Archives For October 2014

Welcome back to the new series, Livin’ the ‘Tudes here on ZachMalott.com! I am excited about this series that will also be developed into a book and Bible study. I hope that you will discover great meaning that you have never before seen in Jesus’ first recorded sermon in the New Testament. If you are just now discovering this series, here is a link to PART 1 that I hope you will take the time to read. The beatitudes are sequential. We will spend some time in each beatitude and relish the many facets of this finely-cut diamond that was cut by the trusting and faithful hand of Jesus Christ Himself and found in God’s word beginning at Matthew 5:3-10.

“Do you have a clear picture of the beatitudes and what they represent?  You CAN!”

We left off last week with the question of, “Why?” Why does mankind, in varying degrees, seem to gravitate towards the things that the Holy Bible, the word of God, calls sin? From a true, Christian worldview, the answer is simple. Mankind is fallen, meaning he has fell from grace, he turned away from his creator to follow his own ways. The Christian knows that this first occurred in the Garden of Eden when Eve, then Adam, first sinned (putting themselves first above God) and brought all mankind into the position of an enemy against God Himself. There it is. This is the answer of why: disobedience and lost fellowship with God.

Enter Jesus.

We can look at Jeremiah 31:31-34 and see where the new covenant was prophesied. We can then look at Hebrews 8. Click on the link and read it. Let God’s own words tell you about the new covenant that replaces the old. Let God’s word allow you understand who Jesus is. Then let us proceed to discover the path called The Way. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). If you are not a Christian, if you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, the Son of God, and you want to know Him and live for eternity with Him, CLICK HERE.

If you are a Christian and have a personal relationship with Jesus, you know that you have eternal life. Is your life being lived in obedience to God? Are you putting God first in your life? Do you know you CAN live out the Christian life that Jesus first described in the beatitudes? You CAN walk the walk that He modeled for us as he walked about during the 3 ½ years of His earthly ministry!  Do you have a clear picture of the beatitudes and what they represent?  You CAN!

Be here next week and find out!

Next week, we will delve into the first of the beatitudes. We will examine it and delve into the true meaning and context of the original language to see what the words really mean. We will pray together before we begin for Holy Spirit guidance and we will pray again after we end our study. In fellowship and love we will begin a journey that was granted us in Scripture in the first century by Jesus Christ, the living Son of Almighty God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

“Father God, please bless this study of your word and let the Holy Spirit reveal the truths of your word and plant the seeds that lead to a righteous walk of an obedient and faithful servant of Christ Jesus.  It is in the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.”

Will you join me?

Blessings,

Zach

Hello!

Welcome to Livin’ the ‘Tudes, a new blog series here at ZachMalott.com that will paint a moral picture of what it is and what it means to follow in The Way of Jesus Christ. We all have lives. We all exist in a particular location here on this earth. Some of us have no money worries. We were either born into a wealthy family and had the proverbial, silver spoon treatment since birth or maybe we made it on our own by doing things our way – with a little cheating, lying, taking advantage, etc to seal the deals. Some of us, however, have struggled for every little taste of self-worth, kind word, and piece of food that has kept us alive just to face another day of hardship. These two descriptions fit the elite and the so-called poverty-stricken of modern day society.

There is yet another part of society that fills the vast void between those who have and the have-nots. This part of society has existed because of an economy that was manufactured by that elite, rich group that — since the industrial revolution — has produced the largest segment of our society for many, many years: the so-called middle class. This middle class has replaced the surfs and slaves and this class works for others, the elite rich (those who control the world’s businesses and industries). Why are we discussing the class system in a post that is to reveal how mankind can follow Jesus in a world gone mad? Give me just a few minutes of your time and the meaning will become quite clear.

This brief and incomplete discussion of the history from societies around the globe, both past and present, point to a common denominator – the greedy, selfish governance of man. Mankind is part of a fallen creation that has existed since Eden with one, driving and domineering purpose: the benefit of self. This self, this burden that we place upon ourselves or others place upon us, is the illusion and not the reality.

For those of you who were born about 30 years ago, do you remember when the commodore 64 appeared for home use? I do. You were just being born around that time. The personal computer, Windows, Bill Gates, the internet, AOL, MSN, Google, Yahoo, the brick cellphone, the flip phone, flat screens, laptops, the iPhone, the iPad, the Android, etc. just to name some of the marvelous inventions we have today came along after that!  Where is this train of thought going?

“Mankind is drawn to the selfishness and greed-filled lifestyle like a moth to an open flame.”

Think about this. Anyone 25 years old or less doesn’t remember a time when the personal computer wasn’t around. I remember when Oswald shot President Kennedy on the streets of Dallas. Not one of the things listed above was in existence. Not one. The very things that our society not only enjoys but society as we now know it – depends on these things totally. Have you ever been a customer when the power goes out and you are trying to pay out at the register? I have. Mind-boggling. People can’t make change anymore!

I digress.

The point of the above discussion on change is to focus your attention from the present and to review the past 30 years to paint a portrait of change. There are many things that have changed. Since when, you may ask? How about since Christ was born into the human race? How about the middle ages, or perhaps, the renaissance? Actually, we don’t have to go quite that far back in world history to focus on real change. Let’s just go to the early 1900’s. There we see a time before the great depression, WWI was in the near future but has not happened yet, WWII wouldn’t be happening for another 30 plus years. When the Second World War did come about in the mid-40’s, we can look back over that period and see many changes in American life that have occurred. The one thing that really stands out to me is how slow change occurred back then compared to now: even over the past 30 years.

With this change now circulating through your thought processes, the purpose for the above discussion is at hand.   Let’s take an overview of human nature from the period of time just covered. I should think a brief look back at history would fill in that blank. All societies, for the most part, have self at the forefront. Selfishness, greed, hatred, cruelty, atrocities, and vulgarities, debaucheries, and every wrong act can be seen as the base of every past society as well as those in our present society today.  Mankind is drawn to the selfishness and greed-filled lifestyle like a moth to an open flame. Why is this? Because mankind, on his/her own (apart from God), are selfish beyond the wildest imagination of the thinking individual. The question is – why?

Next week, we will investigate the question of why. Why does mankind, in varying degrees, seem to gravitate towards the things that the Holy Bible, the word of God, calls sin?

See you next week to further investigate secular (outside of the will of God) lifestyles and how they fit upon that path called The Way by 1st century Christians. There is a way back to The Way. If it is followed, it guarantees to the follower a map that will lead to the closest relationship with Christ Jesus possible. Do you want that kind of relationship with Jesus? Will you join me through this series that points to that path?

Please comment on this series, your input is welcome and desired.

DISCLAIMER: The brevity and over-simplification of history above is necessary in order to summarize. I am not attempting to write a history book.

Blessings,

Zach

Livin’ the ‘Tudes!

October 15, 2014

   Learning How To Walk In The Way of Jesus…

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Livin’ the ‘Tudes will guide you into the glorious knowledge of what Jesus taught in The Sermon on the Mount.

Join with us as we begin this QUEST to rediscover the blueprint for “WALKING IN THE WAY” of Christ!

♥  === MONDAY, October 22nd, 2014 – 9:00 AM === 

Hello and welcome back!

I’m excited today! I want to share that excitement with YOU! Share what, you ask? I was reading in 2 Kings this morning and I had just turned to 2 Kings 6 and began reading about the floating axe head.

If you are not familiar with this passage of Scripture, please read it HERE.

If you remember, Elisha took on Elijah’s position after he had been taken up to heaven in a chariot. Elisha was then blessed with a double portion of the Holy Spirit.

In 2 Kings 6, Elisha was busily training new profits in prophet school when one of his students mentioned the fact that the quarters they were training and living in was just too crowded.

The student suggested the he and the rest of the prophets-in-training go to the river and each cut a beam from which a new dwelling place could be constructed for them to live and train.

Elisha said, “Sounds like a plan, go to it!”

We all know what happens next. One student’s iron axe head flies off the handle and lands in the river. It rapidly sinks to the bottom as iron has a tendency to do when it falls into water.

“Do You Examine Your Spiritual Walk With Christ Daily?”

What happens next is what God gave to me this morning to give to you!

What do we do when we lose our cutting edge in serving Jesus?

Let’s look at three things in 2 Kings 6:1-6 for a solution:

The young prophet student lost his ax head making him unable to complete God’s work. Have you ever lost something that made you unable to carry on with your normal routine? I have. I once lost my car keys. It took me over 3 hours to get another one made and get on with my routine. I also once lost my wallet. Not only did I lose the money and credit cards, I had to take the time to cancel the cards and send off for another SS card, driver’s license, etc. I also had to borrow $20 from a close friend until I could get to the bank for more cash. When we lose our cutting edge for carrying out our obligations to God’s kingdom, we become worthless in pursuing God’s work.

We must identify the exact spot where we lost our cutting edge. Pray in Jesus’ name for help in remembering when you first list the cutting edge and what was happening. Elisha asked the young student, “Where did it fall?” The best way to find something is to remember where you last had it. Did I begin to lose my cutting edge when I quit attending Sunday School? Did I lose it when I started missing church? Maybe I lost it when I thought I didn’t have time to read my Bible daily? Could it be I have allowed sin to dilute my relationship with God? Have I become complacent in my Christian walk?

When we pray and God points out where we lost our cutting edge, we must do our part to retrieve it! Elisha raised the iron axe head through the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t put it back on the handle. He told the young student to reach out and get it. We must do the same when the Holy Spirit answers our prayer and points out where it was that we lost our cutting edge. God wants you, like the young prophet student, to do your part in recovering your cutting edge for kingdom work!

What if the young student had regularly checked the security of his axe head to the handle?

Do you self-inspect your spiritual walk with Christ regularly?

We are told to do a self-examination to discover our spiritual “fitness” when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Why not do it at the end of each day? If we discover our axe head getting loose, we can tighten it before it falls off and we will not have gaps in our obedience to Christ.

Summary:

Admit you have lost your cutting edge.
Pray for guidance to discover the exact place you lost it (and what was happening at the time.
When God raises it up, reach out and put your cutting edge (axe head) back on the handle and serve Christ!

The 1st Beatitude holds the answer to the question, “Do you examine (self-inspect) your walk with Christ regularly? I’m beginning a series on the beatitudes on my blog beginning next week.

The beatitudes are the key to Walking in the Way of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Until next time!

Zach

QUESTION:ARE YOU LIVIN’ THE ‘TUDES?

PLEASE SHARE DANGER! WHEN DID YOU LAST EXAMINE YOURSELF? (All Christians need a refresher course from time to time)