Ingimar DeRidder

Flesh Wounds - Galatians 5:16

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”   Gal. 5:16  Remember the old cowboy movies?   Remember the hero being hit during a gunfight, holding his arm and telling us not to worry because it was “only a flesh wound?”   How silly! Ouch,   as if flesh wounds were   nothing to worry about.   Flesh wounds can be the most painful for that is where most of our nerve endings are; that’s where our fe...

His Son - Galatians 4:4

"In the fullness of time, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that are under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." Gal. 4:4   "God sent forth his Son."   That's God With Us "made of a woman"          That's God Of Us "made under the law"        That's God For Us "that we might receive"      That's God In Us   ...

Broken Spirit - Luke 23:46

“Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”  Lk. 23:46   In Hebrew it is “ruach.”  In Greek it is “pneuma.”  To us, it is “spirit.”  In the Bible it is often translated “wind,” or “breath.”   To God, spirit is everything.  Jesus said “It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing.  The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.”   On the cross, the Lord Jesus ...

Of God - John 1:13

"Which were born , not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:13 Here is the mystery of the New Birth.   Here we find the genius and the genetics of salvation.   It's not of blood.   That is biology. It's not of the will of the flesh.   That is psychology.   It's not of the will of man.   That is sociology.   It's not of blood or biology.   Science is trying to save us.   Whil...

Positive - Luke 8:46

Watch out for the negative people.   Watch out for them; they are everywhere.  They seem to have the Minus touch.  If the Midas touch makes everything gold, the Minus touch turns everything grey. These will try to sap your joy and enthusiasm for life. They sigh more than they sing.      Bunyan’s Pilgrim needed to beware of the Slough of Despond.  We too need to watch where we walk. There is no gift of “discouragement” given to the New Tes...

Mountains vs. Mustard Seeds - Matthew 17:20

 The Lord Jesus used the largest and smallest things the disciples knew to teach them about the awesome power of faith.  Nothing was smaller in the age before bifocals and magnifying glasses than a mustard seed.  And nothing was bigger than a mountain.  Mountains of Tranfiguration, or the Mountains of Sinai, or the Mountains of Ararat, tower over the earth.  Mountains, however said Jesus, are no match for the most miniscule amount of genuine and authentic faith. ...

Close Second - Matthew 6:14-15

I cannot think of a greater need for sinners than to have  (and know) the forgiveness of God.   Man’s greatest problem is sin.   No problem is greater, none.   David needed it, and David knew it.   “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Ps. 32:1).   David was so blessed.   Paul quotes this wonderful truth in Romans 4.   Paul was blessed as well. It is wonderful to know that our sins are forgiven. ...

Table Talk - Matthew 5:6

Mt. 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness….” The Hebrew children lusted for the flesh pots of Egypt. They thought about them, they dreamed about them, they continually talked about them. “Oh, remember the fish?” one would say. Another, “Ah, the garlic..” They began to complain. All they had was God and God was not enough. Jesus would later say, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” ...

You Had to be There - Matthew 2:8

 "bring me word again," Matt. 2:8 There is no guarantee that God will send word again if we fail to respond properly the first time we hear it.   That is why the Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice, harden not your heart." Faith lays hold of God's Word and clings to it, bows before it, obeys it.      Two men are found waiting in Matthew two for word.   One was waiting in vain.   God would never speak to Herod "a...

Where is He? - Matthew 2:2

"Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Matt. 2:2 There are two great goals of life. These and all truly wise men have taken them as their great ambition. First we must find him. Then we must mind him. The magi followed the star over great distances on a quest driven by the question: WHERE? Where is the king? Although Herod looked like a king, and even held the title "King of the Jews," the wise men knew b...
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