Getting up to speed on the Quran.

Saturday Satire

Living here in Indonesia, it is considered impolite not to keep up on ones knowledge of the Quran. In my wanderings as a good Bedouin merchant hitting the all the lucrative silk hot spots one must take time out to listen to the latest comments on the most blessed book. Mr. David Woods brings us up to speed in fine fashion. I eagerly await your comments.

Top Ten Quran Verses for Understanding ISIS (the Islamic State) Jihadists fighting for ISIS (the Islamic State of  Iraq and Syria) claim that they are following the commands of Allah and Muhammad. Yet Westernized Muslims, politicians, and the media claim that ISIS is violating the principles of Islam. Who’s right? In the following video, David Wood presents the top ten Quran verses for understanding the beliefs and actions of ISIS.

http://www.answeringmuslims.com

Taste and see.

As a child I remember standing up in my bed and screaming out loud, “I don’t want to die!” For many years including 11 months in Vietnam I was conscience of the fear of death. At times I would have to do something to take my mind off the fear of dying, until I came to know my Lord as savior.

The fear of death left me completely. I knew if I died where I would go. Today’s post is on the New Testament word Taste. lords_supper

Then the Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Jesus answered,  “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. “And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges. “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.”

Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘if anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’  John 8:48-52 NKJV.

Taste, geuomai; Strong’s # 1089: To eat, partake of, feel, experience. Geuomai is used both naturally and metaphorically, especially to describe the personal experience of death, whether Christ’s (Heb. 2:9) or the believer’s (Matt.16:28; John 8:52).

Another example would be to have or receive a sensation or impression of anything, practically and in fact to experience anything 1 Pet.2:3; Heb. 6:4,5).

For a born-again Christian we will never see spiritual death as Paul says, And it is appointed for men to die once, (physically) but after this the judgment…(Heb. 9:27).

“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord (2 Cor.5:8). As well as, so we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are we are absent from the Lord (2Cor. 5:6).

Christ is with us spiritually, but His physical absence means we do not perceive Him clearly or as fully as we will in the future (Phil.1:23; Col.3:3,4; 1 John. 3:2.).

In these two example from yesterday and today we can confidently say; Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

 

 

 

 

Jesus, are you acquainted with Him by experience?

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8 NKJV.

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Taste, ta’am –Strong’s #2938: to taste, eat; discern, perceive; to evaluate. This verb refers to the testing of good by means of sense of taste. From the primary sense of physical tasting, Ta’am developed into the idea of evaluative sampling of things other than food.

Ta’am as a noun came to refer to “discernment,” that is the capacity to choose and delight in good things. The book of Proverbs speaks of a woman who lacks “taste” (11:2), and a woman with good taste, who “perceives” (ta’am) that her merchandise is of high quality (31:18). This same metaphor of tasting is used in the NT by Peter in calling inquirers to examine the wonders of God (1 Pet. 2:3).

Discerning the time!

 

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“ And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”Romans 13:11-14.

Are you struggling in your Christian life to be committed in prayer, reading and meditating the word of God and also to do your part to serve Him in every means you could. Is it a struggle and starve situation, where there is no spiritual profit? Like  any other relationship Jesus wants us to savor the beauty of being with Him. He wants us to do it out of love and commitment to Him than being a Hipocritic to our own self.

We are a time bound generation. Everything we do or practice is designed by the time available for a task, time designs the depth of  our relationships, fellowship, recreation and also sets and limits our Christian walk. Today Holy spirit is calling you to come out of that spiritual sleep pattern that have  trapped you in for long. Many time our spirit is ready but our body is so fragile with the fallen nature of clay, that we are succumbed into temptations by  flesh.

The result is gratification of self and slumber of  inner man.  Many times Satan binds our spirit from the knowledge of time,  often we forget the crucial time we are living in, we live in our comfort zones unaware of our mission to be useful for the Kingdom of God. We need to put away the sleep, let’s come out of those cozy blankets that tempt us to take extra hours of snooze, it could be anything that blinds you from reaching the mountain God have set before you, detracting you from savoring the sweet fellowship with Christ.

Let’s examine our priorities in life, take some time to sit in the presence of God and analyze the time we neglect each day on our fanciful likings towards small things in life, the time we overspend with a loved one, the time we waste in for the luxuries of life.The holy spirit will reveal the corrections needed in your life.

In the above portion I was happy to read the verse “for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”Salvation can become near to us only if we grow in our salvation. Each day we need to experience a growth , a better experience with God, a new lesson learned from Him, growing in the fruit of the spirit.Inability to grow in our faith life is spiritual death and slumber.

We can attain this growth only if we put on Christ in each day of our faith life. With out His image growing in us we will not be able to overcome the flesh.Dear child of God if you are in a struggle to improve your relationship with Christ, don’t take it by yourself. Pour your heart in the presence of the author of salvation,Jesus himself. He has plans for your life.

It’s hard to climb the mountain of God by our strength,but if you fully yield yourself to obey Him and clothe yourself with Christ, He will bless you with grace and transcend you into new levels in your faith life where you won’t be just practicing faith, but day by day you become perfected in faith. The  time, for the glory of God to be revealed to us is so near, lets be prepared and let the armor of light which is the character of Christ shine through us.Let the grace of God encompass us to fulfill another years journey without slumber.

Blessings,

Smitha Thomas.

 

 

 

Wisdom of God

In my quiet time in the Word reading from 1 Corinthians chapter one; I felt like Corinth is a mirror of our world today. God is stronger than men. isis

26  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29  That no flesh should glory in his presence.

30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

31  That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

A survey of the converts at Corinth proves the mutal rejection between human and divine wisdom. Much like what we see and experience today.

In Corinth only a few came from the world of culture and social sophistication. The heart of true wisdom is knowing the ways and will of God, and living in harmony with ultimate, created reality.

The human wisdom Paul opposes is not intellect or education, but a false independence of God and a bent toward self-sufficency. God rejects human wisdom because of its pride and self-glory.

In verse 30 we read “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.’ ”

Righteousness, a term taken from the courts, (there is a present Court of Heaven—soon coming post) is God’s judical determination to right every wrong, His gift to the guilty which removes all condemnation and puts them in a state of justification, including full acquittal from all charges against them.

Sanctification, is a symbol taken from the Temple, showing showing the need for cleansing from pollution. It includes a renewal by the power of the Holy Spirit, which allows acceptable living before God and points to our ultimate perfection in His presence.

Redemption,  taken from a background of slavery and debt, speaks of freedom and final deliverance from all aspects od sin, including the resurrection of the body.

We are being transformed by our being in Christ and receiving His redemption provided for us. The world knows nothing of these wonderfull gifts to all who will repent and recive His salvation. The world is caught up and held captive by the pride and lies of the evil one who rules this present world system and keeps people in bondage to hell.

I thank the Lord for His Grace to a sinner living in repentance.

Moved with Compassion

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. Matt.14:14.

Moved with compassion, splanchnizomai- Strong’s # 4697. To be moved with deep compassion or pity. The Greeks regarded the bowls (splancha) as the place where strong and powerful emotions originated.

Often in deliverance a person will double over and speak of a pain in their stomach, after healing has come the pain is lifted. Healing for ones emotion is clearly called for.

The Hebrews regarded splancha as the place where tender mercies and feelings of affection, compassion, sympathy, and pity originated. This emotion is the direct motive for at least five of Jesus’ miracles.

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Finally at home

Well it has been a long adventure. We have settled into our new home.

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The hardest part was getting the piano up the ladder. New posts will begin Friday Indonesian time. cool happy

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