Devotional Thought for Today – 09/09/21

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In the Beginning by Walt Brown

Genesis 1

In the beginning God created… it seems in recent years, no words can spark more controversy in an everyday conversation than these unless of course, it is those found in v.27 So God created man.

In yesterday’s devotional, we spoke about how Satan in his deviousness is really attacking God. Those attacks play out through man’s denial of the Godhead and God’s sovereignty in all creation. These folks deny not only biblical truths but logic and scientific evidence. Both, the THEORY of Evolution and Old Earth Science have been greatly discredited in the past 20 years. Nevertheless, the so-called “atheistic” (I believe they are a religion unto themselves) community refuses to accept even a hint of God.

Here are some Biblical Resources to fight the good fight in this area of Apolgetics:

What the Bible says about God’s Sovereignty Over Creation

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD IN CREATION -Pathhead Baptist Church

The Sovereignty of God

The Sovereignty of God: In Creation, Salvation, and Providence

Creation, Evolution and God’s Sovereignty | Trinity Bible Chapel

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD IN CREATION – Pink

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/30/21

As hurricane Ida made landfall (and heads towards us in mid Mississippi) I had the thought of how powerful God is. I for one am convinced that God is Sovereign over all things including hurricanes, even if I don’t understand the why. What I do know is we can count on His omnipotent Grace to see us through these events.


EPHESIANS 1

Chapter CONTEXT: Matthew Henry says of this Chapter: A salutation, and an account of saving blessings, as prepared in God’s eternal election, as purchased by Christ’s blood. (1-8) And as conveyed in effectual calling: this is applied to the believing Jews, and to the believing Gentiles. (9-14) The apostle thanks God for their faith and love, and prays for the continuance of their knowledge and hope, with respect to the heavenly inheritance, and to God’s powerful working in them. (15-23)

Our text for today is one extolling God’s omnipotence. A google search or that of some Biblical software will lead one to find a list with many variations of verses. The consistent theme however is that God is all-powerful and man is not.

Here are some of the things God has power over:

  • Creation
  • Salvation
  • Understanding
  • Resurection
  • Justice
  • Nations
  • ________?
Samuel Rutherford Quote - Faith and God's Omnipotence

The above quote sums it up pretty well if God is not the omnipotent ruler of the universe what peace can a believer have. What assurance can we have, what joy? I do not know about you but I take great comfort in the fact that He hath made the earth by his power and ruleth by his power forever.

Praying for everyone in Ida’s path and recovery for those displaced by her wrath.

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/26/21

Help: The Battle Is Not Yours: 2 Chronicles 20:1-29 | Edge Church

2 Chronicles 20

CONTEXT: Most folks I know can quote or at least paraphrase v.15 from this Chapter ‘the battle belongs to the Lord.’ While this makes a good theme it is not the central theme of this Chapter, by context Faith is the main theme. The Chapter can be divided as follows: The Enemy advances v.1-4; Jehoshaphat Prayers v.5-13; God answers prayer v.14-19; War and Victory v.20-29; End of Jehoshaphat’s reign v.30-37.

I say Faith is the main theme because of the facts we know from the text. The nation of Judah (Israel) was about to be invaded so what does Jehoshaphat do? Does he run, does he hide, does he wine and whimper, of course not he takes action. What kind of action, PRAYER v.3; And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord,… A wise ruler always seeks wise counsel in times of trouble. Jehoshaphat had 3 Armies coming against him I think this was a good time for seeking HELP!

Note that Jehoshaphat does not go it alone, v.4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord:… It is always wise to seek the support of like-minded individuals and those who may be experiencing similar issues to pray alongside you. Read v.5-13 Jehoshaphat’s Prayer (pleading with God) and you can see the heartfelt sincerety in it. Jehoshaphat confessed Judah’s (and his) inability to deal with the coming threat. That is the FAITH I was speaking about. Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah called upon the Lord to HELP, fully expecting His assistance.

I suppose I would be remiss if I failed to mention v.15 in context. Does ‘the battle always belong to the Lord’? One of the popular evangelical catchphrases that irks me to no end is “Let Go and let God.” While it may seem harmless it really is not very Biblical. In our text today (and throughout the Bible) God responds to prayer. I call this God’s Providential Grace. Unless God chose someone for a specific task, Jonah, for example, the application of this Grace is applied in every other example as a response to prayer. Yes, ‘the battle belongs to the Lord‘ it always has and always will, but we can not just give up the fight sit back in our lazy-boy recliner and expect God to do the work. We need, as individuals, churches, and a nation to be more like Jehoshaphat prayer warriors willing to fight the good fight.

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.

Efficacious Grace

Reposted from Todd Linn, PhD on August 12, 2021


Cross In Scenic Mountains

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.”

Devotional Thought for Today – 07/12/2021

God's Decree Quote by Thomas Boston

Romans 11:33-36

Paul ends chapter 11 with this doxology (short poetic hymn or expression of praise) about God. In this case specifically about His grandeur For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things… 

He concludes with a matter-of-fact statement for all believers, saying if all this be true, then give God His due: to whom be glory forever. Amen.

A Mini Q&A on A Few Calvinistic Doctrines

I, along with my co-pastor, are preaching through the Gospel of John. We’re about halfway done. The Fourth Gospel is not merely introductory material on the Christian life, but a deep, theological book that covers many weighty topics. I would argue that John’s Gospel is

Source: A Mini Q&A on A Few Calvinistic Doctrines

Sunday Sermon Series – 06/27/2021 – The Sovereignty of God

Last week in Sunday School while discussing God’s Law, a discussion ensued about Romans 13 and immoral leaders. Everyone could agree that all government officials, yes even the “bad” ones are appointed by God, and we are subject to that authority as long as they do not violate God’s Law. However, someone suggested that these immoral leaders forfeit their authority over us by virtue of their immorality. I say absolutely not! God is Sovereign and what He appoints only he can undo.

The following is the SS lesson and the lesson with my notes, I will be teaching on the subject today. I draw heavily from A.W. Pink’s book on the subject, and there is a complete list of resources at the end.


SERMON

Divine Sovereignty

Charles Haddon Spurgeon May 4, 1856

Scripture: Matthew 20:15

From: New Park Street Pulpit Volume 2


DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY – 06/22/2021

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God  sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful f… | Read bible, Spiritual  deliverance, God

Romans 8

CONTEXT: Some have called this the greatest chapter in the Bible. It is hard to argue considering the opening verse. Paul sets up this after having spent all of Chapter 7 reminding everyone of his personal issues with sin and the law. Then he drops the promise of promises on all true believers v.1, Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit (AMP).

Matthew Henry breaks down the chapter as follows: The freedom of believers from condemnation. (1-9) Their privileges as being the children of God. (10-17) Their hopeful prospects under tribulations. (18-25) Their assistance from the Spirit in prayer. (26,27) Their interest in the love of God. (28-31) Their final triumph, through Christ. (32-39)

In verse 2, Paul says (further promises) under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit that we are free from the law of sin and of death. Does this mean we, true believers, are free from all punishment? Of course not, V.8 makes this clear that no one living a carnal or sinful life can please God.

John Calvin Quote - God's Law Is Engraved On The Believers' Heart

Our text for today continues the message that the Law, (here the Mosaic Law) is not capable of saving mankind and was meant as a means of showing man thier sinful nature and the need for a redeemer.

God did what the law could not provide a means of eternal salvation. He, God the Father, sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to earth in the form of a human, sinless, (Philippians 2:5-8, Hebrews 4:15) the perfect sacrifice for the sins of those who live not by the flesh but by the Spirit.

Maybe you are reading this today and thinking, I am a good person. I have never been to jail, I have never done anything really wrong. The bad news is mankind’s standard of good is woefully short of God’s and you will never measure up. Of course, God does not leave us hanging there. He has a counter-proposal to the Bad News and offers us The Good News, or the Gospel. As we have just read this Good news message is that we do not have to live under the Law that we can never achieve. We have a Savior who has paid the penalty for our sins. Simply put, the gospel is the good news concerning Christ and the way of salvation.

There is no magic potion, no facing or scripted prayer words needed to obtain this Good News. The Bible is clear, no one is saved by works, but ALL who sincerely …acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 AMP)

Is it true that everything happens for a reason?

Question: “Is it true that everything happens for a reason?”

Answer: Does everything happen for a reason? The short answer is “yes”; because God is sovereign, there are no random, out-of-control happenings. God’s purposes may be hidden from us, but we can be assured that every event has a reason behind it…

Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/everything-happens-for-reason.html