Showing posts with label God’s ways. Show all posts
Showing posts with label God’s ways. Show all posts

06 May 2020

Devotional Notes Psalm 128+John 16

Psalm 128
B1 What does this mean?
C1 The fear of the Lord
D1 Most say this is to respect Him, not be afraid of Him, but the word fear is the word to be afraid.
D2 Two things about the fear of God.
E1 It refers to the fear of judgment.
F1 Those who do not believe and do not obey have one type of fear.
G1 Unclean, evil spirits: Matthew 8:28-29 NKJV When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. 29 And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?"
G2 Unclean, evil people: Acts 24:25 EMTV And as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment which is going to be, Felix became afraid and answered, "Go away for now; but when I have opportunity I will summon you.
F2 Those who do believe and do obey. This is a different type of fear.
G1 Isaiah, the prophet: Isaiah 6:5 NKJV So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts."
H1 Note what happened though: Isaiah 6:6-7 NRSV Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: "Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out."
G2 John, the Apostle: Revelation 1:17 NRSV When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,
G3 All people: Luke 12:5 EMTV But I will show you whom you should fear: fear Him who after He kills, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
G4 Perfect love drives out fear. Note how this was true with both Isaiah and John. It is also true for you and me. 1 John 4:18 NRSV There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.
C2 The blessings in this Psalm refer to God’s blessing of children. The PRINCIPLE taught though is there is blessings to fear God in the correct way. He tells us to not fear.
C3 We also need to walk in His ways. This means to obey the rules the Lord Jesus gave us in the New Testament in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds, have a godly lifestyle, have a godly worldview, etc.
C4 Some other blessings in this Psalm. God gives
D1 Financial stability. This is true if governments, etc. obey God’s rules too. Most never have.
D2 Happiness and joy. This is the idea of the word well.
D3 Family stability. This is true when all live God’s ways.
D4 Peace. This is inner peace with God and outer peace with all we meet. Sad, isn’t it, that most will not live God’s ways, so those ungodly choices lead to sorrow and pain for others?
B2 How do I apply this to my life? Fear God.

John 16
B1 What does this mean?
C1 Jesus Tells Disciples He Is Leaving But the Comforter Will Come
D1 Jesus foretells persecution. This is because others will not live God’s ways. The choices they make are evil. Because of this they hate God and those who follow God. Their solution is to cause pain for God’s followers and even death. They do these things to God’s people because they did not know God.
D2 Note how Jesus tells us these things so we will be aware and not turn away from God (stumble, offended, fall away).
D3 Note how it bothers Jesus when He detects their sorrow.
D4 The Counselor (Advocate, Comforter, etc.) is the blessing of Jesus to us. The Holy Spirit is this counselor. There is no better Counselor. He is the Counselor of all counselors. He will listen to us and intercedes for us. You can tell Him anything. Tell Him your pains and sorrows. He will listen. Why doesn’t He deliver? It is because of the freedom of humans to do things God’s ways or some other way. The evil choices of others affect all of us.
D5 The Holy Spirit has 3 other ministries: to convict of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit convicts us that we are not good in God’s sight, that we will be judged and sentenced to eternal punishment, and that we can distinguish between righteousness and not unrighteousness.
D6 Verse 13 is primarily for the Apostles and disciples hearing Jesus but is to be applied to all of us.
C2 Jesus Tells the Disciples of Their Coming Sorrow
D1 Verse 16 primarily refers to Jesus being absent from death (gone) and His resurrection (present with them again, though for a short time).
D2 Verse 26 might be primarily referring to the time that Jesus was present with the believers from His resurrection to ascension.
D3 Verse 32, of course, was fulfilled when Jesus was arrested. Jesus in wisdom, love, and holiness, showing compassion for His followers wanted to warn them what lied ahead.
D4 Overcome the world. Bible Illustrator NT has this comment on verse 33:
1. He overcame the world's falsehood by the power of His truth. Others were sent to denounce the falsehood, but the world smiled or frowned on them, and silenced them by its seductions or threats, and many of them learned to repeat the wicked shibboleths. The faithful were murdered, one after another, and finally Christ came, born to this end to bear witness to the truth, and sealed His testimony with His blood, and by so doing won a victory such as the Church does not need to win again.
2. He overcame the world's wickedness by His holiness. Till He came, the idea of absolute holiness was never presented to the mind of man. But He presented to the end an image of perfect purity.
3. He overcame the world's malice by His infinite love. Only love can be victorious. The measure of malignity is the measure of defeat. Animosity is only roused by those who have in some sense gained an advantage over us. Here, then, is the peculiarity of the Lord's triumph. He was at war with the world openly and persistently, but the world never had a better friend; and He turned its murderous rage into an occasion for manifesting His most benignant gifts.
B2 How do I apply this to my life? Beware of sorrows and persecution.

I hope to have a devotional every day on John’s Gospel starting with the last chapter of Luke’s Gospel. This is the way I do my devotions. You may notice grammatical and spelling errors. It is my hope you will also start or continue in your daily reading and thinking about the Scriptures. I do this Monday through Friday. It is a 3 year plan of reading and thinking on 1 chapter in the Old Testament, which takes 3 years, and reading and thinking on 1 chapter in the New Testament once a year for a total of 3 times. So, I read through the Old Testament 1 time and the New Testament 3 times over a period of 3 years. I do this Monday through Friday and use Saturday and Sunday for other devotions.

25 March 2020

A Few Thoughts About Learning God’s Ways

Psalm 27:11 NLT Teach me how to live, O LORD. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me.

Psalm 25:4 NIV Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.

Isaiah 2:3 NIV Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Hebrews 3:10 NIV That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, 'Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.'

What are God’s ways?
B1 God’s beliefs
B2 God’s attributes
B3 God’s worldview
B4 God’s lifestyle
B5 God’s rules
B6 God’s government
C1 Administrative
C2 Judicial
B7 God’s design
B8 God’s work ethic
B9 God’s religion

What are God’s ways?
B1 God’s beliefs
C1 This is His teaching, His doctrine, His theology, His principles of government. Essentially, it is everything about God and who He is.
C2 This would include His thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
C3 The totality of His beliefs would be considered truth.
C4 Since God is perfect in every aspect of wisdom, knowledge, holiness, love, etc., we would consider His beliefs as the best possible worldview, lifestyle, and convictions.
C5 Bible verses about God’s ways:
D1 Deuteronomy 8:6 CSB So keep the commands of the LORD your God by walking in his ways and fearing him.
D2 Joshua 22:5 NLT But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you. Love the LORD your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul.
D3 Psalm 25:10 CSB All the LORD's ways show faithful love and truth to those who keep his covenant and decrees.
D4 Psalm 103:7 CSB He revealed his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel.
C6 Contrasting God’s ways with other ways
D1 The violent person: Proverbs 3:31 CSB Don't envy a violent man or choose any of his ways;
D2 Angry people: Proverbs 22:24-25 CSB Don't make friends with an angry person, and don't be a companion of a hot-tempered one, 25 or you will learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
D3 Motives considered: Proverbs 16:2 CSB All a person's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs motives.
D4 God pays people for what they do: Jeremiah 32:19 NET You plan great things and you do mighty deeds. You see everything people do. You reward each of them for the way they live and for the things they do. (Compare Romans 6:23)
D5 Jesus came as a servant: Acts 3:26 NIV When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."
D6 Peter contrasts the difference between God’s standards and desires with human standards and desires: 1 Peter 4:1-4 WEL So just as Christ has suffered in the flesh for us, equip yourselves in the same way with the same attitude, for he who has suffered in the flesh wants nothing to do with sin, 2 So that he should no longer live the rest of [his] life in the flesh [yielding] to human lusts but to the will of God. 3 For in times gone by, it may have satisfied us to have done the will of the Gentiles [non-Christians], when we led a life of sexual promiscuity, evil desires, drunkenness, carousings, drinking parties, and depraved idolatries. 4 They think it strange in that you don’t rush into the same excessive, unrestrained actions, [and so] start cursing you.
B2 God’s attributes (For a rather complete list see here)
B3 God’s worldview
C1 Worldview is a particular philosophy of life or conception of the world. (Source is Bing via Oxford Dictionary).
C2 God’s worldview answers the question, “What is truth?”
C3 It is the broad set/categories of rules/standards, see Exodus 20:1-17.
C4 The summary statement: Mark 12:28-31 NIV One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" 29 "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these.
C5 As seen in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).
C6 Compare Psalm 104. Note His intelligence, knowledge, wisdom, ability, creativity, authority, beauty, etc.
B4 God’s lifestyle
C1 As seen in the life of Jesus, His life, how He dealt with friends and enemies, and in many situations.
C2 Consider Psalm 1.
C3 Psalm 24:3-4 NIV Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
C4 Micah 6:8 NLT No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
B5 God’s rules
C1 The Old Testament has ~613 laws.
C2 The New Testament has >1,000 rules. For example, James 3.
B6 God’s government
C1 Administrative
D1 God is a delegator, not a dictator. God is a manager but not a micromanager. See here and here.
D2 God condemns the dictator: 3 John 1:10-11 NIV So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church. 11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
D3 Compare: Luke 7:8 NIV For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
C2 Judicial
D1 God:
E1 Compare Psalm 82.
E2 1 Corinthians 4:5 NIV Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
D2 Others: for example, Isaiah 10:1 NLT What sorrow awaits the unjust judges and those who issue unfair laws.
B7 God’s design (everything done in wisdom, skill, love, and holiness)
C1 Isaiah 45:18 BBE For this is the word of the Lord who made the heavens; he is God; the maker and designer of the earth; who made it not to be a waste, but as a living-place for man: I am the Lord, and there is no other.
C2 Psalm 19:1 NLT For the choir director: A psalm of David. The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
C3 Studying beauty, the theology of beauty.
D1 Here is a starting place behaps: Beauty
D2 Or here: Beauty
B8 God’s work ethic
C1 On call 24/7/365: John 5:17 NLT But Jesus replied, "My Father is always working, and so am I."
C2 Supplies need (providence): Isaiah 55:10-11 NLT The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. 11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
C3 Position of authority: Psalm 22:28 NET For the LORD is king and rules over the nations.
C4 Principle of rest: Genesis 2:2 NLT On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.
B9 God’s religion
C1 No one else is god: Isaiah 45:21 NET Tell me! Present the evidence! Let them consult with one another! Who predicted this in the past? Who announced it beforehand? Was it not I, the LORD? I have no peer, there is no God but me, a God who vindicates and delivers; there is none but me.
C2 Holiness and righteousness: Proverbs 21:3 NET To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
C3 Provides salvation: Acts 4:12 NET And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.

A few thoughts to start our study and thinking about God’s ways. It is a lifetime of study.

We are weak; He is strong. He gives His grace to help us accomplish and understand His ways.

2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.