Daily Devotional – Messed Up

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Psalm 138:6

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

The bible is full of references that make it clear that man that is ALL MANKIND is messed up apart for the Grace of God. A few of the more known examples (ESV) include: 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— … Ephesians 2:1-22

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— Romans 5:12

I could go on and on and on. I think I counted well over 100 bible verses referencing man’s sin nature. While many deny the bible, one only has to look at the utter chaos and depravity going on in the streets of many major cities in the U.S. and around the world to understand mankind is truly MESSED UP.


BREAKDOWN:

Though the Lord be high, – The Lord sits in His rightful position of Leadership and Authority; deserving all the dignity, honor and glory that comes with being the Lord Almighty creator of Heaven and Earth.

yet hath he respect – Some (just look at many of our elected officials) let the Authority and Power of a position swell their heads so to speak. If anyone had the right to be arrogant it would be He who is All Knowing, All Powerful and Ever Present. 

Instead God is a respecter of persons, that is He views His creation with pleasure. 

unto the lowly: – Ah, but not all His creation pleases Him. As this and many other verses make clear it is only the lowly, those who have a contrite heart.  

but the proud – The proud man, that is the kind of pride in man that God hates, The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. Proverbs 8:13 is different than pride we can have in accomplishing something for the Kingdom. 

he knoweth afar off. – Note it is very clear, God hates a prideful (arrogant) man but we must be WARNED even taking pride in one’s accomplishments can lead to self pride and sin. This leads to separation (no fellowship with) from God.


APPLICATION:

It is not often I get to use a Clint Eastwood movie in one of my devotionals but here goes:

The Good: God’s love His creation

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

THE BAD: Not everyone will respond to God’s Love

SEE VERSES ABOVE

AND THE UGLY: Those failing to respond are doomed for eternity

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Matthew 25:41

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

Last point before I close, less anyone think the “Ugly” is unfair, unjust etc. the same old tired excuses we hear all the time from doubters, remember Romans 1:19-21 God makes it clear the maximum effective range of your excuse is zero meters. 


 

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Daily Devotional – Suffered A While

1 Peter 5:10 – Kisha's Daily Devotional

1 Peter 5:10 (AMP and RVR 1960) 


BACKGROUND:

Some of y’all maybe old enough to remember the song Poor, Poor Pitiful Me, By Linda Ronstadt that was released back in 1977 and later covered in 2009 by Terri Clark in 1996. It is the story of a young singer who heads to Hollywood to make her fortune only to run into the manipulating men running the industry at the time. Here are the lyrics, out of this suffering and abuse somes a story that she just has to tell, in this case by way of a song. 

So too, as Christians, we must be every ready to tell the stories God has given us.

First of course is the Gospel story, this is NOT our testimony it is all about GOD. One of the best summaries of the Gospels I have found is from John Piper, A Six-Point Summary of the Gospel, is easy to remember and simple to communicate. 

Second as Ms. Ronstadt song portrays we need to tell our personal (testimony) story, 1 Peter 3:15.


CONTEXT:

Peter ends his 1st epistle by addressing the church body in two elements, first the elders 1 Peter 5:1-4, and then the younger or more immature believers 1 Peter 5:5-9.

To the elders he exhorts them and encourages them to be strong leaders for the flock they have been given charge of by God’s decree.

To the body of believers, he says LISTEN to your elders, obey them (as long as they are giving command that are biblical), be humble, persevere and cast your woes upon Christ.


BREAKDOWN:

And after you have suffered a little while,  Christians have been promised suffering. WHAT?  I am not going to list the many verses found in the NT alone but here is one example Acts 14:22 …“It is through many tribulations and hardships that we must enter the kingdom of God.”

the God of all grace, Christians have been promised God will intervene, for it is nothing but the Grace of God that will suffice to overcome trials and tribulations

who has called you He will intervene for those whom He has called, 2 Timothy 1:9 and choosen Matthew 22:14 

to his eternal glory in Christ, We have been called not for earthly purposes (yet we are to accomplish things until our time ends here) but for eternal glory in Christ 

will himself Eternity with GOD will be amazing, beyond our comprehension. Peter mentions four things that will happen to us in eternity.

Okay, I want to deviate (JUST A LITTLE), as we look at them and and think for a moment when we have come out of a difficult time of suffering.

restore, The King James says “perfect us” God will make us whole physically, mentally and spiritually.  

confirm, or settle the union of Christ in and with us in glory

strengthen, Both our resolve and any area which we were weak will be gone as we are hence completely renewed in glory 

and establish you. that is to place all our focus and being upon the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Alpha and Omega. Our only “mission” in Glory will be to glorify the King Revelation 22:1-5


APPLICATION:

We have set forth and established 3 things today:

    1. Christians will suffer on Earth
    2. Christians need to be ready to tell the Gospel Story and their own testimony
    3. God has promised Eternal Glory in Christ to all His called and chosen

 

I asked however to look at applying the 4 components of 1 Peter 5:10 to when we have come out of a difficult experience. Even though Peter is referring to future Glory, remember how you felt complete, confirm, strengthen, and established, fully renewed and invigorated in the Lord after coming through a rough patch? That my friends is your Poor, Poor Pitiful Me song. Your testimony, that needs to be shared when someone asks ‘what has God done for you lately.’  

 

Daily Devotional – Mortification of Sin

by John Owen – March 15th, 2019

Chapter 11
PREPARATORY DIRECTIONS
Five Others (Continued)

3. Load Your Conscience with the Guilt of Sin (continued)

A; 2). Guilt from gospel light

   Bring your lust to the gospel, not for relief, but for further conviction of its guilt. Look on Him Whom you have pierced and be in bitterness (Zec 12:10). Say to your soul, “What have I done? What love, what mercy, what blood, what grace have I despised and trampled on! Is this the return I make to the Father for His love, to the Son for His blood, to the Holy Ghost for His grace? Do I repay the Lord in such a way? Have I defiled the heart that Christ died to wash, that the blessed Spirit has chosen to dwell in? And can I keep myself out of the dust?

   “What can I say to the dear Lord Jesus? How shall I hold up my head with any boldness before Him? Do I account communion with Him of so little value, that for this vile lust’s sake I have scarce left Him any room in my heart? How shall I escape if I neglect so great salvation (Heb 2:3)? In the meantime, what shall I say to the Lord? Love, mercy, grace, goodness, peace, joy, consolation—I have despised them all, and esteemed them as a thing of naught, that I might harbor a lust in my heart! Have I obtained a view of God’s fatherly countenance so that I might behold His face, and then provoke Him to His face? Was my soul washed so that room might be made for new defilements? Shall I endeavor to disappoint the purpose of the death of Christ? Shall I daily grieve that Spirit whereby I am sealed to the day of redemption?”

   Entertain your conscience daily with this entreaty. See if it can stand before this aggravation of its guilt. If this make it not soften and sink in some measure, I fear your case is dangerous.

b. After general aspects of guilt, focus on the particulars

   Now descend to particulars. Just as, under the general head of the gospel, all the benefits of it are to be considered, such as redemption, justification, and the like; so, in particular, consider the management of the love of them towards your own soul, for the aggravation of the guilt of your corruption. As,

1). The infinite patience of God

   Consider the infinite patience and forbearance of God toward you in particular. Consider what advantages He might have taken against you, to have made you a shame and a reproach in this world, and an object of wrath forever. Consider how you have dealt treacherously and falsely with Him from time to time: flattered Him with your lips, but broken all promises and engagements, and that by the means of that sin you are now in pursuit of—and yet He has spared you from time to time, although you seem boldly to have put Him to the test to see how long He could hold out. And will you yet sin against Him? Will you yet weary Him, and make Him to serve with your corruptions (Isa 43:24)?

   Have you not often been ready to conclude that it was utterly impossible that He should bear any longer with you; that He would cast you off and be gracious no more; that all His forbearance was exhausted, and hell and wrath was prepared for you? And yet, above all your expectation, He has returned with visitations of love—and will you yet abide in the provocation of the eyes of His glory?

2). The recovering grace of God

   How often have you been at the door of being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin and, by the infinite, rich grace of God, have been recovered to communion with Him again?

   Have you not found grace decaying; delight vanishing in duties, ordinances, prayer, and meditation; inclinations to loose, careless walking thriving; and they who before were entangled, almost beyond recovery? Have you not found yourself engaged in such ways, societies, and companies as God abhors—and that with delight? And will you venture any more to the brink of hardness?

3). All God’s gracious dealings

   All God’s gracious dealings with you in providential dispensations, deliverances, afflictions, mercies, enjoyments—all ought here to take a place. By these and the like means, I say, load your conscience. Leave not this undertaking until your conscience be thoroughly affected with the guilt of your indwelling corruption—until it is sensible of its wound and lies in the dust before the Lord. Unless this be done to the purpose, all other endeavors are to no purpose. While the conscience has any means to alleviate the guilt of sin, the soul will never vigorously attempt its mortification.

Excerpts from Mortification of Sin by John Owen from: The Chapel Library •  chapel@mountzion.org