Archive for December, 2005

“I got away from the Lord”

Saturday, December 31st, 2005 at 12:51 pm

How do you get away from someone who will never leave you?

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

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Eternal security – license to sin?

Friday, December 30th, 2005 at 8:09 am

Some people do not believe the Bible doctrine of eternal security – of once saved always saved – because they think it is a license to sin. The only problem is: people don’t need a license to sin; they sin well enough without a license.

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How saved are you?

Thursday, December 29th, 2005 at 2:56 pm

I am as saved as you can get and still be here.

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Open mouth insert foot

Thursday, December 29th, 2005 at 7:49 am

Another popular phrase found in the Bible:

Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

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The truth hurts – hurt by a true friend

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005 at 8:17 am

Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Some times, a friend or a relative will say or do something that hurts us. A lot of times though, that hurt motivates us to make a change in our life. A lot of times, we may be living in such a way or saying certain things or believing certain things that do not benefit us and actually cause ourselves harm without us even knowing it. A true friend will let us know when we are hurting ourselves – even though we are hurt – are wounded – when they let us know. On the other hand, an enemy is someone who actually encourages you to continue your harmful ways. An enemy will kiss you and tell you are OK even when you are living in sin.

I would rather have one friend who will tell me the truth – even if the truth hurts – than a dozen friends who will flatter me and let me continue down the wrong path.

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A little birdie told me

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005 at 8:14 am

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

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Some things God wants us to lay hold on

Monday, December 26th, 2005 at 2:48 pm

Lay hold on wisdom

Proverbs 3:13-18 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Lay hold on eternal life

1 Timothy 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.

Lay hold on the hope set before us

Hebrews 6:17-20 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

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Wearing out your welcome

Sunday, December 25th, 2005 at 9:19 pm

Proverbs 25:17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

Are you always the last one to leave a get-together? When you are over someone’s house, does the host ever seem to have to almost push you out the door? You may have started out as good friends, but over process of time because of you staying longer than you should, your friend may have become weary of you and started to hate having you around.

Wouldn’t you rather leave earlier than you think you should and have people say “I wish they would have stayed longer” than stay longer than you should and have people say “I thought they would never leave!” Even though you enjoy someone’s company, it is better for you if you would cut the time short so others will look forward to seeing you again.

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The true meaning of Christmas

Friday, December 23rd, 2005 at 11:33 pm

During this time of the year, many people sing Christmas carols. Most of the time, we sing these songs without ever thinking about the words. For instance, in “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” we sing:

Peace on Earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.

What does it mean “God and sinners reconciled?”

To understand this, we first need to understand a couple of other things.

What is a sinner?

A sinner is someone who sins.

What is sin?

According to 1 John 3:5, sin is the transgression of God’s law – sin is the breaking of God’s law. In Isaiah 59:2, we are told that sin separates the sinner from God. Sinners are separated from God because they broke his law and thus need to be reconciled to God.

How is a sinner reconciled to God?

According to Galatians 3:24, the law – the same law that sinners break – is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. So first, to be reconciled to God, you have to be a sinner. Let’s look at some of God’s laws to see if any of us broken them. The Ten Commandments are good place to start since those are probably the most widely known of God’s laws.

The Ninth Commandment says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” Bearing false witness is lying. Have you ever told a lie? It doesn’t matter the color – even a little white lie? If you lie, you are a liar.

The Eighth Commandment says, “Thou shalt not steal.” Have you ever stolen anything? It doesn’t matter the value – it could be something small. Something when you were a child? If you can’t think of anything, let me ask you this: have you always tithed to God on everything you ever made? If not, God says you’ve stolen from him. If you steal something, you are a thief.

The Third Commandment says, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” Have you ever used God’s name as a curse word? Have you ever used his Son’s name as a curse word? Have you ever swore to God to do something and then failed to do it? You have taken God’s name in vain – that is blasphemy. God’s says he will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

The Seventh Commandment says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Now, many of us will think we are safe on this one – but Jesus said in Matthew 5:28 that whoever looks with lust at a woman has commited adultery already in his heart. Remember, man may only see our actions, but God can see our heart. God judges us on our actions AND our thoughts. Have you ever looked with lust at someone? You are an adulterer.

We’ve looked at only four of the Ten Commandments and I dare to say that everyone reading this has broken all four – do we need to look at the other six to make you see you are sinner?

If God were to judge you today based on just the Ten Commandments, would you be innocent or guilty? Not one of us in here could honestly say we are innocent. The littlest white lie we told condemns us. We all are sinners and are separated from God. If we would die in this condition, we would be separated from God for all eternity. We all are liars and in Revelation 21:8 we see that ALL liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, we see that no thieves and no adulterers shall inherit the kingdom of God. Hell is the punishment that God gives for breaking his law. Some of you may say that you will just ask for forgiveness and be OK. If a murderer was brought before a human judge and said he was sorry, would the judge be a good judge if he let the murderer go because he was sorry? No, he should be sorry – but he still deserves to be punished. God is a holy and just judge. He will not let the guilty go.

So what’s this got to do with Christmas? You see, since we all are guilty before God and deserve to be punished in Hell, we needed a way to escape. If you were in a courtroom guilty of crime and the punishment was a $1,000,000 fine, you wouldn’t be able to pay it – but if someone paid it for you, the law would be satisfied and you would be free to go. One day about 2,000 years ago – which is the day we celebrate at Christmas – God sent his Son to be born of woman. His Son, Jesus, became a man and died on the cross as payment for our sins. He endured the wrath of God on the cross that we would endure in Hell. He paid our fine. But that does not mean we all are free to go. His payment has to be applied to each one of us – each one of us has to apply the payment to our account personally.

How do we apply it?

In Proverbs 28:3, we are told the one who confesses and forsakes his or her sins will have mercy. It doesn’t say just confess – we need to forsake our sins. Another word for forsaking our sins is repenting. Jesus tells us to repent. He says unless we repent we will perish. If you’ve asked God to forgive your sins but you’ve never repented – if you’ve never forsaken your sins, you will not find mercy. In Romans 10, it says whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. That doesn’t just mean saying “Jesus come in my heart and save me.” When you call upon the name of the Lord you are telling God you can’t make it to Heaven on your own name – your own reputation – you need the Lord’s name – the Lord’s reputation to get you into Heaven. You can’t make it your way anymore and you need his way. God’s way is Jesus Christ. If you want to be reconciled to God, you need to tell God you need the righteousness of his Son because your own righteousness is not good enough.

The true meaning of Christmas is that Jesus was born to die so that we (sinners) could be reconciled to God. Have you not ever repented and called upon his name? If not, why not receive the greatest gift of all this Christmas – the gift of eternal life?

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The road to the Promised Land goes by way of Mt. Sinai and the law

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005 at 1:39 pm

On their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, the Israelites had to go by Mt. Sinai. This is a very good picture of salvation.

  • Egypt = the world, our lost condition
  • Mt. Sinai = God’s law, the Ten Commandments
  • The Promised Land = Heaven, salvation

Everyone starts out in the world as a lost person. To reach the promised land, to be saved, a person must first journey past God’s law, the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments show us that we are sinners and deserve Hell. The law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24). If a person never realizes he or she is a sinner and condemned to Hell, he or she will never call on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. Without ever calling upon the name of the Lord, the person will never reach the promised land.

Have you ever looked into God’s law to see if you are a sinner condemned to Hell and in need of saviour? Today is the day of salvation. Don’t put it off.

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