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GODLY PRINCIPLES #75 WE ARE RESPONSIBLE TO CARE FOR THE EARTH

Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
John 1:3 – Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Leviticus 25:23-24 – The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.
Ezekial 34:2-4 – Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally.

Jeremiah 2:7 – I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable. (NIV)

Revelation 11:18 – The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great — and for destroying those who destroy the earth.

 

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Listening Helps Us Discern Truth

Listening to others provides discernment into their lives including their passions, areas of pain and desires of their hearts. When we truly listen to others it becomes clearer what they believe and why. Research has shown that verbal communication conveys information while nonverbal body language conveys attitudes, emotions and even statements. (Heb 5:14 ESV) “ But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

Discern the truth by studying the persons true motivations and desires so you can perceive the direction of their hearts. Jesus (Yeshua) tells us in Matthew 15:18″But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” WOW! Psalm 5:9″Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.” Psalm 17:3 “Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.” Proverbs 16:23″The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.” So how should we be? Psalm 19:14 “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

When it comes to your spiritual “ears” we are to guard our minds and our hearts to what we listen to.  The type of music with lyrics do they honor God or man?  Do we read lustful books or the Holy Bible?  What we put into our bodies is what we start behaving like.  Same as our church and pastors, do they preach about Jesus Christ or do they use Jesus for their own personal fame?  John warns us to discern where we learn by holding them to Jesus in 1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.   You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spiritof truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
DISCERN TRUTH BY LISTENING BUT DON’T JUDGE OTHERS!
additional bible verses
(Deu 32:29 ESV)  If they were wise, they would understand this; they would discern their latter end!

(1Ki 3:9 ESV)  Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

(1Ki 3:11 ESV)  And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,

(Job 4:16 ESV)  It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:

(Job 6:30 ESV)  Is there any injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?

(Psa 19:12 ESV)  Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

(Psa 139:2 ESV)  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

(Pro 14:8 ESV)  The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.

(Isa 44:18 ESV)  They know not, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand.

(Luk 1:29 ESV)  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

(Rom 12:2 ESV)  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

(Eph 5:10 ESV)  and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

(Job 12:20 ESV)  He deprives of speech those who are trusted and takes away the discernment of the elders.

(Isa 27:11 ESV)  When its boughs are dry, they are broken; women come and make a fire of them. For this is a people without discernment; therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them; he who formed them will show them no favor.

(Isa 29:14 ESV)  therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.”

(Isa 44:19 ESV)  No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?”

(1Co 1:19 ESV)  For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

(Php 1:9 ESV)  And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,

(Heb 5:14 ESV)  But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Pain Prevents Listening

Listening can be effected by your current pain preventing you from hearing the word spoken in truth. It may not be what you want to hear  where you are at this time in life but it may will be what you need to understand in your situation. A broken heart caused by angry words, deceitfulness, fears and past hurts can cause us to shut off the truth because it cuts like a knife.  Many of us tune out wisdom and godly counsel when our hurting is so great that we cannot “handle” any more rejection or perceived negativity.  However, it is often our own rebellion, sin and pride that prevents us from doing the right thing to resolve the situation, even when we know inside that it is what we need to do.   Our hearts become dull and cold toward our spouse, job, friends, family or others simply because we don’t deal with the issue at hand.  We try to push it down and hope it will go away on it’s own.   The sad thing is, instead of shrinking the problem this tends to escalate it to new levels.  One of the wisest men in history was Daniel, a righteous man before God who did great things in the name of the Lord.  Even he would go through tests, trials and tribulations that rocked his very world.  Daniel 12:8 “I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?

The bible tells us that because we allow our hearts to harden, we do not hear the message of truth to Love God and then to love others with compassion, grace and mercy as God has loved you.  Ephesians 4:18″They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.” Matthew 13:15 “For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’” Mark 12:33 “To love GOD with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Healing comes from hearing the words of truth.  Jesus came so that we could have abundant life and to set the captives free from the bandages of sin and death.  Once we realize that God has us for all eternity, the thought of this moment in time compared to a billion, trillion years is really nothing.   We need to not focus on ourselves and our situations but instead keep eternity in perspective and live a life with a purpose for all times.   SO what if they drink the last drop of juice and you wanted it right now.  Release it, do not give place to bitterness, anger or discontent.  Instead praise and worship God for all the good things He has done.  Life gets easier when you focus on the right things.

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

IT IS OUR PRAYER THAT YOUR HEART BE STILL AND KNOW THE LORD…

Additional Bible Verses

(Deu 29:4 ESV)  But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.

(Isa 6:10 ESV)  Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”

(Isa 32:4 ESV)  The heart of the hasty will understand and know, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly.

(Isa 42:25 ESV)  So he poured on him the heat of his anger and the might of battle; it set him on fire all around, but he did not understand; it burned him up, but he did not take it to heart.

(Jer 17:9 ESV)  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

(Jer 23:20 ESV)  The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it clearly.

(Dan 10:12 ESV)  Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.

(Mat 13:15 ESV)  For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’

(Mat 13:19 ESV)  When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.

(Joh 12:40 ESV)  “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”

(Act 28:27 ESV)  For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’

I AM Sent Me… WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?

Exodus 3:14 “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

Jesus (Yeshua) saidin the New Testament many times that He and God are One.   That He came to do the Father’s business and He spoke unto the orthodox Jewish faith calling Himself, the I AM.   This type of speech was considered blasphemes among the Pharisees and one of the real reasons they wanted to crucify Him.   Now understand this, the Pharisees knew the bible better than most of us today, including me.  They practiced the law and lived a holier life than we can even imagine, yet they did not recognize the Messiah.   Why did they become so upset at Jesus for saying “I AM…”   Listen to what Jesus said in His own words from the Book of John that spoke of His divinity with God the Father.

“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.” John 6:35

“I am the light of the world; he who fallows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

“I am the gate; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.” John 10:11

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” John 11:25

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1

The real key is what did the Holy Spirit reveal to others about who Jesus is.   Matthew 16:15″Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

These are not the words of a coward who wanted to get along with everybody and not rock the boat.  Jesus was slapping the religious hypocrites right in their face publicly.   Jesus more than once called the Pharisees and religous leaders hypocrites and lets look at these to understand why these false teachers were upsetting to God. Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”

OUTWARD APPEARANCE OF WORKS
Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward”  Matthew 6:5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.”  Matthew 6:16 ““Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Today, many churches and denominations have lost touch with the true Messiah and have created a church that wants the sensual blessings of God.  These churches teach false doctrines of prosperity, faith without works and you are owed by God because of your rightful inheritance helps fill the seats of the sanctuary.

However, like the Pharisee and religious leaders of old, they have removed the true HOLINESS and power of God from their sermons.  Their pride has them believing they know more than others and instead of hearing Jesus say, “I AM… these false teachers are stating “I AM the spokesperson for God….”  They sprinkling their messages with hope and love of all mankind without any regards to the effects of sin and repentance unto salvation.   GOD IS HOLY.   JESUS CAME BECAUSE A SACRIFICE WAS NEEDED TO RESTORE AN UNHOLY MAN TO A HOLY GOD.

As believers, we are to grow in maturity that imitates Jesus and become righteous through obedience.  This is why Abraham’s obedience was counted unto righteousness.  Jesus even said in Matthew 5:20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”   James 2:20″But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

-IN OTHER WORDS JESUS DECLARED WHAT GOD SAID “TELL THEM I AM HAS SENT ME TO YOU!

Only through true repentance and believing in faith in the Son of God (Yeshua/Jesus) can you be saved.

I AM!    Think about this statement of the name of God given to Moses and spoken by Christ.   I AM, this is a statement of true power, that there is no other God before Him.  I AM everywhere and created everything.   I AM all knowing and there is nothing that can escape His understanding.   I AM is an ever present God at each moment forever and ever.

I AM!

ARMOR OF GOD Now Available

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