Newsflash! World Taken Hostage by Four Horsemen as Apostate Church Thrives!

imagesAs lawlessness and gross darkness covers the earth, Satan has a seat of authority as his cohorts take advantage of the situation through government and religious leaders throughout the nations of the world! But how can this be since the “earth is the Lord’s, the world and everything in it is owned by Him (Psalms 24:1-2)?

Reminder: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” Earth is the planet where, we as humankind, were given dominion over all created things that existed upon the earth.  Therefore, the earth is a place, and the world does not refer to a globe or planet but refers to people who are a race of humans created in the image and likeness of their Creator.

Remember: In John 3:16 it is written that “God so loved the world …  ” not the earth. So, what happened that Satan can now proclaim that he is the god of this world, especially after Jesus saw him thrown out of heaven like a lightning bolt (See Luke 10:18).

Let’s be like the Bereans and see why these things are so. Please turn to your bibles with me and take a look at Ezekiel 34:1-10 which contains a warning and 2 Timothy 2:22-26; 3:1-9.

For an excellent study read Revelation Chapters 2-3 concerning the Loveless Church, The Persecuted Church,  The Compromising Church, The Corrupt Church, The Dead Church, The Faithful Church, and the Lukewarm Church where Christ warns and promises a reward to all who would return to their “first love.”

But because humankind has hardened their hearts by refusing to heed the Voice of the Spirit beckoning them to return back to God through Jesus Christ while He affords them the time to do so, the outcome as a result of their rebellion and prideful hearts is found in Revelation 6:1-8.

The Voice of the Lord (His Word) will speak for itself:

Ezekiel 34:1-10

 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the LordGod to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock.

The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.

So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.

‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As I live,” says the Lord God, “surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock”— therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the Lord!

10 Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.”

2 Timothy 2:22-26

22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

2 Timothy 3:1-9

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,

traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

The Four Seals and the role of the Four Horsemen as found in Revelation 6:1-8

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” 4 Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. 

Saints, we need to be praying like never before … Selah!

Praying Through Psalms: 19 – 20

 Image result for heavenly hostsFather God in the Name of Jesus, we praise and worship for You are our God who rules and reigns in heavenly places. Father, You are majestic in splendor and glorious in all Your ways. Father, all power belongs to You, including all creation that was established by Your mighty hands.

Father, as we enter into Your Holy presence, we stand in awe as we come to offer up ourselves to you as a living sacrifice as we surrender to ourselves to You.

Father, all heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord, who can compare to the beauty of our Lord. The moon and stars they shine at night, the planets continue to rotate in their places while the sun, like a Bridegroom, who comes out of His chamber to embrace the earth with the Light.

Father, although we cannot hear with our natural ears the song of nature above, yet day in and day out they proclaim Your glory which can be seen throughout all the nations of the earth. From the rising of the sun until the setting of the same, the sun and moon give out their light to the inhabitants of the earth while nature basks in Your glory.     Image result for heavenly hosts

Father, You are perfect in all Your ways and Your testimony remains the same from sunrise to sunset. Lord Jesus, You are the Living Word of the Living God who came from heaven to earth to show us the way, and we celebrate You because of who You are, the Son of the Living God.

Thank You Father God, that it is by Your Word that guides and directs us the way we should go. Lord, Your Word comes with wisdom, knowledge and understanding so that whosoever has a need or a question that has to be answer, their eyes will be enlightened with understanding as they seek Your face to supply that need or that answer.

Father, in all humility we approach Your Holy throne which is pleasing in Your eyes because we know that You are our God who is our Source and our Strength and that You supply us with the grace mercy that can only be obtained through Your mighty hands.

Father, thank You that we can search for You with all of our hearts for we know Your words are purer than gold and sweeter than the honey that comes from the honeycomb. Father, as we obey Your Word, You will reward us with much-needed abundance for life and prosperity while we still remain on the earth.

Father God, we ask You to search us and help us to remain humble and upright before You. Help us Lord not to allow the sins of presumptuousness have dominion over us. Image result for heavenly hostsFather, where we need to repent show us our hearts and errors of our ways so that in Your mercy we can remain blameless and innocent from any great transgression that would so easily want to deceive or trap us.

  Father, I pray that the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts will be acceptable in Your sight, for You are our Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.

Father, I pray that You will answer Your people swiftly in the day of trouble. I pray that You who has the Name above all Names will defend, help and strengthen Your people. Lord, I pray You will grant the desires of Your people so that they may fulfill their purpose for Your eternal glory, in Jesus’Name we pray, Amen.

It Takes Faith to Worship

Our scene opens with Jesus conversing with the woman at the well and after exposing the truth with compassion to her, “The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship?'”

“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.’” (John 4:19-24).

There is no room for unbelief or doubt when to comes to worshipping the One and Only True God. Romans 10:17 writes that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the Word of God” and Jesus said: “Blessed are they who have not seen yet believe” (John 20:29).

God does not coerce or force anyone to worship Him, otherwise, they will not be worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth. Worshipping God can only come from a pure heart with hands lifted high in surrender by faith to our King. David in Psalm 29:1-2 writes:

“Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

Three times David writes the word ‘give’ which means we are to give what; we are to give “unto the Lord the glory that is due to His Holy Name” and to worship Him in the “beauty of holiness.” It is worthy to note that David compliments and encourages us by faith by calling us “mighty ones” to come forward and to worship God from a pure heart to give “the Lord the glory and strength that is due His Holy Name.

And why is this? I personally believe that when we worship God by faith which is worshipping Him in spirit and in truth that God gets so excited when He hears the song of worship coming from His children that He will take care of matters that we are not even aware of concerning us and our household in both the present and generations to come.

Notice I said the ‘song’ of worship.’ Pure worship can only come when God’s people worship Him in spirit and truth when they worship together as one in the unity of the faith. Alright, so let us now continue with how David describes the Voice of God in Psalm 29:3-9 as we worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness.”

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; (The voice of the Lord is where, it is over the waters)
The God of glory thunders; The Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 

 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars, (The voice of the Lord Breaks! Hence the Lord of the breakthrough).
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox. (The voice of the Lord strengthens and enables them) The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire. (The voice of the Lord separates and scatters the flames)

The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; (and as nature responds to the Voice of their Creator Everyone in His temple says, “Glory!”

And verses 10 – 11 writes that The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, And the Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”  Selah 🙂 Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

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Benediction

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May God our Father increase your understanding of what it means for you to be His child and to have reserved for you an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, and will not fade away.

May the Holy Spirit take you deeper into the depths of Christ’s love, and lift you to the highest heights of His glory and grace, enriching your life in every detail and through every circumstance.

May Jesus, Himself, draw you close to His shepherding heart, guiding you daily to His pastures of peace and streams of refreshment, as He continues to lead you upon the paths of righteousness that will take you to His appointed and prepared place.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from slipping and to make you stand unblemished and exultant before His glory—to the only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and for all time. Amen. Jude 1:24-25 Moffatt

Practical Evangelism: Taking the Roof Off

Creation Ministries International—PO Box 4545, Eight Mile Plains, QLD 4113, Australia
by Paul Price
Published: 30 July 2015 (GMT+10)
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The condition of mankind can be compared in some ways to an analogy developed by the late evangelist and philosopher Francis Schaeffer.1 Imagine trying to piece together
the story from a book whose pages had all been mostly ripped away, leaving only a strip of remaining type on each page. Looking at the remaining text alone, it would be
impossible to figure out the whole story. However, if we further imagine that the ripped out pieces were hidden in the attic, and you were able to find them and examine
them, then it would be possible to discern that they were indeed the missing pieces to the book in your hand, and looking at the completed pages, you could find out the
whole story. In this analogy, the book with the remaining bits of text corresponds to the facts available to all people: the external universe and human nature. The ripped out
pages represent God’s revelation to mankind—the Bible. When we compare God’s revelation to us in the Bible with the world we see around us, we find a perfect match. The
Bible, unlike any other competing claim to truth, coherently and self-consistently explains the range of evidence available to us all: the external universe and human nature.
When we compare God’s revelation to us in the Bible with the world we see around us, we find a perfect match.

The Bible uniquely explains why we see both astonishing design and tragic decay and evil. It explains the paradox of human nature: that we are simultaneously loving and evil,
caring and cruel. And unlike atheistic or polytheistic systems, the biblical worldview provides the necessary framework for the pursuit of science: a stable, predictable
cosmos governed by absolute and unchanging physical and logical laws, a habitable zone suitable for life and scientific pursuit (against all odds!), and human bodies and
minds with the innate capacity to properly observe and comprehend the universe around them. In addition, the facts of science and history available to us line up with and
provide corroboration for the claims of Scripture. Far from being an isolated, purely hypothetical solution, the biblical worldview is well-attested by many lines of evidence.
In light of this, Paul the Apostle justly proclaims that we are “without excuse” for denying God (Romans 1:20). But, as our ministry has pointed out in many places, people
generally interpret the evidence through the ‘glasses’ of their worldviews, meaning that unbelievers are often blinded to the clear and powerful evidence that exists in favor
of the Bible—they don’t see it because they don’t step outside their presuppositions.
How should we present the Gospel to those who reject the Bible?
So what, then, should we do as Christians when confronted with unbelievers who deny the Bible is true? Before proceeding, it’s important to be aware that there is no ‘magic
bullet’ in witnessing and apologetics. Ultimately, our final commitment to God is part of the internal work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the state of the heart—not the
mind. Therefore, our job as apologists and evangelists consists of presenting the Gospel and, if necessary, removing intellectual stumbling blocks. Regardless of your skill,
there is no way to argue a person into the Kingdom of God!
With that said, however, it can be helpful to have a game plan when dealing with skeptical nonbelievers. Schaeffer took an approach he named ‘Taking the Roof Off’, which
informed Christians would do well to emulate. To truly witness to someone, we must treat them as a genuine human being. We must get to know them as an individual and
assess their worldview on its own terms. Apologetics—witnessing to skeptical nonbelievers by giving answers to their objections—if it is to be successful, must truly be a
personal interaction, and not just an academic pursuit or a chance to get in the last word. Since non-Christian worldviews inevitably break down at one point or another and
fail to explain reality, there will always be a ‘point of tension’ where the unbeliever’s worldview is at odds with the real world. It is at this critical point that the unbeliever
builds up a psychological ‘roof’ over their head to shield themselves from the reality their worldview fails to deal with. To really get through to such a person, we must ‘take
the roof off’ by showing the person the unpleasant and unsatisfactory consequences of their own belief system, and forcing them to acknowledge them head-on.2 This can
(and should) truly be an uncomfortable experience for them. Only in this way can we get down to the heart of the matter, and perhaps, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit,
shake them from their disbelief and turn them to God.
What might this look like in a day-to-day example? Imagine that you’ve just met a person and found out that they’re very interested in technology and science, and is an
atheist as a result of a commitment to a Darwinian naturalistic worldview. You might ask them, “What is the point of doing science?” Most likely you’ll get a response that
waxes poetic about the virtues of science as a means to improve the lives of people—making us happier and healthier—and leading ultimately perhaps to a new utopian age
of prosperity driven by scientific advancement. In this case we are dealing with a worldview (evolutionary naturalism) which cannot provide a basis for meaning or purpose
in life, or for the value of human life.
This unbeliever’s ‘roof’ is their irrational blind leap of faith to believe that science can solve all the problems of death and suffering in the world, and that human life has
intrinsic value apart from God. Removing their roof, exposing them to the true ugliness of the Darwinian worldview, will show them their need for God and a Savior, and
prepare them for receiving the Gospel. This is known as pre-evangelism. To do this, we need to gently point out the fact that, if Darwin was right about life being a product of
blind natural processes, then human life has no intrinsic value. In the Darwinian scheme, humans are nothing more than higher apes—in other words, we are not special.
We are just animals which happen to have evolved differently from other animals (we cannot even say ‘better’ or ‘higher’, since that would imply an objective standard
which cannot be justified). In fact, life itself is nothing special, but just represents a different configuration of the same ‘stuff’ that makes up the rest of the universe.
The only real difference between a human being and a coconut—or a rock—would be that humans have a different configuration of atoms. Therefore, there’s no point in
saying that we should do science to improve human life, because human life is not valuable in the first place! Since the intrinsic value of human life is self-evidently obvious
to all (except perhaps sociopaths), making this point should strike a chord and provide a real avenue for productive discussion.

We can go further still. This person has suggested that science is worthwhile because it can improve human lives and lead to a better world. The previous point
notwithstanding, we still have no real basis for optimism or hope for the future without God, because even under the best case scenario there’s no way human science can
achieve any lasting goals. Even secular evolutionary scientists freely admit that our planet is ultimately doomed, because our only source of the energy we need for life,
the sun, is going to eventually burn out and be extinguished:

“All things must end. That’s true for us, that’s true for the Earth, and that’s true for the Sun. It’s not going to happen tomorrow, but one day in the far future, the Sun will
run out of fuel and end its life as a main sequence star and die.”3

A better future?

Wait a minute! If we know we’re ultimately doomed as a species, then why do we hear so much grandiose optimism for the future coming from scientists? No matter how
many skyscrapers we build, or how many cures for diseases we find, we will all have to die one day—as Jesus pointed out in Matthew 6:27, our worries and efforts cannot
even add one hour to our lives. Even in a hypothetical scenario where science did succeed in greatly expanding human lifespans, we cannot live without the sun! Yet the
problem is worse. Even if we were to advance to the point that we could fly to some distant star and recolonize a totally new planet, that planet would eventually become
uninhabitable as well. This is called entropy—all things are winding down—and ultimately the whole universe will be devoid of usable energy.4 So, in other words, there’s
nowhere to run. We are doomed, and all science is doomed to ultimately be fruitless and forgotten. Science alone cannot offer us hope for the future.
Only in Christ can we find true hope, because Christ is God incarnate, and God is not limited by His creation.

So, after having taken away false hope from this unbeliever, they will stand naked in the light of the truth: their worldview presents an ultimately pointless and hopeless
reality. Now the stage is set for you to present the alternative in Jesus Christ and the true Gospel. Only in Christ can we find true hope, because Christ is God incarnate,
and God is not limited by His creation. God’s power transcends the physical decay of this universe, and as such he can offer us real hope for the future.

Of course, in the real world such interactions are almost never simple, and almost never confined to only one issue. Most educated non-believers have a whole arsenal of
objections to Christianity at the ready, and dealing with all the stumbling blocks to their faith may take time. That’s why we must get to know them as a person and deal
patiently with them, and we must take the time to get informed on how to deal with a wide range of objections and issues. Yet this is the charge we must take up as disciples of Christ, who commanded us to take the gospel to the ends of the earth—that includes your neighborhood and your college campus! As the Apostle Paul writes,

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the
knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4–5).

Praying Through Psalms 18

Image result for Psalm 18Father, in the Name of Jesus, we come to bless Your Holy Name, for You alone are our strength, our fortress, and an ever-present help in times of trouble. Father, in You and You alone, will we place our trust for You are our place of refuge where we can and will abide in peace because You are the strength and life of our salvation.

You are worthy to be praise, O Lord because it is You who came to save us from our enemies. It was only through You that the enemies of the cross were defeated at Calvary all those generation ago. Thank You Lord that You are our ark of safety who hides us in the cleft of the Rock and when our enemies come at us one way, You, Father, will cause them to flee seven different ways.

Father, we thank You for being our Reward and the Recompense on our behalf according to our righteousness which is in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank You, Father, that You will show Yourself merciful, blameless and pure before those who show those very same attributes towards others.

However, to the devious, You will show Yourself as being shrewder than what they are and to those who are haughty in appearance you will not look upon their ways, instead, You will cause them to be humbled.

Father, we thank You that You will lighten our lamp, and lighten our path according to Your Word. Father, it is only by Your Almighty power that we are able to run against a troop or leap over a wall in times of trouble. Thank You, Father, that You are perfect in Your ways and Your Word is proven to be true in all that You would have it to do.

Father, we thank You for Jesus who is the Rock of our Salvation. Thank You, Father, for giving us feet like hinds feet that we may run, skip and jump over the ragged and rugged terrain as we make our way up the mountain places.

Father, we thank You for setting our feet in a safe landing place and that You teach our hands to make war and for strengthening our arms to bend a bow of bronze.

Thank You, Father, for giving us Jesus who is the Shield of our Salvation and that at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Thank You, Father, that You hold us up by Your hands and in Your gentleness (Your peace), that You promote us into the people You desire us to be.

Thank You, Father, that the battle is the Lord’s and You supply our armor according to Your Word and the by the Fruit of Your Spirit (See Galatians 5:22-23 with Ephesians 6:10-26). Thank You, Father, that indeed it is not by might nor by power but by Your Spirit alone is where we gain our strength and fortitude to press forward in this battle.

Father, we thank You that Your Kingdom will come and Your will, will be done in every nation, tribe and tongue upon the face of this earth, for the time is quickly coming when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess to the Lordship of Jesus Christ for Your eternal glory.

Thank You, Father, that You are alive and well and that You reign in the heavens and in the end all will be well with our souls. Thank You, Father, that You shall raise us up as Your people to where You need us to be.

Thank You, Father, that we and our descendants have a Living Hope for our futures because we have placed our trust in You to save us and our households according to Your Living Promise found in Acts 16:31 (“We and our households shall be saved”).

Thank You, Father, for sending Jesus the Christ who is Your One and Only Begotten Son into this world to save us as humankind who are created in Your image and likeness from a fate that is worse than death itself which is to be separated from You for all eternity, in Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

The B.I.B.L.E. Scenarios :)

imagesWho or what one may ask are ‘The B.I.B.L.E. Scenarios’? And then some may say, she’s at it again 🙂 and the answer to that is yes 🙂 of course, I am 🙂 aren’t you 🙂

The B.I.B.L.E. Scenarios involves those who are:

B — Biblically

I  — Inspired Individuals who

B — Believe that the Word of God has Absolute Authority over their

L — Lives so that they too, like the Apostle Paul, who wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 may become those Living

E — Epistles who lead their Lives to Exemplify Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior by dying daily to themselves 🙂

Saints of God, don’t allow anyone to steal your 🙂 not even for a moment 🙂 Christ is your joy and the enemy hates your 🙂

All 4 Christ (Philippians 3:1-11, and 13-14).

Verse 1: “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.”

Paul commands us to ‘rejoice’ in who, to ‘rejoice’ in the Lord. Paul also wrote that he did not find it ‘tedious’ to write about the same subject, and why was that, it was for their good. Therefore, Paul did not consider it to be  a boring task nor did he find it wearisome nor tiresome (See 1 Thessalonians 5:16; 2 Thessalonians 3:13 and Galatians 6:9).

Verses 2 – 3:  “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,” 

Who wants to be around a wild pack of dogs who are hungry and want to bite, devour and consume anyone who comes along their path? I know I don’t (See Galatians 5:15).

What about evil doers? Satan comes as an angel of light Evil doers are deceptive and attempt to lead astray God’s people through temptations and other means, so why would one want to hang with those who would lie, steal and destroy (See 2 Corinthians 11:14; and Matthew 7:21-23).

Who are what is Paul referring to when he wrote to avoid the ‘mutilation’? ‘Mutilation’ here is referring to the practice of circumcision. Today, we no longer have to practice this custom because we are not under the law, but under grace, praise Jesus for this one 🙂 (See Deuteronomy 11:6; Romans 2:25-29 and 7:6).

Verses 4 – 6: though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;  concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

In verses 4 through 6, Paul gives us a description of who he was and what he was about. Here Saul (Paul) thought he was doing God a service and in fact he was doing nothing more than a disservice for the cause of Christ.

Paul counts everything as loss for the cause of Christ:

Verses 7 – 11: But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Supporting Scriptures for verses 4 – 11

Verse 4: 2 Corinthians 5:16, 11:8 and 2 Corinthians 11:22-23

Verse 5: Romans 11:1; 2 Corinthians 11:22; and Acts 23:6

Verse 6: Acts 8:3, 22:4-5 and 26:9-11

Verse 7: Matthew 13:44

Verse 8: Jeremiah 9:23

Verse 9: Romans 10:3 and 1:17

Verse 10: Ephesians 1:19-20 and Romans 6:3-3

Verse 11: Acts 26:6-8

In Verses 13 – 14 Paul wrote:

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

May we all, by the mercies and grace of our God, press toward the for the prize of the upward call of God by counting all things as loss so that we are able to share in both the suffering and the glory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. God bless you 🙂

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