How Come It Never Rains?
Hebrews 6:7-8, “For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.”
The Bible teaches that the rain falls on the just and the unjust. In these verses, God is holding up the position of the husbandman or farmer. It is the farmer who toils by plowing, planting, watering and harvesting, but it is God who sends the rain so that the farmer’s labor is not in vain.
The rest of us share in both the blessing of the farmer in the plowing, planting and harvesting, and in God supplying the rain to cause the plants to grow. Here is the principle – Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”
Simply stated, one plants the seed (the Word of God); another comes along to help the new plant (convert) to grow; but only God can save and cause Christian growth. According to verse 8, the land that produces thorns and briers is rejected because, in spite of the farmer’s hard labor in plowing and planting, and God sending the rain, the land produced nothing but weeds, thorns, and briers, which were eventually burned as useless waste.
Weeds are basically good for nothing; in fact, the only time the word weeds is mentioned in the Bible is in Jonah 2:5, “The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.”
Now, think about this – even weeds require God’s water in order to grow. To be concluded tomorrow!
Read 2 Chronicles 11-15. What are some tasks in your life that God has given you to do?
Evidence of the Grace of God in the Home!
Acts 13:43, “Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.”
I believe that the father is the head of the house, and if there is to be evidence of the grace of God in the home, it is up to the father to put it there. Abraham knew something about fatherhood, and we can see the evidence of the grace of God in his home. We see in Abraham that fathers ought to know God’s judgments, and to declare them (teach them diligently) to their children.
True faith is God’s way to do justice and judgment; not only to preserve the truth in principle, but to maintain it in practice. Family faith is always pleasing to God, and God requires parents not only to direct (train) and discipline their children, but command that they keep the way of the Lord.
There is a close connection between their obedience in this matter, and God giving them and their children the richest of spiritual and temporal blessings. God said, “I know Abraham that he will command his children, and his household after him.” Abraham not only prayed with his family, but taught them, as a man of knowledge. He commanded them as a man in authority, and was prophet, priest, and king in his home. As far as I remember, that is the way it used to be in the American home, and certainly in the Christian home. The father not only took care of his children, but also his household; his servants were also cared for. The father is commanded to instruct and inspect the spiritual condition, as well as Christian character, of all under his roof.
Read Numbers 22-24.Pray for God’s power on the church ministries.
Christ’s Call to Sanctification! Part 2
2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever.”
Second, look at Ruth. Matthew 1:5, “And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;” Ruth was a Moabitess, and in that day, it was not right for a Jew to marry a Moabitess. She was a descendant of Lot. Somebody said that Lot traded grace for grass. God’s providence could not be stopped in the Old Testament or in the New Testament; neither can it be stopped today. Ruth had to be in Bethlehem by the providence of God because she was to be an ancestress of Christ, yet she was a sinner! She later married Boaz who was the great-grandfather of David who was in the lineage of Christ. That is God’s grace, or His unmerited favor.
Third, look at Bathsheba. We must remember that David committed adultery, which made Bathsheba an adulteress. Also remember that it was David who had Uriah the Hittite, the husband of Bathsheba killed. Both David and Bathsheba were sinners, yet still made the genealogy of Jesus Christ. That is what we call God’s abundant grace.
Fourth, look at Mary. Granted, Mary was a good woman, but she was a sinner, yet God looked upon her with grace. You will remember that “Noah found grace in the sight of the Lord.” Since God showed His grace to all these sinners, don’t you think He will show His grace to sinners like you and me? God’s grace – His unmerited favor!
Read Hebrews 1-4. Pray for God’s power upon your family.
Christ’s Call to Sanctification!
2 Peter 3:18, ” But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever.”
Because of the many references to grace, you could call this passage, “God’s Amazing Grace.” Someone has called it “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.” God did not save us because of our own goodness, but because of God’s abundant grace. The words grace and mercy come from the same Greek word. We have God’s mercy because of His grace. He cannot look upon our sin, or even upon His Son on Calvary. Because of grace we can have fellowship with Him, and with His Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He declares us righteous because of His grace. It is nothing that you and I have done, but all that Christ has already completed. As a matter of fact, He looks at the sinner through His grace. He sees us as righteous because of His grace. Look at the people God used in the Bible. If He had looked at their sin, all would have been condemned to go to hell. Let’s look at the genealogy of our Lord and the four women He included.
First, there was Tamar. Tamar was a harlot who deceived her own father-in-law by playing the harlot with him. She was a sinner! Zerah, son of Tamar was the great-grandfather of Achan, whose sin caused the defeat at Ai. Despite her sin, she was named in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. That is a picture of the grace of God! To be concluded tomorrow!
Read Acts 1-2. Pray for God’s power upon your pastor.