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Be Thou An Example: In Conversation

Our Speech Should Set An Example For Those Around Us!

SIH HALTAL ICON(1Ti 4:12-13)  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

 

 

 

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Be Thou An Example: How? In Word

Do We Set A Godly Example For Our Spiritual Family Members?

SIH HALTAL ICON(1Ti 4:12-13)  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

 

 

 

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Be Thou An Example: Setting The Example For Believers

By Living Lives That Are Consistent With Our Speech… Nothing Evil Can Be Said Of Us!

SIH HALTAL ICONTit 2:6-8  Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.  (7)  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,  (8)  Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

 

 

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Be Thou An Example – Why? No Evil To Say Of You

By Living A Godly Life, We Cause The Lost Around Us To See Their Own Sin!

SIH HALTAL ICONTit 2:6-8  Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.  (7)  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,  (8)  Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

 

 

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Be Thou An Example – Why? So The Contrary Part Will Be Ashamed

Are Our Actions Consistent With Our Words?

SIH HALTAL ICONTit 2:6-8  Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.  (7)  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,  (8)  Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

 

 

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Be Thou An Example – Why? So We Cannot Be Condemned

Do We Possess “A Pattern Of Good Works” In Our Lives?

SIH HALTAL ICONTit 2:6-8  Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.  (7)  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,  (8)  Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

 

 

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Be Thou An Example – A Pattern Of Good Works

Daily Devotional Series- Be Thou An Example: Introduction

 

Introduction to the 27 Part Devotional Series
Texts: Titus 2:7-8; 1 Timothy 4:12-13; 1 Peter 2:1-25; Romans 12:1-2
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Ecclesiastes: Chapter 6 Verses 3-10

SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 19)

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”.   He is the one that will proclaim the spritiual truths of God to those in his nation and to Christians throughout time.

Keep in mind, Solomon learned these truths by trying to find the meaning to life through experiencing all this world has to offer.  Solomon was uniquely suited to learn these lessons and share these truths with the people of God…

First of all, very few men possess sufficient wealth and power to be able to sample all this world has to offer (1 Kings 10:23).

Secondly, only Solomon and a few others throughout time, have been universally respected causing his teachings to be taken very seriously and thoughtfully by all (1 Kings 4:30-34).  (Keep in mind, even Christ Himself and His teachings were rejected by many of those around Him.)

Solomon was God’s man, in God’s place, at God’s time, by God’s grace, to learn this most important truth and proclaim it with authority to those he loved.  May we all listen carefully as Solomon reveals to us the true meaning to life and answer the question…  “What Is Our Life If Not Lived for The Lord ?”.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Ecclesiastes 6:3-10

If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he. For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other. Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place? All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living? Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he. For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.

Solomon observed a man who had a large family, and lived a long life of many years. He saw that although this man was blessed, his life did it hold purpose, meaning, and fulfillment for him. This is because, if a man’s life is not meaningful, filled with purpose and receiving the honor and respect of others, it ends up being wasted and without lasting value.

Solomon goes further and states that it is better to be still born, than to live this type of life that is characterized by a meaningless existence. Why is this? The still born baby comes and goes without notice by many. His life is short, never lived outside the womb in a world filled with trials, problems, and heartaches. In that sense the still born child has lived a life of rest and peace not having lived a wasted life filled with sorrow and trials.

  

Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?  

Solomon then explains that there is no benefit to living a long life, if life is filled with troubles and heartaches. All physical life ends the same… the grave, this does not change based upon the length of life that we live. Once again, Solomon helps us to understand there is no benefit to living a long life if not lived for the Lord.

 

All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

Men who live to satisfy their desires will never find an end to wanting and getting, they will never truly be content.

 

 

For what hath the wise more than the fool?

Both wise and fools are subject to the same heartaches and troubles in life. Without Christ, both are headed for living a vain life that will end without eternal significance.

 

what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

A poor man can be wise (knowing how to survive in this world) and yet still be ignorant to the true meaning to life and the need to serve Christ while on the earth. They still possess no eternal significance nor insight into the true meaning of life.

  

Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire:

“The sight of the eyes” refers to the things in life that the man possesses, he can actually place his eyes upon as his possessions. It is better to be content with what we currently have, than to constantly desire and live for that which we do not possess.

  

this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

All of these: prosperity in life, long life, fulfillment of desires, worldly wisdom, possession of world’s goods, all of these are short-lived with no lasting results and grasping at the wind.

 

 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

All of the conditions and things that men face in the world, their possessions, their desires, the length of their lives, the worldly wisdom they will accrue, the size of their families, etc etc… all these things, have already been named in the counsels of God.

All of these conditions, actions, desires and things that make up human life on earth is known as “man”.  In other words, all of human life is expressed by the term “man” which means “ruddy, red, the color of clay”, which reminds us all of the origin, mortality and standing of man before God as His creation.

Knowing that God has decreed all that will take place in our lives, and understanding that we are “man”, creatures of God made from the red clay of the earth, we are reminded that we are not to stand in direct opposition to His will and ways.   God is our Creator, we are simply His creation, God is the Sovereign of our lives, we are simply subjects who are to be in submission to His will.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Many different aspects of our physical life on earth are meaningless and vain apart from recognizing God’s hand in them.   When we “leave the Lord out of things”, every event and action in our life becomes vain and without rhyme or reason. It is only when we recognize the Lord is the Sovereign Creator of our lives, do we begin to understand the purpose and meaning of our life’s events and the need to be in submission to His will as we learn the true purpose for our lives.

 

Solomon’s pursuit of the meaning of life included:

 

1. 2:1-3 The pursuit of carnal desires  (the base pleasures found in a fallen world)
2. 2:4-11 The pursuit of material possessions through human labors
3. 2:12-17 The pursuit of worldly wisdom, madness and folly
4. 2:18-23 The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #1
5. 2:24-26 The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #2
6. 3:1-8 A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events   Prt #1
7. 3:9-15 A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events   Prt #2
8. 3:16-22 A recognition of our need of Christ to see the nature and purpose of our life.
9. 4:1-3 A recognition that never being born is better than the sufferings of this life.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
15. 6:3-10 A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God

 

 

 

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A Misery Of Fallen Humanity … the inability to enjoy what the Lord has given to us…

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 6:1-2 – There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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Ecclesiastes: Chapter 6 Verses 1-2

 SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 21)

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”.   He is the one that will proclaim the spritiual truths of God to those in his nation and to Christians throughout time.

Keep in mind, Solomon learned these truths by trying to find the meaning to life through experiencing all this world has to offer.  Solomon was uniquely suited to learn these lessons and share these truths with the people of God…

First of all, very few men possess sufficient wealth and power to be able to sample all this world has to offer (1 Kings 10:23).

Secondly, only Solomon and a few others throughout time, have been universally respected causing his teachings to be taken very seriously and thoughtfully by all (1 Kings 4:30-34).  (Keep in mind, even Christ Himself and His teachings were rejected by many of those around Him.)

Solomon was God’s man, in God’s place, at God’s time, by God’s grace, to learn this most important truth and proclaim it with authority to those he loved.  May we all listen carefully as Solomon reveals to us the true meaning to life and answer the question…  “What Is Our Life If Not Lived for The Lord ?”.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Eccl 6:1-2 – There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:

Solomon draws our attention to another SEEMING harmful unfairness that takes place among all classes of men.

 

A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity,

Solomon sees many men who have received accumulated possessions, fortunes, and respect from other men. These men have need of nothing and have all their desires fulfilled. However, sadly, they are not given the ability to enjoy these great possessions due to physical infirmity or death. In the end, other men enjoy the great God-given possessions and honor that God has given to him.

Solomon sees the mortality of man is another reason why accumulated possessions, riches, and honor are very short-lived and of no eternal value.

 

and it is an evil disease.

Solomon looked at this inequity as a very harmful disease that afflicted all mankind.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Solomon helps us to understand that, due to man’s mortality, we cannot be certain that our future will allow us to enjoy the things this world has to offer.   None of us can know what is on the morrow.  It may hold devastating illness, changes in our life situation, or even death which would take away our ability to njoy what the world offers to us.

Jas 4:14 – “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

 

 

Solomon’s pursuit of the meaning of life included:

 

1. 2:1-3 The pursuit of carnal desires  (the base pleasures found in a fallen world)
2. 2:4-11 The pursuit of material possessions through human labors
3. 2:12-17 The pursuit of worldly wisdom, madness and folly
4. 2:18-23 The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #1
5. 2:24-26 The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #2
6. 3:1-8 A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events   Prt #1
7. 3:9-15 A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events   Prt #2
8. 3:16-22 A recognition of our need of Christ to see the nature and purpose of our life.
9. 4:1-3 A recognition that never being born is better than the sufferings of this life.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

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God Gave Us The Things In This World To Appreciate Him and Enjoy His Graces To Us!

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 5:18-20 – Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.  Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.  For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart. 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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

Ecclesiastes: Chapter 5 Verses 18-20

SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 20)

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”.   He is the one that will proclaim the spritiual truths of God to those in his nation and to Christians throughout time.

Keep in mind, Solomon learned these truths by trying to find the meaning to life through experiencing all this world has to offer.  Solomon was uniquely suited to learn these lessons and share these truths with the people of God…

First of all, very few men possess sufficient wealth and power to be able to sample all this world has to offer (1 Kings 10:23).

Secondly, only Solomon and a few others throughout time, have been universally respected causing his teachings to be taken very seriously and thoughtfully by all (1 Kings 4:30-34).  (Keep in mind, even Christ Himself and His teachings were rejected by many of those around Him.)

Solomon was God’s man, in God’s place, at God’s time, by God’s grace, to learn this most important truth and proclaim it with authority to those he loved.  May we all listen carefully as Solomon reveals to us the true meaning to life and answer the question…  “What Is Our Life If Not Lived for The Lord ?”.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Eccl 5:18-20 – Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.  Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.  For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart. 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

After Solomon reveals to us the inability for this world to give Godly satisfaction and lasting joy, he takes a moment to explain to us the benefits that can be had from them…

 

Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. 

Solomon sees that it is pleasing to God, and beautiful in His sight for us to partake of the bounty of this world, allow this world to meet our physical needs, and find temporal enjoyment in them.  This is one of the great reasons why God gave this world to man.

When men partake of the things found in this world, keeping within God’s bounds, and understanding this world and its benefits are only temporal, God is pleased with them.  It is only when we seek sinful pleasures and eternal satisfaction from this world that we abuse God’s very purpose for them.

 

Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. 

The same basic principle goes for the riches of this world.  God gives the ability to make, partake, and enjoy wealth to man for many reasons, one of which is simple enjoyment and pleasure.

However, a part of that enjoyment lies in an appreciation of the Lord, recognizing He is the One that has given us the undeserved gift of wealth and ability to enjoy it.

 

For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart. 

When we enjoy the things of this world, it allows us to forget many of the trials and dark moments in our life that we have faced.  God will answer the difficult times of life with the ability to enjoy the things of the world around us, reminding us of His greatness and His grace, which soothes and encourages our hearts.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all come to understand the benefits of enjoying the things of this world, in a Godly fashion, and allow them to remind us of our Creator’s greatness, grace and temporal joy that only He can give to us.

 

Solomon’s pursuit of the meaning of life included:

 

1. 2:1-3 The pursuit of carnal desires  (the base pleasures found in a fallen world)
2. 2:4-11 The pursuit of material possessions through human labors
3. 2:12-17 The pursuit of worldly wisdom, madness and folly
4. 2:18-23 The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #1
5. 2:24-26 The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #2
6. 3:1-8 A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events   Prt #1
7. 3:9-15 A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events   Prt #2
8. 3:16-22 A recognition of our need of Christ to see the nature and purpose of our life.
9. 4:1-3 A recognition that never being born is better than the sufferings of this life.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man

 

 

 

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The Vanity Of This World’s Riches…

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 5:8-17 – If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.  Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.  He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?  The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.  There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.  But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand.  As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.  And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?  All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness. 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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

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