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Friday December 8, 2017


Romans 15:32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.


It is the will of the Lord that we that are saved by grace do live in joy and refreshment.  Even in times of trouble and trial the child of God can live in joy.  The river of life that flows within us is a joy that produces refreshment.  But in order for this refreshment to come forth it must be stirred by fellowship.  Many times it is our private fellowship with the Spirit and then many times it is among the brothers and sisters of Christ.  The Apostle Paul reminds us in our verse that the fellowship of the saved is a must.  The Lord’s will is that we gather together to be refreshed in the Spirit of the Lord.  We meet several times a week to be refreshed in the spirit and to give the Lord glory in worship.  The first New Testament refreshing we read of is when the disciples were gathered together in the upper room in one accord.  We at AGBC do the same to kick off each church service.  The upper room prayer time is vital to the service.  This allows us time to fellowship among the brethren and to share burdens and praises.  Most importantly it allows us time to pray.  In order to be in the right spirit for church we must have our praying done.  By entering the upper room we separate ourselves from the world and empty out before the Lord.  This time of prayer gives us time to purge our mind and heart.  A clean mind and heart is ready for the Lord to fill them with His goodness and grace.  Dear friend, if you are not committed to the upper room shame on you.  How in the world do you expect to be ready for worship if you are still mentally warped with the things of the world?  The disciples were refreshed in the upper room.  Also we can see in the beginnings of the New Testament Church that the saved were also refreshed over food and fellowship.  Fellowship gatherings are taken for granted and overlooked by many Christians.  These times are vital to the Christian bond among our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Ladies Bible Study is vital not only to spiritual growth but in binding the hearts of the sisters of the Church.  Many Churches of today are darkened by the bickering and gossiping of the women.  This could be avoided if their hearts were bonded spiritually.  Men’s fellowship is the same.  These times are vital in refreshment.  A child of God that is self-centered and deterred by worldly things will avoid most all fellowship.  They will refuse to leave home in time to enter the upper room.  They will fill their schedule with secular things rather than attend Men’s Fellowship.  Many ladies are too self-centered to sacrifice a few hours of their time to soak in the Word with their sisters in Christ.  Many times the ones who are so easily offended are those that refuses to fellowship in the Spirit.  Regular refreshment is vital to our spiritual growth.  We must make it a priority to seek this refreshment.  Amen.




Thursday, December 7, 2017


Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.


Here in this chapter the Lord sends directions to us through the Apostle Paul.  Throughout this whole chapter 4 of Ephesians we are given directions on our relationship with our fellow brethren.  Let’s be honest, some folk are a little easier to get along with than others.  And to be even more honest, we our selves are not the easiest person to get along with.  We must learn to get along.  Even as a child our parents taught us to get along with others.  There are some common rules we must abide by in order to keep good relations in our daily lives with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  First rule is to guard our tongue.  My friend, our tongue is a dangerous animal that must be haltered.  If we let it run free it will hurt many.  Just because we think it does not mean we say it!  How many people have we hurt by opening our mouth when we should have just shut up?  Oh me, I’m guilty!  Learn to bridle that mouth.  This little action will keep us out of a lot of trouble.  Our verse also mentions to be tenderhearted.  This is easier for some of us more than others.  Some folk naturally are tenderhearted toward others.  Then some are a little rougher around the edges.  All of us must learn to care about others.  We must care about others feelings.  We must care about others wellbeing and needs.  To be tenderhearted we must not be self-centered.  Being selfish and self-centered will bring much harm to our relationships among the brethren.  Then we are commanded to forgive one another.  He compares the strength of this forgiveness to the forgiveness the Lord issued us through Christ.  Because of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ we have been forgiven of sin that should have and could have condemned us to eternal Hell.  We do not and did not deserve this forgiveness.  So we must be willing to forgive others.  We have been granted mercy therefore we must grant mercy.  By the way, true forgiveness does not hold a tight grudge against the subject.  True forgiveness forgives in the power of Christ.  We do not have the power in the flesh to truly forgive. Only in the Spirit can we truly forgive.  Friend, seek the Lord and His power in forgiving others.  If we attempt this in the flesh it will not be effective.  We will continue the grudge if we attempt forgiveness in the flesh.  It must be a spiritual thing.  Then and only then will the flesh be put under submission in the matter.  Only the Lord can tame the flesh.  Brothers and Sisters in Christ, it is His will that we learn to get along with one another.  Amen. 




Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.


This week we have dealt with our faithfulness in the will of the Lord.  As a child of God it is our deep desire to please the Lord in His will.  The only place a Saint of God will ever be content and happy is in the will of the Lord.  As we live out our secular lives we must be very cautious not to allow our fleshly responsibilities to interfere with our spiritual requirements.  Even as a Pastor I have to be cautious not to allow the worldly things to detour me from the spiritual things.  Many of us have busy, busy lives.  If we allow busyness to overtake us then we soon will find ourselves neglecting what blessed us to be busy.  The Psalmist says it so well in our text verse for today.  He has a life desire to dwell in the house of the Lord.  It is a fact that the child of God that is in the will of God will be planted in the House of God.  Ps. 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.  In our text the word “dwell” is used to describe our faithfulness to the Lord’s House.  The word “dwell” here means to be set in, to be married to.  Wow, what a description.  He describes our faithfulness to the House of God as being married to it.  If we gave our spouse as many excuses for unfaithfulness as we give for not attending Church then we would soon be divorced.  To be honest there are no legitimate excuses for missing Church.  Yes, there are times of debilitating sickness, but how many days are truly debilitating??  We use work as an excuse but how acceptable to the Lord is that really?  He did command that we keep Sunday as a day of worship.  Don’t get irritated at me, the Lord commanded this, not the Pastor.  I must say; almost every time I have counseled a child of God for being offended, it followed inconsistent church attendance.  If we have a true desire to be in God’s will then we must be faithful (set in, married to) the House of God.  Notice with me the last part of our verse.  Dwelling in the House of God will allow us the privilege to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.  Oh the glorious beauties of His power and presence we can experience in the House of God!  You can’t get that watching church on TV or listening or watching other people worship on the Internet.  Nothing takes the place of real church worship.  And lastly he mentions being able to “enquire” at the House of God.  I can pray anywhere but nothing matches the power of prayer at the House of God.  What about the personally delivered message the Lord has prepared for us?  It was delivered and we missed it.  Others can tell us about it and we can listen to a recording of it, but it is not the same power.  Many times we suffer misery in our life because we missed the advice and answer session called preaching.  Wow, the Psalmist has a very important reminder for us today.  If we have the desire to stay in the will of God then we had better marry the Church.  Amen.    




Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


We have discussed this verse many times over the years in these Daily Nuggets.  I want us to take a glance back at it today for one important reminder.  Our verse warns those of us that are saved to not be conformed to this world.  This means we must guard ourselves from bending to the ways of the world.  How many times have we witnessed a child of God who little by little allowed themselves to ease back into the ways of the world.  Sometimes it happens in months, but most of the time it happens little by little over a period of 1 to 2 years.  This child of God will allow their self to get numb in certain areas by choosing to overlook that small little warning within their spirit.  These littles become bigs and this life is soon overtaken by a landslide of sin.  They would have never allowed this take over before.  This Christian would have rebuked this attitude a year ago.  No way would they have allowed such offense 2 years ago.  But these little ignored convictions have been overlooked for too long.  My friend, if you spot a roach or two crawling across the counter of your kitchen then you can be sure there are hundreds more in the cracks.  If you ignore that one or two then before long you have an infestation.  Our text verse reminds that we must operate under the power of transformation.  This transformation means a miraculous, continuous renovation of the mind.  The Greek word for transformation is metamorphoo.  You may remember studying plants in school and their process of metamorphosis.  This is the process by which the plant receives it nutrients in which causes the plant to have healthy color and growth.  Any neglect of the plant can cause a disruption in the nutrients.  Notice our verse reminds and warns us of our mind action.  We could discuss this mind stuff for hours, but let’s look at one vital bit of information.  We are reminded to renew our mind through this metamorphoo process.  One very important aspect to this process is daily decisions.  Our slothful decisions of daily life do matter.  Don’t ignore the importance of little decisions.  A bad little decision and then another and then another will build up to a landslide.  I have lost count of Church members over the years that have left the will of God because of offense that was caused by a landslide.  Little by little the bugs built up until an infestation caused major disruption that triggered a detriment.  Oh dear friend, our little decisions matter big.  Listen… what is that small still voice of the Holy Ghost saying.  Don’t ignore small convictions.  They matter.  Don’t ignore small convictions!  Amen.  




Monday, December 4, 2017


Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.


Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.   From the time a child is old enough to crawl in the floor they have an inner desire to please their father.  Also from that same time frame a child has a fleshly desire to rebel against his father.  You see we are born with two natures within us.  We are born with the nature of Adam.  This represents the sinful nature.  You don’t have to teach a child to sin.  They sin naturally.  Then we are also born with the nature of God that is that inner desire to please the Father.  A child will find himself fighting against the rules and commands of his father through the flesh.  But this same child has an inner desire to please his father with his every action. This is not only common but it is right.  This is the way the Lord created us.  If you are a child of God then you have a deep desire to do the will of God.  Even though we continually battle against the will of our rebellious flesh, there is a deep desire to please the Lord.  If you are a born again child of God then you truly want your life to be in the middle of God’s will.  Much of the time we find ourselves leaning toward the rebellious side of the flesh, but that inner desire to be in His will is pulling and desires to win the battle.  Paul explained this well in the book of Romans when he revealed that inner battle between his sinful flesh and his desire to do God’s will.  Also we see in many of the books of the Bible that Paul wrote that he begins the letters with the mention of the same desire.  1Cor. 1:1  Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God…  2Cor. 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God… Eph. 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God… Col. 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…  Paul had a great desire to be and live his life in the will of God.  My friend, the Lord has a sovereign will for your life.  He has created in our inner being a great desire to serve the Lord in His will.  We have an inner desire to pray in His will.  We have that same inner desire to walk each day in His will.  Notice our text verse in Ps. 40.  The Psalmist says he “delights” to do the Lord’s will.  That word delight here in this verse means to bend to please.  Dear friend oh how we must be willing to be pliable in order to live in His will for our life.  Rarely does our life wind up going in the direction that we had planned on it going.  We must be willing to allow His will to guide our life.  Many times we live in misery simply because we are not willing to allow His will.  There is one main reason for this.  Pride!  We personally lay out a plan for the way we personally think things should go but we soon realize that our plan is not coming together the way we planned.  The Lord has a different plan.  Many times we are so prideful that we refuse to allow His will to take over.  You see, we have already announced to those around us what the plan is going to be.  And then when the Lord intervenes with His will we are too prideful to just step back and allow His will to take over.  Dear friend, we must learn to submit to His will.  I can promise us this… His will is always best.  How do we know this?  Because He said so!  Romans 8:28. Be willing to allow His will today.  Be willing to swallow some pride and move over as His will moves in.  Amen.    

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God
Eph 2:8.

 
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