“IT’S A MATTER OF THE HEART!”

Matthew 15:1-20
 
“Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect…”
 
Sincerely enough, and with real desire to help the people to better understand the scripture, they started supplying commentaries on, and applications of the Bible truth and principles.
 
They became more and more elaborate and men began to look at them as authority with their man-made religion and rules.
 
One of the most wonderful things about the Lord is that He came to liberate man from the pressures of man-made religion and rules, and recover for man a genuine moral force of God’s commands.
 
It was sometimes necessary for God to deal hard with man and his traditions. Legalism and formalism are always dangerous to simple faith in Christ.
 
Someone said, “The representation of religious truth in spiritual and ceremonial traditions is necessary to the weakness of men who want physical helps (aid) in their effort to understand spiritual things.” But, the Bible says that spiritual things are spiritually discerned.
 
Physical or material things seem to have a constant tendency to enslave men. And the enslaving is done so subtly that many a man who is a slave to his rituals and to his rules, thinks himself to be a free man.
 
But worse than that, and the thing that distressed the Lord, is when a man knows that all his spiritual life is gone, he will keep up rituals and even more so obey the rules and persuade him that formalism and tradition is better than spirituality. That is the reason Jesus said what He did in verse 8.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“IT PAYS TO SERVE JESUS!” CONCLUSION!

Read Malachi 3:11-18
 
I. THE LORD REMEMBERS HIS OWN VERSE 16.
 
II. THE LORD REJOICES OVER HIS OWN VERSE 17.
 
We are His children, servants, stewards, witness, friends, and ambassador and now… we are HIS JEWELS! “I will make up my jewels.”
 
In other words:
 
A. I have PURCHASED them.
B. I will POLISH them.
 
Just like a diamond is cut and polished. I will polish or clean you. Think of it, it costs you something to be a jewel for Him. You lose a part of the diamond, just like you lose a part of your life to follow Him.
 
C. I will PROOVE them.
D. I will PROVIDE for them.
 
III. THE LORD WILL RETURN FOR HIS OWN.
 
There is a separation coming 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.
 
Then we will see the proof of the fact that it, PAYS TO SERVE JESUS!

“IT PAYS TO SERVE JESUS!”

Malachi 3:11-18

No, this is not a message on tithing, but there are other great lessons in this text. Yes, the tithe is an important part of this text, but also teaches several important truths.

Malachi answers these important challenges in three ways:

I. THE LORD REMEMBERS HIS OWN VERSE 16.

They call us freaks, fanatics, fools and fundies today. But in Genesis 8:1, we read that “God remembered Noah.”

There are several things God remembers:

A. God remembers our character – those that fear God verse 16.

God said about the lost in Romans 3:18, “There is no fear of God   before their eyes.”

B. God remembers our contemplation, “thought upon His name” verse 16.

 C. God remembers our conversation, “the Lord heard it” verse 16.

Somebody said that there are three books in God’s library:

  1. His BOOK OF REVELATION.

Where God has written His last things.

  1. His BOOK OF REDEMPTION.

Where God has written of His Lamb.

  1. His BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.

Where God has written our good things not our sin. When you do anything in His name, He writes it down.

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW! DON’T MISS IT!

“Is the Bible True?” Conclusion!

The New Testament Greek manuscripts, found in abundance, also demonstrated the
reliability of The King James Bible.
 
IV. THE BIBLE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
 
A. By the Bible writers themselves.
 
They say that it is the Word of God. The Old and New Testament writers recognized that theirs was a Spirit-directed task Jerermiah1, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21.
 
B. By Jesus Himself considered the Old Testament to be God’s authoritative revelation Luke 24:47.
 
Before He left this earth He said that His apostles would be given the ability to remember what He had said in John 14:26.
 
The New Testament is a record of Christ’s life and teachings. To doubt the truthfulness of the Bible is to question the Word of Christ.
 
C. By those who have put their trust in the Bible have committed themselves to its teachings.
 
The transformed lives of millions in every age attest to the truthfulness of the biblical message.
No other book is like the Bible. It is accurate in what it records, consistent in its message, preserved in its contents, and recommend by those who should know. You don’t need to know anything about Hebrew and Greek to gain certainty about the truthfulness of the Bible.
 
Read and study it with an earnest desire to do God’s will. Decide to obey it, and your faith will grow. Believe me, you will come to the place as most of us have: “I Know This Old Fashioned Bible Is True.”

“IS THE BIBLE TRUE?” Part 2

Please read Jeremiah 1:1-9, 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
 
On Friday we said:
 
I. The Bible is Historically Accurate:
 
II. THE BIBLE IS MIRACULOUSLY CONSISTENT.
 
Written over some 1500 years, by about 40 authors in three languages, it presents a consistent description of who God is and what He planned for mankind.
 
The message of redemption is the focus of the Bible from Gen. To Rev.
 
III. THE BIBLE IS WONDERFULLY PRESERVED.
 
No other piece of ancient literature even comes close to matching the abundance of manuscript evidence that points to the conclusion that the King James Bible we hold in our hands today accurately expresses what was originally written.
 
Discoveries like the Dead Sea Scrolls (found in 1946 and dating from 100 BC) confirm that the Hebrew Text has been meticulously preserved.
 
The New Testament Greek manuscripts, found in abundance, also demonstrated the reliability of The King James Bible.
 
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“Is the Bible True?”

Jeremiah 1:1-9, 2 Timothy 3:14-17. 

2 Timothy 3:16 has been called the golden text of His Word.  We don’t sort of have the Word of God, we Have the Word of God today.

We are not like some scientist waiting for a radio signal from space or heaven. We have His Word. 

You may read the Bible, obey it, even teach it to others, but how do you know the Bible is true? How would you defend its truthfulness to an unbeliever?

First of all, we cannot prove to anyone that the Bible is true. Only the Holy Spirit can do that as He moves in the heart of a person who desires to know and do God’s will John 7:17.

From a human perspective we do have reason to trust:

I. THE BIBLE IS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE. 

The writers of the Bible were honest, sane, sincere men who in many cases were eyewitnesses to what they recorded.

Their careful attention to detail show their sincerity and concern about details of the Bible. Luke 1:1-4.

The historical and geographical information that the Bible presents has been confirmed by other documents and archeological discoveries.

Not to mention the many prophecies in the Old Testament that have been fulfilled in great detail in the New Testament.  Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Matthew 8:16-17, 27:30-31.

CONTINUED ON MONDAY!

“IS THERE ANY WORD FOR AMERICA?” CONCLUSION!

Read Jeremiah 37:16-21.

Yesterday we saw. I. THE WORD OF REVELATION.

Just as God gave His word in Jeremiah’s day He is speaking to America today. I believe we need to heed to the warnings, and do something in this generation to save the next one.

II. THE WORD OF WARNING.

Proverbs 29:1, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”

God’s message today is still “stop or perish.” “Prepare to meet thy God.”

III. THE WORD OF JUDGMENT.

Is there any word from the Lord? There is! THE WORD – JUDGMENT!

Judas repented, but it was too late. The people in Noah’s day had to face it, but it was too late. The men of Sodom ignored the revelation of warning.

I can recall another man in the New Testament who ignored the revelation built his house upon the sand. When the storm came it was too late.

Will America listen in this culture? Is it too late for America? Can you imagine what it will be like for those who ignore His REVLATION and WARNING?

God’s people must awake out of sleep, trim their lamps, and let their light begin to shine. God is still looking for faithful dedicated people who will stand in the gap to make up the hedge.

We need to say, “Oh God make this the year of repentance and revival in America. Make this the year of turning and of harvest in America. Make this the year of coming back to the original founding fathers of America.”