Friday, December 19, 2014

Obey to Understand


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Luke 1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

 

Obey to Understand


 
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Have you ever wondered who the first person was to doubt the virgin birth? I don't know the first person to doubt the virgin birth, but the first person to question it was the virgin Mary. The Bible says that when God sent the angel to tell Mary of God's plan, Mary asked, "How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" Now Mary was not asking for an argument, she was asking for an answer. She had an honest, logical question. God's answer is found in verse 37. He says, "For with God nothing shall be impossible."

 

Mary understood that God was sending a sinless Son to save a sinful people. How did Mary understand what so many people miss? Here's a very important truth that we can learn from Mary: when you have a heart to obey, you'll have a mind to understand.

 

Knowledge is more than intellect and education. Mary was young. She was not a theologian or a doctor of the law. As a class, those people had rejected Christ, and they did not know nearly as much about God's plan as Mary did. She didn't know God's plan because she was brilliant. She knew this because she was submissive.

 

Faith is more than a feeling. How did Mary feel? The Bible says that she was troubled. We also know that she was fearful because the angel's first words were "Fear not." She was puzzled. She had an honest question. "How can this be?" But when she heard God's answer, it was sufficient for her. Knowledge is more than intellect; faith is more than feeling, and obedience is the key to the fullness of God's favor. Mary said, "Here I am, be it unto me."

 

If you have questions today, please know that you can submit the questions of an honest, seeking heart to God Almighty. He is neither intimidated nor troubled by your questions. When you have a heart to obey, you'll have a mind to understand.  

 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

the "in your face" prophet


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December 18 2014 

Jimmy DeYoung
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Haggai 2:19
 
 
 
 
Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you.
 
For further study - Haggai 2:10-19
 
Please remember that Haggai is a contemporary of the prophet Zechariah. These two prophets were called of God to exhort the Jewish people to rebuild the temple after their return from the Babylonian captivity. Haggai was somewhat of an "in your face" type of prophet, more so than was Zechariah.
 
This older prophet was growing impatient with the Jews, his people, as they were taking so long to finish up the work of rebuilding the temple, the permanent worship center for the Jewish people. The Jews had been disobedient and the prophet had been led by the Lord to chastise them verbally and exhort them to finish up the building of the house of the Lord.
 
As we come to verse 10, and through 19, we see that the returning Jewish people were starting to become obedient and starting to get more serious about doing as the Lord had commanded. Haggai was revealing the word of the Lord directly to the people. They could see that the Lord had chastened them for not obeying, verse 17.
 
Haggai said, verses 18 and 19, "consider" that when you become obedient there will be "seed in the barn", the vine, fig tree, and pomegranate will bring forth fruit. From that day, the day of their obedience, from that day they would be blessed of the Lord.
 
Verses 20-23, as we will see in a future devotional, states that the ultimate fulfillment of Haggai's prophecy would be the destruction of the Gentile world powers and the building of the temple, Messiah's Temple, where Messiah Jesus will rule and reign forever.
 
Thus, our passage is also applicable to the end times as the Jewish people return to the land of their forefathers and become obedient to the Lord. The blessings will then be poured out on them.
 
As in the days of Haggai, the Jews are today coming back into the land and have allowed their own comforts to be of greater priority than the building of the temple for the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The Bible does call for a Temple in Jerusalem in the last days, and in fact, into the future and forever.
 
There is a remnant of Jews who are working towards a rebuilding of the temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, but the vast majority and especially the Israeli government have no desire to rebuild the temple. This subject is so controversial that the politicians of Israel never mention it and deny any efforts to rebuild the temple when confronted by the Moslem world.
 
This caveat, as we conclude our devotional. The preparations for the next temple are ready for the building of a temple right now in Jerusalem with one small problem. The ones preparing to build the next temple are not following the instructions for Messiah's Temple as found in Ezekiel 40-46.
 
The next temple to be built in Jerusalem will be the "Tribulation Temple" that will be desecrated by Antichrist, II Thessalonians 2:4. That temple is ready to be built on the Temple Mount right now, but the Rapture must happen before they start construction. Thus the Rapture could happen at any moment - keep looking up.
 
Prayer Thot: Thank You, Lord, that we live in a day that seems to be near the time of the Rapture. Help me to live in light of that fact.
   
   

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014


“UNTO YOU”                                                                     LUKE 2:1-14                                                       

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. THE TIDINGS

 

1. They Were “Good Tidings” [v. 10-11, Pr. 25:25] As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

 

2. They Were Joyous Tidings [v. 10, 15:10] Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

 

3. They Were Tidings of “Good Will” [v. 14, 2 Pet. 3:9] The Lord is…  not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 

II. THE RECIPIENTS OF THE TIDINGS

 

1. Shepherds [v. 8]

 

2. All People [v. 10, Jn. 3:16, 1 Jn. 2:2] And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

3. Men [v. 14] mankind

 

III. THE RESPONSE OF THE RECIPIENTS OF THE TIDINGS

 

1. Alarm (fear) [v. 9, Pr. 9:10] The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

 

2. Acceptance [v. 15-16, Jn. 1:12, Eph. 2:8-9] by faith

 

3. Action (telling others ) [v. 17-18, Mk. 16:15] …Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Faithful Lord


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The Faithful Lord
 
 
"But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil." (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
 
The Lord Jesus Christ has many wonderful attributes, not the least of which is His faithfulness. That is, He is believable and trustworthy, sure to do all He promises. He will keep us from the evil one and from being overcome by evil in our lives, as promised in our text. Also, "God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted |that is, 'tested'| above that ye are able" (1 Corinthians 10:13). Why does He care for us so?
 
In the first place, He is our Creator, and has a distinct purpose and will for our lives. Therefore all who are His can safely "commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator" (1 Peter 4:19). He will keep us to the end; Paul said, "I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." Then follows his confident assurance: "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it" (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).
 
Even when we yield to the temptations along the way, and fall into sin, He promises: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9), because He has paid the penalty for all our sins, and He is "a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people" (Hebrews 2:17).
 
With such a faithful Savior and Lord, we surely ought to trust Him fully. In spite of this, we often doubt Him and His Word, but even this does not change His love toward us. "If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself" (2 Timothy 2:13). Indeed, "God is faithful, by whom ye were called" (1 Corinthians 1:9), for His very name is "called Faithful and True" (Revelation 19:11). HMM
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Monday, December 15, 2014

ISRAEL’S SURE FUTURE (II)


JEREMIAH 31

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. THE GLORY FUTURE [v. 1-14]

 

1. The Love of God [v. 1-7]

 

2. The Father’s Guidance [v. 8-9]

 

3. The Redeemer’s Care [v. 10-14]

 

II. THE GORY FACTOR [v. 15-22]

 

1. Death & Resurrection [v. 15-17]

 

2. Rebellion & Repentance [v. 18-21]

 

3. Sin & Solution [v. 22]

 

III. THE STORY FINALE [v. 23-40]

               

1. Restoration [v. 23-28]

 

2. Restriction [v. 29-34, Heb. 8:8-12, 10:16-17]

 

3. Reassurance [v. 35-40, God’s “I will’s = 1, 4, 8, 9, 13, 14, 20, 23, 27, 28, 33, 34, 37]

Sunday, December 14, 2014

THE WISE MEN’S CHRISTMAS QUESTION

MATTHEW 2:1-12

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. THE GOOD [v. 1-2]

 

1. The Certainty of their Question

 

2. The Sincerity of their Question

 

3. The Scope of their Question [2 John 1:10]

 

II. THE BAD [v. 3-8]

 

1. The Heart is Troubled that will Not Trust [v. 3, John 14:1, 27]

 

2. The Life is Troubled that Will Not in Faith Follow the Scriptures [v. 4-6, Luke 24:13-17ff, Heb. 4:2]

 

3. The Person is Troubled that Will find Himself Against God [v. 7-8, Pr. 6:16-19, Ps. 7:11, Hebrews 10:31]

 

III. THE BEAUTIFUL [v. 9-12]

 

1. Following the Light you have is the Path to More Light [v. 9, Jn 8:12, 11:9-10, 12:35; Eph. 5:8, 1 Jn 1:7]

 

2. Following the Lord is the Path to True Joy [v. 10-11, Neh. 8:10, Isaiah 29:19, 66:5, Mt. 25:21, 23]

 

3. Following the Leading of the Lord is the Path to True Satisfaction [v. 12, Pr. 3:5-8]

Saturday, December 13, 2014

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What about The Rapture of the Dead Believers





The Rapture of the Dead Believers
From the writings of the late Sumner Wemp


The resurrection of dead believers at the Rapture

 

"The dead shall be raised." 1 Cor. 15:52.
 
The dead in Christ

"For you are dust, And to dust you shall return" Gen. 3:19.
 
It matters not whether the dust be in a grave or scattered to the wind, "The dead shall be raised." These are "the dead in Christ" 1 Thes. 4:16.
"For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised" vs 17. "But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the firstfruits of them that slept" vs 20. Yes, because He lives, we shall live also.
 
My redeemer lives

Job said it so beautifully, "As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. "Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God" Job 19:25,26. "If a man die, will he live again?" asks Job (14:14). Yes indeed, in heaven or hell. The choice is yours. You will be in the resurrection of the just or the unjust Acts 24:15. More on the unjust later.
 
No more dying

"But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. "O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?" 1 Cor. 15:54, 55. We do not sorrow as those who have no hope 1 Thes. 4:13. The hardest thing to do in this world is preach the funeral of an unsaved person. I have had to do it. It is horrible. There is no hope. The is why we must give the gospel to "every person."
 
I preached my own father's funeral. It was not hard for I had knelt with him four years earlier when at 85 years of age he believed God that Christ died for his sins and rose again and prayed to receive the Lord Jesus as his Savior too. I wept at his funeral but not with sorrow but with joy for I knew that my father was filled with more joy at that moment than he had ever known before.

I preached the gospel and over thirty people prayed to receive the Lord Jesus that day. A funeral is the best place of all to preach the gospel, give them a chance, right there, to receive the Lord Jesus in their hearts and see people saved. Don't give up on your loved ones. I prayed for my dad for 35 years before he received the Lord Jesus. It was worth it all.
 
Prayer:  Father, You are so wonderful to give us this blessed hope and assurance that we and our loved ones shall be raised to die no more and live with You forever. Thank You, in Jesus name.
 
And I love you, all because the Lord Jesus suffered and died for our sins, paid our debt in full and rose again so we can be forgiven and go to heaven. Do you believe in that alone for your salvation? Believe and pray to receive Him as your Savior right now. "He that has the Son, has life" 1 John 5:12
 
"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us" Eph. 3:20. GET IN ON IT!


 


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