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Humble

John,

This morning I felt to study the word “humble” and “humilty” in the Bible. After searching the verses on it, I copied them and read them though. As I read through, the Spirit touched me, sweetly… oh to walk with this kind of heart, with this kind of attitude. It surely comes from Him.

After I read the email Amy sent you, about what you had sent in 2006 about valuing people and our gifts, it felt much like what I read on being “humble”. These are the verses that I read today:

(Deu 8:2) And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

(Deu 8:16) Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

(2Ch 7:14) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

(2Ch 34:27) Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.

(Job 22:29) When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.

(Psa 9:12) When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

(Psa 10:12) Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

(Psa 10:17) LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

(Psa 34:2) My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

(Psa 69:32) The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

(Pro 6:3) Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.

(Pro 16:19) Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

(Pro 29:23) A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

(Isa 57:15) For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

(Jer 13:18) Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

(Mat 18:4) Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

(Mat 23:12) And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

(2Co 12:21) And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

(Jas 4:6) But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

(Jas 4:10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

(1Pe 5:5) Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

(1Pe 5:6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

(Pro 15:33) The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

(Pro 18:12) Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

(Pro 22:4) By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

(Act 20:19) Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

(1Pe 5:5) Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

(Col 3:12) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Gary

PS
As I was reading through verses on “humble” this morning, this particular verse stood out to me:

(Psa 34:2) My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

When I read this verse, it brought to mind John David’s testimony Wednesday night, and why it was so good. His boast was entirely in the Lord, and there were people on the other end who also had been humbled by the same Lord, and recognized the “sound” of it.

These are ingredients to a good testimony.

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Satan In the Garden

I wonder how Satan excused himself to lie to Eve, assuming he knew that God was watching him do it. I guess the serpent may not have been him, but Satan would have known God knew he was involved, at the least. He certainly wasn’t trying to get on God’s bad side. Could it have been another Job situation?

John David

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Yes, it could have been. Why would God have even put a forbidden tree there in the garden in the first place if He was not going to try Adam with it? At any rate, God had not lost any control; that much, we know.

The scene with Eve and the serpent in Genesis 4 may have been the result of an untold scene in heaven like the one found in 2Kings 17-22.

jdc

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Dear Bro. John:

The Lord woke me this morning with just a few words: “the wells of Beer-sheba”. I remembered a Broadcaster you had written on The Manner of Beer-sheba (February 1994) and was led to pull from my collection and read it. It really blessed me. Nothing has changed – – men are still worshiping in places that God Himself has killed and moved out of.

The following excerpt from the original Broadcaster is so good to me, I wanted to share it. It is worded so simply, and is simple to us now, but it is only because God’s love and mercy has shown this truth to us.

God was in the high places once, but when He moved into the symbolic ceremonies of the temple worship in Jerusalem, it became idolatrous to worship in the high places. And now, worship in symbolic ceremonies is idolatrous, because Jesus suffered and died to provide for us “a new and living way” to serve God. He called it, “in spirit and in truth”. This change from old covenant symbols to real spiritual life is implicitly denied every time that one of Christianity’s symbolic ceremonies is carried out. Every time a symbolic communion service is observed, men are proclaiming again that a manner of worship which God has abandoned still lives; only this time the cry is not “Beer-sheba”, but “the manner of symbols liveth”. I know that Jesus was circumcised, baptized with water, and observed the holy days and ceremonies of the Law. But he did all that so that we would not have to do them! He not only died for us, he also lived for us. He was circumcised for us, baptized in water for us, kept all the ordinances for us. Now he is our passover, our High Priest, and our Baptizer. Jesus is Lord of all. Trusting Jesus means acknowledging that God has abandoned the use of religious symbols. To worship God as He demands now, rather than as He told others in another covenant to worship Him, is really what trusting Jesus means.” (The Broadcaster, Feb. 1994)

To know such riches as is written above is one thing, but to move when God says “move” is to believe them. The whole world is still crying: “the manner of symbols liveth.” But how sweet are the living words of Jesus: “Symbolism is not me!”

I thank Jesus for reminding me this morning ” . . . . that Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.”

And so am I!

Sandy ūüôā

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Randell – Chapter 6

Hi John,

We really enjoyed hearing Chapter 6 tonight with the changes. It just gets better and better. We really appreciate Josiah sending us the link to Justin TV so we could see it. If you all read again and broadcast it, please text us.

I have a question about 2 Samuel 19:21-22 under the section Example #7 Satan and the Sons of Zeruiah. In verse 22 you wrote ..”that you should act like Satan on my behalf today”.

The conversation was in heaven between God and Satan about Job, the trial Zechariah saw about Josiah the high priest was in heaven, and Satan was working with God in heaven to provoke David to number Isreal without any of them knowing God and Satan were having those talks. So, how could David on earth know to use Satan as the example of adversaries in your translation of verse 22.

With what we know today, I think Satan was an excellant choice, but how would David have known to use Satan as a comparison for the sons of Zeruiah, the way you translated that verse?

Randell

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Good question, Brother Randell. Men knew the story of Job, by David’s time. But what we have in the Bible is just a tiny portion of what David and others knew, both from other lost stories and from prophets, besides their own contact with God. David had plenty to go on. He could have said that to Abishai just that way.

jdc

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Father and Son Book

Pastor John,

In case I haven’t told you I am loving this Father and Son book. It is changing us! This morning I was praying God I just want to get over me and my flesh to able to do some good for people who don’t know what we have gotten to hear. Most of the things in our lives that we deal with is just our own flesh. We have got to get pasted that to really do so good. We talked about Job and how he was a perfect man (without God’s life) then where are we? I am not saying this in a discouraging way I feel like it is a call to move up. We are learning this for some reason even if it’s just to live a cleaner life. Well just wanted to thank you again.

Jammie

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Pastor John

After Wednesday night I’ve been thinking about Job as well, in particular this verse. “Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” The question I have asked is repent of what? He had not done anything. He was just human and he saw or caught a glimpse of something so much greater – maybe the righteousness of God – and he could not (without the Spirit) humble himself far enough in response.

I have also been thinking about the various abilities to do things we all have. Doing anything is nothing. What is going on in the heart while you’re doing what you are doing? That is the question. The flesh loves making a “fair show” of itself. It makes me pull back and consider whatever I am doing and pray God that there is nothing of me in there.

These things are so good to consider but there is always goodness and severity to behold.

Damien
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Hi Damien.

What Job was feeling, neither he nor anyone else could see and understand until the Son of God came to reveal it to us. It was God’s kind of life. Job was already “a perfect and an upright man.” God said so. But what overwhelmed him in the end was a glimpse of a kind of life that is beyond perfection. God can rebuke even the most perfect man on earth because “the foolishness of God is wiser than man” and “the weakness of God is stronger than man.”

Oh no! I think I just said something that I want to add to the Father and Son book!

jdc

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Hi John,

I don’t know where to start, I have had so many new thoughts and feelings about what the Father did with his Son and what the Son did for us when he came down and secured a way for us here on earth. And all of it is because the Father wanted it to be so for us and his Son.

One thing that I really love about what God and his Son has done with us, through you with this Father and Son book, is how that when he reveals something to us about himself and the Son it redefines everything around us. It helps us to understand how he feels about everything and every being that was created.

It exposes the truth about everything. I am just thinking about how much light he has shown us about his Son and how much that was not known during the old testament times, on earth or in heaven. It gives a whole new meaning to the scripture in Mat 6:10 “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (After the Son returned and was accepted of the Father of course.)

Wow. We are so blessed. The more we learn about the Father and the Son, the more it reveals about what is godly and what is evil, like Paul said:

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

What we have learned about Satan and the spirit of Satan through what God has revealed to you with this Father and Son book is astonishing John. No books can attain to what has been opened up to you and us. No wonder this book keeps growing. His knowledge and wisdom is endless, and I thank you for coming and taking the time to teach us what he is showing you. What an honor it is to be living during this time in life and to gather together with such wonderful people as God has put us with. Thank you Jesus!

Stuart

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I think the Spirit that was on Job to say “I abhor myself and repent”, is the same Spirit that was in Jesus when he said, “I am a worm, and no man”.¬† Both were such upright men, but I think that when we get close to God John, that’s how we feel, no matter how perfectly we are doing anything. ¬† There’s an element of safety in those feelings.
 
What Damien said here, “What’s going in the heart while we are doing what we are doing?”¬† is a very¬†penetrating question.¬† Reminds me of some¬†of the things in Chapter Six, and the “work” that Satan was doing – and why… and God never said a word.
 
I am thankful God IS talking to us, and preparing us through this F&S book. He really loves us.
 
Gary

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Holy Love.

It is incomprehensible to the carnal mind . . .

. . . and yet, we FEEL holy love, from God and towards others, because of the presence of the holy spirit IN us.

I am grateful for that, above all else. . . because unlike faith and hope, it is a genuine FEELING that abides in us, when we stay close to Jesus and eat His Word.

I am thankful for that today. It feels GOOD to experience and to share holy love.

Brother Brad

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Amen, Brad. Keep feelin’, brother. In the book of Acts, Paul said that we feel our way to God, “though He be not far from any one of us.”

jdc

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Judas

Pastor John,

I have been reading the father and Son book. I was just wondering. Do you think that God forgave Judas for betraying Jesus? Is it possible that he could have done that? Thanks.

MG

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Judas? No. Jesus said it would have been better for Judas never to have been born.

Pastor John

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Thank u John. I figured Judas repented when he gave the money back, and so, maybe God forgave him.

MG

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God alone grants genuine repentance, and he always forgives those to whom He grants that repentance. A person can “repent” in the flesh as much as he can baptize in the flesh. And God rejects all self-willed worship. Judas’ repentance was not of God; he just realized what a fool he had been. There was no mercy from God available for Judas.

Pastor John

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I understand. Thanks again.

MG

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Hi John,

I was telling you and Barbara the other day about my tax situation this year, and how we found out at the last minute that we were going to owe over $7000 to the IRS because we could no longer claim Ellen and her educational deduction this year – which we were totally unprepared for. And how that when I got up from my desk while working shortly after we found out, I felt the Spirit say to me, “If you take all the work I send and work hard, I will send it ALL before it’s due.”

That was on about March 18th or so. When I told Song what the Spirit said to me that day, I’m pretty sure she did not believe me. But I have to say that I did not really believe me either …. It just felt like the “Amen” talking, so I told it.

As of today, in less than three weeks, before the deadline to pay our taxes, and in addition to my regular calendar of work, since March 20th, the Lord has sent in $9,900 in new web design orders/updates…. which is enough to pay for our tithes and offerings, our taxes, AND our beach trip this year – IN FULL! And that’s in a month (April) that in EVERY year prior, has been my slowest month of the year, without exception!

You can’t beat God, John. He is so good, He does things for me that I cannot even dream He could, or would do. I have never had this volume of work come in during one month the whole time I have been making websites. Amazing. And April 15th is still not even here yet! ūüôā

OK, gotta get to work. We had a real good Hebrew class this morning, Aaron is doing very well. See you tonight!

Gary

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Your testimony (incredible!) reminds me of brother Tim’s testimony about “God’s economy”. Look at this! God chose what has always been the slowest month of your business’ year to teach you more about His economy. What love for you – and all who hear you! Your experience also reminds me of that phrase from the book of Hebrews about those of faith obtaining promises from God. You obtained a promise! I praise the Lord with you, brother Gary, for the promise you received. What a burden-bearer Jesus is! Something about that just makes me want to weep.

God is good.
jdc

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http://goingtojesus.com/site/php/thoughts.php?tname=tfe04-01

Pastor John,

Last night I read the Thought for the Evening on the Goingtojesus website and then continued to read each of the 1 Corinthians 13 translation parts. The TFE dated today, April 5th, goes right along with what you said about the web site work and how the ones that are gone were not thinking about us anyway, they were thinking about themselves. This thought is a good reminder:

Thought for the Evening
4-05
1 CORINTHIANS 13, PART FIVE:
¬†‘Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up’
1Corinthians 13:4c

The meaning of this part of Paul’s description of the love of God in action is encompassed in the latter part of his exhortation to the saints in Rome. In Romans 12:10, Paul wrote, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, in honor preferring one another.” The love of God makes us feel that it is preferable for a brother or sister to have the attention and the privilege. In the love of God, we would prefer that others receive the credit for any good that is done together. The flesh would prompt us to push ourselves to the fore, lest we “miss something”, but the “something” that the love of God wants is the blessing of the Lord, and so, we become willing for others to have the first of anything, or the better seats anywhere. Jesus described it this way: “When you are invited by any man to a wedding, do not sit in the highest place . . . but when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place.” This is the attitude toward others that anyone possesses who puts the love of God in action.

The love of God does not insist on having its own way; nor does it absolutely have to get its point across, in order to be happy. It is willing that others speak, and is content to be quiet when they want to. It is willing to be last; it is willing to have the smallest piece of the pie; it is willing to stay at home to make room for another to go on a trip; it is willing in all things not to have the pre-eminence because it loves God, and it understands that God dwells with the lowly in heart. It never “puts its best foot forward” because it puts no foot forward at all. It waits for the Spirit to open the door, and then it goes in.”

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Corinthians

Hi Pastor John,

I have been reading your translations, and am now reading I Corinthians. I don’t understand a few verses in chapter 3:

12. If anyone builds upon this foundation, whether with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay or straw
13 each man’s work will be made manifest, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will prove each man’s work, what sort it is.
14 If anyone’s work which he has built thereon survives, he will receive a reward.
15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

Could you explain these for me?

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You will understand it well when you stop to consider the men and women who, in the name of the Lord, condemned you unjustly when you were a young believer and almost ruined your whole life. They were acting in accordance with the misguided doctrine they had been taught, and they believed they were serving God, even though what they did to you and some other young people was terribly wrong. It is possible that although their work for the Lord will come to nothing on the Day of Judgment, they themselves will still be saved if they have at least sincerely done what they did, and if they have kept the moral commandments of God. Of course, it will be up to God to make the Final Judgment. Such things are far beyond us.

So, what Paul is saying is that some of God’s children, with a sincere heart, will try to serve God in ways that do not please Him, and in the last day, they themselves may be saved while all that they have done “thinking to do God service” will be thrown in God’s trash can. Such saints will have no reward from Jesus beyond their own salvation. That’s Paul’s message.

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Also, as I was reading Chapter 5 and 6, it made me realize the importance and the great responsibility of being a part of Gods family, being a part of the body of Christ. I know how important it is to receive the holy Ghost, but it seems to me that once in His family, there is great responsibility, especially the more knowledge you have. I mean, to look at your brothers and sister and to judge their life, their actions, according to what the Lord has set out for His family, is huge. How can someone do this and do it right if you yourself are not living as you should? Am I reading this right? I know a lot of people say, “You’re not suppose to judge,” but what I have read from Paul is that he is telling the brothers and sisters exactly what to do, what to do with the world, and what to do when it’s your brother. What a fearful thing to serve the true and living God!

Michelle

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The Christians who tell God’s children that they must not judge are foolish. The major problems that plagued the Corinthian believers existed because, according to Paul, the saints in Corinth exercised no judgment among themselves. “What!” Paul said at one point, “Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not one that is able to judge among the brothers?” If a man had told Paul that God’s saints should not make judgments of others, Paul would have told that guy that he was a fool. Without elders making judgments, there is no standard in the body, and where there is no standard, there is no growth in wisdom and holiness.

The truth is, we all judge many things, every day. And if we obey Jesus, we will make “righteous judgments” (Jn. 7:24), as he commanded us to do.

Yes, in order to be able to judge rightly, we ourselves must be free from condemnation. Condemnation makes it more difficult for us to recognize the voice of the Lord, and without his voice leading us, we cannot know how to judge what is right or wrong.

Pastor John

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