Daily Archives: December 30, 2018


2018-12-23

Pastor Pete

 

12-23-2018

Gods Way To Blessing 3

Gods Way To Blessing 3 notes

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”
Matthew 5:7 KJV

To truly discover and understand the full meaning of this one verse we must not only look at the Greek meaning, we must go to the Hebrew.

The Greek word eleemon; to be compassionate, it also carries with it the ability to have pity [to sympathize]

The Hebrew word which is untranslatable is chesedh; the ability to get right inside the other persons skin so much so we see with their eyes, think with their mind, and feel with their feelings.

Many times when mercy is needed we do not have the ability to give it because we are more concerned with our own point of view and our own feelings.

There is a French proverb that states to know all is to forgive all.

Thought; this is exactly what God did for us; in order for Him to be merciful He had to become man, flesh.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 KJV

“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. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:15-16 KJV

God got inside the skin of man.

The story of Queen Victoria visiting Mrs. Tulloch, Tulloch was slow in getting up to greet the Queen Tulloch just lost her husband as the Queen just lost her husband also.
The Queen responded to Tulloch I am not here as your Queen but as one woman who has lost her husband to another woman who has lost her husband.

Just think the King of all kings did not come to us detached, or the great majestic God that He is but He came…

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”
Zechariah 9:9 KJV

Brothers and sisters it is imperative for us, just as we have received mercy we must give mercy.

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Matthew 6:12-15 KJV
“But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Matthew 9:13 KJV

“But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.”
Matthew 12:7 KJV

“Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”
Matthew 18:32-35 KJV

Let us close with this thought;

O the bliss of the man who gets right inside of people, until he can see with their eyes, think with their thoughts, feel with their feelings, for he that does that will find others do the same for him, and will know that, that is what GOD IN JESUS CHRIST HAS DONE !


2018-12-09

Pastor Pete

 

12-09-2018

God’s Way to Blessing 2

Gods way of Blessings 2

So far we have looked at the first four beatitudes, now before we go further I would like to put a
Hanukkah spin on it or if you will a Christmas spin. There is no doubt everything that we think of both these holidays is pointing to God and His blessing to us.

So what have I discovered about the first four beatitudes having a Christmas spin.

The first beatitude declares blessed are the poor in spirit;

We discovered that this actually means that God wants us to be so dependent upon Him just like that do a poor person being dependent or all His needs to be meet.

We must realize just as Christ is declaring to us to become this dependent He Himself lived in this fashion.

“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
John 5:19, 30 KJV

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;”
Matthew 4:1-12 KJV

All of this proves to us in the same way Jesus declares for us to be totally dependent upon Him, He Jesus totally lived His life in complete dependence upon God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

Now when we see blessed are they that mourn; Jesus was declaring the life that He Himself lived.

“And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.”
Mark 8:12 KJV
Sigh comes from the word to mourn or grieve groan
“When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.”
John 11:33, 38 KJV

“Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;”
Hebrews 5:7-9 KJV

Blessed are the meek; fresh from last week; the ability to know how be angry with control.

the bliss of the man who is always angry at the right time and never angry at the wrong time, who has every instinct, and impulse, and passion under control because he himself is God controlled, who has the humility to realize his own ignorance and his own weakness, for such a man is a king among men.

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst;

O the bliss of the man who longs for total righteousness as a starving man longs for food, and a man perishing of thirst longs for water, for that man will be truly satisfied.

As we close today think of it in this fashion the light of Hanukkah or if you will the light of lights yes the light of the world came and lived amongst us and lived how He expects us to live, just as He was poor in spirit totally dependent so we too must be, just as He mourned in His spirit we to must allow our spirit to mourn only to Him, who is able to comfort us with the comforting that we need. Then just as He Jesus kept His anger in control, may we with the Holy Spirits control upon our life live in such fashion. Then just as our light of the world hungered for the right things of the Heavenly Father may we do also.

As we receive Jesus the greatest Christmas gift ever given, may we allow Him by the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to live everyday the beatitudes just as
He did.


2018-10-07

Pastor Pete

 

10-07-2018

Understanding

Proverbs 8

“Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors:”1-3

A crying out and a lifting of the voice.

““To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart.”
Proverbs 8:4-5 NKJV

Simple: a person who cannot understand or grasp most concepts and who is lacking insight.

Prudence: good judgement, common sense

“Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;”
Proverbs 8:6-10 NKJV

Thought: to him who understands it is plain and right to those who find knowledge.

“For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. 14

By me wisdom and understanding

Remember understanding simply means a putting together or comprehending or grasping of His word. The Spirit of God illuminates our hearts and gives us understanding of His wisdom.

By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth. I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me. Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.”
Proverbs 8:11-21 NKJV

“I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth; While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primal dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep, When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth, Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons of men.”
Proverbs 8:23-31 NKJV
No doubt the I here is Jesus

““Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD; But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.””
Proverbs 8:32-36 NKJV

“Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; She has slaughtered her meat, She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table. She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, “Come, eat of my bread And drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.”
Proverbs 9:1-6 NKJV

The word picture here is come to my feast and not my drunken party.
Then note forsake foolishness and live.
Go in the way of understanding, a direct command.

““He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.””
Proverbs 9:7-12 NKJV

The foolish woman’s call.

“A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing. For she sits at the door of her house, On a seat by the highest places of the city, To call to those who pass by, Who go straight on their way: “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here”; And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, “Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell.”
Proverbs 9:13-18 NKJV


2018-11-18

Pastor Pete

 

11-18-2018

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

In the book of I Thessalonians we are told “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV

First lets look at the progression:

We are admonished to be of a rejoicing spirit at all times, then along with this we are to have a constant unceasing prayer life, then in everything give thanks.

I truly believe these build of one another, first rejoicing, then prayer, then thanksgiving

This also coincides with Philip. 4: 4-7

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:4-7 NKJV

The Holy Spirit kind of tells us how to rejoice always and that is by staying in fellowship in the Lord

Then a stern command: be not anxious about anything.

Then back to prayer with thanksgiving.

Remember this not Paul telling us this is his opinion, but this is scripture inspired by the Holy Spirit, declaring this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I believe we all agree this comes not naturally for us, but it does not negate the fact we are to be disciplined in our Christian walk so much so that it must be our top priority to approach our Heavenly Father rejoicing, and that prayer, just talking to God becomes first nature. Then the thanksgiving is the spoken confidence that our gracious loving Heavenly Father does have everything under control, including all of our mess that we our selves made with no help from anybody else.

Remember Chosen one of God He does got this, therefore give Him continual thanks.

You see chosen all of this leads up for us how to live the beatitude.

“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 5:1-3 NKJV

Poor in spirit blessed?

This simply means that the poor is completely dependent upon someone for their needs, and when we have this kind of dependency upon God we will be be blessed by God Himself with His very own kingdom.

Thought this is not our final home, there is a greater one just up a head!
“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4 NKJV

I know and I agree none of us likes to mourn.

Now remember who Jesus was speaking to, a depressed people under Roman rulership which was extremely cruel, harsh, and over oppressive.

The Greek word here for mourn is the strongest in the Greek, like that of the lost of a loved one.

Now look how our Lord turns this around even when we are found in devastating situations we are promised by Him personally comfort.

Never lose sight of Your Heavenly Fathers promise to you…

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
II Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”
II Corinthians 2:14 NKJV

I conclude today because of the greatness of our Heavenly Father no matter what confronts us we can live in the assurance He will never abandon us, and the assurance He will always lead us in triumph therefore We can give thanks in all things.