66:Take what is yours and go your way.
I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.
Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things?
Or is your eye evil because I am good?
So the last will be the first, and the first last.
For many are called, but few are chosen.Matthew 20:14-16
Is it not lawful for Me to do what I wish with My own things?
My God and my King
How excellent is Your Name in all the earth
I am speechless and in awe
For words have failed me
I talk too much, and listen less
But I am ready to keep quiet and listen
The Heavens are Yours and the earth is Yours too
The world and all its fullness, You have founded them
You have a mighty arm
Righteousness and Justice are the foundation of Your throne
Your Mercy and Truth are the building blocks in our lives
Blessed are the saints who knows the Joy of the Lord
They walk in the Your light which never goes out
For You Lord God are the glory of their strength
And in Your favour our strength is exalted
You are my shield and exceedingly great reward
'The Lord God is the one who brings together all the Israelite people who are in exile .
He says, ‘I will continue to bring more people to join with them.’ '
I am away this first week of August and as I sit on the last day of the month of July writing. I wanted to thank you for all the encouragement and the blessing you are to me when you visit, like and comment. Thank you.
Blessings to you!
The journey with Paul continues… In 1 Corinthians:
Glory only to the Lord Jesus Christ: as I read verses twenty-six to thirty one
You see your calling…
Think about those words to the corinth
Paul calls the Corinthians to look in the mirror
God has not chosen them because of their wisdom
Nor did He choose because of the flesh
Oh the FLESH - you are mighty nor the noble
The upside down kingdom
Not one is chosen because of the flesh…
The flesh is weak and feeble
It does decay with time
It also sleeps when you don't need it to
And so Paul continues
God has chosen the foolish things of the world…
Paul reminds them and brings them back to earth
Sometimes the flesh forgets and think it is strong
It can do all things by itself
But NO, the word of God is alive
It reminds us of the ways of the Lord
It encourages us
It convicts us
Sometimes we forget that it not by works
That God is the one that chooses us
I do love the way Paul brings the staff down so to speak:
The Shepherd is the Shepherd and you are the sheep
He choose you not because you are great
He choose you not because of your nobility
He chooses because He is great
The foolish things in the world is a treasure to God
He is the Creator of the world
He does not replicate from an object
He creates the object itself into a jewellery
Things that are lost and rubbish in the world
It is good that God doesn’t choose us because we are in the shelf, ready and on display for the world
No, that is not our GOD but our
God chooses the ones with cobwebs
The ones hidden and out of place
The ones that have no use to human race anymore
Those are the ones He chooses
Because GOD is Great!
And He puts to shame the wise
The upside down Kingdom
The mind cannot fathom it
He calls the weak and ignorant FIRST
It is also not an exclusive club
Don’t be wise
For He also calls the Shepard FIRST
Then the wise men
Fishermen FIRST (the disciples) then the educated like Paul
This is the wisdom of God and it is not exclusive
Nor is it set on stones
His ways are not our ways
Neither is His thoughts our thoughts
Do not be wise in your own eyes
For God is great
'I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live,
but Christ lives in me.
The life I now live in the body,
I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.
I do not set aside the grace of God,
for if righteousness could be gained through the law,
Christ died for nothing!”'
Galatians 2:20-21 NIV
Hello, blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ.
I thank God for you today
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Father of glory gives you the spirit of
wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him
May the Lord Keep you and
May His Face shine upon you
What is man?
Lord God that You should be mindful of.
The process of life
Is learning daily to walk and allow grace to be part of it
It is not about works
The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever
As I look at Paul sitting writing his letter to the Corinth in response to what he read. I am reminded that we are not alone in the walk of life. It so happens that at random nothing is random, as I was walking, the podcast of NT Wright was about the Cross which made me sit and look at what Paul was talking about.
1 Corinthians 1:18: For the message of the cross…
The message of the Cross
Words, oh words of men
Wisdom of men
Words only words does not have the effect of the cross
Let not our wisdom be the factor of our deliverance
Let not filter or water down the message to go through
For the words are not ours
The effect does not belong to us
For the Lord our Father chooses
And always remember that
The foolish man will think what he wants to think
Wisdom will always excel folly
As light excels darkness
The wise man’s eyes is in his head
But the fool walks in darknessEcclesiastes 2:13
The gospel is the message of the Cross
Preaching anything else is not the gospel
The gospel is NOT about preaching the
High moral standard… or
universal fatherhood of God… or
brotherhood of man
The message – was at the time a cruel way to die like an electric chair but much worse than that! Can you imagine that?
Oh let sit and look at the cross, come and see the Lord
For it was a cruel, humiliating, unrelenting instrument of death – hence why Paul added
…. is foolishness to those who are perishing.
For they cannot see beyond the Now
For darkness has covered there sight
So they mocked Him
And will continue to mock His followers…
But do take heart
For God did save Him
And He did overcame it
To us who are being saved it is the power of God…
The power that gives us strength
The power that lets us see beyond the now
The power that humbles our thinking into knowing that
He is the Lord and King
They both describe work in progress and each person moves towards one or the other. Saved or foolishness
How can one look at the cross without the grace of God…
For without the power of God it is foolishness
At the cross friendship is formed
Because of the Cross
Sin and death are both conquered
For He is RISEN!
As I walk with Paul this week, I begin to understand life, well not as a whole but a little of it.
Paul shows that life is not alone
The power of the body of Christ on the Cross
The Cross before he carried it
Before we even know what is going to happen
Jesus took the place of Barabbas and all of us
Jesus took the place of our sins
What evil has He done?....
Expect to LOVE us
He was mocked and they took the purple off Him
So we would become children of God
So we would be sons and daughters
Having the rights to call God our Father
The King on the Cross
Shows us to cry for the generations
For the days to come when they will need to know God
Through Him we are one
We become family through the Lord
At the Cross,
It is finished!
Paul shows us what Isaiah wanted us to know: Isaiah 29: 14 what God says about the wisdom of men
Aboutspiritual matter God opposes the wisdom of men
He will destroy the wisdom of men and not bow down to them.
The one clear point is that no one can do what Jesus has just done
Worthy is the Lamb
The Lamb that is worthy to take the scroll
The Lamb that is worthy to direct our footsteps
The Lamb that is worthy to lead the way of life
And to open the seals of the scroll
For He was slain to redeem us to God by His blood
Through Him we are all made kings and priests to our God
Through Him we are now sons and daughters
Through Him we shall reign on the earth
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom
And strength and honour and glory and blessing!
Worthy is the Lamb who sits on the throne
Forever and ever!
'Do not trust in a neighbour [because of the moral corruption in the land];
Do not have confidence in a friend.
Guard the doors of your mouth From her who lies in your bosom.
For the son dishonours the father and treats him contemptuously,
The daughter rises up [in hostility] against her mother,
The daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
A man’s enemies are the men (members) of his own household.
But as for me, I will look expectantly for the Lord and with confidence in Him
I will keep watch; I will wait [with confident expectation] for the God of my salvation.
My God will hear me. '
Micah 7 : 5-7 AMP
In the Lord I put my trust
Sing to the Lord a new song
And His praise from the ends of the earth
Let all who dwell in the land of the living
sing a new song
Let all shout from the top of the mountains
and give glory to the Lord
And declare His praise through all generations
For the Lord is good
The Lord our God shall go forth like a Mighty Man
He makes a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert
How excellent is Your Name in all the earth
Who has set Your glory above the Heavens!
When I consider the works of Your Hand
And look at the sky, and everything in the world
You are the source of light
How excellent is Your Name
For there is no one like You
The Lord our God is a Holy One
Creator of the world and everything in it, our King
Say to your brethren, ‘My people,’
And to your sisters, ‘Mercy is shown’
Welcome to the world of learning to live life in Christ Jesus. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
As I continue the Book of 1 Corinthians chapter One
Grace, always comes first before peace
Grace, is spontaneous
No planning and it is natural and free
A gift unmerited
Oh, the divine favour of God
God is good
In His mercy
The last will get the same as the first
We are all called but only few will be chosen
The divine favour unmerited
Lord Jesus Christ…
Oh, Lord of all
King of all Kings
Honour to the Name that is above all names
And every knee will bow to the Name of
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
Enriched in everything
Looking at the Corithin Christians
They were indeed gifted in all things
Yet the flesh overpowers the spirit
The carnal mind must tamed
Gifted yet carnal
The spirit within you is stronger than the flesh
The gifts are nothing unless they are laid at the feet of the Lord
With thanksgiving in our hearts
For all gifts are vapour that vanishes
When we hold too tight
They are nothing and meaningless without the
dedication and thanksgiving to the Lord
For it is nothing without the Lord
It is a vapour and grasping of the wind
So let bring it to the Lord and sanctify it to our Father
Who has richly bless us
And while we eagerly wait for the revelation of the Lord…
Because God is gracious,
The Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you
He will be exalted that He may have mercy on you
For the Lord God is justice
Bless are all those who wait in Him
Is it not wonderful that God chooses us not the other way round.
God who choose Corinth will see that the weak points are made stronger in the Lord. In the end the Corinth and also us will all appear as blameless before the Lord Jesus Christ
Because God is forever faithful
One sees Jesus in every verse of the first ten verses
One wonders why…
One sees the cure to spiritual growth is Jesus Christ
So Paul lets the Corinth and us take our focus off the problem
To look at the Name that is above all names
Jesus, Jesus forever faithful
Forever the same
The Lord reigns
Let the whole earth rejoices
Clouds and darkness surrounds Him
Righteousness and Justice are the foundation of His throne
Fire goes before Him
And its burns up all His enemy around
The Lord reigns
I came across this coffee acronym and I love it.
So drink your coffee with pleasure and guilt free 🙂