The Eyes Of The Lord

Proverbs 15:3–The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
The ever present eyes of God–His eyes behold everything in every place. We can’t hide from God. He sees what we do and say no matter wherever we are. He sees the evil and He sees the good.
1. Proverbs 5:21; Psalms 33:14—The ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord. He watches everyone and the way each lives his / her life. He thinks about us and how we live.

Penetrating eyes–1 Samuel 16:7 tells us that, “The Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. The eyes of the Lord penetrate to the very depth of our being. Nothing is hid from Him.

Exploring eyes–1 Chronicles tells us that, “The Lord searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts”. He knows us better than we know our selves.

Eyes watching over the righteous–Psalm 34:15; 1 Peter 3:12–”The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers”. His eyes are upon us and His ears are open unto us. This tells us that He cares and is concerned about the things that are going on in our lives.
1. 2 Chronicles 16:9–”The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him”. He will take action in our lives when we need Him. On our behalf means, that He is there for our benefit, support, and defense. He watches throughout the whole earth.

Finding grace in the eyes of the Lord–Genesis 6:3–”But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. God saw the wickedness in the world in Noah’s day. He also beheld Noah who was a just man and walked with God. God watched over Noah and directed him in what he needed to do. God will do the same for us as we walk with Him and live a life that is pleasing to Him.

Letters From God–Book of Romans 7:7-12

My child, to say that the laws I gave through Moses are sinful is unthinkable! The law reveals those things that are sinful, so that mankind will understand those things that are wrong. Without laws sin is dead, but because of the laws, sin became operative followed by the wages of sin which is death. The law is holy and just and good. Jesus said that He did not come to destroy the law and the prophets but to fulfill them. He did what no other person could do. Romans 7:7-12

Taking On The Character Of God–The Fruit Of The Spirit

Galatians 5:22– The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
The fruit of the Spirit is the character of God–Spiritual maturity is related to the degree that the fruit of the Spirit is manifest in our life. The fruit of the Spirit is God’s fruit. It is an outward manifestation of the character of God within the Christian in the form of the Holy Spirit. This fruit does not issue from the natural man. It is God lifting us up above the natural character of mankind. Jesus demonstrated this love as he hung on the cross. After the beating and other things he had experienced he was able in all of his agony to pray for the people who had put him there. He said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
1. The individual fruit–God’s love exceeds the natural love of mankind. The joy is the joy of the Lord “that is unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 2:8). This peace passes all understanding therefore it can not be explained. “The peace of God passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). Like the other things of God, this peace not only passes all understand and cannot be explained but it must be experienced. This long-suffering is God’s. God is long-suffering with us and desires for us to have this same long-suffering toward others. This gentleness and goodness exceeds any gentleness and goodness that man might exhibit in his natural ability. We can operate on God’s faith level as the Spirit moves us. During this time we are very aware that we don’t naturally have this strong a faith. However we realize that God is at work and we dare not back away from it. God’s meekness as seen in Jesus does not seek to exalt itself. This temperance (self control) is God’s enabling us to be under control in the most difficult circumstances.
2. Our life witness–As the fruit of the Spirit dominates our life others will see Jesus in us. They will see the character of God in our lives and know that there is something different about us.

Learning Spiritual Communication–Part 3

1 Corinthians 12:8–To one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit.
Communicating in ministry to others–The Spirit manifests Himself through us through the gifts of the Spirit.
1. On the day of Pentecost–“They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4). The Holy Spirit enabled them to express themselves in tongues other than their own. Paul said, “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also” (1 Corinthians 14:14-15).
2. Bringing to our remembrance–Sometimes the Holy Spirit brings to our remembrance what God has spoken to us (John 14:26). In this way the Holy Spirit gives us words of wisdom and knowledge from God’s word that are applicable to what is happening.  In this way He enables to make decisions and take actions that are in line with God’s word.
3. Words of wisdom and knowledge–Sometimes the Spirit gives us words of wisdom and or words of knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8). These words of wisdom and words of knowledge relate to something specific to that moment and as we speak them we know that the Spirit has given them. These words of wisdom and words of knowledge are often for someone in our presence and are to be spoken to them.
4. Words of faith–Sometimes He gives us words of faith, and even as we speak them, we know we naturally don’t have that kind of faith. But as we speak the words of faith and act on them, we see God doing something that is not natural to the physical realm and is hard to explain.

Learning Spiritual Communication–Part 2

John 4:23–The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.
Communicating in Worship–Learning to communicate spiritually involves worship and we are to grow in our ability to worship God. Communication with God in worship is to be done in the spirit and in truth. Having been born of God’s Spirit we now have the ability to be true worshipers of God and to worship in spirit and in truth. We can worship God on a higher level. We can worship God in the spirit and not in the flesh. Worshiping in the spirit goes beyond being there physically and physically singing the songs. Because of our spiritual life we are enabled to experience the presence of God and to make a spiritual connection. In worship God becomes the focus of our attention. Worship is a reaching out to God and a seeking of his presence. Worship is an acknowledgment, and a celebration of the worth of God. Some of our songs are directed toward God as prayers or praise. Some of our songs are directed toward others gathered together there and declares the character, power, love, mercy, grace and works of God. These are songs of testimony. As we learn to communicate through worship we will grow in our experience of what it means to be a Christian.

Learning Spiritual Communication–Part 1

Luke 11:1–Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
Learning to talk is a necessary part of growing up. As a new-born babe has to learn how to talk physically, we as new born Christians must learn how to communicate spiritually. This spiritual communication relates to prayer.

Communicating in prayer:
1. The Spirit–God’s Spirit assists us in the forming of thoughts and words that we are to speak. “The Spirit helps our weakness: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26). The Spirit helps us pray as “he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:27). Prayer is a part of the Christian experience and we are to grow in our ability to pray.
2. Prayer is to be done in faith. “Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6-8).
3. Jesus gave instruction on prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. Prayer is communication with God. Prayer is to be directed to our Father, which is in heaven. The word Father acknowledges our spiritual birth by His Spirit and our unity as the family of God. The word our, acknowledges relationship with other Christians as brothers and sisters in the family of God. Hallowed be thy name is acknowledging the holiness and sacredness of God and His name. Prayer is to include an offering of praise; to acknowledge and declare the worth, majesty, glory, and power of God. Prayer is to be in submission to the rule and will of God. Prayer is to be related to our daily needs and those of our brothers and sisters. Prayer is to be offered from a forgiving heart and should ask for God’s forgiveness. Prayer should seek God’s help in the face of temptation and deliverance from evil. Prayer is offered on the basis of God’s kingdom, His will, His power, and His glory.
4. Learning how to pray–A Christian can learn how to pray by examining the prayers found in the Bible, especially in the New Testament. Examine the focus of the prayers. What is the person praying for? Notice the motive for the prayer. You will find that some of the prayers are for the person themselves, while other prayers are focused on the needs of others. Some of the prayers will be for both the person praying and for others. You will find that the prayers include things of the past, present and future. There are many good books on prayer. You might ask your pastor for the titles of some of these books.

Learning To Walk–Part 8

2 John 1:6–This is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
Walk in Obedience–We are to “walk after his commandments”. God’s word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). We are to walk in the light of God’s word. His word will direct our paths. We must be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves. “To whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness”? (Romans 6:16). Our obedience is to be an “obedience of faith” (Romans 16:26). We are to “bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
I leave you with these words of Jesus, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Learning To Walk–Part 7

Ephesians 5:15-21–See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Walk Circumspectly–To walk circumspectly is to walk accurately, carefully, and exactly. Ephesians 5:15-21 reveals what this means. It is to walk as those that are wise. Those that are wise will redeem the time taking advantage of every opportunity with the realization that the days are evil. We are to be wise, understanding what the will of the Lord is. The wise will be filled with and enabled by the Spirit because they know that the days are evil and that they must take advantage of the opportunities they have.
1. The benefits–We will have a joy that results in us speaking to ourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. We will sing and make melody in our hearts to the Lord. We will give thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and we will willingly submit ourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Learning To Walk–Part 6

Ephesians 2:10–We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Walk in Good Works:
1. Ephesians 2:10–We see three things here.
* First–We are God’s workmanship. It is he that has made us and not we ourselves.
* Second–God created us–in Christ Jesus–unto good works. He created us with purpose and planning.
* Third–God before ordained that we should walk in these good works.
2. Matthew 5:16–“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”. We are the light of the world. Our light shines as we walk in good works, others see our good works, and we bring glory to our Father in heaven.
3. John 15:8–” Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples”. Good works are thoughts, words, and deeds that manifest the characteristics of the new life.
4. 2 Timothy 3:16-17–”All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
5. Titus 2:14–”He gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works“.
6. Hebrews 10:24–”And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works“.

Letters From God–Book or Romans 7:1-6

My child, do you realize, that laws have power over people only as long as they are alive? By the law that I gave through My servant Moses, a married woman is bound by that law to her husband as long as he is alive. But if her husband dies, that marriage law is no longer in effect for her. If she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she will be called an adulterer. But if her husband dies, she is free from this law, so she is not committing adultery if she marries another man.

In the same way, Christians have died to the laws that I handed down through Moses. They have died to these laws through the body of Christ. They belong to Christ who was brought back to life. Now they are free to live under My grace and follow My will. While they were in the flesh, the influence of the corrupt nature received from Adam was at work throughout their bodies. They sinned and received the wages of sin which is death. But now they have died to those laws that bound them. I have broken the effect of those laws on them so that now, they no longer live in the old way which was dictated by written words, but are living in a new spiritual way, according to My Spirit. Romans 7:1-6