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The Great Hope For The Christian … Eternity In Glory With Our Lord!

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 1:18)  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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The Names Of Christ: “Wonderful”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Is A Wonder Beyond Our Comprehension

 

Isa 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 1:18

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Gracious Revelation Of The Truth To The Saints: Ephesians 1:15-23

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;… 
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:… 
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,
and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:And hath put all [things] under his feet,
and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Paul now shares with the church at Ephesus the content of his prayers on their behalf.  By doing this Paul is declaring his motivation for his great love, concern, and desire for their spiritual welfare and receipt of various blessings of God.  Please keep in mind, all of these blessings would be given to the believers at Ephesus only through the gracious intervention of the Lord.  They did not deserve these wonderful blessings nor could they earn them in any way.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        Paul’s motivation for desiring and praying for gracious blessings on behalf of the church – 15-16
II.        The gracious blessing of a knowledge of the person and work of the Lord – 17
III.        The gracious blessing of a understanding of their eternal blessings that await them – 18
IV.        The gracious blessing of awareness of the Lord’s power exhibited in in all aspects of salvation – 19-20a
V.        The gracious blessing of a comprehension of the exaltation of Christ – 20b-22a
VI.        The gracious blessing of the exaltation/Lordship of Christ – 22b-23

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional, Paul explains his desire for the church to come to a greater understanding of the Lord’s person and work on their behalf…
(Eph 1:18)  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

In our study this morning, we will be looking at God’s grace as He gives us the ability to understand the blessings that await us throughout eternity.

Please take note that this verse is preceded by the verse…
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:”   

This verse reveals to us the Lord’s work in revealing Himself to man through the intervention of the Holy Spirit of God.  Our verse for this morning continues this idea by teaching us that the great blessings of God are also revealed to us through divine intervention…

 

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened;

The Lord, as He intervenes in our lives, graciously “turns on the light”.  This results in our ability to:
1.  recognize the blessings that await us
2.  comprehend much about that which we have yet to experience
3.  appreciate the great eternal value these blessings hold for us.

Left to himself, due to his sinful flesh, a saved man cannot begin to understand the eternal riches that God has prepared for His people.  He is in desperate need of the Lord to open his eyes to come to the truth about the great spiritual wealth that has already been given to him.  Think of it like this…

It is like a man is in a totally dark room that contains a chest full of gold. If no light is given to him, he will never see the wonderful treasure that awaits him.   It is only when the “light is turned on” (enlightening of the understanding), that he can:
1. see that a chest exists – recognize there is an eternal inheritance awaiting him
2. open the latch and raise the lid – revealing to him the nature of this inheritance
3. closely examining the contents – allowing him to fathom the great value of these wonderful eternal blessings

This enlightening begins at the initial salvation experience and then, by His grace, can continue on throughout the Christian’s life as he comes to a greater understanding of his eternal inheritance found only in Christ.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”  (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty.  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  (2 Corinthians 3:16-18)

 

what ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

The our future blessings in Christ are described as:
1.  “the hope of his calling” – The  great hope received when we were summoned to Him at our salvation.
An eternity with Christ separated from sin… this is the ultimate destination and motive for living given to His people.
2.  “the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints” –  The treasured possession of heaven.
Why is our eternal dwelling place (heaven) described as our “inheritance”?  It comes to us based upon:
a. His death – His death on the cross.
b. Our membership in His family – our spiritual adoption into the family of God.

Both of which are necessary for the inheritance to be received.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.  (Hebrews 11:1, 13-16)

 

APPLICATION:

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”  (1 Corinthians 2:6-12)

 The grace of the Lord continues to amaze each and every one of us when we stop and consider that, it is only by His grace, that we are able to come to an understanding of the glorious eternity that we have awaiting us.  What would our life be like if we did not have this wonderful knowledge to comfort and motivate us as we serve the Lord in this sin darkened world?

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

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May We All Be Blessed With A Greater Knowledge Of The Lord…

SIH HALTAL ICON That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  (Ephesians 1:17)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-39l

The Names Of Christ: “A Witness”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Gives Us Personal Testimony Of The True God

 Isa 55:4 – Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 1:17

SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Gracious Revelation Of The Truth To The Saints: Ephesians 1:15-23

 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;… 
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:… 
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,
and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:And hath put all [things] under his feet,
and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Paul now shares with the church at Ephesus the content of his prayers on their behalf.  By doing this Paul is declaring his motivation for his great love, concern, and desire for their spiritual welfare and receipt of various blessings of God.  Please keep in mind, all of these blessings would be given to the believers at Ephesus only through the gracious intervention of the Lord.  They did not deserve these wonderful blessings nor could they earn them in any way.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        Paul’s motivation for desiring and praying for gracious blessings on behalf of the church – 15-16
II.        The gracious blessing of a knowledge of the person and work of the Lord – 17
III.        The gracious blessing of a understanding of their eternal blessings that await them – 18
IV.        The gracious blessing of awareness of the Lord’s power exhibited in in all aspects of salvation – 19-20a
V.        The gracious blessing of a comprehension of the exaltation of Christ – 20b-22a
VI.        The gracious blessing of the exaltation/Lordship of Christ – 22b-23

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional, Paul explains his desire for the church to come to a greater understanding of the Lord’s person and work on their behalf…
(Eph 1:17)  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
 

This is the first request Paul makes on behalf of the church at Ephesus…

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, 
Here, God the Father is given two different titles….
1.  God of our Lord Jesus Christ – the One that deserves our worship and submission.  We can clearly see how we are to honor God by looking at the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is Christ, alone, who has set the perfect example for us as He worshipped and honored His heavenly Father.
2.  the Father of glory – The One that was the Originator of all that is glorious, honorable and praiseworthy.

Folks, in these two titles we find several keys to giving our God the reverence that He deserves.  We are to …

1. Put Him first in our lives… by following the example of submission and worship that Christ graciously set for us.
Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am [he], and [that] I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.  And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.  As he spake these words, many believed on him.   (John 8:28-30)

2. Appreciate Him… by always keeping in mind that our Heavenly Father is the Source of all that is good in our lives and the world.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”   (James 1:17)

 

may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Paul’s desire for the church was that the Lord might grant to them a greater understanding of the Father and His works on their behalf.  He describes this as:

1.  give you the “spirit” – the idea of “spirit” carries with it two separate aspects:
a.  First, Paul desired God to give them the proper attitude, or “spirit”, concerning truths about God’s person and work.  A very important factor in our getting the most out of the teachings of the Word is a proper level of esteem and reverence for His Word.  The higher the value we place on the Word, the more we will learn from it and the more we will apply to our lives.  This, in turn, results in greater benefit from the Word.
b.  Secondly,  Paul recognized that men cannot understand truths about God apart from the Holy Spirit’s intervention in their lives.  In this phrase he is asking the Father to send the Spirit to this church to reveal more about Himself.

2.  of “wisdom and revelation” – Paul desired for the truths of God to be revealed (“revelation”)  to the church and also to be applied to their lives in a practical way (“wisdom”)…
a.  If we simply know the truth without applying it to our lives we become conceited and prideful, thinking we know much but do not need to make it a living part of our lives.
b.  If we lack knowledge of the truth and only live our lives according to error, we become false worshippers.

3.  in the “knowledge of Him”  – Paul desired for the church to come to a greater understanding of who God is and what He has done for us.  Both aspects of knowledge about God go hand in hand and are crucial to our greater knowledge of God.  For example, if we understand He is Eternal, we can come to a fuller understanding of His role as Creator of us all.  If we understand He is All-knowing, it helps us to understand how He can always work on our behalf, allowing only those things are benefit us.

APPLICATION:
In this section of Scripture, we have several acts of God’s grace bestowed upon us…
1. The perfect example set by Christ for us to follow.
2. All that is good and perfect being bestowed to us.
3. An attitude that recognizes the value and importance of the Word for our lives.
4. The Holy Spirit who reveals to us the truths of God.
5.  His enabling to learn and apply His truths to our lives.
6.  His Word that reveals to us many truths about our Lord.

 

 

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

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Do We Appreciate Churches That Possess A Godly Testimony?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Ephesians 1:15-16) – Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-39b

The Names Of Christ: “The Way”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Is The Path To Forgiveness and Eternity With Him!

 

Joh 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 1:15-16

SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 The Gracious Revelation Of The Truth To The Saints: Ephesians 1:15-23

 

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;… 
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:… 
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,
and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:And hath put all [things] under his feet,
and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Paul now shares with the church at Ephesus the content of his prayers on their behalf.  By doing this Paul is declaring his motivation for his great love, concern, and desire for their spiritual welfare and receipt of various blessings of God.  Please keep in mind, all of these blessings would be given to the believers at Ephesus only through the gracious intervention of the Lord.  They did not deserve these wonderful blessings nor could they earn them in any way.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        Paul’s motivation for desiring and praying for gracious blessings on behalf of the church – 15-16
II.        The gracious blessing of a knowledge of the person and work of the Lord – 17
III.        The gracious blessing of a understanding of their eternal blessings that await them – 18
IV.        The gracious blessing of awareness of the Lord’s power exhibited in in all aspects of salvation – 19-20a
V.        The gracious blessing of a comprehension of the exaltation of Christ – 20b-22a
VI.        The gracious blessing of the exaltation/Lordship of Christ – 22b-23

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional, Paul explains his motivation for the great desires he held on behalf of the church at Ephesus…
(Ephesians 1:15-16) – Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

 

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Paul’s great desire for the spiritual prosperity of the church at Ephesus was based upon the church’s wonderful testimony of service to their Lord:
1.  “your faith in the Lord Jesus” – Paul had heard of the faith they had placed in Christ that was outwardly manifested by consistent obedience to their Lord through the bearing of spiritual fruits.  Even in the midst of rejection and opposition from idolaters, the body continued to trust in their Lord and live faithfully for Him.
2.  “love unto all saints” – Not only did they exhibit faithfulness to their Lord, but they also possessed a love for their spiritual family which was expressed through self-sacrifice for their brethren.

Both of these wonderful attributes should be exhibited by every local assembly (Col 1:4) and individual believer as well (Philemon 1:5).

Absolute trust and reliance upon the Lord in all areas of our lives and sacrificial love for our spiritual brethren are the hallmarks of a genuine living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.   These two completely fulfill the responsibilities that have been placed upon us by our Lord Himself…

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.  And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love [his] neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him [any question].
 (Mark 12:28-34)

 

Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

The church’s testimony of faithfulness and love drove Paul:
1.  give thanks for you – he highly valued the grace of God that was being shown to the church in the brilliant testimony they possessed.
2.  “making mention of you in my prayers”  – Paul’s prayer concerning the church consisted of:
a.  Paul expressed his thankfulness for this grace as he communed with the Lord during his prayers.
b.  Paul held up the church in prayer and requested even greater blessings because he saw God’s gracious hand at work in the church, and their faithfulness to follow His leading.

(Paul’s request for further blessings will be covered in detail in the following verses.)

 

APPLICATION:

Folks…

Does our local assembly possess a testimony of faithfulness and love?
Do our lives possess the same type of testimony?
When we see this type of testimony exhibited by others, do we take the time to appreciate them, pray for them and seek their spiritual benefit?

By God’s grace alone may we be able to answer all the above in the affirmative…

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

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May We All Glorify Our Lord For Our Eternal Inheritance In Him…

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 1:14) Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-394

The Names Of Christ: “Truth”

Jesus Is The Embodiment Of  The Truth Of God   SIH HALTAL ICON

 

Joh 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 1:14

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Gracious Works Of The Trinity In Salvation: Ephesians 1:3-14

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;   Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

 

We now begin the first section of Paul’s explanation of the gracious works of the Lord in our lives.  In this section, he looks at the individual workings of the three persons of the Godhead in salvation.  This section can be broken up into three basic parts:
1.  The work of the God the Father   vs 3-6
2.  The work of the God the Son    vs 7-12
3.  The work of the God the Spirit  vs 13-14

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional, Paul continues to examine the work of God the Spirit in our salvation experience……
(Eph 1:14)  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

 

Which is the earnest of our inheritance

The “Holy Spirit of Promise” which sealed us (vs 13), is also a down payment on our future inheritance from the Lord.   This same idea is brought to mind when we consider that the Spirit is described as the “firstfruits” of our inheritance. (Romans 8:22-25)

During our salvation experience, the Holy Spirit is given to indwell us (Romans 8:9-11).  This indwelling Spirit is:
1.  proof of our adoption into the family of God and
2.  a guarantee of our future receipt of the promised inheritance of God

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.   For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:14-17)

 

until the redemption of the purchased possession, 
The indwelling Spirit will continue with us until we receive our inheritance.  The event that will initiate our reception of our eternal inheritance will be the receipt of a glorified body.

When Christ died on the cross for our sins, we became His purchased possession… body, soul, and spirit.  As such, it is only reasonable that we should serve Him as a “living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1-2) The redemption of our body will not be complete until our body is glorified and removed from the presence of sin.  This is why our glorification is described as “the redemption of the purchased possession”

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].   (Romans 8:22-25)

 

unto the praise of his glory.
The Holy Spirit has intervened in our lives and brought us to Christ so that He might be glorified and honored.

 

APPLICATION:

We have seen several different aspects of the Spirit’s gracious intervention in our lives resulting in us coming to Christ…
1.  He brought us to Christ
2.  He created in us repentance and faith
3.  He secured us eternally
4.  He indwells us
5.  He gives us assurance of our adoption in the family of God
6.  He gives us assurance of the coming receipt of our eternal inheritance.

What a gracious Lord who has done great things on our behalf!

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

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Glorify Christ As We Remember Martin Luther King Jr.

SIH HALTAL ICONMartin Luther King Jr. Day Devotion

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life was filled with great sacrifices for others.  But the sacrifice made by our Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest of all sacrifices made on behalf of others…

To view this devotional….
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Do We Look At Our Problems From A Biblical Perspective?

SIH ICON“Problems are situations engineered by the Lord to bring us face to face with our deficiencies so that we might view His sufficiency as our only alternative.”

– Dr. David Jeremiah

 

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.   Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

(2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Ever Been Greatly Distressed? Encourage Yourself In The Lord!

SIH HALTAL ICONAnd David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.   (1 Samuel 30:6)

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Share Christ With Others This ML King Day!

SIH HALTAL ICONMartin Luther King Jr. Day Devotion

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life was filled with great sacrifices for others.  But the sacrifice made by our Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest of all sacrifices made on behalf of others…

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But David Encouraged Himself in the LORD his God. (Part #1)

SIH STSTA ICONHave you ever felt as if the whole world was against you?

Did it ever seem as if, no matter how hard you try, everything you touch goes sour?

Did you ever feel responsible for bringing misery and harm to those whom you love?

Do you ever feel as if you are a complete and utter failure in your service to your Lord?

Then to make matters worse…

Did you ever feel as if NO ONE understood, nor cared about what you were going through?

In our lesson for this morning, we will be studying the events that had taken place in the life of King David that caused him to experience these feelings to their fullest possible degree.  Especially, we will be looking at how David handled these feelings and how he found spiritual peace and refuge in the presence of his Lord…

THE SCRIPTURES:

And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;  And had taken the women captives, that [were] therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried [them] away, and went on their way.  So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, [it was] burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.  Then David and the people that [were] with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.  And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.  And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.   (1 Samuel 30:1-6)

To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me [when I was] in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.   O ye sons of men, how long [will ye turn] my glory into shame? [how long] will ye love vanity, [and] seek after leasing? Selah.  But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.  Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.  [There be] many that say, Who will shew us [any] good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.  Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time [that] their corn and their wine increased.  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”   (Psalms 4:1-8)

THE STUDY:

The Background:

1.  1 Samuel 27:1-7 –  David, who was fleeing from King Saul, had fled to the Philistines, the sworn enemies of Jehovah, to find refuge and safety.  He and his followers dwell in the city of Ziklag, which was in the borders of Philistia.

2.  1 Samuel 27:8-12 – David led his men to begin to conquer the surrounding Gentile cities (including cities in the kingdom of the Amalekites).   Deceptively he told King Achish that he, and his men, were going to war against the nation of Israel.

3.  1 Samuel 28:1-2 – Based upon King Achish’s belief in the lies of David, Achish assumes the Israelites are now the mortal enemies of David.  He then makes David his confidant and begins to trust David to accompany him into war against the Jews.

4.  1 Samuel 29:1-11 – As the Philistine army assembles to war against Israel, Achish’s captains refuse to go to war with David and his men, fearing David will turn against them. Because of this, David returns to Ziklag.

We now pick up with our text, as David and his men travel back to their families who were staying at Ziklag, their place of refuge in the land of the Philistines….

The Event:

(1 Samuel 30:1-6)

1) And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;

The Amalekites, the enemies of both Israel and the Philistines, had heard that the Philistine army had gone to war against Israel.  The Amalekites took advantage of the situation, and entered into the land of Philistia in an effort to overthrow the city of Ziklag.  They had probably chosen to do this in an attempt to revenge the invasions into their land that had been made by David and his men.

2) And had taken the women captives, that [were] therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried [them] away, and went on their way.

3) So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, [it was] burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

As David and his men returned to Ziklag, they saw the great destruction that had been caused by the Amalekites and realized that their wives and children had been taken captive.

4) Then David and the people that [were] with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

David and his men wept over the catastrophic loss of their wives and children.  Their mourning and grief was so great, they are said to have wept until their entire being was totally exhausted (physically, mentally, and emotionally).

5) And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

King’s David’s loss was not limited to those over whom he ruled.  He was also touched personally with the loss of his two wives.

 

The Response Of The People:

6a) And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters:

Here we are told that David was “greatly distressed”.  The phrase “greatly distressed” is translated from a Hebrew phrase that means to feel tremendous, overwhelming, unbearable pressure on all sides.  What was the source of all this pressure? …

We can all imagine the engulfing pressure that he felt…

1.  the nation of Israel, being led by King Saul, was against him;

2.  the other Gentile kingdoms he had invaded now knew of his hiding place in Ziklag, and would surely be out for revenge;

3. when King Achish would hear that David’s deceptive invasions caused the Amalekites overthrow of Ziklag, Achish would, most certainly, turn against Him;

4. He had lost both of his wives, and to his knowledge were probably had been tortured, raped, and enslaved or, possibly, dead;

5. David’s own men, rightfully, blamed him for their great loss and they wanted him to be killed;

6. Worst of all, he knew that he had sinned against his Lord several times, leading him down this path to loneliness, sorrow and heartache…

a.     he had failed to trust the Lord with his safety, but had sought refuge from the enemies of God;

b.     He chose to compromise his integrity by lying.  He had chosen to remain on good terms with the Philistine King, by deceitfully concealing his invasions into the surrounding Gentile nations;

c.     Finally, he agreed to lead his men from Ziklag to accompany the armies of Achish, thus leaving those in his care without any military protection.

(He knew that he was derelict in his God-given responsibilities and was now experiencing the chastening hand of the Lord.)

The Response Of David:

 6b) but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.   (1 Samuel 30:1-6)

What was David’s solution to this entire situation?  He found encouragement in his Lord.

In other words, David reflected on the person and work of God that gave him hope for deliverance and strength.  In the same way, when we are faced with these situations in life, we too, can find solace in truths about our Lord.

In part two of our study, as we study Psalm 4:, we will learn how David found this wonderful encouragement in the midst of such horrible trials…

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

No matter what may have taken place in our lives, no matter how impossible a situation may seem, when we think upon the person and work of our Lord, we can find grace, comfort and peace in the midst of our storms.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

 

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We Are Sealed By The Spirit … Proof We Are Secure In Christ

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 1:13) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

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The Names Of Christ: “The True Vine”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Gives, and Sustains, Life.   

 

Joh 15:1 – I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

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Share Christ With Others On ML King Day!

SIH HALTAL ICONMartin Luther King Jr. Day Devotion

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life was filled with great sacrifices for others.  But the sacrifice made by our Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest of all sacrifices made on behalf of others…

To view this devotional….
https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/martin-luther-king-jr-day-devotion/