Wednesday, May 24, 2017

IT IS SETTLED! IT IS SPECIFIC! IT IS SPIRITUAL!


COLOSSIANS 3:9-17

Pastor Rick Jackson

Last week we saw that when a person trusts Christ that they are quite a few things that become settled . Since certain things are settled, certain changes should be made, certain things should be done, certain truths should be accepted. these things are largely of a spiritual nature... it's settled, it's spiritual!

I. REALIZE WHAT WAS DONE [v. 9-11]

1. The "old man" was dethroned [v. 9] "rendered inoperative"

2 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.

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Wuest says, "Lie" is a present imperative in a prohibition, forbidding the continuance of an action already going on. It is, "Stop lying to one another."

About what? About who they were, who they are, and in whom they are! Read verses 10-11 for the general idea and then we'll go back for a little more instruction.

2. The enlightened new man has been enthroned [v. 10]

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Ephesians 4: 20-24 But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

3. The new man has an All-powerful, Awe-inspiring Allied-commander [v. 10b-11]

II. RECOGNIZE WHAT SHOULD BE DONE [v. 12-14]

1. Recognize This is Who We Are [v. 12a]

The Word elect means chosen of God. -W.W.Wiersbe (We are chosen of God in Christ- Eph. 1:4)

There is a great deal of discussion about this matter of election. the fact of the matter is that if you have trusted Christ, you have on this new garment, and you are one of the elect. -J. Vernon McGee

2. Recognize This is What We Should "Wear" [v. 12b-13]

--bowels of mercies-- heart of compassion

--kindness-- a profitable gentleness

--humbleness of mind-- Humility is not thinking poorly of one's self. Rather, it is having the proper estimation of one's self in the will of God. -W.W.W.

--meekness—strength under control

--long-suffering -- as opposed to being short fused. It is good to be able to get angry, for this is a sign of holy character. But it is wrong to get angry quickly at the wrong things for the wrong reasons. W.W.W.

--forbearing one another-- God is forbearing toward sinners in that He holds back His judgement. W.W.W.

--forgiving one another--

3. Recognize This is What Ties it All Together [v. 14]

A man's belt does many things. It holds up his pants, keeps his shirt tucked in, gives stability, holds phones, tools, etc. it's multi-functional and helps other items of clothing to do their job well. So it is with agape love.

III. RESPECT HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE [v. 15-17]

1. Let the peace of God rule in your heart. [v. 15]

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

2. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly [v. 16]


3. Do everything in the name of Christ [v. 17]

Monday, May 22, 2017

WALL DONE, WELL DONE

NEHEMIAH 7


I. OUTLINE FOR SUCCESS [v. 1-5]


1. Organize the Present [v. 1-2]

2. Plan for the Future [v. 3-4]

3. Connect to the Past [v. 5] note: both the Guidance & the Providence of God [Pilgrims, puritans, patriots]


II. REMEMBERING FIRST RESPONDERS [v. 6-69]


1. The People of God [v.6-38]                                                                     

2. The Priests [v. 39-42]                                                                                  

3. The Levites [v. 43]        
                                                                                                                      
4. Singers [v. 44]

5. Porters [v. 45]

6. Nethinims [v. 46-60, Ez. 8:20]

7. Unregistered [v. 61-65]                                                                                            

8. Summation [v. 66-69]


III. LESSONS FROM A LONG CHAPTER [v. 70-73]


1. People are Important to God [v. 1-69]

2. God Keeps Accounts of His Servants [v. 70-72, Luke 21:1-4]


3. God Knows Who You Are, What You Are, & Where You Are [v. 73]         

Sunday, May 21, 2017

GOD’S TRUTH, GOD’S FAITHFULNESS, OUR STABILITY



PSALM 119

Rick Jackson

In a universe of uncertainty there is stability. In a world of conflict there is stability. In a nation of petty political posturing there is stability. In a state of moral ambiguity there is stability. In a community where atheists get a monument at the courthouse there is stability. In our church, in your family, in your life there is stability. You may say, but brother Rick all you have done is mention a few of the myriad of problems facing us on every conceivable scale and yet you say, "there is stability." Where? Where is the stability?

The psalmist, like us, had many problems that tend to unsettle a person, but he found stability in the Word of God and the God of the Word. The word Hebrew Word (em-oo-naw') is found five times in Psalm 119. Each time but one it is translated faithfulness. Young's Concordance says it means "stability". Strong's concordance says it figuratively means security and speaking morally it means fidelity like the Marines motto "Semper Fi". "Semper Fidelis" is Latin for "Always faithful." So amidst chaos and uncertainty the believer has stability. Let's see how the psalmist applied it. The psalmist had stability:

I. EVEN WITH A SINFUL NATURE [v. 25-32]

This is the one verse in Psalm 119 that does not translate this word “faithfulness” but rather “truth” [v. 30]. The only hope we have is the Hope that salvation brings. Only God can give us a new nature that can live for Him.

II. EVEN AMID GOD-GIVEN [OR GOD-ALLOWED] AFFLICTION [v. 73-80]

Other believers are encouraged. God afflicts us (or allows it) for a reason, reminiscent of Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. The Lord is the friend that sticketh closer than a brother. The Psalmist doesn't ask to be removed from afflictions but to be comforted in them, and a comforter to others.

III. EVEN AMID PERSECUTION [v. 81-88]

When it seems the Heavens are brass we still can trust in the Word. Knowing God's Word strengthens us in persecution. God's loving kindness revives us and reminds us to live for Him!

IV. EVEN AMID EVERY AGE [v. 89-96]

The Creator's Word is settled and so we should be as well. Since He is the all-powerful Creator, and since He has given His Word, every person in every age can find stability in Him!

V. EVEN AMID INSIGNIFICANCE [v. 137-144]

How small we are but how great He is. Psalm 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalm 144:3 LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

Many years ago, a scholar named Muretus lived. He was very educated but also very poor. He became deathly ill, and he was taken to the place where the destitute were kept. The doctors didn't know that he was a scholar and that he understood the scholar's Latin. One day the doctors were discussing his case in Latin and one of them said, “What experiments can we do on this worthless beggar?” Muretus looked up and in perfect Latin replied, "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died." Christ's payment for sin makes every soul of infinite worth.

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Friday, May 19, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week!

I would read the King James Version. You say it is hard to understand. No, it is not. You have heard somebody talk like that. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want - is that too hard to understand? "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" -is that hard to understand? "Blessed are the peacemakers" -is that hard to understand? "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son" -is that hard to understand? No. The truth is, if you mean business you can understand the Bible. Read the King James Version. - John R. Rice

What about the Amplified Version, the Expanded Version? All those words are not in the Bible. Those are men's commentaries on the Bible. What about the Living Bible? It is what some man writes down, what he thinks the Bible may have meant. It is not a translation; it is a paraphrase and not reliable. Any paraphrase is only reliable as man's wisdom, and man's wisdom is never as good as the Word of God itself. And that, of course, is part of the trouble with the Revised Standard Version, and the New English translation, Moffatt's translation and many others. Use the King James Version. I have seventeen or eighteen translations, but I use the King James Version all the time. That is by all means the best. - John R. Rice 

A Christian, then, ought to learn to pray all the time, ought to learn to pray about everything. That comes up often in the Bible. Luke 18:1 says about Jesus, "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint." He said, "To this end, that men ought always to pray." You mean pray all the time? Yes. That would evidently mean a Christian ought to get where he prays again and again consciously a hundred times or more a day, get to where there is something going on in his prayer life in his heart all the time, crying to God. "He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint." - John R. Rice

I Thessalonians 5:17 says, "Pray without ceasing." Oh, we ought to have God so close to us! You don't have to get down on your knees, you don't have to go through a nice, formal preliminary when you talk to your Heavenly Father. You ought to be able to just say, "Lord Jesus, help me." You ought to be able to say, "Thank You, Lord Jesus." You ought to say, "Lord Jesus, give me wisdom now," and, "Lord Jesus, help me." Like Peter, walking on the water. When he began to sink, he said, "Lord, save me!" That is not much of a prayer, but it was to the point and he got himself saved from drowning. Why not set out to pray all the time? - John R. Rice 

You know, asking is prayer. In Matthew 7:7, 8 the Lord said, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Prayer is asking. You are not praying if you don't ask. So be sure to make your requests known to God. - John R. Rice

I turn to a New Testament text in II Timothy 3:16, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God" is not quite adequate. What that Scripture in the Greek new Testament says is a great deal stronger than that. We talk about poets being "inspired," etc., but actually that word in the Greek is literally "God-breathed." The Bible is breathed out from God. God breathed out the Bible. All Scripture is God-breathed. That means it is the inspired Word of God, all of it is the very Word of God. - John R. Rice

Somebody may say, "Maybe Luke went along with Paul and Paul told Luke what to write." But the Scripture says, " Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man. . . ." A man didn't say, "Well, I was with Paul," or, "I was with Peter." No, if God didn't give it, it wouldn't be the Scripture. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." God revealed it by the Holy Spirit "in the words. . .which the Holy Ghost teacheth," the Scripture says. That is inspiration. - John R. Rice


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quotes of the Week!


The presence of sin means the absence of joy. David knew that but he tried to dodge it for a whole year. That is the natural way to deal with sin. I wonder how many in the average church are doing the same with no joy and then blame the preacher or church for not "enjoying" the message or the service? There is a high cost for low living. -Sumner Wemp

Next to salvation the most important decisions we make are who we choose as friends. -Evangelist Pete Rice

That's how we always get into the place of God's blessing--- a step at a time--- by faith. -Pete Rice

If we serve Him (Jesus) now, we will reign with Him tomorrow. -Pete Rice

In salvation GRACE does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. In the Christian life GRACE does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. -Evangelist Chris Miller

If you are in a church where the Word of God is preached and you are unhappy YOU are the problem. And YOU can't get away from YOU because wherever YOU go--- YOU are there! -Pastor Lloyd Streeter

If that didn't bless you--- you're dead. You just haven't fallen over yet. -Pastor Norris Belcher

If you come as you are you'll leave as you came. -Norris Belcher

Prayer moves the heart that moves the hand that moves the world. -Barbara Huffman & Randall Hunley (songwiters)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

IT'S PRACTICALLY SETTLED!      

COLOSSIANS 3:1-9                                                          



Pastor Rick Jackson



When something is truly settled, there is no reason to whine about it or try to change it. The best thing to do is rejoice in it and learn to accept it and move forward. Many years ago, when it became apparent our automobile was going to give up the ghost the Lord opened the door for us to get the truck we now drive. We wanted to surprise the girls so for several weeks we didn't tell them. Then we made a scheduled trip to Pensacola and surprised them. What good would it have done them to say, "No, I like the old car." Or, "I wanted you to get a lime green vehicle."? None. It was settled. We had the truck, we traded in the car, we got the color we wanted... they only thing to be done is what they did, rejoiced for us, accepted it, and moved on!



Well, we got something much better than a new vehicle and brother, it's settled! And it's settled in three different tenses. And once again, the Bible is practical for our lives.



I. IT'S PAST AND IT'S SETTLED! [v. 1-3]



1. Set your sights [v. 1] Seek "actually means having an urgency and a desire and an ambition" -JVM (like an Olympic athlete)



Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.



Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.



Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.



2. Set your affections [v. 2] phroneo to set one's mind to a thing



Mt. 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.



3. Set your reality [v. 3] it's real, it's done, it's settled, reckon it, count on it, act like it!



Think about it! Hid in Christ! If a person was hidden in a bomb shelter built to withstand a nuclear attack they would survive a hit though the "duck and cover" people wouldn't. We are hid in Christ, to hurt us something would have to hurt Him and of course, now, nothing can!



II. IT'S FUTURE AND IT'S SETTLED! [v. 4]



1. Christ is our life now and forever [v. 4, Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.]



2. Christ will appear [v. 4]



Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.



1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.



1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.



3. Christians will appear with Him in glory



1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.



Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,



III. IT'S PRESENT AND IT'S SETTLED! [v. 5-9]



1. We need to mortify [v. 5-6] "put to death", like a bad appendix must be removed



-fornication- porneian, general term for sexual sins



-uncleanness- impurity, includes thoughts, words, looks, gestures, jokes



-inordinate affection- uncontrolled passion or lust, violent emotions, unlawful impulses, a state of mind that excites passion



-evil concupiscence- evil desires, a passionate desire for things God has set as off-limits (Rm. 1:26)



-covetousness- which is idolatry



2. We need to 'member- we've moved! [v. 7]



3. We need to modify [v. 8-9]



-anger- 0ver the wrong things, may be a covert attitude, habitual attitude



-wrath- unforgiving spirit of anger erupting



-malice- congealed anger, nursed along even after anger & wrath "I don't get mad, I get even"



-blasphemy- misrepresenting God or others with our speech



-filthy communication- abusive and/or filthy speech, coarse language



-Lying- misrepresentation of the truth, implies an intent to deceive
 
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