10
Jan
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL ROMANS 1:25-32 OUR SOCIETY IS IN A DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF SIN

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Romans 1:25-32 says because we worship things rather than Him our society is in a downward spiral of sin.  The crime rate for women in our country is rapidly growing upward, as our society forgets God, He leaves us to have our own way.  Romans 1:26 says even the women are involved in homosexuality along with the men.  When women fall to the same level of sin as men, our society has really left God to the point that even though they know that God will judge them they don’t care and they not only continue to sin, but egg others on to do the same thing.

8
Jan
2018

1 JOHN 5:13-21 HOW TO HAVE THE ASSURANCE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HEAVEN

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I John 5:13- Purpose of Writing The Epistle

1John 5:14

1) Confidence of freedom from shame at the rapture, 2:28,

2) Confidence of a clear conscience in prayer, 3:21-22, and

3) Confidence at the judgment seat of Christ because our love resembles God’s love, 4:17.

Principle: God is accessible to the believer.

Confidence in prayer is for those who are born again yet many experience frustration in prayer. They can trust God for eternal life but they cannot trust Him for this life. We trust God for a life without end but we do not trust Him to meet our financial needs.

We have a general faith in God but very little confidence in Him. We know that we place confidence in God if we have an effective prayer life.

Matt. 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Eph 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Application: Our right of asking God for petitions and intercessions is unconditional. Our right rests on the person and work of Christ. That is why we come in Jesus’ name.

John 14:24 “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

 The Christian today has access to the God of the universe because Jesus broke the barrier between God and the Christian. The Christian has uninhibited boldness in prayer because of the work of Jesus Christ.

Heb. 4:14” Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

that if we ask anything

“If we ask” presumes expectation. Since the Christian is certain that he possesses eternal life (5:13), he can be confident that God answers prayer.

Principle: We must know the will of God to have confidence in prayer.

because God did not answer their prayer. They assume that prayer fails to meet their needs.

Some Christians use prayer as a genie that persuades God to do what they want. If they rub the genie the right way, they get what they want. This is a parody of prayer. By this they make outlandish demands on God that they believe is their right. God promises to meet our needs, not our “greed”. This is praying “according to our lusts,”

James 4:3 “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

Genuine prayer prays in God’s will and according to God’s nature. Prayer outside God’s will is an insult to His integrity. There is a wide range wherein we can pray. We pray for what God requires, not what we desire.

 Prayer is not an endeavor to move God to see things our way. It is not an attempt to change God’s values or standards. God is not willing to give His child something that is not good for him. God wants to give what is in the best interest of the child of God. God does not pander to self-gratification.

Phil. 4:19” And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Our prayers must align themselves with the will of God and be consistent with the character and plan of God for the universe. Jesus said, “Not my will but Yours be done”.

according to His will,

God always answers prayer that is asked “according to His will.” God reveals His will in the Word of God. God answers prayer according to certain standards. For example, we must ask in Jesus name (John 14:13; 15:16) and be in fellowship (John 15:7; 1 John 3:22) for God to answer prayer. Another condition is to have confidence that God hears and responds to prayer.

there are many prayers God never hears.

Psalm 66:8 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”

1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”

1 John 5:15 “And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

When a child of God believes God’s promises in prayer, God moves His hand for that believer.

Application: God has certain ground rules for answered prayer. Here are a number of qualifications to answered prayer:

  1. Praying in Jesus name (prayer that is consistent with His person and work and based on that authority), John 14:13-14; 16:23-24
  2. Abiding in fellowship (the Spirit-filled life), John 15:7; Ps 66:18; James 4:3
  3. Ask in faith, James 1:5-8; Je 33:33
  4. Ask according to God’s will, 1 John 5:14

God never violates Himself to answer our prayers. He will not contradict His holiness to answer prayer.

Matt. 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

Prov. 15:8, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.”

Prov. 15:29 “The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.”

Luke 11:1 “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

Luke 18:1 “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart…”

Acts 6:4 “…but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

1 John 5:16 “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death

John continues his discussion on prayer in this verse but he extends the issue to praying for those in spiritual need.

The object of prayer in this verse is a believer out of fellowship. The word “brother” clearly indicates that the person in need is a Christian (2:9-11; 3:14-15; 5:1). The words “a sin” indicate that the issue at hand is a specific sin or an identifiable sin.

The person who prays about this situation must “see” the sin for himself.

which does not lead to death,

The idea of “death” here is not spiritual death but physical death. Some Christians die prematurely because of protracted unconfessed sin (1 Cor. 5:5; 11:30).

Principle: Some Christians die physically before their time.

Application: Christians begin eternal life at the point of salvation and can never lose that salvation at any future point.

John 10:28 “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”

John 17:11 “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.”

However, Christians can lose the experience of abundant living.  John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

There are a number of occasions of the “sin unto death” in the Word of God. Ananias and Sapphira are cases in point (Acts 5:1-11). God sentenced them to death for misrepresentation of the facts. Paul assigned a Christian living in incest to death should he not repent (1 Cor. 5:1-5).

Moses committed the sin unto death by striking the rock (Nu 20:8, 12). Achan committed the sin unto death by hiding condemned garments in the book of Joshua. He and his family were put to death for this.

Many Christians do not die in bed. God does not allow them to live out their full amount of years. God jerks them up short and takes them home to be with Him. He takes them home with a dishonorable discharge. That is a miserable way to go home to meet God. God saves their soul so as by fire. He saves some people by the skin of their teeth.

1 Cor. 3:15 “If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

James 5:14 “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. James 5:16 “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

1 Tim. 5:24 “Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later. 25 Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden.”

1 John 5:17

“All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.”

All unrighteousness is sin,

“All unrighteousness” is an occasion for intercessory prayer except for the sin unto death (5:16).

5:18-20 Final Assurances

1 John 5:18 No one born of God Sins

“We know Principle: Once it was natural to sin but now it is unnatural.

1 John 5:19 - We are Of God

1 John 5:20 - Son of God has come and given us understanding  Heb 1 – Son has spoken to us in these last days.

4
Jan
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL JAMES 1.19-27 BE SWIFT TO HEAR

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Hi, I'm Marty McKenzie with His Love Ministries.  James 1:19-27 says that we should be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.  That we need to lay aside all sin and receive the truth that is able to save our souls.  Many of us are like the man who looks in the mirror, we see that something is wrong, but don’t do anything about it.  We are not only to be hearers of the Word, but doers.  He says if we are not doers and our faith is not expressed by good works, we are deceiving ourselves and are not saved.  So where do you stand?

3
Jan
2018

1 JOHN 5:6-12 THE WITNESS OF GOD

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If you want a witness from God, if you want to be one of God's witnesses who echoes God's testimony, there isn't really a better place to go than right here. 

  1. The witness of God concerning His Son, says verse 9 It is our faith in Him that overcomes the world.  We must believe in the true Son of God, the true Christ, the eternal one. 

 in chapter 2 verse 22, "Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ, this is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son...that is the equality between God the Father and God the Son.  Whoever denies the Son doesn't have the Father, the one who confesses the Son has the Father also."  One's Christology is critical, one's right view of Christ is essential to salvation.  Again in chapter 3 John affirms this.  Verse 23, "This is His commandment that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ."  Chapter 4 again, verses 1 and 2, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, tests the spirits to see whether they're from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God.  Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God and this is the spirit of antichrist." 

chapter 4 to verses 9 and 10 we read: "By this the love of God was manifested in us that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."  Understanding and believing the truth about Christ and His redemptive work is absolutely critical.  Chapter 5 verse 1, "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God."  And what is our faith?  Verse 5, "Believing that Jesus is the Son of God." his is the witness of God concerning His Son.  This is the testimony of God.  Down in verse 10, "The one who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself." That is if you believe Jesus Christ to be who the Father says He is, you have received God's testimony.  The one who does not believe that Jesus is who God said He is, makes God into a liar.  And so we have in this text this most important theme of the witness of God.  God here summarizes His testimony concerning His Son.  John here is elaborating on a single statement that he made in his gospel, John 20:31, "These are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing you might have life through His name."  That was the purpose for which he wrote the whole of the gospel of John the great "I Am" titles that compose so much of that gospel.  And, of course, the gospel of John starts with the great statement that” In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. 

If you want to know the testimony of God, don't listen to the Jehovah's Witnesses, listen to God's true witness recorded through the gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and most notably John, whose purpose is to write things that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and believing have life through His name.

What does "water and blood" mean?

That is not any divine statement, that's a very physical, very human affirmation that this person was dead.

Then there's a second view that has gained some popularity that this refers to the two ordinances of the church.  Water, referring to baptism; and blood, referring to the communion service...baptism and the Lord's table. that doesn't give any divine witness either because that's a function of the church.  That's not a God-given witness, that's a church witness, isn't it? 

And I would say something else, as well.  In the baptism of Christ He identified with sinners, didn't He?  He identified with sinners.  You see, baptism was baptism of repentance.  It was baptism of repentance.  He didn't have anything to repent of.  But there in that most unique way He told John, "You have to baptize Me."  John said no, the reverse is true.  And He said, "No, you have to baptize Me.  I need to fulfill all righteousness."  And there He was in His baptism identifying with sinners and defining the reason He came.  And the Father gave witness, "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."

And the second divine testimony was given at His blood, as it were, or at His death, that at the end of His ministry...at the end.  That too defined His ministry because as He had identified with sinners in going into the waters of a baptism of repentance, He fully identified with sinners at the cross by taking their punishment.  Those are tremendously defining events, two monumental experiences bracketing His ministry of redemption.  And so the Father says, "I gave testimony at His baptism, testimony at His death."

sometime after 90 A.D., a serious heresy had already developed which said that Jesus was God's Son at His baptism, but not at the cross.  .  This is part of the developing of Gnosticism. We've seen how they believe that spirit was good and matter was evil, and so they denied the full doctrine of the incarnation that God, the good Spirit, could ever take up permanent residence in a human being, was unacceptable to the dualism of their thinking.  They did allow the Christ's Spirit to come down at the baptism, stay awhile and then go away.  They could not involve God in flesh in any permanent way and certainly not in the sufferings of death. 

Verse 7, "And it is the Spirit who bears witness because the Spirit is the truth," or, "Because He is the Spirit of Truth."  The third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, gives witness from the Father of the Son because He's the Spirit of Truth.  He always speaks what is true.  Doesn't just mean that but it does mean that. 

verse 8 then says, "For there are three that bear witness, the Spirit and the water and the blood and the three are in agreement."

we find the very same thing here in chapter 5 verse 13, to know you're saved you have to know you believe in the Son of God.  The name of the Son of God means all that He is...all that He's done.  And so belonging to Jesus Christ, belonging to God starts with believing in Jesus Christ Anything else is antichrist and cuts one off from salvation and eternal life.

Now the question is, what is it that brings us to this conviction?  What is it that brings us to this faith?  What is it that brings us to this believing?  And the answer is, the witness of God.  verse 17 of Matthew 3, "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."  The Father is perfectly pleased with the Son.   bore witness saying, 'I beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven and He remained on Him.'"

Matthew chapter 27, verse 45. "From the sixth hour, darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour."  Supernatural darkness,  verse 51, "Behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom."  That cannot be done by men, far too high, far too heavy. And the earth shook."  God literally shook the planet.  "And the rocks were split and the tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised and coming out of the tombs.  After His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many." 

 verse 54 says, "Now the centurion and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became frightened and said...what?... 'Truly this was the Son of God.'" Not only did the centurion say it but those who were with him said it.  There's no other conclusion.  This was the Son of God.  Here was God's testimony at the cross. And you could also say that the Father's testimony was given at the cross by the fulfillment on the cross of the Old Testament pictures.  For example, Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 He was smitten of God and afflicted, that's why He said, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"  

All right, God then gave His testimony.  Why did He give it? 

  1. verse 11, let's look at the purpose for God's testimony, very simple.  "And the witness is this..."  Here's the reason for the witness.  "The witness is this, that God has given us eternal life." the reason that God gives this witness is because God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son.  So if you don't have the witness of God that brings you to believe in His Son, you don't have eternal life.  Eternal life, zoe aionion, is life in God's Kingdom, the next life, eternal life, life after this life. 

It's always about eternal life. We've talked about the witness of God and the purpose of that witness. 

  1. Let's talk about a response to God's witness.  And with this we'll back up to verse 10 and then look at verse 12 just briefly.  What should be our response?

Verse 10, "The one who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself.  The one who does not believe God has made Him a liar because he has not believed in the witness that God has borne concerning His Son." You who believe have received an eternal life and you have a lifelong grip on Jesus Christ, you will never let go.  "Those who went out from us went out from us because they never were of us, but you hold on to life through faith in Jesus Christ."

verse 12.  "He who has the Son has the life.  He who does not have the Son of God does not have the life." 

Is that simple enough?  If you don't have Christ, you don't have life. 

John 1:12 is a good place to end.  "As many as received Him, as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name."  If you haven't received Him, Jesus Christ, believed in His name, you have not been saved. All of that the Father's testimony through these three great confirming categories of evidence.  And the end result is if you believe, you embrace the truth and you are saved and you are given eternal life.  If you don't, you make God a liar because you will not believe.  It's as simple as this.  If you have the Son, you have eternal life.  If you don't, you have no eternal life.

28
Dec
2017

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL AS CHRISTIANS WE NEED TO REPENT

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As Christians it looks like we have some repenting and some crying out to God we need to do. Just as the Israelites in the book of Judges were oppressed by others because of their sin, we too have sinned and fallen very short of the calling we have as Christians. It is no wonder we have the leaders and people who are oppressing us. Let us begin to live as we ought to and fulfill our calling as Christians, then we can cry out to God to ask Him to deliver us. 1Pe 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

27
Dec
2017

1 JOHN 2:15-17 THE LOVE THAT GOD HATES OR THE TEST OF LOVING THE WORLD PART 2

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1John 2:16 And the pride of life

 Ja 4: 16 “But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”

Pride involves both boastfulness and self-sufficiency.  It is a willful independence from God, “I have enough resources in myself.  I don’t need God.” 

Ga 5: 26 “Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

 Ph 2: 3 “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

  1. is not of the Father but is of the world

God gives at least 5 strategies to fight against the world, the flesh and the devil.

1st He commands us to “flee.” 

1 Ti 6: 6-11 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.  “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

 2 Ti 2: 22Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

 2nd His command to deal with the “flesh” is to deny or not yield to it.

 Ro 6: 12 “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”

 3rd His command against the Devil is to “resist” him by submitting to God.

 James 4:7 Jas 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

1 Pe 5: 9Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

4th His command is to bring every thought captive unto the obedience of God.

2Cor 10:5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

 5th His command is in Ga 5: 16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. of the flesh,

 The world’s values are short-lived (temporary) (2:17)

1Jo 2:17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

The world is a temporary system.  God’s values endure into eternity

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

Mt 24: 35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”

 and the lust of it;

 The person who dies with the most toys does not win!

Jim Elliot, the missionary martyred by the very people he was trying to reach with the gospel, said this; “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” 

Co 3: 2Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth”.

 But he who does the will of God abides forever

The will of God is the best thing we can do with our lives. 

 1 Pe 4: 2 “…that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.”

 The will of God is the true purpose for the life of the believer.  Everything worthwhile revolves around God’s will.  It should be the normal activity of the Christian. 

Ep 5: 17 “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Co 1: 9 “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…”

 Jesus did the will of God in Gethsemane (Mt 26:39).  He prayed that prayer in the greatest crisis of His life. There is something more important than our personal welfare – the will of God. 

 1 Pe 4: 2that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”

Ps 40: 8  “I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”

abides forever

 His point is that those who walk in fellowship with God enjoy doing something that will last forever.  We want to be an asset, not a liability, to the cause of Christ in time for when we do that, it will last forever. 

 Notice the three reasons why we should not love the world.  An absolute God cannot fellowship with a Christian who loves the world.

  1. The love of the Father is not in him
  2. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world.
  3. The world is passing away

2Co 5:18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation

Mt 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Mt 6:9 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;

Mt 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you

Mr 10:29-31 So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's,

20
Dec
2017

PASTORS QUIT FEEDING YOUR PEOPLE JUNK FOOD

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Please, if you are a Pastor or bible teacher and are feeding your people junk food, quit.  If you feed them junk long enough they will grow to like it and starve to death.  God’s true believers need the meat of the word. The bible says the true children of God in their inner person desire holiness and they will pursue an environment where they are aided in fulfilling those longings.  So quit falling prey to the desires of the goats in your flock and the desire to be popular and feed the lambs and the sheep as Jesus told Peter 3 times in John 21, so it must have been really important.

17
Dec
2017

1 JOHN 2:15-17 THE LOVE THAT GOD HATES OR THE TEST OF LOVING THE WORLD PART 1

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  1. We cannot love God and the world simultaneously (2:15)

1John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

The word “world” occurs 22 times in this epistle.  There are four different words for “world” in the New Testament: 1) earth, 2) the inhabited world, 3) age or generation and 4) The devils system of values.  John uses the fourth here. 

The “world” is the Devil’s system of values. 

1 Jn 5: 19 “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”

 Ja 4: 4 “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

Worldliness is not taking pleasure in the natural realm for God wants us to enjoy the spectacular Grand Canyon.  He wants us to enjoy sports and the symphony.  Taking pleasure in the earth is not wrong but yielding to the values of this world violates our fellowship with God. 

or the things in the world.

 These are the material things of the world put at the core of our value system.  Some Christians incorporate satanic integral systems of greed into their lives that advance the Devil’s evil ends. 

PRINCIPLE:  Greed is part of the satanic world system. 

If anyone loves the world,

 2 Co 5: 14 “For the love of Christ [Christ’s love for us] compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again, 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

This phrase begins the first of three reasons why we should not love the world.  An absolute God cannot fellowship with a Christian who loves the world.

  1. the love of the Father is not in him

 The love of the world and the love of the Father are mutually exclusive.

2 Ti 4: 10 “…for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world…”

Ro 12: 1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

 Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

 The system of values in the world are contrary to God’s values (2:16)

all that is in the world Is not of the father

 We can condense the world system to a three-fold appeal:

 Lust of the flesh Genesis 3:6, Eve  Mt 4:1-11, Jesus

  • Lust of the eyes
  • Pride of life

Ro 6: 12 “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.”

Once we become Christians, a titanic tug of war begins to take place within the Christian.  It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to win that war.

 The “lust of the flesh” is the cravings and ambitions of the sin 

The “flesh” refers the sinful nature, the sinful tendencies of humanity, the fallen condition of man, which is present in the body. There is an inclination to follow evil found in our flesh. 

 the lust of the eyes,

 This usually takes the form of excessive materialism.  This is the idolatry of possessions.  It is not the actual consumption of sin but the contemplation of it that is in view. 

Mt 29 “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”

The eye of the flesh wants to see more and more.  It is never satisfied.  That is why we want to “keep up with the Joneses”. 

We want things that we do not need to buy things with money we do not have in order to impress people whom we do not like! 

Job 31:1 "I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?

Pr 27:20 Hell and Destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied.

 

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Dec
2017

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL JUDGMENT ALWAYS BEGINS WITH GOD’S PEOPLE

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Judgment always begins with God's people. God is in the business of raising children for eternity and expects us to be a credit to Christ on earth. He does not want us to bring reproach on the Bible, expects us to be an example to those without Christ and an asset to the cause of the gospel. God is sovereignly intervening into lives to bring us back to Himself. If we stand in the way of people coming to Christ, God will do something about that. We may be obstacles and cause some people who know us reject the gospel because they see we don’t show the reality of the Gospel’s power to change lives.

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Dec
2017

1 JOHN 1:1-4 A BIBLICAL VIEW OF JESUS

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Written to combat Gnosticism. A Preoccupation with deliverance from the flesh dualistic view of man [matter was evil and spirit was good].  · Matter is inherently evil.

 It was Peter’s task to talk about the kingdom of God, Paul about the church of God, but John is concerned with the family of God, to bring them back to the basics of truth.  He was a net mender

 One is in the passage just read, Verse 4. “And we are writing this that your joy may be complete.”….Answers the fear of loneliness

Then in Chapter 2, Verse 1, he says, “My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin.”… the problem of guilt.

 And in Chapter 2, Verse 26, he gives us the third reason: “I write this to you about those who would deceive you.”… that we might be free from deception.

 In Chapter 5, Verse 13, he gives us the fourth reason: “I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”… I am writing this to assure you” – that you might find security,

 At the close of this letter John tells us, “He who has the Son has life; he who has not the Son of God has not life,” {1 Jn 5:12 }.

 1John 1:1-4 is a defense of the authenticity of the humanity of Christ, or the Test of Believing that Jesus has come in the flesh

 1Jo 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 1Jo 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

He talks about A relationship, a fellowship, and a joy that follows.

  1. A relationship

V1 John does not refer here to the absolute beginning of creation (Ge 1:1) but to the beginning of the message of Jesus Christ to the apostles

Luke 24:39 “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” 40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.”

The “Word” is Christ manifested as God’s message. He reveals God.

Hebrews 1: God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,  2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

“Of life” means life-giving. Jesus is both the messenger and the message. The message and the messenger are identical. 

V2 2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”

  1. A fellowship

V3 Entering the eternal life of the Son will produce two results: 1) fellowship with fellow believers, and 2) fellowship with the Father and the Son.

A Definition of fellowship

There is, first of all, a partnership, i.e., the sharing of mutual interests, mutual resources, mutual labor together. God and I, working together, a partnership.

All that I have is put at his disposal.

 But it is not only partnership, there is also friendship. Friendship and partnership together spell fellowship. Have you ever thought of this, that God desires you to be his friend?

John 15:15 Jesus said to his disciples, “I have not called you servants, but I have called you friends,”

 John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”

Jesus shows us the life that man is intended to live – a continual dependence upon the life of the Father. Look at the earthly life of Jesus and this is exactly what you see. He keeps saying, “I don’t do these things, it’s not I who accomplishes these works, it is the Father who dwells in me,” {cf, John 14:10}. He is continually reminding people that he says only what the Father is saying through him that they are not his words, he simply looked to God and trusted God to be working through him, leading him to think the thoughts and to say the things that God wanted him to say. In doing this he expressed exactly the mind of God. It is that life that John is talking about, a new way of living, a new way of reacting to situations in dependence upon God.

  And that is what makes a Christian, to share the life of God by relationship to a Person, the only Person who has that life, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 A Joy That Follows

V4  Then, when you have fellowship, you have the third thing that John mentions. These things we are writing, he says, “that your joy may be full.”

 Joy is a kind of quiet inner excitement and this is what results when we really experience the fellowship that John is talking about. When we discover that God is actually

 When we discover that God is actually using us, it is the most exciting and joy producing experience possible to men.

Jer. 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.

 There is a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness depends on what happens; that is, it depends on circumstances. If our circumstances are good, then we are happy. However, if our circumstances are poor, then we are unhappy. However, joy is independent from circumstances. Circumstances cannot affect our relationship with God. 

 Song…It’s real, it’s real, thank God it’s real

 John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”

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Dec
2017

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL WILLFUL IGNORANCE

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Many people are ignorant of God’s righteousness, not because they had never been told, but because they refused to learn. There is an ignorance that comes from lack of opportunity, but some have had many opportunities to be saved. Many have an ignorance that stems from willful, stubborn resistance to the truth. They will not submit to God. They are proud of their own good works and religious self-righteousness, and will not admit their sins and trust the Saviour. Paul had made the same mistake before he met the Lord. There is a day of judgment coming and on that day it will not make any difference who you are!  Are you making the same mistake?

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Dec
2017

PHILIPPIANS 4:10-23 ARE YOU CONTENT

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  1. V10 –12 Paul trusted in God’s provision

Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

1Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win. 25 Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. 26 So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. 27 Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.

Deuteronomy 8:2-5 Remember the whole way by which he has brought you these 40 years through the desert so that he might, by humbling you, test to see whether deep within you would keep his commandments or not. 3 So he humbled you by making you hungry and feeding you with unfamiliar manna so that you might understand that mankind cannot live by food only but also by everything that comes from the LORD’s mouth. 4 Your clothing did not wear out nor did your feet swell all these 40 years. 5 Be keenly aware that just as a human being disciplines his child, the LORD your God disciplines you.

Matthew 4:1-4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After he fasted forty days and forty nights he was famished. 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’

It was Satan who maintained that unmet needs are evil; it was our Lord who insisted that when God leads us into circumstances where we must do without, we must trust Him, rather than to meet our unmet needs.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 Now 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 clothing, with these we shall be content.

Hebrews 13:5 says, "Be content with whatever you have, for He said I will never leave you or forsake you."

V12 The secret spoke of being initiated into the mystery/ pagan religions where only they knew the secrets

"It is good for me that I have been afflicted" (119:71)?

Let you conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. Fore He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you'" (Heb. 13:5).

  1. V13 Paul trusted in God’s power

This word means to pour strength into something or someone. The Lord renders Paul strong by pouring his strength into him.

Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. Therefore, so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me—so that I would not become arrogant. 8 I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. 10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul says when I have come to the end of my own resources, then I experience the power of Christ to sustain me.

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Eph 3:16, 20 I'm praying that He would grant you according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man , v20 "Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory."

The Father gives strength: "And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power" (Eph. 1:19).

The Holy Spirit gives us strength, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Another passage that indicates the power of the Holy Spirit in us is Romans 15:13, "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

The Word of God gives us strength, "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Heb. 4:12).

The Son also gives strength, "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (II Cor 12. 9). Compare also II Peter 1:3.

The Christian, therefore, has four different sources of strength!

The verb "strengthens" means to surcharge with energy. The word carries the idea of "infuse strength."

Why is it, then, that some Christians seek to convince us that any unmet need in our life is the result of our lack of faith?

  1. V14 – 18 Paul trusted in the Philippians Love or Paul’s thanks for the Philippians gift

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 Churches of Macedonia gave above their ability, v5 they first gave themselves to the Lord, then to us

v14 "Giving and receiving" refer to a double transaction. In the first transaction, gifts moved from the Philippians to Paul. In the next transaction, the blessings of having done that flow back to the giver. "If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?" (I Cor 9:11).

 V15 The word "shared" is a mercantile expression meaning to render to the account of. The Philippians by their contribution to Paul opened an account with God. No other church opened an account in the ministry of the apostle during this period.

These words are business terms describing the credit and debit side of the ledger. The Philippians owned much to Paul since he led them to Christ and nurtured them in the faith. Thus Paul held credits on their ledger. It is only natural that they would honor that credit. The Philippians formed a partnership with Paul in the gospel. They opened a co-account. That account holds both a debit and credit ledger. This is the giving and receiving.

No local church at this time shared their finances with Paul except the Philippians. They were in a class apart. Other churches could have shared with him but they chose not to do so. They had the opportunity. They knew of his need but they couldn't care less. There is a big difference between churches. Some care about the lost, others do not. Some churches are evangelistic oriented, others not.

V16 The words "once" and "again" emphasize repetition in the Greek. They sent money on more than one occasion. This is an acknowledgment of Paul's warm reception of their gifts.

This is remarkable since he was in Thessalonica for only a brief time. They were aggressive in their giving! They kept track of the needs of their missionary.

V17 "Abounds" was used in the money markets in Paul's day for accumulation of interest. The word "accumulating" may be a good translation for "abounds." This word is a business or commercial term. The word is in the present tense -- this fruit currently accumulates to their account.

V18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, This statement is their receipt marked "paid in full."

Having received from The two words "from" and epaphroditus indicate appreciation for the kindness of both Epaphroditus and the church.

You will remember that Paul wrote about the falsely religious in chapter 3. Isn’t Paul doing just the opposite here when he responds as he does to their gift?

PRINCIPLE: Giving is a barometer of our spiritual condition.

Their gift smells sweet to God. It has the fragrance of perfume to God. This is an offering that pleases God. There were two types of sacrifices in the Old Testament: 1. Sacrifice for sin. 2. Sacrifices that bring worship. The second usage (worship) is the idea in this passage.

We have an idiom in the English language that says, "Something does not smell right here." That is a negative image. "Sweet-smelling aroma" has a positive connotation. This offering smelled good to Paul and to God.

PRINCIPLE: Giving is an act of worship.

In the Old Testament this word was used of animal sacrifices. Their gift was a sacrifice (II Cor. 8:1-5). They gave out of poverty. Here it is a money sacrifice that is acceptable to God.

PRINCIPLE: When we give, we give not only to God's servants but to God himself. It is a sacrifice to God. Monetary sacrifice praises God. God puts a premium on giving that comes from love.

Matthew 6:19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 "but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Hebrews 13:15-16 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

  1. V19 -20 Paul trusted in God’s promise

v19 The context of God meeting our financial needs is in the environment of our meeting the needs of others. In verse 18 the Philippians gave an acceptable sacrifice that was a sweet smelling aroma to God. If everything is flowing out and nothing flowing in, the Philippians will themselves be put in jeopardy financially. God will not allow those who give sacrificially to go in want. We cannot out give God. He has a bigger shovel.

The promise here is that God will supply "all" the needs of the Philippians, not just some of them. God's supply is comprehensive of every type of need. Whether our need is temporal or spiritual, God will meet it.

Luke 6:38, Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

Psalm 37:25, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.

Prov. 3:9, 10, Honor the Lord with our possession, And with the first fruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.

PRINCIPLE: God supplies our need when we meet someone else's need.

God's commemorative giving does not apply to every believer. It only applies to those who have given sacrificially.

Note the contrasts in this passage: "You met Paul's need; I will bless you according to my riches. You supplied one of my needs; I will supply all of your needs. You supply out of poverty; I will dispense out of my riches in glory. You supplied by the hand of Epaphroditus; I will supply by Christ."

God administers his supply to the giver through Jesus Christ.

Mt. 6:25 Cares for birds of air, will take care of us

1Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God”

James 4:1-3 1 Where do the conflicts and where do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this, from your passions that battle inside you? 2 You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask; 3 you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 9 as it is written, "He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor, his righteousness endures forever." 10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God

2 Corinthians 8:10-12 So here is my opinion on this matter: it is to your advantage, since you made a good start last year both in your giving and your desire to give, 11 to finish what you started, so that just as you wanted to do it eagerly, you can also complete it according to your means. 12 For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have

In the Old Testament, God promised to prosper His people. This was not so that they could “build bigger barns” (see Luke 12:13-21), it was so that they would have the means to minister to those in need.

Acts 20:32-35 And now I entrust you to God and to the message of his grace. This message is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have desired no one’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. 35 By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Luke 16:10-13 “The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches? 12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money”

William Dalton identified four elements common in both the prologue (1:3-26) and the epilogue (4:10-20). Paul's return to these ideas in the epilogue ties the book together and gives it unity. ". . . We seem to have evidence of an inclusion which binds the whole letter into one unit. First of all, the idea of partnership is strongly expressed at the beginning and the end. Thus in 1:5 Paul is 'thankful for your partnership (koinonia) in the gospel'; and in 4:15 he records that 'no church entered into partnership in giving and receiving except you only.' This partnership is reiterated in another parallel: in 1:7 the Philippians are sharers (sugkoinonous) of grace with Paul; in 4:13 they are sharers (sugkoinonesantes) with him in his trouble. At both beginning and end we have the same idea expressed in different ways: the long-standing partnership of the Philippians with Paul: 'from the first day until now' (1:5), and 'in the beginning of the gospel' (4:15). And finally the reciprocal attitude of sympathy between Paul and the Philippians is expressed in the same phrase; in 1:7 he says 'it is right for me to feel this about you' (touto phronein huper panton humon), and in 4:10, 'You have revived your concern for me' (to huper emoi phronein)."

Are we a thermometer or a thermostat?  We either influence or we are being influenced

  1. V21 - 23 Paul’s final greetings to the Philippians

Saints of Caesar’s household

Acts 9:13-15 But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem, 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel.

Peace is the result of right living … This Do and the God of peace will be with you

Just as Contentment is the result of right living  Story about the lady taking the flowers to the cemetery

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Nov
2017

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL DISASTER AND THE US BEING JUDGED

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The United States has a blind spot when it comes to disaster. A report stated that ‘nowhere in the world is the rising number of catastrophes more evident than here.’ Every continent has seen an increase in weather-related disasters over the last 30 years, yet none surpasses our own. Yet despite an estimated $1 trillion in damage from these disasters, Americans have so far been unwilling to take the needed steps to head off an even worse future.” Get it? God’s telling us something. We’re not listening.. America is obsessed with the so called good life and we are Ignoring God’s warnings.

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Nov
2017

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-9 PEACE THAT SURPASSES UNDERSTANDING

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  1. The problem is worry …………v6

Most people have an inadequate knowledge of God and an inadequate trust in God...both are blasphemous.

Matthew 6:25-34 "For this reason I say to you, Do not be anxious for your life as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, nor for your body as to what you shall put on."

 2.   The prescription is prayer…………v6

1 Peter 5:7, casting all your care on Him, because he cares for you

Psalms 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

 3.   The promise is peace…………v7

John 16:33, "In this world you shall have tribulation but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Isaiah 43:23 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

 

4.     The principle is right thinking or the principle of displacement…………v8

2 Corinthians 10:5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true

John 17:17, "Thy Word is truth." Psalm 19:9, Psalm 119:15

Whatever is noble, means worthy of respect

"Whatever is right." And the word is righteous. Think on what is absolutely consistent with the holiness of God.

"Whatever is pure," meaning morally clean, undefiled.

"Whatever is lovely," that means pleasing, attractive, amiable.

Whatever is of good repute," which means well thought of, or highly regarded.

"If there's any excellence and anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things

 Since there is excellence and since there are some things worthy of praise, please focus on them." Please. Your mind is the greatest treasure you have in terms of those gifts of human life.

 Luke 11: 24 "When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 “And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. 26 “Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first."

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,

Proverbs 23: 7 For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he

  • Right thoughts lead to right attitudes which lead to right actions

5.   The practice of Godly living…………v9

James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

 6.   The provision of God’s presence…………v9

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Nov
2017

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL JOHN 6 FOLLOWING JESUS NO MATTER WHAT

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Hi, I ‘m Marty McKenzie with His Love Ministries.  In John 6 when Jesus began to speak about the hard things of the Bible such as living for Him and Him only and that we can only come to Him if it has been granted to us by His Father, most of His followers left.  He asked the disciples will you leave too? But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  Most people today will not stand up for the Word of God.  They would rather compromise and go with the popular opinion than be disliked.  So which one are you a compromiser, or will you follow Christ no matter what it may cost you?

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Nov
2017

PHILIPPIANS 4:1-5 STANDING FIRM IN SHAKY TIMES

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Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. 2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

            In poetic terms Rudyard Kipling summed it up as well as anyone when he wrote these familiar words, "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you; if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you but make allowance for their doubting too; if you can wait and not be tired by waiting, or being lied about don't deal in lies, or being hated don't give way to hating and yet don't look too good nor talk too wise; if you can dream and not make dreams your master; if you can think and not make thoughts your aim, if you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same; if you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, or watch the things you gave your life to broken and stoop and built them up with warn-out tools; if you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings not lose the common touch; if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; if all men count with you but none too much; if you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run; yours is the earth and everything that's in it and which is more, you'll be a man, my son."

The theme of these verses is spiritual stability

John 16:33 In this world you shall have tribulation

Jesus said, " Mt 26:41 "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."."

1 Peter 5:8 The devil moves around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

There was selfishness in the church,

There was self- interest in that church,

That there were people who had stumbled and fallen from their spiritual stability into conceit and pride

In verse 3 he has to ask somebody to fix it up which means apparently the leadership of the church had not really done what they should have done in dealing with the problem

There were some people who weren't trusting God.

There were some people who weren't thankful. In other words, it was a church...just a plain ole church, just like every church.

2Peter 2:14 he wrote about false teachers and agents of Satan who were always attempting to entice unstable souls.

2Peter 3:16 says...untaught and unstable people and they distort the scriptures to their own destruction.

James warned about the same thing. James said that the spiritually unstable are the double minded.

James 1:8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

They don't know what they believe, they don't know what is right. They can't make decisions.

Genesis 49 Reuben, you are my first born, my might and the beginning of my strength, preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power." And then he said this, "Unstable as water, you shall not have the preeminence

  1. The Command
  2. Stand firm in the Lord

Chapter 1:28, "In no way be alarmed by your opponents."

Verse 29 he says, "It's been granted to you for Christ's sake not only to believe in Him but also to suffer for His sake."

In verse 30 he says they were experiencing the same conflict they had seen in him.

Chapter 2:2, he commands them, "Be of the same mind."

Chapter 1:27 he says to them, "Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, standing firm in one spirit with one mind."

Chapter 2:14 indicates that there was some grumbling, and some disputing going on

Chapter 2:18, and start rejoicing instead of fretting

Chapter 3:16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

Chapter 3:18 tells us that they were encountering the enemies of the cross.

Chapter 1:27, "Standing firm in one spirit." This is the second time he calls them to stand firm.

Ephesians 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

  • The first word is "therefore"

To summarize the third chapter we could summarize it this way, you remember it well, and we are pursuing Christ's likeness which is both the goal and the prize of our Christian life. And we are waiting for that upward call of God in Christ Jesus. We are waiting for that day when we as heavenly citizens meet the Lord Jesus Christ, and then verse 21, and are transformed into conformity with the body of His glory.

  • The pastoral spirit of Paul.
  • V1"My beloved brethren, whom I long for, my joy and crown...." and then he concludes, "My beloved It is his heart.

He uses the strong word for love, the rich and deep word for love.

1 Thessalonians in 2:19, he says, "Who is our hope or joy or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you?"

V 20, "For you are our glory and joy."

Then he says, "You're my crown."

So…. it means thus, or in this way.

And then he goes on to explain how. And verses 2 through 9 are extremely basic practical principles

2 Peter 3:17 he says, "You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest being carried away by the error of unprincipled men you fall from your own steadfastness." Peter says don't fall, stay firm.

Acts 14:22 Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God

2 Thessalonians 2:15, "So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught." Don't waver from the truth.

Corinthians 15:58"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,"

V2-3 Be Unified

V4 Be Joyful

V5 Be Humble

          Martin Luther became a public and controversial figure when he published (October 31, 1517) his Ninety-Five Theses, Latin propositions opposing the manner in which indulgences (release from the temporal penalties for sin through the payment of money) were being sold in order to raise money for the building of Saint Peter's in Rome. They caused great excitement and were immediately translated into German and widely distributed. Luther's spirited defense and further development of his position through public university debates in Wittenberg and other cities resulted in an investigation by the Roman Curia that led to the condemnation (June 15, 1520) of his teachings and his excommunication (January 1521). Summoned to appear before Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in April 1521, he was asked before the assembled secular and ecclesiastical rulers to recant. He refused firmly, asserting that he would have to be convinced by Scripture and clear reason in order to do so and that going against conscience is not safe for anyone. There he said "Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise,” Condemned by the emperor, Luther was spirited away by his prince, the elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony, and kept in hiding at Wartburg Castle. There he began his translation of the New Testament from the original Greek into German.

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30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL JAMES 1:1-12

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Hi, I'm Marty McKenzie with His Love Ministries. In James 1, verses 1-12 it says to count it all joy when you fall into various trials, to consider the reason for your trials, to count on God in your trials, to call on God in your trials, and to consider the rewards of passing trials.  When you go through a trial do you follow these guidelines God gives, or do you pray for God to take it away, or try to get out of it by manipulating circumstances?  God says trials make us mature in our walk, more Christ-like.  Do you want to be like Him?

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2017

PHILIPPIANS 3:17-21 FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE

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Philippians 3:17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame--who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. (NKJV)

We can go back and read the same things over and over about Paul as reminders of how I'm to respond, how I'm to live, how I'm to act, how I'm to order my priorities, how I'm to deal with trials and suffering and trouble. He is a constant pattern for me.

 The goal of my life is not to make sure I'm satisfied but to make sure God is satisfied, that's the goal of my life.

 Tozier said, "Faith looks out instead of in and the whole of life falls into line," end quote.

  1. Following after examples
  2. Fleeing from enemies
  3. Focusing on expectations.
  1. V17 Follow after examples

It is not a matter of assessing me, it is a matter of knowing Him deeply. And the more I know Him and the more I am focused on Him and the more I am in communion with Him, the more the Spirit makes me like Him. The more I focus on myself, the more distracted I am from the proper path.

1 Timothy 1:15 he said, "I am foremost of sinners," not I was, but I am.

1John 1:7 and 9 that if you say you have no sin you make God a liar. So Paul is not sinless. He has not reached perfection. He has not had his sin nature eradicated. There's no second work of grace here that's put him in a different category from all the rest of the folks. He is saying I am sinner, I have problems with my flesh but I am pursuing the goal, follow my example.

2Corinthians 3:18 says that as we gaze at the glory that is revealed, the glory of our Lord, the Spirit changes us into His image.

 Colossians 2:3 says that in Christ, are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge? The more I know about Christ, the more I know about wisdom and knowledge. That is why verse 6 says, "As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him." Pattern your life after Him. Verse 9, "For in Him all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form and in Him you have been made complete." Paul understood it. It's all in Christ.

1Thessalonians 1:6, And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit

1Th 4:1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;

Walk means daily conduct, the way you live

 1Co 4:16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me.

 1Co 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

 Heb 6:12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

 3Jo 1:11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.

Galatians 4:19 My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you,

1 John 2:6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Christian church should mortify (or crush) the desires of the flesh, on crucifying the needs of the self in pursuit of Christ's likeness

Paul is not saying, "Imitate my gifts." He's not saying, "Imitate my calling, my privileges, my achievements." No. He's saying, "Imitate and others who also are imitating mine, virtues, our humility, our unselfish service, our willingness to suffer, our devotion to Christ, our courage, our effort in spiritual growth," that's what he wants us to imitate.

Paul says, Follow the proper examples. Find those godly pastors and leaders who are above reproach, whose lives are blameless, who are walking the way a believer should walk, who are being obedient. They're not perfect, but the direction of their life is right. They're pursuing the prize, follow them."

To sum it up, the idea here would be this, Christ is the goal, Christ is the standard, Christ is the model, and we are to be like Christ. In order to know how Christ is, we study the Word of God. We study it until the Word about Christ dwells in us deeply, then we have a deep understanding of Christ so we know what He's like so we know what we're to be like. Secondly, we yield to the Spirit of God who keeps molding us into that likeness which we understand.

 2.     Flee from enemies v18-19

1John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

 Mt 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Later on in Matthew 23 He described them again. He was concerned about the false teachers, the false leaders, the antichrists in chapter 24:4-5, 11, 15, and 24. You find it all through the book of Acts. The false as against the true...the Simon Maguses, the false claiming in the name of God to cast out demons later on in the book of Acts. You find it in Paul's epistles as he warns, for example, stay away from endless genealogies, stay away from speculations, stay away from false teachers, know sound doctrine, pure doctrine, avoid those who are not true teachers. Peter gives an entire epistle, 2 Peter, to the unmasking of false teachers. Jude is concerned about it. John is concerned about it in his three epistles. It is all through the Scripture. We must beware of the enemies who masquerade as friends. That's the idea here. He has to tell the Philippians that they are enemies of the cross of Christ because they're very subtle.

 Acts 20:31, to the Ephesian elders, "Be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I didn't cease to warn each one with tears." And then he says, "The only thing I can do is commend you to His Word which will build you up." You're protected by the Word. If you don't know the Word, you're not protected.

 2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Heb 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Angels can come in human form.

Tell you weeping …The Philippian church was the first church in Europe, a sort of beachhead for another world to reach. And it was so important that they stay pure and not get messed up.

Enemies of the Cross….the concept of the cross of Christ means all the atoning work accomplished on the cross. It's not just the wood. It's not just the death, it's the cross work of Christ. It signifies the whole of what He did there as the sacrifice for sin who alone could provide salvation for sinful men. That is the heart of our faith.

The phrase "the enemies of the cross of Christ" repulse those who love the Lord Jesus. The "enemy" opposes the cross. The cross is God's work. It stands in contradiction to human merit. People adverse to God's glory hate the cross, "For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life" (Rom. 5:10). Before we came to know Christ we were the "enemies" of God. "And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled" (Col 1:21). Our works alienate us from God, even good works, if they are done in the flesh. "Because the carnal mind (the unbeliever) is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God (the Bible), nor indeed can be (does not have the capacity)" (Rom. 8:7).

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (I Co. 1:18). The cross is offensive to those who have not embraced its message, "And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased" (Gal. 5:11).

V19 Their end is destruction Rev 20:12-14

When it says "Whose God is their appetite," it means that they really worship their flesh, they worship their fleshly accomplishments, they worship all of the fleshly religious works that they do. They're very sensual in a religious sense

"Their glory is in their shame," it means they boast in the very works of which they should be ashamed.

In verse 19, "Whose God is their appetite." The word "appetite" is koilia, the word colitis comes from it. It has to do with the mid-section, particularly the stomach. It's the...their God is their stomach, their appetite. It simply means their sensual desires, they're driven by their desires, their drives, they're sensual. They live off of unrestrained sensual pleasure. They're driven by their sensual desire.

1Corinthians 5:2 where the Apostle Paul says to the church, "Not only do you have someone in incest, but you have someone in incest, who is proud about it."

Watch out for the people who come along and are the legalists who add all the stuff. Watch out for the people who come along and are the libertines who subtract the virtue.

 "They set their minds on earthly things." The Judaizers, they're into the earthly ceremonies, rituals, and stuff that is nothing more than earthly symbol. In the case of the libertines (Gnostics), "They love the world and enmity with God is the result of friendship with the world," says James. "And if you love the world, the love of the Father is not in you," says John. They are what Paul Reese calls "thing minded." Have you read John Bunyan? Remember the man with the rake who was raking the muck, the manure? John Bunyan in his incredible way shows this guy who is totally unconscious that there's a heavenly messenger right above him with a crown, a golden crown, because his eyes are constantly on the ground where he's raking up the manure. Well that's these people. The gospel offers them a golden crown and they're raking the muck, obsessed with stuff in the world...houses and cars and money and bank accounts and trips and self-aggrandizement and wardrobes and accumulating stuff.

And so we are really laying up treasure on earth where moth and rust corrupts, where thieves break through and steal.

Well, if you're going to pursue the goal, you've got to follow the right example, avoid the wrong example

 3.     Focus on expectations.

Do you remember in John 14 He said, "I'm going away and if I go I will come again to receive you unto Myself that where I am you may be also," John 14:2 and 3? "I am the way, the truth and the life," passage. So Jesus said I'm going away, in My Father's house there are many rooms, I'm going to prepare them for you, I'm going to come back, I'm going to get you, I'm going to take you to be with Me, so we're waiting for Christ. We're not waiting for an event, we're waiting for a person...we're waiting for a person.

Canada permits citizenship in two countries simultaneously. The Christian has dual citizenship as well. The seat of a Christian's citizenship is in heaven. . The Christian has citizenship both here and there. Philippi was a Roman colony. Many in the church were Roman citizens. They lived in Greece but their citizenship was in Rome. They immediately understood Paul's analogy. They have a citizenship on earth but they have another in heaven. They were never to forget they were citizens of heaven. Their conduct was to match their citizenship.

Speaking of Abraham the author of Hebrews says, "For he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (Heb. 11:10).

2 Peter 3, "Looking for and hasting under the day of God which causes us to be found blameless and in peace, looking for the Savior." John says if we have this hope in us, we purify ourselves. You're to be looking for Christ. That is the greatest point of spiritual motivation on the one hand, it is the greatest point of spiritual accountability on the other hand, and it is the greatest point of spiritual security.

You say, "What do you mean by that?" Well, if I know Jesus is coming, that's motivation...that's motivation. I want to be ready when He comes. I want to be faithful when He comes. I want to show Him that I've served Him. Paul says that when He comes, 1Corinthians 3:5, He's going to look at your work, it's going to be tested by fire, and you're going to receive an eternal reward. It's going to be determined whether your works are wood, hay, stubble or gold, silver, precious stones. That's motivation. I want to receive the reward, I want to receive the prize. I want to receive the well-done, good and faithful servant. I want to enter the joy of the Lord. That's motivation to me. I am motivated at that point because I love Christ and because I know that there are eternal rewards tied to my faithfulness here. So I am motivated by the fact that He's coming, that I'll have to face Him, that there is a judgment seat of Christ where I will have to face the things that I have done and be rewarded as He would reward me.

2John 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.

 1 Corinthians 4 Paul says, "Look, we have to wait unto the day when the secret things are revealed, then shall every man have praise from God." God's going to open the secret things of your heart and find out what's worthy of praise.

You see, we've already been made a new creation in the inner man. But the inner man is incarcerated in unredeemed flesh. We're a prisoner locked in unredeemed flesh. And that's not just epidermis and tissue, that's the mind of the flesh and the flesh's lusts.

First John 3:2 says we'll be like Him for we'll see Him as He is.

1Cor 16:23 "If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O LORD, come!"

Revelation 22 Even so Come Lord Jesus

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2017

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL ROMANS 1:18-24

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Romans 1:18-24 says God’s wrath is revealed against men who suppress the truth of God, that everyone knows there is a God because of our conscience and the beauty and order in creation, we have not glorified Him as God, nor are we thankful for His gifts we enjoy everyday, we change the true God into man made images and have exchanged God’s truth for the devil’s lie.  We worship the creature (cars, people, money) rather than the Creator.  Bob Dylan sang a song that said you may serve the devil, or you may serve the Lord, but you are going to serve somebody.  So who or what is your God?  

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2017

PHILIPPIANS 3:8-16 HOW TO PURSUE CHRISTLIKENESS

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Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

What Paul Gained

Five Things…………knowledge, righteousness, power, fellowship, glory

  1. V8   the excellence, the surpassing greatness or the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ

John 10 I know My sheep and they know Me

John 17:3 "This is eternal life that they may know Thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent

Genesis Adam knew his wife and she bore a son

Mt 7:22-23 Lord, Lord    Depart from Me, I never knew you

2.     V9   The righteousness which is of God by faith  Eph 2:8-9

Isaiah 64:6 All My righteousness is as  filthy rags

3.     V10   the power of his resurrection … Power to overcome sin, trials, and to witness

Acts 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

4.     The fellowship of his suffering.. Someone to fellowship with

2 Timothy 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

5.     V11 Glory….  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

1Thess 4:16 Rise to meet him in the air

This was written about 30 years after Paul's conversion so some would assume Paul was perfect

If we are truly saved then we will have a built in desire to grow spiritually

We should grow because:

  1. The Bible says so, it is a command from God

2Peter 3:18 grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ Jesus

  1. Glorifies God

1Peter 2:12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

  1. Verifies salvation - Truly changed Colossians 1:10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
  2. Grants assurance of our salvation Hebrews 10:22 draw near with full assurance, Ephesians 5:26
  3. Lets others see the truth of God's Word shown in your life Isaiah 55:11 will not return void
  4. Keeps the Gospel from disgrace 1Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
  5. Produces joy and usefulness in your life Acts 20:22-24 22 "And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 "except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 "But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

 Matthew 6:19 moth and rust

  1. Enhances our witness to the world Matthew 5:16 Let your light

Paul is teaching us perfection is a goal in this life, but never achievable

We are positionally perfect, but not practically

6 principles we need to know in order to pursue the prize

  1. V-12 The awareness of the need to achieve a better condition

Verse 12 He says he is not what he ought to be

2Corinthians 12 Paul was given a thorn in the flesh so that his pride would not get the best of him

If you think you have arrived you are in a dangerous position

2.     Exert Maximum effort

V-12 Paul says he presses on

No let go and Let God here

He is pursuing the prize with all his spiritual muscles

1Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Hebrews 12:1-2 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,

1Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

v- 12 He says he pursues the prize that he May Lay hold of that for which Christ laid hold of him

This means his goal is consistent with Christ's for his life My will is his will

Romans 8:28- To be conformed to the image of his Son (Christ)

3.     We need focused Concentration on the one goal

Focus our eyes straight ahead on the goal like a runner in a race

4.   V-13 The Key to this whole thing is ONE THING I DO

What does he do verse 14 pursues the prize

Doing one thing means Forgetting what lies behind

What do we forget....? Everything in our past… accomplishments, sins, disasters.

Remember the things God did in your life so you can move to greater accomplishments…David

We shouldn't be distracted by the past or so focused on it that it we cannot do anything in the future.

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.

5.       Spiritual Motivation V 14 calls us to a lifelong pursuit of spirituality

V- 14 He says he continuously presses on toward the goal

Goal is being like Christ here and now- Prize to be made like Christ

Out of that pursuit everything else will flow. Ministry, love, joy, peace......

Look forward to the upward call

1Thessalonians 4:16 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.

Live in the light and expectation of heaven and God's glory

Paul was waiting for that crown of perfection or righteousness

6.       We need to recognize divine resources for spiritual growth

  • The Word 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 119:11

Desire the pure milk of the word 1 Peter 2:2

  • Prayer

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

  • V17 Follow an example
  • Trials

1Peter 1:6-7 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

V 15 as many as are perfect

As many as have this attitude or think this way

But if any of you have a different attitude

Some were hung up on the past or believe they have arrived or can live any way they want to since they are saved

Paul says God will reveal it to you ....God will discipline, chasten, allow trials, or suffering if you won't grow Hebrews 12:5, 6 &11

Only God can move us at those times and Paul is praying that he will do that

  1. Need Consistency

V 16 One more thing let us keep living by that same we have obtained

In other words whatever you are spiritually live up to it and keep moving forward

TOOLS FOR SALE
It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale, the tools were placed for public inspection; each tool being marked with its sale price. They were a treacherous lot of implements... Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Deceit, Lying, Pride, and so on. Laid apart from the rest was a harmless looking tool, well worn and priced very high. "What is the name of this tool?" asked one of the purchasers, pointing to it. "That is discouragement," replied the devil.

"Why have you priced it so high?"
"Because it is more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a man's heart with that when I cannot get near him with my other tools. Once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It is badly worn because I use it on almost everyone, since very few people know that it belongs to me." Is the devil beating you down trying to discourage you?
The Lord has good news for you! But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient
for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast
all the more gladly about my weaknesses, SO THAT CHRIST'S POWER MAY REST ON
ME." II Corinthians 12:9

Phil 4:11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Are you growing or are you looking backward and defending yourself?

Are you saying I am not what I should be but I will keep trying with the help of God?

If you think you have arrived will you ask God to forgive you and start moving you forward?

Maybe you do not know Jesus, will you trust Him as Lord and Savior and start the race today?

2Timothy 4:6 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.

Matthew 25:21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

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2017

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH

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Hi, I’m Marty McKenzie with His Love Ministries. In Philippians 4:1 Paul tells us to stand firm in the Lord. Are you spiritually stable?  Or are you like the double minded man in James who doesn’t know what he believes and is tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine? The Bible tells us to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. So how can you stand firm in shaky times.  You need to get your Bible out, read it, study it, memorize it, then you won’t fall prey to Satan’s lies and traps because you will Know the truth and the truth will set you free.

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Oct
2017

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Oct
2017

PERSONAL OPINIONS VS SCRIPTURAL TRUTH

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Our prayer is that, as Christians, we would not view others’ differences in opinion regarding the scriptures as a personal attack. Our hope is that each of us would search the scriptures as the Bereans in Ac 17:11 did to see if these things were so and do the study for ourselves with an OPEN mind to what God says about Himself.  Our interpretation of what God says is far less important than what God actually says. It is important that we do not allow our personal opinions and views to shape our interpretation of scripture; rather, we should allow for scripture to shape our views. In the end, scripture must be allowed to speak for itself—God must be allowed to speak for Himself.

Acts 17:11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

2Peter 1:19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

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Oct
2017

PHILLIPIANS 3:1-3 THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TRUE AND FALSE CHRISTIANS

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  1) To see the error of placing confidence in fleshly accomplishments    

   2) To understand the need to strive toward perfection in our desire to know and serve Christ                                            

   3) To be reminded of our true citizenship in heaven                     

   SUMMARY In this chapter we find a warning against those who place great confidence in the flesh (1-3).  If anyone had reason to boast about fleshly accomplishments, it was Paul with his Jewish heritage (4-6). But all such things were considered rubbish in relation to the         

  1. BEWARE OF THE JUDAIZERS (1-3)
  2. Rejoice in the Lord! (1) The Need to Rejoice                                  
  3. The distinctive characteristic of the False Christian - vs 2 Their Conduct Beware of "dogs", Isa 56:10; Ga 5:2, Ga 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

Their Character evil workers 2Co 11:13

Their creed or beliefs - the false circumcision 1Ki 18:28 So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.  

Gen 17 the sign of it given De 10:16; 30:6;

  1. The distinctive characteristic of the True Christian - For the true circumcision are those who... Ro 2:25-29

 Col 2:11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,

Eph 2:11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh--who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands--)                   

  1. Our Character - Worship God in the Spirit - John 4:24

 Mt 15:8 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.    

1Pe 3:4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

Ac 2:25 "For David says concerning Him: 'I foresaw the LORD always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.

De 5:29 'Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!                       

  1. Our Conduct - Rejoice in Christ
  2. Our Creed - Have no confidence in the flesh (3)

Application

  1. Don’t despair or be discontented - Rejoice in the Lord!
  2. Beware of those that would lead you astray
  3. Don’t trust in Works but Christ
  4. Do you worship Christ with all your heart?

De 6:5 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
      B. PAUL'S EARLIER CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH (4-6)                      

  1. Paul had many grounds for boasting in the flesh (4)
  2. A list of things pertaining to the flesh in which he could have boasted (5-6)
  3. PAUL'S DESIRE TO KNOW CHRIST (7-11)  
  4. He counted all as loss for the surpassing value of knowing Christ v7
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Oct
2017

GOING THROUGH A TRIAL ROMANS 8:28 DEVOTIONAL

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Hi, I'm Marty McKenzie with His Love Ministries. Are you going through a trial in your life?  There are some things we say that are not in the Bible, but are very true.  Every cloud has a silver lining and it is darkest before the dawn.  God does great thing in our lives through trials if we will just trust Him.  In Romans 8:28, it says God works all things together for good to those who love Him.  Just when things get the worst and you don’t think you can make it, just call on God and He will get you through and just like it is darkest before the dawn, you will be blessed greatly on the other side if you will just hang on to God.

15
Oct
2017

PHILIPPIANS 2:17-30 THE SACRIFICE THAT PLEASES GOD

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Philippians 2:17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me. 19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly. 25 Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; 26 since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me. (NKJV)

 Paul was a Jew, Timothy ½ Jew and ½ Gentile, Epaphroditus is 100% Gentile

 Paul was being poured out …Great and mighty

V20 Timothy was similar to Paul- Likeminded

V20 Timothy was sympathetic like Paul- He will naturally <really> care for your state (welfare)

V21 Timothy was single-minded like Paul He seeks the things of Christ

It is said we all live in either Chapter 1:19-20 to live is Christ, to die is gain, or chapter 2:21

In verse 21, "For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus

In 1Timothy where he says, "At my first defense no one was at my side, but all deserted me." In another place he says, "All in Asia have forsaken me."

V22The fourth thing about Timothy that makes him a good model for us is he was also seasoned

V22The fifth characteristic of this model servant, he was submissive

The word "serve" is to slave

"That he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father

 Epaphroditus is the hero of the common man

We could say there are few Paul’s, there are some Timothy’s, there are many Epaphroditus. This is the people's model.

He gives him 5 titles

He is my brother. What does he mean by that? He means brother in the sense of spiritual birth.

The second title is how he related to the ministry, and he calls him "my fellow worker

We could also determine that he was a man with a heart of a servant. For him to go and to simply

Thirdly, he says "my fellow soldier." he is commendable in relationship to the enemies which fight against the ministry.

He was a man of great courage because he knew exactly what he was walking into.

If Paul's life was taken away, it would probably be a matter of course for them to at least consider taking the lives of those who served alongside of him.

Fourth, He is your messenger

He is your minister to my need.

He was a priest doing sacred service and offering a sacrifice of money for the needs of Paul.

V26 Because you heard that he was sick." Now wait a minute. That's hard to believe. You heard he

Verse 27, "But God had mercy on him."

Verse 28 The Philippians are concerned with Epaphroditus, Epaphroditus with the Philippians, and Paul with both. But nobody with himself. There's that humility. Php 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem;

Because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.

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Oct
2017

TO SUM UP JAMES 1 DEVOTIONAL

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To sum up James 1 it says we are going to have trials in our life, we are going to be tempted, and we need to follow God’s Word and work for Him.  If we keep our joy in trials, overcome temptation, clean up the sin in our lives, and reach out to those who afflicted and downtrodden, then God has mighty things in store for us.  James 1:27 says Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.  Do you want to be used mightily of God? If so, then follow these principles

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Oct
2017

WHAT GOD IS DOING THROUGH HIS LOVE MINISTRIES ANNUAL BANQUET 2017

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Matthew 25:34 "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 'for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 'I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' 37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

             James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

 Marty McKenzie - Speaking about His Love Ministries as a whole – Minutes 1-12

  1. Matt Gallant – Speaking about what we do in the Nursing Homes - Minutes 13-16
  2. Brandon Beard - Speaking about what we do in Georgia Regional and Coastal Harbor Adult Treatment Facility - Minutes 16-21
  3. Erik Lacanilao - Speaking about the Prison, Greenbriar, Nursing Homes, and being a Bible Teacher to the boys at the Youth Detention Center - Minutes 21-27
  4. Billy Miller - Pastor of Isle of Hope Baptist Church Speaking about His Love Ministries over at John Wesley Assisted Living Facility and the part the ministry played in his life - Minutes 27-30
  5. Ronnie Nichols - Speaking about his role as Bible teacher for Coastal Harbor Treatment Center Adult and Youth Facilities Minutes 30-40
  6. Shelly McKenzie – How you can partner with His Love Ministries - Minutes 40-45

              Please help His Love Ministries reach out to those the World has forgotten.  Everyone we minister to is locked up in some way, shape, or form.  Some are locked up in bodies that don't work and in the Nursing Home facility or in the wheelchair or bed they cannot get out of.  We minister to children and youth who are locked up because of behavioral problems or their parents aren't doing right and their cry is we want to have a “REAL FAMILY”. Other kids are locked up because they have committed crimes.  We also minister to those locked up at the jail/prison; to those locked up in addictions to drugs, alcohol, depression, and suicidal thoughts and a variety of other things that keep them from becoming who Jesus wants them to be.  He came to give us life and set us free and these folks are not free that we minister to, but we can set them free through Christ Jesus at least in their minds and spirit.

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Oct
2017

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL JOHN 8.24 JESUS SAID, YOU SHALL DIE IN YOUR SINS

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In John 8:24 Jesus said, "You shall die in your sins for if you believe not that I am He, you shall die in your sins."  “John 3:16 says For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes should not perish but have everlasting life.” Did you hear that?  It says whoever believes, not whoever behaves or is baptized or takes communion or does good works.  You need to believe that Jesus is God, He died for your sins, turn to Him, repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you by because He said He would. Have you been made righteous because you have trusted Christ?

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Oct
2017

PHILLIPIANS 2:12-18 WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION

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Passage Could be summed up in Do my Part, Depend on God, and Live Differently than the World

  1. One of the things that interests me about Paul's writings is that he is intensely practical
  2. He always relates...
  3. Doctrine and duty
  4. Creed and character
  5. Faith and life ...to him, these are inseparable!
  6. So, having described the example of Christ, he gives his exhortation to move forward in spiritual progress
  7. In this passage, Paul exhorts Christians to "Work Out Your Own Salvation
  8. THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF OBEDIENCE (12a)
  9. THAT DONE ONLY IN THE PRESENCE OF OTHERS...

Paul did not want the Philippians' obedience to be of this sort

  1. "eye-service" - cf. Co 3:22-23 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,
  2. THAT DONE IN THE ABSENCE OF OTHERS...
  3. Done to please God, conscience, and no one else!
  4. IT INVOLVES THE WORKING OF BOTH MAN AND GOD (12b-13)..God either works in us or on us Heb 12:5
  5. MAN HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN HIS SALVATION...
  6. He must "work out" his salvation.. This is a command in the Greek -1Ti 4:7, Eph 2:10
  7. He must do it in "fear and trembling" – a proper sense of awe and responsibility

1 Peter 4:18 Now "If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?"

Humility and unity is demonstrated by obedience Phil 2:8

1Co 4:7, James 1:17 – All Good woks come from God – Daniel 4:31-34

  1. There is a place for the right kind of fear in the life of a Christian

 1) The "fear of the Lord" is the beginning of knowledge - Pr 1:7

   2) The "fear of the Lord" will cause one to hate evil Pr 8:13

   3) The "fear of the Lord" will prolong life - Pr 10:27

   4) The "fear of the Lord" provides strong confidence and is a fountain of life - Pr 14:26-27

5) The "fear of the Lord" prompts one to depart from evil- Pr 16:6

 6) The "fear of the Lord" leads to a satisfying life, and spares one from much evil - Pr 19:23

7) The "fear of the Lord" is the way to riches, honor, and life! - Pr 22:4

  1. But many never experience such love from God because they have not had the "fear and trembling" in the first place!

 B.v13 BUT GOD IS ALSO VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN OUR SALVATION!

  1. Notice that Paul writes, "for it is God who works in you” Eph 3:20
  2. "to will" - God gives us our desire
  3. "to do" - and motivation to do His will

1) At conversion, He begins a new work in us, and intends to complete it Ph 1:6 …God is the energy and he energizer

2) Through His indwelling Spirit and Son, He gives us whatever strength we need – Gal 2:20

Ep 3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, Ph 4:13

3) According to His Good Pleasure – means kind or benevolent intentions for us Ro 8:28 – It is the same word translated good will in Phil 1:15So that, whatever we may become in the Lord, it is by His grace! –

1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

  1. God can work (and is willing!), but only if we let Him!

III. DOING ALL WITHOUT MURMURING & DISPUTING (14) Do all is a command; it is first word in the Greek Text

  1. MURMURING WAS THE DOWNFALL OF ISRAEL...

      1.10 times they complained- Notice 1Co 10:10-11 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Ex 16:68, 1Sam 8:4-9

  1. This can also be a problem among many Christians today whenever they face hardships
  2. But we are told that God is ever ready to help us (1 Co 10:13), and that He is in us both to "will" and to "work" Ph 2:13), so why complain? 1Pe 4:9
  3. Rather, rejoice for the opportunity such "tribulations" give us to develop spiritually! - Ro 5:3-5; Ja 1:2-4
  4. DISPUTING FOLLOWS MURMURING... Emotions lead to Actions…1Co 3:1-4
  5. Those who murmur are likely to be the same ones who begin disputing with others

Ex 16:8Your complaints are not against us but against the LORD."

  1. SO THAT YOU MAY BE BLAMELESS AND HARMLESS –PURPOSE OF WHOLE SECTION
  2. SO YOU CAN SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THE WORLD (15-16)
  3. TO SHINE AS LIGHTS, WE MUST BE CHILDREN OF GOD WITHOUT FAULT...
  4. Which is possible only if we "become blameless – look good to others, a life of integrity, because we deal with our sins as we should.

 And harmless – pure or unmixed, simple and innocent Mt 10:16 wise as serpents, Col 4:5, Shouldn’t fear us…2Tim 2:23-26

  1. Which requires doing all things "without murmuring and disputing"
  2. Which can only happen if we allow God to "work in" us as we "work out" our own salvation; in other words...
  3. Allow God go forgive us in obedience to the gospel
  4. Allow God to strengthen us through His Word and prayer
  5. Allow God to change us in conformity to His Will
  6. TO SHINE AS LIGHTS, WE MUST BE "IN THE MIDST" OF CROOKED AND PERVERSE GENERATION...

Can’t Shine with inconsistency and hypocrisy in your lives which is evident to all

  1. Lights are valuable only if they are used to dispel darkness Mt 5:14-15
  2. Though we are to "be separate" from the world (2Co 6:14-18), we must "not isolate" ourselves from it - cf. Jn 17:15, 18; 1Co 5:9-11
  3. TO SHINE AS LIGHTS, WE MUST "HOLD FAST" THE WORD OF LIFE...
  4. Some translations read "hold forth", Certainly we should do both...
  5. hold fast the Word of life by paying attention to it by our study and obedience to it- 2Ti 2:15, Acts 3:5, Ezra 7:10
  6. "hold forth" the Word of life (by offering it to those in the world) - Mk 16:15
  7. In both ways, we are to be like "The Statue Of Liberty"
  8. Showing the way
  9. Offering hope to those in need …….Read 2Co 4:8-18
  10. (16-18), so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. He shifts the basis of appeal from the example of Jesus (2:3-15) to himself and to the judgment; he must face at the day of Christ. Therefore, he now asks them to do something for his sake.
  11. WE MAY BE CALLED UPON TO SACRIFICE OURSELVES...
  12. It may be in service to our own faith, or in the service of the faith of others
  13. It may be a sacrifice of time, energy, money, or even life itself
  14. But it is for a good cause, and this is how Paul viewed his possible execution for the cause of Christ
  15. SUCH SACRIFICES SHOULD BE AN OCCASION FOR GLADNESS AND REJOICING!
  16. This is how Paul viewed it- Be Glad and Rejoice are commands
  17. For he knew his sacrifices were in the cause of saving others
  18. And he knew that their salvation would ultimately bring him greater joy at Christ's coming - cf. 1Th 2:19-20

 As someone has suggested:  "Work as though it all depended upon you, but pray as though it all depended upon God"

CONTRASTS BETWEEN A HELPER AND A SERVANT

A Helper

A Servant

A helper helps others when it is convenient.

A servant serves others even when it is inconvenient.

A helper helps people that he or she likes.

A servant serves even people that he or she dislikes.

A helper helps when he or she enjoys the work.

A servant serves even when he or she dislikes the work.

A helper helps when the circumstances are convenient.

A servant serves even when the circumstances are inconvenient.

A helper helps with a view to obtaining personal satisfaction.

A servant serves even when he or she receives no personal satisfaction.

A helper helps with an attitude of assisting another.

A servant serves with an attitude of enabling another

Lessons-

  1. We need to act on the desires and want to’s that God puts in us
  2. Need to be in awe and reverence of God
  3. Need to Live a life of Integrity
  4. Need to trust the Word and Share the Gospel
  5. Need to have hope
  6. Need to realize all is subservient to the Gospel
  7. Need to realize that we Frustrate Gods plan for humility and Unity(Phil 2:5) when we complain and Grumble
  8. We are either working out our salvation or complaining and grumbling….Are you doing YOUR part?