Patterns. I love patterns of life because they speak. Many of these patterns, if not all?, are lessons from God for our teaching and molding. I once heard Nate Elarton say, Learn the lesson or retake the course, it’s that simple. Here is a lesson that I have learned through repeated patterns. I have to wonder, is it God using the enemy for our purification? I pray it blesses you –
“I’d rather you be mad at me and go to heaven…” Amen. Here is a video that was just shared with me, I pray it blesses you.. I need to realize that my ideas of what people think of me as a Christian is much less important than their salvation.. Time to wake up sleepy Christian.
“I don’t care if you like me…”, my love for you is greater.
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Well, after a few years of listening to multiple sides of this scripture in the Church, the Helper helped reveal something. I’m not going to say “I have the answer! You must get this! This is the truth!” I’m only sharing what the Lord showed me via a prayerful request for Teaching on this scripture. The Lord’s answer was – pay attention to the context.. Huh, imagine that…
I was recently asked by a brother in the Lord “Is it wrong to consume alcohol?” This is a common question in the Body of Christ and after much research, I find division in the Church on this topic. Some say wine is ok and others say that the wine mentioned in the bible is grape juice. While studying what different Churches say on each side of the fence, I find many words of men and little scripture. This results in confusion for seekers of Truth.
My goal on this post is to end this confusion and allow God to speak for Himself. If the reader is seeking out the Truth, then I believe you will find the answer in Him and His Word alone. We must study and see what God says with limited words of man. This means that we must read things in their contextual meanings.
Contextual reading is very important as I will not be posting the full context of every scripture (only a reference point). Many of them, if read alone, will give you a false meaning on this topic. If you are seeking a definitive answer on this topic from me, you won’t get it. I’ll try to keep my opinions limited until the end. I’m merely laying out the facts for you to do a study and hear from God on the matter. Again, I am not laying out an answer, but it is a guide with reference points for further reading so that God may speak to you.
According to my bible software, there are 212 scriptures relating to wine, and wine has approximately 10 different definitions in the bible. Some individual definitions have multiple meanings, and they depend on the context of the scripture. This bible study will show examples of wine and juice, as well as winepressing, grapes, etc. God will speak on this matter only if the seeker of Truth reads in context.
Seeker of Truth: Please prayerfully get prepared before reading. Let us get out of ourselves and our own understandings, then chow down on God’s word here. If we have a predetermined notion and we already have an answer that we want to hear, we may miss God’s Word. We should always let God be the Teacher on matters where there is separation in the Church. The only way to do this is to get out of ourselves and our own ideals, into the Spirit of God, and into His Word. So stand in agreement with me that the Guide guides us and our Teacher teaches us in this bible study on wine and grape juice. In Jesus name, amen.
Most of the time I have sought out the Lord pertaining to guidance in life, He responds with Trust and Faith. The recent postings show me how God has not changed this teaching throughout my Christian walk, it is almost always the same guidance. Since the last posts, the messages have continued down the same line, Faith. But, they are now going a step further – Enduring in Faith. I pray this message blesses you and that His seed is glorified through abundant fruit. In Jesus name, amen. –
Praise God that we have teachers pulling the sheep’s clothing back and calling out the wolves. Thank you Lord – Justin Peters and the Word of Faith movement.
Here are some of my top lessons from God. Not that I have arrived, but I keep on keepin’ on towards the goal. Here they are, in no particular order. Enjoy: