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SIH’s Think On These Things: Psa 119:81-83a

Ps 119:81-83 (KJV)
 … My soul fainteth for thy salvation: [but] I hope in thy word.   Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?   For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; [yet] do I not forget thy statutes.

Have you ever been in a situation that seemed to be hopeless?  Did you ever feel as if you were all alone as you faced a tragedy in your life?  Here, in our text we find the author of this Psalm (probably King David) recording an event in which he felt both hopeless and alone.

In the next three “Think on These Things” we will be looking at these verses, trying to find a remedy when we face these same feelings during our walk on earth. As we continue our study, we are going to see that the remedy will involve different aspects of God’s Word.

All three of these verses follow a pattern involving two basic parts:

a. an explanation of his feelings during times of tragedy          b. a remedy for those feelings

Notice:

vs 81 – a.  My soul fainteth for thy salvation”   b.  [but] I hope in thy word
vs 82 – a.  “When wilt thou comfort me?”            b.  “Mine eyes fail for thy word
vs 83 – a.  “For I am become like a bottle in the smoke”  b. “[yet] do I not forget thy statutes

In today’s devotion I would like us to look at verse 81 –

My soul fainteth for thy salvation:

What is the Psalmist frame of mind during this tragedy?  His innermost man was longing for the Lord to come back and save him from this sinful world.  Folks, when the Psalmist was faced with the difficult times of life, his mind traveled to the many promises of his eternal homecoming when he will dwell eternally in the presence of his Lord  being separated from the many sins and sorrows this world has to offer.

He tells us that his soul “fainteth”; in other words, as he struggled against this trial, his inner man felt totally drained, and unable to continue on.  It seemed as if he could not continue on… he longed for the second coming of His Lord.

[but] I hope in thy word

What is the remedy for feelings of weakness and the inability to continue on?  What is the encouragement that we need as we long for the glorification of our body and dwelling in our eternal home?  Finding hope in His Word!

The idea of “hope” carries with it the assurance of a future event’s occurrence.  In other words, although His second coming has not taken place yet…. It is through His Word that we find ASSURANCE that it will take place.  We are given confidence that He will come again and deliver us from this fallen world as we search the pages of Scripture.  Folks, we can KNOW CERTAINLY that He is coming for us, and through this guarantee find strength to continue on.

When the burdens of this life bring about feelings that we cannot continue on we can receive strength through the assurance that we will be delivered from this present evil world and enter into the eternal presence of our Savior, the Lord Jesus.

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

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Gal 1:8-9

Gal 1:8-9 (KJV)  8) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

The importance of believing, holding to, and proclaiming the genuine gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is emphasized in this text, as well as throughout the New Testament Scriptures.  Before we look at our text, I would like to refer to the Apostle Paul for a definition of the genuine gospel message…

1Cor 15:1-8 (KJV)  “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.  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

It is this message that we are to proclaim to all the world.  But, sad to say, Satan is a master of counterfeiting God’s messengers and God’s message (2 Cor 11:13-15).  His counterfeits of the gospel message vary from a perversion of the way salvation to the misidentifying of the One through whom salvation is procured … his false messages are many.

In our text we find a very straightforward warning against broadcasting the lies of Satan under the guise of the true gospel.  Please notice it makes no difference who is the speaker “But though we, or an angel from heavenwe all will be held accountable for the message that we declare.

Also, in every case, the judgment of God will be meted out in full measure through the giving of His curse upon the messenger “let him be accursed”…”let him be accursed”.   Please note the word “him”… this tells us that it is not, simply, the false message that is being cursed, but it also the messenger that is receiving the promise of judgment from God.

For those of us who have received God’s gracious salvation, we have personally experienced the power of the gospel message and the wonderful forgiveness, peace and security that is found in Jesus Christ alone.  Let us all be sure to not depart from this message and begin proclaiming a false message of salvation.

If we do, we have made certain to be the recipient of God’s curse, and by implication, we must question if we have actually been saved.  This act of forsaking the true gospel is described in the Bible as departing from those of the true faith (becoming apostate) and a certain sign of condemnation. (1 John 2:19, 2 Pet 2:20-21, 1 Cor 11:17-19, Heb 10:38-39)

Let us present to the world the same gospel message through which we are saved.

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

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A Lifestyle Of Faith…. A Mark Of Genuine Salvation

Heb 10:38-39 (KJV)  Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

If we can’t take it … why live for it?

1 Tim 6:7 – For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Isa 41:10

Isa 41:10 (KJV)  10) Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

“What will take place next?”  “Will the worst case scenario come to pass?”  “How can I best handle this difficult situation?”  “To whom can I look to for help?”  The list of questions that enter our minds during times of uncertainty and distress are endless.  Basically, these questions are given birth from two different emotions…”fear” and “dismay”.

Fear and confusion (or dismay) are two of the most crippling of human emotions.  Many of us, at one time or another, have felt the paralysis that comes from fearing what the future may hold linked with a lack of understanding how to best deal with it when the event takes place.  It is these two issues that are being addressed in our verse for this morning.

Our Lord gives us reasons why we should not fear, nor be confused, as we face the many issues that our lives may hold.  Notice first, The Lord teaches us two principles to always keep in mind when we are faced with fearful and confusing issues in life…

1. “Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee.“  What should we remember when fear creeps into our lives?  Our Lord is with us.

We are not alone in this situation.  No one else may understand, or care about, what we are going through but our Lord does and He is with us.

2. “be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God:What should we lay hold onto when we find ourselves confused, not knowing what to do?  Our Lord is our God.

By this He is reminding us of His attributes, three of which are:

He is All-powerful (Omnipotent) – nothing is too hard for Him to handle,  He is in control of all things.

He is All-knowing (Omniscient) – He knows what will take place, He knows what is for our good, and He knows how to handle any situation.

He is everywhere present (Omnipresent)– He is with us, and dwells in us in the person of the Spirit. He is everywhere. He is eternal (existing in the past, in the present and in the future).  We will never be alone, no matter where we go or when in history we live.  He is with us.

Knowing that He is with us and He is God gives us absolute confidence in the three promises He gives to us….

I will strengthen thee;although our problems are too great for us to handle on our own.  With His strength we are overcomers… Rom 8:35-37, 2 Cor 12:9

yea, I will help thee;He will always share the burdens we bear.  He will be there to lead us, stand with us and share our burdens with us… 1 Pet 5:7  

yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.He will hold us up and sustain us.  He will be our support and our foundation.  He will keep us secure in Him.  Psa 37:17, 24

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

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Time For An Anger Check…

Prov 16:32 (KJV)  [He that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

SIH’s Think On These Things: 1 Kings 10:24

1 Kings 10:24 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.

Wisdom… the Bible speaks of wisdom in over 200 verses.  The book of Proverbs is known as “The book of wisdom” and within its verses we are told that wisdom:

1. is source of true happiness –  Pro 3:13;    2. is the principle thing – Pro 4:7;
3. is better than rubies – Pro 8:11;    4. is better than gold – Pro 16:16;
5. is possessed by those who love their own soul – Pro 16:16;
6. brings reward / fulfilled desires – Pro 24:14
…among many others.

Why does the Bible emphasize wisdom’s importance for us?  To answer this question we must come to an understanding of the definition of wisdom.  The basic idea of wisdom is the application of knowledge to our lives.  Let me give us an example of what I mean by this.  In doing so, we will be able to learn what is meant by the Bible terms “knowledge”, “understanding”, and “wisdom”…  The best way to explain this is to use a simple example of a “stop” sign:

1. Knowledge is learning a fact or a truth. Example….When we begin to learn to drive, we read our states book of laws and learn about what is a stop sign.  This is gaining knowledge.

2. Understanding is learning the purpose behind a fact.  Example … not only do we learn about the need to stop at a stop sign, but the book goes further in explaining to us why the stop sign is used.  It is used so that we can avoid a collision with traffic that is going across the street upon which we are driving.  We are told why we are to stop at a stop sign. This is gaining understanding.

3. Wisdom is the application of knowledge and understanding to our lives. Example… as we begin to drive the car we apply our knowledge and understanding and stop the car at the sign.  This is wisdom.

When it comes to the things of God, we gain both knowledge and understanding from reading and studying the Word of God.  Both of these involve mentally receiving the truths of God’s Word into our minds and hearts.  However wisdom is slightly different, wisdom is the practical application of our knowledge and understanding of the truths of God.  It is allowing the Word of God to change us both within (our thought life) and without (our words and actions).

In our text, we find that Solomon, by applying the principles of God’s Word to His life had become greatly sought after by “all the earth”.   Solomon became renown in his decision making and leadership ability as he allowed the Word of the Lord to guide him as King over Israel.

Finally, lets notice the source of Solomon’s wisdom… “which God had put in his heart.”  Godly wisdom is a gift of grace given to us by Almighty God.  What a blessing it is to see the Lord enable us to apply the truths of His Word to our lives.   Let us never take for granted the importance  of wisdom nor the source from which that wisdom flows.  As we enter our day, lets seek to apply God’s Word to our lives at every opportunity and with thankful hearts praise Him for giving us the ability and desire to do so.

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

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How can we not tell others His message?

Amos 3:8 (KJV)  The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

SIH’s Think On These Things: John 13:15-17

Joh 13:15-17  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

 

In the previous verses to our text, the Lord has just finished washing His disciple’s feet.  This act showed to all His willingness to meet the needs of others through self-sacrifice and submission.   Of course, it were these basic principles that formed the foundation of Christ’s greatest sacrifice, as He came to the earth, humbled Himself as  man, suffered and died on the cross so that we might receive the forgiveness of our sins.

After setting this wonderful example of sacrifice on behalf of others the Lord makes the statements…

For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.– He makes it plain to us that we should also give of ourselves to meet the needs in the lives of others around us.

I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him” – We should recognize our position “in the big scheme” of things.  In other words, when we examine the purpose of our lives and salvation, we can clearly see that we were meant to love and submit ourselves to our Lord and love and give of ourselves for the benefit of others.

If we are not careful we miss the forest for the trees and get wrapped up in the things of this world and living for ourselves.  By living for ourselves we are following the example of the lost world and not the example of our Lord and Savior.

If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.– Here is the wonderful point I would like to emphasize in this devotion…. The Lord tells us that when a Christian recognizes his true purpose and lives a life of submission to the Lord and service to others… this is what brings true happiness to the Christian’s heart.

What does it mean to be “happy”?  The word translated “happy” in this verse is normally translated “blessed” throughout the New Testament.  What can we learn from this?

1. To serve the Lord by serving others, we must be blessed… blessed with both the opportunity and ability to serve the Lord.

2. When the Lord blesses us in this way, we can know that we are fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.  It proves He is actively working in our lives and using us for His glory.  This then gives us genuine happiness and fulfillment in this life and eternal happiness in the world to come.

This is why the word for “blessed” is being translated by the word “happiness” in this text.

Are we submitting to our Lord’s will by submitting to meet the needs of those around us?  If so, we can rest assured knowing that we are fulfilling His purpose for our lives.   Let’s enjoy and be happy knowing that we are in the center of His will, being used for His glory and meeting the needs of others around us.

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

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And AMEN!

Ps 89:52 (KJV)  Blessed [be] the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.

The Precious Word Bible Series – The Universal Standard Of Right / Wrong (Lesson #12)

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

 

INTRODUCTION:

Because of our fallen natures, and the guilt we feel due to the performance of sin, each and every one of us has a tendency towards justifying and, even, denying the sins that we have committed.  In our minds, we think that if we excuse and ignore our acts of disobedience to God, they will simply go away, never to come back to harm us again.

As fallen man, left to their own thoughts, will pervert sin to the point of invalidating its very existence by changing its definition.  That is why the prophet Isaiah described the people of his day in this way… “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”

The only possible remedy for this situation is the presentation of a clear, concise definition of sin.  This definition of sin, in conjunction with an explanation of its results would be given for the good of mankind.  These would be given to fallen man from a heart of love as a warning to fallen mankind of its need to find forgiveness for sin or face the punishment of eternal suffering separated from the presence of Almighty God.

Where can we look to find such a well-defined standard by which we can compare our lives?  Where can we search to find the loving teachings that are given to us to warn and prepare us for the eternity to come?  Let’s search the precious Word of God to see if our gracious Lord has given us a standard that will reveal our condition before Him.

SCRIPTURES:

Isa 6:1-4

(KJV)  1) 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.

(ESV)1) In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.  2) Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  3) And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”  4) And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.

 

Deut 9:10

(KJV)10) And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them [was written] according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

(ESV) 10) And the LORD gave me the two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words that the LORD had spoken with you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly.

 

 

Rom 7:12

(KJV)  12) Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

(ESV)  12) So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

 

 

Gal 3:21-26

(KJV)  21) [Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.  22) But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  23) But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  24) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  25) But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.  26) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

(ESV)21) Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.  22) But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.  23) Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.  24) So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.  25) But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,  26) for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

 

Lev 20:7-8

(KJV)7) Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I [am] the LORD your God.  8) And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I [am] the LORD which sanctify you.

(ESV)  7) Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.  8) Keep my statutes and do them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you.

 

Matt 22:34-40

(KJV)34) But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.  35) Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying,  36) Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?  37)  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  38) This is the first and great commandment.  39) And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

(ESV)  34) But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.  35) And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  36) “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  37) And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  38) This is the great and first commandment.  39) And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  40)  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

THE STUDY:

Who must be the Author of a universal moral standard for mankind?

As we begin our search for a perfect moral standard let’s look at Isa 6:1-4…

1) 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.

To begin looking for any moral standard we must begin by finding:

  1. a PERFECT author unable to mistakenly identify the standards by which we are to live.
  2. The author of these standards must also HOLD AUTHORITY over mankind to hand down binding standards by which to live.

The only One who is perfect and unable to err, holding authority over all creation is our Lord Jehovah… here we are told…  Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory”.   The LORD, in all three persons of the trinity is a God that does not commit sin (1 John 1:5); also as Creator and Authority holder over all creation is seen and glorified in it. (Isa 64:6-8)

What is the moral standard Jehovah has given to mankind?

In Deut 9:10 we find that the law was directly given from God to Moses…

10) And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them [was written] according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

Undeniably, the law of God (tables of the 10 commandments) was given to Moses directly from the very hand of God.  This helps us to understand that the commandments of God are without error and a binding authority of the actions of mankind.

In Romans 7:12 we find that, because the law comes from a sinless Lord, the commands themselves are perfect…

(KJV)  12) Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

Here, the law is described as:

  1. Holy – Pure, separated for Godly uses
  2. Just – Fair, separated from sin
  3. Good – Beneficial, pleasing to God and man

Because it proceeds from God it is pure, fair and beneficial to all mankind.  The law is a fair indicator of mankind’s spiritual condition as well as a sinless standard by which mankind must be compared.

Since the law is beneficial to mankind, how are we to use the law and benefit from it?

1.  By using it as a schoolmaster showing us our need of salvation:

In Galatians 3:19-26 we read…

(KJV)21) [Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.  22) But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  23) But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  24) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  25) But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.  26) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Here, we find that the law was never intended to be the gateway to salvation (through the good works of mankind) vs 21.  It was given to show us our sinful condition before our Holy God. (vs 22).  It was given to lead us to the perfect Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ (vs 22-24).  Christ is the One who came to earth and perfectly kept the law.  This allowed Him to be the perfect sacrifice that was able to bear the sins of all mankind (1 Ptr 2:21-24).

2. By using it to give a visual presentation of our Lord to our acquaintances.

Leviticus 20:7-8 tells us that by keeping God’s laws, we can be a testimony to those around us…..

7) Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I [am] the LORD your God.  8) And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I [am] the LORD which sanctify you.

Our holy Lord gives us the responsibility to tell others about Him.  One of the greatest ways we can show our Holy Lord to world is by living according to His law.  He is a Holy God and we can proclaim His holiness by striving to keep His commands. (1 Pet 1:13-23)

(Please note: Although forgiven, because we still possess a fallen, sinful nature, we cannot keep the laws of God perfectly.  Although we are to desire to fulfill His law to be a good testimony, at times, we will fail (Rom 7:12-25).  In this case, we are to repent of the committed sin and continue on in service to Him (1 John 1:5-10).

3.  By using it to improve life for all mankind on earth

In Matt 22:34-40, we find that by keeping the law, we will heighten the quality of life for all mankind…

34) But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.  35) Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying,  36) Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?  37)  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  38) This is the first and great commandment.  39) And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Our Lord boils down the law into 2 basic commissions… He gives us the primary responsibility of loving our Lord, the second most important responsibility is to love our neighbors as ourselves. These summarize the entire table of God’s laws, which are basically divided into two sections… (Exodus 20:1-17)

Man’s Responsibilities To God

When we love the Lord as we should we will then, naturally do all we can to honor and glorify Him:

  1. Have no other Gods before us.
  2. Make no graven images
  3. Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.
  4. Give the Lord for worship and rest (Sunday – New Day – John 20:19, Col 2:16-17)

Man’s Responsibilities To Man

When we love our neighbors as we should we will then, naturally, do all we can to do no      harm to them but only help them:

  1. Honour our father and our mother
  2. Will not commit murder
  3. Will not commit adultery
  4. Will not steal
  5. Will not bear false witness
  6. Will not covet

By doing these, we not only show others the attributes of Christ but we also make this world a better place to live for everyone.

THE APPLICATION:

The natural result of turning away from the principles of God’s Word is the replacement black and white standards of morality with those of varying shades of gray.  This is the condition of our world today.  As the generation after generation have passed away so, too, have the clear set of morals that the Bible gives to us.

Let us all be thankful, and value God’s Word because found within its pages are the set of moral values necessary to bring us to Christ, reveal Christ to those around us, and make this world a far better place in which to live.

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Gone Fishin’….

Matt 4:19 (KJV)  And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Is Our Faith Genuine? The Study (Lesson #2)

In Hebrews 10:1-39, we find a text that is dedicated to warning professing Christians of their need to make certain they are the recipients of God’s grace.  Let us all take time to carefully study this passage and then apply these truths to our lives.   This could make the difference between spending eternity with our Lord and spending eternity in the Lake of Fire.

We are to NEVER make uneducated, flippant assumptions about our spiritual condition….

Matt 7:21-23 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.

THE SCRIPTURES:

Hebrews 10:19-25

THE STUDY:

The Study – Is Our Faith Genuine or Is It False ?  Heb 10:19-31…

Marks of A Genuine Faith….

(19)  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,  (20)  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;  (21)  And having an high priest over the house of God; 

Because of Christ’s completed work, we now have access to God Himself.  Just as the veil would separate the people from the most holy place (God’s dwelling)… through the death of Christ’s body on the cross, symbolically this veil has been torn apart, declaring our free access to the Father.  Likewise it is through the work of Christ as our High Priest that we are now in an intimate relation with God, able to  enter God’s presence through prayer.

 

(22)  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  (23)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  (24)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 

We are to take advantage of our relationship with God and use it for His glory.  By doing these things we are exhibiting a genuine faith:

1. Drawing near to Him with a genuine desire for fellowship and a close relationship with Him.
2. We know without doubt that, through the Spirit’s intervention, we have a new set of Godly desires no longer influenced by and evil conscience.
3. We with certainty that our sins have been forgiven and we have been washed with the cleansing water of the Word of God. (Eph 5:26)
4. We present to all the proclamation of our faith firmly without doubt.  Because we know He will keep His promise of salvation to others as well.  This involves our ministry to the lost.
5. We watch over other saints, looking for opportunities to encourage them to show greater love and do more works of service to God.  This involves our ministry to the saved.

 

 

(25)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 

This verse is transitional because it stands between the marks of genuine faith and that faith which is false.   Here we read of the final sign that our faith is genuine…

6. When we do not desert (to abandon, to permanently walk away) the assembling of God’s people.

What is meant by “assembling”?  This phrase comes from one Greek word “episunagoge” it carries with it the idea of “a gathering from all areas” or “a complete gathering”.  This same word is only used one other time in the Scriptures in 2 Thess 2:1 where it is speaking of the assembling of God’s people at the second coming of Christ.

But also, we need to study the root word from which we get “episunagoge”…

“Episunagogue” comes from the Greek word “Episunago”  this word is used as follows:

1. Christ gathering Jerusalem like a mother hen to protect them – Matt 23:37, Luke 13:34
2. Christ gathering His people at His second coming – Matt 24:31, Mark 13:27
3. Citizens of a city gathered to see miracles of Christ – Mark 1:33
4. Multitudes following Christ to hear His teachings – Luke 12:1

In EVERY case the Greek word “episunago” and it’s derivative “episunagoge” is used to described people gathered TO CHRIST.  There is no exception to this.   This is a very important point.  In Hebrews 10:25, another way to translate this verse is “Not abandoning the assembling ourselves to Christ, as the manner of some is…”

It can be speaking of one of two actions…

1. Either it is speaking of not abandoning the assembling of the local church.  Keep in mind when we gather together as a church, Christ is in our presence as we worship. (1 Cor 5:4, Matt 18:20).  If this is the case, it is saying that another mark of those who are persevering in the faith is not walking away from the assembly to never return.  If someone does walk away with no intention of every returning to the place of worship, prayer, praise and fellowship there is a real question as to whether his faith is a persevering, genuine faith.  This is the point John made in 1 John 2:19 – “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

2. Or, it could be speaking of us abandoning our belief in the second coming of Christ and the gathering of His people to Himself. We will enter His presence at His second coming.   Remember what we had just seen in our word study.  The word of assembly NEVER spoke of God’s people assembling in a church meeting. There is another Greek word “ecclesia” that is normally used to describe that type of assembly.  But it was used ONLY to describe our gathering to Him at His coming.  A true genuine faith will not lose hope in the second coming of Christ and the entrance of His saints to glory.  Col 1:27-29 makes it plain that the indwelling Spirit and His second coming are inseparably linked and a source of great encouragement for the people of God…” To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”

Another reason we need to consider this interpretation is based in the very near context of this verse.  Later in this same verse the coming of Christ in judgment is spoken of “as we see the day approaching”.  For the original readers of Hebrews, this phrase was speaking of His judgment falling in 70 AD when Titus overtook and destroyed Jerusalem.  In our day, His day of judgment will come at His second coming.

Also, Peter related a denial of His second coming to lost mankind in the days before His coming in 2 Pet 3:3-4…. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  (4)  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

To summarize this verse… Whatever was meant by the phrase “assembly” the principle is basically the same.  To encourage (exhort) other believers we need to be sure we are living out our beliefs.  This can be done by not forsaking church membership and by not forsaking our hope in the second coming of Christ.  This is the last great sign of a living faith that will affect the lives of others.

In our next study we will be looking at Hebrews 11:26-39 The Conclusion of Our Study – The Essential Of Faithfulness

SIH’s Think On These Things: Mark 7:37

Mark 7:37 (KJV)  And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

 

He hath done all things well”…. “He doeth all things as they should be done”… He doesn’t make mistakes, He doesn’t leave things incomplete, nor does He do things sloppily.  He does things as they should be done.  We can count on it.

He does everything well. However, in our text we have a specific type of working of God being described.  What examples are we given in this passage? Making the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.

In these examples we find:
1. His working among men
2. His working for men’s benefit
3. His working to make perfect that which is defective
4. His working to aid us in reception (hearing) and proclamation (speech)

What does this mean for our lives?
1. We can know assuredly that whenever the Lord intervenes in our life, His working will be done well.
2. This means that it will be for our benefit
3. He will be working to mature us and working to make us complete
4. He is working to make us more receptive to His will, and greater witnesses for Christ.

Let’s all enter today realizing that whenever we see the Lord working in our life… He is doing it well!

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

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He Is So Patient To Us…

2Pet 3:9 (KJV)  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Rejecting A Good God

Rom 2:4 (KJV)  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

December 21st Is Coming…

SIH’s Think On These Things: 1 Peter 5:11b

Our next devotion will be based upon 1 Peter 5:11…. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 

In our devotional series, we have seen:

1.  We need to keep our sinful flesh under control – vs 8
2.  We need to be ever watchful for Satanic intervention in our lives – vs 8
3.  Satan will consistently oppose us as we seek to serve our Lord – vs 8
4.  Satan’s desire is to destroy our testimony and usefulness for Christ – vs 8
5.  We must resist his workings.  – vs 9
6.  Our resistance is based upon our “faith”  (our saving faith in Christ and the set of truths that we believe) – vs 9
7.  We recognize that there are other Christians who face the same type of opposition, we are not alone – vs 9
8.  Our God is a gracious Lord – vs 10
9.  Through this grace we are recipients of His salvation and eternal blessings in His presence – vs 10
10. The Lord NEVER promises to immediately take away the opposition – vs 10
11. We gain maturity, encouragement, correction and permanent change  – vs 10
12. We must commit our lives to Him resulting in Him being glorified – Vs 11

And now after teaching us all of these wonderful truths, Peter closes this area of teaching with the term “Amen”.  What a fitting conclusion.  The term “amen” means “so be it”, “surely”, “to be firm”.

The use of this word teaches us that these 12 truths are:

1.  firm – they will not change, not with time, nor with circumstances
2. surely – they are true, actual to fact
3. so be it – we are to be accepting of these truths and to be in submission to their application in our lives.

In this one word “amen” it is as if we are saying…. “ My Lord, I know these are true and will not change, therefore I will accept them and gladly apply them to my life.  I am now submitting myself to their dictates.

Let’s all join with Peter and in our hearts shout a silent “amen” as we seek to apply these truths to our lives.

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

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SIH’s Think On These Things: 1 Peter 5:11a

Our next devotion will be based upon 1 Peter 5:11…. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

In the previous verse we have seen that the Lord not only secures our eternity with Him, but He also turns the Satanic opposition we face into tools by which we are strengthened and matured.  Both of these blessings come to us from “The God of all grace”.

It is in this context that we now come to our text for this morning… “To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever”.   In other words:  this same Lord that has saved us and secured a wonderful eternity for us…

this same Lord who has promised to use the hardships of life to benefit us…  is the same Lord who deserves to be glorified and given dominion throughout our life on earth and eternity to follow.

As we saw in a previous devotional study… when we give the Lord “glory” we are making Him look good in the eyes of others.  We are raising others opinion of Him.  We are helping others to reverence Him in greater ways.  We do this by showing Him to others through our words and especially our actions as we live lives that reflect the Lord in the eyes of others.

We are told that we also to give Him “dominion” .  What is the idea behind dominion?  The word dominion comes for a Greek word that combines three thoughts:

1. strength

2. greatness

3. control

In other words, to possess “dominion” means that the Lord possesses the type of strength that shows us His greatness and gives Him control of all things.  This is the idea of His dominion.   How do we give Him the dominion?  By submitting to His desires for our lives.  This is willfully giving Him the control of our very being.

The wonderful truth is that by submitting our lives to His control, we then find ourselves revealing our Lord to others.  This is a natural response for the Christian when we stop and consider all he has done for us:  by saving us, giving us a wonderful eternity with Him, and then using Satan’s weapons for our benefit, we realize His great love and grace He has bestowed upon us.

Rom 8:31-39 (KJV) – What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?   He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth.  Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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

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A Genuine Relationship with Christ Must Center On Faith and Love

Gal 5:6 (KJV)  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.