Monday, April 24 2017
The Apostle Paul writing to his son in the faith pens the following:
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Other versions are translated as:
2 Timothy 2:15 CEV
Do your best to win God's approval as a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed and who teaches only the true message.
2 Timothy 2:15 AMPC
Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing rightly handling and skillfully teaching the Word of Truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 GNT
Do your best to win full approval in God's sight, as a worker who is not ashamed of his work, one who correctly teaches the message of God's truth.
The Greek word that the Apostle Paul uses that is translated to "rightly dividing" in the King James Version is "orthotomeo." Strongs's Concordance defines it as, "to make a straight cut, that is to dissect correctly."
In my mind, we are to "dissect" the Word of God with the skill of a surgeon. When we become sloppy with the scripture we can risk losing our bearing and falling off the path. The Psalmist wrote so beautifully:
Psalm 119:105 KJV
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
What if we begin allowing non-truths or opinions to creep into our lives. We can start making poor dissections into the Word. There are many that have the core doctrine. We preach "truth", but we allow things to creep into our thoughts and minds that can remove us from the blessings of God. My dad (and pastor) said that we cannot have "cafeteria - style religion" by picking up those things that only look good and leave behind the difficult doctrines and principles.
Deuteronomy 28:2-14 KJV
 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
 The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.
 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord ; and they shall be afraid of thee.  And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them :
 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Postion yourself for a blessing through obedience to the Word. It is necessary to study the Word and find what God is trying to tell you, but be sure to make straight cuts with the skill of a surgeon and not the sloppiness of a novice. It could be the difference of living blessed and living cursed.
Monday, April 17 2017
I love to study the Bible and our church has just completed a detailed study of Genesis. We have pulled "nuggets" from the Word of God and I believe that we have a greater understanding of Creation, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. Last week as we were concluding the Book of Genesis, there was some discussion on the "overlapping" of lives because the tremendous amount of years that those following creation lived.
I have attached a chart that I made on my iPad from information pulled from Genesis 5. The computer did the math and I hope the chart is self explanatory. It works in my head. The blue represents time from the beginning of the years of Adam to the birth of the person on the left of the graph. The green represents the life of the person and the gold reveals the years prior to the flood. It appears to me that the flood was about 1656 years after the beginning of time.
My belief is that time began at the fall. Adam and Eve could have lived in the Garden of Eden an extensive amount of "time" prior to the fall, but time would have not mattered in a place that did not have disease or death. Therefore, Adam lived 930 years after the fall.
I would like to hear any comments on this chart.
Monday, April 10 2017
The story of "Blind Bartimaeus" is found in Mark 10. It is one of the great stories of healing in the scripture. There are three key points that can position someone for healing, blessing and deliverance just like Bartimaeus.
1. How are you identified?
Bartimaeus had an identity crisis. He was blind, but not only was he blind, his blindness defined him. He was "blind Bartamaeus". He recognized that people could not see passed his disability and see him.
What is your identity crisis? Are you addicted, sick, dealing with family problems, financial difficulties or marriage issues? Have your circumstances become your identification? Like blind Bartamaeus, have you become addicted Joe or broke Susie? You get the picture.
2. Recognize Jesus
Bartimaeus had a desire to overcome his identity crisis. He had to find his solution and one day he heard Jesus was coming by his little spot in the world. We are not sure how, but Bartimaeus knew who Jesus was and understood the Messianic prophecies. He cried, "Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me." Bartimaeus recognized Jesus as his healer and deliverer.
3. Get out of your comfort zone
Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus. When told to be quiet, Bartimaeus cried out even more. He had to make himself known to the Lord. Jesus knew everything about Bartimaeus, but it seems that He would have walked by if Bartimaeus did not cry out louder. It revealed the faith of the blind man.
Jesus healed Bartimaeus that day because of faith. Faith is the belief that God could heal, but it did not happen without Bartimaeus acting upon his faith. James would later pen:
James 2:17 KJV
 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
You can position yourself for a blessing through faith and a few steps toward Jesus.