Monday, July 28, 2014
2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God
and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Hallelujah what a verse! I had a church member send me this verse
through text early this morning and it so encouraged me that I felt that it
would please the Lord if we studied it together today. This is one of those verses that strengthens us in times of weakness and weariness. Notice here the guaranteed hope. Oh yes friend, we have a hope of eternity
that is guaranteed through grace. Notice
verse 11; … the grace of God that bringeth
salvation hath appeared to all men. Grace! It is grace that promises us that we will
experience an eternal home in His Glory.
Next we see the glorious appearing.
Because we are saved by His grace we will have the great privilege to
experience the mind boggling site of His glorious appearing. He will step out on a cloud and beckon His
children home. The recognition of this
glorious appearing and this guaranteed hope ignites a hunger for holiness
within us. Many today are entertaining
wickedness. Many are making excuses for
evil. My friend we must recognize our
position as a born again child of God.
The reality of this position in Christ should ignite a hunger for
holiness. It is this grace that plants
the seeds of holiness in us. Notice in
verse 12 what grace does; Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly
lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Many times we find ourselves making excuses
for sin and saying that sin is ok. Oh my
dear friend, sin is not ok. Sin must be
dealt with and abolished not vouched for.
Active grace refuses to entertain evil.
Our surroundings are engulfed with wickedness, but we must not swim in
its filth. We must refuse to even dip
our feet in it. We have a more desirable
life to live! We are looking for that
blessed hope, and the glorious appearing… of the great
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Jesus
is our great God and Saviour. Titus 2:14
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and
purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Amen and praise the Lord.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
7:1 Judge not,
that ye be not judged.
This verse is a very popular verse among
sinners. Many times when we are guilty
of sin we tend to be looking for some way to cover it up or to justify it. When in reality sin is sin and cannot be
justified unless it is under the atoning blood of Christ. And even then the sin itself is not
justified. It is the sinner that is
justified. The sinner is still guilty of
committing the sin but Jesus Christ took the judgment for the sin. Our verse here in Matthew 7 is used many
times out of context and out of its true meaning. Many times when a sinner is busted for his or
her sin they will begin to quote Matt. 7:1 in their defense, telling the one
who called them on their sin that they are commanded in the Bible to not
judge. Well this is not true. The Bible does not say not to judge. That’s right, the
Word of God does not command us to never call out sin. We must call out sin. We must call sin what it is…Sin. Society today accepts sin as ok because
sinners have convinced saved saints that we don’t have the right to call out
their sin. Again, the
Bible never said to not judge sin!
Is the matter of fact the Bible teaches right the opposite. The Word of God calls out the sin and we are
to live by the Word of God by studying it, quoting it, teaching it and
preaching it! We must look a little
further to receive the complete results of our verse. “Judge not, that ye be not judged”. So, the scripture does say if you judge
sin then be willing for your sin to be judged as well. Matt. 7:2 For
with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete,
it shall be measured to you again.
In other words, when we call out sin and its judgment then we must be
willing for our sin to be judged in the same manner. For example, if we call out a sinner on his
or her backsliding in church attendance (Heb. 10:25) then we must be willing to
be called out if we commit that same sin.
The Word never said not to judge, but it did say be willing to be judged
for your sin in the same. Grab the Word
sometime today and read Matt. 7:1-6. And
refuse to allow society to tell you that their sin is ok. It is not ok. And it will not go unjudged. Thank God for the blood of Jesus! I’m so glad that our sins can be under the
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is
haughty, and before honour is humility.
familiar Proverbs 16:18 tells us that pride goeth
before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a
fall. America has a pride problem. So many lives are a pile of ruins today
because of the selfish actions of pride.
Many more are on the brink of falling because of pride. Fleshly pride is a poison to the child of God. This pride mentioned is Pro.16 is not the
pride of respect or appreciation. It is
carnal self- righteousness. Along with
this type attitude comes a haughtiness. A haughty attitude is an action that is the
result of a man that thinks he is self-sufficient. This man thinks he needs no help. He is his own god. He refuses the assistance of any other
brother or sister in Christ. And many
times this man will continually be attempting to prove his greatness to those
around him. Well, in reality this man is
weak and helpless. He is unpure and sinful.
He is scared and feels threatened by life itself. And he is soon to crash. He is soon to self-destruct. Notice our verse reminds us that all these
little selfish acts are tell-tell signs of a great fall. A saved man that refuses wise council will
soon find himself on the judgment seat of God.
About the time we think we have it all, know it all and that we are
all…God will lower the gavel of judgment upon our life. A haughty man can spend a decade building up himself in self pride and in 15 seconds the Almighty Creator
can bring him to a pile of rubble and helplessness. God help us!
Lord save us from ourselves! Flesh is a pride bomb looking for a
fuse. A haughty spirit is the fuse. And God has the match! Beware my friend of your flesh. Trust God and lean not unto your own understanding. Pride and haughtiness is a poison of the
soul. Notice the last part of our verse;
and before honour is humility. God grant us humility. Amen.
Proverbs 15:10 Correction is grievous
unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
verse today is not really a verse to worship on or to shout about. It is a verse that will send a firm warning
to some, but to some it will turn on the light of confirmation. First, we see the subject of our verse is
“correction”. This word means to be
corrected, to be disciplined, or to be given instruction. Our world today is filled with those that
reject instruction and despise correction.
We must be cautious not to reject instruction. If a person rejects instruction then they
likely reject the Word of God. The Word
of God is an entire book of instruction from God Himself. Our verse warns us of being “grievous” of
this correction. In other words, it
infuriates you to be corrected. It
really turns on your defense when you are told that you are wrong. Friend, this is a very dangerous state to be
in. Verse 10 goes on to tell us that
this person “shall die”. Wow, those are
strong words! A person who continually
rejects correction and reproof will die spiritually and sometimes they will die
physically. How’s that? Well, let’s suppose that I am about to walk
out into oncoming traffic and you scream out for me to stop. I turn and look at you with an evil eye of
strife because I am aggravated that you would correct my way of walking. So I keep walking…and you know the rest of
the story. Correction is for our own
good whether it be physically or spiritually. You see, the real problem is not just
ignoring the correction. The real
problem here is fleshly pride. Fleshly
pride is a monster. It is dangerous and
very destructive. It destroys everything
in its path for great distances. Proverbs
16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Pride kills! Pride of the flesh is an acid that eats away
at our well being.
Notice our verse; Correction is grievous
unto him that forsaketh the way. You see, this person is actually living out
of the will of God. They are not walking
in the ways of the Lord. They have
forsaken the Lord’s will and taken to their own fleshly desires. Let’s check out some more advice about this
pride; Proverbs 14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is
a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them. Pro. 13:10
Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well
advised is wisdom. Pro. 11:2 When pride
cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. Wow, what a firm warning we have here. Be careful today not to reject and grieve
over correction. That correction that we
fight so hard against might just save our life.
111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of
wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise
endureth for ever.
Many lives are disturbed this morning due to
the fact of the wrong action in response to life’s troubles. As born again children of God, we have many,
many decisions to make on a daily basis.
As we are faced with the circumstances of life we are required a
response. Many of us act hastily to many
things. There are many actions we can
respond with, but probably the most used is our mouth or our speech. How many times have you quickly spoken a
response toward a circumstance and you soon realized that you reacted too
quickly? To say the least this morning,
we need wisdom! Yes my friend, we need
wisdom. Personally I have acted on many
matters in my life with unwise words and actions. The lack of spiritual wisdom is grounds for
destruction. True Spiritual wisdom is of
the Lord. He is in control of who receives
spiritual wisdom. Notice our verse; The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. The “fear” of the Lord is reverence for
Him. Reverence for the Lord is the
beginning of wisdom. The Lord must be
the center piece of our life. Much of
our conversation must be of the Lord.
Much of our actions must be of the Lord.
Our life is the Lord’s. When we
have lengthy conversation with others, if the Lord is reverenced by their life,
then reverence for Him will arise in the conversation. If the conversation is ruled by
self-reliance, then that person worships themselves. If it is dominated by their works, then they
are a person relying upon their personal works.
If their priority is giving God glory for their life, then little tid bits of giving HIM glory will keep popping up. You see my friend, whatever is ruling your
life will be your conversation. I am not
saying that our complete speech will all be spiritual. I do realize we must discuss many things in
life concerning our social life here on earth.
The point we are making is that even in our social discussions of work,
family, life issues and such, reverence for the Lord will be inserted all up in
it. My friend, it is the Lord that
rescues us in the times of trouble! It
is the Lord that gives us one more breath!
It is the Lord that massages our heart to beat! It is the Lord that gives us life!! It is the Lord! Without Him we are nothing. Without Him we would be doomed for Hell. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of
wisdom. Notice our verse; a good
understanding have all they that do his commandments. An unruly life will be a life of unwise
decisions. We must abide by the Word of
God. The Word of God is settled in
Heaven. Its wisdom and correction is set
in eternity. If we choose to bypass
parts of it and ignore parts of it then we will soon allow carnal things to
become our little gods and we will soon begin to take credit for what God has
done and is doing. And our verse closes
with some great words of wisdom. His
praise endureth for ever. A life that is giving the Lord glory for
it all will be a life full of praise for the Lord. This person will wake up every morning
looking for a gap to insert some glory for God.
This person will learn to recognize the hand of God in every verse,
chapter and book of their daily life.
Are you operating in spiritual wisdom?
Or has our verse raised some red flags in your life that must be dealt
with? Get right with God my friend. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of