Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let’s do something good and acceptable to God today





Let’s Pray for Those in Authority- 1Tim 2:1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Let’s Think and Speak that which is Pleasing to God – Ps 19:14  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Let’s Be Fair and Just to Others – Pro 21:3  To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Let’s Submit Ourselves Fully to God Today – Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Let’s Seek to Do His Will – Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Let’s Serve Him – Rom 14:18  For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

Let’s Be Filled with the Spirit - Eph 5:8  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Let’s Give Sacrificially to His Work - Phil 4:18  But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

1 Pet 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Let’s Live a Consistent Life at Home - 1Tim 5:4  But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

Let’s Suffer Patiently - 1Pet 2:20  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AWOL with a Seared Conscience and Shipwrecked Faith



1 Tim 1:18  This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 19  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 20  Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Hymenaeus and Alexander could have been members of any church. You have known these guys, served beside them, worshiped with them. They were ushers, trustees, choir members. They changed oil in the cars of single mothers, drove the church van, taught a Jr. boy's Sunday school class, worked in the Awana program. You prayed next to them at the altar, sang a duet with one of them.

Alas, Alexander found a girlfriend who was not a Christian and started missing Sunday nights to be with her instead of with the brethren. Soon, prayer meetings were dropped because that was their gym night. Then, they took a trip together, unchaperoned, out of town for a weekend. Alex hasn't been in church since last Easter and shows no interest since they moved in together.

Hymenaeus took an interest in Reformed theology ever since he took that Greek class on line. He switched out his King James for a more scholarly translation. He became argumentative, even with the pastor on several of the tenets of the church's stated beliefs. He is now holding Bible studies in his home and at the coffee shop in lieu of his church duties. He has made no qualms about his new outlook on all things faith related, bragging that his true fellowship is on the internet where he is much more blessed than in his stagnant church with its ignorant pastor.

And so, forsaking the spiritual food and fellowship of the local church, these guys are set adrift on the sea of their own eclectic faith. From the buffet of radical, unbalanced pet issues (legalism, hyper grace, double inspiration, hyper Calvinism, universalism, amillennialism, post-tribulationalism, universal church, Pentecostalism, and a host of other unorthodox oddities) they have crafted their own freelance faith apart from the pillar and ground of the truth, the Word of God as faithfully taught in the local church.

Alas, they inadvertently find themselves delivered unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh that their spirits might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (I Cor 5:5)

Our prayer for Hymie and Alex is that they would learn not to blaspheme the Word and work of the Lord, and for all who once aligned themselves  with the Bride of Jesus, His body, the local church but are now AWOL with seared consciences and shipwrecked faiths.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PLPWMGINFWWMY





(Thanks to my friend, Pastor Ray Smith for the seed thoughts for this blog)
Phil 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a  good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

God is a finisher! But oh, how doubtful and impatient we can sometimes be! Especially when it comes to our own progress. Following are just a few examples of God’s tenacity in completing important projects.

1. Finished creation, "It is good"
Gen 2:1  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2. Finished work on the Cross, "It is finished"
Jn 17:4  I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
Jn 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Jn 5:36  But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
Jn 4:34  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
 
3. Consummation of His eternal plans.
Rev 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 

 You are His masterpiece, His child. He has invested His treasure, His handiwork, His Spirit into you and has for you an expected end which He will consummate. 

So, PLPWMGINFWWMY: Please be patient with me, God is not finished working with me yet!