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KJV Luke 11:13 - If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children: how much more shall
heavenly Father give
the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Are we fully aware of God’s greatness of giving His best
to us through His Spirit?
If there is so much emphasis upon how an earthly father should
want the best for his child who asks, how much more The Almighty God,
our Heavenly Father, gives of His Spirit who desires His presence!
When He is petitioned, it never wearies Him as it would
someone of the earthly sort, for He alone gives us His best with
continual blessings we do not deserve.
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Consider this thought! Taking the meaning of the word,
“empty”, (in the sense of lacking value, sense, or purpose),
you could note the fact of a deficiency of fidelity in true
direction; also, not realizing or becoming aware in a capacity
of thinking in truth; moreover, having no purpose to accomplish
what is truly utmost and healthy in the sight of the Supreme
Judge, who is God Himself.
Keeping the above statement in mind, one could draw the
conclusion in observing Psalm 14:1 that “the fool” spoken
of is one who lives in such a way as if God didn’t exist.
A “fool” is someone who is corrupt morally, disregarding
moral restraints that is purposed in God’s Word that brings
a right standing with Him in the sight of Christ Jesus our Lord.
Being aware that there is no actual “good” that a person
could “be” or “do” brings us to a point to acknowledge the
need for the True Mediator, Jesus Christ, and the ability
through The Holy Spirit to live “by” that grace He gave through
accepting His mercy, then live “in” the strength of The Holy Spirit.
The furtherance of this understanding would bring one to the
point to grow healthy in God’s ways and becoming even more
conscious of the fact that we are to live our lives fully devoted
to Him according to what is pleasing in His sight. In turn, this
brings true “fullness” to our lives rather than “emptiness” that
leads to destruction.
Psalm 14:1 - The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
They are corrupt, they have done abominable
works, there is none that doeth good.
A beautiful verse for us to consider is filled with a wealth of
blessing to those who apply it.
Ephesians 4:32- And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath
Let’s look at the words, “kind”, “tenderhearted”, and “forgiving”.
The word “kind” in this verse describes how we should be in our
usefulness in our demeanor to others. This word correlates with
the noun used in Galatians 5:22, “gentleness”. We could never truly
put this into practice in a useful quality that is pleasing to God without
the love of Jesus in our hearts. His Spirit gives us the ability
to put this into action thus giving us a distinguishing quality
in attitude and conduct.
Next, we notice the word, “tenderhearted”. This is how we are
to conduct an inward affection with an ability to understand in great
depth of feeling and expression the compassion we are to extend
toward others. Walking in a Christ-filled life, we will live a pleasing
life before Him and others in our conduct and lifestyle.
These words actually work together by the divine influence of God
through a heart and life in humble submission by His gracious act of
love toward us in Christ Jesus and gives us favor with Him to be “forgiving”
to extend favor to others in the kindness of the love of Christ
Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Taking another look at Psalm 138:2, as also with the comments page,
it can be noted that His Word is pure and His promises are sure
through Christ Jesus. God has magnified in all and above all in an
intensity of enlargement of His faithfulness and truth according to
everything His mighty name stands for. He is that living Word that
is alive and well today! He lives within hearts by His Holy Spirit giving
us every reason to rejoice at His existence and praise His mighty name
for His everlasting promises that He perfects all things concerining us in
the light of His promises He gave us through Jesus Christ.
With all this known to us, we should in all acceptance give ourselves
fully to Him by humbly asking Him to help us to submit our whole lives
to prostrate ourselves toward His Holiness in utmost reverence to
If words of promise are of importance to us, and the frailness of
pronunciation of every human life, then a clear look at saying
the word by writing it this way, “
” makes the point
absolutely plain that we are to bow ourselves down all the while
elevating our attention to God, for He alone is worthy of all praise!
Psalm 138:2 - I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise
thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast
magnified thy word above all thy name.
We see how subjection in this life has a place in the reason of
work as we see it; but one must keep in mind that only God our
Savior has done the ultimate work to bring us in line with His
standard for our lives. We could never be right before Him apart
from His grace, and that can only come through Christ Jesus our
LORD. Remembering His mercy is of utmost importance in the
Christian life, applying those principles of the love of Christ to
our lives in full assurance of faith in Him.
Take a look at Titus 3:5- “Not by works of righteousness which we
have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
First of all, there is nothing we can work of our own efforts
to be justified before God. It is of His compassionate mercy
and ultimate love that gives us our right standing with Him.
That could only happen with HIs grace applied to our lives,
saving us, cleansing us from sin, and filling us with His presence.
If we would inspect the word “regeneration” in context of “washing”,
we would note that a cleansing takes place at salvation; and that,
in turn would mean a changed life, a renewed life. For, “regeneration”,
in this sense denotes a change from the carnal nature to a life
renewed by the grace of God in His loving mercy of salvation in
a life and heart. It places us “at one again”, which means the right
standing of our lives accepted before The Just and Almighty
God being justified by His grace that can now be put to practical use
in our lives that we may live pleasing in His sight. It is by this that
we may then understand “renewal”.
Next, if we would examine the word “renewing” in light of The
Holy Ghost, we would notice as what could be called a “renovation”.
This is the change that makes all the difference from the state of
being lost to a saved life, changed by The Spirit of God to live a life
consecrated by The Holy Spirit now living within. This is what makes
a person different in the life to be lived now verses the way one lived
before. Now, with The Holy Spirit enablement within a life, there is
not only a change of heart but a renewed mind. Our thinking should
then be transformed and have a capacity to grow and mature into a
life well pleasing in God’s sight with a hunger for His Word and
work within our lives. (Refer to Romans 12:1-2).
One might think that blessings are only based on an ideal situation,
but that is not always so, as with taking a look at the Beatitudes in
Matthew 5:3-12; for, being blessed is the favor of God received making
those “well off” no matter what the circumstance may be. So the
Greek word “makarios” in this context has a much richer meaning
than just what one would think of as being “happy”, for then that
would just seem to derive from a favorable condition. It is every
bit possible to be “fully satisfied” in a state of “blessedness” by
accepting salvation through Jesus and what He taught in instruction
of a life well lived in the blessings of Him. The demonstration of
our lives in the principles He gave us assures the fact of His blessings
upon our lives and the greatest experience of that when we partake
of the eternal blessings to come.
Keeping in mind of the “blessings” we have in Jesus, take a look
at a word in pronunciation, “eh’-sher” in Hebrew. While noting it
stated both in the KJV as well as in the AMP as “Happy is…” in
Proverbs 3:13, it is stated “How blessed is..” in the NAS and
“Blessed is..” in the NIV. Although a happiness and joyousness
does exist in living a godly life developed in the wisdom of God’s
Word applied to one’s life in the knowledge of Him, one must
fully acknowlege that the true wisdom of Him brings about a more
lasting advantage by the awareness that it is not mere knowledge
in the terms of material advantage, but a peace filled life centered
on His promises in a quality that is lasting and in direction of His
ways. That is why the word “blessed” is so important in Psalm 1:1
in the terms “well off”; for, one is “well off” not to go astray from
God’s principles that guide the right way to live. The “blessing”
then is in the conduct of living a life well pleasing before God in
His Precious Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
LaNora G. Means
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