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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

"Call on Me; I will Answer You"

October 13, 2020. - with special guest, Elizabeth Nader - LISTEN HERE

Psalm 86:7, 12-13 

I call on You in the day of my distress, for You will answer me.... Teach me Your way, Yahweh, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name. I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever.

Psalm 86 is so beautiful. David was crying out to God for courage at a time when his enemies were trying to kill him. After he made his petitions for help known to God, he then praised and worshiped the Lord for His power, trustworthiness, and goodness.

We all have stress in our lives. More than 50% of patients that come to see me these days at my medical clinic list “anxiety” and/or “insomnia” as their chief complaint.

I wish I could toss my “medical stuff” out the window and simply pray with these folks. Pray that they would lay their worries at the feet of the Lord. Pray they would keep their eyes fixed on Him and not on the problem. Pray the Be Attitudes with them – reminding them that worry doesn’t add a day to their life. The prayer would assure them that God is in charge and He doesn’t want you to have a divided mine – one split between worry and rest. The Lord promised He would never abandon us in times of stress.

Read all of Psalm 86. Listen to the wonderful conversation I had with my guest, Elizabeth Nadar, who loves her friends and fans back to health.

 
Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, David says it best in this Psalm 86 to you: 
“Listen, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Protect my life, for I am faithful.You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You. Be gracious to me, Lord, for I call to You all day long. Bring joy to Your servant’s life, because I turn to You, Lord. For You are kind and ready to forgive, rich in faithful love to all who call on You. Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my plea for mercy. Lord, there is no one like You and there are no works like Yours. All the nations You have made will bow down before You, Lord, and will honor Your name. For You are great and perform wonders; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, Yahweh, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided mind to worship and honor Your name. I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever." 

We pray our hearts can forgive those who have harmed us, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. We pray for the protection of our country. We pray for the preservation of our constitution and our Bill of Rights. We pray for the health of our president. We pray that the election of our state and local leaders will be filled by persons of honor, integrity, and with Your heart to do things that are good, right and just. We thank You for Your love. We beseech Your will for our lives. We ask all these things, in Jesus’ holy name. Amen

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

"I Am the Vine; You are the Branches"

October 6, 2020 - With Guest, Dr. Anthony Silvestro - LISTEN HERE

John 15:4-7 

Abide in me, and I will abide in you. Just as the branch cannot produce fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 

I am the vine, you are the branches. The one who abides in me while I abide in him produces much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Unless a person abides in me, he is thrown away like a pruned branch and dries up. People gather such branches, throw them into a fire, and they are burned up. "If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you can ask for anything you want, and you'll receive it.

From Dr. Silvestro: 
We need the proper context of the passages whenever we read the Bible. In the previous chapter, John 14:1-5, Jesus was speaking to the Apostles:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

John 14:6 provides the answer.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

That puts Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Mormonism, Jehovah Witness, Atheism, Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox into context: They are false religions because they do not have the exclusivity of Christ.

In the rest of Chapter 14, Jesus is explaining what the Apostles are to do when he leaves.

As we look into the passage for today…John 15 starts with two words that are often overlooked:  I AM - “I am the true vine...”
 

Jesus is the vine; The Father is the vinedresser. Picture a grapevine here…  Jesus is grapevine. A vinedresser is a person who prunes, trains, and cultivates vines. He takes care of vines to maximize the fruit produced by them.  Get the greatest yield. The vinedresser then is responsible for deciding what each branch is doing based on its fruit…

There are two types of branches that represent: the two types of disciples who outwardly professing attachment to Jesus:

1. the genuine branches, Born- again believers that abide in Him, and
2. the false branches (false converts, people who claim Christ but are not born-again)

Verse 4-6:  
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

True Branches can only bear fruit when attached to the Vine. Being attached to Christ means having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which generates all good works in us, yet we are responsible for carrying out those good works.

As believers, we are called to do good works.  However, those works do not add to salvation.  Good works are the result of being born-again; by Grace, we are saved. Our works do not cause us to be saved, nor do good works keep us saved. 
Yet, Jesus says that we can only bear fruit, do good works if we are truly attached to Him.

In verse 2- The Father takes every branch that bears fruit and prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. Pruning involves cutting a live branch in a certain way to make the branch more “productive.”

The term for this is sanctification – all believers are constantly being pruned – so we can continue to be transformed more and more into the image of Christ.

This brings verse John 14:6 into context: 
"If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned."

Unlike the true branches that get pruned for more production of fruit, the vine- dresser cuts off the dry, dead branches...The vinedresser (the Father) takes the unregenerate false branches away from their phony attachment to the vine, and they are put in the waste for burning

The reference here is not, as some imagine, to true Christians losing their salvation, as this cannot happen to people who are truly saved.  This is regarding “false converts” as spoken earlier.

Here's one example:
·       True branches – Most of the apostles (Who were active in ministry)
·       False Branch – Judas Iscariot

Outwardly, Judas was indistinguishable from the other eleven apostles, yet was a false convert who showed himself to be a traitor of Jesus. The ultimate fate that awaits the false branches is to be cast … into the fire and … burned.

On their judgment day, false converts will protest, 
“Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” (Matt. 7:22)

Instead of “Well done, good and faithful servant,” they will hear the scariest reply from the Lord, recorded in the very next verse, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (v. 23).


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Dr. Anthony R. Silvestro, Jr.
creationrevival@gmail.com 
www.strivingforeternity.org  

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Praise God for Every Thing, Large and Small

September 30, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalms 147:11 

But the LORD is pleased with those who fear him, with those who hope in His gracious love.

This entire psalm is one of praise for the Lord and all that He magnifies in our lives. From comforting the broken-hearted to healing the sick, to providing food for animals to changing the weather, and more. For every thing, He is to be praised.  

To fear the Lord means to “worship Him with awe-inspired reference and obedience” (Amplified). He is also pleased with those who hope – those who have confidence in and feel secure because they know they are surrounded by His love. 

Let's read this verse, replacing the words fear, hope and those with something different: 

But the LORD is pleased with [your name] who worships Him with awe-inspired reference and obedience and with [your name] who in expectation and anticipation, has confidence and security in His gracious love. 

Wow! Look how PERSONAL that makes the passage; it makes the Bible come alive and feel relevant to today's circumstances. 

For all the things He does for every creature on the planet, He is worthy of our praise.

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, sometimes Your word is so clear and direct, there is little more to say about a specific passage except thank you. Thank You for who You are. We are grateful for your delight and it makes our hearts sing, knowing that some small act of kindness we have done to others is pleasing to You. Lord, we pray for our country, our constitution, our future. Into Your hands we deliver our hearts, our minds, and our very lives. Thy will be done for us, Lord, that we may follow the purpose You have laid out for us, even before we were born. We love you. We wait expectantly for you. In Jesus Name, Amen.