May 3, 2020
We are individualized in God’s sight, not lumped together in the mass.
His beneficence who came to lighten our woes and to augment our gladness.
It was not “good” for Adam to be alone. (Genesis 2:18) A high pitch of
civilization cannot be reached or maintained in isolation. Left to ourselves,
we grow careless of refinement or progress. To shut ourselves up like flowers
that close their petals at the rude blast, to crawl inside our shell, and, closing
the aperture, to dwell simply on our own satisfactions and uneasinesses,
is the pleading of mistaken self-love that overreaches itself and misses the
pure happiness of sharing others’delights and of doing good. Spiritual
growth is not attainable any more than physical strength by a life within-doors.
Avoid the heat and the icy wind, and health suffers by too-great confinement.
The poorest in point of worldly goods may be rich in
God-like sympathy. Many a man has been saved from utter despair by the
knowledge that another was interested in his welfare.
“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed
each other.” (Psalm 85:10)
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness
quietness and assurance for ever.” (Isaiah 32:17
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and
I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” (Psalm 23:6)
“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all
things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”
(I Timothy 4:8)
Grace is when
God gives us good
things we don’t deserve.
Mercy is when
He spares us from bad things
we do deserve.
Blessings are when
He is generous with both.
God is good all the time!
I Corinthians 6:9-11
The Overcomers – Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21
φαρμακία – pharmakia – English = pharmacy – primarily the use of medicine,
drugs, spells, then poisoning, then sorcery. (Revised Version – sorcery;
Authorized Version – witchcraft) In sorcery, the use of drugs, whether simple
or potent, was generally accompanied by incantation and appeals to occult
powers, with the provision of various charms, amulets, etc., professedly
designed to keep the applicant or patient from the attention and power
of demons and to impress the applicant with the mysterious resources and
powers of the sorcerer.
φαρμακός – pharmakos – used as an adjective signifies ”devoted to magical
arts”; used as a noun, a sorcerer – especially one who uses drugs, potions,
Drug usage is mentioned as late in the Bible as the last two chapters:
Revelation 21:8 and 22:15.
15 “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and
murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”
without (omit “for”) are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators,
etc. The article renders each term general in its signification.
“The dogs” are those who are described in v. 11 as
“the filthy;” the term is proverbial amongst Eastern nations as an
expression for what is most degraded. The epithets in this verse occur
(with others) in ch.21:8. A contrast is forcibly presented between these wicked
ones here indicated, and those who have (in the preceding verse) the right to
enter the city, owing to their purity obtained by washing their robes.
The dogs are impure and malicious people or someone with a low character. The first
time blatantly impure sinners were called dogs is in Deuteronomy 23:18. This is where
male homosexual prostitutes were in view. (I guess today in politically correct circles
this would be elevated to hate speech? But “political correctness” has no influence
on souls in eternity! CY – 2015) Sorcerers are those who practice occult or witchcraft.
Greek φαρμακοὶ - pharmakoi – druggers - is the root of the English word pharmacy
which often accompanies those practices. Whoremongers are those who practice all
kinds of sexual immorality. Greek πόρνοι – pornoi – paramours – from πόρνος comes
the root of the English word pornography. Murderers: means pre-meditated murder.
This has nothing to do with accidental killing or killing in war. They are included in the
list given in ch.21:8: "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and
murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have
their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Idolaters are just those who put anything ahead of God which includes mammon (money)
or the love of everything which TAKES ONES ATTENTION OFF serving God!
Someone once said: Show me someone's calendar and checkbook and I'll tell you where
their heart lies. Think about that. Idolaters are also those who worship false gods or
worship the true God in an unacceptable matter. Maketh at Lie: Everyone sometimes
during their life has lied as It's human nature. Some tell little white lies, even some
Christians. But all lies are acts of deceiving (and is very Satan like – John 8:44 – CY –
2015) and can be very harmful to others. Simply withholding some of the truth when
asked a question is in itself lying. Consider carefully how you answer and instead of a
white lie or withholding a part of the truth, find another way. I would rather be told the
truth no matter how bad it is rather than find later I had be deceived. Those who
"loveth and maketh a lie" has to do with hurting someone else. Any time we hurt someone
else, it is sin. It is not all who have ever committed any of these sins listed above that will be
excluded from heaven. But it is those who love and habitually practice these sins and
stubbornly cling to them and REFUSE Christ's invitation to salvation who will be the
ones cast into the lake of fire. (discoverrevelation.com)