“HOW TO LIVE IN THE FUTURE TODAY!” PART 1.

Read Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1
All of us, the best of us, the worst of us are going to face the future. Good times as well as bad times; periods of joy as well as periods of depression, etc.
 
Some may live a very short and some a very long life. Some will be basically happy and others unhappy.
 
Since it has been almost a week since my last devotional. I thought this topic would be a good one to start up again. We ought to at least give some attention to loving and thinking of others.
 
Think of this: Most of our depression comes as a direct result of our past. Let me explain: Most of our depression comes because we have bad memories (be they right or wrong).
 
What are you saying? King Solomon did not have good memories, because he lived for now and found all to be vanity. Read 2:1-11. Solomon is looking back to his younger years and finds no pleasure in them.
 
How about you, young person; how will you look back to your youth. Will it be with a broken heart and no pleasure in them, or will it be with joy and gladness of heart that you did the right thing.
 
How many of us parents wish we could go back to our youth to change some things? The real you is going to reveal himself to you and others this summer if changes are not made.
 
Some are going to fall by the wayside this year, while others will continue to grow and have given to them new fields of opportunity for the future. Some will look back to this summer with bad memories, others with good.
 
Here is food for thought: How many people will be able to point to you with things you will not want to remember at the end of the summer or some date in the future?

“THE CROSS, THE BLOOD AND THE RESURRECTION” CONCLUSION!

Read Hebrews 9:1-14 if time permits.
 
Jesus purchased our eternal home when He resurrected from the dead and our home here on the earth – the church. It had to be God’s blood not men. It was God’s blood flowing through the veins Jesus. It takes both Calvary and the mercy seat. To whom do you pay a debt? To the one you owe it.
 
To whom do we owe the sin debt? Jesus! To whom should we pay it? Is it paid by joining the church, baptism, etc? No, the debt must be paid.
 
All other things, good as they may be; will not pay the debt. It’s like telling your doctor that you will pray for him, wash his car, etc.
 
Read Hebrews 9:12. The Holy Place! Follow me: The Lamb was slain and had to be spilled on the alter. Think about how the priest sprinkled the blood. Jesus died as a lamb.
 
Hallelujah, He arose as a Priest, and the priest’s duty is to sprinkle the blood on the mercy seat.
 
The blood on the cross was not enough; it had to be sprinkled on the mercy seat. That’s why Jesus had to be raised from the dead and go to heaven to sprinkle the blood on the mercy seat. Not just the blood on the cross but also on the mercy seat. Shed blood is not sufficient, it must be applied blood.
 
Remember in Exodus it had to be applied to the door post.
 
Spill blood all you want to, but if not applied it is just spilled blood. The only way the job could be completed was for Jesus to rise from the dead and go to heaven to do it because He is the High Priest.
 
Atonement had to be made. It had to be applied where it was owed – in the very presence of God. What is the blood doing there on the mercy seat?
 
Hebrews 12:24, “It speaketh.” Wow! It is still speaking about 35 years later– this was written in 65 AD and now 2,000 years later it is still speaking.
 
According to Genesis 4:10 only God hears speaking blood.
 
We have far too much preaching on what we have accomplished. What we need is more preaching on the power of the cross, the blood and the resurrection. HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!

“THE BLOOD AND THE RESURRECTION!”

Hebrews 9:1-14, verses 12-14 text.
 
How do the blood and the resurrection go together? Without the shedding of blood there would be no need of the resurrection. Acts 20:28, “which He purchased with His own blood.”
 
What did Jesus purchase? His local church. Acts 20:17, “the church is EklesiaMore was purchased on Calvary than your salvation.
 
Isaiah 53:4-5, “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: But He was wounded (tormented) for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
 
So, He purchased more than our salvation and church, but also our grief, sorrow, iniquity and healing. “Which He hath purchased with His own blood.”
 
TWO THINGS are necessary for a purchase:
 
1. You have to have money.
2. It has to be paid in the right place.
 
You can write a check, but must take it to the right place.
 
Take your power and phone bill for example. If you mail your phone bill to the power company neither bill is paid.
 
Now follow me: If Jesus purchased us with His own blood:
 
1. He had to pay the price.
2. He had to take it to the right place.
 
You will remember that the priest had to go into the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for his people.
 
The price had to be paid – the lamb had to be sacrificed, and the blood had to be put in the right place – on the mercy seat.
 
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO DISCOURAGE YOUR CHILD!”

Ephesians 6:1-4
 
Colossians 3:21, “Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they be discouraged.”
 
I. CONSTANTLY FUSS AT THEM.
 
II. THINK OF YOUR NEEDS FIRST.
 
III. EMBARRASS THEM PUBLICLY.
 
IV. COMPARE THEM WITH SOMEONE BETTER.
 
V. DON’T SPEND MUCH TIME WITH THEM.
 
VI. DON’T TAKE TIME TO LOVE THEM AFTER DISCIPLINE.
 
VII. WHEN THEY HAVE A QUESTION, SAY, “NOT NOW, I AM TOO BUSY.”
 
VIII. FUSS AT THEM WHEN THEY MAKE A MISTAKE, EVEN IF NOT REBELLION.
 
IX. NEVER LET THEM HEAR YOU PRAY, READ THE BIBLE, OR SING A SONG.
 
X. NEVER TELL THEM OR ASSURE THEM OF YOUR LOVE.
 
XI. DON’T HUG THEM OR BE AFFECTIONATE TOO MUCH.
 
XII. NEVER REWARD THEM FOR DOING RIGHT.
 
XIII. ARGUE OR DISAGREE WITH YOUR SPOUSE IN FRONT OF THEM.
 
XIV. SMOTHER THEM WITH YOUR LOVE.
 
LET’S LEARN WHAT WE CAN DO TO REALLY ENCOURAGE OUR CHILD.

“HOW TO BE A FRIEND” CONCLUSION!

Read Proverbs 27:5-17.
 
We said yesterday, it takes, I. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
 
II. UNCOMPROMISING LOYALTY.
 
We may not always agree, but we can all be loyal one to another. Even the humanists are loyal to their cause as well as to each other.
 
A. It involves sustaining the relationship.
 
In other words, you are more concerned about being a friend than having a friend.
 
But you say, “nobody likes me or nobody wants me for a friend.”
Be more concerned about being a friend, because a friend is concerned about being a friend rather than having a friend. If we will learn to be a friend we will never run out of friendships.
 
B. It involves sacrifice to keep the relationship.
 
Say, “I am your friend and you are going to have to live with that. And now, go out to be a friend to someone who needs a friends.

“HOW TO BE A FRIEND” PART 3

Read Proverbs 27:5-17.
 
It was unconditional love whereby He committed Himself unto them. That means we must accept all faults and failures of our friends.
POINT # I WAS “THIS KIND IS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE”
A. This kind commands commitment.
B. This kind commands confrontation.
 
Proverbs 27:5, “Open rebuke is better than secret love.” “A friend is one who warns you.” Old Jewish proverb.
Some people make enemies instead of friends because it is less trouble. E.C. McKenzie.
 
This is a friendship that cares enough to confront and is willing to correct a brother who has fallen by the wayside. Your concern is strong enough to want to help.
 
Don’t broadcast all your faults but learn to keep them to yourself. Use some discretion, because you don’t have to tell all your sin.
Proverbs 17:9, “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.”
Proverbs 16:28, “A froward man soweth strife:and a whisperer separateth chief friends.”
 
A true friend will confront you in a loving way in the right spirit. Sometimes we need to be “faithfully wounded.”
 
A devoted friend will confront you to your face and if he is not sincere; it will soon show. The Holy Spirit will bear witness.
 
C. A true friend commits and confronts.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO BE A FRIEND!” PART 2

So, what is a biblical friendship?
Proverbs 27:5-17, 17:17
Review yesterday’s devotional.
1. In the Old Testament a friend is “Awhab.”
2. “ an acquaintance is “Reyan.”
3. In the New Testament a friend (true) is “Philos.”
4. “ an acquaintance is “Hetairos.”
 
I. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
A. This kind commands commitment.
Such as the love between a husband and a wife because they should be the best of friends (Philos).
The cry of many today is, “I want somebody who cares about me.” It is unselfish and gives more than it receives.
“I can choose you to be my friend – you can’t do anything about it. I may just be an acquaintance to you, but you are my friend. No matter how you may treat me or how you respond to my friendship, I am your friend.”
So, it means commitment even if nothing is returned to you. It will always take the initiative to build the friendship.
When we are together, we do not keep score…”I bought last time and now it is your turn,” etc. There is no reciprocation needed in a real friendship, because a friend “loveth at all times.”
We have a twisted understanding of what a friendship really is. The Bible says, “give and it shall be given unto you.”
Why don’t we have more friends than we do? Could it be that we fear rejection of the one we are trying to befriend?
There are some who are “servants” and others are “friends” to like Jesus.
Here is what I am saying, “You commit yourself to the other person unconditionally until the end.” John 13:1.
CONTINUED ON MONDAY!