Eye Covenant – Job 31:1a

Job 31:1a “I have made a covenant with my eyes”

Just because something or someone is alluring and attractive, does NOT make it good, right or best.

This applies to so much stuff and sin.

On the other hand, a more positive one, the covenant is also helpful for seeing God and reaching our goals.

#LearnFromJob #2020Focus #2020Perspective

Womb to tomb – Job

Job 31:15
Did not He who made me in the womb make them?
Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?

Does this passage NOT speak to the sanctity of life by Job’s rhetorical questions?

Furthermore, it speaks to the value of all human life which our wise founders framed in our Constitution, which by all people are created equal in the site of God.

This is what makes our nation great and the God of the Bible, the greatest and only true God.

Faith found in 2 Peter 1:1-11

Horizon Christian Fellowahip Bill Goodrich 2/15/20

Kirk’s quick notes

Topic: FAITH 

Matthew 8:13

Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.”

Faith is our Title Deed to God’s promises in His time. 

Yesterday is history 

Today is the present, a true gift if we open and use it. 

Tomorrow is an an unfilled promise 

5 P’s of our faith of God

(2 Peter 1:1-11)

Fruitful Growth of true Faith 

“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.“

5 Ps of Faith 

Precious is my faith 1:1-2

Power of my faith 1:3 Samson, David, 

Promises in my faith 1:4

Purpose of my faith (not listed) – share in God’s nature delivers me from corruption of this world

Production of my faith 1:5-7 we. experience growth ans experience fruitful in our lives 

The Progression of faith:

  1. virtue
  2. knowledge 
  3. self control 
  4. perseverance
  5. godliness
  6. brother kindness
  7. love

Our faith makes our call and election sure.

God can not deny Himself – 2nd Timothy 2:11-13

“The saying is trustworthy, for:

If we have died with Him, we will also live with Him;

if we endure, we will also reign with Him;

if we deny Him, He also will deny us;

if we are faithless, He remains faithful—
for He cannot deny Himself.”

2 Timothy 2:11 — 13

My pondering: When Paul the apostle calls something out as trustworthy, we are well served to heed it. This passage is facinating. What awesome duality we so often see in life. The life here and now. And that of forevermore. Notice the ‘ifs’ and ‘wills’.

1) If we die, we will live. We must die to self and die physical to live with Christ. Think of a seed that becomes a tree. Or a caterpillar that becomes a butterfly.

2) If we endure, we will reign. Yes, this life is all about endurance. In this chapter Pauls compares life to three different occupations; soldier, athlete and farmer. They each require endurance to be successful. Is that not true? And if we endure and obey, then we shall reap the spoils, awards and crops.

3) If we deny Him, He will deny us. Salvation’s power is not based on us rather Christ. Without Jesus, we are nothing but a glider without wind or an engine with no fuel. Faith in Jesus is the jet fuel. No faith; no Jesus and no Jesus; no faith.

4) If we are faithless, He remains faithful. There are times when we wander. And sometimes when some may even leave. Think of the prodigal son. He left. His father said he was dead to Him. Yet, He never forget. When He saw His son return, He bolted after and welcomed Him home and threw a great party. Or think of Peter denying Christ 3x. God restores His own. God is good but he is not safe as CS Lewis reminded about Aslon. We know what happened to Judas. He was not restored.

So what can we gather from this? Stay alert, stay close, stay obedient to Jesus and He has got us covered.

My prayer: God of wonder, Your Word is deep. You are vast and mysterious yet simple as pie. Help me this hour and forevermore! Help me be an effective soldier, athlete and farmer of God.

Choose wisely Jeremiah 21:8

Here is God sovereign duality, the ultimate parameters of our freewill; death or life. God’s love or absence.

His way or the devil’s.

The red blood of Jesus or the blue scorn of Satan.

God indeed set before us the ultimate choice. No choice is the wrong choice. Do yourself a magnificent favor; repent from your old self and believe upon Jesus for a new life, a new man.

The Biblical meanings behind color

God created everything with intent and a purpose, most beautifully.

Colors are integral in much of our life.

In reading Exodus regarding construction of His tabernacle, amongst other passages, we see God is very specific regarding design and colors. This is also evident in creation.

From the Bible, we can discern some meaning regarding color. I intend to use color to connect to God. In researching this, I came across this wonderful blog post by Jacob Oleson

Jeremiah 7:28

Ponder this: Jeremiah 7:28
“So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.”

I prefer not to come off negative but is this not the path a large portion of our nation is on today?

The ‘Reality of Truth’ must triumph over ignorance but mostly willfully choosing self over God; those looking backwards and down. I sense this quite prevelantly more and more

This passage was originally directed to the people of Judah. Unfortunately (for the hating disobedient stiffnecked amongst us it affects everyone), it is applicable today for we remain under Heaven ruled by the same God.

So then what?

Shall we continue to backslide or be bold?
Shall we hide or speak truth?
Shall we ingore or share love?

May God empower us to ‘boldly live and speak truth while we love God and share our love’.