Complete Integrity

When Jesus called Nathaniel to become His disciple He spoke a big compliment to him. He said Nathaniel was a man of complete integrity (NLT). Other Bible translations say he had no guile and no deceit.

If Jesus said that about me I would consider it the greatest compliment and encouragement of my life. And I would faithfully work to do what He needed me to do.

John 1:47-49, HCSB.

John 1 ~

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” 44 Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown.

45 Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses[a] and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.

47 As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”

48 “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.”

49 Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” 51 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.[b]

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Rock Solid

I’m excited to write this blog entry. It’s about Jesus’ disciple Peter.

Peter was greatly used as a disciple of Jesus. A little recognized fact about him is he and his brother were John the Baptist’s disciples before they were with Jesus. God had Peters life all planned out. Since he was John the Baptist’s disciple he had more experience than the others. He had the humble example of John the Baptist and personally experienced his untimely beheading. Simon was also the one who notably forsook Jesus at the pivotal time when He was falsely arrested.

Here’s another great truth about Peter, God’s intentions were to use Peter to help establish the church. Jesus told Peter, that He would use him to build His church and the Gates of Hell would not prevail against it!

John 1 ~

35 The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. 36 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” 37 When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.

38 Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.

They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus.41 Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”[a]).

42 Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”[b]).

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Samson’s Dad

Manoah and his wife had no children. The angel of the Lord appeared to his wife and told her she would have a son. Then Manoah prayed to God for the angel to return so they could know more details. And he did.

I respect this about Manoah. He’s like me. I like to know as many details beforehand, if possible, when change comes. It helps me mentally prepare. I also like the quality in Manoah that he loved his family. I have to also add this though, when Manoah and his wife had their baby they spoiled him and raised him giving him what he wanted. Their baby was Samson. Samson was a judge for Israel but he didn’t obey God very well.

Judges 13 ~

1Again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord handed them over to the Philistines, who oppressed them for forty years.

In those days a man named Manoah from the tribe of Dan lived in the town of Zorah. His wife was unable to become pregnant, and they had no children. The angel of the Lordappeared to Manoah’s wife and said, “Even though you have been unable to have children, you will soon become pregnant and give birth to a son. So be careful; you must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food.[a] You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and his hair must never be cut. For he will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. He will begin to rescue Israel from the Philistines.”

The woman ran and told her husband, “A man of God appeared to me! He looked like one of God’s angels, terrifying to see. I didn’t ask where he was from, and he didn’t tell me his name. But he told me, ‘You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food. For your son will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from the moment of his birth until the day of his death.’”

Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, saying, “Lord, please let the man of God come back to us again and give us more instructions about this son who is to be born.”

God answered Manoah’s prayer, and the angel of God appeared once again to his wife as she was sitting in the field. But her husband, Manoah, was not with her. 10 So she quickly ran and told her husband, “The man who appeared to me the other day is here again!”

11 Manoah ran back with his wife and asked, “Are you the man who spoke to my wife the other day?”

“Yes,” he replied, “I am.”

12 So Manoah asked him, “When your words come true, what kind of rules should govern the boy’s life and work?”

13 The angel of the Lord replied, “Be sure your wife follows the instructions I gave her. 14 She must not eat grapes or raisins, drink wine or any other alcoholic drink, or eat any forbidden food.”

15 Then Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “Please stay here until we can prepare a young goat for you to eat.”

16 “I will stay,” the angel of the Lordreplied, “but I will not eat anything. However, you may prepare a burnt offering as a sacrifice to the Lord.” (Manoah didn’t realize it was the angel of the Lord.)

17 Then Manoah asked the angel of the Lord, “What is your name? For when all this comes true, we want to honor you.”

18 “Why do you ask my name?” the angel of the Lord replied. “It is too wonderful for you to understand.”

19 Then Manoah took a young goat and a grain offering and offered it on a rock as a sacrifice to the Lord. And as Manoah and his wife watched, the Lorddid an amazing thing. 20 As the flames from the altar shot up toward the sky, the angel of the Lord ascended in the fire. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell with their faces to the ground.

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Integrity

David wrote Psalm 101. He purposed to live a life of integrity in several different ways. Today, I pray these words with authority as a Christian to our powerful God who will continuously help us in every of moment of this day to do the right thing.

Psalm 101 ~

I will sing of your love and justice, Lord.
    I will praise you with songs.
I will be careful to live a blameless life—
    when will you come to help me?
I will lead a life of integrity
    in my own home.
I will refuse to look at
    anything vile and vulgar.
I hate all who deal crookedly;
    I will have nothing to do with them.
I will reject perverse ideas
    and stay away from every evil.
I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors.
    I will not endure conceit and pride.

I will search for faithful people
    to be my companions.
Only those who are above reproach
    will be allowed to serve me.
I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house,
    and liars will not stay in my presence.
My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked
    and free the city of the Lordfrom their grip.

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Unfailing Love And Faithfulness

When Jesus walked this earth, He was God in human form. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness (New Living Translation) from God. Long ago, with God, He created the world. But most sadly, He was rejected by God’s own people, the Jews. They were the ones who said to crucify Him. Jesus was beaten and whipped and then painfully died on the cross. But before that He was rejected…insult was added to injury…His own people screamed the words to the ruler, Pilate, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” when He had not committed any kind of crime.

John 1 ~

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

14 So the Word became human[a] and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.[b] And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

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Life Created

The beginning of the book of John has several powerful, thought-provoking verses. It’s as if, you need to read a single verse and then dwell on it before you go to the next. The verses give answers to deep questions such as Jesus exsisted before He came to this earth. Jesus was human form of the Word of God. God and Jesus are so intertwined that the world was created by God through Jesus. Jesus gave life to the world.

John 1 ~

1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
    The Word was with God,
    and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
    and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,[a]
    and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness can never extinguish it.[b]

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All My Generations

Shout it out loud with great gladness that God is faithful throughout all your generations (if you allow Him to be)!

Psalm 100 ~

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
    Worship the Lord with gladness.
    Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
    He made us, and we are his.[a]
    We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
    go into his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
    His unfailing love continues forever,
    and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

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