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Saturday, June 24, 2017, 04:08 | No Comments »
Matthew 10:32-42
Whoever will confess me before men, I will confess him also before my Father which is in heaven.
But whoever will deny me before men, him I will also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Don’t think that I am come to send peace into the earth, but the sword.
For I have come to set a man at conflict against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
And a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.
For the one that loves father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me.
And the one that loves son, or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me.
And the one that does not take his cross, and follow after me, is not worthy of me.
He that will find his life will lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake will find it.
The ones that receive you receive me: and the ones that receive me receive Him that sent me.
The one that receives a Prophet in the name of a Prophet will receive a Prophet’s reward: and the one that receives a righteous man, in the name of a righteous man, will receive the reward of a righteous man.
And whoever will give to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, in the name of a disciple, I truly say to you, he will not lose his reward.
 
Giving of life,
to confess Jesus before others is giving your life,
to give of what you have is giving your life,
being aware of the needs of others and doing what you can to meet that need is giving of your life.
 
The lord said that the greatest gift a man can give for another is his life, if we are truly relying on and trusting in Christ for of all are needs and desires, giving of or losing our lives will mean nothing for our whole purpose will be to give, give our lives first to God than for others.
 
So try this spend today, stand firm in Christ, don't compromise your faith when others disagree with Gods word, trying not to hold on to everything as if it is your life try not being selfish, let go trust God and give of your life so you can find true eternal life.
 
 

Friday, June 23, 2017, 04:20 | No Comments »
Matthew 6:22-25
The light of the body is the eye: if then your eye is single set upon, and focused on Christ, your whole body will be light.
But if your eye is wicked looking after and desiring wicked things, then all your body will be dark.
 
So if that that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness?
For no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will lean to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches.
 
Therefore I say to you, don’t be concerned for your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink: or for your body, what you will put on. Is not the life given to you by the Father worth more than meat, and the body worth more than clothing?
 
 

When our eye is set on things of this earth our heart will be pulled away from the Father and darkness will creep in and as we allow it to sin will; dominate our lives and thinking our life’s will be darkness. And the world around us will not see Christ. they will see that we are more concerned about things of this world what we will eat, what we wear, what we live in, stuff and things.

To have a drive to have the perfect looking home or clothing shows a dependency on self rather than the Father, for if you aere trusting in the Father you will not worry if your home or your clothing is like everyone else’s.

The secret (be content with what you have been given by the Father, spend your time serving God instead of your own desirers and things).

When most Christians to day think of sin they think of the so called big ones, the actions like stealing, murder, adultery,

But Jesus said that our thoughts life is just as important as our actions, and the sin of a bad heart, greedy, hateful attitude, lust are just as much of a sin. And will fill our lives with darkness, for when our minds are filled with these things we cannot be thinking of the Father and His love.

If we do not put God first in our lives and love Him with all our heart soul, and mind, but allow other things or people to become our focus we are sinning and allowing darkness to overtake us.

And we will not

  • Love our fellow man as our self’s
  • We will have other gods before Christ
  • We will have idols and worship then
  • and we will end up taking the name of the Lord our God in vain
  • we will forget the Sabbath day, and will not keep it holy
  • we will have no honor for father and mother
  • we will commit murder, perhaps only in our minds but we will
  • we will commit adultery, also perhaps only in our minds
  • we will steal maybe not stuff and things but we will steal our love from God
  • we will bear false witness
  • and yes we will covet our neighbor and the things he possess.
By keeping our eye on Christ, putting Him before everyone and everything in our lives, our body (our being) will be light to this world and draw others to Him. Like a moth to a light.
 
So: let your lite shin before men so that your heavenly Father may be glorified.
 
 
 
Tomorrow: have you found your life?

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 06:52 | No Comments »

That you may be the children of your Father that is in heaven

Matthew 5:43-44
You have heard that it hath been said, you are to love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.
But I am telling you, 
Love your enemies: bless them that curse you: do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which hurt you, and persecute you,
That you may be the children of your father that is in heaven:     for He makes His sun to arise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and unjust.
 
For if you love those, that love you, what rewards will you have? Isn’t that what the politicians and tax collectors do?
And if you be friendly to only your brethren, what singular thing do you do more than them?
For isn’t that what they do also?
 
So then, Love your enemies: bless them that curse you: do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which hurt you, and persecute you,
And be perfect, as your Father which is in heaven, is perfect.
Rather self-explanatory no big mystery to what Jesus has said.
 
 
Tomorrow; the eye

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 05:03 | No Comments »
Matthew 22:36-40
Jesus was asked;
Master, which is the great commandment in the Law?
Jesus said to him;

You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind.
This is the first and the greatest commandment.
And the second is like it,
You are to love your neighbor as yourself.
On these two commandments hangs the whole Law and the Prophets.

 
This is also said in Matthew 22: 36-40 and referred to in Mark 12:30-31
 
Matthew 5:16-20
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.
Don’t think that I have come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy them, but to fulfill them.
For truly I say to you, till heaven and earth perish, not one jot or one tittle of the Law shall escape, not until all things are fulfilled.
 
Therefore whoever will break even one of these least commandments, and others also to break them, he will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whoever will observe and teach them, they will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
 
For I say to you, except your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
 
From what i have come to understand the Scribes and Pharisees keep and held to the commandments but did not have love one for another and that we can surpass their righteousness by living a life built on a foundation of love with Christ as the cornerstone. In John 15: 9 Jesus tells us how it works:
    
       As the father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue in that my love. If you will keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. For no greater love than this hath any man, as when a man gives his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do as I tell you, and keep My commandments.
 
Jesus does what the Father has told Him to do, and we are to do as Christ Jesus tells us to do!
Now at this point we need to ask ourselves,
do we truly love Christ,
or do we love self?
How to tell? If you put yourself, your wants, your desires before any other, love is not fulfilled in your life, and the degree of that self-worth is a great gauge as to how much you truly love or don’t love Christ.
For if you are putting yourself before others you cannot fulfill what Jesus tells us is The Greatest Commandment.
And that is to;
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind.
This is the first and the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You are to love your neighbor as yourself.
 
Conclusion;
   We are to keep the Lords commandments
  1. We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind
  2. We are to love our fellow man as our self’s
  3. You are to have no other gods before Me
  4. You are not to make any idols nor worship then
  5. You are not to take the name of the Lord your God in vain
  6. You are to remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy
  7. You are to honor your father and mother
  8. you are not to commit murder
  9. you are not to commit adultery
  10. you are not steal
  11. you are not to bear false witness
  12. you are not to covet your neighbor or anything he may poses
if you follow the a simple guide-line (1-12), and your life is in Christ and His love is in you, but if you won’t allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into walking in God’s love you will be without true love and without love you are no better than the scribes and Pharisees! For deeds without love are done for selfish gain. i may not kill my neighbor with a knife or gun, but if i have heat in my heart towards him, have i done any better, if i use all my positions and have my friends over for a big dinner but leave the one in need setting out on the corner starving, have i truly done a good thing, do i truly have compaction? Do I really understand love? The answer would be No.
 
 
more tomorrow

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 02:50 | No Comments »
Colossians 3
Then if you have risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God.
 
Set your affections on things that are above, and not on things that are on the earth.
For if you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ which is our life, will appear, then will you also appear with him in glory.
 
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body’s which are on the earth, as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
For you should have as little desire for the things of this world as a dead man, so ride yourself of; all fornication; immorality uncleanness; impurity the inordinate affection; wrong passion evil concupiscence; evil desire and covetousness; greed which is idolatry.
 
For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.
In these things you also walked in once, when you lived in them. But now you also should put away even all these things,
wrath,
anger,
maliciousness,
cursed speaking; slander
and filthy; abusive speaking out of your mouth.
 
Do not lie to one another: if you have put off the old man with his evil habits, And have put on the new life, which is renewed in the true knowledge after the image of him that created you,
The new body where there is no difference between Greek or Jew, circumcision or uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, a slave, or a free man: But Christ is all, and in all things.
 
Now then as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of;
mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering: being merciful to one another, and forgiving one another,
if any man has a quarrel with another: even as Christ forgave you, you are to forgive them.
And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, for you are all called in to one body; and be thankful:
Let the word of Christ abundantly dwell in you, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing your own selves, in Psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness and grace in your hearts to the Lord,
And whatever you will do, in word or deed, do it all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
As Christians we should have as little desire for the things of this world as a dead man.
But what do we desire? A new or bigger home, a new or bigger vehicle, that latest gadget or toy, clothing, tools, books, texting, fame, glory, power, wealth; a bank account, a retirement fund, that person, that thing; whatever it is we are to let it go and only desire Christ and the Father.
Doesn’t matter what it is for if we think we need anything beyond God and His love we are deceived. For that the Lord God is our provider, yes but He is also our provision, and beyond Him we have need of nothing. We are to put off, stay away from all fornication, immoral thoughts and acts, anything impure, improper affection, evil desires, greed, wrath anger, malice, slander, and abusive speech from our mouths.
 
And we are to nourish and develop a heart of mercies, compassion and kindness, we are to live in humility, we are to be meek, gentle and patience, longsuffering: being merciful to one another, and forgiving one another,
 
It seems like love to me, for if we are what 1st Corinthians 13 says love is, if we were living in that manner, all of the above would be taken care of.
 
What is LOVE
1st Corinthians 13:
Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is not jealous
Love does not brag
Love is not arrogant
Love does not act unbecomingly
Love does not seek its own
Love is not provoked
Love does not take into account a wrong suffered
Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth
Love bears all things
Love believes all things
Love hopes all things
Love endures all things.
Love never does fall away,
even if prophesying’s was abolished, or the speaking in tongues cease, or knowledge vanish away.
 
For now we only know in part, and we only prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect, is come, then that which is in part will be abolished.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child: I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see as through a darkened glass: but then we will see face to face. For now I know in part: but then I will know even as I am known. And now abide faith, hope and love, even these three: but the greatest of these is love.
Love is rather important to Christ; it seems to be the greatest Commandment. Our affections should be for the Father, Christ and to live within His guidance and teachings as we are guided by the Holy Spirit. And sense the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all one and Christ is love, then that leads me to believe that we are to be love to this world just as Christ has love towards us.
 
 
Tommorow;  The Greatest Commandment



Hodgepenny

As time went on He just sat, knoqing, knowing what no one else seemed to know.

But staring in to the red leave's He knew spring was on it's way, and that His life would go on as He reflected on the Love He had felt.

And that no mater how the lonely streets desended upon Him He would continue to shin, as He sat their He could be heard sining softly to Himself,   This little light of mine.

Hodgepenny's philosphy has always been take care of home first, only give to those who are truly in need, never, No never take anything that you have not earned. always spend as much time with the Father ae you can, for His love will guide and keep you through all things, and this will make your life better than great.



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