Be Not Far From Me

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Psalm 22 NKJV

The Suffering, Praise, and Posterity of the Messiah

Psalm 22 seems to tell it like it is, even in today’s standards. The trouble we are surrounded by, the lion’s mouth which is awaiting each of us, all seem to be of our own making and design.

How often do we feel as though God has left our presence? How often do we feel separated from our Creator? At almost every tough moment, every adversity, every time where we have failed, or perceived to do so, and it is an uphill battle to get to that even point. We all feel, at times, where each and every thing we do seems to be a battle for dear life! When we look back on it all and reflect, we know it was not so, but at the moment in question…it would seem as though a battle for dear life!

We are promised:

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. ~John 6:37-38 NKJV

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. ~Matthew 18:20 NKJV

…For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Hebrews 13:5 NKJV

He will keep us, He will be among us, and He will never forsake us! God is a great God who loves His children. He does not love what we do, the decisions we make, BUT He loves us! Would you sacrifice you son or daughter for your fellow man? Not likely.

God taught us to trust at our mother’s breast. This was our first lesson in trust. Afterward, our parents may, or may not, have trained us up in the Bible and the ways of God. But God would have led us through a labyrinth which would lead us to Him. And eventually we would trust in He, who Created us. If we chose another path, perhaps longer or possibly eventually choosing not to believe in Him. But those of us who were led to His ways…we would trust Him. To lead us toward His Righteousness and to follow in the footsteps of Christ.

As we grow older, we tend to dwell or reflect on the deeper questions of life. Such as our purpose, the meaning of life, what we should desire. What path should we take in life? etc. Only God can truly connect us to the answers we seek. The Buddhist and Hindu beliefs are of works where  we must pay for our past lives until we at some distant point in time use up the karmic solution and have overcome the bad in our lives. The Far East beliefs are of little relativistic value as we determine for ourselves what is morally right. And Other beliefs are a matter of doing good to overcome the evil or perhaps for the deity to be good-willed enough to forgive you. But Christ died for our sins and all we must do is acknowledge him, rely on His word to save us…by understanding the following:

…There is none righteous, no, not one ~Romans 3:10 NKJV (Psalm 14:3)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ~Romans 3:23 NKJV

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us ~Romans 5:8 NKJV

just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned ~Romans 5:23 NKJV

For the wages of sin is death, but the [a]gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord ~Romans 6:23 NKJV

confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved ~Romans 10:9 NKJV

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” ~Romans 10:13 NKJV (Joel 2:32)

Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? ~Romans 6:3 NKJV

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~Romans 10:17 NKJV

That is what you would call the Romans Road to Salvation.

  1. Who needs salvation.
  2. Why we need salvation.
  3. How salvation is provided.
  4. We are sinful.
  5. We need to call on God for our salvation, claiming Jesus as our Lord and Savior!
  6. We need to be baptized if it is in our power to do so.
  7. We need to claim, read and study the word of God…the Bible!

In this day and age, God should never be far from any of us, because technology allows the word to be at our fingertips. Also, this is the very reason we should be studying and memorizing the word.

King David pleaded to God:

Be not far from Me,
For trouble is near;
For there is none to help. ~Psalm 22:11

God is always near us, in our very hearts…if we will but study and learn His Word! That is why we should be doing such studies…that God will be so near to us that we can deal with any circumstance which crosses our paths. There was a time when we had to study and memorize the word of God, the whole of it…not just scripture verses. As a people we have fallen far from our Creator, but we can do better, by picking up the gauntlet and striving to do better.

This is God’s will for us, to know and understand Him. What better way can we do so, but through His word?

May God be ever so close to your hearts, my friends!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

 

 

 

 

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…listen to me, my children…

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“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

God as our Father, just as our humanly fathers do, always tries to teach us various teachings of wisdom. Sadly, just as with God and our humanly fathers, we each fail to listen to what we are taught. Unlike our humanly fathers, God has left us a manual for our lives that contains all of the teachings we need for our lives…the Holy Bible.

Our humanly fathers are the first picture of God, our Creator, that we will ever obtain. Some of our fathers were brutal and abusive, others were kind and filled with great teachings. God placed us not with the humanly fathers we desired or even wanted, but rather He has placed us with the human father we needed. Perhaps, there was something that this father had some particular ability which we needed to learn for our life’s journey. Or there was an ability he could pass on to us; thereby enabling us to stand up for ourselves. Or there was something we needed to come into contact with in order to have our life redirected toward God, Himself. Who is to say, but there was a specific reason that we were born to the family we were raised by. 

The Parable of the Lost Son, or the Parable of the Prodigal Son, comes to mind or even The Parable of the Two Sons

“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?”

They said to Him, “The first.”

Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.

We all have our time as both the good son and as the bad son. Because we all do both good and bad as we grow up and learn from our parents. We learn through making bad decisions, those bad decisions teach us how to be wise that we will in the future make better and wiser decisions.

The Book of Proverbs, the Book of Psalms, the Book of Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon all have great wisdom to pass on to each of us. If we will just slow down to truly listen to the words that are written therein. Momentary snippets of information that can be applied to our daily lives, if we can just hear those words from an observer of our actions in the moment. There is much we can learn.
I am not going to say that all our fathers were great men. I will not even say they were good men. But I will say they all had good qualities about them that they could teach us those hard lessons in our lives. I can remember both the good and the bad of my father, but it is only a reminder that none of us is good, not one! We can learn that of King David who committed adultery and covered it up through a murder. But this also shows us that God can use us, each of us, as broken as we are we can be used by God. Look at King Solomon who sought wisdom and then leaned on his own understanding and allowed himself to be led by his wives to give glory to other pagan gods and his allegiance was torn between God and paganism and his wives. Perhaps he was not as wise as he thought. But God still used him and the lineage of David for our salvation through Christ.
So, listen to me, my children we can be used by God to do His will in our lives for His express purpose(s) if we will but listen to His word! God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. We are each destined for greatness, but not necessarily for fame. We each have a purpose, with the same ends in mind but not the same end for each of us.
I will cut this off here as I believe you can understand from what has been written what is meant. Lean toward God and dwell on His word, the teachings of Jesus, and the historical nature of the Bible. Read it! Study it! And KNOW IT!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!
MK Murphy

Where do children go at death? Heaven or Hell?

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An argument can be made that a person is not of age until they have reached 20 years of age in their life, based upon the Old Testament standard.

Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, every male individually, from twenty years old and above—all who are able to go to war in Israel.” ~Numbers 1:2-3 NKJV

That said, we can assume that a person is not of the age of accountability until they reach 20 years of age. Although, a person is deemed to know right from wrong come roughly the age of thirteen, about the time of a child’s Bar Mitzvah. However, a person’s brain and, hence, their thinking power is constantly growing and developing up until about the age of 25, according to science.

Jesus told us:

Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” ~Mark 10:13-15 NKJV

…which was corroborated in Matthew…

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.  But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” ~Matthew 19:13-14 NKJV

Through logic we can reason that children, whether as a fetus, infant, toddler, or child, is an innocent. That said, it is reasonable to assume that upon their death, they would be in the arms of Jesus, not for judgement.

Jesus also spoke a warning to those who would misguide children:

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. ~Mark 9:42 NKJV (also reiterated in Luke 17:2 and Matthew 18:6)

Man is destined to die once and after that, judgement. THAT is a promise for Baby-thinkingall of us, but children are a special case, due to their innocence, lack of experience, and lack of age and wisdom. Wisdom is accumulated over time and can be applied, but children must first learn to think logically and reasonably. Though, just thinking of most children thinking on difficult questions of the day can either make your head spin, or make you laugh your butt off! (No middle ground there!) Man has been trained to know and to understand what he does, but a child is a sponge through which he learns how to use all of his senses and his abilities. So, what of those children who have not been permitted to be born, due to the hardheartedness of those involved in the life changing decision?

There is a good argument to be made, biblically, that any child will go to heaven upon death. The age at which a person is deemed to be a child, versus an adult is another argument but only partially applicable here. We are considered to know right from wrong about the beginning of our teen years, about thirteen…age of Bar Mitzvah, or the becoming of a man or women; hence an adult.

Jesus also warned all:

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there. ~Matthew 19:13-15 NKJV

Jesus recognized that our children are our greatest resource in our lives. They carry on our name, our tradition, and our message to the whole world. Of course, this is the message we were suppose to be teaching them their entire lives.

Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up… ~Deuteronomy 11:18-21 NKJV

As parents we have a great responsibility, the children just have to learn and be themselves. They will have their good days and their bad days. They will make good decisions and bad decisions…God knows I made my fair share of them long ago! But as parents we are guides for God to our children. Our children have the option to believe or not believe. To live out their lives the way we taught them, or to take another path…it is called FREE WILL. Because God did not desire to have drones.

Remember: When the umbilical cord is cut, you have a separate person  who will make different decisions under the same or different circumstances.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

 

 

 

Bathed in the Blood of Innocence

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The recent laws enacted in the states of Virginia and New York permitting infanticide is appalling and immoral. Also, the bill put forth federally which has failed shows where their hearts lie. What will prevent people from taking in their unruly toddler to be put down at their local Planned Parenthood? Or euthanistic hospital boutique? The future lies with those who have usurped power in Congress, the Senate, President of the United States, and in the Supreme Court of the United States. Each branch of government works for the people, but many have failed to realize such. They have taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, but continue to treat it like another piece of paper…treating it like toilet paper, in my opinion.

John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence said. “[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.  Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary said   “[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.

Gouverneur Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution.”[F]or avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.

Fisher Ames author of the final wording for the First Amendment wrote, “[Why] should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long; and probably if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind.

John Jay, Original Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court , “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.

James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice, “Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . . . Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.

George Washington, General of the Revolutionary Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, First President of the United States of America, Father of our nation, “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.

Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” And “Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness . . . it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof.

I could go on and on with the quotes, as there are so many people who rely on the wording of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary (Ottoman Empire) signed in 1797. But if that is all they have they fail at their attempt, one treaty and no other with the same wording. If we were to dissect the document you will find out that Thomas Jefferson had a copy of the Islamic Quran and because he is an active reader, he took meticulous notes in the margins. I would assert that our history speaks for itself. We are not a perfect nation, but we did begin as a Christian nation.

However, these new laws to yield special rights to either gays, transgendered people, non-binary, and a whole host of others is slowly whittling away at the basis of this country as a whole. Our rights given by God, unalienable, will so be non-existent because our representatives have been slowly divorcing God from our government, our society, and our lives. Once completed, our rights will not exist any longer.

With each enacted law, or unenacted as the case may be, we will say another goodbye to our God and His moral law. The only rights you will be allowed to possess will be those the government will permit you to have. And that will be a fight, as well.

I don’t mind political discussion; however, I try not to inject political dialogue in this blog because it is specifically for God’s purpose and will. Unfortunately, at some point(s) in time, politics forces itself upon our moral beliefs and forces dialogue on the present subject matter.

There are two victims in every abortion: a dead baby and a dead conscience. ~Mother Theresa

Our founding fathers, while not perfect, were brilliant men. The basis of this country was profoundly religious in nature, but steered clear of having a theocracy. To each his own conscience, believe what you will. But we, as Americans must be united. Without God as our focus…I do not see that as a possibility. With the advent of multi-culturalistic ideologies, there is a problem.  Each culture finds it’s culture under attack and requires specific legal protections. In the UK, a Christian pastor was arrested for breaching the peace because he preached the gospel truth. When will such be the case here in the United States? As you will tell, if you pay attention to history, The Christians were under attack in the late 60’s A.D. and on.

Let us face it, as a human being either life begins at conception or it does not. The laws do not recognize a father’s rights with respect to the child being carried in the womb of the mother. I believe that there is enough evidence to conclude that life begins at conception. However, with the advent of these bills and the failure of the federal bill where a child can essentially be given a death sentence after it has been born, due to a botched abortion, is immoral, misguided and murder at its core!

I pray for my country and hope for God’s healing presence and pouring out of His Spirit on all flesh, as He promised long ago! I pray for all to seek God faithfully and call on Him for their salvation!

Thank you for the opportunity to blather and complain…I am at my wit’s end! Now I know how my mother felt when I tested her last nerve.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

 

We May Not Know It All…But God Has Given Us Just Enough

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While we do not know it all, go ahead…admit that one! But God has given us “just enough” understanding, knowledge and guidance to place us each on the path to know a little bit more as each day goes by.

IF God created this world, this universe, etc. Then God must be outside of the physical laws of this world and universe…because IF He were not outside of them, God would be limited by them. However, let us assume that He is outside of these processes, physical peer-pressureand material laws that create order within this world and universe. If God created the physical and material laws of this world and universe, then man can through his powers of reason, observation and his intellect can reasonably adduce that some higher power created all that surrounds us and enables us to live as we do. God gave us the ability to think, to reason, to use our intellect to come to conclusions about certain and specific matters. Sometimes we are very lazy in our thinking and at other times we are just wanting to fit in with a certain crowd that we desire to be part of. That makes our thinking beyond lazy…it is actually a travesty of humanity to yield to the crowd, to peer pressure. Sadly, there is way too much of that these days, and sadly (even more-so) it is only getting worse. We are not teaching our kids to be a “think for yourself kind of person.” And it will only get worse from this time forward, beware of what your teachers are teaching your children to think. I see it in my neighbors kids, in our grandchildren, etc. It seems to be a page out of a historic handbook of propaganda. And for this same matter, we must also be aware of what our religions are teaching our children, doctrinally. We are to be leery of what our children are learning, and we have an obligation to train them up in the ways of the Lord!

I’ve gone off slightly, but the point is that if our children are being indoctrinated, instead of taught, that is bad on a grand scale of incompetence. Instead of thinking for themselves and determining facts for themselves and drawing conclusions on their own…they will simply draw the conclusions they are told to draw based upon a preconceived notion. That said, you are creating a future Orwellian “1984” world on a crash course with Atlas Shrugged. Where 2+2=5, if Big Brother says so.

Bible-storiesThe basis for teaching our children to think for themselves is set in the Bible, itself. Much can be gleaned from all throughout the Bible; however, as they grow up in our homes, much can be taught straight from Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Much wisdom is endowed within each of those books. Each day a lesson can be taught, or drawn out of your child’s day that is directly attributed to one of those tree books. Of course you can use all of the books of the Bible and the teachings within. They are all applicable, on a daily basis! Our children need our guidance, our direction, our aid up until we draw our final breath. They may not always like what we have to say, but eventually they will understand that, “Huh! He was right!”

FallOfManThere was a time when parents read the Biblical stories to their children. There was also a time when the Bible was outlawed to be in your possession. I grew up in a time when people possessed the Bible, but did not read it, because the Priests said, or implied, that we the people were far too stupid to understand the words, therein. But that is not true! We are smart enough and we can do the intellectual labors, necessary, in order to understand and comprehend the Biblical text. We can understand and draw those conclusions for ourselves. In fact…I believe we must do so. Even those people who do not believe in the God who Crated us. God gave us the abilities to think, decide and follow our own paths…even if it is the wrong path. Just consider Adam & Eve and the fall of man! Think about that for a moment or two! Adam & Eve had one commandment to follow and could not do it. That should tell you something about the inability of man to follow orders. We are reminded all the time that “...there is none who does good…No, not one!

Over the last many decades, parents have passed their responsibilities off to the public school system. Sadly, the public school system is failing the parents…it has been for a long time now. But all parents do is complain to the school, the school boards, and their local and statewide representation. But to no avail. Parents need to cultivate their kids from the very beginning. Unfortunately, everyone, even new parents, desire to have everything that they had available to them when they lived in their parents home. All the while losing the connection between themselves. That familial connection. Kids these days are 10-14 years old and have smartphones. While smartphones are a great tool, they are also a family and relationship destroyer, unless stringent rules are placed upon them. The family unit has been in the process of eroding due to governmental, scholastic, and technological interventions and interruptions.

God gives us all that we need, not necessarily what we want. God wants us in heaven, saved…not skipping off to hell with a smile on our faces! We are each endowed with great tasks to perform and all of the abilities to accomplish those tasks. Unfortunately, we do not cultivate ourselves or our children to be prepared for those tasks. Nor do we concern ourselves with the abilities and their cultivation or their honing.

I will leave you with this final note, after all I have blathered enough:

Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. ~Proverbs 4:7-8 NKJV

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

Centurion an Eyewitness?

These two accounts are strikingly helpful:

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”

Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well [a]who had been sick. ~Luke 7:1-10 NKJV

…and…

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”

And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. ~Matthew 8:5-13 NKJV

It would stand to reason that the Centurion, an Officer of the Roman Army, accepted the truth claims of Jesus as the healer of the sick and acceptor of those who were deemed to be untouchable and unlovable. Just like the tax collector, a member of the Roman Army (an invader of the country), were also untouchable, unapproachable, and unlovable. Matthew (Levi) the tax collector, who was despised by his fellow Israelite (along with Zacchaeus) was an eyewitness and one of the Twelve. Luke, while not one of the Twelve, he did have access to the remaining eyewitnesses plus witnessed the miraculous signs and healing by the Apostle Paul, minus Judas Iscariot. And, therefore, just as anyone who wrote about others sought out the information from those that knew Jesus and other accomplishments during Jesus’ ministry. He picked their minds and interviewed them all.

It is reasonable to say that this centurion witnessed many of the miracles of Jesus, during His ministry. Why else would a man of pagan background love the Jewish people and help them to build a Synagogue? Why would such a foreign man have such faith in Jesus’ ability to heal his own servant? Unless he had seen such great miracles himself. He too, by these two Apostles own words, was an eyewitness of such Godly miracles and signs.

I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” ~Luke 7:9 NKJV & Matthew 8:10 NKJV

Slowly, during Jesus’ ministry, did God’s word and the Teachings of Jesus grow. Even unto the ends of the world. Jews and Gentiles, alike! We were also told that:

And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. ~Matthew 8:11 NKJV

Meaning that other people will come from all over the world to learn of Jesus and His teachings, God’s Word. They, too, will be welcomed into the Kingdom of God, Heaven!

It does not matter what your past was, we all have a past filled with dark times and evil accomplishments. Our future is bright, provided we turn our lives over to Jesus. We are destined for such greatness, under the Son of the Most High God!

Are we willing, though, to set aside  our personal biases? Our personal judgements? Or for that matter, our personal beliefs to objectively vet the truth of the matter of God’s Word and the teachings of Jesus?

Even when I write, and in this manner teach, I always try to preface with…DO NOT TRUST ME OR MY WORDS, SEARCH THIS OUT FOR YOURSELVES!

The Centurion is much like many of us. In that, he of another people, or tribe, who had differing beliefs. And he probably thought the Jews were the pagans. But he witnessed many things that caused him to change his beliefs. You might even say the same of the Apostle Paul, who was a killer of the Christians and their way, and then something drastic, something spiritual, happened to drastically change his direction in life! But that should be another post.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

…narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life…

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I was recently listening to a question and answer forum between Ravi Zacharias and guests with church leaders at a conference. While the answer given was one faith versus reason (in effect and which I will expand upon in another post) it did get to the heart of this discussional post.

It is hard, no matter how you slice it to go from a sinful carnal creature to acting like and emulating Jesus Christ. We, you and I we, have a difficult task. We first learn of God, whether it be through others or through our reading and are led to the Gospels and Jesus Christ. We search out and bolster our learning through greater and more in-depth studies on the matter. Searching out to see what others have written on the subject. Then we decide if it is reasonable and then believable. At some point in time we come to the deciding factor that we truly believe what we have read.

We are led by the Spirit of God to the truth of the matter. It is always difficult because we must first learn to overcome our carnal urges through our controlling of our bodies through our thoughts. Remember:

If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it. ~Genesis 4:7 NKJV

We are mandated to rule over our desires. In this present generation, it would seem over the last decade or two, that they are being taught to let loose their desires and let their desires take control over them.

While most of us have not experienced some miraculous occurrence within our lives, per se, we have been given just enough reason to believe that the path we are following is the right and proper path.  We continue on that path in order to determine more intricate knowledge, perhaps something which will drive the message even deeper in to our hearts, minds and souls. We are basically guided by a drive, whether it be be carnal desire to know or some moral propensity to obtains a deeper understanding or for some other reason.

Living a righteous life is not easy unless you have been doing all your life! Being righteous is not something that just comes naturally to us. After all, we are a sinful people because we tend to let our desires drive us in our lives. Remember how King David put it?

They have all turned aside,
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one. ~Psalm 14:3 NKJV

Of course, this was reiterated by the Apostle Paul in the Book of Romans (3:10), which promoted the validity of the point as well as the necessity (in part) of the Old Testament with respect to our learning and knowledge.

This knowledge is given to us, but in many cases, we cast off to the sidelines much of the knowledge placed before us – as we see it as moot or unneeded or unnecessary. But it all interconnects in some small way.

We are each of us, all mankind as a whole, are destined for greatness…if we would but listen to the Word of God! Take it in closely to our hearts in order to do, also as we have been mandated to do:

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. ~Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

How can we imitate God? By reading the Word of God, by reading the Words of Jesus, paying very close attention to His teachings. By acting as Jesus would act in the presence of others. Treat ALL others as He would treat them…as He taught us all to treat others. To be as loving and accepting of others as He was to those around Himself. Samaritans were despised by all Jews, due to everyone’s beliefs. Jesus treated them all as brothers. The Pharisees while Jesus was stern with them, He treated them as brothers under One God. While Jesus spoke of not judging others, He did so with the teaching that we were to rightly judge by first removing the hypocrisy from our selves, live properly and then make an objective judgement. We often judge others through the sins we commit, despite they more often than not, sin differently than we do.

Jesus had the right and obligation to judge others because he was God and Man. Because He live righteously. Because He knew the intent of the Biblical text. He judged the Pharisees correctly, as they often sought to trap Him.

Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. ~Matthew 23:3-5 NKJV

We are all destined to great things, if we would but humble ourselves before God, Jesus, and allow ourselves to be wisely used by the Holy Spirit. Seek guidance and let God use you. Make yourselves available to Him for His purposes.

And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions. ~Joel 2:28 NKJV

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ~Romans 8:28 NKJV

We are destined for greatness, IF we will allow ourselves to be used by God! It is not an easy life, but in the end, it will be a worthy life.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy