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God Blots Out Transgressions For His Own Sake.

"I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins" - Isaiah 43:25

      "I am he..." Who is he? Who is this 'I'? It is nobody except Israel's only Savior, the LORD (Isa. 43:1). It is Yahweh who speaks! The one who created all things and formed all things. And it is the LORD, not just anyone, who speaks. Nor is it any god. Before the LORD there was no god nor is there going to be after the LORD and besides Him there are none (Isa. 43:10,11). Not only is He Israel's only Savior but He is the world's only Savior.
We are all transgressors. We have all violated the law. That is what it means to commit a transgression - to violate a law. Who's law? God's law. Not a person on earth is free from having become a transgressor. This goes back as far as Adam and Eve. Because Adam sinned, sin entered the world, and the Scriptures declare that all have sinned as a result (Romans 5:12). Because we are all l…

No One Knows The Son except the Father.

"All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son choose's to reveal him." - Matthew 11:27

No one knows Jesus except God. According to the words of Jesus, not one individual knows the Son except for the Father. What Jesus is saying is that, no one but God perceives or understands or discerns the truth about the Son. No one is aware of who the Son really is except the Father. If this be true, then what Christ says next is also true.
No one knows God except Jesus. Again, no one, not one individual perceives or understands or discerns the truth about God except for the Son, Jesus Christ. The only one is most aware of who God is, is Jesus Christ. Only our Lord is really aware of the begetter, originator and progenitor of all life.
   Why is this? Why is it that no one knows Jesus except God nor does anyone know God except Jesus? It is because God sent Jesus and…

All Things Have Been Handed Over To Jesus

"All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." - Matt. 11:27
    All things have been handed over to Jesus by God, the Father. What has been given to Jesus? All things. Everything has been give to Him. Every inanimate object has been give to Him and every animate object has been given to Him. Whether the object has life or it does not, it belongs to Jesus. All that I own and all that I have and everyone that is in my life does not belong to me, it all belongs to Jesus Christ. My wife is His. The stray cat that has taken up at my home is His. My child is His. If I can name it and I can see it, it belongs to Jesus. My life is His. And whether an individual believes in Christ or not, both the believer and unbeliever belong to Christ.
   Jesus tell's us that everything has been handed over to him. What this means is, all things have…

Get Behind Me Satan

"But he turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man." - Matthew 16:23

To whom is our Lord speaking to? To none other than Peter. The very one who verse before we read about confessing Jesus to be the Christ and Son of the living God (Matt. 16:16). Not only did Peter do that, but in Matt. 16:18, Jesus declared to build His church with Peter and passed him the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Now our Lord rebukes him? Calling Peter Satan. Why would Jesus do such a thing?
Peter was attempting to hinder the work of Jesus. Jesus was teaching the disciples that He would be killed and raised to life in three days (Matt. 16:21). Peter's reply was, "Far be it from you, Lord. This shall never happen to you" (Matt. 16:22). For this reason our Lord rebuked him. Peter had become a hindrance to Jesus and if to Jesus then to the Father. Trying to cause delay, inter…

Forgive Your Enemies And Pray For Those Who Persecute You.

"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." - Matthew 5:44,45
         "But I say to you..." Who says what? It is none other than our Lord Jesus. He states this (Matt. 5:44,45) after having quoted Leviticus 19:18, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." He states these words in Matt. 5:44,45 with command and authority as if to demand attention and give insight to what God expects from man. And how do we know this? After our Lord concluded His sermon, it was said, "And when Jesus finished these saying, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes"(Matt. 7:28,29). And if with authority, then it is with power, and if with power, then with persuasive force and conviction, and i…

Give Thanks To God.

"Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever." - 1 Chronicles 16:34
1 Chronicles 16:8-36 is a song of thanks written by none other than the King of Israel at the time, David. It was a good time for Israel. The Ark was just received and the Philistines have been defeated. So David is singing along and we come to 1 Chronicles 16:34.
   Give thanks to the LORD. David is encouraging me to voluntarily present God with gratitude, appreciation and acknowledgement of the blessings He has favored me with, without expecting anything in return. That is what it means to give Him thanks. So often I go to God, I open prayer with thanks and then continue by laying request down and expecting Him to move on my behalf in return. There is nothing wrong with that and the Scriptures teach that we can do so. And I know He will. It goes something like this, 'God, thank you for this day. Thank you for letting me wake up this morning. Will you..." Get t…

Your Thoughts Are Not God's Thoughts

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD." - Isaiah 55:8

    God's thoughts are NOT my thoughts. What is a thought except to be the act or process of thinking. A thought is the product of mental activity when one has the capacity or faculty of thinking, reasoning and imagining. My first observation is this: God thinks. God has the capacity for thinking, reasoning and imagining. I say this elementary statement because I, my-self, do not often think about the fact that God thinks. But if He has thoughts then He thinks, for thoughts are the product of thinking. 
   This makes absolute sense the longer one meditates on this. A thought is intention, a design or a purpose. The whole world is intentionally designed and purposed by Him. I am intentional by God, designed by God and purposed by God. The world is a product of His thinking! The world is God's invisible qualities made visible (Romans 1). It is His thoughts made visi…

Find Your Life By Losing It.

"Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." - John 12:25

Who is Jesus addressing here? Whoever. He is addressing whoever, whatever person, anyone that is listening in His presence then or reading this now. It matter's not if you're a celebrity or a dignitary, a heavy weight boxing champion or an average athlete, a public figure or an average joe, a rich individual or middle class or poor. It matters not who one is, what matters is we listen, we read and we apply what our Lord is saying here.
 To anyone that listens or reads, Jesus says: If you love your life, you lose it. This is not the agape love everyone thinks of when we speak about the love of Christ, instead, this is phileo love. An affectionate love, tender love, heartfelt love, intimate love. An affectionate love is a fond attachment and devoted love. What does this mean? If you have a fond attachment towards this life, if you are devoted to this l…