Saturday, December 9, 2023

Satan in Matthew 4, 9of9

~ Satan Departs ~

 

Series Note:  Matthew 4 is a well-known chapter which gives an account of Satan tempting Jesus Christ in the wilderness.  There has been a lot written and discussed regarding these three temptations (the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life). 

 

While the study of Matthew 4 is a rich study regarding our Savior Jesus Christ it also allows us to have insight into some of Satan’s abilities and actions.  This series contains nine examples which make it clear that Satan is a real personality. 

 

Scripture ~ “Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him” (Matthew 4:1-11).

 

Scripture 2 ~ “Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Lament and mourn and weep!  Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:7-10).

 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.

 

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Friday, December 8, 2023

Fool Characteristics, 37

~ Don’t Honor A Fool ~

 

Series Note  ~  In this series we look at some of the passages in the Book of Proverbs – wise sayings that are generally true – that describe a fool from God’s perspective.  Some may surprise you. 

 

Chapter Note  ~  Eleven of the first twelve verses of Proverbs 26 contain a comment about fools (only verse 2 does not).

 

Scripture  ~  “Like one who binds a stone in a sling is he who gives honor to a fool” (Proverbs 26:8).

 

Important Truth  ~  “The fool has said in his heart, ‘there is no God’” (Psalm 53:1a).

 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.

 

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Bible Answer, 114

~ Did You Get It Right? ~

 

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question:  What was the first command of God to mankind?

 

answer:  Be fruitful and multiply.  

 

“Then God said, ‘Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.’  So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind.  And God saw that it was good.  And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’  So the evening and the morning were the fifth day” (Genesis 1:20-23).

 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

God Attribute, 97

~ God Remembers ~

 

This Series  ~  This series of posts looks at some of the many attributes of God.  Generally, we move in alphabetical order.

 

Scripture  ~  “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:9).

 

“He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the Word which He commanded, for a thousand generations” (Psalm 105:7-8).

 

“God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob” (Exodus 2:24-25).

 

God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb” (Genesis 30:22).

 

“As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:13-14).

 

Comment  ~  Question: Some may ask, What about the Biblical verses which seem to indicate that God will not remember?

 

“No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).

 

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).

 

Answer: We know that 1) Scripture is consistent and does not contradict itself, 2) Scripture interprets itself, 3) God is omniscient (all-knowing) which seems to contradict these verses. The reality is that these verses are more accurately translated into English as “will no longer hold against you” as opposed to “will remember no more.” 

 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.

 

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

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Bible Question, 114

 ~ Test Your Bible Knowledge ~

 

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question:  What was the first command of God to mankind?

 

Please provide your answer in the comments below!

 

The answer will be provided in a future blog.

 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.

 

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Monday, December 4, 2023

The Christian Walk, 4

~ Walk In The Spirit ~

 

Series Introduction  ~  The New Testament has much to say about how a believer should live their life.  Christians should never have to guess about the life that pleases God.  In this series we look at a variety of passages that speak about the Christian walk on earth. 

 

Scripture  ~ “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).

 

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” (Galatians 5:16-18).

 

Additional Scripture  ~  “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:1-8).

 

Comment  ~  In our last two posts in this series we were instructed to walk with God our Heavenly Father—the first member of the Trinity… and to walk with Jesus Christ, our Savior—the second member of the Trinity.  Now in this post we are to walk with the Spirit of God—the third member of the Trinity. 

 

Quote  ~  “To walk with someone means you are aware of their presence.  And this is true with God.  If you’re to walk with Him, you must be continually aware of His presence.” —Kay Smith {Pleasing God)

 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.

 

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