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JANUARY 5 – GOD’S PREPARATION FOR HIS OWN


JANUARY 5 – GOD’S PREPARATION FOR HIS OWN

God has a deep love for His people. He is continually making preparation or smoothing the way for the ones He loves. Genesis 45:7,8. Joseph tells his brothers, “God sent me before you…”. God uses man to prepare and preserve His own.

I remember when my father went on the mission field to St. Louis. There were Missionary Baptists in that great city of wickedness. They had left the south for the opportunity to provide for family. Yet there was not a Missionary Baptist Church there.

My father was led to start a mission there with his family. I believe there were six of us and if I am wrong, one of my brothers or sisters can correct my faulty memory. As my father wore out shoe leather knocking doors, we found these Missionary Baptists. Maybe I should say, God put them in our way so we could find what God had put there for us. A church was built from those that God had sent before us. God continues to lay down a path for us to follow if we will follow Him. He never neglects us or sends us somewhere for us to fail. Sometimes our own desires get in the way of what God has prepared for us. There are times we are mislead by our wants, desire and wishes. This I know, we never fail while following where God has prepared for us to go.

God has already been there. God has prepared the way for Joseph to go through some trials and tribulations so that he would be in a place to be used by God in the employ of Pharaoh. God has prepared the way for each of us. We do not have to be a missionary to have God’s preparation in our life. We simply need to be faithful and yielded.

There are times we may not understand why things are the way they are, but patiently enduring and maturing will yield God’s ultimate plan for us. We may even be unhappy with where we are but being in the will of God and accomplishing his purpose will bring happiness and joy and fulfillment. May our desires and wishes be subjugated to His purpose and completion of the preparation God has made.

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Our Soul Preserver


 

Psalm 121:1-8

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore,” Psalm 121:7, 8

Do you know anyone who is accident-prone? I do . . . me! If there is a way to get hurt doing something, then hurt will find me. I do not know if it is because I am a klutz or what, but I pretty much stay banged up all the time. My body is filled with scars associated with stories that I am not so proud to share.

I am glad God sent me a wife with a great deal of common sense. I have found that since she and I have been together I get injured a lot less. She is really good at pointing out to me the folly of my ways. She really is one who keeps me from harm. I would probably have more scars if it were not for her.

Just as my wife keeps me from physical harm here in this world, my God keeps me from spiritual harm as well. Verse 7 states, “The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil.” The evil God keeps me from is the evil of sin. If I am not careful, sin can have dominion over my life. That condemning power can become more harmful to my life than any physical ailment.

This is why it is crucial that I never take for granted the protection I receive from the Lord. I can have confidence that I have a shield from evil, but that confidence must be humbly placed in God.

 

JUST ASKING

Are you seeking the Lord’s protection from evil?

Nathan Rogers

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THY WORD


Psalm 119:89 – “Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

I dearly love this passage because it speaks to me. This passage is best understood in simplicity. It should have the same meaning for you that it has for me and that should be the mind of God and His meaning in this passage.

For instance, the term “forever” should never be mis-understood. We know that a permanent that is put in a persons hair is not permanent. We also know that a “life time warranty” is ambiguous at best. When God speaks the word forever, we know that the meaning is without end. No end in sight.

The phrase, “thy word,” expresses ownership. This is not my word that I make to mean what my prejudices or desires want them to be. They are the LORD’S words to be understood exactly as he means. We are not to attach our meanings to them. This reminds me of Paul writing to the Philippian brethren and said to them – “let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus…”. So the mind of God in His words is the thought we should find. Since this is God’s word, I have no right to manipulate or change it to suit me or what I want.

The repository for all truth is in heaven. The LORD’S word is settled in heaven. No matter how man cuts, slices, or dices the word here on earth, it is forever settled in heaven. Now you must understand, I believe we have the inspired word today. I know I was taught in the seminaries I attended that inspiration was in the original manuscripts. This statement does not allow for those of us that stand in our pulpit and hold up what we call the word of God, and tell our people that this is inspired. If inspiration is in the original manuscripts, we no longer have the inspired word of God but rather are lying to the people and holding up something that is the product of man and we are relying upon man’s intelligence and honesty to produce something that is a reasonable facsimile of God’s Word. That troubles me. I have found man to be untrustworthy and intelligent deficient. I trust God to keep His word pure by preserving His word and thereby preserving the inspiration of His word. “Settled in heaven” is a promise and a warning. I am comforted in knowing that God’s Word does not change. This reassures me that what God has promised will come to pass. The warning is – do not trifle with the Word of God but accept is as God intended.

God has given us some scripture to show us the importance of all scripture. II Tim 3:14-17 Paul writes to his son-in-the-faith, Timothy. Paul wants Timothy to have proper respect for the Word of God. “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assure of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly  furnished unto all good works.”

Paul explains the process of God delivering His word which is forever settled in heaven to man. Then Peter takes up the story in II Peter 1:21, where he states that the “prophecy came not in old time by the will of man” but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” God delivered His word the way He desired it to be delivered. We have no right to diminish or disregard any of it.

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER


PSALM 121:1-8; [A Song of degrees] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

One must first understand WHAT is born of God, and what salvation really is. All who hold to a system of law-keeping or works for salvation have failed of grace, and therefore no security is affirmed for them. Only real believers are saved and have security. A distinction must be made between real and nominal believers. Peter was a real believer; Judas Iscariot was a nominal believer and never was saved.

I. THE PART OF MAN THAT IS SAVED AT THE NEW BIRTH.
    A. The inner man (spirit) is born again in the new birth, and never sins again (I John 3:9). Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
    B. It is a spiritual birth (John 3:6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (II 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.
    C. It is a sanctification of the spirit (Hebrews 10:14) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. How long is forever?
    D. The inner man is sealed unto the day of the redemption of the body (Ephesians 4:30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 1:13,14) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Romans 8:23) And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

II. SALVATION IS FROM THE LORD AND NOT THE DEVIL.
God determines how far Satan can go (Job 1:12) And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. If Satan can get one child of God, he can get all; therefore, IF he doesn’t get some, then they get to heaven by Satan’s mercy.

III. NOTICE SOME POSITIVE STATEMENTS OF SCRIPTURE THAT TEACH SECURITY.
    A. Psalm 37:23,24: They shall not be utterly cast down.
    B. Psalm 89:29-36: His seed shall endure forever.
    C. Psalm 91:9-12: The Lord is their refuge and no evil shall befall.
    D. Psalm 121:7: They are preserved from all evil.
    E. Isaiah 54:17: Nothing formed against them shall prosper.
    F. John 5:24: The child of God is passed from death unto life (present), and shall not come into condemnation (future).
    G. John 6:37: He shall not be cast out by the Lord.
    H. John 17:24: The prayer of Jesus secures them.
    I. John 10:27,28: It is impossible for them to perish – none can pluck out.
    J. Romans 8:28: All things work to their good.
    K. Romans 8:35-39: Nothing can separate them from the love of God in Christ (Believers only are in Christ and have His love, II Corinthians 5:17).
    L. Philippians 1:6: God will continue the good work begun in them.
    M. Colossians 3:3: Their life is hid with Christ in God.
    N. II Timothy 2:13: God cannot deny himself – to deny His child would be to deny Himself.
    O. I Peter 1:3-5: They are kept by the power of God.
    P. II Peter 1:4: They are partakers of the Divine nature.
    Q. I John 5:4,5: They overcome the world.
    R. I John 5:18: Satan cannot touch a child of God.
    S. Jude 24,25: They are kept from falling, and shall be presented to God faultless.
    T. Hebrews 7:25: God saves them to the uttermost.
    U. Hebrews 6:4-6: If anyone could be lost after being saved, it would be impossible for him ever to be saved again.

There is only one plan of salvation. If one were to lose their salvation, they would have to be saved again by that same plan. To loss ones salvation and to be saved again, Christ would have to descend from heaven once more, die on the cross again, be buried and arise again the third day. This is the only way of salvation. The scriptural declaration is; Christ died once for all and by stating that we can lose our salvation says His work on the cross was incomplete and ineffective in securing a lost soul.

IV. THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER OFFERS HOPE TO MEN WHO WOULD BE HOPELESS OTHERWISE (HEBREWS 8:18-20).Technorati Tags: , , , , , , ,

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