10/13/11

How to read a book...


Yesterday I went to Facebook as I usually do and I saw a picture that a friend of mine named Dawn had posted and here it is.  A clever picture, but one that does not HAVE TO BE TRUE.  Why?  Because it is all in the details of who is asking you to read.  Consider, God is in heaven and teaches you what you need to know.  It comes from heaven and down to you.  Now, read the picture from the top down.  Next, Realize picture Satan in HELL and looking up.  His message to you is designed to be the exact OPPOSITE of what God has said.  Read the message from the bottom UP.  This reminds me of something that was discussed in the Bible class last night.  When someone is baptized, Satan enters the picture and tries to turn the situation around.  This is what happened...

Matthew 3:13-17 (WEB)
13) Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
14) But John would have hindered him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”
15) But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.
16) Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him.
17) Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 4:1-11 (WEB)
1) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2) When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward.
3) The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4) But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
5) Then the devil took him into the holy city. He set him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6) and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will put his angels in charge of you.’ and, ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you don’t dash your foot against a stone.’”
7) Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written, ‘You shall not test the Lord, your God.’”
8) Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory.
9) He said to him, “I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me.”
10) Then Jesus said to him, “Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.’”
11) Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and served him.


Satan will look for the best moment to try to twist your thinking; when you are the most vulnerable and therefore the most susceptible to flawed reasoning.  He looked at Jesus' situation and saw danger, hunger and helplessness and attacked on all three fronts.  Satan knows that communication between married couples can be quite a problem and as a result attempts to twist the way God wants our lives to read.  Do your marriage a favor, listen to God.  You won't be sorry; on the contrary, you may wind up happily married for many decades.  Now, that's a book that I want to read!!!

OT Bible Reading 10/13

Oct. 13
Proverbs 12-14

Pro 12:1 Whoever loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
Pro 12:2 A good man shall obtain favor from Yahweh, but he will condemn a man of wicked devices.
Pro 12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
Pro 12:4 A worthy woman is the crown of her husband, but a disgraceful wife is as rottenness in his bones.
Pro 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
Pro 12:6 The words of the wicked are about lying in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.
Pro 12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are no more, but the house of the righteous shall stand.
Pro 12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom, but he who has a warped mind shall be despised.
Pro 12:9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed, and has a servant, than he who honors himself, and lacks bread.
Pro 12:10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
Pro 12:11 He who tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he who chases fantasies is void of understanding.
Pro 12:12 The wicked desires the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.
Pro 12:13 An evil man is trapped by sinfulness of lips, but the righteous shall come out of trouble.
Pro 12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth. The work of a man's hands shall be rewarded to him.
Pro 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who is wise listens to counsel.
Pro 12:16 A fool shows his annoyance the same day, but one who overlooks an insult is prudent.
Pro 12:17 He who is truthful testifies honestly, but a false witness lies.
Pro 12:18 There is one who speaks rashly like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise heals.
Pro 12:19 Truth's lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only momentary.
Pro 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but joy comes to the promoters of peace.
Pro 12:21 No mischief shall happen to the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil.
Pro 12:22 Lying lips are an abomination to Yahweh, but those who do the truth are his delight.
Pro 12:23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge, but the hearts of fools proclaim foolishness.
Pro 12:24 The hands of the diligent ones shall rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.
Pro 12:25 Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, but a kind word makes it glad.
Pro 12:26 A righteous person is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Pro 12:27 The slothful man doesn't roast his game, but the possessions of diligent men are prized.
Pro 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; in its path there is no death.
Pro 13:1 A wise son listens to his father's instruction, but a scoffer doesn't listen to rebuke.
Pro 13:2 By the fruit of his lips, a man enjoys good things; but the unfaithful crave violence.
Pro 13:3 He who guards his mouth guards his soul. One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Pro 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing, but the desire of the diligent shall be fully satisfied.
Pro 13:5 A righteous man hates lies, but a wicked man brings shame and disgrace.
Pro 13:6 Righteousness guards the way of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
Pro 13:7 There are some who pretend to be rich, yet have nothing. There are some who pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.
Pro 13:8 The ransom of a man's life is his riches, but the poor hear no threats.
Pro 13:9 The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
Pro 13:10 Pride only breeds quarrels, but with ones who take advice is wisdom.
Pro 13:11 Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away, but he who gathers by hand makes it grow.
Pro 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when longing is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.
Pro 13:13 Whoever despises instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command will be rewarded.
Pro 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a spring of life, to turn from the snares of death.
Pro 13:15 Good understanding wins favor; but the way of the unfaithful is hard.
Pro 13:16 Every prudent man acts from knowledge, but a fool exposes folly.
Pro 13:17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy gains healing.
Pro 13:18 Poverty and shame come to him who refuses discipline, but he who heeds correction shall be honored.
Pro 13:19 Longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.
Pro 13:20 One who walks with wise men grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
Pro 13:21 Misfortune pursues sinners, but prosperity rewards the righteous.
Pro 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored for the righteous.
Pro 13:23 An abundance of food is in poor people's fields, but injustice sweeps it away.
Pro 13:24 One who spares the rod hates his son, but one who loves him is careful to discipline him.
Pro 13:25 The righteous one eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.
Pro 14:1 Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
Pro 14:2 He who walks in his uprightness fears Yahweh, but he who is perverse in his ways despises him.
Pro 14:3 The fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.
Pro 14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean, but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
Pro 14:5 A truthful witness will not lie, but a false witness pours out lies.
Pro 14:6 A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesn't find it, but knowledge comes easily to a discerning person.
Pro 14:7 Stay away from a foolish man, for you won't find knowledge on his lips.
Pro 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.
Pro 14:9 Fools mock at making atonement for sins, but among the upright there is good will.
Pro 14:10 The heart knows its own bitterness and joy; he will not share these with a stranger.
Pro 14:11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
Pro 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Pro 14:13 Even in laughter the heart may be sorrowful, and mirth may end in heaviness.
Pro 14:14 The unfaithful will be repaid for his own ways; likewise a good man will be rewarded for his ways.
Pro 14:15 A simple man believes everything, but the prudent man carefully considers his ways.
Pro 14:16 A wise man fears, and shuns evil, but the fool is hotheaded and reckless.
Pro 14:17 He who is quick to become angry will commit folly, and a crafty man is hated.
Pro 14:18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Pro 14:19 The evil bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
Pro 14:20 The poor person is shunned even by his own neighbor, but the rich person has many friends.
Pro 14:21 He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who has pity on the poor.
Pro 14:22 Don't they go astray who plot evil? But love and faithfulness belong to those who plan good.
Pro 14:23 In all hard work there is profit, but the talk of the lips leads only to poverty.
Pro 14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches, but the folly of fools crowns them with folly.
Pro 14:25 A truthful witness saves souls, but a false witness is deceitful.
Pro 14:26 In the fear of Yahweh is a secure fortress, and he will be a refuge for his children.
Pro 14:27 The fear of Yahweh is a fountain of life, turning people from the snares of death.
Pro 14:28 In the multitude of people is the king's glory, but in the lack of people is the destruction of the prince.
Pro 14:29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a quick temper displays folly.
Pro 14:30 The life of the body is a heart at peace, but envy rots the bones.
Pro 14:31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy honors him.
Pro 14:32 The wicked is brought down in his calamity, but in death, the righteous has a refuge.
Pro 14:33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, and is even made known in the inward part of fools.
Pro 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
Pro 14:35 The king's favor is toward a servant who deals wisely, but his wrath is toward one who causes shame.

NT Bible Reading 10/13

Oct. 13
Ephesians 4

Eph 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called,
Eph 4:2 with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love;
Eph 4:3 being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling;
Eph 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Eph 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all.
Eph 4:7 But to each one of us was the grace given according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Eph 4:8 Therefore he says, "When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men."
Eph 4:9 Now this, "He ascended," what is it but that he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
Eph 4:10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
Eph 4:11 He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers;
Eph 4:12 for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ;
Eph 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
Eph 4:14 that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error;
Eph 4:15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, Christ;
Eph 4:16 from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love.
Eph 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,
Eph 4:18 being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts;
Eph 4:19 who having become callous gave themselves up to lust, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Eph 4:20 But you did not learn Christ that way;
Eph 4:21 if indeed you heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus:
Eph 4:22 that you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man, that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit;
Eph 4:23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Eph 4:24 and put on the new man, who in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.
Eph 4:25 Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak truth each one with his neighbor. For we are members of one another.
Eph 4:26 "Be angry, and don't sin." Don't let the sun go down on your wrath,
Eph 4:27 neither give place to the devil.
Eph 4:28 Let him who stole steal no more; but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have something to give to him who has need.
Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for building up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Eph 4:30 Don't grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry, and slander, be put away from you, with all malice.
Eph 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you.