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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:

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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. 

 

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Ecclesiastes: Chapter 5 Verses 8-17

 SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 15)

 

 

 

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 5:8-17 – 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. 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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. 

Solomon sees the abuse of poor by those who are rich and powerful in this world.  He describes their abuse as:

  1. “oppression”- distressing someone by taking advantage of their weaknesses
  2. “violent perverting of justice and judgment” – to take wealth of others by twisting the law

Solomon says, if we recognize God and His role in eternity, when we see these things take place, we should not be surprised nor lose hope.  After all, God (He that is higher than the highest) sees what is taking place and will make all things right in eternity.

 

 

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.

The increase (fruit and animals of the fields) are for all mankind to use.  Even the highest authorities on this earth are dependent upon the fields.

Although the fruit of the fields is needful for life, there are many that live for the unnecessary riches of this world.  They accumulate them and want more, never being satisfied.  Solomon recognizes that this is vain.

 

 

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. 

Solomon understands that when men gains riches they increase the number of their servants and animals.  In doing, so the increase ends up consuming all the increase in riches.

Basically Solomon is saying when a person gains wealth, they will find new ways to spend it.  Therefore, what purpose is there to accumulating riches, when they will always be consumed?  The only good that comes from increased riches is the ability to behold them with their eyes.

When a man is poor, he can sleep well from a hard days work and no riches to worry about.  When a man is wealthy he loses sleep because he is worried about losing and investing the wealth he has accumulated.

 

 

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. 

Solomon sees an irritating, raw evil in this world… when owners accumulate riches to their own harm.  When men live for riches, many times the riches open up opportunities for sinful indulgences and wasteful living.  In many cases, rich men spend their wealth and leave nothing behind for their heirs.   Even the most wealthy men in the world can take none of his wealth with him when he dies.

 

 

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. 

Solomon sees another irritating raw evil in this world… men ALWAYS come into the world, and depart from this world with nothing.  All of his worldly labors hold no lasting eternal value for him.  Once again, all of his labors are worthless, much like laboring to capture the wind.

For the man who never comes to understand truths about the Lord and eternity to come, it is like he lives his entire life blinded, as if in darkness.  He never sees the wasted life he is living, nor the worthless nature of this world’s riches.  This man has much grief and strife in his life due to his sickness (the blindness from which he suffers).

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Solomon’s examination shows him that chasing the riches of this world is a meaningless, wasted life pursuit.  The world’s riches only harm those who possess them and open opportunities for sins and carnal indulgences.

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

 

 

 

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Giving To Those In Need… A Display Of God’s Love.

SIH HALTAL ICONPhp 4:15-18 – “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.”

From the SIH Devotional on This Subject:

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Philippians 4:15-18 “a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God”

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Php 4:15-18 – “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Paul continues to address the Philippians sacrificial giving…

Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

 

From the beginnings of Paul’s ministry in Philippi, the believers faithfully supported Paul. Once he departed from them, and moved to other ministry locations, no other church were faithful in supporting him.

The church at Philippi was willing to “push the envelope” and set the example for the other churches to whom Paul was ministering.

For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

Even when Paul was in other cities, ministering to the people there, the Philippians were faithful in continuing to help to meet his needs. They did not believe in the “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” mentality of the fallen world. They did not limit their support to the time that Paul ministered to them. Even when Paul no longer ministered to them, they still had the desire to continue their support for Paul.

 

 

Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

 

Paul was thankful for the Philippians’ faithful support, not because he benefited from their support, but because he knew they would be rewarded for their faithfulness to the Lord. His thankfulness was centered upon the future blessings that they would receive from the Lord.

But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

Based upon their continuing support, Paul had an overflowing supply of his needs. He is fully supplied, just having received the lastest love gift from Philippi, which had been delivered by Epaphroditus.

Paul describes their love gifts as:

1. an odour of a sweet smell – a pleasing fragrance

2. a sacrifice acceptable – giving of themselves for another in a way that is approved by God

3. wellpleasing to God – very pleasing to God.

Paul is picturing the love gifts of the Philippians as burnt offerings, the smoke ascending to God, being accepted by God, pleasing Him for their faithfulness to Him.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, may we all see the importance of helping to support those who are sharing the truths of God’s Word to us and to others in this world. In a wider sense, we can also see the need to help any of our brothers and sisters in Christ who have a need that we are equipped to meet.

May our love abound toward faithful ministers for Christ and all our Christian brethren among us!

2Th 1:3 – “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth…”

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“For We Are But Of Yesterday”

SIH STSTA ICON(The SIH 2016 New Year’s Devotional)

With the coming of each New Year, we are reminded of the quickly passing time and shortness of the physical life that we possess.

For some, the concept of a short lifespan on earth is a thing of dread and fear. They possess dread because they know that the pleasures, possessions and relationships of this world will quickly pass away; and fear, due to confusion and uncertainty about, and an unpreparedness for, a coming afterlife.

However, in comparison, there are those who recognize that life is only temporal and will be followed by an eternal existence that will offer a much better existence. These have prepared for its coming and joyously await its arrival.

As we come face to face with another New Year, I just wanted to take a few moments to review the Biblical teachings on the temporal nature of life on earth and the great need to prepare for a coming afterlife while the opportunity still exists for each one of us.

THE SCRIPTURE:

(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:) (Job 8:9 KJV)

“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.” (Jas 4:14 KJV)

THE STUDY:

Job, in our text, describes the quickness of the passing of our life as “we are but of yesterday”. In other words, Job is simply saying that, as we look back to the past events of our life, from birth onward, they seem to have just taken place “yesterday”. How very true this is!

On this New Year’s Day, stop and think about the past events of the previous year. For most of us, these events seem like they took place just yesterday.

Now, stop and think about some of your major life events that have taken place throughout your lifetime: births and deaths; sicknesses; new jobs and residences; anniversaries and graduations; and, for the Christian, the moment the Lord brought you unto Himself, trusting in Him for salvation. As you think about all these events, do they not seem to have taken place just a short while ago? For many of us, even the events of life that took place 30, 40, or even 50 years ago, now seem to be fresh in our minds and hearts, as if only a few days have passed.

Job even goes further in emphasizing the brevity of life when he says… “our days upon earth are a shadow”. See also: (Job 7:6, 9:25, 14:2; Psa 78:39, 89:47, 102:11; Isa 40:6).

Understanding the two basic characteristics of a shadow help us to understand what Job was trying to teach us. First of all, a shadow lasts only a short period of time, much like our life in comparison with the eternity that is to follow. Secondly, a shadow is constantly changing (due to movement of the person casting the shadow and the orbiting of the sun)… this pictures for us our temporal life and the many changes that take place on a day by day basis.

Job is bringing to our minds a very basic principle of living that we experience with every new day… Because our lives are uncertain and experience changes every single day, we do not know what each new day will hold for us. James even implies that because our lives are brief, uncertain, and changing, we cannot be sure if we will live yet another day…

“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.” (Jas 4:14 KJV) see also (Proverbs 27:1, 1 Sam 20:3)

Folks, looking back over this last year, we all know people who have passed on unexpectedly. Whether it be by accident, sickness, or the actions of another, every day people pass on before us suddenly with absolutely no prior warning. Perhaps, they expected to celebrate the coming of this New Year along with us but, sadly, they are no longer with us. In this fallen, sinful world unexpected deaths are a very common occurrence.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

With the passing of this, and every New Year, we are reminded of the changing, fleeting nature of our lives. The most important aspect of these life principles is the need to take advantage of the time we have been given on earth and use it wisely.

What is the wisest possible use of our time? It is living our lives in preparation for the eternity that is to come. Because our physical lives and the world in which we live are temporal in nature, only that which is done for eternity’s sake will be of lasting value…
“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1Jn 2:17 KJV)

So how do we live for eternity? For the lost it means by coming to an understanding of the true God, our condition before Him, and our need of faith in Him, and the eternal blessings that await the people of God:

1. The Lord Jehovah is the true God over all men. God the Son, Jesus, is the only One through whom we can gain access to God the Father. (Psa 83:18, John 14:6; 1 John 5:20)

2. All men have committed sin and stand before God as guilty, unable to save themselves through their works of righteousness. (Rom 3:23, Rom 3:19, Titus 3:5)

3. It is by grace through the God-given gifts of repentance and faith that a sinful man can receive forgiveness and salvation from the punishment of their sins (Acts 3:19, Acts 11:18, Eph 2:5-8. 1 Thess 1:10).

4. The newly forgiven individual is adopted into God’s family, made a citizen of the eternal, spiritual nation of Israel, and made heirs of an eternal existence with God. This forgiveness, and the blessings that accompany forgiveness, are eternal in nature, can never be lost, based upon the completed work of Christ on the cross (Gals 4:5, Eph 2:19, Roms 8:16-17, Heb 10:10).

For the saved, it means to take advantage of the opportunities we have to show Christ to others around us, by living a Christ-like life through our words, actions, and lifestyles. (Roms 8:28-30, Eph 1:4)

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Hallelujah! Christ Has Come And Revealed His Father To Us….

SIH HALTAL ICON

 

Joh 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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John 1:18b – “The Word Declared God”

 

(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.

Who was “the Word”?

This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:

In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…

John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)

John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)

John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)

John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)

John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)

John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)

John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)

Etc. etc.

We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.

Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?

The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.

In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.

This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…

John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Joh 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

 

…he hath declared him

 

Although God is unable to be seen with our physical eyes, (18a – “No man hath seen God at any time”), The Word, Jesus, can reveal God to us.

The Word shares a very close, intimate relation with His Father (18a – “the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father”), which allows Him to perfectly know His Father. This allows The Word to “declare” (reveal, unfold) the Father for all of us to see…

Mat 11:27 KJV – “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.”

The Word declared that He was revealing His Father to us in three ways…

1. The works of The Word were the works of the Father (John 5:36)

2. The Word declared the identity of the True God (John 17:26)

3. The Word’s words are the words of God (John 14:10)

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, do we want to enjoy an intimate relationship with God Himself? Then look to The Word, Jesus Christ, His birth, His life, His death and His resurrection.

In Christ, we will not only be able to learn about the Father, but we will find the way to a relationship with God, forgiveness of sin and the possession of eternal life…

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

1Pe 3:18 KJV – “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

For those of us who have come to a living relationship with God through Jesus Christ… may we use this holiday season as an opportunity to share Christ with those around us. It is during this time of year that the lost world seems to be the most open and receptive to listen and receive our testimony of Christ and all He has done for us.

Let all of us hold forth the testimony of the Christians of John’s day…

1Jn 4:14 KJV – “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.”

May we all have a blessed holiday season knowing our sins have been forgiven and we are enjoying a close relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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