10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.Good Morning. As we continue this story of King David’s confession we see a man wanting restoration from his sinful acts and wants his own heart to be clean. He wanted a stedfast spirit or an unwavering fixed spirit within himself through the Holy Spirit which David pleads not to have the Holy Spirit taken from him. Can you imagine what life would be like without the presence of God’s Holy Spirit? Notice in verse 12 David asks God to restore the joy of salvation which was lost because of David’s sin! You and I can have the joy of our salvation because Jesus brings this joy to our hearts! With the joy of salvation, David tells God then he will teach sinners God’s ways and they will be converted to You (God), in this we see David’s true heart, which is caring for the lost! Is that true for you and I? God bless.Love in Christ, Terry June 10, 2021
Psalm 51New King James Version David’s prayer of repentance
51 Have mercy upon me, O God,According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. 4 Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just [a]when You speak, And blameless when You judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. Good Morning. In our verses for today, we see a broken man who knew he had done evil which certainly was evil as he took an innocent man’s wife and had her husband sent to the hottest battle to be killed! I do not see this as a great man broken in sin as I do a great God with mercy, grace, and forgiveness! David was relying on God’s mercy here as He repents and pleads for forgiveness. He asked that all his sins be forgiven and David also asks for mercy from God according to His lovingkindness! David is telling us here that he knew God well and the love God has for mankind. My sin is ALWAYS before me David proclaims. Is not sin a great separator from the Holy Spirit, when sin is harbored in the heart it can overwhelm our soul and we feel totally separated from the love of Jesus Christ our Lord. Confession to God in the name of Jesus is the only way to become right with God again. Jesus came for this reason to make the sinner right with God by washing away the sin that we all were conceived and forth in. Remember Romans 5:8 “8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”! PT 2 tomorrow.Love in Christ, Terry June 9, 2021
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Good Morning. Many times we get caught up in this world’s view of things which in most cases opposses a godly biblical view! Here in our verses this morning we find that there are things we can do that bring peace into our lives. These things have to do with faith and trusting God and if we can do them God will do His part to bring peace and contenment into our livesthrough Jesus Christ our Lord. Trusting God brings a promise that God will feed us. Another verse on this subject is found in this Psalm verse 25: …”Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,Nor His descendants begging bread.” Another thing we might consider if we want our thoughts directed by the Lord and that is to: Delight ourselves in the Lord or in other words be joyful and happy living for the Lord Jesus by obeying Him and being in fellowship with Him then God will give us those thoughts that are pleasing to Him. If we commit our way unto the LordHe will make sure righteousness will shine through us for His glory! Proverbs 16:7 puts it like this: “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”Resting in the Lord and waiting for Him demonstrates strong faith which pleases God and waiting for Him brings to mind Isaiah 40:31 which says He will renew our strength and mount up with wings of eagles and run and not be weary and walk and not faint. Lastly in our verses we see that we should cease from angerand wrath and if we choose to do the above than our anger will be under the control of the Master, our Lord Jesus and we will find the way to be at peace with God and man. God bless, Terry June 7, 2021
23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Good Morning. Is our faith stronger today than when we first were saved? It seems that in the church there are fewer people attending than they were ten or fifteen years ago. Why are people falling away from worshipping God together? Is it because people are losing faith in the Lord Jesus and His promises? Here in verse 23 the bible is telling us to HOLD FAST THE CONFESSION OF OUR HOPE WITHOUT WAVERING FOR HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL. Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). so if church membership is down it is because we have not been faithful to obey Jesus whereas He is telling us to assemble together with the family of God, the church! He is even telling us here that as we see the Day (when Jesus returns) approaching we should be even more zealous of assembling together and exhorting one another. The church is the body of Christ and if some of the body is missing, the body cannot function as God has intended it to do! See you at church! Love in Christ, Terry June 6, 2021 PS. Remember 77 years ago on this date June 6, 1944 Our brave Allied soldiers, airman, and sailors attacked the beaches at Normandy France bringing freedom to Europe once again! “Lest we forget”!ReplyReply allForwardTJ
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to [b]buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Good Morning. The above verses are more about the rest of the story and the result of The Apostle Paul’s experience after He had seen paradise. (2Corinthians 1-7) God had a way of humbling Paul as we see here in our verses. Paul was given an affliction, a “thorn in the flesh” to keep Paul from exalting himself! Paul pleaded with the Lord for healing this dilemma but the Lord refused to heal him. After three times pleading with the Lord for healing Paul’s answer came, but it was not what he wanted to hear. ” My grace is sufficient for you for My strength is made perfect in weakness” was the answer from the Lord Jesus! We can see from this experience that not all of our afflictions are healed by the Lord but Jesus makes them bearable by sending His grace so that we can not only get by but we can thrive enduring our shortcomings and afflictions. A thorn in the flesh is not life threatening but it sure can be irritable! So Paul concludes by saying this: “I will boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me!” We all have weaknesses, and sometimes by us being weak is the only way Jesus can make His power and grace known to our hearts! God bless.Love in Christ, Terry June 5, 2021
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Good Morning. Sometimes the greatest encounter with our Lord happens when we are weak. Here in our verses, we see the way one can be renewed in our strength as we wait for the Lord Jesus to come to our side. He is always there but we are not always aware of it. Jesus gives power to those that are faint in heart! We must believe in Him and the promises of the bible and be patient. It seems in our waiting that our faith grows when we realize He has not forsaken us. So today we are faced with a question do we want to rise up with wings of eagles with strength or be weary or worn out? We can wait upon the Lord or we can be worn out and weary and do things our way! Our choice.Love in Christ, Terry June 4, 2021
15 See then that you walk [e]circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of [f]God. Good Morning. As Christians, we are obligated to live our lives with wisdom, the wisdom that comes from God through the bible. We are to be cautious and careful before making choices. The bible uses the term circumspectly, looking around into all alternatives which means to make careful considerations and observations before making decisions as to what would our Lord have us to do. Drinking too much wine will certainly make one’s personality change (however unpredictable) being filled with God’s Holy Spirit will also change one’s personality causing one to make a melody unto the Lord in one’s heart! This also will fill the heart with love and thanksgiving (predictable) unto the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus. It is our duty to find God’s will for our lives and use our spiritual gift to serve God and to give glory to Him! Are being wise?Love in Christ, Terry June 3, 2021
11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:12 I know how to [d]be abased, and I know how to [e]abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through [f]Christ who strengthens me……….18 Indeed I [g]have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Good Morning. Paul the Apostle is writing here and is telling us that he knew what it means to be belittled or made low or have nothing (abased) but he also knew what it was like to abound (have no need)! It seems verse 11 is telling us that even if you are a Christian there is a learning process to be able to find true contentment, in Paul’s case he learned contentment no matter what his situation was. Have we learned this contentment? In my case, I believe I need a few more lessons! Verse 13 says it all, it tells us the source and reason for Paul’s contentment through it all, and that source and teacher is Jesus Christ, the One who takes us through ALL the pain, hurt, and sorrow of this life and strengthens us through the process! PTL! And lastly what I see in these verses is that God is our supplier of all our needs according to His riches in glory and He supplies these needs through our Lord Jesus! Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.Love in Christ, Terry June 2, 2021
Acts2Three thousand souls added. 36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the [k]remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this [l]perverse generation.” 41 Then those who [m]gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
Good Morning. As we conclude this four part overview on Peters’s sermon at Pentecost we see here that Peter cuts no slack in his accusation of the men of Israel as he states YOU crucified Jesus the one whom God has made both Lord and Christ! These men were humbled as they asked Peter “What shall we do? The answer from Peter was simple “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins”…! Then the miracle of the new birth can take in which the Holy Spirit comes into one’s heart! This promise extended to their children and to people that are far of (including you and I) and ALL whom God has called! When these folks present heard the inspired word of God as Peter preached they were convicted and believed in the Lord Jesus and three thousand souls were saved and baptized and added to the Kingdom of God! So believing in Jesus is the way we can all come to God. There is a lot more to this sermon than this brief four part series. Peter’s sermon at Pentecost can be found in Acts 2:14-47! God bless.Love in Christ, Terry June 1, 2021
29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, [i]according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted [j]to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. Good Morning. As Peter continues his sermon he speaks of King David and David’s prophesy of the coming of Christ. Even though King David was long gone and his body was dead and buried in a tomb, David was given a promise from God that through his fleshly body Jesus Christ would rise up and sit on his throne. That throne being King of Israel and Judah! Actually, we see from the Book of the Revelation that Jesus will rule and reign for 1000 years on earth! (Revelation 20:6) Notice in our text that David also prophesied that Jesus’ body would not lie in the grave long enough to see corruption and would be resurrected by the hand of God! God the Father exalted His Son and given Him a name that is above ALL names (Philippians 2:9) and Jesus sat down at the Father’s own right hand. And now Peter is telling the people that this Jesus has gone back to heaven and has sent the Holy Spirit as He promised to the people and the Holy Spirits’ presence is what they were experiencing the Day at Pentecost! And to this day the Holy Spirit is still guiding Christians to that closer relationship with God. God bless.Love in Christ , Terry May 31, 2021
PS. Remembering that today is the day we recognize the great gift of freedom that we enjoy because many people gave their lives to defend freedom worldwide. The bible tells us: “ Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends.(John 15:13) Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines did just that and we are eternally grateful for their ultimate sacrifice as we honor and remember them!