Friday, July 29, 2016


Word of God
But he answering, said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

Psalm 18:35
Prefaced & Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation, and thy right hand hath stayed me, and thy loving kindness hath caused me to increase.
Geneva Bible Translation - 1599

Thou hast also given me Thy shield of salvation, and Thy right hand hath holden me up; and Thy condescension* hath made me great
JPS Translation - 1917

Brethren:

We are reminded here of Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians**, wherein he writes of taking on the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation. In either case, both speak of being armored against attacks by the enemy, that is to say Satan and his minions. However, David goes on to write and speak about the loving kindness, or as the JPS translations says “condescension”, meaning gentleness or in the objective form as noted below in Strong’s clemency, that is to say mercy and grace, and how it upholds him and has lifted his horn from humble shepherd, to become a great king.
Dr. Riktor Von Zhades - Devoted servant of our Redeemer Christ Jesus.

Meaning either temporal salvation, which was a shield to him when he had no outward one, as when he fought with Goliath; and was what preserved him in all his battles at other times: or spiritual salvation, which is of the Lord, of his contriving, effecting:, and applying, and in which his glory is concerned; interest in which is a free gift of his, as are the knowledge, application, and possession of it; and this is as a shield, which saves from sin, from all sin, and the damning power of it; keeps off the curses of the law, secures from wrath to come, and repels Satan's temptations; the words may be applied to Christ, who, though he was not saved from dying, yet was preserved in the day of salvation, and was not suffered to see corruption in the grave, and was quickly delivered from the power and dominion of it

Christ; the right hand of God, being as dear to him as his right hand; and being exalted at it; and because by him he communicates all good things to his people, and with him upholds and sustains them; or else it designs the mighty power of God, which is often signified by it, (Read Psalms 20:6, 44:3, 118:15-16); and may be understood of the sustentation of David, both in a providential way, with respect to his being, the preservation of it, the supplies of life, and support in times of trouble and distress; and in a spiritual sense, maintaining the principle of grace in him, furnishing him with fresh supplies of grace, and bearing him up under and through every temptation and exercise; so upholding him that he stood firm in the true grace of God, in the exercise of it implanted, and in the doctrine of grace, so as to go forward in the ways of God, and follow hard after him, and so as not to fall and utterly perish; and which is true of all the saints. (Read Psalm 63:8, 37:24). The words [are likewise] to be interpreted of Christ, who, as man and Mediator, as God's righteous servant, was upheld by him, so that he failed not, nor was he discouraged; the hand of the Lord was established with him, and his arm also strengthened him ( Read Isaiah 42:1,4; Psalm 89:21 )” - John Gill - 17th Century Theologian

* 6038 `anavah an-aw-vaw - condescension, human and subjective (modesty), or divine and objective (clemency):--gentleness, humility, meekness - Source - Strong’s Concordance
**
11 Clothe you with the armour of God, that ye be able to stand against the ambushings [or the assailings,] of the devil. 12 For striving, or battle, is not to us against flesh and blood, but against [the] princes and potentates, against governors of the world of these darknesses, against spiritual things of wickedness, in heavenly things 13 Therefore take ye the armour of God, that ye be able to against-stand in the evil day; and in all things stand perfect. 14 Therefore stand ye, and be girded about your loins in soothfastness, and clothed with the habergeon of rightwiseness, 15 and your feet shod in making ready of the gospel of peace. 16 In all things take ye the shield of faith, in which ye be able to quench all the fiery darts of him that is most wicked. 17 And take ye the helmet of health, and the sword of the Ghost, that is, the word of God. - Ephesians 6:11-17 - Wycliffe Bible translation circa 1382-1395
Also note - 17. He wears righteousness like a breastplate, and the helmet of salvation is upon His head, and He wears the garments of recompense - Isaiah 59:17 - Aramaic Translation

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Word of God
But he answering, said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

Psalm 18:32
Prefaced & Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

God girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way upright.

Brethren:

Who but our Creator makes the weak strong, the fearful courageous? Likewise He guides us in His ways, walking along the paths of His righteousness. Consider also today in your meditations Psalm 89:21; Psalm 91:2 - Dr. Riktor Von Zhades

“Perfect - Perfectly plain and smooth, and clear from impediments.” - John Wesley

What service God designs men for he will be sure to fit them for.” - Matthew Henry

For battle, [along] with strength of body and fortitude of mind; both which are from the Lord, and were in David; and were acknowledged by him as bestowed on him by the Lord; and which confirms what he had before said of him: or with spiritual strength, with strength in his soul, against sin, Satan, and the world; and to do the will and work of God: saints are girt by the Lord with the whole armour of God, and among the rest with the girdle of truth; and are prepared and ready to every good work; see (Read 1 Samuel 2:4 ) . Hannah's song is again referred to: in (Read 2 Samuel 22:33 ) , the words are, "God is my strength [and] power"; they are true of Christ, the man of God's right hand, whom he promised to strengthen, and whom he has made strong for himself. God removed every impediment and obstacle out of his way, and made it plain and easy, as Jarchi observes; and succeeded him, and gave him victory over his enemies; this has been verified in Christ, who has conquered sin, Satan, the world, death, and the grave: for this is not to be understood of the way and course of David's life and conversation, which was not perfect and unspotted, but had many blemishes and imperfections in it, which he often owns, confesses, and bewails.” - John Gill


Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Word of God
But he answering, said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

Psalm 18:30-31
Prefaced & Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

30 The way of God is uncorrupt: the word* of the Lord is tried in the fire: he is a shield to all that trust in him. 31 For who is God besides the Lord? and who is mighty save our God

Brethren:

For some time now, we have been stressing the promises of our Creator. One of which is to protect us from the world. In fact this is a constant theme throughout the Psalms, (and to a lesser extent the Proverbs), that God is willing and most able to defend those that honestly and humbly seek Him and His Word. It behooves us however, to remember that His timetable is not our own. So let us also consider that factor in the equation. Man’s wisdom is naught compared to it, as it (man’s) cannot save, nor create righteousness from within.

Yet His arm is not shortened, nor hindered by the ways of this world that it cannot save even the most vilest of persons. (Read Numbers 11;23; Isaiah 50:2; 59:1) For it is His most fervent desire that all mankind should come to repentance and be saved. (Read Ezekiel 33:7-19) Therefore friends, let us be quick to seek forgiveness when we fall, and likewise be quick to forgive others as well. For again God it is only by that grace, and mercy that we are forgiven. It is the most mightiest of attributes of His character.

Or without spot, as the Septuagint render the word; without any just charge of inequality, or unrighteousness; such is God's way of providence, though sometimes his methods of providence are cavilled at by wicked men, and murmured at by his own people: they are at a loss, at times, to reconcile promises and providences together, and to account for the justice and equity of them; these ways of his are unsearchable, and not to be traced out by them; but when his judgments will be made manifest, the wisdom, goodness, and righteousness of them will be clearly discerned, and they will be admired; for they are all of a piece, and perfectly consistent with the attributes of God: and such also is his way of grace, and method of salvation; it is agreeable to all his perfections, and according to his purposes, counsel, and covenant; this being resolved on in his breast, contrived by his wisdom, and concluded on in the covenant, has been effected and finished by his son; and his inward way of working upon the heart, though at present imperfect, will be completed; he is a rock, and his work is perfect, and all his ways are judgment: whatever way or method he contrives and enters upon, whether in providence or grace, he pursues and brings to an issue; for he is an omnipotent, omniscient, and unchangeable Being, and neither frustrates, nor is he frustrated; nor is there any insincerity, unrighteousness, and unfaithfulness in him; nor can he act contrary to himself, and the perfections of his nature: the way also which he prescribes to others is perfect and plain, whether the path of doctrine or of duty; the path of truth is plain to the enlightened understanding, and the way of holiness is such, in which men, though fools, shall not err; (Read Proverbs 8::8-9; Isaiah 35:8 ).

The word of the Lord is tried; as silver in a furnace, and is clear of all dross, of error, and falsehood; is free from human mixtures, and without any impurity and unholiness; nor is God's word of promise chargeable with unfaithfulness; all his promises being yea and amen in Christ, and have been tried and proved by the saints in all ages; and have been found true, faithful, constant, and invariable.

He [is likewise] a buckler to all those that trust in him; not in man, nor in themselves; in their own righteousness, or in any creature or creature enjoyment or performance; but in the providence and power of God, in his grace and mercy, in his word, and especially in his Son; in his person, blood, and righteousness; to such he is a buckler or shield: his power is all around them, his favour encompasses them, and his truth, or faithfulness in his word, is their shield and buckler: and so is his Son, who is both a sun and shield to them; and such are his precious blood, his spotless righteousness, and stoning sacrifice; which, being held up by faith, repel the fiery darts of Satan. (Read Ephesians 6:16)”
John Gill 17th Century Theologian

*Be the dangers never so many or great, yet God’s promise must take effect. - GNV footnotes circa 1599

Monday, July 25, 2016


Word of God
But he answering, said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

Psalm 18:28
Prefaced & Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

Surely thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will lighten my darkness.

Brethren:

The light of God’s mercy and grace will shine through all darkness. The light of the Gospel will allow all mankind to see the truth of His word. It will open the eyes of the blind so that they may see all things clearly. This writer has oft times said there is no darkness so bleak, so impenetrable, that the light of His word, and that of the Gospel of Christ cannot illuminate. In fact even more so than that, but utterly push the darkness backwards so that it will no long be seen by anyone. So this evening friends, consider this in your hearts, as you meditate upon His words before retiring for the night; His light shines brightly for all men in the belief that It will draw you nearer to Him.
Also for study: 1 Kings 15:4; Job 18:6; Psalm 119:105
Doktor Riktor Von Zhades - Servant of Christ.

“‘Thou [art] my lamp, O Lord"’; which may either design outward prosperity, and the flourishing condition of David's kingdom; or internal spiritual light, and an increase of it, by giving fresh supplies of the oil of grace, to cause the lamp to burn more clearly; or rather the prosperous estate of Christ's kingdom; and may be the same with the lamp ordained for the Messiah, (Read Psalms 132:17 ) [He shall] ‘"cause light to shine in my darkness"'. That is, bring me out of darkness into light; either out of adversity to prosperity, or from walking in darkness to the enjoyment of the light of his countenance; and is true of Christ, not only of the prosperity of his kingdom and interest, but of him personally; who though, when on the cross, was in darkness of soul, being forsaken by his God; yet, when raised from the dead, he was received up to heaven, and set down at the right hand of God, and was made full of joy with his countenance, ( Read Acts 2:28 ).” - John Gill 17th Century Theologian

Sunday, July 24, 2016


THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS
by G.W. Ridout (1870-1959)
Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

The beauties of the earth and sky may change, the highest, sweetest forms of beauty in the human face divine, may turn to the dust and ashes of the sepulcher; but Holiness abides forever. No fires can burn it, no floods can whelm it, no age bring wrinkles on its brow or carve deep lines into its face. Rev. L. R. Dunn It has been well said of Holiness that it resembles the light of the sun at noonday with its brightness, beauty, illumination and warmth; and the air redolent of sweets, and flowers. Holiness should bring sunshine, not gloom; happiness, not heaviness; gladness, not depression.

The Beauty of Holiness adorns the soul with certain qualities which bring praise and glory to the God of all grace (Read Ephesians 1:6). A certain writer asks what is sanctified grace, and the answer is: It is that grace by which the soul comes into possession of faith like Abraham, patience like Job, hope like Moses, perseverance like Noah, meekness like David, temperance like Daniel, prayerfulness like Elijah, unworldliness like James, holiness like Peter, love like John, guilelessness like Nathanael, devotion to God and to Jesus like Paul. It is that grace which will let you sing in trial like Paul and Silas, help you to pray out of prison like Peter, keep you in the hottest fire of affliction like the three Hebrew children. Sanctification is supernatural grace because it takes supernatural power to arrest, to control, to destroy.

Sanctification is an habitual grace. Holiness becomes a habit on earth; here the saints do on earth as they do in Heaven.

Holiness imparts sovereign and moral beauty to the soul so that according to Thomas Aquinas, that which is in God substantially by His essence is accidentally in the soul by divine participation. It is such beauty God Himself is captivated with it. Thou art all beautiful; there is no spot in thee.It reflects the beauty of the face of God. Oh, the face of God! Did you ever see a soul lit up by divine glory? That is but the reflection of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Holiness is a participation of the divine nature, a seed of divinity. His seed remaineth in him. It partakes of the divine nature in the sense the iron partakes of the fire; the rough, rude iron put into the fire becomes radiant, brilliant and the fire may say to it: I have imparted that to thee. So God may say to the soul, impart to thee the glow and beauty and heat of my nature the soul is bathed in God.

Sanctifying grace assures eternal salvation, conditioned of course upon its continuance in the soul by a living faith and obedience. Possessed with this no soul can be lost.

Holiness is susceptible of constant increase, and like other riches can be added onto. This is increased by divine bestowments, also by fuller acquirements by exercise and practice. Sanctifying grace gives cause for God’s complacency with His saints. God delights in His saints and takes pleasure in them. Sanctifying grace is that by which the soul enjoys God, abounds in His love and becomes more and more like Him-like Him in love, in humility, in sinlessness, in purity, in holiness. We shall be like Him.

Friday, July 22, 2016


Word of God
But he answering, said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

Psalm 18:25
Prefaced & Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

With the godly thou wilt show thyself godly: with the upright man thou wilt show thyself upright.

Brethren:

To whom shall God show Himself to be as God? To the man that follows and imitates the ways of God. Likewise He will show Himself to righteous and of great morality. Justice and mercy are His bywords, and He will impart them upon those that will do likewise. Consider also then this evening in your meditations; 1 Kings 8:32, Psalm 62:7; Matthew 5:7
Dr. Riktor Von Zhades - Servant of Christ

Those that show mercy to others (even they need mercy, and cannot depend upon the merit, no, not of their works of mercy) shall find mercy with God. Those that are faithful to their covenants with God, and the relations wherein they stand to him, shall find him all that to them which he has promised to be. Wherever God finds an upright man, he will be found an upright God. Those that serve God with a pure conscience shall find that the words of the Lord are pure words, very sure to be depended on and very sweet to be delight in.” Matthew Henry – 17th Century Theologian

Thursday, July 21, 2016



Word of God
But he answering, said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

Psalm 18:20-24
Prefaced & Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the pureness of mine hand he recompensed me: 21 Because I kept the ways of the Lord, and did not wickedly against my God. 22 For all his laws were before me, and I did not cast away his commandments from me. 23 I was upright also with him, and have kept me from my wickedness.

Brethren:

It is understood that we cannot obtain salvation through our own works. However it does not mean that would should discard walking in the righteous ways of our Redeemer. The best ways are to do good to all men, live peaceably as the Apostle Paul wrote, (Read Romans 12:18), keep the Word of God ever before you in your daily studies, (Read Psalm 119:2), and in your daily routines. (Read Psalm 61:8; Hebrews 11:6) Seek no retribution against others, (Read Romans 12:17; 1 Peter 3:11 ).
Dr. Riktor Von Zhades - Humble servant of Christ our Redeemer.

Here, David reflects with comfort upon his own integrity, and rejoices in the testimony of his conscience that he had had his conversation in godly sincerity and not with fleshly wisdom, (Read 2 Corinthians 1:12). His deliverances were an evidence of this, and this was the great comfort of his deliverances. His enemies had misrepresented him, and perhaps, when his troubles continued long, he began to suspect himself; but, when God visibly took his part, he had both the credit and the comfort of his righteousness.
He had kept firmly to his duty, and had not departed, not wickedly, not wilfully departed, from his God. Those that forsake the ways of the Lord do, in effect, depart from their God, and it is a wicked thing to do so. But though we are conscious to ourselves of many a stumble, and many a false step taken, yet if we recover ourselves by repentance, and go on in the way of our duty, it shall not be construed into a departure, for it is not a wicked departure, from our God. That he had kept his eye upon the rule of God’s commands, and had a respect to them all, despised none as little, disliked none as hard, but made it my care and business to conform to them all. His statutes I did not put away from me, out of my sight, out of my mind, but kept my eye always upon them, and did not as those who, because they would quit the ways of the Lord, desire not the knowledge of those ways.That he had kept himself from his iniquity, and thereby had approved himself upright before God. Constant care to abstain from that sin, whatever it be, which most easily besets us, and to mortify the habit of it, will be a good evidence for us that we are upright before God. As David’s deliverances cleared his integrity, so did the exaltation of Christ clear his, and for ever roll away the reproach that was cast upon him; and therefore he is said to be justified in the Spirit. (Read 1 Tim. 3:16). Matthew Henry 17th Century Theologian