Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Proverbs 8:35-36 (KJV) The Heavenly or the Earthly

Proverbs 8:35-36 (KJV)
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
There is this duel effect that is found so often in the Christian Faith:
  • Its heavenly effect
  • Its earthly effect 
Very often people get the two out of sorts. We either become so fed up with the earthly that we retreat into our own little monasteries, or else we become so focused on the earth that we forget all about eternity.
I notice this duel effect in the passage before us.
Concerning wisdom God said that if we find it we obtain favor with the Lord.
Finding wisdom is more about pleasing God than benefiting ourselves. Yes, there are benefits. Life and favor are benefits. But more importantly is that God is pleased. The reason to grow as a Christian is to glorify God. It is not about what we get as it is about making the Lord manifest.
On the other hand, to turn from wisdom is to wrong our own soul.
We do not hurt God or the cause of Christ when we reject the lessons of God’s Word. We do, however damage self.

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Proverbs 8:35-36 (KJV) The Heavenly or the Earthly

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Monday, October 08, 2018

1 Thessalonians 1:4 (KJV) Their Place In God’s Plan

1 Thessalonians 1:4 KJV
Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
The commentators are want to call this an election unto salvation. I think that is a preconceived notion. Protestant theology, both Calvinist and Arminian, view election as relating to salvation. The context, I believe, points otherwise. There are two key words Paul says motivates his prayers for them:
Remembering
This appears to be concerning their salvation.
  • The work of faith that had been wrought in them
  • The labor of love that God has accomplished in them and
  • Their patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ 
Salvation is a work all of God and in the sight of God the Father.
Knowing
He knew of the election of God to:
  • Be followers of Paul’s afflictions 
  • Be examples to others in Macedonia and Achaea and abroad 
The election was not one to salvation. That had happened the moment they hoped in Christ. The election concerned their place in the plan of God to make known the gospel.


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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Proverbs 4:10-12 (KJV) Hear, My Son

Proverbs 4:10-12 (KJV)
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
I am reminded of the first commandment with promise. Notice here that the son’s life is not lengthened because He obeys his father but because he receives his father’s instruction. To honor our father is not necessarily to obey him. It is however always to hear him.
I notice a number of benefits to receiving the father’s instructions:
Longer life
It isn’t always God’s will we live a long life. Just ask King Josiah. It is almost certain that, if a young man heeds the things his father teaches, he will be less likely to die of foolish behavior. Certainly this is true of heeding God the Father’s instructions.
Life will be less stressed
The word straitened means narrow, difficult, or stressful. Life has stress. A father’s instructions might ease those stresses immeasurably. God the Father leads us on a strait path. It is not often easy but He walks it with us to make the load light.
Our steps will bear more confidence
The unstable man is the man who is unsure of his convictions. While I do not believe our earthly father can impart conviction he can provide the foundation upon which conviction is based. God the Father’s instructions are the very members of which conviction is built.

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Saturday, October 06, 2018

Colossians 3:3-5 (KJV) He Is Our Life, But…

Colossians 3:3-5 (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.Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Note the conflict of the text.
Theologically we are hidden in Christ
He is our life.
Practically we are to mortify our members
The death with Christ enables us to mortify sin but does not itself mortify the sin. This is a choice the believer makes for himself. And he makes it on a daily basis.[1]
[1]1 Corinthians 15:31 (KJV)
I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

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Friday, October 05, 2018

Colossians 2:16-18 (KJV) How To Avoid Being Judged

Colossians 2:16-18 (KJV)
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Within these verses we find two “Let no man…” phrases. In the first we have a subject with which we can have little to do. In the second is a subject we may have much control over. I can have little control whether another judges me. I can have complete control over whether they are able to beguile me.
Therefore it seems to me that the same way in which I would not be beguiled I would not be judged:
  • I disallow them influence in my life. 
  • I pay no attention to their judgments or their teachings. 
  • I choose to occupy my mind and my attention on those who have headed in the same direction God’s Word has led me. 
Those who have chosen a path otherwise are free to take their course but I won’t give them liberty to interrupt my own.

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Colossians 2:16-18 (KJV) How To Avoid Being Judged

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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Proverbs 3:8 (KJV) Health and Marrow

Proverbs 3:8 (KJV)
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
The Bible is a precise book and, at the same time, beautiful. No word is used accidentally or carelessly. These are the very words of God and not merely the word (or thought) of God.
To fear the Lord and to depart from evil is said first of all to be:
Health to thy navel
The word health means, a cure. It was considered the central place of our organs and would refer to the bowels, the seat of our person. The cure for the soul is the fear of the Lord.
Marrow to thy bones
Of course the marrow is the living part of our bones. The Hebrew word means, moisture or refreshment. Our bones frame our body. This could be a reference to our character, the measure of a man.
When we get saved two things happen. First, we are justified. Our spirit is quickened and or soul is cured. Second we begin a process of being sanctified. God separates us from the world and molds us into the image of the Lord. These two are, to my understanding, implied in our Proverb.

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Proverbs 3:8 (KJV) Health and Marrow

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Proverbs 1:14 (KJV) Communism Is Sin

Proverbs 1:14 (KJV)
Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
Albert Barnes calls this verse “a wild communism.” Those of the world have always had their hopes of peace through communism.
  • Nimrod attempted it through his tower
  • The believers attempted it in the early church at Jerusalem 
  • The Puritans tried it again at Plymouth
  • Socialist/Communist governments have killed for it
  • The hippies of the sixties lived it and
  • The liberals politic for it
This Proverb warms us to avoid it, classifies it as a temptation of sin and provides for us at least one reason it will never work, greed.
The corrupted human nature can never really avoid this condition. We will forever wish to better ourselves over others. The “one purse” pattern breeds either:
  • Laziness in people who do nothing or the bare minimum and cause the economy to fail or else 
  • Cheat the system to have an unfair share of the purse 
Communism then devolves into what we have seen it become over and over, a small group of people ruling as despots over masses of impoverished people.
There are always people pushing a communist agenda. The Proverbs calls them sinners and warns us not to consent to them.

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Proverbs 1:14 (KJV) Communism Is Sin

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Philippians 4:5 (KJV) Unrestrained Restraint

Philippians 4:5 (KJV)
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Strong’s Concordance gives as the primary definition of moderation, “appropriate.” Albert Barnes expands upon that, “The word “moderation” - refers to restraint on the passions, general soberness of living, being free from all excesses. The word properly means that which is fit or suitable, and then propriety….”

Barnes also says that this moderation must not be displayed in an ostentatious way. (That would certainly not be appropriate.) But I had this thought; a moderation that is known to all men is an “unrestrained restraint.” It is an immoderate moderation. It is moderation without concern that others recognize it. It is not possible to be inappropriately appropriate but it ought to be that a Christian’s Christianity is such an overwhelming part of who he or she is that those who are of the world think it is strange. 

Don’t ever restrain your testimony so that people with no testimony are comfortable with your lack of testimony. 

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Philippians 4:5 (KJV) Unrestrained Restraint

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Monday, October 01, 2018

Psalms 148:1 (KJV) Who, What and How

Psalms 148:1 (KJV)
Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

It seems to me that the last three Psalms answer the “What? Who? and How?” questions concerning praise. 
What?
While Psalms 148, the longest of the final three, does have some “Who?” answers, its focus is on what should praise the Lord. 
The answer is creation. The sun, the moon, the stars should praise the Lord. The earth, the beasts and the depths, the mountains and trees. Everything God spoke into existence ought to praise the Lord. 
One way for us to use this is to view these things and allow them to give us cause to praise. 

Who?
Psalms 149 provides the “Who?”
The previous Psalm mentions young men, maidens, old men and children. This Psalm speaks of kings and saints. 
No matter the position in life, the saint ought to praise the Lord. 

How?
Psalm 150 gives the “How?”
  • In the sanctuary, at church
  • For His mighty acts
  • With music and loudly



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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Psalms 147:9-10 (KJV) God’s Pleasure

Psalms 147:9-10 (KJV)
He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
Is it our honest desire to be the delight and pleasure of our God? Do we truly want to please Him in our lives? This passage may cause some a fair deal of concern. God is not excited and pleased with strength. He has little joy in the works of men – what we may or may not accomplish. These may have their place, but not in relation to our relationship with God.
  • He delights not in the strength of the horse
  • He takes no pleasure in the legs of men
The Bible is quite specific.
  • God takes pleasure in them that fear Him
  • God takes pleasure in those that hope in His mercy
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Psalms 145:18 (KJV) Near God

Psalms 145:18 (KJV)
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
What an encouraging passage. “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him…”
He is nigh unto all
No doubt there is no one so far from God that He cannot hear and help. No one so far He cannot save. No one so terrible He does not love.
He is nigh unto all that call upon Him
This limits then the “all.” He is nigh unto all but He is especially nigh unto them that call upon Him. When my sons were small we might have been physically near most of the time but we were near emotionally, attentively and etc. when they called out to us. There is a difference between being close at hand and being at hand.
He is nigh to all that call upon Him in truth
This limits the promise still further. God is not far from anyone but He is closer to those who call upon Him and closer still to those who call upon Him in truth.
It is important then that we not only know that we know the Lord but that we rightfully divide His Word so we know the truth.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Psalms 143:2 (KJV) God Hide Us

Psalms 143:2 (KJV)
And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

The fear of every man, and that one that leads to real wisdom, is that God would judge us. The Psalmist knows well that there is no man that can be justified by his own merits in the sight of God. 
  • The enemy oppresses us[1]
  • Our own sins condemn us[2]
  • Other enemies afflict us[3]

And so all we can ask is that God hide us[4]and to quicken us.[5]



[1]vs 3; I consider this an allusion to Satan
[2]vs 4
[3]vs 9,12; people who press us into sinful circumstances
[4]vs 9
[5]vs 11; another term for salvation. At the moment we are saved we become hidden in Christ and our justification is in the Cross and not in ourselves.

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