“In Thy Presence is Fullness of Joy!”

Psalm 16

Think of the billions of dollars Americans spend on fun items. Stop and think about some: Back in the 1970s we spent over 150 Billion Dollars; by 1975 it reached 275 billion; and by 1980 almost 500 billion; now the figures are in the Trillions. And still people are not happy.

One of the top rock stars years ago said, “I am lonely as h—.”

Someone said, “If we go out in a quest of joy, it will elude us. If we go out to impart joy, we will find it.”

Someone else said, “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

This psalm begins with expressions of devotion, which may be applied to Christ; but ends with such confidence of a resurrection, and must be applied to Christ, and to Him only.

“In Thy presence is fullness of joy!”

The Hebrew word that is used for fullness is “soba” and means:

I. ABOUNDING SATISFACTION!

1 John 1:4, “These things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”

“That your joy may be full.” This is almost the same language that Jesus used when talking to his disciples as He was about to leave them in John 15:11; and there can be little doubt that John had this statement in mind when he made this remark.

CONTINUED MONDAY!

“IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE” CONCLUSION!

Please read 1 Corinthians 15:51-57.

Quickly: Tachu in Greek means: shortly, i.e. without delay, soon, or (by surprise) suddenly. Jesus told the church of Ephesus to repent, “I come quickly” in Revelation 2:5, He told the church of Philadelphia to “hold fast I come quickly” in Revelation 3:11, As we asked last week, “are you ready for His coming?” Are you packed and ready to go? Or would you have to get things straightened out if He were to come this morning?”

Or do you even know Him as your Saviour? No, you will not have time at the sound of the Trumpet. After the trumpet, only those who have not heard will be saved. It will be too late for those who rejected. Don’t wait until it is too late?

When did you receive Him? Do you know it is He speaking to you even at this moment? You cannot be saved and not know it. “These things have I written unto you that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life.”

If you are married this morning, you know it, and you know your wife. You had better know when you were saved or you are probably not saved. Jesus is saying, “Look unto me.”

The church of Philadelphia had no reproofs in Revelation 3:7-13. Some say that we were in the Philadelphia age from 1515-1915-18.

This is the age the KJV was given, when they kept His Word. Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

When I get to heaven I want the WD degree (well done). We are judged according to one thing; faithfulness.

In Revelation 22:20, John was ready and excited about the coming of Jesus: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

COME QUICKLY!

“IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE” PART 2

Let us first of all take a moment to remember this day just 18 years ago. We must never forget 3000 people that lost their lives. Our nation and generations of people were forever changed because of this brutal terrorist attack on America. Please pray for our country, that such a terrible attack will never happen again.

Revelation 22 is not talking about The Book of Revelation only, but the entire Bible.

  1. You see it in the first part of the Book.

Deuteronomy 4:2,Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”

  1. You see it in the middle part of the Book.

Proverbs 30:5-6, Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. 

  1. You see it in the last part of the Book

Revelation 22In the beginning, middle and the end of the Book it says it is His entire story.In this life only God’s way really counts. Real Christians and real Baptists realize that God is the only way.

When Jesus returns He is not going to give notice or sound a warning, or ask the FAA for a flight pattern. He is not going to ask the Pope or some Denominational President or the National Council of Churches for permission.

No, He said in Revelation 22, “I come quickly.”

I believe Jesus is speaking in Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE!”

1 Corinthians 15:51-57
 
Look at all that is happening in the world. On one hand we are told peace, peace. But on another we see a constant threat of war. Look at the Middle East. The problems with the Jews and Palestinians are not going to go away until both sides accept Biblical truth and Jesus Christ as Messiah.
 
More and more one-world government is becoming a reality. Inflation and one money system is becoming more and more popular. The Euro and failing NAFTA were a step in that direction.
 
One church is certainly in the making. Any Bible believer is now considered intolerant, etc. The Cultural Revolution is in full progress. These days you are considered old fashioned if you believe in practicing the teachings in the Word of God. Jesus said He was coming in the twinkling of an eye.
 
General Electric said that a twinkling of an eye is 1/30th of a second. Moment: Most minute and invisible part of time. In an instant! Matthew 24:36-42.
 
“This Book” is mentioned three times in: Revelation 22:18-19,
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“IN THE MOUNT OF THE LORD IT SHALL BE SEEN!”

Genesis 22: 1-14

In Matthew, chapter 4, we are told that the devil took Jesus on the mountaintop, the mount of temptation, to tempt him, or solicit the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, to commit sin. Jesus not only experienced greattemptation, but He also experienced a great triumph through this trial. I have been consumed with thoughts of mountain tops and mountain topexperiences in the last several weeks, and I not only thought about Jesus on the mountain of temptation, but I also read about Elijah’s trial on Mount Carmel, where God gave him great victory over the prophets of Baal. In Luke, chapter 2, Jesus went up on the Mount of Olives. Often, Jesus would retreat into a desert place, or a hidden place, or on the mountain top to spend time alone with His Father. I studied about Moses as he looked from the mountain top into the Promised Land, realizing that he would never enter that land which he has been anticipating for over 40 years.

On Monday we will see another great mountain top experience with Abraham and his son Isaac.

“IN ALL THY WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM” CONCLUSION!

Proverbs 3:1-6.
 
Let me illustrate another way: How many have ever had fantasies? We “day dream” the good things, never the negative. A fantasy is always positive. Reality; however, has negatives.
There is no way you can have fantasies with realities. Why? Reality cannot meat up to your fantasy.
 
Here is the definition of fantasy according to Webster’s Dictionary, “a creation of the imaginative faculty whether expressed or merely conceived.
 
That’s why most of us get discouraged: our fantasies do not present reality.
 
We make our own plans and dreams and try to do God’s part. The WHAT is more important than the WHERE.
 
We judge success by where we are, not by what we are. Our goals ought to be character goals not accomplish goals.
 
Let me illustrate it this way: Ladies, many of you had fantasies about a man in shining armor. Well, let me tell you, he does not exist.
 
We need to pray for The Lord to direct us to right.
 
Another example: Take a young Pastor who dreams about his first church. His fantasy did not include deacons or disgruntled church members. But that’s reality.
 
On the other hand, take the people: they too have a fantasy about their Pastor. But, when you meet him, he does not meet up to your fantasy or expectations and then discouragement sets in.
 
Why? We need to get back to the basics and acknowledge Him. And He will direct.
 
Let me say in closing: We are unhappy because we want what we want – NOW.
 
But God has a design for you and me: AND THAT IS TO ACKNOWLEDGE HIM.

“In All Thy Ways Acknowledge Him!”

Proverbs 3:1-6.

One of the great secrets in life and happiness is toacknowledge Him. No, I don’t mean to simply quote the verse as we often do.

Why do we get distressed, discouraged and depressed?

There is a principle here in verse six we need to understand. You will never find happiness by seeking it, but, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him…”

There are two parts:

  1. Our part: “In all thy ways..”
  2. His part: “and He shall direct thy paths..”

Most of us try to do His part and wonder why we are disappointed.

Example: For a young person the question is not where should I go to College or whom should I marry?

BUT, ACKNOWLEDGE HIM and He shalldirect thy paths.Don’t give God a list of what you want, just acknowledge Him.\

Let me illustrate: When we have an important decision to make, we feel we cannot trust anyone, even God. But God knows what is best for us. He is a better judge of what we want and need than we are. We have to trust Him completely in every choice we make, and not neglect careful thinking in our choices. Lets bring our decisions to God in prayer and use the Bible as our guide and then follow His leading.

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!