God’s Work Policy And You   Leave a comment

In Ecclesiastes 9:10, we find our God’s work ethic: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…”

Yes, that is instruction for us, but it also does show us how He does things; His work ethic.

Now think about this when we read the following promises from God:

Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

And so we should have utmost confidence in His capability.

Philippians 1:6 – “…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you WILL complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

I take that as a promise. Christ began this work in me and He WILL complete it. Salvation begins with God. He started it. He takes personal responsibility to carry it out with ALL HIS MIGHT to the completion. And He expects us to do so as well. (Ecc. 9:10 is instruction to us.) He will not be deterred….Will we?

Praise God!


Posted March 29, 2013 by buildupontherock in Bible Studies

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A Tale Of Sin…A Lesson From Deleavening   Leave a comment

A couple years ago, I was deleavening the van for the upcoming Feast Of Unleavened Bread. As anyone with kids can attest to, food in a car gets in all sorts of places.

I was cleaning the back of the seats, using the vacuum cleaner. This is hard to describe so bear with me… I saw some unwanted leavend product (a  cracker or something)  and when I tried to get it, it slipped down further in behind the seat. The more I tried to get at it, the further in it would fall. So I said to myself, “well, I am not getting that one. Just goes to show you that you can’t get every sin out.”

Then I said to God something like, “The only way I could get that one is with your help.”
“Ah, cool! A good lesson!” I thought.  But the lesson wasn’t over.

I went back in to make one final attempt. I realized I’d have to do some more work to get at it. I started un-attaching the back of the seat and followed the cracker down… When I got to the bottom, I discovered a mess of old nuts, raisins, and yes, more leavening!  While I vacuumed up the lot of it, I had to laugh…

The lessons I got from this:

  • I had to get God involved in removing my sin. I can’t do it alone.
  • It takes personal effort to remove sin. If you give up, you definitely won’t get it removed.
  • One sin on the surface, can lead to much greater, and more, sinfulness deep within us.
  • Put a blanket over your back seat when going on long road trips where the kids will be eating snacks. 😉
    (ie. “Take the precautions to prevent the same sin from entering again” – Credit to Elizabeth Behan for pointing that out. Even I missed that one! But what an excellent point!)

1 Cor 5:6 – Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

1 Sam 16:7 – …for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Philippians 4:13  – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Praise to God for this valuable lesson.

Posted March 4, 2013 by buildupontherock in Bible Studies

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Words of Encouragement   Leave a comment

Please feel free to add to these!

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. “Selah”

Psalm 118:14-16
The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!
The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”

Matthew 24:13
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Romans 7: 22 – 25
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.


– A special thank you to Sunny Faulkner for providing me with these references of God’s words of encouragement.

Devil Worship In The Superbowl Half-Time Show   1 comment

While the devil and his minions in our music industry is nothing new…This video of blatant devil worship in during the Superbowl Half-Time show is shocking and yet, not surprising.
The devil is SO sneaky! Sure, we see the obvious things…but you will be shocked at what you didn’t see.
(Note. My family and I did not really watch the half time show ourselves, but it was on and I caught glimpses of it while waiting for the game to come back on)
Watch this video! Be aware of how the devil blatantly puts himself into our “entertainment” and people willingly accept it without even knowing what they are worshiping!

Posted February 28, 2013 by buildupontherock in Bible Studies

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Decisions, Decisions…How Are We Making Decisions?   Leave a comment

Let’s discuss…
Decision making.

Here are some questions we need to ask ourselves:

  • How do I make the decisions I make?
  • Do I use my heart? Or do I use my head?
  • Do I use wisdom gathered from good sources (ie. The Holy Bible, Sound Counsel, The Holy spirit, wisdom gained from experience or facts, etc.) ?
  • Or do I basically go with what I am desiring? How or what I want things to be/happen?
  • And IF I gather information, glean counsel…am I gathering it from sources I know will just agree with what I desire? Or from sources that will have an unbiased view and will give me sound advice whether its what I want to hear or not?
  • And finally, and most importantly…Does God have a desire for us on HOW we make our decisions? Is how we make decisions important to God?

Let’s look at what God has to say about how He not only wants, but expects us to make decisions.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

This is a pretty clear verse with clear instruction to us.

1) God wants us to trust in Him with ALL of our heart. This needs to be our foundation when we approach a decision (especially a life altering decision).

2) Trust in Him, in what He says, NOT on what you want, desire, or on personal views.
God’ wants us to make our decisions based on more than just our “own understanding”, or our own desires. We NEED to be careful that we aren’t making His word FIT with what we want, but rather make what we want FIT with His word. He wants us to base our decisions on HIS guidance and wisdom and laws. He gives us these sources to go to in order to make sound decisions.

Proverbs 3:6

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct* your paths.
*Guide; make smooth or straight

This is a key verse in the Bible. This verse and Matthew 6:33 (“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”) are to me, two of THE most important and key verses in the entire Bible. Everything else  can be brought back to these two foundational verses. But, unfortunately, we ignore these verses repeatedly. Not only do we often ignore them, but we (myself included) don’t really grasp their full and profound meaning either, or how to TRULY incorporate and commit ourselves to these two verses.  I have to ask myself…am I completely acknowledging God in ALL my ways?? Do I even truly KNOW (have a deep profound understanding) what that means?? Well, there has been times I thought I did, but I have to tell you…the more I learn about it, the more I discover there is more to learn about it. These two verses are just SO profound and SO deep. But that’s a study entirely of itself. So I digress…

If we are to truly “seek God FIRST” (His righteousness, and His Kingdom), and we truly acknowledge Him in ALL our ways…then our decision making must follow suit. Our decision making MUST come from where God tells us to glean, and NOT from our own desires or understanding.

It is when we let our own desires override Godly wisdom, that we end up making decisions that we truly regret later on. Then all the, “wishing I had not done that”, in the world doesn’t change what we have done.

How many times have we said… “I wish I had just listened?”  We come to that point, but why?  Here is the plain and simple answer: Because we did not apply God’s instructions to decision making.

We see that God even sets it up like a math equation, if you will —You do this… then I will do this. — You seek ME first, and I will add all that you need. I will take care of you. You acknowledge me in every decision, and I’ll guide and make straight your paths. You do this… then I will do this.

Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? Of course, we need to be going to the sources He has provided to glean wisdom and understanding from. We need to be submitting our very life and everything in it to Him. We need to be allowing the Holy Spirit to GUIDE us instead of ignoring it. We need to listen for God’s “voice”. He gives us all we need to make good and sound decisions.

Here is a list of some things He provides to help us make the right decisions; and you can probably add to it:

  • His Holy Spirit – listen to it. USE it. ALLOW it to do what it was made to do in you. It is HOW we are even allowed to have true understanding in the first place.
  • His Holy Word – Look, we HAVE the instruction booklet. It’s not like we have an excuse to make bad decisions. We have GOD’s OWN WORDS telling us how to not only live life, but how to make our decisions for living life.2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
  • We have Jesus Christ’s and the Father’s ear. We call it PRAYER. – We can go before the very Throne of GOD and ask Them for help, wisdom, guidance, etc. In fact…They want and even TELL us to do this! Look, if you want to instructions on how to do something, say, buy a car, cook a certain meal, whatever, you can look it up on your computer or smart phone. If you need help from the firemen or police, you can call them and ask. We have aps, phone numbers and search engines, but all we have to do to get the Creator Of All The Universe’s help, is ask. And of course trust what He gives us. Prayer is easy. It’s quicker than anything else. And the Father (and Son, our Brother) is listening and wants to give us the help and wisdom and understanding and whatever we need to obey Him and make good decisions.
  • Ministers – We are given shepherds that are there for one purpose…to serve and feed the flock. Many of them can (and should) give you scripture and wisdom from the Bible on a matter. They DO have a purpose whether we like them or not*. And there ARE still those ready, willing, and able to serve that purpose.   (*Another issue altogether)
  • Brothers and Sisters in Christ – I don’t know how many times God has spoken to me through another member of Christ’s body. We tend to ignore this though for some reason. I guess we believe that if its not God’s voice, that it can’t be coming from God or something. I have even heard (and have said); “If only God would just tell me”; Or, “If only God would speak to me”; Or, “If only God would send an angel (messenger) to tell me”.  It reminds me of the story of the man on the roof of his house during a flood:

    The flood waters are rising. And he climbs up on his roof. He prays and asks God to please save Him. A neighbor shows up in a boat, and says, “Climb in and we will get out of here!”

    To which the man on the roof replies; “No thanks, it’s okay. God is going to save me!”
    The waters rise higher, then a police boat shows up. “Sir, come aboard and we will get you to safety!”
    “No, I am okay!” The man says, “God is going to rescue me”.
    The water continues to rise and he only has standing room left on the peek of his house. Then a Coastguard helicopter lowers a ladder to him from above. “Grab the ladder!”, the rescuer yells.
    “No, it’s alright, go save someone else, God’s going to help me. I’m just waiting for Him!”
    Finally, the waters overflow his house and wash the man away to his death. The man wakes up, and God is there.
    The man looking perplexed asks, “You let me die, God. Why didn’t you rescue me?”
    And God, of course replies, “I sent you two boats and a helicopter…what more did you want?”

    This is a bit of a funny story of course, but have’nt you seen or done basically the same thing? Perhaps not on just a grand scale, but still…
    God sends us advice or instruction through people, but we ignore it because “we didn’t ‘hear’ God’s voice”. Notice I said, “we didn’t hear...” More accurately, we did not LISTEN to God’s voice. God spoke to us…we just did not choose to listen. They (the persons) did not say what we wanted to hear, so we reject it or simply ignore it, waiting to hear what we want to hear. Ever been there?
  • Common sense – Yes, some of us have more or less of this… But most often, deep down, we already know whether or not a decision is a good or bad one just based on common sense or merit alone. BUT…we often want to ignore that because we want or desire something different. But God gave us common sense for a reason…to USE!!! (I am pretty sure He didn’t give it to us to ignore)
  • He gives us the example of His Son – Alright, this could fall under the category of His Holy Word, The Bible, but at the same time deserves its own little bullet. 🙂  We’ve all heard the saying, “What would Christ do”…but it’s more than just a saying if you truly want to make the right decisions! Christ acted out of love, in ALL things. Christ put the Father FIRST (Matt 6:33 & Prov 3:6), then His Church (which is His future Wife and Family), then the world, then Himself and His own needs/desires…to the point of death. When making a decision  especially the big ones, we can try to categorize or sift the choices through this filter. How would Chirst do it? Which choice will show love in that order?

A lot of this involves wisdom doesn’t it? Well, that’s okay, because there is another thing He provides!

  • James 1:5 ESV If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

He’ll give us what we need to make our decisions:
1 John 5:14 – ” And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will He hears us.”
2 Timothy 3:17 – “That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

That can be read together: And this is the confidence that we have toward Him that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us, so that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work!

So when you are faced with a decision, life altering or not… remember… God IS watching us. He is watching us to see the kind of choices we make. Are they going to be wise choices that show wisdom, righteous character and love?  Or are they going to be based on our own desires and devices? Are you going to bring blessings upon your life and upon others? Or are you going to make the decisions that bring you to say, “Why didn’t I…?”

Remember this too… We are preparing to be future Rulers in the Kingdom of God. What are we going to show Him? Are we going to show Him that He can trust us as rulers who can make wise and sound decisions for everyone under us? That’s the kind of ruler He is wanting us to be. So…do you think it is important to God to see what kind of choices in our decisions, and HOW we make those decisions?  You bet it is!

1 Corinthians 10:31 … whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Here are some more scriptures on the topic.

He can trust His wisdom for our decisions?

Jeremiah 29:11   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 end.

Do we need guidance?

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Proverbs 18:1-24 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace. The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice. …

We will guide humans in the future. (If we make the right decisions now)

Isaiah 30:21 – “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”

So we all need to ask ourselves this:  How am I making decisions?

John 5:30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.


Posted February 27, 2013 by buildupontherock in Bible Studies

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The Election, The Future, And You   4 comments

Speaking solely for those who have the the Truth… (and in regards to the re-election of Barak Obama)

Christ asks if He will find faith when He returns. This is a good question in light of the results of this election and what it means for this country in the near future.

Are we fearful? Or discouraged? Are we perhaps disappointed that God chose to do it this way, rather than put another into office that we would have preferred? If we are…these are a lack of faith.

We know that God is working out a plan according to His good and perfect will. And that His purposes are being fulfilled. And we know what that plan and purpose is! I dont believe any of us are not looking forward to the Kingdom… but… when things happen to speed up that purpose, to bring about that end…how are we responding? With faith, with hope, with joy?

Don’t get me wrong… I am not saying that we should be joyful over the suffering of others. And yes, suffering is coming. Chastisement is coming. Nobody likes that. And we dont enjoy (or at least shouldnt) seeing others suffer. BUT… as any good parent knows… chastzing your child is not joyful, no, but the end result is. The end result being that the child is brought to be humble and submissive and in line with the laws, which not only brings joy to the child, but to the entire family.

But can we have both? Joy and sorrow at the same time? Yes!  We should feel sorrow for any who have to suffer, but at the same time JOY for those that are suffering, knowing that it is God who is causing it, and for GREAT reason!

If events take place that quicken the pace… that race us towards these… “dark times” of chastisement… Brothers and Sisters…we should be EXCITED!  Excited that God is quickening the pace to END the suffering!  Would we honestly rather He dragged it out longer? Look at the suffering all throughout the world already. Do we really want it to slow down? Or do we want it to build in pace and intensity so that it can end and be over with all the sooner?

Think about it like ripping off a band-aid. Most of us have learned that the quick harsh ripping off of the band-aid is so much better than the long slow pulling. Or the woman in labor…Women who are mothers know this all too well… You’d rather it get it done and over with than let it drag out for hours upon hours (or even twenty more minutes)!

God knows this too. And so He is doing thing the very BEST way possible under the circumstances.

Yes, it would be better if the nation repented and turned back to the Father. But they arent going to. If God is not choosing to give a  lull, or a  reprieve at this time, then such a time of reprieve would only make things worse…not better. So why should be be discouraged or disappointed in what God is choosing…its for the best!

Maybe we are thinking of specific people in our lives that…really are not suffering now, but we know that if things are sped up, then they will be…

It is understandable that we have such attachments, and empathy. Christ said, “…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…” (Matt 23:37)  He too had such empathy. But in order to do so, the subject must be willing.  (Continuing verse 37) “…but you were not willing.”  So the subject(s) of our empathy, must be made to be willing. They must be brought to that point…and only then will they get to experience, not just “not suffering”, but JOY, TRUE JOY!  You see, they may be “not suffering” right now…but would we rather them simply, “not suffer”, or have GOD’s TRUE JOY (which they currently are lacking)?  That is how we should be looking at it.

Think of it another way… a child in the mother’s womb is content and not lacking as far as they understand. That is the only world they know. But we know that greater more wonderful things (than they could even fathom) exist for them on the outside of that womb. We know that the only way for that child to get to experience such wonderful things, is to first have to go through some great suffering called, birth. The baby must be terrified as they are literally forced and squished through a tiny opening in a very traumatic way. But when its all over, they are held to their mothers breast, and a whole new world of wonders and possibilities is opened up to them. Would we ever say…leave the child in the womb longer so they dont have to suffer the birth?  Then why would we want God to do any less than bring those we love (our friends, our families) through “birth” to bring them to His true joy?

We need to also keep in mind the apostle Pauls words in Romans 8:18 – “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

So whatever we, or our loved ones suffer…its not even comparable to what God has in store. It’s WORTH any suffering we or they may have to go through. So why not say… let’s get it over with! Let’s get to it so that the JOY, the GLORY, the AWESOMENESS BEYOND COMPREHENSION of what God has in store can begin!

This is why we should be EXCITED when these things occur. Not fearful, Not discouraged. But filled with a somber joy! Knowing that after this brief suffering, a great rejoicing will begin!

And if any fear is involved, it should be the fear of the LORD and our getting OUR acts together for the end is near! (though, honestly, we should have already been doing that) Paul said that he had already made it. He knew he was IN. Do we? Should we not be at that point? Definitely something to consider… But whatever the case, we have whatever time we have now… We need to be using it to the best. That means, among other things, seeking the FAITH we need to get through whatever lies ahead.

Yes, the times look very dark ahead. Yes, it seems at this point God is intending to speed things up (with this current election). And if these things are so… then let us take GREAT hope, and a somber JOY at what our LORD is bringing to pass, not just for the world as a whole, but for each individual life as well! This should be exciting!

Let’s not be discouraged. Let’s not see this as a “bad” thing. If we truly believe God is in charge…then it is a GOOD thing. No if’s, and’s, but’s, or maybe’s, about it. Yes, bad things can happen, but for GOOD reasons if God is involved…and He IS involved.  God says it is HE who sets up the leaders of this world. It IS a GOOD thing.

Daniel 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings

Psalm 57:7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

God has put this man in place, in office over this nation. It is God who placed him…not this nation…so rejoice in God’s work!  Be excited to see the Hand Of God in our time. To see His plans unfurl in our time. How exciting!

So will you be excited? Will you have faith in this?

With that, I end this blog with one final verse (of SO MANY possibilities all giving us hope and faith and encouragement for both the present and the future):

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear [command], for I am with you; do not be dismayed [command], for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

EDIT 11/21/12 – Luke 21; Particularly verse 28 – “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

Praise God!

Posted November 7, 2012 by buildupontherock in Bible Studies, Simply Put

If God Permits…   1 comment

Let’s sharpen… let’s build…

If you can add to this, please do so in the comments section below.
This is something that has just recently been brought to my attention, and so I am studying it further…

Hebrews 6

Verse 1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits.

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; 8 but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

So, If I am understanding this correctly:

God, in His mercy, love, and wisdom, only permits SOME to go on to perfection. Therefore, He does NOT permit some to go on to perfection so that they are not ultimately lost.

“…let us go on to perfection…if God permits…For it is impossible for those… [who]…fall away, to renew renew them again to repentance…”

If He allows us to go on to perfection, then He knows that we CAN succeed. He tells us that He is “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

If some were allowed to go on, but God knows they would fail, then they would be lost.  Perhaps this is “many are called, few are chosen” (Matt.22:14)?

Another application is this:

God knows when a person is ready to grow, and so will only permit them to grow when the time is right. There may be times when we are simply not ready to possess understandings or are ready to grow in certain areas. Perhaps it would be too much for us to handle in our current state. Therefore, if we were to be allowed to go forward, God knows that we would not be able to succeed and it would cause us to fall away.

He knows what is best for us (and others) and when it is best for us (or others) to learn and grow, and move forward in our race towards perfection. We are ALL (John 3:16) in God’s perfectly capable hands. The timing of each our very calling, and each and every step (what He reveals to us) along the way after that…It is all perfectly timed.

So… “…let us go on to perfection…if God permits…For it is impossible for those… [who]…fall away, to renew renew them again to repentance…”

This also seems to go along with God not giving us more than we can handle. So let’s trust in God, that He will only give us what we can handle and bring us to perfection in HIS perfect timing. Not before. He does not want to lose ANY of us. (2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.)