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Do We Know Our Redeemer Lives?

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Job 19:23-27 (KJV)

23) Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
24) That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
25) For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:
26) And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27) Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.

 

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Is Christ King Of Your Heart and Life?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

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Christ Was Victor Over Death… And Proved It By His Resurrection!

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:5 - And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “…Seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.“

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Heb 7:25 KJV – Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

 

 

 

Christ never ceases to make intercession for His people. Because of this we are eternally secure in Him!

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2)

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: The First Begotten Of The Dead…

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Rev 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the  prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

 

 

Christ is given the title “the first begotten of the dead”. The word begotten simply means “first born”. How can it be said that Christ is the “first born” of the dead? There have been many people who were resurrected from the dead prior to Christ:
1. Son of Zarephath’s widow (1 K 17)
2. Son of Shunammite woman (2 K 4)
3. Man that touches Elisha bones (2 K 13)
4. Widow’s son (Lk 7)
5. Jairus’ daughter (Mt 9)
6. Lazarus (Jhn 11)
7. Saints at Christ’s crucifixion (Mat 27)
8. and perhaps others I may have missed.

But the resurrection of Christ was different than any of the above examples. Christ was resurrected by His own power, never to die again… following his resurrection (40 days later) He ascended to be with the Father. In that sense, He was truly the first One who gained victory over death!

Folks, this is very important for us to understand, our Lord, although He was resurrected, never died again. The one death that He experienced was sufficient to fully complete the salvation of His people. His resurrection, and the following ascension to be with His Father, is living proof that His sacrifice had been accepted, His work had been fully completed and His people are eternally secure in Him…

But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:And if Christ be not risen, then [is] our preaching vain, and your faith [is] also vain.
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
And if Christ be not raised, your faith [is] vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept.
(1 Corinthians 15:13-19)
May we all take a moment to stop and praise the Lord for His resurrection and what it means to each one of us who are His. We are eternally secure, not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done for us! May we all serve Him with new strengthened and encouraged hearts being reminded of all He has done for us.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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Did You Know Happiness Comes By Applying God’s Word To Our Lives?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:3 KJV – Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

“Blessed” describes being given happiness by God.

 

 

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Revelation 1:1-6: “John’s Greetings To The Churches”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

 

The Introduction To This Book…

 

Rev 1:1-6 KJV

(1) The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
(2) Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
(3) Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
(4) John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
(5) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
(6) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

John opens his letter with a description of:
1. How this letter came into existence (v1-v2)
2. The special blessing associated with the reading of this letter (vs 3)
3. Christ’s opening address to the 7 church recipients of this letter (vs 4-6)

In lieu of an introductory lesson or two on this book, I have opted to simply use the divinely inspired introduction as the only introduction to this book. I believe this introduction covers all of the necessary information we will need for this series.

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:
 
Revelation 1: –
 
(1) The Revelation of Jesus Christ,

This book is described as the revealing, or uncovering, of Jesus Christ. The intent of this book is to reveal Christ to us. Therefore, as we study this book, our only goal will be to see Christ within its pages. Along the way, we may learn truths about historical, contemporary and future events, but these will reveal Christ to us.   This is the purpose of the book and we will, by God’s grace, be faithful to this purpose.
Also, please note it is one “Revelation” not “Revelations”. This helps us to understand that, although the book of Revelation contains a series of visions given to John when taken together, they make up one unified uncovering of Christ.   It is much like a book made up of different chapters that, when taken together, present the unified message of the book.

 

 

which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;
 
God, the writer of this book, gave this book to our Mediator Jesus Christ. Christ is the One who stands between God and man and, therefore, was the One to receive this book… “For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5)

His purpose was for Christ to show the contents of this book to His human servants (those who were members of the seven church of Asia). This book is filled with “things which must shortly come to pass” and through these events Christ would be revealed… “…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.(Revelation 19:10)
 

What is the idea behind the phrase “must shortly come to pass”? This phrase teaches us that the events we will be looking at in this book would, within a very brief period of time, come into existence. In other words, they “must soon take place” (ESV). We should never look at Revelation as a group of prophecies with no practical application to our lives today, but only refer to events that will take place sometime in the future. This is not the case. Most of these events referred to in this book would take place very quickly (within that generation of believers who lived during John’s lifetime).
Keeping this in mind, helps us to know that some of the events we will study have already taken place, and many more are continuing to take place in today’s time.

 

 

and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
God gave the Revelation to Christ as our Mediator. Christ gave it to His angel, who then gave it to the Apostle John.
It is important for us to understand HOW Christ gave this message to His angel…
1. He gave it AUTHORITATIVELY. The idea behind “sent” is “to send with authority”.
Christ, who is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” has placed His authority behind the deliverance of this book to mankind. We should never question the recipients of this message nor the way in which it was revealed to man… the full authority of the Lord stands behind it.

2. He gave it SYMBOLICALLY. In other words, He revealed it to man through the use of symbols.
The meaning of the word “signified” is “to indicate through marking” or “to reveal using signs (or symbols)”. As we progress in our study, we will see that the Book of Revelation is a book that is filled with marks that indicate truth (signs and symbols revealing truth). It will be through an understanding of these signs and symbols that we will see Christ in all His fullness.

 

 

 

(2) Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that
he saw.
John is said to “bear record”. This is an interesting term. It comes from the same word from which we get “martyr”. It means, “to bear a personal witness” or “to give personal evidence”, just as the martyrs stood and personally told the world they were Christians in the face of great abuse and mistreatment.
Basically, this is telling us that the information we find in this book was personally received by John (through visions) and, then, personally penned by him. There was no scribe involved in the process. This helps to assure us that the information we are about to read is extremely accurate because the writer was the one who has personally received these visions.
But above that, this book being a part of the divinely inspired Word, can be counted upon as perfect… no errors, no contradictions, and no false teachings. It has, and will continue to stand the test of time as a part of the infallible Word of God.

 

Of what did John bear record? There are three different ways we can describe the entire contents of Revelation:
1. “The Word of God” – the Book of Revelation is God’s Word given to man through John.
2. “The Testimony Of Jesus Christ” – The Book of Revelation is the personal evidence or record of Jesus Christ
3. “All Things That He Saw” – The Book Of Revelation is what John saw in a series of visions originating from God.

 

 

 

(3) Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:
Now we find a very special blessing given to those who are faithful in reading, understanding and applying the truths found in Revelation. Keep in mind the word for “blessing” means “to be happy”. Folks, when we come to a greater understanding of Christ, and apply those truths to our lives, we have many blessings and happiness awaiting us. The more we learn about Christ, the easier it is to trust Him in the difficult times, see His hand intervening in our lives and praise Him for simply being who He is.

 

 

for the time is at hand.
In other words, the time when this information about Christ is needed has come to pass….
1. The Apostle John was banished on the isle of Patmos… now he needed this message of encouragement.
2. The seven churches would be entering into great times of persecution… now they needed this message.
3. The saints were and would continue to flee abuse by the Roman govmnt… they needed this word of the truth of Christ.
4. For today’s saints, as His second coming draws closer and the condition of the world becomes more sinful… we need these truths about Christ to comfort us, give us hope and strengthen us.
5. We are living in the last days, the second coming of Christ is now within our grasp. It is 2000 years closer to us now than it was in the days of the Apostles.

 

Truly, the time is at hand for us all to study and come to understand Revelation!

 

 

 

 

(4) John to the seven churches which are in Asia:
John explains the identity of the recipients of this message. This message was intended for the members of the seven churches of Asia: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. As we will see in coming lessons, each of these churches had different physical and spiritual needs and yet they all would benefit from this book.

How can this be? How can one book meet the needs of so many various churches and individuals? It is because a greater knowledge of Christ will benefit all churches and saints, no matter what their level of spirituality, or their individual issues they face, or the spiritual needs they might possess.
Why these seven churches? The number seven is the number of fullness. Not only does this letter apply to the seven churches of Asia, but also it applies to all churches of every area at any time throughout history. This book is truly meant for all generations that have existed between John’s writing of it until our Lord comes back at the second coming and time comes to an end.

 

 

 

Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
John’s desire for the assemblies, and their members was two-fold:
1. “Grace” is speaking of divine benefits coming upon the undeserving.

It is only through grace that the blessings of God flow. None of us deserve anything short of an eternity in the Lake of Fire. Apart from the grace of God, we are nothing, we can do nothing and deserve nothing…but with God’s grace in our lives, we have a wonderful eternity to look forward to, and can be faithful servants properly equipped to bring glory to His name.

2. “Peace” is speaking of harmony and unity between two parties.

We are naturally at enmity with God. As fallen mankind, we are destined to live selfish lives that put ourselves first and others second.   But with the gift of peace, we enter into a personal relationship with our Lord, we put others first in our lives and begin working with them for their benefit ahead of our own.
With the receipt of these two blessings from the Lord, all of the needs of local assemblies and saved individuals are obtained.
John understood that the source of these two blessings was the eternal God, in the person of the Father, who forever lives to bless His assemblies and His people. This same eternal God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, personally intervenes in His assemblies and His people. It is through the intervention of the Holy Spirit into our lives that the blessings of grace and peace flow to man.
Why is the Holy Spirit described as “the seven Spirits”? The number seven is the number of fullness. In the Bible the Holy Spirit is identified by 7 different titles which represent the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s ministry among men. Each title helps us to understand about the His person and workings among men. The prophet Isaiah gives us a listing of these seven titles of the Holy Spirit for us… And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; (Isaiah 11:2)
John sees the seven Spirits standing before the throne of God, much like the servants of a King would stand awaiting instructions for their next act of service to the King. In this we can see the readiness and desire of the Holy Spirit to intervene in the lives of God’s people to bless them and equip them for service to God.

 

 

 

(5) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.
The same eternal God, in the person of the Son (Jesus Christ), is also active in blessing His people with grace and peace. It is through Christ’s work on the cross that these blessings flow to mankind. Based upon His finished work on the cross, Christ became the Intercessor and Mediator that stands between a Holy God and sinful man, bringing them into fellowship and communion. This cannot occur without the blessings of God’s grace and peace being given to His people.

 

In these verses (vs 4 & 5), John helps us to understand that all three persons of the Godhead are active in blessing us with grace and peace…
1. “him which is, and which was, and which is to come;” - The Father
2. “and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne” – The Holy Spirit
3. “and from Jesus Christ” – The Son

 

The second person of the Godhead is described as:
1. Jesus – Savior
2. Christ – the Messiah (the Anointed One), the One promised to come in the OT scriptures.
3. the Faithful Witness – the One who dependably revealed God and His Word to man through His teachings, actions and lifestyle. He holds the Office Of Prophet
4. the First Begotten of the Dead – the first One to be resurrected from the dead and to receive a glorified body. He holds the Office Of Priest
5. the Prince of the Kings of the Earth – the ultimate eternal authority Holder over all earthy rulers. He holds the Office of King

 

 

Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (6) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The work of the second person fo the Godhead is described as:
1. Him that Loved Us – Christ loved His people with the ultimate type of love… He gave His life for His people.
2. He Washed Us from Our Sins in His Own Blood – His work is the basis of our salvation. He took upon Himself our sins, suffered the wrath of God upon Himself, so that we might be freed from the debt of our sin.
3. Hath Made Us Kings – Through His work we will be ruling with Him in eternity.
4. Hath Made Us… Priests Unto God – Through His work we are accepted by God and be given access to Him.
Because of who He is and what He has done for us, He deserves all the praise, honor and authority throughout eternity.
John ends this section with the term “Amen”… in other words, “so be it” or “the words that I have written are trustworthy and accurate”.

 

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:
In this text, we can very easily see many descriptions of the Person and Work of Christ. Some of these include:
1. Christ is the central theme of the book of Revelation (vs 1-3)
2. The Person of Christ (vs 5a)
3. The Work of Christ (vs 5b-6a)
May we all come to a greater understanding of Christ as we enter into this study. Especially, in this text, we can see the loving sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, securing a multitude of blessings for us.
Just as John wrote in vs 6, let us all praise and honor Him for who He is and what He has done for us. Finally, may we recognize that, based upon His sacrifice for us in obedience to the will of His Father, He has been given the authority to rule eternally over all!

 

 

 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY):
Just as with any other portion of Scripture, we are to treat this book with exceptional care and diligence as we study its contents. Think about it… this is the very Word of God, centering on the person and work of Christ, given through John to His seven churches, which has been protected through the ages for our benefit. It contains wonderful blessings upon anyone who might come to read, understand, and apply its teachings.   What privilege and blessing it is to own a copy of this book and to be able to search through its pages in search of the many truths of God that it holds.
May we all with thankful, reverent hearts open its pages and come to a greater understanding of its teachings.

 
May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

 

 

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If We Love Our Lord and Those Around Us, These Things Will Be A Joy!

SIH HALTAL ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].   See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (8)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].
See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

To close this devotional series from 1 Thessalonians, let’s review the six basic exhortations given to us by Paul…
1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

 

EXPOSITION:

 

Before we close this series, I would like to remind us of a very important truth… all of these exhortations given by God, through the Apostle Paul, are desires found in the heart of those who love the Lord and all mankind…

 

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:7-12)

 

 

I thought it would be beneficial to take a short time to answer a few questions…

Basic Question #1 – As we went through this series, did you find within your heart a desire to live out the exhortations given to us?

 

If you said “No”, it is very important that you stop and do an honest evaluation of your spiritual condition. It is very possible that you have never actually experienced the Lord’s gracious, life-giving intervention in your life.

 

 

 

However, if you said “Yes” then it is important we ask another question…

 

Basic Question #2 – Why do you desire these attributes in your life?

 

Is it because you would like to be popular with others or, maybe, you would like to receive praise for being a “good guy” or “a sweet lady”?
Or, maybe, you are a business owner who desires to have a good reputation in the community so that your business will increase?
Or maybe, do you want to others to believe you are more “holy” and “religious” than those around you?
To put it simply, do you desire these attributes in your life so that you alone might benefit?

Folks, once again, if you find yourself answering “yes” to any of the above questions, please take the time to be honest with yourself and come to a true understanding of your spiritual condition. By all indications, you have never been made into a new creature through the work of Christ. You are yet ruled by your fallen nature and are yet in your sins.

 

Or…
Could it be that you desire these attributes because you love the Lord and those around you?

This type of love will manifest itself in your life through a desire to please and glorify the Lord and a desire to care and help those who are around you. These desires are unselfish in nature and based upon love. This is a clear indication of a genuine, Scriptural, salvation experience that has taken place in your life.

 

 

APPLICATION:
As we have looked at these questions and the Holy Spirit has shown you that you are not saved, please keep in mind… the Bible clearly presents to us the way of salvation from sin. It is found solely through the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. This is clearly presented to us in the message of the gospel…

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. (1 Corinthians 15:1-7)

 

It is this same message that must be accepted through repentance and faith…

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.(Mark 1:15)
What does the Bible mean by repentance? It is a gift that God gives to us that causes great change in our lives. Some of the change includes:

1. A change in how we see ourselves. We no longer see ourselves as good and in need of nothing, finding security in ourselves and the things of the world. We now see ourselves as sinful human beings, who have utterly failed to live up to God’s standards, destined and deserving of eternal punishment for our sins, and without any ability to secure salvation of ourselves or our good works.
2. A change in attitude about the sin we have in our lives. We no longer desire to sin but mourn over it, turn from it, and forsake it.
3. A change in attitude about Jesus. We no longer mock, ridicule and reject Him. We now see Him as our Lord, the One we want to please and the One we want to serve.

 

These are just a few of the changes that need to take place for us to be the recipients of God’s great salvation.

 

 

What does the Bible mean by belief? Other words that mean “belief” include “faith”, “trust”, “acceptance”, and “conviction”.  All of these words describe a God-given certainty that we must possess concerning Jesus Christ. We come to know with certainty that:

1. Jesus is the only One from whom we can receive salvation from our sins.
2. Jesus is God Himself come to the earth.
3. Jesus is Lord of our life because He is Our Creator and Our God. It is our responsibility to please Him and serve Him.
4. Jesus, our divine Lord, died on the cross, and in doing so, took the judgment of our sin upon Himself. It was through His death that the wrath of God against all of our sins, past, present, and future was satisfied.
5. Jesus arose from the grave. His resurrection gives us proof that He truly was God in the flesh and that His work on the cross was accepted by God as the complete payment for our sins.

 

These and many others are the things that we come to know with a God-given certainty about Jesus.

 

Folks, may Christ graciously intervene in our lives and bring us to a saving knowledge of Him as our Lord and Savior, trusting in who He is and what He has done for us.  In doing so, we can know with certainty our sins are forgiven and we are eternally secure in Him.

 

This ends our look at 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15.

 

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Is Our Life A Pursuit Of That Which Is Good In The Sight Of God?

SIH HALTAL ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].   See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].  (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (7)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].  See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].  (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

 

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the sixth, and final, of Paul’s exhortations to us…

 

ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men]

In this exhortation we find 3 basic parts:
1. “ever follow” in other words “Everywhere, and at all times, pursue”
2. “that which is good” in other words “that which is beneficial”
3. “both among yourselves and to all men” in other words “among members of your church and all men”.

Everywhere, and at all times, we are to be seeking to do that which is beneficial among our fellow laborers in Christ and all others with whom we come into contact. In other words, we are to constantly seek to have lives which are spiritually beneficial to those around us.

 

Specifically, what does Paul mean by “that which is good”? He seems to explain this idea in greater detail in Romans 14:18-19…

For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.(Romans 14:16-19)

In this text we can see four basic “tests” to reveal to us “that which is good”:
1. Is it acceptable to God? In other words… Is God pleased with it?
2. Is it approved of men? In other words…. Is it recognized as beneficial to men?
3. Does it make for peace? In other words… Does it promote unity, harmony and peace between men and God?
4. Does it edify ourselves and others? In other words… Does it strengthen ourselves and others?

Folks, these four questions make up the test by which we should judge our life pursuits.

 

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.(1 Timothy 6:11-12)

Examples of things that will “pass this test” include: righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness. Please notice that each and every one of these, when put to the above four-part test, will produce a resounding “yes” to each question of our test.

 

APPLICATION:

May we all seek to pursue “that which is good” for ourselves and those around us. By doing so, we will enjoy a close relationship to the Lord, a productive prayer life, and divine protection from our Lord.

Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil.And who [is] he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? (1 Peter 3:11-13)

 

 

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Do We Give Evil Or Love To Those Who Mistreat Us?

SIH HALTAL ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].    See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].  (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (6)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].   See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].    (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the fifth of Paul’s exhortations to us…

 

See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];

How easy it is for us to justify “getting back” for wrongdoing that is done to us. However, we are clearly told in God’s Word that “payback” is to be avoided by anyone who takes the name of Christ.

The Lord states the issue very plainly, in this text, by saying “see that none of you hand back injury, harm or abuse to those who injure, harm, or abuse you.

 

In the writings of the NT this issue is addressed several times and helps to explain specifics concerning this responsibility we have been given:

 

1. The Lord will repay any wrong doing that is done to His people
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21)

 

2. Better to accept the abuse at the hands of brethren than to expose them to public shame
But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather [suffer yourselves to] be defrauded?Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that [your] brethren. (1 Corinthians 6:6-8)

 

3. Keep in mind our eternal blessings gained through obedience to the Lord. Any abuse on this earth only results in temporary loss.
Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous:Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:8-9)

 

Christ, Himself, taught these truths and set the perfect example for us to follow:

4. Christ teaches us to sacrificially go above and beyond to those who are enemies. We do this by loving, blessing, doing good, and praying for those who oppose us. 
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloke also.And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.(Matthew 5:39-45)

 

5. Christ set the example by refusing to give us our due, but to give His life on the cross for us instead.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed [himself] to him that judgeth righteously:   Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.  
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.(1 Peter 2:21-25)

 

 

APPLICATION:

May we all choose to give of ourselves towards those who mistreat us. In doing so, we are presenting Christ to those around us.

 

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Are We Patient TO All? Are We Patient AT All?

SIH HALTAL ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].  See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].    (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (5)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].  See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].   (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

 

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

 

EXPOSITION:

 

In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the fourth of Paul’s exhortations to us…

 
be patient toward all [men]

Patience is, perhaps for many of us, the most difficult of all these exhortations by Paul. But in the context of our study, to be patient is listed as one of the greatest ways that we can show Christ to others around us. Perhaps this is why to be patience is so hard on our flesh!
 
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye. (Colossians 3:12-13)
 
So what does the Bible mean by “patience” or “longsuffering”? Both of these words, in the above texts, are translated from the same Greek word (makrothumeo) that carries four basic ideas with it:
1. to carry a weight
2. for a long period of time
3. without feeling abused or mistreated
4. without allowing anger (or a desire for “payback”) to burn within us
In other words, it to be patient means “to humbly, willingly, suffer under a heavy burden for a long period of time in the absence of anger or desire for retribution.”

Another word that is commonly translated “patience” in the Bible (hupomoneo) is used to describe a donkey that patiently stands while his owner continually adds a heavier burden to its back. It stands there, not kicking the burden off, not braying or running off. It simply stands and accepts the burden placed upon it.

These words represent for us the Scriptural concept of patience.

As difficult as it may be, how many of us truly exhibit patience in our lives? Patience is demanded in both the small and large things in life. From the short-lived suffering of standing in a long, slow line at the store, to the long-term burden of medical issues, personality conflicts, or mistreatment and abuse by others; how do we react when these burdens that are placed upon us?

 

APPLICATION:

Over the years, I have become convinced that EVERYTIME the circumstances in our life demand patience, it is the Lord opening an opportunity for us to show Christ to those around us.

People are constantly watching us and seeing how we accept the difficult times of our lives… What will they say about us?

Will they see our sinful flesh controlling our lives causing selfishness to rear its ugly head? Or, will they see the humility and love of Christ in us?

Will they see that we are no different from the lost fallen world and see no reason to trust in Christ as their Lord and Savior?   Or, will they see our lives and be motivated to turn to Christ and be delivered from the bondage of Satan and their flesh?
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)

 

 

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“The Footsteps Are Not Known” (Psalm 77:19)

SIH STSTA ICONHave we ever doubted the Lord’s presence during the difficult times in our lives?

In the midst of troublesome times, have we ever asked “Why me?”

Have we ever experienced a devastating loss which caused us to question the Lord’s strength and sovereignty over all?

 

 

Most of us, if not all, have questioned the Lord in some of these ways at one time or another in our lives.

In our study for this morning, we will be looking at a very basic and comforting truth that is taught in God’s Word… Although we may not understand, or sense, His workings in our lives, we can still explicitly trust in Him!

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

Thy way [is] in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.    (Psalms 77:19-20)

 

 

 THE STUDY:

 In the background of our text, we find Asaph:
1. faced with a seemingly impossible dreadful situation (vs 1-3),
2. questioning the Lord and His purposes for his life (vs 4-9),
3. stopping to remember the Lord’s previous workings in his nation and personal life (vs 10-18),
4. coming to a very important conclusion in Psa 77:19-20 (our text)

Asaph comes to four basic conclusions based upon the Red Sea experience of the Israelites (Exodus 14:10-27) …

 

Conclusion #1 – Many times the Lord leads us into circumstances where great faith is required….

Thy way [is] in the sea,

Much like the Israelites who were led to the Red Sea, then by faith stepped out and traveled through the Sea with water surrounding them as a wall on both sides (Exodus 14:13-14)…

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

Heb 4:14-16 KJV “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.   For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

 

Conclusion #2 – Many times the Lord leads us into circumstances where we must face trials like overwhelming floods…

and thy path in the great waters,

The Israelites, when they were pursued by the Egyptians, faced the power of the Red Sea in front of them and the power of the Egyptian Army behind (Exodus 14:9)…

But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.”

Psa 69:1-2 KJV   “To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David. Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.”

 

Conclusion #3 – Many times the Lord leads us into situations where we are unable to discern His workings nor His presence with us…

and thy footsteps are not known.

The Israelites did not understand the Lord’s workings nor did they recognize His presence and coming deliverance (Exodus 14:11-12)…

And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

Rom 11:33 KJV   “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Job 5:8-9 KJV   “I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:

 

Conclusion #4 –we can know BEYOND A DOUBT that the Lord is our Shepherd, therefore He will lead, feed and protect us…

 Although we may face very difficult trials in life that demand an exercise of faith…

Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

He has led us to this place, He will care for us during this trial, and He will protect us until we are delivered (Exo 14:21-31)…

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen….

And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them…

But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.”

Although we may not sense the presence of God in our life, nor ever fully understand the “whys”, “hows” and “what ifs” of the trials we face, as God’s people we can rest assured that we are not alone, we are safe in the hands of our wonderful Shepherd…

Psa 23:1,4 KJV “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want… Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Job, another man of God that faced many very serious trials in life, came to the same basic conclusions as Asaph… Whenever we are facing the difficult trials in life, we can rest assured that The Lord is with us, protecting and caring for us and working for our good every step of the way…

[Touching] the Almighty, we cannot find him out: [he is] excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. (Job 37:23)

May the Lord bless you as you continue to seek His truth.

 

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During The Difficult Times Of Life… Do We Wait On Him?

SIH HALTAL ICONPsalms 27:14 – Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:14

SIH TOTT ICONPsalms 27:

[A Psalm] of David. The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.

One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

As we will see in our series, King David addresses many of the same issues that each and every one of us faces when we are in the midst of the most difficult, fearful situations of life. May the Lord honor this study in His Word, by granting to us the truths of this Psalm and their practical application to our life.

 

EXPOSITION:

 

In our text for today, David concludes his Psalm on dealing with the fearful times of our lives. Keep in mind that, so far, we have seen:

 

  1. David’s confidence in the Lord (vs 1-3)
  2. David’s desire of the Lord (vs 4-5)
  3. David’s praise of the Lord (vs 6)
  4. David’s request for God’s presence (vs 7-11)
  5. David’s request for deliverance from his enemies (vs 12)
  6. David’s motivation to persevere in the midst of his difficulties (vs 13)

 

Now, in this final section of the Psalm, David reaches out to each one of us with words of encouragement as we, too, face the fearful times of our lives.

 

David’s words of encouragement to others…

 

Psalms 27:14

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

David encourages us to do two things in times of hardship, opposition, and fear:

 

Wait on the LORD:

First of all, David instructs us to “wait on the Lord”.

 

The word “wait” comes to us from a Hebrew word that means “to collect hopefully” or “to gather together expectantly”.

 

The idea David is expressing to us is the need to collect:

1. our needs

2. truths about His person and work

3. His promises to us.

 

Then, based upon this “collection”, wait for Him expectantly.

 

In other words, when we understand who He is and what He can do for us, then we become aware of His great promises of care, protection and enablement that He gives to us, we can confidently expect our needs to be met.

 

be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:

Secondly, David encourages us to “be of good courage”. This can only be done if we are waiting upon Him.

 

In other words, because we are expecting the Lord to intervene on our behalf, then we can take control of our fears and put them aside.

 

There is nothing to fear, He will step in and meet our every need. Perhaps this will be by taking the situation from us, or perhaps, it will be by standing with us in the midst of the trial. In either case, we can boldly face the fearful times, knowing He is with us.

 

wait, I say, on the LORD.

David in summary, emphasizes the need to “Wait on the Lord”

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

Folks may we always learn to wait upon the Lord in times of trials. In doing so, we are submitting to His will for our lives, allowing Him to intervene without our interference, and standing boldly against our opposition through His gracious enablement.

 

A Song of degrees. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

Behold, as the eyes of servants [look] unto the hand of their masters, [and] as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes [wait] upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. (Psalms 123:1-2)

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In The Midst Of Our Trials, Are We Concerned About Following God’s Path?

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 27:11 KJV
“Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:11

SIH TOTT ICONPsalms 27:

[A Psalm] of David. The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.

One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

As we will see in our series, King David addresses many of the same issues that each and every one of us faces when we are in the midst of the most difficult, fearful situations of life. May the Lord honor this study in His Word, by granting to us the truths of this Psalm and their practical application to our life.

 

EXPOSITION:

 

In our text for today, David now continues his prayer coming before the Lord with his requests…

 

Psa 27:11 KJV

“Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”

 

“Teach me thy way, O LORD,

David now requests the Lord to “teach me thy way”. Please notice that David did not say” teach me the way to get out of this situation”, no, all he desired was to be shown the path the Lord would have him to take, whether it would end in removal from his situation, or cause him to remain in it.  All he wanted was to fulfill the Lord’s will for his life.

 

 

and lead me in a plain path,

David wanted the Lord to lead him on a path that was clear and straight. In other words, he wanted the Lord’s path to be easy to see and walk upon so that there was no chance of him accidently getting off the course the Lord had laid for his life.

 

Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things.For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips.

All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward or perverse in them.They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. (Proverbs 8:6-9)

 

 

 

because of mine enemies.”

David was very concerned about his testimony before others, especially his enemies. David’s desire was to be ble to easily follow the Lord’s path for his life so that he might not fall into temptation and fall into sin, giving his enemies a reason to accuse him and bring dishonor to David and the Lord that he served.

 

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.Teach me to do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit [is] good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalms 143:8-10)

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

One of the great burdens upon David’s heart during his time in the midst of the fearful events of his life, was the need to keep the Lord’s will and retain a good testimony in the eyes of others. David knew for this to happen, the Lord would have to intervene in his life, show him His will clearly, and enable him to fulfill that will.

 

When faced with the fearful times of life, may we all keep our attention fixed on the Lord and His will for our lives, seeking to honor and glorify Him in all that we do.

 

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