Settled In Heaven Blog

Home » 2015 » October (Page 2)

Monthly Archives: October 2015

Psalms 31:10 – David’s Sufferings (Part 2)

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:10 KJV – For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

 

Psalms 31:10 ESV – For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

In the previous verse (vs 10) we saw that David realized his sinful condition. He saw his need for the merciful intervention of God in his life, and felt incredible sorrow for his disobedience and his failures in service to his Lord.

In this morning’s devotional, we see David recounting how his sins have affected his life and service to Jehovah…

For my life is spent with grief,

Result #1 – Lingering Sorrow

The first result David recognized was his lingering sorrow. David’s sorrow for sin was a continuous part of his life experience.

This should be no surprise to any of us. how many of us do not look back and recognize our times of failure and feel the pangs of regret wishing we could do things over. But worse yet, on a daily basis, we all sin and fall short of God’s glory. Every day we do things that remind us of our fallen natures and our failures toward our God.

By keeping our eyes on Christ, we can continue on serving Him even in the midst of these feelings of sorrow, weakness and failure…

Hebrews 12:2-3 KJV – “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

and my years with sighing:

Result #2 – Painful Labors

The second result of David’s sin in his life was hard, burdensome labors.

Folks, when the Lord gives us instructions for living, they are for our good. He instructs us in the ways of righteousness, so that we will not face the many, varied, harmful results of sin in our lives. Sadly, when we willfully reject these instructions and choose to do things “our way” we are only creating future problems for ourselves. This is what David is speaking of when he says that his years are filled with groaning and sighing (sounds made when under difficult labors).

Although for God’s people, their sins will no longer condemn them to an eternity in perdition, their sins still have results in this lifetime. For example when we lie to others, we will face distrust and suspicion from others; when we mistreat others, we are creating enemies who will oppose us; when we steal, we are causing others to resent us, stand against us and risk punishment at the hands of governmental authorities. Just these few examples helps us to understand that, although we may be saved from the eternal condemnation of our sins, there are still many earthly results of sin that both lost and saved face on a daily basis.

These are the types of “burdensome labors” that King David is describing to us. As he faces his many enemies, he realized, in some cases, he had brought these problems upon himself through his own sinful choices and acts.

Proverbs 13:15 KJV – “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.”

Jeremiah 2:19 KJV – “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.”

 

 

my strength faileth because of mine iniquity,

Result #3 – Mental and Physical Weaknesses

The idea behind “strength faileth” is to feel weak, feeble, tottering and ready to fall.

David recognized that his sin resulted in weaknesses in his mental and physical being. He found himself discouraged, lacking boldness, and perhaps, even physically weak from the sleepless nights, lack of appetite or stresses that he faced.

Psalms 51:12 KJV – “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

 

and my bones are consumed.

Result #4 – Consuming Guilt

Not only did David recognize his failure and felt sorrow for his sin, but even worse yet, he felt guilt, heavy, oppressive, consistent guilt. We all have experienced this at one time or another in our lives.

We have done wrong, we recognize we have done wrong, and we felt the never ending prodding to humbly deal with that sin through repentance and attempted restitution and reconciliation. David best describes his feelings of guilt in Psalms 102…

Psalms 102:3-5 KJV – “For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.”

Summary Of Our Study:

David has shared with us the four main earthly results of personal sin in the life of the believer…

1. Lingering Sorrow

2. Painful Labors

3. Mental and Physical Weaknesses

4. Consuming Guilt

May we all learn from king David and seek to rid our lives of sin on a daily basis, not only for eternity’s sake but for our earthly well-being also!

Homepage…  http://www.settledinheaven.org

Text Blog…  http://www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Video Blog… http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

Email… settledinheaven@gmail.com

Have You Ever Felt Consumed By Your Trials?

SIH HALTAL ICON

 

Psalms 31:9 KJV – Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, [yea], my soul and my belly.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4jU

Psalms 31:9 – David’s Sufferings (Part 1)

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:9 KJV – Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, [yea], my soul and my belly.

 

Psalms 31:9 ESV –Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Today we start a new subject in our look at Psalm 31:9-13. David begins to describe the inward, and outward harm that David suffered as he progressed through this time of heartache and abuse.

If we look carefully we can see, in a very basic way, David described his inward sorrow and pain in verses 9 and 10. For the most part this pain was the result of his own personal sin and failures in the sight of God. Then, in verses 11-13, David points our attention to the outward abuse that he faced due to the sin that resides in the life of others.

We being this morning looking at the inward pain and suffering that David was experiencing due to the sin that dwelled in his own life…

 

Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble:

David realized that, due to his personal sin, he was not deserving of the Lord’s deliverance from his difficulties. This is why he is asking the Lord for His “mercy” to be shown to him.

David recognizes he is in “trouble”. The word trouble comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to cramp”. It is describing a painful situation that inhibits our abilities and actions. What a great description of trials in our life. Our trials cause pain and in the short run, inhibit us from freely doing all we desire to do. It is a constant burden that weights us down, it uses up much time and resources that could be used elsewhere, and it puts many pitfalls on our road to Christian service.

In this text, we can see David recognizes his sinfulness, and the trials which he faces. He does not live as an ostrich with his head in the ground, not willing to see the realities of his situation.

He recognized these same life issues in Psalm 6:2…

 

“Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

 

mine eye is consumed with grief, [yea], my soul and my belly.

David describes his inward pain as being “consumed”. In other words, he felt as if he was “wasted away” or “wilted”, much like a cut flower that has lost its source of vitality, losing all its beauty, and dried up.

Notice the areas of life that are affected by these issues… his eyes, due to his tears; his belly, his inability to eat and digest his food due to stress; his soul, his physical life was being threatened by lack of nutrition and inability to see his needs, and the pitfalls that awaited him.

It is interesting to notice that by mentioning his eyes, belly and soul, David is also symbolically describing the three great areas of our lives affected by our life trials:

The eyes are symbolic of our ability to clearly perceive what is taking place around us.

The belly refers to our life desires that are many times sidetracked by our difficulties.

The soul is speaking of our physical life and the threat of death that many of our difficulties hold for us.

Do we feel the same way during the difficult times of our lives? Do we lack the recognition of our personal needs and condition, face the derailing of our life’s desires and goals, and/or feel our very physical life being threatened? Sadly, all three of these are very common results of the many trials we face in our lifetimes.

Upon David’s deliverance from his trials, we see him praising the Lord for His blessings in these same areas of life…

Psalms 116:7-9 KJV – “Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.”

Summary Of Our Study:

During times of trouble, we need an honest evaluation of ourselves and the issues that we face; we need to be willing to see our sin and the genuine nature of the trials that we face; and finally, we need to recognize our great need of the Lord’s mercy and His gracious intervention in our lives.

May the Lord give us the ability to see the great consequences of these trials and recognition of the need of God’s sustaining grace and enablement to bring us through to the end of the trial that is at hand.

Homepage…  http://www.settledinheaven.org

Text Blog…  http://www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Video Blog… http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

Email… settledinheaven@gmail.com

The Lord Frees Us And Keeps Us Free From Our Enemies!

SIH TOTT ICON

 

Psalms 31:8 KJV – “And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.”

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4jQ

New Testament Descriptions Of The Second Coming (2)

SIH STSTA ICON(Christ’s Coming… One Event, Many Aspects)

 

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.     (Acts 1:9-11)

 

The literal, personal second coming of Christ to the earth is a very clear doctrine presented to us in the Holy Scriptures.  In our text, we can see this truth presented in the following verse…

“…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

 

Please note in this text, the following basic truths are very evident …

  1. “this same Jesus” – it will be Christ Himself
  2. “will so come in like manner” – Christ will physically (bodily) return
  3. “as ye have seen him go into heaven” – Christ will descend from heaven to earth

 

 

This event is of such importance to the Christian that the Word describes it as “the blessed hope” for the Christian…

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”  (Titus 2:13)

 

Because of the certainty and importance of this event, I would like to take some time to study what will be involved with this second coming of Christ to the earth.

 

This study involves the basic events surrounding the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed to us in the New Testament scriptures.  Let’s take a few moments to see the major events of the second coming of Christ….

 

THE STUDY:

 

In the New Testament Scriptures we find much teaching about the second coming that includes:

 

  • The Saint’s Preparation For His Coming Includes:
    1. Be Prepared For His Coming By Watching Diligently
      1. (Matt 24:42; Matt 25:1-13; Mark 13:24-37; Mark 13:33-37; Luke 12:35-38; Roms 13:11; Phil 3:20)
    2. Be Prepared For His Coming By Being Faithful In Our Responsibilities
      1. (Matt 25:19-31; Luke 12:39-46; Luke 19:11-27)
    3. Be Prepared For His Coming By Living Holy Lives
      1. (Luke 21:34-36; Roms 13:11-12; 1 Cor 1:4-8, Phil 1:6-10)
    4. Be Prepared For His Coming By Living Moderate Lives
      1. (Phil 4:5)
    5. Be Prepared For His Coming By Preaching, Warning and Teaching All Men
      1. (Luke 14:21-23; Col 1:27-28)
    6. Be Prepared For His Coming By Rejoicing In Hope
      1. (Roms 5:2, Col 1:27-28)
    7. Be Prepared By Patiently Waiting
      1. (1 Cor 1:7)
    8. Be Prepared By Praying
      1. (Mark 13:33)
    9. Faithfully Observe The Lord’s Supper
      1. (1 Cor 11:20-29)
    10. Be Prepared By Having Spirit Indwelling Us
      1. (Col 1:27-28)
  • The Signs Of The Second Coming Throughout The Last Days
    1. These Signs Do Not Reveal The Exact Time Of His Coming
      1. (Acts 1:7; Matt 24:36; Mark 13:22-23)
    2. False Christs
      1. (Matt 24:5,23-28; Mark 13:6,21-23; Luke 17:23; Luke 21:8)
    3. Wars, Rumours Of Wars and Commotions
      1. (Matt 24:6; Mark 13:7; Luke 21:9)
    4. Rivalry Between Nations and Kingdoms
      1. (Matt 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:10)
    5. Famines
      1. (Matt 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11)
    6. Pestilences – Deadly Diseases
      1. (Matt 24:7; Luke 21:11)
    7. Earthquakes In Diverse Places
      1. (Matt 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11)
    8. Fearful Sights
      1. (Luke 21:11)
    9. Great Signs
      1. (Luke 21:11
    10. Troubles
      1. (Mark 13:8)
    11. Persecution and Martyrdom and Other Abuses Upon Christians
      1. (Matt 24:9-10; Mark 13:9,11,13; Luke 17:25; Luke 21:12-15,17)
    12. False Prophets
      1. (Matt 24:11,24; Mark 13:22)
    13. Love Wax Cold
      1. (Matt 24:12)
    14. Family Members Betrayed
      1. (Mark 13:12; Luke 21:16)
    15. Children Rebel Against Parents
      1. (Mark 13:12)
    16. Gospel Into All World
      1. (Matt 24:14; Mark 13:10)
    17. Persecution Upon Physical Jews Beginning in70AD
      1. (Matt 24:15-2; Mark 13:14-20; Luke 17:28-32, Luke 21:20-24; Acts 2:19-21)
    18. False Miracles
      1. (Matt 24:24; Mark 13:22)
    19. Similar To Days Of Noah (No Expecting His Wrath To Fall)
      1. (Matt 24:38-39; Luke 17:26-28)
    20. Similar To Days Of Sodom
      1. (Luke 17:28-30, 32)
    21. Christ Ruling In World Events (Pentecost, Power Of Gospel In World , Changed Lives Etc.)
      1. (Matt 26:64; Luke 22:69)
  • Signs Immediately Proceeding The Second Coming
    1. Sun Darkened
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:24, Luke 21:25, )
    2. Moon Shall Not Give Her Light
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:24. Luke 21:25; )
    3. Stars Fall From Heaven
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:25. Luke 21:25)
    4. Distress Of Nations
      1. (Luke 21:25)
    5. Sea and Waves Roaring
      1. (Luke 21:25)
    6. Hearts Failing Due To Fear
      1. (Luke 21:26)
    7. Powers Of Heaven Shaken
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:25)
  • His Second Coming
    1. General Truths
      1. Affirmed By Christ
        • (John 21:22)
      2. Sent By The Father
        • (Acts 3:19-20)
  • Described As Christ Appearing
    • (Col 3:4)
  1. Described As Christ Revealed
    • (Luke 17:30)
  2. Unannounced
    • (Matt 24:42; Matt 25:13; Mark 13:25; Luke 12:39-40)
  3. Described As Son of Man Coming In His Kingdom
    • (Matt 16:28)
  4. His Appearance
    1. Coming In Clouds Of Heaven
      • (Matt 26:64, Mark 13:26, Mark 14:62, Luke 21:27)
    2. Christ Coming In Power and Glory Of Father and Himself
      • (Matt 16:17; Matt 24:30; Matt 25:31; Mark 8:38, Mark 13:26, Mark 14:62; Luke 9:26, Luke 21:27; Rom 5:2)
  • Coming With Holy Angels
    • (Matt 16:17; Matt 24:31; Matt 25:31; Mark 8:38; Mark 13:27; Luke 9:26)
  1. Lost On Earth Will Mourn
    • (Matt 24:30)
  2. Lord’s Coming Like Lightning
    • (Luke 17:24)
  3. In Like Manner As He Ascended
    • (Acts 1:11)
  • Sit On The Throne Of His Glory
    • (Matt 25:31)
  1. Lord Taking Saints / Leaving Lost
    1. Lord Gathering Saved / Leaving Lost On Earth
      • (Matt 24:28-31,40-41; Mark 13:27; Luke 17:33-37, Luke 21:28)
    2. Sending Angels To Gather Saints
      • (Matt 24:31; Mark 13:27)
  • Trumpet Sounding To Gather Saints
    • (Matt 24:31)
  1. Worldwide Gathering Of Saints
    • (Matt 24:31; Mark 13:27)
  2. Resurrection Of Dead Saints
    • (Mar 12:25; John 5:28-29, 6:39-40,44,54; John 11:24-25; Roms 6:5, 8:11; 1 Cor 6:14; 1 Cor 15:23; 1 Cor 15:29-32; 1Co 15:51-52; 2 Cor 4:14, Phil 3:11)
  3. Glorification Of Saints Bodies
    • (Roms 8:17-23,13; 1Co 15:51-52; 2 Cor 5:1-4; Eph 1:14; Phil 3:21)
  • Appears With The Saints
    • (Col 3:4)
  • Described s Eagle (saints) Gathered To Carcass (crucified Christ)
    • (Matt 24:28; Luke 17:37)
  1. Described As Day of Redemption
    • Eph 4:30
  2. Resurrection Of Lost
    1. (John 5:28-29, 1 Cor 15:29-32)
  3. The Final Judgment(s) Of Saved and Of Lost
    1. Jews Acceptance of His Righteous Judgment For Their Rejection Of The True Messiah
      • (Matt 23:34-39, Luke 13:35; )
    2. The Lord Will Bring Hidden Things To Light
      • (1 Cor 4:5)
  • The Lord Will Bring Counsels Of Heart To Light
    • (1 Cor 4:5)
  1. Every Man Will Receive Praise Of God
    • (1 Cor 4:5)
  2. Judgment of Lost Who Deny Christ
    • (1 Cor 16:22)
  3. Saved (All Elect) Will Be Delivered From Wrath
    • (Matt 25:19-23; Luke 12:35-44; Luke 19:11-19 Roms 10:13, 11:11-27)
  • Saved Share In Christs Rule
    • (Luke 12:44, Luke 19:17,19)
  • Saints Presented To Christ
    • (Col 1:27-28; Eph 5:27)
  1. According To Works
    • (Matt 16:27; Luke 14:13-14)
  2. Judgment Of Lost Consigned ToLOF
    • (Matt 25:24-30; Luke 12:44-46; Luke 19:23-29 )
  3. The Final State Of Blessedness For Believers (1000 Yr and Eternal Kingdom)
    1. Described As Glory
      • (Col 1:27-28)
    2. Christ On Right Hand Of God
      • (Luke 22:69)
  • No Marriage
    • (Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-38)
  1. Genderless Beings
    • (Mark 12:25)
    • (Luke 20:36)
  2. Described As The Joy Of The Lord
    • (Matt 25:21,23,)
  3. Prepared By Lord Himself
    • (Luke 12:37)
  • Pictured As Feasting With Lord (Lord’s Supper)
    • (Matt 26:29, Mark 14:25; Luke 14:15, 21-23; Luke 22:16-18)
  • Includes Jewish Saints and Gentile Saints
    • (Matt 8:11; Luke 13:29-30; Roms 11:11-27)

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

 

Although this lesson helps us to see many of the details the New Testament reveals to us about the second coming of Christ, it is important for us to not lose sight of the most important principle presented in this study… the vast number of texts that clearly refer to the second coming of Christ.

 

Folks, after looking at this list of truths about the second coming, how can anyone doubt the validity of this teaching?  Christ IS coming again someday… are we ready?

 

 

Col 1:27-29 KJV

(27)  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

(28)  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

(29)  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

 

 

 

Please visit…

Settled In Heaven Ministries Home On The Web: http://www.settledinheaven.org

Settled In Heaven Ministries Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Settled In Heaven Ministries Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven

 

Email Us At: settledinheaven@gmail.com

 

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.”

Psalms 31:8 – David’s Commitment (Part 4)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:8 KJV – “And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

 

Psalms 31:8 ESV – and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

David also commits himself to find joy and gladness in the midst of his trials. He does this by concentrating on his Lord and the relationship he enjoyed with Him. In our text this morning, David is finding joy in seeing the Lord at work in both the past and present difficulties of life….

 

 

And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Over the years, and in the current situation he is facing, David sees that the Lord never allows David’s enemies to get him “trapped into a corner”. The Lord always made sure that David had plenty of space to escape from those who were working toward his harm.

Psalms 4:1 KJV – “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.”

David, remembering the Lord’s prior intercession during the tough times of life inspired David to greater prayer and faith in Him.

 

 

 

Summary Of Our Study

 

Folks during the difficult times of our lives, it is so important for us to always remember how the Lord has blessed us in times past. David consistently, applied this principle throughout his lifetime. Even as a young shepherd boy, David used memories of past deliverance from his enemies to encourage his heart and prepare him to battle the giant, Goliath.

1 Samuel 17:33-37 KJV –

“And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”

May we all learn this very valuable lesson from the example set by David. Whenever we are faced with a seemingly impossible situation, may we always remind ourselves that the situation is well under God’s control. We can do this by remembering the past “impossible” situations we have faced in life and the miraculous deliverances that the Lord has so graciously granted to us.

Homepage…  http://www.settledinheaven.org

Text Blog…  http://www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Video Blog… http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

Email… settledinheaven@gmail.com

We Can Rejoice In The Midst Of Trials… The Lord Knows All About It!

SIH TOTT ICON

 

Psalms 31:7 KJV – “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;”

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4jI

 

Psalms 31:7 – David’s Commitment (Part 3)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:7 KJV – “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

 

Psalms 31:7 ESV – “ I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul,

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

David also commits himself to find joy and gladness in the midst of his trials. He does this by concentrating on his Lord and the relationship he enjoyed with Him.

 

 

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy:

David would find both inward gladness (“be glad”) and then show his joy outwardly to others (“rejoice”), even in the midst of all he was going through. He had now committed himself to his Lord, he is resting on the Lord’s protection and grace, and is able to be glad in the midst of it all.

Psalms 13:5-6 KJV – “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

 

for thou hast considered my trouble;

 

What is the basis of David’s joy in the midst of his sorrow? It was in knowing that the Lord examined closely the miserable circumstances that David was experiencing. The Lord had not forsaken him, nor did he simply “glimpse” at David’s trials and move on. No, the Lord took the time to closely examine David’s condition, the obstacles he faced, the enemies that waited for him.

Psalms 9:13 KJV – “Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:”

 

 

 

thou hast known my soul in adversities;

 

Not only did the Lord recognize the trials that David faced, He also intimately knew the condition of David’s inner man as he faced this very tight, suffocating, difficult issue in his life.

Psalms 142:3 KJV – “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.”

 

Summary Of Our Study

 

Not only did the Lord know the circumstances that he faced in life, but he also, knew David’s inward thoughts, fears, and motivations. What a precious thought for David to hold close to himself. No matter what David would face the Lord knew and understood the situation and the inward struggles he was enduring.

What a precious hope for each one of us! What a wonderful source of strength, joy and peace while in the midst of the storm…. Simply knowing that the same Lord who redeemed us through His sacrifice on the cross for us, knows the outward, and inward issues of life we face everyday! What a wonderful blessing it is!

 

 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 KJV – “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”

 

Homepage…  http://www.settledinheaven.org

Text Blog…  http://www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Video Blog… http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

Email… settledinheaven@gmail.com

Psalms 31:6 – David’s Commitment (Part 2)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:6 KJV – “I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.

 

Psalms 31:6 ESV – “I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Following David’s committal to commit his entire being over to his Redeemer we now see him making the commitment to stand against those who dishonor the Lord…

 

 

 

I have hated them that regard lying vanities:

One of the natural results to David’s recognition of God’s greatness and his total commitment to the Lord was his hatred of false worship and the pursuit of worldly offerings.

In this passage, the phrase “lying vanities” is a very interesting one indeed. In our alternate translation we find this translated “worthless idols”, in others, it is translated “vain idols”. So what does this phrase actually mean”

The Hebrew word translated “lying” simply refers to something that is “evil and deceptive rendering it useless”.

The Hebrew word “vanities” refers to something that is empty or of no lasting value. In several places in the Bible it clearly refers to idols and those who are guilty of idol worship (Deut 32:21; 1 Kings 16:13, 26; Jer 8:19, 14:22). In these cases, it is teaching us of the emptiness of idols and the worship of them.

Solomon, in Ecclesiastes, uses this same Hebrew word for “vanities” to describe the empty nature of all that the world has to offer (knowledge, riches, fame, power, pleasures etc)

Based upon these passages, when David states that I have hated them that regard lying vanitiesHe is saying one of two things, or perhaps both:

1. He is saying that he hates to see the sin of idolatry being performed in the lives of lost men. David knows the greatness of Jehovah, and has committed his life to Him. David does not want to see lost men taking away from the honor and worship that is deserved by Jehovah being given to the false gods of this world. This is a worthless type of service that will only

2. He is saying that he hates to see the things of the world being honored and pursued by lost mankind. David realizes it is a vain pursuit that will only lead to sorrow and eternal loss for mankind.

 

but I trust in the LORD.

Instead of placing his faith in the world’s offerings or false gods, David has placed his faith in the true Lord, Jehovah. David’s faith and commitment to his God, now places his motives, loves, beliefs and actions in direct opposition to those of the world.

He has committed himself to serve Jehovah while the lost seeks to serve the world and its false god. David loves his Lord, the lost love the world and all that lies within it. David’s life is now lived in obedience to the Lord, the lost is being lived in the service of the things of this world and the false gods that exist therein.

 

This creates exact opposites to say the least.

Summary Of Our Study

In this devotional, we have seen one of the effects of David’s commitment to the Lord. It places him at enmity with the lost and the things of this world. Although David loved the lost, he hated to see them commit acts of sin and live for that which cannot satisfy. He hated to see His Lord being dishonored and the lost wasting their lives on the path of deception and misery.

Truly committing ourselves to the Lord will change our relationship to this world and those who find enjoyment in it.

James 4:4 KJV – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

Although we will still continue to love those who are in the world, we find our disagreeing with their lifestyles, beliefs and the messages they convey.

 

 

Homepage…  http://www.settledinheaven.org

Text Blog…  http://www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Video Blog… http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

Email… settledinheaven@gmail.com

Do You Hate To See Your Lord Dishonored and Rejected?

SIH TOTT ICON

 

Psalms 31:6 KJV – “I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4jE

Do We Trust Our Lord With Our Entire Being?

SIH HALTAL ICON

 

Psalms 31:5 KJV – “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.”

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4jz

 

 

 

Psalms 31:5 – David’s Commitment (Part 1)

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Psalms 31:5 KJV – “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.”

 

Psalms 31:5 ESV – “​Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Following David’s recognition of the greatness of the Lord and the mighty works He has done on his behalf (vs 3-4), David now purposefully commits himself to the Lord’s watch care…

 

 

 

“Into thine hand I commit my spirit:”

David vows to turn his entire being over to the Lord’s guardianship. It was not just a matter of David trusting the Lord with his physical wellbeing, but more importantly, he would be trusting the Lord with his spiritual wellbeing also.

David was willing to place himself in “the hand” of the Lord, knowing their was absolute security there.

 

John 10:28-29 KJV – “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

 

 

 

“thou hast redeemed me,”

 

What was one of the great motivations behind David’s absolute committal to Christ? It was David’s recognition of the Lord’s redemptive work on his behalf. Stop and think about it, as David thought on the sacrifice of the Lord on his behalf, it became obvious the Lord would perfectly care for him during this time.

Think about it, if the Lord was willing to give His very life to redeem David from his sins, surely he wouldn’t fail David in the smaller issues of life…

Matthew 6:25-34 KJV – “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

 

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

 

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 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.”

 

 

 

 

“O LORD God of truth.”

David describes his great redeeming Lord as “Jehovah, the worshipped One that is faithful to His Word”. What a grand name to give to his God!

In this title, David recognizes the Lord as….

1. Jehovah – the eternally self-existent One

2. God – the One that deserves our worship and absolute allegiance

3. of truth – the One that is truthful, always fulfilling His promises to us

All of these reflects David’s motivations to place his entire being in the hands of his Lord. He will never go out of existence, He deserves our full committal to Him, and He is always faithful to us!

 

Hebrews 6:18 KJV – “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:”

Summary Of Our Study

 

During the difficult times of our lives, it is so important to remember all that our Lord has done for us. By doing so, we come to a quick realization, as one of His redeemed, He will never allow us to be separated from Him, nor allow evil to overcome us.

Isaiah 43:1-7 KJV – “But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”

Homepage…  http://www.settledinheaven.org

Text Blog…  http://www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Video Blog… http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

Email… settledinheaven@gmail.com

New Testament Descriptions Of The Second Coming Part 1

SIH STSTA ICON

 

(Christ’s Coming… One Event, Many Aspects)

 

 

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.     (Acts 1:9-11)

 

The literal, personal second coming of Christ to the earth is a very clear doctrine presented to us in the Holy Scriptures.  In our text, we can see this truth presented in the following verse…

“…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Please note in this text, the following basic truths are very evident …

  1. “this same Jesus” – it will be Christ Himself
  2. “will so come in like manner” – Christ will physically (bodily) return
  3. “as ye have seen him go into heaven” – Christ will descend from heaven to earth

This event is of such importance to the Christian that the Word describes it as “the blessed hope” for the Christian…

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”  (Titus 2:13)

Because of the certainty and importance of this event, I would like to take some time to study what will be involved with this second coming of Christ to the earth.

One of the most significant areas of this study involves coming to an understanding of the words and phrases that the Lord used in The New Testament to describe His second coming. In doing so, we will learn much about the nature of this great event that we all eagerly await.

 

 

 

THE STUDY:

Our Lord’s second coming is described in three different ways in the New Testament:

 

  1. “His Appearing”

It is described as “His appearing” because His return will be in a bodily fashion, and therefore we will be able to see Him with our physical eyes…

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”   (1 John 3:2)

 

  1. “His Coming” –

It is described as His “coming” because He was absent from the earth (while in heaven) and will “come” to the earth, and be present, once again…

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.”   (John 14:2-3)

 

  1. “His Revelation” –

It is described as His “Revelation” because, although we can understand much about Him through His Word, because He is now in heaven, He is “hidden” from us.  However, at His second coming, His person, attributes and workings will be clearly presented…

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;  When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.”   (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)

 

Not only can we learn from these NT descriptions of His second coming but also we can learn much from the original languages translated by these descriptions:

 

  • “His Appearing” – is translated from the following Greek words…
    1. apokalupsis – to be revealed, to be presented, to take the cover off (1 Peter 1:7 etc)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s appearing will be like the removal of a cover, presenting Him in His fullness for all to see.
    2. optanomai – to gaze at with wide opened eyes, to experience, to discern clearly (Hebrews 9:27-28)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s appearing will result in mankind being able to see Him visibly and discern Him clearly
    3. phaneroo – to shine, to declare, to manifest (1 John 3:2)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s appearing will be accompanied by a manifestation of His greatness and glory.
    4. epiphaneia – brightness, conspicuous   (1 Timothy 6:14-16, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, Titus 2:11-14 etc)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s appearing will clearly, conspicuously, stand out from all other earthly events, much like a light that shines in the midst of total darkness. 

 

  • “His Coming” – is translated from the following Greek words…
    1. apokalupsis – to be revealed, to be presented, to take the cover off (1 Corinthians 1:7-9)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s coming will be like the removal of a cover, presenting Him in His fullness for all to see.
    2. erchomai – to appear, to bring, to arrive (Matthew 24:29-31, John 14:2-3)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s coming will involve Him arriving upon the earth resulting in His physical appearance to all mankind.
    3. heko – to arrive, to be present  (2 Peter 3:10-13)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s coming will involve Him arriving on the earth enabling man to be in His presence.
    4. parousia – arrival resulting in presence, near, to be at hand (Matthew 24:25-28, 1 Thessalonians 3:13, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-182 Thessalonians 2:8James 5:7-8, 2 Peter 3:3-7)
      1. This helps us to understand that at Christ’s coming results in Him being brought near to mankind. He will be “within arm’s reach”, no longer living in a “country far away”. 

 

  • “His Revelation” – is translated from the following Greek words…
    1. apokalupsis – to be revealed, to be presented, to take the cover off  (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7, 1 Peter 1:13, 1 Peter 4:13 etc)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s revelation will be like the removal of a cover, presenting Him in His fullness for all to see.

 

Some important points to note concerning the Greek vocabulary that is used:

Please note that the Greek word “apokalupsis” is translated by all three English descriptions of His second coming (His Coming, His Appearance, and His Revelation).  This helps us to understand that all three of these descriptions are describing the same event, not two or three separate events.

In other words, His coming IS His appearance which IS His Revelation.  All of the above Greek (and English) descriptions are referring to many aspects of one, singular event… Christ’s second coming.

 

The three main Greek words compared:

 

Main Subjects Related To His Coming Parousia (Coming) Apokalupsis (Coming, Revelation, Appearance) Epiphaneia (Appearing)
Christian’s Preparation For His Coming:
Need For Holy Living /Faithfulness 1 Th 3:13, 1 Th 5:23, 1 John 2:28 1 Pet 1:7, 1 Pet 1:13, 1 Pet 4:13, 1 Cor 1:7-8 1 Tim 6:14
Need For Patience While Waiting and Watching James 5:7-8, Titus 2:13 (looking for)
Signs Of His Coming:
Asked By Apostles Matt 24:3,
Similar To Noah Days Mat 24:37-39,
Mocked By Lost Men 2 Pet 3:4
Nature Of His Coming:
As Lightning / From Heaven Mat 24:27 2 Thess 1:7
Events Caused By Coming:
Saints Resurrection / Gathering To Christ 1 Cor 15:23, 1 Thess 4:15, 2 Thess 2:1, Roms 8:19, Titus 2:13 (blessed hope)
Judgment / Rewarding of Saints 2 Tim 4:8
Judgment / Punishment of Wicked 2 Thess 2:8,9 Roms 2:5 2 Thess 2:8,9, 2 Tim 4:1,
Manifesting God’s Eternal Plan for Mankind 2 Tim 1:10
Heavens and Earth Melted/Dissolved By Fire 2 Peter 3:12

 

As you can see from this short summary… all three of the main Greek words describing the second coming of Christ touch upon many of the same main subjects concerning His second coming.   Once again, this helps us to understand that the second coming is one event that involves several different aspects to it.

The second coming should NOT be looked upon as two or three separate events.  The parousia, the apokalupsis and the epiphaneia are all describing the same event.

 

One final point… the word “rapture” is not found in the KJV Bible.  There are some that believe it began to be used in Latin translations of 1 Thessalonians 4:17.  In that text, the word rapture may have been used to replace the phrase “caught up”…  “Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”  (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

In any case, to my knowledge, the phrase “the rapture” is not found in any Christian literature prior to the 1800s.

 

Finally, we need to look at the titles “The Day Of The Lord” and “The Day Of Christ”, and “The Day Of The Lord Jesus” which are three other titles given to the second coming of our Lord.  Once again, a comparison of all the texts that use these titles helps us to see that they all speak of the same future event… the Second Coming Of Our Lord…

 

Aspect Of The Second Coming Described In Each “The Day of Christ” “The Day Of The Lord Jesus” “The Day Of The Lord”
Nature Of Second Coming
As A Thief (Unannounced, Unexpected) 1 Thessalonians 5:2;2 Peter 3:10
Events Caused By His Second Coming:      
Saint’s Resurrection / Gathering To Christ Philippians 1:10-11;2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 1 Corinthians 5:5;2 Corinthians 1:14 1 Thessalonians 5:2-10
Judgment / Rewarding Of Saints Philippians 2:16 1 Corinthians 1:8;
Judgment / Punishment Of Wicked 1 Thessalonians 5:2-10;Acts 2:17-21 (symbolized by Titus Invasion of 70 AD)
Renovation Of Heavens/Earth 2 Peter 3:10

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

In this lesson, we have pointed our attention to the different titles (or descriptions) given to the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Based solely on those descriptions we have seen that:

The second coming involves:

  1. His return will be in a bodily fashion, and therefore we will be able to see Him with our physical eyes…
  2. He was absent from the earth (while in heaven) and will “come” to the earth, and be present, once again…
  3. Although we can understand much about Him through His Word, because He is now in heaven, He is “hidden” from us. However, at His second coming, His person, attributes and workings will be clearly presented…
  4. Christ’s appearing will be like the removal of a cover, presenting Him in His fullness for all to see.
  5. Christ’s appearing will be accompanied by a manifestation of His greatness and glory.
  6. Christ’s appearing will clearly, conspicuously, stand out from all other earthly events, much like a light that shines in the midst of total darkness.
  7. Christ’s coming will involve Him arriving on the earth enabling man to be in His presence.
  8. Christ’s coming results in Him being brought near to mankind. He will be “within arm’s reach”, no longer living in a “country far away”.
  9. All three English descriptions of His second coming (His Coming, His Appearance, and His Revelation). This helps us to understand that all three of these descriptions are describing the same event, not two or three separate events.  In other words, His coming IS His appearance which IS His Revelation.

May we all, with thankful hearts, be encouraged this day.  As Christians, we can know that our Lord is coming again someday to perform many marvelous works on our behalf!

 

Please visit…

Settled In Heaven Ministries Home On The Web: http://www.settledinheaven.org

Settled In Heaven Ministries Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Settled In Heaven Ministries Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven

Email Us At: settledinheaven@gmail.com

 

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.”

The Lord Is Our Strength and Deliverer In Times Of Opposition

SIH HALTAL ICON

 

Psalms 31:4 KJV –  Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou [art] my strength.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4jr

Psalms 31:4 – David’s Recognition (Part 2)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Psalms 31:4 KJV – Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou [art] my strength.

 

Psalms 31:4 KJV – you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge.

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Psalms 31:4 – “David’s Recognition” (Part 2)

In the previous verse David recognized the Lord as his rock and fortress, leading him to desire a closer walk with the Lord. Now in our text for this morning, David continues to think about the Lord and all that He is doing for him during this great time of need…

Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me:

 

David recognizes his inability to overcome his earthly enemies. David’s enemies have secretly planned for his capture (much like a hunter who has prepared and then hidden a net ready to capture his prey).

Throughout David’s reign as King, he had many enemies, both foreign and domestic, seeking to capture or murder him. He was well acquainted with human opposition. Throughout these years of opposition, David had learned to run to the Lord as the ultimate source of protection for his life.

The deceitful plotting of men is much like the deceitful workings of Satan in our lives. Keep in mind Satan seeks to overcome God’s people through subterfuge and deceit. His works are intended to mislead and deceive men…

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV – “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

Just as David and his deliverance from his earthly enemies, so too, as Christians our only hope of deliverance from the deceptive workings of Satan is Christ’s gracious hand of deliverance for us.

 

 

 

for thou [art] my strength.

Why did David run to the Lord when he faced the opposition of man? David recognized that the Lord was his ultimate source of his strength.

Oh, if each one of us could humble ourselves and learn this valuable lesson. The Lord is the source of our strength.

Psalms 18:2 KJV – “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; …”

 

Summary Of Our Study

 

Many times, we all attempt to overcome our hardships and Satan’s workings of our own ability, and then, after miserably failing, we finally look to Christ for our deliverance. How wonderful it would be if we all look to Christ immediately for our deliverance and look not to our own abilities!

2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV – “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.”

Homepage…  http://www.settledinheaven.org

Text Blog…  http://www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Video Blog… http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

Email… settledinheaven@gmail.com

Do We Seek A Closer Walk With The Lord Out Of Appeciation For All He Has Done For Us?

SIH HALTAL ICON

 

Psalms 31:3 KJV – For thou [art] my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4jm

Psalms 31:3 – David’s Recognition (Part 1)

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:3 KJV – For thou [art] my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

Psalms 31:3 ESV – For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Psalms 31:3 – “David’s Recognition” (Part 1)

After David made his requests to the Lord, he begins to meditate on His Lord, recognizing His great works that He performed on David’s behalf…

For thou [art] my rock and my fortress;

 

David understood that His Lord was his Rock (foundation) and Fortress (place of refuge and protection), which allowed him to stand during the storms of life. David knew that the Lord is the only One that offered true stability in the midst of the upheavals of this world…

Matthew 7:24-27 KJV – “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.”

Please keep in mind that David had just previously (vs 2) asked the Lord to…

be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

In this verse (vs 3) David, by faith, is acknowledging that the Lord will do that which he had requested. He asked for the Lord to be his rock and house of defense and, now, David is acknowledging that the Lord was fulfilling those roles in his life.

 

 

 

 

therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

When we stop and consider the Lord’s grace in answering our prayers and actively sustaining us in times of trials, many times, we seek a closer walk with Him. David developed this heart of appreciation, which is shown to us by his desire to follow the Lord (“lead me”) and allow the Lord to instruct him in His ways (“guide me”).

Summary Of Our Study

 

In this text, we see David setting a wonderful example for each one of us during times of hardship in our lives.

David, though His eyes of faith, prayed knowing that the Lord would answer him. He recognized the Lord’s wonderful workings in his life. And finally, he appreciated all the Lord was doing for him which led David to a closer walk with his Lord.

When we pray, do we truly believe He will answer us?

Are we aware of the ways the Lord is working in our lives, even in the midst of the trials?

Do we appreciate all He is doing in our lives, which then leads us to a closer walk with Him?

By God’s grace may we all seek to follow this wonderful example set by David during the storms of life.

Homepage…  http://www.settledinheaven.org

Text Blog…  http://www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Video Blog… http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

Email… settledinheaven@gmail.com

Our Desperate Need Of Christ In The Midst Of Life’s Trials…

SIH HALTAL ICON

 

Psalms 31:2  Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4jh

Psalms 31:2 – David’s Request (Part 2)

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

KJV – 2) Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

ESV – 2) Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Psalms 31:2 – “David’s Request” (Part 2)

After David made a two-fold request of the Lord in verse 1 (never allow his faith to be brought to shame and to deliver him from his trials in his righteousness) he now continues his requests…

Bow down thine ear to me;

David’s third request is for the Lord to turn His ear toward his prayer. In other words, he wants the Lord to hear him and to give his attention to his prayer.

The Lord will ALWAYS hear the prayer of His people when they are in need. However, in the midst of our weakest moments, we may doubt this wonderful truth. When the Lord does not act immediately it may appear as if He does not hear or care about us. It is at those times we must trust His Word and not how things may appear to us…

1 John 5:14-15 KJV – “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

deliver me speedily:

None of us like to wait upon the Lord. When we are facing trials and heartaches our flesh cries out for “instant deliverance”. David’s fourth desire of the Lord is for a quick rescue to take place.

One of the most difficult lessons to learn as a Christian is the importance of waiting upon the Lord and trusting Him to work in His time. We have to always remind ourselves that the Lord knows “the end from the beginning”. He knows what HAS taken place in our lives, what IS currently taking place, and what WILL take place as well. He knows what is best for us now and in the future. This is a great blessing for us.

We know the Lord knows all about us and what we need for our future good. He promises to work out all things for our good and His glory (Roms 8:28). When He does not act immediately upon our requests we can know He is waiting for our benefit. Something must be taking place behind the scenes in our lives now, or in the future, that dictates His rescue must be delayed. But in the end, His delayed deliverance it will be for our benefit.

During those times of waiting we can know that, without doubt, He will be with us during the period of waiting, granting us courage and strength to meet our every need…

Psalms 27:14 KJV – “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

 

 

be thou my strong rock,

David’s final two requests in this section of our study is for the Lord to be his place of refuge and protection. He describes it as being his “strong rock” and “house of defense”.

By asking the Lord to be his “strong rock”, he is pointing to the Lord as the foundation of his life. When David was weak and ready to fall, he knew he needed the Lord to uphold and strengthen him.

for an house of defence to save me.

By asking Him to be his “house of defense”, David is recognizing his need for a place of safety and peace in the midst of the storms of his life. Folks, what a blessing it is to know we have a place of peace, no matter what may bring turmoil and anxiety into our lives!

2 Samuel 22:2-4 KJV – “And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”

Summary Of Our Study

 

In our text for this morning, we saw that David based upon his various requests to the Lord, clearly showed us that he recognized the great needs of his life. He was honest with himself, admitted his own inabilities and looked to the Lord to meet his shortcomings.

Oh what an important lesson for each one of us! In every situation in life, whether in good or bad times, may we recognize our many inabilities and learn to look to the Lord to meet every need of our life!

Acts 17:28-29 KJV – “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.”

Homepage…  http://www.settledinheaven.org

Text Blog…  http://www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Video Blog… http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

Email… settledinheaven@gmail.com

Do We Trust The Lord In The Midst Of Life’s Trials?

SIH HALTAL ICONKJV – 1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

 

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4ja