The Voice

“The voice of God becomes clearly recognized through knowing Jesus Christ, for he makes known God’s heavenly inspirations (John 1:18, I Corinthians 1:24); as Jesus said, all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you- John 15:15. Bypassing Jesus on one’s way to understanding God is the biggest reason for biblical skepticism, disbelief, and misunderstanding of God’s will and intent because Jesus is His ambassador, His faithful, His spokesman, His fresh air of truth, His fountain of living waters, and His window into the true light of understanding Him, the still small voice– I Kings 19:12.” ~LMJ~

The Daily Inspiration of Jesus Christ (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

This is a study revealing how we Christians can allow the principles of the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ, into our daily lives so that his teachings motivate our daily thoughts, and his inspiration can become our rescue in times of need. Following is an example from the Gospel of Luke wherein we learn how Peter learned to allow the daily inspiration of Jesus Christ into his heart, giving us a vivid example of how we can allow the written Word to nourish and strengthen our souls.

Luke 5:4:
Now when he {Jesus} had left speaking {the Word of God}, he said unto Simon {Peter}, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

To set this morning scene for you, Jesus had been sitting in a fishing boat and teaching the Word of God to a multitude of people. There were so many people that Jesus went out a little way from the shore where the acoustical sound over the lake must have carried his voice quite well as he expounded divine truths. Then after Jesus had finished teaching, he asked Peter to launch out further and let down his nets so they could haul in a load of fish.

There are stories, and maybe you have heard some of them, about Peter and the other Apostles quitting their career trades and at full throttle began pursuing after Jesus, come hell or high water. Well, Peter was still fishing with his partners here in the Gospel of Luke, and still walking with Jesus. How else did Peter have the funds for supporting himself, his family’s home, his wife, and even his mother in-law who lived with him (Luke 4:38)? One cannot sustain himself without some kind of employment, and Peter was a fisherman, a noble profession, and we, like Peter may also walk with Jesus and carry on with our careers. Jesus Christ is with us wherever we are, and he is with us in whatever we do to support ourselves.

There needs to be a balance in life while we are walking with Jesus, or the scales will tip and things will not go as smooth as they should. Peter set a wonderful example and worked to support his physical needs rather than solely living off the charity of others, while God continued to bless him. Even towards the end of the Gospels, after Jesus was raised up from the dead, Peter and his partners were still fishing (John 21:1-8), and still walked with the daily inspiration of Jesus Christ.

In the example we are looking at in Luke’s Gospel, we see how Peter recognized Jesus as a wonderful teacher during the meeting, yet when the meeting was over, Peter left Jesus’ teaching and inspiration behind at the shore, and let us notice the result that followed.

Luke 5:5:
And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled {worked, fished} all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

Peter told Jesus that the previous night’s fishing expedition was a waste of time and grudgingly Peter said, nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. When Jesus spoke to Peter he was speaking the Word of God to him (John 14:23-24; 15:15), but Peter felt that he was the expert when it came to fishing; after all, was it “only a carpenter” who told Peter what to do? No, it was the Son of God, who in Scripture is the inspiration and guidance of the human heart. It is he who leads and directs and lights our life’s path to the way our heavenly Father desires for His children to follow. “I am the light of the world {says Jesus, and}: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Notice what Peter did with Jesus’ instructions. Jesus said, let down your nets (plural), but what did Peter do? He let down a net (singular).

Peter literally had the opportunity to take Jesus Christ with him to work and to take his word at face value. Can you imagine the awesome blessing of having Jesus sitting beside Peter in his boat? Today in God’s grace we have Christ within (Colossians 1:27), and he does reveal God to our minds whenever and wherever we allow him and his inspiration into our hearts and life’s endeavors.

Luke 5:6-7:
-6: And when they had this done {the letting down of the net}, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net break {because they did not use their nets as instructed by Jesus}.
-7: And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

Proverbs 3:6 comes to mind: “In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” No matter what we do for a living, or where we are at any moment, we can carry God’s healing Word and its inspiration with us to become successful. Jesus Christ reveals God to our hearts, and as we allow Jesus into our daily lives, the greater he reveals his Father’s will and His direction to us.

Luke 5:8-10:
-8: When Simon Peter saw it {recognized that Jesus was right}, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
-9: For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
-10: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; henceforth thou shalt catch men.

Peter immediately knew that he was wrong, he knew that even with Jesus in his boat, sitting at his side, he did not allow the words of his Savior’s inspiration to filter down into his actions.

Peter, to his credit, realized that he was just a man, one that was not perfect, and like any other, a sinful man.

Jesus, to his praise, did not condemn Peter (or throw him out of the boat), but rather encouraged him that he most definitely would have better days, more opportunity to believe the Word that Jesus would continue revealing to him.

Jesus’ words of comfort still rings true for us: fear not, because we are dearly loved by God and by His Son Jesus Christ. So today, as we continue living our lives to the best of our abilities, let us continue walking with our Savior and allow him and his inspiration into our lives. Then watch God work miraculous things for us as we believe and act on the inner inspiration emanating from the words of our Savior for which we have purposely made room in our hearts.

When we allow the Savior’s words of comfort and inner peace to be at home in our minds, his words can inspire us to be the best in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in our life’s endeavors. When we allow the Master Teacher into our hearts — his words will become our thoughts (our inner consciousness) as his inspiration will be with us in our time of need, and this is the how of utilizing the daily inspirations we receive from Jesus Christ.

The Daily Inspiration of Jesus Christ (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

This is a study revealing how we Christians can allow the principles of the master teacher into our daily lives so that his teachings become our daily thoughts, and his inspiration becomes our rescue in times of need. Following is an example from the Gospel of Luke showing how Peter learned to allow the daily inspiration of Jesus Christ into his heart, giving us a vivid example of how we can allow the written Word to nourish and strengthen our souls.

Luke 5:4 – Now when he {Jesus} had left speaking {the Word of God}, he said unto Simon {Peter}, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

Jesus had been sitting in a fishing boat and teaching the Word of God to a multitude of people. There were so many people that Jesus went out a little way from the shore where the acoustical sound over the lake must have carried his voice quite well as he expounded divine truths. Then after Jesus had finished teaching he asked Peter to launch out further and let down his nets so they could haul in a load of fish. We will see how Peter recognized Jesus as a teacher during the meeting, yet when the meeting was over Peter left his teaching and inspiration behind, and let us see the result.

Luke 5:5 – And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

Peter told Jesus that the previous night’s fishing expedition was a waste of time and grudgingly Peter said, “nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” When Jesus spoke to Peter he was speaking the Word of God to him (John 14:23-24; 15:15), but Peter felt that he was the expert when it came to fishing, after all it was “only” a carpenter who told him what to do. Notice what Peter did? Jesus said, “let down your nets {plural}” but what did Peter do? He let down a net (singular). Peter had the opportunity to take Jesus Christ with him to work. Can you imagine? Today in God’s grace we have Christ within, and he does reveal God to our minds whenever and wherever we allow.

Luke 5:6-7:
-6: And when they had this done {the letting down of the net}, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net break {because they did not use their “nets”}.
-7: And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

Proverbs 3:6 comes to mind: “In all thy ways acknowledge him {God} and he shall direct thy paths.” No matter what we do for a living, or where we are at any moment, we can carry God’s healing Word and its inspiration with us to become successful. Jesus Christ reveals God to our hearts, and as we allow Jesus into our daily lives, the greater he reveals his Father and His power.

Luke 5:8-10:
-8: When Simon Peter saw it {recognized that Jesus was right}, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
-9: For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
-10: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; henceforth thou shalt catch men.

Peter immediately knew that he was wrong, he knew that even with Jesus in his boat, he did not allow the words of his inspiration into his life. Peter, to his credit, realized that he was just a man, one that was not perfect, and like any other, “a sinful man.” Jesus, to his praise, did not condemn Peter (or throw him out of the boat), but rather encouraged him that he most definitely would have better days, more opportunity to believe the Word that Jesus would continue revealing to him. “Fear not” because we are dearly loved by God and by His Son Jesus Christ.

So today, as we continue living our lives to the best of our ability, let us continue walking with the Savior and allow him and his inspiration into our lives, and watch God work miraculous things for us. When we place the Savior’s words of comfort in our minds, they can inspire us to be the best in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in our life’s endeavors. When we allow the master teacher into our hearts – his words will become our thoughts (our inner consciences) and his inspiration will be with us in our time of need.

A Lovely Service

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 123:2:
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

In the biblelands, a faithful servant or maiden would always fix his or her eyes on the masters or mistress’s eyes and hands even from afar as servants cherished the responsibility of being in the service of the master or mistress because they were rewarded for their service. In time, a personal bond would grow between the master and his servant, as they became companions on life’s journey, and the servant would treasure the trust he has earned and as well, the master would cherish the trust he has placed in his servant.

You see, when a master had this kind of bond with a watchful servant, there would be unspoken communications and directions sent, and blessings and rewards received. For instance, when their master or mistress would perhaps raise one eyebrow in a certain way or move his or her hand with a subtle gesture, the master, or mistress would be directing a servant or maiden to do something, perhaps bring a cup of water, or a pillow, or possibly let the cat out. The servant or maiden who would keep their eyes on the master or mistress would be blessed as Jesus taught, “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching” (Luke 12:37). A servant or maiden that has earned this trust would receive better food, better sleeping arrangements, much better clothing – etcetera, and the respect of the master or maiden.

In the time of the Gospels a Centurion (an officer in the Roman army in charge of a unit of approximately 100 foot soldiers), implored Jesus’ help for his servant when Jesus was teaching in Capernaum, on the northwestern shores of the Sea of Galilee. This servant of the Centurion had become incredibly sick and paralyzed and he was bedridden being “grievously tormented” with his inflection (Matthew 8:5-13).

You know it would have been much easier for that Centurion to dismiss his savant and just order up another one, if not for one thing and one thing only; they both had a bond of friendship that the two of them built together. When that servant was down and on his back, his master in a reversal of roles kept his eyes on his servant, went to work for him, and served the servant until help was found; this was the benefit and blessing his servant had earned and received by being a faithful steward in his service to his master.

Proverbs 18:24 also refers to this kind of man who in a time of need becomes a “friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” What an awesome bond the two men had for each other. As this Centurion watched over his servant, we find an excellent example of our heavenly Father keeping His eyes upon the faithful as they serve Him:

Psalms 101:6:
Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, {God’s way, reserved for “the pure in heart” and} he shall serve me.

Matthew 5:8:
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see {understand or comprehend} God.

The pure in heart are those who seek to faithfully serve the LORD. Faithful servants learn to respectively watch over His Word “as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (I Peter 4:10). And they – my friend – are the faithful of the land and the eyes of the LORD will watch over, and may I say, because He is God, He can do this more intently than any Centurion or caregiver could possibly fathom. Man’s response is to allow our heavenly Father this privilege as we wait on Him, considering that this also is our privilege.

Psalms 130:5-6:
-5: I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
-6: My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

What an awesome partnership we can build with our heavenly Father, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee” (Psalms 84:11-12).

A faithful servant was highly prized and extremely trusted by the master or mistress, and through this trust, an equally respected bond would continue to grow often into some real friendships as Jesus told some of his disciples:

John 15:15:
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Jesus has given us a remarkable reason to be in his service, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The ultimate reach of his friendship and love to you and I was that he not only said this but that he did this for you and I, his friends, as Peter wrote, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (I Peter 3:18). Thankfully Jesus became, “a friend of publicans and sinners” (Matthew 11:19), so that he may bring us to God.

Jesus Christ is as a golden thread, and he connects our hearts to the heavenly Father’s heart. All so often, Christian believers do not feel like they are a real part of God’s family or have access to God’s gifts, and that they do not really belong to Christ. (The best way that I know how to help one another find what is their personal part, purpose, and reason for being in the service of Christ is through receiving a personal understanding of who Jesus Christ is to them individually, whom we explore and explain in detail through our eBooklet series, The Golden Thread. This series is a blueprint that traces the biblical realities of Jesus through the entire Bible and makes them clearly understandable, because through Christ we come to know that God will remember and reward us through eternity as he is the link between God and man,─ I Timothy 2:5). Coming to personally know our Savior helps to enable God’s children who are on Christ’s behalf reaching out in Christian service and being a blessing to one another.

Today we have unfettered access to God Himself because of the service of our friend, our Savior, and our every reason to enlist in the service of offering his love to each other, “by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Proverbs 22:11 declares, “He that loveth pureness of heart {see Matthew 8:5, above}, for the grace of his lips {graceful lips that speak of love} the king shall be his friend.” In our case, the king that shall be our friend is Jesus Christ who shall be with us as we learn to reach out to serve love to our fellow man!

I John 4:7-11:
-7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
-8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
-9: In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
-10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
-11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Believers today who are in the service of our heavenly Father will also receive His laureled honor, are also in the service of Jesus Christ as he taught, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (John 12:26).

There is only one way to reach out and reciprocate the love of our friend and Savior and that is to serve love. Love is a part of him, and through his love “ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:24). Through the lovely service of love, we will discover the true mercies God has placed upon our lives, mercy that has made us deserving of serving Him through the eternity of His love.

So our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, as a servant would look for and anticipate guidance and blessings; we in the service of the LORD shall receive the guidance enjoyed from His blessings and mercy upon our lives. Psalms 59:17 reads, “Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.” Notice the Psalmist wrote, the God of my mercy; once God gives you His mercy, then it is yours to explore and enjoy as you take pleasure in discovering its many benefits.

Mercy means the withholding of judgments, and thus, it is to receive something you do not literally get (judgments), mercy is actually receiving something so much greater than judgments for mercy is your proof of the personal relationship that you have worked to build in the service of the Creator of heaven and earth! One who is in the service of the LORD becomes one who is at peace with Him, and this peace grows and is nurtured into a united bond between both the LORD and His child who is waiting upon and receiving from Him daily inspiration and guidance.

The phrase, in the first verse of this study, until that he have mercy upon us, does not imply that He “may not” have mercy, but indicates the time (or duration) of God’s mercy upon us, which is now. And mercy becomes more and more realized and accepted and appreciated in our lives through the unspoken communications received from our inspiration in a lovely service of serving the LORD.

Psalms 86:5:
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Psalms 90:14:
O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psalms 107:1:
O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Colossians 3:22-24:
-22: Servants {this can be applied to employees on the job}, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing {respecting, honoring} God:
-23: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
-24: Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Hebrews 4:16:
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

The Song of Solomon – Revealing Our Beloved

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Song of Solomon (also called Solomon’s Song) has been debated and misinterpreted for centuries, some believe that it is a love story or a sexual book; others think it is just plain pornography. Some believe it is an allegory about Mary the mother of Jesus, some think it is about the Church of God, and others hold to the suspicion that Solomon’s Song should not even be in the Bible.

In order for us to begin understanding any of the Book we need to discover the master-key which will unlock its meaning to us and this key will give us true spiritual understanding.

The key is Christ: Jesus Christ is the subject of the Bible, and in the Song of Solomon, Jesus Christ is our “beloved,” he is the bridegroom of the bride (Israel), and he is the “chiefest among ten thousand.”

Solomon’s Song 5:10; 16a:
-10: My beloved is white and ruddy {“ruddy” means red ─ “white and red,” means that he is distinguished}, the chiefest among ten thousand.
-16a: His mouth is most sweet {for he would speak the sweet words that come from God}: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, . . .

I was once at a concert with literally hundreds of thousands of people, I could not even see my friends who were only about 10 feet away because all of the faces in the crowd were so close together. Yet as Jesus Christ becomes our beloved, then we will be able to see him clearly because he is the “chiefest among ten thousand.” He said that his disciples were indeed his friends (John 15:15), and he can become our best friend.

In Solomon’s Song there are many passages that we cannot presently understand: there is nothing wrong whatsoever to admit that we do not know it all (this is an honest view). Realizing that we are not “know-it-all’s” is the first step in our quest for spirituality because we are all students of the Word.

The folly of man comes into play when we act as though we know it all when in truth we do not; it would be better to understand a single byte of Scripture than to scan a thousand verses without really knowing what we read. Instead of worrying about what we do not understand in the Song, let us focus on what we can know, for then and only then will Christ the Master-key (and Golden Thread who holds the Word together) appear in our searching hearts as he begins revealing spiritual truths to us.

The Song of Solomon can only be understood in the light that the book was written first and foremost to the twelve tribes of Israel, to the believers who anticipated and hoped in the Beloved’s coming.

All of the external interpretations given today, even with the best intentions, that leave Christ out of the picture, are in error.  Solomon’s Song was written to Israel (who were living before the coming of Christ). We cannot apply or fully understand the complete significance of what Solomon wrote because we live in the age of grace, rather than in the age of those who lived under the Old Testament Law.

But this we do know for certain, that God inspired, blessed, and sanctified every word in the book, and when we come to God’s Word knowing that Christ is the subject, then we will be able to glean tremendous truths that have been unseen for centuries.

I John 3:2a – Beloved, now {not someday, but NOW} are we the sons of God, . . .

God said of Jesus Christ “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). When God said that His Son is Beloved, it was because God was “well pleased” with him, and today God is also well pleased with us because we too are also beloved of God. However, without Christ, without knowing him as the golden thread that binds the Scriptures together, we could only condemn ourselves, never elevating our believing up to the standards that the healing Word presents to us because of our Savior Jesus Christ!

The more we see Jesus Christ as the Beloved of God, the greater he will show to us how beloved we really are to him and to our heavenly Father. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 12:42 “a greater than Solomon is here.” By referring to himself as “greater than Solomon,” he means that he came to give us understanding in order that we may absolutely know him and his Father (I John 5:20).

When we look to Jesus through the Scriptures and see him as being our true friend, and as our Beloved, we will enable him to continue revealing himself to our hearts.