Week of February 26-March 2, 2018




For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16   


God so loved the world that He gave to the world His inheritance. Did you know that a man's only son is his sole heir? God the Father gave His sole heir in exchange for the whole world. That means that He gave His best to us when we were at our worst. Remember the prodigal son's father? He re-established the covenant with his son when his son felt that he was not worthy to be as one of the hired servants. That's the love of God. It finds you when you are at your worst and gives you God's best. How wonderful to serve a God of love. But then this God of love is capable of hate. This is not so hard to understand. For hate is the antithesis of love. If love is on a continuum, then hate must be at the other end of love. Hate comes to judge deeds not done out of love. If God is love, then He must have hate to cause an end to love. If He did not, He would be capable of embracing every kind of behavior without discrimination. He would negate His holiness if He did not hate certain things. Ecclesiastes 3:8 says that there is a time to hate. God hates when certain abominable behaviors are exhibited. He loves the world, but hates worldly deeds. He loves the sinner, but hates the sin.          



            If you are in need of healing, there is good news!

                                 Proverbs 4:20-22 says:

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.


So there is life and health in God's word. Since God's word is medicine, we must take it like we would a prescription. I suggest three times a day, like you would your food. Remember, healing is the children's bread. Consider this your "dose" for today.
Remember, read, and meditate three times a day the following:

Ezekiel 16:6 ~  And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, “Live”; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, “Live.”   

"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim. 2:15

If you've never studied the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, we invite you to join us as we read through the Bible in a year. Read and meditate on these chapters today:

**February 26 --- Exodus 9, Luke 12, Job 27, 1 Corinthians 13
**February 27 --- Exodus 10, Luke 13, Job 28, 1 Corinthians 14
**February 28 --- Exodus 11:1-12:21, Luke 14, Job 29, 1 Corinthians 15
**March 1 --- Exodus 12:22-51, Luke 15, Job 30, 1 Corinthians 16
**March 2 --- Exodus 13, Luke 16, Job 31, 2 Corinthians 1
**March 3 --- Exodus 14, Luke 17, Job 32, 2 Corinthians 2
**March 4 --- Exodus 15, Luke 18, Job 33, 2 Corinthians 3


These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him
Proverbs 6:16


There are seven things that are an abomination to God. An abomination is something that is thoroughly detestable and utterly disagreeable. In other words, these are things that God does not like at all. There is nothing good about these things. This is a good attitude to have. It means that whenever these behaviors are exhibited, we don't have to think about, pray about or try to get a word concerning them other than what is written. We can be like God and have our minds already made up as to how we feel about these things. Many times our biggest problem is that we have never made our minds up about certain behaviors. How we feel sometimes depends on who is doing them. I am amazed at the number of preachers who get divorced and remarried and in their pride never stop preaching, seek counseling or just go drive a cab. Christians complain at the high divorce rate, but if Pastor So-and-So does it, "God understands. We can't judge." Well, God can. And the beauty of it is, He's already judged sin and abominable behavior. He expects us to be the same way. How easy it would be for us as Christians to have our minds made up about abominable things before we get into situations. How easy it is to stay married if we decide before we get married that divorce will never be an option. We don't have to keep deciding about it. We consider it an abomination, and that's the end of it.


A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood
Proverbs 6:17   


A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood. These are all manifestations of iniquity. The bible says that pride goes before a fall. God hates pride because it has been judged by His holiness to be an abomination. He looks at pride and sees no way to get through to the person inside. He sees one who cannot yield to Him, but who has to see that pride will not profit him. A lying tongue cannot bless anybody. People are blessed by truth, not lies. God's word is truth. It sanctifies us and makes us holy, as He is holy. God blesses us when we are like Him. Lies keep us out of the presence of God. He cannot abide in lies. Hands that murder innocently are hands that take on a power greater than the Creator. God never takes an innocent life, nor has He ever commanded that the innocent be killed. His laws provide for punishment for the guilty, only. Those who are innocent are protected and vindicated by the Lord. He is the God of justice and He will avenge the innocent blood. When Abel was murdered by his brother Cain, his blood cried out to God from the ground. It cried for vengeance. Can we imagine the cry from the earth in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on 9/11? God will stop all abominations and punish the guilty.


An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief
Proverbs 6:18


The heart that devises wickedness is also hated by God. As Christians we should hate these things, also. When we are mistreated by others, because they have devised wicked deeds to do against us, this is despised by God. He knows the intent of everybody's heart, and He knows our deeds before we do them. But God not only hates these deeds because of those against whom they are devised, but He hates these thoughts, period. Once, God looked down upon the earth and saw that man was exceedingly wicked. It was at that time that He brought the great flood, and saved only eight people. Wicked imaginations are already judged by God. God hates feet that run swiftly to do mischief. People who have wickedness in their hearts move quickly when given an opportunity to carry out evil deeds. I remember when we were kids in school. Whenever a fight would break out some children ran towards the trouble, others ran away from it. Kids who ran quickly to the fight usually incited the fight. God hates these things. How many idle people wait around for opportunities to do evil? From children in schoolyards to gang members to gangsters to terrorists, God hates people who run to trouble. He loves the peacemakers.  


A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Proverbs 6:19


God hates those who lie on or about others. God has established laws that establish truth in the mouths of two or three witnesses. Giving a true witness is important to any judicial process. A system is only as good as the integrity of the people who use the system. God hates lies and cover-ups. When we impeached a president several years ago, we found that he lied when first asked about his relationship with a young intern. Then he devised an elaborate scheme to cover up the lie by trying to redefine words. How pitiful. God still hates that kind of behavior, whether it comes from a President or a prisoner. Of course lies lead to discord. Discord is really disharmony or disagreement. When these seeds are sown among the brethren, God is particularly angry. He has called us to function in unity and agreement and harmony with Him. Without this harmony, we cannot get much work done for Him in the earth. God hates persons who sow discord among His people. There is greater power and anointing in an atmosphere of peace and unity.

As Christians we need to make up our minds how we feel about things based on how God feels about them. It will help us avoid confusion and keep us on the right side. In any conflict or war, we want to be on the Lord's side.           


"Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee." 
Psalm 143:8

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