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What’s in your future….. Glory or Shame?

Prov 3:35 (KJV)  The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

The Rainy Days Of Life Reveal His Faithfulness To Us…

Gen 9:16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that [is] upon the earth.

The Call To Separation: The Standard

Rom 12:1-2  –  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We are given the divine call to live lives of holiness.  That is, to live lives that are “not conformed to this world but transformed” into lives that are a “living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God”.  This is the divine call to separation that He has given to each of His saints.

To come to a proper understanding of this call we need to understand what this separation entails.  What are some of the specifics that we need to understand if we are to live separated lives for Him?…

In 2 Pet 1:3-4, we are told that “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 

We can know all things that apply to living Godly lives through “knowledge of God” and His “exceeding great and precious promises”.  Where can we find the “the knowledge of God” and “His exceeding great and precious promises” revealed to us?  We can find them exclusively within the pages of His Word.  It is within the pages of His Word that we can learn all the specifics concerning our call to separation….

2Tim 3:16-17 – All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Here, we find a clear declaration of the purposes of the Word of God.  These purposes are described as:

1. doctrine – teachings

2. reproof – to show error

3. correction – to show how to remedy the error

4. instruction in righteousness – to show how to live Godly lives

When the Word is applied to our lives the following two results are exhibited in our lives:

1. perfect – spiritually mature, spiritually complete, whole

2. throughly furnished unto all good works– completely furnished to perform works that are pleasing to God

The God-breathed Word is the basis for all instructions pertaining to living our lives and godliness.  If we simply look to His Word and follow its divine dictates we will find ourselves living lives of separation from sin to His service.

This is why the Lord Himself said in Matt 4:4, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”  Not only is it through His Word that we find the gospel message that shows us the way to eternal life, but also, everything that we need to know to live a life that is well pleasing to God.

Let’s take a moment and look at the standard for holy living that He has given to us in His Word.

THE SCRIPTURES:

Psalms 119:1-150               Matt 4:4                  Matt 5:17-20            Matt 7:21-27

John 1:45                         John 5:39                John 12:48-49          John 17:17-19

Romans 3:19-20                 Romans 3:28-31       Romans 7:12           Romans 12:1-2

2 Tim 2:14-16                    2 Tim 3:16-17          James 1:22-25                   2 Peter 1:3-4

1 John 3:1-4                      Revelation 20:12

THE STUDY:

The Word of God, the container of His divine standard for holy living, is multi-faceted and all encompassing.  To illustrate the many aspects of God’s Word, notice the variety of descriptions that His Word is given in Psalm 119:…

  1. Law – emphasizes the unity and completeness of His Word
  2. Word – emphasizes the fact that His Word is spoken by God to man.
  3. Judgments – emphasizes His Word is based upon His decision making.  Also emphasizes the finality of His Word
  4. Testimonies – His Word is His witness to man.  He is revealing to us what He has personally seen and experienced as the Eternal God.
  5. Commandments – The Word is not a series of “suggestions”, it is our individual responsibility to keep His Word
  6. Statutes – His Word is appointed to us.  It is personally, specifically handed to each of us.
  7. Precepts – His Word is given by God as an act of His oversight and care for us.

Based on the above we can begin to get a glimpse of the complexity and completeness of God’s Word.

The importance of God’s Word for the Christian is taught by Christ Himself….

Matt 5:17-20 –  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Here, we find that the entire Word of God, both Old and New Testaments is applicable to His people as they seek to live lives that are honoring and pleasing to Him.  Notice what is said… the law and prophets were fulfilled by Christ, but not done away at His first coming.  Through His life, He established their truthfulness and validity, but did not bring their relevance to an end.  Even the ceremonial laws of God, which are no longer to be practiced, are still valuable in our understanding of the person, nature, attributes and work of the Messiah.  Every part of the Word is still of value for Christians in today’s time. Likewise, the civil commands that only pertain to the physical nation of Israel, can be used by others as a source of instruction concerning the justice and Kingship of the Messiah.

Those who break the least of the moral commandments found in His Word and teach others to do the same will hold a low position in His eternal kingdom that will arrive at His second coming.  But those who uphold His Word through obedience, and then teach others to do the same, will hold a high position in His coming kingdom.  Why is this?  It is because by keeping the dictates of His Word we will find ourselves living lives of separation from sin and to His service.

In the above verses Christ also reminds us that these commands were not given to save anyone.  Why then were they given?

1. They were given to define and reveal sin –  Rom 3:19-20…

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.

 

2. They were given to reveal Jesus – John 1:45 & John 5:39…

Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

 

3. They were given to equip us for separation and service to God – Psa 119:1-11 & 1 John 3:1-4….

ALEPH. Blessed [are] the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed [are] they that keep his testimonies, [and that] seek him with the whole heart.  They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.  Thou hast commanded [us] to keep thy precepts diligently.  O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!  Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.  I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.  BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word.  With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

When we see all the wonderful benefits of the law of God it is no wonder that Paul describes the entirety of God’s Word as Rom 7:12….  Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

You see, although men are not saved through the keeping of the law that does not mean that the law has no value in the life of a Christian… as a matter of fact, the opposite is true.  Roms 3:28-31… “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  [Is he] the God of the Jews only? [is he] not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:  Seeing [it is] one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Here we are told that although the Christian had been saved by grace through faith without the deeds of the law, the law is still applicable to his life.  As a matter of fact, we are to “establish” the law.   The idea of “establish” carries with it the idea of “to cause to stand”, “to plant firmly”, “to support”, “to hold up”.  How does the Christian establish the law of God?  We “support” His law by living our lives in accordance to it.   In other words, when we choose to abstain from lying we are “holding up” God’s command that says “thou shalt not bear false witness”.  When we live our day in a prayerful, submissive attitude to God, wanting to be shown His will, we are “planting firmly” God’s command to “pray without ceasing”.   The list can go on and on.

We can easily see that the Word is our instructions for living that He has given to us.  Because of this, it will also be the ultimate standard to which we are held accountable and by which we will be judged in the last days (John 12:48-49, Rev 20:12)….

“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.  For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  Here we read about the final judgment based upon two criteria “the book of life” (a listing of all of those God has chosen to salvation) and “the books” (the 66 books of the Bible whereby our works will be judged)  (see also Dan 7:9-10)

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who have been made separate to His service by His wondrous grace….

We have seen “the Word of Truth”, God’s Word is the life standard we are to use as we seek to fulfill our call to separation in John 17:17-19…  “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”

Based upon this standard we have a two-fold responsibility…

1.  We are to be faithful in our study of God’s Word.  By this we can be knowledgeable of our divine standard.We can see this principle in 2 Tim 2:14-16…. Of these things put [them] in remembrance, charging [them] before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, [but] to the subverting of the hearers.   Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

2.  We are to honestly compare our life with the Word, using it as  a mirror to reflect our shortcomings and areas needing change we can see that in James 1:22-25…. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:   For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

For those who have yet to be liberated from the bondage of sin ….

When a person desires to live their life as they please with no respect for God’s desires, this indicates that the individual in question has never received forgiveness of their sins, nor have they ever become a new creature in Christ.  In this condition, they are destined for a great fall.  A fall that will result in entering an eternity separated from God  and receiving eternal punishment for their sins. We can see this principle clearly illustrated in Matt 7:21-27… “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

If you have any questions about salvation, I have a tab available on my blog that gives in depth information on what salvation is and what you must do to be saved.  Please click on this link for more information about salvation.

If you continue to have questions or concerns about your salvation, find a Bible-believing church in your area.  The Pastor would be glad to share Christ and the way of salvation with you.   If you feel more comfortable communicating through email, you are always welcome to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Isaiah 6:2b

We now continue our devotional series on the two-fold calling (to salvation and to service) of Isaiah.  Remember in this series we will be looking to learn more about the One who is calling Isaiah, along with the nature of the calls and an examination of the submission to these calls by Isaiah…

Isaiah 6:2 – Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

In our previous lesson we began looking at the seraphims, recognizing that, in this vision, they are a symbol of those who have been saved by God’s grace and actively serving Him. Previously we looked at the fiery brassy color of the seraphims and we saw that this color helped us to see that they had escaped the fire of God’s judgment, while experiencing the God’s purifying fire of salvation.

In our text his morning we find that the Seraphim have six wings.  It is important note how they use those wings:

  1. “With twain he covered his face” – Here we can see the saved person’s shame as they stand before their Lord remembering all the ways that he had failed his Savior. (Psa 51:1-5)
  2. “With twain he covered his feet” – Here we can see the saved person’s recognition that His walk continues to be sinful.  Even following salvation we all continue to commit sin and fail the Lord by giving to Him service that is less than perfect. (1 John 1:8-10)
  3. “With twain he did fly” – In spite him recognizing his sin and imperfections, a true saint will continue to strive to serve the Lord and minister for His glory.

What a wonderful, symbolic, representation of what each one of us should be. Those who are saved by His grace should:

  1. recognize our failures and imperfections, always striving to more perfectly serve Him.
  2. remember His work on our behalf.  We are to remember His work  which includes taking our punishment upon Himself and granting us forgiveness and righteousness.
  3. Then using this knowledge to motivate and encourage us, we are to continue to be faithful in our service to Him.

This is the exact set of principles brought out to us in Hebrews 12:1-3…. 

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

May we all apply the symbolism of the seraphims as we seek to tell others about our Lord!

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

Responding To His Care….

Ps 116:1  I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice [and] my supplications.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Isaiah 6:2a

We now continue our devotional series on the two-fold calling (to salvation and to service) of Isaiah.  Remember in this series we will be looking to learn more about the One who is calling Isaiah, along with the nature of the calls and an examination of the submission to these calls by Isaiah…

Isaiah 6:2 – Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

As Isaiah’s vision continues, he sees creatures that he calls “seraphims” that stood above the throne of God.  What are these seraphims?  In the context of this vision, the seraphims are symbolic of those who are saved and are now taking the gospel message to the lost.  Why do we say this?  Let’s look at the seraphims’ description found in this text…

First, we will study the meaning of the name “seraphim”.  The Hebrew word translated seraphim means “burning, or fire colored”.  Apparently their color ranged from a yellow/orange to a deep orange (brassy) color. The color of the seraphim is the first indicator they are individuals who have been saved by God’s grace.  Remember, fire is used as an agent of purification throughout God’s Word.  In Zechariah, we find that fire is a picture of the agent used to purify God’s people when He saves them. This salvation of God’s people is pictured as taking place “by fire” in Zech 13:9…

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It [is] my people: and they shall say, The LORD [is] my God.

Based upon their coloring we can see that the seraphims are a picture of God’s people.  They have been touched by the “purifying fire” of God and have been made members of God’s family and kingdom.  How does this take place?  The Lord took upon Himself the punishment of sin so that we might be made pure through His shed blood. 1 Peter 2:21-25…

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.

Today let us praise our Lord…. He has gone through the “fires” of God’s judgment as He hung on the cross. He bore the “fires” of God’s judgment so that we would never have to face them.  But then, because He died for us, the “purifying fire” of God could be applied to us and used to take away our sin, leaving us pure and without stain before Him!  What a blessing it is to escape God’s fire of judgment but allowed to be totally immersed in His purifying fire of salvation!  Let’s live our lives today honoring Him for this great work on our behalf!

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

(Please note: In this same text, we are told that the seraphims have six wings.. in our next lesson we will see how the wings of the seraphims help us to understand they are symbols of those saved by God’s grace.)

Are We Servants or Citizens?

Luke 19:13-14  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this [man] to reign over us.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Isaiah 6:1c

We now continue our devotional series on the two-fold calling (to salvation and to service) of Isaiah.  Remember in this series we will be looking to learn more about the One who is calling Isaiah, along with the nature of the calls and an examination of the submission to these calls by Isaiah…

Isaiah 6:1c – In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord… and His train filled the temple.

In this section of our studies, we can see the Lord should be the only object of our worship, praise and service.  His train is filling the temple; therefore, there is no room for any other god.  There can be no other inhabitant of the temple.  Jehovah is the exclusive One…

Isa 42:8I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Exod 34:12-14Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name [is] Jealous, [is] a jealous God:

Because of this our lives should be exclusively reserved for the honor and exaltation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  In other words, He should be our All in All.

Col 2:8-10  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Col 3:10-11And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all.

Is Christ your All in All?

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Isaiah 6:1b

We now continue our devotional series on the two-fold calling (to salvation and to service) of Isaiah.  Remember in this series we will be looking to learn more about the One who is calling Isaiah, along with the nature of the calls and an examination of the submission to these calls by Isaiah…

Isaiah 6:1b – In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord… high and lifted up, …

In our previous lesson we saw that the Lord’s authority over all was revealed and emphasized to us  in this vision by Jehovah being given the title “Lord” (Adonai) and also by Him being seen sitting on a throne.

In our devotion today, we see a related, but different, truth.  Here, we find the Lord described as being ”high and lifted up”.  What is meant by this phrase?

  1. “High” – If we study this word in the Hebrew language we find that it is describing the Lord’s superiority over all things.  It is a word that describes the Lord’s POSITION over all that exists.  A part of this term explains He holds a position of authority over all (just as we saw yesterday).  But this word goes much further.  It is saying that in EVERY WAY He is supreme.  His wisdom, His strength, His love, His grace, His kindness, His existence, His justice, as well as His authority… any attribute He possesses excels over any attribute that any creature that exists may possess.  He is the Supreme One in every way.  This is the meaning of “High”.
  2. “Lifted Up” – This term is describes the RESULT of His supremacy over all. Because He is supreme we are obligated to to exalt Him ( to hold Him up) in the eyes of others.  We have the responsibility to tell others of His supremacy through our actions and words.  He is to be glorified and honored by all of us.  He is to be lifted up by His creation… He is to be honored, glorified and exalted for being who He is. This is the idea behind the term “lifted up”.

Many times we have a tendency to exalt Him for WHAT HE DOES FOR US.  Out of a heart of love and appreciation we desire to lift Him up to those around us.  There is nothing wrong with this.  However, our desire to exalt Him should not end with this.  It should also be motivated in another way…

We should desire to exalt Him for WHO HE IS.  We should “put Him on high” simply because He is far greater than anyone of us.  Do we ever take the time to stop and think about Who He is?    Do we ever praise Him for being eternal?  Do we ever stop and tell someone about Him simply because He is All-knowing?  Do we exalt Him in our actions because we know that He is just and righteous in all He does?

He must be “lifted up” because He is “high”!

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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Want To Change Your Appearance?

Eph 4:22-24 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

This Is One Time Our Tongue Won’t Get Us In Trouble!

Phil 2:10-11  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Isaiah 6:1a

We now continue our devotional series on the two-fold calling (to salvation and to service) of Isaiah.  Remember in this series we will be looking to learn more about the One who is calling Isaiah, along with the nature of the calls and an examination of the submission to these calls by Isaiah…

Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, …

As Isaiah begins his recounting of this glorious vision, we find Isaiah’s attention being immediately to the Lord and His position as King over all.

Jehovah’s position as ruling authority is shown to us in two differing ways…

  1. His Title – Isaiah gives God the title “The Lord”… the Hebrew word translated “Lord” here is the word “Adonai”.   “Adonai” literally means “the owner who controls”.   It reflects the Lord’s possession of, and authority over, all things.
  2. His Seat – The concept of the Lord’s total control of all is then emphasized by seeing      Him sitting on a throne.  In those days, the throne was symbolic of the authority that the King possessed over His kingdom.  Anyone sitting on a nation’s throne was recognized as the one holding absolute control over that nation.

Our Lord Jesus, following His obedience to the Father was given ruling authority over all things. (Phil 2:5-11, Eph 1:16-23).   This ruling authority held by Christ allows Him to control all aspects of this world in which we live.  He is the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (1 Tim 6:15-16)  There is nothing beyond His control.  The result of this exaltation by the Father would be that someday, at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  (Phil 2:10-11)

Because of this, we can approach Christ with any request, knowing that He is able to intervene and grant any request that is made of Him.  He can, and will, do what we ask of Him if it is a part of His sovereign will for our lives.  This is why He can promise us that….

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it].  (John 14:13-14)

As we enter into our day today, let’s keep in mind the wonderful privilege that He has placed upon us… because His throne is a “throne of grace” we are allowed to enter into His presence without fear.  We can come before the Almighty, Sovereign, God of the Universe who understands our circumstances and can intervene and change any situation we may be facing.  Dear Christian brother or sister do not lose hope…  

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.”  (Heb 4:15-16)

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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The Three Marks of Genuine Salvation… Are You Saved?

Rev 17:14 …for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.

The Precious Word Bible Study Series – The Word Reveals The True Creator (Lesson 3)

1Sa 3:1 “ … And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; …”

INTRODUCTION:

Is our existence simply an accident with no real purpose, design or meaning behind it?  Or are we created beings designed to fulfill a specific purpose?  If we are created beings, then who created us?  The answers we get will differ based upon who is asked these questions.

If we go to the world of science to try to find answers to these questions, we find much debate.  The majority of scientists are slow to say that we have been created.  Among those who say we are created beings, they differ as to the identity of our creator.

Sadly, if we go to the world of religion, we still find a great deal of debate about these things.  Among many theologians we find unity of opinion that we are created beings.  However, widely ranging opinions exist when they are asked to specifically identify the creator.

We may have a tendency to say, “The answers to these questions lie in the very distant past.  The only real issue of importance for us is the fact that we exist.   Why, or how, we have come into existence is really a very insignificant subject.” The Bible not only identifies our Creator, but it also explains to us why, for all mankind, this is a very important subject that we all must have clarified in our minds.   In this lesson, we will be focusing on the Word of God’s teachings concerning our creation.  We will be finding answers to the question “Who has created us?” and also “Why is this issue so important for us to understand?”.

SCRIPTURES:

Isa 45:18

(KJV) For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

(ESV) For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other.

 

Acts 17:27-29

(KJV) That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  (28)  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  (29)  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

(ESV) (27) that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,  (28) for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ (29) Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.

 

1Co 8:5-6

(KJV) For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)  (6)  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

(ESV)  (5) For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— (6) yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

 

Isa 45:8-10

(KJV)  … I the LORD have created it.  (9)  Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?  (10)  Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

(ESV) …I the LORD have created it.  (9) “Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’?  (10) Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’ or to a woman, ‘With what are you in labor?’”

THE STUDY:

To begin our study let’s turn to Isa 45:18….

“For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.”

In answer to our question, Is our world, and everything in it, the result of a creative act?” the Bible proclaims a resounding “YES!”  First, we are told that our world was ….

  1. Created – to create, feed, develop
  2. Formed – to mold, to fashion, to shape
  3. Made – to make, to accomplish, to dress, to keep
  4. Established – to fix, to secure, to support

Based upon the Word, we can clearly, undoubtedly see that we are living on a world that was created.

Also please note we are told the purpose of this world’s creation.  The globe was created for the purpose of being inhabited by mankind.  He had us in His mind as He was bringing into existence, forming, shaping, and upholding this world. Our world was the result of a meaningful creation process with a specific purpose in mind… to be a habitation for mankind!

Finally, let’s notice that our text clearly tells us the identity of our Creator.  It was Jehovah, the “LORD”. He alone, as the Creator, has made the world in which we live. This creative act of Jehovah, is one of the ways that He is set apart from all the other “gods” of this world (Acts 17:22-29).

Not only is Jehovah the Creator of the world in which we live, the Bible is equally as clear that He is our Creator as well.  This is clearly seen in Acts 17:27-29….

“That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  (28)  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  (29)  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.”

Peter, in his message on Mars Hill, plainly declares that it is in our Creator, our God, our Lord, Jehovah, that we find our existence and our life…. “in him (God) we live, move and have our being” (vs 28).  This great Creator is not far from man, but is accessible, through His grace and the work of His Son, that allows us to have access to Him (vs 27).

Once again, Peter then reminds us that His Creatorship is one way, of many, that He is set apart from all the gods of this world (vs 29).   This principle is emphasized in 1 Cor 8:5-6…

For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)  (6)  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Here, we find Paul, writing to the church at Corinth (a center for idol worship in the NT era) reminding the church that the creatorship of God sets Him apart from all others.  But interestingly, he does not stop there.  Paul then proceeds to explain that Christ, as the second person of the Godhead, should also be attributed with the creation of this world (John 1:1-4, 14; Col 1:13-17).  By implication He, too, should be set apart from all other false gods as our Creator and the Creator of the world in which we live.  He is truly Jehovah God, come to the earth that He created, to save members of His creation from the ravages of sin (John 1:10-14).

Being our Creator, God possess authority over us. We see this principle in Isaiah 45:8-10…

…I the LORD have created it.  (9)  Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?  (10)  Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

We are His creation, He has the authority to make us as He pleases and use us as He pleases. It also implies His authority to reveal His desires for our lives and our need to be in submission to those desires.  There is no room for questioning His wisdom or His judgment or His desires   for the lives of men (Rom 9:14-26).

THE APPLICATION:

Why is God’s Word precious to us?  It reveals clearly that we are a creation of our Almighty Lord.  It explains to us that, as the creation of Jehovah, we have the privilege of serving the one true God over all.  As our Creator, He has a purpose for our lives, He has a plan that is to be fulfilled and has revealed His desires for us in His Word.

This is reason why knowledge of our creation is so important for our daily lives. We are not simply the result of chance or a random occurrence taking place as a natural act.  We are the Creation of our Lord, brought into existence through a miraculous act of His Sovereign power. Our creation explains to us that we have a purpose behind our existence.  It clearly shows to us that we have a responsibility to serve our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ, for we are under His authority.

As we come to a greater understanding of His Creatorship, we also come an understanding of the need for submission to His desires for our lives…

Rev 4:10-11  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,    Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

If you have any questions concerning the way of salvation please feel free to visit or call a Bible teaching church in your area.  They will be happy to speak to you about the Lord Jesus and the salvation He graciously gives.

Or, if you would rather, feel welcome to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.  I’ll be more than happy to answer any question you may have.

Also, if you look at my blog page “How To Have A Relationship With God”.  On this page, you will find several blog entries explaining the way of salvation.

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

Wait and be Blessed!

Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

The Call To Separation: The Mandate

1Pet 2:9-10 (KJV)But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

In this verse, we find a wonderful truth that applies to the people of God.  Note the six-fold description of those who have received His gracious salvation:

  1. “a chosen generation” – We have been chosen by Him, based upon His love,       to be holy and without blame before Him and to be adopted into His family (Eph 1:4-5)
  2. “a royal priesthood”– We have been granted the privilege of being given access to the throne of grace to find grace and help in time of need (Heb 4:14-16)
  3. “a holy nation”–   We have been made given His law in our minds and hearts, graciously given forgiveness, we have been made new creatures in Him, and given citizenship into His spiritual nation (the Israel of God).  (Gals 6:14-16, Heb 8:10-12)
  4.  “peculiar people” – He has purchased and purified us so that we might be used of Him (Titus 2:13-14)
  5. “the people of God” – We are no longer strangers but now members of His family and citizens of His city (Roms 9:25-26, Eph 2:17-19)
  6. Those who “have now obtained mercy”– We who were separated from Him due to our sin, was forgiven, and brought into communion and joint-heirship with Him. (Eph 2:4-9)

Do you notice how in all of the above there is shared a basic principle?  It is the principle of separation.  In every case, God’s workings in our lives resulted in us being separated from the lost world.  In every case, He worked in a special way as He “called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”.

Although this separation was a divine act of God, based solely upon His grace, the aspect of separation goes much further.  In this study, we will be examining the mandate that God has given to His people to live lives of separation FROM the sin of this world TO His divine service.  Our calling to separation will clearly display, to all mankind, that we are the people of God.

In other words, because He has already separated us from the world, we are to live lives that reflect that separation to others.

1Thess 4:7 (KJV)  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

1Cor 15:33-34 (KJV)   Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.  Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak [this] to your shame.

THE SCRIPTURES:

Lev 20:7-8               Matt 11:28-30          John 14:21-24          1Cor 1:1-2

2Cor 6:13-18            1Thess 4:7              Heb 12:1-3              1Pet 1:13-16

1 Pet 2:9-10             1 John 5:3               Jude 1:4

THE STUDY:

Probably the clearest phrase that expresses our need of living lives of separation is “Be ye holy for I am holy”.   This phrase and those that closely relate are found in Lev 20:7-8…

Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I [am] the LORD your God.And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I [am] the LORD which sanctify you.

(see also Lev 11:43-47, and Lev 19:1-10).

In these verses, we find the Lord, speaking to the physical nation in Israel, instructing them to live lives of separation by keeping the moral, civil and ceremonial laws which He had given to them.  By keeping these laws, they would be outwardly declaring to the other nations that they were owned by Jehovah and therefore, were willingly submissive to His authority.  He had set them apart as His own “I am the Lord which sanctify you”, therefore they were to live lives that proclaimed this separation to others “Sanctify yourselves…”

At this point, you are probably saying…. “So what does this have to do with me?  I am certainly not a citizen of the OT nation of Israel, nor am I responsible to keep His OT national and ceremonial laws.”   I would have to agree with you on both points.  However, in spite of those differences, we will find that these texts, based upon Peter’s writings,  do directly affect us after all…

1 Pet 1:13-16Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Here, as Peter writes, he clearly refers to the OT verses that command separation of the physical Israelites.  He is speaking to those who those who will receive “grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christandobedient children”.  In these verses, He is clearly referring to those who are NT believers.  What is our responsibility in New Testament times? They are the same responsibilities as the Israelites of old… to live lives of separation from the world.  In doing so, we will be declaring to those around us that we are a children of the Holy God, Jehovah.  We are members of His family and are willingly submissive to His will for our lives.

We are taught this principle in 2Cor 6:13-18 (KJV)…

Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto [my] children,) be ye also enlarged.Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Also we see this in Heb 8:7-13 (KJV)… 

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.In that he saith, A new [covenant], he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old [is] ready to vanish away.

As part of God’s new covenant He has made with all believers (the Israel of God – Gals 6:14-18). He has given us the laws of God in our hearts and minds.  In other words, for those who are saved, He gives to us a knowledge (in our minds) and a desire to obey (in our hearts) His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight.

For those who are true believers, we are no longer under the bondage and obligation to keep His commands perfectly to escape eternal torment.  We have been saved and granted His righteousness, we are now free from the law of sin and death.

However, we now DESIRE to do His will not out of necessity for our salvation, but out of appreciation, love and desire to obey His will.  When we are made into a new creature, we no longer are enslaved to His law as a merciless slave master, but are now children of God whose privilege it is to serve our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord…

We see in 1 John 5:3 …

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Also in John 14:21-24…

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

It is because of these two facts (we have been separated from the world and separated to God by an act of His grace AND we are to separate ourselves from the wickedness in this world) that we are given the title “saint”.  The title saint is used both in the Old Testament and the New Testaments to refer to those have exercised their faith in the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.

What does the title “Saint” mean?

In Old Testament we find the words for “saint” come from two prime roots:

  1. qadash which carries with it the basic idea of being “prepared for use by separation”.
  2. chacad means being “faithful, kind and Godly”

In the New Testament we find the word saint being translated from one word:

  1. hagios which means “to be set apart through cleanness”

Based on the above, what is the basic meaning of “saint”?

We can see that a saint is simply “One that is prepared for God’s use by being made separate from the filth of sin of this world”.  He is one that is characterized as “Faithful to God, kind to others and, as such, is an image of God in this world.

1Cor 1:1-2 – … to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called [to be] saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

BECAUSE we have been separated BY Him in an act of GRACE,… THEN we are called to be separated TO Him in an act of LOVE and GRATITUDE.

This is what being a saint is all about.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who have been made separate to His service by His wondrous grace….

Let us reflect on the writings of the author of Hebrews, who tells us in Heb 12:1-3….

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

For those who have yet to be separated from the bondage of sin ….

Understand that all that is required for you to come to Him in a spirit of repentance and faith casting your sin upon Him.  Matt 11:28-30…..

Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

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May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Isaiah 6:1-8 Intro

Do you feel as if the Lord is calling you to a new ministry? Has the Lord burdened your heart to take a step of faith that is very difficult for you to do?  Are you burdened by the sin in your life?  Do you feel a call of God to salvation? In our next series, we will be looking at submission to the will of God by studying God’s two-fold call of Isaiah that is found in Isaiah 6:1-8….

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (2)  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.  (3)  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.  (4)  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.  (5)  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.  (6)  Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:  (7)  And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.  (8)  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

For those who like an outline… here is the basic one we will be using…

  1. The Lord’s revelation of Himself vs 1-4
    1. The Lord vs 1
    2. The Seraphims v 2
    3. The Seraphims Message vs 3-4  
  2. The Lord’s call to salvation  vs 5-7
    1. Isaiah’s condition  vs 5
    2. Isaiah’s salvation  vs 6-7
  3. The Lord’s call to service vs 8
    1. Isaiah’s submission vs 8

As we read down through these verses one basic principle comes to mind…. The Lord is at the center of this entire scene.  He is the One that deserves, and receives, all the attention of both the seraphims and Isaiah.  He is the One that is being glorified.  He is the One being honored.

As we close this introductory lesson let’s keep in mind a very basic principle… When we submit to the Lord’s call of salvation or service, He is the One that deserves all the glory.  He is the One that deserves all the credit.  He is the One that is to be honored.  Without His intervention in our lives, we would not be saved, nor would be in submission to His will and ways.

Would we like to glorify the Lord in our lives today?  Simply, submit to whatever He may be calling us to do. He will be glorified and honored as we turn our lives over to Him.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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What Light Shines into the Darkness? His Word And His Second Coming!

2Pet 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.

Oh, To Be Cornelius…

Acts 10:31  And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

“SIH’s Think On These Things: Conclusion To Miracles Of Christ”

Joh 21:25  And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

As we are all aware, the gospels (Matthew through John) contain the accounts of the events that took place during the earthly ministry of Christ, including the many miracles we have looked at in our series.  The above verse is found as a conclusion to the book of John.  It is given to us as a reminder that the four gospels do not really begin to contain all of the many wonderful works and teachings of Christ that took place during His earthly ministry.

I believe that, based upon this verse, we can safely assume that Christ performed many other miracles that were not recorded in the gospels and, therefore, not included in our study of the miracles of Christ.  What has been recorded is what He desired for us to know.  So in that sense, this has been a complete series on His miracles.

My only last thoughts to our series are these… all of the earthly physical miracles of Christ should never dwarf the importance and supremacy of His spiritual workings.  These earthly miracles were performed for many reasons but, in every case, they were performed to teach us about the person of Christ and His spiritual workings on behalf of sinful, needy, mankind.

I believe the greatest of all the miracles that Christ has, and will, perform is the salvation of a lost soul.  You have God, motivated by love, allowing the sacrifice of Himself on behalf of those who rebelled against Him, hated Him, and purposely worked to attempt to defeat Him.  This was our condition before He brought us to Himself.

Eph 2:11-22….  Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone]; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

This is the greatest miracle performed by Christ… the salvation of His people.  Let us be forever in awe of this wondrous miracle He has performed, and be living sacrifices for Him.  This, after all, is our reasonable service…

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:1-2)

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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