the Son Of Man which is why Jesus almost always referred to himself as Son of Man. It comes from Daniel where one “Like the Son of Man” was led into the presence of the Ancient of Days and was given all authority, power, an everlasting kingdom and people worshipped Him. Those can only mean deity. It is also why in the story of Jesus granting forgiveness to the paralyzed man in Luke–Jesus tells the scribes and leaders-“This was done so that you would know that the Son of Man had all authority to forgive sin on earth.” Only God can forgive sin–Jesus was clearly stating that He was God. That is why the leaders responded with blasphemy charges against Him. Any Jew hearing the words Son of Man would know that meant deity in Jesus’ day.

Matthew 39, 40 and a question about divorce

Verse 39 deals with matters of individual retaliation against those who have offended us in one way or another, but it does not mean criminal matters or military activities. The principle of non-retaliation is applied by Jesus in verse 39 against a person’s dignity, verse 40 against lawsuits to get one’s personal property, verse 41 against a person’s liberty, and verse 42 which is against a persons property rights. 

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

In verse 40 Jesus is saying to us not to argue over material things which will pass away anyway. If we will be generous to others then they will be generous to us.

Now your question about remarriage after divorce. If a man divorces and remarries he commits adultery (Luke 16:18). If a woman divorces and remarries she commits adultery (Mark 10:12). There is more to it than these 2 verses though.

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy…For he knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust” (Psalm 103:8, 14). “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9). This promise is specifically for Christians. It does include the sin of adultery if there is true repentance.  The Lord made this perfectly clear in dealing with the woman who was accused of adultery (John 8:4). Jesus reminded her accusers that they were not without sin. Those who had accused her all left. Then Jesus told the woman that He didn’t condemn her then told her to go and sin no more (John 8:11). He didn’t condone her sin but He did forgive her sin.

Easter, Bible, Church

We recently celebrated Easter as we remembered the death and resurrection of Jesus. After He arose He met with the disciples and gave them instructions to spread the message of His resurrection and what He taught. He wants those who know Him as their Savior to grow in their relationship with Him. He has instructed us to avoid sin and to not give in to Satan’s temptations. Jesus wants us to live Holy lives. We will sin, but we confess our sin to Him and keep following Him. Our world today doesn’t seem to understand repentance or want to repent of sin. Serious followers of Jesus understand that He wants us to turn away from sin, which is something we all struggle with. All of us. We are not defeated when we sin, because He has forgiven our sin, but we are defeated in our walk with Him if we don’t turn from sin. That is a choice we have to make. Are we going to give in to the temptations of Satan and let him destroy our walk with God or are we going to turn away from his temptations and follow Jesus? In our walk with Jesus, we must spend time reading His Word, the Bible, so that we can grow in our relationship with Him. The Word of God has transforming power to transform and strengthen us. The Word is the same now as it was 2000 years ago. It is alive and powerful. If you are going to follow Jesus then you need to know what He said and that’s why we read the Bible. It’s also one reason why we study the Bible in Church. The more we study the Bible the more we can apply what Jesus taught to our lives enabling us through the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to live victorious Christian lives. Jesus arose from the tomb and someday we will arise with Him forevermore.

Worship

God is a spirit, and those that worship Him must worship in spirit, and truth (John 4:24). When worshipping in the spirit it means that you are worshipping from inside out. You can’t just go through motions, and rituals and expect anything to happen because it will not. A person has to be fully dedicated to the Lord to truly worship Him. Whether people stand or sit or kneel, roll, shout or cry, our outward actions have nothing at all to do with the way we worship. Worship comes from the heart. One cannot tell if the other person is truly worshipping God or not.

Worshipping “in truth” means that you are worshipping the one true God of the Bible, and not some idol that you may have created in your mind. God comes first before anything else. It also means that we should be truthful with all our thoughts, and the words we may say when worshipping. We are not trying to impress anyone.

The Will of God toward mankind

The will of God toward man means everything that God wishes to happen in heaven and on earth. An example would the first part of the Lord’s prayer. Jesus teaches us to pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-10). 

There are five things (wills of God) found in scripture. We are to be sexually pure (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8). We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:17-18). We need to understand that believers will suffer (1 Peter 4:19). We are to give thanks always (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We are to submit to our government (1 Peter 2:13-15). 

To know what the will of God is for us we must first know what God’s will is, and we must want His will to be.