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What Would The World Be Like With Self-Control Ruling The Day!

SIH HALTAL ICONBut 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)

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The Message of Ten Cent Beer Night

“Ten Cent Beer Night”… June 4, 197SIH STSTA ICON4, is a night that will live in infamy.  For all of us who are Cleveland Indians fans, just the mention of this horrendous night still sends chills of shame through our bones.  The food that was thrown onto the field, several fans that entered the field causing game delays and, of course, the ninth inning riot; were just a few of the highlights of this unforgettable evening.  This was the lowest point in the history of the Cleveland Indians and, many believe, the lowest point in all of professional sports.  The worst that Cleveland had to offer was clearly seen that night.

By the way, to finish off the evening, the Indians were forced to forfeit the game to the Texas Rangers.  (If you happened to be born after 1974 or you have never heard of this momentous night please feel free to learn more about it at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Cent_Beer_Night)

News of this game not only rocked the Cleveland area, but hit the national news as well.  Cleveland became the laughing stock of the nation, once again.

So what could the entire nation learn from this horrible night?  What lesson could the Lord have been trying to teach us by allowing this night to take place?    I’m sure many lessons could be learned, but the most obvious is this… the need for self-control.   Just think what a difference would have been made if everyone would have kept themselves under control.   The over-indulgences of beer and the resulting inhibitions of the evening would have never taken place.  And the shame of the public indecencies would have been avoided.   All would have been different if self-restraint had ruled the night.

THE SCRIPTURE:

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)

THE STUDY:

Here, in Galatians 5: the word translated “temperance” is a Greek word that means “self-control” or “the strength to overcome within ourselves”.   Temperance is the exercise of the strength necessary to control our passions and the lusts of our flesh.

In his writings, Paul made it plain that there is a war that is constantly at work within the lives of Christians.  (Rom 7:14-25)   On one side is our “old man”, desiring to find satisfaction in many sinful pursuits; on the other side, our “new man” desiring for our lives to be pleasing to God.  (Eph 4:17-32, Col 3:1-14)

It takes a tremendous amount of inward strength for the “new man” to overcome the ways of the “old man”.  By “inward strength” I’m not talking about natural, fleshly self-resolve.  I am talking about a divine strength given from our Lord through the Spirit working in our life.  This is why “temperance” is described as a “fruit of the Spirit”.

As a Christian grows in the knowledge of His Word, he should see a gradual, outward growth in his life.  This outward growth is characterized by the gradual, consistent, departure of habitual sin from the Christian’s life.   Much like an infant gradually grows to maturity, so too, a Christian “infant” as he feeds on God’s Word should grow into a mature spiritual man. This was Peter’s wish for all of those who were saved by His grace. (1 Pet 2:1-3, 2 Pet 3:18)   As we grow and mature in Christ, we too, should be seeing a greater control over the sinful desires of our flesh and mind.  This is true spiritual growth and this is of what bearing the fruit of “temperance” is speaking.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For the Christian, “temperance” should be a greatly desired commodity.  The more we possess self-control; the more we please our Lord and Savior, and the more we can glorify Him in our lives.   This is what the Christian life is all about.  In Ephesians 1:1-14, we find a listing of the Trinity’s role and motive in our salvation:

Eph 1:1-6 – God the Father’s role…. Please notice why does the Father do all of this for us?  “to the praise of the glory of His grace”…. In other words, He worked in our lives to save us so that we could be shining trophies of His grace to all the world!

Eph 1:7-12 – God the Son’s role …. What was the Son’s motive in saving us? “That we should be to the praise of His glory”…. So that we might praise Him with our lives!

Eph 1:13-14 – God the Spirit’s role… Why do He do this?  “unto the praise of His glory” … so He would be glorified by us!

In each case, all three persons of the Trinity worked to save us so that they might be honored, obeyed and praised by us!

For those who have never experienced the Lord’s saving grace in your life, your first step to living a life of self-control over your sinful desires is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior.  Please remember, true spiritual temperance is a gift of God’s grace, we cannot possess temperance without Him.  By believing in Jesus (His work and His message) you will not only receive forgiveness but also the indwelling Spirit who will enable you to lead a temperate life through God’s Word.  May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

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A Life Guided By Divine Wisdom Reaps Many Blessings…

SIH HALTAL ICON“The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.  The hope of the righteous [shall be] gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.  The way of the LORD [is] strength to the upright: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.  The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.”  (Proverbs 10:27-30)

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What Should Be Some Subjects For Our Bible Study / Video Lessons ?

SIH ICONWell folks, it is time for me to start planning upcoming postings for 2014.  I would greatly appreciate your input on what subjects you would like to see SIH cover in the upcoming year.

My desire is for us to study together subjects that will help us along life’s way and be better servants of Christ.  Therefore, I am not asking for you to choose what topic has the greatest interest for you.  Nor am I asking what subject would be the most pleasurable to study.

Here is what I am asking you to do… from the list below please choose up to 5 subjects that you believe would be the most spiritually beneficial for you. If your most spiritually beneficial subjects are not found on the list, you are welcome to make suggestions by leaving a comment for me.

I am trusting the Lord to use this to help me to come to an understanding of the spiritual needs of the SIH readers.  I want your time spent reading the SIH postings to be of greatest benefit for you.  I appreciate so much your visiting the blog and the last thing I want is for your valuable time to be wasted during your visit.

(By the way, I do recognize that it is my responsibility to make all the final decisions on what subjects will be covered in the SIH blog.  I am simply trusting the Lord to use this survey as one of several pieces of information that will help me come to a final decision of the blog’s contents through 2014.)

This weekend we will post the survey for the next Bible Studies/Video Lessons.

All of the Bible Studies/Video Lessons will be taught late in 2013 and into early to mid 2014.

The survey will be available for one month.

PLEASE VOTE FOR UP TO 5 SUBJECTS or you can suggest others by leaving a comment…

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 10:27-30

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

Wisdom On Display: Wisdom Gains A Blessed Life: Proverbs 10:27-30

27) The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28) The hope of the righteous [shall be] gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29) The way of the LORD [is] strength to the upright: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.
30) The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

EXPOSITION:

In the following proverbs we find four ways wisdom is displayed in our lives and the blessings that accompany them…

27) The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
1.  Wisdom is displayed by recognizing His greatness and submitting to His authority results in the blessing of longer and more productive lives on earth.
2.  Compared to those who choose to live apart from the principles of wisdom whose lives are shorter and less productive for Christ.

Wisdom’s blessings include more productive days in the service of Christ

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”   (Psalms 91:14-16)

28) The hope of the righteous [shall be] gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
1.  Those whose lives exhibit wisdom by aligned itself with God’s Word can expect the blessing of joy and peace.
2.  Compared to those who live unwise lives whose plans and desires are destroyed permanently.

Wisdom’s blessings include the confident assurance of both joy and peace

And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig [about thee, and] thou shalt take thy rest in safety.  Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make [thee] afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.  But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope [shall be as] the giving up of the ghost.”   (Job 11:18-20)

29) The way of the LORD [is] strength to the upright: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity.
1.  Those who are complete in Christ, walking according to His desires, will be blessed with strength to serve.
2.  Those who work for the cause of unlawfulness and rebellion will end in ruin and vanity

Wisdom’s blessing includes strength and ability to perform the service to which they have been called.

Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  The ungodly [are] not so: but [are] like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”   (Psalms 1:1-6)

30) The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
1.  Those who keep His Word will never be broken and defeated throughout eternity
2.  Those whose actions go against the Word will not receive the inheritance of God.

Wisdom’s blessing includes eternal inheritance and victory in Christ.

The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.  They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.  But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD [shall be] as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.”   (Psalms 37:18-20)

SUMMARY:

The great blessings of living a wise life include…
1.  Wisdom’s blessings include more productive days in the service of Christ
2.  Wisdom’s blessings include the confident assurance of both joy and peace
3.  Wisdom’s blessing includes strength and ability to perform the service to which they have been called.
4.  Wisdom’s blessing includes eternal inheritance and victory in Christ.

As we keep these great blessings in mind, let us all resolve to apply His Word to our lives and display Godly wisdom to all who are around us.

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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An Unfaithful Messenger Is Irritating and Harmful To Those Who Send Him…

SIH HALTAL ICONAs vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so [is] the sluggard to them that send him.  (Proverbs 10:26)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 10:26

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

 

Wisdom On Display: Wisdom Is Faithful In It’s Responsibilitiess: Proverbs 10:26

26) As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so [is] the sluggard to them that send him.

EXPOSITION:

In this single proverb, we can see that the fool is unreliable…

26) As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so [is] the sluggard to them that send him.
1. Vinegar has a sharp displeasing taste; it does not heal wounds by causes increased pain and irritation to them; it gradually eats away at teeth eventually destroying them.
2.  In many ways, smoke shares these characteristics.  It is displeasing to the eyes; it irritates the eyes; and the soot and debris it carries can cause permanent damage to the eyes.

This proverb points to the unreliability of the fool.  Because the fool is not faithful in the responsibilities he has been given he becomes displeasing, irritating, and harmful to those who place their trust in him.  In some cases, their disloyalty can cause permanent loss.   

However, those who are faithful in fulfilling their responsibilities are of unspeakable value to those who trust in him….

As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so is] a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.”   (Proverbs 25:13)

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”   (2 Timothy 4:6-8)

SUMMARY:

By God’s grace, let us accept our responsibilities gladly, rely upon His grace to fulfill those duties and follow the instructions of our Lord given through Paul who tells us to be “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”   (Romans 12:11)

May we all choose to speak words of wisdom, knowing that they will result in blessings to both the speaker and the hearers.

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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Is Sin Something To Dread Or Do We Enjoy It Like A Sport?

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How we treat sin tells us a lot about ourselves…

“[It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.  The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. As the whirlwind passeth, so [is] the wicked no [more]: but the righteous [is] an everlasting foundation.”   (Proverbs 10:23-25)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 10:23-25

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

Wisdom On Display: Wisdom Recognizes The End Result Of Our Choices: Proverbs 10:23-25

23) [It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
24) The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
25) As the whirlwind passeth, so [is] the wicked no [more]: but the righteous [is] an everlasting foundation.

EXPOSITION:

This set of proverbs explains that wisdom will show us the likely result of our choices before we make them.

23) [It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
1.  A fool commits acts of planned wrongdoing for his own entertainment and profit
2.  A man who understands the nature and results of his actions possesses wisdom.
Wisdom thinks ahead and acts according to their probable results.  Foolishness acts based upon immediate gratification without consideration of the long term results of their actions.

How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”   (Jude 1:18-19)

24) The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
1.  Due to his thoughtless actions, a fool will eventually face dreadful harm
2.  Due to the righteous man’s contemplative decision making his long term goals and desires will be met.
The wise man is successful in accomplishing his life goals.  The fool will ultimately fail in his life pursuits.

The wicked man travaileth with pain all [his] days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.  A dreadful sound [is] in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.  He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.”   (Job 15:20-22)

The LORD [is] righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.  The LORD [is] nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.  He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.  The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.”   (Psalms 145:17-20)

25) As the whirlwind passeth, so [is] the wicked no [more]: but the righteous [is] an everlasting foundation.

1.  Not only does the fool fail to achieve his goals but, many times, unexpectedly loses everything he has gained.
2.  The righteous, due to his wise decision making, leads a life founded upon service to His Lord that cannot be taken nor undone.

The life of the fool is short lived with no lasting results.  The wise actions of the righteous build a permanent foundation of service to Christ.

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.  For yet a little while, and the wicked [shall] not [be]: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it [shall] not [be].”   (Psalms 37:9-10)

SUMMARY:

Through wisdom’s perception, we can obtain our life’s goals and build a lasting testimony of service for the Lord Jesus Christ.

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 Blessings of Wise Speaking…

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18) He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.
19) In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.
20) The tongue of the just [is as] choice silver: the heart of the wicked [is] little worth.
21) The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
22) The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

(Proverbs 10:18-22)

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 10:18-22

SIH TOTT ICON

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Wisdom On Display: Wisdom Speaks Profitable Words: Proverbs 10:18-22

18) He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.
19) In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.
20) The tongue of the just [is as] choice silver: the heart of the wicked [is] little worth.
21) The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
22) The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

 

 

EXPOSITION:

Solomon give us the attributes of the speech of fools in comparison to the speech of the wise…

18) He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.
A fool:
1.  covers his animosity towards others with deceitful speech, instead of honesty communicating in order to make peace.
2.  defames through the casting out of words from his mouth.

 

He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.  [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 55:20-21)

 

Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. (Psalms 101:5)

 

 

19) In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.
A fool:
1.  speaks many words without thinking, which leads to harmful, sinful speech, which reveals his foolishness.

A wise man:
1.  hold back his speech, thinking carefully before speaking, which displays his wisdom to all who are listening.

 

The beginning of the words of his mouth [is] foolishness: and the end of his talk [is] mischievous madness.  A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?”   (Ecclesiastes 10:13-14)

 

 

 

20) The tongue of the just [is as] choice silver: the heart of the wicked [is] little worth.
A wise man who has been declared innocent of sin through God’s grace:
1. speaks very valuable and desirable word of wisdom.
A fool whose speech and actions miss the mark God has set:
1. has a set of desires that crave sinfulness and, therefore, is of little value to anyone.

 

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”   (Matthew 12:34-35)

 

 

21) The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
A wise man who is living in right with God:
1. speaks words that will give nourishment and strength to many who listen.

A fool:
1. will be cut off because he is lacking the words of God that would point him to life and joy.

 

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”   (Jeremiah 15:16)

 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.  As they were increased, so they sinned against me: [therefore] will I change their glory into shame.”   (Hosea 4:6-7)

 

 

 

22) The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
Those who are the recipients of God’s blessings for wise speaking will be spiritually rich and will be joyful throughout their life into eternity.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.(Matthew 6:33-34)

 

 

SUMMARY:

May we all choose to speak words of wisdom, knowing that they will result in blessings to both the speaker and the hearers.

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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What are we seeking in life?….

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Wisdom Or Riches….

Wise [men] lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish [is] near destruction.  The rich man’s wealth [is] his strong city: the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty.  The labour of the righteous [tendeth] to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.  He [is in] the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.  
(Proverbs 10:14-17)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 10:14-17

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

Wisdom On Display: Wisdom Brings Security 10:14-17

14) Wise [men] lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish [is] near destruction.
15) The rich man’s wealth [is] his strong city: the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty.
16) The labour of the righteous [tendeth] to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
17) He [is in] the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

Solomon now shares with us several areas of security that is enjoyed by those who live wise lifestyles…

EXPOSITION:

14) Wise [men] lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish [is] near destruction.

1.  Those that are wise will keep secure knowledge so that they can use it and teach others when it applies to any given situation.
2.  The words that flow from the mouth of fools, due to lack of knowledge, bring ruin to themselves and those that follow their teachings.

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”   (Matthew 12:35)

15) The rich man’s wealth [is] his strong city: the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty.

The ruin that comes upon fools is certain, it makes no difference what their financial condition may be….
1.  The rich fool, who relies on ill-gotten material possessions for his security, will come to a ruinous end.
2.  Their foolishly gotten gain will be of no benefit to them.  The Lord will hold them accountable for impoverishing others by bringing catastrophic loss upon them.

Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.  And they covet fields, and take [them] by violence; and houses, and take [them] away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.  Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time [is] evil.”   (Micah 2:1-3)

 

16) The labour of the righteous [tendeth] to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
1.  The efforts of the righteous man, due to the wisdom that he has obtained, can supply life for himself and those to whom he ministers.
2.  Sinful acts and their punishment is borne by those who rebel against the wisdom of God.
 

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”   (Galatians 6:7-8)

 

17) He [is in] the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

1.  For those who hold close the instructions and warnings of wisdom, will find himself inhabiting the path that leads to life.
2.  Those that walk away from the wisdom that corrects, will stray from the path that leads to life.
 

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”   (Matthew 7:24-27)

SUMMARY:

The choice for each of us is very simple….

Do we live pursuing material possessions, irrespective of whom we may hurt along the way, only to find our possessions are of no lasting value?  Or, do we wisely live for the things of God, those things which will possess eternal, spiritual, benefits for us?

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
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Modern-Day Methods Of Evangelism…. Powerful or Powerless?

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4) (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
(2 Corinthians 10:4)

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I’m Saved! In Church I Walked Down The Aisle and Said A Prayer…

SIH STSTA ICONAs a Pastor of 15 years, I used to ask the question, “Have you ever been saved from your sins?”.  I have received many different responses to this question.  Here are a few of them…

“Of course, I was baptized as a baby in (church name)”;

“Yes, I am saved, I am a member of (church name)”;

“Yes, I have kept all the sacraments of my church”;

“Yes, I was born into a Christian family, we’ve been Christians for at least four generations”;

“Why yes, thank you for asking, I walked down the aisle of (church name) and said the sinners prayer back in September of 2001”;

and many, many more.

It has broken my heart to hear responses like this coming from those for whom I care.  If you notice, in every case, the above responses imply that our salvation is based on something we have done.  The Bible makes it plain that our salvation does not lie in what we have done, but what the Lord has done in us.  (John 6:44-45, 6:63-66, Eph 2:8-10, Php 2:12-13, Col 1:25-29, Titus 3:4-5)

So where did we get the idea that salvation is based on something that we have done?  Sad to say, in many cases, the churches of today must take responsibility for fostering this false belief.  Since I am a Baptist pastor, I will use Baptist churches for my example… my heart aches when I see other Baptist pastors, at the close of the service, beg and plead for people to “come down the aisle and be saved” or “repeat the sinners prayer after me and be saved”.

In many cases, this is done by well-meaning pastors who are trying to encourage those in attendance to make a commitment to Christ.   But, instead of bringing about commitment, they are encouraging others to trust in a work for their salvation.

Please remember, a person can be saved just as easily standing in the pew, or sitting in a chair, or lying in a bed etc etc.  The Lord can work in the heart at anytime and any place, not just at the altar in the front of the church.  Likewise, salvation comes through Christ creating faith into the heart of the faithless, not by us saying any prayer.

Whenever the gospel message is given out in the Bible, it is never accompanied with the instructions to walk an aisle, or say a “sinner’s prayer” (the same can be said for baptism, church membership, keeping the sacraments, or being born into a Christian family).   The gospel message, when given in the Bible, is accompanied with the instructions to trust in Christ and His work. (Acts 16:30-31, John 3:15-16 etc etc)

The only way we can be certain we are saved is by knowing the Lord has worked in our lives.  How can we know this for sure?  The Bible makes it plain….

THE SCRIPTURE:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. … For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2Co 5:17-21)

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.  (Jas 2:14-26)

THE STUDY:

In the Bible, a true salvation experience brings about change in the life of the believer.  When God intervenes in the life of a sinner and brings him to salvation, the newly saved person becomes a new creation in Christ. (2 Cor 5:17-21)  This “new creation” involves a new attitude about the Lord and sin.  (Eph  4:22-24)  The newly saved now sees Christ as their Lord and despises the sin in their life.  This new attitude then motivates the Christian to begin a life of service to their Lord and Savior.  This service is described as fruit bearing. (John 15:1-5, Gals 5:19-26)  This changed life is one of the reasons why God has saved us (Eph 2:8-10).

Also, this changed life is what gives us the ultimate assurance that the Lord has worked a work of saving grace in our lives. James clearly presented this principle in James chapter 2.  In verses 14-26, James refers to “dead” faith as opposed to a Godly saving faith.  How can we tell the difference?  James tells us the works that we perform will reveal the true nature of the faith we have within us.   The lack of a changed life shows us that the faith we possess is not of God but simply a work that we performed in and of ourselves (a dead faith).  A changed life brought about by our faith, shows us that our faith is a work of God in our heart. (Please read James 2:14-26 in it’s entirety to come to a full understanding of James’ teachings.)

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

So let me rephrase my original question, “Have you ever exercised faith in Christ?  If so, has this faith produced a changed life within you?  Do you now love the Lord and seek to please Him with your life.  Do you now hate sin and strive to rid it from your life?”  These questions get to the heart of our spiritual condition.

If you can say, “yes” to all three, you can be assured that you have been forgiven of your sins and are a part of God’s family.  If you must say “no” to any, or all, of these then you must come to the realization you are yet in your sins.  If you are yet in your sins, please follow the dictates of God’s Word….

“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”(1Jn 5:11-13)

If you would like more information about salvation, please refer to my blog page entitled “forgiveness”.

Also, if you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.    I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.

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We Need To Live Wise Lives For The Sake Of Those Around Us…..

SIH HALTAL ICON10) He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
11) The mouth of a righteous [man is] a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
12) Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
13) In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod [is] for the back of him that is void of understanding. (Proverbs 10:10-13)

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What Should Be The Subject Of Our Next Devotional?

SIH ICONWell folks, it is time for me to start planning upcoming postings for 2014.

I would greatly appreciate your input on what subjects you would like to see SIH cover in the upcoming year.

My desire is for us to study together subjects that will help us along life’s way and be better servants of Christ.  Therefore, I am not asking for you to choose what topic has the greatest interest for you.  Nor am I asking what subject would be the most pleasurable to study.

Here is what I am asking you to do… from the list below please choose up to 3 subjects that you believe would be the most spiritually beneficial for you.  If your most spiritually beneficial subjects are not found on the list, you are welcome to make suggestions by leaving a comment for me.

I am trusting the Lord to use this to help me to come to an understanding of the spiritual needs of the SIH readers.  I want your time spent reading the SIH postings to be of greatest benefit for you.  I appreciate so much your visiting the blog and the last thing I want is for your valuable time to be wasted during your visit.

(By the way, I do recognize that it is my responsibility to make all the final decisions on what subjects will be covered in the SIH blog.  I am simply trusting the Lord to use this survey as one of several pieces of information that will help me come to a final decision of the blog’s contents through 2014.)

This weekend we will post the survey for the next devotional subject.  Next weekend, Lord willing, we will post a survey that covers the longer video lessons we will be posting.

All of the devotional postings will be a verse by verse study of books of the Bible…. Our Proverbs series should end toward the end of 2013. Today’s survey will be for devotionals posted in 2014.

The survey will be available for one month.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 10:10-13

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

 

Wisdom On Display: Wisdom Is Beneficial To Those Around Us: Proverbs 10:10-13

10) He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
11) The mouth of a righteous [man is] a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
12) Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
13) In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod [is] for the back of him that is void of understanding.

In this section of Scripture, we will see that others who are around us can gain many benefits from our wisdom…

EXPOSITION:

10) He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

We now have two opposite types of fools being described:
1.  the “quiet” fool who guards his motives and true desires by working behind people’s backs to take advantage of them will cause painful wounds to their victim, and eventually, to themselves.
2.  the “boisterous” fool who speaks foolishly, revealing everything that is taking place in his mind, will end in utter ruin when all his workings are brought into the public eye.

This proverb reminds us that not all men are wise, nor is their speech beneficial.

Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: [neither] let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.”   (Psalms 35:19)

11) The mouth of a righteous [man is] a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
1.  The words that a Godly man speaks is a source of life for those who will hear him.
2.  The words of the foolish and ungodly will create havoc and ruin in the lives of others, leaving him ashamed and without excuse.

This proverb reminds us of that both extended physical life and eternal life can be found when the message of the wise is heeded.

The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.  The law of his God [is] in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”   (Psalms 37:30-31)

12) Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
1.  The foolish who hate others arouses feelings of enmity and anger where no previously existed.
2.  The wise who love others based on the commands of the Lord, will show forgiveness and “forgetfulness” as they put wrongs done against them behind.

This proverb reveals to us that the wise are a great source of forgiveness, encouragement and second chances.

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”   (1 Peter 4:8)

13) In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod [is] for the back of him that is void of understanding.
 
1. The speech of those who see the true nature of things will speak wise words for the benefit of others.
2. Those who do not understand the true nature of things, have their priorities misplaced, living selfish lives and awaiting deserved temporal and eternal punishment.

This proverbs emphasizes and summarizes that the lives of those who are godly are of great benefit to those around them.

The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him that is] weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.”   (Isaiah 50:4)

Be ye not as the horse, [or] as the mule, [which] have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.”   (Psalms 32:9)

SUMMARY:

Not simply for our benefit, but for the benefit of our family, friends, and acquaintances, let us live lives of wisdom.  When tempted to depart from the way of wisdom, let’s always remember we are not only harming ourselves but also those who we love and know.

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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