So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
James 1:22 -25But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.
But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.
And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.
And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence. The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Thoughts On Baptism
Water baptism is not required for salvation but is a picture of the baptism that happens in our heart when Jesus enters in. The Bible says we are dead to God without the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Saviour. When Jesus comes into our heart upon belief, He is the living water that cleanseth us from all sin. Baptism is not required for salvation but is required as a way to confess Christ before all men. It is a picture that they have arose to a new life in Christ from the dead spiritually and made alive to God. It is a picture of what happens inside of you on the acceptance of Christ. Jesus died for our sins and then He arose after 3 days. Before we were saved it was as though we were dead. God calls it dead in our sins. Jesus was dead in the grave. We were "quickened" made alive, at the acceptance of Christ and our blind eyes were opened to the things of God. Just as Jesus arose from the dead. We became a new creature in Christ, our sins were forgiven and washed by the shed blood of Christ. the Bible say " The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sins." He said, "It is finished" at the cross. That means, the work required to save you and I, was already done. No other work on our part is required for us to be saved. If not, then His job was not finished and that part of God's word would not be true. God does want us to be Baptized, but as an act of obedience and a testimony of what Christ did in your heart, it is to be done openly, as to say to the world, I'm baptized today in the likeness of Jesus' death and I arise to a New Life, in the likeness of the resurrection of Christ. It should be your first step of obedience, a willingness to humble yourself and be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, as a living testament into the family God.
Jesus took our place upon the cross and literally took upon himself the sins of the whole world, but the blood is only applied to those who genuinely believe upon Christ and what He did upon the cross and his resurrection. They must believe and accept him as Saviour and Lord of their lives. Admit that they need His forgiveness and desire a relationship with Him as their Father in heaven. Believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
January 14, 2017
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
\ And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; s
Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
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