Archive for October, 2005

A lost person’s confidence

Friday, October 21st, 2005 at 7:46 am

Proverbs 21:22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

In times past, cities would be protected by walls. The walls would protect the city from invasion – from destruction. In another proverb, we are told he that winneth souls is wise. A soul-winner is a wise man. In this proverb, a lost person is likened unto a city with walls. People inside the city have confidence that the walls will keep them safe – will deliver them from certain death. A lost person has confidence that his or her good works will keep him or her safe – will deliver him or her from certain condemnation. A wise man – a soul-winner – will scale the walls and show the lost person that confidence in dead works is not strong at all.

How do we show that confidence in dead works is weak? We need to show the sinner his or her guiltiness before God. We need to turn the looking-glass of God’s law on the sinner so he or she can see him or herself as God does. Once the sinner sees what God sees, then the sinner will lose confidence in the strength of his or her works and will turn to God – to the Lord Jesus Christ – for deliverance.

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He saved others

Thursday, October 20th, 2005 at 8:13 am

Luke 23:35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.

When they derided the Lord, they actually were making a true statement. He did save others – but he could not have saved them if he saved himself. If the Lord Jesus Christ would have saved himself from the death on the cross, we would not have had someone to take our punishment for us. We would have had to take our own punishment for sin.

Thank you Lord Jesus for putting us first. Let us learn from your example and put others before our own selves.

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The lowly ant

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005 at 2:23 pm

Proverbs 6:6-9 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

When God tells us to look at and consider something, we would do well to heed his words. Have you ever noticed the only ant you will find not doing something is a dead ant? Every ant is always busy working. Ants have initiative – they won’t be found lying around doing nothing.

How long wilt thou sleep? Go to the ant and be wise.

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Unbelief – the unpardonable sin

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005 at 9:30 pm

Growing up, I was taught that suicide was the one sin that God would not forgive. The rationale behind that teaching was that the person was incapable of asking forgiveness because he or she was obviously dead after committing the sin. The Bible does indeed tell us there is a sin that God will not forgive:

Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is the unpardonable sin. What exactly is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost? When you blaspheme the Holy Ghost, you are saying that you don’t believe what the Holy Ghost said or did is true. What did the Holy Ghost say or do?

2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The Holy Ghost gave us the scriptures – the Bible. When you say you don’t believe the Bible – that you don’t believe what God said about his Son – you are calling God a liar.

1 John 5:10 …he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

That is a serious charge to make. When you call God a liar – when you don’t believe – that is the sin of unbelief and you are blaspheming the Holy Ghost. You will not be forgiven for that.

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar.

John 3:18 …he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

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Delivered from prison – a picture of salvation

Monday, October 17th, 2005 at 8:07 am

Acts 12:5-10 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.

Even though this event involves Peter and Peter was already saved, the description of what happened to him is a good picture of what happens in salvation. Let’s look at it and compare it to salvation:

In verse 5, we see he was kept in prison. When we were lost, we were kept in bondage by our sins. We also see the church praying for him. Churches all around the world are praying for the lost to be saved.

In verse 6, we see he was sleeping between two soldiers. The lost are asleep and need to awake to righteousness. The lost have two soldiers trying to keep the person shut up in prison: the flesh and the devil.

In verse 7, we see the angel of the Lord coming to him. An angel is a messenger – someone who was sent by God to deliver a message. Christians are sent by God to deliver the message of the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Notice also, it says a light shined in and then the messenger smote him on the side and raised him up. The light did not awaken him: he needed to be smote on the side first. Telling a lost person the good news does not awaken him or her to his or her need of a saviour. The lost person needs to be smote on the side first – he or she needs to hear the bad news about sin first. What does that mean? We need to use the word of God, more specifically the laws of God, to show that the lost person is guilty before God. The place where the lost person is smote is significant. It wasn’t on the back or on the head or on the leg – it was on the side -probably near his heart. As in our court system, a defendant cannot plead guilty of breaking the law if he or she does not know what the law is. Once the sinner pleads guilty and begs for mercy, the chains will fall off.

In verse 8, we see the messenger telling him to gird himself, bind on his sandals, put his garment on, and follow. The saved are to have their loins girt about with truth, their feed shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, put on their robes of righteousness, and follow the Lord.

In verse 9, we see that he wasn’t sure about what had just happened. When God saved me, I didn’t understand everything about what just happened. I knew something happened. I knew I was different. I knew I had a great burden lifted – like I had just been released from bondage.

Finally, in verse 10, we see him go through the first and second ward and then the gate to the city opened on its own. When we die, our soul and spirit will travel through the first and second wards – the first and second heaven – the earth’s atmosphere and outer space – and then the gate of that city afar off will open to us and we will enter paradise.

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A humbling thought

Sunday, October 16th, 2005 at 2:09 pm

If you lived perfectly before God every single day of your life except for committing let’s say 3 sins every day, in one year you would commit over 1,000 sins. If you lived to the normal life expectancy of about 75 years, that’s over 75,000 sins against God for which you will have to give an account. Even if you were more perfect and only committed one sin every day, that still is over 25,000 sins in a 75 year life span.

I daresay that every one of us sin more than 3 times a day.

O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

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When was your name written in Heaven?

Friday, October 14th, 2005 at 7:10 am

I don’t know but I know when I found out it was there.

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Are you a good person?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005 at 4:02 pm

I found this “Good Test” on another web site and found it to be very convicting. I’m not quite as good as I thought I was – I didn’t pass on a single question. Now, before you turn your nose up at me, take the test for your self and see if you won’t join me and the apostle Paul in saying “O wretched man that I am.”

Take the Good Test.

All I can say is Praise God for his mercy!

If you know anyone who hasn’t been saved, send them this link and ask them to take the test.

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The Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on man

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005 at 2:08 pm

Does the Bible ever say that man came out of that sleep?

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The Curse on Canaan

Sunday, October 9th, 2005 at 10:45 pm

Genesis 9:20-25 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. 24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. 25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

Based on verse 24 (…knew what his younger son had done unto him), some teach that Ham engaged in sodomy with his father while his father was in a drunken stupor. While that certainly is a wicked act, that is not what happened as will be seen if you look at the context and compare this scripture to other scriptures.

First, verse 22 says Ham saw the nakedness of his father and then told his brothers without. That means Ham went into Noah’s tent, saw his father naked, and then rather than covering up his father, went out of the tent and told his brothers. His brothers then went in backwards to cover up their father. And notice in verse 23 why they went in backwards: so they would not see their father’s nakendness – the same thing that Ham did. If Ham seeing his father’s nakedness is a euphimism for sodomy as some say, then how would the other brothers going in backwards prevent them from committing sodomy? That just doesn’t make sense. And if Ham did commit sodomy, why was Canaan cursed? Should not it have been Ham who was cursed? We need to look at some more scripture to understand why Canaan was cursed.

Proverbs 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

What Ham really was guilty of was mocking his father’s sin of drunkenness. He saw his father drunk and naked and rather than cover his father up, he goes outside and tells others about Noah’s sin. He probably was joking and laughing about it – that’s what making a mock at sin is. We are often guilty of making a mock at sin. When we see someone sin, oftentimes we laugh about it and tell others about it rather than rebuke or reprove the sin. One time, we were around some people who were drunk and acting stupidly. Many people were laughing at their behaviour. I chose to use it as an opportunity to teach my son Malachi. I told Malachi that if he ever is tempted to take a drink of alcohol to remember how foolish those men looked and how everyone was laughing at their foolishness.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

So Ham did something he should not have done: mock his father’s sin. Ham also did not do something he should have: cover his father’s sin. If Ham truly loved his father like he should have, he would have covered up his father and not told anyone about what he saw inside the tent. When my children do something wrong, I don’t go around and publicize it. No one needs to know about their sins or my sins. Love covers sins.

So why was Canaan cursed for Ham’s sin? Consider this:

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Ever heard the phrase “he’s a chip off the old block” or “the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree?” Parents, everything we do or don’t do is teaching our children something. What Ham did and did not do was teaching his son Canaan. Noah recognized that Ham was teaching by example and that Canaan would learn to do the same sins and that when Canaan was old, he would not depart from that sinful behaviour. Parents, do you want your children to grow up holy and righteous? Do you want them to serve God and to live godly? You better be careful about how you act and what you find funny. You better learn how to cover sins and not publicize them. One way or the other, you will train up your children. Will it be in the way they should go?

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