2019 Yesterday I watched Barry Bennett’s lessons on Galatians and
learned that I need to get revelation knowledge for myself for healing and
financial matters. Today I read Mark 5 and Romans 8 together. I prayed for
revelation knowledge. Here is a summary of what I received after a morning of
reading and meditating on the words of God.
Three kinds of physical healings are recorded here: a man in mental agony and torment, a woman with chronic disease, and a dying girl (who died before Jesus could get there. Of course, Jesus raised her from the dead when He arrived).
The place: the man was isolated in a remote place (in the tombs); the woman was mingling in the crowd; the girl was very sick, lying in bed at home with her family and relatives.
No doubt I have some special talents and skills. Some accumulated with experience, study and practice. The disciples too. Jesus knew. Mark 9:33-34 recorded this realistic scene. Jesus knew they were disputing among themselves who would be the greatest. I can imagine the conversation among them:
Peter: I should be the
leader. I am always the leader and spokesman. I have the revelation knowledge.
I was the first to declare that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God,
and that Jesus has the words of eternal life. (John 6:68-69)
John: I am the chosen
one. I am the beloved of Jesus. Jesus let me lay on His bosom. I can accurately
conceptualize and summarize the essence of the words He has spoken. In fact, I
know Jesus best. I have a better and more complete in depth revelation
knowledge of God and Jesus, the Son of God. I even recorded down Who He said He
really is. I believe in every word He has spoken. I believe Jesus trusts me
most and will entrust His mother to my care if in need.
James: I should be the
commander in chief. I am fiery and unafraid of evil. I can call down fire to
burn those who oppose Jesus! I am in the Lord’s inner circle of three (Peter,
John and James) and saw Jesus’ glory on the mountain of transfiguration!
Philip: I managed to
convince the skeptical Nathanael to join us here! I am the first evangelist! I
am good in economics, market prices and figures too. I make sure I stay quite
close to Jesus so I can ask Him stuff and also serve Him. For example, Jesus
asked me where we shall buy bread. I am the one who knew how much it would cost
to feed five thousand. (John 6:5, 7) I am the first cross-cultured missionary.
The Greeks come to me so I can bring them to Jesus.
Andrew: I. I am the
first evangelist. I went and persuaded Peter to join. Remember? I am a
populist. The little boy came to me and offered his five barley loaves and two
small fish. See, how popular I am? The Greeks look for Philip but Philip still
has to find me to bring them together to Jesus. (John 12:20-22)
Matthew: Stop. I am the
most qualified and experienced in crucial departments: accounting, tax evasion
investigation, inland revenue and custom duties collection, reports writing
etc. I am also most well versed in Moses’ laws and Jewish tradition and
Thomas: I am the
realist. You need to be realistic and demand the specific practical evidence
and details. You must doubt and challenge everything before you can be an
effective leader. Never take things at face value. I make sure we clarify and
know what Jesus is talking about and the exact route we can use to go where He
is going. (John 14:5, 20:24-29) but I have loyalty. I am willing to die with
Jesus. (John 11:16)
Nathanael: I am the man
of integrity. Jesus said so!
Judas Iscariot: I am the
man of the highest integrity. See, you all entrusted me to keep your money box.
I even have the discretion to give to the poor, take and spend what I need to.
I also have friends in the high places, like the Chief Priests and the
James son of Alphaeus,
Thaddaeus, and Simon the Patriot: We are the true disciples. Action speaks
louder than mere words. The Master (Jesus) sent us out, gave us authority and
power to go preach the kingdom of God, heal the sick and cast out demons. We
did that faithfully. Leaders are action and performance-oriented, with evidence
In conclusion, I should not be thinking that Jesus is merely talking to His disciples. I too, like the disciples above, could make assumptions about my human abilities and qualifications when I lapse into self-engrossment and human efforts even though I do not vie for any leadership position. Jesus was not against His disciples performing well and becoming leaders. But at that time they missed the whole point about His life ministry, which is not a kingdom on earth. And His successors are to make disciples of all nations. This mission is to be fulfilled by His followers until He returns.
Definition of a disciple:
This is the definition of a disciple. A disciple is a person who continues in God’s Word until they experience freedom. Put together with John 15:8, where Jesus said a disciple is one who bears much fruit, we can say that a disciple is someone who continues in God’s Word until they are free and it can be witnessed in their lives as fruit. (Andrew Wommack)
“I am called to be a helper!” A successful professional communicator with over forty years of track-record in the field, declared. I was listening to the introductory lesson of a media class partial recording and heard this utterance by the instructor. This unexpected remark answered my earlier secret question, “Lord, where is my direction? I seem to have many gifts and yet no calling!” After being baptized with the Holy Spirit, I have been given some opportunities to be a “back-up” preacher, teacher and healer, manifesting the gifts of the Spirit and witnessing positive outcome. I have also enjoyed a variety of “chores”: from everything to do with writing, word processing and using a variety of media, to cooking and cleaning up for others in the ministry! What is my calling then? It never crossed my mind until now that there is an essential ministry called “Helps”!
The Holy Spirit –The Helper; God is a Helper
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Hebrews 13:5-6 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
The disciples as helpers in the ministry of othersindividually and corporately
1 Corinthians 12:27-29 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?
Romans 15:24 whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while.
2 Corinthians 1:15-16 And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit— 16 to pass by way of you to Macedonia, to come again from Macedonia to you, and be helped by you on my way to Judea
Romans 16:1-3 (Sister Phoebe Commended by Apostle Paul as a very important helper) I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 2 that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of manyand of myself also.
Philippians 4:2-4 Be United, Joyful, and in Prayer I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Footnotes: Philippians 4:3 NU, M Yes
The power of helpers in unison with God
2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (Helpers’ prayers in unison can effectively align with and supernaturally activate God’s will -Delivering others from suffering) 8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our [a]trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and [b]does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on [c]our behalf for the gift granted to us through many. Footnotes: a. 2 Corinthians 1:8 tribulation b. 2 Corinthians 1:10 NU shall c. 2 Corinthians 1:11 M your behalf
The Earth as a helperin a spiritual battle
Revelation 12:15-16 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
On 30th August 2013, while I was listening to the Spirit vs the flesh -the power of the Gospel, I encountered the spectacular shower of golden rays in my kitchen from the spiritual realm which manifested in the physical realm. It was not a vision. Because I used my mobile phone and video recorded the phenomena in visual and sound.
After that I let my house group and my family members watch it and confirmed.
Today I came across the teaching below: “Basics of Righteousness 8 of 8: Spirit vs. Flesh” on YouTube, which is the same as what I have recorded in my CD in 2013 and was listening to when the supernatural encounter happened –Spirit vs the flesh -the power of the Gospel. I would like to share with you this truth which set me and many others on the right track.
If you ask me to use one phrase to describe the most important thing in my life, I will say this without hesitation, “Our God is real and the Bible is real!”
Watch “Basics of Righteousness 8 of 8: Spirit vs. Flesh. Chinese subtitles.” on YouTube
Whilst no one can turn back the time for the dead, for those who are still alive and perhaps grieving, you may want to know more about resurrection. Resurrection from the dead is part of the doctrine of the first principles of Christ. It is an essential foundational truth of Christianity. The teaching of the resurrection is the one essential truth that separates Christianity from all other religions of the world. (Hebrews 6:1-3) Every man will live forever.
will live with God; some will live apart from God, but all will
The Bible records ten supernatural resurrections that returned the dead to human life. In addition to Jesus’ own resurrection, and “many bodies of the saints (believers) who had died were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many” (Matthew 27:51-52). The remaining eight resurrections are recorded in
1 Kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 4:32-37; 13:20-21; Luke 8:49–56; Luke 7:11-17; John 11:1-44; Acts 9:36-42; 20:7-12.
Jesus predicted his own resurrection: Matthew 17:22-23, “The Son of
Man is going to be handed over to the power of men, and they will kill him. And
on the third day he will be raised to life again.” This greatly distressed the
Jesus resurrected just as He said. (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-52; John 20:1-21:25)
Jesus Himself raised people from the dead: e.g. Lazarus (John 11:1-44),
Jairus’ Daughter (Luke 8:49–56) and Widow of Nain’s Son (Luke 7:11–17).
truth concerning Jesus’ resurrection:
Paul says that
the fact that Jesus was resurrected is the proof that He is the Son of God. Romans
1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness,
by the resurrection from the dead…” (KJV)
And the fact
that Jesus was raised from the dead is our guarantee that we have eternal life
through Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:14 And God both raised up the Lord and
will also raise us up by His power. (NKJV)
also said that the Holy Spirit was given to us as a deposit to guarantee our
eternal life. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 It is
God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has
commissioned us, 22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy
Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has
promised us. (NLT)
Jesus’ teaching on the facts of resurrection: Luke 20:34-38 (NKJV)
34 Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and
are given in marriage. 35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age,
and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36
nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God,
being sons of the resurrection. 37 But even Moses showed in the burning bush
passage that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord ‘the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 For He is not the God of the dead
but of the living, for all live to Him.”
The apostles also raised people from the dead:
Acts 9:36-42 (NLT) Apostle Peter resurrected Tabitha (Dorcas).
Acts 20:7-12 Apostle Paul resurrected Eutychus.
Old Testament Prophets raised people from the dead:
Widow of Zarephath’s Son raised by the prophet Elijah (1 King 17:17-24);
Shunammite Woman’s Son raised by the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 4:18-37); an
Israelite dead man’s body resurrected by touching prophet Elisha’s bones (2
Finally, there is hope for us as declared by the Apostle Paul in the
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 (NLT) 51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
1 Thessalonians 5:10 (NLT) Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.
Many tragedies occurred lately this 2019 Easter and Passover. I now recall reading this, “The big tragedy in the church today is that for the most part Christians major on and build their lives upon truths that are non-foundational or non-essentials.” The Bible teacher continued to state that “from the beginning it’s always been God’s intention that we be stable and well-balanced beings. It is not God’s will that we live unstable and unbalanced lives. This is not the quality of life that Jesus died to give us.” He said.
How may Christians live a balanced and stable quality life? Jesus came to give us truths (words) as our foundation to build our lives upon and not be shaken and fall. What are those word foundations? The teacher taught, “Righteousness by faith (Faith-Righteousness) is the cornerstone (or capstone) of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Why did God call Abraham righteous? Because he believed God. Likewise, we believe in Jesus whom God gave us through sacrificing His life for us and made us righteous before God by grace through faith. The teacher described the foundation truths as the vital signs of a person.
Daily we return to bed knowing how miraculous it has been that a day has passed and we are still alive. This is how many acknowledge these days.
What does Jesus say about living a good life with the right focus on earth? Let us read some of His words lest we forget.
Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” (Luke 6:9)
Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” (Luke 7:22)
“If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” (Luke 11:36)
Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” (Luke 12:15)
[ Teaching about Money and Possessions ] Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Luke 12:22-23,25)
“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware,” (Luke 21:34)
The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. (John 1:4)
For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants. “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! ” The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (John 5:21,39; 6:63)
[ Jesus, the Light of the World ] Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10)
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, ” (John 10:10,11,15,17-18,28)
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” (John 11:25)
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (John 14:6,20)
I just listened to an excellent teaching on “the power in time” by my favorite Bible teacher, considered one of the premium Bible teachers today. The subject is based on Ephesians 5:15-17, about how to walk as wise, redeeming the time. He teaches that time is a resource that impacts eternity. We can take from the eternal and sow into this temporal life, and from the temporal and sow into eternity. Some go through time, never redeeming one minute. How to redeem time? 1. Have the right attitude. Hebrews 11:1 (faith). 2. Do not look at the temporal. 2 Corinthians 4:18. We have spiritual eyeballs to choose to see through God’s words, our default, and expect God’s promises to be fully realized. 3. Perseverance. Galatians 6:9. Do not grow weary doing good, for in due season (time) we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
The above encouragement is timely as I am pondering on making a choice in what to major in third year. I just watched the presentation of the seven faculties to choose from. It is hard to make a decision at this moment. I have narrowed down the options to three. But it appears that all three are relevant to my future direction: ministry, business, and media school.
My mentor advises me to be patient and continue to finish my present year’s course and the Holy Spirit will guide me on the right choice. Has my fasting worked in terms of sharpening my spiritual hearing ability? I seem out of practice after having been so engrossed in busyness in chores, what with sudden landing of a young ward to serve for a season (time)… Alas. But I am determined to redeem time and sow into eternity come what may.
My generic guide: Bible verses from Luke 4:18
Luke 4:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me [a]to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are [b]oppressed;
I am fasting from the service of money. Lately I find that my increased focus on money has caused thorns and thistles to grow and choke the words in the soft garden of my heart. Thus, I have found an additional purpose to fast. I am fasting from the most prevalent worry of this world, the fear of a lack of money (Actually not for myself, ironically.) Like the Apostle Paul advised, “I train like a champion athlete. I subdue my body and get it under my control.” What has money got to do with subduing the body (physical)? For me and many other born again believers, we believe we need to hear God and receive wisdom to manage our lives on earth. God actually speaks through His revelation words and many other ways. When we are tied down in our physical needs and worrying and occupied mind we just cannot hear Him clearly and align with His plan accurately. Fasting is always accompanied with reading His words and praying. I pray this sharing of my experience encourages you to ponder over how you may hear God too.
Three types of fasting: Normal- Abstaining from food, solids, liquids except for water. Absolute – Abstaining from everything. (Not more than three days.) Partial (Daniel 10:3) Restricted Diet. Jesus fasted and taught it as a part of the Christian discipline.
You may choose from a long list of choices: 1. the number of days (1, 3, 7, 14, 21, 40) 2. the number of meals to abstain (1, 2, all ) 3. eat vegetables/fruits only 4. no solid intake, drink water/liquid only.
This time I decided to have plain water with no food and solid intake for three days. Prior to this, I did a full 24 hours’ fast as a preliminary trial, followed by a break of taking one light meal a day for two days. I would urge you to follow the prompting you receive from the Lord. How is the fast so far? It is showing positive effect after getting through the tough second day. For new comers, yes, you may feel physically uncomfortable initially. But you can overcome it by focusing on the right source of your strength and purpose. Throughout the Bible God tells us that He is our strength and focus.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Paul’s Disciplined Lifestyle
24 Isn’t it obvious that all runners on the racetrack[a] keep on running to win, but only one receives the victor’s prize? Yet each one of you must run the race to be victorious. 25 A true athlete will be disciplined in every respect, practicing constant self-control in order to win a laurel wreath that quickly withers. But we run our race to win a victor’s crown that will last forever. 26 For that reason, I don’t run just for exercise[b] or box like one throwing aimless punches, 27 but I train like a champion athlete. I subdue my body[c] and get it under my control, so that after preaching the good news to others I myself won’t be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Or “the runners in a stadium.” This refers to the Pan-Hellenic stadium near Corinth where the Isthmian games were held.
1 Corinthians 9:26 Or “I don’t run aimlessly.” That is, Paul ran with his eyes on the goal of ending well.
1 Corinthians 9:27 Or “I beat my body black and blue.” This is an obvious metaphor of placing the desires of one’s body as second place to the desires of the Holy Spirit. See Rom. 8:13.
Money Matters: To SERVE money means to place such a high value on it that we develop a wrong priority compared with our relationship with God and others. Here are some symptoms: Place our trust and faith in it. Look to it for our security and happiness. Expect that it will guarantee our future. Desire it more than we desire God (as evidenced by the time we spend with whom). Our life is then spent in the pursuit of it rather than God.
Jesus spoke about money through these Bible verses:
Matthew 6:19-24 New Living Translation (NLT)
Teaching about Money and Possessions
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and [a]prudence, 9 having made known
to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed
in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might
gather together in one all things in Christ, [b]both which are in heaven and
which are on earth—in Him.
Footnotes: Ephesians 1:8 understandingEphesians; 1:10 NU, M omit both
by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is
the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared
beforehand that we should walk in them.
He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened
with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in
your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may
be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and
depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that
you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or
think, according to the power that works in us,
Is it merely my conscience involved to live my personal preferences? Today let us meditate on what the Lord Holy Spirit spoke through Apostle Paul on this controversial subject in our very personal and subjective world and the predominant “me, me, me” philosophy believed in, practiced and permeated throughout many human societies. The following bible passages speak specifically to God’s people, -the Christians and draw us to focus on some practical missions in this life: promote spiritual growth in others, beware of others’ judgmental conscience (do not let others have the opportunity to condemn yours), do not (even if passively) cause others fall into a trap (take offense) even if dug by themselves because they interpret your actions according to their conscience. This is a tall order to Christians. Are we keepers of others? Reading this passage it would appear “yes”. Like what Paul advised all Christians, “I sincerely attempt to do anything I can so that others may be saved.” In the final analysis nothing else matters.
1 Corinthians 10:32 (NKJV) “Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,”
1 Corinthians 10:23-33 The Passion Translation (TPT) )
You say, “Under grace there are no rules and we’re free to do anything we please.” Not exactly. Because not everything promotes growth in others. Your slogan, “We’re allowed to do anything we choose,” may be true—but not everything causes the spiritual advancement of others. 24 So don’t always seek what is best for you at the expense of another. 25 Yes, you are free to eat anything without worrying about your conscience, 26 for the earth and all its abundance belongs to the Lord.[a]
if an unbeliever invites you to dinner, go ahead and eat whatever is
served, without asking questions concerning where it came from.[b]28 But
if he goes out of his way to inform you that the meat was actually an
offering sacrificed to idols, then you should pass, not only for his
sake but because of his conscience. 29 I’m
talking about someone else’s conscience, not yours. What good is there
in doing what you please if it’s condemned by someone else?
30 So if I voluntarily participate, why should I be judged for celebrating my freedom?[c]31 Whether you eat or drink, live your life in a way that glorifies and honors God. 32 And make sure you’re not offending Jews or Greeks or any part of God’s assembly over your personal preferences. 33 Follow my example,
for I try to please everyone in all things, rather than putting my
liberty first. I sincerely attempt to do anything I can so that others
may be saved.
Offence [Noun] skandalon originally
was “the name of the part of a trap to which the bait is attached, hence,
the trap or snare itself, as in Rom 11:9, RV, ‘stumblingblock,’ quoted from
Psalm 69:22, and in Rev 2:14, for Balaam’s device was rather a trap for Israel
than a stumblingblock to them, and in Matt 16:23, for in Peter’s words the Lord
perceived a snare laid for Him by Satan.
“In NT skandalon is always
used metaphorically, and ordinarily of anything that arouses prejudice, or
becomes a hindrance to others, or causes them to fall by the way.”
Wise sayings about the rich and the poor to meditate today.
The rich man’s wealth is his strong
The destruction of the poor is their
The way of the Lord is strength for
But destruction will come to the
workers of iniquity.
The blessing of the Lord makes one
And He adds no sorrow with it.
The labor of the righteous leads to
The wages of the wicked to sin.
He who has a slack hand becomes
But the hand of the diligent makes
He who gathers in summer is a wise
He who sleeps in harvest is a son
who causes shame.
The Lord will not allow the
righteous soul to famish,
But He casts away the desire of the
The wise in heart will receive
But a prating fool will fall.
He who walks with integrity walks
But he who perverts his ways will
Treasures of wickedness profit
But righteousness delivers from
The fear of the wicked will come
And the desire of the righteous
will be granted.
The mouth of the righteous brings
But the perverse tongue will be cut
The lips of the righteous know what
But the mouth of the wicked what is
The righteous will never be
But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.
When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked
is no more,
But the righteous has an
(Based on Proverbs 10)
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
One of the best places to learn to hear God is in the area of your finances. First He supplies every need, plus more. Develop a heart to give and He will give seed to you. Ask God for double: enough for your needs and extra to bless/give others in needs.
2 Corinthians 9 The Passion Translation (TPT)
The Offering for Needy Believers
9 Actually, there’s no need to write you about this contribution for the holy believers in Jerusalem, 2 for I already know that you are on board and eager to help.[a] I keep boasting to the churches of Macedonia about your passion to give, telling them that the believers of Corinth[b] have been preparing to give for a year. Your enthusiasm is contagious—it has stirred many of them to do likewise. 3 Still,
I thought it would be best to send these brothers to receive the
offering that you’ve prepared, so that our boasting about how you were
ready to give would not be found hollow. 4 For
if, after boasting of our confidence in you, some of the Macedonians
were to come with me and find that you were not prepared, we would be
embarrassed—to say nothing of you. 5 That’s
why I’ve requested that the brothers come before I do and make
arrangements in advance for the substantial offering you pledged. Then
it will be seen as a matter of generosity and not under pressure, as
something you felt forced to do.
6 Here’s my point. A stingy sower[c] will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest. 7 Let
giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it
spring up freely from the joy of giving—all because God loves hilarious
generosity![d]8 Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything[e]—every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do. 9 Just as the Scriptures say about the one who trusts in him:
Because he has sown extravagantly and given to the poor, his kindness and generous deeds will never be forgotten.[f]
10 This generous God who supplies abundant seed[g] for the farmer, which becomes bread for our meals,[h] is even more extravagant toward you. First he supplies[i] every need, plus more. Then he multiplies the seed as you sow it, so that the harvest of your generosity[j] will grow. 11 You will be abundantly enriched in every way as you give generously on every occasion,[k] for when we take your gifts to those in need,[l] it causes many to give thanks to God.
12 The priestly ministry[m] you are providing through your offering not only supplies what is lacking for God’s people, it inspires an outpouring[n] of praises and thanksgiving to God himself. 13 For as your extremely generous offering meets the approval[o]of those in Jerusalem,
it will cause them to give glory to God—all because of your loyal
support and allegiance to the gospel of Christ, as well as your
generous-hearted partnership with them toward those in need. 14 Because of this extraordinary grace, which God has lavished on you, they will affectionately remember you in their prayers. 15 Praise God for his astonishing gift, which is far too great for words![p]
2 Corinthians 9:2 The
Aramaic can be translated “I know the goodness of your impulses” (or
“intentions”). Paul was not hesitant to point out the obvious qualities
and virtues of others.
2 Corinthians 9:6 The
Aramaic can be translated “the one who sows with a storehouse of seed”
(remaining). This describes a farmer who is stingy with his sowing.
Since he has a storehouse of seed, he can afford to sow liberally.
2 Corinthians 9:10 The Greek word epichorēgeo
is used in Greek literature for someone who pays all expenses for the
drama/choir (production), plus more, providing income for those who take
part. God is seen as the leader of the divine choir, orchestrating
everything and providing all that is needed to bring forth the sounds of
his glory on the earth.
2 Corinthians 9:15 The
Greek and Aramaic texts have a clean break at this point. This has
caused some scholars to conclude that chs. 10–13 may have originally
been separated from the earlier chapters, which could imply that the
following four chapters make up the missing letter of Paul to the
Corinthians. If this is so, when reading 2 Corinthians, one could begin
with chs. 10–13 (Paul’s missing letter), then read from chs. 1–9. The
term for this is “appending”; that is, taking an earlier document and
adding a later manuscript to it. Yet in this case, the earlier document