I want to ask you to say this prayer out loud, if possible.
“I belong to God. I am a holy vessel because I have the Holy Spirit of the Living God. The Lord of Heaven and earth has said to me; “I declare you holy!”. I commit to start believing what He says. I AM HOLY! Remind me daily, Spirit of the Living God, to treat myself as holy, open my eyes to every scheme of The Enemy to treat me as if I'm not. You, God, are Holy. Your word is the truth. This day Father, I chose to believe you! I ask this in the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ, who died on a cross for me so that I could be a coheir to the kingdom of God. Amen”
Monday, May 30, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
- Jesus is high priest for every Christian. He is my high priest. He is your high priest.
- Jesus is the son of God - Ben Elohim
- Jesus who was once a man and is now set on the right hand of God the father - Elohim HaAvwa
- Jesus' death on a cross, as a man, served as a sin sacrifice for all generations - past, present, and future
- Jesus intercedes for each and every Christian with God, the living God - Elohim Chayim
- My God is alive and living! He doesn't reside in a statue, or a building.
- My God resides with me as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- At His right hand resides my high priest, Jesus Christ.
- Jesus loves me and is with me and is for me.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
|Original photo by Robin Hutto. Artistic effects by Sallee Bonham|
The brilliant blue sky contrasted with the tops of the vivid green trees. A slight breeze contained just a hint of coolness, but the sunshine felt warm no matter how long you stood in it.
The first indication that this wedding was a little different.
A line of polished, chrome-bearing motorcycles were parked across the long side of the parking lot.
Additionally, a large percentage of the people standing in conversational knots were dressed in black leather and blue denim clothing. Black boots seemed to be the popular choice for footwear. Yes, the majority of the people at this event are bikers, Christian bikers.
On the west side of the park pavilion
Neat rows of white folding chairs sat beneath the leaf-laden limbs of several large trees. As Bill and I sat down I noticed tiny, snow-white violets blooming amid the verdant grass that formed a carpet beneath our chairs. "Isn't God great?" was a silent thought inside my head.
As the denim and leather clad guests all sat down for the ceremony
The rumbling of two, slow moving motorcycles was heard. It was the groom and the preacher riding their bikes slowly across the parking lot and up to the edge of the grassy area. Two more motorcycles slowly approached and parked too. The matron of honor, the bride, and their escorts had arrived. The wedding party was dressed just like the guests - black boots, jeans, and leather vests. The bride had a garter around the top of her left boot and held a small bouquet.
Acoustic guitar music accompanied the bride's walk down the natural, grassy aisle toward her fiancee and preacher. The vows were said amid laughter and smiles. The best man patted all of his pockets, as if searching for the bride's ring.
Finally, Mr. and Mrs. were introduced and the sound of rolling thunder filled the air.
This rolling thunder was formed by the roaring engines of a half dozen motorcycles announcing that a new Mr. and Mrs. had been sealed in holy matrimony.
Suddenly, the roaring motors were silent. The marrying part was over and the eating part was about to begin. Everyone started walking to the pavilion where the scent of charcoal and roasting brats was filling the air.
Bill and I loved that the preacher used Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.
As he began to read the verses, we looked at each other, and I quietly whispered ,"Our marriage verses!" Yes, in that moment Bill and I remembered our own own wedding, six years ago, and how excited we were to become Mr. and Mrs.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. 10For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. 11 Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
|Photo by Sherry King Photo Editing by Sallee Bonham|
- He, and none but he, who made the soul, can make it happy. Benson Commentary
- He must have our heart, our whole heart, and no creature in earth or heaven must be permitted to share with him. Benson Commentary
- All who commit themselves to God, shall be guided with the counsel both of his word and of his Spirit, the best counsellors here. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
- I feel my need of him; and I must and do find my supreme happiness in him. Barnes' Notes on the Bible
- There is no other person nor thing in the world from which I can seek or hope for happiness, or which I am willing to accept as my portion. Let sinners have an earthly prosperity, I am satisfied with you, and with your favour. Matthew Poole's Commentary
|Photo by Debbie Peeler Editing by Sallee Bonham|
- as a fact establishing Jesus' Messiahship
- as a prophecy of our rising from the dead
- as a symbol of the Christian life even now.
- The Apostle Paul believed that the Christian is so joined to Jesus that he has, not in symbol only, but in truth, risen with him.
- faith joins us in a most real and close union to Jesus Christ, so that in His death we die to sin
- We are, as Christians, bound to be true in our conduct to the facts of our spiritual life, and to turn away from the world, which is now not our home, and set our mind on things above.
- Surely union with Him in His death will lead us to die to the world which is alien to us, and to live in thought, desire, love, and obedience with Him in His calm abode, from where He rules and blesses the souls whom, through their faith, He has made to live the new life of heaven on earth.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016
|Group Photo of Redeemed Riders. #rftsmo|
Unfortunately, my bike is in the shop waiting for a part. Instead, I drove my Nissan Versa as a support vehicle with a cooler full of iced down water bottles in it.
Happily, a friend took the great picture below of Bill and the other riders leaving the Mobil station in Hermann, MO. My car is in the picture too.
|The yellow arrows are pointing at Bill and myself leaving Hermann, MO #rftsmo|
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Note: A bible version was not included with the bible verses in the War Room bible study. I normally use the New International Version and/or the American King James Version and have chosen to use those bibles in my posts about the bible study.
As with most bible study participants, I do not always agree with the author. That's okay. It doesn't mean I believe they are wrong. It just means that I am looking at it from a different perspective.
Session 2 starts with Psalm 141:3-5
3 Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;The accompanying question that was with Psalm 141 asks: Is this a prayer you would willingly pray?
keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil
so that I take part in wicked deeds
along with those who are evildoers;
do not let me eat their delicacies.
5 Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it... Psalm 141:3-5 NIV
Of course my answer is YES!
The lesson theme is accountability and the clip is the scene in the weight room with Michael and Tony.
Michael was willing to speak a difficult truth to Tony, even though it was ill received.
I am going to be very, very honest here.
When I think about someone holding me accountable it makes me feel rebellious. I am very independent and private. My thoughts go straight to,"Stay out of my business."
Yes, I have been held accountable for my actions, and I knew the individuals meant well. However, what I was being held accountable for was an appearance of wrongdoing, not actual wrongdoing. Hence, I became aware of this bible verse:
Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 AKJVSince this verse became entrenched into my life, I haven't had any issues.
Now, where was I? Oh, yes the Day One personal study.
Day One is about having an accountability partner.
I have one thing to say about having an accountability partner,"Be Careful!" Not everyone can be trusted to keep what you tell them confidential. Also, in the movie it was implied that Tony and Michael had known each other for a long time, or maybe known each other since they were quite young.
Day Two emphasizes that there is great responsibility in relationships and that solo Christians who don't form relationships within their Christian community can leave themselves vulnerable to sin when they are alone.
The verses for this point are:
Ephesians 4:29-32 NIV
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Job 6:14 NIV
Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Proverbs 18:24 AKJV
A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Another point was made that without one another, the body of believers would be incomplete.
One paragraph seemed to stand out to me. It said,
"Being accountable to God because of the great gift of freedom He has afforded us in Christ prompts us toward obedience. Our accountability to one another is a reflection of that freedom lived responsibly."The verses for this paragraph are:
Psalm 119:45 AKJV
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek your precepts.
2 Corinthians 3:17 AKJV
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Galatians 5:1 AKJV
Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Romans 6:22 AKJV
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end everlasting life
The study task for the verses is to note what is said about freedom and what this implies about responsibility.
And that concludes my post about what I gained from Session 2 of the War Room Bible Study.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
"Sitting is a resting posture: after services and sufferings, to give law, to give judgment. It is a remaining posture: he (Jesus) sits like a king for ever. All his enemies are now in a chain, but not yet made his footstool. And his kingdom, being set up, shall be kept up in the world, in despite of all the powers of darkness."
Matthew Henry wrote in his bible commentary,
"Through Christ, we, who were dead in sins, are quickened. Christ's death was the death of our sins; Christ's resurrection is the quickening of our souls."
I like the word "quickened" that Matthew Henry useed when he was writing abut Colossians 2:8-17. Basically it means that through Christ's resurrection, I was revived and brought to life. I was dead through sin, but brought back to life through my faith that God did indeed raise Jesus from the dead. Jesus' resurrection means I am spiritually risen with Him too.
An older meaning for "quickened" is: "to cause to burn brighter, or kindle (as in making a fire, or flame to burn brighter)."
Now I understand where the saying,"He is on fire for the Lord!" comes from. It comes from this older meaning for quickened. It isn't a bad thing for faith to cause us to burn brighter for God.