Rejoice and Be Glad in Salvation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In Habakkuk 3, we see the subject is on struggling through days of trouble and hardship, not unlike today when at times things may not seem perfect. Yet even when times are rough, our God can give to us rejoicing and gladness in knowing that we also have salvation, just as He did for the Old Testament believers.

God is always with us; we only need to trust in Him. Did you know that when you become saved by confessing Romans 10:9–10 that you are saved even today? It is true, even today, we are already on the journey of eternity, and we may enjoy living with the knowledge that we will live throughout eternity.

Habakkuk 3:18–19a:
-18: Yet {through difficult times} I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. {Whenever life seems too difficult, a wonderful key is to look to our God through Christ rather than focusing even more negative attention upon a currently awful situation.}
-19a: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make {cause} me to walk upon mine high places . . .

A hind is a mother deer that first checks the rocky cliffs with her front feet to insure that her back feet will land safely on solid ground. This is the promise to believers: our God can watch our steps like the hind, so that even through a difficult time we do not fall. Thus, the lesson here is to still rejoice in the LORD through a difficult time and we will be brought to our high places, to the place where the desire of our hearts will take us. And now, God in Christ in us is like that hind, checking our steps before we ever walk into danger and placing our steps on firm ground, up on high.

Psalms 37:4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Galatians 6:9: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

We can dispel darkness by focusing of the light of God’s Word, rather than on a current dark event. In Philippians 4:12–13, Paul taught that whether he had to endure lean times or times of abundance in his life he always looked to God and the strength that his Savior Jesus Christ gave him, just as Christ strengthens us today and we are blessed.

 Matthew 5:11–12:
-11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
-12: Rejoice and be exceeding glad {and this is why}: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Well, we certainly are in good company! And God gives us great expectation of receiving a great reward in heaven, for looking to Him and confessing His healing Word.

Psalms 40:16–17:
-16: Let all those that seek thee {God} rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually: The LORD be magnified.
-17: But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me {Can you imagine, you are upon His mind and in His thinking, see: Jeremiah 29:11.}: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying {come to my aid speedily}, O my God.

As the Psalmist prayed for God’s speedy deliverance, so can we, and we can be assured that God hears our requests (Philippians 4:6–8). Our God truly loves us; we are forever in His thoughts. He has given to us salvation, today, in the here and now to comfort our souls through life’s difficult times. He is with us, so:  Rejoice and be glad in His salvation.

A Plea to Flee Those Alluring Deceivers (What’s at stake? Your Steadfastness in Faith!)

And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ– Colossians 2:4-5. Beguile means to be deceived, and enticing words mean to be persuaded falsely with a perverse discourse of false reasoning. The Apostle Paul had a concern that other people would attempt to persuade them out of God’s Word. Paul wanted the believers to stand with conviction in the knowledge they received from God and to enjoy the spiritual treasures of godly enlightenment that God gave to them to personally learn the truths about the Christ within. Their order was their orderliness in continuing in the truth which makes the believers’ lives free. Their steadfastness in their faith was their continued believing in Christ who was their complete Savior.” ~LMJ~

Knowing the Praise of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 4:5:
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of {from} God.

This verse reveals one of the most amazing truths that I have ever known. When Christ returns for us “then shall every man have praise of God.” The word “of” is the Greek proposition apo meaning from. I once used to be afraid of the end, when judgments and condemnations were supposed to take place because I thought that the pit of hell was my destination. However, when I read this verse some years ago I was totally blown away. For in that great and glorious day when Christ returns, we Christians will have actual praise from God! Some Christians today (not understanding the Scriptures) are still fearful of the wrath of God and His judgments. However, and thankfully according to the Bible, we have been delivered from the wrath to come.

I Thessalonians 1:10:
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Praise God! We can become so thankful for Christ, and all that he has done for us, and for the wonderful hope of our future to be able to stand with Christ Jesus at the right hand of the Lord our God receiving His actual praise. He is our righteous Father, and He is Spirit, and He is Light, and He is Love. We can walk with the Lord our God in a loving relationship that indeed dispels all our fears, as we continue walking in the spirit, in the light, and in the love of His own glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14:
-13: In whom {Christ} ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
-14: Which {holy spirit of promise} is the earnest of our inheritance {it is a token and guarantee of so much more to come} until the redemption of the purchased possession {that’s you}, unto the praise of his glory.

Not only will we receive the praise of God, but also the praise of God’s own glory is upon our very lives today! The reason why is because we believed the Gospel of our salvation (period)! In our families, we have many rights and privileges handed down to us by our fathers; it is the same with our heavenly Father. He has graciously allowed us to walk in the praise of His own glory for us.

Philippians 1:11:
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness {another privilege}, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Righteousness means to be able to stand before our heavenly Father without fear or condemnation, and when we live fearlessly in righteousness, we will be delivering up to God glory and praise. Understanding God and His Word is certainly a wonderful thing. I pray that you have a magnificent day living and enjoying all the fruits of your righteousness that the completed work of your Savior, Jesus Christ made available to you.

Samuel – Revealing Our Deliverer

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In Samuel we have the account of David who would become the King of all Israel. We can see how king Saul pursued after David to kill him time and again, and we can also see this in Jesus’ life in the Gospels. Remember for instance that King Herod attempted to have Jesus killed when he ordered all the male children from the age of two and under killed in and around the regions of Bethlehem. Then later we can see throughout the Gospels that the Pharisees and other religious groups tried to kill Jesus. King David’s life parallels Jesus’ life in many ways, David took on the giant, while Christ took on the onslaughts of the Devil and his host of devil spirits in their attempt to kill him by inspiring the Jews to hate him and eventually to kill him. The children of Israel looked to David as a Savior, a deliverer, and a “captain over them” (I Samuel 22:2). David made the coming of Christ known to Israel as their Captain, Savior, and Deliverer, and showed them that Christ would be his son (through Mary), that Christ would reign as true king over Israel, and that Christ would sit on David’s throne, and be his Lord.

II Samuel 7:12-14a; 16:
-12: And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I {God} will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom {Christ’s}.
-13: He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
-14a: I will be his father, and he shall be my son. . .
-16: And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

These are references about Jesus Christ, he would build the house of God and his kingdom would be everlasting, and Christ would sit on the throne of his father, David. Unbeknownst to David or Israel at the time of this revelation in Samuel, the house of God where He would place His name would be built as a spiritual house, and Christians today would be spiritual members.

Hebrews 3:6 – But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if {since, or because} we {do} hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

I Timothy 3:15 – But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, {How?  By holding fast our confidence and rejoicing in the hope of Christ’s return for us.} which {house of God} is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Believers are members of the household and Church of the living God; it is the house that God Himself inhabits (Ephesians 2:19-22). The more we come to know our Deliverer, the more he will show us our spiritual seating with him in the house of God. Jesus Christ himself has and is the “master key.” In Luke 11:52 this key is called the “key of knowledge” (of Christ), which opens to us the front door of our spiritual home where we have eternal rest from all doubts, worries, and fears, and wherein the revealed blessings of God are laid out for us to enjoy. The more we believe to receive, the more we will, as our Deliverer continues manifesting himself in our hearts.

Revelation 3:7b – . . . These things saith he {Jesus Christ} that is holy, he that is true {truth}, he that hath the key of David {Isaiah 22:22}, he that openeth {to believers}, and no man shutteth {no one can prevent us from entering}; and shutteth {to unbelievers}, and no man openeth.

Your Two Personal Acquaintances

“We have a personal Savior (Ephesians 5:32, Philippians 3:10) and a personal Adversary (I Peter 5:8), who desires ― animosity, enmity, and hostility, but faith raises one up to the relationship our personal Savior who desires ― friendship, companionship, and fellowship, which far surpasses what the other acquaintance offers!” ~LMJ~