CHRIST-mas vs Santa Claus

Santa Claus and Satan’s Cause

~ Copyright © 1996 James L. Melton
Article originally posted on http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/SantaClause.html ~

ReverendFun picture: "Remember the reason for the season."
The modern-day Santa Claus is an American version of Saint Nicholas, a fourth century Roman Catholic bishop from Asia Minor who was noted for his good deeds and gift giving.  This tradition first spread throughout Europe, and then found its way to America by the early Dutch settlers.

Since God’s word warns us to BEWARE of tradition (Col. 2:8), we shouldn’t be surprised to find the Devil right in the middle of the world’s most celebrated holiday.  Lucifer’s desire has always been to dethrone God and exalt himself (Isa. 14:12-15).  He desires worship (Luke 4:72 Thess. 2:3-4).  Perhaps you’ve never thought of it, but please note how Satan robs the Lord Jesus Christ of His glory by spreading the Santa Claus tradition…

JESUS CHRIST IS ETERNAL
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8)

SANTA IS ETERNAL
A child knows nothing of his
beginning.  To a child, Santa has
just always existed.

JESUS CHRIST LIVES IN THE NORTH
“Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” (Psa. 48:2)

SANTA LIVES IN THE NORTH
Tradition holds that Santa Claus
lives at the North Pole, a place
ABOVE the rest of us.

JESUS CHRIST WEARS RED CLOTHING
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name is called The Word of God.” (Rev. 19:13)

SANTA WEARS RED CLOTHING
Santa wears a red furry suit.

JESUS CHRIST HAS WHITE HAIR
“His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire;  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Rev. 1:14-15)

SANTA HAS WHITE HAIR
Santa is always pictured as an
old man with white hair like wool.
[Santa also visits houses coming in through the
furnace / fireplace according to the “legend”.]

JESUS CHRIST ASCENDED AND
GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  Wherefore He saith, “When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” (Eph. 4:7-8)

SANTA FLIES AROUND
GIVING GIFTS
Santa has the ability to defy the
laws of gravity and fly around
giving gifts to people.

JESUS CHRIST IS COMING SOON
“He which testifieth these things saith, “Surely I come quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)

SANTA IS COMING SOON
During the Christmas season it is
emphasized over and over that “Santa is coming”.

JESUS CHRIST IS OMNISCIENT
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Pro. 15:3)  “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” (Mat. 9:4)

SANTA IS OMNISCIENT
Children are taught that Santa
“knows when you’ve been good,
and he knows when you’ve been bad”.

JESUS CHRIST IS OMNIPRESENT
“For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mat. 18:20)

SANTA IS OMNIPRESENT
Santa must be omnipresent, because
he has the ability to visit over a
billion homes in a twenty-four hour period.  That’s over 1100 per second!

JESUS CHRIST IS OMNIPOTENT
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” ” (Mat. 28:18)

SANTA IS OMNIPOTENT
He has the ability to carry presents
for over a billion children.

JESUS CHRIST HAS SPIRIT HELPERS CALLED ANGELS
“Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.” (Mat. 4:11)

SANTA HAS SPIRIT HELPERS
CALLED ELVES
Webster, 1828: “ELF… a spirit,
the night-mar; a ghost, hag, witch”

SANTA – SANAT – SATAN?

Sanat Kumara is worshipped by some new age groups as God.  H.P. Blavatsky, the mother of the new age movement, said on page 350 of her book, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2: “The name isn’t important. It is the letters”.  “Santa” has the same letters as “Satan”!  According to G.A. Riplinger, “Ole Nick” is listed as the name of a fallen angel in the Dictionary of Fallen Angels.  (New Age Bible Versions, Gail Riplinger, pg. 53)

Friend, don’t glorify Satan by giving the glory and attributes of Jesus Christ to Santa Claus!  Santa is a COUNTERFEIT GOD, and you are honoring Satan when you teach your children to believe in Santa!  Christians should teach their children the TRUTH.  We should glorify God by teaching our children about Jesus Christ and His saving grace!

~ Copyright © 1996 James L. Melton
Article originally posted on http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/SantaClause.html ~

Decorated Christmas tree next to fireplace/furnace.Jeremiah 10:2-5

PS. I have tried (numerous times) to get the spacing right in comparative table above, but just couldn’t get it perfect.  Please pardon the spacing!

No good thing (Part 2)

Lately, it has been difficult for me to spend time in God’s Word, but yet every time I did, I found that God WANTS to encourage me during this uncertain time in my life.  He is so faithful to give me hope when I read His Word, I have felt that (at this phase in my life) it really doesn’t matter where I read – just as long as I do.  He will give me something to hold on to even though I don’t have a Bible Reading Plan at this moment.  (I think a good place to start if you also don’t know what to read, is the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – see what love and compassion Jesus has for people with troubles!)

A few months ago, I posted a meditation about Psalm 84:11.  I am still on that same topic, still holding on to the promise in that verse, that God will withhold NO GOOD THING from those who walk uprightly.  I keep reminding myself that this is true, especially when I feel hopeless in my current situation.  (The enemy works really hard to convince me that God has forgotten about me, and that He does not care about my pain – and so I have to “fight” with the Sword of God’s Word, reminding myself of the Truth that I believe.  See Eph. 6:17.)

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield:  the LORD will give grace and glory:  no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” ~ Psalm 84:11

I have found that, many times, God says the same thing over and over in His Word, and He has really used this repetition of His promises to encourage me when I start questioning whether this verse above is true for me.

“Ask, and it shall be given you;  seek, and ye shall find;  knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  for every one that asketh receiveth;  and he that seeketh findeth;  and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?  Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” ~ Jesus speaking in Matthew 7:7-11

The Bible is full of stories of people who expectantly waited for the fulfillment of a promise from God.  Just think of Abraham and Sarah (Gen. 15:46), Joseph (Gen. 37:9), the whole of Israel as slaves in Egypt (Gen. 15:13-16, Ex. 3:7), King David (1 Sam. 16:13, 2 Sam. 5:4-5), and then Israel waited again on the promised Saviour (Is. 53:11), to name just a few examples.  I, for one, can definitely relate to this waiting on the fulfillment of God’s promises.

Yet, as Joshua testified after Israel had been taken to Canaan’s land after experiencing MANY miracles, I believe that I will also one day look back, and confess that “not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning youall are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.” ~ Joshua 23:14

I hope that this will encourage you today, as it encouraged me.  There are many more verses that speak about the GOOD THINGS that God has planned for us, and I can recommend that you will use a Bible App (e-Sword, YouVersion, etc.) to search out His promises and to be encouraged by it.  God is so faithful and (very much) able to perform what He plans for each of us.

“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him.” ~ Isaiah 64:4

“But as it is written, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9

“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…” ~ Ephesians 3:20

“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 [hopeful] end.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

God bless each of you.

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Flawless

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjLlLPZderk

There’s got to be more than going back and forth
from doing right to doing wrong  (Romans 7)
‘cause we were taught that’s who we are…
Come on, get in line right behind me –
you along with everybody
thinking there’s worth in what you do…  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Then like a Hero Who takes the stage when
we’re on the edge of our seats saying, “It’s too late…”
Well, let me introduce you to amazing grace…

No matter the bumps, no matter the bruises,
no matter the scars;  still the truth is:
the Cross has made, the Cross has made you flawless!

No matter the hurt or how deep the wound is,
no matter the pain;  still the truth is:
the Cross has made, the Cross has made you flawless!

Could it possibly be that we simply can’t believe
that this unconditional kind of love would be enough
to take a filthy wretch like this  (Romans 7:24)
and wrap him up in righteousness?  (2 Corinthians 5:21)
But that’s exactly what He did!

Chorus

Take a breath smile and say:
“Right here, right now, I’m OK, because
the Cross was enough…”

And like a Hero who takes the stage when
we’re on the edge of our seats saying, “It’s too late…”
Well, let me introduce you to grace, grace, God’s grace…

Chorus

No matter what they say or what you think you are,
the day you called His Name He made you flawless!

~ Performed by:  MercyMe
Written by:  Bart Millard, Mike Scheuchzer, Nathan Cochran, Robby Shaffer; Barry Graul; Solomon Olds; David Garcia; Ben Glover ~

Ephesians 2:8-10
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away;  behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ… reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them… For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin;  that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

John 19:30
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished“: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.”

Further Scripture reading

I’ll worship only at the Feet of Jesus

I went to visit the shrine of plenty,
but found its storerooms all filled with dust.
I bowed at altars of gold and silver,
but as I knelt there, they turned to rust…

So I’ll worship only at the feet of Jesus,
His cup alone: My holy grail
There’ll be no other gods before Him
Just Jesus only will never fail.

The call of fortune made me a pilgrim
to journey to fame’s promised heights.
But as I climbed, the promised faded
and wind blew lonely all through the night.

Just desert dust and empty shadows;
all promises that turned to lies.
The gods of earth fell and betrayed me.
You alone are Truth and Life!  (John 14:6)

Just Jesus only will never fail.

~ Performed by: Gaither Vocal Band
Lyrics by:  Gloria Gaither (1991) ~

Exodus 20
1  And God spake all these words, saying,  2  “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  3  Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.  4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:  5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  6  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

Daniel 3
1  Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.  14  Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?  15  Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?”  16  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  17  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  18  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Daniel 6
10  Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.  11  Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.  12  Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; “Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?”  The king answered and said, “The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.”  13  Then answered they and said before the king, “That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.”

1 Kings 19
11  And He said, “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.”  And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:  12  And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small Voice.  13  And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a Voice unto him, and said, “What doest thou here, Elijah?”  14  And he said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”  15  And the LORD said unto him, “Go, return on thy way to the wilderness…  18  Yet I have left Me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”

It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming!

Sunday
~Written and performed by: Tree63 ~

(Although we are now suffering in this temporal world, eternity and its glory is coming!)

Behind the Song:
“This song was originally titled “Friday (but Sunday is coming),” from the title of the well-known sermon and book by Tony Campolo. Its verses deal with the dark realities of our world, where the Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion acts as a metaphor for our experiences of those realities. As the Gospel stories clearly show, Friday happens, but Sunday is inevitable. Sunday is the resurrection, the day when all our meager hopes and wildest dreams come true, the day we as believers look forward to despite our present condition. This is a “hang in there” song; Sunday is not so far away!” – John Ellis (Tree 63)

Lyrics:
Nothing’s sacred, the days are cheap;
Truth is thin on the ground…
Still our prophets are crucified,
nobody believes: we’re stumbling…
It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming!

Someone’s saying a prayer tonight
for hungry mouths to be filled.
Someone kneels in the dark somewhere,
and darkness is already crumbling…
It’s Friday, but Sunday comes!

Sunday – Hallelujah! – it’ s not so far, it’s not so far away…
Sunday – Hallelujah! – it’s not so far, it’s not so far away!

Broken promises, weary hearts,
but one promise remains:
Crucified, He will come again!
It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming;
It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming!

Chorus

2 Corinthians 4:8-18
8  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  9  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  11  For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.  12  So then death worketh in us, but life in you.  13  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;  14  Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.  15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Longsuffering

“The Greek word makro (which gives us the English prefix macro ) means “large” or “long.” The root word thumos means “temper.” Therefore makrothumia literally means long-tempered, the opposite of short-tempered or having a short fuse.
~ Don Hooser, The Fruit of the Spirit – Longsuffering:  A Fusion of Patience and Power!

The Hebrew word for longsuffering is aw-rake’, derived from the root word aw-rak’ (meaning to be long, make long, lengthen, etc.), and is translated as long [-suffering, -winged], patient, slow [to anger].  (e-Sword, Strong’s Dictionary)

Exodus 34
6  And the LORD passed by before him [Moses], and proclaimed, “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  7  Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty;  visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”

Galatians 5
22  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23  Meekness, temperance…”

Colossians 1
10  “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  11  Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son:  14  In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins…”

1 Corinthians 13
4  “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  8  Charity never faileth…”

Psalm 145
8  The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.  9  The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

Proverbs 16
32  He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Ecclesiastes 7
8  Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Ephesians 4
1  “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;  3  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Colossians 3
12  “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

2 Peter 3
9  “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness…  15  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation…”

Jesus Christ’s ascension

John 14:1-6
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”  Thomas saith unto Him, “Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way?”  Jesus saith unto Him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”

John 16:5-16
“But now I go My way to Him that sent Me; and none of you asketh Me, ‘Whither goest Thou?’  But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.  And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  …  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.  All things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.  A little while, and ye shall not see Me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see Me, because I go to the Father.”

Acts 1:1-11
… all that Jesus began both to do and teach,  Until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom He had chosen:  To whom also He shewed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:  And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but “wait for the promise of the Father, which,” saith He, “ye have heard of me.  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”  When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  And He said unto them, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His Own power.  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  Which also said, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.”

Colossians 3:1-4 
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.

2 Peter 3:3-4, 9, 13-15
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” … The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. … Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation…

Words

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Joshua 1:8

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Proverbs 18:21

We have all heard numerous times that we should be careful what we speak, because “death and life are in the power of the tongue…”  (see also James 3)  But this week it dawned on me that there is another side to it.  While we usually look on the warning side, there is also a blessing embedded into this Scripture.

Imagine the life of blessing (prosperity, or “good success”, as it is mentioned in Joshua 1:8) if we would meditate on the Word of God, speaking the Truth of God’s Word throughout the day.  The Bible says that we should be “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)  It is also written:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…  In Him was life; and the life was the light of men…  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”  (John 1:1, 4, 14)  Thus, Jesus Christ is the Word, which is the Truth and the Life!

If we would dwell on the Truth, meditating on the Scriptures that is written in the Bible (the Word of God), we are embracing Life, because “death and life are in the power of the tongue…”  We need to speak the Truth aloud – with the tongue!

Proverbs 18:21 doesn’t end there, though.  The second part of the verse says that “… they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”  It brings to mind the Scripture that says, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”  (Psalm 34:8)  The more we meditate and quote God’s Word, the more we will know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the LORD IS GOOD.  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  (Romans 10:17)

My prayer is that we will do more, that we will go the extra mile, to fill our minds and our hearts with the Truth of God’s Word, thinking about it, memorizing it, and reminding ourselves of it throughout our lives and in our everyday circumstances.

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14

I want to be like Jesus

I want to talk like Jesus:  words of Truth my mouth to speak.
I want to walk like Jesus:  carefully with holy feet.

I want to see like Jesus:  tenderly with a loving heart.
I want to be like Jesus:  Spirit-filled and set apart.

I want to live like Jesus:  faithful to my God above.
I want to give like Jesus:  not of duty, but of love.

I want to pray like Jesus:  “Father, not my will, but Thine…”
I want to stay like Jesus, in God’s presence all the time.

~ Author unknown ~

The LORD upholds us

(Job 4:4)
Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

H6965
קוּם
koom
A primitive root; to rise: – abide, accomplish, confirm, continue, endure, enjoin, get up, make good, help, hold, (help to) lift up, make, ordain, perform, pitch, raise (up), rear (up), remain, (a-) rise (up), rouse up, set (up), (e-) stablish, (make to) stand (up), stir up, strengthen, succeed, (as-, make) sure (-ly), (be) up (-hold, -rising).

 

(Psalm 37:17)
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

(Psalm 37:24)
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

(Psalm 51:12)
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

(Psalm 54:4)
Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

(Psalm 119:116)
Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

(Psalm 145:14)
The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

H5564
סמך
saw-mak’
A primitive root; to prop:  reflexively to lean upon or take hold of (in a favorable or unfavorable sense): – bear up, establish, (up-) hold, lay, lean, lie hard, put, rest self, set self, stand fast, stay (self), sustain.

 

(Psalm 41:12)
And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.

(Psalm 63:8)
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

(Proverbs 29:23)
A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

(Isaiah 41:10)
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

(Isaiah 42:1)
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

H8551
תּמך
taw-mak’
A primitive root; to sustain; by implication to obtain, keep fast; figuratively to help, follow close: – (take, up-) hold (up), maintain, retain, stay (up).

 

(Proverbs 20:28)
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

H5582
סעד
saw-ad’
A primitive root; to support: – comfort, establish, hold up, refresh self, strengthen, be upholden.

 

(Hebrews 1:3)
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

G5342
φέρω
pherō̄
fer’-o
A primary verb;  to “bear” or carry: – be, bear, bring (forth), carry, come, be driven, endure, go on, lay, lead, move, reach, rushing, uphold.