Sunday, January 15, 2012
Jesus Is Powerful Yet Merciful
Saints this week take a good look at the picture above which represents Jesus as the powerful yet merciful Judge. Saint reading this I pray in Jesus name you confess Jesus as Lord today and believe in your heart that Jesus died for you on the cross and was raised from the dead and get saved. I'm going to give you several bible verses that display the power of Jesus and yet how Jesus is longsuffering and wants us all to repent and deny sin daily and look to Jesus Christ crucified with our hearts every day.
First open your bible to Nahum 1:3 which reads The Lord is slow to anger and great in power and will not at all acquit the wicked; The Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm and the clouds are the dust of His feet. Notice the words SLOW TO ANGER AND GREAT IN POWER. Jesus has great power yet Jesus is slow to anger and giving saints opportunities to repent and wash away all their sins by the blood of Jesus Christ. But, remember Jesus is great in power and one day Jesus will judge and cast some to hell fire and it will be too late to repent. So today now repent and give your life to Jesus.
A puritan writer in the 1600's wrote Even though Jesus can in a moment speak the whole creation into nothing, yet Jesus beareth many years with rebellious provoking creatures. I asked Jesus, Lord Jesus why in Revelation 20 do you wait 1000 years and then let the devil loose to fight against the saints of God. Jesus why didn't you just destroy the devil before the 1000 year millenial reign. Jesus told me it was because Jesus is longsuffering and gives people an extra 1000 years to repent and give their lives to Jesus. Notice in Revelation 20:10-11 right after the devil is thrown into the lake of fire, the great white throne judgment occurs where at this point it is too late for a person sent to hell fire to repent. Therefore, Jesus lets the devil be around for the 1000 years to be merciful and allow more people to repent and come to Jesus.
Look at all these scriptures about how Jesus is longsuffering and wants us all to repent and is delaying judgment to win as many souls into the kingdom as possible. 2 Peter 3:9 says The Lord is not slack concerning His promise as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Isaiah 48:9 says For my name's sake will I defer mine anger and for my praise will I refrain for thee that I cut thee not off. Genesis 6:3 in the days of Noah says And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man for that he also is flesh. Yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. Look above and see the word YET Jesus let man live 120 years. Merciful Jesus who could have stopped all our lives completely because we all are shapen in iniquity looked over our sins and allowed us all to have lifespans up to 120 years.
Nehemiah 9:30 says Yet many years didst thou forbear them and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets. Yet would they not give ear. Therefore, gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands. Nevertheless, for thy great mercies sake thou didst not utterly consume them nor forsake them. For thou art a gracious and merciful God. Isaiah 42:14 says I have long time holden my peace. I have been still and refrained myself, now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. When I read this last verse it made Brother Bob realize that fire and not water is coming to destroy this world and Jesus will create a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness forevermore. Saint repent right now and give your life to Jesus for Jesus comes like a thief in the night and no one knows the day nor hour when he will return to judge the world. Brother Bob tells people don't predict a day when Jesus will return. Just BE READY BE READY and live every moment on this earth like Jesus will return the next instant.
The reason Brother Bob tells you all to live every moment like Jesus will return the next instant is because Jesus sees everything that we do. Luke 12:2 says there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed nor hidden that shall not be made known. Proverbs 15:3 says the eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good. Hebrews 4:13 says neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and open unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
The devil lies to people and says you can sin because no one is around or watching but Jesus sees everything that we do constantly. Saint reading this if someone saw what you or I did when the public was not looking would we be ashamed. Brother Bob says yes I've done many sinful things outside of the public's eye but Brother Bob says to himself and to all those reading this look to Jesus Christ crucified daily and stop sinning. Romans 8:13 says for if you live after the flesh you will die but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body you will live. Everyone choose life today which is Jesus and deny your flesh daily and display the fruit of the spirit temperance which means denial of self and the flesh.
OK saints reading this I want you as you look at the two pictures above of Belshazzar feasting and the little children praying and mourning and open your bibles to Ecclesiastes 7:2 which reads It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting for that is the end of all men and the living will lay it to his heart. Jesus tells us all not to get so comfortable and relaxed in our rich blessings that we forget Jesus and forget to bless and assist the poor and needy widows and orphans. A puritan writer in the 1600's said men in a house of feasting are apt to be forgetful of their duty to God, themselves, and their neighbors. Selfish Belshazzar pictured above did not realize that his days were numbered and Jesus took his finger and wrote MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN and Daniel interpreted this at Daniel 5:26 to say This is the interpretation of the thing; MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES: Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. Because of Belshazzar's sins, that night Belshazzar was slain.
Now here are several bible scriptures to prove that when men feast and are selfish and do not share their material blessings with the poor that they forget Jesus and push Jesus aside. Saint reading this let us always be aware of those around us that need prayer, assistance, and a kind word of Jesus to help them survive and be blessed in this wicked world. Isaiah 5:11 says Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink, that continue until night, till wine inflame them. And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe and wine are in their feasts, but they regard not the work of the Lord neither consider the operation of His hands.
Saint reading this heed to the warning of Isaiah who says your sin will not be removed if you forget the poor and needy and are guilty of a fruit of the flesh called revelling which means sinning late into the night selfishly with loud music, alcohol, and drugs. The devil has people stay up all night drinking, sinning and sleeping till noon while Jesus is just the opposite and says wake up early and pray and stay sober and vigilent. Isaiah 22:12 says And in that day did the Lord God of Hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth. And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die. And it was revealed in my ears by the Lord of Hosts, Surely, this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord of Hosts.
One other note: Be aware that the fruit of the flesh called witchcraft is defined in greek as drug use. Saint reading this if you are dependent on drugs like cocaine, marijuana, or alcohol, there is hope for you only in Jesus Christ as Lord of your life. I pray in Jesus name all who forevermore read this bible study and are dependent on drugs or alcohol as they confess Jesus as Lord of their lives, I claim total deliverance from any form of witchcraft control caused by drugs or alcohol. I claim Lord Jesus John 8:36 which reads If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
Now some more scriptures to prove that a selfish house of feasting causes people to forget Jesus and lose blessings. Amos 6:3 says Ye that put far away the evil day and cause the seat of violence to come near. That lie upon beds of ivory and stretch themselves upon their couches and eat the lambs out of the flock and the calves out of the midst of the stall. That chant to the sound of the viol and invent to themselves instruments of musick like David. That drink wine in bowels and anoint themselves with the chief ointments, BUT THEY ARE NOT GRIEVED FOR THE AFFLICTION OF JOSEPH. Proverbs 17:1 says better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith than a house full of sacrifices with strife.
Deuteronomy 8:11 says Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God in not keeping His commandments and His judgments and His statutes which I command thee this day. Lest when thou hast eaten and art full and hast built goodly houses and dwelt therein and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and the silver and thy gold is multiplied and all that thou hast is multiplied, then thine heart be lifted up and thou forget the Lord thy God which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt from the house of bondage.
OK, my last picture for today is of a little boy thanking Jesus early in the morning. We all should be like the little boy above and we should all thank Jesus for dying on the cross for us all the first thing every morning when we get out of bed. Psalm 5:3 says My voice shalt thou hear in the morning; O Lord in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and will look up.
Here's some more scriptures on thanking Jesus for allowing us to wake up each morning. Psalm 3:5 says I laid me down and slept; I awaked for the Lord sustained me. Psalm 127 says Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 90:14 says O satisfy us early with thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Proverbs 8:17 says I love them that love me and those that seek me early shall find me.
Finally, when I think of the boy in the picture above I think of a person who is alert and watching for Jesus and staying holy and sanctified daily. A puritan writer in the 1600's wrote O my soul canst thou not watch with thy Redeemer one hour when He ever liveth to make intercession for thee. Mark 14:37 reads And He cometh and findeth them sleeping and saith unto Peter, Simon sleepest thou? Couldst not thou watch one hour. Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation; The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
Saint reading this James 4:14 says For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away. Psalm 39:5 says Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth and mine age is as nothing before thee. Verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Make the most of your time and watch for the return of Jesus and remind others around you to live holy daily by looking with their hearts to Jesus Christ crucified waiting for the return of Jesus. Revelation 16:15 says Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.
Saints it is always a joy to write out these bible studies every week and know that they are read worldwide and encourage people everywhere to live for Jesus. Keep in contact and email me anytime at email@example.com. Your friend in Jesus, Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133.