Blessing and Receiving

Pondering Proverbs 11:24 — 25
“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.”

My take : Some sage, supernatural advice here. Often is contrary to my nature, how about yours? But it confirms that givers gain. It like the difference between the Sea of Gallilee and the Dead Sea. The one that only receives is the dead. The one that receives and gives is alive and flourishing. As the late great Zig Ziglar was found of saying, ‘You can have everything in life you want if you help enough others get what they want’. Time to get to work.

Believers are Receivers

Therefore, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness…” COL 2:6-7

Relevant Scriptures Selected:

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” John 13:20

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. Matthew 10:40

From Gill we gather: As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord,…. Receiving Christ is believing in him: faith is the eye of the soul, that sees the beauty, glory, fulness, and suitableness of Christ; the foot that goes to him, and the hand that takes hold on him, and the arm that receives and embraces him; so that this is not a receiving him into the head by notion, but into the heart by faith; and not in part only, but in whole: faith receives a whole Christ, his person as God and man; him in all his offices, as prophet, priest, and King; particularly as a Saviour and Redeemer,

Henry writes: All Christians have, in profession at least, received Jesus Christ the Lord, consented to him, and taken him for theirs. We cannot be built up in Christ, or grow in him, unless we are first rooted in him, or founded upon him. Being established in the faith, we must abound therein, and improve in it more and more. God justly withdraws this benefit from those who do not receive it with thanksgiving; and gratitude for his mercies is justly required by God.

My pondering: It is football season again. One analogy I see is playing catch; being a receiver. When the Gospel ball is passed our way, the receiver’s primary job is to catch it. By keeping his eye on the ball and squeezing it at the proper time a reception is complete.

Once the reception is complete, the next step is to run to glory, God’s glory, without fumbling. That’s a great feat.

The next step is to become a quarterback back and make the next critical pass. Be assured coach Jesus is pulling for us, the Owner wants us to score and we have all star Spirit on the field doing the impossible. Yes, our opponent is formidable but greater is He that is own our side than the other. Thanks be to our great leader, we win because of His greatness.

The question is what team are you on and are you even out on the field?

My prayer: Jesus, thanks for all You have, are and shall do to ensure we receivers are winners. Without You impossible, with…all possible!

Righteous Rebuke – Pslams 141:45

Pondering Psalms 141:5
“Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
let my head not refuse it.”

My take: David would know after the prophet Nathan so adroitly confronted David regarding his grievous iniquity with Bathsheba and her honorable husband. There is a lot to learn how Nathan handled that with a relevant story. Jesus often used stories or parables to drive home points. The bottom line is David owned up to his sin. Many people are too prideful and arrogant to do such. David sets an example here on how to respond and God used Nathan to appropriately rebuke David.

Nathan came to David. David listened and responded. It sure is easy and natural to avoid having Nathan’s around but is it wise and healthy?
No.

If we are mature, we should intentionally surround ourselves with the likes of Nathans, good godly men and women.

In the passage we read the 1st qualification is to be ‘righteous’. Righteous. (of a person or conduct) morally right or justifiable; virtuous. “he is a good, righteous man, I am sure” synonyms: good, virtuous, upright, upstanding, and decent. And though it is ‘strike’ it is indeed kindness. A rebuke is like oil for a dry skin and hair we read. Of course no one other than God is totally righteous but is the person’s intent good? Are they someone God might be using?

David does some smart self talk and says, ‘let my head not refuse it’. Like how a dirty boy might want to refuse taking a bath when he desperately needs it. Rather let’s do the tough things and we will no doubt be rewarded in the long run.

My prayer: Oh LORD, there is nothing hidden from You. Let me not try to fool You and in turn be a bigger fool. Help me to be honest with myself and be open to sincere and righteous critique and correction. I know my flesh and pride recoil at this. Aid me!

Good news for YOU

John 14:23
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word;

and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

Catch this ANYONE (that’s the good news and includes YOU)…with OBEDIENCE (couple with UNLIMITED FORGIVENESS UPON REPENTANCE)

Yes, how about the Trinity of God for house guests!

Another great thing is they want to you come as your are and God will do the deep cleaning if YOU just abide in His Word, thought and prayer.

Absolutes, convictions, and preferences

Romans 14:14-21

The Law of Love
“I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.
Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.

In regard to our worldview and that of Christianty or any tenat, at the core there are Absolutes; foundational principles that are required to be included in the group, basic essentials.

Then there are Convictions; strongly held beliefs. Lastly there are Preferences; our opinions and likes about certain aspects of the subject.

Misguided liberty takes Absolutes and acting as if they are Preferences. Legalism is the opposite, making Preferences to be Absolutes. Wisdom is knowing the difference while applying these concepts accurately.

This is a great quote by a theologian, “In essentials; unity, in non-essentials; grace, and in all things; charity.”

Open mindedness is appropriate in preferences but not in absolutes, unless the absolutes we hold are flawed and unfounded.

Beyond Measure

Pondering Psalms 147:4 — 5
“He determines the number of the stars;
He gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
His understanding is beyond measure.”

My take: Yes God. Yes the Lord knows His creation from each and every sparrow way out to every star. Isn’t it amazing that He needs no telescope to number and name them? Do men and women search space to know God better or make futile attempts to debunk Him?

Mission truly impossible is to fully grasp, obtain and understand God’s power and knowledge. It could be life’s greatest challenge or greatest waste of time. It all swings on the pendulum of intent.

My prayer: Lord, help to know, pursue and love You more throughout the rest of eternity. Thank You for Your Word, world and wonderful Spirit and Son.