“WE OWE A DEBT” SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR JUNE 29th

WE OWE A DEBT!

Read Romans 1:1-17

Most would agree with Paul that we owe a debt. There could be a debate as to whom we owe this debt.

First, we owe a debt to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Second, we owe a debt our Forefathers and the Constitution.

Third, we owe a debt to our families, our teachers, our pastor, etc. Paul said, “I am a debtor, I am ready, I am not ashamed.” I would say that Paul had the right order: He realized his debt of love. He was prepared. Then, he was not ashamed. The word ashamed is an interesting word: Epaischunomai is to feel shame for something or be ashamed. 1 Peter 4:16 – Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  1 John 2:28 – And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

We are not to be a part of something of which we are ashamed. Our Constitution for example requires of us to guard it and defend it at all cost. And, we are not to be a part of anything that undermines it. You have no right to tear it down. We have no right to burn the American flag or tear our country down. People like that used to be called traitors or be guilty of treason. Now we call it freedom of expression or cultural diversity. Now, we need to apply these beliefs to our ministry:

WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO UNDERMINE OUR MINISTRY; IT IS OF GOD! WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO UNDERMINE OR CHANGE OUR STANDARDS.

WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO CHANGE THE GOSPEL OR OUR PREACHING. WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO CHANGE OR UNDERMINE OUR MUSIC.

My philosophy has always been the same, we ought never to lose our culture; however, we have no right to change the culture in America if we have come from another land. The same is true in God’s churches. We are heathen by background and have no right to change God’s commands in the Bible. An American is an American before he is anything else. But, I believe a Christian is a Christian before anything else. Don’t divide America or your ministry. We have no right – we have an obligation. We owe a debt.

Daily Assignments

Read Luke 15-16, Proverbs 29, Complete___

 

SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR JUNE 28th

Read 2 Corinthians 4:8-18

Tremendous heat was generated on the exterior of the Concorde airplane when it flew at supersonic speeds. The temperature on the outer surface of the plane can get to 261 degrees even though the outside temperature is 69 degrees. The expansion caused by this heat makes the plane 9 inches longer at cruise speed than at rest.  The cabin floor of the aircraft is built on rollers and doesn’t expand, and four air conditioning systems keep the inside comfortable. While the outside of the plane is undergoing tremendous stress, the inside climate remains constant.

In this text Paul describes our “outward man” as perishing under the heat of great pressure, while our“inward man” is renewed day by day. Paul had enemies, but the right kind of enemies.  I am confident that some of us have the right kind of enemies also.

Bob Shuler (Father of the late Evangelist Phil Shuler) and pastor of the Los Angeles downtown church was known as “fighting Bob” and he used to say, “I measure a man by the enemies he has.” It is important to have the right kind of enemies. Jesus said that if we would love Him and follow Him, the world would hate us. In verse 10, Paul is saying I am under a sentence of death for Jesus and am likely to die at anytime for His cause.

We may actually be the strongest at the moment we feel the weakest. Notice verses 10-12 again, Paul is saying we live a dying life that we might live. So that the resurrection the life of Jesus might be made manifest or visible in our body and by the miracles we prove the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is interesting to note that Paul did not consider death to be the end.

He is looking on beyond. Death is merely one of the experiences that he will have. In the next chapter he will speak of the comfort in the ministry of martyrdom for Christ. There is a comfort in laying down our life for Jesus’ sake He is saying here that he is joined to a living Christ.

He is dead to the things of the world because he is joined to a living Christ. “He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus.”

He counts all his sufferings as nothing in order to win others to Christ and see the abounding grace of God causing them to give praise to the glory of God. For the sake of winning souls and glorify God, we suffer all things without fainting.

The outward man is slowly dying through trials and sufferings, but the inward man is being renewed daily. When faced with trials we too can have an inner strength through Christ. Our part is to look beyond the temporal to the eternal (verse 18) and to renew our minds daily through the Word of God and prayer.

Daily Assignment!

Read Ezekiel 13-18, Proverbs 28, Complete___


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FEAR YE NOT!

Read Exodus 14:5-14

In verse 13 God instructed Israel…”Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” Several things God told Moses and his people:

First, he said, “Fear ye not”. This is always God’s instruction to His people. God want’s His people to trust Him and not fear. Fear Not! God said to Abram in Genesis 15:1, to Joshua in Joshua 8:1, to Gideon in Judges 6:23, to the Shepherds at Bethlehem in Luke 2:10, and to us today in Luke 12:32.“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” How do we come to this place of not fearing? Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed  on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Second, he said, “stand still”. Israel was to see that she could do nothing without God. Israel was closed in and faced a very serious trial. The power of the flesh could not overcome. Self-help was worthless. God must undertake. All that any of us can do at times of severe testing is, “stand still,” and let God work.

Third, He also told them to “see the salvation of the Lord.” This was an act of faith. They could see what God was going to do. The waters actually parted when Israel came to enter the sea. As they stood still, they were seeing by faith what God could do. They, like Moses, were trusting “as seeing Him who is invisible.” In verse 15 Moses was given a further command.

Fourth, He was to “speak.” God always wants His man to speak up as he leads God’s people.

Fifth, He says, “go forward.” They were to stand still, relying upon God’s power and strength to perform the miracle. Then by faith they were to go forward and watch God work. Faith will have us stand still, and then faith will have us go forward. Men who stand still before God still stand for God. Proverbs 23:11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.

Daily Assignments

Read Acts 7, Proverbs 27. Write a thank you note to your pastor thanking him for a specific truth you remember from Sunday’s message. Complete___

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WHAT IS THE BIBLE CALLED?

2 Peter 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 3:15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 4:1-8, Acts 17:10-17.

The Book – Mark 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? Luke 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

The New Testament – Luke 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

The Scripture – 2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Galatians 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

The Word of God – Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.                  

Daily Assignments

Read Psalms 75-77, Proverbs 26. Complete___

             

NEW, “BUILDING BLOCKS FOR CHRISTIAN FAMILIES!”

Chapter Five

 

 

Being a Good Example (Men)

1 Timothy 4:6-16

Verse 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.

“A couple in their early forties had three children of their own when the Lord led them to take in four foster children, all less than four years old. A month later, the woman found out she was pregnant! Over the next few years, with their house bulging and their budget straining, they discovered that their situation was an encouragement to the other families in their church, who could look at them and say, ‘And we think we have problems!’ They were a vivid example of joyfully following Christ’s leading, even when it’s difficult. They always seemed to have a smile, and said they would do it all again if given a chance.”

“Joyfully following Jesus the Lord, and trusting His lead every day makes us examples that others can see, to follow when trials come their way.” Daily Bread August 6, 1998

God requires both the husband and the wife to set proper biblical examples in marriage because a godly example is worth more than a thousand words. As the day of salvation is the beginning of our daily walk with God, so the wedding ceremony is the beginning of building a Christian family for God’s glory.

There are five important areas in which husbands and fathers should teach young men to be good examples so that they, too, may wait for God’s best.

EXAMPLE IN MANLINESS

That is, having qualities generally attributed to a real man:

  • Manly courage

Joshua 1:9 Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Ephesians 6:12 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.

1 Peter 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.

  • Manly characteristics.
  • Manly character.
  • Manly completion.

That is, teaching him to work hard and finish each task at hand.

EXAMPLE IN MANNERS  

  • To be courteous and respectful.

I believe children need to be taught to respect others’ property, and then perhaps they will respect their own. When a child makes a request, it should always include please, “May I please,” etc. When they respond with “Thank you,” “yes, ma’am,” and “yes sir,” they ought to be commended.

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

  • To be kind and forgiving.

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

EXAMPLE IN MORALS

God knows we need morality in our society today. With the lack of examples in our government and other institutions, Christians must work especially hard to teach their children to practice morality. One need only look at what the devil has done to fight morality in our country to see the terrible results. Morality has to do with conforming to standards with what is right and just in behavior, but it also has to do with that which is virtuous.

Psalm 119:9-11 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

  • Morals are to be based on the new birth.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

  • Morals are manifested by the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:

 

  • Morals come from the heart

Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Philippians 3:7-10 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

EXAMPLE WITH MONEY

Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Great will be the disappointment to a young man if he centers his life on making money. The only reasons for money are to make a living, support God’s work, and support one’s family.

EXAMPLE IN MARRIAGE

Much heartache could be avoided if young people would wait for God’s best concerning who they should marry.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Genesis 26:34-35 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

When Esau married outside of the will of God and his parents it was a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah.

Just as the aged or spiritual men are to have godly characteristics to teach the younger men, so likewise the aged (spiritually mature) women should be good examples in godly living to the younger women.

FROM THE BOOK, “BUILDING BLOCKS FOR CHRISTIAN FAMILIES” BY DR. NIKOLEY

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SEE “MY DAILY WALK” FOR JUNE 25th

Read Hosea 5:1-15

Hosea is the first book of the section in our Bibles that we often refer to as The Minor Prophets. Reason:  The last 12 Books in Old Testament are shorter books than Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, or Daniel–not that they are any less important. In fact, their messages are very relevant today. One could almost put the Minor Prophets in one hand and today’s Newspaper in another and they fit together. Hosea is pleading with Israel to turn back to The Lord, as the nation had been unfaithful to The Lord.

Hosea had an unfaithful wife, but he still loves her. With deep compassion Hosea was able to plead with Israel to return to the Lord. The Prophet warned the nation that judgment would come. No nation can separate from God without paying a bitter price in judgment. This judgment comes in various ways. God presents one of these ways in 5:12, “Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.”

Moths eat slowly and rottenness moves slowly, but, when a nation fails to be faithful to God, judgment may move slowly; but judgment will move certainly unless some drastic action is taken to correct it. Finally judgment may come in another way; as a young lion snatching the prey Hosea 5:14, “For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion unto Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away: I will take away, and none shall rescue him.”

America has been in the moth and rottenness stage.

I believe unless there is revival in America, she too will move into the young lion stage. Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

IT SHOULD BE CLEAR THAT FOR A JUDGMENT TO BE MADE THERE MUST BE AN ABSOLUTE STANDARD OF RIGHT AND WRONG. THE ONLY STANDARD IS THE BIBLE – GOD’S WORD.

Thankfully, those who trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross “shall not come into condemnation.” Believers “in Christ” will never stand in judgment concerning heaven and eternal life.

Daily Assignments

Read 1 Kings 19-22, Proverbs 25, Complete___