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“Blessed is he that considereth the poor” Psalm 41. Our first thought is to give money, but that’s not what it says. We are to consider, take note of , study their case and cause, what will help them in the future. Their immediate need may well be financial, the necessities. But then we consider how we can help them for their future. Are they in need because of their immoral life styles, lack of education the basics, lack of working job skills or just laziness. True inability to work at some type of job is really a rarity. The goal would be to help them to not need help. The Bible gives the guideline for helping in 2nd Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” That would motivate some today to find work. A willingness to make a change in their life style immoral to moral, get needed job skills and or education to be more able to provide for their needs. Consider the poor is not just giving money but also getting to the foot of the problem with those wanting and willing to change. And letting those who won’t suffer. And yes we should and must help those willing and trying . As we follow God’s Word He has promised us untold blessings, but let also remember it may not be financial wealth as some falsely teach. True riches and wealth last for eternity. Psalm 41 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. 2 The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. 3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. 4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. 5 Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? 6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. 7 All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. 8 An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more. 9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. 10 But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them. 11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. 12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. 13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.

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Whole hearted praise, no half heartedness, lackadaisical commitment in our praise to God for all He has done for us. Testify of all His works from creation to our redemption. As we read the creation account in Genesis we see where god just spoke all that was created just came into being the earth, stars, planets, sun and moon, all animals and living creatures and things from just the spoken word of God. For man He formed us from the dust and breathed life into us. But for our redemption from sin He left all the glory of heaven became a man, was rejected, beaten then crucified to pay the price of our/my redemption. We need to tell this to everyone so they have the opportunity to receive His marvelous gift of Salvation. Our response thankfulness and rejoice singing praises to our Lord and Saviour, let our joy show. In Psalm 9:9 we are reminded that He is our refuge our place of safety and security in times of trouble we just need to run to Him. Again in verse 17 we are reminded of the horrors awaiting the wicked, that is the unsaved all around us daily. Our calling as Believers is to warn the unsaved and present to them the Gospel of salvation only through Jesus Christ alone. The only hope for our nation is when the people of God, Believers get things right with God, nothing between us and Him nothing displeasing to Him in our lives. That’s where it starts with our nation. At this time our nation is forgetting the God who has greatly blessed our nation. Be sure our individual daily walk with God is whole hearted not half hearted. Psalm 9:1,9,17 “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” As the hymn writer Isaac Watts put in the hymn Am I a Soldier of the Cross.
1. Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follow’r of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?
2. Must I be carried to the skies
On flow’ry beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?
3. Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?
4. Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord;
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
5. Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.
6. When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of vict’ry through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.

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Today the word love is loosely used in our culture. We say we love certain things, food, drinks, places or activities etc. Some even erfer to immoral practices as love instead of what it is just lust. God is love, so in its tue meaning love must be absolutely pure and good. Love is shown and made plain only by ones actions. True love was made plain by God as He expressed His love for us. He sent His only begotten Son that we might live. We were all under the sentence of death. I cannot emagine sitting in a prison knowing that in a few days I would be put to death for crimes I had done. We have all sinned :As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one.” Romans 3:10 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23. There will be no mercy if we stand before His judgement, we will stand as His enemy.But there is a way of forgiveness first. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us Romans 5:8 .”That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, an shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ Romans 10:9,13 Jesus came to make the only way of Salvation from the penalty of sin. When we read in Matthew 27 of the torture of the Cross He sufferred and His cry ‘ My God why have you forsaken me” we see fully that it was for me/us and my/our sin. Forgiveness is available to all who will just come to Him in repentance admitting their need of a Saviour. Suffering and dying for your enemy, that’s love manifest. Now for us the question is how will we live,express, demonstrate love to others in need of the love we have received. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.: 1st John 4:9-10. Room at the Cross hymn.
The cross upon which Jesus died Is a shelter in which we can hide
And its grace so free is sufficient for me And deep is its fountain as wide as the sea.
Though millions have found him a friend And have turned from the sins they have sinned
The Savior still waits to open the gates And welcome a sinner before it’s too late.
The hand of my Savior is strong And the love of my Savior is long
Through sunshine or rain, through loss or in gain, The blood flows from Calvary to cleanse every stain.
Chorus
There’s room at the cross for you
There’s room at the cross for you
Though millions have come, there’s still room for one
Yes there’s room at the cross for you.

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What evidence supports your claim to be a Christian. Many look back to a time when they said a prayer, some know the date some of us don’t, but remember the event. The important thing is what followed, was there a change of life or not? The Bible gives two evidences of a Christian, a changed life 2nd Corinthians 5:17 and love John 13:35. Love God, love others and love for the Word of God. Love is only shown by actions and true love is from God. This love is not just the natural affection one may have for children, family members and others. Only God can determine if it’s the love from God or love displayed for other reasons. It may be to gain favor or to gain acceptance with God by our works we can’t know another’s motives. A true Christian will have a love: for God, because of the love He showed us when we were His enemies and ignored Him; a love for the Word of God because it tells us more about Him and living to please Him; a love for others because the Holy Spirit dwells in us. The true Christian sees himself just as God sees him and is humbled and thankful that God would love him enough to die in his place and take him as His own son. They should not expect those without Christ as Saviour to live a Christian lifestyle. We see today how far some can go, the beheadings in the middle east and the abductions and murders of girls here in our own country. But remember there is nothing that others do that we with our own sin nature could not do also, but for the grace of God. Many self included believe the time of the coming of Christ for Christians is imminent. Then the seven years of tribulation on earth a time we can’t comprehend the horrors of that time. Love is a choice, a desire of the best for another even at our expense. They very well may not deserve it, just as we didn’t deserve or have anything to offer to God, but He loved us anyway. The question is how will we show our love to God, to His Word and to others in our daily walk. 1 John 4:7-8 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

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Whatsoever we ask we receive. Many today take promises like this out of context. We see this by many of those on TV they ignore the context and or requirements related to the verse, they quote. In context of what has been written leading up to this promise. We are told how we should love others, no hatred within the heart. We must be willing to even laydown our lives for others as Christ did for us. In our country at this time will are not called upon to do that we have freedom. But we are taught in the Bible that we should live our lives for others, to share even at our own cost with a brother in need, not find a reason not to help. We must have a clear conscience before God and in God’s sight, nothing between. We are to live as Christians not just trying to keep the commands found in the Bible, its going far beyond to be seeking what can I do that will be pleasing to Him. This should be our goal and attitude in every situation good or bad. Our lives before God should be going beyond what is commanded and or required but going the extra mile because of our love for Him. The desire that He will not give us what we ask for it its for our good and His glory and not give us what we ask for if it’s not for our good. James 4:3 “Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lust.” Many prayers are only for personal gain remember god knows our heart and motives. Seek His will with our whole heart then we can rest on his promises. When we know God’s will we can pray for that with confidence. The apostle reminds of His two commands; “to believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ” and “to love one another”. Then we know that we are walking with Jesus and abiding in Him. 1 John 3:22-24 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” The hymn writer sums it up in the hymn “Nothing Between”
1. Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
Naught of this world’s delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.
2. Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;
Habits of life, though harmless they seem,
Must not my heart from Him ever sever;
He is my all, there’s nothing between.
3. Nothing between, like pride or station;
Self or friends shall not intervene;
Though it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved, there’s nothing between.
4. Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,
Though the whole world against me convene;
Watching with prayer and much self-denial,
I’ll triumph at last, there’s nothing between.
o Refrain:
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor;
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.

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Words are cheap, it’s actions that cost. In daily living it’s not just what one says that’s the evidence of their beliefs and or character. But their actions even when no one is looking. Compassion is sympathy for someone in need. The apostle writes, if one has some ability, yes he’s talking here about material goods, he is not talking just for the wealthy but those that have something they can share. The challenge is for us as believers is to have an open hand when others are in need. He doesn’t say unless it’s their fault for their current condition. Often we like to soothe our consciences in telling ourselves if they had done it right they wouldn’t be in need. That may be so but that’s not included here. The prodigal son was welcomed back to the Fathers house without being criticized for his actions. We can assume from the from the prodigals decision to leave that he was involved in many conflicts in the home Note the apostles question, when one doesn’t show compassion on another, he ask how can the love of God dwell in him? The assumed answer is that it can’t and doesn’t. We must always remember that God loved us enough to die in our place when we were His enemies (Romans 5:8). Our question should not be are we going to help but how and how much. The prodigal son hit bottom before he came to his senses and repented but the father loved with an open hand when the son left and also when he returned. Love can only be shown by actions and presenting the truth. We each must decide how we will help those in need before God who knows our hearts and intents. Christ set the example for us to follow as He walked on the earth, knowing His future was the Cross. Even there He loved those who had rejected and hurt Him, He loved them to the end. “17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. “ 1st John 3:17-19 The hymn writer put it well in “It’s just like His great love” The first verse, A Friend I have called Jesus, Whose love is strong and true And never fail, however tis tried No matter what I do; I’ve sinned against this love of His, But when I knelt to pray, Confessing all my guilt to Him, The sin-clouds rolled away.” Just sharing my thoughts as I read and think on the passages.

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The apostle John here is not talking about the beauty of what God has created. That is the nature around us, just looking at the landscapes reminds us of God’s created beauty, ant the night sky, the moon and stars disclose the majesty of God. Sitting and watching the animals how that god made each one special and the birds flying around. When it says here if you love the world the love of the Father is not in you. The world here is the worldly system controlled by Satan. He tells us of that world system in three areas in life. Lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. The lust of the flesh that intense desire for physical pleasure and comfort above all else, one’s priority in life. Add to that the lust of the eyes, the focus is on the physical treasures, riches and possessions, pleasure never getting enough never satisfied. The pride of life, look at me attitude, admire me, flatter me with admiration and praise. Some people must have praise and admiration from others to be satisfied, look at my accomplishments is their priority, their focus is never about others. We must always remember that all in this world will pass away it will be short lived. But those who do the will of God abideth forever. The first and foremost will of God for all is that they come to Him for salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. 2nd Peter 3:9” The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. That alone gives us eternal life abiding with Christ forever. This is contrasted to the worldly system, is summed up in one word others. Love others as Jesus loved them show compassion and encouragement using what God has loaned us to help and reach others. Living to please God and serve others now while we can with what we have. Living with a open heart and hand. “15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1st John 2:15-17

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