The Daily Nugget
Friday, January 23, 2015
Proverbs 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
Why would we pray such a prayer as this? Why would Solomon ask God for such a request as this one here in our verse? He asked the Lord to take away “vanity and lies”. Then he asked the Lord to remove all riches and poverty from him. By the way, Solomon was a very, very wealthy man and a man of much riches, yet he was a man of great wisdom. Let’s look at the verse immediately following this verse and we will more understand this request. “Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” His desire is that the Lord would keep him from allowing worldly goods from detouring him from that rich relationship with the Lord that he so greatly desired. Solomon deeply desired a close and powerful connection with the Lord, but many times we find him overtaken by his riches or his wealth and then other times we see him overtaken by the lust of the flesh with his many wives and women. How many good men today are overtaken by this world’s offerings of worldly wealth and lust? The scriptures warn us over and over against allowing worldly gain to detour us from a close relationship with our Lord. But there is one huge, huge, huge mistake we all make in attempting to heed to this warning. We place a condemnation boundary for everyone but our self. We find ourselves condemning those around us because they have crossed the boundary we set up for them. My friend, who are we to place the line of limit for our neighbor? Every person is created different even though we are all the same. Some are created to have the ability to handle more wealth than others. Some are created to handle more riches than others. We are quick to condemn those that appear to have more than us. My friend, just because a man appears to have more than us does not mean he is living in sin! Maybe he does not have what it appears he has. Or maybe we are overlooking the many problems that come with what he has. Or maybe the Lord knows he can handle wealth better than you can. Many men have nothing because the Lord cannot trust them with much. There are men that cannot physically or spiritually handle wealth or riches. God knows they are bad stewards therefore He keeps His goods far from them. Let me give all of us some advice this morning; we must allow God Himself to draw these lines of boundary. We must pray this prayer that Solomon prayed. “Lord, take away anything that is causing a distance between you and me. Don’t allow me to have any possession that causes friction between you and me. And Lord, that that you have trusted me with, please give me wisdom to be a good steward of it.” By the way, in the eyes of the Almighty, what is a lot? What is big? What is rich? You see, our little ole fleshly eyes and mind cannot comprehend the ways of God. We must not be dwelling on who has what, but yet we must be dwelling on being a good steward of what He has placed us in charge of. Amen.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
2Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
We began a study yesterday on how our lives should show proof of our position in the Lord. And that’s exactly what our lifestyle does, it proves our spiritual state. “Ye shall know them by their fruit”. We discussed the biblical position and responsibilities of you Sisters yesterday so we must discuss us men today. Even though it would take many days and possibly even years to completely discuss all the responsibilities of you Sisters in Christ and as well as for us men, we will just hit some high points. It is our responsibility as the man of our home to be just that…the man of our home. Not a slave driver, a physical or verbal abuser, not a smartalec, not a pride filled nincompoop. But we are to be a Godly, God-filled, Holy Ghost led man of God. We are the Pastor of our home. We are commanded to love our wives even as Christ also loved the Church and died for it. We are to be the spigot that fills our home with the Spirit of God. Our countenance should be one of so much of the presence of God that a natural reverence for the leader of the home resides in the atmosphere of the home. We must lead our home in being faithful in everything that we do. Be committed and teach your home to be committed. Amen! It is our responsibility to provide for the home. I do realize that there are physical ailments that sometimes interfere with some men being able to physically provide. But are you extending your strength in areas that will assist you in fulfilling this obligation? We live in America, the land of program assistance for those that are physically disable. Whether we are physically working or whether we have arranged for our family’s needs to be met in some other way, the main thing is that we are taking initiative to tend to the needs of our home. The scripture says that a lazy man is unworthy of any blessings of God. Don’t be lazy, be responsible. The man of the home should do all in his power to keep his children in submission to their parents and to the commands of the Word of God. Yes, I do realize that children disobey. But it is our responsibility to apply what biblical punishment is needed to remind them that misbehavior is not a wise thing. Be God’s man of your home! Don’t be a hen pecked sissy! Many men have given up on their responsibilities and bowed down to their wives as the head of the home. Shame on us men for putting her in that position. The Lord did not gear her in the ability and power to lead a home. That’s our responsibility. Oh how American Christian homes need a real man present in the home! Brethren, we won’t get away with this slothful way of living. Look around…it’s haunting us even today. Our churches are dead because of the lack of real men of God, our schools are a war zone because the men have not carried out their biblical duties in the home. Our country is in a terrible mess simply because the men have not stood for the real God and His real Word. As the Army says; “We need a few good men”! Men, be a man, a Godly man, a Holy Ghost filled man. Amen.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
As a Christian, do you ever feel guilty that you are not serving the Lord as you should? Our lives can become so busy that we can easily overlook what really matters. Being busy is not all a bad thing if we are busy doing the right things. Yes, we do have responsibilities in this life that must be met, but many times we add to our load many things that are carnal and cause us to neglect why we are really on this earth. According to scriptures, us men have a responsibility to earn a living for our home. According to scripture, you ladies have a responsibility to keep the home. What is keeping the home? Keeping a home is probably one of the most vital responsibilities in the family. Not only does she tend to the physical needs of her children and husband, but she supplies the love and tenderness needed emotionally. The “Women’s Lib” movement was one of the most devastating stabs this country has ever experienced. A group of unsaved, ungodly women attempted to destroy the peaceful, joy filled position of a mother by down grading her spiritual position in the home. As a result, we now find our homes in a chaotic mess. Disease infested daycares now raise our children in an atmosphere of kiddy boot camp. Before some of you get all upset, I do realize there are some daycares out there that do a good job. But is it the daycare’s job to raise our children? Our homes suffer from the lack of the scriptural raising of our children. Many of you are probably offended at me this morning, but may I ask one question? Can you back up your lifestyle scripturally? The issue lies in that we try to live above our means. And why are we comparing our lives to the carnal world anyway? Why are we trying to keep up with the worldly crowd? American Christians are so addicted to earthly things that we are stretched from can to can’t trying to pay for all our stuff. I see us entering a lengthy study on responsibility here. Yes, today leaned toward you ladies, but we shall go further tomorrow. Don’t get all mad at the preacher. It is my job and calling to preach the biblical truth. I have a suggestion for all of us today…men and women included. Let’s all take a few minutes and read Proverbs 31:10-31. May this day be blessed by the Lord. Amen.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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.
The Lord Jesus gave Himself as the supreme sacrifice for our sins. It is that perfect blood that He shed on the cross that provides the remission for our sins. It is a perfect blood. It is a providing blood. And it is a powerful blood. It is perfect because Jesus is the sinless Son of God. It is providing because God loved us so much that He gave His Son as the supreme sacrifice. And it is powerful because this blood has the power to redeem us from the judgment of our sin condemnation! Amen! Our verse says that He redeemed us from “iniquity”. This word means - (any violation of God’s law, a transgression, wickedness, unrighteousness). Oh my, that includes all sin. There are no cracks of escape left there. That’s why Romans 3:23 states that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. You see whether we have just told a little lie or we have committed a robbery, we are guilty of condemning sin. But good news! Jesus gave Himself that He might redeem us from sin. And then notice that this redemption has the power to “purify” us. Not long ago I was in the market for a particular type vehicle. After much searching I found one. I checked it out and it seemed to meet the criteria. So I purchased it. But it was filthy. It was filthy inside and outside. I carried it straight home and began a thorough cleansing. After several hours of scrubbing and vacuuming the vehicle looked like a different ride. I was now more proud of it than when I first purchased it. You see, a good clean up makes all the difference. That’s exactly what the Lord Jesus did for us. He purchased us out of our filth and sin. He soon began a clean up process. “Purify” means – (to cleanse, to purge). He washed us in His own blood. Revelation 1:5 …Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. His desire was to create for Himself a “peculiar people”. Our word “peculiar” here in this verse means – (a purchased possession that is beyond usual and is special). Oh my, I feel unworthy to be one of these. Nevertheless He purchased me to be one of these peculiar people. What a great privilege to be one of His special purchases. He has purchased us and purged us. And then He has placed us in a special position as His child. My friend, we must be “zealous of good works”. Anyone that comes to the realization of what the Lord Jesus really did to them and for them should be humbled into the submission of service unto Him. It is easy for us to allow our flesh to try and take credit for who we are. But when and if we allow this we then put ourselves in a threatened place. Ungratefulness is a dangerous state to be in. Oh how we must seek to be zealous of this work. We must remember that without Him we are doomed and condemned. It is He that sought us, bought us and purged us from our sin. Praise His dear name! Amen.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Being a saved child of God makes life worth living. Is the matter of fact, Jesus is life and without Him we have no quality of life. Without Him life is condemned, but with Him we have eternal life. He is life. As we live day to day in this world it is easy for us to take our eyes off the reality of life and dwell on this physical temporary life. Life here on earth can be discouraging and defeating. This is simply because life here is soon to come to an end. The word of God is clear about God’s plan and we can be assured that the promises in God’s Word are truth. But as a born again child of God we have much to look forward to. We must learn to look beyond the problems here on earth. We must be determined to dwell on life beyond these troubles and trials that we endure here. My friend, this earth is cursed with a curse. Sin has cursed this land therefore it is slowly but surely crumbling into destruction. We can witness on a daily basis the downfall of this society. We see morals becoming evil and wicked. We see the respect of life dwindling away. Many are denying the true Word of God and many are even denying God Himself. All this is a sign of God’s sovereign plan unfolding right before our eyes. But for us that are purged of our sin and covered under God’s wonderful warranty of the blood of Christ, we are safe, sealed and secure in the arms of the great Creator. The signs of the times make our text verse more precious than gold. We are intently looking forward to our blessed hope. This is the knowing and believing in the great promise of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds to call us home. The Word is clear on this promise. It will happen! It is a Godly Promise! Our hope is an assurance, an absolute. The Word clearly speaks of His glorious appearing. He will step out onto the very atmosphere He spoke into existence. His appearing will be announced with the sound of the heavenly trumpet. His powerful voice will command His children home. I remember as a child we would be out on the farm playing in the barn or in the pasture. As late evening would approach we would be completely engulfed in our activities. My mother would open the back door and announce that it was time to come home for supper. No matter what we were doing it all of a sudden became unimportant. We dropped everything and ran toward the house. Why? Because it was suppertime! My friend, there is coming a day when we will be engulfed in the activities of this world and we will all of a sudden here the voice of our Saviour calling us home. We will gladly drop everything and head home. Praise the Lord! And might I add…look around, it is late in the evening my dear friend. Amen.