Daily Bible Study


Last update: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Daily Bible Study
Introduction

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Sound Truth Ministry’s ‘Daily Bible Study‘ has 12 short Bible studies for your enjoyment. Make daily Bible study a habit for your spiritual growth.

Become Truly Happy with Daily Bible Study

James 1:22-25 Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves. 23 Those who hear God’s teaching and do nothing are like people who look at themselves in a mirror. 24 They see their faces and then go away and quickly forget what they looked like.

25 But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God’s perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God’s teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy. (NCV)

Table of contents for Daily Bible Study:

Psalm 1:1-2 Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. 2 Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord, and they study it day and night.

Corrective Letters
Correction and Instruction
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“The time is coming when people won’t listen to good teaching. Instead, they will look for teachers who will please them by telling them only what they are itching to hear. 4 They will turn from the truth and eagerly listen to senseless stories.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (CEV)

Did you know each of the letters written to the churches contain guidelines to correct their ways? From Romans to Jude, each of them give guidelines for Christians. I say this to help those that believe that all we have to do is “join and go to church” and be nice to people.

OK, maybe that’s not what you believe, but so many seem to think God does not demand that we change our ways. Please do not take this the wrong way; I am not saying the letters ONLY give corrective guidance. Of course, they include words to encourage, inspire, praise and more.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (KJV)

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Every holy Writing which comes from God is of profit for teaching, for training, for guiding, for education in righteousness: 17 So that the man of God may be complete, trained and made ready for every good work. (BBE)

Paul gave four keys that tell us what the word of God is for, I hope you don’t mind my using help from other Bible translations/revisions! Let’s focus on the four points:

  1. profitable {useful} for doctrine {teaching what is true}
  2. for reproof {conviction of sin; showing mistakes and what is wrong in our lives}
  3. for correction {discipline in obedience; helping us change our ways}
  4. for instruction {training} in righteousness {holy living; right living}

Once again, I cut this short as I have with other postings; have I made you aware of something that you had not considered?

Scriptures to read and study:

2 Timothy 4:1-5 (key verses: 2-4); Colossians 1:24-29 (key verse: 28); 2 Peter 2:1-3; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 (key verses: 13-14); Study Resources: ‘ESV Introductions to the Books of the Bible

Corrective Letters – Conclusion

It does not matter what we think about the need to change or not change, it is clear that letters of correction were distributed among the churches. Do not be like those whom Paul warned Timothy about in 2 Timothy 4:4 those who “turn their ears away from the truth, and shall turn aside to myths”. Accept the truth and allow God to help bring changes in your life, be blessed— Tim!

Question for ‘Corrective Letters’: Do you have areas in your life that need to change?

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God Forgives Man – Part Two
God Forgives
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I will forgive you for the wicked things they did, and I will not remember your sins anymore.
From Hebrews 8:12

This is a link-post to the ‘forgiveness’ series on God Forgives Man – God Forgives You || God Will Forgive You. The first posting on this topic generated quite a response from non-believers so I take this time to address that response with the following:

To those that do not believe in God or His word and want to argue save your comments for another time and place .

To my brothers and sisters in the Lord: if the non-believer does comment—to those who decide to engage with the unbelievers—consider this. Why use the word of God, which they do not believe, to try to make them believe in what they do not believe. It is a total waste of time; many of them have read the Bible and can quote Scripture; Satan did the same to Jesus. {See Matthew 4:1-10; Luke 4:1-13 (Matthew 4:6 and Luke 4:10-11; Satan quoted Psalms 91:11-12)}.

Matthew 7:6 Don’t give to dogs what belongs to God. They will only turn and attack you. Don’t throw pearls down in front of pigs. They will trample all over them. (CEV)

Hebrews 8:10-13 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people: 11 And no longer shall every man teach his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins I will remember no more. 13 When he says, A new covenant, he has made the first one obsolete. Now that which is obsolete and grows old is ready to vanish away. (RKJNT) [read Hebrews 8:7-13; Jeremiah 31:31-34]

Thought for the Day

Luke 24:46-47 And said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise from the dead on the third day: 47 And that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (RKJNT) [read Luke 24:44-49]

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (AKJV) [read 1 John 1:5-10]

God forgives mankind of sin but please do not overlook the facts—repentance and confession are essential for God’s forgiveness. When we meet God’s conditions for forgiveness He—God—who is faithful and just will forgive our sins—be blessed— Tim.

Question for ‘God Forgives II’: Do you believe God has forgiven you?

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Gifts from God
Spiritual gifts
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“Being saved is a gift from God. You had nothing to do with it.”
from Ephesians 2:8 (GW)

This Bible study focuses on the gifts from God—all of His gifts are for our good—so they are all good. Most of us like to receive gifts, maybe not you but as I said “most” people like to receive gifts. Have you ever considered God—our heavenly Father—gives gifts to His children. I know my children loved to get good gifts; i.e., not only the things that they asked for, but more importantly the things they needed.

Matthew 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him? (RKJNT) [Read Matthew 7:7-12]

Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him? (RKJNT) [read Luke 11:9-13]

Notice the significant difference in Matthew’s general phrase “good things” and Luke’s very specific “the Holy Spirit“. Take a quick look at the Greek dictionary the phrase ‘good things‘=agathos (ag-ath-os’) meaning good and ‘Holy‘=hagios (hag’-ee-os) ‘Spirit‘=pneuma (pnyoo`-mah). Is the Holy Spirit a good thing or not? It is for you to decide; the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (RKJNT)

What are some of the gifts that God gives His children? I will keep it short but I need you to understand, all gifts from God are not in response to your requests. He—like any good/loving father—gives His children the things they need and not just what they ask for. An example would be the gifts {dorea (do-reh-ah’); see Ephesians 4:7} mentioned in the letter to the Ephesians. Focus on verse 11 and note the gifts from God (Christ) given to the church to help us know how to serve God, to become Spiritually mature and become the united body of Christ {see Ephesians 4:12-16}.

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (KJV)

In Matthew 7:11 and Luke 11:13 Jesus used the Greek word doma (dom’-ah), meaning a gift or present, for ‘gifts‘.
In Ephesians 4:11, contrary to the belief of some, pastors poimen (poy-mayn’) normally translated as shepherd(s), and teachers didaskalos (did-as’-kal-os) are not the same office / gift.

Remember, God is Spirit—the things He gives His children are not like the gifts our human fathers give. Stay with us for more information about the many gifts that God gives.

Ephesians 3:20-21 May there be to God, who is able to do infinitely more [for us] than we could [even] ask or think, according to [His] power at work in us — 21 [I say] may there be praise to God in the church and in [or, “for”] Christ Jesus throughout all generations of people for ages and ages. May it be so. (AUV)

Scriptures to read and study:

Matthew 7:7-12 (key verse: 11); Ephesians 3:14-21 (key verses: 20-21) and 4:7-24 (key verses: 7 and 11-16); 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (key verses: 8-11); Luke 11:9-13 (key verse: 13)

Gifts from God – Conclusion

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by that one Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another various kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these things are by one and the same Spirit, who distributes to every man as he wills. (RKJNT)

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NHEB)

The Holy Spirit is one of the gifts from God that keeps on giving; in 1 Corinthians 12:4 the word “gifts” is from the Greek charisma (khar’-is-mah). Look for gifts that are given by the Holy Spirit throughout 1 Corinthians chapter 12—be blessed— Tim.

Related Bible study:

The more detailed Bible study: Spiritual Gifts – Gifts from God

Question for gifts from God: Have you received a gift from God?

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
Choose Friends Carefully
Choosing Friends
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“Godly people are careful about the friends they choose. But the way of sinners leads them down the wrong path.”
Proverbs 12:26 (NIRV)

Be friendly, but choose your friends and those whom you associate wisely. People that do not want what is best or good for you are not your friends. Jesus uses the Greek word philos (fee’-los) for the word friends and to describe His friends as those who obey Him. In other words you cannot be an unbeliever or disobedient (a believer that is constantly doing sinful things) and be a friend of God.

John 15:13-15 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends, if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants; for the servant does not know what his lord is doing: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. (RKJNT)

Choosing Friends Challenge

James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (RKJNT)

Two questions for you. When we look at James 4:4

  1. What does friendship {philia (fil-ee’-ah) only used in this verse throughout the KJV} and friend {philos (fee’-los} of the world {kosmos (kos’-mos)} mean?
  2. Why would this type of friendship make you an enemy of God?

What is a friend?

Of course you are free to choose whomever you want as your ‘friend’. However, to choose the right type of friends from a Christian perspective we must understand the meaning of the word friend.

  • A true friend is closer than a relative (the phrase “a brother” is often used in many Bible translations/revisions in Proverbs 18:24); they will stay with you during all situations and conditions in your life including the bad times.
  • A true friend does not gossip (tell others the personal busy of a friend) about, mistreat or intentionally hurt their friend {Proverbs 16:28; Psalms 15:2-5}.
  • Individuals with a special bond, relationship and love (sexually intimate {if married; yes married couples can remain friends :-)} or platonic} for each other.
  • Persons that have mutual trust and concern for each others happiness, well-being, success and interests. They will be truthful with each other even when it may cause temporary pain, but will also comfort and offer good advice to the friend to help ease the discomfort.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend is loving at all times, and becomes a brother in times of trouble. (BBE)

Proverbs 27:6 Friends mean well, even when they hurt you. But when an enemy puts his arm around your shoulder—watch out! (GNT)

The phrase “unequally yoked together with unbelievers” causes some to believe marriage is the only concern Paul addressed in his second letter to the Corinthians chapter 6. When selecting a spouse it is definitely valid criteria but not the term ‘unequally yoked’ is not restricted to marriage. I will not address that here, but will focus on ‘choosing friends carefully’. Be careful if you have a close friendship (close association or relationship) with unbeleivers. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.(ASV) ♦ “Bad people can make those who want to live good become bad.” (NLV)

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (KJV)

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be joined to unbelievers. What do right and wrong have in common? Can light and darkness be friends? (NIRV)

Scriptures to read and study:

2 Corinthians 11:16-33 (key verse: 26); 1 Peter 4:1-6 (key verse: 4); 2 Thessalonians 3:1-15 (key verses: 14-15); 1 Corinthians 5:9-12 (key verse: 11); Proverbs 12:26; John 15:9-17 (key verses: 13-15); James 4:1-6 (key verse: 4); Proverbs 16:27-30 (key verse: 28); Proverbs 18:24; Psalms 15:1-5; Proverbs 17: (key verse: 17); 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (key verse: 14)

Choose Friends Carefully – Conclusion

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 Take note of anyone who doesn’t obey what we have said in this letter. Don’t associate with them so they will be ashamed of themselves. 15 Don’t treat them like enemies, but warn them like you would do for a brother or sister. (CEB)

The believer should seek fellow-believers as their closest friends since we are all members of God’s family. We are to separate ourselves from unbelievers. However, we should not cut ourselves off from the unbelievers completely (1 Corinthians 5:9-12). The unbeliever can experience the love of God through our lives so let your light shine in the presence of darkness—be blessed— Tim.

Related Bible study:

He Called Me Friend

Question for ‘choose friends carefully’: Do you have friendships that need to end?

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
Learn to be Content
Be Content
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Don’t worry about your life and what you will eat. And don’t worry about your body and what you will wear. There is more to life than eating. There are more important things for the body than clothes.”
from Luke 12:22-23 (NIRV)

Philippians 4:10-13 The Lord has made me very grateful that at last you have thought about me once again. Actually, you were thinking about me all along, but you didn’t have any chance to show it. 11 I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have. 12 I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. 13 Christ gives me the strength to face anything. (CEV) [read Philippians 4:10-20]

One challenge in life is learning to be content, of course some may not accept this concept and do not think they are greedy or coveting when they dream of or desire what they believe is better than what they have. The goal is not to criticize or intentionally offend anyone but to enlighten. Please take time to read and study this lesson with an open mind.

I assume some of you are familiar with the KJV of Philippians 4:13—”I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me“—but have you put it in proper context? In verse 11 Paul let’s us know he is not complaining about his situation because he has learned to be content / satisfied. Meditate for a moment on this “I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content“. Let us learn that type of contentment.

  • Are you content, satisfied or happy with your life? This extends beyond things, consider your marriage, are you content with your spouse? Oh we can probe into the most intricate areas of our life to see in what areas we have learned to be content. Think about it, are you completely content?
  • Do you find that you want more than what you have, but are never satisfied?
  • Have you ever felt like you are just settling and lack ambition?
  • Hopefully you can find a few answers in this very brief Bible study.

Philippians 4:18-19 And now I have everything [or received full payment], and more. I have all I need [or am fully supplied/filled up], because Epaphroditus [2:25] brought your gifts to me. They are like a sweet-smelling offering to God [a fragrant aroma], a sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to him. 19 [And] My God will meet [supply; fulfill] all of your needs from [according to] his wonderful riches [glorious riches; or riches in heaven/glory] in Christ Jesus. (EXB)

Verse 18 of Philippians chapter 4 helps clarify what so many miss when quoting verse 19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Paul’s needs were met by the gifts sent by the generous Christians in Philippi. What a wonderful God we serve, He provides all that we need including the ability to go through the tests of life!

2 Corinthians 12:9 “…My grace is enough to cover and sustain you. My power is made perfect in weakness...” (The Voice)

2 Corinthians 12:10 Yes, I am glad to have weaknesses if they are for Christ. I am glad to be insulted and have hard times. I am glad when I am persecuted and have problems, because it is when I am weak that I am really strong. (ERV)

Scriptures to read and study:
Learn to be Content – Conclusion

Hebrews 13:5 Let your lives be free from the love of money; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. (RKJNT)

I pray that this word from God helps us to learn to appreciate what we have, who we are and how special we are to God who supplies everything we need. Most of all He helps us learn to be content no matter what the situation or circumstance—be content and blessed in Jesus name. Be blessed— Tim

Recommended Bible studies:

Prosperity God’s Way || Maintaining A Positive Attitude

Question for ‘be content’: Are you happy with your life as it is?

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
Pray First
Prayer
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“Prayer – first choice; not last resort”

Mark 1:35 Then Jesus got up early in the morning when it was still very dark, departed, and went out to a deserted place, and there he spent time in prayer. (NET)

When problems arise; pray first, then act! Need to make a decision; pray first and then decide! Does this mean we have to get into a particular place to ask God for guidance? That is for you to decide, as I matured in Christ, I realized the Holy Spirit is always with me, as my relationship grows our interaction grows also. It is like being with your spouse or your best friend-in a good/healthy relationship—you get to know more and more how each other thinks. The more we experience God the more we know what He likes and dislikes.

The Facts

Too often we focus on a word or certain phrase in Scripture and tend to ignore or miss others; an example I hear many quote or paraphrase Philippians 4:6 they say “be anxious about nothing”. But the KJV says “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God“. ‘In every thing‘, in every situation {if you walk in the Spirit, you are already being led by Him} ask our wise God combined WITH giving thanks … As we journey through the Scriptures prayer is a constant message to the children of God.

  • Jesus advised His disciples to “pray always” in Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (KJV) [read Luke 21:34-38]
  • The Apostles were mindful of their calling and did not want to neglect their purpose; Acts 6:2 … “It is not right that we should neglect the word of God to serve tables.”(RKJNT) Later in Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. (KJV)
  • To the Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; [read Romans 12:9-21]
  • To the Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always in the Spirit with all manner of prayer and supplication …” [read Ephesians 6:10-20]
  • Receive what you need – Philippians 4:6 “…pray and ask God for everything you need…” (NCV) [read Philippians 4:2-7]
  • Devote yourselves to prayer…” – Colossians 4:2 “Continue in prayer, and be watchful in it with thanksgiving;” (RKJNT) [read Colossians 4:2-6]
  • Pray regularly – “pray constantly (without ceasing; continually; at all times)”; “never stop praying“; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Pray without ceasing. 18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. (RKJNT)
Scriptures to read and study:

2 Chronicles 18:1-27 (key verse: 4); 2 Samuel 2:1; 2 Kings 18:1-19:37 (key verses: 19:14-20) King Hezekiah when confronted by the Assyrians; 2 Chronicles 17:1-21:4 (key verses: 17:3-6; 18:6 Jehoshaphat ignores the 400 prophets of Israel; 18:31; 19:1-3; 20:3); Acts 6:1-7 (key verse: 6) prayed for deacons before they began work; Luke 21:34-38 (key verse: 36); Acts 6:1-7 (key verse: 2); Romans 12:9-21 (key verse: 12); Ephesians 6:10-20 (key verse: 18); Philippians 4:2-7 (key verse: 6); Colossians 4:2-6 (key verse: 2); 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 (key verses: 17-18); Ephesians 3:14-21 (key verses: 16-18)

Pray First – Conclusion

Ephesians 3:16-18 I ask the Father with his great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through his Spirit. 17 I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. 18 And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is. (ERV)

Prayer should be the first thing we do in any situation. If you have developed the practice of constant prayer—you are a “pray first” Christian—and you know that prayer is very helpful to the child of God. Try praying before you make your next decision or before you respond to someone—be blessed— Tim.

Question for ‘pray first’: Prayer works if you believe; do you believe prayer works?

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
Godly Love
True Love
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“Godly love — true love”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is patient, and is kind; love does not envy; love does not boast, and is not arrogant; 5 It is not rude, does not insist on its own way, is not easily provoked, it keeps no account of wrongs suffered; 6 It does not rejoice in injustice, but rejoices in the truth; 7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails: … (RKJNT)

Godly—agape (ag-ah’-pay)—love is very different from natural—philautos (fil’-au-tos)—love; 1 Corinthians 13 (especially verses 4-8) covers some of the elements of love but other scriptures also help us know about Godly love. Excuse me for not elaborating but God’s word speaks for itself and His Spirit agrees with its truth. Meditate on God’s word, let it speak life into you and let it guide you as you walk in the Spirit.

Romans 5:5 and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (WEB)

Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice, a sweet smelling aroma to God. (RKJNT)

What is Godly love?

Love is
  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Not arrogant
  • Not rude
  • Not easily provoked
  • From God (1 John 4:7)
  • Made perfect in us (1 John 4:12)
Love
  • Keeps no account of wrongs suffered
  • Rejoices in truth
  • Bears {patiently endures} all things
  • Believes {trust Christ in} all things
  • Hopes all things
  • Endures all things
  • Others as much as you love ourselves (Mark 12:33)
Love does not
  • Envy
  • Boast
  • Insist on its own way
  • Rejoice in injustice
  • Do anything wrong to a neighbor (Romans 13:10)
  • Hate his fellow christian {bother} (1 John 4:20-21)
  • Hate God’s word {teaching or correction} (John 14:24 and Proverbs 15:12)
Scriptures to read and study:
Godly Love – Conclusion

Romans 12:9-13 Let love be genuine. Abhor that which is evil; cling to that which is good. 10 Be devoted to one another with brotherly love; honour one another more than yourselves; 11 Not lacking in zeal; aglow with the spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; faithful in prayer; 13 Contributing to the saints who are in need; practicing hospitality. (RKJNT) [read Romans 12:9-21]

Godly love is a love that we receive from God, it is divine, pure and genuine. Demonstrate Godly love; let those you love know that you love them by saying it with words and actions. I pray that we come to fully understand the love of Jesus Christ our God—love that is far beyond our natural ability to understand, but made known to us through the precious gift of the Spirit and His word. [read Ephesians 3:14-19 and Ephesians 4:7-5:7]—be blessed— Tim.

Question for ‘Godly love’: Is your love true and genuine?

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
Spiritual Guidance
Spirit-led
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Do you forget about His loving-kindness to you? Do you forget how long He is waiting for you? You know that God is kind. He is trying to get you to be sorry for your sins and turn from them.
Romans 2:4 (NLV)

Exodus 13:21-22 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, guiding them on their way; and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light: so that they were able to go on day and night: 22 The pillar of cloud went ever before them by day, and the pillar of fire by night. (BBE) [read Exodus 13:17-22; Exodus 40:34-38; Numbers 9:15-23; 1 Kings 8:10-11]

John 16:12-15 I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 Yet when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of his own accord; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall take what is mine, and shall show it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are mine: therefore I said that he shall take what is mine, and shall show it to you. (RKJNT) [read John 16:5-15]

God has offered ‘Spiritual guidance‘ to His people from the nachah (naw-khaw’)—guide or lead—who led the exodus of the Children of Israel through the desert, to the hodegeo (hod-ayg-eh’-o)—to show the way; teach—for the Children of God (the church). The Lord went from using the temporary visible—pillars of cloud and fire—to the everlasting invisible—Spirit of truth / Holy Spirit—ways of ‘Spiritual guidance’. I cannot speak for you nor can I make you understand this display of love for humans; I can only make it known by posting it. Hopefully we can agree that we have a loving God who does wonderful things to help us. My thoughts turn to the Psalms regarding God’s love for people.

Psalms 144:3-4 Lord, what is man, that you keep him in mind? or the son of man that you take him into account? 4 Man is like a breath: his life is like a shade which is quickly gone. (BBE)

Psalms 8:4-9 What is man, that you keep him in mind? the son of man, that you take him into account? 5 For you have made him only a little lower than the gods, crowning him with glory and honour. 6 You have made him ruler over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet; 7 All sheep and oxen, and all the beasts of the field; 8 The birds of the air and the fish of the sea, and whatever goes through the deep waters of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how noble is your name in all the earth! (BBE) [read Psalms 8:4-9:2]

The word of God guides

What type of guidance was needed in the church? Some are surprised to learn that the bible gives specific examples. Yes, saved people have issues that need correcting. Let’s look at the church in Rome (I will not get into letter vs. chapter/verse here, but keep in mind this is a letter). Based on the information in Romans chapters 1 and 2, what type of letter was this, can you answer the question? Need help understanding the question? Go back to the post for Thursday, July 24, 2014. Do you have enough information to decide?

Romans 1:20-25 For ever since the creation of the universe God’s invisible attributes — his everlasting power and divinity — are to be seen and studied in his works, so that people have no excuse; 21 because, although they learned to know God, yet they did not offer him as God either praise or thanksgiving. Their speculations about him proved futile, and their undiscerning minds were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they showed themselves fools; 23 and they transformed the glory of the immortal God into the likeness of mortal humans, and of birds, and beasts, and reptiles. 24 Therefore God abandoned them to impurity, letting them follow the cravings of their hearts, until they dishonored their own bodies; 25 for they had substituted a lie for the truth about God, and had reverenced and worshiped created things more than the Creator, who is to be praised for ever. Amen. (OEB)

  • In Romans the 1st chapter verses 18-32 (Romans 1:18-32) Paul, speaks of sins committed by those who are not part of the church.
  • In the 2nd chapter he begins by letting them know they are guilty of the same sins but are misled thinking that God will not punish them. For now just focus on verses 1-16.

Romans 2:1-2 So you have no reason, whoever you are, for judging: for in judging another you are judging yourself, for you do the same things. 2 And we are conscious that God is a true judge against those who do such things. (BBE)

Scriptures to read and study:

Matthew 7:21-29; 1 Timothy 1:3-11; Ephesians 4:17-24 and 5:8-21; Romans 2:1-16 (key verses: 1-4); Exodus 13:17-22 (key verses: 21-22); Exodus 40:34-38; Numbers 9:15-23; 1 Kings 8:10-11; John 16:5-15 (key verses: 12-15); Psalms 144:3-4; Psalms 8:4-9:2 (key verses: 8:4-9); Romans 1:18-32 (key verses: 20-25); Luke 11:27-28; James 4:13-17 (key verse: 17); 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (key verse: 14)

Spiritual Guidance – Conclusion

blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it.” Luke 11:28 (RKJNT) ♦ The man who has knowledge of how to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:17 (BBE) ♦ And if any man will not obey our instruction in this letter, note that man, and do not associate with him, that he may be ashamed. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 (RKJNT)

Spiritual guidance, teaching and instructions are of no value if we fail to follow it or listen to it. So often we do not understand God’s word or the message from God’s messenger that is meant to give Spiritual guidance. Take advantage of and follow God’s guidance through the word of God and the Holy Spirit. Until the next time—be blessed— Tim.

Question for ‘Spiritual guidance’: Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you?

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
Receive Your Healing
Bible Study Link

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Photo taken in San Francisco, CA of the Bay Bridge

Message in the picture:

“By faith Receive Your Healing in Jesus name”

Receive Your Healing

James 5:13-15 Are any in your community suffering? They should pray. Are any celebrating? They should sing praises to God. 14 Are any sick? They should call the elders of your church and ask them to pray. They will gather around and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Prayers offered in faith will restore them from sickness and bring them to health. The Lord will lift them up from the floor of despair; and if the sickness is due to sin, then God will forgive their sins. (The Voice)

James 5:13-15 Is anyone among you afflicted? let him pray. Is anyone merry? let him sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (RKJNT)

Prayer combined with faith in the Lord brings healing and deliverance. Be blessed— Tim.

The ‘Receive Your Healing Bible study is available:

Receive Your Healing – Sound Truth Ministry

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The Power of Faith
Faith
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“But when you ask God, you must ask with faith and not doubt.”
from James 1:6 (paraphrased)

The power of faith is not easily understood. Faith is the foundation of our patient and confident wait for eternal life without the need for factual proof [that is my breakdown of Hebrews 11:1; please read Hebrews 11:1-3; Romans 8:24; 2 Corinthians 4:18; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:8]. Many quote Hebrews 11:1 but verse three should be considered as well; Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were made of things which do not appear. (RKJNT)

Have you ever been in a place where you needed to show your faith? Sometimes we must let God know we believe He can do any and every thing; please study these scriptures and share what you learned if anything.

Luke 7:6-10 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, Lord, do not trouble yourself: for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof: Nor did I think myself worthy to come to you: but say the word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to one, Go, and he goes, and to another, Come, and he comes, and to my servant, Do this, and he does it. When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned and said to the people who followed him, I say to you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel. And those who were sent, returned to the house, and found the slave well. (RKJNT) [Supported by Matthew 8:5-13]

The Power of Faith – evil spirit cast out of girl

Summary of Matthew 15:21-28 and Mark 7:24-30 – Having had news of him the Canaanite (Greek) woman says: “have pity on me, O Lord…my daughter has an unclean spirit“; But he gave her no answer. His diciples say: “send her away“; Jesus responds to the disciples: “I was sent only to the wandering sheep of the house of Israel”. The Canaanite woman worshipped him and said: “Help, Lord“; Jesus responds to her: “It is not right to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs”. She responds: “Yes, Lord: but even the dogs take the bits from under their masters’ table”; Jesus says: “O woman, great is your faith: the evil spirit has gone out of your daughter“. And her daughter was made well from that hour. That is the power of faith! (BBE)

It was amazing for a Canaanite (Greek, Gentile or non-Jewish) woman to demonstrate “great faith”—μέγας megas (Greek for great meaning strong)—at that time—the Gospel message was only to the Jews. The details of how she developed her level of faith are not given—only that she “heard of Him”, but the point is she never gave up. Even when it seemed like Jesus ignored her, she was persistent. Some religious commentators speculate that Jesus was testing the womans faith, I will not suggest any such thing since Jesus did not say why He did not respond to her at first He only pointed out (to his disciples) the fact that “I was sent only to the wandering sheep of the house of Israel“.

Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your faith: be it done for you as you wish. And her daughter was made well from that very hour. (RKJNT)

The Power of Faith – blind man healed

Mark 10:46-47 and 51-52 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me. 51 And Jesus said to him, What do you want that I should do for you? The blind man said to him, Master, I want to receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said to him, Go your way; your faith has made you well. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus along the way. (RKJNT) [Supported by Matthew 20:29-34 {2 blind men healed} and Luke 18:35-43]

The Power of Faith – mustard seed faith

Have you ever wondered how much faith you need to make things happen? Is faith measurable?

Matthew 17:14-16 and 19-21 And when they had come to the multitude, a certain man came to him, kneeling down before him, and saying, 15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is epileptic, and severely vexed: for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately, and said, Why could we not cast it out? 20 And Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief: for truly I say to you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Move from here to there; and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible for you. (RKJNT)

  • unbelief = the Greek word apistia (ap-is-tee’-ah) – lack or absence of faith
  • Matthew is the only one of the three (including Mark and Luke) who gave account of this event that included ‘moving mountains‘; reference Mark 9:14-29 and Luke 9:37-42
  • are we to translate this parable in a literal or figurative sense? Try reading these passages to see if they help answer this question: Job 9:1-13; Psalms 46:1-3; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 and Revelation 6:12-17
  • mustard seed – a very tiny seed, the size of a mustard seed is 1-2 mm or 3/64 inch-5/64 inch in diameter, but grows to become “the biggest of all garden plants“.

Mustard seed and the kingdom

Mark 4:30-32 And he said, To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which is the smallest seed planted in the ground: 32 But when it is sown, it grows up, and becomes greater than all garden herbs, and shoots out great branches; so that the birds of the air may nest under the shadow of it. (RKJNT) [Supported by Matthew 13:31-32 and Luke 13:18-19]

  • Let’s look at the phrase “becomes greater than all garden herbs“; Matthew 13:32 used the phrase “is the largest of the garden plants, and becomes a tree” and Luke 13:19 used the phrase “became a great tree“.
  • herbs vs. tree:
    • for some reason Mark 4:32 used the Greek word lachanon (lakh’-an-on) for herbs
    • Matthew 13:32 used the both Greek words lachanon and dendron (den’-dron) for the phrases ‘among herbs‘ (RKJNT=garden plants) and ‘a tree
    • Luke 13:19 used the Greek word dendron for the word ‘tree‘.
Scriptures to read and study:

Luke 7:1-10 (key verses: 6-10; compare: Matthew 8:5-13); Matthew 15:21-28 [compare: Mark 7:24-30]; Matthew 17:14-21 [compare: Mark 9:14-29 and Luke 9:37-42; reference: Job 9:1-13; Psalms 46:1-3; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 and Revelation 6:12-17]; Mark 10:46-52 [compare: Matthew 20:29-34; Luke 18:35-43]; Mark 4:30-32 (compare: Matthew 13:31-32; Luke 13:18-19); Hebrews 11:1-3; Romans 8:24; 2 Corinthians 4:18; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:3-12 (key verses: 3-5 and 8)

The Power of Faith – Conclusion

1 Peter 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through his great mercy has given us a new birth and a living hope by the coming again of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 And a heritage fair, holy and for ever new, waiting in heaven for you, 5 Who, by the power of God are kept, through faith, for that salvation, which will be seen at the last day. (BBE) [read 1 Peter 1:3-12]

The power of faith—the strength or ability to perform or carry out the act of faith; the ability to act on trust in God. Putting faith into action is yet another way of saying this; keep in mind Jesus says in Acts 1:8 (WEB) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you“. There are seven Greek words for power in the NT; δύναμις dynamis meaning strength power, ability is what Jesus used in this verse. We benefit when we make use of this power when we act in faith knowing that God has given us power—be blessed— Tim.

Question for ‘the power of faith’: Do you have at least a little faith?

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
Growing Faith
Increasing Faith
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“My dear friends, we always have good reason to thank God for you, because your faith in God and your love for each other keep growing all the time.”
2 Thessalonians 1:3 (CEV)

Growing Faith – why is it needed?

Is this statement familiar ‘O you of little faith’? For the older KJV fans ‘O ye of little faith’ might ring a bell. The point is faith should grow, in Matthew 6:19-21, 25-34 and Luke 12:22-34, Jesus helps us understand the need for more faith if we worry about material things. Our Savior also gives other examples in Matthew 8:23-27 {Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25}; Matthew 14:22-33 {Mark 6:45-52; John 6:15-21} and Matthew 16:5-12 {Mark 8:14-21}.

Does our faith measure up with the spiritual gift(s) of God? Do you have the amount of faith you need to satisfy the requirements of your calling? Consider Romans 12:3-8, but focus on verses 3 and 6:

Romans 12:3 and 6 God has given me a special gift, and that is why I have something to say to each one of you. Don’t think that you are better than you really are. You must see yourself just as you are. Decide what you are by the faith God has given each of us. (ERV) 6 And we [all] have different gifts, in harmony with the unearned favor [God has] shown us. If our gift is the ability to prophesy [i.e., to speak for God], we should make use of this gift in harmony with the amount of faith we have. (AUV)

Growing Faith – how does faith grow?

How do we make our faith grow? Romans 10:17 says “So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Once again the word faith is the Greek pistis. Our (pistis) faith is a result of hearing, believing and applying the word of God—the good news about Jesus Christ our savior.

Romans 10:14-17 But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him [How, then, can they call on one in whom they have not believed?]; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him [how can they believe in one of whom they have not heard?]; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them [how can they hear without someone preaching to them?];

15 and before someone can go and tell them, that person must be sent [how can they preach unless they are sent?]. [As] It is written, “How beautiful [or welcome; or timely] is the person [are the feet of those] who comes to bring [proclaiming; preaching] good news [Isaiah 52:7].”

16 But not all the Jews [everyone] accepted [heeded; obeyed] the good news. [For] Isaiah said, “Lord, who believed what we told them [our message/report; Isaiah 53:1]?”

17 So [Thus; Consequently] faith comes from hearing the Good News [hearing], and people hear the Good News [hearing comes; or the message/report arrives] when someone tells them [through the word/message] about [or proclaimed by; of] Christ. (EXB)

The longer we walk and live by faith, the greater our faith becomes. Today we take a look at a formula (or recipe) for growing faith from 2 Peter 1:1-9. 2 Peter 1:3 tells us to whom Peter is writing “to those who, through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ, have obtained the same precious faith as ours:”. This form of the word faith—pistis—is in direct relation to what some call ‘saving faith‘—in other words—trusting Jesus for salvation.

2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; 6 to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; 7 to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love. (GNT)

  • Faithpistis (pis’-tis) – trust, confidence, dependence, hope, reliance and belief.
Add virtue / goodness to faith
  • Virtue / Goodness – moral excellence, good, moral or noble character, virtue, integrity, fortitude, courage, doing what is right, live a good life.
Add knowledge to virtue / goodness
  • Knowledge – spiritual understanding, learn to know God better and discover what he wants you to do, learn more about God.
Add self-control to knowledge
  • Self-control – alert discipline, learn to put aside your own desires, temperance, be strong to do what is right.
Add endurance / perseverance / patience to self-control
  • Endurance / perseverance / patience – patient endurance, passionate patience, quiet mind, endurance, perseverance, steadfastness, go on doing what is right even when it is hard.
Add godliness to endurance / perseverance / patience
  • Godliness – reverent wonder, fear of God, gladly letting God have his way with you, devotion to God, piety, keep close to God.
Add Christian affection / brotherly kindness (love) to godliness
  • Brotherly kindness /Chrsitain affection – brotherly, fraternal or Christian affection, warm friendliness, enjoy other people and to like them, concern for others, brotherly love, love your Christian brothers.
Add love to Christian affection / brotherly kindness (love)
  • Love – generous love, unselfish love, universal benevolence [generosity], charity, love everyone.

These are the qualities you need, and if you have them in abundance, they will make you active and effective in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But if you do not have them, you are so shortsighted that you cannot see and have forgotten that you have been purified from your past sins. 2 Peter 1:8-9 (GNT)

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Scriptures to read and study:

2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 (key verses: 3-4); 2 Corinthians 10:12-18 (key verse: 15); Philippians 1:21-26 (key verse: 25); Colossians 2:6-10 (key verse: 7); Matthew 6:19-21, 25-34 [compare: Luke 12:22-34]; Matthew 8:23-27 [compare: Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25]; Matthew 14:22-33 [compare: Mark 6:45-52; John 6:15-21]; Matthew 16:5-12 [compare: Mark 8:14-21]; Romans 12:3-8 (key verses: 3 and 6);

Growing Faith – Conclusion

Philippians 1:21-26 To me, the only important thing about living is Christ. And even death would be for my benefit. 22 If I continue living here on earth, I will be able to work for the Lord. But what would I choose—to live or to die? I don’t know. 23 It would be a hard choice. Sometimes I want to leave this life and be with Christ. That would be much better for me; 24 however, you people need me here alive. 25 I am sure of this, so I know that I will stay here and be with you to help you grow and have joy in your faith. 26 When I am there with you again, you will be bursting with pride over what Christ Jesus did to help me. (ERV)

Growing faith is a result of getting to know more about God, the more we know about what He can and will do, our faith / trust in God becomes stronger and broader (covers more areas of life). In Luke 17:5 the apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith, His response, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed…”. Mustard seed faith—with a little faith we can do great things through Christ—allow your faith to grow and be blessed— Tim.

Question for ‘growing faith’: Is your faith growing?

Good resources:

Count it all Joy || Receive Your Healing | The Power of Faith

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
Deception
God Knows
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“Deception / Deceiver – It is the same with you. Outwardly, and to others, you have the look of religious people, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and sin.
Matthew 23:28 (OEB)

Deception

Matthew 23:27-28 Alas for you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, hypocrites that you are! You are like whitewashed tombs, which indeed look fair outside, while inside they are filled with dead people’s bones and all kinds of filth. 28 It is the same with you. Outwardly, and to others, you have the look of religious people, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and sin. (OEB)

It is often easy to deceive others, carry a Bible everywhere, wear crosses, say religious things, but we must not forget, God sees through and beyond the deception. Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it? 10 I, the LORD, search the mind, I try the heart, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” (NHEB)

Psalms 7:14-16 See how wicked people think up evil; they plan trouble and practice deception. 15 But in the traps they set for others, they themselves get caught. 16 So they are punished by their own evil and are hurt by their own violence. (TEV) ♦ Psalms 12:1-2 Help, Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. 2 Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception. (NIV)

Wisdom speaks of deception

Proverbs 8:1-10 Can’t you hear the voice of wisdom? She is standing at the city gates and at every fork in the road, and at the door of every house. Listen to what she says: 4-5 “Listen, men!” she calls. “How foolish and naive you are! Let me give you understanding. O foolish ones, let me show you common sense! 6-7 Listen to me! For I have important information for you. Everything I say is right and true, for I hate lies and every kind of deception. 8 My advice is wholesome and good. There is nothing of evil in it. 9 My words are plain and clear to anyone with half a mind-if it is only open! 10 My instruction is far more valuable than silver or gold.” (TLB)

Scriptures to read and study

Matthew 23:1-36 (focus verses: 27-28 and 31-36); 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (key verse: 7); Jeremiah 17:9-10; John 7:10-24 (focus verses: 16-19; key verse 18); Psalms 33:13-15; Hebrews 4:11-13

Deception – Conclusion

John 7:16-19 Jesus answered their question by saying, “My teaching does not belong to me, but comes from Him who sent me. 17 If any one is willing to do His will, he shall know about the teaching, whether it is from God or originates with me. 18 The man whose teaching originates with himself aims at his own glory. He who aims at the glory of Him who sent him teaches the truth, and there is no deception in him. 19 Did not Moses give you the Law? And yet not a man of you obeys the Law. Why do you want to kill me?” (WNT)

Deception usually refers to the act, and deceit to the habit of the mind; hence we speak of a person as skilled in deception and addicted to deceit. The practice of deceit springs altogether from design, and that of the worst kind; but a deception does not always imply aim and intention. It may be undesigned or accidental. An imposition is an act of deception practiced upon some one to his annoyance or injury; a fraud implies the use of stratagem, with a view to some unlawful gain or advantage. – Webster

Be true, be real and genuine; deception is not a Godly quality; you might fool man, but you do not fool God. ♦ Hebrews 4:13 “There is nothing that can be hid from God; everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before his eyes. And it is to him that we must all give an account of ourselves.” God knows you motives, your hidden thoughts and your intents. (GNT) ♦ Psalms 33:13-15 When the LORD looks down from heaven, he observes every human being. 14 From his dwelling place, he looks down on all the inhabitants of the earth. 15 He formed the hearts of them all; he understands everything they do. (ISV)

Have a wonderful day free of deception—be blessed— Tim.

Question for ‘Deception – You Do Not Fool God’: Are you a doer of the word even when others cannot see you?

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
Daily Bible Study
Conclusion

This is the end of this group ‘Daily Bible Study’. I pray that you benefit and continue to grow in the Lord. Please read and / or study your Bible as often as you can, God’s word is your Spiritual food—you feed your body daily doesn’t your spirit deserve the same?

Make daily Bible study a priority my friends—be blessed— Tim

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10 Comments:

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  2. I found the blueletterbible.org to be an excellent tool. Also in my research I found that the answer to your question was..yes the meanings are the same. Chara= Kha-ra


  3. This was another Great Bible study, Pastor Tim!
    Keep up the good works, I know that God is pleased because you bring forth not your word but HIS Word..Amen


    • Thank you Chef Ann I appreciate your patient understanding and support!


    • Thank you Bishop..I am forever grateful to continue learning. I fully understand the passage of scripture and I accept and receive to continue GOD’S plans…Thank you again.. To be REAL and stay free from deception.(+)..


      • You are welcome, God gets all of the praise and glory for what He does through us and His word. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit this site, read the material and comment, your support is greatly appreciated.


        • There is never a thumbs down…TO your work BISHOP..
          May GOD continue blessings you and your family.Because YOU ALL,has really helped me.


          • 🙂 thank you for your kind words and the blessing. I, a mere instrument, give God the glory; this is His work.


  4. Help me to hold on to my faith. Amin


    • Thank you for your support Peter, I apologize for the delayed response. Our primary purpose is to help in any way that we can. Your faith will grow as you continue to study and obey (apply) God’s word. Remember Romans 10:17 (NIRV) “So faith comes from hearing the message. And the message that is heard is the message about Christ.” [read Romans 9:30-11:32 for a better understanding]

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