The New Commandment

A new commandment I {Jesus} give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another– John 13:34.  Here in the Gospel of John, Jesus had just given his disciples and Apostles a new commandment. This commandment was so new that they really did not fully comprehend it until after Christ Jesus was resurrected and ascended up into heaven and they began living within their new commandment. The new commandment was to live in love. This love was greater than any love known to man before Christ had shown them. Jesus then explains the benefits of living this new commandment of love. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another– John 13:35. When and where we apply this new commandment, Jesus had said that all men would know whose disciple we would be. Love is one of the greatest things that God in Christ has ever given to humanity. Walking in love not only will identify us as Christ’s disciples, but living today in love is the way that Jesus taught us how to walk with him.” ~LMJ~

The Best Way Out!

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it- I Corinthians 10:13. Whenever you pass through a temptation believing that God will help you out, you will inevitably become stronger, more courageous, and be victorious. Evil never lasts; it always subsides and God will always show you the light at the end of the tunnel, and guide you to the easiest and best way out.” ~LMJ~

Looking Unto Jesus (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Hebrews 12:1 – WHEREFORE seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The “great cloud of witnesses” are the Old Testament believers talked about in Hebrews chapter 11. The witness of these believers was their faith, their positive believing faith in the coming of Jesus Christ that even today can be seen throughout the Bible. When studying the life of David for instance, we can see how he looked forward to the coming of his Redeemer, his Lord and Savior. We can discover the struggle he had against his sin nature to walk uprightly before his God and his human weakness in being just a man who tried to walk with God to the best of his abilities. We can see how David failed when he did not look to Jesus, but more important is that we can see him succeed whenever he believed God’s Word. These believers from the Old Testament were witnesses leaving us vivid examples of how to look to Jesus as they themselves did. “The race that is set before us” is to look to the finish line, it is to look to Jesus, for in him and with him is our continued access to God our heavenly Father, His grace, and His praise.

Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is {now} set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Amplified Bible* reads Hebrews 12:2 as: “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its {believing faith’s} Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Today we can look to Jesus Christ and rely on his faith, his believing faith and receive his assurance that he is for us the author and finisher of our own believing faith. The word “author” means princely leader, the first and foremost. The word “finisher” means to bring to full maturity, to the complete end. Thus, the author and finisher of our believing faith is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is first and the last, the alpha and omega, the author and giver of our desire to have his believing faith in our lives; he is the first and the last, completing and perfecting our own believing faith. This is what we may expect to receive by “looking unto Jesus” rather than looking to our own abilities or our own strength.

Acts 4:11-12:
-11:  This {Jesus Christ} is the stone which was set at nought {rejected} of you builders, which is become the head of the corner {of the spiritual Church and family of God Himself}.
-12:  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Today we have the blessed privilege to accept within our own heart the believing faith of Jesus Christ, who has been completely perfected in us through his believing actions that he took to his cross for us. We can believe on him and rely on his strength, as we continue “looking unto Jesus” throughout the revealed Word and will of God. When we look to Jesus, we will find the true spiritual presence and presents that God gives; this is the daily joy that He now sets before us.

* Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE. The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Rejoice in the Lord (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Joy is something God gives as a spiritual inner quality of life, while happiness is something man has at times and is conditional upon circumstance. For instance, if someone gave us a Cadillac, we would certainly be happy, but over time as the car wore down and rusted out, the happiness would begin to dwindle, especially when it needed servicing. However, joy can continue to bubble over into rejoicing regardless of any circumstance for it is literally a gift of God, and God’s healing Word continues making known to us the complete fullness of His joy.

I John 1:4 – And these things write we unto you {the Scriptures}, that your joy may be full.

The Scriptures are written so that we may know the complete fullness of having joy. We are not half full of joy, and as we come to God’s Word and allow Him to be our guide, He is able to show us with indisputable revelations that we are completely full of His spiritual joy. When Paul said “Rejoice in the Lord alway” he was referring to an overabundance of joy to the point that it was running over. Rejoice is a repeat performance of having the fullness of joy. God’s instruction to us is not only to have rejoicing always, but to rejoice again and again. Amazingly, Paul wrote this from prison, yet he himself had this inner joy that was overflowing.  He had the practical experience in understanding that God continually blessed his life, even though in his current situation he was incarcerated, yet his life continued to be full of joy and rejoicing (John 15:11).

Philippians 4:5 – Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

“Moderation” means that we are to let our patience and our self-control over life’s circumstances be known. The reason that we can have patience and self-control is first and foremost that we know “the Lord is at hand”; He is always with us so that we need not have fear.  This indeed can inspire others, believers and unbelievers.

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

“Be careful for nothing” is old English and today means to be anxious for nothing, because God indeed will answer our heartfelt prayers. When we give to God our worries, our cares, our concerns, and our fears with “supplication with thanksgiving,” then we will learn to have complete trust that our care is truly in His hands. “Supplication” means a specific need in one’s life, and the Scripture encourages us to make our exact needs known to God in thanksgiving, that is, to be thankful in advance for God giving us the special requests that we ask of Him (Mark 11:24; I John 5:14-15).

Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

“The peace of God” is another spiritual quality of life that God freely gives to us. This peace far surpasses all human understanding, yet we can know with complete assurance and serenity because we indeed have the peace of God in our lives. As we continue in our personal prayer life to God, He continues showing us His peace that not only is in our hearts but all around us. The word “keep” means to watch over and guard us, to spiritually protect our hearts and infuse our minds with tranquil peace. This is the very purpose for why we have the peace of God – to have peace with God. The Epistle of Philippians is such an inspiring revelation that it compels us to praise God for His wonderful Word, and so as the Apostle said “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

A Virtuous Woman

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

A virtuous woman enjoys believing trust in God which is the crowning complement of all her virtues; her “price is far above rubies!”

Her virtues are a crown recognized by her God, her Savior, and a joyous example to all the children of God!

Her virtues are not innate, they are learned, worked for, and practiced, and are the result of her labor of love for her God and the household of faith!

The Bible tells us how wonderful a virtuous woman really is; her witness is the true story of her gentle, Christ-like lifestyle as she lives His-story!

In Proverbs 31:10–31 we read the qualities of a virtuous woman!

50 qualities of her virtues are as follows:

She is 1- strong, 2- invaluable (verse 10); 3- trustworthy, 4- sufficient in all things (verse 11); 5- pure character, 6- a  blessing to her husband, 7- accommodating (verse 12); 8- ingenious, 9- industrious (verse 13); 10- proficient, 11- displays genuine compassion (verse 14); 12- well-behaved, 13- obliging, 14- considerate to her family/household members (verse 15); 15- versatile, 16- beneficial (verse 16); 17- robust in mind and body (verse 17); 18-  knows her worth, 19- efficient, 20- watchful, (verse 18); 21- thrifty/frugal, 22- skillful (verse 19); 23- charitable, 24- merciful (verse 20); 25-  fearless/courageous, 26- believes for family abundance (verse 21); 27-  a well-organized housekeeper, 28- dresses tasteful, 29- (verse 22); 30- an honor to her husband, 31- courteously popular, (verse 23); 32- dependable/industrious, 33- proficient, (verse 24); 34- respectful, 35- optimistic, 36- hopeful, (verse 25); 37- wise, 38- discreet, 39- kindhearted (verse 26); 40- practical, 41- energetic, 42- earnest stewardship of family resources (verse 27); 43- deserving of receiving respect from her children, 44- deserving of receiving awed respect from her husband, (verse 28); 45- has mastered godly virtues, 46- an honorable example to other women of God, (verse 29);  47-  God fearing/respecting, 48- praiseworthy lifestyle (verse 30); 49- her kindness is returned and rewarded back to her, 50- she is praised for her pure, virtuous actions (verse 31).

A virtuous woman radiates the qualities of Christ within, who is “the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (I Peter 3:4). “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband” (Proverbs 12:4).

These qualities are worthy of the price that is far above rubies! (See our study, titled: Ruth – Revealing Our Redeemer.)

Below is an Extended, Alternation Structure1; compare corresponding Roman letters A. with a., on down to E. with e.

Proverbs 31:10-31, Title: The Model Women.

A.| verses 10–12, Her Husband.

    B.| verses 13-19, Her occupation.
      C.| verse 20, Her character. Bounty.
        D.| verse 21, Her household.
          E.| verse 22, Herself. Without.

a.| verse 23, Her Husband.

    b.| verses 24–25, Her occupation.
      c.| verse 26, Her character. Wisdom.
        d.| verses 27–28, Her household.
          e.| verses 29–31, Herself. Within.

1 (Structures are found from Genesis 1:1 and all that way through the Bible to Revelation 22:21.For more on Structures, search keyword Structure on this website.)

Proverbs 31:10–31 (King James Version):
10: Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11: The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12: She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13: She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14: She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15: She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16: She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17: She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18: She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19: She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20: She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21: She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22: She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23: Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24: She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25: Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26: She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27: She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28: Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29: Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30: Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
31: Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Proverbs 31:10–31 (The Amplified Bible*):
10: A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman ─ who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.
11: The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil.
12:  She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her.
13:  She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it].
14: She is like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs; she brings her household’s food from a far [country].
15:  She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.
16: She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.
17: She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.
18:  She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust].
19: She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20: She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit].
21: She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.
22: She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made].
23: Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
24: She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service].
25: Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!
26: She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].
27: She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat.
28: Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying],
29: Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.
30: Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!
31:  Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city]!

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.