but it is forbidden because it is hurtful.
but it is forbidden because it is hurtful.
Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
When I was lost without God in my life, I was like the earth: without form and void, and darkness was in my soul. Then the Spirit of God moved and convicted me. God then spoke and said “Let there be light.” He spoke and imparted faith unto me so that I could believe the light of the gospel. That was the first day of my spiritual life.
Proverbs 24:21-22 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: 22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
Today, we see a rash of churches changing from the old ways because they feel we need to change with the times. Some think new methods are needed to reach the lost or to transform lives.
Proverbs tells us not to meddle with those that are given to change. God wants us to stay with the old ways – the proven ways – the time-tested ways. God says that not only will those that change see ruin but also the new ways will see ruin.
God can see farther down the road than we can – let us let God direct our ways.
One day you will be right.
Psalm 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Most of the times, people will quote the first part of verse 3 and the first part of verse 5 but won’t ever mention verse 4 or the last part of verse 5. We miss something very important when we do that. Look at verse 4. Our children are like arrows in the hand of a mighty man. A mighty man is skillful with the bow and uses the arrows to defeat the enemy. We need to train our children – to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord – so that they can be used by God to defeat the enemy. If we raise our children correctly, our children will not be ashamed (verse 5) and they will be effective witnesses to the enemies in the gate. Telling our children not to talk to strangers is something Satan wants – we should let our children talk to strangers because it is out of the mouth of babes that God has ordained strength (Psalms 8:2). Obviously, we should be nearby and watching as our children talk with strangers – but we should allow them to do such.
If you are a parent, God has given you a mighty weapon. Use your children as arrows in the hand of a mighty man.
If you go to any sporting event, it is not uncommon to see fans for one team rooting for the other team to fail. At basketball games, you’ll hear fans yelling “miss it” when the opponent is attempting a shot.
Proverbs 24:17 through Proverbs 24:18 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: 18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
Let us not cheer when our opponent makes a mistake. It may displease God. Rather, let us cheer for our own teams to play well and to give their best effort.
He begins chapter 3 of Philippians with “finally, my brethren” and then goes on for 2 more chapters.
The word “enthusiasm” comes from two Greek words: “en” meaning in and “theos” meaning god. Enthusiasm comes from being “in God.” The word “enthusiasm” came about to describe the people who were “in God” – the lost saw the Christians’ zeal for God and came up with the word “enthusiasm” to describe how they acted.
If you are in God, are you showing enthusiasm? If not, it’s time we let the lost see our enthusiasm for the things of God.
Some people think they can not witness for God because they have trouble speaking in public or with strangers. Some may have fear or feel they are weak. Let’s see the qualities of one of the greatest witnesses from the Bible.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of manâ€™s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Notice Paul’s qualifications for being a witness:
The things that many people use as excuses for not witnessing are the exact same qualifications that Paul used for witnessing.
Now what excuse will you use? That you are over-qualified?