Tuesday, December 05, 2017

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (KJV) First, Last and Best

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (KJV)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
As I read this I cannot help but return to 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith
Paul says in 1 Timothy, “First of all …pray” and in 2 Thessalonians, “Finally…pray.”
  • Prayer is the first thing 
  • Prayer is the last thing and
  • Prayer is the best thing 
any Christian may engage in.
Oh, there are many other things that Christians should do. But I am afraid that we have made those things the priorities at the neglect of real, fervent, effectual prayer.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

1 Timothy 1:1-2 (KJV) Don’t Change in Change

1 Timothy 1:1-2 (KJV)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
As I read this today I was reminded of another greeting Paul wrote, 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
In other letters, and at other times in his life, Timothy was included in the letter as being with Paul. Now, Paul is writing a letter to Timothy.
I wonder if, as Paul wrote these words, he reflected back to those earlier days? I wonder, as Timothy read this letter, if he pictured Paul in his mind writing it?
Things change. Time move on and life happens to us. I do not know that Paul knew, when he told Timothy to abide in Ephesus, that it would fall out as it did. I imagine years had passed since they parted company. Paul had been kept in Caesarea for two years. It had been at least that long, probably many more. Still Timothy abode where Paul had placed him and Paul, though by this time a prisoner, still actively served God in writing.
Times change. Circumstances change. Our service to God and our doctrine and practice must not.

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 (KJV) Your Most Important Prayer

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 (KJV)
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
Some time ago, while studying the book of Ephesians, I came to chapter six and verse ten. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” The passage goes on to describe the whole armor of God. I concluded that the word, finally, did not mean he was finally finished, as in “last thought”. Finally meant he had, at last, arrived at the point of his letter – the key, the crescendo. Everything Paul said before Ephesians 6:10 was intended to prepare us for what he said after Ephesians 6:10.
I don’t believe the “finally” of this verse has the same import as that verse, but maybe it would not hurt for Christians to think that way a bit.
We don’t put as much emphasis on praying for our pastors as we ought. The work they do is the most eternally important work in this world. The devil has planted plenty of adversaries in the path of the preacher and his anointing and ability to accomplish his work in the power of the Holy Spirit and not the flesh is critical.
Pray for your preacher like it is the most important thing you could ever pray for!
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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Deuteronomy 23:9 (KJV) In Times of Crisis

Deuteronomy 23:9 (KJV)
When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing.
There is never a right time to do a wrong thing. The thing that is wicked is wicked every day, at all times, in any place and under any circumstances.
Do not do wrong.
But there are, in the Bible, certain times when a special sanctification to the Lord is called for.
  • Moses need only put off his shoes while at the burning bush
  • Israel need only cleanse their homes of leaven during the Passover season 
  • Fasting is not necessary for answers to every prayer 
But in some extreme cases, answers can only be gotten through fasting and prayer. And in times of national crisis, such as when our armies are in combat, a time of national cleansing, confession of sin and revival is in order.
Not sense WWII has the United States rallied behind our troops in sacrifice and prayer.
Not until we return to that will we experience God’s intervention in those crises.

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Friday, December 01, 2017

Deuteronomy 22:1-4 (KJV) Finders Is Not Keepers

Deuteronomy 22:1-4 (KJV)
Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother’s, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.
Cowboys honor the spirit of this passage to this day. They do it in two ways:
  • They return livestock when it escapes and finds its way to his property 
  • They assist one another whenever someone’s livestock gets loose
They do not assume a loose animal is free for the taking.
Notice that the passage applies to more than livestock. Anything that is not ours is to be returned to the owner. If the owner is not readily known, he may take to himself but with the provision that when and if the owner is discovered he will restore it.
It relates to a value of ethics that should exist yet today.
  • No animal is ours unless we purchase it
  • No thing is ours if someone else has a rightful claim to it
  • No church member belongs to a church unless the previous pastor approves it 
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Deuteronomy 21:1-3 (KJV) Revival In Government

Deuteronomy 21:1-3 (KJV)
If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath slain him:Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:And it shall be, that the city which is next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke;
The city officials took responsibility for the loss of life if the guilty party could not be found. Our cities would be better places if those in authority took responsibility before God for the crimes of the city.
Notice that they didn’t write new laws to restrict the freedoms of their citizens. Such an action ultimately puts the blame on the citizens rather than the officials. What they did was appeal to God for mercy. Here is our country’s great problem. Our leaders are:
  • Moving farther away from God 
  • Refusing to accept spiritual accountability and therefore 
  • Blaming the problems on everyone other than those God made accountable
We need a spiritual revival in government. We need officials who:
  • Confess their sins 
  • Own the sins of their citizenry and 
  • Seek God for mercy
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Deuteronomy 19:4-5 (KJV) Just Read Your Bible

Deuteronomy 19:4-5 (KJV)
And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbour to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of those cities, and live:
More modern versions of the Bible change the Ten Commandments to read, “Thou shalt not murder” rather than the King James, Thou shalt not kill.
Invariably they will claim the more modern version is more accurate. They will also likely point out that the newer translation solves a problem with the King James; that being that “kill” includes other times when the Bible approves death such as in war or in the case of the death penalty. No such problem exists for the one who will but read all of God’s Word. Thou shalt not kill is completely appropriate. No modern improvement is necessary. All we need to do is compare Scripture with Scripture. Here we have but one example where the Word of God defines that sort of “kill” that is against the commandments and that which is not.
Just read your Bible. The King James Bible will make plenty of sense if you will do that.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

1 Thessalonians 3:6-7 (KJV) I Would Love to See You Again

1 Thessalonians 3:6-7 (KJV)
But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
Paul was a man, subject to like passions as we all. God used him in marvelous ways and blessed his work supernaturally. I am certain he was a man of God and, though not perfect, a perfect example for the preacher.
Paul’s ministry was attacked again and again in his day, yet he held firm that he preached, “not as pleasing men but God, which trieth our heart.” Still, he hurt when those he loved chose not to love him and he rejoiced whenever he learned that those he had preached to held on to their love for him. When he received word from Timothy that the church in Thessalonica “greatly desired” to see him his soul was lifted in joy. He too longed to see them.
I personally know a great many Christians that I would love to see again. Many of them I will likely not see this side of eternity. Some of them have no desire to see me and, in fact, avoid me. But those who, ever so often, communicate their love for me and that they miss me – those Christians rejoice my heart.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

1 Thessalonians 2:2 (KJV) Manliness

1 Thessalonians 2:2 (KJV)
But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
Paul was quite the man.
Years of ministry had left him with a litany of adventures to rehearse, whenever the circumstances warranted. In this case he recalled to the church in Thessalonica his introduction to them.
He had just come from Philippi where he said he and his companions had been shamefully treated. Paul and Silas had been beaten there and thrown into prison. God used the experience but it would have been a tough one.
Now he comes to Thessalonica. Paul reminded them that, though they had suffered in Philippi, his entrance in Thessalonica was with boldness and contention. A battle in Philippi in no way left him reticent to battle in Thessalonica.
I just received a periodical whose current edition is on the manly church. A manly church requires but one thing, a manly preacher. That manliness is not defined in guns, weight lifting or tattoos. Manliness is defined as boldness in preaching the gospel and willingness to engage the unsaved with the Word of God.
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

1 Thessalonians 1:1 (KJV) The Definition of a True Church

1 Thessalonians 1:1 (KJV)
Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Cambridge Bible notes calls the phrase, “in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ” the definition of a true church. The word for church, ecclesia, was a common word. It refers to an assembly. Paul meant to distinguish his audience in Thessalonica from other assemblies that may have existed in that city at that time.

This assembly is,
In God the Father
  • It is not a city counsel meeting
  • It is not a fraternal order
  • It is not a pagan gathering
This assembly is recognized as existing in God the Father:
  • His plan,
  • His glory and
  • His purpose
Further this assembly is,
In the Lord Jesus Christ
This distinguishes it from any Jewish gathering or synagogue. This assembly is:
  • Bought by Jesus
  • Built by Jesus belongs to Jesus and is
  • Beloved by Jesus

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Colossians 4:1 (KJV) A Master In Heaven

Colossians 4:1 (KJV)
Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
The founders of the United States said often that the Constitution and government they had created would only work for a Christian people. They knew that the nature of man could not be forced to do right but must choose it. They knew that the only motivation that could consistently lead men to choose right is faith in the God of the Bible. No other god leads men to such heights of self sacrifice. Most other gods, as they are described in their religious teachings, are themselves petty and immoral.
And so we see, in our text, one of the greatest motivators for being just with our fellow man; knowing, not merely believing but knowing, we all have a master in heaven.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Colossians 3:3-4 (KJV) Dead, But Alive

Colossians 3:3-4 (KJV)
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
We, who are Christians, are dead. But we are alive.
We likely do not spend anywhere near enough time contemplating our spiritual death.
Romans 6:2
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?[1]
Christ is here said to be our life.
  • He is the breath of it, the spoken Word that created all things.
  • He is the sustainer of it, the one by whom all things consist 
  • He is the Saviour of it, the Redeemer of our sin 
  • He is the director of it, the guide from darkness into light
  • He is the passion of it, the purpose for which we live
  • He is the hope of it, the blessed hope for which we long and with whom we will live eternally 
[1] A good meditation on the whole of Romans chapter six would do well to complement this passage. It addresses in detail the implications of both our death with Christ and our life in Christ.

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