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I Can See Clearly Now

A familiar verse found in Psalm 119:105 brings not only direction for one’s life, but presents the key to understanding the events taking place in the world today and what lies ahead for each and every person in the life to come. The answers to man’s questions past, present and future are found within the pages of God’s WORD, a gift He has given mankind applicable to every generation.

“Thy WORD is a Lamp unto My Feet, and a Light unto My Path.”

As a lamp shines closest to its carrier, many recall the words to live by of the great Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s premier Founding Fathers who was known for his words of wisdom… “A penny saved is a penny earned;” “Waste not, want not;” “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Much more profound than Franklin’s words, the Holy WORD of God contains over 800 proverbs of the wisdom of Solomon, the wisest person to ever live, “… that God had put in his heart,” (2 Chronicles 9:23), recorded in the Book of Proverbs. Words to live by such as, Keep My commandments, and live,” (7:2); “The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,” (10:32); ”Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD,” (16:5); “A poor man is better than a liar,” (19:22); “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man,” (21:17); “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small,” (24:10), and on, and on.

As events fill every news broadcast and sets the world on edge, God’s WORD shines on the path ahead clearly illuminating what is happening, why it is happening and what the final result will be. His WORD reveals, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about… all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it,” (Zechariah 12:2-3); the coming battle of Gog and Magog (Russia) allied with Persia (Iran) and Togarmah (Turkey), along with other nations (Ezekiel 38-39); “With all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish… God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie,” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11); “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine… they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables,” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Concerning life after death, God’s WORD speaks of, “In My Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you,” (John 14:2); “For I know that my Redeemer liveth… though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God,” (Job 19:25-26); “… willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord,” (2 Corinthians 5:8); “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth… no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain,” (Revelation 21:1-4).

“For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.” 

Psalm 119:89

                                                                    

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A Desire to Hear

As Jesus began to preach in the synagogues of Galilee following His Temptation by the Devil in the wilderness, “the people pressed upon Him to hear the Word of God” as He stood along the banks of Lake Gennesaret. It was then He climbed into Simon Peter’s boat, asked Peter to “thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship,” (Luke 5:1-3). The people desired to hear God’s Word.

King Herod wanted the opportunity to hear Jesus, for he had “heard of all that was done by Him.” Having put John the Baptist to death at the request of his wife, “Herod said, John have I beheaded: but Who is this of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see Him,” (Luke 9:7-9).

Following Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, He could be found daily teaching in the Temple. The chief priests, scribes, “and the chief of the people” were plotting and planning how they might destroy Him, jealous of the attention He was receiving from those who formally looked to them for spiritual and political leadership. They “could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear Him,” (Luke 19:28-48).

Luke records during the week of Jesus’ crucifixion, “in the day time He was teaching in the Temple; and at night He went out, and abode in the mount that is called the Mount of Olives.” It was there Jesus delivered the Olivet discourse to His disciples concerning His second coming and the end of the world (Matthew 24). Luke continues to write of this time, “And all the people came early in the morning to Him in the Temple, for to hear Him,” (Luke 21:37-38).

The Apostle John writes of the time just prior to Jesus’ crucifixion of “certain Greeks,” not Jews, who came to Philip, “and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.” Philip, along with Andrew, presented the Greeks’ request to Jesus, “And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of Man should be glorified,” (John 12:20-23). Although Jesus’ earthly ministry was drawing to a close with His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension back to Heaven, just as those who pressed upon Him, desired to see Him, were attentive to hear Him, rose up early in the morning to hear Him, may we today have the same desire as those who lived during Jesus’ time. May we fill our hearts and minds hearing His Word written within the pages of Scripture.

“This is My Beloved Son: hear Him.”

Luke 9:35

PROVERBS – Book of “Wisdom”

Key Verse:  Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”

Solomon’s Wise Words to Sons – Chapters 1-7

Wisdom Better Than Rubies – Chapters 8-9

Folly of Sin – Chapters 10-19

Warnings and Instruction – Chapters 20-29

God’s Word is Pure – Chapter 30

Virtuous Woman – Chapter 31

What is Truth?

Man has been in a search of Truth since time began. Some look to science, others to the stars, while others are encouraged to look within themselves for Truth. Some have even given themselves over to a life of solitude in an attempt to find Truth. It was Pilate who asked Jesus in John 18:38, “What is Truth?” Little did Pilate know Truth was standing before him and is closer than anyone realizes in their quest for Truth.

In the Garden of Gethsemane just prior to His encounter with Pilate, Jesus’ prayer to The Father in John 17 began, “Father, the hour is come; Glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee.” As Jesus continued in prayer He revealed the source of all Truth, “Thy Word is Truth” (v 17). The Apostle John begins his book, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (1:1). Just as Satan tempted Christ in the wilderness by distorting the Truth of God’s Word (Matthew 4:1-11), he continues relentlessly seeking opportunities at every turn to keep man confused as to what is Truth and what is the source of all Truth, causing man to wander in the wilderness of this world without hope.

The Truth of God’s Word reveals:

All we like sheep have gone astray  (Isaiah 53:6);

All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God  (Romans 3:23);

All need to call upon the Name of the Lord  (Romans 10:13);

All need to repent of sin  (Acts 17:30);

All need to be saved and come to the knowledge of Truth  (I Timothy 2:3-4);

All need His free gift of Salvation  (Ephesians 2:8);

All need to hide God’s Word in their heart that they might not sin against Him  (Psalm 119:9-11).

In a court of law we are admonished to tell the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth. What is Truth? God’s Word is Truth. “For the Law was given by Moses, But grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ,” (John 1:17).

“Jesus answered…

To this end was I born,

and for this cause came I into the world,

That I should bear witness unto the Truth.”

John 18:37