Monday, June 12, 2017

Understanding Our Sin and Answering Our Call in Christ/The Pathway of Faith

Understanding Our Sin and Answering our Call in Christ/The Pathway of Faith
Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17), therefore please read the referenced scriptures.

Romans 7:4-25; “ 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I, myself, serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

This is a long passage of scripture, but the teaching here of Paul is very important to understand. For it is inspired to cause us to perform the calling of God He has placed upon us, no matter where we are in the Lord or how badly our flesh is being buffeted by the enemy of our souls. I want to make this very clear. Every human upon this planet sins and it does not matter if you are saved or not (Psalm 14:3, 53:3, Romans 3:12). So what is going on inside of the believer? Answer: there is a tug of war or constant skirmishes between two parts of our makeup when we are believers in Christ. What is being revealed is the fact that we are still attached to this “flesh” or “body of death”. You see we, in Christ, have two adversaries living within us which are the Flesh or our carnal mind and our God conscious part of our being which is the Spirit. The flesh is at total enmity against God and our God conscious spirit (Romans 8:5-10). As we walk after God and feed the spirit, which God has brought back to life through Salvation, the flesh becomes weaker because it has not been nourished. Conversely, if the flesh is what we are being fed it will become stronger and the spirit will grow weaker. Now reaching deeper into the primary scripture, Paul is saying that he does the things that he should not do and the things that he should do he does not do. I want you to really sink your God conscious spirit around the primary scripture and understand something. Paul has a terrible time doing what he is supposed to do because of the “thorn in his flesh that buffets him”, but he is still carrying out the calling God has placed upon him regardless of his circumstance (Romans 11:29) because he knows it is his responsibility to answer the call of God. Yet he has so much buffeting going on he cries out “Who shall deliver me from this body of death”. Of course the answer to that is no-one other than Jesus Christ is capable.  God wants us to fulfill His calling that He has placed upon our lives, but with “no-one doing what is right (or good)” how is this supposed to be done?  Answer: 2 Timothy 4:2 “2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” Just as any deciduous tree we are not always going to be bearing leaves and fruit. There is a time and a season for these things. But Christ in us the hope of Glory, is fully capable to move through us even when we are out of season and do not “feel like it” or we are in the midst of a flesh and Spirit conflict. The main keys for being used of God is the following: be available, be willing, be well rooted in the word of God and this; “5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us (I John1:5-10). What John is saying about walking in darkness is this: we are sinners and the darkness is the fact that we are hiding our sin(s) from God. Whereas, if we walk in the light and reveal our sins unto God, He is faithful to cleanse us of our sin(s), then our works are wrought in God when we bring our sins before the Lord because darkness (or sin) cannot exist in the light because it is now exposed so all may see that it is sin (darkness). “19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God (John 3:19-21).” As Paul stated in the primary scripture above, it is the law that makes sin evident and is our schoolmaster to teach us what to do or not do. Are we capable of keeping the law? Absolutely not! That is why God sent His Son down to earth and brought about redemption whereby we would no longer be under the law of sin and death, but under love forgiveness and grace (John 3:16).

No one upon this earth who has given their hearts to Jesus Christ is perfect. No one is exempt from sin, even those who have given their hearts to Christ, as we are still attached to this “body of death” until the flesh physically dies and the sin nature is then shed from our being. God expects us to heed the call He has placed upon our lives in season or out of season. Our calling is not based upon how we feel or what we think at any given moment, but is based upon what God has called us to do, when He wants us to do it, and where He wants us to do it. Our calling is not based upon our earthly abilities and talents (although they can be a part of how God will use us), but is based upon His Son Jesus who lives in our hearts, the gifting of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11), the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and the fact that it is God’s responsibility to give us the “tools of His trade” (The gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit), not ours. We are to stir up the gifts He has given us in the body of Christ (2 Timothy 1:6) and couple that with the fruit of the Spirit, especially love, being led (not driven) by the Lord according to His will and timing.

When we share according to God’s will it does not matter what kind of battles are waging war within our makeup, what matters is that we do not hide our sins from God and confess them to Him. This confession, forgiveness, and cleansing causes a restorative action from God whereby we have the blessing of God to carry on in the calling in which we are called. This is true communion with God: being honest and humble before Him, realizing that we will always be attached to this body of death, but not allowing our sin nature to interfere or detract from our calling and saying Yes Lord, I am all yours. Then the Lord takes our can of worms away and feeds us with the finest manna he has, His Son Jesus Christ the true bread of life that came down from heaven.

Sam Kofsky-a friend of Jesus

Friday, May 26, 2017

Unto Whomsoever Much is Given, of Him Shall be Much Required/The Pathway of Faith

Unto Whomsoever Much is Given, of Him Shall be Much Required/The Pathway of Faith
Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17), therefore please read all referenced scriptures.

Luke 12:42-48; “42 And the Lord said, ‘Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.’ 45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.’”

When we are faithful stewards of what God has given us, He will entrust with us even more. If you remember the Lord who gave his servants talents of Gold according to their stewardship record (Matthew 25:14-30). Well those who had earned their master double of what he had been given were made rulers over many things and entered into the joy of their Lord, but the servant that buried his talent in the ground and earned nothing, was stripped of what he had been given and was cast into outer darkness. This does not necessarily apply to only monetary gains, but may be applied to the spiritual gains in the gifts of the Holy Spirit or finding the office given to us by Jesus Christ. You see it is our responsibility to stir up the gift(s) and seek the office God has given us for ministry (2 Timothy 1:6, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Ephesians 4:10-15). All this stirring up needs to be started in our home church where it is understood that members will be exercising and strengthening those gifts and offices to make them strong in the power of God It also applies to the different areas of calling from the Lord, whether it is a preacher on the front lines, a teacher, a prophet, or something as mundane as pulling nails out of boards,  The wonderful thing about being used of God, whatever it may be, we will have certain joy by fulfilling what God has called us to do. Not only that, but it will be something we will thoroughly enjoy, want, and love to do. Right now, I am called to be a teacher and a writer and occasional singer and there is not anything that gives me more joy than to teach, write and sing. I am joyful to pen whatever God gives me and to write and teach whatever topic He gives me to share with others. The singing drives the message deeper into the student’s hearts. I am totally blessed to do what God has called me to do. The same will be true for everyone who fulfills the calling God has placed upon them. Those God places on the “front lines” will catch a bit more “flack” from the unbelievers, but God will give them grace to overcome those circumstances in His Son Jesus Christ. And don’t forget Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” When we are given a little and become good stewards of what we have been given, God will give us more that He wants us to do for and with Him. But if we hide the offices and gifts that God has given us, what little we have will be taken away from us and given to another who is capable and willing to carry out God’s will. In a sense we are a conduit for God to flow through when we have surrendered our lives to Him as a living sacrifice. What He gives us, He wants us to share with others, not bury it in the depths of our being or to hide the gifts, offices or callings. We are to be fruitful and multiply in the earth (Genesis 1:28). This does not only relate to procreation of Children to populate the earth, but also applies to procreating to maturity Christ within us and to procreate new souls for the kingdom of heaven so they may also dwell in eternity with Jesus. We should stop hiding from what God wants us to do, what He’s equipped, and blessed us to do. Hiding our callings from one soul could mean that person may never know the truth about Jesus Christ and spend eternity in hell. “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Sam Kofsky-a friend of Jesus

Friday, May 5, 2017

Enter into His Gates/The Pathway of Faith

Enter into His Gates/The Pathway of Faith

Psalm 100:1-4; “1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 22:3; 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Entering into the presence of the Lord requires at least one of two things: 1. to bring all of our un-confessed sins before God and ask forgiveness of the Father in Jesus name. This needs to be done for the Father cannot allow anyone to come into His presence when they have un-confessed sin in our lives. This is because God is absolutely holy and is totally separated from sin. This is what happened to Adam and Eve when they partook of the forbidden fruit from the forbidden tree. They now had sin in their lives and they lost the God conscious spirit to death (from sin, Genesis 3: all). After the fall, the God conscious part of man, the spirit, died. God made Adam and Eve leave the Garden of Eden so they could not eat of the tree of life and live forever in their fallen state. Very fortunately God had a plan of redemption laid out which He brought about in His time through Jesus Christ our Savior. Though we are saved through Jesus Christ, the Father will still not be around sin and unless we have confessed our sins and ask forgiveness, the Blood of Christ does not cover those un-confessed sins. Therefore, we cannot enter into His presence: Leviticus 11:43-45. “43 Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.44 For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 45 For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” The word Holy is an implication that God is completely set apart from sin and is clean (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) and therefore we are required to be Holy, clean, set apart from sin by the blood of Jesus Christ in order to enter into the presence of the Father. As far as Jesus goes, He was counted as sin for us and we are able to ask forgiveness of the Father through Him, our advocate: 1 John 2:1-2. “2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation (atonement) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” In summary, we must be cleansed, by the blood of Jesus, for our sins before we will be able to enter into His courts.

There is a second way to our entering into the Father’s presence and this is through praise. This does not mean that we cannot pray and confess sins and enter in, because just admitting to God, our highest authority that we are sinners is praise of itself, but what I am talking about is praising God in everything. We are to give thanks and praise in every circumstance in our lives unto our Lord. Yes even when the death of a loved one occurs. I am not saying to praise Him because of hardship, but to praise Him for calling this loved one home according to His timing and for the fact that the departed are living in His presence. God really knows when and what to do at all times and though sometimes circumstances will cause us pain, God will work all things for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). As mentioned in Psalm 100:1-4 above God inhabits the praises of His people. This is the reason most churches have praise and worship time before the word is preached as It will bring us into the presence of the Father which is a place where we are able to receive what God wants us to learn. Our spiritual understanding is opened up to the word of God, because praising Him helps us to shed the hurts, pains, and sins of this life and forget about ourselves. Here is the objective for praise and worship: “Forget about yourselves and concentrate on Him and worship Him.” It is a simple little song that gives us instructions for praising the Lord. First, forget about yourself and leave all of your cares and sins at the foot of the cross. Second, concentrate on Him who sent His Son for our Salvation and loves us with an everlasting love. Third, concentrate on loving, praising, and worshipping our God who has all things under control and works all things for good in our lives. Now God already lives within us, but the sooner we praise him with true abandonment towards Him the sooner God will inhabit our praises, for God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3 above): 2 Samuel 6:14-23. “14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. 17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. 19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to everyone a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed, everyone to his house. 20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, ‘How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!’ 21 And David said unto Michal, ‘It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord. 22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.’ 23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.” This scripture pictures David humiliating himself before God and the people of Jerusalem, but He was praising God with every ounce of His being. He was worshiping the Lord God with abandonment of his pride, self esteem, and kingship. He was bearing fruit unto the Lord and before the Lord. Yet on the other hand, Michal, David’s wife, tried to make a shame of her husband because she despised him in her heart for what he had so “foolishly” done. David was baring fruit of joy before the Lord and that cannot be taken away from him, but Michal refused to bear any joy that her husband was worshiping the Lord with abandonment and she just thought he was acting like a typical man and full of himself. But since Michal could not bear any fruit before the Lord in praise, she was barren of children from that day on.
I cannot say that I have ever been as expressive in worship as king David was, it does not mean that we shouldn’t or cannot. Let me put in other words: If a person can shout and cheer for an event, whether it be sports, automobiles, or other types of genre with abandonment, why are the brakes put on while worshipping the Lord. I have been to a few basketball games and they are so loud it could destroy your ears, even if you went to only one game. Why then would we not shout and cheer for the Lord for all the wonderful things that He has done in our lives. I remember a day when I was at church. There was a man there running around the sanctuary shouting praises to the Lord. When he returned to his seat his wife did the same thing Michal did to king David. This man was worshipping the Lord with abandonment and he was admonished for doing so. To all Spouses: please do not admonish each other when it involves something for the Lord. If the Lord did not like it, let Him be the one to make corrections. The bottom line: be a David and not a Michal.

Sam Kofsky-a friend of Jesus

Friday, April 28, 2017

Forgiven, Without Blemish, and a Living Sacrifice/The Pathway of Faith

Forgiven, Without Blemish, and a living Sacrifice /The Pathway of Faith

Psalm 32:1-5: “1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.”
Malachi 1:9-14: “9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? Saith the Lord of hosts. 10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? Neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts. 12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, the table of the Lord is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. 13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! And ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? Saith the Lord. 14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.
Ephesians 3:8-13: “8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. 13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

First we come before the Lord for our Salvation and forgiveness and we become blessed, for God no longer imputes unrighteousness to us for Christ’s sake. We learn that we are not to deceitfully hide our sins from God, but we are to confess them in Jesus’ name and receive forgiveness and restoration to the Father. We need to keep a very short list of our un-forgiven sins for His grace is more than sufficient for each of us, and He never runs out of forgiveness or grace! Please note: God never running out of grace and forgiveness does not give us license to sin just because we know we are forgiven. This would be what I’d call presumptive sin.

Second we give our bodies as a living sacrifice to our God, the Father, Jesus the Son, and put ourselves aside to allow the Holy Spirit lead us, guide us, show us all truths, and empower us to witness as well as perform through us according to His will. To operate in our flesh and try to bring a message of Salvation and hope is a blemished sacrifice, for our flesh is laden with blemishes and imperfections. But we are to move in the fruit and power of the Holy Spirit, not our own for we are to be “living sacrifices” and not to function in our flesh or our carnal mind which is death; “5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness (Romans 8:5-10).”

Third we are less than all of the saints of God, but to us He has revealed the mysteries of the workings, power, boldness, wisdom of God, the leading of the Holy Spirit, and access with confidence to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. We want the manifestation of the Holy Spirit working through us to share these mysteries that God has revealed to us so that non believers would come to know Jesus Christ and so all believers would walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.

Sam Kofsky-a friend of Jesus

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ask and You Shall Receive, Maybe/The Pathway of Faith

Ask and You shall Receive, Maybe/The Pathway of Faith

Matthew 7:7-8
“7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
Luke 11:9-13 (for re-iteration’s sake)
“9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
James 4:1-3
“4 From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

There is an “understood” or “a given knowledge” in asking things from God that will make a very big difference in our answers from Him. But, first let’s see what King Solomon asked of God: “6 And Solomon went up thither to the brazen altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it. 7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee. 8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. 9 Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people that is so great? 11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: 12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.” Solomon, very plainly, asked God to give him the tools for judging His people Israel. Solomon was now king and he was responsible unto God to judge His people with equity and justice. Solomon was merely asking for what he needed to have in order to perform his responsibilities as God required, nothing more and nothing less. God’s answer was an astounding yes and also further blessed Solomon because this request was in his heart. Solomon did not ask according to greed pride or selfishness, but asked on behalf of the people of Israel, and because he asked according to God’s will and not his own, God blessed him with great abundance in money, peace, wives, and other things so that he would have no need unfulfilled. This is a very important principle here and that is: God answers prayers more in the affirmative when we ask according to His will and not according to our own selfish, prideful, or lusting desires. So the basic principal now would be to learn about God’s will from His word and through communion with Him. So then, when we do not ask according to God’s will or from, pride, selfishness, and lusts, the answer is almost always going to be a NO. If He gives you a yes answer in this case, watch out, as you may get more than you want in a bad way:” 17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. 18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. 19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? 21 Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; 22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation: 23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, 24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. 25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full. 26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. 27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: 28 and he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. 29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; 30 they were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, 31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel. 32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.”

God’s answer to prayer comes, normally, in three ways: Yes, No, or Not Now. It is important to trust God’s decision (Yes/No/Not Yet), timing, and His provisions. We have no idea what obstacles we might run into because we did not wait for the Lord to call us or send us out. But when the time is ripe for sending us out His provision will be there at the time that happens. As my pastor in my home church simply, but profoundly put it: “the atmosphere and seas were already in place before He populated the earth with fish, fowl, and those who walked upon the earth. All of this, God did for the creatures, how much more shall He provide for us who love and serve Him. For He will give us what we need in service to Him: Gifts of the Holy Spirit, food, shelter, clothing, finances and a vehicle if we need one. Don’t be like Israel, who wondered around in the wilderness with all kinds of livestock and yet they asked for meat: “35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 36 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians. 37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. 38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle (Exodus 12:35-38).” The Children of Israel already had provision with them, but it seems they thought that it was not enough and were not content with the angel’s food God sent them from heaven. We should be content and thankful with what God gives us, for it will be more than an adequate supply of what we will need as we sojourn upon the earth.
There is only one other point that I want to make about asking God for something: “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 (Psalm 37:3-5).” This Psalm reiterates that God will supply what we need, when we need it. But more importantly, when we delight ourselves in the Lord He will give us the desires of our heart. This does not mean that God will give us 100 pounds of gold or a $1,000,000.00 Rolls Royce, but it means that He will give us the proper desires to have in asking for what we need according to His will, His word, and in His timing. For when we ask for something that is outside of God’s will for us, it is not likely that God will say yes to our supplication. This is the “understood” or “given knowledge” that I spoke about in the opening paragraph. All supplications should be according to what God’s will is for our lives or the lives of others and anything we ask for in this manner “shall be given you”. Remember, do not try to bring God’s will to pass without God in the midst of your actions. He will give us hints and clues as to what is going to happen in our lives, but do not be “driven”, just let Him lead, for He is a faithful leader.

Sam Kofsky-a friend of Jesus

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Person Must be Emptied of Self in Order to be Filled by God/The Pathway of Faith

A Person Must be Emptied of  Self in Order to be Filled by God/The Pathway of Faith
“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17), therefore please read the referenced scriptures.

Psalm 18:16-24:
“16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. 17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. 18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. 19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. 21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. 22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me. 23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity. 24 Therefore hath the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.”
Zechariah 4:1-7:
“1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep. 2 And said unto me, ‘What seest thou’? And I said, ‘I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof’. 4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, ‘What are these, my lord’? 5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, ‘Knowest thou not what these be’? And I said, ‘No, my lord’. 6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, ‘This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. 7 Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it’.”
2 Corinthians 12:11-21:
11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. 12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. 13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong. 14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved. 16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile. 17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? 18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? Walked we not in the same spirit? Walked we not in the same steps? 19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? We speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. 20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings (conceit), or tumults: 21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

This teaching/Testimony is based on true events that have recently transpired in mine and my wife’s life: On March 21, 2017, at 5:40 PM my wife had a massive stroke. I was, to say the least, very worried whether she would recover from this incident. I could see that her mouth was not symmetric so I called the emergency squad. They were at my apartment in only a couple of minutes. My wife was taken to one hospital where she was injected with clot dissolving medication. Then the doctors said she needed to have a procedure done to remove the blood clot, but the only doctor on call for the surgery needed was at another hospital about 20 minutes away (for me). My wife was transferred to the other hospital and went in for the procedure to remove a blood clot on the right side of her brain (a procedure similar to inserting a stent). Unfortunately the doctor was unable to remove the clot and during this procedure the artery that had the clot ruptured. The only choice for the doctor, then, was to seal off the artery to stop the bleeding. Bonnie, my wife, was completely paralyzed on the left side of her body. She was unable to talk, but was aware of what was going on around her. She communicated to me, the nurses, and doctors though moving her fingers on her right hand. She also wiggled her foot right foot so I would rub her feet and scratch the souls (this was a known signal between us when she wanted me to rub and scratch her feet, and it also meant she loved me). Bonnie’s condition remained unchanged through Friday morning, March 24, 2017. Then the doctors told me that her brain was swelling and she needed another surgery to relieve pressure on the brain. I was also advised that she was not a good candidate for this surgery because her arteries were too fragile (as evidenced by the attempted blood clot removal). I had already given the hospital an advanced directive filled out by my wife in which she said not to do anything to prolong her life in this type of situation. I advised the doctors at that time not to do the surgery. However, I wanted Bonnie to tell me what she wanted to do. So the doctors had the nurse reduce her sedation. Once she was awake and I told her what the doctors wanted to do and through hand signals she said she did not want any more surgeries and wanted all unnecessary medications and the respirator tubes removed. She was telling me and everyone else that she was ready to go and be with the Lord. I told her that I would not stand in her way and I kissed her and told her how much I loved her. She responded by wiggling her right foot and I grasped it and rubbed and scratched her foot. As I was doing that I was squeezing her foot and releasing my grip to let her know I loved her and she responded by wiggling her foot in my hands. It was on Friday that I was reading my daily scriptures noted above and Saturday morning at 10:45 AM my beloved wife died. We were married for 37 ½ years. I know that death is a sad thing to discuss and I have cried writing this story. But I need to share this with you: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose, that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). During my prayer and scripture readings I write down what the scriptures impress upon my heart and will include parts of the scripture and/or other passages of scripture that are recalled in my memory. This is what I had written down on March 24th about my impressions of Psalm 18:16-24: “God is sending from heaven above to take my lovely wife home, to deliver her from the struggles with the enemy of our souls. Tonight I sit by my wife and wait for the Lord to take her. I know she will pass from this life and go with the Lord and I will be in anguish of heart for some time, but I know she loves me and she knows I love her. God has given me tremendous strength when I should be completely exhausted. I will hate this day forever, but it will not visit me again with pain and sorrow. He is taking her to her reward and I know she will be in a broad place in the presence of Jesus our Savior.”

 At this moment in time I was completely emptied out of myself, drained of any natural strength or other resources in my flesh and was being filled to overflowing with the power and presence of God, without whom I would not be able to endure my heartbreak. For the first time in forty years in the Lord I asked Him why (I knew the answer already) and this is what came to my heart (Remembering Romans 8:28): When we are the weakest, Christ is strongest in us (2 Corinthians 12:9). It is at this point that God is able to use us to reach out to others through us, for our flesh is depleted and useless and not able to stand in God’s way. And it is when the power, love and other attributes of God can flow through us mightily. This has been a very big and hard lesson for me to learn from the surrounding events. This is basically how Christ became totally submitted to the Father, laying aside His own power and authority to allow God and His Holy Spirit to flow through Him and minister the will of the Father with the Holy Spirit’s power. I am not talking about a part way, or half hearted submission to the Lord, I am talking about nothing less than the entirety of our beings to be totally submitted to the will of God (Romans 12:1). It is impossible for any man to submit to the Father in our own strength, because it will be us in our strength trying to perform the will of God, when it should be God flowing through a person completely submitted to God. “6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, ‘This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6).”

Here is what I had written down as my impressions for Zechariah 4:1-7:” My life is absolutely no longer by my might, or by my strength, but I will live in the anointing and power of God’s Holy Spirit. I am no longer “my own man”, for I was bought for a price and my life now belongs to Him (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). What I am talking about is impossible for any man to accomplish, but it is God through His servants who have learned about emptying out ones self and allowing God to fill us to overflowing to do His good will. This is a hard lesson for any Christian to learn, but God expects no less from each of His children. We will not be perfect, but we always have an advocate with the Father who is Jesus Christ (1 John 1:7-10) and He is faithful to intercede for us to the Father for our forgiveness.

In 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 Paul has purposed himself to not be a burden to anyone at Corinth. He has also belittled himself that the Glory of God would flow through Him in power without any stumbling blocks put in place before the people of Corinth. For Paul did not look to Corinth for his provisions, but was reliant upon the Lord to provide for his necessities. Our necessities are to perform the will of God without being a burden to those who cannot bear the burden for our needs. We also need to learn not to have or be jealous/jealously, contentions/contentious, wrathful/wrath, selfishness/selfish, ambitions/ambitious, backbiting, a whisperer, conceited, or tumults/with tumults. For when we are filled with such things of the flesh we are not emptied out and will not have the completeness of God’s strength and power within our being to flow out in His power to those God has placed around us or in our pathway. But, keep in mind that God is able to use anyone in any stage in their walk with the Lord. It is important that we are walking after the Spirit and bear His fruit and not the fruit of the flesh: 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts (Galatians 5:19-24). Our primary purposes in this life, as God desires, is to praise Him in all things He takes us through and be a willing and submitted servants unto Him; for His glory, His honor, His will, and His purpose. Read proverbs one and then come back to this teaching. When the wicked are in complete contempt of God’s calling and desires for repentance of His people He will fill them with their own desires to overflowing, yet their pathway only leads to death. But when a people want to be filled with the very essence of God’s desires for our lives He will fill us to overflowing with His goodness, mercy, grace, and love. A people who want to please God will allow Him to teach them to empty their being of their carnal desires so there will be none of the flesh standing in the way to resist the will of God and He will also deliver us from our sins: “4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, the spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up (James 4:4-10).”  What we want to attain in the Lord is singleness of heart that we not be carried away with every wind of doctrine, but to be deeply implanted into the rich fertilizer and water in God and His word. “5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. “6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:5-8).”

When I read Psalm 18:16-24, I knew my wife was going to go home and be with the Lord. We had talked about our deaths during our marriage and we knew she would be the first to go. This was known because of a word from the Lord that was given to my wife when she buried her first husband. The Lord told her she would not have to bury another husband. This came to pass just as He told her.

However, I want you to rejoice and praise the Lord with me. For calling Bonnie home so she would not have to deal with this life anymore, for giving me the perfect wife (not that we were perfect), letting me keep her for over 37 years, and for the truth He has given me through this ordeal and instructing me to share it with you. I love the Lord deeply and I trust Him implicitly and “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him (Job 13:15)”. He has rewarded and anointed me greatly with His peace, strength, and love. How can I not serve a God who loves me so much that He gave up the life of His son to save me from my sin and self. Please keep me in your prayers that I would remain in Him until the end, serving Him with all of my heart, mind soul spirit, and strength. I pray the same for all of you.

Sam Kofsky-a friend of Jesus.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Is it Better to Give than to Receive/The Pathway of Faith

Is it Better to Give than to Receive/The Pathway of Faith
“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17)”, therefore please read the referenced scriptures.

Primary Scriptures:
Luke 6:38
“38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
Job 4:8-9
“8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. 9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.”
Galatians 6:6-10
“6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Acts 20:35
“35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’.”

Before I finish the thoughts from the title and the primary scriptures I want to lay down some ground work needed for young Christians so they will get a better understanding of what I believe the Lord wants to impart in this lesson.

Christians should be on a very rich diet of bible studies, preaching of God’s word, and most importantly maturing to a point where we will feed ourselves during our daily devotional and then feed others. Preachers and teachers ideally want to preach and teach themselves out of a job. For the primary purpose of this lesson is to impart the word of God and teaching others to start feeding themselves. We do not know how long it will be legal to preach and teach the word of God. Therefore, it is an imperative that we start feeding ourselves by reading God’s word, meditate on His word, praying and communing with God in a one on one basis.

Our spiritual growth is much like that of a baby as there is a period of time the mother feeds the child of her own milk or special formula. Eventually the child is given pureed foods that are easy to swallow and digest because the chewing part is eliminated. Later as the child gets their teeth, nursing will, of necessity, stop because of the child biting instead of suckling. Then the child will be given more solid foods and learn to chew well before swallowing. For a while the parents will still have to cut up the foods when feeding time comes around. For learning to use a knife and fork will take time for the toddler to learn. Finally a time comes when the youngster is able to use a knife and fork and cut up their own food and take responsibility of feeding themselves. Parents will still cook food for the children well into youth and beyond, but there will be some instruction along the way to teach the youngsters to fix their own meals when the opportunity arises.

It is important to be on a nutritional diet that is well balanced. If we were to feed our children toaster pastries, donuts, cake, candy and other sweets they may develop some health problems as well as poor eating habits. More or less, what we eat is what we become as we literally digest the food into smaller particles of what we have eaten. If we eat too many sweets we could run the risk of diabetes or gain a lot of weight that will not be easily lost. Our health is somewhat related to our eating habits. If we partake of some things too often they can cause health difficulties when we get older. In my own experience, I was a smoker. I only smoked for a total of 13 years and stopped when I was 29 years old, yet I wound up with adult onset asthma, at the age of 58, which is directly related to my smoking.

In the above paragraphs I have covered how we physically grow, but there is a mental growth that happens along the way during the days of our lives. It is called learning. When a child is born they immediately start to learn. Learn to smile, learn the voices of mom and dad, learn how to eat solid food, learn to use eating utensils, start kindergarten and learn to interact with others, and etcetera. No one teaches a child to write sentences before teaching them the alphabet and then words. It is the same in the spiritual realm: Isaiah 28:9-10. “9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” What the child learns will help to shape them into some form of character. Parents are hopeful that children will be learning the truth and not lies and deception. What we learn in our minds will help to mold us into what we have learned. If children are raised in a godless home, chances are they will become a godless person. But those who are raised in a Godly family, they will likely be godly when they mature.

Keep this in mind: any teacher teaching lies for the truth and calling the truth a lie is fully accountable to God (Isaiah 5:20-21). But, this type of teacher could cause irreparable damage to the well being of any person.  Ideally, this is not what we need to receive in our lives. Therefore in receiving such falsehoods into our lives it is not good to receive. And for the person giving away such misinformation to a growing mind, they will reap what they have sown (Job 4:8), which is deceit and lies. In addition to what they reap and sow, add to that, accountability to our God. Unless these false teachers receive Christ into their lives for salvation they will be judged very harshly (Job 4:9). So what these teachers received from the enemy of our souls and passed onto others is no blessing at all; neither for the teacher or the student. The Jewish leadership had a similar problem with their teachings: Matthew 23:15. “15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” There was therefore no blessing in the receiving or giving of what the scribes and Pharisees taught a new proselyte. For the teachings of the Jewish leadership were the doctrines of man as commandments, not the truth of God: Mark 7:5-9. “5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? 6 He answered and said unto them, ‘Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do’. 9 And he said unto them, ‘Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition’.” Once again the Jewish leadership failed to receive any blessings from God, but received a strong rebuke from Emanuel (God with us), Jesus. It is important for each individual to listen to God while meditating in His word and communing with Him. This is the only way we will be able to build a strong, immoveable, and lasting relationship with God. We are, so to say, not to just get saved and leave it at that, but to consummate our marriage to God through Spiritual intimacy, confession of sin(s), and talking with God as we would our best friend on earth daily or more. For we are responsible to hear from God and to hear what He says about His word; after all He inspired every word of scripture the bible contains: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” It is important to take God at His word and be obedient. If we fail to take God’s word and take someone else’s word instead, we may not be receiving what God intends for us to learn, thereby receiving the message of error and deceit. This will not be a blessing to receive nor to give away to someone else leading them astray.  I am not saying we should not listen to the preacher or teacher in our churches, but I am saying this: if we commune with God, read His word and meditate on it and pray, we will know, through the power of the Holy Spirit, whether or not the preacher or teacher is giving us truth or falsehood. Discernment of spirits is a gift of the Holy Spirit, however as we learn of God through His word, communion, and praying; our discernment will grow because we are studying the genuine article, which is God Himself. When we are receiving and giving it does not mean we will be blessed by either the receiving or the giving unless we are talking about receiving the undeniable truth of God and sharing it with others. The law of reciprocity applies to giving and receiving or receiving and giving; whether it is godly or ungodly. If we receive the truth, the givers and receivers are blessed. But if we receive lies and deceit, then teach the same, we will be cursed: Deuteronomy 11:26-28. “26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

So, is it more blessed than to give than to receive? In Acts 20:35b the writer directly quotes Jesus’ words “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Here is something you need to understand about this scripture. Since Jesus is directly quoted there is an understood, but not written, part to this scripture that could be evident to a believer, but not evident to a non believer or a new believer which is: Jesus is saying this with the understanding that what we are giving is according to His will, and based upon His word. There is another scripture that we should understand in the same manner which is this: Matthew 18:19. “19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Once again this scripture assumes that whatever we agree or ask of God it will be according to His will and based upon His word. So in the idea of being more blessed in giving than in receiving according to the will of God and based on His word, we are blessed more while we are giving than when we are receiving.

In my own personal experience it is almost impossible to describe the joy of sharing God’s love and word through the many teachings I have penned. Because I know the truth of God is a blessing and will set people free from misconceptions and lies: John 8:31-32. 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

It is more blessed to give than to receive, but only if it is based on the word of God and His will.
Proverbs 10:22. “22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
God wants us to receive all that He wants to pour out upon us and then He expects that we should give it to others. For we have not truly received and learned something unless we are willing to give it away in the Lord and be blessed.

Sam Kofsky-a friend of Jesus