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KJV and NKJV Scripture

– But grow in grace, and in the knowledge or our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 3:18

– Behold now, Your servant has found grace in Your sight, and You have magnified Your mercy in saving my life. – Genesis 19:19

Grace is unmerited favor.  It gives people something they do not deserve.  It is giving others benefit of the doubt.  It hearing them out about a matter – instead of jumping in with a piece of mind, or to a conclusion and passing judgement too speedily.  It is allowing another person extra time to do something when deadlines have already been set and established.

It was God’s grace that sent His Son to the Cross (Hebrews 2:9), giving Christ something not deserved – death.  So we might live through Jesus (1 John 4:9) and be kept from something we all deserve from birth (2 Corinthians 1:9).  This is called mercy.  Mercy is also unmerited favor.  Mercy is how we make it out of bed each morning of our life (Lamentations 3:22-23).

God will have judgement without mercy upon anyone who shows no mercy to others; for mercy rejoices against judgement (James 2:13).  Christians are to grow in grace and in knowledge of Jesus (lead verse), or else it gives place to Satan (Ephesians 4:27).  It gives him space to lead believers away in err (2 Peter 3:17), if they forget what grace and mercy mean.

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KJV and NKJV Scripture

– Who did hinder you, that you should not obey the truth?  This persuasion does not come from Him who called you. – Galatians 5:7-8

– Wherefore we would have come unto you – even I, Paul, once and again – but Satan hindered us. – 1 Thessalonians 2:18

We can never blame any disobedience to God – on God.  Our Father’s commands aren’t meant to grieve us (1 John 5:3), but to grow us up in grace (2 Peter 3:18).  To stop us from serving sin (Romans 6:6) by serving Him, and to keep us humbly obedient until death like Jesus (Philippians 2:8).  Thus, He’ll never hinder our obedience (lead verse); never tempting us to commit any sinful, disobedient act (James 1:13).

If we are ever persuaded to disobey God; then do – it is from sinful lust still in us.  It hasn’t been confessed for forgiveness (1 John 1:9), then corrected with His chastisement (Hebrews 12:5-11).  If God punishes to right us, then we go out and disobey the same way, we offend Him again with sin.  We did not learn our lesson (Job 34:31).  It means we’re still conformed to this world in some fashion or form (Romans 12:2).

Satan hinders us from many things (2 Corinthians 12:7, second lead verse) such as obeying God.  If we’re drawn away from Him by lust, we have been enticed by the devil and erred from God’s way.  Lust conceived brings forth sin.  Sin when finished brings forth death (James 1:14-16).  Succumbing to worldly temptation means we’ve yielded to tools Satan uses to swerve us away from His truth (1 Timothy 1:5-6).

The devil gets advantage of us if we become ignorant of such devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).  Failing to obey God means we have failed to resist Satan so he will flee (James 4:7).  We have failed to put on our whole armor of God each day.  We have not done everything our Father commands to withstand the devil, and his fiery darts of disobedience during our evil days upon this earth (Ephesians 6:13-18, Matthew 6:34).

We give plenty of place to Satan when we disobey God (Ephesians 4:27), because we’ve chosen to serve and worship him more than God, changing His truth into a lie (Romans 1:25).  If so, God has power to make us sin so many other ways (Romans 1:26-31). Despite knowing His judgement of death against such; we do them.  Taking pleasure because we still prefer worldly lust over godly love (Romans 1:32).

Each time we willfully sin as Christians, we turn aside after Satan again (1 Timothy 5:15).  This, after we had been released from his power (Acts 26:18) upon being born again (John 3:5).  When we disobey this way, we have departed from our Father in unbelief (Hebrews 3:12-19) – counting the blood of the new covenant as unholy (Hebrews 10:27-29).  There’ll never be another final sin sacrifice (Hebrews 10:10).

Hinder means to create difficulties for something or someone, causing delays or obstructions.  Tragically, there’ll always be Christians who think God’s promise of sending Jesus back is still far off – or never going to happen (Ezekiel 12:27-28, 2 Peter 3:4).  They say in heart, “The Lord delays His coming (Luke 12:45)” – so they delve into disobedience without delay, as if there’s no more hell to pay (2 Thessalonians 1:8).

God will never create difficulties for us, causing us grief or affliction, without reason (Lamentations 3:32-33).  If there is anything hindering us in bringing forth all the spiritual fruits He commands us to produce – meet for our repentance unto salvation, we cannot point fingers at Him (Galatians 5:22-23, Acts 17:30, 2 Corinthians 7:10, Matthew 3:8).  We can’t say “What are You doing (Job 9:12)?” – as if He is at fault.

Why?  Because the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and reserve the unjust unto the day of judgement … but chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness (2 Peter 2:9).  There is condemnation to Christians who live as such – and it still leads to death if unconfessed and uncorrected.  Only mortifying the deeds of the body through the Spirit leads to life (Romans 8:1,12-13).

If there is any hindrance to this, it is only because we still want to keep on living in the world like we always have.  Loving its things (1 John 2:15-16) and filled with our own ways.  This is why believers backslide – often perpetually (Proverbs 14:14, Jeremiah 8:5). Leaving little in Satan’s way to hinder him and lead worldly Christians away in err (2 Peter 3:17); and making a shipwreck of their faith (1 Timothy 1:19).

 

 

 

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(NKJV and KJV Scripture)

– For all shall know Me – from the least to the greatest. – Hebrews 8:11

– And He is the propitiation for our sins – and not for ours only – but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know Him – if we keep His commandments.  He that says, “I know Him” – and does not keep His command-ments, is a liar – and the truth is not in him. – 1 John 2:2-4

“Don’t you know who I am?”  How many times have we heard someone say this  – or at least implied it by their actions or demeanor?  Perhaps it was a person who seemed to be expecting preferential treatment because of their position in life.  Maybe it was a politician or professor who behaved as if everyone should put everything aside because of their presence.  Even as believers – perhaps we have done the same?

Pontius Pilate pretty much acted this way when Christ was brought before him. He said to Jesus in John 19:10, “Are you not speaking to me?  Don’t you know I have the power to crucify you – and the power to release you?”.  It was as if Pilate was proclaiming, “Don’t you know who I am?  I’m the judge in Judea – not you.”  Jesus simply responded, “You could have no power at all against me – except it were given to you from above (John 19:11).”

God is the great “I Am” (Exodus 3:14).  We have no power to do or have anything except that which is given to us from above (John 3:27, Acts 17:28).  Part of being prideful is desiring favored treatment, perhaps because of our so-called standing in life – often based on things like education,  bank accounts – even one’s position in a church.  It is a puffed up and demanding desire for other people to “know” who we are.  Getting glory for ourselves first – before giving it to God, if we do at all (Jeremiah 13:16, John 7:18, 1 Corinthians 4:6).

Pride is a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, or merit – as thought in mind or displayed publicly. God “knows” the proud from afar (Psalm 138:6).  We can say we “know” Him with our lips – but if our hearts are high with pride and haughtiness  – we are but hypocrites.  Our hearts are still far from heaven (Mark 7:6).  Pride comes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).

From our times as children, we have known the Holy Scriptures – which are able to make us wise unto salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:15).  The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11).  We shall not teach every man his neighbor – and every man his brother, saying, “Know the Lord.”  For we shall all know Him – from the least to the greatest (lead verse).

Before it’s too late.  If we say we love God – but hate our brother – we are liars.  For if we can’t love brothers whom we have seen – how can we love God, who we have not seen (1 John 4:20)?  If we shut up our bowels of compassion when we see a brother in need, how can we say His love dwells in us (1 John 3:17)?  How can we say we know His just ways – if we should ever want some others to just stay out of our way?

The invisible things of Him from this world’s creation are clearly seen by us – being understood by things that are made; even His eternal power and Godhead – so we’re without excuse as to knowing who He is (Romans 1:19-20, 2 Corinthians 4:18).  If we say we “know” God as Christians – but fail to give Him glory, remain unthankful, and become vain in our imaginations – our hearts get dark again (Romans 1:21).

Others may still know and see us as wise Christians – but we’re fools who still worship and serve the creature more than the Creator (Job 32:9, Romans 1:22-25).  God knows what He can do to us if we get like this.  For not retaining Him in our knowledge – despite saying we “know” Him.  Despite knowing His judgment – we are still committing things worthy of death (Proverbs 14:12, Acts 17:30, Romans 1:26-32).

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