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 – 08/31/21

Today I thought I would do something a little different. I came across this quote from Puritan Stephen Charnock, and it caused me to pause and think, how true. If God is not eternal, why would we bother shedding our praise, worship, and love upon Him?

So today I am just listing (a Bible drill of sorts), no comments, Bible verses to contemplate, meditate and reflect upon the Eternal God and His worthiness to be Loved.

Stephen Charnock Puritan Quote - God Eternal Is Fully Worthy Of Our Love

ETERNAL GOD

Genesis 2:17 – But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Psalms 72:17 – His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

Psalms 90:2 – Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

Psalms 102:25-27 – Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.   (Read More…)

Psalms 119:127 – Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Isaiah 57:15 – For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Jeremiah 10:10 – But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

Jeremiah 32:27 – Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Matthew 25:46 – And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Mark 9:43-48 – And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:   (Read More…)

John 1:12 – But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 6:50-71 – This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.   (Read More…)

John 14:2-3 – In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.   (Read More…)

John 17:3 – And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Galatians 6:8 – For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Philippians 1:23 – For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

2 Thessalonians 1:9 – Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Hebrews 9:27 – And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Jude 1:6 – And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

WORTHY OF LOVE

Deuteronomy 6:5 – And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Deuteronomy 7:9 – Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

Psalms 16:11 – Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Isaiah 1:1-31 – The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.   (Read More…)

Matthew 6:24 – No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Matthew 22:34-40 – But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.   (Read More…)

Mark 12:29-31 – And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:   (Read More…)

Luke 10:27 – And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

John 14:15 – If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:21 – He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 14:23-24 – Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.   (Read More…)

John 14:23 – Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

John 15:12-14 – This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.   (Read More…)

John 17:24-26 – Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.   (Read More…)

1 John 2:4-6 – He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.   (Read More…)

1 John 4:19 – We love him, because he first loved us.

1 John 5:3 – For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.


The Existence and Attributes of God
by Stephen Charnock

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.

Sunday Sermon Series – Forgiveness in an Age of Rage

5 Science-Based Ways to Break the Cycle of Rage Attacks | Psychology Today  Ireland

The Cambridge Dictionary defines Rage as (a period of) extreme or violent anger. It is easy to see this in everyday life with road rage, unbridled vulgar shouting in public places, and violence in our streets. Then there is our pampered youth; they have things called rage rooms, and scream clubs whatever they can be on campuses today.

For many it is becoming harder to act in a Godly manner to the constant ungodly actions around us. Yet that is exactly what God calls us to do, be like Christ. I have said it many times and will repeat it again here, that does not mean being a pushover a carpet for the world to trample on. In reading the Whole Counsel of God you will realize that was not Jesus. He led the life He was called to live, and was very outspoken (Dogmatic) about it. Calling out sin and sinners, but doing so in a kind and forgiving manner.

Today’s sermon from John MacArthur dated back in 2017 and may be more relevant today than when it was preached.


SERMON

Forgiveness in an Age of Rage

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/28/21

Psalms 11:5 KJV Desktop Wallpaper - The LORD trieth the righteous: but the  wicked and

Once again I was having a discussion (online) with someone, who claimed to be a “Christian” but in my opinion, has a very narrow view of Christianity and the Bible in general.

Their whole Doctrinal belief is based upon, Matthew 22:36-40, God is and we should LOVE and that is it. Anything beyond that is simply minutia.

Well as you know and I repeatedly say we MUST have the Whole Counsel of God, in order to even begin to have any sense of a proper theology or doctrinal belief. In this case, let us look at one aspect that seems to be overlooked here, God hates and so should we!

I will leave you with a few Biblical examples to look over, to understand the importance of ALWAYS seeking the Whole Counsel of God before we determine a doctrine or even a course of action for our lives.

Does God hate?

God Hates Wicked People

The Hatred of God in the Psalms of David

Sunday Sermon Series – Righteous Hatred

Presbyterian, Baptist Churches Join New Coalition of Churches to Promote Killing Babies in Abortions

The title is extremely misleading (it should read one Baptist and a few Presbyterian Churchs... Nevertheless, these churches all are participating in unbiblical practices, and their so-called leaders need to be warned James 3:1.

…So far, the new Reproductive Freedom Congregations project has 25 churches signed up — mostly Unitarian along with a few Presbyterian churches and one Baptist congregation, the University Baptist Church in Austin, according to the report.

To participate, the churches must go through a training program that teaches pastors how to advocate for “reproductive health care,” including abortion on demand, and speak about it in their sermons, the report continued…

SOURCE: Presbyterian, Baptist Churches Join New Coalition of Churches to Promote Killing Babies in Abortions

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/27/21

Deuteronomy 32:28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there  any understanding in them.

Deuteronomy 32

CONTEXT: Most Bibles have a heading that says something like “Song of Moses” at the beginning of this Chapter. That is simple to understand as the first two verses are a direct appeal by Mosses to heaven. Matthew Henry breaks down the Chapter in this way: The song of Moses. (1,2) The character of God, The character of Israel. (3-6) The great things God had done for Israel. (7-14) The wickedness of Israel. (19-25) The judgments which would come upon them for their sins. (15-18) Deserved vengeance withheld. (26-38) God’s deliverance for his people. (39-43) The exhortation with which the song was delivered. (44-47) Moses to go up mount Nebo to die. (48-52)

We recently had another Great Grandchild and as usual, it got me thinking about what kind of nation and world we would be leaving him to grow up in. I was saddened by the thought of how messed up things are in America today compared to when I was a child.

In our text Mosses is speaking about the nation of Israel and its rebellion against the Laws and precepts upon which it was founded can easily be applied to America today. As I have repeated many times unlike Israel which was a Theocracy, America is NOT a Theocracy or “Christian Nation” but was CLEARLY founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.

So as Moses prayed, pleaded, and WARNED,

 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

v.29

we too, that is all who identify as Christians in America, need to take up the fight and do the same to reclaim the Judeo-Christian principles that made America great. I am speaking about America’s Core Values; common courtesy, decency, and morals we can all agree are sorely lacking.

I think history shows what the later end for any nation has been that abandons all morality. Ultimate and total destruction, is this to be America’s fate?

A Black Scholar Warns About Evils of Critical Race Theory as a ‘Doctrine of Demons’

Dr. Eric Wallace to Discuss Why the Church Must Agree on One Thing: Critical Race Theory is Un-Christian

NEWS PROVIDED BY , Freedom’s Journal Institute, Aug. 26, 2021

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 26, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — A Black scholar and ministry leader, with links to civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, has slammed the controversial critical race theory as “a doctrine of demons.”

Freedom’s Journal Institute Founder and President Dr. Eric Wallace — the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in Biblical studies from Union-PSCE (Now Union Presbyterian Seminary) — will discuss the “evils” of critical race theory (CRT) and its origins at a conference, Aug. 27-28 in Newport News, Va.

SOURCE: A Black Scholar Warns About Evils of Critical Race Theory as a ‘Doctrine of Demons’