The Thanksgiving Question
So what are you thankful for? You’d think that would be an easy question to answer. Yet how of-ten does the speed of life blind us? How often are the blessings we experience blurred by the chaos we walk in? While we’re busy trying to keep up, do we fail to recognize all we have to be grateful for? Life has a way of chiseling away at a heart of gratitude. But what if we could stop, pause in the moment, and recognize the incredible work of God which surrounds us? What if the intensity of the day to day could be stilled by the peace of thanksgiving? What if we could practice the words of Scripture and give thanks in everything? Perhaps these are the questions we need to ask ourselves so we can begin to see the beauty of a life spent giving thanks.
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A HEART OF PRAISE
Scripture: Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)
"Therefore, by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."
Good morning, beloved! Today, let's dive into the beautiful message found in Hebrews 13:15. This verse reminds us of the profound act of offering a sacrifice of praise to God. What does it mean to offer such a sacrifice, and why is it significant in our daily walk with the Lord?
Praise the lord at all times
Scripture: Psalm 145:1-3 (NKJV)
"I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable."
THE MORNING LIGHT
Psalm 27:1 (NKJV)
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
In the quiet hush of the morning, as the sun's first rays begin to paint the sky with their gentle warmth, let us turn our hearts and minds to the comforting words of Psalm 27:1. This verse is a powerful reminder of God's presence in our lives and the security we find in Him.
Overcoming in His Love
Scripture: Romans 8:31 (NKJV)
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Armed with the Full Armor of God
ARMED WITH THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD
Scripture: Ephesians 6:11-18 (NIV)
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the [a]wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of [b]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints
Good morning, dear brothers and sisters in Christ. As we begin our day, let us turn our hearts and minds to the powerful and timeless wisdom found in Ephesians 6:11-18. This passage reminds us of the spiritual battle we face daily and the importance of equipping ourselves with the armor of God.
The apostle Paul uses vivid imagery to describe this spiritual armor. Each piece represents a vital aspect of our faith and walk with Christ. As we reflect on these elements, may we be inspired to put on the full armor of God daily
Delight in the Lord's Plan
Scripture: Psalm 37:4-5 (NKJV)
"Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass."
Morning Devotional: Seeking God with All Your Heart
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJV)
"You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."
EMBRACING HUMILITY AND FAITH
EMBRACING HUMILITY AND FAITH -
Romans 12:3 NKJV
"For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith." - Romans 12:3 (NKJV)
DWELLING IN GOD'S PRESENCE
Scripture: Psalm 132:4-5 (NKJV)
"I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob."
GOD'S TENDER CARE
Scripture: Psalm 56:8 (NKJV)
"You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?"
Morning Devotional - Luke 4:18: Embracing the Spirit's Anointing
Scripture: Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free."
Good morning, beloved! As we begin this new day, let's draw inspiration from Luke 4:18, where Jesus declares the purpose of His ministry. In this verse, Jesus reveals His divine mission, and His words are not limited to the time and place in which He spoke them; they have profound implications for us today.
Faith That Moves Mountains
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Good morning, beloved! As we begin this new day, let's take a moment to reflect on the profound truth found in Hebrews 11:1. This verse beautifully encapsulates the essence of faith, offering us a powerful reminder of what it means to live a life of faith in God.
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Good morning, dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Today, let's dive into a beautiful passage from the book of Galatians, which speaks to us about the fruit of the Spirit. In this verse, the apostle Paul reminds us of the characteristics that should be evident in the life of every believer, traits that are produced by the Holy Spirit living within us.
Morning Devotional: Singing of God's Power and Mercy 🙏🌞
Verse: Psalm 59:16 (NKJV)
"But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble."
Good morning, beloved. As we start this new day, let us reflect on the words of Psalm 59:16 and draw inspiration from David's profound faith and trust in the Lord. In the midst of challenges and troubles, David found solace and strength in God's power and mercy, which carried him through each day.
Seeking God in the Present: A Morning Devotional on Jeremiah 29:12-14
As we embark on a new day, let us draw inspiration and guidance from the timeless words of Jeremiah 29:12-14 (NKJV):
"Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity."
Morning Devotional: Finding Peace in Life's Storms 🙏
Morning Devotional on Luke 8:23-25 (NKJV)
Luke 8:23-25 (NKJV)
"But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, 'Master, Master, we are perishing!' Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, 'Where is your faith?' And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, 'Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!'"
Morning Devotional: Abounding in Hope through God's Joy and Peace
Scripture:"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13 (NKJV)
Devotional: Good morning, dear brothers and sisters in Christ. As we begin this new day, let us turn our hearts and minds to Romans 15:13, a verse that speaks to the essence of our Christian faith—hope, joy, peace, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Morning Devotional - Overcomers Through Christ
Scripture: 1 John 4:4 (NKJV) "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."
Devotional: Good morning, beloved! As we begin our day, let us meditate on the powerful words of 1 John 4:4. In this verse, John reassures us of our identity as children of God and reminds us of our capacity to overcome the challenges and temptations of the world through Christ.
A Heart Overflowing with Praise
Scripture: Psalm 103:1-2 (NKJV) "Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits."
Good morning, dear brothers and sisters in Christ! As we begin this new day, let us turn our hearts and minds toward the Lord, and let His Word inspire and uplift us.
In Psalm 103:1-2, David passionately declares, "Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits." These verses remind us of the importance of wholehearted worship and a grateful spirit.
The Power of Creation - John 1:3
"All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made." - John 1:3 (NKJV)
In the beginning, there was God, and through His Word, all things came into existence. John 1:3 reminds us of the incredible power and creativity of our Creator. It is a verse that underscores the sovereignty of God over the entire universe. Every star, every planet, every living creature, and every intricate detail of the world we see around us was formed through Him.
"Be still and know I am God" is a phrase that comes from the Bible, specifically from Psalm 46:10. It is often interpreted as an invitation to find peace and calmness in the presence of God. The full verse reads, "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
The phrase encourages believers to stop worrying, cease striving, and find rest in the knowledge that God is in control. It reminds us that even in the midst of chaos, God is sovereign and powerful, and we can trust in him to provide for their needs and guide them through difficult times.
The verse is often used as a source of comfort and strength in times of stress or uncertainty, encouraging us to take a moment to quiet our minds and focus on God's presence and power. It is also sometimes used as a reminder to be humble and acknowledge God's greatness and authority.
Prince of the power of the air Part 1
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:1–2, emphasis added). In this text the apostle Paul describes Satan first as a “prince” with power, because he has authentic power in the world (1 John 5:19). This power has been given him by God (Luke 4:6). Satan has power over some illnesses (Luke 13:16; see also 2 Corinthians 12:7—it’s unknown if Paul’s “thorn” was an illness or something else). In some sense, Satan has power over death (Hebrews 2:14). The reason Satan is called a prince rather than a king is that there is only one King—Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 6:15).
Broken for a Purpose Podcast Episode Part 2
Welcome to Broken for a Purpose, the podcast where we explore the idea that our brokenness can be transformed into something beautiful for God's glory. I'm your host, Pastor Carlos A. Morales, and today we'll be looking at the scripture passage Hebrews 4:15-16.
[Reading from Hebrews 4:15-16]
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
This passage tells us that Jesus, our high priest, can sympathize with our weaknesses because he himself was tempted in every way, yet he did not sin. And because of this, we can approach God's throne of grace with confidence, knowing that we will receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
As human beings, we are all broken in some way. We all struggle with weaknesses, temptations, and sin. But the good news is that we have a savior who understands our struggles and can help us in our time of need.
So, what does this mean for us as Christians? It means that we don't have to hide our brokenness from God or from each other. We can come to God just as we are, with all our flaws and imperfections, and trust that he will meet us where we are and help us to grow.
So how can we apply this scripture passage to our lives today? Here are a few things to consider:
First, we can take comfort in knowing that Jesus understands our struggles. We don't have to feel ashamed or alone in our brokenness, because we have a high priest who has been there and can sympathize with us.
Second, we can approach God's throne of grace with confidence, knowing that we will receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. This means that we don't have to try to fix ourselves or earn God's love and acceptance. We can simply come to him with an open heart and trust that he will meet us where we are.
And third, we can extend grace and compassion to others who are struggling with brokenness. Just as Jesus has shown us mercy and grace, we can show that same love and kindness to those around us who are hurting.
Thank you for joining us on this episode of Broken for a Purpose. Remember, your brokenness is not the end of the story. It can be transformed into something beautiful for God's glory.
Broken for a Purpose Episode 1
Psalm 34:18 is a well-known verse in the Bible that says, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." This verse speaks to the reality of human brokenness and the compassion of God towards those who are hurting.
The phrase "brokenhearted" refers to a state of deep emotional pain and distress, often caused by circumstances such as loss, betrayal, or rejection. It's a feeling of being shattered, with one's heart and soul in pieces. This kind of brokenness can be overwhelming, and it's easy to feel isolated and alone in our suffering.
But Psalm 34:18 offers a message of hope and comfort. It tells us that God is near to the brokenhearted, which means that we are not alone in our pain. God is with us, even when we can't feel His presence, and He cares deeply about what we are going through.
The verse also says that God saves those who are crushed in spirit. This doesn't necessarily mean that God will remove our pain or fix our problems, but it does mean that He will provide us with the strength, comfort, and wisdom we need to persevere through our difficulties. We can trust that God is working all things together for our good, even when we can't see it.
Ultimately, Psalm 34:18 points us to the character of God as a loving and compassionate Father who cares for His children. It reminds us that even in our brokenness, we are still valuable and worthy of love and that God is always with us, offering us His grace and mercy.
The Book of Revelation Bible Study Week #2
vision of the sealing of the 144,000 and the great multitude that no one can number. In this study, we
will examine each of these chapters, seeking to understand their significance and application for our
1. Revelation 4:1-11 - The Vision of the Throne Room of God
• What does John see in his vision of the throne room of God (vv. 2-6)?
• What is the significance of the creatures and elders worshiping around the throne (vv. 8-11)?
• How can we apply this vision of the throne room of God to our lives today?
2. Revelation 5:1-14 - The Vision of the Lamb Who Was Slain
• What is the significance of the scroll with seven seals (v. 1)?
• Who is worthy to open the scroll (v. 5)?
• What is the response of the creatures and elders to the Lamb who was slain (vv. 8-14)?
• How can we apply this vision of the Lamb who was slain to our lives today?
3. Revelation 6:1-17 - The Opening of the Seals
• What are the events that take place when the first four seals are opened (vv. 2-8)?
• What are the events that take place when the fifth seal is opened (vv. 9-11)?
• What are the events that take place when the sixth seal is opened (vv. 12-17)?
• How can we apply this vision of the opening of the seals to our lives today?
4. Revelation 7:1-8 - The Sealing of the 144,000
• Who are the 144,000 that are sealed (v. 4)?
• What is the significance of the sealing of the 144,000 (vv. 2-3, 9-10)?
• How can we apply this vision of the sealing of the 144,000 to our lives today?
5. Revelation 7:9-17 - The Great Multitude
• Who is the great multitude that John sees (vv. 9-10)?
• What is the significance of the great multitude (vv. 13-17)?
• How can we apply this vision of the great multitude to our lives today?
The visions in Chapters 4-7 of Revelation provide a glimpse into the end times and the events that will
take place. They remind us of the majesty and power of God, the sacrificial work of the Lamb who was
slain, and the hope that we have in Him. As we seek to apply these visions to our lives today, may we be
encouraged to trust in God's sovereignty, to live in readiness for His return, and to share the good news
of salvation with others.
The Watchman and His Message Ezekiel 33
The main theme of the chapter is the responsibility of the watchman and the people to listen and respond to God's warning. The prophet is appointed by God to warn the people of their sins and the coming judgment if they do not repent. The people, in turn, are responsible for listening and responding to the prophet's message. If they do not listen and repent, they will be held responsible for their own deaths.
The chapter also emphasizes the importance of living a righteous life and being accountable for one's actions. God warns the people that if they do not listen to the warning of the watchman, they will be held responsible for their own deaths. This emphasizes the importance of living a righteous life and being accountable for one's actions.
Psalm 40: 1-3
1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
Defeating Depression Part 3
I grew up hearing that old adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.”
What a lie! The kids in school always made fun of me because I was from the country. They made fun of me because I didn’t know how to speak English at the time. Sometimes, my nickname was “A racial slur.”
Defeating Depression Part 2
Many times as Christians, we believe we should be “stronger than that.” Often from past teaching or from a lack of understanding, we are convinced that, as Christians, we should not come under the attack of depression or hopelessness. On the other hand, unbelievers sometimes feel as if they deserve to be in darkness because they don’t believe in a higher power or they are not “living right.” Sometimes we are embarrassed to talk about our feelings of sadness and despair and deep, deep depression. And to make matters worse, some of our Christian counterparts accuse us of not seeking God enough or of having sin in our life.
I remember the night that I literally gave up. I had been doing much better with the depression and my wrecked life. I assumed I was okay, but I was not. That night, I lost the desire to fight. Curling down into a fetal position, I felt the darkness sinking in. Tears spilled over each eyelid and fiercely rolled down my cheeks and neck. I felt tight in my chest like something heavy was pressing against it. “It’s too much,” I thought to myself. “It’s too much.” It seemed as if I was no longer breathing, and why should I try? It was better this way. Someone would find me in the morning. I would die a natural death, depressed and alone.
Mental health in the kingdom of God
Mental disorders are both common and disabling worldwide. They affect beliefs, emotions, identity, and relationships in such a way as to impact the very essence of the human experience. They are associated with stigma and prejudice, and they disproportionately affect those who are poor and those who belong to marginalized groups within society. Increasing attention has been given in recent years to the importance of spirituality for mental health, but in research, it is impossible to distinguish between spirituality and the psychological variables that it purports to influence. Those things that are identified as being the concerns of mental health professionals overlap significantly with the concerns of religion. This overlap is examined here in relationship to the Synoptic Gospel accounts of the mission, ministry, and teaching of Jesus. It is proposed that Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God was centrally concerned with things that we now consider to be the domain of mental health. For Christians, mental health may be understood as the ability to fulfill a vocation within the kingdom of God. A more critical theological understanding of mental health is needed to better inform the mission of the Church
What does it mean to be called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)?
The Telling Times
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3
Do not let anyone hinder your walk
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
OVERCOMERS With the Fruit of the Spirit
The first fruit of the Spirit to grow in our hearts is love — not our love, but the love of God! And it is this love that grows into our own ministry which is nothing more than human personality expressing the loving heart of God in Christ. The love of God is God’s love in me and reaching through me, it is not my love carried by the Holy Spirit, but me carrying His love. Thus, we shouldn't ask God to bless our concern for people, instead, we must catch God’s concern and let it express itself through our flawed humanity. Romans 5:5 tells us that “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who he has given us.” I must identify with what God is doing, not ask God to identify with what I am doing. That is a principle of ministry laid down in the New Testament. You and I, we mortals represent Him, but talk is cheap, and His love must come through laying down our lives not just opening our mouths.
Christ’s death was His greatest achievement and God’s greatest act of love. Through it, the power of love conquered the love of power. It was no mistake, no misfortune, and no accident. Christ was not a martyred victim, but a mighty victor — our champion and God’s hero. Jesus came to “…work the works of God” and all His works are love works. God is love! You can’t stop the sun from shining and you can’t stop God from loving. The sun is for shining and God is for loving. The fruit of His love grows and blossoms in our hearts and through our lives as naturally as the sun shines. And as it does, He loves and reaches to desperate, deceived, and hopeless people through us.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5
The Problem with False Prophets, Then and Now
No one enjoys hearing bad news. In fact, some people dislike bad news so much that they will do anything to block it out.
Enter ancient Israel around the early 600s/late 500s BC. They had a strong inkling that they would get taken over by the Babylonians, as many of their prophets, like Jeremiah and Ezekiel, more than hinted at their imminent ransack and capture of this global superpower.
But Israel didn’t like receiving that bit of information. So they turned to people who had positive messages instead: the prophets who would say that Israel would enter a time of prosperity and wealth soon (Jeremiah 23:16). Many went as far as to claim from receiving visions or a divine word to prove their prophecies rang true.
What does it mean that God gave them up to worship the host of heaven Acts 7:42?
As Stephen is preaching his last sermon, he recalls a time in Israel’s history: “Then God turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven” (Acts 7:42, NKJV). The NIV translates Stephen’s words as “But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars.”
"How does God provide the way of escape from temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13)?"
No one is given a pass when it comes to temptation. What we are given as Christians is a way of escape. The apostle Paul taught believers not to be fearful when they face temptation because God will offer help and a way out for those who will look for it: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13, ESV).
When Pastors hate other Pastors
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. Mark 3:24-26
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. Romans 16:17-18
Bible Basics Lesson 7: New Testament Organization (Part 2)
1. For students to comprehend the organization and content of the New Testament books, from 1 Thessalonians to Revelation.
2. For students to recite the assigned books in the order in which they appear in the Bible
3. For students to enjoy learning the Truth about the Bible.
Word of God
The New Testament books from 1 Thessalonians through Revelation
Bible Basics Lesson 6: New Testament Organization (Part 1)
1. For students to comprehend the organization and content of the New Testament books up to and including Colossians
2. For students to recite those books in the order in which they appear
3. For students to enjoy learning the Truth about the Bible
Word of God
The books of the New Testament in order from Matthew up to and including Colossians
Bible Basics Lesson 5: Old Testament Organization (Part 2)
1. For students to comprehend the organization and content of the Old Testament Major and Minor Prophets
2. For students to be able to recite those books in the order in which they appear
3. For students to enjoy learning the Truth about the Bible
Word of God
The books of the Old Testament in order from Isaiah through Malachi.
Bible Basics Lesson 4: Old Testament Organization (Part 1)
1. For students to understand the organization and content of the books of the Old Testament and its divisions of Law, History, and Poetry
2. To enable students to recite the books in order
3. For students to have fun learning the veracity of the Bible
Bible, Word Of GodScripture Memorization
The books of the Old Testament in order from Genesis to Song of Solomon
What does it mean to test the spirits?
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
In this verse believers are commanded to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” This same command is echoed in other parts of Scripture as well. For example, in 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 we find Paul exhorting the Christians to not “despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good.”
Lesson 3: The Anatomy of the Bible
1. For students to learn the basic organization of the Bible
2. For students to love the way the Bible has been preserved for them
3. For students to commit to learning more basic facts about the Bible
Guidance, Prophecy, Truth, Word of GodScripture Memorization
2 Timothy 3:16-17
"What does the Bible teach about the Trinity?"
The most difficult thing about the Christian concept of the Trinity is that there is no way to
perfectly and completely understand it. The Trinity is a concept that is impossible for any human being
to fully understand, let alone explain. God is infinitely greater than we are; therefore, we should not
expect to be able to fully understand Him. The Bible teaches that the Father is God, that Jesus is God,
and that the Holy Spirit is God. The Bible also teaches that there is only one God. Though we can
understand some facts about the relationship of the different Persons of the Trinity to one another,
ultimately, it is incomprehensible to the human mind. However, this does not mean the Trinity is not
true or that it is not based on the teachings of the Bible.
Rule of Engagement Prayer
The Rules of Engagement
these declarations are made to ﬁght against spirits and not people. Show no mercy; take no hostages!
As God’s oﬃcial legislator and law-enforcement agent: come in the name of the resurrected Jesus, whose I am and whom I serve, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Phil. 2:10–11; see also Ps. 82).
Gates are mentioned often in Scripture, and gatekeepers were an important part of maintaining order in ancient societies. Gatekeepers were guards stationed for protection at various kinds of gates, wh
David and Samuel appointed 212 gatekeepers for “positions of trust” in guarding the temple of the Lord (1 Chronicles 9:22), and those so appointed rotated through week-long assignments (verse 25). Verses 26–29 speak of the four principal gatekeepers, “who . . . were entrusted with the responsibility for the rooms and treasuries in the house of God. They would spend the night stationed around the house of God, because they had to guard it; and they had charge of the key for opening it each morning. Some of them were in charge of the articles used in the temple service; they counted them when they were brought in and when they were taken out. Others were assigned to take care of the furnishings and all the other articles of the sanctuary, as well as the special flour and wine, and the olive oil, incense and spices.” Temple gatekeepers were in charge of who went in and who went out. They ensured order and reverence for God’s house.
Lesson 1: How Did We Get The Bible?
The Bible: God’s Words
Turn in your Bibles to 2 Timothy 3:16. Who can read it for us?
• What do you think that means, God-breathed (NIV)?
(The Greek word used here only occurs this one time in the scriptures. It is a compound word, God and breath, that means inspired.)
It’s important that we remember when we’re discussing the Bible, that it is God’s Words, not the words of man. For example, consider the people who wrote the Gospels—Matthew did not just sit down and write an account of the life and teachings of Jesus on his own. God, through the Holy Spirit, guided the process. That is one of the reasons why, for instance, that even though he probably never even met Luke, their accounts are so similar.
The Bible: Man’s Influence
That’s not to say that God just put all the people who contributed to the Scriptures in a trance and made their hands move. One of the unique features of the Bible is that regular people authored it.
Unlike many Holy Books, such as the Muslim's Koran or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' Book of Mormon, multiple people wrote the Bible; in fact, approximately 40 different people wrote it