Friday, June 08, 2018

Esther 5:11-13 (KJV) Let It Go

Esther 5:11-13 (KJV)
And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king.Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.
Getting even, holding a grudge, talking about another behind their back, is dangerous business.
Haman was a Gentile and had certainly never read to Proverbs and the warning of falling into our own snare. Nevertheless the truth is universal; vengeance belongs only to God. To attempt it for ourselves is to step into territory with terrible consequences. Haman’s hatred for Mordecai was so powerful he never thought about who may or may not be related to him. He never considered that Mordecai may have stronger ties to the king than he knew.
Haman is a real life illustration why it is best not to say bad things about others to others. We never know whom they are related to and we cannot know the emotional attachment they may have already made with the one we wish to attack.
Offenses happen in this world. Let them go. If the Lord believes they ought to be judged, He is more than capable of doing so.

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Esther 5:11-13 (KJV) Let It Go

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

John 13:1 (KJV) Classic Love

John 13:1(KJV)
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
“…He loved them unto the end.”
My mind conjured the word “classic” in relationship to this phrase.
Consider what the Bible says concerning God’s love:
  • God so loved the world
  • God commended his love while we were yet sinners
  • He first loved us
  • Behold what manner of love
And here, He loved them unto the end.
God loves us all, loves us immeasurably, loves us unconditionally, loves us sacrificially and loves us enduringly.
Classic love.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

John 12:27 (KJV) Pray Away Troubles?

John 12:27 (KJV)
Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
Jesus did not shirk from the course He came to fulfill. Though His soul was troubled; though His course would be painful, agonizing and humiliating, He stayed true.
  • He could have prayed to be saved
  • He could have called the angels to deliver Him
  • He could have simply spoken it to stop
But what good would that have done? His cause was just. His purpose was necessary. No good thing could have happened if He had called it off.
I wonder how often we ask the Lord to call off His purpose in our lives when we discover it will be painful or troubling? We can’t simply speak ourselves out of trouble but we sure can pray it away. What if the thing we avoid is the very cause by which God would be glorified in us? Perhaps we are too quick to pray away troubles and difficulties. Perhaps more care should be taken that we learn whether this trouble is intended by God to honor the Lord.

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John 12:27 (KJV) Pray Away Troubles?

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

John 11:41-43 (KJV) Just To Thank Him

John 11:41-43 (KJV)
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
Behold the power and authority of Jesus Christ. Lazarus, a man who had been four days dead, heard the voice of Jesus, resurrected to life and came forth out of the grave.
This event was witnessed by those:
  • Who knew Lazarus to be dead four days
  • Who had stayed at his grave all this time and
  • Who were aware of the claims of Christ’s deity 
There were questions about what Jesus might have been able to do if He had arrived before Lazarus died. But when Lazarus arose; this was unexpected by everyone.
What authority!
What power!
Truly, with God, all things are possible!
But the thing I notice is that, before He called Lazarus from the grave, He spoke with His Father. It wasn’t that He had to ask for the power. It wasn’t that He asked His Heavenly Father to resurrect Lazarus; Jesus could, would and did do that. He spoke to His father to thank Him and to acknowledge Him.
We shouldn’t only pray when we need something. We ought to pray just to speak with God, to acknowledge Him in all things and to thank Him for everything.

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John 11:41-43 (KJV) Just To Thank Him

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Monday, June 04, 2018

John 10:40-42 (KJV) Greater Works Than Miracles

John 10:40-42 (KJV)
And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.And many believed on him there.
John the Baptist did no miracles. What he did was a greater work than any miracle would be; he spoke the truth about Jesus.
We have a befuddled mixture of false ideas about ministry these days:
Some groups believe powerful ministry is the working of miracles
These groups create these weird scenarios where trumped up reports of healings and visions and “words of knowledge” are manifested. What they will do to convince people they have the power of God is limited only by imagination.
Some groups believe powerful ministry is manifested in notoriety
Billy Graham and others like him are lauded as great men of God because of their popularity.
Some groups would define the power of God as having large audiences
Of course the size of those audiences can be different depending on the group. The mega-church bunch might call it several thousand. Another might reduce it to several hundred but the mindset is still the same; numbers equal authority and power with God
Another group might say that such power that is in the number of professions in Christ they record
It might be they are not able to keep them in their church, or even get them there one time, but they can still say they led them in a prayer. Enough of these professions becomes, for them, a mark of the power of God.
I prefer the one John the Baptist was known for, he spoke the truth about Jesus
Everything else can be faked, trumped up or man made. But the truth about Jesus as found in the Word of God, only this uplifted in the Bible, accountable to everyone who possesses a Bible and happens only through honest study of the Word of God.

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John 10:40-42 (KJV) Greater Works Than Miracles

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

John 9:8-10 (KJV) What Jesus Does Is A Big Deal

John 9:8-10 (KJV)
The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
My thought today is simply what a big deal was made of what Jesus did.
True enough, He gave sight to one who was born blind. That is a big deal. People didn’t quickly get over it.
  • There were questions before the healing as to why he was born blind 
  • There were questions afterwards whether he had really been born blind
  • There were questions about how he who was blind had been healed
  • There were questions about the nature of the One who had healed him
  • There were questions about the spiritual position of those who accepted this as from God or not. 
Nothing much has changed these two thousand years. Some people still find great benefit in Christ. Some find hope in the work of Christ in others. However some are threatened by Christ’s work; some see it as superstition and some believe it to be of the devil.
Those of us who have been helped by faith in Christ simply enjoy what God has accomplished in us.

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John 9:8-10 (KJV) What Jesus Does Is A Big Deal

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Saturday, June 02, 2018

John 8:6-7 (KJV) Nothing Much Has Changed

John 8:6-7 (KJV)
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
Wow, how many times has it been that people have asked me a question I tried not to answer? Truly nothing has changed in all these two thousand years.
  • They asked a question meant to cause trouble 
  • They asked the question despite it being obvious Jesus preferred not to answer 
  • They asked the question and came under conviction by the answer 
The thing they hoped to do did not happen. He did not condemn the woman. He did not set Himself up so people turned against Him. This thing only served to heap coals of fire upon their own heads. They left under conviction, ashamed and without a word to answer Christ.

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John 8:6-7 (KJV) Nothing Much Has Changed

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Friday, June 01, 2018

Nehemiah 9:17 (KJV) Ready To Pardon

Nehemiah 9:17 (KJV)
And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.

We could go on and on about the sins of people. And in fact this chapter does give pointed and specific details concerning those sins and the consequences of them. But our text answers any and every list of both sins and consequences we can muster; God is “a God ready to pardon.”
  • Whatever is our situation 
  • Whatever is our past
  • Whatever is our burden
  • Whatever keeps us down

God is “a God ready to pardon.”

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Nehemiah 9:17 (KJV) Ready To Pardon

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

John 7:43 (KJV) Because of Him

John 7:43 (KJV)
So there was a division among the people because of him.
There is no doubt that there is a great deal of division these days because of Jesus. But nothing much has changed. There was division because of Him even before His death, burial and resurrection.
There was division whether or not He was a prophet
These days the argument would be whether there is any spiritual value in Christ and the Bible. It’s the division between the believer and the unbeliever.
There was division over the details of doctrine
The problem was that many of them had not studied this subject out. The Messiah, they knew, was to be from Bethlehem. They just hadn’t done enough research to know that Christ was from Bethlehem.
There was a division caused by religious loyalty
The Pharisees argued that none of them had followed Him therefore no one else should. Fact is, at least one Pharisee had followed. Religious loyalty sends souls to hell. God does provide us with teachers and leaders. We ought to obey them and give them honor the Bible says, but our first responsibility is to Christ.

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John 7:43 (KJV) Because of Him

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Nehemiah 6:1-3 (KJV) "I Cannot Come Down"

Nehemiah 6:1-3 (KJV)
Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
The difference is subtle and one could argue unimportant. Someone might even say it is only a matter of perception.
  • Sanballat, and Geshem said, “Come let us meet together.”
  • Nehemiah said, “I cannot come down.”
The enemies saw themselves as equals. Nehemiah saw them as inferiors.
At the very least, Nehemiah saw the position of the believers as higher than that of the unbelievers.
One of the great devices of Satan, and one that is frequently employed right now, is that of elevating the many religions and, indeed, no religion at all to the same place as Christianity. To imply that the Christian faith is a better faith, a higher faith, or even more true than a different faith is tantamount to hate speech these days.
And a good number of nominal Christians are buying it. Men like Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California have suckered multitudes of churches to come together with Muslims. Hundreds of independent Baptist pastors read, quote and follow the teachings John Maxwell, RC Sproul, Max Lucado and other like them.
We are losing perspective as Baptists. We are coming down to the level of Protestants. And, in doing so, we are lessening the value of the work we do, even if we think we are doing more work.

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Nehemiah 6:1-3 (KJV) "Cannot Come Down"

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Nehemiah 5:6 (KJV) I Was Very Angry

Nehemiah 5:6 (KJV)
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.
Nehemiah was not above becoming angry. The Bible goes so far as to say “very angry.”
News of the disaffection some had for their own brethren in this needful time, and of their taking advantage of their need through usury, riled Nehemiah to great, but not excessive anger.
He was not wrong to be angry. He did not sin by being angry but I can see he did not lose control because he was angry. Before he acted the Bible says he consulted with himself. He took the time to manage his emotions and prepare a plan of action that was appropriate and not reaction.
Nehemiah responded to that which made him angry and the people responded positively to his response.
May this be true of God’s people still today.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Nehemiah 4:12 (KJV) They Told Him Ten Times

Nehemiah 4:12 (KJV)
And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.
There were those Jews who, though not associated with the builders, and dwelling among the Samaritans, kept coming to warn Nehemiah that the Samaritans would soon attack.
Nehemiah says they told him ten times.
  • They kept telling him until he got it. 
  • They could have kept telling him until it annoyed him 
If we have information that needs to be shared we ought to share it. But then we ought to let it go.
  • To sound a warning is important. 
  • To keep sounding about it can be disheartening.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Nehemiah 3:1 (KJV) Preaching Like That

Nehemiah 3:1 (KJV)
Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.
I remember some thirty years ago hearing a pastor skillfully preach on the repairing these gates. I don’t recall if he used every gate, though I think he did. What I do recall is that he assigned to each gate he preached on a spiritual significance, he demonstrated that significance in the Word of God and then he applied that significance to the congregation.
I am not sure some today would call that Bible preaching. What some identify as expository preaching is nothing more than reading a verse and rephrasing it in their own words. Some would think to compare Scripture with another Scripture is to depart from Scripture.
Ezra, the Bible says, read Scripture and caused the people to understand the reading. This must surely mean more than supplying definitions.
There is no example in the Bible of preaching that is merely reading a passage and explaining it. Preaching is application. The preacher believes that every passage has purpose today. There is more in Nehemiah chapter three than a record of who repaired what. The preacher I heard so many years ago understood that. He gave an application. He provided us with an action we could attach to the passage.
Thank God for preaching like that.

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