Mat 26:8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
Do you believe in being frugal with the Lord’s money? Being careful with the Lord’s money is an admirable trait. But can we be so frugal or careful that we miss opportunities of reaching the lost?
How often we look for direct results from our efforts. How often we are disappointed by the response. We vow not to invest in that means again because it was not profitable. Are we not looking for increase directly from the work we have done? What does the scripture say about increase?
1Co_3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
It is apparent that God gives the increase. Should we then consider that our duty is to be obedient? If we are faithful in obedience, the work will be rewarded. So many today say that house to house door knocking is not effective because they do not see results. Let me rephrase that statement. They do not see results from the work they are directly involved in. I do believe that God wants us to understand he is responsible for giving the increase. This reminds me of a story I read. In a meeting at a certain church a question was asked, how many lost have you lead to the Lord. One woman said, over 2000. That is over an average of 5 per day. There was great pride in the answer. Here we have the “I” in salvation and the pride that attends “I”.
2Co_9:10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
We need to use God’s approved means and methods. We need to scatter the seed. Sometimes, scattering the seed has a cost. Notice that the scripture above says, “increase the fruits of your righteousness.” Our righteous faithfulness brings the attention of God and he provides the increase. So often we look to the work of our hands to produce the increase when we should look to duty and faithfulness and righteousness and let God provide the increase. Let us be generous in providing for the needs of Soul Winning.
Just imagine a world in which clocks and calendars were either non-existent or largely meaningless if they did exist. This world would host men of great talent in musical arts, metal craft, animal husbandry, etc. Moreover, this imaginary world existed in an ideal climate all year long, century after century. Additionally, there were not a lot of regulatory laws, making human freedom the best humanity has ever enjoyed. Furthermore, the diseases that plague humanity today were unknown in this pristine environment. Does this sound divine; too good to be true; something that could only exist in one’s imagination? Well think again!
The world under consideration did in fact exist for a long 1656 years, from Adam to Noah. The antediluvian world though devoid of most conveniences enjoyed today, had a lot going for it including individual longevity approaching one thousand years. It could be called the age of experimentation. What will sinful mankind do, left largely to himself? Will he be grateful for his blessings, and seek after his Creator? Will he respect himself and his neighbor, and seek to make a better world for himself and his offspring?
In Genesis Chapter Six, God looked down to see what was going on in the world of men. What He saw was corruption; moral degradation, base sensuality reigning as king in an epicurean, drunken, sex crazy world. It was a world of faithlessness. Thus, it repented Him that He had made the human race, and He determined to destroy it.
Today, in spite of vaunted progress, the world is quite similar to that ancient society. It is a sign. Jesus said that when He comes again, the world will be as it was in the days of Noah. Matt 24:37-39.
But consider that it is not the absence of sin that divinity seeks in mankind. That is impossible. But it is the presence of faith. When the Son of man shall come, will He find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8. In the absence of faith, men, nations, and the world are wrong, and they degenerate into the sensual, violent quagmire of Noah’s day.
The good news is that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a man of faith; a righteous man, perfect in his generations. It would be his lot to inherit a new world, a new beginning. Do you see a pattern here? People of faith in God and His eternal Word will inherit the universe with Christ Jesus, while those who submerge themselves in base pleasures of the flesh are destined to loss of life’s reward at best and eternal condemnation at worse. How much of your life is given to matters of faith in God and His Word? Every person is either contributing to the cause of Christ and goodness in the world or else to the cause of Satan and evil in the world. Sin cannot be eliminated from our world, but it can be repented of, and faith can find a dwelling and growing place in human hearts. The age of experimentation is history, but it bears unerring witness of an inevitable conclusion. In keeping with the pattern of the ages: in the absence of faith, no one may be right in the sight of God.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:6, KJB)
When you flee temptation, don’t leave a forwarding address
To many, that name is a byword, an identification of troubles, and
trials in life that rings down through the ages. But it is a powerful
reminder that bad things really do happen to good people, and
sometimes it is hard to understand why, or for what purpose.
his case, Job was a righteous man, highly blessed of God whom he both
knew and served. Unknown to him was a trial coming his way that
easily transcended the mastery of man, but that is not what it was
all about. It was a testing for time and eternity to friend and foe
that the grace of God is sufficient in whatever temptations, trials,
and illnesses life may bring.
God held Job up as an example, but
Satan insisted that it was all because of the blessings of God upon
him. Take those away, he said, and Job would curse God. (hum, sounds
like Satan had already witnessed human failure.)
began. Job lost his sons, all of them. He lost his great herds of
cattle, camels, and other animals. Last but not least, Job broke out
in severe boils all over his body. He could stand no clothing so he
sat in a pile of ashes, covering himself with them, and scrapping his
wounds with shredded pottery. To say that he was one extremely
miserable character would be a gross understatement. This went on for
days, then weeks, then months. His friends who came to console him
only succeeded in making matters worse through their lack of
Misery was piled upon misery! So much so that all
generations after him recoil at the bad things God allowed Satan to
cast upon him. So, what did Job do that was so right?
resisted temptation to sin with his lips. Even when his wife in
doubtless pity urged him to cast off his integrity, and curse God and
die. Job blessed the Lord.
Job exalted God in praise, avowing
that he knew his Savior and that He would stand in the latter day
upon the earth. He testified that even though he should die and skin
worms destroy his body, yet he would see God with his own eyes and
not those of another.
Although Job did not have scriptures to
bolster his faith as modern mankind does, he remained true to God,
and to the faith he had been given. To put God first, and as one’s
only hope beyond this vail of tears is always the right thing to do.
Job did just that, and you., dear reader, should follow that example
because it is so right!!
As a noun, “Boomerang” is a curved piece of wood that returns to the thrower when thrown. As a verb, it denotes the return of most anything to the originator, often negatively. A verbal broad brush tends to verbally paint the character of one into a perceived camp that is not good. David and Solomon address these matters of life preserved as the Word of God. Let them be heard!
Many are the times that one will hear the character of someone verbally painted into the same room as outright heretics because of some viewpoint not shared by the evaluator. Such swipes of the broad brush often go far to diminish the usefulness of another. It is a evil thing that Satan capitalizes upon, and one that will bring the unbending judgment of God in the day when all shall give account to Him. Then let there be understanding of just how evil this sin is.
Solomon repeatedly said, “There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men.” Ecc. 6:1; 10:18. He said, “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.” Prov. 26:27.
The straightforward advice of David is, “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” Psalm 34:14. In Psalm 50:19-20, he went on to say, “Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.”
In New Testament terms, broad brush actions are called “diablos,” of the devil. That word is translated “Slander” in I Timothy 3:11.
It is so easy to speak ill of another, yet so impossible to take those words back. Words one thinks to be his own are never under his control once shared. They take on a life with various skewing in the mind of so many who hear them repeated. Verbal broad-brushing may be likened to a robbery. Later, one may apologize for it, but it never erases the initial action.
Does this mean that anything negative should never be said about someone? Certainly not! God’s people have an obligation to know them who labor among them. Often much trouble could have been avoided if the truth about someone would have been passed on appropriately. But the bottom line is that such information should be handled very carefully. Too much of the time judgments are made simply because views may be out of the range of another’s knowledge or out of a feeling that the person so painted deserves it (judging). The latter here is broad-brushing, not the former.
In the course of life one will find that the person most highly appreciated tends to think a little differently. So, in all things let the truth be spoken, and if one cannot or is not willing to stand by it, then those words are much better off unspoken.
Boomerangs may be indigenous to Australia, but the verbal broad brush is not, and it will most certainly boomerang.
We should never fear the will of God
ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have
received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry Abba, Father.”
In this verse of scripture a contrast is being made
between the spirit that dominated God’s people under the Law of
Moses and the spirit that dominates His people in New Testament
Churches. We do not have the spirit of fear which caused them to cry
out “Lord, God,” but we have the spirit of adoption which causes
us to cry “our Father.”
The key word for consideration here
is “adoption.” In the modern day usage of the term it is used to
convey the idea of receiving one outside the family bloodline and
genetic pool, and making that person to become one of the family
through legal action. This is not what is meant by the Bible term,
although there are those who try desperately to make it so.
the Bible there are degrees of son-ship designated by specific terms.
“Teknon” is a Greek term translated in the Bible as a born child.
“Pais” or “Padion” is the Greek work translated a small son,
one under tutorship. “Huios” is the Greek term for a fully mature
son who is able to act appropriately in the stead of, and in the name
of, his father. It is this latter term, “Huios” that is
consistently used of seasoned disciples in the New Testament Church.
This is what every child of God in this age can and should become.
This is what is meant in Romans 8:15 by the term “adoption.” In
the original language this is a composite of two other terms. It is
“huiothesia” a combination of “huios” mature son, and
“thesia” to set or place; hence, the forceful meaning of the word
is “to set in the position of mature sons.”
encouraged the Romans and all of us with this enlightenment. We do
not have the same position with God in the New Testament Church as
the Israelites had under the Law. They had a continuous spirit of
fear, but we have a continuous spirit and understanding of being
mature sons who lovingly regard God as “our Father,” and do his
bidding willingly and with gladness of heart.
Oh, what a joy it
is to live in this position. God has given His Son for us. His Son
has given His life for us. The Holy Spirit has empowered us and lives
with us to continuously teach and guide us into the ways of all
truth. We serve Him not out of a fear of being stoned if we do not,
but because we love Him and are truly thankful for what He has done
It is appropriate then that we should make the most of
our prized position as mature sons. The more we know the more we can
believe. The more we believe, the greater our faith. The greater our
faith, the greater our hope. And in the end, the greater will be our
blessed opportunity to rule and to reign with Him in the age that is
about to happen. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us that we should be call the sons of God.
It’s my business
it’s God’s business
take care of my business.
was the first person to be murdered. A debate precipitated his
murder, and a proper act of worship precipitated the debate.
Important details surrounding this incident are not spelled out in so
many words, but they are present in the construction of the ancient
“In the process of time” is a phrase that may
envelope years or decades, but it probably indicates these men were
heads of households, since in early history patriarchial priesthood
was the consistent practice. Cain and Abel brought an offering unto
the Lord. Abel brought of the firstlings of the flock, but Cain
brought of the fruit of the field. God had respect unto Abel and unto
his offering, but He did not have respect unto Cain and his offering.
Cain was terribly angry, and as he and Abel walked in the field they
talked. “Talked” in the Hebrew is in the intensive stem of the
verb meaning they talked intensively and heatedly. It could be called
a debate. Of course, Cain was wrong. When one is wrong there are only
two options: repent and get right or become angry. Cain chose the
latter, and in his anger he sought to silence the voice of truth by
killing his brother.
But what did Abel do that was so right? He
was a sinner as are all men, and as his brother Cain was. However
Hebrews 11:4 tells us “By faith Abel offered a more excellent
sacrifice than Cain. . .” There is the answer. It is still the
answer that makes a difference in men today. Now faith is the belief
in a promise. This tells us that both Cain and Abel had correct
instructions about how to worship and sacrifice unto the Lord. Abel
believed and carried out those instructions. Cain did not, but chose
to substitute his own way of worship rather than follow the
instructions of God.
It must be noted that after six long
millenniums and voluminous instructions and experiences, men still
choose the way of Cain which is labeled in the Bible as “Iniquity.”
Its judgment is certain, as illustrated by Cain.
infinitely more important to follow God in all things rather than
substitute the faulty reasoning of sinful men. Abel got a quick
ticket home in the ordeal, but by it he also continues to speak to
the condemnation of iniquity in men. On the other hand, it is Cain
who really lost his life, and the things that count for all
Truly, God gives us all the opportunity to believe Him
and to follow Him. This is the thing sinful men must do if they are
ever to be right in the sight of God. Abel did, and he was so right!