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First of all just let me say that it has been an honor this last year and a half to come into your home via the social media.My prayer is simply that your life has been enriched by these postings.That your walk with the Lord has been challenged and your walk with the Lord is much sweeter. My prayer is also that your knowledge of scripture is perhaps sharper than before. Always remember beloved; “That my people are destroyed because of lack of Knowledge” Hosea 4:6
“A BIBLICAL LOOK AT THE DIVINE PROTECTION OF ALMIGHTY GOD”
- God is able to afford.
1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
- God is faithful to afford.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
- OF GOD, IS
Psalms 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
John 10:28-30 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Psalms 121:3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Psalms 121:8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
- Often afforded through means inadequate in themselves.
Judges 7:7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.1 Samuel 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.1 Samuel 17:50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.2 Chronicles 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.
- IS AFFORDED TO
- Those who hearken to God.
Proverbs 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
- Returning sinners.
Job 22:23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.Job 22:25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
- The perfect in heart.
2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
- The poor.
Psalms 14:6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.Psalms 72:12-14 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.
- The oppressed.
Psalms 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
- The Church.
Psalms 48:3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.Zechariah 2:4-5 And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein: For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
- Those who hearken to God.
- IS VOUCHSAFED TO SAINTS IN
- Preserving them.
Psalms 145:20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
- Strengthening them.
2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
- Upholding them.
Psalms 37:17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.Psalms 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
- Keeping their feet.
1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.Proverbs 3:26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
- Keeping them from evil.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
- Keeping them from falling.
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
- Keeping them in the way.
Exodus 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
- Keeping them from temptation.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
- Providing a refuge for them.
Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.Isaiah 4:6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.Isaiah 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
- Defending them against their enemies.
Deuteronomy 20:1-4 When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
- Defeating the counsels of enemies.
Isaiah 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Psalms 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.Psalms 59:16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
- All dangers.
Psalms 91:3-7 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. …
- All places.
Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
Psalms 3:5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.Psalms 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
- Preserving them.
- Acknowledge God as their.
Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.Psalms 62:2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.Psalms 89:18 For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
- Pray for.
Psalms 17:5 Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.Psalms 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
- Praise God for.
Psalms 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
- Acknowledge God as their.
- WITHDRAWN FROM THE
Leviticus 26:14-17 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
Joshua 23:12-13 Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.
Numbers 14:40-45 And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned. And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper. Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you. But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. …
Isaiah 7:9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
- Obstinately impenitent.
Matthew 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
- NOT TO BE FOUND IN
Deuteronomy 32:37-39 And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection. See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.Isaiah 46:7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
Psalms 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.Isaiah 30:7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.
Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.Proverbs 11:28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
Joshua 11:4-8 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many. And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel. And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire. So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they fell upon them. And the LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel, who smote them, and chased them unto great Zidon, and unto Misrephothmaim, and unto the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they smote them, until they left them none remaining. …Psalms 33:16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
Psalms 33:17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.Proverbs 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.
Deuteronomy 32:11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:Psalms 125:1-2 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
Abraham,Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Jacob,Genesis 48:16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
Joseph,Genesis 49:23-25 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
Israel,Joshua 24:17 For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:
David,Psalms 18:1-2 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Shadrach, &c.Daniel 3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
Daniel,Daniel 6:22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
Peter,Acts 12:4-7 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
Paul,Acts 18:10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.Acts 26:17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
” FRIENDS, THERE IS HOPE THROUGH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST”
If you have stumbled upon this lesson, I want you to know that although you may never read anything else I have ever written, and we may never meet, my encouragement to you is that there is indeed hope for absolutely any situation you might be facing. There is an answer. There is a solution. The Bible claims to contain all the truth (John 16:13), and everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). From 2 Timothy 3:16-17 it is apparent that since the Scriptures are profitable for correction, that whatever corrections one will need to make in their life, the Bible will be useful in each of those areas.
Do you feel lost and groping in the dark not knowing which way to turn?
There is hope! Jesus observed the multitudes and with compassion described them as being sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36). What good news to know that you and I do not have to remain shepherdless. The Bible, without question, provides for His beloved sheep, a well-lit path back to the life-giving, life-sustaining light:
“The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7).
“Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
“To open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18).
Thinking you can still fix it all by yourself?
“Therefore, justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, but behold, darkness; for brightness, but we walk in gloom. We grope along the wall like blind men, we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at midday as in the twilight, among those who are vigorous we are like dead men… For our transgressions are multiplied before Thee, and our sins testify against us” (Isaiah 59:9-10,12).
What do you do when you feel beaten down, overwhelmed, lacking energy or resolve or are otherwise unable to get relief from a problem? Have you tried various things in the past, yet seem to only slip back into the pit (Psalm 69:2)? The first thing you need to know is that trying to fix things on your own terms, all by yourself, or by the wisdom of the world, is never effective in the long term. “Who is among you that fears the Lord, that obeys the voice of His servant, that walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who encircle yourself with firebrands, walk in the light of your fire and among the brands you have set ablaze. This you will have from My hand; and you will lie down in torment” (Isaiah 50:10-11). Note the two groups of people in this passage: Those who fear the Lord are encouraged to trust God and to rely upon Him. Others, who insist on making their own fires, torches or flashlights, are those who are attempting to find the way out of the darkness without following the Scriptures. What will the end result be? Failure! I remember years ago, someone I knew got lost driving. They told me, “Well, I made a wrong turn and I just kept turning hoping that I would eventually find my way out”. Many people live their lives this way. They just keep making wrong turns and hope that one of them will magically fix everything. “We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, pp28.)
Think you can never get back?
I have met people who departed from God and who think that once they have departed and lived in sin that they can never become the person they once where, especially that innocent and sweet person they used to be. Yet this is nothing but the devil’s bluff. He wants us to think that what we presently are – is fixed. Jesus argued otherwise:
He said when a man “humbles himself as this child…” and is “converted and becomes like children”, in doing so, will enter “the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 18:3-4).
Jesus also says we can start afresh, and be “born again” in order to see the “kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
Obviously Jesus would have never spoken of becoming like a little child or being “born again” if such were an impossibility. There is hope! One does not have to remain hardened, jaded, cynical, distrustful of people, angry, bitter, lustful, addicted, enslaved, or depressed perpetually. Yet note, one crucial step in this process is found in Matthew 18:4. That step is humility. I have to be willing to trust God on this one. I have to be willing to put aside all the excuses I have used in the past as to why I think this will not work. I also have to scrap the game plan I have been using for His plan.
Thinking you are too set in your ways?
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest” (Ephesians 2:1-3).
These people had changed and become Christians (2:4)! Yet they had indulged in sin to the full, and had given all their being to its practice. They indulged the flesh, they allowed their minds to become cesspools and were so far in that the text says they were “by nature” children of wrath. Now, we know that they were not born this way (1 Corinthians 14:20). Here the word “nature” refers to that which is thought and practiced for so long that it has become second nature. In fact, one can practice and live in sin for so long that one can start thinking that it is “natural” or that this is the way he or she has always been. How many sinners will argue, “but this is the way I am”, when in reality, they have not been that way all their life, and in some cases, they have only been doing that for about a year. Never fall for the devil’s lie that you need to stay in sin because, “This is who you are”, or “This is the way you were born”.
Think that Christianity only works for relatively good people?
There is hope! Spend some time reading the Bible and you will find that many of the people who became Christians were not “good people”, but rather were initially quite worldly and full of sin.
The Corinthians had been sexual addicts, idol worshippers, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, alcoholics, drug addicts, and swindlers, and yet they changed (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
The Ephesians had been “by nature” children of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3).
The Thessalonians had been idol worshippers (1 Thessalonians 1:9).
The Christians on the island of Crete came from a culture of liars and lazy gluttons (Titus 1:12).
The Christians, to whom Peter wrote, had lived a life of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and idolatry (1 Peter 4:3).
Not only that, Peter describes their former lifestyle as being, excess of dissipation (1 Peter 4:4). The word excess means “overflowing, pouring out” (Thayer, p. 43). “The idea is that these people are unrestrained and therefore engage in a full stream or flood of reprehensible behavior” (Hamilton, p. 217). The word dissipation refers to “an abandoned, dissolute life” (Thayer, p. 82). “It means that lost state in which a man is given up to self-indulgence, and saves neither reputation, earthly position, nor his soul” (P.P. Comm., p. 171). It “refers to uncontrolled indulgence in the seeking of pleasure (the same word is used in Ephesians 5:18, and the related adverb is used of the loose living of the prodigal son in Luke 15:13. It suggests wastefulness, perhaps of both money and of life. The whole picture is one of people rushing headlong toward destruction” (Grudem, p. 169). “Violent wasting of life” (Bas). “Indicating an empty life-style devoid of salvation or wholeness” (Davids, p. 152). “The waster of his goods will be very often a waster of everything besides, will lay waste himself – his time, his faculties, his powers” (Oberst, p. 199).
Thinking that you cannot stop?
There is hope! Another of the devil’s lies is the thought that resistance is futile, yet let us remember that being tempted is not the same as yielding to temptation. Everyone is tempted (1 Corinthians 10:13), yet there is no demand upon me to yield. I still have a choice even when I am tempted.
“Nowadays we have so come to take adultery for granted that we fail to realize how distorted our values have become. When a man steals another’s valuable property, he is severely dealt with by the law. But when a man deliberately seduces and steals another man’s wife and robs his child of their mother, he probably gets off scot-free. Yet in terms of harm done and the destruction of human happiness the first crime is far worse in comparison with the second. Sexual impulses are not so uncontrollable as the novelists would have us to think. In this, as in everything else, we are enormously influenced by the ‘expected pattern of behavior’. If martial infidelity is expected, the temptation will be difficult to resist. If, on the other hand, it is regarded as a heinous crime, few will succumb” (The Goodness of God, Wenham, p. 109). How true. It is amazing how more people will yield to a sinful behavior once it becomes “acceptable” or at least “excusable” in the eyes of society. The temptation has not suddenly increased in intensity; rather, it is simply that the earthly penalty has been removed.
I have always been impressed by what Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go your way. From now on sin no more” (John 8:11). Now Jesus was not naïve, rather as Creator, He is the expert on human beings and all the outside and inside stuff that goes into who we are. Here is the Creator and Original Designer saying that sin is not a necessity. What a liberating hope! Why not act upon it?
“WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE CALL OF GOD ON OUR LIVES”
- By Christ.
Isaiah 55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.Romans 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
- By His Spirit.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
- By His works.
Psalms 19:2-3 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
- By His ministers.
Jeremiah 35:15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
- By His gospel.
2 Thessalonians 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Is from darkness.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
- Addressed to all.
Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
- Most reject.
Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
- Effectual to saints.
Psalms 110:3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.1 Corinthians 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
- TO MAN IS
- Of grace.
Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
- According to the purpose of God.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Romans 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)Romans 9:23-24 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
- To fellowship with Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
- To holiness.
1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
- To liberty.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
- To peace.
1 Corinthians 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
- To glory and virtue.
2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
- To the eternal glory of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
- To eternal life.
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
- Of grace.
- Partakers of, justified.
Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
- Walk worthy of.
Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
- Blessedness of receiving.
Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
- Praise God for.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Proverbs 9:3-4 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
- REJECTION OF, LEADS TO
- Judicial blindness.
Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.Acts 28:24-27 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.Romans 11:8-10 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
Isaiah 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
- Withdrawal of the means of grace.
Jeremiah 26:4-6 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you, To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened; Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.Acts 18:6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
- Temporal judgments.
Isaiah 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.Jeremiah 35:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.Zechariah 7:12-14 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.
- Rejection by God.
Proverbs 1:14-32 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. …Jeremiah 6:19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.Jeremiah 6:30 Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them.
John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.Hebrews 2:1-3 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;Hebrews 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.Matthew 22:3-7 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. …
- Judicial blindness.
“Why Should I Care?”
Whenever someone reads any article, the first question often asked is, “Why should I care?” He or she may continue this thought process by asking, “What motivation should I have for studying, or even skimming, this article?” Maybe when you read an article about trying to live according to God’s will, you also ask yourself these questions. From the Bible, we know that these questions are both important and relevant. The Lord first recognized their importance and provided three progressive answers to our question, “Why should I care about God’s will and obeying Him?”
Fear of Hell and Hope of Heaven
The most basic motivation that the Bible offers is the threat of punishment if we do not obey God; however, the wrath that awaits us is not an immediate punishment in this life. Though disobedient people face consequences in this life, the ultimate and final punishment will be executed on the last day – eternal separation from God in hell:
“… When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” II Thessalonians 1:7-9 (see also Matthew 5:27-30; 10:28; 13:40-42; 25:41-46; Romans 2:5-9)
Not only does God motivate us through the fear of hell, He also encourages us through the promise of eternal rest in heaven with Him:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. “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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3 (see also Matthew 5:12; 25:31-40, 46; II Corinthians 5:1; Revelation 21:1-22:5)
It is because of these basic motivations that most people become Christians. However, as we mature, God provides other forms of motivation that should encourage us to do His will.
Sense of Duty
As we grow and learn more about God, His power, and His majesty, we begin to appreciate the debt that we owe Him as our Creator.
“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” Acts 17:24-27
Since He has given us life, we owe Him our service, but more importantly, we should also feel indebted because He paid for our ruined souls with the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross:
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” I Corinthians 6:19-20 (see also I Peter 1:15-19)
Therefore, we are obligated to God for giving us life twice. The first unrepayable debt is our creation, and the second is our opportunity for spiritual restoration through Jesus’ blood.
The Noblest Motivation – Love
The responsibility that we may feel toward God is not the final motivation that a mature Christian should realize. Ultimately, Christians will grow to the point that they appreciate the love and sacrifice that God made for us through Jesus’ death.
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. … We love Him because He first loved us.” I John 4:10,19
As a Christian grows and becomes more like Jesus, our example, he or she will be motivated to obey God out of their love for God and for others. This is the noblest motivation.
God has provided three progressive forms of motivation to encourage us to obey His will. Depending on the temptation and our maturity, certain inspirational thoughts will be more effective. A person deciding whether to become a Christian will probably be more strongly motivated by the fear of hell and the hope of heaven. Realizing that the fate of a person’s eternal soul hangs in the balance is a sobering motivation to wake up and make the right decisions. As we mature spiritually and better understand God’s love, our conviction to obey God grows and becomes more steadfast. Eventually, we should choose to do what is right, even for those who neither appreciate it nor reciprocate our love. We must learn to love as God loved us. All of these motivations provide powerful inspiration for appreciating God and strongly desiring to obey His will for us.
I want to simply say that it has been an absolute thrill for me to come into your life via this incredible medium these past six months. I want to just simply say “THANK YOU SO MUCH” I LOVE PREACHING, I LOVE THE WORD OF GOD, I LOVE STUDYING,I LOVE BLOGGING, I LOVE MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WHO MAKES ALL OF THIS POSSIBLE TO BEGIN WITH. I also want to thank you for your friendship, your prayers, your graciousness, and for following “VERTICAL VIEWER” My mind has been swimming with all kinds of thoughts about what to say here. Perhaps the best way I can do that is by using scripture; Wow, what a novel idea!! I was looking at Titus chapter two earlier and verse thirteen caught my attention; “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. (nkjv) As 2012 is upon us my question is very simple indeed, “My friend what are you looking for in 2012? I think it’s a very fair question is it not? Ive been looking at other blog sites these past few days and I’m impressed with some of the things their saying. And quite I’ve often if I’m honest, I’m thinking I wish I had thought of that. A great many of you are blessed to be able to share some incredible, awesome insights with your readership and then again if I’m honest, We disagree on many aspects of scripture and what it teaches. But I’m thankful that our God, his Son and the Holy Spirit, the Bible, The Body of Christ and Christianity in general is being BOLDLY proclaimed to a lost and dying world. We have what the world needs, we have the answers to their problems. Our role and responsibility is to simply be witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ. So as we enter yet another year, may the God of heaven guide and direct you into the love of his dear son, may your soul prosper, may your family be blessed, may you be successful in all your endeavors. I pray that 2012 will be a banner year for you personally, spiritually, emotionally, physically, and in every way possible. But in the meantime, I pray that all of us will be “looking” for that blessed hope and glorious appearing….” So from our house to your house, let me say “HAPPY NEW YEAR” In this new year you will notice some changes on this blog site. I’ve been looking at several other themes to go with in this new year. So stay-tuned to get a peek at our new blog site, trust you like it; would appreciate some feedback if that’s ok!! Well, friends and neighbors have to get back to studying the word. My message will come from ACTS CHPT. TWO tomorrow, entitled: “Why are you here?” God Bless My Friends!! Fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith!! So until next time beloved, “Keep Looking up because Jesus is coming again”