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Apostle’s Faults

The Apostles chosen by Jesus were men with faults such as we are. Jesus chose them in spite of their faults and used them to the glory of the Father. As the Apostle Paul gives us in :
First Corinthians 1:[26] For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
[27] But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
[28] And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
[29] That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Never let the Devil convince you that God does not have a purpose for you in His plans. God will use those who are willing to be used. I would like to look at the Apostles this morning and their imperfections.

In John we find an example of bigotry.
John. 1:[45] Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
[46] And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Here Nathanael plainly says the people of Nazareth are no good. Nathanael knowing nothing about whom is speaking just categorically says Nazarites are no good.

In the gospel of Matthew we find:
Matthew 20:[20] Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
[21] And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
[22] But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
[23] And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
[24] And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.

What a couple of humble guys wanting to lord it over the other apostles. They must think them above the rest. A little bit of the sin of prde you think?

In Matthew we find also:
Matthew 16:[8] Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
[9] Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
[10] Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
[11] How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

Here we find a fine example of ignorance. A lack of grasping Spiritual truth and inability not to think in the flesh.

In Matthew we find also:

Matthew 26:[33] Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
[34] Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
[35] Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

Here we find a fine example of posturing and boasting.

In Matthew we also find:
Matthew 26:[40] And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
[41] Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
[42] He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
[43] And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
[44] And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

These men indeed were not supermen but had many weaknesses.

In the gospel of Luke we find:

Lu. 8:22] Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
[23] But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
[24] And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
[25] And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

Even in the presence of Jesus fear raised its head.

In the gospel of Luke we also find:
Luke 9:[51] And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
[52] And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.
[53] And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
[54] And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
[55] But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
[56] For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

Not looking for a chance to forgive but rather to yield vengeance.

Let us look in the gospel of John.
John. 20:[26] And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
[27] Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
[28] And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
[29] Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

We find even a doubter walked with the Lord.

In John we also find:
John 18:[10] Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.
[11] Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
[12] Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

Did Peter who had seen so many miracles done think the Lord needed his sword? Here we find a good example of being impetuous.

In Acts we find:
Acts 10: [9] On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
[10] And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
[11] And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
[12] Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
[13] And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
[14] But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
[15] And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
[16] This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

Can you find a better example of stubbornness?

In spite of their weaknesses and humanity God used them to accomplish His mighty works.

Acts.17:[6] And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

What excuse do you use not to be used of God?

 

Freedom

John 8:[28] Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
[29] And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
[30] As he spake these words, many believed on him.
[31] Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
[32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

This morning I would like to share with you how to be free. 

Ephesians 1:[13] In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Jesus Christ came down from Heaven and lived a sinless life in the flesh, dying on the cross and resurrecting from the grave for your sins and mine. This is the simple truth of the gospel. Accepting Him as your personal Savior being the only method by which to receive eternal life from God.
This truth has made us free from several things. I would like to look at theses this morning.

The first freedom I wish to look at is freedom from works. There is no work capable to expatiate our sins. No work by which we may present ourselves righteous before God. The truth of the gospel has freed us from tryin to work for our salvation.
The Bible says in Ephesians two:

Ephesians 2:[7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

We have also been freed from the bondage of the law. Jesus Christ having come and fulfilled the law dying under the law has paid the debt owed by our sins. Freed from the law

Romans 7:[1] Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
[2] For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
[3] So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
[4] Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
[5] For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
[6] But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

The truth has also freed us from the curse. Our sins were not only paid for by His shed blood but His death and sufferings He paid the full price. It says in Galatians three:

Galatians 3:[10] For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
[11] But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
[12] And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
[13] Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

The truth has also set us free from the guilt of our sins. Our sin had left a debt and brought shame and guilt on us but Jesus paid and set us free of the guilt taking it upon Himself at Calvary. It says in Romans 3:

Romans 3:[19] Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
[20] Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
[21] But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
[22] Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
[23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
[24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

The truth has also freed us from the condemnation. Jesus having endured the punishment for my sins. It says in Romans 5:

Romans 5:[15] But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
[16] And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
[17] For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
[18] Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

The truth has also freed us from the fear of death. Jesus Christ having tasted death for every man. I can bravely face death knowing I have been passed from death unto life through Jesus’ blood. It says in Hebrews two:

Hebrews 2:[14] Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
[15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

The truth has set us free from sin. The old sin nature which has bound us no longer holds sway over the way we live our lives. Being born again and allowing the Holy Spirit to conform us to the image of Christ. It says in Romans six:

Romans 6:[1] What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
[2] God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
[3] Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
[4] Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
[5] For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
[6] Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
[7] For he that is dead is freed from sin.

How about you this morning? Would you like to be free?

 

Endure

Hebrews 11:[27] By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

We can endure because we have met Jesus. For those of us who have met the Savior and have experienced new birth, we can endure because “greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world”.

It also helps us to endure when we become fully aware and acknowledge we no longer belong to ourselves but have a responsibility to God to magnify Him in all things. (“as seeing Him who is invisible”)

It also helps us to endure if we have a vision. A vision you ask? I am not talking about rolling on the floor and foaming and gibbering. I mean a look with the spiritual eye at what God wants for you in your life and your church. Having a goal and moving towards it.

Hebrews 12:[1] Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
[2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
[3] For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

We can endure because we know that we are being watched. Have you ever been involved in a competition and knowing your parents are attending just try a little harder because they were watching?

We can endure because we have a Savior to look to. Looking beyond the situation to see the end of it all as eternity at home with the Lord. Jesus endured because of the eternity to come and the salvation His death was providing to mankind.

We can endure because Jesus endured it all for us.

1Corinthians 13:[4] Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
[5] Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
[6] Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
[7] Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

We can endure because we have love in our hearts. We love God, we love the lost and we love our brethren.
Knowing that our lives and how we handle situations impacts those around us and because we love and are loved we can endure.

2Thessalonians 1:[1] Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
[2] Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
[3] We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
[4] So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

We can endure if we have a growing faith and abounding love. We do not allow the situations to control us but rather go forward for the cause of Christ in spite of the situations. These people in Thessalonica had a growing faith and abounding love but suffered persecutions and tribulations.

2Timothy 2:[3] Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

We can endure if we keep in mind we are a soldier. A warrior if you would in the war against the devil with men’s souls in the balance. We can endure if we keep in our mind we are fighting for the Lord and not ourselves. We have indeed been bought with a price. This struggle we are having is one of supernatural proportions and we as Christian soldiers do not for a moment want the devil wo win in our lives.

2Timothy 3:[11] Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

We can endure because our deliverance is of the Lord. Whether our deliverance is immediate or long in coming it is in control of the Lord. Our deliverance might not come until He takes us home but even this is deliverance indeed from the world of pain and sorrow to eternal glory.
Let me encourage you today to make our Savior proud for great is our reward in the end. Keep your eyes on Jesus and march forward knowing our struggle will soon be past and this rotten world will no longer trouble us and we will rest in eternal bliss with Jesus.

Contentment

Philippians 4:[11] Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Amidst a nation of consumers this thought seems to be so foreign. America is geared towards getting as much as you can. Giving little regard to the pain and suffering of others. America is driven by greed and the obtaining of things. Where you never seem to be satiated with the things you have obtained.
We always want something better or faster or bigger. There seems to be no end to our wants.
We have raised a generation of give mes. The Apostle Paul gave his life for the winning and educating of the body of Christ. He arrived at a point in his life where he realized his physical state was unimportant and what mattered was his spiritual state. His satisfaction was not established by what he possessed but Who he possessed.
The Apostle Paul on more than one occasion instructed Christians to follow his example. Let us examine this passage in Philippians and learn from the Apostle Paul.

Philippians 4:8] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Let us Christians not cloud our minds with negative thoughts. If all around you chaos comes then praise God for His wonderful grace which has saved you from Hell. The helmet of salvation can protect the mind from all sorts of injurious thoughts the devil throws at you. No matter what may come the devil cannot take from you your eternal security given by the salvation of Jesus Christ the Lord. If no other positive thought can come to your mind you can focus steadfastly on this fact.
As the Apostle Paul grew to the point of being content there were certain things he did. Let us look and learn.

Philippians 4: 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Those things,

which ye have both learned
For the people to have learned of Paul he must first be a teacher

and received
For the people to have received the Apostle Paul must be a giver

and heard
For the people to have heard the Apostle Paul must be a speaker

and seen in me
For the people to have seen the Apostle Paul must be a doer

[10] But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly
The Apostle Paul was a praiser of the Lord when he received blessings from the church.

that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
The Apostle Paul realized and acknowledged the people had a desire to help the ministry but at times were unable to. Not bearing a grudge or chastising them for at times not being able to provide but grateful that when they could they did.

[11] Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
The Apostle Paul had learned that our physical circumstances should not determine our spiritual walk. The Apostle Paul had learned God is still God. In bad times or good times nothing separates us from the love of God. He did not become discouraged by the vicissitudes of life.
So we see contentment can be learned and should not be based on our physical circumstances.

[12] I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
[13] I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

God is still God regardless of our circumstances. We must indeed walk by faith and not by sight.
Christ should be the source of our ability to be content and not our fleshly circumstances. How do you achieve this? Only through the power of Jesus in your daily life and by:

Philippians 4:8] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

1Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
[7] For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
[8] And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Righteousness

Rev.20:[11] And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
[12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
[13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
[14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
[15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

There is coming a day of Judgment for all of mankind. There might be those who think they will stand in judgment and be okay because after all “they are as good as the next guy”. They gamble with the eternal destiny of their soul thinking they will be alright. They do not realize the seriousness of their sin or perhaps how God views sin. Let us look at some of the standards as set forth by Jesus in the sermon on the mount. Then I want to ask you how good do you think you are? and how will you measure up on Judgment Day?

Matthew 5:20] For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus tells us our righteousness must EXCEED the Pharisees. The Pharisees lived the law. They tithed, witnessed, taught, prayed, gave to the poor, worshiped God etc. They were indeed a godly sect but not good enough to face the Day of Judgment.

[21] Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
[22] But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

So you think you are good enough? Ever been angry? Ever lost your cool?

27] Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
[28] But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Ever look at a pretty woman and thought you would like to have them? Not even expressed it necessarily but just THOUGHT it?

[29] And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
[30] And if thy right hand offend thee, cut if off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Still think you are okay? This is how God looks at our sin!!!

38] Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
[39] But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
[40] And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
[41] And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
[42] Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Think you look out for your fellow man? Do you meet this standard of brotherly love?

48] Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Well, how are you measuring up? You think you are perfect? Think you can stand the Judgment? NONE OF US ON OUR OWN MERIT WILL BE ABLE TO STAND BEFORE ALMIGHTY GOD. Then what are we to do? How can a man stand before God? There is one way and one way only to do so.

2 Corinthians 5:[[14] For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
[15] And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
[16] Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
[17] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
[18] And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
[19] To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
[20] Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
[21] For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Jesus Christ died for your sin. He lived the perfect life and died on the cross for your sin. God raised Him up out of Hell so that you may have eternal life. We are to confess before God we are a sinner and having no hope ask Jesus to come into our heart and give your life to Him. God has promised to make us a new creature and give us His righteousness because we possess none of our own.

Philippians 3:[9] And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

 I implore you give your life to Jesus before it is too late. Accept the free gift of salvation by putting your trust in Jesus Christ.

 

Stand

Why we stand
We stand because we belong to Christ. We have been bought with a price and everything we do should be as if we were doing it personally for Him. He has saved us for Himself. We should want to bring glory to our God.

Romans 14:[4] Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

We stand because we will be judged for our works for rewards. May we lay up in store a great treasure of abundance for eternity.

Romans 14:[10] But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Our stand or not standing impacts fellow believers. We should all desire to set an example to the lost AND to our brethren as a means of encouragement to them.

1Thessalonians 3:[8] For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

How we stand
We stand by our faith. When the world seems to be crumbling around us our faith can keep us standing.

2Corinthians 1:[24] Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

We are able to stand by putting on the whole armor of God. We draw strength by living the truth, righteousness and being prepared to give the gospel and having our faith as a defense against the devil. Ready to war with out salvation firmly fixed and the Word of God in our hand.

Ephesians 6:[11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
[12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
[13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
[14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Where we stand
The educational world may mock our faith and make light of God but we as Christians do not stand according to human wisdom but in God’s power. It is the power of God as presented through the preaching of the gospel that cleanses man from sin. It is the power of God that resurrects a man from death. It is the power of God that causes me to love the unlovable.

1Corinthians 2:[5] That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

We stand in the gospel. We know God saves by His grace through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. Not by our works or our goodness but by His mercy. It is the simplicity of the gospel which causes some to stumble but we Christians do not stumble but stand in it. It is what has made me a child of God and a citizen of New Jerusalem.

1Corinthians 15:[1] Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

We stand in THE faith. Note “THE” in this verse. Faith in the New Testament not only means our acceptance of what God has said but also means a set of religious beliefs. There indeed is faith in God and there is also “THE” faith. We stand in the doctrines of the New Testament as given by the Holy Spirit to the Apostle Paul. Our faith determines where we stand. We have a set of doctrinal beliefs based upon the Word of God and therein we stand. Not compromising, firmly planted.

1Corinthians 16:[13] Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

We stand in liberty. Not being in bondage to the law of commandments but by the Spirit we serve God. Having been born again by the Spirit we experience the joy which only freedom can bring. Not freedom to sin but the freedom from sin. Those who walk in the Spirit have no need to fear the flesh but through the Spirit walk according to the will of God.

Galatians 5:[1] Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

We stand in one spirit. In order to be standing with someone else and striving with someone else necessitates a joining. Those who would denigrate belonging to a church should take heed. Christians do not stand alone but stand together. The basic integral part of being in one mind is the having of one Bible.

Philippians 1:[27] Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Fast means close firmly affixed to. We stand fast in the Lord. Not in our job, financial circumstances, situations but in the Lord. More so than at any other time we need to stand as close to the Lord as possible. Not allowing the devil or the world to dissuade us from our faith. Circumstances change but our Lord is ever constant. (The same yesterday, today and forever.) The more the storms blow the closer we must cling to the Lord.
Philippians 4:[1] Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

We need to stand perfect and in the will of God. Many Christians waste time by trying to “find the will of God” for themselves. The Pauline epistles surely tell us the will of God for every Christian. Look up the references for the will of God. Allow the Holy Spirit to help you realize there are many ways in our personal life to do the will of God. Not some ephemeral “call” but the will of God for each of us. Get in line with the Word and when you have done this if God has a “special” call for you He will surely let you know.
We are to be “perfect” meaning mature or full gorwn. Not milk baby carnal Christians but one who has experienced God in our daily walk and has withstood the fires of trial and remained steadfast. One who has studied the Word and applied it in our lives.

Colossians 4:[12] Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

 

 

 

 

Put Not Your Trust

America has forgotten how it became a great nation. We have confused the products of greatness with the cause of greatness. It is not her wealth, position, power or military might which has made her great. These are merely the results of the great foundation wherewith she was founded.
It makes me think of Romans chapter one which speaks of mankind worshipping the creation instead of the Creator.

Romans 1:20] For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
[21] Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
[22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
[23] And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

The Bible warns us not to put our trust in military might.
Psalms 44:[5] Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
[6] For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.

The Bible warns us not to trust in our wealth.
Psalms 52:[5] God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
[6] The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:
[7] Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

The Bible warns us not to trust in power,
Psalms 62:[7] In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
[8] Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
[9] Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
[10] Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
[11] God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

The Bible warns us not to trust in our rulers.
Psalms 146:[1] Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.
[2] While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
[3] Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

The Bible warns us not to put our trust in lying words.
Jeremiah 7:[1] The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
[2] Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.
[3] Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
[4] Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

The Bible warns us not to trust in our brother.
Jeremiah 9:[3] And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.
[4] Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

The Bible warns us not to trust in friends.
Micah 7:[1] Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.
[2] The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
[3] That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
[4] The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
[5] Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

The Bible warns us not to even trust in ourselves.
2Corinthians 1:[8] For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
[9] But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

Whether it be a man or a nation, whenever they forget Who made them great and begin to think the things which were a product of their greatness is what made them great they are in for a fall.

Psalms 9:[17] The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

What Kind Of Fellow Are You?

I ask you this morning, what kind of fellow are you? What do you do for the cause of Christ? Why do you do it? Do you study His word? Do you attend His house? Do you pray? Do you help others? Do you show the light to those around you through word and deed? This morning I want to share with you why we do the things we do and ask you again what kind of fellow are you?

First of all. If you are a Christian you are a spoil of war. You are engaged in a spiritual battle between the forces of good and evil. You were fighting on the side of the devil and Jesus took you away and you became a prisoner of Jesus Christ. As a prisoner we are a spoil of war.

Romans 16:[7] Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

We do what we do because of our love for the Lord, our minister, our church, or our brethren. Because of the love in us we have a desire to help and we become a fellow helper.

2Corinthians 8:[23] Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be inquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.

We do what we do because Heaven is our home and we are no longer of this world. We have become fellow citizens of another place.

Ephesians 2:[19] Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

We do it because we are of the same family. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. We have become fellow heirs.

Ephesians 3:[6] That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

We do it because we are in a spiritual war and it is our duty. We have a responsibility to the Lord. We have become fellow soldiers.

Philippians 2:25] Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

We do it because we know that the work we do for the Lord will not go unnoticed but He has promised us rewards for our work. We have become fellow laborers.

Philippians 4:[3] And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

We do it because Jesus has given Himself for us and we belong to Him. We have become a fellow servant.

Colossians 1:[7] As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

We do it because we love our people and want them to be a part of the family of God. We have become a fellow worker.

Colossians 4:[10] Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)
[11] And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.

Again I ask you this morning what kind of fellow are you?

The Word of God

2Timothy 2:[15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

One of the most important instructions for a minister are contained within this verse. A minister must first of all STUDY. Exhibiting to God he is worthy of being entrusted with the teaching of a flock.
Secondly he must be a worker. God has no room for a lazy minister. One who knows he has done the work not being ashamed.
Third he must rightly divide. Brethren every word in the Bible is God’s Word but not every word is addressed to you. The minister must through the leadership of the Holy Spirit divide the Word correctly.
Fourth the minister must have the Word of Truth. The minister must know what is the Word of Truth and not vacillate on it.

Let us look at the book of Luke.
Luke.11:[27] And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
[28] But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Jesus after speaking truth to the people heard a voice crying out extolling His mother Mary. (Let this be a lesson for all Mary is no more special than any of us.) Jesus Himself said a person who hears the Word of God and keeps it is more blessed than His mother Mary. But what is the Word of God for you? What is the Word of God for a lost and dying man in this current Age?

Let us look in Genesis chapter six.
Gen.6:[7] And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
[8] But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
[9] These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
[10] And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
[11] The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
[12] And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
[13] And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
[14] Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
[15] And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
[16] A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
[17] And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
[18] But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
[19] And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
[20] Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
[21] And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
[22] Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

The Word of God for Noah was God was going to judge the world and destroy it through a flood. God’s Word for Noah was to build an ark to be saved. (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.) The Word of God for Noah was simple. Noah did it and lived. My friend, you could say well, this is the Word of God directly from God so I must listen and keep it. You could go and build an ark but it would not save you. Why not? This is the Word of God and Jesus said if I hear it and keep it I would receive His blessing. The problem is that this is NOT the Word of God for you!

Let us look in Genesis chapter 15.
Gen.15:[1] After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
[2] And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
[3] And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
[4] And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
[5] And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
[6] And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

The Word of God for Abram was He would give him a son and make his seed as numerous as the stars of Heaven. Abram believed God and God gave him His righteousness. (Hebrews 11:[8] By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
[9] By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise)
This is indeed the Word of God. You can say well this is the Word of God and I believe God will give me a great line of descendants so God is going to give me His righteousness because I heard the Word of God and will keep it. The problem is this is not the Word of God for you! It was the Word of God for Abram.

Let us look at Exodus chapter three.
Exod.3:[1] Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
[2] And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
[3] And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
[4] And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
[5] And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
[6] Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
[7] And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
[8] And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
[9] Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
[10] Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

The Word of God for Moses was he would lead the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt. Moses heard and kept it. (Hebrews 11:[23] By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
[24] By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
[25] Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
[26] Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
[27] By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
[28] Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
[29] By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.)
You can say well this is the Word of God so I will hear it and keep it and lead the children of Israel. The problem is this is the Word of God for Moses and not for you.

Let us look at Matthew chapter four.
Matt.4:[17] From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

There it is. The Word of God. Well, this is indeed the Word of God. The problem is this is the Word of God to the nation of Israel. Preparing them for acceptance of their King and an earthly kingdom. This is not the Word of God for you. Israel rejected their King and crucified Him on a cross.

Let us look at Romans chapter ten.

Rom.10:[1] Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
[2] For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
[3] For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
[4] For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
[5] For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
[6] But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
[7] Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
[8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
[9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
[11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
[12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
[13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
[14] How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
[15] And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
[16] But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
[17] So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Finally, the Word of God for this Age and for you my friend. In order to receive salvation in this generation one must confess and believe. Not building an ark, not wandering the countryside, not keeping the law but simply hearing the Word of God and believing it with your heart. Salvation has never been simpler. God has promised to save anyone who calls upon the Lord as Savior.
Confess
Believe.
It could not be any simpler.

 

IN MEMORY OF AUNT BERTHA

Aunt Bertha (Lutz-Friedeck-Grona) went home to be with the Lord. Services to be held Wednesday in Seguin Texas. The following is the message to be brought at her services by retired Pastor Walter Green.

John.20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
[12] And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
[13] And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
[14] And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
[15] Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

I ask you this morning Why weepest thou? Aunt Bertha has gone home to be with the Lord. Though her body lays here with us she is happy and at rest in the bosom of our Lord. We will miss her for now but some glorious day we will meet again. I do not say this because she was a wonderful woman, and she was, but I say this because she knew Jesus as her personal Savior and He has promised us who have our faith in Him that He will receive us to Himself. Those of us who have trusted Jesus with our salvation will surely meet again and what a glorious reunion we will share on the other side.

John 20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
[17] Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
[18] Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
[19] Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
[20] And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Just as Jesus was Resurrected and went to be with the Father so He shall return and take us home to be with Him.

It says in First Thessalonians
4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
[14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
[15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
[16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
[17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
[18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Based on the assurance of God’s Word I tell you we will indeed be with Aunt Bertha again.

 

 

 

GRAVESIDE
2Tim.4:[1] I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
[2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
[3] For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
[4] And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
[5] But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
[6] For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
[7] I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
[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.

Just as the Apostle Paul was ready to go home so was Aunt Bertha. Her tired human body finally gave out but her soul and her spirit live on. She kept the faith and fought her fight and is now at rest with the Lord. If she could speak to us today I am confident she would beg those here who do not know the Lord to put their faith in Him before it is too late.

 

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