The Morning Meditation http://www.themorningmeditation.com A daily devotional podcast written by Dr. Earl White and read by Missionary Joe Consford Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:08:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Dr. Earl White has been writing these Morning Meditations for many years. Now they are available on this podcast. Subscribe and listen to Missionary Joe Consford read Dr. White's Morning Meditation each day. Missionary Joe Consford clean Missionary Joe Consford consford@gmail.com consford@gmail.com (Missionary Joe Consford) A daily devotinal meditation to help you inyour daily efforts to walk closer with the Lord. The Morning Meditation http://www.themorningmeditation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Meditation_Icon-1024x1024.jpg http://www.themorningmeditation.com Daily #245 – Let A Man Examine Himself http://www.themorningmeditation.com/245-let-a-man-examine-himself/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:08:18 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=720 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/245-let-a-man-examine-himself/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>LET A MAN EXAMINE HIMSELF</p> <p>1 Cor.  11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.</p> <p>Psalms 139:23 24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."<br /> David was a man after God’s own heart.  He was anything but perfect but he knew where to go when he needed forgiveness.  He invited God to “Search me . . . and know my heart.  The words “my heart” and “my thoughts” are key words in this passage.  So many think that what they do in their hearts and thoughts does not make any difference.  It does.  God knows us through and through.  No man can hide himself from God.  Let a man—</p> <p>EXAMINE HIS COMPANY</p> <p>It does make God a difference who we run with. Psalms 1:1, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” The word “counsel” means advice, purpose, counsel.” 1Cor. 15:33, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” The words “evil communications” mean that running with the wrong crowd will rub off on you.</p> <p>Next,</p> <p>EXAMINE HIS HABITS</p> <p>1 John 2:15, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."</p> <p>There are things that become habits in our lives that are sins that we never ask forgiveness.  The reason is that we have never considered that what we are doing might be sin.</p> <p>There is no way to love the world and be right with God.  I am talking about loving the world as John puts it.  I know some Christians that use bad language.  They do not consider it wrong. Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Some would look at this as being overbearing.  However, if God says it is wrong it is wrong.  To clean up ones language must begin with confessing it as a sin.  Once this is done one can proceed and ask the Lord to help break this offensive habit.</p> <p>Next,</p> <p>EXAMINE HIS THOUGHTS</p> <p>Psalms 10:4, "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts." God knows this.  Our Creator is shunned in ones thoughts.  He is not only shunned, He is expected to go along with the professed Christian.  I have heard many times the saying, God loves us and is willing to take us like we are.  He is not bothered by course language on the part of His people.</p> <p>Acts 8:22, “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.” How many of us have had a foolish thought in the past few days?  This is the reason that unbelievers will go to hell.  Some of them are good citizens.  They treat their neighbors with respect.  They give to the poor.  But is there one of them who does not have evil thoughts?</p> <p>God’s standard of judgment is so high it is completely out of sight even for the most righteous of unsaved people.  The fact is, Jesus is ones only way out.</p> <p>Next,</p> <p>EXAMINE HIS AFFECTIONS</p> <p>Colossians 3:2 says, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." There is a definite connection between the world and the believer.  The believer wants to live holy.  His adversaries do everything they can to stop him.  The world, the flesh, and the Devil are enemies who will draw our attention away from “things above” and get us to focus on the things of this world.</p> <p>But how do we overcome in this life as a believer solely dedicated to the Lord? 2 Corinthians 10:5, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" We have the enabling power of the Holy Ghost to give vi... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/245-let-a-man-examine-himself/feed/ 0 LET A MAN EXAMINE HIMSELF 1 Cor.  11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. Psalms 139:23 24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in ... LET A MAN EXAMINE HIMSELF 1 Cor.  11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. Psalms 139:23 24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 6:44 #244 – Seven Characteristics that Contributed to Calebs Greatness http://www.themorningmeditation.com/244-seven-characteristics-that-contributed-to-calebs-greatness/ Wed, 18 Mar 2015 02:58:59 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=717 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/244-seven-characteristics-that-contributed-to-calebs-greatness/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO CALEB’S GREATNESS</p> <p>Herbert Lockyer said, “Although Caleb was not an Israelite by birth, he was “an Israelite indeed.” He was one of the chief spies sent out by Moses. He was courageous and persevered when the other spies became discouraged. He was invincible in driving out giants completely devoted to God and vigorous in old age. Six times it is recorded of Caleb, “he hath fully followed the Lord.” Caleb fully followed the Lord. He led nothing back. He was no coward. He did not turn back in the day of battle. What an example he was to the rest of the Jews when they went into battle.</p> <p>Lockyer said, “His consecration was thorough. What magnificent adverbs are used to describe Caleb. He followed faithfully, wholly, and fully. He never lowered his standards, but was perpetually wholehearted.”</p> <p>“His courage was unfaltering. Giants did not disturb Caleb nor did those dastards who were ready to stone him. Webster says, “dastard” means “a mean, sneaking coward.” These people of whom Caleb speaks were a bunch of low life cowards.</p> <p>His request was answered. To Caleb, whose life was woven on one piece throughout, reward crowned his faith and faithfulness. Through autumn winds and premonitions of snow, he brought forth fruit in his old age. When we come to the record of Caleb’s personal inheritance in the land of Canaan we find him at eighty years of age asking Joshua, ‘Now therefore give me this mountain.’ Caleb was a man of altitudes. He was not content with the average or the commonplace. He never thought in terms of fences or walled cities. It was the heights for Caleb, and although the mountains he wanted were filled with hostile Anakims, he refused defeat and claimed his inheritance. At long last a worthy recompense came to this noble man for, ‘to patient faith the prize is sure.’”</p> <p>Now first of all,</p> <p>HE WAS A THOROUGH BELIEVER</p> <p>He never once turned back in the battle. He never once used discouraging words concerning taking the land God had given them. God says in Numbers 14:24, "But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it." What a great promise is confirmed here.</p> <p>God didn’t say, “I have observed Caleb. His strength is adequate. He is able to take these mountains.” Faith never rests on one’s own ability. Caleb’s faith was in God. He believed God could do anything that He promised to do.</p> <p>Look around you. Everything you can see was created by God. He is all powerful. If God can speak the worlds into existence, will He have any problems enabling Caleb, His servant, to win the victory against them? Losing the victory against the giants of those mountains wasn’t a thought that Caleb could even entertain. It was completely out of the question. God is honored when one of His servants exercises this kind of faith.</p> <p>CALEB TOOK HIS STAND FOR GOD AND AGAINST THE UNBELIEVERS</p> <p>Here are the words Caleb spoke after spying out the land in Numbers 13:30, "And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." Was this self confidence or confidence in the Lord? It was definitely confidence in the Lord. Ten of the spies who brought back an evil report, were shaking in their boots!</p> <p>Numbers 13:25 29, "And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/244-seven-characteristics-that-contributed-to-calebs-greatness/feed/ 0 SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO CALEB’S GREATNESS Herbert Lockyer said, “Although Caleb was not an Israelite by birth, he was “an Israelite indeed.” He was one of the chief spies sent out by Moses. SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO CALEB’S GREATNESS Herbert Lockyer said, “Although Caleb was not an Israelite by birth, he was “an Israelite indeed.” He was one of the chief spies sent out by Moses. He was courageous and persevered when the other spies became discouraged. He was invincible in driving out giants completely devoted to […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 15:21 #243 – God Speaks to Joshua About the Enemy http://www.themorningmeditation.com/243-god-speaks-to-joshua-about-the-enemy/ Tue, 17 Mar 2015 02:16:22 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=715 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/243-god-speaks-to-joshua-about-the-enemy/#comments consford@gmail.com <p>GOD SPEAKS TO JOSHUA ABOUT THE ENEMY</p> <p>Josh. 1:5 “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”</p> <p>Israel had not done much fighting for the past forty years . . . except among themselves. That is not the kind of training one needs to defeat the Amalekites and the Canaanites. However, there is no instruction for training for fighting even though God sends them against the enemy. The conclusion is obvious. It is not the horse or sword that wins in the battle in Israel’s case. It is the LORD. He goes to battle with them and they never lose. That is right. When Israel lost a battle, it was because God did not go out to battle with them.</p> <p>We are reminded of our Spiritual battle. Paul says if you want to win, “ . . . be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph. 6:10-13). The secret of victory for the child of God is the presence of the Lord. When He is with us, we are fighting a battle already won.</p> <p>The LORD is preparing Joshua to lead Israel into the land He has given them. The first thing He does is say, “Moses my servant is dead . . .” He is not around. He will not be fighting earthly battles any more. Joshua must realize this. He is no longer a servant of Moses, he is a servant of the LORD like Moses. The next thing the LORD wants Joshua to know, is that He will now be speaking to him. The LORD says, “ . . . arise, go over this Jordan . . .” Joshua must finish the job that the LORD started. The responsibility has now fallen on him. He must know that the leadership has fallen on his shoulders. The LORD also speaks to Joshua about the land. He tells him that the land is given but they must claim the land by walking through it. The LORD says, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon . . .” The LORD gave the land but there is the walk by faith. He gives Joshua and Israel something to believe.</p> <p>Now the LORD speaks to Joshua about the enemy. You know you can have the land but if it is occupied by one stronger than you, there is a slight problem. Joshua has to be a little nervous over his new position. He had followed Moses as a servant. The decisions were Moses’ decisions. Being a second man has its advantages. When the people disagreed with Moses and became disagreeable, they did not murmur against Joshua. It was always against Moses and Aaron. Moses and Aaron are dead. These men were more popular in death than they were in life. It is amazing how man deifies a dead man that he would have nothing to do with when he was alive. Joshua liked being the second man! Now he has been thrust into being the leader. It was not his choice. It was the LORD’s.</p> <p>The LORD says, “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee . . .” That takes care of “How in the world will we stand up against this strong enemy?” There are a couple of questions that every man of God needs to have answered. Has God called me and will He be with me? God determined the success of Joshua in this statement. Joshua will be fighting a battle already won.</p> <p>There was only one Moses and one Joshua out of millions of Jews. Can’t you just see the disappointment in the faces of those who feel rejected because The LORD did not choose them instead of Joshua? The LORD is the answer to Joshua’s success. And the LORD sets that record straight here in the first chapter of Joshua. I have taught something for years that has met opposition in some of my dear friends. I will state it here. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/243-god-speaks-to-joshua-about-the-enemy/feed/ 1 GOD SPEAKS TO JOSHUA ABOUT THE ENEMY Josh. 1:5 “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. GOD SPEAKS TO JOSHUA ABOUT THE ENEMY Josh. 1:5 “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Israel had not done much fighting for the past forty […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 13:09 #242 – The Failure of the Ten Spies http://www.themorningmeditation.com/242-failure-ten-spies/ Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:10:07 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=712 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/242-failure-ten-spies/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE FAILURE OF THE TEN SPIES</p> <p>Num. 13:1-3 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them. And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.”</p> <p>I want us to take a brief look at Israel at Kadesh-barnea. To do this I will use all of chapter 13 but will let you look on in your Bibles. This is the original door of entrance into the promised land. They have come from Egypt to Canaan. They are at what could have been their final stage of the journey. They have the land in view. The LORD tells Moses, “Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel . . .” It was the LORD’S will that they search out the land.</p> <p>The LORD wanted them to see the land before they entered it. First of all, the land is a type of our victory and possessions in Christ. It is not a type of heaven. God’s people will not have to fight for heaven but there is a fight to possess our possession in this life. This is the way of faith. First God reveals what He gives to us (through His Word), then we believe it, and then we receive it. Let me restate that. God reveals to the eyes of faith what He is willing to give, then faith exercises confidence in the Lord that made the promise, and then the promise is received as a token of God’s faithfulness, unseen presence, and power.</p> <p>The next truth in this statement is that the LORD says, “Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, WHICH I GIVE UNTO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL . . .” (Caps mine for emphasis). Canaan was a gift. The LORD wanted them to know that. They are not spying out the land to see if they could take it. They could not take it. The power to take the land was to be a gift of God as well as the land. But it was a gift to faith. This is something that Israel was lacking in. Let me state: Israel’s failure at Kadesh-barnea was a faith failure. Hebrews 3:18-19, “And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”</p> <p>The twelve spies that Moses sent into the land were of the leaders from the twelve tribes. They are each named and the tribes from which they were selected. They are to represent the tribes from which they came in their observance of the land. They will be held directly responsible for their faithfulness to report their findings and faith with regard to entering the land. When they returned the report went like this: “And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.” (Verses 26-27). They gave testimony to the truth of God that He had promised to His people. They said, “It is just like God promised. It is truly a land that flows with milk and honey. And here is a sample of it, as they showed the grapes and other things that they had brought with them, to Moses and all the congregation of the children of Israel there was some oohs and aah’s on that occasion. God never stretches the truth. They had been thinking of what God had told them of the land, now they are witnesses to the truthfulness of what He had said. It is exactly like He said. It always is. They were ok in their testimony up to this point. But here comes the problem. They said, “Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/242-failure-ten-spies/feed/ 0 THE FAILURE OF THE TEN SPIES Num. 13:1-3 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, THE FAILURE OF THE TEN SPIES Num. 13:1-3 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them. And Moses by the […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 11:58 #241 – What in the World is Happening in Prophecy http://www.themorningmeditation.com/241-world-happening-prophecy/ Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:11:08 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=709 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/241-world-happening-prophecy/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING IN PROPHECY?</p> <p>2 Tim. 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”</p> <p>The first thing we will look at in this passage is to,</p> <p>IDENTIFYING PERILOUS TIMES</p> <p>The word  “know” is the translation of a word that means to come to know. It is a present imperative verb. Paul is saying that one needs to come to know right now. The imperative mood is a command  expressing  urgency. We can know something of the times in which we live because God has revealed them to us.</p> <p>Frankly, what modern man sees as perilous, does not harmonize with Scripture. Paul identifies perilous times. He says when “men shall be lovers of their own selves,” times will be perilous.  There are all kinds of self-help books designed to make man think more of himself. The fact is Christianity sees man as an utter failure. The Christian answer to man’s utter failure is Christ. Paul says in Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."</p> <p>The secret is the life which I now live is “Christ living in me.” It is not just Christ in me, but what is He doing in me. Is He in control? Have I lost control? No, I have simply learned that I am wrong and He is right and I voluntarily relinquish all to His lordship.</p> <p>The word “covetous” means a very strong craving for money and possessions. How would we apply this definition to people in the USA? I am afraid the word covetous is probably the most descriptive word in the English language. We can’t get enough. The more we get the more we want. How many people do you know that are completely satisfied with what they have? I’m not saying that all are covetous, but if we really face the facts, more are than we want to admit. It  comes so close to us that speaking on the subject  makes us a little uncomfortable.</p> <p>The word “boasters” means “an empty pretender.” The word “proud” means “showing one’s self above others, outdoing others, conspicuous above others, pre eminent.” This is an ego wrapped in skin. This is seen many times in Christian movements. There is  a struggle for power. Next Paul says, “disobedient to parents.” How many times have I seen children who were disobedient to their parents and were offended that their parents did not give them everything they desired. Then there are those who become violent when a godly parents make rules and enforce them in an attempt to get their children to live a good moral life. The children are violently opposed to any attempt of the parents to correct their prodigal life-style.</p> <p>The word “blasphemers” means, “speaking evil, slanderous, reproachful, railing, abusive.”  The word blasphemy describes a person who degrades others  without respect for those of whom they speak.  One hears God’s name used  continually by man as a by-word. Man has no respect for God. Then the world is ready to attack those who have a true belief in God. Paul says when we see these things perilous times have arrived.</p> <p>Then Paul includes the word “unthankful.” This is a person who has no appreciation for things done for him. Then he adds “unholy.” The word unholy means, “wicked, impious.” This person cannot be reasoned with by the use of Scriptures. An unholy person is not open to holiness. Holiness comes about through a submission to the Scriptures. Holiness is a development in the life of one who recognizes the authority of the Bible.</p> <p>Next, “ Without natural affection.” This is a reference to an affection that even unsaved members of the human race would normally have. An illustration of this is the many babies who have been discarded in garbage dumps because the mother’s do not want them. We must also point out the fact that the USA is financing the killing of the unborn. This is a blatant disregard for human life. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/241-world-happening-prophecy/feed/ 0 WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING IN PROPHECY? 2 Tim. 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” The first thing we will look at in this passage is to, IDENTIFYING PERILOUS TIMES The word  “know” is the translation of a word th... WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING IN PROPHECY? 2 Tim. 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” The first thing we will look at in this passage is to, IDENTIFYING PERILOUS TIMES The word  “know” is the translation of a word that means to come to know. It is […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 12:03 #240 – The Unction and Anointing of the Holy Spirit http://www.themorningmeditation.com/240-unction-anointing-holy-spirit/ Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:15:40 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=706 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/240-unction-anointing-holy-spirit/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE UNCTION AND THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT</p> <p>1 John 2:20, 27 “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things . . . But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”</p> <p>A lot will be left unsaid about this subject because of the nature of the meditations. I would like to look at these statements contextually, expositorily, and then make a brief application.</p> <p>FIRST LET’S LOOK AT THESE WORDS CONTEXTUALLY</p> <p>John is combating error as he writes to believers (2:12-14; 5:13). The particular error that John was dealing with in this epistle was Gnosticism. Without going into it historically we know they denied that Jesus literally came in the flesh. They did not believe in the virgin birth, i.e., that Jesus is literally God manifest in the flesh (2 Cor. 5:19). John was concerned that these believers not be carried off with this error. In fact, he teaches that those who bought in to this lie, were never true disciples to begin with. This is what he is teaching in chapter 2 verse 19: “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” This is a strong statement. But it is exactly what the Holy Spirit taught John to write for our benefit.</p> <p>What this is not teaching. This verse is not teaching that a person is unsaved when they disagree with a pastor over some issue that has nothing to do with the gospel, and leave and join another church where the gospel is also being preached. I am not indorsing a person leaving a church, where God has placed them, over minor issues. That should not happen.</p> <p>What then is this verse teaching? It is teaching that when a person is truly saved it is because he has believed the true gospel. The true gospel is faith in who the Bible says Jesus is which includes His virgin birth, i.e., the incarnation. It is faith in His substitutionary atonement, i.e., that God accepted His death in our place and counts it as our payment of the penalty of sin. It is faith in His literal resurrection and ascension into heaven. The Gnostics denied this. When those of whom John speaks followed these Gnostics who were denying the very sum and substance of the gospel they claimed to believe, John said, “They went out from us, but they were not of us.” John says they were never saved to start with.</p> <p>How would this apply today? It applies when a cult that does not believe that Jesus is God incarnate in the flesh, died a substitutionary death for us, was raise gloriously from the dead and is now the One Mediator between God and man (1 Tim 2:5), solicits a person who CLAIMS TO BELIEVE the true gospel, and he withdraws from an assembly that preaches that truth, to follow the cult that denies that truth. John says if you are saved, you will not do that, that it would be an indication that you were never saved to begin with.</p> <p>LET’S LOOK AT THE WORDS EXPOSITORILY</p> <p>John says, “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” The word “But” is a conjunction connecting his statement with those remaining with the assembly that believed that “Jesus is come in the flesh.” (2:22-23; 4:2-3). The words “Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and know all things” is given as a reason that the ones remaining did not follow the Gnostics and their teachings. The word “ye” is in the Greek text and emphasizes the plural “you.” Normally the personal pronouns are attached to the verb as endings as it is in this case. But when a special emphasis is being made on the personal pronoun, it is added. It is added here and has the effect of showing the difference between those remaining and those who left. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/240-unction-anointing-holy-spirit/feed/ 0 THE UNCTION AND THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 1 John 2:20, 27 “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things . . . But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the ... THE UNCTION AND THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 1 John 2:20, 27 “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things . . . But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 15:55 #239 – Filled With The Spirit http://www.themorningmeditation.com/239-filled-spirit/ Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:41:09 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=704 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/239-filled-spirit/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT</p> <p>John 7:37 39 "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)"</p> <p>There is no doctrine that is more sorely misused that the doctrine of the filling of the Holy Spirit.  Then I must go on to say that there is no truth more sought after than the filling.  Then looking a little further, there is no truth more abused than the truth of the filling of the Holy Spirit.  There have been in recent days the profession of revival where the Holy Spirit invades a congregation and He is recognized by speaking languages that no one understands, being slain in the spirit, and crawling around on the floor barking like a dog.  Then there are those who have what they call a laughing revival.  They just begin to laugh and the whole congregation are laughing uncontrollably.  This is not of God you can be sure.  Let me make a few remarks that will help us understand the real work of the Holy Spirit.</p> <p>ONE WHO IS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT IS FULL OF FAITH</p> <p>Because of this the unsaved will be convicted just by being around the one filled with the Spirit.  Jesus said when speaking of the Holy Spirit in John 16:7 11, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on me;  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged."</p> <p>I tell missionaries when you go to some far off field in order to preach the gospel, you will find that the Holy Spirit beat you there.  I understand that it is not enough for one to be saved to be convicted by the Holy Spirit, but without this work of the Spirit, the gospel preached will fall on heathen ears and be outright rejected.  Jesus said, “No man can come to me except the Father that sent me draw him.” One who is filled with the Spirit will be full of faith.  He knows he is sent and He knows God is with him in the preaching of the Word.  Being full of faith is a must.</p> <p>ONE WHO IS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT WILL BE FULL OF THE TRUTH IN TESTIMONY</p> <p>After Pentecost what was the subject matter of the Apostles preaching?  It was a clearly defined message of the gospel.  On the day of Pentecost Peter preached the Word and 3,000 souls were saved and baptized into the fellowship of the Church.  The way Luke puts it Acts 2:41, "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."</p> <p>One of the first indications that a person has been truly saved is that he wants his family and friends to hear the gospel and be saved.</p> <p>ONE WHO IS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT IS FULL OF POWER</p> <p>“I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me; and I say to this man, 'Go,' and he goeth, and to another, 'Come,' and he cometh.'” The reason why the centurion had power to command the soldiers under him, was, that he was under the power of Rome, and hence he had all its power at his back.  If he failed to recognize his position and his responsibility to Rome, those under him would not recognize him.  Thus, as we are under the authority of Heaven, we have authority, and we have no power, save as we recognize the power of God.</p> <p>“Paul's might lay, not in enticing words of man's wisdom but in “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor.  2:4).  Many pray earnestly for power, in, and with their work, and receive it not, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/239-filled-spirit/feed/ 0 FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT John 7:37 39 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT John 7:37 39 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:19 #238 – A Dying Christian’s Testimony http://www.themorningmeditation.com/238-dying-christians-testimony/ Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:33:37 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=701 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/238-dying-christians-testimony/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>A DYING CHRISTIAN’S TESTIMONY</p> <p>2 Timothy 4:6 8 "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."</p> <p>Paul gives a great testimony as he waited martyrdom.  Paul is the one that said, “To depart and be with Christ is far better.” The saints of God today can trust this testimony and assure their hearts at the time of death.</p> <p>THE READINESS OF THE CHRISTIAN FOR DEATH</p> <p>Paul is quite clear on this.  Most of us will say, “I’m not ready.” It is almost like one wants to die.  Notice the words, “I am now ready to be offered.” The “now” is a faithful testimony that the New Birth and obedience to the faith has assured him.</p> <p>Jesus said in  John 11:25 26, "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"</p> <p>There was a Christian Science teacher speaking at the funeral of one of their congregation’s members.  He explained that this man was not dead.  He just thinks he is dead.  One old farm boy punched his friend and said, “He may not be dead, but I looked at him before the service, and I just about as soon to be dead as be in his shape!</p> <p>The death of the body is certain.  Jesus is not saying that death will not come to the physical body.  What He does say is that the believer will never die.  We are not our bodies.  The inner man of the Christian has eternal life and is not subject to death.</p> <p>Paul was ready and gave testimony to that fact.</p> <p>THE READINESS CAME AS A RESULT OF FAITHFULNESS</p> <p>1.    He had been a good soldier; He says in verse 7, “I have fought a good fight.” The Christian life is a fight.  But the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Cor.  10:4).</p> <p>2.    As a runner in the games he says, “I have finished my course.” Everyone  of us has a course to run.  It will be great if we are able to say with Paul, “I have finished my course.”</p> <p>3.    Next he says, “I have kept the faith.” He never departed from preaching the gospel.  He warned in Galatians 1:8, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." The heretics did not warm up to Paul.  He would take them on and reveal their heresy on the spot.  Paul’s readiness came as a result of faithfulness.</p> <p>THE READINESS CAME AS A RESULT OF INWARD PEACE</p> <p>1.    Paul’s testimony did not have in it a whining spirit.  He did not accuse his accusers.  He knew what he was facing.  It would not be long until his head would roll.  Did that bother him?  He said, “I am now ready to be offered.” His martyrdom was an offering to the Lord.  He knew that death was not the end but a blessed beginning with the Lord never to be separated again.</p> <p>2.    Our readiness does not consist in the amount of good works we may have done, or the number of years we have lived, but in that “quietness and confidence” in Jesus Christ which brings the strength of His prevailing peace into the heart, and that calmly whispers: “Father, not my will, but Thine be done.  Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord.  Into thy hands I commit my spirit.”</p> <p>3.    A Scotsman lay dying in a country home, while a snow storm was on.  His daughter said: “Father I will read to you.” He answered: “Na, my lassie, don’t trouble.  I thatched my house in calm weather.”</p> <p>THE READINESS TO ENTER A BLISSFUL FUTURE</p> <p>Verse 8 says, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord will give me. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/238-dying-christians-testimony/feed/ 0 A DYING CHRISTIAN’S TESTIMONY 2 Timothy 4:6 8 “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righ... A DYING CHRISTIAN’S TESTIMONY 2 Timothy 4:6 8 “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 6:59 #237 – Four Scriptural Guidelines for Living http://www.themorningmeditation.com/237-four-scriptural-guidelines-living/ Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:54:28 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=699 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/237-four-scriptural-guidelines-living/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>FOUR SCRIPTURAL GUIDELINES FOR LIVING</p> <p>Col.  3:15-17 "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."</p> <p>Paul calls attention to four important guideline to use in our walk with the Lord.</p> <p>THE PEACE OF GOD ACTING AS UMPIRE</p> <p>Colossians 3:15 says, "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."</p> <p>The word translated peace is “eirene” and when used of Christianity it refers to  the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.”</p> <p>The words “let rule” translate “brabeuo” and means, “to be an umpire.” It is a present tense verb and refers to present action, it is active voice which means they are to do this of their own volition and the imperative mood is a command expressing urgency.</p> <p>Serving the Lord is the Christians primary purpose in this life.  If, when we go about our duties as believers, we begin to feel uneasy, it is time to examine what we are doing.  Peace within is the umpire calling the moves.  When we let the peace of God rule, we take immediate action, and yield to the Holy Spirit Who brings the peace of God back into our daily lives.  Next,</p> <p>THE WORD OF GOD DWELLING AND CONTROLLING THE LIFE</p> <p>Colossians 3:16, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."</p> <p>The words, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom,” is another imperative command.  It is urgent that the Christian not act outside the guidelines that we find here.  The “word of Christ” refers to the Scriptures.  He speaks to us through His Word.  The word “richly” means “abundantly.” The believer is not to work on his own.  Paul gives specific guidance in this verse.  The words, “in all wisdom,” are referring to the proper use of the Scriptures.  It is not uncommon for one to be in a service where a text is read by the speaker and what follows is a message totally removed from the text.  That is frustrating and a very little good is accomplished as far as the spiritual use of the Scriptures.</p> <p>The intimate acquaintance with the Scriptures is necessary.  We can memorize the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit can reach into our memory-bank and pull out what we need.  Christians who seldom read their Bibles are left in a state of confusion because of their neglect.  Next,</p> <p>PRAISE IS T0 BE THE CONSTANT EXPERIENCE OF HIS LIFE WITHIN</p> <p>Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." When we live from the inside out, it will not be difficult for us to praise Him in all things. Religion goes from the outside in.  Christianity is lived from the inside out.  Praise is a great river flowing from the depths of one's soul and is a ministry not only to the one doing it but also to others.  The Word of Christ, and the ministry of song, is something the regenerated life feeds on.  It is able to bring us out of depression and crown us with the gladness of God.  Next,</p> <p>EVERY WORD AND ACT IS TO BE DONE IN THE NAME OF JESUS</p> <p>Colossians 3:17, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."</p> <p>We are sent into all the world with the saving gospel of Christ. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/237-four-scriptural-guidelines-living/feed/ 0 FOUR SCRIPTURAL GUIDELINES FOR LIVING Col.  3:15-17 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one ... FOUR SCRIPTURAL GUIDELINES FOR LIVING Col.  3:15-17 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 6:46 #236 – We Learn from the Wise Men http://www.themorningmeditation.com/236-learn-wise-men/ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:16:01 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=697 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/236-learn-wise-men/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>WE LEARN FROM THE WISE MEN</p> <p>Matt. 2:1-2 “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”</p> <p>Matthew begins to describe what happened after the birth of Jesus. He was not welcomed by Israel as a nation. Herod, when he heard of the birth of Christ, killed all the children that might qualify to be the One born King. Herod would not tolerate anyone or anything that might eventually be a threat to his position as king. He is a good type of the flesh that struggles against the Spirit and will do anything to prevent the reign of the Spirit in the believer’s life.</p> <p>If the nation of Israel will not welcome Christ, God will bring wise men from another country to do so. The word “wise” translates “magos” and means, according to Strong: “a magus, the name given by the Babylonians (Chaldeans), Medes, Persians, and others, to the wise men, teachers, priests, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, augers, soothsayers, sorcerers etc.” These men were called wise men because the fact that they fit into the general category of people who were identified by this name. These men were either Jews who were carried away in the dispersion by Nebuchadnezzar, the children of those who were taken into captivity, or, converted to the Jewish faith through the influence of those taken captive. They were not “soothsayers” of demonic origin. These men came to “see for themselves” and to “worship him.” How did this all come about?</p> <p>First, they had the Scriptures. The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. But the stars do not tell you when Christ is going to be born. These men were students of the Scriptures that were available to them at that time. Numbers 24:17 says, “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.” These wise men were wise in Scripture. God had given them insight into the truth of this prophecy.</p> <p>They did not only have the Scriptures, they had the star. The wise men’s explanation of how they came to come to the Land of Israel at this time is, “ . . . we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” They were not trying to keep secrets. They boldly declared “we have seen his star in the east.” They confessed “we were looking for HIS star.” There is no other way these wise men could have known except Numbers 24:17. This was not a normal star. It amazes me how those who claim to believe the Bible fall for this idea that this was a star up in the heavens located over Bethlehem. Have you ever noticed how that you can look up into the heavens and see a star right above you and then drive down the road one hundred miles and get out and look up and it is still right above you? This star came low enough to guide them to the very door of the house where Jesus was. Was there no one in the Land who knew this prophecy? Probably not anyone who would worship Him. So God brought these wise men to worship Him. They had the Scriptures and the star.</p> <p>They also had satisfaction. They found the Christ. Born in a stable, He is now in a house. Verse 11 says, “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother . . .” These were men of faith. They would have never taken this long journey unless they had believed the Scripture and had seen HIS STAR in the east, i.e., the star appeared to them in the east where ever that was. These men were satisfied that they had found the fulfillment of the prophecy they were studying when they looked upon Jesus. They worshiped Him.</p> <p>I believe that God’s revelations are found in the Scripture. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/236-learn-wise-men/feed/ 0 WE LEARN FROM THE WISE MEN Matt. 2:1-2 “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? WE LEARN FROM THE WISE MEN Matt. 2:1-2 “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 11:51 #235 – A Great Deliverance http://www.themorningmeditation.com/235-great-deliverance/ Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=695 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/235-great-deliverance/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>A GREAT DELIVERANCE</p> <p>Psa. 18:16-20 "He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me."</p> <p>This is one of David’s victory songs written after a battle had been won. He credits God as the Deliverer in verse 2. I want to look at the points he made concerning this deliverance.</p> <p>THE DELIVERANCE WAS DIVINE</p> <p>David could have gloried in his skill and the skill of those who fought with him. But he didn’t do that. He gave glory to God. David knew that there were invisible armies who fought with him and gave the victory.</p> <p>David said, “He sent from above.” God was involved in the battle with the armies of Israel. He identified with His people.</p> <p>The believer can sing this song and apply it to himself. The Lord is with us. He never leaves us or forsakes us. He is invisible but faith can make His invisible presence known. Too many act like God is a million miles away. They depend solely on their skills to accomplish God’s work. They miss the opportunity of “laboring together with God.” When we do not operate in the Spirit by faith, what we do, we do without His help. Next—</p> <p>THE DELIVERANCE WAS PERSONAL</p> <p>David said, “He took me.” He knew that God’s invisible hand had delivered him. That is also true of us. The Lord Jesus must become one’s personal Saviour. You can’t go to heaven on the coat tail of another. Salvation is a personal matter. Repentance is personal. It is true that man inherits his sin nature from his father. It is traced all the way back to Adam. But it is not just what we are by nature, it is what we do personally. Paul says in Romans 3:10 12, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." So deliverance is personal. Next—</p> <p>DELIVERANCE IS COMPLETE</p> <p>David said, “He drew me out.” There was no part of him left in hands of the enemy. Our salvation is complete. Ephesians 1:13 14, "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."</p> <p>The believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. You will notice it is not BY the Holy Spirit of promise, it is WITH the Holy Spirit of promise. The Holy Spirit Himself becomes the Seal. The Seal is the identification of the product. God owns the one sealed.</p> <p>The Seal is the Lord’s way of saying that He is committed to finishing the deliverance. This is brought out in the words, “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.”</p> <p>DELIVERANCE IS NEEDED</p> <p>David said in Psalms 18:17, "He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me."</p> <p>David’s enemies were vicious and strong. He said they are too strong for me. The world, the flesh and the Devil are too strong for us. We are dominated by Satan and sin. Man is trapped in a world that will not turn him loose.</p> <p>The good news is that Jesus became a man in the virgin birth that He might deliver us. He came to where we are to execute deliverance. He was not born with an old sin nature because Joseph had nothing to do with His birth. He lived a perfect life and then paid the price that God required of the sinner. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/235-great-deliverance/feed/ 0 A GREAT DELIVERANCE Psa. 18:16-20 “He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the ... A GREAT DELIVERANCE Psa. 18:16-20 “He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. He […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:03 #234 – Some of the Rich Blessings of God in Ephesians http://www.themorningmeditation.com/234-rich-blessings-god-ephesians/ Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=693 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/234-rich-blessings-god-ephesians/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>SOME OF THE RICH BLESSINGS OF GOD IN EPHESIANS</p> <p>Ephesians 1:6 "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."</p> <p>Each of these gold mines of blessing are connected with the Greek preposition “in.” The first that we will look at is,</p> <p>OUR ACCEPTANCE</p> <p>"To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."</p> <p>“The uttermost and chiefest final cause is the glory of God the Father, who saves us freely in his Son. That as his bountiful goodness deserves all praise, so also it should be set forth and proclaimed. Another final cause more near is our justification, in that he freely accounted us as being righteous in his Son. — Geneva Bible Footnotes.</p> <p>This acceptance is, “To the praise of the glory of His grace,” because He determined to save men this way.  The only testimony of salvation must bow to the truth of grace because it is only by grace that we are saved.  So our praise of salvation looks to Him alone and accepts by faith His diagnosis of us.  When we see ourselves as He sees us, we are then ready to receive with thankful hearts that “He hath made us accepted in the beloved.”</p> <p>OUR BLESSINGS</p> <p>Ephesians 1:3 says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"</p> <p>Paul opens the door to the heavenly market place and this truth extends to all of God's children.  Isaiah 55:1 3, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David."</p> <p>The Lord has left nothing out that is good for us when He says, with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"</p> <p>WE ARE CHOSEN</p> <p>Ephesians 1:4 says, "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:"</p> <p>The only way one can be holy in the sense that Paul is speaking of here is to understand the truth of “in Him.” Jesus has in Him all the saints and Satan would have to go through Him to get to us. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." We are new creatures operating as pilgrims in this sinful world with a message that will give the most wicked sinner an opportunity to change sides.  When we are saved we go from Satan's side to God's side.  God extracts us from the kingdom of darkness and places us in God's dear son.  We are the chosen and if God has chosen us, Satan would have to be more powerful than God to re-obtain us.</p> <p>WE ARE INHABITED BY THE LORD JESUS</p> <p>Ephesians 3:17 says, "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,"</p> <p>Our body is His temple. 1 Corinthians 6:19 20, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."</p> <p>Paul calls attention to God's ownership of us which ought to calm our fears and give us that adrenalin flow that will cause shouts of praise.</p> <p>WE HAVE HIS ENDUEMENT</p> <p>Ephesians 6:10 says, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."</p> <p>We have that heavenly enduement to withstand Satan and to accomplish the work God has called us to do. 1 John 4:4 says, "Ye are of God, little children, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/234-rich-blessings-god-ephesians/feed/ 0 SOME OF THE RICH BLESSINGS OF GOD IN EPHESIANS Ephesians 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Each of these gold mines of blessing are connected with the Greek preposition “in. SOME OF THE RICH BLESSINGS OF GOD IN EPHESIANS Ephesians 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Each of these gold mines of blessing are connected with the Greek preposition “in.” The first that we will look at is, OUR ACCEPTANCE “To the […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 6:48 #233 – The Servant http://www.themorningmeditation.com/233-servant/ Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:00:05 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=691 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/233-servant/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE SERVANT</p> <p>Mark 10:44 "And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all."</p> <p>I think many Christians want an elevated position in the Lord's spiritual kingdom in this life.  Jesus made it clear that the servant is not one who gets recognition in this life. Jesus says in Mark 10:44, "And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all."</p> <p>This meditation will look at some qualifying statements that will identify a servant.</p> <p>THE LOVE OF CHRIST SHOULD BE THE SERVANTS MOTIVE</p> <p>Paul gives the motivation of the servant in 2 Corinthians 5:14, "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:"</p> <p>The word “constraineth” translates “sunecho” and means, “to hold together lest it fall to pieces.” The love of God will not let the servant stray from the right path in this life.  The love of Christ proceeds in its service against all opposition.  A list of things that love does is found in 1 Corinthians 13:4 6, "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;"</p> <p>1 John 3:16, "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." We know that He loves us because He laid down His life for us.  We know that our love is genuine when we lay down our lives for the brethren.  The love of Christ constrains us to love our brethren.</p> <p>LIKENESS TO CHRIST SHOULD BE OUR MORAL STRENGTH IN SERVICE</p> <p>1 Peter 1:15, "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;" 1 John 2:6, "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." While it is impossible for the believer to be without sin, it is possible for the believer to live a holy life empowered by the Holy Spirit dwelling within.</p> <p>The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch because of the likeness to Christ they were exhibiting in their daily walk. Acts 11:26, "And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."</p> <p>TO PLEASE CHRIST SHOULD BE THE HIGHEST DELIGHT IN SERVICE</p> <p>2 Corinthians 5:9, "Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him." The word “accepted” translates, “euarestos” and means, “well pleasing.”</p> <p>I have heard many say, “I could never please my father.  I would have done anything to have pleased him.” That is a sad statement but it is true in all too many cases.  But it is not so with God.  Those who labor for Him in His service will find the Lord is well pleased.  Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:6 8, "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."</p> <p>THE CONSULTING CHRIST SHOULD ALWAYS BE THE PRELUDE TO SERVICE</p> <p>Acts 13:1 3, "Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away."</p> <p>We have here a world wide missionary ministry beginning. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/233-servant/feed/ 0 THE SERVANT Mark 10:44 “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” I think many Christians want an elevated position in the Lord’s spiritual kingdom in this life.  Jesus made it clear that the servant is not one who gets recog... THE SERVANT Mark 10:44 “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” I think many Christians want an elevated position in the Lord’s spiritual kingdom in this life.  Jesus made it clear that the servant is not one who gets recognition in this life. Jesus says in Mark 10:44, “And […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:40 #232 – Quietness Before God http://www.themorningmeditation.com/232-quietness-god/ Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:00:58 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=689 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/232-quietness-god/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>QUIETNESS BEFORE GOD</p> <p>Psalms 37:1-7 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass."</p> <p>Someone has said that quietness before God is one of the most difficult of all Christian graces. Some do not even believe that quietness before the Lord is a form of prayer.</p> <p>Madam Guyon calls a state of quietness before God as one of the higher degrees of prayer.</p> <p>David seems to recognize this in these seven verses.</p> <p>FIRST OF ALL HE SAYS, “FRET NOT.”</p> <p>The whole statement is, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers.” It is easy for the believer to fall into a negative posture as he sees the evildoers prospering in their sins. It seem that they are making it better than the righteous. So what do you do when things are going bad for you and your prayers do not seem to be answered. You fret!!!</p> <p>It is almost like we question the goodness of God when this happens. We have been serving the Lord and the bottom fell out. Everything seems to be going wrong. The wicked mock us and say that it does not pay to serve God. Satan gets involved in his accusations against us and puts it in our minds that God has let us down.</p> <p>All of these things and much more happen and we pick up our Bible and it falls open to Psalm 37:1 and we are smitten in the heart as we read, “Fret not.” If we have been fretting, there is only one thing for the Christian to do and that is to repent and ask forgiveness. The believer is on God’s side no matter how silent the heavens are. God will come through in His time. Next—</p> <p>SECOND OF ALL HE SAYS, “TRUST.”</p> <p>Psalms 37:3, "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed."  We are called believers because we TRUST in the Lord. He is worthy of our trust. We are loved by Him. He has made us His own through the sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son on the cross.</p> <p>There are some attachments to the word TRUST. He says “Trust in the LORD, and do good.” God wants His people to do good no matter how evil the wicked are around us. They do bad, we do good. We do not do good because those to whom we do the good deserve it. They do not deserve it. They may even make fun of the good we do for them. But we do good in obedience to the LORD’S command. You are never more like Jesus than when you do good to those who speak evil of you. We are reminded of His prayer on the cross: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” We are to trust in the Lord to make things right with those who do wrong.  And He will in His time. Next—</p> <p>THIRD, HE SAYS, “DELIGHT THYSELF IN THE LORD.”</p> <p>Psalms 37:4, "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."</p> <p>The word “delight” means to be excited and happy about one’s thoughts of the LORD. It means to rejoice in the LORD and to be thrilled that we are under His care. Then there is a promise to those who do this. David says, “and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”</p> <p>Probably the most accepted application of this promise is that the LORD will give us what we want. There is another way to interpret this. If we delight ourselves in the LORD He will work in us to desire what He wants for us. In other words our desires will be God given. I like that. I want what He wants for me. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/232-quietness-god/feed/ 0 QUIETNESS BEFORE GOD Psalms 37:1-7 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, QUIETNESS BEFORE GOD Psalms 37:1-7 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:53 #231 – The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Saints http://www.themorningmeditation.com/231-work-holy-spirit-saints/ Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:00:08 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=686 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/231-work-holy-spirit-saints/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE SAINTS</p> <p>Romans 8:9 "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."</p> <p>Man by his human nature was so damaged by the fall that it is impossible for him to please God by what he does.  This leaves him helplessly lost and without the slightest chance of being saved by what he does. Hebrews 9:14 says, "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"</p> <p>God has made a marvelous attempt to save mankind, by the gift of His Son both by living the life we couldn't, and suffering vicariously on the Cross for our sins.  Man could never survive the payment for his sins.  Only Christ could do that and He is willing to save all that come to God by Him.  Let's notice first,</p> <p>THE INTERPENETRATION OF THE SPIRIT</p> <p>The Lord wants the Holy Spirit to penetrate every part of our nature.  John suggest this in John 7:37 39, "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)"</p> <p>The saved partake of the divine nature. 2 Peter 1:3 4, "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."</p> <p>THE INSTRUMENT OF THE SPIRIT</p> <p>The believer in Christ is the instrument which the Spirit of God uses in His service.  All God's servants are sons, and as such, the Lord says to each, “Son, go to work today in my vineyard.”  But as sons they are not to act apart from the Lord, not even as agents, for the true position of every child is that of an instrument to be used by the Lord.</p> <p>On the day of Pentecost the disciples spoke as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." When the people who were present, when this happened, began to question what was happening, Peter stood up and denied any personal power, and referred them to the prophecy of Joel (Acts 2:16-17).</p> <p>THE INTERCESSION OF THE SPIRIT</p> <p>Romans 8:26, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."</p> <p>Nothing could possibly encourage the saint of God more than to know that the Holy Spirit is his constant companion supplying his needs as he fulfill the task the Lord had given him to do.</p> <p>THE ILLUMINATION OF THE SPIRIT</p> <p>1 Corinthians 2:13, "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."</p> <p>How many times have I had trouble understanding a verse of Scripture and I would drop to my knees and as I meditated in prayer the verse became clear.  This is the illumination.  The illumination of the Spirit gives insights into the word that we do not have when we are not filled with the Spirit.  The written Word of God was given by the Holy Spirit and it is completely logical that when He is sought for help He will give it to our complete satisfaction.</p> <p>Someone has said, the eyes of the heart must be opened by the Holy Spirit before the things of God can be seen.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/231-work-holy-spirit-saints/feed/ 0 THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE SAINTS Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Man by his human nature was so […] THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE SAINTS Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Man by his human nature was so […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 6:44 #230 – A Fourfold Fellowship http://www.themorningmeditation.com/230-fourfold-fellowship/ Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:00:44 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=684 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/230-fourfold-fellowship/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>A FOURFOLD FELLOWSHIP</p> <p>The little book of Philemon is packed with great truths. Philemon was a resident of Colossae. This is a prison epistle. Onesimus was  a runaway slave and had robbed his master in his departure. He wound up in prison with Paul. Paul won Onesimus to the Lord and sent him back to Philemon to make things right. Let’s look at the fourfold fellowship that is evident in this short epistle.</p> <p>THE FELLOW BELIEVER TRUSTING</p> <p>Philemon 1:6, "That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus."</p> <p>Paul is going to ask Philemon to receive Onesimus back and reinstate him. This is Christian forgiveness. When Paul said, “That the communion of thy faith may become effectual.” The word “communion” means “fellowship, association.” The idea here is to receive him without punishment. Paul knew that salvation had completely changed Onesimus and he could go back to work and make a profitable servant.</p> <p>If the salvation that you profess does not give you a willingness to forgive another who has done you wrong, there is a  question about the reality of your experience. Next let’s look at—</p> <p>THE FELLOW SOLDIER FIGHTING</p> <p>Philemon 1:2, "And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:"</p> <p>Fighting follows trusting. After one trusts the Lord many times he runs into stiff opposition from within his own family. It is a struggle.</p> <p>2 Corinthians 7:5, "For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears."  The word “fightings” means “combat.” It also means “disputing, striving, quarreling.” Paul was challenged on every hand. He had to publicly debate the truth of the gospel. He did this with the religious leaders in Israel. They made his outward life miserable.</p> <p>Christians are in a fight for the truth of the gospel. Those who believe in and preach out of the modern perversions of the Bible are self deceived and are deceiving those who listen to them. There is not a grander text anywhere than the King James Bible. People who use the perverted texts don’t like to be identified with the apostasy. The first thing Satan did when he deceived Eve in the Garden was to change the Word of God. Next let’s look at—</p> <p>THE FELLOW LABORER WORKING</p> <p>Philemon 1:1, "Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,"</p> <p>Paul was in prison for the gospel he preached. He would finally die a martyrs death because of his preaching of the gospel. He is now in prison with no charge against him but preaching the gospel. So, he calls himself “a prisoner of Jesus Christ.” He addresses Philemon as a dearly beloved brother. Paul then adds, “and fellowlabourer.”</p> <p>Fellow laborer means working together for the kingdom of God. Amos asked, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” The answer is obviously no. One of the major problems in Christianity, and it has been since the early days of the church, is believers can’t get along. We split hairs when there are no hairs to split. Next let’s look at—</p> <p>THE FELLOW PRISONER SUFFERING</p> <p>Hebrews 13:1 3, "Let brotherly love continue.  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body."</p> <p>Back when our brothers and sisters were in prison in Russia for preaching the gospel, I bought a chain and put it by my bed so that I would not go to sleep without being reminded to pray for our brother’s and sister’s in chains.</p> <p>There continues to be persecution of Christians around the world. We should suffer with them. May the Lord help us not to forget the persecuted saints.</p> <p>Matthew Henry said, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/230-fourfold-fellowship/feed/ 0 A FOURFOLD FELLOWSHIP The little book of Philemon is packed with great truths. Philemon was a resident of Colossae. This is a prison epistle. Onesimus was  a runaway slave and had robbed his master in his departure. He wound up in prison with Paul. A FOURFOLD FELLOWSHIP The little book of Philemon is packed with great truths. Philemon was a resident of Colossae. This is a prison epistle. Onesimus was  a runaway slave and had robbed his master in his departure. He wound up in prison with Paul. Paul won Onesimus to the Lord and sent him back to […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 6:26 #229 – The Ministry of John the Baptist – Part 4 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/229-ministry-john-baptist-part-4/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=682 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/229-ministry-john-baptist-part-4/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST - Part 4</p> <p>Matt. 3:13-17 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”</p> <p>We are told by Mark specifically where Jesus came from to be baptized of John. Mark 1:9 says, “And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.” This was probably two or three days journey for Jesus. Why did Jesus come and ask John to baptize Him? It certainly was not because He needed to repent or have sins washed away. He did come to John and ask him for baptism.</p> <p>John’s first response is brought out in the words. “But John forbad, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?” The word “forbad” translates “diakoluo” and means “ to hinder, to prevent.” It is a imperfect active indicative verb. This is a continuous action verb and means that John kept on resisting the idea of baptizing Jesus. It does not imply an argument. John baptized repentant sinners. It was evident to John that Jesus needed no repentance. What a testimony to the purity and holiness of Christ! John refuse to baptize the Pharisees and Sadducees on the grounds of hypocrisy. Here John is resisting on the grounds of our Lord’s holiness and office.</p> <p>Jesus is manifest to Israel at His baptism. From this point on, He will begin His public ministry. It is my belief that John’s baptism was a picture of the death, burial and resurrection and not different from Christian baptism. John was the last of the Old Testament prophets. He did not understand what would happen in the setting aside of the nation of Israel and the birth of the Church. This was a hidden mystery to Old Testament saints. John probably did not understand the truth of the “Suffering Messiah” and therefore, would not have seen the picture in baptism of the death, burial and resurrection. This is MY OPINION. And if you have different beliefs about this, it is YOUR OPINION. It is not wrong to have an opinion. It is wrong to teach our opinions as INFALLIBLE. God does not explain some things and leaves us to trust Him with those things He doesn’t explain.</p> <p>John said, “I have need to be baptized of thee.” The verb “I have” is a present tense. John says, “I continually have, I am in a state of constant need.” John was a holy man. But when Jesus came on the scene, all of a sudden John saw himself. Jesus has a way about doing that to us. Isaiah was in good shape until he saw the “Lord high and lifted up.” Then Isaiah said, “Woe is me! for I am undone . . .” The presence of God will make the holiest man fall on his face and see the need of grace. This is the reason John said, “I have need to be baptized of thee.” Those who walk the closest to the Lord, see themselves as sinners in need of grace. You can go to the bank with this: any arrogant cocky Christian is not even in the vicinity of the Lord. He will have to impress you with his knowledge or something else; it will not be with his walk with the Lord. Now I’m not setting myself up as a judge. What I’m saying is Bible: Isaiah 57:15 says, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”</p> <p>Jesus responds to John’s reluctance with the words, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righte... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/229-ministry-john-baptist-part-4/feed/ 0 THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST – Part 4 Matt. 3:13-17 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST – Part 4 Matt. 3:13-17 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 12:17 #228 – The Ministry of John the Baptist – Part 3 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/228-ministry-john-baptist-part-3/ Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:00:30 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=680 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/228-ministry-john-baptist-part-3/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST - Part 3</p> <p>Matt. 3:11-12 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”</p> <p>Matthew quotes John the Baptist in this passage of Scripture. You will notice that John uses the personal pronoun “I.”</p> <p>John says, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance . . .” John says, “I want to say something further about my ministry.” In the Greek pronouns are attached to the verb. In other words, you do not have to use a personal pronoun separate from the verb unless you want to emphasize it. The “I” here is the translation of “ego” and is a personal pronoun that is placed there for emphasis. John is going to contrast his ministry with that of Jesus. The word “baptize” translates “baptizo” and means “ to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk), to overwhelm.” Sometimes a word is illustrated by its use in the Bible. This is true of the word “baptize.” Paul says in Romans 6:4:  “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”  The word buried” translates “sunthapto” and means, “to bury together with.” He says this burial is by “baptism” which translates “baptisma” and means “immersion.” It is not the purpose of this meditation to straighten anyone out on the subject of baptism. It is simply my desire to aid you in your understanding of what the Bible actually says. What you do with the truth after I help you to understand it, is strictly between you and your Lord. Baptism has never been and is not now a condition to salvation.</p> <p>The word “baptize” is also a verb and is in the present tense. This means, “I indeed keep on baptizing you with water unto repentance.” The words “keep on” is an explanation of the present tense which is a continuous action verb. John is talking about his present practice, i.e., the present tense referring to the time he spoke these words. I baptize you with water, not in vegetable beef soup! Water was used to cleanse the priests and vessels in the Temple. The people to whom John spoke knew what the water represented. So water is the proper element. The word “unto” is the preposition “eis” and means “with reference to.” The word “repentance” is the translation of “metanoia” and means “a change of mind.” Have you ever been wrong about something and someone or something changed your mind?  And when you changed your mind, your change of mind became evident in your talk on that subject and your actions with regard to that subject. God sent John to preach and baptize those who believed the message. as an expression of their identification with him and his message, they were baptized.</p> <p>Next John says, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” The words “but he that cometh after me” means “he who follows after me.” John was a forerunner. He came to “prepare the way” for the Lord. John knew what his job was. He did not allow visions of greatness to deter him. He did not try to “develop his full potential!” He came (was sent; Jn. 1:6) to do a job and did it. That was what success was to John. I thank God for the day I learned that it was not up to me to be great. What ever God wants to make of me is His business. I ceased to listen to the voices a long time ago who tried to tell me what God wanted me to accomplish for Him. Have you ever heard the, “I’m doing it and you can also” routine? Or, “Come and hear me and I’ll tell you how to do it. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/228-ministry-john-baptist-part-3/feed/ 0 THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST – Part 3 Matt. 3:11-12 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST – Part 3 Matt. 3:11-12 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 11:26 #227 – The Ministry of John the Baptist – Part 2 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/227-ministry-john-baptist-part-2/ Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:00:56 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=678 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/227-ministry-john-baptist-part-2/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST - Part 2</p> <p>Matt. 3:3 “For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”</p> <p>John’s ministry was a part of God’s unfolding plan. John was a very humble man. He only claimed to be a voice. We are told how he dressed in verse 4. John would hardly be welcomed in any church today dressed like that. It is kind of amusing how preachers think in terms of presenting themselves on the platform today. They want glass pulpits and the most expensive suits to present themselves. The idea is that one does not need to hide behind a wooden pulpit. You know “We have to sell ourselves” in order to “sell our message.” Someone needs to tell them that the Christian Message is not for sale. We have the glorious privilege of giving the greatest gift that can be imagined “without money and without price” (Isa. 55:1). I really don’t think it will be long before we will see preachers with earrings to appeal to those with earrings (I’m talking about male preachers!). I think it would be a little distracting to dress like John in one of todays pulpits. God gave John his popularity and he was drawing good crowds.</p> <p>Verses 5-6 say, “Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.” The popularity of John’s message and the number of converts was disturbing the leaders of the religious groups. Numbers were being baptized which was done in association with a confession of sin. Baptism was and is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. John came to introduce the One who would take away sin by His own death on the cross. Baptism was a profession of belief in that message. It is still a profession of faith in that message. Baptism didn’t save then or now. But anyone who professes to believe the gospel should be baptized as an outward declaration of faith in that message i.e., the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.</p> <p>John had a Spirit of discernment. This is brought out in verse 7:  “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” He called them a “generation of vipers.” He had not read Dale Carnegie’s book on How To Win Friends and Influence People. He was not standing behind a glass pulpit with a pinkie ring on his finger when he said this. A viper was a snake and this word was used to “address cunning, malignant, and wicked men” (Strong). Now we need to realize that these men were the “respected” leaders of the day. You had the fundamentalists (Pharisees) and the liberals (Sadducees) both represented when John said this. He divided the crowd right there. But it is amazing how common enemies will get together to do away with a common enemy! I do not have the Spirit of discernment. I have had many church members saved over the years and most of the time it was someone of whom I had no suspicions. John knew. And it was not just a natural intuition. God told John on them!</p> <p>These “vipers,” as John called them, came for baptism! I thank the Lord we are told what John said. He told them to “Bring forth fruits meet for repentance.” I think I know some Baptist preachers that would have taken them in! They may have run them off later, but, they would have baptized them for the count! John’s message was one of repentance. The word “repentance” translates “metanoio” and means “a change of mind.” It goes something like this: “I used to believe that if you kept the outward law and the tradition of the elders, that you were right with God. But I see now that that can be a sham. You can be a hypocrite and do all that. I see now that you must have an inward change first. There must be the cleansing of the heart that issues in a change of actions” (The Pharisee would... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/227-ministry-john-baptist-part-2/feed/ 0 THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST – Part 2 Matt. 3:3 “For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST – Part 2 Matt. 3:3 “For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” John’s ministry was a part of God’s unfolding plan. John was a […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 10:18 #226 – The Ministry of John the Baptist – Part 1 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/226-ministry-john-baptist-part-1/ Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:00:35 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=676 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/226-ministry-john-baptist-part-1/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST – Part 1</p> <p>Matt. 3:1 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”</p> <p>John Gill says in his introduction to this chapter: “The Evangelist having given an account of the genealogy and birth of Christ; of the coming of the wise men from the east to him; of his preservation from Herod's bloody design against him, when all the infants at Bethlehem were slain; of the flight of Joseph with Mary and Jesus into Egypt, and of their return from thence, and settlement in Nazareth, where Christ continued till near the time of his baptism, and entrance on his public ministry; proceeds to give a brief relation of John, the harbinger and forerunner of Christ, and the administrator of baptism to him: and he describes him by his name John, in Hebrew ‘Jochanan’, which signifies ‘gracious’, or ‘the grace of the Lord’, or ‘the Lord has given grace’; which agrees with him, both as a good man, on whom the Lord had bestowed much grace, and as a preacher, whose business it was to publish the grace of God in Christ, Luke 16:16. This name was given him by an angel before his conception, and by his parents at his birth, contrary to the mind of their relations and neighbors, Luke 1:13-60,63. He is called by some of the Jewish writers,  John the ‘high priest’; his father Zacharias was a priest of the course of Abia, and he might succeed him therein, and be the head of that course, and for that reason be called a ‘high’ or ‘chief priest’; as we find such were called, who were the principal among the priests, as were those who were chosen into the sanhedrim, or were the heads of these courses; and therefore we read of many chief priests, Matt. 2:4. From his being the first administrator of the ordinance of baptism, he is called John the Baptist; and this was a well known title and character of him. Josephus calls him ‘John’, who is surnamed, ‘the Baptist’; and Ben Gorion having spoken of him, says, this is that John who, ‘made’, instituted, or practiced ‘baptism’; and which, by the way, shows that this was not in use among the Jews before, but that John was the first practiser this way. He is described by his work and office as a preacher, he ‘came’ or ‘was preaching’ the doctrines of repentance and baptism; he published and declared that the kingdom of the Messiah was at hand, that he would quickly be revealed; and exhorted the people to believe on him, which should come after him. The place where he preached is mentioned, in the wilderness of Judea; not that he preached to trees and to the wild beasts of the desert; for the wilderness of Judea was an habitable place, and had in it many cities, towns, and villages, in which we must suppose John came preaching, at least to persons which came out from thence. There were in Joshua's time six cities in this wilderness, namely Betharabah, Middin, and Secacah, and Nibshan, and the city of Salt, and Engedi, Joshua 15:61,62. Mention is made in the Talmud of this wilderness of Judea, as distinct from the land of Israel, when the doctors say, that ‘they do not bring up small cattle in the land of Israel, but they bring them up, ‘in the wilderness which is in Judea.’”</p> <p>John is not only mentioned in the Bible but secular writers and Jewish commentators as well. They knew of John and made reference to him. He was the son of a high priest. He evidently had no intentions of succeeding his father in the priesthood. He took up residence in the wilderness and was thus identified.</p> <p>He was a man sent from God (John 1:6), was named by the Lord before his birth (Luke 1:5-13), and was filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb (Luke 1:15). We are told what he wore and that he ate locust and wild honey (Mark 1:6). All of this means that he was anything but normal. He was a prophet and this is the first time Israel had had a prophet sent by God in over four hundred years. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/226-ministry-john-baptist-part-1/feed/ 0 THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST – Part 1 Matt. 3:1 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” John Gill says in his introduction to this chapter: “The Evan... THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST – Part 1 Matt. 3:1 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” John Gill says in his introduction to this chapter: “The Evangelist having given an account of the genealogy and […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 11:30 #225 – Pauls Prayer and Desire for the Phillippians http://www.themorningmeditation.com/225/ Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:00:35 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=673 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/225/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>PAUL’S PRAYER-DESIRE FOR THE PHILIPPIANS</p> <p>Phil. 1:9-11 “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”</p> <p>We come now to the seventh item in Paul’s prayer list for the Philippians: Verse 11 says, “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Paul is saying two things in the words, “unto the glory and praise of God.” First, he is saying that what is done through Christ is to the glory and praise of God. The second thing he is saying, is that all that we do should be to the glory and praise of God. So we have both an EXPLANATION and an EXHORTATION.</p> <p>The words “unto the glory” translate two words. “Unto” translates “eis” and is a preposition. This word is translated 1773 times in the New Testament. It is translated with 26 different words, and is not translated at all from the Greek text 99 times. It is translated 573 times by “into” and 281 times by “to” and 207 times by “unto” and 140 times by “for” and 138 times by “in,” then drops off drastically in the number of times that it is translated by other words. I think it might be interesting to quote from “Little Kittel” on the meaning of this preposition. He says, “More common in the NT is the use in which an action is performed with a view to some end.” I believe that is the correct use of the word here. “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, Unto (with a view to the end) the glory and praise of God. The glory and praise of God should be the end to which every believer lives his life. This is in contrast to man’s own work for his own selfish purposes.</p> <p>The word “glory” translates “doxa” and means, according to Strong, “an opinion, a judgment, a view.” He says, “in the NT always a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honour, and glory.” The word “glory is not an easy word to define. I am sure you have discovered this if you have searched the definitions. I have come up with my own definition that I will share with you for whatever it is worth. It is “that in anything that solicits our admiration and praise.” Matthew 9:8 says, “But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.” They had just brought a man sick of the palsy, unable to walk, to Jesus and He had healed him instantly. This caused the multitudes to “marvel.” This word translates “thaumazo” which comes over into English in our word “trauma.” They were “traumatized” by this act of our Lord. This word describes the effect this miracle had on them. Then it says, “and they glorified God” because of what Jesus had done. This means they gave God the glory, believing that He was the Author of the miracle, through Jesus as the human instrument (vs. 8). The end result in this case was that God got the credit and praise for what was done.</p> <p>Then in Luke 7:16 the Bible says, “And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.” This was the result of Jesus raising the widows son from the dead. The effect that this miracle had on the people who saw this it is described here.</p> <p>So Paul is saying that the believer’s life is to have an effect on the lives of people who see Him at work in us. We are not to draw attention to ourselves. We cannot help it if people credit us with what is going on in our lives. But we can refuse in our hearts to receive the honor bestowed upon us. Let me illustrate. I often feel the power of His presence when I am teaching and preaching. After the service someone comes by and highly compliments the message and me for its delivery. I thank the person. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/225/feed/ 0 PAUL’S PRAYER-DESIRE FOR THE PHILIPPIANS Phil. 1:9-11 “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day... PAUL’S PRAYER-DESIRE FOR THE PHILIPPIANS Phil. 1:9-11 “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 10:57 #224 – Sin http://www.themorningmeditation.com/224-sin/ Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:00:35 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=670 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/224-sin/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>SIN</p> <p>1 John 3:4 "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."</p> <p>IT’S CHARACTER</p> <p>Sin is sin because God says it is sin. Sin originated with Satan. The description of what happened is found in Ezekiel 28:13 15, "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee."</p> <p>Sin is against God. It is departing from the purpose for which one is created. The above verses tell us that a perfect angel was created of God. God did not create the Devil. He created a perfect angel who by his own choice sinned against God and became Satan.</p> <p>Sin always challenges God’s authority. We see that every where we look. Our text says it is the transgression of the law. The law is the declared will of God. Sin says, “I am not walking by God’s rules.  I am making my own rules.” Sin assumes that it can go its own way and will never have to give an account. But the fact is that every man will stand before God in the Judgement. Every man will be judged by God’s law. The sinner cannot force his  self-righteousness upon God. One will either walk by God’s law or he will be judged by it.</p> <p>Sin is ruthless. Man possessed by his old sin nature and prodded along by Satan can kill, and maim, and rape, and dare God to do anything about it. Sin is bold. Ecclesiastes 11:9, "Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment."</p> <p>IT’S COURSE</p> <p>The course of sin is the course of this world. Ephesians 2:2, "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:</p> <p>1.    Paul is speaking to Christians about their past life before salvation. He said they walked according to the course of this world.</p> <p>2.    The prince of the power of the air has this course planned and prods the unsaved along to eternal judgment.</p> <p>3.    The Satan and his demons are the ones working in the children of disobedience. The children of disobedience are all the unsaved of the world. All of them are controlled by the spirit of the Evil One.</p> <p>The course of sin leads to hell. Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  The death spoken of here is not physical death but the Second Death. Revelation 20:14 15, "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."</p> <p>The Second Death is eternal. Once a man is cast into the lake of fire there will be no way out. The only hope of the sinner is to repent of sin and trust Jesus today. Next:</p> <p>ITS CURSE</p> <p>Sin has a curse. Jesus took our place on the cross and Paul says in Galatians 3:13, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:"</p> <p>Matthew 25:41, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:"</p> <p>The curse of sin is everlasting. Revelation 14:11, "And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have ... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/224-sin/feed/ 0 SIN 1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” IT’S CHARACTER Sin is sin because God says it is sin. Sin originated with Satan. The description of what happened is found in Ezekiel 28:13 1... SIN 1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” IT’S CHARACTER Sin is sin because God says it is sin. Sin originated with Satan. The description of what happened is found in Ezekiel 28:13 15, “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:25 #223 – Prayer and Prayer Requests http://www.themorningmeditation.com/223-prayer-prayer-requests/ Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:00:04 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=668 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/223-prayer-prayer-requests/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>PRAYER AND PRAYER REQUESTS</p> <p>Col.  4:2-4 "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:  That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak."</p> <p>There are several things I want us to look at in these verses about prayer.</p> <p>THE INTENSITY OF PRAYER</p> <p>We see in Paul's exhortation to the Colossians a vital key to answered prayer.  The word “Continue” means, “to adhere to one, be his adherent, to be devoted or constant to one; to be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing.” This verb is a present active imperative.  The present tense represents a continuous action in the present tense.  The active voice is where the subject does the acting.  In this case I believe Paul is referring to the entire body of believers in Colossae.  The imperative mood is a command that expresses urgency.  Putting this verb in the imperative mood will have the effect of urgency on the believers there.</p> <p>John Gill comments: “This is not said particularly to masters, as in the foregoing verse, but to all the members of the church in general; for the apostle having taken notice of some special duties relating to persons in different stations of life, returns to such as were common to them all; as this of prayer to God is, for such prayer is intended; for though the object is not expressed here, he is in the following verse, and the Mediator Christ is supposed, and also the Holy Spirit, whose assistance is necessary to it.”</p> <p>We should pray fervently. James 5:16 says, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."</p> <p>We have an example of this kind of praying in Colossians 4:12, "Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God."</p> <p>THE ALERTNESS IN PRAYER</p> <p>This is brought out in the words, of verse 4, "...and watch in the same with thanksgiving;" The word “watch” means “to give strict attention to.” It is easy for the Christian to see the need for prayer but difficult for him to believe that prayer really changes things.</p> <p>The man who prays fervently will stay at it until the answer comes.  I cannot pass judgment upon those who do not practice in the Christian lives the thing taught by Paul in this verse.  It is not for us to pass Judgement.  Even Christ did not come to pass judgment. John 3:17, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."</p> <p>Our lack of convictions concerning the outcome of prayer is measured by the lack of testimony to answered prayer.  Next,</p> <p>THANKSGIVING IN PRAYER</p> <p>Colossians 4:2, "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;" Is thanksgiving to be offered in gratitude for past answers to prayer, or, is thanksgiving to be offered in faith that what we are praying for is already on the way.</p> <p>One of the things that is absolutely necessary in our relationship to God is thanksgiving. Luke 17:12 18, "And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:  And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.  And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,  And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/223-prayer-prayer-requests/feed/ 0 PRAYER AND PRAYER REQUESTS Col.  4:2-4 “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, PRAYER AND PRAYER REQUESTS Col.  4:2-4 “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:  That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:07 #222 – We Heard of Your Faith http://www.themorningmeditation.com/222-heard-faith/ Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:00:28 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=666 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/222-heard-faith/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>WE HEARD OF YOUR FAITH</p> <p>Colossians 1:1-4 "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,  Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,"</p> <p>IT WAS A SAVING FAITH THAT PAUL HAD HEARD ABOUT</p> <p>The Pulpit Commentary has this to say: “If so be that ye continue in the faith.” To have so much done for us as is implied in our fitness for presentation to God, we must persevere, and persevere in the right way. Our position is to be toward Christ. Within ourselves we have not the elements of strength. We are powerless to form character. We are not only to come into the position of faith, but we are to rest in it. However our outward position may be altered, our inward position is to remain unaltered. Result. “Grounded.”“My soul hath found the steadfast ground.” We try other foundations, only to find them insufficient. When we have gotten past our own doings and the services of the Church down to Christ, then we feel that we have found the immovable Foundation, the steadfast ground for our being. “And steadfast.” A building even by its own weight gets steadied when it is up on a secure foundation. So by faith are we to get steadied upon the Foundation. We are to become like the Foundation. The immovableness that is in Christ is to come up into us.”</p> <p>Their faith in Christ had literally turned them around.  They were new people in the Lord and they were manifesting it in their daily lives.  Saving faith cannot be abandoned.  Someone might say, “I know a person who was at one time a great Christian, but they now deny the Bible, God, and Jesus His Son.  I would have to say that they never got it right to start with.  I have been one who slipped away.  I can tell you the Holy Spirit grieved over me daily.  He finally brought me back and I have been there ever since. It was this kind of saving faith that Paul had heard about.  Next,</p> <p>IT WAS FAITH IN THE RIGHT PLACE</p> <p>Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."</p> <p>It was faith in the One person who could save them.  You may try all the religions of the world but the search will end without satisfaction.  Jesus is not just a good way to be saved, He is the only way to be saved.  The poor Moslem dies in a holy war and has been told that he will have a special place in heaven surrounded with a harem of wives and that will be his lot forever and ever.  What a disappointment when he blows up a bus load of Jews and before the smoke is cleared he is screaming in the lake of fire and discovers that his Moslem friends have deceived him and it is too late to do anything about it.</p> <p>IT WAS A TALKED ABOUT FAITH</p> <p>Colossians 1:4, "Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,"</p> <p>The word “Since” is a time word.  There was a time when Paul heard of their faith in Christ and from that time forward his joy over their salvation had only increased.</p> <p>Jesus expects His children to be vocal about their faith in Him. Matthew 10:32 33, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."</p> <p>The Christian faith can't keep its mouth shut.  What we have in Him is so wonderful the truth of the gospel has to be told.  Peter denied he knew the Lord when he was in a hostile crowd who were determined to crucify Jesus.  But it wasn't any time until he went and wept bitter tears of repentance over his denial.</p> <p>Matthew 10:27, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/222-heard-faith/feed/ 0 WE HEARD OF YOUR FAITH Colossians 1:1-4 “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, WE HEARD OF YOUR FAITH Colossians 1:1-4 “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  We give thanks to God and […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 6:49 #221 – Christ is Personal Revival http://www.themorningmeditation.com/221-christ-personal-revival/ Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:47:31 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=663 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/221-christ-personal-revival/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>CHRIST IS PERSONAL REVIVAL</p> <p>Col. 2:10  “And ye are complete in him, which the head of all principality and power.”</p> <p>This verse has impressed me over the years. I always felt that there were truths in that verse I needed to see and I wasn’t seeing them. The answer to understand the Scriptures is not always in being able to find the definition of words and understanding the grammatical structure of the verse or passage.</p> <p>I guess the thing that motivated me to study along this line was meeting Roy Hession (now at home with the Lord) and reading his book “We would see Jesus.” Roy says “Jesus is Revival.” Since revival has been an important subject of my studies over the years that got my attention.</p> <p>If Jesus is revival, I have revival. I am absolutely sure about that. But a lot of the time I do not feel revived and I am constantly reacting to situations, in my mind at least, in an unChristlike way. So the fact of my experience and the fact stated in this verse seem to contradict.</p> <p>This is the point where I think I have made a mistake. It is easy to say that you are not understanding Colossians 2:10. Because the fact of my experience contradicts my understanding of this verse. And so I go with my experience and put the verse aside and simply say that maybe I will be able to reconcile this someday.</p> <p>So at this point I go on seeking revival in other ways. The very fact that I do this means I have not accepted the truth that I am complete in Christ. If I believed that I was complete in Christ, I would not continue to look other places. And when I have looked other places, I have never found what I was looking for. Sometimes I feel that I am close but never quite there.</p> <p>Prayer is not the answer, a special speaker is not the answer, even study of the Word of God is not the answer. All these are necessary but when they become a formula by which Christ is found, they become a barrier. I know. I have prayed, gone to hear the special speakers and tried to do what they said and studied the Word of God and personal revival always remained a prospect and not a reality. What I gained from these things was good but not an end.</p> <p>When I really believed that I was complete in Christ, I quit looking for the experience and became satisfied with Him. And that is an experience! What a relief! Now I am occupied with Him. I worship Him. I do not insult Him by saying to Him “excuse me while I go somewhere to find more of You.”</p> <p>Does this mean that I do not pray? No. Does this mean that I am not interested in hearing special speakers? No. Does this mean that I have quit studying the Scriptures? No. It means that I am not looking for Him in prayer. We pray together! It means when I hear a special speaker we listen to him together! It means when I study the Scripture, we study it together. I am not trying to find Him in any of these things. I have Him. I am the branch, He the vine. And what I was looking for in personal revival, I have in Him.</p> <p>In His Name</p> <p>Earl White</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com/221-christ-personal-revival/">#221 – Christ is Personal Revival</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com">The Morning Meditation</a>.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/221-christ-personal-revival/feed/ 0 CHRIST IS PERSONAL REVIVAL Col. 2:10  “And ye are complete in him, which the head of all principality and power.” This verse has impressed me over the years. I always felt that there were truths in that verse I needed to see and I wasn’t seeing them. CHRIST IS PERSONAL REVIVAL Col. 2:10  “And ye are complete in him, which the head of all principality and power.” This verse has impressed me over the years. I always felt that there were truths in that verse I needed to see and I wasn’t seeing them. The answer to understand the Scriptures is not […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 4:57 #220 – Epaphras – A Servant of Christ http://www.themorningmeditation.com/220-epaphras-servant-christ/ Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:11:03 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=660 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/220-epaphras-servant-christ/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>EPAPHRAS, A SERVANT OF CHRIST</p> <p>Colossians 4:12-13, "Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.  For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis."</p> <p>This meditation will be to explore the life of Epaphras who is called a servant of Christ.  Paul is the writer, Colossae is the destination, Epaphras is their minister, and Paul is giving a report of Epaphras as the servant of Christ.  Lets take a look at what Paul says about Epaphras.</p> <p>EPAPHRAS IS ONE OF YOU</p> <p>The name of Epaphras means, “lovely, spoken of by Paul (Col. 1:7; 4:12) as "his dear fellow servant," and "a faithful minister of Christ." He was thus evidently with him at Rome when he wrote to the Colossians. He was a distinguished disciple, and probably the founder of the Colossian church. He is also mentioned in the Epistle to Philemon (1:23), where he is called by Paul his "fellow prisoner."</p> <p>Though Epaphras is with Paul, ministering to his needs, he is still the minister of the Church in Colossae.  Distance has not changed or altered the relationship that Epaphras had with the Church at Colossae.  Epaphras is one of you.  Next,</p> <p>EPAPHRAS WAS A FAITHFUL SERVANT OF CHRIST</p> <p>Colossians 1:7, "As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;" The Church at Colossae had already received a report from Epaphras as to the condition of Paul in Rome.  Paul commends him with the words, “our dear fellowservant.” This is a great compliment coming from the Apostle.  He also says, “who is for you a faithful servant of Christ.”</p> <p>Not only is Epaphras a faithful servant of Christ to Paul he is also a faithful servant of the Church at Colossae who brought good words of encouragement to him. Colossians 1:8 says, "Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit." I am always impressed with the pastor who has good things to say about the Church he pastors.</p> <p>EPAPHRAS IS A FAITHFUL MESSENGER</p> <p>Colossians 1:8, "Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit."</p> <p>There is no doubt that Paul was in need of encouragement at this time.  So the Colossians sent their pastor, Epaphras to assure Paul that they love him in the Lord and continue in prayer for him.</p> <p>A minister is faithful when he without compromise gives out the gospel unedited.  There is no place to compromise truth.  God will not bless the wrong interpretations of the Word preached by false teachers.  Next,</p> <p>EPAPHRAS WAS A FAITHFUL SERVANT OF CHRIST</p> <p>Colossians 4:12, "Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God."</p> <p>It would be a great encouragement to the Church at Colossae to know that Epaphras was praying for them with such fervency as to get Paul's attention.  To be a servant of Christ is to be at His disposal at all times.  This is what Paul suggests in this verse.  While Epaphras is a long way from Colossae, he prays for them as if in their midst.  He does this as a servant of Christ.  So prayer for our church, and for others is a ministry of Christ to others, and we are the servants by which He ministers.</p> <p>Every God-called preacher needs to come to grips about whose servant he is going to be, i.e., a denominational servant or the servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10, "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."</p> <p>EPAPHRAS, A FERVENT PRAYER WARRIOR</p> <p>Prayer is a lot easier to talk about than it is to do it.  We get on our knees to pray and rise in about four or five minutes and consider that a ministry of prayer.  A short time in prayer does not compare with the kind of praying... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/220-epaphras-servant-christ/feed/ 0 EPAPHRAS, A SERVANT OF CHRIST Colossians 4:12-13, “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.  For I bear him record, EPAPHRAS, A SERVANT OF CHRIST Colossians 4:12-13, “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.  For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:10 #219 – The Believers Walk Toward Them That Are Without http://www.themorningmeditation.com/219-believers-walk-toward-without/ Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:54:50 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=657 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/219-believers-walk-toward-without/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE BELIEVER'S WALK TOWARD THEM THAT ARE WITHOUT</p> <p>Colossians 4:5 6, "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."</p> <p>We are in the world but not of the world.  The statement I am about to make is not an easy one but it serves as an ideal illustration of the saving power and keeping power of our Lord.</p> <p>After separating from Abraham, Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom.  The city had already gotten the name before Lot moved in.  Lot should have known better.  But when one is backslidden he definitely loses his spiritual discernment.  I am sure that Lot would have given a sensible reason for taking this action.  If it were not for God making it plain I would have a hard time believing Lot was saved.  Let's look at what God says in the New Testament about Lot.</p> <p>2 Peter 2:7 8, "And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds)"</p> <p>1.    The first thing we must deal with in this passage is that Lot is called “just.” When God calls a man just, He is saying he is saved.</p> <p>2.    The second thing stated in this passage is that Lot was vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.  The word “vexed” translates “kataponeo” and means, to tire down with toil, exhaust with labour; to afflict or oppress with evils. Why did Lot stay in the city of Sodom when he was being vexed by the lifestyle (Homosexuality) of the people?  There is only one answer, sin blinds.  Satan trapped Lot and ruined his testimony.</p> <p>3.    The third thing we note is that their sin, revealed by the very name of the city, was a daily affair.</p> <p>4.    This is a sin that is tolerated today.  It is unbelievable that America has tolerated that sin and it has grown to be acceptable.  All homosexual activity is under the judgment of God. Ecclesiastes 8:11, "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." What is to be our lifestyle before the unsaved (those without) of this world?</p> <p>WE ARE TO WALK IN WISDOM</p> <p>Colossians 4:5, "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time."</p> <p>The words,“Walk in wisdom,” is a reference to one exercising the gift of wisdom.  The word wisdom speaks of the proper use of knowledge.  It is doing the right thing in the right way.  One can do a right thing in a wrong way.  This is the lack of wisdom.  Those outside the Church are watching us.  They need to see the effects true Christianity has on a person.</p> <p>The words, “redeeming the time,” means to take every opportunity in reaching the lost.</p> <p>WE ARE TOLD TO WATCH WHAT WE SAY</p> <p>Colossians 4:6 says, "Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”</p> <p>One has to know what grace means before he can explain it.  We must go to the lost with a message of grace not of law.  Law condemns Grace forgives.  Grace is to permeate our speech to reach those who are without.</p> <p>The words, “seasoned with salt,” mean the message of the gospel can be made palpable.  If one jumps right in the middle of an unsaved man with voice raised you will drive more away from Christ that you will bring to Him.</p> <p>When we season our message with salt, we will discover that God is with us and no one can get the results He can.</p> <p>When we evangelize like the Lord says He will enable us to accomplish the task.  Moses gives a good illustration in Exodus 28:3, "And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office."</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/219-believers-walk-toward-without/feed/ 0 THE BELIEVER’S WALK TOWARD THEM THAT ARE WITHOUT Colossians 4:5 6, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. THE BELIEVER’S WALK TOWARD THEM THAT ARE WITHOUT Colossians 4:5 6, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” We are in the world but not of the world.  The statement […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 6:58 #218 – Ask For the Paths http://www.themorningmeditation.com/218-ask/ Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:12:41 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=654 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/218-ask/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS</p> <p>Jer.  6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”</p> <p>The image is  from travelers who have lost their road, stopping and inquiring which is the right way on which they once had been, but from which they have wandered.  This is a picture of Israel.  They had walked in the right way but had wandered off from it.  He is saying, “When you stand in the way, the way where two ways meet, look at the signs and follow the way that leads to the proper destination”.  When this is applied to us the Bible is the way-mark.  It is the only thing that will lead us into the way that pleases God.  Let’s look at what this can mean to us.</p> <p>THE OLD PATHS OF REPENTANCE</p> <p>Man has wandered from the right path and is like the old Indian who had lost his way in the woods.  He was met by a white man who ask, “Are you lost?” The old Indian could not admit he was lost in the woods so he said, “Indian not lost.  Tee Pee lost!”</p> <p>Israel would not ask for the old paths because they were unwilling to admit they were headed down the wrong road.  That is where man is today.  And that is the reason that many are unsaved in the Church.  They got in on an empty profession without repentance.  There is no salvation without repentance.  Jesus made this clear in Luke 13:1 5, "There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."</p> <p>Paul preached this on Mars Hill. Acts 17:30 31, "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."</p> <p>There was a time when you went to Church and the preachers fearlessly preached repentance.  He called men out of sin to the Saviour.  Today many denominations are ordaining homosexuals and lesbians to the ministry.  This is an abomination to God.  When you are saved, you repent of sin, and the Scriptures list these actions as some of the worst sins.</p> <p>THE OLD PATHS OF SALVATION BY GRACE</p> <p>Ephesians 2:8 9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast."</p> <p>There is a perversion of the gospel that is being preached today.  Paul dealt with this in Galatians 1:6 10, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."</p> <p>It is still true that “any other gospel” that is preached perverts the true gospel and will not save.  Salvation is God’s plan; it is God’s work.  Jesus paid the price by Himself; Hebrews 1:3, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/218-ask/feed/ 0 ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS Jer.  6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS Jer.  6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” The image is  from travelers who have […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:28 #217 – 5 Looks for the Beliver http://www.themorningmeditation.com/217-5-looks-beliver/ Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:06:19 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=651 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/217-5-looks-beliver/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>FIVE LOOKS FOR THE BELIEVER</p> <p>Isa. 45:22 "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."</p> <p>I understand that this verse is the one that the Holy Spirit used to arrest Charles Spurgeon.  Spurgeon answered the invitation by going to the Lord in prayer and trusting Him alone for salvation. I will not go into detail concerning Spurgeon’s search for the Lord. But he was driven into a little Methodist chapel by a snow storm. He took a seat and a deacon got up to bring the message. The pastor didn’t even make it to church that night. The deacon used this text to preach from. He pointed at Spurgeon and quoted this scripture as he pointed to Spurgeon. Spurgeon was mortally wounded, and looked to the Lord, and was saved just as the verse promises. So our first point is,</p> <p>THE OUTWARD LOOK OF SALVATION</p> <p>This text is not just for those to whom Isaiah writes. It is for us as well. It is a look to see the invisible. To do this we must realize that the invisible God is where we are. We just can’t see Him. It is a God honoring look of faith. This is necessary in the process of becoming God’s child. Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."</p> <p>God continues to call people to salvation.  Some early Christians began to sow seeds of doubt about the Lord’s return. Peter answered these doubters in 2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." It is amazing how long God has waited for the prodigal to come home. God does truly love the world (John 3:16). The only reason for the seeming delay is that God is not willing that any should perish. Next,</p> <p>THE OUTWARD LOOK OF SERVICE</p> <p>Jesus won a sinful woman as He waited by Jacob’s well. John 4:28 29, "The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,  Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" The men of the city had to come and see for themselves. As the men came out to see Jesus for themselves, Jesus spoke to His disciples in John 4:35, "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest."</p> <p>The major task of the Church is to see the unsaved of this world as a harvest field. Then to take it a step further, we are to see that the harvest is ripe now.</p> <p>The world is desperately in need of Jesus. The hunger is there but man goes about trying to find satisfaction in the things of this world.</p> <p>Our hearts are empty apart from Christ. There is a God sized place in every man, and Jesus is the only One who can fill that place.</p> <p>Our service is to take the gospel to every man. We labor on a field totally corrupted by Satan. The people of this world do not have a clue. We are the only ones who have the solution to man’s need. If we don’t go, God does not have another plan. We need to lift up our eyes and see that the fields are white unto harvest. Next we see,</p> <p>THE UPWARD LOOK OF FAITH</p> <p>God is up. David said in Psalms 5:3, "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." David knew God was up and that he needed to look up to Him for help. David needed a lot of help. He learned that it is futile to look to man for help. So in this verse he tells us to look up.</p> <p>God is glorified when one of His children looks to Him for help. John 14:13, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."</p> <p>When we need the Lord, we must look upward. That is where the Bible teaches us to look. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/217-5-looks-beliver/feed/ 0 FIVE LOOKS FOR THE BELIEVER Isa. 45:22 “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” I understand that this verse is the one that the Holy Spirit used to arrest Charles Spurgeon. FIVE LOOKS FOR THE BELIEVER Isa. 45:22 “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” I understand that this verse is the one that the Holy Spirit used to arrest Charles Spurgeon.  Spurgeon answered the invitation by going to the Lord […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 15:36 #216 – Some Things the Believer Can Keep http://www.themorningmeditation.com/216-things-believer-can-keep/ Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:29:15 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=649 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/216-things-believer-can-keep/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>SOME THINGS THE BELIEVER CAN KEEP</p> <p>John 8:51-52 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.  Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death."</p> <p>WE ARE TO KEEP HIS SAYINGS</p> <p>Jesus said, “If a man keep my sayings . . .” The word “keep” translates “tereo” and means, “to attend carefully to.” The promise to the one who does this is, “he shall never see death.” The verb here is in the aorist tense and refers to a point of time.  He is saying that if a man keep my sayings he will never at a point of time see death.  You will never taste death.  The word taste translates “geuomai” and means, “to taste, to try the flavor of.”</p> <p>2 Timothy 1:14, “That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.”</p> <p>The Holy Spirit dwells within every believer and what he could not keep in his own strength he can keep by the Holy Ghost according to Paul.</p> <p>WE ARE TO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF CHRIST</p> <p>John 14:15, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."</p> <p>The commands of the Lord are given to His disciples.  They are never given to the unsaved as a condition to obtaining salvation.  However, after we are saved we are to keep His commands.  The word “keep” here is an aorist tense verb so it is referring to a point of time.  It is in the imperative mood which is a command expressing urgency.</p> <p>All one has to do to keep the urgency in this command is to look around and see the many who profess to be Christians who live no different than the world around them.</p> <p>WE ARE TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT</p> <p>Ephesians 4:1 3, "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;  Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."</p> <p>There is nothing that will bring more power to a local assembly than to have people who go out of their way to maintain unity. We see this clearly illustrated in the Book of Acts:</p> <p>Acts 1:14 says, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.”</p> <p>Acts 2:1 says, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”</p> <p>Acts 2:46 says, “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,”</p> <p>Acts 4:24 says, “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:”</p> <p>Acts 5:12 says, “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.”</p> <p>There are some things that the believer is to keep as a demonstration of his faith in the living Lord and Saviour.</p> <p>May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.</p> <p>In Christ</p> <p>Bro.  White</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com/216-things-believer-can-keep/">#216 – Some Things the Believer Can Keep</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com">The Morning Meditation</a>.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/216-things-believer-can-keep/feed/ 0 SOME THINGS THE BELIEVER CAN KEEP John 8:51-52 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.  Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, SOME THINGS THE BELIEVER CAN KEEP John 8:51-52 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.  Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 4:44 #215 – Jeremiah Testifies in Hard Times http://www.themorningmeditation.com/215-jeremiah-testifies-hard-times/ Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:18:35 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=646 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/215-jeremiah-testifies-hard-times/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>JEREMIAH TESTIFIES IN HARD TIMES</p> <p>Jer. 16:19 “O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.”</p> <p>John Gill says of this chapter: “In this chapter the ruin and destruction of the Jews is set forth, and confirmed by the prophet's being forbid to be merry, or to go into the house of feasting or mourning, with the reasons thereof; also the sins of the people, the cause of it, are pointed at; and afterwards a promise of their restoration is made; and the chapter is concluded with a prayer of the prophet, pressing his faith in the divine protection, and in the calling of the Gentiles..”</p> <p>Jeremiah was a prophet during the time of the dispersion. He remained in the land and saw the devastation that took place. He knew and prophesied of the restoration of the Jews to the land after 70 years. But it would not be in his day. How does one function in the will of God in a situation that you did not cause and serious problems about which you could do nothing? There were things that Jeremiah suffered that could have easily made him bitter. He was imprisoned because He was a man of God with a message. He was not allowed to take a wife (9:2) so he was robbed of life’s normality because of the sins of the people. Of course you can see where God was actually saving him from serious grief (vs 3) but it remains that Jeremiah was denied a normal life.</p> <p>As we think about this let’s look first at,</p> <p>THE TESTIMONY OF JEREMIAH</p> <p>He says in our text, “O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction.” Jeremiah acknowledges “the day of my affliction” but he testifies in his prayer, “O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge . . .” The word “LORD” is the unpronounced name of God. Most Etymologists claim this name should be pronounced Yahweh but that is also a guess. It is Jehovah and the name means “without limits.” Jeremiah believed the LORD to whom he prayed was without limits. This really makes a difference. Does the God to whom you pray have limits? Is there anything He can’t do. Your faith will be the size of the God to whom you pray.</p> <p>This is what makes liberals and modernist. They have to explain the creation with the hypothesis of evolution because their god is not big enough to speak the creation into existence. They reject the miracles of the Bible because their god is not big enough to do the things the Bible describes as having happened. The reason they have a following among Christians is because they appeal to the natural man with which Christians have problems all the time. Faith is a constant trial. Faith is a discipline.  1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”</p> <p>You may think this verse is just talking about the unsaved man. But the truth of the matter is that all saved people are not “spiritual” (pneumatikos) as 1 Cor. 2:13 says. When a saved person walks “after the flesh” (Rom. 8:5) he reasons with his fleshly mind and that is the same principle on which the world operates. He is a carnal Christian and Paul says, “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” (1 Cor. 3:3).</p> <p>The next thing Jeremiah says is that Jehovah is “my strength.” The word “strength” translates the Hebrew word “oze” and means, “might, strength, material or physical, personal or social or political.” Jehovah is without boundaries, without limits, which means that there is no measure of His strength, wisdom and knowledge, and is Jeremiah’s strength both material and physical. He gives wisdom to deal with the difficult issues of that day and the knowledge ... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/215-jeremiah-testifies-hard-times/feed/ 0 JEREMIAH TESTIFIES IN HARD TIMES Jer. 16:19 “O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, JEREMIAH TESTIFIES IN HARD TIMES Jer. 16:19 “O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.” John Gill says of […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 13:31 #214 – Decide in the Favor of Holiness http://www.themorningmeditation.com/214-decide-favor-holiness/ Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:58:47 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=644 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/214-decide-favor-holiness/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>DECIDE IN THE FAVOR OF HOLINESS</p> <p>2 Cor. 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”</p> <p>Paul says, “Having therefore these promises . . .” The word “Having” means “to have or hold in the hand.” It is a present active participle. The present tense means that we have these promises right now. You know, all the promises of God are not for us. Some promises are limited to the day in which they were given. Some promises were given to Israel and they are not for the church. Paul is saying these promises are ours. What promises is he talking about? He is talking about the promises of chapter 6 verses 17 and 18: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” The words “I will receive you” is a promise of fellowhip, communion and comfort. These words are being written to those who have already been received for salvation. It is a passage teaching Christians to separate themselves from idols. The words “And I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” convey a promise conditioned on obedience to what verse 17 says,  “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing . . .” There is intimacy promised in this verse. There is nothing more fulfilling in the life of a believer than to have that intimate communion with the Lord.</p> <p>The words “dearly beloved” translate “agapetos” and means, “beloved, highly esteemed, very dear.” Paul is very careful as he ministers the Word, that they never lose sight of his love for them. All preachers and teachers of the Word would do well to practice this principle. I’ve wanted to tell some preachers that I have heard, “Hey, we’re not enemies you know! We are supposed to be on the same team.” I think there are those out there that see themselves as an Elijah attacking the prophets of Baal, when they get up to speak to their brothers and sisters in Christ.</p> <p>Then the verse continues, “let us cleanse ourselves.” The words “let us cleanse” translate “katharizo.” It means “to cleanse from stains of dirt.” In a moral sense it means to be free from the defilement sin and faults. It is an aorist active subjunctive verb. The aorist tense means to do this at a point of time. The point of time might cover the event which might cover a period of time where the process of breaking off with sin and obtaining forgiveness is referred to. The aorist tense is speaking of a once-for-all cleansing. It is subjunctive mood. This is the mood of possibility. Paul is appealing to their ability to respond. He tells them the truth. He asks and challenges them to cleanse themselves, but he leaves the decision to them. You cannot make another serve the Lord. You cannot make them break with sin. They have the ultimate say. Paul respected that. If he could decide for them he would. But he can’t. Therefore he puts it in the subjunctive mood. The word “ourselves” indicates that Paul is speaking in general and not finger pointing. He includes himself and all other Christian’s in this pronoun. It is our responsibility to do this. We must decide and take action and make a break with anything that defiles.</p> <p>Next he says, “From all filthiness of the flesh and spirit . . .” The word “filthiness” translates “molusmos” and means “defilement, an action by which anything is defiled.” This definition is applied first of all to the “flesh.” Strong says: “the flesh, denotes mere human nature, the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God.” When we are saved, we still have an old sin nature. There is conflict between the flesh and the Spirit: “For the flesh lusteth against the ... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/214-decide-favor-holiness/feed/ 0 DECIDE IN THE FAVOR OF HOLINESS 2 Cor. 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Paul says, “Having therefore these promises . . DECIDE IN THE FAVOR OF HOLINESS 2 Cor. 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Paul says, “Having therefore these promises . . .” The word “Having” means “to have or hold in the hand.” It […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 11:30 #213 – Sundry Times and Divers Manners http://www.themorningmeditation.com/213-sundry-times-divers-manners/ Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:59:32 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=641 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/213-sundry-times-divers-manners/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>SUNDRY TIMES AND DIVERS MANNERS</p> <p>Hebrews 1:1 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.”</p> <p>The Book of Hebrews starts with God. My Cambridge Bible and my Online Bible has a note at the end of the book that says, “Written to the Hebrews from Italy by Timothy.” The  notes like this were put there by man and are not inspired.</p> <p>Unger in his Bible dictionary states that the “style and vocabulary are not particularly Pauline.” He does not believe Paul wrote it. But he says, Eusebius, Origin, Athanasius, and others held that it was written by Paul.”</p> <p>I have examined the internal evidence and there are good points to be made that Paul is not the author. Because of this for a long time I would say, “The human author said . . .” But my last time through in writing a short commentary on this book, it began to sound so much like Paul that I began to say, “Paul said . . .” What I am sure of is that it is the inspired Word of God. A former reader of The Morning Meditation asked me, “I would be interested to know just why you changed your mind and now believe that Paul wrote Hebrews?” My answer was “I changed because it sounds like Paul.” Now I know that that is not a healthy answer. But the reason I am even commenting on this is that we need to discipline our minds not to dwell on our disagreements with others over trivial things. The human author is not important. The inspiration of Hebrews by the Holy Spirit of God is. No matter how many arguments you make in favor of the person you think wrote Hebrews, you have NO AUTHORITY FOR YOUR ARGUMENT because we are not told in Hebrews who wrote it.</p> <p>Whoever wrote Hebrews (Paul - Ha) started with the word “God.” The word God is mentioned in Hebrews 67 times. That is a lot of times for one small book. Just to mention a few:</p> <p>1.            The angels are called “angels of God in 1:6.<br /> 2.            The Son of God is called God in 1:8. In this verse God calls Jesus God. That should settle belief in the deity of Christ for anyone.<br /> 3.            God is said to have anointed the Son in 1:9.<br /> 4.            God is said to bear witness with miracles, signs, and wonders with the ministry of the early church. In other words, God authenticated the preaching of the Apostles, and others who followed them, by working supernaturally in a demonstrative way to cause the hearers to recognize that the message they preached was from God. We have the BIBLE today.<br /> 5.            Jesus is said to be the Manifestor of God’s grace through His incarnation, death, and resurrection in 2:9.<br /> 6.            God is said to make reconciliation in 2:17.<br /> 7.            God is the builder of all things in 3:4.</p> <p>If you are interested, it would be good to study the 67 times where the name God is found in this book.</p> <p>Then he says, “who at sundry times.” This whole phrase is the translation of one compound word “polumeros,” the first of which means, “much, large,” and the other meaning, “one of the constituent parts of a whole.” It means that God spoke “a lot in many “fragments.” God’s revelation was not complete until He spoke in Jesus Christ His Son. This verse deals with an accumulation of the different ways and places God revealed Himself to man in the Old Testament.</p> <p>The words “divers manners” means that God did not have a set pattern. He may appear in a dream. Then again, He may appear to be a man as in Abraham’s case. It is called a Theophany. All these revelations where God spoke to man were revelations of His will and Person to man as God wanted at that particular time. One might think that these revelations of God were too limited for man to really know God. It was enough for Abraham to offer his Son Isaac believing that the God he served would raise him from the dead if the sacrifice was made. It was enough to solicit faith so that Abraham “believed in the LORD; and he counted it to h... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/213-sundry-times-divers-manners/feed/ 0 SUNDRY TIMES AND DIVERS MANNERS Hebrews 1:1 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.” The Book of Hebrews starts with God. My Cambridge Bible and my Online Bible has a note at the end of the b... SUNDRY TIMES AND DIVERS MANNERS Hebrews 1:1 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.” The Book of Hebrews starts with God. My Cambridge Bible and my Online Bible has a note at the end of the book that says, “Written to the Hebrews […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 9:24 #212 – The Believers Present Privileges http://www.themorningmeditation.com/212-believers-present-privileges/ Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:03:10 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=639 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/212-believers-present-privileges/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE BELIEVER’S PRESENT PRIVILEGES</p> <p>John 14:1 "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."</p> <p>This meditation will cover several verses in John 14, but rather than print all of them as the text, I have printed the first verse and will print the others as we go. These words of our Lord were spoken at His last Passover and contains a revelation of the precious privileges conferred on His believing people. Let’s look first of all at—</p> <p>A CURE FOR HEART TROUBLE</p> <p>Jesus is about to leave them by way of the cross and He anticipates a time of “heart trouble” with reference to His departure.  I can’t imagine the grief and loneliness that the disciples experienced when Jesus died. He had taught them that He would die and be raised again for their salvation. He had taught them that it had to happen. But at the time of His teaching, they were not able to comprehend what He was saying.</p> <p>So Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” In other words, they had control over how they felt in their hearts. Jesus is teaching that faith in Him was the answer to a troubled heart. They believed in God. They were firm in that faith. So He says, “believe also in me.” To believe in Him was the same as believing in God. There is no way to reject Him without rejecting the Father. To say you believe in God but you don’t believe in Him is a Satanic lie. Faith in what Jesus says is a cure for heart trouble. Next let’s look at—</p> <p>THE BLESSED HOPE</p> <p>He tells them in John 14:3, "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."</p> <p>He would be leaving them only for the period between His death and coming again. These men who had been with Him during His entire ministry had grown so attached to Him that they could not bear the thought of his  not being with them. So He gave them a promise that would become their blessed hope.</p> <p>Titus 2:11 13, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;" “Hope” in this passage is not a weak word. It is, “The joyful anticipation of a reality.” To wait on the Lord’s coming is one of the imminent activities of the saints.  Next let’s look at—</p> <p>THE VISION OF THE FATHER</p> <p>John 14:6 9, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.  Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?"</p> <p>Jesus is telling Philip that He is the visible image of the invisible God. Hebrews 1:3, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;" An express image of someone is the materialization of the a person or thing so that when you see the image you see who the image represents. Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God. Next let’s look at—</p> <p>THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY</p> <p>John 14:13 14, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."</p> <p>Here is one of the great promises of our Lord to answer prayer. He opens it up when He says, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do. . .”   You really don’t have to say, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/212-believers-present-privileges/feed/ 0 THE BELIEVER’S PRESENT PRIVILEGES John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” This meditation will cover several verses in John 14, but rather than print all of them as the text, THE BELIEVER’S PRESENT PRIVILEGES John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” This meditation will cover several verses in John 14, but rather than print all of them as the text, I have printed the first verse and will print the others as we go. These words […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:22 #211- Self-Exaltation Forbidden http://www.themorningmeditation.com/211-self-exaltation-forbidden/ Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:01:09 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=637 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/211-self-exaltation-forbidden/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>SELF-EXALTATION FORBIDDEN</p> <p>Luke 14:11 “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”</p> <p>Someone has said that God created man to be a king, i.e., the ruler of the earth and the ruler of his home. That was ok when man was not a sinner. Can you imagine having a President that is not a sinner? Can you imagine having a husband that is not a sinner? Well, we do have to deal with the imagination when we ask those questions. Adam sinned, and when he did, the possibility of perfection in leadership ended, so far as one of his sons is concerned. Since man fell, he has been climbing. He wants to be on the top of the ladder. He wants to be the head of his family and the ruler of his nation. But the element of sin has entered that perverts every action he takes.</p> <p>Jesus has a teaching on this subject. There is a right position for us to take. Our text says, “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” This is the punch line of the Parable just given by Jesus. He said, “When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee” (Lk. 14:8-10).</p> <p>Jesus said, “When thou art bidden of any man . . .” The words “any man” mean that it is a basic teaching referring to any situation. The man may be your closest friend. Do not assume, as a Christian, upon your friend. Do not be disappointed if he chooses another to take the most prominent seat. Jesus is giving this as a teaching to govern the constant attitude of His followers.</p> <p>The “wedding” is used in the Parable to illustrate the normal selectivity of people being seated in the order of their importance to the host. He is also dealing with the natural desire to be important. He says, “sit not down in the highest room.” The verb “sit not down” translates “protoklisia” used with the negative. It speaks of “the relative rank of the several places at a table varied among the Persians, Greeks, and Romans.” It was completely understood by those to whom Jesus was speaking else the purpose of the Parable would be lost, i.e., to illustrate a spiritual truth by the use of a physical and natural practice. Then He adds “lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him.” The word “honorable” translates “entimos” and means “to be held in honor, to be prized or highly esteemed.” It does not mean that the persons chosen to be honored are more honorable, it means that they are seen by the host to be so. Now when Jesus is the Host, you can be sure that He is absolutely correct in the ones He chooses. But this Parable is teaching us an attitude that we are to have before men as well as before God. It is an attitude that will save us from embarrassment.</p> <p>This goes against the grain of our sinful human nature. We have an estimate of our worth. It is impossible for the natural man to live without it. But it is possible to subdue and keep this attitude of self importance from controlling our actions through the Spirit filled life. Paul sets this forth in Romans 8:13: “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” It is by the Spirit’s power within the believer that he can mortify (put to death) the deeds (in this case the desire of self importance) of the body . . .” Self importance became a deed that caused the man in the Parable to take the “highest room.” The Lord doesn’t create the bird to fly without giving it wings. Neither does He teach us to take the lowest place without giving us ... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/211-self-exaltation-forbidden/feed/ 0 SELF-EXALTATION FORBIDDEN Luke 14:11 “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Someone has said that God created man to be a king, i.e., the ruler of the earth and the ruler of his home. SELF-EXALTATION FORBIDDEN Luke 14:11 “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Someone has said that God created man to be a king, i.e., the ruler of the earth and the ruler of his home. That was ok when man was not a sinner. Can you imagine having […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 10:35 #210 – Gods Final Word http://www.themorningmeditation.com/210-gods-final-word/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:52:38 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=635 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/210-gods-final-word/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>GOD’S FINAL WORD</p> <p>Heb. 1:2  “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”</p> <p>We are living in the Church age. Paul says in  Ephesians 3:2: “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you ward.” The Church age is where the grace of God through the preaching of the cross is going out to the whole world. Israel no longer has a monopoly on the truth. The Lord Jesus began the church during His personal ministry, and in the Church there are no partitions (see Eph. 2:11-18). If there are, they are man-made.</p> <p>Up until the Church age, God had spoken “sundry times and in divers manners” to the fathers. But we will discover in our text,</p> <p>THE FINALITY OF HIS MESSAGE</p> <p>The words "Hath spoken" is an aorist active indicative verb.  "The aorist tense used both of God speaking by the prophets and his speaking by Christ indicates that God has finished speaking in both cases" (Hughes)   Linguistic Key. The aorist tense speaks of a point of time. This aorist tense verb gathers into it the incarnation, perfect life, substitutionary death, and resurrection of Jesus. God has spoken in a point of time divorced from time and perpetuated forever. What He said stands forever. He left nothing to be added to what He said. We have what He said by the prophets and apostles in the written Word of God. Don’t look for something else. Get your Bible. You have God’s complete and final revelation in it. He will say no more. But I might add, it is enough! Next let’s us notice,</p> <p>THE TIME OF THE MESSAGE</p> <p>He says, “in these last days.”   "In these last days" indicates the Church age. Peter quoted Joel in Acts 2:16 and applied it to what had happened on the day of Pentecost: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:" We have been living in the last days since Pentecost.</p> <p>If this is true, that we have been in the last days since Pentecost, and it is, why is it that the last days have lasted so long? We have God’s Word on this:  2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” There you have the answer. The mercy of God and His desire to see all come to repentance is the one and only thing that prevents His immediate return to this earth for His bride.</p> <p>If the last days began at Pentecost, we must be VERY CLOSE TO THE RAPTURE OF THE SAINTS. Those who walk by faith in Christ will one of these days in the very near future disappear just as Enoch did before the flood in Noah’s day. And as they looked for him and did not find him (Heb. 11:5), so they will look for us but they will not find us. We will be gone to be “ever with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17). People may scoff at this truth but when they do, they become a part of the sign of our Lord’s soon return:  2 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts. And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” Notice two things in these verses that are in evidence everywhere today:</p> <p>1.            Their conduct. The philosophy of the world in which we live is IF IT FEELS GOOD DO IT. The word “lusts” comes from a word that means “craving, a compelling desire.” This word is used to define base sexual desires. This is just one of its uses, but it is a primary word used of those who have lost all morality, and have given themselves over to ungodly sexual desires. People who give themselves to sexual lusts do not want to see Jesus come. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/210-gods-final-word/feed/ 0 GOD’S FINAL WORD Heb. 1:2  “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” We are living in the Church age. Paul says in  Ephesians 3:2: “If ye have heard of the dispensat... GOD’S FINAL WORD Heb. 1:2  “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” We are living in the Church age. Paul says in  Ephesians 3:2: “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 13:49 #209 – Things that the Death of Jesus Accomplished http://www.themorningmeditation.com/209-things-death-jesus-accomplished/ Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:11:31 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=633 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/209-things-death-jesus-accomplished/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THINGS THAT THE DEATH OF JESUS ACCOMPLISHED</p> <p>Colossians 2:14 17 "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."</p> <p>THE DEATH OF JESUS TOOK THE LAW OUT OF THE WAY</p> <p>The law was a giant wall that stood between the sinner and God.  It was impassible.  It was indestructible.  Our text reveals what the death of Christ did to the law, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.”</p> <p>The words “Blotting out” translates “to obliterate, erase, wipe out, blot out.” This word is aorist tense and active voice.  The aorist tense means that this “blotting out” of the law took place at a point of time in the past.  This takes us back to the cross just as the verse says.  The active voice is where the subject does the acting.  The subject is Christ, and it means that He, “obliterated, erased, wiped out and blotted out the law for it stood in the way of anyone being saved.  Let's notice what the Scriptures say:</p> <p>1.    Paul explains this in Romans 3:19 20, "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."</p> <p>2.    He also taught this in the Galatian Epistle: Galatians 2:16, "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."</p> <p>You would think that those who are trying to get to heaven by keeping he law would read their Bibles.  Salvation comes through faith in the One (Jesus) who did keep the law.  Then as the spotless Lamb of God paid the sin-debt He arose the third day with the keys of death and hell hanging on His side. Revelation 1:18, "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." The law was a barrier to heaven for all those who tried to keep it and failed—and all did fail.</p> <p>THE CROSS NEUTRALIZED THE POWER OF SATAN TO KEEP MEN FROM SALIVATION</p> <p>Colossians 2:15, "And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it."</p> <p>The words “having spoiled” translate “apekduomai” and means, “wholly put off from one’s self denoting separation from what is put off.” The aorist tense emphasizes the point of time where this took place, i.e., the cross.</p> <p>Now that the law is out of the way we are free to come to Christ by faith and Satan does not have the power to prevent this.  Jesus prevailed over Satan on the Cross and took the law out of the way nailing it to His cross.  Satan has no power to keep man in sin's bondage.  The moment we come to the Cross, repenting of sin, Jesus takes us as His own and protects us from further danger. Colossians 3:1 4, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." We are talking about the things the death of Christ accomplished for us:</p> <p>IT LIBERATED MAN TO A PERSONAL CHOICE</p> <p>John 12:32, "And I, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/209-things-death-jesus-accomplished/feed/ 0 THINGS THAT THE DEATH OF JESUS ACCOMPLISHED Colossians 2:14 17 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  And having spoiled principalities and powers... THINGS THAT THE DEATH OF JESUS ACCOMPLISHED Colossians 2:14 17 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:40 #208 – The Believers Threefold Realtionship http://www.themorningmeditation.com/208-believers-threefold-realtionship/ Sun, 24 Aug 2014 04:12:33 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=631 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/208-believers-threefold-realtionship/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE BELIEVER’S THREEFOLD RELATIONSHIP</p> <p>John 15:1 5 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."</p> <p>This meditation will span most of this chapter. I will insert the verses as we come to them that have to do with the point I am making. This chapter is also a continuation of our Lord’s last words to His bewildered disciples, and reveals—</p> <p>OUR RELATION TO CHRIST</p> <p>Our union with Him implies—</p> <p>1.    Oneness of life. John 15:5, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." If we are branches and He is the vine, then we are one. The branch is an extension of the vine. It is the sap in the vine that works in the branch. This is a picture of the Holy Spirit coming to us through the Vine and working in us to bear fruit.</p> <p>2.    Entire dependence. John 15:6, "If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." Fruitlessness in the Christian life is evidence of a broken relationship. Grapes will not grow on a sapless branch. Paul knew the power of this inworking Spirit.    Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."</p> <p>3.    Co-operation. John 15:8, "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples."  This is done in co-operation with the Vine and Branches. They work together to bear fruit. Without Christ the believer CAN DO nothing. Without the branch the Vine WILL DO nothing.</p> <p>Next we see—</p> <p>OUR RELATIONSHIP TO ONE ANOTHER</p> <p>1.    All One in Christ. The branches are all in the one vine. John 15:16, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." Every single believer is a member of His Body, and, as such, members one of another.</p> <p>2.    One in love. John 15:12, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." This is an identifying mark of a true Christian.  John 13:34 35, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."</p> <p>3.    One in work. We have but one Master, and one purpose in life: that is, to bring forth fruit that shall remain (vs 16).</p> <p>Next let’s look at—</p> <p>OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WORLD</p> <p>1.    Separation. John 15:19, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." Jesus says, “If ye were of the world,” and this means that He no longer views us as being of the world. The “of” is a preposition declaring the source. The second “of” is declaring source. When we were born again became a citizen of heaven. We are now “of” a different origin. We are from above.</p> <p>2.    Opposition. John 15:19, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." We are hated because we have been chosen by the Lord and have changed our origin. We are now different. We are foreigners. The world is uncomfortable around us. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/208-believers-threefold-realtionship/feed/ 0 THE BELIEVER’S THREEFOLD RELATIONSHIP John 15:1 5 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. THE BELIEVER’S THREEFOLD RELATIONSHIP John 15:1 5 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:20 #207 – Joseph and The Obedience of Faith http://www.themorningmeditation.com/207-joseph-obedience-faith/ Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:18:35 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=629 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/207-joseph-obedience-faith/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>JOSEPH AND THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH</p> <p>Matt. 1:18-25 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”</p> <p>This chapter sets before us one of the greatest events in human history. It is completely unreasonable to the reasonable mind. But, about all of God’s dealings give man’s reason a problem. God makes a statement, doesn’t explain and expects us to believe it. This is the way God created us to live. He wants unquestioned faith in His revelation. “ . . . Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23). What happens in this chapter is for believers. Skeptics are dismissed.  You do not have to read further.</p> <p>First, Joseph selects a wife. How this came about we do not know.  The account and manner of betrothing is given by Maimonides in the following words: “Before the giving of the law, if a man met a woman in the street, if he would, he might take her, and bring her into his house and marry her between him and herself, and she became his wife; but when the law was given, the Israelites were commanded, that if a man would take a woman he should obtain her before witnesses, and after that she should be his wife, according to Deut. 22:13 and these takings are an affirmative command of the law, and are called !yswrya wa !yswdyq “espousals” or “betrothings” in every place; and a woman who is obtained in such a way is called tsrwam wa tsdwqm “espoused” or “betrothed”; and when a woman is obtained, and becomes tsdwqm “espoused”, although she is not yet ‘married, nor has entered into her husband's house’, yet she is a man's wife.''</p> <p>There is no doubt that Joseph acted in accordance with the custom of the time and in obedience to the Law of Moses. There was a period of time between the espousal and the consummation of the marriage which included a ceremony. There was no physical contact between an espoused wife until after the formal ceremony. I believe that Joseph, who believed he had found the most virtuous young girl that he had ever met, was ready to give himself in marriage for a lifetime. Joseph selected a wife.</p> <p>The next thing is that Mary was “found with child of the Holy Ghost.” There are two things about this that I want you to notice. First, the words “before they came together” are set before us in the same sentence where we are told of the espousal. All of this is woven together as one garment. Second, the words “of the Holy Ghost” are in the same sentence. The information is coming to us so fast that our minds can hardly bear it. Mary was espoused to Joseph, it was before there was any physical relationship, Mary was found with child, and the Holy Spirit is the Father. Quite a revelation! I feel sorry for an unsaved doctor at this point. We had a doctor in our church who did his internship at LSU Shreveport. He said, “Bro. White we have had several virgin births at LSU Medical Center!” He was smiling when he said it. He said that several of the girls who came there pregnan... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/207-joseph-obedience-faith/feed/ 0 JOSEPH AND THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH Matt. 1:18-25 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, JOSEPH AND THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH Matt. 1:18-25 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 11:33 #206 – Depression – How David Prayed! http://www.themorningmeditation.com/206-depression-david-prayed/ Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:34:20 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=627 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/206-depression-david-prayed/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>HOW TO PRAY WHEN YOU ARE DEPRESSED</p> <p>Psalm 143:4-12  “Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.  I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah. Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble. And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.”</p> <p>David is a man after God’s own heart. He was a man of praise. He wrote most of the Psalms. He is the “sweet singer of Israel.” He played instruments, he wrote songs, and he sung. God gives His people a song. A lot of us cannot express it with a wonderful voice, but it can be as meaningful to those who are not talented as those who are. It is good to sing for the benefit of another, it is better to sing unto the Lord. He is the best audience. And the best singer “can’t hold him a tune!” When our praises are to Him it ceases to be a performance in which one expects compliments.</p> <p>David is singing in this Psalm. But it is not a song of victory. He is singing the blues, a song the tune to which a lot of song critics would not appreciate. But it makes no difference to God whether they like it or not. God does not ask the experts for advise when it comes to His music. (And some expose their ignorance by saying they know exactly what God likes in the way of music) Let’s notice first of all,</p> <p>DAVID’S CONFESSION OF DEPRESSION</p> <p>He says in verse 4, “Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.” The way to start to get right is to admit that you are not there. Then the Lord cleanses you of not being there.</p> <p>The words “my spirit is overwhelmed within me” are a confession of depression. The word “overwhelmed” translates “ataph” and means, “to be feeble, be faint, grow weak.” Gills comment on this is, “Covered over with grief, borne down with sorrow, ready to sink and fail.” David  confesses that his spirit is in this condition.  Have you ever heard the comment, “He has such a great spirit about him?” Well, David confesses that his spirit is very low.</p> <p>Then he says, “my heart within me is desolate.” The word “desolate” translates “shamem” and means, “to cause oneself desolation, cause oneself ruin.” David complains about his enemy. Gill says that the reference here is to either Saul or Absalom. He confesses that he is not handling what his enemy is doing to him very well.</p> <p>When I read the Psalms in a situation like this, I replace Saul or Absalom with Satan and the demons under his control. We are in spiritual warfare. This approach for me helps to make a good application of the Psalms. Satan is allowed to fight against the saints. God has given all we need to overcome him. But there are times that we do not handle the circumstances of life very well. Our spirit is overwhelmed within us and our hearts are caused to be desolate because of the way we are reacting to the problem. The best way to handle depression, and this does describe depression, is to confess it is there and that we are not handling it very well. The next thing we read is,</p> <p>DAVID STRETCHES OUT HIS HANDS TO GOD</p> <p>Verse 6 says, “I stretch forth my hands unto thee.” The words “I stretch forth” translates “paras” and means, “to spread out, to scatter.” The word scatter may mean that David is saying that he is not just holding out his... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/206-depression-david-prayed/feed/ 0 HOW TO PRAY WHEN YOU ARE DEPRESSED Psalm 143:4-12  “Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.  I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. HOW TO PRAY WHEN YOU ARE DEPRESSED Psalm 143:4-12  “Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.  I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 15:10 #205 – The Exegesis of God – Part 2 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/205-exegesis-god-part-2/ Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:17:34 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=624 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/205-exegesis-god-part-2/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE EXEGESIS OF GOD - Part 2</p> <p>Heb. 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. ”</p> <p>Todays meditation will be part 2 of verse 3. We saw yesterday that Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God. All that can be seen of God by the natural eye can be seen of Him in Christ. Jesus is the “express” or exact image of Him. Today we continue with this verse and will see that He did not just come to manifest God as Creator and Upholder of all creation but also Redeemer. There are three questions that the remainder of this verse will answer for us:</p> <p>WHAT HE DID BY HIMSELF?</p> <p>Our text says, “When he had by himself purged our sins.”  The words “when he had purged” translate “poieo” and means, “to make, to be the author of, to provide a thing for one's self.” and “katharismos” and means, “a cleansing, purification, a ritual purgation or washing.” This word is used to describe, “ a cleansing from the guilt of sins wrought by the expiatory sacrifice of Christ.”  This book is a book about Christ as our great High Priest. This is the first mention of what the High Priest does. He is a mediator. He is One who represents another. He stands is the place of the other and obtains forgiveness and cleansing from sin on the basis of sacrifice. The words “by Himself” means that He received no help from another. He is alone in His redemption of mankind through His substitutionary sacrifice.</p> <p>In the Old Testament the high priest offered the blood of bulls and goats (Heb. 9:13; 10:4) which did not take away sin. These sacrifices were never meant to take away sin. The sacrifices were object lessons teaching that the forgiveness of sins is based on the death of the innocent in the place of the guilty. Jesus came to fulfill the picture made in these sacrifices. The verb here is an aorist middle participle. The aorist tense represents a point of time. The coming of Christ from birth until He took His own blood into the holiest in heaven and offered it there is represented by this point in time. It happened once for all and stands as a finished action eternally. It is a point of time divorced from time and perpetuated forever. The middle voice means that the subject (Jesus) acts and participates in the result of the action, i. e., He did it Himself and gained the forgiveness of Sins for everyone who would believe on Him. Jesus is Creator, He is the eternal Son existing in eternity past. He created the angels. They are faithful messengers and will carry out His order immediately on command. But this was not something He could delegate to another. He did this Himself. He became God in human flesh. He offered Himself as the spotless Lamb. He is not only the High Priest, He is also the Sacrifice. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.</p> <p>This means that He did not start something when He came that we would have to finish later. He finished it here before He went back to heaven. Whatever the saint has to do to serve and please Him after salvation to maintain fellowship, it is not added to what Jesus did at the cross to complete it. What Jesus did on the cross, He completed, did it by Himself, and when He went back to heaven it was accepted as all that was required to make the guilty sinner right with God.</p> <p>It goes like this. God created man and he sinned against Him. God was not satisfied to let His fallen creature remain eternally in that condition. Man’s fall rendered it impossible for him to meet God’s standards. God cannot in the nature of His being lower His standards and become less than He is to restore fellowship. So God became man (but not less than God) in order to be what was necessary (perfect) for man to fellowship with Himself. Jesus as a man was perfect. But there is more to it than that. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/205-exegesis-god-part-2/feed/ 0 THE EXEGESIS OF GOD – Part 2 Heb. 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on h... THE EXEGESIS OF GOD – Part 2 Heb. 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. ” Todays meditation […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 15:39 #204 – The Exegesis of God – Part 1 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/204-exegesis-god-part-1/ Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:13:03 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=622 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/204-exegesis-god-part-1/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE EXEGESIS OF GOD</p> <p>Heb. 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power . . .”</p> <p>The word “exegesis” is a Greek word transliterated into the English language. It is found in John 1:18: “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” The words “hath declared” translate “exegeomai” and means, “to lead out, to draw out in narrative, unfold a teaching.” It means in our language according to the dictionary, "a critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.” Preachers who go to seminary have classes they take called Exegesis. This class teaches one how to analyze a verse of Scripture by taking it apart word by word examining all parts and bringing the meaning out where it can be understood by rational beings. Jesus is the Exegesis of God according to John 1:18. Out text in Hebrews is a further description of John’s statement.</p> <p>We are going to look at verse 3 in two parts. In this part of the verse we will see who the Son by whom God has spoken in finality reflects in the brightness of His glory, and who He is the express image of, and one of the things He is doing right now. Let’s look first at,</p> <p>THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY</p> <p>Our text says, “Who being the brightness of his glory.” The word “being” is a present participle of the “to be” verb “eimi” meaning “I am.” The Son is Jehovah of the burning bush (Exodus 3:13-14). Again, it is present tense which means continuous action in the present. It is not, “He was the brightness of his glory,” it is, “He IS right now in the present tense.” He continues to be the “brightness of his glory.” If you want to see the glory of God, you must behold the Lamb. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:6: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”</p> <p>Exodus 33:18 says, “And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.” Then is verse 22 of that chapter God answers Moses: “And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:”</p> <p>We have the results of Moses vision of God recorded in Exo. 34:29-35: “And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai. And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the veil off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded. And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the Veil upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.”</p> <p>What Moses saw is what Jesus is. The word “brightness” translates “apaugasma “ and means, “reflected brightness.” It is used “of Christ in that he perfectly reflects the majesty of God.” It means according to Vine, “effulgence, a shining forth, of a light coming from a luminous body.” Vincent says it means, “out raying.” The Son is the “effulgence, the shining forth” of the Shekinah seen in the Tabernacle and Temple. The word “glory” translates “doxa” and means, “splendor.” This word is used in John 1:14 where John says, “and we beheld his glory, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/204-exegesis-god-part-1/feed/ 0 THE EXEGESIS OF GOD Heb. 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power . . .” The word “exegesis” is a Greek word transliterated into the English language. THE EXEGESIS OF GOD Heb. 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power . . .” The word “exegesis” is a Greek word transliterated into the English language. It is found in John 1:18: “No man hath seen […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 14:58 #203 – The Fulness of Supply http://www.themorningmeditation.com/203-the-fulness-of-supply/ Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:17:53 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=620 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/203-the-fulness-of-supply/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE FULNESS OF SUPPLY</p> <p>Luke 5:3 8 "And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.  Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.  And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.  And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.  When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord."</p> <p>These men had already been saved and baptized by John the Baptist. There were now called out to occupy the office of Apostleship in the Church. These men would receive a course in personal discipleship and would come through it to lead the church in the world-wide commission (Matt. 28:16-20). The Lord’s people, through the church still maintain that commission, and will until the end of this age.</p> <p>Let’s notice first,</p> <p>THE FULNESS OF BLESSING</p> <p>The Lord’s people are a blessed people. It is so easy to slip into a rut so that you don’t even have time to take hold of the searing wheel. It will just follow the rut. When God gives us daily supply, we begin to think that the explanation for these things are self earned and the explanation of them are from another source. God no longer gets credit for what He is doing.</p> <p>Paul states this in Romans 15:29, "And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ."</p> <p>The words “I am sure” translates “ oida” and it means, “to perceive with the eyes.” Paul envisioned the trip to Rome and meeting with them. It is a perfect active indicative verb. The perfect tense represents action completed in the past, and what that action completed, remains true in the present. Paul knew what the gospel would do. It had happened over and over again. So he comes to Rome with the full assurance of the manifest blessing of the gospel. Paul reminds them in 1 Corinthians 2:1 5, "And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."</p> <p>Paul did not put on a show for them. He did not use the high Greek in speaking to them. He wanted their faith to stand in the power of God. To do this one must do it God’s way. God is not going to bless “man’s way.” So we see the fulness of blessing to enrich us.</p> <p>This world is full of people who don’t want God’s blessing and they don’t want you talking to them about it. Have you ever seen a person like this? Have you ever been a person like this? Next let’s look at,</p> <p>THE FULNESS OF GRACE TO BLESS US</p> <p>There is no way to measure God’s grace or His willingness to bestow His blessings on His believing children.</p> <p>John 1:16 17, "And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."</p> <p>What does grace mean in these verses? It means that Jesus made a way of us. First He made a way for our salvation. Romans 3:10 12 says, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/203-the-fulness-of-supply/feed/ 0 THE FULNESS OF SUPPLY Luke 5:3 8 “And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.  Now when he had left speaking, THE FULNESS OF SUPPLY Luke 5:3 8 “And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.  Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 15:03 #202 – The Risen Life In Christ http://www.themorningmeditation.com/202-risen-life-christ/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:02:03 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=618 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/202-risen-life-christ/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE RISEN LIFE IN CHRIST</p> <p>Colossians 3:1 4  "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."</p> <p>FIRST LET'S LOOK AT THE SEEKING OF THE RISEN LIFE</p> <p>Note the “if” factor in the beginning statement of this verse.</p> <p>1.    Paul says, “If ye then be risen with Christ.”  If ye then be risen” translates, “sunegeiro,” and means, to raise together, to cause to raise together.” This verb is an aorist passive indicative.  The aorist tense goes back to the point of time when they were raised with Christ.  It is a once-for-all act when one is saved.  Then there is the passive voice.  This act was not only at a point of time, i.e., when you were saved but the passive voice is where the action refers to where the action  takes place on the believer.  The believer is the recipient of God's saving grace.  The believer doesn't do a thing but believe.  The saint of God can't do what has already been done.</p> <p>2.    The “if” introduces a first class condition, e.i., This construction assumes it to be true.  This construction is often translated, “Since ye be risen with Christ.  This means Paul is addressing saved people.</p> <p>3.    “If ye then be risen with Christ seek those things which are above,” The believer has an eternally, all powerful, connection with Christ as He ministers to us as He sits at the right hand of God.</p> <p>4.    Now that Paul has assured the Christians of their position in Christ, he exhorts them to act by faith as sons of God, and obtain the things there that can be received by faith.  We do not operate by the power of this present world.  Ephesians 1:3 establishes the fact that there are things in heaven waiting to be received by the believer.  He says,  "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"</p> <p>5.    Those Spiritual blessing have been given us to supply the needs in our lives as we walk with Him.  Next,</p> <p>THE AFFECTION ON THINGS ABOVE<br /> Paul continues to instruct when he says, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”</p> <p>1.    The words “Set your affection on things above” translate “phroneo” and means, “To have, to have understanding, be wise.” The meaning is an exhortation to keep looking heaven-ward.  There is where our affections are to be concentrated.</p> <p>2.    In contrast to this Paul says, “Not on things on the earth.” A walk with God is this wicked world is not only difficult but impossible.  That is, without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and the constant help we get from our Lord as He intercedes in our behalf.</p> <p>THE PROTECTION OF THE RISEN LIFE</p> <p>Paul reminds them that they “are dead” and “your life is hid with Christ in God.”  Satan is a powerful being.  But His power is not even measurable when compared to the power of God.  We have a hiding place.  It is put this way: “your life is hid with Christ in God.” This statement would have no meaning if the believers security is not being assured. We are protected by the one who has all power.  He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.  Don't fear Christian brother or sister, your life is hidden and out of the reach of the enemy.</p> <p>THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE RISEN LIFE</p> <p>Christ is the sum and substance of the risen life. 1 John 5:11 12, "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."</p> <p>The believer has the Son and therefore he has everlasting life and the protection that goes with having God as our father.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/202-risen-life-christ/feed/ 0 THE RISEN LIFE IN CHRIST Colossians 3:1 4  “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, THE RISEN LIFE IN CHRIST Colossians 3:1 4  “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:05 #201 – The Believers Equipment http://www.themorningmeditation.com/201-believers-equipment/ Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:01:35 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=616 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/201-believers-equipment/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE BELIEVER’S EQUIPMENT<br /> John 16:1 4"These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.  But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you."</p> <p>The Lord is here warning His disciples that times of trial and suffering were before them. This is the time for cowards to drop out. But none of them did. But He did not leave them with their, “sorrow filled hearts,” without giving them many encouraging promises, which we may regard as their equipment for life’s work.</p> <p>THERE WAS THE PROMISE OF THE COMFORTER<br /> John 16:7, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you."</p> <p>The word “expedient” means “advantageous.”  Jesus is saying that My going away will give you an advantage instead of being a liability. Until these disciples learned to walk by faith, this would be a truth that they could not comprehend. Faith accepts what Jesus says without question. We do not have to know the advantage to know that it exists. Remember, Jesus always addresses Himself to faith and not to rationalism.</p> <p>The word “Comforter” translates “parakletos” and means, “summoned, called to one’s side, esp. called to one’s aid;  one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate.” Jesus was by their side continually. He was their comforter. He is going away and will not be by their side in bodily form. He is saying that He will send One who will constantly be by their side. When the Holy Spirit comes, if the Apostles all walked off in different directions, the Comforter will walk off in all directions. They will never be without the Comforter. He will always be by their side.</p> <p>He is also by our side and will maintain that posture through this entire age. Acts 2:39, "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." We have the promise and the Lord never breaks His Word. So, just as Jesus comforted them when He was with them, just as He preformed miracles, and strengthened them when they were weak, He will continue to do so. Next, we have—</p> <p>THE PROMISE OF GUIDANCE AND TEACHING<br /> John 16:13 14, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you."<br /> John says that you need not any man to teach you, for this anointing teaches you all things (1 John 2:20-27). This is the Spirit that searches all things (1 Cor. 2:9,10). Why should we not expect the Holy Spirit to do His work in us just as effectively as Christ has done His work for us? Don’t grieve the Spirit by refusing His teaching regarding these “things to come.”</p> <p>THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING AGAIN<br /> John 16:22, "And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." This was literally fulfilled when He rose from the dead. But there is a greater fulfillment to us for He has promised, “I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3).</p> <p>THE PROMISE OF ANSWERED PRAYER<br /> John 16:23 24, "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/201-believers-equipment/feed/ 0 THE BELIEVER’S EQUIPMENT John 16:1 4″These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. THE BELIEVER’S EQUIPMENT John 16:1 4″These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:53 #200 – Magnify The Lord With Me http://www.themorningmeditation.com/200-magnify-lord/ Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:26:36 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=614 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/200-magnify-lord/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>MAGNIFY THE LORD</p> <p>Psalm 34:3 “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.”</p> <p>The word “magnify” is the Hebrew word “gadal” and means “to become great or important, to promote, to praise.” It is used in the Piel stem in the Hebrew and represents intensive or intentional action. It is in the imperative mood which means it is a command. David said this intensively. He wrote the psalm then came before those gathered to worship and was intensive in his presentation of it. He also commanded the people to magnify the LORD. As king he could do that. He was not asking for personal praise. He was asking that the LORD be praised.</p> <p>Not only is it said intensively and commanded it is an invitation. He said “O magnify the LORD with me...” Now you can’t make God great. He is as great as he can be. You cannot add to perfection. You cannot exalt God. He is exalted.</p> <p>Thomas Brooks said, “We are as well able to comprehend the sea in a cockle-shell as we are able to comprehend God. God is above all name, all notion and all comprehension . . . you shall as soon tell the stars of heaven, number the sand of the sea, stop the sun in its course, raise the dead and make a world as be able to comprehend the infiniteness of God’s essence: ‘His greatness is unsearchable’ (Psa. 145:3). The most perfect knowledge we can have of God is that we cannot perfectly know Him because we do know Him to be infinitely and incomprehensibly perfect: ‘Oh the depth both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out’ (Rom. 11:33) . . . There is infinitely more in God than the tongues of men or angels can express.”</p> <p>Anselm of Canterbury said, “God is that, the greater than which cannot be conceived.”</p> <p>John Fletcher said, “The Royal Academy of Paris offered a prize to the man who should write the best copy of verses upon the divine nature. Many wrote largely on the awful subject; but Professor Crousaz sent only two lines: ‘Cease to expect from man a proper description of the Supreme Being; none can speak properly of Him but himself.’ And the judicious Academicians agreed to crown this short performance, because it gave the most exalted idea of Him, whose dazzling glory calls for our silent adoration and forbids the curious disquisitions of our philosophical pride . . . As we cannot grasp the Universe with our hands, so we cannot comprehend the Maker of the Universe with our thoughts.”</p> <p>So when David said, “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together” he was not attempting to make God greater (according to the definition of the word) but to acknowledge his greatness.</p> <p>This can be done by praising him for creation. Psalm 19 does this: verses 1-6 say, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.” We will never come up with a song that will come nearly as close to magnifying the LORD of creation that does this Psalm. This is the reason Paul says, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms ...” (Eph. 5:19). These are verbally inspired words that magnify the LORD in praise.</p> <p>Can you imagine what an insult it is to God for a man he has created, refusing to acknowledge him as Creator but rather magnifying the falsehood of evolution? Men of so-called learning actually glorify themselves for having supposedly found the secret of man’s existence. And in doing it the Creator is totally excluded. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/200-magnify-lord/feed/ 0 MAGNIFY THE LORD Psalm 34:3 “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” The word “magnify” is the Hebrew word “gadal” and means “to become great or important, to promote, to praise.” It is used in the Piel stem in the Hebrew and r... MAGNIFY THE LORD Psalm 34:3 “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” The word “magnify” is the Hebrew word “gadal” and means “to become great or important, to promote, to praise.” It is used in the Piel stem in the Hebrew and represents intensive or intentional action. It is […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 10:14 #199 – Knowing The Name of God http://www.themorningmeditation.com/199-knowing-name-god/ Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:18:31 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=611 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/199-knowing-name-god/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>#199</p> <p>KNOWING GODS NAME</p> <p>Psalm  9:10 “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”</p> <p>Spurgeon prefers to think that this psalm found its inspiration from David’s victory over Goliath of Gath. He says, “Believing that out of a thousand guesses this is at least as consistent with the sense of the Psalm as any other, we prefer it; and more especially so, because it enables us to refer it mystically to the victory of the Son of God over the champion of evil, even the enemy of souls.” -Treasury of David Vol. 1 page 107.</p> <p>The word for “name” here is “shem” and according to Strong means “name, reputation, fame, glory the Name (as designation of God).” God has revealed himself by many different names in the Bible. When Moses encountered God at the burning bush he said, “And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?”(Exo.  +3:11). Moses understood what God was saying. He wanted him to go and lead Israel out of Egypt. To do this he would have to face Pharaoh. And Pharaoh was no small obstacle! He said, “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh.” Lord, I know who Pharaoh is. And forty years ago I was no match for him. In fact Lord, as you well know I wore out a good pair of tennis shoes running for my life when I left Egypt forty years ago! And all I have heard about Egypt has not made it any easier for me.</p> <p>Then the Lord began to assure Moses with the words “Certainly I will be with thee...” ( +3:12). Now that makes some difference. Someone has said “God and one man makes a majority in any case.” God prophecies Israel’s deliverance in this very verse in the words, “and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee; When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.” God gives Moses this token. But can’t you just hear Moses (it is not written but I can still hear him) say,  But God. Please. That token comes a little late. I need a token before I go to Egypt. I am no match for Pharaoh. I know that. I learned that forty years ago. Now if you are a match for Pharaoh, let me know now. Isn’t that just like us? We want our guarantees up front. We do not want to walk by faith. It makes us nervous to put our trust in God’s name without any assurance but a promise. But God’s way is a faith-way. He says something and he wants us to believe without seeing (John  +20:29).</p> <p>Then Moses says, “...When I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them?” Moses says, “this is something I need to know. Because I know this question will be asked. And right now I’m having a good time talking to you. But I can’t take this bush with me. What am I going to say with they ask this question?” “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations” ( +3:14-15). So God continues in verses 16-22 to tell Moses what he will do for him and the children of Israel.</p> <p>Then Moses responds: “And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee”(4:1). He becomes a prophet here. He said, “Lord, they wouldn’t trust me forty years ago and they will not believe me now.” Do you ever get worried about other people’s faith? Moses is beginning to get personally satisfied with whom God is, but he is not sure that those Jews in Egypt will be satisfied when he tells them about this p... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/199-knowing-name-god/feed/ 0 #199 KNOWING GODS NAME Psalm  9:10 “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Spurgeon prefers to think that this psalm found its inspiration from David’s victory over Goliath of G... #199 KNOWING GODS NAME Psalm  9:10 “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Spurgeon prefers to think that this psalm found its inspiration from David’s victory over Goliath of Gath. He says, “Believing that out of a thousand guesses this […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 10:41 #198 – Suffering for His Name http://www.themorningmeditation.com/198-suffering-name/ Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:30:59 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=608 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/198-suffering-name/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>SUFFERING FOR HIS NAME</p> <p>Acts 5:41 “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”</p> <p>Jesus had told his disciples in John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep your’s also.”</p> <p>The disciples no doubt remembered this saying of Jesus. They had been brought before the authorities of their day. They were upset because of the evident blessings of God upon them (4:4). They were upset because the apostles were teaching that Jesus was the only way to be saved: Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” You know when you teach that Jesus is the only way to be saved you get the Moslems, the Buddhists, all the cults, and all the other religions of the world. A man doesn’t like for you to kick his dog nor criticize his religion. When you tell a man that the only way to go to heaven is through Jesus and the man’s religion does not include that statement of faith, what do you think he figures you are saying? It does not take him long to figure the thing out.</p> <p>So the council sent them out of the room and had a little private meeting: “verses 15-16 “But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.” These Christians were hard to handle. God had by their hands worked a miracle that no one could deny. Their behavior was so above reproach that they could find nothing with which to accuse them.</p> <p>So what did they do? Verse 17-18 says, “But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.” This was an attempt to stop the spread of the gospel. The Apostles were not preaching healing, they just healed as they preached the gospel. It was the message that the council wanted to stop. The message was being received: verse 4 of this chapter says, “Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.” You would think that the general public would not object to what they would call a religion that made people better neighbors. But it did make them a difference. They could not stand the message of the cross. They commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.</p> <p>How did the servants of Jesus respond to these threats? “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye” (verse 19). The apostles claimed to be under God’s orders. Man was trying to give them his orders. These orders were contradicting. When you run into contradicting orders you have to decide who you are going to obey. As you know, they went with the Lord. The Lord continued to bless. Miracles continued to accompany the message they preached and souls continued to be added to the fellowship (5:14). The high priest (5:17) was incensed that these men would not obey him. So he went after them again this time throwing them into prison (5:18). But the Lord send an angel to get them out (5:19) and to make matters worse the angel had a message from the Lord to them, “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life” (5:20). He told them what to preach and where to preach it and to whom to preach it.</p> <p>It might be objected. “But Lord you just turned us out of prison. If we obey you, they will just throw us back in prison. In fact Lord, if you don’t mind, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/198-suffering-name/feed/ 0 SUFFERING FOR HIS NAME Acts 5:41 “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.” Jesus had told his disciples in John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said unto you, SUFFERING FOR HIS NAME Acts 5:41 “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.” Jesus had told his disciples in John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 10:13 #197 – Some Bible Names for Believers – Part 3 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/197-bible-names-believers-part-3/ Fri, 08 Aug 2014 03:28:57 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=606 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/197-bible-names-believers-part-3/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS – Part 3</p> <p>Acts  11:26 "And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."</p> <p>We looked in our last two meditations at the verse that deals with the origin of the name Christian in Scripture. I will use the same text because this is part 3 of that meditation.</p> <p>WE ARE CALLED PILGRIMS</p> <p>1 Peter  +2:11 says, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”</p> <p>Let’s note the following:</p> <p>1.    First, we note the affection that Peter had for those to whom he writes. One of the outstanding features of our Lord’s discipling the twelve is His emphasis on love. He said in John  +13:35, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Peter is speaking the truth in love. He has learned his lesson about loving the brethren.</p> <p>2.    Peter’s attitude stands out in his exhortation to those he calls “Dearly beloved.” He says, “I beseech you.” This is used in the sense of entreating someone. It is not an order it is pleading. Peter is saying, “Dearly beloved, I plead with you.” This is the kind of approach that makes one want to listen and consider seriously doing what is being ask. Grace pleads, law threatens. There was a time when Peter would not have pled, he would have exercised apostolic authority and threatened anyone who challenged him.</p> <p>3.    The word pilgrim is a term by which Christians were called. The word pilgrim is “one who comes from a foreign country into a city or land to reside there by the side of the natives.” The word “strangers” describes further what the pilgrim is. He is a stranger. He originated in another country.</p> <p>I was reading one of Watchman Nee’s books where he made a point I want to share with you that fit with the word pilgrim and its definition. John  +15:19, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."</p> <p>The particle “if” is a second class condition. The “if” in a second class condition means, “if, and it is not true.” A paraphrase is, “if ye (the plural you) were of this world, and you are not.” Then follows, “the world would love his own.” Jesus is saying that you are not of this world any more, and this is why the world does not love you. Let me ask you a question. Has the world changed its attitude toward you since you have been saved? This is a question, the answer to which, makes the difference between heaven and hell.</p> <p>The words, “but because ye are not of (of is a preposition denoting origin) the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” Jesus is saying, “you did not originate in this world like the unsaved.” Next Jesus tells them how this change in their origin took place, “but I have chosen you out of the world.” When we were born again, we were born from above, i.e., from heaven as a country. So when one is saved, his Spiritual birth gives him a new origin. We have a heavenly accent in our speech and our walk unveils a different culture. Have you ever noticed that people who are different make you uneasy? Our doctrine and walk infuriate the unsaved world is what Jesus is saying.</p> <p>One of the names by which we are called as Christians are Pilgrims. Next,</p> <p>WE ARE CALLED HEIRS</p> <p>Paul says in Romans 8:17, "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."</p> <p>The word “heir” according to Strong: “in Messianic usage, one who receives his allotted possession by right of sonship.”</p> <p>The word “joint-heirs with Christ,” means that the believer is by right of birth an equal h... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/197-bible-names-believers-part-3/feed/ 0 SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS – Part 3 Acts  11:26 “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS – Part 3 Acts  11:26 “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” We looked in our last two […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 17:55 #196 – Some Bible Names for Believers – Part 2 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/196-bible-names-believers-part-2/ Thu, 07 Aug 2014 03:24:48 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=604 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/196-bible-names-believers-part-2/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS - Part 2</p> <p>Acts 11:26 "And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."</p> <p>We looked in our last meditation at the verse that deals with the origin of the name Christian in Scripture. I will use the same text because this is part 2 of that meditation.</p> <p>There are two other places where the word Christian is used and I will give those here in the introduction in case you would like to make a further study of them.</p> <p>Acts 26:28 says, “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” This statement from Agrippa seems to teach that by the time of the twenty-sixth chapter of Acts the word Christian was in common use.</p> <p>1 Peter 4:16 says, “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” Peter uses the word Christian in a way that suggests that the name Christian was being accepted in honor by Christians.</p> <p>Next,</p> <p>WE ARE CALLED DISCIPLES</p> <p>Luke 14:27 says, "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple."</p> <p>The word “disciple” translates “mathetes” and means, “a learner, a pupil.” It is a term that was probably in common use in that day. Rabbis had students who studied under them. They wouldn’t take just anyone. The students in the Jewish Scriptures had to meet the Rabbis’ requirements. Once you were accepted you became known as a disciple of that particular Rabbi whatever his name was. The word disciple is used one time in the Old Testament. Isaiah 8:16 says, “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.”</p> <p>Jesus and His disciples went to a wedding in Cana of Galilee and there He worked His first miracle: John 2:11, “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” The words, “and his disciples believed on him,” may suggest that they were undecided until now about this new Rabbi that they had given up all to follow.  I do not know where saving faith began in these disciples.</p> <p>Just for a mind stretching truth let me mention that We teach today if one does not believe in the resurrection, then he cannot believe in the literal resurrection of Christ. If he does not believe in the resurrection of Christ, he is not saved. The resurrection of Christ is a part of the definition that the Bible gives to the gospel. See 1 Cor. 15:1-3. If you will check Matthew 16:18 and following you will see that Peter did not believe that Jesus would die and be raised again. This is not a contradiction. The disciples were in transition at that time. Today people are saved by believing the gospel and the gospel is the death, burial, and the resurrection of Christ.</p> <p>John 6:60 69 says, "Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?  When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.  And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/196-bible-names-believers-part-2/feed/ 0 SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS – Part 2 Acts 11:26 “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS – Part 2 Acts 11:26 “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” We looked in our last meditation […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 14:31 #195 – Some Bible Names for Believers – Part 1 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/195-bible-names-believers-part-1/ Tue, 05 Aug 2014 03:21:15 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=602 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/195-bible-names-believers-part-1/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS – PART 1</p> <p>ACTS  +11:26 "Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:  And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."</p> <p>WE ARE CALLED CHRISTIANS</p> <p>The name Christian was given to the believers in the early church for the first time in our present text. It was intended to be a term of ridicule and mockery. I do not know how they originally responded to the name but it was not long until they wore the name proudly.</p> <p>Barnabas is first mentioned in Acts  +4:36, “And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,” As his name suggests Barnabas was a peace maker. Later in the book of Acts John Mark as a young man went on one of Paul’s and Barnabas’ missionary journeys. John Mark quit them while on the journey. There is evidence John Mark quit because he couldn’t take the difficulties of the journey. The next time Paul made a missionary journey, which was at least a year, Barnabas insisted on taking John Mark with them. Paul objected and the contention was so great between them that Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus and Paul took Silas and repeated his first missionary journey confirming the churches.</p> <p>After his first missionary journey, Paul spent a whole year teaching in Antioch. The church at Antioch became a strong missionary Church. If one spent a year under the ministry of Paul, there would be great spiritual growth. Their study of the Word of God, and the change in their doctrine, and life style so changed that the opposition began to call them Christians.</p> <p>It would be interesting to know how many people call us (me and you) Christians because of our obedience to the Scriptures and submission to the Lordship of Christ. Most of the time we have to tell people that we are Christians. In fact, I have asked people if they were Christians and they were offended by it. They thought if you were born in America and were members of a church, that no one should have to ask that question. The fact is that many who are members of a Church do not live the christian life. The Bible is seldom opened and many do not frequent the church. They come only when they do not have anything else to do. There is every reason to ask them if they are Christians because of their language and life style.</p> <p>“Excuse my French”, is not acceptable to God for swearing and the use of base and vulgar language.  Paul teaches in Ephesians  +4:29 30, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." The Holy Spirit is grieved when we use “corrupt communication.”</p> <p>The believers were called Christians first at Antioch. We need to wear that name proudly and unashamedly. And our lives should speak loudly that we are the true followers of Christ. Next,</p> <p>WE ARE CALLED AMBASSADORS</p> <p>2 Corinthians 5:20, "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."</p> <p>The words “we are ambassadors” translates “presbeuo” and is according to Webster’s dictionary, “a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative.”</p> <p>The words, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ” state a conclusion from what has just been said. Verse 19 says, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. The words “to wit” means, ”To know.” This verb is used only in the infinitive, to wit, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/195-bible-names-believers-part-1/feed/ 0 SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS – PART 1 ACTS  +11:26 “Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:  And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS – PART 1 ACTS  +11:26 “Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:  And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 15:21 #194 – God Providing for His Servant http://www.themorningmeditation.com/194-god-providing-servant/ Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:01:20 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=600 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/194-god-providing-servant/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>GOD PROVIDING FOR HIS SERVANT</p> <p>2 Kings 4:8-10 "And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither."</p> <p>Elisha was truly a man of God.  He was a companion and a student of Elijah.  He passed this way on a regular basis.  There was in Shunem what our Bible calls, “A great woman.” She was as one has said, “of great wealth and riches, of great benevolence and hospitality, and of great grace and piety.”</p> <p>Elisha traveled by this woman's house on a regular basis.  Elisha was spotted by the woman and she urged her husband to build a room on their house so that Elisha would have a regular place to stay when he came that way.</p> <p>She said to her husband, “and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither."</p> <p>Let us look at the provisions that went into the room prepared for Elisha.</p> <p>FIRST, THERE WAS A BED</p> <p>The first was a bed which is a symbol of rest which is found in Christ, by coming to Him, and in being yoked in God's will with Him.  This is brought out in Matthew  +11:28 29, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."</p> <p>As we think of this as a spiritual rest we have peace of conscience, ease of mind, tranquility of soul, through an application of pardoning grace, a view of free justification by the righteousness of Christ, and full atonement of sin by his sacrifice.</p> <p>The truth of God's rest is spoken of in Hebrews 4:1 2, "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it."</p> <p>SECOND, A TABLE WAS PROVIDED</p> <p>The table is a symbol of fellowship with Him, for He spreads a table before us in the presence of our enemies according to Psalms 23:5, "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over."</p> <p>Jesus speaks to the Church in Laodicea in Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."</p> <p>One of the great truths of our salvation is that we can now come to the table of fellowship with Christ and feast on heavenly manna.</p> <p>THIRD, A STOOL WAS PROVIDED</p> <p>The stool is a symbol of instruction from Christ, for we must sit at His feet, and learn of Him, if we would be initiated into the secrets of His will. Deuteronomy 33:3, "Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words."</p> <p>Luke 10:39 42, "And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."</p> <p>Mary chose the stool of the student before the Master teacher and Jesus said it would not be taken from her. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/194-god-providing-servant/feed/ 0 GOD PROVIDING FOR HIS SERVANT 2 Kings 4:8-10 “And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. GOD PROVIDING FOR HIS SERVANT 2 Kings 4:8-10 “And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:39 #193 – Borne of Four http://www.themorningmeditation.com/193-borne-four/ Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:17:55 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=598 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/193-borne-four/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>BORNE OF FOUR</p> <p>Mark 2:1-5 "And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.  And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.  And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee."</p> <p>Gill introduces this passage: Verse 1. “And again he entered into Capernaum after some days, &c.] After he had been preaching in the synagogues throughout Galilee, and after he had spent some days in prayer, and private retirement in desert places: and it was noised that he was in, the house; a report was spread throughout the city that he was in the house of Simon and Andrew, where he was before, and where he used to be when in Capernaum.”</p> <p>Just a few things I want to mention before we deal with the healing of this man who was sick of the palsy. These words “and again he entered into Capernaum after some days.” Capernaum was our Lord’s second home. He had been here before. He was well received in this little town on the banks of the sea of Galilee. It was a sinful city. Just across the lake was Tiberius where a garrison of Roman soldiers were stationed. Anyone who has been in the service knows that outside any base there is a red light district. Capernaum was the red light district of Tiberius.  So Jesus chose to be identified with the outcasts.</p> <p>Just before coming here on this occasion, He withdrew   to spend some days in prayer. Jesus took time to pray. Even though God incarnate He did not make a move with out the will of the Father. This is a lesson for us. We so often jump into something and pray later. Maybe we just take God for granted. Maybe we think He will initial all the acts we do since it is for Him. Or maybe, if we prayed, we would not do it at all. So in that case we just go ahead and do things that we fear He would not allow if we prayed. Now as we look at the man borne of four,</p> <p>LET’S LOOK AT PRAYER</p> <p>Prayer is the hand that opens the door of heaven, and lets out the power of God. The prayer of the early church illustrates this. Acts  +4:31, "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness." Someone has said, “The early church prayed and the place was shaken. The modern church pays and the places is taken.”</p> <p>Someone said, “The prayer of faith, and the Spirit of God, are linked together like the yoked oxen that are plowing in the field.”</p> <p>I would like to recommend a couple of books. One is Reese Howell the Intercessor and Praying Hyde. Both books are in print and one can learn much about prayer in reading them.</p> <p>One story from the book Praying Hyde. Mr. Chapman and Alexander were holding a meeting in Shrewsbury England. Mr. Chapman writes, “There was nothing very remarkable in the service; it was good, and I enjoyed it, but we were all so disappointed at the congregation, that we all felt more or less depressed. I met one of the ministers, and expressed my disappointment, and he said that such missions were not popular in their town, and evidently he was very well satisfied. At night we had a larger congregation, but there was not enthusiasm. We thoroughly enjoyed the service, but were surprised at the lack of zeal and response at the meeting. It was very evident that Mr. Chapman and the others who were helping him were also disappointed. Hyde said very little. That night one of the leading elders of one of the Churches, and old friend of mine, joined us at supper, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/193-borne-four/feed/ 0 BORNE OF FOUR Mark 2:1-5 “And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, BORNE OF FOUR Mark 2:1-5 “And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.  And […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 18:06 #192 – The Kind of Memory that Helps http://www.themorningmeditation.com/192-kind-memory-helps/ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:52:29 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=593 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/192-kind-memory-helps/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE KIND OF MEMORY THAT HELPS</p> <p>Psa. 78:42 “They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.”</p> <p>Psalm 78 is a psalm when sung that will remind the people of God of the history of God’s redemption of them from Egypt and His deliverance of them from their enemies. It set before them how He supplied their every need and how they turned back and limited Him by their unbelief. Then in our text, we learn that they never allowed the history of God’s dealings with them to help them avoid the same mistakes in the present. Israel gives us the inspired history of God’s dealings. If it is not to profit them, why write it? If it will not save them from repeating things that got them into trouble, it is of no practical value. God inspired this Psalm to be repeated over and over again to be a constant reminder to Israel of His mercy and grace.</p> <p>The Psalmist says, “They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered from the enemy.” The Psalmist carefully uses the word “They” so as to write this from God’s point of view. And he is taking sides with God against the sin of forgetting. He is saying “I have not forgotten but they have.” I think all of us experience the thought that is presented. We can look at an unfaithful and unbelieving church and say, “They remembered not his hand . . .” We can think of it in this way. Maybe we have not forgotten. Maybe we can take sides with God and against the unbelieving believers and say they are wrong and need to repent. That is what this psalm is saying. And the Psalmist is not accused by the Lord as judging. There are so many who, when confronted by the truth, say to the one who brings the truth of their sin before them, “You are judging.” Well God is the Author of the truth of this psalm. The Psalmist is not judging. And it is as true today as it was then. Let’s don’t blame the messenger if the message is right.</p> <p>Israel had forgotten and the Psalmist writes, “They remembered not his hand . . .” We have a tendency to forget what God has done for us. It seems to be in our very nature. It was in Israel’s case. If we are trained on a new and complex job, one of the ways we learn to be good at it, is to learn as we go then remember later what we did. We continue to add by experience to the present operation. The more time spent, the more lessons learned, the better we become. But what if, in the process, we were not profited by our past mistakes, and we continued to make them over and over again. Our boss would come to us and say, “You have made that mistake several times. When are you going to learn?” That is one of the reasons when you get a job there is usually a probation period before you are considered a permanent employee. According to that principle, God would have fired Israel!</p> <p>We have baptism and the Lord’s Supper in the church as ordinances to remind us over and over again of our redemption. We have the Bible that records’ heresies that invaded the early churches and how they dealt with them, all a reminder to keep us from making the same mistakes. The words, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world . . .” (2 Tim. 4:10), remind us that God is not pleased with us when we allow the world to divert our attention away from our duties as Christians. We have the perversion of the Lord’s Supper and how Paul by inspiration dealt with that problem in First Corinthians chapter 11. It is there as an inspired historical record. That should help us in the present. This is what the Bible is for us as Christians. Thank the Lord that He has given us His word so that we will not fall into the errors of the past. But in spite of this the historical record has not helped in many cases. I have to admit, it is not always THEY, it is sometimes WE. I have to include myself. My memory is so short. It is easy to forget how God dealt with me on certain things in the past and make those very same mistakes again. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/192-kind-memory-helps/feed/ 0 THE KIND OF MEMORY THAT HELPS Psa. 78:42 “They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.” Psalm 78 is a psalm when sung that will remind the people of God of the history of God’s redemption of them from Egypt and His d... THE KIND OF MEMORY THAT HELPS Psa. 78:42 “They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.” Psalm 78 is a psalm when sung that will remind the people of God of the history of God’s redemption of them from Egypt and His deliverance of them from their enemies. […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 13:03 #191 – The Penalty of Not Going to the Battle http://www.themorningmeditation.com/191-penalty-going-battle/ Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:53:56 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=591 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/191-penalty-going-battle/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE PENALTY OF NOT GOING TO THE BATTLE</p> <p>Judges 5:23 "Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty."</p> <p>“Meroz is a plain in the north of Palestine, the inhabitants of which were severely condemned because they came not to help Barak against Sisera Judges 5:23 comp. It has been identified with Marassus, on a knoll to the north of Wady Jalud, but nothing certainly is known of it. Like Chorazin, it is only mentioned in Scripture in connection with the curse pronounced upon it.” —Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary</p> <p>There is a great lesson that is brought out in this incident. I has to do with the sin of omission. They refused to go to the battle and received a curse from the Lord because of it. Note the following points that is illustrated by this incident.</p> <p>IT IS FOOLISH TO EXPECT A CROP WHEN YOU DON’T SOW THE SEED</p> <p>Galatians 6:7 8, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."</p> <p>It is foolish to think you can plant corn and expect wheat to come up. It just doesn’t happen that way.</p> <p>But what about the man who does not sow at all and expects a crop to come up. That won’t happen either.</p> <p>The fact is that men go to hell because of the sin of omission not the sin of commission. John 3:18, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."</p> <p>1.    “He that believeth on him is not condemned” is the truth proclaimed. It is assurance given. The word “condemned” translates “ krino” and means “to separate, put asunder.” This is a verb and is present passive indicative. It means that the believer is free from condemnation now. The passive voice is where the subject is acted upon and means here that the Judge of the universe has removed condemnation from them at the present time. One does not have to wait until the judgment to discover that he is not condemned.</p> <p>2.    “He that believeth not is condemned already” means that for the unsaved judgment has already been passed. All the unsaved have to do, is to die, to realize how true this is. The Rich Man in Luke 16:19-31 realized the terror of hell and ask Father Abraham to send Lazarus to tell his five brothers not to come to this place of torment. So it is the sin of omission that damns the soul to hell. To neglect one’s salvation and refuse Christ offer of salvation equals eternal hell forever.</p> <p>3.    “Because hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” puts the sin of omission in concrete. It is that sin that shuts the door to heaven for the unsaved. No matter how big the sin, God in His grace through Christ Jesus can forgive and restore the unbeliever from a child of the Devil to a child of God.</p> <p>EXPECTING A REWARD WHEN YOU DON’T GO TO THE BATTLE</p> <p>This was the sin of Meroz. "Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty."</p> <p>The angel of the LORD came and delivered the curse personally. Why was this such a sin? Note carefully the words of this text. “Curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof, because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.” The angel of the LORD did not say, “Curse ye Meroz because they came not to help their brethren. The battle was the LORDS. The LORD did not curse them for what they did but what they didn’t do.</p> <p>This principle still exists today. 1 Corinthians 3:9, “For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.”</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/191-penalty-going-battle/feed/ 0 THE PENALTY OF NOT GOING TO THE BATTLE Judges 5:23 “Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty. THE PENALTY OF NOT GOING TO THE BATTLE Judges 5:23 “Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.” “Meroz is a plain in the north of Palestine, the inhabitants […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:22 #190 – The Believers Whetstone http://www.themorningmeditation.com/190-believers-whetstone/ Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:28:06 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=588 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/190-believers-whetstone/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE BELIEVER'S WHETSTONE</p> <p>Psalms 119:25 “My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word."</p> <p>The psalmist has lost his intimate walk with the Lord and finds himself groveling in the dust of despair.  Has this ever happened to you?  Uncle Buddy Robinson was saved in what we would call a camp meeting.  He experienced the waves of God's love for weeks. His testimony is that he went to bed one night and slept off his religion.  He went to bed rejoicing in the Lord, he awoke the next morning and what he called “his religion” was gone.  Well, uncle Buddy would not settle until he regained his happy walk with the Lord.  He got it back but it was a struggle.  The words, “My soul cleaveth unto the dust,” is a good description of a believer who has lost touch with the Lord.</p> <p>John Gill's comment on this is: “My soul cleaveth unto the dust, &c.] Either to the dust of death, having the sentence of it; being almost in despair of life, upon the brink of the grave seemingly, and free among the dead: or in a very low estate of mind, in great dejection and humiliation, rolling himself in the dust, and putting his mouth in it; if there might be any hope of deliverance; but despairing of it, unless the Lord appeared; or finding a proneness in him to the corruption of nature, the body of sin and death, which was very powerful and prevalent.”</p> <p>The Psalmist, in this state of mind, and suffering utter despair, makes his request to the Lord, “quicken thou me according to thy word.” The Hebrew word for “quicken” means, “to be restored to life or health.” This verb is in the piel stem.  The piel stem usually expresses an "intensive" or "intentional" action.  He is asking God to exercise intensive action.  It would be like saying, “Lord, pull me back out of the grave.  I am at the point of no return and You are the only one that has the power to quicken me.”</p> <p>F.  E.  Marsh says, “In calling attention to the fact, that the Word of God is a whetstone, to sharpen us in the many-sidedness of our Christian life, I want to call attention to the frequency with which the Psalmist pleads the prayer, 'Quicken me,' in the 119th Psalm. The Hebrew word translated 'quicken,' occurs no less than sixteen times.  Nine times the term is rendered 'quicken' and 'quickened,' and five times 'live.' The same word is translated 'revive' in Nehemiah 4:2; Psalm 138:7; Habakkuk 3:2.  The word occurs in three relations in Psalm 119.</p> <p>1.    There is the Psalmist's testimony as to what the Lord has done in the past (Psa. 119:50, 93.</p> <p>2.    The Psalmist's prayer for present revival (Psalm 119:17, 25, 37, 40, 77, 88, 107, 116, 149, 154, 156, 159, 175).</p> <p>3.    The Psalmist's confidence as to what the Lord will do in Psalms 119:144, "The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live."  (The word live is the same word as revival or quicken).</p> <p>Let's see how the Word of God is as a whetstone to sharpen us.</p> <p>1.    The Word of God is a whetstone to sharpen us in prayer (John 15:7).</p> <p>2.    The Word of God is a whetstone to sharpen us, in separating from us things contrary to the mind of God.  There is one incident, recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, which illustrates in a remarkable manner the separating influence of the Word of God—when it is believed—upon the life.  The Apostle Paul met with great success, in his preaching at Ephesus, and one results of his mission was, that many who had cunning arts, burnt all their books; and the cause of this is put down to the working of God's Word, for in speaking of the burning of the books, it says, “So mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed (Acts 19:20).</p> <p>3.    The Word of God is the whetstone to sharpen us in our spiritual life.  When the Apostle Paul was leaving the Church in Ephesus, among other things he said, “I commend you to God, and the word of His grace, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/190-believers-whetstone/feed/ 0 THE BELIEVER’S WHETSTONE Psalms 119:25 “My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.” The psalmist has lost his intimate walk with the Lord and finds himself groveling in the dust of despair.  Has this ever happened to you? THE BELIEVER’S WHETSTONE Psalms 119:25 “My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.” The psalmist has lost his intimate walk with the Lord and finds himself groveling in the dust of despair.  Has this ever happened to you?  Uncle Buddy Robinson was saved in what we would call a camp […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:45 #189 – Found in Him http://www.themorningmeditation.com/189-found/ Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:34:07 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=586 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/189-found/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>FOUND IN HIM</p> <p>Philippians 3:9 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”</p> <p>The words “And be found in him,” translate “heurisko” and means, “to find by enquiry, thought, examination, scrutiny, observation, to find out by practice and experience.” It is an aorist tense, passive voice, and subjunctive mood. The aorist tense is a point of time divorced from time and perpetuated forever. The passive voice means that Paul was discovered by those who found him. He was the object of the search and was discovered, “in Him.” The subjunctive mood speaks of the potential. Have a look if you want, Paul will be found by you in Him. Being found in Him is being saved, safe, and absolutely secure. But let’s look at this being found in some different ways.</p> <p>BEING FOUND BY HIM A SINNER</p> <p>Matthew +13:44, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.”</p> <p>“Note, in introduction, that this fifth parable was not spoken from the ship to the multitude upon the shore, but within ‘the house;’ and the character of it seems in some relative degree to alter. It is no longer a parable, illustrating the kingdom of heaven in respect of the manner of its operation, but emphasizing the value of itself, and the sense of its value as entertained and proved by some; and it is no longer a parable revealing the wide hold it shall establish over the mass of mankind, but the mighty hold it shall gain upon the individuals of whom the mass is composed. The parable exhibits these facts respecting the kingdom, and that which is of the very essence of it — the treasure of the gospel, the truth of Christ.” — Pulpit Commentary.</p> <p>It is the kingdom of heaven that is like unto treasure hid in a field. Which does he speak of here? The kingdom as a whole, or, the kingdom made up of individuals, this being a individual found by the Lord, and buying the field to get the one. If this is true, the worth He placed on me when He found me, is absolutely awesome. As I view myself, I am not a treasure worth the trouble to buy me. But looking at it from the divine viewpoint, Jesus puts a high value on me and buys the field to get me.</p> <p>There is a lot said today about self esteem. It would seem by those who deal with this subject that it is all important that one has a good self esteem. They do not have a Bible in hand when they begin to write or speak on this subject. It is not self esteem that we need. That lends itself to pride which is a major sin. It is self worth based on the price that the Lord Jesus placed on us by dying to redeem us from eternal ruin. To think He found us in the wide field, and when He did, He went and bought the field to get what He calls the treasure. It should thrill us to no end that He considers us a treasure worth buying the whole world (not all mankind) to get that treasure. I put “not mankind” because all mankind is not willing to be found by Him. Though He died for all men, He did not take all sinners, and make them into what He considers, a treasure worth redeeming. Whosoever will may come.</p> <p>We are found by Him a sinner worth redeeming. The thing that improves our worth is the value He places on us and the price He paid to purchase the field.</p> <p>FOUND IN HIM A SAINT</p> <p>Our text says, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”</p> <p>First, let us notice where we are found. “And be found in him . . .” Just like we were all in Adam, all the saved are “in Christ.”</p> <p>Let’s look at where we are in Adam as we are born naturally in this world. Many think because they are born naturally in this world that God has ... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/189-found/feed/ 0 FOUND IN HIM Philippians 3:9 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” The words “And be found in him, FOUND IN HIM Philippians 3:9 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” The words “And be found in him,” translate “heurisko” and means, “to find by enquiry, thought, examination, scrutiny, […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 17:25 #188 – Christ The Head of The Body – The Church http://www.themorningmeditation.com/188-christ-head-body-church/ Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:47:36 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=583 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/188-christ-head-body-church/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we saw Five Things about the question What About the Faith in the Last Days.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Mediation:</p> <p>HE IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY -- THE CHURCH</p> <p>Ephesians 1:22 "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,"</p> <p>What does it mean that Jesus is the head of the body. I understand what He is the head of, “The Church.” The church here is called “the body” and just as a human body must have a head, the local church must have a head.</p> <p>I wonder how many pastors believe this to the point of practice. I also wonder how many church committees practice seeking the Head of the church about the outcome of the responsibilities they have assigned to them.</p> <p>I ask another question. Is Jesus the functional head of the church of our membership? I can hear someone say, “I’ll let Him do it if He wants to.” I am going so far as to say, if He is not the head, then everything we do is wood, hay, and stubble. One of our greatest needs is to seek His will in prayer and Bible study and not make a move until the Head has spoken. Let’s notice some things about His headship—</p> <p>HIS HEADSHIP IS BY APPOINTMENT</p> <p>Colossians 1:18, "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."</p> <p>Jesus has been appointed by the Father as the Head of the church. Jesus is a functional Head. Acts 3:1 6, "Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.  And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;  Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.  And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."</p> <p>What the early church did, in the use of the Name of Christ to heal, was done in communion with the Head. No one else is the head of the church including the pope of the Catholic Church. Next let’s see—</p> <p>HIS HEADSHIP BY AGREEMENT</p> <p>Colossians 2:9, "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." There is total agreement between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that Jesus be the Head of the church. Next we see—</p> <p>HIS HEADSHIP BY ARRANGEMENT</p> <p>Ephesians 5:23, "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body."</p> <p>The Head is arraigned in the body by the Father. The church with a human head is completely dysfunctional. It could not do anything that is right by accident. Next we see—</p> <p>HIS HEADSHIP BY ASSIGNMENT</p> <p>Ephesians 1:21 23, "Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."</p> <p>The plan of salvation was worked out in eternity past. Jesus prays in John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” Jesus is the eternal Son of God. God had no beginning and will have no end. In that eternal state the Father assigned the Son the task of redeeming mankind. He did what He was assigned to do. Next—</p> <p>HIS HEADSHIP BY ATTAINMENT</p> <p>Hebrews 12:2, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/188-christ-head-body-church/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we saw Five Things about the question What About the Faith in the Last Days. Today on The Morning Mediation: HE IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY — THE CHURCH Ephesians 1:22 “And hath put all things under his feet, Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we saw Five Things about the question What About the Faith in the Last Days. Today on The Morning Mediation: HE IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY — THE CHURCH Ephesians 1:22 “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:41 #187 – What About the Faith in the Last Days? http://www.themorningmeditation.com/187-faith-last-days/ Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:42:22 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=581 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/187-faith-last-days/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Waiting Christians.  The things that we are waiting for are too wonderful to fully describe.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Mediation:</p> <p>WHAT ABOUT THE FAITH IN THE LAST DAYS?</p> <p>Genesis 49:1 “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.”</p> <p>Jacob was a prophet. He gathered his sons together and told them what was going to happen in the last days. Why inform one of the inevitable? Can we be given information which will enable us to keep it from happening? I believe, first of all, that prophecy lets us know that God has a plan and knows what is going to happen. He is not surprised at what is happening, He predicted it! Second, I believe that the knowledge of what is going on can allow those who want to know and serve the Lord, avoid being responsibly involved in it. Acts  +2:40 says, “And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.”</p> <p>Jeremiah prophesied that Babylon would win against Israel in war, take them captives into Babylon, and in substance told the people how to respond to the defeat. He told them it would happen, and they could not keep it from happening, and how they would fare the best by going along and accepting it as the will of God.</p> <p>God has definitely given us prophecies of the last days. Let’s notice just a few things that are happening in our day as a fulfillment of prophecy.</p> <p>First, there are an increasing number of false teachers who are a fulfillment of prophecy. 2 Pet. 2:1 says, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” Peter continues in chapter 3 and verse 3, and I believe, speaking of the same class of false prophets, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts” (2 Pet. 3:3). These false teachers “deny” the Lord. The word “deny” translates “arneoma” which means, “to deny or refuse.” It is not necessarily the denial of His existence but His right to control and exercise His Lordship. There are those who change the meaning of Scripture in order to avoid obedience. The way Christ exercises His Lordship over us is through the authority of His Word. To read a verse as a text, and then preach a sermon that does not explain the verse, is a practiced way of preaching one’s opinion that has no basis in Scripture at all, and sad to say, is a common practice of our day. There are a lot of “damnable heresies” and some go so far as to “deny” the Lord that bought them.</p> <p>Second, there is a departure from the faith that is prophesied in God’s Word. Paul said, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Tim 4:1-2). The words “latter times” definitely identifies this as a prophecy of the last days. The word “times” translates “kairos” which means “a fixed and definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for.” That fixed time is the last days of the church. Paul is teaching Timothy (and all other preachers) how to behave themselves in the house of God: chapter 3 and verse 15 says, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” A local church can have the right doctrine and practice when what is described here is going on. Paul tells Timothy that what I am saying is the Holy Spirit’s message, i.e., The “Spirit speaketh expressly.” Then he says “Some shall depart from the faith. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/187-faith-last-days/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Waiting Christians.  The things that we are waiting for are too wonderful to fully describe. Today on The Morning Mediation: WHAT ABOUT THE FAITH IN THE LAST DAYS? Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Waiting Christians.  The things that we are waiting for are too wonderful to fully describe. Today on The Morning Mediation: WHAT ABOUT THE FAITH IN THE LAST DAYS? Genesis 49:1 “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 12:43 #186 – The Waiting Christian http://www.themorningmeditation.com/186-waiting-christian/ Sun, 20 Jul 2014 04:44:48 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=579 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/186-waiting-christian/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the important topic of Accuracy in the Use of Scripture.  We need to make sure we are using the Word of God how He intended us to use it!</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>THE WAITING CHRISTIAN</p> <p>1 Thessalonians 1:10 "And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come."</p> <p>The Thessalonian Church had turned to God from idols to serve the living God, and to “wait for His Son from Heaven.” On the Great Day of Atonement the High Priest went within the veil—not without blood and the congregation waited without looking for his reappearing.  Now Christ, our Great High Priest, has gone within the veil with His own blood, and the Church without is waiting and looking for His appearing according to His promise.</p> <p>I believe the Church has lost its urgency of expecting the Lord’s return. I have to discipline myself on this subject. We as Christians are baptized in worldliness all around. We can’t watch the news without it affecting our attitude. Most of the commercials on TV sell their product by displaying sex in some form or fashion. It would be amusing if it were not so serious to see some of the commercials and the porn they use to sell their products.</p> <p>Matthew 24:37, “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” How was it in the days of Noah? Genesis 6:5, "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."</p> <p>What are we looking for as we wait for His return?</p> <p>WE ARE WAITING FOR HIS SON FROM HEAVEN</p> <p>Philippians 3:20, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:”</p> <p>The word “conversation” in this verse translates “politeuma” and means, “the constitution of a commonwealth, form of government and the laws by which it is administered.” It means that Christians operate under a different government and political system than the world.  Next—</p> <p>WE ARE WAITING FOR THE COMPLETION OF OUR SALVATION</p> <p>Philippians 3:21, "Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."</p> <p>Hebrews 9:28, "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."</p> <p>The Lord promises that we will live in heaven forever. We have eternal life now but the enjoyment of that life is constantly being disturbed by our failures. We look for Him because that is when we will experience the full blessings of salvation. Next—</p> <p>WE ARE WAITING FOR THE REDEMPTION OF THE BODY</p> <p>Romans 7:24, "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"</p> <p>Romans 8:22 23, "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."</p> <p>This will take place according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:51 52, "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."</p> <p>I am looking forward to the day that my body will be changed into one like His. When we wait on His coming because this is what His coming means to the Christian. Next—</p> <p>WE ARE WAITING FOR THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH</p> <p>2 Peter 3:13, "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."</p> <p>We also look with Abraham in Hebrews 11:10, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/186-waiting-christian/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the important topic of Accuracy in the Use of Scripture.  We need to make sure we are using the Word of God how He intended us to use it! Today on The Morning Meditation: THE WAITING CHRISTIAN 1 Thessalo... Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the important topic of Accuracy in the Use of Scripture.  We need to make sure we are using the Word of God how He intended us to use it! Today on The Morning Meditation: THE WAITING CHRISTIAN 1 Thessalonians 1:10 “And to wait for his Son from […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 6:40 #185 – Accuracy in the Use of Scripture http://www.themorningmeditation.com/185-accuracy-use-scripture/ Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:35:12 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=576 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/185-accuracy-use-scripture/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at God’s Forgiveness.  It is amazing that a Thrice Holy God could forgive a sinner like me.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>ACCURACY IN THE USE OF SCRIPTURE</p> <p>2 Peter 3:16 "As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."</p> <p>One of the most important things in Christian work is, that we should be accurate in relation to the Scriptures, for a careless reader of the Book never makes a close walk with God, nor an efficient worker for Him.  Every businessman knows that attention to details, is one of the essential things in business, to make it a success.</p> <p>As the title of the chapter suggests, it is most important for the Christian worker to be accurate in his dealings with Scripture, for there are two mistakes into which we are apt to fall, and these are, to misquote the Scriptures in attempting to quote them, and to misrepresent them in the application.</p> <p>MISTAKES IN QUOTING THE SCRIPTURE</p> <p>In misquotation, one of the following mistakes is generally made, namely, addition, saying more than is written; and alteration, misrepresenting what is written.  Eve, in the garden of Eden, did all three of these when adding to the Word of the Lord, took from it, and altered it.  Let us briefly note her mistakes.</p> <p>1.    Subtracting from the Scriptures. Genesis 2:16, "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:" Eve's answer to the serpent's tempting question was: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden” (Gen.  3:2).  It will be seen that the woman left out of God's direction the word “freely,” and by doing so, she not only took from His word, but cast a reflection upon God's character.</p> <p>2.    Addition to the Word.  God made one exception to the trees, from which our first parents were to eat, and that was, the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  His commandment was: “But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17).</p> <p>Eve's reply to the tempter is as follows: "But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." The woman added to the words by saying, “Neither shall ye touch it lest ye die” (Gen.  3:3).  The Lord did not say anything about touching  the tree.  His command was, that they were not to eat of the fruit of it.</p> <p>3.    The consequences of disobedience was stated very clearly and emphatically.  The Lord said, “Thou shalt surely die” (Gen.  2:17).  Thus minimizing the sharp and pungent words of God by saying, “Thou shalt not surely die.”</p> <p>The following stories are told in a book on University life at Cambridge:—A certain candidate, when asked for the substance of Paul's sermons at Athens, stated, that “he cried out for the space of two hours, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” Yet another was asked to give the parable of the Good Samaritan.  He went on very well until he came to where the Samaritan said to the innkeeper, “When I come again I will repay thee.” Then the candidate made the following addition: “This he said, knowing that he should see his face no more.”</p> <p>May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.</p> <p>In Christ</p> <p>Bro.  White</p> <p>Tomorrow on The Morning Mediation we are going to look at The Waiting Christian!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com/185-accuracy-use-scripture/">#185 – Accuracy in the Use of Scripture</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com">The Morning Meditation</a>.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/185-accuracy-use-scripture/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at God’s Forgiveness.  It is amazing that a Thrice Holy God could forgive a sinner like me. Today on The Morning Meditation: ACCURACY IN THE USE OF SCRIPTURE 2 Peter 3:16 “As also in all his epistles, Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at God’s Forgiveness.  It is amazing that a Thrice Holy God could forgive a sinner like me. Today on The Morning Meditation: ACCURACY IN THE USE OF SCRIPTURE 2 Peter 3:16 “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things […] Missionary Joe Consford clean #184 – Gods Forgiveness http://www.themorningmeditation.com/184-gods-forgiveness/ Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:07:51 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=572 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/184-gods-forgiveness/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at the most quoted verse in the Bible…John 3:16!  We looked at the words in this verse and we thought about A Sixfold Aspect of God’s Love.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Mediation:</p> <p>GOD’S FORGIVENESS</p> <p>Luke 7:41-43<br /> “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.”</p> <p>Forgiveness is one of the most common words in the Bible. It is found in its different forms 98 times. The word forgiveness translates, “aphiemi,” and means, “to send away, it is used of a husband divorcing his wife, to depart from one and leave him to himself so that all mutual claims are abandoned.”</p> <p>While God hates divorce, it does furnish a good illustration. When one is divorced, a party is put away and the husband or wife ceases to be able to use the bond of marriage formally held. It is no more than a memory. There is no moral obligations that can be used to bring it back up.</p> <p>When one is forgiven, he is set free from any legal obligations to the sin or sins for which he has been forgiven. This is illustrated in our text above.</p> <p>THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS</p> <p>This is brought out in the words, “he frankly forgave the both.” These words translate, “charizomai,” and means, “to show one’s self gracious, kind, benevolent, to grant forgiveness, to pardon.” It means to give freely. This word comes from the root word from which we get the word grace and joy. The word joy and rejoice comes from this word. Our text illustrates the meaning of this word. The creditor frankly forgave them both. The word joy is integrated in this meaning. If you had a creditor to whom you were deeply in debt, and you didn’t know how you could ever pay the debt. If he said, “I am writing this off. You owe me nothing.” Would that make you happy? I think so. Another meaning incarnates itself into the word forgiveness. It is forgiveness by grace. It is not merited. You did nothing to obtain it. You no longer owe the creditor. It was his ability, mercy, and grace that provoked him to do this kind deed. He gets all the glory for this act of mercy. And we get the joy of forgiveness.</p> <p>This is the way God’s grace comes to us. We owe Him. We are His creation. We breath His air. We walk on His earth. We enjoy the life He breathed into us. We did nothing meritorious to obtain or sustain this life. Forgiveness came from Him to us in such a fashion, and so quickly, we hardly realized it was happening. We discovered we did not have to beg. We realized that we received the gift of forgiveness without any strings attached.</p> <p>Many Christians struggle with the grace of forgiveness. It is hard for us to believe that God would so freely and completely forgive us of all the wrongs we have done. After we are saved, we keep waiting for God to come and say, “I have forgiven you. You must now keep my commandments to keep what I have given you.” We are almost disappointed that He does not do this. The world we live in is selfish and demanding. We get nothing for nothing. I have people call me on the phone and say, “You have just been selected to get this special gift. You are a winner.” I have learned to say, “I don’t want a gift. Give it to someone else.” Then I hang up. When this world offers you a gift, just remember this. When you take the gift. Look carefully. They have their hand in your pocket where you keep your billfold.</p> <p>Because this is true, we have problems taking the grace of forgiveness. When we really mess up, as most of us do, we go to the Lord in prayer, then back off and wait for God to strike us down with some bad illness or financial set back. We just have problems with the words, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/184-gods-forgiveness/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at the most quoted verse in the Bible…John 3:16!  We looked at the words in this verse and we thought about A Sixfold Aspect of God’s Love. Today on The Morning Mediation: GOD’S FORGIVENESS Luke 7:41-43 “T... Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at the most quoted verse in the Bible…John 3:16!  We looked at the words in this verse and we thought about A Sixfold Aspect of God’s Love. Today on The Morning Mediation: GOD’S FORGIVENESS Luke 7:41-43 “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 16:39 #183 – A Sixfold Aspect of Gods Love http://www.themorningmeditation.com/183-sixfold-aspect-gods-love/ Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:46:06 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=570 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/183-sixfold-aspect-gods-love/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Written Word of God.  God's written Word should be held in reverence, read with absolute confidence that it is His Word, and practice it in the life.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Mediation:</p> <p>A SIXFOLD ASPECT OF GOD'S LOVE</p> <p>JOHN 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."</p> <p>There is one text in the gospel of John which we may examine, as illustrating the textual study of Scriptures, John 3:16.  The central theme of this verse is love, and the words of the verse suggest a sixfold aspect of God's love.</p> <p>HIS LOVE IS EXPRESSIVE IN ITS ACTION</p> <p>The height, depth, length, and breadth of His love are suggested in the words in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."</p> <p>1.    The height of love for “God” is its source.</p> <p>2.    The depth of love for man's necessity is suggested in the conjunction “for,”connecting with the words in John 3:14-15: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."</p> <p>3.    The breadth of love is discovered in the “so,” for who can comprehend its magnitude?</p> <p>4.    The length of love is made known in the “loved,” for who can measure the longitude of Him, who is Love itself?</p> <p>GOD'S LOVE IS EXTRAORDINARY IN IT CHOICE</p> <p>1.    The marvel is that God should love “the world!”</p> <p>2.    The world whose mind is enmity against God.</p> <p>3.    Whose course is evil.</p> <p>4.    Whose sin is self-pleasing.</p> <p>5.    Whose heart is wicked.</p> <p>6.    Whose god is the devil.</p> <p>GOD'S LOVE IS EXPENSIVE IN ITS SACRIFICE.</p> <p>Who can sound the depths of such a sentence as —“that He gave His only Begotten Son?” Abraham gave tithes to Melchisedec, Elieszer jewels to Rebekah, Joseph gave his brethren a change of raiment, Caleb gave Achsah the upper and nether springs, Boaz gave Ruth six measures of corn, and Jonathan gave up his right to the kingdom to David; but what are these giving compared with God's gift of Christ?  These stars all pale in the light of this sun.  Think for whom Christ was given, to what He was given, and then estimate the expensiveness of the sacrifice by Gethsemane's terrible agony, Gabbatha's shame, Golgotha's suffering, heaven's blackness, earth's convulsions, law's curse, death's sting, and sin's judgment</p> <p>GOD'S LOVE IS EXTENSIVE IN IT'S OFFER</p> <p>The word “whosoever” brings this out.  Aren't you glad that it didn't say, “whosoever can?”</p> <p>1.    Love's eyes look upon the need of all.</p> <p>2.    Love's voice invites all to come to Christ.</p> <p>3.    Love's heart of compassion beats for all.</p> <p>4.    Love's hands are ready to save all.</p> <p>5.    Love's feet run to meet all returning prodigals.</p> <p>6.    Love's ears listen to all who call upon Him.</p> <p>7.    Love's will is to bless all.</p> <p>GOD'S LOVE IS EXCLUSIVE IN ITS BESTOWMENT</p> <p>“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”  (Acts 16:31).</p> <p>1.    Faith is the eye which looks to Christ, and obtains life from the Lord.</p> <p>2.    Faith is the hand which receives God's gift, to the enrichment of the believer.</p> <p>3.    Faith is the ear which heeds Christ's call, and obeys His voice.</p> <p>4.    Faith is the foot which runs at Christ's invitation, and follows in His steps.</p> <p>5.    Faith is the will’s response to God's Word of direction.</p> <p>The giver of faith is the Holy Spirit, the ground of faith is God's Word, the object of faith is the living Christ, the outcome of faith is holiness of life, the end of faith is salvation, the nature of faith is trust, and the companion of faith is love. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/183-sixfold-aspect-gods-love/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Written Word of God.  God’s written Word should be held in reverence, read with absolute confidence that it is His Word, and practice it in the life. Today on The Morning Mediation: A SIXFOLD ASPECT ... Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Written Word of God.  God’s written Word should be held in reverence, read with absolute confidence that it is His Word, and practice it in the life. Today on The Morning Mediation: A SIXFOLD ASPECT OF GOD’S LOVE JOHN 3:16 “For God so loved the world, […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 9:09 #182 – Gods Written Word http://www.themorningmeditation.com/182-gods-written-word/ Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:29:32 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=567 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/182-gods-written-word/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the question, “Is There an Intermediate State After Death?”  I hope you got a good answer to that question from the Word of God.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Mediation:</p> <p>GOD'S WRITTEN WORD</p> <p>Psalm 119:89 "...For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven."</p> <p>I have often wondered why God in His providence allowed the original autographs to be destroyed, i.e., those original books written in the handwriting of the Scribes who wrote it down for us.  I suppose among many reasons that could be suggested is the tendency toward Bibliolatry.  I do not mean to take anything away for the sacredness of God's eternal Word.  I do not want to imply that He did not preserve His word by means of the Scribes who copied it so that we can have it in our day in our translation from the Authorized or received text from which came our King James Bible.</p> <p>Let's look at some of the things that is characteristic of the Word:</p> <p>IT IS THE FINAL WORD</p> <p>In our text it says, “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” This is an acknowledgment made by the human author of this Psalm.  What God has said in His Word we are not to think that it will ever change.  It will not.  There is no appeal from the truth of His Word.</p> <p>Revelation 22:18 says, "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:"</p> <p>The Words God has given us are as true and applicable for the believer as the day in which they were written.  Woe be unto the man who takes it upon himself to change it.</p> <p>IT IS THE GUIDING WORD</p> <p>Psalms 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."</p> <p>John Gill says, “The same Solomon says of the law and commandment, the perceptive part of the word, and the Septuagint and Arabic versions render it "law" here. This shows a man what is his duty, both towards God and man; by it is the knowledge of sin: this informs us of what righteousness that it is that God requires of men; by the light of it a man sees his own deformity and infirmities, the imperfection of his obedience, and that he needs a better righteousness than his own to justify him in the sight of God; it is a rule of walk and conversation; it directs what to do, and how to walk. The Gospel part of the word is a great and glorious light; by which men come to have some knowledge of God in Christ, as a God gracious and merciful; of Christ, his person, offices, and grace; of righteousness, salvation, and eternal life by him; and it teaches men to live soberly, righteously, and godly. The whole Scripture is a light shining in a dark place; a lamp or torch to be carried in the hand of a believer, while he passes through this dark world; and is in the present state of imperfection, in which he sees things but darkly.”</p> <p>IT PRODUCES OVERCOMERS</p> <p>Psalms 119:98, "Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me."</p> <p>The Psalmist had enemies on every side.  The Word of God had been his constant companion and book of instructions so that he could truly say, “Thou through thy commandments has made me wiser than mine enemies.”</p> <p>It would be hard to live on the razor's edge all the time.  But this is what is suggested by this part of the verse.  The psalmist knew he was imperfect but he was a believer.  So he lived out of the BOOK.  God's commandments had made him wiser then his enemies.  So much so that they had fallen in battle before him</p> <p>IT BRINGS DELIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER</p> <p>Psalm 119:92 says, “Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.”</p> <p>The word “Unless” means, “If not, except.” The Psalmist here gives complete credit for his survival to the God's law.  There is nothing that promotes Christianity more th... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/182-gods-written-word/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the question, “Is There an Intermediate State After Death?”  I hope you got a good answer to that question from the Word of God. Today on The Morning Mediation: GOD’S WRITTEN WORD Psalm 119:89 “…For ever... Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the question, “Is There an Intermediate State After Death?”  I hope you got a good answer to that question from the Word of God. Today on The Morning Mediation: GOD’S WRITTEN WORD Psalm 119:89 “…For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” I have often […] Missionary Joe Consford clean #181 – Is There An Intermediate State After Death? http://www.themorningmeditation.com/181-intermediate-state-death/ Sun, 13 Jul 2014 04:23:49 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=565 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/181-intermediate-state-death/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Free Salvation.  I am so glad that Jesus paid all of my sin debt for me!  I am not good enough to work my way to heaven!</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>IS THERE AN INTERMEDIATE STATE AFTER DEATH?</p> <p>2 Cor. 5:9 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”</p> <p>There are many who teach that there is an intermediate state between the death of a Christian and the resurrection. Therefore, when you die, it will be kind of like going to bed and getting a good nights rest and waking up refreshed and ready to go. When you sleep well, you don’t know what happened to the time anyway. That would be ok if this is what the Bible teaches but it isn’t. Others believe that there is a place one has to go to be purged for sins committed. The Catholic’s call it purgatory. This place they call purgatory is not taught in the Bible. Wherever it came from, it did not come from the Bible. What does the Bible teach? Let’s examine Scripture.</p> <p>Paul says, “We are confident.” ( tharrheo) is the translation of a word that means “to be of good courage, be of good cheer, to be bold.” It is a present active indicative verb. This means that we are continually confident, are presently cheered and constantly embolden by. The present tense represents action going on continuously at the present time. This was Paul’s attitude toward this truth at the time of the writing. Is there any indication in Scripture that he ever changed his mind? Since this is the Holy Spirit inspired Word, you can be sure that Christians today have the right to the same continuing attitude toward this same truth. Amen! You know it offends a lot of people for you to suggest that we can have absolute confidence in our salvation and destiny. To know you are saved, and know right now, based on the teaching of Scripture, that if you were to die you would immediately be in the presence of the Lord, offends a lot of people. The cross does offend. And our whole reason for our present confidence is that we believe He has obtained a finished salvation that we can possess in the present tense of our lives. As the hymn says, “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; sin had left a crimson stain - He washed it white as snow.” We ARE confident. We are CONFIDENT.</p> <p>The words, “I say, and willing rather” (eudokeo) mean “it seems good to one, is one's good pleasure, if left to ourselves we would prefer.” Paul tells us in verse 4 that his desire was not to die but to enter that body that the Lord has prepared for His children. This represents Paul’s attitude toward death because he knew where he would go immediately after the death of the body. He tells us that he is “willing” and that “it seems good to me” and “left to myself, I prefer this.”</p> <p>What did Paul prefer? He says, “to be absent from the body.” The words “to be absent” (ekdemeo) mean “to go abroad, emigrate, depart, to be or live abroad.” This word is literally made up of two words, ek, meaning “out of,” and demos meaning, “The people, the mass of people assembled in a public place.” We are emigrants from the sad mass of people in this world. Our emigration papers have already been filled out and approved to the extent that we have already been made citizens of another world (heaven). Someone hold my mules! Paul says in Philippians 3:20-21:  “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” The word “conversation” in verse 20 is politeuma meaning “a state, a commonwealth, the commonwealth of citizens.” Some have translated this “for our citizenship is in heaven.” This is exactly what Paul is saying here.</p> <p>Paul does not mind being absent from the body. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/181-intermediate-state-death/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Free Salvation.  I am so glad that Jesus paid all of my sin debt for me!  I am not good enough to work my way to heaven! Today on The Morning Meditation: IS THERE AN INTERMEDIATE STATE AFTER DEATH? Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Free Salvation.  I am so glad that Jesus paid all of my sin debt for me!  I am not good enough to work my way to heaven! Today on The Morning Meditation: IS THERE AN INTERMEDIATE STATE AFTER DEATH? 2 Cor. 5:9 “We are confident, I say, […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 11:16 #180 – Free Salvation http://www.themorningmeditation.com/180-free-salvation/ Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:17:04 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=563 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/180-free-salvation/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at the Word of God.  Make sure that you do not “wrest the Scriptures” to your own destruction.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>FREE SALVATION</p> <p>Isaiah 55:1-3 "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David."</p> <p>This is a great gold mine of salvation in Isaiah.  I wonder if Isaiah knew the spiritual wealth that was coming from his pen as he wrote these words.</p> <p>First, of all let’s look at—</p> <p>THE ARTICLES FOR SALE</p> <p>1.    The first mentioned is to take the “milk.” Milk, emblematic speaks of the essentials of life.  It is used especially for new born babes. 1 Peter 2:2 says, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" Milk is essential for the growth of babes in Christ.</p> <p>2.    The second mentioned is to take the “wine.” Wine in the Bible is emblematic of that which cheers and inspires.  Paul deals with this also in relation to the filling of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;" Some people take this verse and twist it to mean that one can drink in moderation.  This is not what Paul means at all.  All of us know that wine does cheer a person.  Paul is saying that the Holy Spirit will do for our spiritual lives what wine does to the body.  There is nothing spiritual about wine but it does teach a spiritual lesson.</p> <p>3.    This is for growth and happiness.  The Lord wants His people to be a rejoicing people.  What He had done for us in saving us is priceless.  Next, let’s look at—</p> <p>THE PRICE TO BE PAID</p> <p>1.    What the LORD offers here is free.  He says, “Buy without money and without price.” As the song says, “Nothing in my hand I bring; simply to thy cross I cling.”</p> <p>2.    Any price, in the form of good works, that one offers to God to pay for his salvation is an insult to His marvelous grace.  Grace is the unmerited favor of God.  God bestows salvation on man freely.  He does it all himself. Hebrews 1:3, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"</p> <p>3.    There are those who are working feverishly in churches across this country thinking that what they are doing is going to be enough to satisfy God for their sins.  A man who believes that is self deceived. Romans 4:5, "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Man will go to heaven by faith in the finished work of Christ or he won’t go at all.</p> <p>Matthew 7:21 23, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Finally, let’s look at—</p> <p>THE CUSTOMERS INVITED</p> <p>1.    This offer is to the thirsty: “Ho, everyone that thirsteth!” All of us know what it is to be thirsty.  Thirst in the Scriptures speaks of desire.  I might say strong desire.  It is a longing, a craving for satisfaction.  One of the things this brings out is that God saves no one against his will. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/180-free-salvation/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at the Word of God.  Make sure that you do not “wrest the Scriptures” to your own destruction. Today on The Morning Meditation: FREE SALVATION Isaiah 55:1-3 “Ho, every one that thirsteth, Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at the Word of God.  Make sure that you do not “wrest the Scriptures” to your own destruction. Today on The Morning Meditation: FREE SALVATION Isaiah 55:1-3 “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:26 #179 – The Word of God http://www.themorningmeditation.com/179-word-god/ Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:38:33 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=561 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/179-word-god/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Moring Meditation we looked at The Right Kind of Heart.  Do you have the right kind of heart?  If not, fix it!</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>THE WORD OF GOD</p> <p>John 12:48 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”</p> <p>Our most prized possession is the Word of God.  One of our Lord's Names is the Word. John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." It is no wonder that the Scriptures are under attack by Satan.  Our faith will be no stronger than the Word we put our trust in.  If our Bible is corrupted, then our faith will be frustrated.  Note the following:</p> <p>AS THE ENGRAFTED WORD IT IS TO BE RECEIVED</p> <p>James 1:21, "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls."</p> <p>The words “lay apart” is an aorist middle participle.  The aorist tense refers to a once-for-all act.  The middle voice is where the subjects participates in the result of the action, i.e., is benefitted by the action.  Gill says, “All manner of filthiness, both of flesh and spirit; all pride, vanity, wrath, malice, and evil speaking, under hearing the word: the allusion seems to be to a boiling pot, which casts up scum and filth, which must be taken off: and such is the spirit of wrathful men; it throws up the filth of haughtiness and pride, of anger, wrath, and wickedness, which must be taken off, and laid aside; or the word will not be heard to any profit, or advantage.”</p> <p>The “engrafted word” translates “emphutos” and means, “inborn.” This is what Peter is talking about in 2 Peter 1:4, "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." The believer is a partaker of the Divine Nature which indwells him.</p> <p>Barnes says, “The word here rendered filthiness, occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It means properly filth; and then is applied to evil conduct considered as disgusting or offensive. Sin may be contemplated as a wrong thing; as a violation of law; as evil in its nature and tendency, and therefore to be avoided; or it may be contemplated as disgusting, offensive, loathsome. To a pure mind, this is one of its most odious characteristics; for, to such a mind, sin in any form is more loathsome than the most offensive object can be to any of the senses.”</p> <p>James says we are to receive with meekness the engrafted word.  The word meekness translates “prautes,” and means, “mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit.” James is saying that we need to have a positive mental attitude toward the Word when we hear it and receive it.  Next,</p> <p>AS THE FAITHFUL WORD IT IS TO BE HELD FAST</p> <p>Titus 1:9, "Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers."</p> <p>Here we are told to have a tight grip on the faithful word.  It will be challenged but when the dust settles we still have the word of God and all the attempts to change it are rejected by the true believer.  It is called “the faithful word” because it can always be counted on.  When God says something, you can count on it being true.  It does not change with the times.</p> <p>The Word of God is to be used to exhort and convince the gainsayers.  It is to be done by sound doctrine.  Next,</p> <p>AS THE WORD OF LIFE IT IS TO BE HELD FORTH</p> <p>Philippians 2:16, "Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain."</p> <p>This means reaching out to people with the Word.  It is the word of life that transforms and directs their destiny.  The words “that I may rejoice in the day of Christ. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/179-word-god/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Moring Meditation we looked at The Right Kind of Heart.  Do you have the right kind of heart?  If not, fix it! Today on The Morning Meditation: THE WORD OF GOD John 12:48 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, Yesterday on The Moring Meditation we looked at The Right Kind of Heart.  Do you have the right kind of heart?  If not, fix it! Today on The Morning Meditation: THE WORD OF GOD John 12:48 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:21 #178 – The Right Kind of Heart http://www.themorningmeditation.com/178-right-kind-heart/ Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:32:54 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=558 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/178-right-kind-heart/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at A Crucial Message for the Man of God and we saw that Paul told the man of God what to flee, follow, fight, and lay hold of.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART</p> <p>Psalms 57:7 "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise."</p> <p>John Gill comments about the fixed heart: “Firm and sure heart, trusting in the Lord, believing that he should be saved by him out of his troubles; So, in a spiritual sense, a heart fixed and established, or that is firm and sure, is one that is assured of its salvation by Christ, rooted and grounded in the love of God, firmly built on the foundation, Christ, and has its affections set on him; and is unmoved, from the hope of the Gospel, and the doctrines of it, by whatsoever it meets with in the world. It may be rendered, ‘my heart is prepared’, or ‘ready;’ that is, according to some, to receive good or evil, prosperity or adversity, at the hand of God.”</p> <p>THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART IS A NEW HEART</p> <p>David says, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed . . . ” The word “fixed” means, “to bring something into being with the consequence that its existence is a certainty.” — Theological Workbook of the Old Testament p. 964.</p> <p>David might have just as easily said, “LORD, my heart is fixed, not by me, but by you. You have given me a new heart. It has so changed me that I can do nothing but praise you.” This participle is in the passive voice which means that David received this “fixed heart” from a source outside himself. This heart was “God created” and given by grace.</p> <p>We are born with a heart totally out of sink with God. Jesus said in Matthew 15:18 20, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:  These are the things which defile a man:"</p> <p>Jeremiah said in Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"</p> <p>The language of Jeremiah is what we would call tough. It is impossible NOT to understand what he is saying. This is the heart of the natural man who can do things that are appalling. If one thinks he is right by what he does, he has been deceived by his own heart. No one is justified in the sight of God by his own good works. But this is what the flesh wants to believe. God has everywhere refuted man’s faith in his own goodness. Psalms 51:5, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."</p> <p>The new birth gives us a new heart. This is the new nature in contrast to the old one that we received by the new birth. I am afraid that people throughout the church have come in without being born again. They are no more saved than the drunkard or harlot, etc. Next,</p> <p>THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART IS ONE THAT IS FIXED</p> <p>One has to have a fixed heart to go to heaven. And I cannot repeat this too much. We cannot fix our own depraved hearts. Read this verse again slowly and put your mind in gear while you are doing it. Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" For an unconverted man to disagree with what this verse says is to argue with God. We just cannot win in an argument with God. If we are going to be saved, we must accept God’s diagnosis. When we do that, He will come forth with healing in His wings. Malachi 4:2, "But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings. . .”</p> <p>David said, "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise."</p> <p>Spurgeon said, “One would have thought he would have said, "My heart is fluttered;" but no, he is calm, firm, happy, resolute, established.  When the central axle is secure, the whole wheel is right.  If our great bower anchor holds, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/178-right-kind-heart/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at A Crucial Message for the Man of God and we saw that Paul told the man of God what to flee, follow, fight, and lay hold of. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART Psalms 57:7 “My heart ... Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at A Crucial Message for the Man of God and we saw that Paul told the man of God what to flee, follow, fight, and lay hold of. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART Psalms 57:7 “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 17:01 #177 – A Crucial Message to the Man of God http://www.themorningmeditation.com/177-crucial-message-man-god/ Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:31:03 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=556 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/177-crucial-message-man-god/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday we looked at a simple phrase in the Word of God – What Have I Done?  I hope you can answer the questions we asked in that meditation.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Mediation:</p> <p>A CRUCIAL MESSAGE TO THE MAN OF GOD</p> <p>1 Tim.  6:10-12 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”</p> <p>There are four things in this passage that stand out as either a warning or an exhortation to the man of God. One of the most complimentary titles that a preacher can have is the term Paul uses here, i.e., “But thou, O man of God.” That gives him something to live up to. What is a man of God? First, he is a saved man. Second, he is a man who is controlled by God, i.e., the Lordship of Christ. Third, he is a man chosen of God to represent Him in the ministry of the Word. There are a lot of preachers that you would have to put you tongue in your cheek if you called them men of God. Which proves that a man of God is not one by declaration. He is one in dedication, commitment and obedience. We usually give that title to one who faithfully declares the Word of God in the Spirit of Christ and walks his message out in his own shoe leather. Let’s look at the four things that Paul tells Timothy here.</p> <p>FIRST, HE TELLS HIM WHAT TO FLEE</p> <p>The word “flee” translates “pheugo” and means, “to flee away, seek safety by flight, to be saved by flight, to escape safely out of danger.” It is a present active imperative verb. This means that the man of God needs to continually flee away, to seek safety by flight, and to escape out of the danger of these things. Paul addresses himself by inspiration of God in the continuous present. The imperative mood is a command expressing urgency. Someone has said, “Salvation is a return to the authority of the throne.” Timothy had returned to the authority of the throne in two ways. First, in salvation. He had submitted to the authoritative call to repentance and had been directed to faith in Christ. Second, he had submitted to God’s authority in his call to the ministry. The man of God to be right with God must be under the direct authority of God’s Word.</p> <p>The words “these things” identify what to flee from. “These things” takes us back to the things mentioned in this chapter up to this point. The “thing” that stands out more than any of the rest is “the love of money.” Paul says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” The words “love of money” is the translation of one word, “philarguria.” The root word from which this word comes is made up of two words. One of the words means “fondness” and the other is the word for “silver.” It speaks of an addictive fondness for money that is described in the Bible as covetousness. Paul says in  Colossians 3:5, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” In other words Paul says one must deal with his attitude toward money. He uses the strong word “idolatry” to explain the seriousness of covetousness. Covetousness can be more than a greed for money. The Covetous literally means, “a lust for more.” But a lover of money does have a lust for more. So it is idolatry. A man can’t be a man of God and at the same time be an idolater.</p> <p>It is very difficult to avoid this attitude in an affluent society. It is as natural as snow at the north pole for the preacher to want his family to have as much as all the other folks he pastors. And I have never seen a church that took good care of their pastor that God didn’t bless. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/177-crucial-message-man-god/feed/ 0 Yesterday we looked at a simple phrase in the Word of God – What Have I Done?  I hope you can answer the questions we asked in that meditation. Today on The Morning Mediation: A CRUCIAL MESSAGE TO THE MAN OF GOD 1 Tim. Yesterday we looked at a simple phrase in the Word of God – What Have I Done?  I hope you can answer the questions we asked in that meditation. Today on The Morning Mediation: A CRUCIAL MESSAGE TO THE MAN OF GOD 1 Tim.  6:10-12 “For the love of money is the root of all […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 15:32 #176 – What Have I Done? http://www.themorningmeditation.com/176-done/ Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:46:55 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=552 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/176-done/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on the Moring Meditation we looked at The Steps of Peter’s Downfall.  I am so glad the Lord did not write him off when he fell!  I am so thankful that God preserved this story for us in His Everlasting Word!</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>WHAT HAVE I DONE?</p> <p>Jeremiah 8:6 "I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle."</p> <p>Jeremiah is speaking these words by inspiration of God to the people of God.  Israel had “turned to his course.”  It is the same that is found in Judges 17:6, "In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes."</p> <p>This is a description of people in our day.  No one is asking, “What have I done?” If we ask that question, it will lead us to repent and make things right with God.</p> <p>The Divine complaint is, that no one seems so sensible of sin and guilt in His sight as to say, “What have I done?” All are so filled with self-confidence that they feel no need of repentance.  There are several questions that we need to ask ourselves—</p> <p>WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH GOD?</p> <p>God is the Author and Preserver of my life?  Do I acknowledge Him as Creator or do we stand idly by while the world curses our God and denies His existence?  Have I calloused myself against the filth of this world and put an innocent look on my face to imply that I am not a party to what is going on?</p> <p>Someone has said, “The worse sinners are sometimes those who feel the least sinful.”</p> <p>Where is God in our lives?  Is He the center or has He been placed in some out away place so we can draw on Him when we need Him.  The next question is—</p> <p>WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH CHRIST?</p> <p>He has been offered to me as a gift from God.  What have I done with Him?  Have I accepted Him or rejected Him?  Have I accepted Him as a fire escape from hell, or, have I trusted Him as Lord and Saviour?  Is He my constant companion?  Do I consult Him concerning all the decisions that I make in life?</p> <p>Is Jesus a guest in my home or the host?  Do I allow Him to have the complete run of the house or limit Him to those areas where I feel safe with Him being there.  Do I invite Him to watch the TV programs that I watch?  I have an idea if Jesus were to come to my house I would be very antsy until He left.  I know this, if I knew He was coming, there would be a thorough house cleaning.  And we would not watch TV while He was there.  I don’t think Jesus likes TV.  The next question is—</p> <p>WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?</p> <p>Have I grieved Him by my unbelief?  Have I turned a deaf ear to His counsel and hardened my heart against the melting influences of His presence.?  Am I constantly grieving Him in what I do and say? Ephesians 4:30, "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."</p> <p>The Holy Spirit is that other Comforter that is to abide with us forever. John 14:16 18, "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."</p> <p>The Holy Spirit is Heaven’s throne gift to the believer.  What have I done with Him?  The next question is—</p> <p>WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY BIBLE?</p> <p>Have I been reading it as God’s written message to my soul?  Do I search the Scriptures when I have a problem to find God’s solution?  I remember the title of a song I heard as a boy: “Dust on the Bible, dust on His holy Word.” Do I read my Bible with an open mind or do I impose my opinions upon the Scriptures as I read them?  The next question is—</p> <p>WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY TALENTS?</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/176-done/feed/ 0 Yesterday on the Moring Meditation we looked at The Steps of Peter’s Downfall.  I am so glad the Lord did not write him off when he fell!  I am so thankful that God preserved this story for us in His Everlasting Word! Yesterday on the Moring Meditation we looked at The Steps of Peter’s Downfall.  I am so glad the Lord did not write him off when he fell!  I am so thankful that God preserved this story for us in His Everlasting Word! Today on The Morning Meditation: WHAT HAVE I DONE? Jeremiah 8:6 “I hearkened […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:23 #175 – The Steps of Peters Downfall http://www.themorningmeditation.com/175-steps-peters-downfall/ Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:04:44 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=550 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/175-steps-peters-downfall/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we saw some New Things about God!  I am glad that I have experienced some of these new things and I look forward to the day of experiencing the rest.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>THE STEPS OF PETER'S DOWNFALL</p> <p>Mark 14:29-31 "But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.  And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.  But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all."</p> <p>This meditation will be spread out over the rest of this chapter.</p> <p>Backsliding is a process.  Eve first saw, then desired, then took, then ate before she gave to Adam.  Falling away out of the company and fellowship of Christ is the result of an inward disease preying upon the vitals of our spiritual being.  That disease is self will.  Let's follow Peter in his downward march step by step.</p> <p>SELF CONFIDENCE</p> <p>Mark 14:29, "But Peter said unto him, although all shall be offended, yet will not I." I imagine that Peter often caused offense by his outbursts of loyalty to Jesus especially when he compared himself with the others: “They might but I won't.  I will die first.” Peter just plainly believed he was more trustworthy than the others. Proverbs 28:26, "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered." According to this Proverb Peter was a fool.</p> <p>Peter's foolishness was due to an oversized ego and not knowing or admitting his own weaknesses. 1 Corinthians 10:12, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." This is a warning that all Christians should take to heart.  None of us want to fail the Lord.  The unregenerated part of a believer remains in him to cause failure and so disappoint the believer that he will quit.</p> <p>Paul deals with this in Romans 7:17 20, "Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me."</p> <p>One of the best ways of overcoming sin in the life is recognize it is there.  Then recognize that Christ in us is greater than any temptation to sin that we will ever be confronted with.  The next step in Peter's downfall is,</p> <p>PROUD BOASTING</p> <p>Peter says, “If I should die with Thee, I will not deny thee in any wise” (vs 31).  Peter was unbelieving and ignorant of his own weakness.  Peter was an unbelieving believer. He had the faith to be saved but not faith to live by.  Israel is a good example of this.  They had enough faith to get them out of Egypt (a type of salvation) but not enough faith to get them in to Canaan (Canaan a type of the victorious Christian life).  There is no place for boasting in the Christian faith.  Jesus has done it all.  We are to praise Him for His grace to save.  The next step in Peter's down fall is,</p> <p>ASHAMEDNESS</p> <p>Mark 14:54, "And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire."</p> <p>Luke 23:49, “And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.”</p> <p>Luke 22:60 62, "And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.  And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.  And Peter went out, and wept bitterly."</p> <p>Peter's first words in these verses is an outright denial that he knew Jesus. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/175-steps-peters-downfall/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we saw some New Things about God!  I am glad that I have experienced some of these new things and I look forward to the day of experiencing the rest. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE STEPS OF PETER’S DOWNFALL Mar... Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we saw some New Things about God!  I am glad that I have experienced some of these new things and I look forward to the day of experiencing the rest. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE STEPS OF PETER’S DOWNFALL Mark 14:29-31 “But Peter said unto him, Although all shall […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:39 #174 – Some New Things About God http://www.themorningmeditation.com/174-new-things-god/ Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:42:27 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=546 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/174-new-things-god/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we thought about God’s Promise Concerning the Believer’s Temptation.  I sure am glad that we do not serve a cold heartless God that knows nothing of the trials we face!</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>SOME NEW THINGS ABOUT GOD</p> <p>Acts 17:19 “And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?”</p> <p>They brought him before the most skilled of their doctors and examined him concerning something that was completely new to them. Gill names this man before whom Paul was brought as Dionysius and if so he was converted. Acts 17:34, "Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.”</p> <p>Now whether this is true or not we will have to leave as an educated guess. But we do know Paul had a awesome impact on men of learning when those men were open to the truth. A thinking person could not listen to Paul and withstand his teaching. Not only was he good in the Scriptures but the power of God was upon him.</p> <p>So as we look in this meditation, let’s look at some new things with which men were confronted when they heard the good news of the gospel from a man anointed of God to preach in those early days.</p> <p>REPENTANCE OR A NEW MIND ABOUT GOD</p> <p>Acts 20:21 "Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."</p> <p>The word “repentance” translates “metanoia” and means, “a change of mind, as it appears to one who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done.” It does not mean that one has quit all sin. Because there is no such thing as living above sin. It does mean that one takes up God’s thinking on what is right and wrong. A repentant person is one who agrees with God about what He thinks even if it is against what he is doing. This is where repentance brings change in a persons life. When we see that God says “this is wrong” and we are doing it, we change from what we are doing for we no longer want to be doing things that God says is wrong. Once we take God’s view on the right or wrong of a thing, then we are ready for God’s way of forgiving what we did wrong while we were in disagreement with God. And Jesus is the answer for that. Jesus is the one who pays for the penalty of those sins we committed and is there as the mediator to reconcile us to God. Colossians 1:20 says, “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”<br /> The word “reconcile” means, “bring back a former state of harmony.” The former state of harmony takes us back BEFORE the fall. God’s intent in the giving of His Son to die on the cross is to restore man to His original intent. God had a purpose in the creation of man and that purpose has been temporarily disrupted by Satan’s temptation and man’s sin. So the gospel calls man to repentance, to see that he did sin in taking his own way instead of God’s in the garden, and repentance is man’s response in faith to God’s explanation of what happened. It is man bowing before God and asking forgiveness on the basis of the cross and receiving that forgiveness by faith and being reconciled so that he is no longer an enemy of God but a born again child. Someone hold my mules!!! Hallelujah!!! This is something new in the realm of religion in Paul’s day and in ours. It is a necessary prerequisite to salvation.  Next,</p> <p>JUSTIFICATION IS A NEW STANDING BEFORE GOD</p> <p>Man’s standing before God in his natural state is a state of condemnation. This standing before God is a terminal condition that man has never been able to deal with. Religion tries to correct this standing of total depravity by keeping God’s law and living up to moral standards. But man has been totally unsuccessful.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/174-new-things-god/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we thought about God’s Promise Concerning the Believer’s Temptation.  I sure am glad that we do not serve a cold heartless God that knows nothing of the trials we face! Today on The Morning Meditation: SOME NEW THINGS... Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we thought about God’s Promise Concerning the Believer’s Temptation.  I sure am glad that we do not serve a cold heartless God that knows nothing of the trials we face! Today on The Morning Meditation: SOME NEW THINGS ABOUT GOD Acts 17:19 “And they took him, and brought him unto […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 22:06 #173 – Gods Promise Concerning the Believers Temptation http://www.themorningmeditation.com/173-gods-promise-concerning-believers-temptation/ Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:24:11 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=544 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/173-gods-promise-concerning-believers-temptation/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Great Supper.  What is your response to the invitation given?  Do you have a preplanned excuse?</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>GOD’S PROMISE CONCERNING THE BELIEVERS TEMPTATION</p> <p>1 Cor.  +10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”</p> <p>There are four things I want to examine in this verse. First,</p> <p>THE COMMONALITY OF TEMPTATION</p> <p>Paul says, “there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man.” This was a real help to me when I discovered this truth. I thought I was the only one that had my particular problems. I thought something was wrong with me. Well, I was right. But where I was wrong was that my problems were not unique. Others were having those same problems. I’m not saying that I am glad others have these problems. I am saying that I’m happy to know that it is consistent with the Christian life to have the problems and it is not a sign that there is a flaw in my salvation.</p> <p>The word “temptation” translates “peirasmos” and means, “an experiment, a trial, a proving.” Kittel says that it was used in secular Greek for medical experiments. Let’s observe the following:</p> <p>1. God does not tempt any man.  James  +1:13 says, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.”</p> <p>2. God does allow temptation as in the case of Job. See Job chapters 1 and 2.</p> <p>3. The temptation that God allows is for the purpose of proving the quality of His work in the believer. God does not allow temptation in the believer to prove to Himself that what He has done will stand the test. He allows temptation or testing to prove to others that His work is a perfect work and will prove to be true when tested. Again this is exactly what happened with Job.</p> <p>Paul says, There hath no temptation taken you but such as in common to man.” The verb is “hath taken” with the negative “no.” The verb is a perfect active indicative. The perfect tense is completed action in the past and stands as complete in the present. Paul is speaking of any temptation that they have had in the past through which they have passed with the result that it stands now as a historical fact in their lives. He is telling them that any failure in the past is due to the lack of trust in the faithfulness of God and any success in bearing up under the temptation was due to God’s enabling power. He says that there is “no” temptation which looks at all temptations with qualification. That takes care of trying to qualify certain kinds of trials and say that they are too much to bear.</p> <p>The words “such as is common to man.” translate one word in the Greek. It is “anthropinos” and means, “human species, applied to things belonging to men.” The use of this word is to draw attention to the fact that what Christians go through in the way of testing is true of mankind in general. When mankind in general is tested, the test proves there is a character flaw that renders them helpless. This character flaw is called spiritual death and is identified in theological terms as total depravity. They fail the test and will every time. You can read about it in Romans 1:18-3:20. When Christians are tested and pass the test, it proves that God’s saving work is adequate to make them stand in the time of testing. Next let’s notice,</p> <p>THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD TO THE TEMPTED CHRISTIAN</p> <p>After saying, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as in common to man,” he added, “but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able.” The word “but” is a conjunction that turns the temptation from failure to success. The word “faithful” translates “pistos” and means, “ trusty, faithful. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/173-gods-promise-concerning-believers-temptation/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Great Supper.  What is your response to the invitation given?  Do you have a preplanned excuse? Today on The Morning Meditation: GOD’S PROMISE CONCERNING THE BELIEVERS TEMPTATION 1 Cor. Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Great Supper.  What is your response to the invitation given?  Do you have a preplanned excuse? Today on The Morning Meditation: GOD’S PROMISE CONCERNING THE BELIEVERS TEMPTATION 1 Cor.  +10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is […] Missionary Joe Consford clean #172 – The Great Supper http://www.themorningmeditation.com/172-great-supper/ Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:21:03 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=542 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/172-great-supper/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The God of the Bible.  I like what the Apostle John had to say in last chapter of the Gospel he was charged with putting to paper and the same thing that was echoed by the songwriter, “Nor could the scroll contain the whole though stretched from sky to sky!”</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>THE GREAT SUPPER</p> <p>Luke 14:16-24 "Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:  And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.  And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.  And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.  And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.  So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.  And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.  And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.  For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper."</p> <p>The supper time is this dispensation.  The supper refers to the blessings and privileges provided for men in the sacrifice of God’s Son.  The many bidden (vs 16) are the Jews who received the first invitation, and who had been advised a long time beforehand.  The excuses are the silly objections brought by them against Jesus and His claims.  The poor and maimed are the publicans and sinners among both Jew and Gentile who accepted the invitation.  Those compelled to come in from the highways and hedges are the strangers afar off who had no hope.   Those who shall never taste of this supper are the unbelieving Jewish nation, who have been “cut off” (Acts 13:46; Rom.  11:20).  Such may be the dispensational teaching of the parable, but let us look at some practical thoughts. Let’s look first at —</p> <p>THE THREEFOLD REASON FOR COMING</p> <p>1.    “Come, for all things are now ready.”  “All things” means that every spiritual and temporal blessing for time and eternity is now ready in Christ.</p> <p>Here is an advertisement that all things pertaining to a sinners salvation is now ready.</p> <p>Do you need a substitute?  Then “Behold the Lamb of God.”</p> <p>Do you need forgiveness?  Then this is ready.  This is brought out in Acts 13:38, "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:"</p> <p>Do you need peace? Romans 5:1 says, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"</p> <p>Do you need power?  Power is offered in Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."</p> <p>The next reason for coming is—</p> <p>2.    Come for all classes are invited.  Surely these four classes include all sorts.  First, the poor — those who feed on stale scraps, and who have never known what it is to have a thoroughly satisfying feast.</p> <p>Second, the maimed — those who have been deprived of some of their limbs, and have become hopelessly mutilated.  Morally, this class represents those whose conscience has been seared.  They hear but they don’t hear.</p> <p>Third, the halt — those who have all their limbs, but in a crooked and deformed condition, whose manner of walk is neither straight nor steady.</p> <p>Fourth, the blind — those who can walk pretty straight, but are in the blackness of darkness all the time... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/172-great-supper/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The God of the Bible.  I like what the Apostle John had to say in last chapter of the Gospel he was charged with putting to paper and the same thing that was echoed by the songwriter, Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The God of the Bible.  I like what the Apostle John had to say in last chapter of the Gospel he was charged with putting to paper and the same thing that was echoed by the songwriter, “Nor could the scroll contain the whole though stretched from […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:28 #171 – The God of The Bible http://www.themorningmeditation.com/171-god-bible/ Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:10:06 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=539 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/171-god-bible/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at God’s Offer of Guidance.  He wants to be our Instructor, Teacher and Counselor.  Are you willing to take Him up on His offer?</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>THE GOD OF THE BIBLE</p> <p>Gen. 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”</p> <p>God is named in the first verse of the Bible. He is here identified as the Creator. The word God itself is Elohim.  The word Elohim is the word El put in the plural form and that is where we get “ohim” as an ending on the word “El.” The plural in the Hebrew is three or more differing from the English in grammar. In English we have the singular and the plural. In the Hebrew we have the singular, duel, and the plural. There is no attempt to prove there is a God in this passage. It just tells us what God does. But the reason I am making at least a short comment on this is to show that in the very first verse of the Bible God revealed Himself in TRINITY, i.e., the three strong ones. God is One God and yet a Trinity from the very first verse in the Bible. There is no way to avoid this without putting aside all the rules of correct interpretation. There is no other God like Him. He is God and there is no other.</p> <p>To avoid dealing with God as Creator, placing Him before all things is a mistake of immeasurable proportions. It is to insult Him and avoid crediting Him with the person He really is and to relegate Him to some sort of being that came on the scene and is the result of self creation and no more than the brain child of the philosopher who needs to create a god who is man’s servant not man’s God. This kind of philosophy tells God what He can and can’t do ultimately in the judgment. Boy are those mindless birds in for a shock when they discover that the plowboy working out a living in the soil has more sense in his little finger then they do even though the degrees at the end of their names are long enough to spell Sacramento, California!!!</p> <p>Sometimes the books are only a means to magnify the author and those who follow their pernicious knowledge and serve to make them heroes of the wisdom of this world but leave them lost without God and without hope. Let’s look as some of the things the Bible says about God.</p> <p>THE GOD OF ALL GRACE</p> <p>1 Peter 5:10, "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."<br /> John Gill comments on this phrase: “Who has riches of grace, an immense plenty of it in himself, has treasured up a fulness of grace in his Son; is the author of all the blessings of grace, of electing, adopting, justifying, pardoning, and regenerating grace; and is the giver of the several graces of the Spirit, as faith, hope, love, repentance, &c. and of all the supplies of grace; and by this character is God the Father described as the object of prayer, to encourage souls to come to the throne of his grace, and pray, and hope for, and expect a sufficiency of his grace in every time of need; as well as to show that the sufferings of the saints here are but for a while; that they are in love and kindness; and that they shall certainly enjoy the glory they are called unto . . .”<br /> The words “The God of all grace” suggests that He is its author. He is the beginner of grace, i.e., the one who thought it up. When man sinned in the Garden of Eden there is no one who knew better than Him that the depths to which we fell was out of the reach of anything short of mercy and grace. Man could desire restoration but he could never be restored by himself. He could try but his trials would fail. He could devise means hoping that the exercise of these means would restore him from his fallen state but they would not work. When man sinned the death that became his destiny was impossible to over come. It would take the same Creator who made him originally to come to where we ar... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/171-god-bible/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at God’s Offer of Guidance.  He wants to be our Instructor, Teacher and Counselor.  Are you willing to take Him up on His offer? Today on The Morning Meditation: THE GOD OF THE BIBLE Gen. Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at God’s Offer of Guidance.  He wants to be our Instructor, Teacher and Counselor.  Are you willing to take Him up on His offer? Today on The Morning Meditation: THE GOD OF THE BIBLE Gen. 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” God is […] Missionary Joe Consford clean #170 – The Lords Offer of Guidance http://www.themorningmeditation.com/170-lords-offer-guidance/ Sat, 21 Jun 2014 23:55:12 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=532 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/170-lords-offer-guidance/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Door is Shut.  Are you outside of a shut door?</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>THE LORD’S OFFER OF GUIDANCE</p> <p>Psa. 32:8  “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”</p> <p>Someone has said as we enter into the truth of this verse “we enter as a student in God’s University.” This is a University from which I want a degree. Amen. The Lord promises three things in this verse, i.e., that He will be our Instructor, that He will be our Teacher, and that He will be our Counselor. First let’s look at Him as,</p> <p>THE INSTRUCTOR</p> <p>He says to David, “I will instruct thee . . .” The word “instruct” translates “sakal” and means, “to be prudent, be circumspect, wisely understand, prosper.” The Hebrew verb is what is called the hiphil stem and is causative (causes action). It is imperfect tense and speaks of a process. God is promising David “I will continually cause you to be prudent, be circumspect, and to wisely understand and be prosperous in understanding (my paraphrase).</p> <p>God instructs so that those instructed by Him are advanced beyond those who are learned in the things of the world including science so-called. Psalm 119:99-100 says, “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.” Where does this understanding come from? The words “for thy testimonies are my meditation” tell us.</p> <p>When we meditate on the Word of God, God becomes our Instructor. This is the reason God trained the Jews to make His Word a part of everything they did. Deut. 6:6-9 says, “And these WORDS, which I command thee this day, SHALL BE IN THINE HEART: And thou shalt TEACH them diligently unto thy children, and shalt TALK of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt BIND them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as FRONTLETS BETWEEN THINE EYES. And thou shalt WRITE THEM UPON THE POSTS OF THY HOUSE, AND ON THY GATES.” (Caps mine for emphasis). Who is the teacher in your home? Is it the TV? It is in most homes I am afraid. The above describes a home that spends all their time together involved in learning the Word of God. Can you imagine how much a child who was reared in a home like this would know about what God has to say when he reached adulthood? This was the RULE in Jewish homes. Should Christians do less?</p> <p>God has promised to be our Instructor. Let’s let Him instruct. Then next, He has promised to be,</p> <p>THE TEACHER</p> <p>Our text says, “and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go.” The word “teach” translates “yarah” and means “to throw, cast, to shoot, to point out, to direct.” This verb is the same as above, a hiphil imperfect. God says, “I will throw you in the way that thou shalt go.” I like that. That takes all my resistance out of it. God just picks me up and throws or casts, or shoots me in the right direction! The words “in the way” refers to the course of life. The words “thou shalt go” refer to the right way. This is not God making us go in the right direction. He is making a promise to those who voluntarily trust Him.</p> <p>This is a definite promise of Divine involvement in the direction of ones life. God does get involved with His people. No one can maintain a proper walk in the ways of God without God’s help. There are times when we need His forceful interference when we are about to go wrong. This has been one of the difficulties over the years for Christians. Our problem is not so much a lack of desire to do right. It is an attempt to do right on our own without His help. Failure then comes. Then another attempt. Failure again. Then quit. The attempt to do right without God’s help is like burning a lamp without oil. It lasts only a short time and burns itself out. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/170-lords-offer-guidance/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Door is Shut.  Are you outside of a shut door? Today on The Morning Meditation: THE LORD’S OFFER OF GUIDANCE Psa. 32:8  “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will gui... Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Door is Shut.  Are you outside of a shut door? Today on The Morning Meditation: THE LORD’S OFFER OF GUIDANCE Psa. 32:8  “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Someone has said […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:26 Morning Anouncements #5 – The Contest http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncements-5-contest/ Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:00:35 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=530 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncements-5-contest/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>The Morning Mediation Morning Announcements #5</p> <p>The Morning Meditation is really starting to grow!  We have now been downloaded in 122 countries around the world.  This is going to be a great ministry!  I am excited about what God is going to do.</p> <p>If you want to learn how to subscribe to The Morning Meditation, just go to TheMorningMeditation.com/subscribe, and you can see all of the ways you can subscribe.</p> <p>I have decided to have a month long contest to see if we can get more subscribers!  I have never done a contest before; so we are going to be learning together!</p> <p>THE PRIZE!</p> <p>Dr. James Wilkins has written a great new book: Obeying the Great Commission – Equipping you to do your new vocation.</p> <p>I have one copy for the winner!</p> <p>THE RULES!</p> <p>Email as many people as you can and ask them to listen to The Morning Meditation.</p> <p>In the email, ask them to email me at feedback@themorningmeditation.com to let me know that you asked them to listen to The Morning Meditation.</p> <p>Make sure they include your name and email address in the email to me.</p> <p>THE WINNER!<br /> The winner will be the one that gets the most people to send me an email.</p> <p>I will keep score and let you know who is winning on each of the morning announcements which will air once every ten days.</p> <p>The grand prize winner will be announce in the morning announcement just prior to Episode #200.</p> <p>Thank you for listening to The Morning Meditation every day!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncements-5-contest/">Morning Anouncements #5 – The Contest</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com">The Morning Meditation</a>.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncements-5-contest/feed/ 0 The Morning Mediation Morning Announcements #5 The Morning Meditation is really starting to grow!  We have now been downloaded in 122 countries around the world.  This is going to be a great ministry!  I am excited about what God is going to do. The Morning Mediation Morning Announcements #5 The Morning Meditation is really starting to grow!  We have now been downloaded in 122 countries around the world.  This is going to be a great ministry!  I am excited about what God is going to do. If you want to learn how to subscribe to The Morning Meditation, […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 2:45 #169 – The Door Is Shut http://www.themorningmeditation.com/169-door-shut/ Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:55:48 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=528 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/169-door-shut/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Number One Desire of a Christian.  David was a great example of how to seek that one thing.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>THE DOOR IS SHUT</p> <p>Gen. 7:16 “And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.”</p> <p>There was one door in the ark. When God told Noah how to build the ark, He said, “A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it” (6:16). The door to the ark was evidently three stories high. It reminds us that God has provided ample entrance to the place where there is plenty of room for all who will come. God’s grace is truly amazing. It is the broad way that leads to destruction and the narrow way that leads to life. But the words “narrow way” does not suggest that there is not room for everyone. Because everyone who WILL come CAN come. It is not “everyone who CAN come WILL come.” Some get this turned around. I suggest that we keep it in the Biblical order. Jesus died for all and all can be saved. The problem is that the “broad way” describes the way most people choose to go.</p> <p>Our text says, “. . . and the LORD shut him in.”  What a wonderful truth that is. What security for Noah and his family! When God shuts the door, you won’t be getting out. That is, until the time His providence provides. Col. 3:3 says, “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” God has shut us in. Jesus is our Ark.</p> <p>There is also another side to this truth because there is another side to that door. What about the people who were on the other side of that door after the LORD shut Noah, his family and all the animals in? The door was as secure against opening from that side as it was from Noah’s side. When the LORD shut Noah in, He shut the rest of the world out. There is a thin line that separates the condemned from the uncondemned. But there is an eternal difference. Noah was safe on the one side of that door and those on the other side were eternally condemned. The LORD had shut the door.</p> <p>Have you discovered that you cannot exceed God’s boundaries? God has shut the human race out to some things. Nimrod tried to build a tower that would reach into the heavens. God came down and saw what was going on. He interrupted the building program. This is recorded in Genesis chapter 11. God knows what is going on in the space program today. We know that. The boundaries are still there. Man thinks he has accomplished a lot when he says, “we have gone to the moon,” and, “we have gone to Mars with our space probes.” But in comparison to the omniscience of God, if you took all the scientist’s brains and put them together and put them on the head of a needle, you would have room left to build a football stadium and a Walmart Superstore and still have undeveloped territory! We have no idea how infinitely dumb all the intelligence’s of the earth are in comparison to the omniscience of God. Yet modern intelligence dares to deny His existence and promote the lie of Satan that man just happened. Man is not even smart enough to come up with the evolutionary hypothesis. He is simply a dupe of Satan repeating his lie.</p> <p>Moses said, “ . . . and the LORD shut him in.” The door is shut and the LORD shut it. The LORD has shut the door to the unsaved outside. Something happened when man sinned in the Garden of Eden. God drove the man out. And all of Adam’s children have been born outside of Eden. And that door is securely closed by the LORD Himself for all of Adam’s race. Only God can open that door for re-entrance. In his natural state, man cannot know what is on the other side of that door. He cannot discover it by science.  Paul said, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the p... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/169-door-shut/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Number One Desire of a Christian.  David was a great example of how to seek that one thing. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE DOOR IS SHUT Gen. 7:16 “And they that went in, Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Number One Desire of a Christian.  David was a great example of how to seek that one thing. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE DOOR IS SHUT Gen. 7:16 “And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 11:46 #168 – The Number One Desire for the Believer http://www.themorningmeditation.com/168-number-one-desire-beliver/ Fri, 20 Jun 2014 03:39:40 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=524 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/168-number-one-desire-beliver/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Jesus Teaching His Disciples to Pray.  God is able to do more than we ask and we need to listen to Him and then act in prayer.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>THE NUMBER ONE DESIRE FOR THE BELIEVER</p> <p>Psalms 27:4 "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple."</p> <p>WHAT THIS ONE THING WAS</p> <p>David tells us what that one thing was.  It was fellowship with God.</p> <p>HE SOUGHT THIS BECAUSE HE WAS RECONCILED TO GOD</p> <p>For an unreconciled man to approach God would be useless and dangerous.  It would be like forcing oneself upon God and ignoring His warnings.  Exodus 3:6, “Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.”</p> <p>Colossians 1:21 says, “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.”</p> <p>The word “reconciled” translates “apokatallasso” and means, “to bring back a former state of harmony.” Salvation is a restoration to a former state.  It is regaining what was lost in the fall.</p> <p>Salvation restores man to harmony with God.  Man's highest good is  to be reconciled with God and enjoy His fellowship. 1 John 1:3 says, "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."</p> <p>Hebrews 10:19 22 says, "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;  And having an high priest over the house of God;  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."</p> <p>HE SOUGHT THIS BECAUSE HE LOVED THE COMPANY OF GOD</p> <p>David reveals his desire when he says, "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life. . .”</p> <p>David's desire was not just to visit God, it was to dwell in the house of the LORD, and he desires this as a permanent relationship.  He says, “this will I seek after.” Deuteronomy 4:29 says, "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul."</p> <p>WHY HE SOUGHT THIS ONE THING</p> <p>To see His beauty.  He is altogether lovely.  There is great beauty in His person—divine and human; in His character—holy, compassionate, mighty; in His work as Prophet, priest, King.  This is a beauty that never fades.  Human forms, pleasures, and possessions will wither.  Psalms 16:11, "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."</p> <p>Age has no effect on the beauty of the Lord.  If my wife would have had  a picture of what I would look like when I got old she would probably said no to my proposal.  God had ordained the birth of a babe, the development into childhood, and the maturing as an adult.  But finally when he receives adulthood he starts loosing it and there is nothing he can do about it.  A lot of people get a face lift when they get old.  All I can say is that they will make a beautiful corpse.</p> <p>God is eternal.  He has always been but age has not affected His looks or His attributes.  He is the eternal God living in an eternal now.  Age is not beneficial in the eternal state because everything there is perfect and no one who is there will never need to undergo a change.  We will be eternally young.</p> <p>The second reason is to inquire in His temple.  He was an anxious inquirer, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/168-number-one-desire-beliver/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Jesus Teaching His Disciples to Pray.  God is able to do more than we ask and we need to listen to Him and then act in prayer. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE NUMBER ONE DESIRE FOR THE BELIEVER Psal... Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Jesus Teaching His Disciples to Pray.  God is able to do more than we ask and we need to listen to Him and then act in prayer. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE NUMBER ONE DESIRE FOR THE BELIEVER Psalms 27:4 “One thing have I desired of […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:16 #167 – Jesus Teaches His Disciples to Pray http://www.themorningmeditation.com/167-jesus-teaches-disciples-pray/ Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:27:52 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=522 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/167-jesus-teaches-disciples-pray/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we meditated on the subject of How to Have a Perfect Heart Toward God.  Walking with a perfect heart toward God means relying on His Word in all things.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>JESUS TEACHES HIS DISCIPLES TO PRAY</p> <p>John 16:23 "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you."</p> <p>There are many wonderful things Jesus taught His disciples just prior to His death on the cross. They had grown to love Him dearly. The thoughts of losing Him was just too much for them to grasp. Jesus teaches them that He will just be a prayer away. He assures them that the Father will hear them when they pray. So, He teaches them to pray. He says, “ask.” Let’s notice first,</p> <p>WHO TO ASK?</p> <p>Jesus says, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name . . .” God is our Father. We have a relationship to God as Father. Luke 11:2 says, "And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth."</p> <p>Jesus addressed God as His Father in Mark 14:36, "And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt." The Greek lexicon says the following: “father, customary title used of God in prayer. Whenever it occurs in the New Testament it has the Greek interpretation joined to it, that is apparently to be explained by the fact that the Chaldee ‘ABBA’ through frequent use in prayer, gradually acquired the nature of a most sacred proper name, to which the Greek speaking Jews added the name from their own tongue.”</p> <p>Jesus taught that we have the right to be aware of the relationship of a son to the Father when we pray. This will encourage our faith to know that we are not asking a cold calculating God for something. We are asking our Father.</p> <p>Paul writes in his Epistle to the Romans in chapter 1 verse 7: “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”</p> <p>We are to approach God as our Father in the Spirit of worship. Paul brings this out in Romans 8:15, "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."</p> <p>Paul states this also in Galatians 4:6, "And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father." This verse reveals that God has given us not only the right to call Him Father but “God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son” into our hearts. This is the enablement of true worship.</p> <p>We are truly the sons (and daughters) of God, and God has made this possible through creating us anew in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17), and. as seal of that relationship has sent forth the Holy Spirit to indwell us. Ephesians 4:30, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Next,</p> <p>HOW ARE WE TO ASK?</p> <p>Jesus taught His disciples in John 14:13 14, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."</p> <p>We are to ask in the name of Christ. When we do this Jesus promises that He Himself will respond to that request. This is the promise: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do . . .”</p> <p>John Gill has a good comment: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, &c.] Whether it be for assistance in preaching of the Gospel; or for the performance of miraculous operations in confirmation of it; or for success to attend it; or for any blessings whatsoever, whether for themselves or others: that will I do; he does not say, that he would be a Mediator between God, and them, an advocate with the Father for them, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/167-jesus-teaches-disciples-pray/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we meditated on the subject of How to Have a Perfect Heart Toward God.  Walking with a perfect heart toward God means relying on His Word in all things. Today on The Morning Meditation: JESUS TEACHES HIS DISCIPLES TO... Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we meditated on the subject of How to Have a Perfect Heart Toward God.  Walking with a perfect heart toward God means relying on His Word in all things. Today on The Morning Meditation: JESUS TEACHES HIS DISCIPLES TO PRAY John 16:23 “And in that day ye shall ask me […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 15:50 #166 – How to Have A Perfect Heart Toward God http://www.themorningmeditation.com/166-perfect-heart-toward-god/ Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:29:35 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=520 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/166-perfect-heart-toward-god/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at A Leak in the Character.  Have you inspected your life and found a leak, just a thread of water? Get it right and remember that our sins are under the Blood of Christ.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation:</p> <p>HOW TO HAVE A PERFECT HEART TOWARD GOD</p> <p>2 Chron. 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”</p> <p>Let me encourage you to read this whole passage from 2 Chron. 16. Asa the king of Judah made a league with the king of Syria to protect him from Baasha king of Israel. Now it worked, but it is never God’s will for His people to make alliances with the world for protection or supply. After Asa did this, the seer (prophet) Hanani came and did some uninvited counseling to king Asa. Asa did not like what he heard. In fact it infuriated him. The way the Bible puts it, “For he was in a rage with him because of this thing.” He got so mad at Hanani that he put him in prison because of it. It is amazing how people get mad at the preacher for what God says. I guess they still have enough sense and enough fear of God not to take Him on directly.</p> <p>Asa’s chastening was permanent. God’s message to him was, “therefore from hence forth thou shalt have wars.” Not a very good future would you say? In other words, God gave nation peace from war as long as they were right with Him. God wanted Asa to trust Him but he acted on human viewpoint instead of faith in God. When a man’s heart is not right with God, he will not be right with man. Verse 10 of this chapter says, “And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.”</p> <p>We also learn that Asa did not respond to the chastening of the Lord. Verse 12 says, “And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.” God is about the last one to be consulted today in the case of illness. Instead of developing a faith that will find the God who heals, we go to the skilled physicians. Is it wrong to go to doctors? No. But I’m saying that God should be the first to be consulted. He will tell us how He wants to heal. But that is another subject.</p> <p>Our text says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”</p> <p>How do we have a perfect heart toward God? I will make a few suggestions:</p> <p>FIRST, ACKNOWLEDGE A DEFECTIVE HEART</p> <p>Hanani the Seer brought God’s diagnosis to Asa. He was saying to the king, “God says your heart is not right with Him.” This is never the kind of news we want to hear. Asa was no exception. But if there is going to be correction to a wrong path, we must first face the fact that we are on a wrong path. If our hearts are not right with God, we must begin by acknowledging that we have a defective heart.</p> <p>What picture does God give of the natural heart? Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” This verse states the condition of all men. I know it comes from an old testament Prophet, but it is as true today as it was then. To show the tendency to avoid facing this fact consider this. How many times have you heart people say, “He may have done wrong, but he has a good heart.” There is a string between the natural man’s heart and his eyes that when pulled can close truth to the eyes like a Venetian blind shuts out light. The heart protects itself against exposer.</p> <p>Jesus commented on the natural heart.  Jesus said in Matthew 15:19, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” The Jews of Jesus day were like Asa. Even worse. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/166-perfect-heart-toward-god/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at A Leak in the Character.  Have you inspected your life and found a leak, just a thread of water? Get it right and remember that our sins are under the Blood of Christ. Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at A Leak in the Character.  Have you inspected your life and found a leak, just a thread of water? Get it right and remember that our sins are under the Blood of Christ. Today on The Morning Meditation: HOW TO HAVE A PERFECT HEART TOWARD GOD 2 […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 15:57 #165 – A Leak in the Character http://www.themorningmeditation.com/165-leak-character/ Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:56:45 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=518 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/165-leak-character/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at a very beautiful story of redemption.  The Redemption of Ruth and today we are going to look at a very ugly story of treachery and murder as we study:</p> <p>A LEAK IN THE CHARACTER</p> <p>1 Kings 16:16 “Zimri hath conspired, and hath also slain the king.”</p> <p>I am quoting from Joseph Parker’s message on this incident:</p> <p>“There was once a king in Israel called Elah. He reigned over Israel in Tirzah two years. He had a servant called Zimri who was a captain of his chariots. Zimri was a born traitor. Treachery was in his very blood. In the case of Elah, Zimri had a marked advantage; for Elah was a drunken fool; he was in the habit of visiting the house of another of his servants, a steward called Arza, and there he had what drink he asked for; and he asked for a good deal, so much so that he was often drunk in his servant’s house, and on one of these occasions, Zimri went in and killed him, and reigned in his stead. These are the facts which we have to deal with. Are they very ancient, or are they happening round about us every day ? Is Elah dead ? Is Zimri clean gone for ever ? And is the house of the servant Arza closed, so that the master can drink no more with the steward?”</p> <p>“Elah lives in every man who has great chances or opportunities in life, but allows them to slip away though one leak in the character. Elah was a king and the son of a king, so his openings in life were wide and splendid; but he loved strong drink, and through that leak in his character all that might have made him a man oozed away, and left him a king in nothing but the barren name. Strong drink will ruin any man. It is the supreme curse of England.”</p> <p>“ I will speak a word to the young. I care not, young man, how many and how brilliant in life your chances are, if you drink wine in the morning, as many young men in London do, you are as good as damned already. You think not, but that only shows the infinite deceitfulness of the enemy. He tells you, ‘Nothing of the kind; this is parson's twaddle; take your wine when you want it, and let it alone when you don't care for it.’ There is suppressed mockery in that high challenge. There is no soundness of health in it. Every drink leaves you weaker. Every emptied glass is another link added to the strong chain thrown upon your limbs. You take sherry in the morning, and it brightens and lightens you for the day, you think. Let me tell you what it does. It exhilarates you; it takes you out of yourself for a while; but it takes away the sources of your will, it throws a cloud over your brain, it blunts your moral criticism, it hastens you along a road that dips easily but surely into hell. The young man who drinks in the morning may be saved, for I dare not set limits to the mercy of God, but how he is to be saved it is impossible for me to say. The devil has hold of both his hands, his feet are upon a slippery incline, and how he is to get back again, I cannot tell. God help him! God save him!”</p> <p>“What is true of this leak in a man's character is true of every other. Take indecision for example, or idleness, or love of company, or devotion to pleasure. Give me a young man with a king for a father, a throne for an inheritance, a kingdom for a field to cultivate, and let him be idle, or undecided, or pleasure loving, and his doom is sealed. A great merchant once said to me of a certain man in his employment, ‘I would tomorrow give that man a thousand a year to begin with, if he could do one thing, and that is, hold his tongue, but he would no sooner get the appointment than he would go into an ale house, and tell the whole company everything I am doing.’ There is the leak in the character, and it means ruin! It is astounding what one leak will do. I remember lowering a brass valve put into some water apparatus which had been fitted by one of the most skillful of plumbers; but when all was done, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/165-leak-character/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at a very beautiful story of redemption.  The Redemption of Ruth and today we are going to look at a very ugly story of treachery and murder as we study: A LEAK IN THE CHARACTER 1 Kings 16:16 “Zimri hath co... Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at a very beautiful story of redemption.  The Redemption of Ruth and today we are going to look at a very ugly story of treachery and murder as we study: A LEAK IN THE CHARACTER 1 Kings 16:16 “Zimri hath conspired, and hath also slain the king.” I […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 10:00 #164 – The Redemption of Ruth http://www.themorningmeditation.com/164-the-redemption-of-ruth/ Sun, 15 Jun 2014 04:36:31 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=515 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/164-the-redemption-of-ruth/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Characteristics of the Servant of God.  Do you have those characteristics?</p> <p>Today we are going to look at a very beautiful story in the Word of God!</p> <p>THE REDEMPTION OF RUTH</p> <p>Ruth 4:1 "Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down."</p> <p>Boaz went up to the gate to intercede for Ruth.  He was a man of might, wealth and influence.  Now there was a kinsman closer than he.  Boaz offers him the right to redeem but he declines and says that it would mar his own inheritance.  So after this Boaz makes the purchase because he is the next one in line.  It is the law of the kinsman redeemer.</p> <p>This is a picture of our redemption.  The one closest to man had the first right of redemption but he was unable to perform the duty of the kinsman redeemer.  Jesus came, born of a woman, became our Boaz and redeemed.  He was able in every way to do the work of the redeemer.  Let’s notice the truths that come out of this story in chapter four.</p> <p>HE ONLY COULD REDEEM</p> <p>He had the right as kinsman; he had the power as a mighty man of wealth; he was also in the right condition to redeem, being alone; and now the redemption itself brings joy and satisfaction to his own heart.</p> <p>Christ only can redeem.  His incarnation made Him our kinsman, and gave Him the right to redeem.  His divinity made Him mighty, and gave Him the power to redeem.  We have redemption through His blood (1 Pet.  1:18-19).</p> <p>THIS WAS A WILLING REDEMPTION</p> <p>Boaz did not grudge the redemption money.  How could he when his heart was set on the purchase of Ruth.  He willingly offered the full price, although that price included the gift of himself.</p> <p>So it was with Jesus, our princely Kinsman, who loved us and gave Himself for us, that He might give Himself to us.  Nor did He hesitate to pay the awful price of sorrow, suffering, and blood, that He might redeem us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.</p> <p>THIS WAS A GRACIOUS REDEMPTION</p> <p>Boaz was not ashamed to redeem Ruth, the poor stranger.  The prince of wealth stoops to lift the poor helpless one, who cannot redeem herself.  He has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden; he hath shown strength with his arm; he hath exalted them of low degree, he hath filled the hungry soul with good things, and now the soul of Ruth shall magnify her Lord.</p> <p>The wealthy Prince of heaven is ashamed of none who look to Him for redemption.  He invites the wretched, the miserable, the poor, the blind, and the naked to look to Him and trust in Him.  He stoops in His redemptive work to lift the helpless from the horrible pit on to the Rock of Strength, to lift the poor and the polluted from the dunghill, to rank among princes, and to be co-heirs with Himself.  He is not ashamed to call them brethren.  So Ruth, the gleaner, through grace becomes an heir of His glory.</p> <p>THIS IS A PUBLIC REDEMPTION</p> <p>There were many witnesses to the fact that the price was paid; this thing was not done in a corner, but in the presence of the elders of all the people.  When Moses smote the rock, it was in the presence of the elders.  The Rock Christ was also publicly smitten, they put Him to an open shame.  He suffered without the gate.  As Boaz went up to the gate to finish the work in behalf of Ruth, in the sight of many witnesses, so Jesus went up to Calvary and finished the work  the Father had given Him to do in behalf of His people.  Afterwards, when the price was paid, He rose from the dead; and as Boaz, when the bargain was settled, “plucked off his shoe,” Jesus plucked off the grave-clothes as a token that the covenant was sealed and the inheritance redeemed; and the apostles says, “We are witnesses.” He was also seen of many others after His resurrection.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/164-the-redemption-of-ruth/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Characteristics of the Servant of God.  Do you have those characteristics? Today we are going to look at a very beautiful story in the Word of God! THE REDEMPTION OF RUTH Ruth 4:1 “Then went Boaz up ... Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Characteristics of the Servant of God.  Do you have those characteristics? Today we are going to look at a very beautiful story in the Word of God! THE REDEMPTION OF RUTH Ruth 4:1 “Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:48 #163 – Characteristics of a Christian Workers http://www.themorningmeditation.com/163-characteristics-christian-workers/ Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:18:24 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=512 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/163-characteristics-christian-workers/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday, on The Morning Meditation we thought about The Lord God of Israel.  What an amazing God we serve.  It is my prayer that I would be more faithful to serve Him in every area of my life!</p> <p>Today, we are going to look at:</p> <p>CHARACTERISTICS OF A CHRISTIAN WORKER</p> <p>Jude 1:20 23, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  And of some have compassion, making a difference:  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh."</p> <p>Let's look at some of the characteristics given in these verses of the Christian worker.</p> <p>HE BUILDS HIMSELF UP IN THE FAITH</p> <p>What we call the “new birth” is not the end of salvation.  It is the beginning.  When one is born in the family of God, he must immediately be fed and cared for that he might grow. 1 Peter 2:1 2, "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" There are some steps suggested in these verses.</p> <p>1.    There must be a laying aside the things that will hinder Christian growth.  This is what Peter tells them in verse 1: "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings," The words “put off” is used for taking off clothes.  It is an aorist middle participle.  The aorist tense refers to taking off the things mentioned here in a once-for-all act.  The middle voice is where the subject participates in the act of removing and benefits from the result.</p> <p>2.    There needs to be the recognition that one is a babe and must grow into adulthood.  The spiritual life is likened to the physical life for purposes to illustrating.  One cannot leave a babe unattended.  The babe must be cared for and milk is the first food that a babe is given.</p> <p>3.    There must be an effort on the part of this spiritual babe in the growth process.  First, he must desire the sincere milk of the word that he might grow.</p> <p>4.    The “babe in Christ” puts forth an effort in the process of growth.  The one who feeds the “babe” the sincere milk of the word should not have to run him down every time at feeding time.  If he has no appetite, then the new life in Christ is non existent.  The appetite for the word of God is one of the first signs of existence of new life. 1 John 4:6 says, “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”</p> <p>THE NEXT CHARACTERISTIC IS THAT HE PRAYS IN THE HOLY GHOST</p> <p>Praying in the Holy Ghost is not prayer in an unknown tongue. 1 Corinthians 14:16, "Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?"</p> <p>Praying in the Holy Ghost is being helped in prayer by the Holy Ghost. Romans 8:26 27, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."</p> <p>Praying in the Holy Ghost is praying in harmony with the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God.  The Holy Spirit will have nothing to do with self-will.</p> <p>Praying in the Holy Ghost is prayer that is answered. 1 John 5:14 15, "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/163-characteristics-christian-workers/feed/ 0 Yesterday, on The Morning Meditation we thought about The Lord God of Israel.  What an amazing God we serve.  It is my prayer that I would be more faithful to serve Him in every area of my life! Today, we are going to look at: CHARACTERISTICS OF A CHRI... Yesterday, on The Morning Meditation we thought about The Lord God of Israel.  What an amazing God we serve.  It is my prayer that I would be more faithful to serve Him in every area of my life! Today, we are going to look at: CHARACTERISTICS OF A CHRISTIAN WORKER Jude 1:20 23, “But ye, […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:00 #162 – The Lord God of Israel http://www.themorningmeditation.com/162-lord-god-israel/ Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:13:56 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=510 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/162-lord-god-israel/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday, on The Morning Meditation we look at The Call of Isaiah.  What we need to realize is that God is still calling, we need more men, women, boys and girls who are willing to respond.  God is doing His part, we need to do ours as well.</p> <p>Today, let us look at:</p> <p>THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL</p> <p>Isaiah 44:24 “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;”</p> <p>The Lord chose Israel for His people.  He was constantly speaking to them reminding them that He was the LORD their God.  His requirements were to live a holy life and properly represent Him on earth to the nations.</p> <p>THE FIRST THING THAT WE WILL LOOK AT IS THAT GOD SPEAKS</p> <p>The first part of our verse says, “Thus saith the LORD.” Let’s put the period there for now. Exodus 6:1 3 says, "Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land. And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them." The word LORD in these verses and the word JEHOVAH are exactly the same in the Hebrew.</p> <p>God reveals Himself to man by the use of several names.  The names basically reveal some particular attribute.  But His name Jehovah does not reveal an attribute, it reveals Himself, i.e., His essence in contrast to what He is like.</p> <p>Tozer says, “A more positive assertion of selfhood could not be imagined then those words of God to Moses: I AM THAT I AM.  Everything God is, everything that is God, is set forth in that unqualified declaration of independent being.  Yet in God, self is not sin but the quintessence of all possible goodness, holiness and truth.  “</p> <p>“The natural man is a sinner because and only because he challenges God’s selfhood in relation to his own.  In all else he may willingly accept the sovereignty of God; in his own life he rejects it.  For him, God’s dominion ends where his begins.  For him, self becomes Self, and in this he unconsciously imitates Lucifer, that fallen son of the morning who said in his heart, ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God . . . I will be like the Most High.’”</p> <p>One of the things that amazes me is that when God said, “you tell them that I AM THAT I AM sent you.  When God told him that it seemed to completely satisfy him.  And what Moses did is exactly what God said and it worked!!! What a relationship Moses had with God.  He truly walked with God and Moses was as human as any of us.</p> <p>I think one of our great problems is that we do not just ask God for His name but we want a fuller explanation and we are unwilling to put our complete trust in a God who will not explain His complete self to us.</p> <p>The fact is that God is incomprehensible. Psalms 50:21 says, “These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.” God could only explain Himself to an equal and there is no equal.</p> <p>We have lost our Spirit of worship and our ability to withdraw inwardly to meet God in adoring silence.  We have lost the concept of majesty from the popular religious mind.</p> <p>The next words of our text are—</p> <p>OUR REDEEMER</p> <p>It is amazing that God would decree to redeem us with Him as the one who paid the debt of our sins.  If God made us, and He did, He could destroy us as quickly as He made us and create a new man without the possibility of sin.  But rather than do that He sent His Son to be incarnate in the virgin womb, live on this earth some 33 years without committing a sin, and then died in payment of our redemption. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/162-lord-god-israel/feed/ 0 Yesterday, on The Morning Meditation we look at The Call of Isaiah.  What we need to realize is that God is still calling, we need more men, women, boys and girls who are willing to respond.  God is doing His part, we need to do ours as well. Today, Yesterday, on The Morning Meditation we look at The Call of Isaiah.  What we need to realize is that God is still calling, we need more men, women, boys and girls who are willing to respond.  God is doing His part, we need to do ours as well. Today, let us look at: THE LORD […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:43 #161 – When Isaiah Saw The Lord http://www.themorningmeditation.com/161-isaiah-saw-lord/ Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:09:58 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=508 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/161-isaiah-saw-lord/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we looked at the command to Walk in Love.  Wow!  Sometimes I am so unlovable, but the Savior loves me at all times.  We should study and practice walking in love even when others do things that make them unlovable to us!</p> <p>Today we are going to look at one of my favorite stories in the Word of God:</p> <p>WHEN ISAIAH SAW THE LORD</p> <p>Isaiah 6:1 9 "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not."</p> <p>I want to point out seven things that are seen in this great vision of Isaiah.</p> <p>CONTEMPLATION</p> <p>Isaiah said in verse one: “I saw.” King Uzziah's death probably had a sobering effect on Isaiah.  It was a cause for soul searching.  I can imagine that the prophet earnestly longed for the presence of God.  It is not wrong to do this.  It would be better if in searching for the LORD that our search not be in a time of grief and sorrow.  But the inspired writer definitely connects Isaiah's encounter with the Lord with Uzziah's death.</p> <p>One of the things that God used to bring me back to Him was the death of a good friend of my wife and I.  She was in her early twenties.  I was asked to be a pallbearer, and as we carried Betty to her grave, I realized for the first time young people die.  I got right with the Lord and have been serving Him ever since.  The next thing I call your attention to is:</p> <p>CONVICTION</p> <p>Isaiah said, “I am unclean.” Isaiah did not notice himself much in the first five chapters.  But there was a rude awakening.  I do not know what Uzziah's relationship to Isaiah was but I do know that his death worked a life changing experience in Isaiah's life.</p> <p>If we are ever to be right with God it will be the result of Holy Spirit conviction.  Only God can convince us of sin.  Man is madly in love with himself and is ready to defend his self righteousness.  And woe be to the man who challenges him on those grounds.</p> <p>CONFESSION</p> <p>Isaiah said, “Woe is me! for I am undone.” The word “undone” means, “to be dumb or silent; hence, to fail or perish; destroy, be brought to silence, be undone.  Isaiah is taking God's side against himself.  When he had the word of God in his hands he managed to come out also.  When he saw the LORD high and lifted up, he saw himself the miserable wretched sinner he really was.  When one sees the Lord as Isaiah did, he ceases to justify his wrong deeds.  He simply takes the place of the sinner and confesses it to God.  Next we see,</p> <p>CLEANSING</p> <p>“Thy sin is purged.” Isaiah 6:6, "Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:" The moment Isaiah is willing to get transparent with God, He is ready to forgive and restore.  When the unsaved man refuses to repent, i.e., he has to justify himself and he does it with lies. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/161-isaiah-saw-lord/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we looked at the command to Walk in Love.  Wow!  Sometimes I am so unlovable, but the Savior loves me at all times.  We should study and practice walking in love even when others do things that make them unlovable to ... Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we looked at the command to Walk in Love.  Wow!  Sometimes I am so unlovable, but the Savior loves me at all times.  We should study and practice walking in love even when others do things that make them unlovable to us! Today we are going to look at one […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 9:02 #160 – Walk in Love http://www.themorningmeditation.com/160-walk-love/ Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:02:33 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=504 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/160-walk-love/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the thought Conditioned to Endure.  I am sure thankful that the Lord has placed people in my life that were conditioned to endure.</p> <p>Today let us look at:</p> <p>WALK IN LOVE</p> <p>Eph. 5:1-2 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”</p> <p>Many Christians are brought to the place where they say, “I am ready to serve the Lord. Where do I start?” These two verses will help to answer that question for those who are ready. First I call your attention to,</p> <p>THE CHALLENGE</p> <p>Paul says, “Be ye therefore followers of God . . .” The word “therefore” takes us back into the last chapter where words of reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness are given to the Church in Ephesus. So the first step in the challenge is to cease to grieve the Holy Spirit and confess known sin and correct wrong attitudes.</p> <p>The next step is to act on Paul’s challenge. The word “Be” translates “ginomai” and means, “to become,  i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being.” It is a verb and is a present tense middle voice and imperative mood. What this means is that Paul is challenging them to BEGIN NOW to act in response to his instruction. The middle voice is where the subject (the Ephesian Christians and us) acts and is benefited by the action. The growth in grace and the effective witness will be the result of this action. The imperative mood is a command expressing urgency. God’s commands always appeal to our willing obedience. The Christian life is not passive. It is active. We must act on the truth and the truth in this case is to become followers of God. Keep in mind that Paul is not instructing unsaved people on how to be saved. He is challenging saved people to be followers of God. The first step is confess known sin and get rid of it. The second, is to begin by acting on the truth. Faith without works is dead. Next,</p> <p>THE GOAL</p> <p>The word “followers” translates “mimetes” and means, “to imitate, be an imitator.” Our word mimic is a transliteration of this word. Paul says to mimic or imitate God is the goal that I am talking to you about now. We have a Role Model and He is Jesus. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh (2 Cor.  +5:19) and is therefore the Model of which Paul speaks.</p> <p>This same idea is what Hebrews 12:2 has in mind: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The race course is the illustration in verse 1. We are to run with patience the race that is set before us. Verse 2 is presenting Jesus as the coach. We are to look to Him as our Coach. He is very familiar with the track and knows all the winning plays.</p> <p>Most of us are going to have a role model. When we put too much stock in a human role model and that person lets us down it can be catastrophic to our Christian faith. I have seen it happen too often. Jesus should be our main role Model. I will assure that He will never let you down. If the human role model does, remember, he/she is only human. My wife USED to read books published by a certain christian lady who was a speaker in national women’s conferences all across the country. I even read some of her books. She was an outstanding writer and speaker (I also heard her on tape). Her main theme was the family. She got a divorce and married another. It was a shock and was a total disregard to all she had taught. I don’t need to tell you that we were hurt and disappointed. But my wife did not have her as a role model though she did read the woman’s books and enjoyed what she had to say. Jesus was my wife’s Role-Model. So it never checked her pace in the race. Disappointed? Yes. Quit or slow down? No.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/160-walk-love/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the thought Conditioned to Endure.  I am sure thankful that the Lord has placed people in my life that were conditioned to endure. Today let us look at: WALK IN LOVE Eph. Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the thought Conditioned to Endure.  I am sure thankful that the Lord has placed people in my life that were conditioned to endure. Today let us look at: WALK IN LOVE Eph. 5:1-2 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 13:20 Morning Anouncements 4 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncements-4/ Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:00:09 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=502 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncements-4/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncements-4/">Morning Anouncements 4</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com">The Morning Meditation</a>.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncements-4/feed/ 0 Missionary Joe Consford clean 4:15 #159 – Conditioned to Endure http://www.themorningmeditation.com/159-conditioned-endure/ Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:52:23 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=500 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/159-conditioned-endure/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we thought about God’s Restraining Power on Sin.  I am so thankful for the way He does this for us.</p> <p>Today we are going to look at the thought:</p> <p>CONDITIONED TO ENDURE</p> <p>2 Tim. 2:3 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”</p> <p>Tozer said, “In our eagerness to make converts I am afraid we have lately been guilty of using the technique of modern salesmanship, which is of course to present only the desirable qualities in a product and ignore the rest. We go to men and offer them a cozy home on the sunny side of the brae (hill). If they will  accept Christ He will give them peace of mind, solve their problems, prosper their business, protect their families and keep them happy all day long. They believe us and come, and the first cold wind sends them shivering to some counselor to find out what has gone wrong; and that is the last we hear of many of them.”</p> <p>I continue to quote Tozer: “The teachings of Christ reveal Him to be a realist in the finest meaning of that word. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find anything visionary or over optimistic. He told His hearers the whole truth and let them make up their minds. He might grieve over the retreating form of an inquirer who could not face up to the truth, but He never ran after him to try to win him with rosy promises. He would have men follow Him, knowing the cost, or He would let them go their ways.”</p> <p>“All this is but to say that Christ is honest. We can trust Him. He knows that He will never be popular among the sons of Adam and He knows that His followers need not expect to be. The wind that blows in His face will be felt by all who travel with Him, and we are not intellectually honest when we try to hide that face from them.”</p> <p>Jesus conditioned His followers to endure. We should do no less. There is that temptation to soften by our presentation the harsh reality of “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” We who believe the gospel love the lost and desire their conversion and know if they truly experience it, they will be able to see things from our viewpoint. Salvation does bring a new power of perception of spiritual things. But in stark reality the change that brings about this change cannot take place unless the candidate has been told the naked truth without any softening of the message. Jesus was not a modern psychologist who had figured out a way to slip in the Sword without pain. The message of the cross offends the natural man (Gal.  +5:11). The Bible is a Two Edged Sword: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb.  +4:12). A friend of mine told about a lady who had wandered out of an alley screaming for help. She had her insides in her hands and said, “I’ve been gutted. Someone call for help.” Well, when the Word of God penetrates deeper than anything has ever been you are brought by it to the brink of the abyss and you are given the opportunity to accept or reject God’s remedy.  Jesus always gave those with whom He dealt the opportunity to say no without begging for a change of mind. Now to the over zealous, this will be offensive. Just remember this. “He that is persuaded against his will is of the same persuasion still.”</p> <p>I believe the churches are being filled with people who have never repented and have been told that they can have all of this down here and heaven too. “God wants you to be prosperous. God does not want you to be sick. Send me your money and I’ll pray for you, etc., etc.”</p> <p>This is not what the Bible teaches. Jesus had a tough message for the present life. He informed His disciples that they would be persecuted. Jesus said, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/159-conditioned-endure/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we thought about God’s Restraining Power on Sin.  I am so thankful for the way He does this for us. Today we are going to look at the thought: CONDITIONED TO ENDURE 2 Tim. 2:3 “Thou therefore endure hardness, Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we thought about God’s Restraining Power on Sin.  I am so thankful for the way He does this for us. Today we are going to look at the thought: CONDITIONED TO ENDURE 2 Tim. 2:3 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Tozer said, “In our […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 11:53 #158 – Gods Restraining Power on Sin http://www.themorningmeditation.com/158-gods-restraining-power-sin/ Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:43:46 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=498 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/158-gods-restraining-power-sin/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at Ephesians 5:21 and thought about the subject of Henpecked Husbands and Dominated Wives.  Problems in marriage are caused by pride and stubbornness and both are condemned in the Word of God.</p> <p>Today, let us look at:</p> <p>GOD’S RESTRAINING POWER ON SIN</p> <p>Genesis 20:1-6 "And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife. But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her."</p> <p>There are great lessons to be learned in these few verses.  When Abimelech king of Gerar took Abram’s wife, he stepped over an invisible line.  He did not know that Sarah was Abram’s wife.  Let’s notice what happened—</p> <p>ABRAM’S LIE TO PROTECT HIMSELF</p> <p>This is the second time that Abram had lied about his wife.  It is hard to justify what Abram did in doing this.  He subjected his wife to the possibility of sexual defilement by Abimelech.  God would not have allowed this but Abram did not know it.  It seems that men in that day did not have the respect for women that they should have had.  It is obvious that Abram lied to save his own skin.  That is not the way God would have it done.</p> <p>GOD’S INTERVENTION</p> <p>Genesis 20:3 4, "But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife. But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?"</p> <p>I have an idea that Abimelech got the scare of his life when God appeared to him in a dream and gave him the news that Sarah was Abram’s wife.</p> <p>God used some direct language in His warning of Abimelech.  He said, “Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.”</p> <p>ABIMELECH’S PLEA</p> <p>Genesis 20:5 6, "Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart;"</p> <p>Abimelech is pleading for his life.  God had told him in a dream that he was a dead man.  Evidently Abimelech had a reverence for Abram’s God.  He definitely believed that He was able to carry out His threat.  So Abimelech pleaded his innocence in his ignorance.  He did not know that Sarah was Abram’s wife.  However, he had not touched her.  So he pleads, “In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands have I done this.” Next—</p> <p>GOD’S GRACIOUS RESTRAINTS</p> <p>This is brought out in Genesis 20:6, "And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her."</p> <p>God is able to restrain one from sin without the person knowing he is being restrained.  Abimelech though it was his own integrity that caused him not to touch Sarah.  God said, “For I also withheld thee from sinning against me.”</p> <p>Another important point in this is that it is plain that if Abimelech had touched Sarah, it would have been a sin again God.  God holds individuals responsible, saved or lost, for their actions. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/158-gods-restraining-power-sin/feed/ 0 Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at Ephesians 5:21 and thought about the subject of Henpecked Husbands and Dominated Wives.  Problems in marriage are caused by pride and stubbornness and both are condemned in the Word of God. Today, Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at Ephesians 5:21 and thought about the subject of Henpecked Husbands and Dominated Wives.  Problems in marriage are caused by pride and stubbornness and both are condemned in the Word of God. Today, let us look at: GOD’S RESTRAINING POWER ON SIN Genesis 20:1-6 “And Abraham journeyed from […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 8:10 #157 – Henpecked Husbands and Dominated Wives http://www.themorningmeditation.com/157-henpecked-husbands-dominated-wives/ Sat, 07 Jun 2014 22:32:32 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=496 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/157-henpecked-husbands-dominated-wives/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>Well, I am back from Israel.  What a wonderful time we had on our trip.  If you would like to read about the day to day activities from that trip you can go to consfords.com and read the daily updates that I wrote while we were in the Promised Land.</p> <p>I hope you enjoyed the last few days of The Morning Meditation.  I know they were reruns but they were no longer listed in iTunes and we have had many new subscribers come on board since I read these.</p> <p>Today on The Morning Meditation we are going to meditate on:</p> <p>HENPECKED HUSBANDS AND DOMINATED WIVES</p> <p>Eph.  +5:21 “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”</p> <p>When a man submits to his wife in our society, he called henpecked. When a wife submits to the God given authority of her husband in our society she is said to be married to a domineering husband. All the liberated women feel sorry for her and would gladly give this “dominated wife” advise on what to do. And if her husband will not give her freedom, they will gladly recommend divorce. It is liberation at any cost. I have this little thing that turns flips inside me when I get a “secret thrill.” And I get it when I see the look on a woman’s face when she is in a conversation with a submissive wife and the submissive wife says, “I’ll have to ask my husband first!” Wouldn’t it just turn you on to hear Mrs. Clinton say that?! Now let me really add fuel to the fire. I always consult with my wife before I invite someone to my home for a meal, spend the night, or, before I buy an item that amounts to anything, or before I agree to do something that I think that she would like to be a part of especially in the decision making. She is a business partner that covers the whole of my life. I check in with her if I am out doing “the Lord’s work” like visiting hospitals, and I am going to be a little late getting home. She basically knows where I am at all times. I want it that way. Paul says by inspiration of God, “submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”</p> <p>The words “submitting yourselves” (hupostasso) mean, “to obey, be subject. A Greek military term meaning ‘to arrange [troop divisions] in a military fashion under the command of a leader’. In non military use, it was ‘a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden.’” I’ll never forget counseling a man who told me that his wife, after he had told her to do something, went into the bedroom and came out dressed in his old Air Force uniform, stepped before him and saluted and said, “yes sir.” Then proceeded to do what he had told her to do. I don’t know, but I think there was a little resentment in that act of obedience! And she may have been justified in resenting it because in counseling him I discovered he would not be an easy man to live with. But the situation does illustrate the meaning of this word as a military term. This is offensive to anyone who has not yet found his/her place of submission to Jesus Christ. You say, “preacher you just have a special wife.” You do to. After all she saw something in you that made her accept your proposal. Now you have to admit that makes her brilliant! Unless you had a shot-gun wedding!</p> <p>Let me give you a little open secret. When the children of Israel did not like what God said, they blamed Moses. And when you don’t like what God says, it goes something like this. “Grace has set us free. We are not under the law and rules and things like this. A woman is no different than a man in Christ. This matter is just the preacher’s opinion.” Well, I don’t want to be gross, or, bust your bubble, but if this is true, let’s take down the partitions between the men’s and women’s restrooms in Church. You say, “Preacher don’t be absurd.” I say, “How about being right.” Each of us have a God given place in life to serve. I serve as a man and my wife serves as a woman. Each of us enjoys the place God put us because He is the most important pe... http://www.themorningmeditation.com/157-henpecked-husbands-dominated-wives/feed/ 0 Well, I am back from Israel.  What a wonderful time we had on our trip.  If you would like to read about the day to day activities from that trip you can go to consfords.com and read the daily updates that I wrote while we were in the Promised Land. Well, I am back from Israel.  What a wonderful time we had on our trip.  If you would like to read about the day to day activities from that trip you can go to consfords.com and read the daily updates that I wrote while we were in the Promised Land. I hope you enjoyed the […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 11:52 #156 – Fellowworkers of Paul – Part 3 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/156-fellowworkers-paul-part-3/ Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:46:48 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=493 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/156-fellowworkers-paul-part-3/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL</p> <p>Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.”</p> <p>JESUS JUSTUS, THE MAN WITH A GREAT NAME</p> <p>We know very little about this man. He definitely was a Jewish Christian. He was also a comfort to Paul. I don’t think he was named after Jesus our Saviour, but after Joshua, which was a common name among the Jews. Jesus is the Greek equivalent to the Hebrew name, Joshua. Since we know so little about this man, I will not go further except to say that he had a great name. Then I will make an application.</p> <p>Everyone of us who are Christians are called Christians because we are followers of Jesus Christ. We do bear His name. James 2:7 says, “Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?” James says that we are called after His worthy name.  James is criticizing Christians who honor the wealthy and socially prominent people because of advantage (read the context). Someone comes into the services and you know he is wealthy and you begin to give special recognition to him because you know he might be able to help you somewhere down the line. Or, if he joins the church he will be a good giver. The poor man comes in and you make no recognition of him and your follow-up visit does not have the same priority as it does with this other one. James says this is evil. God is no respecter of persons, and you should not be is what James is saying. Now you don’t have to treat them both like dirt. Just treat them alike.</p> <p>We bear the name of Jesus. Do you know that, Christian? The knowledge of this will keep you clean and godly. I am ashamed when I hear of the leaders of our nation who claim to be Christian and have no convictions about morality. Solomon said in “Proverbs 30:20, “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.” This is also true of a whoremonger.</p> <p>I want to ask a question. What kind of a reputation does Jesus have because of us? Are we wearing His name honorably. John says in 1 John 4:17b, “ . . . as he is, so are we in this world.” How involved is Jesus in the things I do? I’m not talking about “is he doing this with me? Or, does He endorse what I am doing?” I am talking about the kingdom He is operating here on this earth right now. He is on earth in the person of the Holy Spirit. Does His kingdom activities include Hollywood? I better not get to naming things. I’ll let you do that so you won’t miss what you do! What I am saying is “what He IS right now is what we ARE in this world right now.” That will change our lives if we will let it.</p> <p>Jesus Justice was a man with a name. So are we. Are we bearing the name of Jesus with honor. May the Lord give us grace to bear His name AND HAVE A REPUTATION FOR IT.</p> <p>In Christ</p> <p>Bro. White</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com/156-fellowworkers-paul-part-3/">#156 – Fellowworkers of Paul – Part 3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com">The Morning Meditation</a>.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/156-fellowworkers-paul-part-3/feed/ 0 FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.” […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 5:32 #155 – Fellowworkers of Paul – Part 2 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/155-fellowworkers-paul-part-2/ Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:43:17 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=490 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/155-fellowworkers-paul-part-2/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL</p> <p>Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.”</p> <p>MARCUS, THE MAN WHO PROVED YOU CAN CHANGE</p> <p>He is the same as “John Mark” mentioned first in Acts 12:12. His mother’s name was Mary who was the sister of Barnabas. John Mark was the cousin of Barnabas. This helps explain the disagreement between Barnabas and Paul and their subsequent parting of the way in missions.</p> <p>John Mark had gone with Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey. During the journey John jumped ship (Acts 15:38). He bailed out. In other words, he quit. Paul didn’t think he had a good reason. When Barnabas wanted to take him on the second missionary journey, Paul balked (Acts 15:36-41). It says that Barnabas was “determined” to take John Mark. The word “determined” translates “bouleuo” and means, “to deliberate with one's self, to consider, to resolve.” It is an aorist tense verb which means that Barnabas was “in concrete” about his cousin. It says that “Paul thought it not good.” The word “thought” translates “axioo” and means, “to think meet, fit, right, to judge worthy, deserving.” It is an imperfect tense verb which means that Paul kept on resolving, deliberating and arguing that John Mark was not a worthy partner in missions. We know this took place because there arose a sharp contention between them over this (Acts 15:39). The words “sharp contention” translates a word that means “irritation.” Paul and Barnabas became irritated with one another over John Mark.</p> <p>Who was right? You’re going to think I’m a politician. I believe they were both right. John Mark needed to know how serious a problem he had caused one of the greatest missionaries on earth. But he did need to be given another chance. Barnabas was the man for that job. Barnabas was gifted in this area. The important thing for us to see is that John Mark survived his failure. And he did fail! I am so grateful for the rift between Paul and Barnabas. First, it let’s us know they are human. They were not super saints who were exempt from the common everyday problems of life. Second, we learn that there needs to be someone around who will give a person who has a major failure in his Christian service a second chance. That was Barnabas. Third, we need to learn that a man who fails is not necessarily a failure. He can survive and as Dr. Bob Jones used to say, “Make your stumbling stones stepping stones.” John Mark did. He learned from his mistakes. Fourth, We also learn that whatever it took, he made it right with Paul. The average Christian is so full of self and pride, they will never admit they are wrong. And fifth, we learn that Paul was willing to accept a recovering failure!</p> <p>We learn from John Mark that an UNCOMMITTED CHRISTIAN CAN BECOME A COMMITTED CHRISTIAN. Repentance can take place. Usefulness can be restored. John Mark didn’t fail because he was a lost church member. He failed because he got tired. He failed because he had a low pain tolerance. When serving the Lord began to hurt, he said, “I’ll see you guys later.” He could not see far enough into the future to see that quitting now would cause important people to have no confidence in him when he wanted to try again. When you quit in the heat of the battle, it puts a strain on everyone with whom you are working. They hurt because you “copped out.” They remember the pain caused by your “cop out” and will be reluctant to take you back. They don’t want to suffer that pain again if they can avoid it. Take my word for it. I’ve been there. There are those with whom I do not intend to get involved, because they, unlike John Mark, have not proved that they have changed their minds, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/155-fellowworkers-paul-part-2/feed/ 0 FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.” […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 7:36 #154 – Fellowworkers of Paul – Part 1 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/154-fellowworkers-paul/ Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:41:02 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=488 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/154-fellowworkers-paul/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL</p> <p>Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.”</p> <p>We are going to look at three of Paul’s helpers in the next three meditation. The helpers many times are not mentioned. They are just as important as anyone else because God uses us together. Paul makes sure that we understand this. Of course there are those who are not mentioned at all because it is not important that men recognize our service. What is important is that we understand that we are His servants and that He notices and will reward every believer at the Judgment Seat of Christ (1 Cor. 4:5).</p> <p>ARISTARCUS, A MAN WITH A COMMITMENT</p> <p>The first mention of him is found in Acts 19:29: “And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.” Aristarcus was “caught” along with Gaius by the riotous mob. The word “caught” means to “seize by force.” He is also identified as being from Macedonia. He is mentioned next in Acts 20:4, along with others as Paul’s traveling companions, and no doubt fellow helpers in missions, as he went into Asia. His next mention is in Acts 27:2 where he continues with Paul by ship to Rome. He was caught in the storm with Paul (Euroclydon) where they almost lost their lives. He was there with Paul when He received revelation from the Lord that all personnel on the ship would be spared from physical death (Acts 27:21-25). He is also mentioned in Philemon 1:24 where he is called a fellow laborer.</p> <p>One of the things that must be said about this man is that he was committed. When you traveled with Paul you could get into trouble and usually did. Service to the Lord in that day was costly. He was with Paul in Ephesus during the riot and was violently seized by the mob when Paul got away. I think he could have said, “Hey, I didn’t cause this riot. Paul is the one, and you let him get away!” He lived in a day when Christian’s counted it a blessing and honor to be persecuted for faith in Christ. We call this COMMITMENT. This is a word that is carelessly thrown around a lot today.</p> <p>If a pastor requires his Sunday School teachers to be faithful to ALL the services, being in teachers meeting, and to visit in the outreach of the church, you often hear complaints. My friend, if one complains about faithfulness in these small matters, what in the world would he do if he were thrown in jail? We are living in an age where people say, “Lord, I’ll serve you if it doesn’t cost much.”</p> <p>Aristarchus shows up on the ship with Paul in Acts 27. “Aristarchus,” I want to ask you a question. “You got into bad trouble in Ephesus when Paul preached against the goddess Diana and almost put her out of business, aren’t you a little afraid to travel with this man?” He says, “You don’t understand. I made a COMMITMENT to serve the Lord no matter what the cost. I have learned more traveling with Paul, seeing him work, hearing him preach, than any experience I have ever had in my life. Until he runs me off, I’m traveling with him.” And when you weren’t in jail, you did travel when you were with Paul. He was always reaching out to preach where Christ was not named (Rom. 15:20).</p> <p>Paul warns them in Acts 27:10 that if they sail they will run into serious trouble at sea. But the owner and master of the ship had no confidence in Paul’s prophecy and sailed anyway. Aristarchus could have said, “Paul, I think I’ll get off here and strengthen the believers in this area and I will look you up in Rome later!” In other words, “Paul, I’ve been around you long enough to believe what you say when you’ve been talking to the Lord. http://www.themorningmeditation.com/154-fellowworkers-paul/feed/ 0 FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.” […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 9:19 #153 – Where did He Go? http://www.themorningmeditation.com/153-go/ Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:37:32 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=486 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/153-go/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>WHERE DID HE GO?<br /> Acts 1:9-11 “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”<br /> What a blessing it is to serve the Lord. If you really walk with the Lord there are very few dull moments. These verses describe the occasion of the Lord’s ascension. I know the Lord had told them this would happen. But we all have a hard time understanding on the first go around. Here Jesus stands talking to them and all of a sudden Luke tells us “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up . . .” He had just taught one final lesson in his resurrection body to his disciples. And while they “beheld” (blepo). This word means “to see with the bodily eye.” It is present tense which means while they continued to see with the bodily eye. The words “he was taken up” describe what happened while they looked. This happened right before their eyes. They will be questioned at length about this in the future. Nothing just like this has ever happened before. There will be many who will doubt this story. They needed the drama of this scene so that they could tell it in a convincing way. The gospel is not only the death of Jesus it is also the resurrection and ascension of Christ.<br /> The words “he was taken up” (epairo) translate one word. It means “to lift up, raise up, raise on high.” It is an aorist passive indicative verb. The aorist tense refers to the fact and occasion of his ascension. The passive voice means that the Father took him. It could have said he went back to the Father’s house, or he went to heaven and put it in the active voice. He had the power to do so. But it is not in the active voice, it is in the passive voice which means he, as the subject of this clause, is the recipient of this act. It suggest that this final service that he was sent to do with the disciples on this earth was finished, and the Father reached down and said, “Son it is time to continue your ministry from my right hand.” One of these days the Lord is going to say that to the church. And we will take our flight. Amen! “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”<br /> The words “and a cloud received him out of their sight” give us the physical explanation of his disappearance from their vision. And as they stood watching this scene, God sent two angels to give them added support and a message. These angels said according to verse 11: “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?” The word “gazing” (emblepo) means “to turn one's eyes on.” It is a present tense and it means they were just gazing up to the place where they saw him last. I think they must have said, “Where did he go!” The angels said, “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” The Lord is so good. He told them where he went and where he is. And when he told them this, he told us. He has also told us some things about his ascension.<br /> Where did he go? He went to take up his ministry as High Priest. Jesus is Prophet, Priest and King. He is exercising his ministry as High Priest  +today. Heb 3:1 “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;” Heb  +4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” This High Priest represents us. He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities and goes before the August Presence of a Holy God and on the grounds of those feelings toward us, and his on shed blood, and his own holy life, http://www.themorningmeditation.com/153-go/feed/ 0 WHERE DID HE GO? Acts 1:9-11 “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, WHERE DID HE GO? Acts 1:9-11 “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 11:13 #152 – The Servants Attitude in Serving the Lord http://www.themorningmeditation.com/152-servants-attitude-serving-lord/ Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:35:48 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=484 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/152-servants-attitude-serving-lord/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN<br /> THE SERVANTS ATTITUDE IN SERVING THE LORD<br /> Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”<br /> Paul reminds them, “for ye serve the Lord Christ.” The word “serve” translates, “douleuo” and means, “to be a slave, serve, do service.” This is that same word for slave mentioned above. Only here it is a verb. It is a present active indicative verb. The present tense means that we keep on (present tense) by our choice (active voice) being a slave to Jesus in the activities we are engaged in even though it may appear that we are serving someone else, i.e., our employer, submission of a child to a parent, submission of a wife to an unreasonable husband, etc.<br /> Every Christian needs a servant spirit. It is the spirit of Christianity. It is the Spirit of Christ because He was the greatest servant of all. Then Paul speaks to us of,<br /> THE FINAL ACCOUNTING FOR OUR DOING (LABORS)<br /> He says, “But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done.” The words “he that doeth wrong” translates “adikeo” and means, “to act unjustly or wickedly, to sin.” He is talking to Christians. Do you mean it is possible for Christians to do wrong? This is certainly teaching that. Now I ask this question. Will things for which we have been forgiven here on earth be brought up at the Judgment Seat of Christ (the judgment of the saved for rewards)? I do not believe so. However, there are those who stubbornly refuse the Lordship of Christ in their lives and will not admit they are wrong when HE SHOWS THEM. They do not ask for forgiveness and do not get it. This idea that you get forgiveness from the Lord without repentance and confession to Him is not true (1 John 1:9). We need to live with this in mind. There is a day of accounting for us as Christians. There is no question that we are going to heaven once we are saved. But there is a question about rewards and the loss of rewards (1 Cor. 3:11-16).<br /> In Christ<br /> Bro. White</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com/152-servants-attitude-serving-lord/">#152 – The Servants Attitude in Serving the Lord</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com">The Morning Meditation</a>.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/152-servants-attitude-serving-lord/feed/ 0 THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE SERVANTS ATTITUDE IN SERVING THE LORD Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord C... THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE SERVANTS ATTITUDE IN SERVING THE LORD Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 3:53 #151 – The Expectation of the Obedient Christian http://www.themorningmeditation.com/151-expectation-obedient-christian/ Sun, 01 Jun 2014 22:27:18 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=482 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/151-expectation-obedient-christian/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN<br /> THE EXPECTATION OF THE OBEDIENT CHRISTIAN<br /> Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”<br /> The expectation is seen in the words, “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” The word “knowing” translates “eido” meaning, “to see, to perceive with the eyes, to perceive by any of the senses, to discern.” When this word “knowing” is used it is more like knowing as an eye witness. It is a perfect passive participle. The perfect tense means that Paul is not introducing a new thought to them, He is telling them something that they already know. They came to know this for sure in the past and this knowledge remained with them as Paul reminded them. The passive voice means that this learning did not come from their own rational thinking. The passive voice means that God had given them this information by revelation. This is how they knew.<br /> The words “of the Lord” speak of the source of the blessing that he is about to state. We do not work for men while we are working for men. We do what we do for Him and His glory and when the time comes, He will be the one who will give out the reward. And no one will be able to stand and say, “Lord, you can’t do it like that. That is not how I taught it.” Now while we are looking at it hypothetically, I think He might answer, “I know, you wouldn’t listen to me. That is the reason you taught it incorrectly.” The Lord is not bound by our interpretation of what He says. We need to get what He says right. You say, “Preacher, do you think that all you say is right?” No, but I think it is when I say it!!! That is the reason that your relationship is to be with the Lord through His Word. The Holy Spirit is the One who guides into all truth (John 16:13).<br /> Paul says, “ye shall receive.” This translates one word, “apolambano” and means, “what is promised.” The word “reward” translates “antapodosis” and means, “to recompense, to reward or repay someone.” The words “of the inheritance” translate “kleronomia” and means, “an inheritance, property received (or to be received) by inheritance, the eternal blessedness of the consummated kingdom of God which is to be expected after the visible return of Christ.” This is not talking about eternity or heaven being earned by our obedience. It does mean that what we will have there makes it worth any price that obedience to Him costs. I can imagine a wife who in obedience to her Lord submits to an uncaring unsaved husband who makes her life miserable on this earth. That is a big price to pay for her to serve the Lord faithfully. But when she stands before the Lord and He says to her “well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of the Lord,” do you think she will remember what it cost her? I’ll tell you what she will do. She’ll join that godly black woman in the cotton patch and they’ll have a simultaneous camp meeting spell! Christians do not need to be standing around having pity parties over what serving Him costs them. It is nothing in comparison to “the reward of the inheritance.”</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com/151-expectation-obedient-christian/">#151 – The Expectation of the Obedient Christian</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com">The Morning Meditation</a>.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/151-expectation-obedient-christian/feed/ 0 THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE EXPECTATION OF THE OBEDIENT CHRISTIAN Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord C... THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE EXPECTATION OF THE OBEDIENT CHRISTIAN Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 5:11 #150 – The Focus of Our Good Works http://www.themorningmeditation.com/150-focus-good-works/ Sat, 31 May 2014 22:23:29 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=480 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/150-focus-good-works/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN<br /> THE FOCUS OF OUR ACTION<br /> Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”<br /> The words, “as to the Lord” means that whatever we do, if it is a truck driver, a secretary, a minister in the pulpit, or student in school, what ever it is, we are to do it as if Jesus were the ONE for whom we were doing it. Our action should be focused on Him as the one for whom we do what we do. The wife submits to her husband, when in reality, she is submitting to Jesus her Lord. The husband is loving his wife, when in reality he is loving Jesus his Lord. The children are obeying their parents, when in reality they are obeying Jesus their Lord. The father is exercising his authority as the head of the home in love and kindness and fairness, when in reality he is doing this as a representative of Jesus his Lord. The slave or employee is serving from the heart without complaint and with joy because in reality, he is doing this as a representative of Jesus his Lord. Our focus in all we do, no matter what it is, is to be on Jesus our Lord. We are His servants.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com/150-focus-good-works/">#150 – The Focus of Our Good Works</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com">The Morning Meditation</a>.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/150-focus-good-works/feed/ 0 THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE FOCUS OF OUR ACTION Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE FOCUS OF OUR ACTION Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 2:44 Morning Anouncemet #3 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncemet-3/ Fri, 30 May 2014 23:30:09 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=476 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncemet-3/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>This is Missionary Joe Consford!</p> <p>I am in Israel as we speak!  I look forward to telling you all about my trip after I get back!</p> <p>I just wanted to thank you for listening to The Morning Meditation each morning!  It is my privilege to join you on your walk with our Lord every day.</p> <p>It has been brought to my attention that some people have forgotten that these meditations were not written by me.  Dr. Earl White writes these Morning Meditations, and he has given me permission to publish them in the form of this podcast.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have over the last ten years.</p> <p>The Morning Meditation has now been listened to in 111 countries!  Wow!</p> <p>Please pray for me as I am in Israel trying to be a blessing to the seed of Abraham.</p> <p>Have a great day and God bless.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncemet-3/">Morning Anouncemet #3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com">The Morning Meditation</a>.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/morning-anouncemet-3/feed/ 0 This is Missionary Joe Consford! I am in Israel as we speak!  I look forward to telling you all about my trip after I get back! I just wanted to thank you for listening to The Morning Meditation each morning! This is Missionary Joe Consford! I am in Israel as we speak!  I look forward to telling you all about my trip after I get back! I just wanted to thank you for listening to The Morning Meditation each morning!  It is my privilege to join you on your walk with our Lord every day. […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 3:11 #149 – The Dynamics of Good Works http://www.themorningmeditation.com/149-dynamics-good-works/ Fri, 30 May 2014 21:24:52 +0000 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/?p=474 http://www.themorningmeditation.com/149-dynamics-good-works/#respond consford@gmail.com <p>THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN<br /> THE DYNAMICS OF THE DOING<br /> Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”<br /> The words “do it heartily . . .” This word translates two words. The first is “ek” meaning, “out of” and second, “psuche” and means, “the soul,  the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.).” This is to be the dynamics of our service. It is from the heart. It is putting everything we have into it. It is sincerity to the core. When it is done this way, it puts life and enjoyment into it. Christianity comes to life. Whether it is the preacher in the pulpit, the song leader leading the singing, the house wife doing her daily chores or the common laborer out digging out a living for his family, it has “heart” in it, it has “soul” in it, it has great joy in it. I remember when I was a boy working in the field when a black woman who was picking cotton along with some others got to shouting over some Bible truth that they were discussing. I thought she was going to level the cotton patch. It scared me to death. I didn’t know you could legitimately shout in a cotton patch!!! But she found God out there and introduced us to Him by her actions. Much later I came to know Him that way myself. I’m not for sure that black woman could read. But she knew the Creator in a personal way and was more in the KNOW than most scientists. Glory to God and the Lamb forever!!!<br /> The dynamic of Christianity is absent in cold formal services. It needs to find its way back into the lives of the saints. We need to put the pride of formality aside and let it be known that we love God from the heart and don’t care who knows it. Go ahead! What if you do get stigmatized as a fanatic. You do know what a fanatic is, don’t you? It is an extreme fan! I confess I am an extreme fan of Jesus and His Word.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com/149-dynamics-good-works/">#149 – The Dynamics of Good Works</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.themorningmeditation.com">The Morning Meditation</a>.</p> http://www.themorningmeditation.com/149-dynamics-good-works/feed/ 0 THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE DYNAMICS OF THE DOING Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE DYNAMICS OF THE DOING Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the […] Missionary Joe Consford clean 3:49