We must have 100% love of God in us so we can have love for our fellowman. Our actions show if we have the love of God. I John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. James 2:17 Even so faith, if it […]
Paul said to consider Jesus who endured the cross so we don’t faint in our minds when we suffer. Hebrews 12:2-6 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of […]
Submitting is a choice. We submit when we place our whole self under the authority and control of God. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. On the road to Damascus, Paul said “what wilt thou have me to do” and Jesus said to go to […]
Love is unselfish and willing to lay down our life for the brethren. The brethren are those who God added to the body of Christ because they surrendered their will to him. He won’t put us in the body if our will isn’t surrendered. I John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because […]
“He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.” Proverbs 15:32
A plumb line is a string with a weight attached to the end. It is used to establish a true vertical line to prove that a structure is standing perfecting straight or upright. God is saying that he will set a plumb line in the midst of his people. Amos was standing on the wall of the city. One side of the plumb line is holiness and the other is sin. There is no gray area when a plumb line is applied. God says it is a straight line. You can’t draw a straight line by yourself.
When carpenters use a plumb line it must be held so that it can hang freely. It hangs in a straight line from the top to the bottom. When Amos saw the line, it was straight. It didn’t have any give in it. You could measure the wall and it would be straight. A lot of people say, “I am saved,” but they don’t live by the plumb line of God’s word.
Correction causes grief when we accept it. In grieving, the remembrance will come back to us from time to time, and we will feel bad that we ever had to be corrected. But we need to not beat ourselves down over for it again and again.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Hebrews 12:11
“And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
It is important for us to be able to receive, understand, and work through correction, and recognize the accusations the devil will try to bring at the same time.