Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Living Like Royalty

Partakers of the Heavenly Calling

Heb 3:1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

1. We are Called to be Saints of God.  Rom 1:7, I Cor 1:2
2. We are Called to be Sons of God.  Gal 4:5, 6
3. We are Called to be Friends of God. Jn 15:15
4. We are Called to be Joint-Heirs with Christ.  Rom 8:17

Friend, we are currently royalty in waiting, presumably partakers of all the promises of God and presently seated in the heavenlies.

Ours is but to live up to our stature. Princes and princesses are not expected to be perfect, but there is an expectation that they carry themselves as royalty. Their status prohibits them from behaving like back alley low-lifes, partaking in guttery amusements. 

The Lord has made us kings and priests unto Himself, let's live accordingly. 

In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch. He made application to Prior Richard at a local monastery, asking to be accepted as a contemplative and spend the rest of his life in the monastery. "Your Majesty," said Prior Richard, "do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be hard because you have been a king."

"I understand," said Henry. "The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you."

"Then I will tell you what to do," said Prior Richard. "Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you." When King Henry died, a statement was written: "The King learned to rule by being obedient." When we tire of our roles and responsibilities, it helps to remember God has planted us in a certain place and told us to be a good accountant or teacher or mother or father. Christ expects us to be faithful where he puts us, and when He returns, we'll rule together with him. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Sure Foundation

II Tim 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

I weary of these wise-achers who spend inordinate amounts of time critiquing the pure Word of the Lord, claiming it to be inspired and yet chocked full of mistakes.

Just in this chapter, II Timothy 3, I find several descriptive monikers for them: boasters, proud, blasphemers, despisers of those that are good, heady, high-minded, having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth, seducers, deceiving and being deceived.

Let me tell you about my Bible:
1. It is able to make me wise concerning salvation through faith. The Bible-bashers cannot poke enough holes in the Word to take away its efficacy in its teaching in matters of salvation.
2. It is given by inspiration of God. God breathed His quickening into the pages of Holy Writ. No Bible-thrasher's pen knife can un-inspire the wonderful Words of Life.
3. It is profitable. Helpful, serviceable, advantageous. I can trust it thoroughly in matters of doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. There are no holes, no flaws, no errors, no mistakes in my Bible to halt the progress of the double-edged work it does in the life of the believer.
4. The Bible, which is perfect, makes the man of God complete. If the Bible was as flawed as the professors say it is, it would not have the wherewithal to perfect its adherents.
5. It throughly furnishes God's workers to do His work. How could and incomplete, corrupted manuscript completely equip those who study it?

My Bible does the job! If you have a watered down, altered and twisted imitation of the Word of God, shelve that thing and get you a real Bible. It's the one that spurred the greatest revivals of history. It's the one that is inspired and perfectly preserved. It will teach you solid doctrine, warn you when you go astray, guide you as to how to return to the proper path and instruct you in how to stay on that path. The Book will mature you into a complete believer and give you what you need to serve Him.

Don't listen to the Bible-correctors as they spew their doubtful disputations upon God's Book. Trust the One Who has promised you a perfectly preserved Word which will not fail and is settled forever in heaven.

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.