Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I can

I can't! I can't! I can't!

As a Christian, unless what you are saying is that you cannot sin because you have been born again and love God and has his word remaining in you (1 John 3:9), you must not allow yourself to be trapped in a mindset of inability, especially when things come to try you.

Stop, breathe and remember that God is with you. Many things will rise up like an "enemy" against you, but the truth must remain in you at all times. You must keep God's word in your heart always.

"with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

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

"greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." (1 John 4:4)

These are not sweet sayings to just quote but should be on your mind like lines of code in a computer program that will make sure you always handle things a certain way - God's way and God's servant's way. That's not being a robot, but being faithful to walk in obedience to God and being stable in that. And that faithfulness or fidelity that is implied in a walf of faith works by love (Galatians 5:6; John 14:15).

John 15:7-10
7 If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. 8 “In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and remain in his love.

Saying "O my God!" (in dismay) and raising the flag of defeat is not one of those commandments. You don't surrender to things and trials of this life.

"No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:37)

God can make a way where no way is seen with the eyes or perceived with the understanding, and that must be kept in mind, or else we become guilty of forgetting who our almighty God who made heaven and earth is.

If God is leading you (you are careful to make sure that that is the case), no random thing whatsoever is happening in your life. Be sure of that. So when a challenge arises, seek to find your calling in it. What is it that God wants you to do in that particular situation? What is for sure, He is calling you to pray, to talk to Him, to call upon Him, not tell the world how you "can't deal with this." He may be leading you to learn a lesson that will make you increase in wisdom for you, your family and anyone else who comes your way, and in any case, He is leading you to something that has the potential to increase your faith as you see how He works through it. But if you don't walk by faith, you may never get to certain depths in your relationship with God because you have not taken the trouble to walk with Him through things. Such may be things that bring you pain, frustration or uncertainty about the future. And these things are all real and can affect you deeply, but God's servant's way of facing life's afflictions (Acts 14:22; 2 Corinthians 4:8-9) is realiance on Him and his grace, with the humility to ask Him for help, wisdom or anything needful in the situation at hand.

On this note, we want to take a moment for a few words about what is called positive thinking. The best-seller books of worldly wisdom may teach that positive thinking is the way to go in the "self-help" world, even the way of "success" in all things, but the bible says no such thing as to think positively. Rather, it abounds in exhortations to lean on God and his strength and not on one's own understanding (that implies a life wholly submitted to Him). That is not negative. That is not even comparable to a so-called positive way of thinking. It's a way literally from out of this world. For the world has its ways and God's servants have their ways, having been called out of the world (John 15:19; 1 John 2:15-17). Subtly, what the positive thinking attitude will do is to make you convince yourself of a lie about a situation and about your own power in it, so you deny by the same token the truth that surrounds you. And God may then not be inclined to reveal more truth to you that could make you free from things that you may be bound by and blind to (John 8:31-36). Basically, by turning to self and not to God, you have been deceived to walk in darkness while feeling enlightened. The ways of the world that may appeal to your flesh will deceive and corrupt you. We take the time to mention this because it is not uncommon that a professed bible believer would routinely act like he doesn't actually believe what the bible teaches. A renewing of the mind in therefore needed.

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

It is necessary to grow in grace, always seeking to live a life that is more pleasing to God and also that brings Him the most glory. Following "self-help" solutions results in one glorifying himself or herself and not God. Reliance on self-help ways screams that there is no relationship at work between a person and God. That person may say "Thank God" for a relief or solution of sorts, but the fact that God was not brought into the picture in the first place will remain a "negative" in that positive thinker's relationship with God. It is impossible to look at God's faithful servants throughout the bible and find the place where they would put that self-help, given that they have a relationship with the almighty God and the full assurance of his deliverance. He is our Helper that we should call upon in times of trouble and in times of rejoicing likewise. Have we understood how the relationship works? God is long-suffering and merciful and it's not too late, as applicable, to make it right with Him! :-)

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything (whatever circumstance) give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Instead of fretting about something, all it may take is to resist that urge and stop to make a petition to God, knowing that He will answer you and lighten your path and your burden likewise.

Are you part of the "we" in the below passages?

1 John 3:22
And whatsoever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1 John 5:14-15
14 This is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us. 15 And if we know that he listens to us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.

Endeavor always to bring God's will to be done on earth (Matthew 10:6) as you walk in his ways and submit your life to be used for his service. Seek to so bear much fruit for God (John 15:8; Titus 3:8, 3:14; Hebrews 10:24; 2 Corinthians 9:8) and bring glory to Him who deserves it. He deserves it. Amen. HalleluYah!

Therefore remain connected to Jesus:

John 15:1-8
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If a man does not remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and withers; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. 8 “In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

May Jesus bless you!


See also:
Entering into God's rest and walking in it

Walking by faith and under precise direction

System of error

Love not the world (If you are worldly, you are not spiritual)

Marriage and Divorce Study and Notes

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:3-5)

Berean salute!

Running Waters by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (


Q: Is it a sin to marry someone who's divorced? Some say yes, some say no.

A: You fast, you pray, you ask (God), you seek, you knock at the door and find wisdom and understanding. And you can do all these things though Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).

Ok, this question cannot be answered with a "tweet" or short answer like we maybe would like. And my simple reason is that with so many assumptions that can be made in any situation, it is necessary to first listen and have a correct understanding of the situation and of who is involved in it (true "blood-bought"/redeemed born again believers and/or unconverted persons that profess or not to be Christians). That is prudence. We need to be men and women who will put forth the effort to show ourselves approved to God, correctly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). That takes seeking God and pondering on his word. Needless to say, that takes some time, and also the humility to accept the truth one may find that could shake one's world. But on that path there is no getting lost in "yes" and "no" opinions from people. There is rather an opportunity to trust in God and grow in intimacy with Him while being strengthened in one's faith that there is no other way that is worth going besides his ways. No matter how complex a situation seems to be (ex: the woman at the well who had had 5 husbands - John 4:1-30), confusion is not from God, but wisdom is, and his hand is stretched out ready to redeem and restore.

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


Below is a list of words I have studied with Strong's Concordance. The "study" has involved looking at the definition and often seeing the various ways a same original Greek or Hebrew word had been translated to English, and seeking to gather the most from the contexts of the passages where the word is used in the bible.

Besides not wanting to approach marriage lightly or to desire something that is in some aspects an enigma to me, and thus risk finding myself suddenly in "unknown territory" and perplexed when I should have known what I was getting into, that undertaking has stemmed from the chaos that I have found surrounding the topics of marriage, divorce, remarriage and adultery soon after I was born again. And this is not a teaching from a scholar on these topics but a sharing of what I have come to consider on my own walk with the Lord. I do not see eye to eye with many, but I will share that my endeavor has brought me to a place of peace that I will walk with God and know my calling and my way in any situation that He may lead me to. All the praise be to Him!


put away / let go/let depart (ex: Matthew 5:32)

(bill of) divorcement (ex: Matthew 5:31)

divorcement (ex: Deuteronomy 24:1)

put asunder / depart / separate (from) (ex: Matthew 19:6; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, 1 Corinthians 7:15)

put away / leave / forsake (ex: 1 Corinthians 7:11-13; Matthew 19:29, Matthew 22:22)

leave (behind) (ex: Matthew 19:5; Mark 12:19)

servant (ex: Matthew 8:9)

be or cause to be a servant / in bondage / in servitude
(ex: 1 Corinthians 7:15; 2 Peter 2:19)

make free / set at liberty (ex: John 8:38; Romans 6:18)

bound (ex: 1 Corinthians 7:27; 1 Corinthians 7:39)

loosed (untied) (ex: 1 Corinthians 7:27)

fornication (ex: Matthew 5:32, Matthew 15:19, Matthew 19:9)

commit adultery (ex: Matthew 5:32; Matthew 19:9)

commit adultery (ex: Matthew 5:27-28, Matthew 19:28)

H6172 (‛ervâh)
nakedness, nudity, shame, pudenda (ex: Leviticus 20:21)
Translated "nakedness" 50 times and "uncleanness" once in the KJV; one verse that is of interest to us for this study (Deuteronomy 24:1) is the precise one where the Hebrew word was translated "uncleanness".

H2932 ṭûm'âh
uncleanness (ex: Leviticus 18:19; Lamentations 1:9)



Uncleanness in English is filthiness, the quality of what has been defiled in some way. I gather from other translations that Leviticus 18:19 is referring to a woman possibly during her period.

But reading "Her filthiness (H2932) is in her skirts" in Lamentations 1:9, that is, "Her uncleanness is in her skirts", the idea of a defilement having taken place, and of an act of indecency, or the working of that which is “unseemly” (Romans 1:27) is clear to me.

defile / make/be unclean (ex: Leviticus 15:16)

[And to clarify uncleanness (H2932) and being defiled (H2930) further, I have also stumbled upon this passage which for me (maybe not for you) puts the nail to the coffin as to what it means that a man "found some uncleanness" in his wife (the reason for divorce) in Deuteronomt 24:1:
Numbers 5:19-21 (take the context from verse 11)
19 And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man has lain with you, and if you have not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of your husband, be free from this bitter water that causes the curse: 20 But if you have gone aside to another instead of your husband, and if you be defiled, and some man has lain with you beside your husband: 21 Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing...]

In Ezechiel 23, speaking of Aholah and Aholibah, as Samaria and Jerusalem, God's word brings together:
-woredom (H2181: zânâh) and breach of virginity (verse 3)
-playing the harlot (verse 5: H2181: zânâh)
-whoredom and defiling oneself (verse 7: H2930: ṭâmê'), so becoming defiled/unclean
- discovering/uncovering of nakedness (verse 10: H6172: ‛ervâh)

Now were Aholah and Aholibah bethroted or married women?

Deuteronomy 24 speaks of a wife living in her husband's house being put out of her husband's house. I believe betrothed women did not live together with their betrothed husbands. So if Jesus was discussing that passage with the Pharisees and his disciples, and they agree, they also must apply to the same context. Is there somewhere else Moses allowed husbands to give a bill of divorcement to their wives, because of uncleanness (uncovered nakedness)?

It's my understanding then that the uncleanness (uncovering of nakedness) in Deuteronomy 24 is not referring to a matter of incest being committed or at risk of being committed, nor can it be solely applicable to the fornication (whoredom) that could occur during a given betrothal period (the time between a couple's betrothal and actual marriage - anyone studying this topic will come upon what is called the "betrothal period" in the culture of the Jews). And notably, there exists arguments saying that the exception given in Matthew 5:32 and 19:9 applies exclusively to the betrothal period. We are studying and being like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) to find out if these things are so! Two thousand+ years of confusion on this topic can't possibly be what Jesus had intended.

Final (personal) reflections:

This is what Jesus' disciples said, after He gave them his word on divorce and remarriage consisting in adultery, exception clause included (these men were Jews):

Matthew 19:10-11
10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11. But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.

Who are they to whom this saying is given? Who are they who cannot receive it? I do not see that his disciples necessarily received it, as they were in shock. And these men were Jews.

Jesus said to them:
... "He that is able to receive it, let him receive it."
Matthew 19:12
For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake.

I believe that to his disciples it was a hard saying, but why?

I am reminded of this...
John 6:56, 60-61
56 He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him. (...) 60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said , This is a (( hard saying )); who can hear it? 61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Does this offend you?

So were these Jews so accustomed to the idea that they could put away their wives for any reason (Matthew 19:3), that establishing then that whoredom was the only valid reason for divorce made it seem to them that it was better (( for a man )) not to marry at all?

I believe Paul had the same understanding of what Jesus taught when He wrote:
1 Corinthians 7:27
Are you bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.

As much as when he wrote:
1 Corinthians 7:1
Now concerning the things about which you wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2. Nevertheless, (( to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. ))

So fornication here in 1 Corinthians 7:1 is clearly a reference to pre-marital whoredom / "whoremongering".
But how do you call cheating on your husband/wife while not having putg him/her away, and not having "married another" man/woman? Is it not playing the harlot/the whoremonger also (i.e. committing fornication – rendered "sexual immorality" in modern English translations)? By Jesus' definition, it is adultery (sin) if a man has not put away his wife for the only cause of fornication, nor given her a writing of divorcement, and had "married another".

Hebrews 13:4
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers (G4205) and adulterers (G3432) God will judge.


I trust these messages also should help explore the will of God about this topic of marriage and divorce:

The Myth of Casting Stones

*** The Myth of Casting Stones ***

Under the Old Covenant God (Yahweh) had made with Israel, the purpose of casting stones was to put to death somebody who was caught in sin. That was only done on the account of at least two witnesses. So no man could single-handedly be "casting stones" at another (Deuteronomy 17:6). And the law was given to teach that the outcome of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and that it had (still has) no place among the people of God (Deuteronomy 17:7; John 3:36; John 8:24; John 8:31-36; Acts 3:22-26; Hebrews 10:26-29).

2 Timothy 2:19
However God's firm foundation stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness."

When someone's sin is exposed, that person doesn't die as a result, but rather that person may find the way of receiving God's mercy. Salvation or the "Good News" itself makes no sense if sin is not understood as the bad news that it is. So any true preaching of the gospel cannot get "politically correct" and skip the speaking against sin in order to share in some fake form of "love". Surely, hearing the truth may not be flattering, but only the truth saves, not flattery. Those who only regard as "love" the fact of being flattered and made to feel approved and accepted in their ways (they don't care if their ways are God's ways and don't care to change ), they will be offended at the hearing of the truth. But it is what it is. The truth is not to be twisted to suit someone's taste or lifestyle (Galatians 1:10).

2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

The message we preach must get the point across that the hearer has a responsibility to respond to God's call personally. He cannot "trust" in what Jesus has done and be saved while not following (obeying) Him has a disciple. That is a myth but it is what is taught by many false prophets that have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1): Come as you are, stay as you are, die as you are. Just get on board with a lifestyle that has nothing to do with receiving the new life Jesus died so man could have.

But the preaching of the truth by the power of the Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin as it happened in Acts 2 (verse 37), and then people will respond in true repentance and zeal to obtain nothing short of that great salvation from the ruin of sin.

John 16:8
And when He (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment

Isaiah 58:1
Cry aloud, spare not;
Lift up your voice like a trumpet;
Tell My people their transgression,
And the house of Jacob their sins.

How does exposing sin get equated to "casting stones" or killing someone in the minds of so many in this generation? Even as a metaphor, it makes no sense. And Jesus did speak many other words besides "Whoever is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her." (John 8:7), and he said it to stop hypocrisy, not to stop the truth from being preached!

What leads to death is the sin itself!

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

"Coming to Jesus" is the choice to obey Him, the Son, so to follow Him as a disciple, even this way: “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." (Luke 9:23) That obedience leads to doing the will of God (righteousness) rather than sinning and being on the broad road that leads to destruction.

John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Matthew 7:13-14
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. 14 For narrow is the gate and difficult is the road that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

So sin is exposed so people can repent and don't perish. But what we pray should die inside of them is their pride and rebellion against God, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).

John 12:24-25
24 Truly, truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life.

Matthew 18:1-4
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

People can have different reactions at the preaching of repentance as Jesus commanded (Luke 24:47):

Some will humble themselves, repent and be saved (Acts 2:37-41 or 2 Corinthians 7:8-11);

some will say, "I will hear you some other time," like Felix (Acts 24:24-25) and may never get to that;

and some will rise up to do some actual "stone casting" themselves and kill the messenger/preacher of righteousness, as those who rose up against apostle Stephen (Acts 7:51-54, Acts 7:57-60), or they will be angry at their brother, which Jesus said is still the same as being guilty of murder (Matthew 5:21-22).

Repent or perish is Jesus' message (maybe it's not allowed on TV, be careful).

Luke 13:1-5
1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”


1 Corinthians 13:6
Love "doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth."

James 1:21-25
21 Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect Law of freedom, and continues, not being a hearer who forgets, but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does.

James 4:7-10
7 Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament, mourn, and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.


2 Corinthians 4:1-6
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we do not faint. 2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3 Even if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing; 4 in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, to prevent the light shining from the Good News of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake; 6 seeing it is God who said, "Light will shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.


See also:
"Only God can judge me!"

Being Judgemental

Faith in Jesus

Abiding in the Teaching of Christ