“BEING ENCOURAGED IN THE LORD!” PART 2

Read Jeremiah :20:7-18

Jeremiah’s message was God’s impending judgment 1:9-10.

We say things are not what they used to be.

We need to be encouraged because:

  1. GOD DID NOT CALL US TO AN EASY TASK.

2 Timothy 2:14 reminds us, “Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words (one word: quibbling over words and not seeking after truth) to no profit, but to the subverting (destroy) of the hearers.”

1 Timothy 6:3-5. Our ministry is to be offensive not defensive. Don’t get caught fighting each other, but the enemy. Our job is to rescue and save as many as possible from the impending judgment. There has been a lot of blood shed. Think of those who have paid the price to keep us free.

We need to understand that our Society is not for us Deuteronomy 6:10-12.

2. GOD DID NOT CALL US TO BE SUPERHUMAN.

Jeremiah 20:1-2 – Defeat after victory.

Jeremiah forgot his mission, 1:9-10, “to root out, to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build and to plant.”

All had forsaken him, and he is disgusted with his office and with his God.

Now Jeremiah wanted to quit, “I’ll just take the easy way out.”

No, no! Why did God not kill Jeremiah as he requested? Psalm 103:13-18.

I often take comfort in these verses. He takes pity on us and remembers that we are but dust.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“BEING CONFIDENT IN CHRIST!” CONCLUSION! PART 3

Philippians 1:1-6

In verse five is an important word, fellowship. Most Christians have no idea what this means. The Greek word is koinonia, and it means three things we share in Christ.

  • Spiritual Communication
  • Sympathetic Cooperation
  • Sweet Communion

Verse six, “Being confident” or “Since I am confident.” Paul knew what he was talking about. Perform means to carry through, or He will consummate what He started.

Look back in your life and see how God always worked things out to the finish. He will not let you down now that you are going through a trial. He will continue to uphold you until the end, because He has always brought you through the difficult times. He is still in the business today, and He always keeps His promises. How can we be confident in our lives?

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.”

God will care for you until the end of the world, and yes, in the midst of your trouble. How? 1 John 2:17, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

You may be lost and not know which way to turn, but the Bible says in Psalm 56:4, “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“BEING CONFIDENT IN CHRIST!” PART 1 & 2.

Philippians 1:1-6

Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

I believe that it is absolutely necessary for us to be completely and totally yielded to Christ in order to be confident that Jesus Christ will perform that which He has promised.

Sometimes it seems as though God has forsaken you; then suddenly you realize that God has started something in you and will continue it until the end. As a matter of fact, there will not be anything lacking on His part to support you. You can be fully and firmly persuaded or convinced that God will always do His part.

Most Christians want God to do in their lives what will make them look good in their own and others’ eyes. But we must remember that we are not our own, because we are bought with the precious blood of Christ. We say, “I’ll serve you, God, but what will I get out of it?”

Sometimes pastors get some pretty strange answers to questions such as, “Why are you going to marry this man?” “Well, he has a nice car, house and a good position.” No, you marry him because it is the will of God and that you cannot live without him. I can assure you that the marriage will not last if these are not your reasons. We must serve Christ for the same reason – that we just can’t live without complete intimacy with Him.

There are three things we must settle before we can begin to understand what it is to be totally confident in Christ:

  • Understand your position in Christ. You are a Priest, Saint, and King.
  • Understand the promises of God. They are for you and me.
  • Understand that prayer is the key. Billy Sunday said, “Get right with God, do it now.” How can I get right with God?
  • Be confident that God is God.
  • Be confident that what God has begun He will finish.

There has to be something to consume us. Paul was consumed with the Gospel of the Grace of God. What has hold of you as you are reading this?

Philippians is a very practical book. It gets right down to where we live, because in verse one, saints in Christ means to be saved and to be in Christ.

Paul had great feelings for the Philippians, as they had for him, which is the way it ought to be in all churches of Jesus Christ. The Pastor and the people must be thankful for one another. Paul is literally saying, “All my remembrance of you causes me to thank God for you.”

If he had said nothing else about the church, this would have been sufficient to reveal how special it was to him. He did not say this to the Galatians or Corinthians.

The little word joy appears some nineteen times in Philippians. Nevertheless, I do not believe it ought to be called The Joy Epistle because Jesus Christ is mentioned over forty times. So, the focal point of Philippians is Christ, and He must be ours also. Most churches try to produce joy and enthusiasm in the church by programs, pleasure, and parties. They appeal to the external by saying, “come visit our church, you will enjoy it.”

Joy should not depend upon outward circumstances, but upon the inward condition of the individual heart. It depends on our proper attitude toward life. If we complain and whine about our lot in life, we will not have joy. Only when we are in the center of the will of God, regardless of circumstances, will there be joy in our lives.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“BEING A PARTAKER OF HIS HOLINESS!” CONCLUSION!

Please Hebrews 12:1-11 again.

HE WAS SINLESS

John 8:46, “Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?”

HE WAS SPOTLESS

Carefully read 1 Peter 1:13-19.

HE WAS MEEK

Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

HE WAS MERCIFUL

Hebrews 2:17, “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”

HE WAS FORGIVING

Luke 23:34, “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

HE WAS INNOCENT

Matt 27:4, “Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.”

Many things we cannot do, but these ten God will help us to be partakers of.

“BEING A PARTAKER OF HIS HOLINESS!”

Hebrews 12:1-11, verse 10 text

Jesus had many traits that every Christian ought to diligently seek after – one is certain: BEING A PARTAKER OF HIS HOLINESS.

Read Hebrews 1:1-9, Deuteronomy 7:1-7

I.  HE WAS HOLY

Luke 1:35, “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

II.  HE WAS RIGHTEOUS

1 John 2:1, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Isaiah 5:5-11

III. HE WAS JUST

Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

IV. HE WAS WITHOUT DECEIT OR GUILT

Please meditate on 1 Peter 2:20-25.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“BEING A GOOD EXAMPLE, LADIES!”

Please read Titus 2:1-5 again.

Someone well said it: “The honor of the Word of God is the supreme sanction for right conduct.”

I. SHE IS TO BE AN EXAMPLE IN HER CONDUCT

II. SHE IS TO BE AN EXAMPLE IN HER CLOTHING

That is, her dress and appearance:

Modest and not sensual or revealing.
Yes, up to date fashion is good, but not worldly or carnal.

It is to be modest, not pretentious, showing or revealing. Her body is to be adorned to glorify her Saviour, not the flesh.

1 Timothy 2:9, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.”

Proverbs 31:22, “She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.” Verse 25, “Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”

Deuteronomy 22:5, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

III. SHE IS TO BE AN EXAMPLE IN HER CONVERSATION.

That is in her speech.

She must have a controlled tongue. She must not be a slanderer (false accuser) Titus 2:3. She is to know when to be silent:

1 Timothy 2:11-12, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

She is to teach good things: Titus 2:3.

Watch the gossip.
Watch criticism.
Watch spreading rumors.

Aren’t you thankful for godly, spirit-filled and controlled women who are investing their lives in rearing a family and giving a blessed example for our young ladies to follow?

IV. MOST IMPORTANTLY SHE IS TO BE AN EXAMPLE IN HER CHARACTER.

I like what C.H. Spurgeon said, “To favor sin is to discourage virtue, undue leniency to the bad is unkindness to the good.”

“BEING A GOOD EXAMPLE, MEN!” CONCLUSION!

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.”

A GOOD EXAMPLE IN MORALITY.

God knows we need them in our society today. With the lack of example in man Preachers and Politicians. Morality has to do with conforming to standards with what is right and just in behavior; it 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.”
A. 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.”

B. 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: against such there is no law.”

C. 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.”

There is no boasting except in Christ Philippians 3:7-10.

A GOOD EXAMPLE IN MARRIAGE.

Much heartache could be avoided if young men would heed God’s Word 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.

A GOOD 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, “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

Great will be the disappointment to a young man if he spends his life to make money. The only two reasons for money are:

A. To make a living.
B. To support God’s work.

Men, please think about all this information and teach it to others!