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A God In Heaven

Written by
Wayne Ro
bbins 
8-16-23

In the book of Daniel we find a young man who looked to God in Heaven for his strength and pointed others to Him as well. In chapter two a King asked Daniel if he could interpret a dream.  “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, "The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. (28) But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days..."  Daniel 2:27-28. We can look to the same God in heaven today and find the answers that no other man can provide. His Son Jesus Christ, by use of the Gospel, reveals the secrets of Salvation. Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began (26) but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith -- Romans 16:25-26. Read the book of Daniel and see how foolish it is to put your trust in anything other than the Words of the God in heaven.

A Guiding Light

Written by
Wayne R
obbins
8-17-23
 

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalm 119:105. We are walking through this world both in a physical and spiritual sense. Physically speaking I have tried to maneuver my way through the dark enough to appreciate a good light. It is much easier to avoid trip hazards, stubbed toes, and bruised shins if you can clearly see the path that lies before you. As I set out to walk each day in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16) I appreciate a good light to illuminate my heaven bound path. There is a constant force that is trying to lead us all from the path of righteousness (Eph 6:11-13) and into eternal destruction (Mat 7:13). God’s Word provides the light that will expose Satan and the snares which he has set (2 Tim. 2:26). Jesus said “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” John 8:12. Take the Bible and learn about Jesus so that you can follow Him into the everlasting light of eternity.

All to Jesus

I Surrender

 

Written by
Wayne Ro
bbins 
8-23-23

“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple..” These are the words of Jesus as found in Luke 14:33. Christ knows that the best thing for us is an eternal home in Heaven. He wants us to evaluate our life and to realize that God alone is worthy of first place. When we wake up in the morning we must “seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) and God will bless us richly.  We must have the same attitude that Peter expressed in Luke 18:28; “Then Peter said, "See, we have left all and followed You." Are you willing to leave all and follow Christ? What if you realize that the place where you worship is not following the teachings of Christ as found in the Bible? Would you be willing to surrender to the teachings of Christ and seek the church we read about in the New Testament? We know Christ’s church exist today because Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 “I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  If you would like to learn more about the church that you read about in the Bible you can read the book of Acts in your New Testament. You can also call my cell # at 210-782-8788 and we can study the Bible together.

Understanding  Revelation 

Written by
Wayne Ro
bbins 
8-29-23

 

It is certain that “you can know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” It has become obvious to me that many people are interested in the book of Revelation, but feel that it cannot be understood. I do not claim to understand every phrase of this book, nor do I know any man that makes such a claim. What we can know is the overall message that has blessed lives from the first century until this very day. “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand” (Rev 1:3). The philosopher Aristotle penned the maxim “Well begun is half done.” I believe this will hold true concerning a study of Revelation. Many do not begin with a proper approach when studying this book and therefore end up confused and way off target. I have personally read several commentaries and other writings concerning the Book of Revelation. In my effort to understand this book, the best thing that I have done was take the time to read it from beginning to end in one setting. When you read it in one setting, it is easier to see the overall theme. I believe the overall theme is victory in Christ. Revelation 17:14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."  I would encourage you to receive the same blessing of reading the book of Revelation in one setting.  As you read the book of Revelation, take the time to stop and meditate on what is being conveyed and how it correlates with other scriptures in the Bible. I hope that you experience the same blessing that I have from reading this powerful book. Revelation 21:6-7 And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. (7) He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

God Supplies the Instrument 

Written by
Wayne Ro
bbins 
9-6-23

Most of us have never been beaten and forced to spend the night in prison with our feet fastened in stocks. If such things ever happen to you and you’re truly innocent of a crime, what do you suppose your attitude will be at midnight? When we read the book of Acts we find in Chap.16 that Paul and Silas were in this very predicament. What did they do? Did they feel sorry for themselves and blame God for the situation they were in? At midnight we find them praying and singing hymns to God. Singing is a way in which we can worship God anytime and anywhere, Jas 5:13  Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. He has created us with the ability to lift up our voice in worship at any time and with no need of a man made instrument. Not only has He created us with this ability but He desires for us to use it to worship and glorify Him. Eph 5:19 teaches us to sing to the Lord. Ephesians 5:18-19 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, (19) speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,. Under the New Testament, which is the New Covenant God has made with us today (Heb 8:6-8), we never find a command to play musical instruments. We never find an example of Christ or any of His followers playing musical instruments. In a Roman culture where musical instruments would have been available, we still only find Jesus singing with His followers, Matthew 26:30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Everyone that stood before Jesus on that occasion had a God-given instrument with them. The instrument was the human voice attached to the human heart. That is why we find the commandment in the New Testament to sing from the heart. Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2Ti 3:16) Paul gave this commandment to all who follow Christ.  All followers of Christ should be using the instrument that God has blessed them with. Christians should be plucking the human heartstrings as we make a beautiful melody with our God-given voice to the Creator. 1Co 14:15  What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. God through His inspired word, the Bible, has made it very clear that we are under the New Covenant today. I want to follow that covenant and not add to or take away from it. If I add something to the worship service that I do not find taught in the New Testament, then I am guilty of adding to the words of Christ. John 12:48-50 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. (49) For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. (50) And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak." I know that it is very important to follow the inspired words found in all of the New Testament (1Pe 4:11, Col 3:17, 2Co 5:9,10). I could never, with a good conscience, use instruments of music in worship service to God. If we all follow the New Testament, we will all be doing the same thing in our worship to God, (1Cor 1:10). It is a serious matter to add to or take away from what God has spoken. It is so serious that He ended the entire Bible with these words, Revelation 22:18-21 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; (19) and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (20) He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (21) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Someone may say “I THINK I can use instrumental music in worship and still be pleasing to God” even though they do not find a passage that authorizes this practice in the New Testament. I say, “I KNOW from scripture that I can use only the instrument that God has given me, which is the human voice attached to a Christian heart, in my worship to God and be pleasing to Him.” I have no doubt about that and I can prove that from the written Word of God. 1 Corinthians 4:6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. Thank you God for giving us the instrument of voice and the ability to lift it up and glorify Your Holy Name. Hebrews 2:12 saying: "I WILL DECLARE YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN; IN THE MIDST OF THE ASSEMBLY I WILL SING PRAISE TO YOU."

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