Monday, September 01, 2014

WRONG ANSWERS ON AN OPEN BOOK TEST


JEREMIAH 7-8

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

When I taught school I would give the students tests about every two to three weeks. Invariably some kid would ask, “Is this an open book test?” As far as I can remember I never did give an open book test. Our God is a gracious God- both to us and to Israel- He encourages us to use the Book and yet Israel, and we as well sometimes, would give the wrong answers on an open Book test.

 

I. THE WRONG FAITH [7:1-15]

 

1. Wrong Ways [v. 1-7]

2. Wrong Words [v. 4, 8-11]

3. Wrong Conclusion [v. 12-15]

 

II. THE WRONG RESPONSE [7:16-34]

 

1. Useless Prayer for an Unrepentant Nation [v. 16-20]

2. Useless Preaching for an Unheeding Congregation [v. 21-29]

3. Useless Religion of an Unresponsive People [v. 30-34]

 

III. THE WRONG CHOICE [8:1-22]

 

1. It is the Wrong Choice when you Choose Death [v. 1-3]

2. It is the Wrong Choice when you Choose Deceit [v. 4-7]

3. It is the Wrong Choice when you Choose Dismay [v. 8-22]

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SATAN HATH DESIRED TO HAVE YOU




LUKE 22:31-32

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. GENERALLY SATAN DESIRES YOU

 

1. Blinded [2 Cor. 4:3-4] But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2. Bound [Luke 8:29, 13:16] (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)

And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

3. Blaspheming [Job 1:5, 11; 2:4-5, 9] 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

2:4-5 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die.

 

II. MORE SPECIFICALLY SATAN DESIRES YOU

 

1. Deceived [1 Timothy 4:1] Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

  2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

2. Derailed [1 Th. 2:18] Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

3. Devoured [1 Pet. 5:8-9] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

 

YES, Satan hath desired to have you but Jesus said to Peter, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren”.

Those who are saved by the grace of God are assured of our Lord’s prayers as well. Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

So we see in closing

 

III. ALMIGHTY GOD DESIRES YOU

 

1. Delivered [Colossians 1:13-14] Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

2. Submissive [James 4:6-8] But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

3. Equipped [Eph. 6: 10-18] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto  with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Saturday, August 30, 2014

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What's the real foundation of science?


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Q: What's the real foundation of science?

A: Popular Science and Bill Nye believe that any critique of evolution or any understanding of science that allows for divine creation is the cause of scientific illiteracy. Isaac Newton firmly disagreed with this in his time, as does Dr. Raymond Damadian today. The hundreds of creation scientists on our website past and present disagreed and still disagree with this anti-science statement, and in fact, their firm stance on biblical authority is what they credit as giving them the drive and desire to make scientific discoveries and invent new technologies. In a secular worldview, who cares about scientific advance? When you die, you are dead and nothing ultimately matters or mattered in that religion.
Those involved in building and designing things, studying diseases, performing surgery, and so on do not become any better at these jobs simply because they believe in evolution (in fact, I would still maintain a belief in evolution is a detriment to a proper understanding of how and why nature is the way it is). Furthermore, even evolutionists admit that it rarely enters into their practice or job.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Let God Speak for Himself


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Isaiah 37:6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
 
Let God Speak for Himself
 
Who has a greater capacity to cause you confusion or anxiety or trouble? Is it someone who obviously speaks for the devil, or someone who claims to speak for God, but in actuality speaks for the enemy? It would be fairly easy for many of us to dismiss a militant atheist or maybe even to have some level of pity on him. But what about a man who has been to seminary, a very educated person? What if he knows the Bible well, but he uses what he knows to make claims about God that stir confusion, anxiety, and trouble?
 
 In Isaiah 36 Sennacharib, king of Assyria laid siege to Jerusalem. His commander verbally attacked the Jewish people two ways. First of all he said, "Don't trust your god. No countries' gods have been able to defend them to this point and your God won't be the first." Now that was an obvious attack, but it was fairly easy for the people of Israel to rebuff. It was easy to see his comments for what they were: an attack on their God.
 
The second kind of attack he gave was much craftier because in Isaiah 36:10 he basically says, "Look, I'm not here by myself. God sent me here. God is against you. And God is for me and has told me to come conquer you." He claimed to be speaking for God, and it was calculated to inflict fear and confusion in the hearts of Israel. What made this man dangerous is that he claimed to be speaking for God.
 
Here's the important truth: Let God speak for Himself and beware of the words of a person who appeals to the authority of a God he does not know. That means it's important for all of us to know what God has actually said. We hear a lot of things every day. Some of them are discouraging and some are crafty, but all of them should be weighed in light of what God has actually said for himself in his word, the Bible. A people who know the Bible and ask God to help them understand it will not be easily misled.

 

 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

THE HONORABLE ART OF WAITING




Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

Luke 8:40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.

John 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

1 Corinthians 1:7 So that ye come behind in no  gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

 

Adapted from Lee Roberson by Pastor Rick Jackson

 

Waiting can be disastrous. It can be boring. It can produce stress even if you are not doing anything. Many people today cannot wait for a light to change without pulling out a mobile device and texting or something else- often causing others to wait on them! But waiting can be productive. It can be interesting. Waiting can be a blessing. There is an art to waiting that it behooves us all to learn.

 

God told mankind often that the Messiah, the Christ, the Saviour would come and man had to wait, ant then, “when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law. To redeem them that were under the law that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Gal. 4:4-5).

 

And now He has left again but with this promise, “I will come again” (Jn. 14:3). We are urged to be ready. We are encouraged to be stedfast, to watch, to occupy to love His appearing. Now consider three things regarding the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our waiting for His return.

 

I. THE PROMINENCE OF HIS SECOND COMING - 1st Peter 1:11

 

No truth is mentioned so much in the entire Bible. Both Testaments repeatedly mention the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. When the Bible speaks of our Saviour two truths stand out, as seen in 1st Peter 1:11, sufferings and glory.

 

1. David Spoke of this [Psalm 22-the Psalm of Sobs, and Psalm 24- the Psalm of Glory]

 

2. Isaiah spoke of this [9:6, 53:1-12]

 

3. Paul spoke of this [Hebrews 2:9]

 

II. THE POWER OF HIS SECOND COMING

 

1. Power to Comfort [1 Th. 4:13-18]

 

2. Power to Charge [2 Tm. 4:1]

 

-it will awaken our consciousness to the nearness of Christ- He is near!

-it will increase our faith in God [knowing what He has done already, what He is doing, what He will do]

-it will increase our zeal for souls- we want folks to be ready, the time is short

 

3. Power to Cleanse [2 Pet. 3:14-18, 1 Jn. 2:28-3:3

 

III. THE PURPOSE OF HIS SECOND COMING

 

1. It will bring us into His Presence [Jn. 14:3, 1 Th. 4:17]

2. It will change us into His Likeness [Ps. 17:15, Phil. 3:20-21, 1 Jn. 3:2]

3. It will complete His Promises [2 Pet. 3:3-13]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ALL TWELVE TRIBES...


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August 2014 

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Ezra 8:35 
 
 
Also the children of those that had been carried away, which were come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings unto the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he goats for a sin offering: all this was a burnt offering unto the LORD.
 
For further study - Ezra 8:24-36
 
After the Temple was rebuilt by Zerubbabel and the almost fifty thousand Jews that he brought back from Babylon to raise up the Second Temple in Jerusalem, God called Ezra, the Scribe, to return from where he was living in Babylon back to Jerusalem, Ezra 7:6.
 
God had chosen Ezra to restart the Temple practices in this rebuilt Temple. By the way, it's interesting to note that Ezra was living in Babylon, the City, almost seventy-five years after the fall of the Babylonian Empire.
 
The Empire fell, but the City has never been destroyed which Bible prophecy calls for in the last days, Isaiah 13 & 14Jeremiah 50 & 51 and Revelation 16:17-21.
 
Now back to our devotional reading for today. Ezra was commissioned to return the implements of the Temple to this new Temple, for the sacrificial and worship activities, verses 24-30.
 
This that Ezra, and the priest did for the services at the Temple was a very important task. Each of the implements of the Temple was used to comply with the Lord's instructions for the Temple worship and sacrificial system.
 
In addition to all of these implements being used in the activities of the operation of the Temple, each of these vessels had a "prophetic significance" as it related to the coming Messiah. Jesus Christ, of course was the fulfillment of all of these prophecies.
 
The "Table of Show Bread" was a prototype of Jesus, the "Bread of Life". The "Menorah", the seven branch candelabra, was the precursor of Jesus, the "Light of the World". The "Ark of the Covenant" was a "type" of Jesus, the Jewish "Messiah" to come.
 
This is why the act of Ezra and the priest bringing these vessels back to the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem was so important.
 
Our key verse for today, verse 35, reveals to us that "all twelve tribes" had returned to Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity, during this time period as well. There are no "ten lost tribes". All twelve tribes are now, and have been in the land of Israel for over 2,500 years. This fact is essential for additional Bible prophecy that is yet to be fulfilled, in the future
 
Isaiah had prophesied that a man named Cyrus would allow the Jews to return to the land and rebuild their Temple. Our devotional reading for today is the concluding chapter of these Jewish people returning to the land and rebuilding the Temple, which was facilitated by Cyrus, the King of the Medo-Persian Empire.
 
Indeed, Bible Prophecy that remains to be fulfilled will be fulfilled, as Isaiah's prophecy relating to Cyrus and the return of the Jews to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem was fulfilled some 2,500 years ago.
 
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

First the people would "read" the Word. Notice how they would read from the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. The teacher, Ezra, would stand behind a pulpit, Nehemiah 8:4, and the people would stand as Ezra would read the "holy scriptures", Nehemiah 8:5.
 When someone tells me, based upon Nehemiah 8:4 that I must stand behind a pulpit to preach, I remind them that they must then stand while I preach based on the next verse. - Jimmy DeYoung


It is not education that brings infidelity and unbelief, but sin. - John R. Rice






all the following quotes are taken from the book "ALWAYS REJOICING" by Evangelist John R. Rice







Of course we understand that if our salvation depended on our own righteousness, depended on holding out faithful, we would have no assurance of the future. Many, many people do not have the joy of salvation because they think that getting to Heaven depends largely on their own faithfulness. No one can have perfect assurance of salvation until he casts the entire burden on the Lord Jesus and depends on the price already paid, on the blood poured out, that Christ by His death on the cross has satisfied the proper divine judgment on sin, and now that we are held guiltless as far as the duty of our souls is concerned, when we put our trust in the atoning sacrifice Christ offered on Calvary. - John Rice







It is better to be sick in the will of God than well without God's direct and blessed will! - John R. Rice







Do I believe in divine healing? Certainly I do! I believe that all true healing is from God. God heals through doctors and without doctors. God uses means, but sometimes He heals through imperceptible means. Sometimes God people through medicine and treatment of doctors, but He sometimes heals them in spite of medicine and doctors. Sometimes God heals people by simple faith, inspired by true teaching of the Word of God. And sometimes God heals people through faith, though faith may be inspired by the preaching of some crank or quack. Yes, I believe in divine healing.
But while I believe in divine healing, I do not always believe in divine healers. I do not believe in the methods usually employed by so-called healing evangelists.
I do not believe the doctrines that are often taught by quacks and charlatans or by some sincere but misguided souls in divine healing meetings. I am sure it is not always God's will to heal the sick. Sometimes God wants people to stay sick for His glory, or for their good. Sometimes God wants a saint to die and go to Heaven. The Bible do4es not teach that one should always ask for healing of the body unconditionally, whether it be God's will or not. The Bible does not teach the use of medicine or doctors is wrong. - John R. Rice







Notice, too, that it is "the prayer of faith" that shall save the sick, not the oil. Oil may be a fitting symbol of the blessed Holy Spirit who raised up Christ from the dead and who dwells in the body of the Christian and can heal the body. But oil does not heal. It is the prayer of faith that saves. If God gives faith, one may expect healing. If God does not give faith, as sometimes He certainly does not, then one need not so confidently expect healing.
It is not always God's will to heal, and so God does not always give faith. - John R. Rice







The best thing that God could ever do for sinful men is to give them a Saviour. Do you want a job or education or income or security or happy marriage or success or public office or fame? Beside the glad and precious boon of a Saviour for sinners, these are nothing! Paul rightly said, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners..." (1st Timothy 1:15). - John R. Rice







There is a moral wickedness in unbelief. It is not that men cannot believe-- but that they will not believe. Men who choose to come to Christ find that they can trust Him. Men who will not come do not believe, but it is the result of their own wicked choice. Men who love their sins do not come to Christ because they do not want their sin rebuked. - John R. Rice






Not long ago I heard a preacher say, "God promises to supply our needs, but not our wants." How wrong he was! God promises to supply both our needs and our wants. In the passage we are now studying, Mark 11:24, Jesus plainly says that we should pray for "what things soever ye desire." We are to ask for anything we want! ...
But suppose one's desires are wrong? Suppose one wants that which he has no right to have? Is it wrong to pray about it? Well, if one knows his desires are wrong, he should confess them as a sin to God and get forgiveness and cleansing. But if a person has a right to work and plan to obtain things by any means, he has a right to pray for them. And if one is not sure whether his heart's desires will please God, it is still right to bring the request to the Lord with the earnest desire that either God will give you the heart's petition or change the desire. - John R. Rice


Sometimes men rebuke us for asking, asking, asking from God. Modernist Harry Emerson Fosdick, in his book, The Meaning of Prayer, says God is not a Santa Claus, that prayer is not supposed to get things from God. But he is wrong in supposing that God cannot do more wonderful things than little children suppose Santa Claus can do. Men would discourage us from calling on our omnipotent Heavenly Father, but the Bible never does. Again and again the Bible encourages us to ask great things of God. - John R. Rice