Category Archives: PROMISES OF GOD

God’s Blessings for the First Born

<ga.js>I feel sorry for Tench.  He is 15 years old, uncommonly handsome and filled with fears.  His grandmother came to me, asking what could I tell him to give him a better outlook on life.  His father was an abusive drug addict who his mother dumped when he was small.  Then she married a very wealthy man who treated him like dirt, favoring only his own children. The new father was cold and strict.  Of course Tench was in trouble with his parents, the school and the Law.  This is for Tench, and it is for you too.

Life is Hard for the Firstborn

If you are the firstborn in your family, this word is for you too.  God has something special for you.  The 1st born is holy unto the Lord, special, consecrated to God.  He or she will have a special call and God’s concern.

Look for what He wants you to do in life.

Some of these passages mention males, but others include females. Most parents notice that their eldest child is different.

 Exodus 13:2 “Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.”

Exodus 13:12 that you shall set apart to the LORD all that open the womb, that is, every firstborn that comes from an animal which you have; the males shall be the LORD’s.

Exodus 34:19 “All that open the womb are Mine, and every male firstborn among your livestock, whether ox or sheep.

 Numbers 8:16 For they are wholly given to Me from among the children of Israel; I have taken them for Myself instead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the children of Israel.

 Numbers 18:15 “Everything that first opens the womb of all flesh, which they bring to the LORD, whether man or beast, shall be yours; nevertheless the firstborn of man you shall surely redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem.

Luke 2:23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD”)

Being “Holy” means special, both good and bad

YOU?? HOLY?? Now there’s a new thought. But Holy means only that God considers you special.  He has a plan for every person’s life.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope) but this is different.

Frequently the oldest child comes under more attack ad are often leaders in business and their communities.

He will be waiting to hear from you.  Are you going to look for Him, expecting to hear from Him.  There is your challenge.

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The Old Testament is still In Effect

Some groups ignore the Old Testament. Would you consider this? You pick up a James Patterson novel, open it up in the dead center and read to the end. Would you understand what is going on? Probably not.

You don’t start a novel in the middle of the book

The same with the Bible. The New Testament explains the Old to a great extent. In fact in Corinthians it says

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things [in the Old testament] happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

Admonition means a place where you make the motion to go! This is the way to go. In this respect the New is explaining what the Old means in practical, active terms. In fact, much of the Old Testament tells us how “not” to do something, examples, being Samson, David, Solomon, as well as all the wise things they did too. We wonder how to act, and they show both the good and bad decisions and how that affected themselves and others people’s lives, and yes, even history itself.

Proverbs – best advice for everyone

Billy Graham reads one chapter of Proverbs every day. Get your kids to do that and you’ll see a change in their behavior. You may have to supervise that in the beginning. Most kids, esp. teenagers, have no interest in being obedient.

The Psalms are wonderful but reading them limits what you can know.

The begat section is a bore, I know, but it reminds us that God knows everyone’s name, including yours. And He is keeping track of His people and what they do.

Special promises to orphans

The Old Testament has many promises that are not seen in the New. There is a special promise to orphans and abandoned children; many kids today not only feel abandoned, they are.  But God is watching.

There is a promise for those people who support Israel and the same promise for those who support God’s people, and He does not just mean church leaders. President Donald Trump blessed Israel and he is entitled to  special blessing from God.

There is the promise for women dumped by their husbands, a whole chapter in fact. There is a promise to fat people. No, I am not going to tell you where they are.

There is a special blessing for reading the book of Revelation out loud.  Who knew?

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

Every one of God’s words, regardless of where they are recorded, is not going away; all are effective and active until the end of time, and we are not there yet.

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What is Truth

This is the kind of thing you hear all the time – “If God wants me to believe in Him, He needs to show himself to me. ”   “After I see someone healed I will believe God heals.”  “Seeing is believing so if I can just see something I will believe.”

Starting out on the wrong foot

Here are three people who will not be seeing or believing anything.  In fact the way of God is exactly the opposite – you believe before you see.  Because faith is the substance of something previously hoped for, the evidence (before hand) of what is not yet seen.

There are several things wrong with the assumption of these doubters.  One is that God is trying to sell a product, and like a good ad man wants you to try before you buy.  Or perhaps a test drive like a new car purchase.  If all goes well, and the price is right, you are in the market for a good God.  Well, when you put it in that crass manner you can see it won’t fly.

Instruction is not Linear

When you attend school your books are written in linear fashion, starting with the most basic ideas and graduating to harder and more detailed information. The Bible, alas, is not like that.  Topics are scattered all over the place, both Old Testament and New Testament. That means if you want to know what God thinks you need to read the whole thing.

God has nothing to prove to anyone.  He has chosen to reveal himself through the Bible, through His son as well as His people who preach and teach and minister the word, healing, teaching, temperance, love, and concern.  Of course, total reprobates can do that too, but God is consistent and especially His word is consistent.

False gods are everywhere

A person who is sold on God can just as easily give up the idea when a better more interesting sales pitch comes along.  Drugs are attractive, at least in the beginning, and adulterers will always tell you how great it was – until it went bad.  The God-market is worldwide.  And so is the market for false gods and sin.

But in this simple sentence, John 7:17 – we see that obedience to God’s word comes first and then the revelation opens up.  You need to know God – start with the Bible.  You may need to actually dig hard, but the diamonds are always at the deepest level and the hardest to find.

17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Obey first  and see what happens.

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Why am I Not Healed

What you say is what you gits

If you say that you must remain sick or cannot be healed because of your genes, then you have given a solid reason for not being healed.  God counts above all things what comes out of our mouths.

“Confession is made unto salvation,” translated means, whatever you say out of your mouth will result in your life condition.  If you confess health, you will find it.  God is listening.  If you confess sin, disease, defeat, lack, inability, whatever, that becomes your reality.  The library is filled with Christian books on this topic, like Hung by Your Tongue.

Your identity comes from God not Man

Programs like “Love Yourself” or Image Classes rarely have much long time effect because reality is what God says you are, not what you tell yourself, or others tell you.  It is a trap of either despair over being ignored or bullied, or high-minded conceit over unwarranted praise.

But neither is health a matter of “Name it, Claim it.”  Claiming and naming is a start but faith is what makes us whole.  It can be our faith or, if we are in a giant mess like the paralyzed man being lowered through the roof, it can be the faith, confession and prayer of our friends.

To suggest that genetic tendency towards alcoholism or any other weakness determines whether we drink or not is to say that the power of fallen man is greater than the power of God.

This well known passage:

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

In other words it sounds good (Godly) but it’s the natural man speaking.  Man’s weaknesses and sins do not define God’s limits or abilities.

“John is such a terrible drunk he can never be delivered.”  This kind of public statement is just like someone saying, “Mary has 6 months to live.”

Man gives prognosis, God gives diagnosis

According to whom?  People, doctors, friends, relatives all have a prognosis; this is not maliciousness, it is medical and realistic, but the Christian is a member of another kingdom and falls under its special rules and promises. To say that one’s sins, however received, genetically or because you choose to sin, do not make God a prisoner of His creation.  Besides, He has promises for the faithful.

Shame on me – I have lost count, literally, of the times God has healed me, but He never could have if I said it was because of my mother’s genes, or the government, or my church, or any other external cause.

Of course genes are real.  If you have blue eyes, you didn’t get them from your next door neighbor.  The Ancestry program on PBS is fascinating for showing the people they investigate how closely related in interest and attitude these people are to long-forgotten ancestors.

Genes count

I met my father’s youngest brother for the first time when I was way past retirement age and we were finishing each other’s sentences!!  What a shock.  I did not grow up with my father in the home, and I also never finished the sentences of my mother’s family.   Clearly, I had a genetic connection to my father much more significant than that of my mother’s people. But that is not the Kingdom of God; it is still the natural world.  And when we ask for divine healing we are looking to the supernatural.

We must beware as believers that we don’t agree with our friends when they use this genetic alibi.  We are to be in agreement with whatever God has to say about the situation.  Some pastors and denominational rules are based on man’s failures and merely endorse them.

Jesus has another set of genes for us

You’ve heard it said.  “Poor Joan, she can’t help being a gossip.” Or “Poor Andy.  I guess stealing is in his blood.”  Of course it is in his blood.  The blood of fallen man.  Whatever happened to the blood of Jesus? Jesus came to change defeat to success; His blood did it.

The salvation on the cross covers everything Man needs, but we must look for it, believe it, and embrace it.

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