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Will Our Works Abide?

SIH HALTAL ICONFor we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.  (10)  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  (11)  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  (12)  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  (13)  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  (14)  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  (15)  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (1 Corinthians 3:9-15)

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Only You Can Prevent Judgment Fires

SIH STSTA ICON“Only you can prevent forest fires”, since 1947, this saying has been a continual part of our American culture.  In April 2001, this saying was updated to read “Only you can prevent wildfires”.   In either case, the point remained unchanged… one of the threats to the woodlands and grasslands of America is accidental fires being ignited by a careless public.   Smokey the Bear and his slogan is a consistent reminder of the need to be careful when we take ignite fires in nature.  To read more about the history of Smokey the Bear take a look at the following websites… http://www.smokeybear.com/   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokey_Bear  http://www.fema.gov/kids/onlyyou.htm

The effects of wildfires are devastating and long-lasting but, for the Christian, there is a type of fire that has a greater, eternal effect on us.  This is the fire that burns on God’s judgment day.  There is coming a day when we all will stand before our Lord and God.  It is at that time that our works will be brought under a Godly examination… Let’s see what the Bible says about the fire of that day….

THE SCRIPTURES:

1Cor 3:9-15 (KJV)

THE STUDY:

Paul, is writing to the assembly at Corinth… he is speaking to a group Christians  who have publically testified of their salvation and decision to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Paul, out of concern for the testimony of their church, their individual testimonies and their coming eternal rewards pens these words of encourage to help them along life’s path.

1Cor 3:9-15 (KJV)

9) For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, [ye are] God’s building.
Paul now reminds the church of it’s responsibilities before God.  They were to:
1.  Labor for the cause of Christ under the authority and enabling of God.
2.  Grow under the care of God much like a crop grows and matures under the care of  the farmer.
3.  Constructed by God like a Contractor chooses the material and assembled it into a building.

10) According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11) For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Paul understood that his ministry was one of construction.  His job was to allow the Lord to use him to bring into existence Gentile churches.  After Paul, as a Pastor was put into place, he would continue to add to the basic construction foundation Paul had laid.
Paul was encouraging the church to be careful who they choose as Pastor and Teachers.  Each Pastor and Teacher must continue to build the church based upon the leadership and teachings of Christ.

12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13) Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14) If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Paul now explains why Pastors, Teachers, and believers in general must take care to always keep Christ as the foundation, center and goal of their ministry.  A part of the process that will bring this sinful world to a close and inaugurate the new heavens and earth, is a time of judgment of the works of those who are saved.  This time of judgment is described in the following passages… 2 Cor 5:6-11,  Rom 14:10-12, Luke 18:11-27, 1 Cor 9:25, 2 Tim 4:8, etc etc

In our text, Paul is pointing out the general purpose of this time of judgment.  IT IS NOT TO MEET JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT for the sins that we have committed.  Every sin, past, present and future, has been paid for by the blood of Christ. (1 John 1:7, 1 John 2:1-2, Rom 3:23-26, 1 Pet 2:24, Heb 9:12, Heb 7:26-27, Heb 10:10-11.)   As believers, we should have absolutely no fear of facing God’s eternal wrath against our sins.

However, Paul is quick to remind us that although, as believers, we will never face the eternal punishment for our sins, we will still stand before our Lord for the judgment of our works.  What does this judgment involve?   It will involve the determination of the receipt of rewards for our labors.  We must always remember that service to Christ is not simply an outward action.  For us to have a genuine act of service to the Lord it must be founded upon Christ.

In other words, outward actions of service done without Godly motives, Godly direction, or Godly enabling will all be judged as hypocritical and will suffer loss of reward.  This will not result in the believer’s eternal judgment but it will result in loss of reward.  Those works which were done with a sincere desire for His glory, done by following His leadership, and performed as a product of His gracious intervention in our lives will be the works that will gain rewards that will last for an eternity.   Remember, according to Paul, in these verses, our works must be “built” upon the foundation of Christ.  (1 Cor 3:10-11, 14-15)

One final quick note… why is it so important we gain rewards for eternity?  After all, as long as we are saved we will escape divine judgment, why the big emphasis on our rewards?  In answer to this question all we need to do is refer to one section of Scripture…

Rev 4:10-11 (KJV)

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.
In this passage, the twenty four elders are symbolic of believers of both the OT and NT whose eternity in the presence of God has begun.  The crowns are symbolic of the rewards they have received for their acts of service that had been founded upon Christ.  What will we do with our “crowns” throughout eternity?  Use them to glorify and honor our God for all He has done for us.  We will lay them down at His feet and say….

“Thank you, Sovereign Lord God Over All, for creating me, for calling me to your service, for equipping me to serve you, and for keeping me safe from the powers of darkness.”
”But, above all else, thank you, as God the Father, for choosing me and sending your Son to die on the cross for my sins.”
“Thank you, as God the Son, for being willing to humble Yourself to come to the earth and die for me, securing my eternal salvation.”
“And thank you, as the Spirit, for showing me my need of salvation and drawing me to Yourself.”

What better way to sincerely say “Thank You” and to glorify and honor Him who has saved us and called us with a holy calling?

2Tim 1:8-10 (KJV)
8) Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
9) Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
If you have any questions about your condition or the salvation that the Lord so graciously offers,  you can look to several sources for further information:  A local Bible-teaching church in your area, or you are welcome to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com, or you can refer to my blog page entitled “How to have a relationship with God” for more teachings on the subject of salvation.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

Settled In Heaven Blog

SIH STSTA ICONThe subject of “love” has dominated the attention of mankind throughout the years.   There have been literally thousands of songs, poems, stories, fables, even scientific studies, trying to help define love and explain it more fully.  The entertainment industry uses love as a central theme in most of it’s programming.

Do you remember a TV show called “Love, American Style”? It was a show featuring a different cast of characters every week.  They would show the affects of love on many, varied, fictional relationships.  For a quick walk down memory lane watch this…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrBe09SIENA&feature=related

After all these attempts, it seems as if there still exists much confusion about love and man’s pursuit of it.  For us to look to our society for a definition of love is a futile act.  Today’s definitions can range from an innocent emotion to an immoral act and everything in between.   The more man tries…

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Saturday Scripture

SIH HALTAL ICONLove The Way God Meant It To Be….

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  (John 15:12-13)

For more on this subject please see above posting entitled “Love Biblical Style”

Making It Plain: “Angelology” = The Study of Angels (Messengers)

SIH TOTT ICONAngelology comes from two Greek words:
1. “angelos” means “messenger”, “to bring tidings”
2. “logos” which means “word concerning”, “to discuss”, “to study”.

This term is not used in the Scriptures.

And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  (Hebrews 1:7)

Christians cannot be naive about the temptations of the world…. BE ON GUARD!

SIH HALTAL ICON5) That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words.
6) For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7) And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8) Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9) In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:

(Proverbs 7:5-9)

The SIH Daily Devotional on this subject can be found at :

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 7:5-9

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Seduction Of Wickedness: The Danger Of Ignorance: Prov 7:5-9

5) That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words.
6) For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7) And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8) Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9) In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:

INTRODUCTION:

After emphasizing the important role of God’s Word (7:1-4) in our quest to overcome temptation, Solomon now begins a case study showing to us the danger of remaining naïve concerning temptation’s method of operation ….

EXPOSITION:

5) That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words.
By God’s grace, as we properly hear, guard and apply God’s Word to our lives, it will create a hedge of protection about us guarding us from the seductive powers of wickedness (vs 1-4).

Please keep in mind, this section of Scripture needs to be approached in two different ways.  First of all, it should be seen as a case study seeking to warn us of the many, varied evils involving sins of intimacy including…
1.  fornication (intimate relations outside of marriage; the young man is assumed to be unmarried based on the definition of “young” – vs 7);
2.  adultery (intimate relations that break the marital covenant;  the woman is married –vs 19-20);
3.  and, possibly, prostitution (payment for intimate relations; the clothing she wears – vs 10)

But this account is not limited to its subject matter of sins of intimacy.   There is a far wider warning here that involves any type of sinful acts. Please notice in this case study, Solomon is using …
1.  a “strange woman” to picture any type of sin – one that is foreign, one that causes to depart from path.  How appropriate!  Sinful acts are foreign to the character and spiritual nature of a Christian; by partaking of them, the Christian is departing from the path they should be taking.
2.  her attempts to “flatter” are a picture of the attractive nature of any sin.  This reminds us that the temptation to sin, always uses “smooth” words.  In other words, it always appeals to the carnal nature of man, saying those things which are pleasing to hear, promising pleasure, happiness and benefits.
Therefore, we can learn lessons about the harmful nature of both sins of intimacy, as well as any type of wickedness that feeds our fleshly desires.

[The words] of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war [was] in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet [were] they drawn swords.”   (Psalms 55:21)

6) For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
Solomon, as a narrator is describing himself as uninvolved, only reporting for us what is about to take place.  Being an eyewitness will lend us to understand that he is truthfully reporting the events without “spinning” them for his own purposes and motives.  He is much like a witness on the witness stand who testifies to the jury about the events that he sees taking place.

7) And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
Solomon is describing the one who is entrapped and deceived by sin as…
1. a simple one – an open, unguarded one
2. a youth – a relative, an acquaintance (one that we should love and care about)
3. a young man – inexperienced, and unlearned
4. void of understanding – one with an empty heart, hollow within (describing lack of the Word within their mind and desires)
Note this description shows he is lacking EVERYTHING we are told to have in our lives (verse 1-4) to oppose temptation.  This person is totally unprepared to face this seductress.

The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. (Psalms 19:7)

PE. Thy testimonies [are] wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.  The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.  I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.”   (Psalms 119:129-131)

8) Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
Because he is unprepared and naïve, this young man is actually seeking this woman, without any care nor concept of what will lie ahead for him.  He is actively putting himself in a position to be tempted and defeated.  Why?  Due to a lack of God’s Word in his being… he is not warned, has no discernment of the nature of the situation at hand (understanding), and does not have God’s Word applied to his actions (wisdom).

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)

9) In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
He goes at night, realizing he has no business there, trying to hide his actions from the view of others.  His conscience is bringing upon him both guilt and shame, this is the natural reaction to those feelings.

They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.  The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.  The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth [his] face.”   (Job 24:13-15)

SUMMARY:

This young man is inexperienced, and unlearned lacking the teachings of God’s Word.  Therefore, we find him purposefully seeking out that which he should not touch and desiring that which will only harm and eventually, destroy him.  What a sad story that is to be presented to us…. By God’s grace let none of us be caught in this type of condition!

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Cherish His Word…. Through It We Have Life….

SIH HALTAL ICONMy son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.  Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.  Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.  Say unto wisdom, Thou [art] my sister; and call understanding [thy] kinswoman:
(Proverbs 7:1-4)

The SIH Daily Devotional on this subject can be found at :

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 7:1-4

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Seduction Of Wickedness: The Need For Preparation: Prov 7:1-4

1) My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2) Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3) Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
4) Say unto wisdom, Thou [art] my sister; and call understanding [thy] kinswoman:

INTRODUCTION:

In chapter 7 of Proverbs, Solomon presents a series of proverbs that will help us to understand the power of wickedness’s seduction.   By looking at a young man who is overcome by temptation, we will be able to learn much about how temptation works, and what is needed to adequately defend ourselves from them.

EXPOSITION:

Solomon begins our case study by explaining some very important aspects to adequate preparation to face the powerful onslaught of temptations that are meant to overcome and destroy us…

1) My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Solomon speaks to us from a heart of love and concern, as one who has learned from his errors and now wants to share Godly wisdom with us.   He begins by explaining eight very important responsibilities given to benefit us when facing temptation:
1.  we are to receive, highly value  and closely guard the words that God has given to us in the Bible
2.  we are to put into storage (in our hearts and minds) the responsibilities that God has laid upon us.

But he said, Yea rather, blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (Luke 11:28)

2) Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3.  we are to receive, highly value and closely guard those responsibilities because they will extend our physical life and grant to us eternal, spiritual life.
4.  we are to value His Kingly prescriptions as the most vital aspect of our lives.  “The apple of thine eye” speaks of the most highly valued aspect that the eye brings gives us…. our physical sight.  We are to look at the prescriptions the living God has given to us as the most valuable asset we have.  They give us spiritual insight into the true nature and value of all that the world has to offer.  This allows us to prioritize our life goals and live a productive lifestyle for His glory.

After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.  Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I [am] the LORD your God.  Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I [am] the LORD.”   (Leviticus 18:3-5)

3) Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
5.  the teachings found in His Word should have an inseparable role in all our outward actions and labors.
6.  these same teachings should be a part of our inward being as well, influencing our every thought and desire.

Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.  And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:”   (Deuteronomy 11:18-20)

4) Say unto wisdom, Thou [art] my sister; and call understanding [thy] kinswoman:
7.  Wisdom, the application of God’s Word to our life, is to be loved and guarded as if it were a weaker part of the family.  Not only is it our duty to protect it, but also (due to our great love for it)  it should be our joy to do so.
8.  Understanding, the ability to discern the true nature of things, is like wisdom.  It is to be loved and guarded as well.
The above eight principles, given to gain victory in temptation, can be summarized by a very simple statement made by King David, Solomon’s physical father….

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11)

SUMMARY:

Solomon had given to us a list of preparatory measures to assist us in overcoming temptation’s seductive workings.  These measures all involve the Word of God and it’s place in our lives….
1.  we are to receive, highly value  and closely guard it
2.  we are to put it into storage (in our hearts and minds)
3.  when followed, they will extend our physical life and grant to us eternal, spiritual life.
4.  we are to value them as the most vital aspect of our lives.
5.  they should have an inseparable role in all our outward actions and labors.
6.  they should influence every thought and desire.
7.  the application of God’s Word to our lives is to be loved and guarded as if it were a weaker part of the family.
8.  the ability to perceive the true nature of things is to be loved and guarded in a similar way.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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The Act Of Adultery Is Proof Of A Lack Of Understanding Its Devastating Results….

SIH HALTAL ICON[But] whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he [that] doeth it destroyeth his own soul.  A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.  For jealousy [is] the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.  He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.  (Proverbs 6:32-35)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 6:32-35

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 Responsible Living: Do Not Commit Adultery (Part #2): Prov 6:32-35

32) [But] whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he [that] doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
33) A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34) For jealousy [is] the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35) He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon continues to share proverbs that explain the devastating results of committing adultery….

EXPOSITION:

32) [But] whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he [that] doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
The person who commits adultery proves they do not know the true nature of the sin.  If they had understanding they would know the horrible effects that adultery will bring upon them.
Adultery, not only brings physical harm, but more importantly, works gradual spiritual ruin.

Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”  (Hebrews 13:4)

33) A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
One of the dreadful results to adultery is the permanent destruction of a person’s testimony in the eyes of others.  This harm to the testimony is described as:
1. a wound – a leprous sore that continually worsens
2. dishonor – disgrace, to be taken lightly, counted as unimportant
3. reproach – to speak evil about, to strip all beauty from
It is these results that will never be totally taken away this side of heaven.  It will be a permanent mark on the character of the person committing the sin.

A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.  For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.  [There is] no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither [is there any] rest in my bones because of my sin.  For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.  My wounds stink [and] are corrupt because of my foolishness.  I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.  For my loins are filled with a loathsome [disease]: and [there is] no soundness in my flesh.  I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.”   (Psalms 38:1-8)

34) For jealousy [is] the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.  35) He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
For those who have been sinned against, they will hold a hot anger against the sinner.  This hot anger will continue to boil and burn within until an opportunity comes to get revenge on the adulterer.  When the opportunity arises, nothing will turn back his retaliation (not a bribe, not a request for mercy etc etc)

Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.”   (Malachi 2:9)

SUMMARY:

In the last two devotions, Solomon has been teaching concerning the sin of adultery.  What have we learned over the past two days?

1.  With the act of adultery comes the certainty of harmful consequences.
2.  Because of the severity of the sin of adultery, and the multiplicity of the sins that are involved, NO ONE can expect to escape harmful results from this willful, selfish act of immorality.
3.  The heinousness of the sin of adultery…. It is the uncaring, willful harming of another to fulfill fleshly lusts.  It is choosing the carnal pleasure of the sinful world, over loving God and putting Him first.  It is an inexcusable sin.
4.  The person who commits adultery proves they do not know the true heinous nature of the sin.
5.  Adultery, not only brings physical harm, but more importantly, works gradual spiritual ruin.
6.  One of the dreadful results to adultery is the permanent destruction of a person’s testimony in the eyes of others.
7.  Those who have been sinned against will hold a hot anger against the sinner.  This anger will not be turned back through the use of bribes or pleas for mercy.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
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Committing Adultery Is Only Hurting Yourself…

SIH HALTAL ICONCan a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?  Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?  So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.  [Men] do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;  But [if] he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. (Proverbs 6:27-31)

This SIH Daily Devotional can be found at :http://wp.me/pU88A-26g

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 6:27-31

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Responsible Living: Do Not Commit Adultery (Part #1): Prov 6:27-31

27) Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
28) Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
29) So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
30) [Men] do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
31) But [if] he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.

INTRODUCTION:

Adultery described the transferring of one’s affections from their spouse to another person.  In the commission of this sin we find many different sins being involved.  Normally, with the sin of adultery we also find the sins of: lying and deceit; stealing (of one’s spouse); breaking of promises (departure from the marital covenant); and uncaring, selfish attitudes; to name a few.  Sadly, in our society adultery is quickly becoming more acceptable, and in some aspects, admired by those who are not concerned with God’s will and standards of morality.  In the next set of proverbs, Solomon makes sure that God’s people understand the sinfulness and dangers that are involved with the act of adultery.

EXPOSITION:

27) Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?  28) Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
With the act of adultery comes the certainty of harmful consequences.  Solomon shares with us a proverb that presents this truth to us.  This is a dual proverb presenting rhetorical questions to us…
Question #1 – Can a person choose to bring fire into his lap and his clothes not be consumed by the fire?  The implied answer is NO.
Question #2 –  Can a person willfully walk upon burning, glowing coals and his feet not be seared? Again, the implied answer is NO.

Because of the severity of the sin of adultery, and the multiplicity of the sins that are involved, NO ONE can expect to escape harmful results from this willful, selfish act of immorality.

If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or [if] I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door;  [Then] let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.  For this [is] an heinous crime; yea, it [is] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judges.  For it [is] a fire [that] consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.”   (Job 31:9-12)

29) So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
The above two questions were given to picture for us…..  the certainty of guilt and retribution coming upon those who have a relationship with those who are promised to another.
Although in this example the man is the one causing the adultery with a woman, the male/female role can be reversed, and yet the principle remains the same.  Whoever is involved with the sin of adultery will face certain reprisal for their actions.

How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by [them that are] no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.  They were [as] fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife.  Shall I not visit for these [things]? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?”   (Jeremiah 5:7-9)

30) [Men] do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; 31) But [if] he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
Men do not hate another when he steals food because he is famished and suffering physically. In this type of situation he must make retribution because he has committed wrongdoing.  But that retribution is tempered based upon the situation that he is facing.
When men steal food to survive, although it is a sin, it does not rise to the level of the theft that is involved with the sin of adultery.  What is involved with this distinction?
1.  The motive behind the theft:
The stealing was not done with intent to harm another, it was not done to increase wealth or position of esteem, also implied in this situation is that there were no other options open to him.  The man is facing starvation with no other way to provide food for himself (or his family).  Because of his situation, he becomes an object of pity and understanding by the general public.
2.  The punishment is lessened:
Adultery (the theft of a spouse), in Solomon’s day, was punishable by death (Leviticus 20:10-21).  Although the hungry man committed theft as well, his life would not be taken.  He would be required to pay back seven times what he had stolen, even if it meant his losing all his earthly possessions.  Due to his impoverished condition, in most cases, this would be paid back by becoming a bond slave to the one from whom he had stolen.

Solomon shares this with us to emphasize the heinousness of the sin of adultery…. It is the uncaring, willful harming of another to fulfill fleshly lusts.  It is choosing the carnal pleasure of the sinful world, over loving God and putting Him first.  It is an inexcusable sin.   These are a few reasons why there can be no expectation of limited consequences for the sin of adultery.

If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, [both] the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.”   (Deuteronomy 22:22)

SUMMARY:
Adultery,  an act that involves a whole variety of sins,  results in severe consequences to those who commit this sin.  May we all be constantly reminded of God’s hatred of that sin, the harmful results of the sin, and the need to flee from any temptation that would lead to the sin.  May God give us the grace we need to keep us away form the grip of this horrible sin.

In our next devotional, we will be continuing to look at adultery and it’s harmful results upon all of mankind.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Following the seduction of sin leads to ruin…

SIH HALTAL ICON23) For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life:
24) To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25) Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
 26) For by means of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
(Proverbs 6:23-26)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 6:23-26

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Responsible Living: Respect The Word’s Warnings Against Sin: Prov 6:23-26

23) For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life:
24) To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25) Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
26) For by means of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.

INTRODUCTION:

Throughout the entirety of God’s Word we find warnings to keep us away from sin.  In EVERY case, these warnings are given to us for our good, intended to keep us from the devastating results of the wicked that is found in the world today.  Solomon gives a series of Proverbs to emphasize the need for each of us to take these warnings very seriously and seek, by God’s grace, to keep ourselves from sin safe from its devastating effects.

EXPOSITION:

23) For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life:
The Word is described using three different titles:
1. commandment – it is a responsibility that God has given to us to keep
2. law – it is written as a part of God’s standard for which we are to strive
3. reproofs of instruction – it is knowledge that is meant to warn, and to correct error that is in our lives.

The purpose of the Word is described in three was as well:
1.  a lamp – meant to guide us on our walk of life (showing us the path to take)
2.  light – meant to clearly reveal the dark areas that could not be clearly seen otherwise (revealing the true nature and results of sin)
3.  way of life – meant to reveal the way that leads to life and joy (spiritual life and extended fruitful physical life on earth)

Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.  NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”   (Psalms 119:104-105)

 

24) To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
In this proverb, sin’s temptation is pictured as the temptation that proceeds from a wicked woman who desires an illicit relationship with a man.  The principle behind this proverb goes far beyond an illicit physical relationship between a man and a woman, as it gives us a general picture of our need to abstain from any type of sin by resisting temptation.

The traits of sin is shown to us through the use of two descriptions:
1. the evil woman – teaches us that sin is morally corrupt and, therefore, harmful to us.
2. the strange woman – teaches us that sin is foreign to (does not belong, should not be a part of) the Christian life.

The manner in which the Word accomplishes it’s three purposes (see previous verse) is now described…
1.  The Word puts a hedge between us and sin (the evil woman)
2.  The Word puts a hedge between us and sin’s allurement that uses our pride to seduce us.  We know what is good for our life, we do not need the Lord’s instructions for us etc etc (flattery of the tongue)

And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart [is] snares and nets, [and] her hands [as] bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.”   (Ecclesiastes 7:26)

 

25) Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
The way to avoid sin’s enticements is expressed here:
1.  Lust not – control our fleshly desires – see the true harmful nature of the sin through the teachings of God’s Word, develop a burning desire to keep His Word and have a closer walk with the Lord.
2.  Neither let her take thee – do not give the temptation our attention – do not dwell on it, avoid it whenever possible.  In other words, DO NOT PLAY WITH TEMPTATION, realize how dangerous it is and flee from it.

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”   (James 1:14-15)

 

26) For by means of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
A final warning against sin’s attraction is shown to us through the titles and actions of sin …
1. whorish woman – sin is a selfish seeking of the fulfillment of fleshly desires.  It is compromising our standard of Godliness for purely physical, carnal pleasure.
2. adulteress – sin is unfaithfulness.  It is turning on back on the One we have promised to put first in our life in an effort to receive earthly pleasure.  It is counting the value of our spiritual relationship with God of less value that that of physical indulgences.
3. man is brought to a piece of bread – the end result of following sin’s inducement is extreme spiritual poverty, and in many cases loss of earthly possessions as well.  Sin CAN ruin a person’s family, business, health, nest egg; anything that he counts of value in this life. Sin WILL ruin a person spiritually and bring him to spiritual shipwreck.
4. will hunt for the precious life – the end result of sin is death.  If a person is dominated by sin it is a sign that they are spiritually dead and many times can lead to a shortened physical life and eternal spiritual death.

It is this very end that the prodigal son experienced as he gave himself over to temptation which brought  his life to extreme want…

And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  (Luke 15:13-17)

SUMMARY:

Solomon has presented to us irrefutable teaching that gives us many reasons to abstain from submitting to the allure of sin.  The greatest of these is one simple principle:  Sin will ruin us.  May the Lord grant us the grace we need to reject the way of sin and renew within us a greater desire to serve the Lord.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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The Scriptural Gift Of Tongues…. A Miracle From The Hand Of God….

SIH HALTAL ICONAnd when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
(Acts 2:1-4)

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The Wonderful Gift Of Tongues

SIH STSTA ICONWhat is the gift of tongues?  To answer this often asked question, I would like us to look at the most complete description of the gift of tongues that can be found in the Bible.  This account is found in Acts 2:1-24…

Let’s take our time to examine this section of Scripture in an attempt to describe the basic teachings of the gift of tongues and to learn about our Glorious Lord… the Giver of the gift of tongues.

THE SCRIPTURES:

Acts 2:1-24

THE STUDY:

Some Basic Truths About The Gift Of Tongues….

Vs 1-  “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

The gift of tongues was given to members of a local assembly (church at Jerusalem) who were experiencing unity between their members and gathered together to worship the Lord.

Vs 2 – “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

The gift of tongues was given to this church in conjunction with their baptism in the Spirit.  This Spirit baptism was performed to empower the local assembly to fulfill the Great Commission.  This involves taking the gospel to a lost and dying world, baptizing the converts and then teaching those who are baptized the truths of God’s Word.

This baptism in the Spirit manifested itself to the believers in that local assembly as a sound from heaven of a great wind and then the filling of the building with the Spirit surrounding the members of the assembly.  In other words the church body was immersed in the Spirit, just as when a believer is baptized in water, they become entirely immersed and surrounded by the Spirit of God.

Vs 3 – And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

The gift of tongues includes a visual aspect to this gift.  When the gift of tongues was given, this gift could be seen visibly as split tongues of fire came and sat upon each member of the local assembly.

Vs 4 – “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The gift of tongues included a verbal aspect, as the members following their being filled with the Spirit, began to speak in human languages that were unknown to the speakers…

Vs 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.  Vs 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.  Vs 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? Vs 8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?  Vs 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Vs 10  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Vs 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues …”

Although this gift of tongues was unknown to the speakers, they were human languages that were known by those who were listening.

Vs 11 the wonderful works of God.

What was the content of the message spoken by the assembly members?  They were proclaiming the wonderful works of their God…. His message of salvation and all that He had done for them.  In other words, they were witnessing to those around them.   Keep in mind, the gift of tongues had been given to the church to enable them to fulfill the great commission that had been given to them.  A part of the great commission involves presenting the gospel message to the lost men gathered around them who were unable to speak the native language of the speakers.

Because of this gift, the speakers were able to present the gospel of Christ to those who could not speak their language, nor understand their testimony of Christ.

Vs 12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?  Vs 13  Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

Here, we have the response of the lost who were hearing the gospel through the gift of tongues.  Some were amazed at this wonderful testimony of God’s miracle working power and grace.  Some did not know what to think.   Still others mocked and rejected the wondrous miracle they had experienced.

Vs 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all [ye] that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:  Vs 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is [but] the third hour of the day.  Vs 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;  Vs 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: Vs 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:  Vs 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:  Vs 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:  Vs 21 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Peter now explains what is actually taking place so there would be no misunderstanding… He tells those who are observing this event that it is not due to drunkenss… but a sovereign, planned act of Almighty God as proven by it as being the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy.

It also proved that this great event had a main purpose, to enable the gospel to be shared and for the lost to come to salvation through their calling upon the name of the Lord. (Note at the end of Joel’s prophecy, we have this text “And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved “ Peter reapplying this phrase to those observing this wonderful gift of God)

Vs 22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  Vs 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:  Vs 24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

Peter then shares the gospel message to the observers, once again emphasizing for us the purpose and scope of tongues… to enable members of a local assembly to fulfill the great commission by enabling them to speak in languages they do not know.  Thiis enables them to speak to those of other languages, sharing with them the wonderful gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We then see in the closing verses of this chapter that the great commission is fulfilled by the church at Jerusalem – (gospel proclaimed – vs 25-36, souls saved and baptized– vs 37-41, fellowship and training received by new converts – 42-47)

THE APPLICATION:

After examining the Acts 2: account of the gift of tongues, we have come away with both a description of the gift of tongues, and an understanding of its purpose and results.

Based upon this information, this question must be asked… Is the gift of tongues exercised today the same gift that is clearly described in the Bible?

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

Saturday Scripture

SIH HALTAL ICONDo we look like Christ in all that we do?

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. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  (Gal 5:22-25 kjv)

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Making It Plain: “Bibliology” = The Study of The Bible

SIH TOTT ICONBibliology comes from two Greek words:
1. “biblos” means “book”, “writings”,  “volume”, or “scroll”
2. “logos” which means “word concerning”, “to discuss”, “to study”.

This term is not used in the Scriptures.

But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  (Psalms 1:2)

Remember, and apply, the wise counsel we have received…

SIH HALTAL ICON20) My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:  21) Bind them continually upon thine heart, [and] tie them about thy neck. 22) When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and [when] thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. (Proverbs 6:20-22)

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