Sunday, June 17, 2018

Faith, Part 2

The Power of Faith.


Now the last time we talked about this. We all have Faith. Some have Faith in themselves. Others, put their Faith in others. Some may even deny they have Faith. But they do. So since we all have the ability to have Faith, remember, Hebrews 11:1
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
We must now then look at the Fact that Faith is Powerful. As a Child of God, Faith is more Powerful then you may know. As a matter of Fact, the Word tells us that we must operate as if what we Pray about is already there, even though it is not. Already answered even though it hasn't been materialized. Live as if it is. Luke 17:6
"And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you."
Also in Mark 9:23, Jesus tells us this,
"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
You must have Faith to believe, that what is not yet, already is. That what may seem ridiculous to some, and perhaps even impossible, is nothing to God. You being His child, nothing is impossible to you either.

Let's spend a bit more time in Hebrews 11. Start over at verse 1
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible."
How does one exercise their Faith? How do you increase your Faith? How do you learn how to use your Faith? The Word of God. Praying to God. Spending time with God. Allowing the Spirit to Teach you. Lead you. Guide you. Does it control your actions? It teaches you the way you should do things, so in a way, Yes. Faith also obeys your commands. You must learn how to use it, and learn how to increase your Faith. There is only really one way. Romans 10:17
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
If you do not read The Word, go to Church, or Pray, how can you be filled? You may have heard the Truth and may have even accepted it. You may be Saved. However, if you do not fill yourself, replenish, then eventually, those things you heard will fade away, and they will profit you little. You want to become more Faithful, and Faith-filled, then you need to feed on the Word of God.

When your Faith becomes strong, you can see more examples in Hebrews 11 of how Powerful Faith can be.
"By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Without Faith, it is impossible to please God. You have to accept, of course, that God is God. That He is above all and the Creator of all. That He is bigger than any problem that you may face in the World. You must have Faith in God's Word, and understand what it truly means. You have to have Faith that God, your Father, is Faithful and just to Forgive you of your Sins and help you along your Journey. You must have Faith that the things God tells you are as absolutely true as the things you see every day.
"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."
It was not raining when Noah starts building the Ark.
"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went."
Continuing in verse 11
"Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth."
Think about that also. We are in the World, but we are no longer of it. We do not always have to conform to the Laws of the Natural World, because we have become Supernatural Beings. We have received back the Authority over it, that God gave to Adam, and Adam gave to Satan. Look at this story in Matthew 8. Now Matthew 8 is filled with Faith and those practicing Faith in everyday life, well, let's look at some of them. Start at verse 5.
"And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."
No greater faith. The Centurion, not a Religious person, asked Him to heal his Servant. He understood, that even though he was not worthy, that if Jesus would, merely speak the Healing, his Servant would be healed. He had Faith that, one, Jesus could do it. Two, that all Jesus had to really do was Speak it. Command it. Tell the Spirit of Life to enter his House and Heal his Servant, and it would be done.

Look at all those who were using their faith in this series of events in Luke 8:41-56
"And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.

And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.

And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done."
It is by the Power of Faith that all these things took place. Through the Power of Faith, the Centurion's Servant was Healed. Through the Power of Faith, the Woman with the issue of Blood was Healed. Through the Power of Faith, Jairus's Dead 12-year-old Daughter was risen from the Dead and Healed. Faith has Power and you have total access to that same Power. You must simply decide to learn how to use it. You must also now decide, are you going to Walk in the Spirit, or in the Flesh? That is next time.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray.

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Psalm 99

Psalm 99



1 The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

2 The Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.

3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.

4 The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

5 Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.

7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.

8 Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

9 Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Faith, Part 1

What is Faith?



The Word declares this in Hebrews 11:6
"And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him."
Well, that makes sense. Does it not? How can you have Faith in God if you do not know who God is? How can you have Faith and believe in Jesus and the fact that it is through Him, and only Him, that you are Saved if you never heard of John 3:16, John 14:6, or Matthew 28, Mark 16, ETC.

You have to Hear the Truth,,
"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." {Romans 10:17}
Then you have to Believe the Truth,,
"He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God." {1 Peter 1:20-21}
So now you know, there is a very real God. Now you know there is a very real Jesus. Now you know that He came to Earth and Died for our Sins. For YOUR Sins. That He has become your Substitute in payment of debt, onto Death itself. So now this is where you need to place your Faith.

But wait. What is Faith? Is it merely a belief? Is it Wishing? It is Hoping? Do we all have Faith? Even those that do not believe in God?

First, Faith is NOT Wishing. Anytime you hear someone say, "I have Faith that I will get the Promotion," or "I have Faith that I will be able to get that new Car." that is NOT Faith. What they are saying is this. "I sure wish that I will get the Promotion," or "I sure wish that I will be able to get that new Car." "I sure Wish so." is not Faith. "I sure Wish God would Save me. I sure Wish that He sees all I have done in the name of my Religion and Blesses me for it." Is not Faith. This is not what we are talking about today.

We are talking about true Faith. Does everyone have Faith? Even those that do not believe in God? The Short answer is Yes. Everyone has Faith in something. Mostly, Faith is Supernatural Hope. Hope is Romans 8:24-25
"For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."
In Hebrews 11:1
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
We all have Faith. Think about this. Someone asked me once, "How do you have Faith in something you cannot See or Touch? How can you be so sure that God is real and this Jesus came to Earth and believing in Him, you go to Heaven? I want to believe, yet, I do not know how to have 'Blind Faith.'"

My response? "Did you make plans for Tomorrow? What are you doing this Weekend? How can you have such 'Blind Faith' as to do these things? You cannot Touch Tomorrow. You cannot See the Weekend. How do you make such Plans? You must have Faith that the Sun is going to come back and grant you the Day for the Plans you have made. Right? I believe that The Son is going to come back and keep all His Words that pertain to those who love Him and are "called according to His purpose."

You can think about this all the way back to the beginning. Atheists say it is nonsense to have Faith that God Created everything because we cannot See or Touch this invisible "thing." Yet they believe in what their own Science and Math tells them is impossible. That something came from nothing, and that all things came from one single cell organism. Plants, People, Hot Blooded, Cold Blooded, Dogs and Cats, ETC. Just not possible. Yet they have Faith that it was ANYTHING except God.

These people also, mostly. do not have peace. They see death as the end all. Just close your eyes and cease to exist. They rely totally on themselves and "hope" that the Universe treats them good while they are here. After all, we are all here by a happy accident. Right?

You? As a Child of God, it need not be so.
"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." {Romans 15:13}
We know that we are not here by accident. We know that we will live on long after we close our eyes on this Earth. We know that we do not need to think about Tomorrow. Jesus tells us this Truth in Matthew 6:34
"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
We know that everything, including Tomorrow, is in God's Hands. James 4:13-17
"Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin."
Next time we will continue this series and talk about the Power you have through Faith, as a Child of God. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray.

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be blessed, be a blessing, and Jesus IS Lord of all!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Psalm 98

Psalm 98



1 O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

2 The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

5 Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.

7 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

8 Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together

9 Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Loving Difficult People

We all know some.




We all know someone in our lives that make us feel like this.

"Oh no. Not again. I really do not want to deal with this person right now. I'm not in the mood. I know I'm supposed to be loving and kind and all that, but seriously, this person is just hard for me to love."

It can be anyone. A Family Member? Someone from your Job? Someone from the Neighborhood? A Friend of your Child even. Someone that gives you a headache with just the thought that you may have to deal with them again, no matter how brief, for any reason whatsoever.

You know what Jesus said?
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." {John 15:12}
I really what you to think about that. How did Jesus love us? Yup. He died for us. The Word declares this in John 15:13
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."
I can hear you. You are saying "Yeah, yeah, yeah. For my Friends. But you are talking about so and so. They are not my Friend." Well? Jesus came to Earth to Save those that actually Stripped Him, beat Him, Tortured Him, and Murdered Him by Nailing Him to a Cross. Do you think you would die for someone like that? Romans 5:7-8
" For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
The majority of People that Jesus saw on a daily bases were not Happy Shiny People that loved Him and wanted to be Friends. Most of the People Jesus dealt with?

Doubted everything He said.
Questioned Him continuously.
Falsely accused Him of things continuously.
Sought His harm continuously.
Insulted and Besmirched Him daily.
Even Tortured and Killed Him.

Yet? In all this, He said this as He took one of His final breaths.
"And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments." {Luke 23:34}
Oh, we may choose to lay down our Lives for someone like the President, or Superstar, or some kind of Hero. But Jesus came and laid down His Life for us. Sinners. Lowlifes. The Most Difficult of People. You know, "Adulters, Fornicators, Dirty Living, Lew, Idolatrous, Witchcraft Loving, Hate-Filled, Contentious, Jealous, Angry, Selfish, Troublemaking, Heretical, Envious, Murderers, Drunks, and Partiers." {Galatians 5:19-21} That IS us. That IS who God so Loved, that Jesus had to come and Love, and Die for. This is why Jesus tells us this in Luke 6:27-36
"But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."
So who is that Difficult Person in your Life? Are they annoying? Or are they trying to Kill you? Either way, they simply do not know what they are doing. You should come to a place where instead of avoiding them, you should try teaching them. 2 Timothy 2:23-26
"Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will."
As a Matter of Fact, The Word declares this in Philippians 2:3
"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."
I have heard it said, and I believe it to be True, that we, you and I, Children of God, may be the only Jesus some people will ever see. Some will never step foot in a Church, pick up the Bible, or engage in a quest to find the Truth. But there you are, standing in front of them. Talking to them. Treating them??? What kind of Jesus are they seeing?

What does being a Child of God look like? Quick and Cold? Rude? Nasty even? Or Warm and Loving. Open and Forgiving? Always Loving and Lifting up, or Hating and Tearing down? Are you looking them in the eyes? Are you Hiding from them when you see them coming? What did Jesus do when He saw those that would Torture and Kill Him coming? Did He hide from them? No. Matthew 26:46
"Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me."
He rose and went to meet them. They were not coming to insult Him or give Him a hard time, they were coming to Execute Him in the most brutal Execution in history. He rose up from His position on the Ground and met them face to face.

Yes. Yes, there are Difficult People in our Lives. They can be annoying. The can be anything from Disrespectful to downright Abusive. You may not be able to change them. But you can change how you receive them. Remember, you can only be Offended if you CHOSE to be Offended. Simply chose not to be.

It's like a Child throwing a Tantrum. Annoying. Loud. Irritating. But in the end, you know that you Win. You are the Parent. You have the Power. You have the Control. When a non-Child of God is acting in a way that is Annoying, Loud, Irritating, or pretty much just throwing a Tantrum, just remember, as a Child of God, you have the Power. You have the Control. In the end, you know that you Win. Need assurance? Read Romans 8.

What you need to do is simple BE the Child of God, God calls you to be.
"Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will."
Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray.

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Psalm 97

Psalm 97



1 The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O Lord.

9 For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.

10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Mining for Wisdom. Importance of Application

Why Apply? 


{Walks on stage carrying a Briefcase. Walks over a sets it on a table.}

"There is One Million Dollars in this Briefcase. I love you. I understand that you have some issues that this will help with. Your Electric has been turned off. You have no running Water. Nothing to eat. You are about to lose your Home. Please, I love you. Take this and help yourself."

{Long pause}

What are you doing? Why are you sitting there looking at this Briefcase? By sitting there looking at it, what is it you feel, you may accomplish? I gave you the Knowledge. I told you all you need to know. I leave. Here you are, sitting, looking at the Briefcase.

You know what happens now? If you do not take the knowledge you have received, that there is money, One Million Dollars in this Briefcase, and APPLY it to all your needs, you will never get out of the Situation you are in.Your Electric has been turned off. You have no running Water. Nothing to eat. You are about to lose your Home. Even though, you have the answers to all your financial problems right here.

This {Holding up the Bible} has more than a Million Dollars in it. Remember God said?
"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." {Proverbs 8:10-11}
This is the Wisdom of God. Pure, Unadulterated, Holy, Righteous, Life-Saving, Life Changing, Life-Sustaining, Wisdom of God.

However? Just like that Briefcase, if you do not open this up, and apply what is in it, you will never get out of the Situation you are in. Let's continue in Proverbs 8. This is Wisdom talking. Verse 12-on
"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly. I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice, I granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.

The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.

And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”
It is all in here. Everything you need. But without applying it in your life, what benefit do you have? It is like you have resources to assist someone, and yet you are not assisting them. It is like you have the Briefcase and you say "There is One Million Dollars in this Briefcase. I love you. I understand that you have some issues that this will help with. Your Electric has been turned off. You have no running Water. Nothing to eat. You are about to lose your Home." Yet, you do not give them the Briefcase. Look at James 2:15-17
"If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
The same applies to this. {The Bible} This in your life. You can know what it says. But have you applied what it says to your life? Of course the most obvious is this. We read, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2: 8-14, John 1, John 3:16-18, Matthew 28:5-6, John 20:27-29, Romans 10:9-10 Etc. Yet, we do not apply that Wisdom to our own lives. In other words, for whatever reason, we decide that Jesus is NOT the answer and we CHOSE to reject Him and His Sacrifice. We will never go to Heaven. This will be us when we stand before God. Matthew 7:21-23
"Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"
Or we can apply this Wisdom to Pray this Prayer,

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

And be Adopted into the Family of God,
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together." {Romans 8:14-17}
That is a BIG difference in Applying and not. Heaven or Hell. Saved or lost. But this whole thing {The Bible} is filled with the Love of God towards us. He wants us to get out of the Situations in Life that we have found ourselves in. He wants us to stop worrying about the cares of this World. He wants us to start trusting Him. He has given us the Briefcase. All we have to do is, open it, and apply it to our needs.

Want to get over morning for someone lost? God has Wisdom for that.
Want a Happy Family? God has Wisdom for that.
Want little to no Fear in your Life? God has Wisdom for that.
Want no fear of Death? God has Wisdom for that.
Got any Question? God has Wisdom for that.

Open this up. Apply it to your Life. Just like that Briefcase, this will do you no good whatsoever, if you do not open it up, and take it out, and apply it to your Life. Seriously. Let us deal with the Biggest one. The most important one. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray.

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

Now the rest is on you. Open this up. Take it out. Apply it to your everyday Life. It will find it a lot easier with the Wisdom of God than you ever will, the Wisdom of the World.

If you share with me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord.

Faith, Part 2

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