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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text … Day 20

Let Us Thank Our Lord For The Trials We Face

Rom 5:1-5 (KJV)  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 20)

But We Glory in Tribulations Also

SIH’s Think On These Things: Rom 5:1-5

 

Rom 5:1-5 (KJV)
1) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3) And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
 

Our Lord gave us very important instructions that apply to all of His people. We find the text of His message in Luke 14:25-33.  In this section of Scripture he explains the great sacrifice that is needed to be made by those who desire to be followers of Him.  He emphasizes the need for sacrifice by telling us… whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” 

The Word goes further in explaining to us that when we face trials during the course of helping others it is a blessing that glorifies God and will reap rewards on our behalf (Phil 2:16-18, 1 Pet 1:6-9, 1Pet 4:12-16).  However, perhaps one of the greatest immediate benefits we receive through trials is the enhancement of our spiritual maturation (Roms 5:1)…

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand,and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Through God’s grace, our exercise of faith brings about our justification, peace with God and hope of sharing eternal glory with God.

And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also:
The eternal benefits of our salvation should not only be linked to our praise and thankfulness but should also be linked to the trials that we face during the course of our earthly walk for Him

knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Why are we to be thankful for the tribulations we are called upon to face?  It is because these same trials strength and encourage our growth in the faith.  Trials develop the graces of patience, experience and hope.  All three of these are vital graces for victorious Christian living.

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
We will never be disappointed due to unrealized Scripture-based hopes because the Lord, as a loving God, always keeps His promises to us.

May we all thank the Lord for the many, varied trials that we face during the course of our lifetimes.  As difficult as they are for us to go through, their benefits are numerous and profitable for all of God’s people.

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

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“A Month of Thankfulness” Text … Day 19

Let Us Thank The Lord For The Physical and Mental Health That He Has Given To Us.

Isa 53:4-9  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 19)

With His Stripes We Are Healed.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Isa 53:4-9

 

Isa 53:4-9 (KJV)  4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  5) But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.

 What a blessing it is for us to enjoy the physical and mental health that our Lord has so graciously given to us.  My Father used to always tell me that no matter how our health may be failing us… “Just look around, there is ALWAYS somebody worse off than us.”  Over the course of my life, I have found this to be a very true statement. We all have a certain degree of mental and physical health to enjoy, and therefore, we all owe the Lord thanks for the health that we have been given.

 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The blessings that we receive in this life, and the next, all flow through the work of Jesus on the cross.  Some of these blessings include the eradication of: the calamities of life, the physical and emotional pains of life, our sins, the judgment of our sins, as well as our physical sicknesses and afflictions.
His death is an absolute victory, therefore, everything in the above list will be done away totally when we enter into eternity (Rev 21:1-8).  But for now, while we are yet in our sinful flesh, every one of them still affects us and remains in our presence.  We still face calamities, pains of life, sin, chastening for sin, and physical sicknesses.  But we can rest assured, through the death of Christ, perfect, absolute, salvation from all these issues will take place in eternity.
Based upon the Lord’s sovereign will, and the work of Christ on the cross, He controls our physical and mental ills that we face.  He can choose to remove any given health issue but He does not promise He will remove every physical issue before eternity (Matt 4:23-25). Likewise there are times that He chooses to allow the affliction to remain upon us for His glory and our good (2 Cor 12:1-9).
Also we need to consider how often He sovereignly withholds a health issue from us, under which we would have otherwise suffered?  Every day, when we wake up and enjoy any level of heath, we should be a time of thanksgiving to God for the life and health He has given to us.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Why did He have to come and die?  It was because of the presence of sin in the world.  It was because of OUR sin that He suffered so brutally and died.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.
In these verses we have a description of the great sacrifice He made on behalf of His people so that we might be saved.

Folks, with thankful hearts lets honor Him today for the health He has given to us.  And, most importantly, let’s thank Him for the great sacrifice He made on our behalf securing for us the eternal deliverance from our afflictions.

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

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text …. Day 18

Let Us Be Thankful For Our Physical Needs Being Supplied

1Tim 4:3-5 (KJV)  Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.  For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:  For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 18)

“…Meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving”

SIH’s Think On These Things: 1 Tim 4:3-5

 

1Tim 4:3-5 (KJV)  3) Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4) For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5) For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
With Thanksgiving day quickly approaching, what better time is there to remind ourselves about the need to be thankful for our material blessings (food, clothing, shelter etc) and the means by which we receive these things (employment, gifts, etc)?..

Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
Paul was addressing false teachings which dictated that true followers of God should remain celibate and abstain from eating meat.  Paul is explaining to young Timothy that the marriage union and the eating of meats are to be enjoyed when they are partaken with thankfulness accompanied by a clear conscience.

For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:or it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Paul goes further and explains the reasoning behind this…. Everything that God makes is pleasing and beneficial for man and can be enjoyed by man.  However, men must recognize and appreciate, through the act of thanksgiving, that the Lord is the One that has supplied these blessings to mankind (Matt 6:25-32).
Paul helps us to understand that, whenever saints are confronted with a decision concerning our life choices, they are seek the Lord’s will by looking to the Word and praying for understanding.  Once they discover His will and submit to it, they can be confident our actions are not sinful, but glorifying to Him.

In today’s economy, it is no small blessing to have our material needs supplied through the blessings of Christ.  We should always be thankful for the need that is being supplied, keeping in mind that all our needs are supplied only through the gracious act of the Lord.  But our spirit of thankfulness should not end there.  We should also be thankful for the earthly source of these blessings as well.  Whether our needs are being supplied through an employer, a family member, a friend, church or other source, we should be thankful for the source which was raised up by the Lord to meet our needs.

Mark 8:6 (KJV)  6) And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks

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

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text…. Day 17

Let Us Thank Our Lord For Our Physical and Spiritual Families

Phil 1:3-5  “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,  Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship…”

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 17)

[It is] not good that the man should be alone;

SIH’s Think On These Things: Gen 2:18, 1 John 3:14-19

 

 

“It is not good that the man should be alone”, these words were spoken by our Lord referring to Adam and his great need for a life companion.  However, this principle applies to not only our earthly, temporal relationships but also our spiritual, eternal relationships as well.

Gen 2:18, 22-23 (KJV)  “And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him…..And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.  And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
In these verses, we see the creation and establishment of the temporal family unit.  Adam, the first created human was found to be incomplete due to the lack of a mate.  In response to this situation, the Lord created Eve and united them in the family unit, which filled the void that was within Adam.
We can also see one of the most basic principles of the family unit is to have individuals committed to one another in love and purpose.  It is through this commitment that they work for the common good of the family and for the advancement of each individual of that family.  It is because of this goal to produce stronger family units and individuals that the Lord has given roles for each family member to fulfill… husbands and wives (1 Cor 7:1-6, Eph 5:22-33 etc); fathers (Eph 6:4 etc); mothers (Tit 2:4-5); children (Eph 6:1-3).

1John 3:14-19 (KJV) “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren… Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth…
In the same way that our earthly family is formed to strengthen the family and each member of that family, our spiritual family shares in these purposes as well.  By recognizing that, at salvation, we become a part of God’s spiritual family we are reminded to jointly love, sacrifice and labor on behalf of Christian family members around us.
This principle is displayed in Acts 2:44-47 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all [men], as every man had need.  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

During this Thanksgiving season, and throughout the year, let us all be sure to appreciate the wonderful family members that the Lord has given to us.  Whether it be our physical or spiritual family members let’s all join Paul as he said I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,  Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,For your fellowship…” Phil 1:3-5 (KJV)

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

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“A Month of Thankfulness” Text …. Day 16

Let Us Thank Our Creator For Revealing Himself Through His Creation

Ps 19:1-4 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard.  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world…

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 16)

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God; and the Firmament Sheweth His Handywork.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Psa 19:1-4

 

Ps 19
1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2) Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3) [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard.
4) Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world…

Within the pages of the Bible we find at least three great blessings that we receive from God’s wondrous creation…
1. Seeing the Beauty and Awe of Creation (Matt 6:28-30, 1 Chron 29:11 etc)
2. Teaching Us Practical Lessons on Spiritual Living (Matt 6:28-30, Psa 89:5, Pro 6:6-11, 30:24-28 etc)
3. Teaching Us the True God’s Existence and Attributes (Romans 1:18-27, Matt 5:44-45, Psa 97:1-6 etc)

Of course, teaching us about the True God is the greatest of all these blessings….

“… The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
The heaven that contains the stars and planets (“heavens”), and the heaven that contains the atmosphere clouds and rain (“firmament”) declare God’s greatness to all mankind.  Much like a poem reveals much about its poet; a building reveals much about its designer; a painting reveals much about its artist; so too, nature, the work of God’s creative wisdom, power and grace, reveals much about its Creator.

“Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
As the sun rises each day, revealing nature on earth, and then sets every night, revealing the glorious heavenly bodies of space, God is revealed and glorified to all mankind.

“[There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard.
No matter what language a man may speak, the message of nature is understood as it reveals the True Creator.

Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
No matter where a man may live, whether in the east or the west; whether on the mountaintop or in the deepest cave; whether in a plane in the sky or in a diving bell under the seas; he can see nature, the work of God’s hands.

All men everywhere are shown the existence and greatness of a divine Creator through nature.  This results in their accountability at the final judgment and the necessity to tell others about this Creator.  Rom 1:19-20 (KJV) Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Let us praise and thank our wonderful Lord for giving to every man a beautiful, educational display of His existence and greatness in the nature that is all around us.  As we see the amazing creation around us, we must never forget to tell others of the divine Creator… all men are all held accountable, without excuse before Him.

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

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text …. Day 15

Let Us Be Thankful For The Opportunities For Service Opened For Us By Our Lord.

Col 4:2-4
2) Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
3) Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
4) That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 15)

A Door Of Utterance, To Speak The Mystery Of Christ,

SIH’s Think On These Things: Col 4:2-4

 

Col 4:2-4
2) Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
3) Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
4) That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Paul’s life, following salvation, was devoted to taking the gospel to the unsaved of the nation of Israel and the surrounding Gentile nations.  Paul’s ability to succeed in his service to Christ required a humble spirit submissive to the will of the God, and the opportunity to share Christ with others.  The same holds true for each one of us.  Opportunities opened for us to be a witness for Christ is an absolute necessity to fulfill our Christian calling.  As such, they are acts of grace, undeserved privileges, and blessings for which we should all be thankful.

Paul helps us to understand the importance of our God-given opportunities for service in Col 4:2-4…
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Paul asks the believers in the church at Colossea to possess a thankful attitude as they pray for him.

Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
What would be the subject of their prayers?  Would it be for life to be easy for Paul?  Would it be for Paul’s needs to be met?  Or, maybe that he would be released from his imprisonment?  Absolutely not.  Paul was not asking for prayer to make the path of his life easier for himself.  This prayer request shows us much about the heart and love for Christ that Paul possessed.
Paul desired prayer from the Colossians that they might petition God to open up “doors” of opportunity for Paul to minister on behalf of Christ while sitting in prison.  Paul describes the opportunity for service as “a door of utterance” that was in the total control of God.  God opens us these doors of opportunity for both individual ministry (1 Cor 16:8-9) as well as ministries to be fulfilled by the Lord’s churches (Rev 3:8).
Paul goes further in telling us that this “door” would allow him to “speak the mystery of Christ” to others.  The recognition that Jesus was the promised Messiah of the OT was a mystery to many.  Paul desire was “to take the cover off” (“make it manifest”) this mystery and reveal Jesus as the true promised Messiah and Redeemer of His people.

Paul made a similar request to the believers in the church at Thessalonica in 2 Thess 3:1-2… Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have [free] course, and be glorified, even as [it is] with you:And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all [men] have not faith.

As members of the Lord’s local church, and individual believers, we should always be aware of the many gracious doors of ministry that the Lord opens for us.  Along with that recognition, comes heartfelt appreciation for the privilege of being chosen to minister the wonderful truths of His Word to those who need it so desperately.  It is through these opportunities that we can serve the One who had done so much for us and reap eternal rewards to be placed back at His feet as an act of honor and submission to Him.

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

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text… Day 14

Let Us Thank The Lord For The Fruit Of The Spirit

Gal 5:19-24  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 14)

The Fruit Of The Spirit…. Against Such There Is No Law

SIH’s Think On These Things: 1 Tim 3:14-15

Gal 5:19-24
19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24) And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

In contrast to the works of our sinful, fallen, fleshly nature, the Lord has abundantly blessed us with the natural yield of His indwelling Spirit.  It is this fruit of His Spirit that we will be studying for this devotional.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:
These works which flow naturally from our fallen nature, is the predominate force in our life prior to our salvation experience.  Looking at the above list, it is easy to see these fleshly works can be summarized as works of selfishness, lawlessness, and harm to ourselves and others.

of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Paul declares plainly a life that is characterized by these works is proof of alienation from the Lord and certainty of a lost condition.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
But thanks be to the Lord that, once we are saved, we are no longer controlled by our fleshly nature.  Our lifestyle is transformed, resulting in the giving forth of spiritual fruits that are wrought by the Spirit of God.  These fruits can be characterized by the terms “selfless”, “righteous”, and “beneficial”.  These fruits make the Christian life attractive, and profitable, to all those around us.

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Paul helps us to understand that the bondage to their fleshly, sinful desires is put to death for anyone who has been born again.  Once saved, the Christian’s lifestyle naturally gives forth the fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  This change in lifestyle is one of many proofs of a genuine salvation graciously given to us through Christ.

Let us thank the Lord for the fruit given forth by His indwelling Spirit.  It is this fruit that benefits us and those around us.  It is these fruits that give us assurance of the salvation that the Lord has so graciously given to us. And, finally, it is this fruit that allows us to be effective witnesses for our Lord and Savior.

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

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text…. Day 13

Let Us Thank The Lord For His Place of Worship, Fellowship and Service…. His Local Assemblies

1Tim 3:14-15  These things write I unto you, hoping to come unto you shortly:   But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

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A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 13)

The House Of God, Which Is The Church Of The Living God, The Pillar And Ground Of The Truth.

SIH’s Think On These Things: 1 Tim 3:14-15

 

1Tim 3:14-15 
14) These things write I unto you, hoping to come unto you shortly:
15) But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

One of the most underappreciated, ignored and abused of all of the gracious gifts that God has given to His people is the gift of the local assembly of believers.  The importance of the Lord’s local churches on earth cannot be overemphasized.  Here in our text, we find several different truths about the Lord’s churches on earth that help us to understand their importance and benefit for the child of God.

These things write I unto you, hoping to come unto you shortly:But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in
Paul wrote this letter to the young pastor, Timothy, as Paul was sitting in prison unable to physically visit and instruct Timothy.  This teaching involved explaining the lifestyle that should be exhibited by members of the Lord’s churches.  It would be Timothy’s responsibility, as overseer of the assembly, to instruct the members and work towards the propagation of these truths.

Paul now describes the local assemblies of the Lord using four different descriptions.  These descriptions teach us the importance of the local assemblies for the people of God.

the house of God,
Paul begins by describing the local church as the “house of God”, or the “dwelling of God”.  This title emphasized to us that the local church is where Christians are to gather to meet with their Lord in worship, commune with Him through instruction and prayer, and enjoy fellowship with other members of the family of God. (It is much like our dwellings of today where families come together to meet, be nourished and enjoy communion one with another.)

which is the church of the living God,
Paul now gives the local church the title “of the living God”.  In other words, this is the TRUE place of worship among many false religious assemblies, who center on the worship of a dead, false “god”.  Christ’s churches are the places where the TRUE God can be found and worshipped.

the pillar and ground of the truth.
Finally, Paul calls the Lord’s assemblies “the pillar and ground of the truth.” This emphasizes for us the role of the local assembly in upholding and supporting the Word of God. The term “pillar” reveals to us that the local assembly is to hold up the Word for all to see; while the term “ground” teaches us the local assembly is to support, preserve and defend these same truths.

As Christians, we have been so wonderfully blessed in being given a place where we can meet together as members of God’s family and enjoy communion, fellowship, with our Lord and His people. It is in the same place that we can unite together in service for the Lord, accomplishing more as a team than what we can accomplish as individuals.  Let us all thank the Lord today for the privilege of membership and attendance in His local assemblies.

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

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text …. Day 12

Let Us Thank The Lord For The Privilege Of Prayer

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

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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 12)

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace

SIH’s Think On These Things: Heb 4:14-16

 

Heb 4:14-16 14) Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.  15) 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.  16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Although we may not always think of prayer as a grace and privilege given to us from the Lord, the Bible is plain that our capability to pray is based solely upon the work of the Lord Jesus Christ…

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God
Jesus Christ was not only the Perfect Prophet and King of Kings but, here, we see that He is clearly declared to be “the Great High Priest”.  This ministry of Christ involves standing between a Just God and sinful mankind making peace through His shed blood on the cross.  One of the benefits that proceed from this peace is the enjoyment of communion with God and entrance into His presence by prayer.
This verse is giving us a wonderful picture of Christ’s priestly work on our behalf.  As our Priest, He is now in heaven, in the presence of His Father, presenting to Him our prayers.  His entire intercessory work is done by his grace on behalf of undeserving sinners who, due to their fallen nature, were in absolute separation and awaiting wrath from the Father.

let us hold fast [our] profession.” 
Based upon our knowledge of His work as Priest, resulting in our communion with God, we are to continue faithfully proclaiming our faith in Him, seeing that we are a very privileged people.  How can we be ashamed of our relationship with Christ when we see the favored position that we hold?

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.
During Christ’s life on earth, He experienced the same type of temptations that we have all faced (lust of flesh, lust of eyes, pride of life).  And yet He did not commit sin.  In other words, He knows what we face as we are tempted and He set the perfect example for us to follow for victory over those very same temptations.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need
Based upon our knowledge of His priestly ministry and His experiences on earth, we can approach the Father with confidence knowing that our prayers will be heard and both mercy and grace are at our disposal.
What a wonderful gift we have been given…to be able to enjoy communion and seek mercy and grace from the hands of God the Father.   Let us thank Him for the grace and privilege of prayer that we can enjoy every day.

Heb 10:19-23 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;And [having] an high priest over the house of God;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. Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;)

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

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text… Day 11

Let Us Thank The Lord For His Word

Rom 15:4 (KJV)  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 11)

“We through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Romans 15:4

 

Rom 15:4 (KJV)  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Another very important gift of grace that we should be ever appreciative of is the Word of the Lord that He has handed down to us…

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning
The Word of God was handed down from God to man, specifically to teach God’s people.  The giving of His Word is an act of God’s grace motivated by His great love and care for His people.

In 2 Tim 3:16-17, we read that the Lord’s Word was intended to benefit the saints. It does this by revealing truth; warning of error; showing how to correct errors; and encouraging greater service for Christ… 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.

that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
The profits gained from the Word can be summed up in two basic ideas… patience and comfort.  When the Word is applied to our hearts, it stirs within us both patience and comfort as we continue our life’s course on earth.  It is this same Word that gives us hope, as we eagerly await the receipt of the many promises of God for this world and the eternity to come.

The importance of His Word cannot be over emphasized.  Job, a Godly man who went through severe trials of His faith, looked upon the Word as of ultimate importance for his life… I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food]. (Job 23:12)

The easiest way for us to develop an appreciation for God’s Word is to, with serious reflection, ask ourselves this question… “What would my life be like if I had never come in contact with His Word?”

May we forever thank Him for His Word that He has given to us.

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

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