The Daily Nugget
Monday, December 15, 2014
Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
The book of Proverbs is a book that is as sharp as a freshly sharpened sword. It is a book that can slice wickedness right from a man’s heart. This book is one of the most important books in the Bible when it comes to advice on living a holy life. Here in verse 14 we find some advice that we must not ignore. The subject here is the backslider. A backslider is not a lost person. The backslider is not one who claims to be saved and is lost. A majority of the people today that have been earmarked as a backslider is not a backslider at all…they are plainly a hell bound sinner. A backslider is a child of God. It is one who has come to the saving knowledge of Christ and has been overtaken by the Holy Ghost and drawn to repentance and therefore has been saved by grace. This person has been truly saved but has allowed them self to indulge in the sin of the mind or the flesh or in other words have given in to the carnal. This person has become cold on God and has distanced themselves from the will and ways of God. Many backsliders are still committed to church attendance, but they are cold and callous to the power of God. They are guilty of trying to look like a holy child of God when they are actually rotten at the heart and lying in the gutter of the flesh. Their saved soul cries out for mercy but the flesh has overtaken their heart. We must guard ourselves from the desires and the draw of the flesh. If we allow our carnal side to rule us then we will soon find our self in a very miserable state of life. Notice our verse; the backslider will soon find himself in a state of fleshly satisfaction. Fulfilling the desires of the flesh will only be for a season and might I say, many times, a very short season. Notice our verse again; this will happen to a good man if he allows himself to be put into that position. Lay out of church one Sunday without legitimate reason and the next Sunday will be easier to miss. Dear friends, this flesh verses spirit issue is serious. Don’t pray for about two days and see how hard it is to get back into the throne room of prayer. Lay your Bible down for a week and see how weak your heart becomes. A dusty Bible is the first signs of a dirty heart. Unbent knees are the true sign of a child of God that has a high and haughty heart. We must guard our self from the desires of the flesh. Be careful little eyes what you see…be careful little ears what you hear…be careful little hands what you touch…be careful big mouth what you say. Oh how true our verse is today. Be careful child of God. Don’t let your guard down! A backslidden condition is easy to acquire. The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
As a child of God living here in this world and participating in this society, it is so easy for us to be distracted from the will of God. It is easy for us to be detoured from the mind set of knowing all this will soon pass. America is by far the fastest growing country in technology on the face of the earth. The older generation that is still alive today can remember when there were no cars. And the youngest generation can purchase a car that talks to you as you drive. Wow, what a drastic change in transportation. Just a little over 100 years ago an airplane was unheard of and now we are flying from coast to coast and even from country to country on a daily basis. Not even to mention that we have astronauts living in outer space for months at a time. Not only transportation has boomed in progress but conversation has as well. The oldest generation living today remembers when the only way to talk to a nearby neighbor was to walk two miles to their house or to hitch up a horse to a wagon and ride a half a day to the nearest dwelling. And just this morning I have been involved in a conversation via my cell phone with a missionary family in the country of Albania. And not only do we see a huge boom in transportation and conversation but also we have experienced a huge evolving in the success of occupation. One hundred years ago everyone grew in a field or harvested from the wild every single bite of food that was put into their mouths. If you did not grow it then you did not eat it. At present day the economy of America has evolved with the progress of technology. It is now rare for a family to grow 5% of their food. Is the matter of fact, less than 5% grows the food for 100% of the population. Yes, we have many problems in our economy today, but an overall view proves great progress in the past century. America is a blessed country. BUT…all this progress will be destroyed in a few moments when the Lord’s plan is totally unfolded. What took 100 years to build will be turned to ashes in a few moments. It is so easy for us to become so involved with this worldly society that we seem to forget that this plan is God’s plan and we are His people and that His plan will be completed as planned. Our verse for today proves that this too shall pass. As the promises of God are preserved in His Word, we can also be assured that time as we know is soon to change drastically. The signs of these times are all around us. Soon and very soon the Bride of Christ will be raptured off the face of this earth. And the unfolding plan of God will cause this earth to gasp for life. Dear friend, the only true eternal life is in Jesus Christ. My friend, John 3 still holds the key to eternal life. Look around you…this too shall pass. But praise the Lord, eternal life awaits us yonder beyond time. It is a good day to be saved my friend! Praise the Lord! Amen.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
2Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. These are uplifting words for the assured child of God. There is an old song that goes like this; “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through”. It is so easy for us to get caught up in the rat race of this world and temporarily forget that we are only here for a little while. Just as the Lord sent Jesus to this earth in fleshly form to take on the flesh that the flesh might be defeated, we too are here in a fleshly form. When we look in the mirror at this form it is not the real us. The real us is our soul. This flesh will return to the dust from which it came and we will receive a glorified body to enter our eternal home. The verses we began with this morning proceed our text this. We are reminded that there are those that make fun of and condemn our faith. There are those that mock the true Word of God by changing it, adding to it and judging it. It is a battle out there if you determine to stand for the true truth. But thank the Lord it is not a battle that we are striving to win. This is a battle that has already been won. It is a victory that has been fixed. The death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ won the war of flesh. Preachers have been preaching the return of Christ for thousands of years. God’s children have been reading about His return for many generations. This worldly society makes fun at what seems to be a fairy tale to them. Our text today clears all the jargon. This text reassures us that the Lord is not tarrying. He is right on time. Our verse quotes a powerful truth. A thousand years seems like a very long time to us. According to human comprehension it is approximately 14 generations. I don’t know about you, but that has been so long ago that I cannot recall who my 14th past great grandfather was. But notice our verse. Those thousand years was only a day in God’s sovereign realm. New Testament preachers have been sounding the alarm of Christ’s return for 2000 years. Well, in the celestial realm that is only 2 days! So that being said, Jesus may part the skies in just a minute! Verse 9 is a great explanation of God’s timing. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. The Lord has a plan that is much bigger than us. He has a plan that is beyond our human ability to comprehend. All we need to know is that the Lord Jesus may return in a few seconds. Be ye therefore ready, for we know not what moment the Lord may return my friend. Amen.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith, it is a wonderful thing. Without faith we cannot please God. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Amen!! Faith in Christ only comes if Christ lives in us and Christ only lives in those that have been saved by grace through faith. Active faith is when an active Jesus lives within the soul. So, how does faith get in us? It is when we are saved, but how did this process begin? Notice our verse; So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Without the Word we have no faith. Without the Word we have no salvation. Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. The Word is in written form and in spirit form. Remember, Jesus was the living Word. John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. The Living Word became flesh and came to the earth to die upon Calvary and supply us with redeeming blood! Then the Living Word arose from the grave and ascended back to the eternities of Glory to intercede for us who are the saved. Oh yes AMEN! So, why has our country became so faithless? Why is our churches filled with faithless people? I will tell you why…because America has closed her ears to the true Word. Churches that stand upon the true spoken Word of God are becoming few and far between. Preachers that preach the true Word in its sovereign power are now few. We have allowed the enemy to attack us from within. Satan has contaminated our well. America is drinking stagnant, diseased water. Ungodly men and women have added to and taken away from the true Word and flooded the bookshelves with this tampered water. Hey, we better wake up America! The faith needed for survival comes by hearing the true Word of God. No wonder we are faithless in this generation. We hear very little Word. How is your faith personally? If you are weak spiritually due to weak faith then hear the Word. We must subject ourselves to the preached Word, the read Word, the true Word. Revelation 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. Amen.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Our text for today is a little more lengthy than usual, but we must read the entire letter to this particular church in order to get the word that the Lord has for us today. These 7 verses were originally written to the church of Ephesus, but it has been preserved for us. The entire Word of God has been preserved for us. I have heard teachers claim certain parts of the Bible does not concern us, but I strongly disagree. No doubt much of it was originally written to and addressed to particular people and groups of people of a particular time period, but it was also preserved that we too can receive instruction and encouragement from the entire Word of God. Yes, we do have to allow the Spirit to discern and distribute the scriptures into our personal hearts and lives being that we live in and under the day of grace and not the old law. This letter we have here was originally written to the Ephesians. Now we are all very familiar with the book of Ephesians. What a powerful book! The 6 chapters of this book contains all the powers of grace salvation. It is packed with blazing truths of God’s sovereign plan. It is planted with little bits of the mysteries of God’s grace. It is a book that a Child of God could be stranded on an island with and would have enough of God’s Word to shout praises unto the Lord daily. But let’s look here in this follow up letter to these same people. John is used of the Lord to write a personal letter to the Ephesians. The church there has been established for quite a while now and it seems that they are beginning to take the hand of God for granted. They were once a church of great power and glory, but now they seem to be in a stupor of slackness. They were once very faithful but now they simply take for granted the breath of God. Notice the first verse written to them at the beginning; Eph 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus. Now notice the 4th verse of this last letter; Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Even though the Lord does take a few verses to brag on them and recognize that they have not totally left the glory, we see that he does lower the boom on them and let them know they have allowed worldliness to slip in. He is saying; “Y’all are still a good church that honors me and believes in my sovereign grace…BUT you have lost your zeal…you have left your first blazing love for me”. Oh my dear friends, how easy it is to allow worldliness to slip in on us. We must strive to keep our heart yearning for God. We must maintain a craving for Christ. Be careful that the trials of this life don’t take your eyes off what really matters. This flesh will begin to feel sorry for itself if we give it a little bit of leeway. We must not forget that this world is not our home but that we are missionaries on a mission journey. The Lord Jesus commended the Ephesians on their doctrine and how they continued to stand against evil works, but he also was quick to remind them that they had left their first state of love for the Lord. Oh dear Father in Heaven, please strengthen us in the spirit that we may not allow stagnation to occur in our service for you and our love for you. Friends, we must ask ourselves this morning…have I allowed the world to dampen my fire? Have I allowed fleshly desires to cause me to take my eyes off what really matters? Am I cold toward God? Lord, help us stay holy and full of the Holy Ghost. Let’s be careful not to let treasures slip away. Stay in love with God! Amen.