The Minister’s Reward

What is my reward then {for preaching the Gospel}? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel– I Corinthians 9:18. Paul’s reward came from God because he gave the Gospel; that was his ministry and he made the Word of God available to people freely. (Compare how Paul gave the Gospel of Christ without charge, to others who gave the Gospel for the sole purpose of getting money, and see the result in Micah 3:11-12.) People themselves are solely responsible for deciding whether they want to give, not only in monetary ways but also in whatever capacity they feel comfortable. Paul’s responsibility was simply to give the Gospel freely to others and God would continue to care for him, and the same is true with anyone who believes God’s Word. The more understanding we receive from the Scriptures, the greater our receiving from God becomes.” ~LMJ~

When I Awake

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 17:15:
As for me {David}, I will behold thy face {his Savior’s face} in righteousness: I shall be satisfied {big time!}, when I awake, with thy likeness.

David died years ago (I Chronicles 29:26-28), yet he spoke of waking up to behold his Savior’s face. How can this be except for resurrection? The words when I awake breathes David’s essential beliefs in his personal resurrection, and with thy likeness is the likeness of his Redeemer, Christ the Lord. King David and all believers who will awake will have the integral likeness of Christ, and will embody the fullness of life everlasting for eternity.

The Christian believer will be in what the Scriptures define as the “gathering together” and we will be taken up through the clouds above. This is the beginning of entering into our heavenly inheritance that will be enjoyed throughout an eternal lifetime in the heavenlies. We are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17), and when Christ returns, “we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (I John 3:2).

We will have his likeness, for our bodies will “be fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21), having perfect synergism in his likeness. Being joint-heirs with Christ is sharing fully, whereas Israel’s inheritance in the Promised Land will be divided amongst them. However, the Christian believers’ everlasting inheritance in heaven will be given to all of us to equally enjoy.

Acts 2:22-27:
-22: Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
-23: Him {Jesus}, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
-24: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
-25: For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
-26: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
-27: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One {Jesus Christ} to see corruption.

King David always kept the hope of his Savior alive in his heart hundreds of years before the first coming of Christ. David continuously held in reserve Jesus Christ before my face, meaning he at all times looked towards Jesus and his day of deliverance. The end result for looking unto Jesus was that Jesus was his guaranteed hope (as well as ours), for eternal life – as David confessed – “Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell.” Knowing Jesus Christ personally through knowing the Scriptures assured David of his eternal life which daily allowed his heart to rejoice and as he spoke of Jesus, his tongue was glad which also gave others the hope of Christ’s return.

Psalms 28:7-8:
-7: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
-8: The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

The anointed of God is Jesus Christ, and God is the saving strength of Jesus Christ (See Acts 2:22-24 above). Jesus is our interceder (between God and man), and Jesus Christ reveals to the heart that searches for God, the magnificence of God Himself.

Knowing Christ causes our hearts to greatly rejoice, and a glad tongue comes to us by speaking about the accomplishments of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Witnessing to others that Jesus died for our sins, that he was resurrected and seated at the right hand of God, that he is returning for us at some future moment to take us home surely causes the tongue to be glad.

Acts 2:28:
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance {presence}.

Coming to personally know Jesus Christ gives to the believer understanding about the ways of life, such as how to genuinely walk with God. Jesus Christ was always pleasing to God (Matthew 3:17). As we ourselves look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), he will also teach us how to be pleasing to God, for Jesus is always present within our hearts, showing believers the ways of life, which actuates our entitlement of being full of joy. “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me” (Psalms 49:15).

Hope of resurrection is written throughout the Scriptures, and the followers of the ways of life may ascribe to abiding in this eternal truth, “that when they awake in resurrection, they awake in the likeness of God’s Son.”

Water (The Elixir of Life), Wine (Gladdening the Heart of Man) and Milk (The Spiritual Nourishment)

Isaiah 55:1:
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Water: And he {Jesus} said unto me {John}, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely– Revelation 21:6. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely– Revelation 22:17.  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I {Jesus Christ} shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life– John 4:14.

Wine:  In Psalms 104:15, we read, And wine that maketh glad the heart of man. Wine according to Scripture was given to make the heart glad which is certainly contrary to some beliefs. I have heard alcoholic beverages referred to as liquid entertainment, but of course, excessive drinking is never best (I Timothy 5:23). The wine of Holy Communion initiates a significant milestone event, representing the shedding of Christ’s blood for our sins (Matthew 26:27-28), and as our sins are truly forgiven, our hearts can absolutely and truly be so very glad, and quite thankful for our benefactor who gave so much.

Milk: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious– I Peter 2:2-3. There is genuine milk within every ounce of God’s scrumptious, healing Word! God is so wonderful to us in so many abounding ways that are, at times, beyond our comprehension, yet we may assuredly know that we have received from God (II Corinthians 9:15, I Peter 1:8). God’s desire for us is that we take Him at His Word, and allow Him and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, into our lives. Imagine how many spiritually anorexic people there are in the world who are famished for lack of the fulfilling Word, and even in Christendom many are starving themselves, when all along access to the table of life is bountifully prepared with the fulfilling benefit of the nurturing Scriptures.

In Isaiah 55:1 the waters represent our eternal life; the wine represents our complete forgiveness of our sins, giving us daily gladness to enjoy life, and milk represents the wonderful Word of God.” ~LMJ~

Deliver Us from Evil

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The will of God is our deliverance from all evil. Some people believe or at least suspect that God tempts us, and that He also punishes His children when they slip up. This is not the truth of the Bible. God’s desire is that we may escape all temptations, and He can indeed help us out of any negative situation in which we may find ourselves. Let us read what God said in II Corinthians:

II Corinthians 1:10 – Who {God} delivered {past tense} us from so great a death {because we are saved}, and doth deliver {present tense}: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us {future tense};

Not only has God delivered us in the past, but He continues to deliver us currently, and in our future we also have the promise of even more deliverance to be given to us. As a child I always thought that God was out to get me, and that He was keeping a score, and I was absolutely afraid of Him. However, I have learned by experience that “God is love” (I John 4:8), and that He in love always wants to deliver us from evil.

James 1:13 – Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Well praise God! God says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). God loves us and He desires that we have “an expected end,” an end that is really just the beginning that we can look forward to in anticipation rather than being in any kind of fear.

II Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

I Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer {allow} 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.

God Himself is faithful and He is always able to keep and to protect you from evil. True, temptation and evil do come our way from time to time, but they never come from our God, and whenever there are temptations to deal with He will always make a way to escape. As we resist our temptations, God will always deliver us from evil, for He is our “refuge from the storm” (Isaiah 25:4).

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.

So today please look to your heavenly Father and allow Him to be your guiding light.