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In the Days of Noah

Romans1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
[16] For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
[17] For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
[18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
[19] Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
[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,

In the beginning man not only knew God but walked with God in a garden. Speaking directly with Him and having the ability to fellowship with Him. Man did not have a litany of commands but simply not to eat of the fruit of the tree. Man did not even have to wear clothing. Man was free. Man could not even obey one simple rule and found himself thrust from the garden. Man’s fellowship broken by sin and the fall of man began. The first man born murdered the second man born. Man had no excuse from the very beginning God had revealed Himself to man.

Romans 1:23] 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.
[24] Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
[25] Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

By the time the third birth of man Seth is mentioned mankind began to “call upon the name of the Lord” meaning not they were seeking God but they were calling things not God a god. This rock is the Lord or this tree is the Lord etc..(Genesis 4:26)

Romans 1:26] For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
[27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
[28] And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
[29] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
[30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
[31] Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
[32] Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

In less than 2,000 years man had filled the world with violence and corrupted the world (Genesis 6:11) to the point God decided to destroy humanity (Genesis 6:13). Noah having found grace in the eyes of the Lord was spared along with his family. Judgment fell on the earth in the year 1656.
Has mankind progressed so much since the days of Noah? After almost 2,000 years of the preaching of the gospel of the grace of God have we made great leaps of progress? Let us look at 11 Timothy 3 and find what God has to say about the end times of mankind.

 

2Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
[2] For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
[3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
[4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
[5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
[6] For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
[7] Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
[8] Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
[9] But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

Wow. Mankind has not improved much. Comparing the end time with the days of Noah and we see a startling thing. We find we have come full circle. History has indeed repeated itself. Jesus Himself having warned humanity the last days will be like it was in the days of Noah. A fool could look at today’s society and , if they were honest, would have to acknowledge man has made no progress. We have regressed back to those who did not want to worship God as God.

2Tim.3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2a] For men shall be lovers of their own selves,

Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

2Tim 3:2b covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
[30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

2Tim 3:3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

[4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Romans 1:[30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

2Tim. 3:5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
[6] For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
[7] Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Romans 1:22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

2Tim. 3:8] Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
[9] But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

Romans 1:32] Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Now we find the condition of humanity just as it was in the days of Noah. Jesus did not teach the world would be progressively made better through the preaching of the gospel. But rather, mankind would get progressively worse until it was in the same state as in the days of Noah. What was the result? Judgment fell. Just as it did on the world of Noah so shall it fall on this society now. Just as in the days of Noah, Noah was rescued so it will be in the end as those who have trusted in Christ has Savior will be removed just prior to the fall of God’s judgment. I encourage you today to come to the cross and receive Christ into your hearts before it is too late.

Romans 10:9] 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.

Taking A Trip

TAKING A TRIP
We are all making a trip today. From the time we were born until now we are all making a journey. We all will reach our destination at a point in time. On this trip there are only two possible destinations. In order to arrive at a desired destination it requires some planning. Has anyone ever told you they were taking a trip and when asked to where they said they did not know? How silly that would seem. Imagine the following conversation:
Hey Mike I am going on a vacation.
Awesome. Where are you going?
I don’t know.
How are you getting there?
I don’t know.
But this is exactly how millions of people are currently traveling on this trip. They blindly live each day unaware where they are heading and most with an attitude of unconcern. I would like to discuss the taking of this trip.

The first thing to do when taking any trip is to pick a destination.
As stated before, there are only two destinations on this trip. The one is Hell and requires no planning whatsoever. It takes only for a person to commit a sin and their reservation is guaranteed. The other destination is Heaven and requires a reservation because it is an exclusive place. Only those who have been saved by the shed blood of Jesus may enter.

John 3:[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
[17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
[18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Jesus said if you do not believe in Him you already stand condemned in your sins. Your destination has been chosen and if you die in your sins you will reach your destination post haste.

John 8:21] Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.
[22] Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.
[23] And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
[24] I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

Luke 16:22] And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
[23] And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

I encourage you to pick your destination.

The second step in taking a trip after you have picked your destination is to make a reservation. It is the unwise traveler who plans to go somewhere without making a guaranteed reservation before leaving.

Ephesians 1:12] That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
[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,
[14] Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

2Cor.5:[1] For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
[2] For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
[3] If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
[4] For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
[5] Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
[6] Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
[7] (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
[8] We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

The Bible tells us we must first hear the gospel, you must believe the gospel, you must trust the gospel and then you are sealed by the Holy Spirit which GUARANTEES (the earnest of our reservation) our place in the heavenlies.

After you have made a choice in destination and you have made your reservation the third thing might be to look at a map to chose the route you will take. No one picks a destination and then gets in their car with no idea the route they will take to get to their desired destination. It would be ridiculous on the point of insanity to attempt such a thing.

John.14:[1] Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
[2] In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
[3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
[4] And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
[5] Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
[6] Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

We can indeed pick our destination, receive a guaranteed reservation and then travel according to the Will of God by consulting His road map the Bible. The only way we can walk as God wants us to walk is to seek His will in our walk. The way to know His will is to consult His book, the Bible. God has provided man with the road map to Heaven. It begins at the cross and will carry you all the way to Heaven’s door.

The fourth thing a person might do is talk to someone who has gone there before and read travel brochures about their destination.

1Tim.3:[15] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
[16] And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Jesus has already made the trip and is waiting for you on the other side. You can find out what He has to say by reading His Word and hearing His word preached at a Bible believing church every week.

Most people when taking a trip do not want to travel alone but want their friends and family to go with them. It is important for those of us going to Heaven to invite as many as we can to join us on this journey. Usually a person planning a trip talks about it to anyone who will listen.

11 Corinthians 5:[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.

Philippians 2:15] That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
[16] Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Let me encourage you plan your trip. Do not leave it to chance. Based on the Word of God I tell you if you do not plan this trip you will end up at a destination where you do not want to be.

 

Salvation

John.3:[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Here we have a promise from God. He sent His Son to die for your sins. Not just yours but the entire world. God loves His creation and wants all of us to trust in Him. There is no one left out. God sent His Son to die for EVERYONE.

Rom.3:[10] As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
3:[23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Since we are human we find we are all sinners before God. None of us are good enough to get to Heaven. We stand with our sins on us and all of the guilt.

Rom.5:[8] But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

God has a plan to remove our sin and guilt from us. He took our sin and guilt and placed it on the perfect Son of God Jesus Christ. Jesus died for the guilt of our sin and took it to Hell in our place.

Rom.6:[23] For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We have all earned death because of our sin. But God has provided a way to obtain eternal life instead of eternal death. It is God’s gift to everyone.

Rom.10:[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.

If you want to become a Christian and receive forgiveness you must trust in Jesus.

1) Acknowledge you are a sinner before God.

2) Repent of your sins.

3) Ask God for forgiveness

4) Give your heart to Jesus and ask Him to come in.

5) Believe in God’s forgiveness through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

6) Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus.

Jesus did all the work for your salvation. Put your trust in His shed blood for you.

7 Things That Can Cause A Minister To Fall

7 Things That Can Make A Christian Minister Fall

1) Legalism
1Tim.1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
[4] Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
[5] Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
[6] From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
[7] Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

So many times over the years I have seen born again believers lose themselves in self-righteousness. Beginning to use the law as a basis for their faith. Forgetting the law was nailed to the cross. They begin to walk by sight and not by faith.

2) Pride
1Tim.3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Many a good minister has taken a great fall from the pinnacle of pride. We need to be ever mindful it is God that gives increase and not we ourselves. We need to ever be humble in the sight of God.

3) A bad testimony
1Tim.3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

A good report of those who are lost? Yes indeed. If a man is seeking to be a minister it is just common prudence to check on his references. Did he have a secular employer? If so, what kind of reputation did he have among his co-workers and employer? Was he industrious? Was he honest? Was he punctual? All of these tell something of the character of a person and according to the Word of God can impact his ministry.

4) Money
1Tim.6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

A minister should always be mindful the ministry is not for the purpose of making us wealthy but rather a service for Jesus. If you start to worry about the money, before you know it you will be sacrificing sound doctrine in an effort to please the givers.

5) Education
1 Ti 6:[20] O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
[21] Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

In itself education can be a good thing. But an education which does not hold the Word of God as its core curriculum will lead one astray. The Word of God (KJV-1611)is the source of all doctrine. It is the standard for the man of God to preach, teach and to live. Any science that does not agree with the Bible is false science.

6) False doctrine
11 Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
[16] But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
[17] And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
[18] Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

The standard of faith being the Word of God (KJV-1611), it is where all doctrine is derived from. Man’s opinion is not important. We should always refer to the Book for truth.

7) Love of the world
11 Ti 4:[10] For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

We are indeed in the world but not of the world. We labor for a treasure laid up beyond this world. When the things of this world hinder our service it is time to let them go. Our focus should be on the eternal and not this temporal ball we live on.

 

Building a Spiritual Appetite

Matt.5:[6] Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

Jn 3:[5] Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
[6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
[7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

When you receive Christ as your Savior you become reborn on the inside. The Spirit of God brings about a rebirth. The new man inside of you needs food just as your fleshly body needs food. Too many Christians seem apathetic towards church and the things of God. We need a craving for the things of God. If you begin to lay out of church and go for days without reading your Bible the spirit within begins to starve itself. Just as a body who doesn’t eat for awhile eventually loses the hunger pains and slowly starves to death so the spirit within begins to dwindle up inside. We the people of God should be hungry for spiritual food. Can you imagine if the only food you ate physically was on Sunday morning? How weak would your body be?
For those who seem to have lost their spiritual appetite let me share these steps for increasing appetite both physical and spiritual.

Step 1
Exercise! Exercise builds an appetite.
Heb.5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
[13] For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
[14] But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

We develop a spiritual appetite by exercising the principles of God’s Word. Actively work for the cause of Christ. Just as a filled sponge has no more room unless wrung out so the spirit inside becomes satiated unless emptied in sharing and caring for others.

Step 2
Eat several small meals throughout the day as opposed to 3 giant meals. Keep your Bible nearby. Read a verse throughout the day. Say a quick prayer. Sing a Christian chorus.

Jn 4:[32] But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
[33] Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
[34] Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Step 3
Meals should be taken at regular times. Make yourself eat when it is time. Soon you will find you are getting hungry at your regular mealtimes.

The early church gathered every day! Not simply three times a week! We rarely find time to attend church to feed twice on Sundays!
Acts.2:42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:[43] And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
[44] And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
[45] And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
[46] And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
[47] Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Step 4
Make sensory pleasing meals. Meals that appeal to the sight and smell.

We give our seed to the church which is used by the minister to prepare food for the Christian spirit. The minister is to prepare food for the hungry soul whereby the Christian may grow. But, if we do not give the seed and we do not attend to get fed we will not have a spiritual appetite.

2Cor.9:[9] (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
[10] Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

Step 5
Drink after your meal not during. Too much beverage intake will fill you up and hamper your appetite.

Too many Christians are full of the milk of the gospel and do not have an appetite for the meat of God’s Word. They are babies and stunted in their spiritual growth. Let’s not get full on the milk but let us strive to get the meat.

1Cor.3:[1] And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
[2] I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
[3] For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Step 6
Use a variety of spices and seasonings to dress up your meals and make them tastier and more appealing.

The Christian should be well rounded in the doctrines of the faith so they are able to give sound answers.
Salt is something that gives worth to what we say. Salt is a preservative. Salt purifies. May you be eating well seasoned meals so you may be prepared to give out well seasoned answers to those who have questions.

Col.4:[5] Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
[6] Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

 

 

Be Of Good Cheer

Matt.9:[2] And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

The devil no doubt tries to discourage believers and get them into the depth of depression. No matter what life has thrown at you , one thing the devil cannot touch is your forgiveness. Here we have a man sick with palsy whom Jesus does not heal immediately but rather forgives his sins.
Which would you consider your greater need? Your physical comfort? Your life free of obstacles? Certainly, the most urgent need of anyone is the salvation of their soul. Jesus died and paid the penalty for your sins. By simple faith in His atoning blood you too cam receive forgiveness as this man did.
Let this be an encouragement to you. When life has you on the ropes just remember, the devil cannot take away what Jesus has done for you on the cross.
A Christian can indeed be of good cheer, our sins are forgiven.

Matt.14:[24] But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
[25] And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
[26] And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
[27] But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

When the storms come, and come they will, we must remember Jesus is with us through it all. Though we may become weak in our faith and the devil may cause some doubt to creep in, we must always remember Jesus has promised to never leave us or forsake us. No matter how dark the night or how high the way Jesus is with us and will be with us to the other side.

John.16:[31] Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
[32] Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
[33] These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Please take note here. Jesus did not make this statement after the Resurrection that He had overcome. No my brother, He assured us victory was His even before He faced Pilate. Our victory is just as certain. If Jesus is our Lord, we can rest in His unchanging grace. We too have overcome and our victory guaranteed through His blood. Jesus Himself tells us in this world we will have tribulations but our peace is not the peace the world has to offer. Our peace is peace with God knowing the debt of our sins has been paid for. This world is but a temporary environment which we must endure for so many years. But my brother eternity awaits us and the devil cannot change it.

So there you have it my brother the 3 reasons you can be of good cheer straight from the lips of our Savior.
Your sins are forgiven
He is with us in every storm of life
Victory is guaranteed.

The Mind

Prov.23:7 (a) For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:

I would like to look at 2 Corinthians and get some thoughts on the Christian mind. We are told we have the mind of Christ as Christians. I think it beneficial to look at the descriptive words in 2 Corinthians on the kind of mind we should have in our lives.

2Cor.7:[7] And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

Fervent mind
First we find the Corinthians had a FERVENT mind. Fervent meaning to boil or to be excited and glowing. We as Christians should have an on-fire mind for the Lord and the things of God. Remember the church in Laodicea God said they were lukewarm. We as individual Christians should be hot and excited about what God has done for us, the people of God , God’s Word and God’s house. We should be fired up about what God can do in the lives of others if they will let Him.

2Cor.8:[12] For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

Willing mind
God wants His children to have a willing mind. God does not call everyone to the mission field or to preach, or to pastor but God expects ALL of His children to be WILLING. Not reluctant or hesitant but willing to do whatever God gives you to do for His honor and glory. He gave us His all and we find it hard to attend church regularly or to read His Word. We develop lockjaw when it is time to share His love with others. It starts in the attitude. We must have a willing mind.

2Cor.8:[19] And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:

Ready mind
God does not want His children to be pushed to do something for Him. He wants us to be quick and looking for the opportunity to do something for the cause of Jesus Christ. He wants us to be prepared.

Ready- Quick; prompt; not hesitating Quick to receive or comprehend; not slow or dull, Quick in action or execution

2Cor.9:[2] For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.

Forward mind
God wants His children to be forward. Zealous and eager to give to the cause of Christ. Not stingy or reserved. Looking for the opportunity to give to the Lord’s work.

2Cor.13:[11] Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Unified mind
We as a body of believers in Christ should be on the same page. We should have the same doctrine and the same standard for conduct and lifestyle. The New Testament body should have the Bible as its one and only standard for every outreach and doctrine.

 

 

Now let’s look at two kinds of minds we as Christians should NOT have.

2Cor.11:[3] But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Corrupted mind
A mind who was once on the right path and thinking the correct things. It has been influenced by the devil into following a path of false doctrine. The mind who has allowed other things to infiltrate and convince it there are other requirements for salvation outside of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

2Cor.3:[14] But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
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2Cor.4:[4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Blinded mind
Satan, the great deceiver, can convince the human mind that they are okay using a moral code or religion to lead them from the truth of the gospel. Blinding them to their need for the Saviour. Convincing them any belief system is okay as long as they are sincere or deceiving them into thinking it is their own works that is required to be saved.

Comfort

1Thes.3:[1] Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
[2] And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
[3] That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
[4] For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
[5] For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
[6] But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
[7] Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:The mutual faith of others may be a comfort to the brethren. Important reason to be in church is to be a comfort to others.

The Bible teaches we, as Christians, are appointed to afflictions. (vs. 3-4) The source of our tribulation is the devil. (vs. 5) We do not have a choice in the matter. Tribulation will come to us as long as we try to serve the Lord. Through no fault of our own it will find us. It is up to us how we handle these situations. Does it make our faith weaker or stronger ? Does it drive us away from the Lord or closer? The church at Thessalonica continued on. (vs. 6) The Apostle Paul drew comfort from the attitude and faith under duress of the people at Thessalonica. We too can draw comfort from those who through deep trials overcame and continued moving forward for the Lord.

Rom.15:[1] We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
[2] Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
[3] For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
[4] For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Looking at verse four we find we can draw comfort in times of need from the lessons of the past. The Bible is full of those who have served God and the dark times that fell upon them. God, who is Faithful, brought them through their trials. God will never leave our side. Perhaps one of the best comforts a Christian will find is the Word of God. (vs. 4)

1Cor.14:[1] Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
[2] For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
[3] But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Hearing the preaching of God’s Word is a comfort to believers. (vs. 3) It is not the time to stray when trials hit but indeed the time to draw closer to God. I am troubled by the ease with which some folks stay out of church. In the evil days of now there is a more pressing need for the preaching of God’s Word. And in times of trials even more of a need to hear the Word of God preached.

2Cor.1:[1] Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
[2] Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
[3] Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
[4] Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
[5] For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
[6] And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
[7] And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
[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:
[10] Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
[11] Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

God is a comfort to His children. Please note the scripture makes no promise as to the removal of the trial but the promise is God will comfort you. The strength of a Christian is not to how quickly the trial ends but what they do through the trial. Do they continue to praise God? Do they continue to do His will? Do they just keep moving forward? Listen folks, we are to maintain our faith and our walk all the way to the grave. Our investment is not in this world but in the world beyond the grave. As indicated by the passage, our walk in trials is a strength to others who also face trials. We not only draw comfort from God but we can be a comfort to others who see our testimony under fire. We must remember to pray for each other and hold each other up in spirit.

2Cor.7:[4] Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
[5] For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.
[6] Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
[7] And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

The fellowship of fellow Christians is a comfort in times of trouble. Christians should not isolate themselves in times of trial but rather actively seek a brother or sister in Christ. If we know of someone who is experiencing dark times we need to reach out to them and acknowledge their pain and let them know we are there with them and praying for them.

Phil 1:[29] For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
[30] Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Phil.2:[1] If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
[2] Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

We should draw comfort in the fact of God loves us. We need to draw comfort knowing our fellow Christians love us. In times of trial a Christian should seek every opportunity to fellowship with the brethren and to draw comfort from the fellowship.

1Thes.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.
Everything in this world is temporary. Let me repeat this, everything in this world is temporary. Life itself is transient. We may be here today and gone tomorrow. The comfort of being a Christian is the knowledge this world is not the end of it all but when we leave it is only the beginning. We have been passed from death unto life. We are to comfort ourselves in the knowledge that our faith is for the next life not this one. As the Apostle Paul wrote ‘if in this life only we have hope we are of all men most miserable.‘ Our comfort is in the fact our faith goes beyond this world. All of our hope is invested on the other side. We have the hope that Christ will not leave us in this wicked world but when the time comes He will gloriously take us out of this cursed world and we will be safe with Him while the wrath of God is poured out. (1 Thes 5:8-11)

2Thes.2:[13] But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
[14] Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
[15] Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
[16] Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
[17] Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

Mother’s Day

Eph.6:[2] Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

Sunday heralds the day when we commemorate our mothers. God has always expected His children to respect their parents and made promise to those who do. I would like to look at Mary, the mother of Jesus and call some attention to the things she was able to instill in her children from her heart. Though there is no special grace to Mary, as she like all of us was in the need of a Savior, she still found favor with God and was a chosen vessel to be used of God for a special purpose. The purpose of bringing Jesus into the world and raising Him.

Luke.1:[26] And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
[27] To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
[28] And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
[29] And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
[30] And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
[31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
[32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
[33] And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
[34] Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Mary though engaged had not had a sexual relationship. She was able to teach to her children about the proper conduct between boys and girls.

[35] And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
[36] And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
[37] For with God nothing shall be impossible.
[38] And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Mary was able to teach her children nothing is impossible with God.
Mary was able to teach her children God is a God of His Word.
Mary was able to teach her children to accept the will of God for their life.

[39] And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
[40] And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
[41] And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
[42] And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
[43] And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
[44] For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
[45] And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

Mary was able to teach her children to believe the Word of God and to accept the will of God in their life.

[46] And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

She was able to teach her children to magnify the Lord with their mind.

[47] And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

She was able to teach her children to rejoice in the Lord with their heart and not just their mouth.
She was able to teach her children God is our Savior and she needed a Savior.

[48] For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

She was able to teach her children to have a personal relationship with God.
She was able to teach her children she received blessing from God and she was not the giver of blessing.

[49] For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

She was able to teach her children God is the source of great things.
She was able to teach her children God is Holy.

[50] And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

She was able to teach her children God is merciful to those who fear Him throughout all ages.

[51] He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

She was able to teach her children God is the source of strength and destroyer of the proud.

[52] He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

She was able to teach her children God is the source of putting down and lifting up.

[53] He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

She was able to teach her children God is the source of real satisfaction and reward and money is not a means of favor with God.

[54] He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

She was able to teach her children God is on the side of His children and doesn’t forget them.

[55] As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

She was able to teach her children the acceptance and validity of the Word of God and His promises in the Old Testament.

She followed Jesus all the way to the cross ( Jn 19:25-27) and was still with the Apostles after the Resurrection. (Acts 1:13-14)
She held true to the purpose of God with her life and accepted the atonement of the shed blood of Jesus and remained faithful throughout her life to God.
My prayer today is for all mothers to follow her example in the raising up of their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

 

 

Hatred

There is a heresy among the believers which cannot go unchallenged. The teaching has come out that God, Who because of His love prepared a way of salvation, now HATES the lost. The New Testament is so thorough in its teaching that God loves mankind and wants every man to be saved I must wonder where this mind set comes from. It is as if we Christians have achieved some standing and righteousness we can now look at the lost with repugnance and hatred claiming some moral standing of our own that makes us better than the lost. The New Testament is clear, none of us have any righteousness of our own no matter how moral we may be. All of our standing is by God’s grace and grace alone. I would like to call your attention to the teaching of the New Testament because the Bible is our authority and not man.
If God now hates sinners where would be our hope? We are all sinners the difference being Christians have put our trust in the forgiveness of our sins in the blood of Jesus while the lost have not.

Let us begin in the book of Matthew. Acknowledging the fact we are not under the gospel of the kingdom but perhaps we can see something of the Mind of God in it.

Mt 5:43] Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
[44] But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
[45] That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
[46] For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
[47] And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
[48] Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

I am not going to teach keeping of the gospel of the kingdom but must point out: God’s PERFECTION causes Him to LOVE THE JUST AND THE UNJUST.
There are those who teach that God, in order to be perfect, must love the righteous (saved) and HATE the lost. This is not so, because of His perfection He must LOVE all according to Matthew chapter 5. This is why it is written God is not willing that ANY should perish.

1Thes.3:[12] And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

Time and space would fail me in an effort to quote all of the Pauline references to love our fellow man. This verse, to me, is the clearest in its teaching to not only love the lost but ABOUND in love towards the lost. We do not love their sin but we are to love them with a focus on converting them through the gospel. We are not to just abound in love to our brethren but also to those who are lost. This is not an opinion this is CLEAR NEW TESTAMENT PAULINE EPISTLE COMMAND.
The word ALL is ALL inclusive.

Ga 5:[20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Hatred is a sin of the flesh. Listed along with idolatry, witchcraft, variance, wrath, strife, seditions and heresies. So are we to say God HATES someone and commit’s a sin of the flesh? Are we to begin to hate in the name of God when it is CLEARLY a work of the flesh? Do we have some special dispensation from God which allows us to go against CLEAR Biblical commands in the name of God and HATE others?
God forbid! HATING is living in the flesh. Having a moral repugnance to a sin is one thing but HATING an individual for his actions is a SIN. I think some Christians have forgotten how they are saved and do not realize their own ability to be immoral if not for the grace of God.

Tit.3:[1] Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
[2] To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
[3] For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
[4] But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
[5] Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
[6] Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
[7] That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Verse three clearly teaches hatred was a sin of our past. We are not taught by the Spirit to HATE. Hate comes from the flesh. After the love off God was manifested on the cross we may now be saved through the shed blood of Jesus. This blood and mercy is not just extended to a select few but to ALL OF MANKIND. We are not saved because we are righteous or good but because of God’s mercy and grace.

 

 

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