I HAVE AN ETERNITY AHEAD OF ME

 Chapter Four DEATH

Part Three

LIES, DECEIT AND COVERT OPERATIONS

 


Romans 6:23 King James Version (KJV)

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

 

 

 

 

 

When we look into the eyes of sin, no matter what the sin is, we can see 'death'; for the wages of sin is death. Even in our efforts to do right, we can be blinded in recognizing sin and bondage. The adversary has devised many ways to disguise darkness as light. The adversary tries to use us to advance his own agenda, attempting to fill us with lies and deceit, operating covertly to serve him.

 

Recognizing sin, resisting and persisting, rests in having a clean heart, united with the One, following in the footsteps of Jesus, rooted in a relationship with God, and with our eyes first seeking the Kingdom of Heaven.

Contrary to the belief of some, the institutional church can be a vital part of our growth and fight against the darkness. It has remained as an incubator for many to become born again and as an important teaching facility to introduce and grow in God's Word.

 

However, as one grows, one must become aware of their growth, position and purpose within the institutional church. If you are not growing, then, you must assess what is stunting your growth.

 

  1. Have you moved into a position of resisting and persisting that which goes against the Word of God? If not, are you growing? 
  2. If you have established your growth and position, what is your purpose in remaining in the institutional church? 
  3. Are you involved in true DISCIPLESHIP or are you just maintaining the status of a MEMBER?
  4. Has God positioned you for CHANGE within the church?
  5. Has God positioned you to bring growth to others?
  6. Is God preparing you for your purpose or mission?
  7. Are you still clinging to the world?
  8. Are you still clinging to self?
  9. Have you been fed lies by the adversary concerning what the church is and the meaning and act of  fellowship?
  10. Are you remaining faithful to religion, tradition and rituals within the institutional church because it is part of your heritage and loyalty to family affiliation, denominational preference, education or ordination?
  11. Are you satisfied with just being a contemporary designed Christian instead of a Disciple of Christ?
  12. Is it easier for someone else to tell you what to do and how to do it, instead of being ACCOUNTABLE and RESPONSIBLE?
  13. Do you serve the institutional church or do you serve God as an Ambassador and Disciple of Christ?
  14. Are you just going to church to look good in the eyes of society and those close to you?
  15. Are you able to see and recognize sin and bondage?
  16. If you see and recognize sin and bondage, are you too afraid to step out on faith and do something about it?
  17. Perhaps, you just don't know where else to go, or what else to do?
  18. What is GOD telling you? Are you listening? Are you obeying? Have you tried?
  19. Are you seeking TRUTH or are you content in living a LIE?
  20. Are you living abundantly in your eternal life if you cannot look sin in the eye and see the death that creeps upon you if you do not resist and persist?

 

 

RESTORING ORDER

WHO WILL RESTORE ORDER? GOD ALMIGHTY! GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH!

HE WHO IS HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS! FULL OF GRACE AND MERCY! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!

 Whenever mankind became too corrupted, God knew that He must restore order. He was willing to flood the earth, leaving only Noah and his family to replenish the earth. He was willing to destroy all of Sodom of Gomorrah to cut off the sin that had consumed it. Whenever the people of Israel went astray, disobeying God, He would punish the people to cut off the sin that corrupted them. He destroyed all but a remnant of the Tribe of Benjamin to wipe out the sin that had consumed it. The people of Israel were scattered and put into bondage by other nations and rulers. Prophets were sent time and time again to warn the people that God was not pleased and to turn from their wicked ways.

Deuteronomy 7:9 KJV

Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

Then, Jesus was sent to form a new covenant that would forgive man of sin and provide a way to keep him from sinning. Therein, was man's relationship with God restored and a new plan and way to restore order. Through Jesus and God's Holy Spirit, God made us accountable to one another; to function as members of One Body with Christ as the Head.

 

Therefore, as a member of the Body of Christ, in order for the Body to have order, I must follow the Mind of Christ and be accountable to the other members of the Body who are depending upon me.

 

If I am to be used by God to restore order, I must be willing to suffer pain and shame in Jesus's most  precious and holy name. This is the area where most Believers fail and resort to sin and lies. They have not learned to humble themselves and their pride leads them to protect themselves to avoid pain, guilt and shame.

 

If I am to be used by God to restore order, then, I must be able to resist and persist, in order to spread the TRUE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, calling the people and the nation to prayer, repentance, seeking God's face for restoration and healing of the land. I cannot resist and persist without keeping my eyes on Jesus and abiding in Him and God's Holy Spirit. I must submit to wise counsel and be accountable to God and the Body of Christ. That which I offer to my brother must be done and given in LOVE. All that I do must be to glorify GOD and to bring His Will to Earth as it is in Heaven. I must never forget the power of prayer, fervently praying, unceasingly, in constant communion with my Father.

 

QUESTIONS: RESTORING ORDER

  1. Do you feel God can use you to help restore order in your life and the lives of others? How? In what capacity?
  2.  Do you live abundantly and eternally, knowing that God is in control and will restore order?

 

 

THE COUNSEL OF GAMALIEL, THE PHARISEE

37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

 

God will make a way, even out of no way, as is often said by Believers. He will open and close doors so that we may do that which He has prepared for us to do. We must never forget:

 

Psalm 23King James Version (KJV)

 

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 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.

 

QUESTIONS: THE COUNSEL OF GAMALIEL, THE PHARISEE

  1.  Gamaliel used examples of other men, who had risen to fame, who were proven in time to be false prophets and messiahs, as reason for his argument that the Apostles should be left alone. Why do you think that Gamaliel reasoned differently than the other pharisee?
  2.  Does Gamaliel appear to place his faith in God being in control and restoring order, in taking matters into his own hands, or in waiting for luck and chances?
  3. Gamaliel cautions the others not to interfere because they don't know if what is occurring is an act of God. Such a decision can be very difficult to make when people are being affected by new ideas, doctrine and actions. We must ask ourselves, do we resist and persist or allow things to run their course? 
  4. Should we resist and persist against changes that have adverse affects in the lives of others causing suffering or pain?
  5. Should we resist and persist against that which encourages, condones, or spreads sin?
  6. Jesus's teachings uprooted the traditions, false doctrine and rituals of the Jewish religion and jeopardized the corrupt practices of the ruling elite, the Pharisee and Sadducee. Today, many traditions and rituals remain within the institutional church. Jesus did and said things to show the people that because they clung to these things, they were in bondage. If these things remain, then, the people are still in bondage. Why do so many people choose bondage instead of worshiping in spirit and in truth? 
  7. Is it because they do not recognize bondage and going against the Word of God as sin and death?
  8. Is the institutional church giving the people a false illusion of salvation, Christianity, abundant and eternal life, by tying them to tradition and rituals which hinder their growth and relationship with their Heavenly Father?
  9. Should we resist and persist against this or heed the counsel of Gamaliel and allow it to run its course?
  10. Are we our Brother's keeper?
  11. As Disciples, how are we to bring in the lost and awaken the sleeping, if we simply allow them to be misled and led to the slaughter?
  12. What would be the difference between our resisting and persisting to lead others to The Kingdom of God to worship in Spirit and in Truth and the Pharisee and Sadducee interfering to stop the Apostles?
  13. Did the fulfillment of the prophesies and resurrection of Jesus prove Him to be the True Messiah?
  14. In our resistance and persistence against bondage and darkness, and in spreading the True Gospel and helping to expand the Kingdom, are we continuing to do the work of Jesus?

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SELF REFLECTION: A Look in the Mirror

Once again, when we look at Jesus' parables, He is challenging us to examine where our heart lies. Closely examining your heart, answer the questions above.

DISCUSS your answers with a mature Believer who can guide you in your spiritual relationship with Jesus and our Father, and/or have group discussions to learn from those who have different experiences and perspectives.

QUESTIONS: Write down your questions and discuss them with a mature Believer or submit them to this blog.

 

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REFERENCED SCRIPTURE

Psalm 37 King James Version (KJV)

37 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

 

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

 

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

 

4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

 

5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

 

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

 

7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

 

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

 

9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

 

10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

 

11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

 

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

 

13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

 

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

 

15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

 

16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

 

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

 

18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

 

19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

 

20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

 

21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

 

22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

 

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

 

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

 

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

 

26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

 

27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

 

28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

 

29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

 

30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

 

31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

 

32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

 

33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

 

34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

 

35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

 

36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

 

37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

 

38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

 

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

 

40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

 

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Psalm 119 King James Version (KJV)

119 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.

13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.

14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.

23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.

25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.

26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.

27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.

30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.

32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.

40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.

44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.

45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.

46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.

53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

55 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.

56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.

57 Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.

58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.

59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.

66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.

69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.

70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.

71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

75 I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.

77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.

78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.

80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.

81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.

82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?

83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?

85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.

86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.

87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.

88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.

92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

94 I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.

95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.

96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.

102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.

103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.

108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.

109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.

110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.

111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

112 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.

114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.

116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.

119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.

120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

121 I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.

122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.

123 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.

124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.

127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.

129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.

130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.

133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.

135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.

138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.

142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.

146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.

147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.

148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.

150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.

151 Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.

152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.

154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.

155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.

156 Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.

157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.

158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.

159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.

160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.

164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

166 Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.

167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.

168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.

169 Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word.

170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.

171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.

174 I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.

175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.

176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

 

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Acts 5 King James Version (KJV) 

5 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

 

2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

 

3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

 

4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

 

5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

 

6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

 

7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.

 

8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

 

9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

 

10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

 

11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

 

12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.

 

13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.

 

14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)

 

15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

 

16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

 

17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,

 

18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.

 

19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

 

20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

 

21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

 

22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned and told,

 

23 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.

 

24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.

 

25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.

 

26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.

 

27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,

 

28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

 

29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

 

30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

 

31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

 

32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

 

33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

 

34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

 

35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

 

36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

 

37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

 

38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

 

39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

 

40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

 

41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

 

42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.