Monday, April 21, 2014
Hebrews 11:7 By faith
Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared
an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and
became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
We are all
familiar with the story of Noah. The
Bible says that Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah
walked with God. The world around Noah
was wicked and unrighteous. All around
him was evil and sin. Immorality was
rampant. The Lord had a plan to destroy
the population of wickedness and evil.
He was to flood the earth with a great flood that would cover the entire
face of the earth. Until this time it
had never even rained upon the earth. So
as Noah warned the people, he preached that they must turn from their sin and
repent or they would die in their sin.
The Lord warned Noah of the coming judgment and instructed him to build
an ark that would save his family. Noah
had never seen such judgment as the Lord explained would come, but he had faith
that the Lord’s word was true. My
friend, it is the same today. Wickedness
and evil covers the face of the earth. Immorality
is rampant. And…the Lord has warned of a
coming judgment. It will not be a great
flood this time, but it will be a much more intense judgment of suffering and
pain. He has prepared us an ark! That ark is Jesus Christ the Saviour. Only in Him can we be saved from the wrath
that is to come. The scriptures warn us
of this time and its evil sin. The shape
the world is in today is no surprise to God and should not be a surprise to
24:37-42 But as
the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the
Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating
and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood
came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two
women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other
left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. We have been warned. We must strive to inform our family and
friends of this life saving ark.
Judgment is coming my friend! We must be prepared. For those who refuse to enter the ark, a
great awakening of hell filled judgment will overcome them when they least
expect it. But for those who are
prepared and have entered the ark of the Lord Jesus Christ, then victory
awaits. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be
brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in
victory. O death, where is thy sting? O
grave, where is thy victory? The sting
of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you ready? A flood of great
wrath is almost upon us.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
1Peter 3:20 Which
sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the
days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls
were saved by water.
ever pondered on why the ungodly seem to be prospering and why they seem to
have no problems? As we live here in
this sinful world we see sin and sinners that seem to be living carefree and it
seems as if God has no problem with their sin.
But might I remind us that God hates sin! It may appear that all is well with the
sinner, but the scene is soon to change.
As our verse mentions the days of Noah, it appeared that Noah was crazy
and was wasting his time building a huge boat.
All those years Noah faithfully worked and worked on that great
ark. I’m sure there were many days that
he did not feel like building on that ark and he did not feel like hearing the
scoffers make fun of him and his family.
You see, rain had never fallen in a flood upon the earth. No one believed the preaching that Noah
preached. They laughed at him and called
him a fanatic for not participating in the world’s sin. They referred to him as an old fool. Yes, it was long and hard for Noah and his
family, but they endured and continued on building that ark. As they worked intently, I’m sure there were
days that Noah must have wondered in his own mind if he was really as crazy as
they said he was. And then one day it
began to rain. And then the rain began
to get heavier and heavier. As Noah and
his family saw the judgment waters rising, they then knew that the Lord’s word
was coming to reality. The Lord led them
into the ark and shut the door and Noah and just his family was saved. The same water that was judgment to the
sinners was the same water that saved Noah and his family. The same water that drowned the sinners was
the same water that floated the ark to safety.
My friend, the world may scoff at you and call you a fanatic, but you
keep on serving! Keep on working and
stay the course. It’s gonna begin to
rain judgment one day soon. And to some
Jesus will be the judgment, but to us that are saved by grace He will be
redemption and salvation. Amen! Go forth my friend! Sail on my friend! It is about to begin raining. Amen.
Wednesday, April 23,
2Timothy 4:8 Henceforth
there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also
that love his appearing.
As Bro. Paul
has endured life as a servant of God, he finds himself in the reality of
knowing that his time of departure from the earth is close. He has endured much hardness since his day of
salvation there on the Damascus road. To
name a few in the words of Paul; 2Co 11:24-27 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I
beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a
day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in
perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in
perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in
perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and
painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst,
in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. And this was just a partial list. Bro. Paul endured life as it came. He knew the Lord was right by his side and he
had the promise of the Lord that he would never leave him nor forsake him. Paul trusted God. Many times we are so pitiful. We whine and complain because a trial has
crossed our path. Yes, I do realize that
trials and tribulations are not the first choice of any Christian, but we do
know for a fact that God is sovereign.
He is in total control and not one thing can happen unless He allowed it
or ordained it. Romans 8:28 is still as
strong with truth as it was the day Paul penned it down. And we
know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who
are the called according to his purpose.
The problem is that we allow ourselves to become our own personal
God. We begin to worship our self as
king. We spoil our flesh as if it were a
favorite grandchild. Then when life
splashes us in the face, we get all tore up and begin to blame everyone else
for our troubles. Shame on us! Our troubles are for our good. Trials bring us near unto the Lord Jesus. Phil. 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship
of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. Now, this flesh is gonna shun trials, run
from trials, detour trials and attempt to avoid trials at all cost, but our
spirit knows that they are for a sovereign reason. The biggest hurdle for us to get over
is…ourselves. Paul mentions in our text
that all these life trials are worth enduring.
All this suffering is gonna pay off.
He mentions the inheritance of a crown of righteousness. When this trip is over, we will trade this
sinful body of flesh for a perfect and sinless body. This carnal will be dropped and we will enter
into a glorified body just like His. We
will become as He is. No more suffering
and no more insufficiencies. Amen! Endure my friend. God has grace for our trials that is good
enough to supply the need. And when this
trip is over…a crown of righteousness awaits.