Archive for February, 2017

theWord

Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 28, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Psalm 50:1, 14, 15 – “The Mighty One, God the LORD, has spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun to its going down. Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; and I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Pretty simple here – if we call upon the LORD – He will deliver us. We are all subject to illness, death in the family, loss of a job etc – this is just called life. But with God’s direction He will deliver us through these tough times with wisdom and discernment.

theWord

Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 27, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

1 John 4:12-16: “No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed that love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” Mutual abiding refers to the fellowship we have with God as a result of our salvation. The evidence that God abides in us and we in Him is the experience of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. A sincere confession of belief is an indication that the confessor is saved. To be a Christian, a person must believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Abides in love means the Christian lives within the sphere of God’s love. That love is both experienced and expressed through the Christian’s life.

theWord

Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 24, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Luke 17:20, 21: “Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God will come, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say – see here! – or See there! For Indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.'” In ancient Israel there was an expectation that the kingdom of God would come with cosmic signs. “Within you” may also be translated as “in your midst.” This verse indicates that there was an aspect of kingdom promise involved in Jesus’ first coming. The kingdom of God is among earthly kingdoms today; but one day the kingdom of God will swallow up all rival kingdoms. Jesus makes it clear that the kingdom has two phases- one now and one to come. In the beginning of His kingdom on earth, God first prepared a King to rule; then He gathers a people for Him to rule over; then He gives the Ruler a realm in which to reign. The kingdom of God is not the same as the church, though the church is a part of the kingdom. The kingdom now is the presence of God alongside earthly kingdoms. The power of God is shown now in the distribution and work of the Holy Spirit. One day, however, Jesus will rule over all, and He will share that rule with His people. TGIF everyone!!! Have a blessed weekend and enjoy your lives – that is a gift from God we must not take it for granted….

theWord

Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 23, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Psalm 145: 1-3: “I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.” The familiar words “great is the LORD” express God’s grandeur in the universe and remind us of how small we are in His presence. The fact that frail humans are used to praise God is a marvel to the psalmist.

theWord

Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 22, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Philippians 2: 1-4: “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Scripture teaches that our fellowship is not only with God the Holy Spirit as seen here, but also with God the Father and God the Son; as well as with other Christians. Paul is strongly emphasizing the unity that should exist between believers and how we must single-mindedly strive together to advance the gospel of Christ. The honest self-examination that Paul is calling for leads to true humility. This enables a person to hold others above himself or herself, to value people over material possessions personal plans.

theWord

Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 21, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

Psalm 37: 39, 40 – “But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time if trouble. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.” “Salvation” – the principal issue here is sanctification – the daily deliverance of God’s people from temptation and evil by trusting in the Lord.

theWord

Posted in Gypsy Carns on February 20, 2017 by Gypsy Carns

John 1: 1-4: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” The fact that the Word was with God suggests a face-to-face relationship. Thus the word “with” indicates a personal relationship, but also implies equal status. The Word, Jesus Christ Himself, is an active Person in communication with the Father. Moreover, the Word was God. This is a straightforward declaration of Christ’s deity, since John uses “Word” to refer to Jesus. The Word was of the very quality of God, while still retaining His personal distinction from the Father. “All things were made through Him”: God the Father created the world through God the Son. All creation was made through Him. Thus He is the creator God. Note that life is not said to have been created; life existed in Christ. Humans are dependent on God for life. Our existence, spiritually, and physically, depends on God’s sustaining power. In contrast, the Son has life in Himself from all eternity. The life, Jesus Christ, is also the light of men. As the light, Jesus Christ reveals both sin and God to humans. Death and darkness flee when the life and light enter. This is why I call this bible study “theWord.”