(trying to keep up with schedules while nursing a back injury is not my stong suit. Sorry, i need to post once a week for now. If any of you would like to post something from this study, let me know, or leave a comment with a link, or email me and we will work something out so you can do that. Please keep moving with this study…)
Category Archives: deception
(fell behind last week, later today i will post for today, and back on track! noticed i have a few stalking w/o commenting, please comment, your thoughts are safe here, no condemnation)
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Genesis 25:29-34 /Genesis 27:1-10
Jacob was named the “Deceiver”, remember grasping his brothers heel at birth. This family had some issues! Parents you favored one more then the other, a son who would sell his future for a bowl of food, the other who would gladly take it all, and a mother who keep the secret, and send her son away to protect him from the other.
WOW! Still God’s plan. HE knew they would choose these things, and HIS greater glory would still shine through them. I am always amazed when looking at this family line, and the fact that God had every bit of it written down for us to know and see, HIS mercy and grace, His plan that can not be stopped. Faithfulness.
Which of these family members gets your attention? Are you amazed at how God makes a plan that would not look anything like the plan we would make? Thoughts?
I have been struggling with myself while reading the book “So Long Insecurity”, by Beth Moore , there are times that I am sure God has freed me from a lot of my past, and at the same time I know there is still work to be done on my heart, and more healing is in order. Recently, I decided to lay the book down, my own thinking was, maybe i am just stirring a pot that doesn’t need stirred. But then I realized…by the mighty hand of God, that my insecurity was being afraid of looking back, afraid of falling in my walk (and i have done that), and allowing my doubt to run my life, or ruin it….have you never wondered…what if, this time i have really gone too far..
Today while coming home from a very long trying day, this song came on the radio…there in my car, God touched my heart, and every word of it felt like God speaking directly to me..wonder if anyone else may need to hear this too…you know…i always wanted to take HIS hand and walk on the water…i may just do that!
This an ongoing study of Galations, and I will be different from the rest, because God made me this way, and I am okay with that. *wink*..please read the other posts on my sidebar under the Blogging Bible Study..I have decided to not post the verses, I will encourage you to look them up, in your Bible, and spend time with the Scripture so that it can speak to you.
I have pondered this first verse of Galatians 3 many times, and always come to the same conclusion. “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?” Who has bewitched us? Don’t think so? Look around you..we will argue a play on words, debate different translations, disown people because they do not understand, or maybe they aren’t as educated..who has cast a spell on us? Enchanted us? If you think for a minute that our modern day culture of Christian is not bewitched, then I beg to differ with you.
Paul is spiritually shaking the Galatians up, reminding them that by faith they are saved, that the blood of Jesus was enough! That they live by faith, the same faith that saved them, and baptized them with the Holy Spirit. He reminded them that they are spiritual seed of Abraham, and live under the same promise. Here is another place that we are bewitched. Still I hear arguements that we are not allowed to stand on these promises. Oh yes we are! Read Gensis 17 and see what is the promise, what is the covenant that was cut by God with Abraham. No one cuts a deal with GOD, HE will be the only one cutting a covenant. Amen?
Have you ever felt like you didn’t quite fit in? trying to prove yourself? I have been here, I spent many years just trying to fit into the body of Christ. Only to have my GOD sit me down and tell me straight up..”you are part of the body of Christ, you are already in, you have nothing to prove here, stand on my promises, I don’t lie”…
In the last few years, the biggest lesson I have learned is to run everything through scripture, and everything into the throne room, then wait for HIM to instruct me. Commentaries are great! love them! multiple translations are fun! GOD knows how my brain works, HE created it, so its best for me to rely first and foremost on HIM. Then no one can bewitch me..or you.
We live by faith and not by sight…
Faith/Believing God credits us righteousness..
Jesus finished the job at the cross, HE didn’t leave anything undone…
GOD has made us promises that are ours, but HE requires us to believe HIM…
Who has bewitched you? We have forgotten how to be one in Christ..HE prayed for our unity, and still we have none, I still believe that the Son of GOD gets everything HE asks for, and that Paul mentioning this also means we should have it!
For those who have read through the studies before..this is a refresher of how we do this… several of us are blogging one chapter a week..starting with Galations. You can find the rest of the line up HERE.
When preparing to study any book of the Bible, I find it useful to read the whole book and then go back and start to break down sections. God gave us the Bible to help us and not just tell us stories or give us history(although there is a ton of history to be uncovered in it). I am an application person, so I will be looking at each chapter for the application that applies to me today.
Galations 1:4 who gave himself (Jesus Christ) for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God, and Father,… (NIV)
(This is the main application to the entire book..as I proceed I will reference back to it.) “rescue us from the present evil age” this stood out to me..it could have read This evil age, but it says present..Don’t we live in an evil age? we do. The blood of Jesus is still as powerful today as it was the day it was spilled. The Galations are not the only ones who become duped, who seem to lose their minds, they are surrounded by evil, and so are we.
It seems to me that when reading Galations 1:6-10, the snare of false teaching is there because of their desire to please these people who are teaching something that is not of GOD….I know this sounds slightly off base, maybe lots to you. But please think about this.. We often try to be peace makers, which is a good thing. But we usually end up being people pleasers more oft than not. I have met so many women who openly will admit that people pleasing is a hard strong hold to break. Verse 10 sums up the issue of people pleasing..we must be seeking the approval of GOD and not people! In verse 7 it says that they were confused..confusion always happens when I try to please people and not GOD..We really need to stay focused, that we are rescued from the PRESENT evil, we seek the approval of God. The Gospel story never gets old to me..it means everything to me. Yet still I have had times of being duped, being confused…and people pleasing.
I don’t know if you have a walk with the LORD, if you know HIM or not. I pray that you do! And if you do, and you know that you have been misled, and have fallen to the traps of this present evil age, that you will seek the approval of GOD. And HE does want you to turn from sin, and return to HIM. HE hasn’t forgotten you..HE hasn’t forgotten me..WE can’t forget HIM.
Isaiah 49: 15, 16 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. -GOD
Maybe we need to write Jesus on our hand..tatoo it where we see it 24/7..but lets not forget, lets not be led away into confusion…write love on your hand.. LOVE wrote your name on HIS hand.
All verses are taken from the ESV, and all italics are my own thoughts. I realize that the verses from Revelations are to the churches that are named, but it is also to us the “Church”. We really need to apply these warnings to ourself, and also be encouraged that HE has provided a way for us to overcome/conquer. We live in a world where we compromise on so many things. God’s word is not up for negotiation, HE said it, I believe HE means it. Revelations is the only book that comes with a blessing and a curse..read and apply, blessing. Take away or add to it, curse. Pretty intense huh? yeah it makes me tremble just writing it out here.
Oh Father God, help us to apply, help us to overcome. So many tell me there are gray areas in your word, I am finding it difficult to imagine YOU a GOD of such great detail, to put gray areas to watch us stumble around to find our own way. Please purify your bride, get us ready, and remind us to bow to no man in no way. I know you are a GOD that has a great love for your children, at the same time I know YOU are a KING, Creator, Sustainer, and the writer of this great story and plan that you have orchestrated. Have mercy on us, we seriously are not getting it, or we are blinded and need you to heal our spiritual eyes. No doubt we need YOU, and we can not do a thing without YOUR hand. Please help us to be ready.
For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Have you ever seen this verse? Have you ever fallen on your face before the KING of kings, and screamed “please do not let me be one of these, rid me of everything unpleasing to you, don’t stop purging me until it is gone”? I have come on this verse several times, and each time, it reminds my heart of …
Lights in the World
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
Hey I know the verses that say i am sealed with the HS, and my salvation is locked in..but there is a reason that these verses are in the Bible. I am no theologian, but I believe God has the power to do anything HE chooses, and we are called to obedience.
1 John 5:4
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
1 John 2:14
I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
Revelation 2:5-7, 13-17, 19-29
5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
13 “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’
19 s “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. 25 Only hold fast what you have until I come. 26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
Revelation 3:1-6, 8-13, 15-22
“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. 4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
8 “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and they will learn that I have loved you.10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and x the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
Wondering what does it mean to lose your lampstand? lots of theologians have different takes on these scriptures, what if…GOD just means exactly what HE said. Are we working out our salvation with fear and trembling or are we taking HIS love for granted, and pleasing ourselves blowing off obedience, and making a mockery of HIS forgiveness, cheapening HIS grace as if we deserve it, its a gift…HE IS GOD! HE WILL NOT BE MOCKED! scares me to death!