Skip to comments.LOVE TO ALL! GOD IS GREAT! Believers will go through tests, but no worries.
Posted on 01/01/2012 11:50:56 AM PST by jesus4life
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Love to all in the Holy Precious name of JESUS CHRIST!! Jesus warns us, " they deny me, they will deny you!". Believers that love the LORD should expect ridicule, rejection, and inspection from people that dont believe in HIM or HIS LOVE!! It should not be a surprise. It all takes time or some may never come. Its all about what GOD wants.
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12 When it was day, the Jews held a secret meeting at which they made a vow not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
13 More than forty of them entered this pact,
14 and they went to the chief priests and elders and told them, 'We have made a solemn vow to let nothing pass our lips until we have killed Paul.
15 Now it is up to you and the Sanhedrin together to apply to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you meant to examine his case more closely; we, on our side, are prepared to dispose of him before he reaches you.'
16 But the son of Paul's sister heard of the ambush they were laying and made his way into the fortress and told Paul,
17 who called one of the centurions and said, 'Take this young man to the tribune; he has something to tell him.'
18 So the man took him to the tribune, and reported, 'The prisoner Paul summoned me and requested me to bring this young man to you; he has something to tell you.'
19 Then the tribune took him by the hand and drew him aside and questioned him in private, 'What is it you have to tell me?'
20 He replied, 'The Jews have made a plan to ask you to take Paul down to the Sanhedrin tomorrow, as though they meant to enquire more closely into his case.
21 Do not believe them. There are more than forty of them lying in wait for him, and they have vowed not to eat or drink until they have got rid of him. They are ready now and only waiting for your order to be given.'
22 The tribune let the young man go with this order, 'Tell no one that you have given me this information.'
23 Then he summoned two of the centurions and said, 'Get two hundred soldiers ready to leave for Caesarea by the third hour of the night with seventy cavalry and two hundred auxiliaries;
24 provide horses for Paul, and deliver him unharmed to Felix the governor.'
25 He also wrote a letter in these terms:
26 'Claudius Lysias to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings.
27 This man had been seized by the Jews and would have been murdered by them; but I came on the scene with my troops and got him away, having discovered that he was a Roman citizen.
28 Wanting to find out what charge they were making against him, I brought him before their Sanhedrin.
29 I found that the accusation concerned disputed points of their Law, but that there was no charge deserving death or imprisonment.
30 Acting on information that there was a conspiracy against the man, I hasten to send him to you, and have notified his accusers that they must state their case against him in your presence.'
31 The soldiers carried out their orders; they took Paul and escorted him by night to Antipatris.
32 Next day they left the mounted escort to go on with him and returned to the fortress.
33 On arriving at Caesarea the escort delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him.
34 When he had read it, he asked Paul what province he came from. Learning that he was from Cilicia he said,
35 'I will hear your case as soon as your accusers are here too.' Then he ordered him to be held in Herod's praetorium.
Happy New Year!
Could this be the year of His coming?
I hope so.
Of course God is the Greatest... That to me is a tautology, like saying Camembert is a Cheese... or rain is wet... even atheists say the Bang was Big.
The problem (for the Muslims) is that God is Love. And in all things it is THAT God, the God of Love which makes man small and ultimately reasonable.
Put it to the test. Say youre pissed off, and you lose it and start hitting somebody. Bam! Bam! Bam!
What will restore reason quicker? Repeating God is Great or God is Love?
Ever wonder why Muslims are in the habit of mauling already dead bodies while still chanting God is Great?
The tests come from the evil one, the devil.
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Matthew 5:43-45 (in Context) Matthew 5 (Whole Chapter)
[ Giving to the Poor and Prayer ] Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 6:1-3 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter)
When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
Matthew 6:4-6 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter)
But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:5-7 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter)
And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.
Matthew 6:6-8 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter)
Pray, then, in this way: Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Matthew 6:8-10 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter)
[ Prayer and the Golden Rule ] Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:6-8 (in Context) Matthew 7 (Whole Chapter)
After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
Matthew 14:22-24 (in Context) Matthew 14 (Whole Chapter)
[ But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.]
Matthew 17:20-22 (in Context) Matthew 17 (Whole Chapter)
[ Discipline and Prayer ] If your brother sins , go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.
Matthew 18:14-16 (in Context) Matthew 18 (Whole Chapter)
[ Jesus Blesses Little Children ] Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.
Matthew 19:12-14 (in Context) Matthew 19 (Whole Chapter)
And He *said to them, It is written, MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER; but you are making it a ROBBERS DEN.
Matthew 21:12-14 (in Context) Matthew 21 (Whole Chapter)
And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
Matthew 21:21-23 (in Context) Matthew 21 (Whole Chapter)
[ Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]
Matthew 23:13-15 (in Context) Matthew 23 (Whole Chapter)
But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.
Matthew 24:19-21 (in Context) Matthew 24 (Whole Chapter)
[ The Garden of Gethsemane ] Then Jesus *came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and *said to His disciples, Sit here while I go over there and pray.
Matthew 26:35-37 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter)
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.
Matthew 26:38-40 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter)
Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:40-42 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter)
He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.
Matthew 26:41-43 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter)
And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more.
Matthew 26:43-45 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter)
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
Mark 1:34-36 (in Context) Mark 1 (Whole Chapter)
After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.
Mark 6:45-47 (in Context) Mark 6 (Whole Chapter)
And He said to them, This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.
Mark 9:28-30 (in Context) Mark 9 (Whole Chapter)
And He began to teach and say to them, Is it not written, MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS? But you have made it a ROBBERS DEN.
Mark 11:16-18 (in Context) Mark 11 (Whole Chapter)
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.
Mark 11:23-25 (in Context) Mark 11 (Whole Chapter)
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.
Mark 11:24-26 (in Context) Mark 11 (Whole Chapter)
who devour widows houses, and for appearances sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation.
Mark 12:39-41 (in Context) Mark 12 (Whole Chapter)
But pray that it may not happen in the winter.
Mark 13:17-19 (in Context) Mark 13 (Whole Chapter)
[ Jesus in Gethsemane ] They *came to a place named Gethsemane; and He *said to His disciples, Sit here until I have prayed.
Mark 14:31-33 (in Context) Mark 14 (Whole Chapter)
And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by.
Mark 14:34-36 (in Context) Mark 14 (Whole Chapter)
Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Mark 14:37-39 (in Context) Mark 14 (Whole Chapter)
Again He went away and prayed, saying the same words.
Mark 14:38-40 (in Context) Mark 14 (Whole Chapter)
And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering.
Luke 1:9-11 (in Context) Luke 1 (Whole Chapter)
and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.
Luke 2:36-38 (in Context) Luke 2 (Whole Chapter)
When you put ‘Pray’ I thought to look up the word “pray” in the online Bible concordance. Amazing results of pray in scripture. Amen!!
There is definitely no worries when one walks in faith.
As far as the devil testing? No, he tempts us.
But here is something also:
5 Yahweh examines the upright and the wicked, the lover of violence he detests.
10 Many will be cleansed, made white and purged; the wicked will persist in doing wrong; the wicked will never understand; those who are wise will understand.
11 My child, do not scorn correction from Yahweh, do not resent his reproof;
12 for Yahweh reproves those he loves, as a father the child whom he loves.
3 A furnace for silver, a foundry for gold, but Yahweh for the testing of hearts!
24 ‘Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.
25 Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock.
26 But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand.
27 Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell; and what a fall it had!’
5 Have you forgotten that encouraging text in which you are addressed as sons? My son, do not scorn correction from the Lord, do not resent his training,
6 for the Lord trains those he loves, and chastises every son he accepts.
7 Perseverance is part of your training; God is treating you as his sons. Has there ever been any son whose father did not train him?
8 If you were not getting this training, as all of you are, then you would be not sons but bastards.
9 Besides, we have all had our human fathers who punished us, and we respected them for it; all the more readily ought we to submit to the Father of spirits, and so earn life.
10 Our human fathers were training us for a short life and according to their own lights; but he does it all for our own good, so that we may share his own holiness.
11 Of course, any discipline is at the time a matter for grief, not joy; but later, in those who have undergone it, it bears fruit in peace and uprightness.
Devil tempts us.
GOD trains us, tests us, molds us, and brings us to new heights in faith.
There is a major difference.
AMEN to the passages! No worries when faith in GOD is there.
AMEN! Thanks for your compliment.
However you correct it, as long as it works for you, that is fine. Honestly, there is no word to describe GOD for me. English doesnt have the word for what GOD does in my heart. But, this is mostly an english speaking website, so, this is the language I use ( but no other language has it either :)
As far as the GOOD BOOK, GOD is:
“ Glorious “
“ King of Kings”
“ The great I am”
“ THe Almighty”
“ Creator”, and called many many more beautiful, great, and loving names....... How HE makes each one of us feel is what HE does to our hearts. That’s personal.
Glad to see how HE makes you feel. No wonderful word is greater or better to explain our GOD ( yet we may feel so on personal opinions!). No worries. Worship is best!).
As far as the comment on the Muslims?? I am very, very, very strong a believer in CHRIST. But, I have friends from other religions.
On TV ( which I dont really watch that much at all), when I pass buy a store that may have one. I hear people ( news or some media related thing)mentioning that Muslims always say, “ GOD is GREAT!”, then bomb something.
But, interestingly, funny, and honestly. The ones I know that worship say, “ Allah is love!!”. Thats from France, throughout the USA and more..
Same for when I was in Turkey and was going to one of the only churches in the area that was gated off. It was the only church there. It was a Catholic Church. I went there every day to pray.
I would just talk to the Muslims there about CHRIST and minister through walk and WORD. Always showing love of Christ where ever I went.
Leaving the country with some people saying, “ yes Allah!”. Asking me if I was Muslim, and at the time, I would just say, “ no, I am Christian.”, and they would just smile.
I never had any problem out there. Even after discussions with many who didnt agree with being Christians. They still sat and ate with me, and there was never a problem. I was there for 2 weeks.
HEard about bombings and all. Heard! Heard. heard. Even saw the tanks and all. But issues? Nope.
I realize many put issues on themselves. For whatever reason, people love to “ mix it up!”.
LOVE is an easy word to say and a harder word to live.
Who says HE may not already be here and picking HIS chosen one by one.
That would be “ the thief in the night”, yes??
Many are expecting the “ eyes like fire feet ablaze” CHRIST to come. Yet, HE will be a thief in the night for those not worshipping from the heart.
For those worshipping from the heart, then, they will just be caught doing the Master’s will. Which is nothing bad to be caught doing. The Master will be happy to see this.
HE wont be a “ thief in the night” for a person that leaves their “ temple “ door open.
When the faith gets to that level, then, it doesnt matter when HE is coming. With faith like that, we can perservere till whenever the time is.
Pray for all and love all.
Amen! Same to you! Happy New Year!