Monday, January 21, 2013

Let The Focus Be Jesus

     Friends for todays bible study take a look at the picture above and realize that Jesus is our manna or true bread of life from heaven. I pray in Jesus name that our focus daily in conversations and everything will be Jesus Christ crucified and no substitute. In the days of Moses, the Lord fed the people with manna which represented Jesus, and the people spake against the manna or Jesus and wanted the substitute worldly foods of fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlick from Egypt. At Numbers 11:5 the rebellious children of Israel said We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick. But now our soul is dried away; there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

     Today as in the days of Egypt, people are still trying to enjoy substitutes instead of the true manna or Jesus. Jesus proclaimed that He was the manna or true bread that cometh down from heaven. John 6:32 tells us Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. John 6:35 further states And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life, He that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

     DL Moody stated that men during the days of Moses spake against manna or Jesus and wanted the things of the world which were the fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlick of Egypt. Similarly, today, men speak out against the Lord Jesus manna or true bread that cometh down from heaven and choose worldly pleasures instead of daily praising the Lord Jesus. I pray in Jesus name all my friends reading this will daily be satisfied with Jesus only and seek no worldly substitute for peace.

     Take time to write out these many scriptures that prove that only Jesus as our focus daily can deliver us and remove all our sins. Hebrews 9:26 says For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world; but now once in the end of the world hath He (Jesus) appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. You see friend only He (Jesus and Jesus' sacrifice on the cross) and  not any worldly substitute can put away sin. Remember only Jesus and not the letter, the flesh, or man's ways could condemn sin, giving us all victory over sin and the devil. Romans 8:3 says For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.

     For my next picture we see Paul and Barnabas being humble and telling the people to worship Jesus and not worship Paul and Barnabas as gods. Look at the humble response of Paul and Barnabas when the people tried to call them gods. Acts 14:14 says Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.

     My friends reading this in the many nations, let us all be humble like Paul and Barnabas, giving all glory to Jesus and not ourselves. 1 Corinthians 1:31 says That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. In the days of the Corinth, Paul spake out against denominations where the people said they were of Paul or Apolos or Cephas, instead of rightly saying we are all of Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:12 says Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apolos; and I or Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

     You see Paul was trying to teach the Corinthians not to worship or exalt people like himself, Cephas, or Apolos but to only praise and exalt the Lord Jesus. I pray in Jesus name that the people in the nations that read this bible study would praise and exalt only Jesus as Lord and not any person, tradition, ritual, or denomination. Division will cease when Jesus only is exalted and worshipped as God. Jesus said at John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. Let us all make our goal be the statement of the Apostle Paul at 1 Corinthians 2:2 that says For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

     Wow, how about the picture above showing us all that our focus daily should be Jesus. The book of Colossians proclaims that Jesus should be our focus and is our only source of hope. Colossians 1:16 tells us For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him; And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church; who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,; that in all things He might have the preeminence.

     Brother Bob states to all preachers: Every message a man ever preaches should have something in it about Jesus; in fact it ought to just be about Jesus. I remember during the first message Brother Bob had to preach, I asked my spiritual dad Uncle Carl "What should I preach about"? I'll never forget his response which was just talk about Jesus and you will never run out of words to say. Yes Jesus only is the answer to all our troubles. Galatians 2:21 tells us I do not frustrate the grace of God; for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Friend reading this anywhere, do not frustrate the grace of God by making a substitute for Jesus. Jesus Christ's death was not in vain and today friend reading this receive the saving grace of God by confessing Jesus as God and believing in your hearts that Jesus died for you on the cross and rose again.

     To end my bible study today, I give you all a wonderful picture of Jesus asking to be allowed back in schools where kids can pray in school again every day. Take time to think about this statistic. In America, before prayer was taken out of schools, violence at schools did not occur. But, once prayer was removed from schools, we see violence and guns at various schools in America. When I look at the picture above, I think of 2 Timothy 3:7 that says Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

     You see Jesus is the way, the truth, and life. Man thinks the solution to stopping violence in schools is armed guards at schools with guns or removing all guns to create gun free school environments. But, the only way to stop violence in schools is to allow Jesus and prayer back into our schools and for America to come to the knowledge of the truth which is Jesus.

     Brother Bob states to all teachers, professors, and scholars, today receive and share with your students the true wisdom which is defined as Jesus in the word of God. 1 Corinthians 1:30 says But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. I pray in Jesus name, that the teachers in the schools of America will truly let the anointing which is one with Jesus teach the kids instead of man. 1 John 2:28 tells us But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.

     As always, I've enjoyed writing this bible study and feel free to email Brother Bob at anytime or write to Brother Bob at Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon. Have a blessed day in Jesus name.

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