Sunday, August 20, 2017

THE DEVIL’S WILL FOR THE CHRISTIAN’S LIFE

                                   

LUKE 22:31-34                                                                   

Pastor Rick Jackson

The Devil has a will for your life! The Devil's will for you is that you never be saved! [2 Co. 4:4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
But he has a will for saved people too! See what Jesus told Peter in Lk. 22:31! Peter was God's man in Satan's sifter! The Devil wants to ruin our testimony, wants us to be defeated, discouraged and despondent! Peter knew what that was like and he warned us about it in 1 Pt. 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

So, what are some characteristics of a backslider that we might avoid them like the plague?

I. PRIDE [Lk. 22:33]

1 Peter 5:5 ... for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

II. PRAYERLESSNESS [Lk. 22:40, 45]

Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
James 4:2 ... ye have not, because ye ask not.

III. ACTING WITHOUT THINKING [Lk. 22:50-51, Jn. 18:10]

Mt. 26:52-54 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?


IV. FOLLOWING AFAR OFF [Lk. 22:54]

1 Samuel 14:36 And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them. And they said, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God.
Saul didn't follow that advice and the consequences weren't good.
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

V. KEEPING WRONG COMPANY [Lk. 22:55]

2 Cor. 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

VI. DENY THE LORD (BY LIFE OR LIPS) [Lk. 22:57-60]

Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.


If you are backsliding in any area come back to the Saviour. Confess that sin as sin and start anew living for the loving Saviour! If you are not a Christian you aren't a backslider, you're lost! Come to the Saviour now!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Question of the Week: How does this beetle’s defense system blasts evolutionary claims? 💥

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Friday, August 18, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

Many women seem so modest, so virtuous, so kind; they are never suspected of murder. They pass for upright and moral mothers and wives, and only God knows, perhaps that they are the murderesses of their unborn children! Little innocents that never knew the light of day; little ones who died before they were born and yet who had a soul given of God; little ones who ought to have been received with love and care--these will witness at the great white throne judgment against the red-handed murderesses, their mothers! - John R. Rice

No human court can ever give exact justice. The trial may prove that a certain man pulled the trigger and that his bullet killed another man. But the evidence cannot show perfectly what was in his heart. Only God knows the heart. And so God puts down the correct record. - John R. Rice

It is true that people go to Hell because of their sins and that their punishment is proportioned to their guilt and according to their works. And yet in the last analysis people do not go to Hell so much for their sins, for all their lives of sin, as they do for the one sin of rejecting Christ. Every sinner deserves Hell, but a way of escape is offered in Jesus Christ. He has died for every sinner, paid every debt, offered mercy and pardon to every guilty soul. Those who come to God by faith in Christ, His crucified Son, have their names written in the Lamb's book of life. - John R. Rice

Sometimes people pray, "Save us in Heaven, for Jesus' sake. Amen." But that is a foolish prayer. Salvation is obtained in this life, not in the next. The great decision is made now while we live and not after we are dead. One who waits until the last judgment to learn whether he has been saved or not is likely due for a terrible disappointment, for salvation is a present-day matter. - John R. Rice 

One of the most wicked perversions of Christianity is that which would make Jesus smile with sugary sweetness on all sin and all sinners, with no condemnation for sin. Wicked men who do not hold to the historic Christian faith speak of "the meek and lowly Jesus," of His "agape," that is, His love, without any reference to the awfulness of sin, the fury of the wrath of God, the holy requirement of repentance, and the certainty of judgment.
These suave and pious-sounding infidels have a Christ of their own, but it is not the Christ of the Bible. - John R. Rice

We may plainly say that the death penalty is God's own requirement for certain sins, particularly for murder. All the talk that the death penalty does not do any good, does not deter crime, that it is inhuman, that it does not seek the rehabilitation of the criminal, is foolish. Sin ought to be punished. And there is no way to put down crime but by punishing crime. And the death penalty is God's own punishment for certain drastic sins.
Not only in the Mosaic law, but long before that, when Noah came out of the ark and started the civilization after the flood, the plain command was given in Genesis 9:5, 6. - John R. Rice

The marvel of God's greatness can be seen as well through the microscope as through the telescope. The starry galaxies of the heavens, millions of light-years away, are no more wonderful than the world of infinite detail and precision, the unspeakable wonders of life, too small in detail to be seen by the naked eye. - John R. Rice

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bible Women of Courage - RUTH

by Mrs. Rick Jackson

For those who don’t know, this year our theme has been, Bible Women of Courage.  For that reason, I have chosen for our memory verse, Psalm 27:14 –
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

I want to take you back to the Old Testament to introduce you to our Woman of Courage – RUTH.  I must confess that this is one of my most favorite texts in the Old Testament – the beautiful story of the Kinsman Redeemer.  But this will not be our focal point.  If you are not familiar with this short but wonderful book, I encourage you to take the time to read all four chapters in one sitting.  The time that I have spent here in the past few weeks has been such a renewed blessing to my spirit and I know it will be to yours, too!  There is so much to be learned from the Book of RUTH!

I would like us to look together at the first chapter of RUTH.


1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem-Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem-Judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.
5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
6 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.
8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.
9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.
14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?
20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
21 I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.


Ruth, the Moabitess


I want to begin by drawing your attention to that last verse, 22: “So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess….” In this short book, attention is drawn to the fact that Ruth is not an Israelite.  She is here Ruth the Moabitess, again in 2:2, 2:21, 4:5, & 4:10; the Moabitish damsel (2:6); and “stranger” (2:10).  If you recall, the Moabites came about from Lot’s relationship with his daughters after the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Their relationship with Israel was always tempestuous.  Their king Balak was the one who sent for Balaam to curse Israel.  Are you getting the picture?  We are reminded over and over that Ruth was the outsider, the foreigner, the stranger, the outcast.  Keep that in mind as we continue.

Ruth, Part of a Family


So, we know the backdrop.  This family from Israel, Elimelech and Naomi, and sons, Mahlon and Chilion, seek relief from famine in the country of Moab. Soon after their flight, Elimelech dies.  The boys then go against the teachings of their faith and marry foreigners.  It was, after all, the time of the Judges, when, the Bible says, “In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6) Into the family come Ruth and Orpah.  And they remained for 10 years until the boys both died, too.  Suddenly there are three widows with no means of support.  And Naomi hears that the famine at home has gone and she is homesick.  What is there left for her in Moab?  She is ready to go home!! On their way back towards Bethlehem, Naomi realizes there is no reason for the girls to go on with her.  They’re poor, she can’t support them, she’s childless with no way to provide sons who can take care of them, so the girls might as well go on back to their families and start over. Here is an important crossroads.  What will they do? Let’s go back to RUTH chapter 1.
14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

We see Orpah is quick to decide – I’m going home to Momma! Not only that, but I’m going back to our gods.  This is even more sad because the Moabites worshipped the god Chemosh who accepted human sacrifices and encouraged immorality. Sadly, this is what Naomi was encouraging Ruth to also do. 

Ruth, Woman of Courage


We don’t always have the right people beside us in making decisions.  We must rely on what faith we have.  [4Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4] Ruth had lived with this family for ten years.  Surely in this time she had heard about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Certainly she had heard the stories of Moses and Joshua.  She must have been told how God had opened the Red Sea and they had walked on dry land.  She probably heard how the walls of Jericho fell.  All this time and all these things had made an impression.  Now it was Ruth’s turn.

Sometimes when confronted with a decision, it is helpful to put it in quantifiable terms:

1.      WHEN?
2.      WHERE?
3.      WHy?
4.      WHat?

And these “W” Questions Can Easily Be Answered By Replacing The “W” with a “T”.

For Ruth, the answers came quickly:
1.      WHEN?           Then!             

16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee:

2.      WHERE?         There!           

for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge:


3.      WHy?             THy!               

thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

4.      WHat?           That!             

17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.


Ruth had made up her mind then and there.  She put in with Naomi and the God of Israel.  She said it doesn’t matter that we’re poor and there is no one to look after us, we have THE God.  And I believe in HIM. So much so, Naomi, that even after you die, I will stay in Israel and worship Him and be buried with you.  I am now a believer.  There’s no looking back for me!  What a testimony! I am reminded of what Jesus said of the centurion in Matthew 8:10 – “…Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel.”  Here was a woman who exhibited great courage! It did not end here.  Her life continued to be a walk of faith and courage … but that is for you to read at a later date!

Ruth, Ancestor of Jesus


I just want to close with this verse:
Matthew 1:5 – “And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse.”
Because of her courage and faithfulness, RUTH is mentioned in the New Testament as one of the five women in the lineage of our Lord Jesus! What a blessing! A Moabitess, an outcast, becomes a named ancestor in the lineage of the Saviour! 
We never know how important our decisions can be.  Make them prayerfully. Make them by faith.
That’s why it is so important for us to live out our memory verse:

Psalm 27:14 –
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.


 
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