Friday, October 11, 2019
"To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Galatians 1:5. God is worthy of glory and the glory given to Him is to be constant and continuing. We give glory to God because He is God and there is no other. God is the supreme being of the universe. The universe is His because of His divine power. With a word, the heavens and the earth came to be. By His power all that we know and do not know, all that we see, and do not see is sustained and held in place by His divine will. We give glory unto Him because of His deliverance. From the bondage of sin, God has delivered us. From the toil of trials, He has delivered us. From the ignorance of wrongdoing, He has delivered us. God has emancipated us, and unto Him be the glory both now and forever. God has enlightened us. God has shown us life that is full and abundant. God pours joy into our hearts. Even in hardship, we can find joy in giving glory unto Him. We give God glory because of the wonderful and enduring promises that He has made to us. Those promises sustain us and give birth to a lasting hope. Truly, unto Him be glory for ever and ever.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
"Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28. What a grand privilege it is to be able to come to Christ. But notice that we must come. We must surrender our heart and life unto Him. He came to earth that we might come to Him. He invites any and all to come. He respects the person of no one. No one is better than another. We are all made equal in our coming unto Him. The conditions for coming are the same for everyone. The blessings which are bestowed are the same for everyone. The promises made are the same for everyone. The sins which we have committed that have separated us from God are different, but nonetheless, we still may come. Let us come now, without delay. We come so that we might receive His rest from our sins and from our guilt. And, if are faithful to our coming, we will have that eternal rest that is promised through Him.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
"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." II Timothy 3:16-17. The Bible has been given so that we might live a life that is acceptable unto God. The Bible is the mind of God that has been revealed through the Holy Spirit unto us. The Bible has come by revelation from God. It is not a work of man, neither has it come from the mind of man. Man is not capable of thinking on such a high plane. Because the Bible is inspired of God, it is to be regarded as accurate and authoritative. Nothing other than the Bible is needed for our relationship with God. The Bible teaches us, reproves us, corrects us, and instructs us in God's righteousness. We, therefore, are to hear what the Bible says, and do as the Bible teaches. No other work can lead us to the character that God desires. No other work can reveal unto us what is needful that we might be accepted of God, and enjoy the blessings that He has so richly promised.
Friday, July 26, 2019
"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall." II Peter 1:10. There is nothing more comforting to the heart than assurance. We are called of God by the gospel. Our election to salvation comes by the gospel. We are assured of the validity of the gospel, and also, the power of the gospel. We can be assured of our salvation through the knowledge and understanding of the will of God which has been manifested by the gospel. This must be the diligent pursuit of our life. We must study God's plan for our salvation. We must labor to achieve that plan in our heart. We must continue with diligence to abide within that plan. Making our calling and election sure is not something that we do once, but that we constantly pursue. The writer speaks of the possibility of falling. We can fall from our election. Our assurance against falling is our diligent endeavor to make sure our calling and election. As long as we engage in our election to God's high calling, we will not fall.
Monday, July 1, 2019
"And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" Acts 16:30. Have you asked this question? The answer is contained within the Bible, the word of God. The religious world offers different answers to this question. We must ask, "What does God say?" His answer is the only answer that matters. This man was told to "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." Many want to stop at that point and proceed no further. However, the Bible has more to say on this subject. Notice that "they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and then took him the same hour of the night and baptized him." When we study the word of the Lord, we come to understand that one must not only believe, but also repent. Repentance means that we turn away from sin so that we can follow the Holy God. We must also confess that Jesus is the Son of God. And, then as with this man, we must be baptized into the name of Jesus Christ. These actions place one into a saved relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the Savior of the world. This is a serious question, and requires a serious answer. It requires a Bible answer.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
"For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities, but fear thou God." Ecclesiastes 5:7. Much of life is mere emptiness. Multitudes spent their time and their pursuit of life in various vain ways. While many endeavors of life are useless, the main objective for all of us is to "fear God." Rather than seeking after the vain and empty, we must pursue God. God should be feared because we are His creation. We are all here because of His divine power. Nothing is outside the possibility of God to perform. God is without equal. There is no other in power, love, and wisdom. God has the might to build and to destroy. God can cause things to rise and also to fall. God controls the whole of nature. Rivers flow at His command. Stars shine because of His will. Should not indeed such a God be feared? Only God can save the soul. Only God can purge the iniquity of the heart. God knows the events of yesterday and that which shall come to pass on the morrow. God sees all and knows all. Such knowledge of Him should indeed cause us to revere, respect, and fear Him.
Friday, February 15, 2019
"And you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled." Colossians 1:21. Wicked works will make us the enemy of God. The very character of God is such that is opposed to evil. When one chooses to walk in the way of wickedness, that one becomes alienated from God. To be alienated from God means to be cut off from God. All such are the enemies of God because evil opposes God and fights against God. God commissioned Jesus Christ to reconcile that condition. In Christ, we become the friends of God. Jesus through His power enables us to overcome evil. When one is reconciled unto God, that one chooses to walk in the way of God and always do that which is pleasing to God. Reconciliation means that we are redeemed of God, and all wickedness committed by us in the past has been forgiven. Reconciliation means that we seek after God, and to possess His character in our lives. The reconciled walk in the way of God, and oppose evil even as God does. No longer alienated, but reconciled. No longer an enemy, but a friend.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
"And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation." Acts 2:40. The gospel has been preached by the apostle Peter. He has spoken of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is now decision time. Many people want to blame others for their relationship with Jesus Christ. But, each person is responsible for their own destiny in life. The gospel is a message that must be heard and obeyed by each one. If one is going to be saved, he must save himself. Christ has made the sacrifice so that all can be saved. God's salvation comes to us in a word. Each one must hear and obey for themselves. The generation was an evil one. Each generation is an evil generation. The devil walks to and fro upon the earth. But, the gospel will save those who choose to be saved. The word which is preached by God's faithful messengers must be received into the heart and lived in outward life. The believer will be baptized as the word is gladly received. Hear the exhortation of truth, Save Yourselves.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
"Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:" Colossians 1:12. We give thanks unto the Father for every blessing both spiritual and material. The church of God has a promise of an inheritance. This inheritance is not physical, but rather it is spiritual. Our inheritance is a heavenly home in the eternal world. God will one day close out earthly history. We have no information as to when this event will take place, but rather, as a thief comes, so will Christ come. When Jesus comes again, He will reward His servants with this inheritance that will not diminish in glory nor fade in radiance. God through His grace and love has made us meet to be a partaker of this inheritance. As many as have obeyed the gospel and lived a life of faithful service will be rewarded with an inheritance that God has prepared. We should be thankful for such a wonderful promise. We should live a righteous life all of our days so that we might be fit to enter into this heavenly rest.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold." Proverbs 22:1. We are individuals who make choices. Consideration must be given in the making of choices. Choices always have consequences. The wise writer of this proverb makes us aware of the importance of our name. God has always placed great importance upon the name. We are very familiar with the names of Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus. These are the names of those who were used by God to promote His eternal cause. We are also mindful of the names of Jezebel, Herod, and Judas Iscariot. These were the names of people who opposed God. Judas Iscariot chose silver rather than faithful discipleship to Christ. Silver, gold, and great riches are temporal things. These items are here and then gone. But, our name will be long remembered. Our name will be passed to future generations. Will our children and grandchildren want to wear our name? Will God remember our name? A good name is a blessing both in time and eternity.