2 A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted,
3 A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up,
5 A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
8 A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
13 And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.
14 I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it. And God does it so that men will [reverently] fear Him [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is].
15 That which is now already has been, and that which is to be already has been; and God seeks that which has passed by [so that history repeats itself].
16 Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice there was wickedness, and that in the place of righteousness wickedness was there also.
17 I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time [appointed] for every matter and purpose and for every work.
18 I said in my heart regarding the subject of the sons of men, God is trying (separating and sifting) them, that they may see that by themselves [under the sun, without God] they are but like beasts.
19 For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even [in the end] one thing befalls them both. As the one dies, so dies the other. Yes, they all have one breath and spirit, so that a [a]man has no preeminence over a beast; for all is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)!
20 All go to one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
21 Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it goes downward to the earth?
22 So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his portion. For who shall bring him back to see what will happen after he is gone?
- Ecclesiastes 3:19 Does the Bible really teach that “a man has no preeminence over a beast”? No! The Bible only records that the book of Ecclesiastes says it. Then why is this book in the Bible? Can it possibly be called inspired by God when it makes such “under the sun” pronouncements, some only partially true, others entirely false? Here is the tested answer: “Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching … reproof… correction, for instruction… in righteousness.” (II Tim. 3:16 asv.) The divine purpose in including Ecclesiastes in the Bible is obvious. It gives a startling picture of how fatal it is for even the wisest of men to substitute man’s “wisdom” for God’s wisdom, and to attempt to live by it. Solomon’s reign began with God, gold, and glory. It ended with bafflement, brass, and bewildered acceptance of man’s having “no preeminence over a beast”!—man, who was made “in the image and likeness of God” (Gen. 1:27) and “but little lower than God [or heavenly beings]”! (Ps. 8:5.)
I LOVE how GOD works, because I had a challenge waking up today. I very rarely take medicine, and I never do so without praying over it first. You need to understand that there is a demon of pharmacia. In fact, the Hebrew word for “sorcerer” is the same root word from which we get the modern term “pharmacy.”
http://zedek.us/mystery/pharmacia-sorcery-disguised-as-medicine/. This link is helpful to explain more.
But, that does not mean GOD cannot use medicine. HE can use anything and anyone, He just excuses nothing and no one as well. GOD even used a donkey. He has no limitations. Anyway, I was led to take a mild sleeping pill. I had been having some challenges with sleeping. I had a GREAT nights sleep, PRAISE GOD, but was a tad sleepy this morning. Remember, He works according to the measure of FAITH. HE is awesome about meeting us where we are. Such a MIGHTY GOD!!!
The enemy got my attention for a minute, but guess what? SO DID GOD, and He gets more than a minute. I was annoyed at first with the minor morning spiritual hiccups, but once awake, it was battle time. GO GOD!!!!!! The minute we wake up, and open our eyes, we have entered a war zone. Can we be still in a war zone? The answer is YES!!!!!!!!! Because stillness is about PEACE and REST in HIM. He is not just saying be quiet, but that is part if it. He is saying this, “Quiet your hearts in me.” This means, we have to come and lay everything before HIM.
Now THAT is a task. Coming to GOD and saying not just YOUR will over mine GOD, but HIS will in ALL things. I find myself repenting a lot, but that is the best place to be. DO you know how much JOY comes with repentance? When we say GOD, I am sorry for trying to make it go my way, please have your way through me, and in the world you created that I am blessed to live in, there are so many gifts that come in return. The best gift of ALL is the LOVE that washes over us, and cleans us off once again through HIS precious BLOOD.
I remember being 9 years old, especially now because our daughter is almost 8. I look at her and ask GOD to remind me. I say LORD show me what it felt like then. SO, I can pray for her, that THOSE feelings are released. I daily Praise GOD that we have JESUS to intercede for us. We often ask people to pray because GOD prompts us to. I believe the reason He does this is simple. GOD wants us to be in unity and to receive, or partake of each other’s blessings. Yes, what GOD has for us is for us, but this means that it is for us, to SHARE.
This has been a long entry, but I thank GOD for laying this in my spirit today. When the enemy attacks your mind and tells you evil things, ask GOD to rebuke him. GOD will often do so through you. The enemy will tell you, “you are a horrible spouse, parent, child of God, person, etc..” But, those are ALL lies. When you take a moment to see who GOD says you are, YOU will receive the TRUTH, and be set free.
THIS is who we ARE in CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
And, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
And raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
James 4:7 ESV / 17 helpful votes
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
And who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, …
In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
And you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us,
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. …
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; …
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of evil devices he condemns. No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved. An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. …
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,
For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,
In which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame. …
Which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
If indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. …
You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—
IT is HIS TIME…
SEE finally who you ARE, and more importantly who HE makes you, and me. GOD shines through us. HIS Grace is still sufficient, but we must come with hearts that are repenting, to actually grasp it, and see it envelop our lives.
In HIS GRACE and GLORY,