One mind and one mouth glorify God – Romans 15:5-6

Interesting to note mind and mouth. To think and speak is a dynamic duo. And to do so in glorifying God is the pinnacle.

Therefore, we should audiblby speak our righteous and vetted thoughts outloud and boldly. Speaking our prayers and affirmations give them extra power.

Did not God speak the whole universe into existence?

Did not Jesus voice for Lazarus to come forth?

Did not James reference the power of the tongue, for good or bad, as like moving a big ship with a small rudder?

Thoughts and speech are a powerful punch!

All things: Romans 8:28

Only God can make this happen. Some how, some way, some day, on this or that side of Heaven… it all works IF we:

Love God and seek to fulfill our purpose, which is first and foremost not about us…but Him.

Do you truly love God?

You know He died for you personally… to save the whole world (For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son… John 3:16). All He asks is we reciprocate His gracious outpouring.

We do this by loving Him with all our capacity as Jesus implored and fulfill our purpose by loving other souls as well with our time, talents and treasures.

I hope you claim this verse, Romans 8:28, and carry it everwhere. Romans 6, 7 and 8 are rock solid and the crux of God’s message to us. Only God!

The imputation Cure of Christ: Romans 4:24

WARNING There is only one cure to the world’s most deadly virus. That is certainly not Corona Covid-19, it has a much simpler name; sin. Left untreated, its death rate is no less than 100%.

The virus reportable began in Eden and has infected each and every human being prior to birth. (See the book of Genesis for further details)

Fortunately, the Director of the CDC (Center of Damnation Control), Jesus Christ, gave up His own blood so the Doctor of all life could properly create an unique and only effective vacine known to mankind.

To receive your free inoculation named the ‘righteousness of faith’ one simply needs to first test themselves in order realize the extent of infection. Upon repentance and believing upon God’s power to impute Jesus’s righteous act upon the cross intravenously, one’s sin virus shall be controlled henceforth. The is truly saving faith. For further instruction, it is recommended that you read the Gospel, starting in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.

Come to the Great Physician

Disclaimer: Though the vaccine effects are amazing and permanent, some recurring symptoms and temporary complications may reoccur. To limit this effect, the Maker recommends daily supplications from the Word and regular prayer until the sanctification has been fully achieved upon entering the God’s glory of your heavenly home. This transformation will restore you body to its original intended perfection.

All in all, mostly all, always all.

All doesn’t always seeem to mean 100% all. For example:

Jer 44:11 — Jer 44:14
“Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I will set My face against you for catastrophe and for cutting off all Judah. And I will take the remnant of Judah who have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to dwell there, and they shall all be consumed and fall in the land of Egypt. They shall be consumed by the sword and by famine. They shall die, from the least to the greatest, by the sword and by famine; and they shall be an oath, an astonishment, a curse and a reproach! For I will punish those who dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, so that none of the remnant of Judah who have gone into the land of Egypt to dwell there shall escape or survive, lest they return to the land of Judah, to which they desire to return and dwell. For none shall return except those who escape.’ ”

All doesn’t always mean 100% all rather ‘most’ all as we read in the below passage. ‘For none shall return except those who escape’ because of their refusal to be humbled, fear and obey God’s clear and early message command.

It is interesting to note that the people refused and God appointed, similar to salvation.

I suppose this is in sync with the saying, “There is an exception to (almost) every rule, including this rule”

With that said, “When God says it, that settles it” is tried and true in my opinion, which doesn’t mean a lot, unless of course its in accord with God’s word.

At the same time He reserves and deserves the right to change His mind based on the situation and response yet always remains true to His principles. He doesn’t display false favoritism yet loves and rewards obedient people who are all about serving and loving Him and others.

What leadership on display for us to emulate.

While we are far from the authority and omniscience God possess, He does call us to be like Him and His Son by His Spirit. I thank Him for giving us His Word which is paramount in accomplishing this imperfect, never endings endeavor which begins by leading ourselves first.

When thinking about this topic and word ‘all’ or ‘always’, I can’t help but to think of and share the very first motivational book I recall reading by AL Williams, “All I can do is all I can do but all I can do is enough” and for good measure I like to add, “, the good Lord willing. “

God, help me and others from getting the little mole hills confused with the mighty mountains while realizing every mountain is made up of grains of dirt and elements of rock.

Said another way, help us keep the big first things first while understanding its the little things that add up.

Do you have a similar or different take on this?

If so, please share.

Choose wisely: Proverbs 23:1

Listen to the Word of God, don’t just hear. Cut through the noise. Listen to other peoples smart moves and their mistakes too. God speaks loudest in secret prayer and meditation upon His divine Word.

Listening alone is insufficient.

We must be wise by doing. Wisdom is knowledge applied appropriately. By guiding our hearts accordingly what we know to be right and by deep faith, God will certainly cause it all to work out for His and our good.

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.