Sunday Sermon Series – The Throne of God

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REVELATION 4:1-11

AMP and RVR 1960


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Daily Devotional – Foundations

34 Bible verses about Reward, For God's People

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

Pretty much since I can remember I have had a hammer in my hand so relating to 1 Corinthians 3 Foundations for Living, was right up my alley as they say. 

Paul says v.10 he has skillfully laid the foundation upon which others can build. He is of course referring to the Gospel and his initial visits to the area sharing the Good News and planting churches which others have continued.

In v.11 he makes clear the ONLY foundation he laid and the ONLY one worth laying by anyone is that of Christ Jesus and Him crucified.

Then Paul makes a true builders comment in v.12 when he asks what are you building your foundations with? Are you using quality building materials or junk? 


 

BREAKDOWN: (KJV)

Every man’s work shall be made manifest: – It will become apparent to everyone, (even those you are currently fooling) what you have build you foundation (your beliefs, doctrine, theology) on. 

for the day shall declare it, – What day? Many hold this to be the “Great Day of Judgement” while others (myself included) believe it to be a day (Gill, Calvin) when just the doctrines and false teachings will be exposed. Whichever you ascribe to the message is clear you can not hide on that day.

because it shall be revealed by fire; – All your foundational work will be revealed. Your “Good News” (or lack thereof for pew only Christians) message will stand the test put forth by God. 

and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.-  Paul has spoken of doctrine and personal evangelism figuratively and continues here by using the example of trying by fire. We know that a foundation made of wood, straw or JUNK will not stand up to fire. Neither will a doctrine and personal evangelism based not on the genuine, uncompromised Word of God. The fire of the Holy Spirit will try a person’s soul and show the world the truth of their message.


 

APPLICATION:

What we say, what we share, the “Good News” of Christ should be obviously important to all. Our message (beliefs, doctrine, theology) must be based solely upon the uncompromising, unadulterated, Holy Word of God.

The message is simple, God will judge everyone not on works to get into heaven, for we know that is impossible. But he will judge us on what we do (or do not do) after our heavenly home is secure 2 Corinthians 5:10.

What is your foundation looking like today? 

 

 

Prayer is a precious privilege to be enjoyed

October 20, 2017 by Steve Rebus

(Octavius Winslow, “Evening Thoughts”)

What! Is it no privilege to have a door of access ever open to God? Is it no privilege when the burden crushes, to cast it upon One who has promised to sustain?

Continued at Source: Prayer is a precious privilege to be enjoyed

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 03 March

p-day-by                   HEAVEN AND SIN

 There shall in no wise enter into any thing that defileth – Revelation 21:27

 In heaven they may feel the want of evil, but never the evil of want. – Edward Willan

 He that keeps earth by wrong cannot expect heaven by right. – William Gurnall

 They who are not made saints in a state of grace shall never be saints in glory. – Robert Leighton

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent “Walking with God” daily devotional.

A Prayer in Praise of the Holy Spirit

everyday-prayersFor those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. (Rom. 8: 5– 9)

Heavenly Father, I’m particularly grateful today for the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Though I don’t understand everything he’s up to, these things I gladly affirm today . . .

Just as assuredly as Jesus stood outside of Lazarus’s tomb and said, “Come forth,” you sent the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel to my heart, and I came out of the tomb of my sin and death. How I praise you for your sovereign goodness and power. Unless you had breathed new life into my spirit, I would have never, could have never believed the gospel.

When you raised me up in Jesus, you baptized me with the Holy Spirit, making me a member of your family and Christ’s bride. You sealed me for eternity by the Spirit, marking me as your very own possession. You sent the Spirit to live as a permanent resident in my heart— to constantly preach the gospel to my heart, convict me of sin, make me like Jesus, and tell me that I am your beloved child.

According to the truth of the gospel in your Word, I’m already controlled by the Holy Spirit. I am no longer controlled by my sinful nature. You’ve given me all the gifts of the Spirit I need to live as a functioning part of the church and a caring servant in your kingdom. You gave the Spirit to me as the firstfruits and guarantee of the full inheritance of the salvation that Jesus completely earned for me. What a generous and loving God you are!

Therefore, I acknowledge my desire to be more fully and consistently filled with the Holy Spirit, to walk according to the Spirit, to keep in step with the Spirit, to set my mind on what the Spirit desires. All to which I say, “Hallelujah, what a Savior! Hallelujah, what a salvation!” I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Smith, Scotty. Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith (p. 40). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 21 & 22 January

I was on the road yesterday  with a group doing flood relief in Louisiana (yes its still going on)so today is a double portion. You can see some pics by clicking on our Faith Builders Ministry Page.

HYOp-day-byCRITES AND HEAVEN      

He [Balaam] took up his parable, and said,… Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!Numbers 23:7-10

 Balaam himself likes one end of the prize; he would die like a righteous man, though live like the wizard he was. – William Gurnall

 We must not think to dance with the devil all day and sup with Christ at night. – John Trapp

 The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven. – Joseph Alliene

 AFFECTIONS   

Set your affections on things above… – Col 3:2

 …Your own affections – 2 Cor 6:12 R.V.

A man without affections I like the Dead Sea that moves not at all. – Richard Sibbes

 Christianity doth not abrogate {revoke or abolish} affections, it regulates them. Thomas Manton

 Grace comes not to take away a man’s affections, but to take them up. – William Fenner

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

** Note for a daily devotional this year check out our FSM FB page and M.L. Jones’s excellent “Walking with God”

The Word Made Flesh: The Ligonier Statement on Christology

Jesus Christ is truly Lord