The Sacrifice Of Praise

Hebrews 13:15–Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
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We should praise God. This praise is in respect to His glory, His revealed character, and His wonderful works. We are to praise Him for who He is and for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He is going to do.

The fruit of our lips–This praise is the fruit of our lips. It is the verbal expression and evidence of the attitude of our heart. It is a spiritual sacrifice, meaning it is offered in the spirit and not in the flesh. Its origin is in our spirit. It is one of the various aspects of worship.

Giving thanks to His name–Thankfulness is the foundation which our praise is built upon. Praise flows from a heart that is thankful to God for who He is and what He has done for us, what He is doing for us, and what He is going to do for us.

Psalm 9:1–”I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works”. Our praise should be with our whole heart. By our praise we show forth in words and song the marvelous works of God.
Psalm 96:4–”The Lord is great, and greatly to be praised”.
Psalm 150:6–”Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord“.

The Course Of A Man’s Life

Proverbs 11:5-6–The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
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The course of a man’s life is set by the real nature of his inner self. What a man is internally, within himself will direct his thinking, his words, and his actions.

Righteousness–Righteousness in this sense means whatever conforms to the revealed will of God. It means what is right and just. This internal quality causes us to be perfect and upright. It will also direct our ways, guiding us and keeping us on a straight and safe way. It will deliver us from the trials and temptations that we have to face in this life.

Wickedness and transgression–If our internal quality is evil and we go beyond the limits allowed by God and man and violate them we will suffer for it. It is by his personal evil nature that results in his evil ways that the wicked will fall and be taken.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:7-9).

The Holy Spirit–Comforter and Teacher

John 14:26–The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
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The comforter–The Holy Spirit is the Comforter who has been sent to us by our heavenly Father in the name or in connection with Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is given to each of us personally in order to comfort or soothe us in distress or sorrow. He is with us to aid and support us. He is in us to give us relief in times of grief, misery and suffering.  He is come to be our companion along life’s paths.

He shall teach you all things–The Holy Spirit is our teacher and the textbook is the word of God (the Bible). He is going to teach us all things. The classroom is the world. He will teach us in our quiet time, Bible study, and in our worship. He will teach us as we are going about our daily activities. He will teach us in the circumstances we are going through. He will teach us in the good times and in the bad times. He will help us understand God’s word and how it applies to us, to others, to the world and to the things we face in this world. I used to remind my students in school all the time, “No school or teacher, no matter how excellent can give you an education that you will not willingly receive”. We must be willing for the Holy Spirit to teach us. Our willingness is to listen and pay attention. Our willingness is to think about what is being taught, to ask questions, and to seek the truth.  We must also be willing to do what He says.

He shall bring all things to your remembrance–He will remind us of the things Jesus has said to us. As our Comforter and Teacher he will bring to our remembrance the word of God as it fits the circumstances we find ourselves in. He will remind us of a scripture or scriptures that we are to apply to what we are going through. In reminding us of these words, He will comfort us and teach us. In reminding us of these words He will help us to deal with what we must face at that particular time. He reminds us but we must apply the word by acting on it and obeying it. He will also remind us of God’s words so we can share them with others causing us to be instruments in His hands in ministering to other people. In this way we become laborers together with Him as He comforts and teaches others. He reminds us but we must speak the words He reminds us of.

What a wonderful gift God has given us. Let us not quench or grieve the Holy Spirit within us.

Letters From God–Book of Hebrews 5:11-14

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My child, those whom I have called to preach and teach often have many things to say but they are hard to be spoken to some people because they are slow to understand. Some people fit into this category even though they have been Christians for a sufficient time that they should be able to explain these things yet they need someone to teach them again the elementary and first principles of the teachings of God. They are in need of these basic teachings for they have not matured to where they can receive an understanding of the deeper truths of My word and to have them impact their lives. They are without the experience and skill in the word of righteousness for he remains a babe in Christ. But the deeper things of My word belong to them that have matured spiritually because they have made use of My word in making decisions and in the directing of their lives. They have studied and know how to apply the word of truth and thereby are able to recognize what is acceptable and what is unacceptable. Hebrews 5:11-14
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God’s Love Revealed

1 John 4:9–In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
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Love manifested–God’s love that He has for us, was revealed and made clear to mankind. It was made apparent in plain sight for all to see and to the mind for all to understand. However we must open our eyes, gaze upon it, and behold it. We must open our minds to receive what it really means. Jesus spoke of the multitudes saying, “Seeing they see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand” (Matthew 13:13).

The act of God’s love for us–God sent His only begotten Son into the world. “For God SO loved us that He gave His only begotten son” (John 3:16). God sent Jesus into the world as an expression of His love for us. Jesus was God’s love gift to us. He sent Him that we might live through Him. This living refers to spiritual, eternal living. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). John 3:16 says that God sent Jesus into the world that we should have eternal life. This is a life that does not end. God also tells us in John 3:16 that the way to receive this eternal life is by believing in Jesus.

If you have never done so, I urge you to believe in Jesus Christ, and receive this eternal life in all of its abundance. If you have questions you can e-mail me at brojimministries@tampabay.rr.com or speak with the pastor of a local church.

We Are Kept

1 Peter 1:5–Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
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We are kept–The power of God keeps us. We are protected by God in all of His power through our faith. As we turn to God and trust in His love, His grace, His mercy and His power, He accepts our faith, and honors our faith by keeping us safe. Jesus said, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). “Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We are kept.

Unto Salvation–This speaks of our total salvation which has three aspects. Salvation in the past occurred the moment we got saved, wherein we were delivered from the penalty of sin. Salvation in the present occurs day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year, wherein we are delivered from the power of sin. Salvation in the future will occur when we get to heaven, wherein we will be delivered from the presence of sin.

Ready to be revealed–The completion of this salvation is ready to be revealed in the last time. Jesus said, “Of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). We don’t know when it will happen. “In such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44). But it is ready. It is ready to be revealed. It could be today, or tonight, or tomorrow. Let us live each day as if it could be that day.

Praise God for this great, and all encompassing salvation.

We Are The Begotten Of God

1 Peter 1:3-4–Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.
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Begotten–We are born of God according to his abundant mercy. We are born again; born of God’s Spirit into a new and spiritual existence without which we cannot see or enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:5).

Unto a lively hope–Our hope is not dead but is alive by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus said, “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19).

Unto an inheritance–This inheritance is not related to this world and its possessions which are corruptible and defiled, and that fade away. This is a spiritual inheritance that is incorruptible (free from corruption and decay), undefiled (free from contamination), and which does not fade away (eternal). This inheritance is reserved (set aside and kept) for us in heaven.

This is the result of God’s love for us.

We Are The Elect Of God

1 Peter 1:2–Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
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Elect of God–We are, God the Father’s, chosen ones according to His foreknowledge. God is all knowing from eternity to eternity. He knows the future as well as the past. He foreknew us, and our future exercise of our free will, to place our faith in Jesus Christ, and thus to receive salvation through God’s grace. According to this foreknowledge he chose us.

Through sanctification of the Spirit–The Holy Spirit separates us from the world and unto God. He separates us unto obedience. This obedience is an act of faith and allows us to walk with God and experience Him. This obedience is an act of faith, as we walk by faith (unto God) and not by sight (unto the world). He separates us unto sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ which cleanses us from all sin. “If we walk in the light (obedience), as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

God the Father chose us. The Holy Spirit separated us. Jesus Christ cleansed us.

Our Help In Time Of Trouble

Psalm 46:1–God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
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God is our refuge–He is our shelter and protection from danger and difficulty. He is our place of safety. He is where we can retreat to from the problems and cares that we have in this world. In Him we can find a safe and quiet place to carry our burdens. He says, “Cast all your care upon Me for I care for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

God is our strength–He is our power to resist whatever comes against us. He will support us in those times when we feel weak and vulnerable. “If God be for us who can be against us” (Romans 8:31)? Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). We also have Christ and He will strengthen us.

God is a very present help in trouble–He is present with us. He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). He will not leave us; He will always be present whether we are aware of His presence or not. He will never forsake us, but shall be there for us, to help us in our time of trouble.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8).

The Necessities Of Life

Matthew 4:4–It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
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Bread–We must have physical food for nourishment. This strengthens our body, and makes us healthy. It is a requirement to sustain our life.

God’s word–We must have spiritual food; the milk and the meat of God’s word for spiritual nourishment. The word of God strengthens us spiritually and makes us spiritually healthy. We are to live by the word of God. This means that we not only take it into our being but that we live by it in obedience. It then becomes a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path, allowing us to see things from a spiritual perspective and find direction for our life.

Let us feed upon and depend upon God’s word as much as we do the physical food that we take in. Let us enjoy God’s word as much as we do the physical food we eat. Let us fellowship with others around the word of God as often as we fellowship around the physical food.
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The context of this scripture is when Jesus was being tempted by the devil. Jesus used scripture which is the sword of the Spirit to deal with the temptations the devil presented Him with. We will look at this in another post. God Bless Us In Our Journey. Amen.

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