Sunday, September 21, 2014

DOES IT GET ANY BETTER?

PSALM 21                                           

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. A BELIEVER’S JOY [v. 1-4]

1. God’s Strength & Salvation [v. 1, Ps. 18:2, 27:1]

Moses- Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Isaiah- Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Saints in Heaven- Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

2. God’s Greatness in Hearing Prayer [v. 2, 4] Psalms 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

3. God’s Graciousness in Blessing Us [v. 3] Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us

 

II. A BELIEVER’S GLORY [v. 5-7]

1. Salvation’s Honor & Majesty [v. 5]

Psalms 96:6 Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Psalms 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

Daniel 5:18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:

2. Salvation’s Length & Access [v.6, 17:15]

Job 19:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

3. Salvation’s Basis & Security [v. 7, 16:8]

Psalms 62:6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

Proverbs 12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

 

III. A BELIEVER’S ESCAPE [v. 8-13]

1. A Fiery End [v. 8-10]

2. A Fruitless Ambition [v. 11-12] a wasted life

3. A Fool’s Song [v. 13] instead the believer sings a wise song

Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

QUESTION OF THE WEEK- Why does The Holy Spirit shut doors?

by the late Dr. Sumner Wemp
 

 

"But rejoice, in as much as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings" 1 Peter 4:13.
 
"They assayed to go into Bithynia but the Spirit suffered them not", did not allow them to go. He shut the door. It does not say how this was done. I am sure the Holy Spirit suffered Celeste and me not to go to Brazil 57 years ago. We got married and in less than six months all of our support came in to go to the jungles in Brazil as missionaries and do pioneer work among the savage Indians six hundred miles from the nearest town. It was staggering the way God did it. We and the mission board were overwhelmed. It usually takes two to five years to raise one's support. Just as dramatically, God shut the door and we never went to Brazil. It was many years later before we came to know why God closed the door. Had a son with epilepsy Indians kill
 
Behind the scenes 
The Holy Spirit opens and shuts doors. It is vital and relieving to realize this. If we are "walking in the Spirit" and praying and trusting the Holy Spirit to lead us (Romans 8:14), when the door is shut, we can have peace and not doubt God. We must walk by faith and trust God when He may not tell us why! We must pray like Jesus did, "Not my will but thine be done" Luke 22:42. 
 
Sometimes, here is why. 
Paul had a "thorn in the flesh" 1 Corinthians 12:7. He never told just what it was. "For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me." God never took it away but told him, "My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is perfect in weakness 2 Corinthians 12:9." You and I must know that His grace is sufficient for us when we have a '"Thorn in the flesh" or any problem or any prayer we do not see answered. 
 
Our response 
Then we must respond like Paul and say sincerely, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in my infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong" 1 Corinthians 12:7-10. What a way to live, Paul said, "I take pleasure in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Oh that we all had such a passion for the "power of Christ to be upon us and our ministry" so that the dear Lord Jesus would be glorified. Amen?
 
What are your infirmities 
What has He "suffered you not" to do nor get? He shut the door. He did not answer that prayer when and the way you wanted. He did not take away that infirmity and you have agonized and prayed for it for years. Don't be hurt, don't be angry, don't rebel, and don't get bitter. You can trust God. He knows all about it. He is the omniscient God. A sparrow does not fall to the ground but what God takes note of it - Matthew 10:29. Trust God that "all things work together for good to those who love Him" Romans 8:28 and "take pleasure in your infirmity" so God can use it in some wonderful ways to His glory.
 
As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another. 1 Peter 4:10.

 

 

Friday, September 19, 2014

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week


Once men made great threats against me. I wondered what would happen if I didn't go along with the denomination and boost the program. So I went to the Bible and began to consult with the prophet Daniel. I said, "Daniel, what about it?"
And Daniel said, "John, these lions' dens are greatly overrated. They are not so bad." God can handle all the lions in the world. A wonderful thought, isn't it? - John R. Rice


You can see that it is a foolish and wicked scheme of the Devil to get people to disregard the Word of God. Any man who throws away part of the Bible is a kind of modernist and is not to be trusted. If one man has a right to disregard the command of Jesus Christ about baptism, other men have a right to disregard the teaching of Jesus on any other matter. As for me, I will have a whole Bible, inspired of God, all of it authoritative and reliable, or I will have no Bible at all. - John R. Rice

Repentance was Christ's plan of salvation. And when He gave the disciples the Great Commission, as reported in Luke, He said unto them, "That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among the nations, beginning at Jerusalem" (Luke 24:47). It was just another way of stating His plan of salvation "among all nations." All who honestly repent-- that is all who turn, in the hear...t, from sin to God-- certainly trust in Christ. So repentance and faith are inseparable.
And Paul preached the same thing, namely that God "commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30). It is silly, then, to say that repentance is only for Jews. Actually repentance means a change of mind, a heart's turning from sin toward God. And of course every person who was ever saved in the Old Testament or the New turned his heart from sin toward God, that is, he repented, as he trusted. - John R. Rice

I went into the Masonic lodge. I meant well. My father was active and a speaker in the Masonic lodge. Other good men said, "Brother Rice, you are going to be a preacher; and you will have more influence if you belong to the lodge." I thought that. They thought it was true. I went in. I found in it an old infidel, cussing, dirty-mouthed man whom I had rebuked on the streets for cursing in my presence and the presence of others. Yet, here he was helping my father give me the entered apprentice degree in a Masonic lodge! And I found I was taking oath to support these men in business instead of others who were not lodge members, support them when they ran for office instead of somebody else who wasn't a lodge member, and I should support him if he got arrested and put in jail, and if I were on the jury I was to try and uphold him. Good night! I didn't want that! I thought, that is not my place. That is not my crowd. So I got out. I never went back. I have great respect for many noble good men who mean well, but they still ought not be yoked up with unbelievers. - John R. Rice

Sure, I love born-again Christians where they are in the churches. I mean I am a brother to Southern Baptists or Methodists or Presbyterians or Pentecostals or to any man who loves the Lord Jesus and trusts in Him and believes the Bible and depends on the shed blood of Jesus. I am his brother. I am his friend. I want his love. But I don't want to call any man "brother" who says the Bible is full of mistakes, who says Adam was not a real person, as the Bible says-- that that story is just mythical and allegorical; who say God didn't create the earth like He said He did in six days but instead, says the earth has been here billions of years. I don't want any fellowship with him. That is infidelity. That is contrary to the Bible. Christians ought not put up with it. You are not to run with those people. Rather, you'd better say, "I am never going to give another dollar where it will get in the hands of anybody who is breaking down faith in the Bible." - John R. Rice

So Paul was inspired to use the same figure of speech in 1 Corinthians 12:13 when he said, "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body." In a figurative sense, when one is converted, he becomes a part of the mystical, unseen body of Christians who will be called out at the rapture and assemble in Heaven. So as a figure of speech, one may say that he is buried into that body, immersed in it, becoming a part of that body. The picture is the same used in 1 Peter 2:5 where Christians are said to be living stones, built into a wall, and the wall is a spiritual house for God. In that fanciful and beautiful figure of speech the word baptism or immersion is used. But actually, of course, that is not in a physical baptism. It is only in a figurative sense that a Christian is built into a wall and covered or buried in the wall of a house. It is all right to say we are baptized into the body of Christ, if you realize that it is only a figure of speech and not a literal, physical immersion of the believer into anything. - John R. Rice
 
Listen. You better get out and put your influence out-and-out for Christ and the Bible.
I don't mean to hate anybody. I am just against those who are not for Christ and the Bible. I am for everybody who is for Christ and the Bible. Christians ought to take sides and put your money where your mouth is. And it ought to be your mouth and your money both for Jesus and salvation. - John R. Rice

Thursday, September 18, 2014

another good one by Jimmy DeYoung




 

Prophecy Today Devotions  
September  2014 
Jimmy DeYoung
Thank you for reading my Prophetic Daily Devotionals! 


Proverbs 23:31 


Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
 
For further study - Proverbs 23:20-35
 
This is a unique passage of Scripture in light of the ever increasing number of church members who believe it is alright for them to take a "social drink", have an intoxicating beverage.
 
On the radio recently, a long time Bible-believing Bible teacher made the statement that he saw nothing wrong with a Christian having a "social drink". This Radio Bible teacher, the voice of a great, long time ministry, I believe went against not only the Word of God but against the spirit of the Word.
 
The writer of Proverbs addressed the issue head on. He writes to us to not be "among the winebibbers". Some may say, "I'm not a drunkard". If that is your response, please keep reading through our entire devotional and the extended reading for today, especially the last 7 verses.
 
The writer reveals the lifestyle of one who "tarries long at the wine", verse 30. Please notice verse 31. The exhortation is "to not even look at the wine when it is red, when it is moving in the cup". In other words, when the "juice of the vine', the grape juice, in a cup starts to move, the grape juice has fermented and thus it is intoxicating. It is at that time one should not partake of this intoxicating beverage.
 
There is an interesting restriction that is placed upon the "kings of Israel" found in the last chapter of Proverbs. Proverbs 31:4-5  reveals that Kings cannot drink wine, intoxicating liquid. The reason is that a King that drinks intoxicating beverages would forget the law and pervert their judgment of matters pertaining to the King's subjects.
 
Our key verse for our reading today has an interesting connection to a prophetic passage for the last days. Zechariah 12:2 refers to Jerusalem as a "cup of trembling" which is "apocalyptic literature". In apocalyptic literature, the writer of Scripture is using a "symbol" to communicate an absolute truth.
 
In light of our key verse, verse 31, a "cup of trembling" would mean that Jerusalem will be "intoxicating" to those who control it in the last days. Those who have control of Jerusalem and in particular the Temple Mount, are, and will be intoxicated with that power as we move closer to the return of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem to build His temple on the Temple Mount.
 
Such is the description of the situation at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem today. Moslems control the Temple Mount, which is the most sacred piece of real estate to both Jews and Christians in the entire universe. These Moslems have become "intoxicated" with that power. Bible prophecy is moving very close to complete fulfillment.
 
PRAYER THOT: Thank You, Lord, for instructions for my daily life and the standard I should keep as I await Your soon return to earth.
   



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HIGHPOINTS & LOWPOINTS OF THE TRIBULATION

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIBULATION

 

1. The Rise of the Saints [Rev. 4:1, 1 Th. 4:13-18]

 

2. The Rise of the Two Witnesses [Rev. 11:1-6] Elijah? Moses? Enoch? John the Baptist?

 

3. The Rise of the Beast, the Antichrist [Rev. 13]

 

II. THE MIDDLE OF THE TRIBULATION

 

1. The Tragedy in the Streets [Rev. 11:7-13]

 

2. The Tragedy in the Temple [Dan. 12:11, Matthew 24:15-22]

 

3. The Tragedy in the Hearts [Rev. 13:17-18, 14:9-11]

 

III. THE END OF THE TRIBULATION

 

1. The Battle of Armageddon Planned [Rev. 16:12, 17:8-17, Zech. 12:1-3]

 

2. The Battle of Armageddon Fought [Rev. 19:11-19, Zech. 12:4-6]

 

3. The Battle of Armageddon Won [Rev. 19:20-20:3, Zech. 12:7-9]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

I am always suspicious of profound explanations of Scripture, explanations that require a scholar or philosopher to understand them. The Bible is a plain man's book (Mt. 11:25). In at least ninety-nine cases in a hundred the meaning of Scripture lies on the surface-- the meaning that any simple-minded man, woman, or child who really wants to know and obey the truth would see in it. - R.A. Torrey

No affliction would trouble a child of God, if he knew God's reasons for sending it. - Morgan

Oh what a happy soul am I
Although I cannot see,
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be;
How many blessings I enjoy
That other people don't;
To weep and sigh because I'm blind,
I cannot and I won't.

Fanny Crosby (at age 8)

Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them. we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence. - Beecher

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

IT REALLY IS PERSONAL


IT REALLY IS PERSONAL                                                                                                 JEREMIAH 11-12

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

The Bible really is a personal book. The Person who inspired it is God, the persons to whom the Holy Spirit moved to write it found it personal and the recipients find it personal. It is personal but it’s not supposed to be private. It’s supposed to be opened & obeyed, studied & shared, heard & heeded, printed & proclaimed, accepted and acclaimed, read from cover to cover, believed from beginning to end & lived from second birth to last breath. It really is personal.

Jeremiah’s 4th message covers chapters 11 and 12 of the book that carries his name. There we find:

 

I. THE MESSAGE OF THE PROPHETS [11:1-17]

 

1. The Unchanging God [v. 1-5]

2. The Unchanging Word [v. 6-8]

3. The Unchanging Consequences [v. 9-17]

 

II. THE DANGER TO THE PROPHETS [11:18-23]

 

1. His Ignorance Removed [v. 18-19, Mark 6:4]

2. His Prayer Revealed [v. 20]

3. His Protector’s Promise [v. 21-23]

 

III. THE QUESTION OF THE PROPHET [12:1-17]

 

1. The Perception of the Prophet [v. 1-4]

2. The Point to the Prophet [v. 5-11]

3. The Promises to the Prophet [v. 12-17]