Vengeance

Pay Back

Romans 12:17-21 “17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

If he is thirsty, give him a drink;

For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Back in ancient times there were no matchsticks or modern fire starters in the homes. The only source fire they had at was kept in a brazier of burning coals. This source of fire was used for cooking or boiling water also for providing warmth.
 
This fire in the brazier was always kept burning day and night. If for some reason the fire should go out, a family member would take an empty brazier to one their neighbour’s homes to borrow some of their coals of fire.

If this neighbour was a generous person, they would heap the neighbour’s brazier with loads of burning coals.
 
This person would then place the brazier filled with the burning coals they received from the neighbour, onto their head and head home. Their head would not be burnt because they would use different a type of basket, or cloth turban to insulate the heat from their head.
 
Therefore, heaping a neighbour’s empty brazier with hot coals was considered a good deed like feeding an enemy with food and drink. This was looked upon as supplying someone’s needs through love and generous giving.

Proverbs 25:21-22 “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; Vs 22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”

Scriptures give clear instructions on what a person should do (actions toward someone) when wronged by someone.

Deuteronomy 32:35 “Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand,

Recompense: is to give something by way of compensation (something given as a means of compensating).

Hebrews 10:30 “For we know him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge His people.”

Getting back or getting even with someone who has wronged you gives satisfaction to the flesh but gives no glory to God.

Matt 5:38-39-38 “You have heard that it was said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Vs 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.”

A person should not take it upon themselves to retaliate in the same way against someone who has wronged them. Going “tit for tat” in an effort to get even, or “pay someone back” for what they have done to you is paying back evil with more evil.

Romans 12:17- “Repay no one evil for evil.
Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.

Father in heaven, it is my payer that your people remember the instructions You have given in the scriptures on what should be done when they have been wronged by someone. In Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev

Your Spiritual Appetite

“Your Spiritual Appetite”

Deuteronomy 8:3 “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” [NKJV]

Jesus also quoted this scripture in Matt 4:4. “But He answered and said “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”. [KJV] The oblivious message of this scripture is that there is a hunger and thirst in the soul for God’s word.

God supplied the Israelites with manna each day to feed and provide nourishment on a daily basis. As manna provided daily nourishment to the physical man, the word of God can provide daily nourishment to the soul and spirit man.

Do not be deceived, nor let no one suppose spiritual survival is possible for long without nourishment from the word of God.

1st Peter 2:2 declares that God’s word is as essential to the believer as milk is to a new born child As new born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” [NKJV]

It is the word of God that will satisfy the hunger and thirst of our souls. That is why believers have to spend time reading the bible each day.  

Psalm 42:1,2 “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. Vs 2 My soul thirsts for God, the living God.” [NKJV]

Spending time in the word of God should a top priory in starting our day.        

Psalm 63:1 “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water”. [NKJV]

We as believers should be excited about reading, and experiencing the benefits of the word of God.

Father in heaven, thank you for your word that satisfies the hunger and thirst of our “spiritual appetite”, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev

Treasures

Treasures

gold watch and pendant on brown wooden box

Matthew 6:19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Jesus makes it very clear that having the wrong treasures (values) can lead to the heart being in the wrong place. What someone treasures (values) the most can control that person, whether that person admits it or not.

Ambition which is healthy, if not controlled can lead to greed which is unhealthy.

When a person has ambition, there is a strong desire to do or accomplish a goal that has been set. To accomplish the goal, determination and hard work will be required.

On the other hand if someone is driven by greed, ambition has turned into a selfish desire…having an uncontrolled longing for an increase in material gain, power or status.

When a person becomes greedy, that greediness can become an uncontrolled driving force that if not controlled, can lead someone do anything or “whatever it takes” to get what they want.

Colossians 3:1-2 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above; where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Vs 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things of this earth.”

Keeping focus on heavenly things and not earthly possessions, will help a person to have the right perspective on what should be treasured. There is nothing wrong with desiring to have nice things, but greed can be a driving force to do anything to obtain them.

2nd Corinthians 4:18 “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Earthly possessions are temporary. A person has to look past what can be seen, and by faith look to see what is unseen, looking past the present to the future.  

Psalm 84:11 “The Lord is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from those who walk up rightly.”

Having a lifestyle of righteous living, can open doors from heaven to receive multiple blessings.

3rd John vs 2 “Beloved I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”

Having the right values will lead to prosperity and being in good health to enjoy prosperity.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”

Putting ambition in its proper perspective will be beneficial in being successful.

Father in heaven, help us to remain focused on your treasures which are in heaven, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev

Faith

“Your Spiritual Muscle”

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

A good definition for faith is; having complete trust, dependence and confidence with a firm belief in something or someone for which there may be no tangible proof of existence.

In the 11th chapter of Hebrews, the word faith is used 24 times.

In that same chapter of Hebrews the words “by faith” are used 19 times.

I heard someone describe faith as:

  • Seeing the invisible
  • Hearing the inaudible
  • Touching the intangible
  • Believing the impossible

If faith is looked at as a believer’s “Spiritual Muscle”, a comparison can then be made to the muscles in the human body.

Muscles in our bodies become stronger when we feed and exercise them. The same rule can be applied to our faith, the more we feed and exercise faith in our lives, the stronger our faith will become.

The bible gives scriptures that will help with feeding, building and exercising faith giving needed strength to our “Spiritual Muscle”.

2nd Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Walking by faith is remaining focused on what we believe and not what we see. The more we walk by faith, the more our “Spiritual Muscle” is exercised and becomes stronger.

Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Often times people will put more faith in what people say than what the word of God says.

If a weather report states that there is a 30% chance of rain, many people will leave home and take a umbrella because of the weather report they heard, even though the sun is shining when they leave the house.

Remaining focused on what the word of God says helps our “Spiritual Muscle” to become stronger.

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Believing that God exists not only sets believers up for a reward from God, it also builds up strength for our “Spiritual muscle”.

Hebrews 12:1-2 “1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Vs 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Having a strong “Spiritual Muscle” will give believers the endurance needed to run, and finish the race set before them.

Father in heaven, thank for remaining faithful to your people. In Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev