Devotional Thought for Today – 09/01/21

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Joel 2

CONTEXT: The book of Joel was the telling of God’s judgment upon His chosen people (Israel), the pagan nations that surrounded them, and the eventual outpouring of the Holy Spirit (restoration of God’s people) Acts 2. Matthew Henry breaks chapter 2 down as follows: God’s judgments. (1-14) Exhortations to fasting and prayer; blessings promised. (15-27) A promise of the Holy Spirit, and of future mercies. (28-32)

I want to look at just v.1 this morning because I think they are applicable to all of us today.

Blow the trumpet in Zion [warning of impending judgment], Sound an alarm on My holy mountain [Zion]! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble and shudder in fear, For the [judgment] day of the Lord is coming; It is close at hand,(AMP)

Judgment by way of the Day of the Lordis the predominant theme of the book of Joel. Israel (1:15; 2:1–2) and all the nations (3:2–3) are subject to this judgment. While most associate the “Day of the Lord” with wrath and judgments it can also be a day of salvation and restoration.

Here in chapter 2 v.1, the context is definitely judgment and wrath that Joel is warning against. Israel had become complacent AGAIN, it had fallen back into the sins of its surrounding neighbors and Joel sires out a warning Blow the trumpet in Zion, (any temple, pulpit, or corner will do) Sound an alarm on My holy mountain, we too must be able, ready and willing at every moment to speak out against the anti-Christ. For the [judgment] day of the Lord is coming, God cannot abide sin, nor sinners. The old saying God Loves the Sinner But Hates the Sin? is far from true and He must and will pass judgment on everyone.

Of course, no one knows when the final judgment “day of the Lord” will come but we must (All True Believers) act like it is today. Spiritual Complacency has plagued the “church” for far too long in America. Oh, we are good at giving, missions, and feeding the poor. We respond well to national disasters and the like but do not ask us to get involved in the BIG PICTURE, the moral issues of today.

It is time we, All True Believers, Shout is from the Blogs, Corners, and Pulpits; that we demand that the core values America was founded upon, the Judeo-Christian principles be returned before the Wrath of God, the final judgment, the “day of the Lord” is poured out upon this nation and people.


PRAYER

Pray for the Moral Decency and Civility of your Nation

Pray for the Nations of the World and for Your Own Nation

PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling the Nation to Prayer Initiative

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/25/21

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PSALM 90

CONTEXT: C.H. Spurgeon in his timeless work, Treasury of David breaks it down as follows: Moses sings of the frailty of man, and the shortness of life, contrasting therewith the eternity of God, and founding thereon earnest appeals for compassion. The only division which will be useful separates the contemplation Ps 90:1-11 from the Ps 90:12-17 there is indeed no need to make even this break, for the unity is well preserved throughout.

Today I want to look at one specific verse (v.12) in Psalm 90, that says “teach us to number our days…” As you know this is proof that the Bible is full of errors, or at least that is what someone claimed to me recently. Their argument, which started out soundly began with the Bible does not endorse numerology, to which I agreed. From there it was down hill for their whole argument hinged on that fact and God saying “teach us to number our days” but no more. Of course anyone who is any kind of student never mind a scholar would read the rest of the story (CONTEXT). Here there are two dissuading arguments against theirs.

First let us look at Biblical Numerology. It is pretty hard to read through the Bible and not see a pattern of numbers repeated. Severn (7) and (40) being the two most common. The study of these as they relate to Biblical Context, is what Biblical Numerology is all about. Unfortunately some have tried, Deuteronomy and Leviticus warned used this to sort out everyday life.

Secondly v.12, itself MUST be read in full (along with the surround text) to get the true meaning of numbering our days. Here the CBS version renders it: Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. Why would God have us to number our days, so we can figure out the winning LOTTO numbers 😋. Of course no, He wants us to develop hearts full of wisdom.

Apply our hearts unto wisdom. Sir Thomas Smith, secretary to Queen Elizabeth, some months before his death said, That it was a great pity men know not to what end they were born into this world, until they were ready to go out of it.

—Charles Bradbury

Apply our hearts unto wisdom. St. Austin says, “We can never do that, except we number every day as our last day.” Many put far the evil day. They refuse to leave the earth, when the earth is about to take its leave of them.

—William Secker

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Devotional Thought for Today – 08/23/21

1 Corinthians 13:6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices  whenever the truth wins out. | New Living Translation (NLT) | Download The  Bible App Now

1 CORINTHIANS 13

CONTEXT: As I noted in last Thursday’s post on v.4, Paul describes how utterly useless even the most gifted “Christian” is without love. Matthew Henry breaks it down as: The necessity and advantage of the grace of love. (1-3) Its excellency represented by its properties and effects; (4-7) and by its abiding, and its superiority. (8-13)

Our text for today follows that theme from Thursday, the true characteristics of Charity or Godly Love include finding no joy in injustice or evil but always rejoicing in the truth (God’s Holy Word).

In many so called “Christian” circles today Doctrine has become nearly a curse word. Doctrine in it’s most basic form means instruction, so these naysayers are in fact saying ‘we don’t want God’s instruction’ pretty dangerous ground if you ask me. Accepting God’s instruction and defining who, what and how we believe is critical to carrying out the Great Commission the duty of all those chosen born again children of God.

Enjoy today’s devotional from GTY on the matter:

“[Love] rejoices with the truth” (1 Cor. 13:6).

Love never compromises God’s Word

Paul has just given us a list of things that love does not do: become jealous, brag, act arrogantly or unbecomingly, seek its own, become provoked, keep track of wrongs suffered, or rejoice in unrighteousness. Now he comes to the first of five things love does: “[Love] rejoices with the truth” (v. 6).

The contrast in verse 6 is between love’s inability to rejoice in unrighteousness and its joy when truth prevails. “Truth” refers to God’s Word, which is the standard of righteousness. Paul could have said, “Love doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with righteousness,” but he went beyond the mere deeds of righteousness and addressed its standard and motive.

Love won’t tolerate false doctrine or sinful behavior, but it rejoices when God’s Word is taught and obeyed. The psalmist said, “O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day. Thy commandments make me wiser than my enemies. . . . I have more insight than all my teachers . . . . I understand more than the aged. . . . I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Thy word. I have not turned aside from Thine ordinances, for Thou Thyself hast taught me. How sweet are Thy words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way” (Ps. 119:97-104). That’s the testimony of one who rejoices in the truth.

Often Christians are willing to compromise sound doctrine for the sake of loving others. They believe that doctrinal precision is somehow divisive and unloving. But Scripture says, “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. . . . For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward” (2 John 6-8).

Biblical love always operates within the parameters of God’s Word and spiritual discernment (Phil. 1:9-10). The most loving thing you can do is live according to biblical truth. Doctrinal compromise simply diminishes the quality of love and plays into the hands of the evil one.

Suggestions for Prayer

Ask God for wisdom and discernment to keep your love within its proper biblical bounds.

For Further Study

Memorize Philippians 1:9-11.



From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.com.

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/21/2021

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JAMES 4

CONTEXT: The overall theme of the chapter is the differences between worldly and Godly wisdom. In v.1-10 we find James cautioning the reader against worldly corruptions (sins) and in v.11-17 to never begin life’s work (business) without the consent and guidance of God.

Our text for today calls for all those trying to serve both man and God, (two masters) which is not easy for man’s human nature. We are reluctant to give up self, to surrender all to give up our earthly masters.

One of the Puritan theologians from the 1600’s said it best, it is far easier to commit sin than confess it…

Many blush to confess their faults, who never blush to commit them.

William Secker

Are your hands clean today?

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/20/2021

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PSALM 84

CONTEXT: Often called the sweetest of Psalms C.H. Surgeons Treasury of David describes it as: TITLE AND SUBJECT. To the Chief Musician upon Gittith. A Psalm for the sons of Korah. This Psalm well deserved to be committed to the noblest of the sons of song. No music could be too sweet for its theme, or too exquisite in sound to match the beauty of its language. Sweeter than the joy of the wine press, (for that is said to be the meaning of the word rendered upon Gittith), is the joy of the holy assemblies of the Lord’s house; not even the favoured children of grace, who are like the sons of Korah, can have a richer subject for song than Zion’s sacred festivals.

It matters little when this Psalm was written, or by whom; for our part it exhales to us a Davidic perfume, it smells of the mountain heather and the lone places of the wilderness, where King David must have often lodged during his many wars. This sacred ode is one of the choicest of the collection; it has a mild radiance about it, entitling it to be called The Pearl of Psalms. If the twenty-third be the most popular, the one-hundred- and-third the most joyful, the one-hundred-and-nineteenth the most deeply experimental, the fifty-first the most plaintive, this is one of the most sweet of the Psalms of peace.

Pilgrimages to the tabernacle were a great feature of Jewish life. In our own country, pilgrimages to the shrine of Thomas of Canterbury, and our Ladye of Walsingham, were so general as to affect the entire population, cause the formation of roads, the erection and maintenance of hostelries, and the creation of a special literature; this may help us to understand the influence of pilgrimage upon the ancient Israelites. Families journeyed together, making bands which grew at each halting place; they camped in sunny glades, sang in unison along the roads, toiled together over the hill and through the slough, and as they went along, stored up happy memories which would never be forgotten. One who was debarred the holy company of the pilgrims, and the devout worship of the congregation, would find in this Psalm fit expression for his mournful spirit.

I only wish to look at one verse today v.2 that describes what should be the desire of all TRUE believers, to be in the House of the Lord with their very soul crying out for the Living God;

My soul (my life, my inner self) longs for and greatly desires the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. (AMP)

Two great Puritan Theologian’s put it this way:

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth, etc. Every amiableness is not so great to make a longing, nor every longing so great to make a fainting; nor every fainting so great to make the soul to faint; Oh, then, consider how great this amiableness is, which makes my soul not only to long, but to faint with longing! And blame me not for fainting, as though it were my own fault for not restraining my longing; for seeing his Tabernacles are of infinite amiableness, they must need work in me an infinite delighting, and that delighting an infinite longing; and what restraint can there be of that which is infinite? No, alas, my fainting is but answerable to my longing, and my longing but answerable to the amiableness. If I had the offer made me, which was made to Christ, to enjoy all the kingdoms of the earth, but with condition to want the Courts of the Lord; this want would bring to my soul a greater grief than that enjoying would give it contentment: for seeing his Tabernacles are so amiable, where He is Lord of Hosts, how amiable must they needs be, where he is Prince of Peace? and Prince of Peace he is in his Courts, though in his camp he be Lord of Hosts. Sir Richard Baker.

Thomas Watson Puritan Quote - He Who Loves God

The question today is simple where do your desires lie?

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/19/2021

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Ecclesiastes 12

CONTEXT: Chapter 12 has tow clear divisions, v.1-7 speak about remembering our youth as we grow older and physical and mental affirmatives come upon us. Then in v.8-14 we are reminded of the wise teacher/preacher and all his instructions. The overarching theme being a repeat of Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

Our main text, v.13, for today is the key to life, or as Solomon says, Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. NOTHING written before this or after matter more than what Solomon is about to write.

What is that key? Simple; fear God, and keep his commandments, that is what man was put on the earth to do. Fear God here meaning to stand in awe and reverence of Him at all times. To willingly (never grudgingly) keep His commandments. The Puritan Catechism similarly says: Q1: What is the chief end of man? A1: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, ( 1 Corinthians 10:31 ) and to enjoy him for ever. ( Psalms 73:25-26 )

Why is this [is] the whole [duty] of man? In the Hebrew this could be rendered as This is the whole man, read that way the implication is clear, without fearing God and keeping His commandments man is not whole, not complete as a man.

If that was not enough “incentive” to bring man instep with God, one would think v.14 would certainly do so;  For God will bring every act to judgment, every hidden and secret thing, whether it is good or evil. God sees all hears all and will judge all.


Pray for Grace to Assist you that you may be Diligent in your Duty

Lord, quicken us to work the works of him who sent us while it is day, because night is coming, wherein no one can work; John 9:4(ESV) and what good our hands find to do, enable us to do it with all our might, for there is no work or knowledge in Sheol, to which we are going. Ecclesiastes 9:10(ESV)

Lord, grant that we may never be slothful in zeal, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; Romans 12:11(ESV) steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord our labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58(ESV)

Lord, make us zealously affected in every good work; Galatians 4:18(KJV) and in whatever we do, enable us to work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23(ESV)

Lord, enable us to do the work of every day in its day, as each day requires, Ezra 3:4(ESV) making the best use of the time, because the days are evil; Ephesians 5:16(ESV) that when our Master comes, he may find us so doing. Luke 12:43(ESV)

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/18/2021

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Romans 11

CONTEXT: Matthew Henry comments; The rejection of the Jews is not universal. (1-10) God overruled their unbelief for making the Gentiles partakers of gospel privileges. (11-21) The Gentiles cautioned against pride and unbelief, The Jews shall be called as a nation, and brought into God’s visible covenant again. (22-32) A solemn adoring of the wisdom, goodness, and justice of God. (33-36)

Do you ever have doubts? Maybe about some big decision in life, should I/we buy this house, is it the right time to marry, or maybe even about your salvation? It is natural for man to doubt, that is why God left us His Holy Word to comfort and guide us. Paul in writing this chapter of the book of Romans set out to castaway all doubts from their minds (and ours).

Clearly our text for today is all about the nation of Israel (see chapters 9 and 10) and God’s plan and promises for them. Still we can apply it to our own lives in that God is sovereign and immutable (in full control and His character never changes) . We can rest in full assurance of our calling (God’s call to Salvation) that it is fully secure, a never to be revoked event. One of the great puritan’s said this:

When God calls a man, He does not repent of it. God does not, as many friends do, love one day, and hate another; or as princes, who make their subjects favourites, and afterwards throw them into prison. This is the blessedness of a saint; his condition admits of no alteration. God’s call is founded upon His decree, and His decree is immutable. Acts of grace cannot be reversed. God blots out His people’s sins, but not their names. – Thomas Watson,

God’s free gift of Grace was paid for once and forever at Calvary, less Christ sacrifice was for not.

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/17/2021

In yesterday’s devotional, we noted that  Love is a commandment of God. Here in 1 Corinthians 13, Paul describes how utterly useless even the most gifted “Christian” is without love.

Our main text from Chapter 13 will be verse 4 which describes the true characteristics of Charity or Godly Love:

Charity suffereth long, – Godly Love is patient and waits long on others, remembering always the fallen state we too were once in

and is kind; – Godly Love always acts towards the kindness, not just politemness, of others never is a manner harmful to them. Not this does not mean we are pushovers or passavists, but do not actively seek harm to others.

envieth not; Goldy Love does not envy the abilities, accomplishments, or accumilations of others. Goldly love is satisfied with the provisions provided by a sovereign God.

charity vaunteth, not itself, Godly Love is never boastful or prideful. Godly Love seeks to build up others and glorify God above all else.

is not puffed up, Godly Love is not arrogant. There is a BIG difference between being confident or self arrured and arrogant, Godly Love always displays itself as the former.

Godly Love never finds humor, joy or anything good in the misfortunes of others. Whather that is a simple slip and fall or a fall from Grace. Godly Love always hopes and prays for others full redemption.

Efficacious Grace

Reposted from Todd Linn, PhD on August 12, 2021


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Because it can be a difficult concept to grasp, we continue our systematic theological treatment of the doctrine of efficacious (or effectual) grace.

Today’s Theology Thursdays Slideshare presentation addresses some common objections to efficacious grace: eg., “What is the point of evangelizing if God has already determined who will be saved?!” Or, “If this teaching is true, then we are mere, passive robots!”

The presentation concludes with one of my favorite hymn texts from The Pilgrim Hymnal (1904), “I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew.”

Question: “If Jesus paid the price for our sin, why do we still suffer the consequences of our sin?”

Question: “If Jesus paid the price for our sin, why do we still suffer the consequences of our sin?”

Answer: The Bible gives the good news that Jesus paid the price for our sin (Ephesians 1:7), yet in many ways we still suffer the consequences of our sins…

Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/sin-consequences.html.html