Words of the Week

God Will Bless If You Remain Faithful

The mistake of believing in men to solve our problems was clearly seen during the past election (Psalm 146:3-5; Jeremiah 17:5-8). We now have people protesting in the streets and needing therapy because of the results of the election. No man brings blessings of prosperity to a nation—instead that is done by the hand of the Lord, and He does so because that nation is living right in His eyes (Proverbs 14:34, 11:11). Yes, when a man’s ways please God, He causes his foes to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7).

God told the nation of Israel He will bless them around the clock, if they remain faithful (Deuteronomy 28:1-6). And that is what will happen in each case when people put God first and view the man as simply the instrument though which God works. So yes, we do need politicians because they will be the tool used by God to bring his wonderful blessings upon a nation. But we should never think that the blessings brought forth during a President’s four-year-term are the sole creation of the man alone (Daniel 4:28-37).

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Submit To God's Word

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).

God and man don’t see eye to eye. As a matter of fact, the ways of God divide households because one person lives by the law of the Lord, and the others don’t.

“Think not that I came to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be of his own household” (Matthew 10:34-36).

This isn’t said to alienate men from God, but to establish a point. The point is, no one can have a relationship with God if they don’t see things God’s way (Matt 10:38). All will die and after death, the Judgment (Hebrews 9:27.).

Submitting to the word of God is the way men will be able to stand before God and see Him in peace (Hebrews 5:9; Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Peter 4:19).

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If You Want Forgiveness, You Need to Forgive

Many say, “I forgive, but I don’t forget.” Well, this so called forgiveness isn’t of any profit, and it’s certainly not the way the Lord does when He forgives. After a person has obeyed the gospel and is a Christian, God is willing to forgive those who will repent and ask His forgiveness (Isaiah 1:10-20; Acts 2:37-38).

After that, God doesn’t keep the sin of man still on the books and neither will He bring it up again in the future. When God forgives, He forgets, and so should men (Hebrews 10:17). Yet, we still see those who hold grudges and refuse to give second chances to those who seek forgiveness. None can be forgiven of their trespasses if they refuse the same courtesy to others (Matthew 6:12, 18:21-35; James 2:13; Ephesians 4:31-32). We best get rid of all those grudges and start forgiving because the mercy we refuse to show today will be denied us tomorrow (Galatians 6:7; Proverbs 11:5; Numbers 32:23; Proverbs 26:27; Daniel 6:24).

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God Is Watching

The eyes of God are everywhere. He sees everything and in the course of a day, He sees some very wicked, messed up stuff (Proverbs 15:3; Psalm 94:9). With this being the case, it is amazing that some will do the wrong things without regard that the Lord is looking right at them and recording the deed (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Hebrews 4:13).

People who do stupid stuff like that are either ignorant of God’s presence or so corrupt that they just don’t care. (That is not right now). But after death they will care because they will stand before God condemned when He brings the evil deeds up again for account (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:12; Luke 8:17; Romans 2:16).

God has the upper hand over man. Man will never out smart or escape from the clutches of his Maker (Psalm 44:21; Jeremiah 23:24).

So the smart course is to do the right thing. Big brother isn’t watching—God is!

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Man Should Slow Down

Sometimes it takes huge inconveniences to get mankind to slow down and consider that the world doesn’t revolve around our every move. The hurricane that moved though the Southern coastal states last week made that perfectly clear by stopping mankind in his tracks. Airlines, car’s, nightlife, businesses, state governments, and everything else came to a screeching halt.

And guess what? A slow down will occur again by another natural or man-made disaster. But the granddaddy of them all will be the Judgment! (Acts 17:31). On that great day, all men will stop their busy lives to stand before Jesus Christ and be judged for the deeds done in life (Romans 14:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-46).

So that storm taught us much, and we need to reflect on the fact that nothing keeps going uninterrupted (not even those energizer batteries) (1 Thessalonians 5:1-10; James 4:13-15; Luke 12:16-20).

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Refuse to Listen to Gossip

It is shameful that some will accept what is said about others without confirming it. For example, If Bobby tells Herman, that Stanley was laughing at Scott’s teeth, Herman will believe it. But the right thing would have been for Herman, to ask Stanley if he laughed at Scott’s teeth.

And if Bobby is so opposed to people laughing at others teeth, why did he have to run and tell Herman? The thing that he shouldn’t done, is go to Stanley and let him know that making fun of people is offensive. This all became gossip, when Bobby went to the third person rather then dealing with the person involved. If we hear something about another person, we need to realize that such rumor, because we didn’t see it. And we sure don’t need to be spreading rumors. If we are concerned about what we hear, we need to go directly to the person and find out.

Also we need to refuse to listen to people who spread things about others (Acts 17:21; 1 Timothy 5:13; Proverbs 18:8; Leviticus 19:16; Proverbs 20:19, 26:20,22; Matthew 18:15; Galatians 2:11; 2 Corinthians 12:20).

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Politicians Should Follow God's Word Too

A man of faith running for public office is often targeted with questions pertaining to his beliefs and how such will effect his job performance. First of all, anyone running for public office would be insane to refuse help from God (1 Kings 9:2-7). But understand this, God is only going to help those who are faithful (Psalm 34:8-17). So, if a President desires help from God, he must be doing what is pleasing to God.

There is no way God will bless a President who is passing laws that are in conflict with His word (Proverbs 14:34, 11:11; Psalm 33:10-22; 1 Kings 15:25-26, 16:29-34).

If homosexuality, abortion, and state lotteries are contrary to the laws of God, then no person of faith serving in public office can be in approval of such things. A man of faith is to live what he knows is right in the eyes of God (2 Chronicles 26:3-5). Also the President will have the best interest of the nation in mind if he vetoes bills that establish sinful practices (2 Kings 18:1-8).

Our nation is supposed to be a Christian nation, founded upon religious principles. So why do we get angry and suspicious of a person with morals? Could it be be that most of us have no morals, and we are threaten by those who do?

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Lessons from the First Gospel Sermon

“He, seeing this before, spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell, neither did His flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses.” Acts 2:31-32.

This was the Apostle Peter in the first sermon preached on the Jewish day of Pentecost (Matthew 16:18-19; Acts 2:1,14). Peter establishes several points:

  • King David had a grave site, but there is no grave site for Christ (Acts 2:29).
  • The reason is Jesus rose from the dead! (Acts 2:32; Luke 24:1-8).
  • King David and all the other dead people decomposed and became skeletons in their graves, but the body of Christ never decomposed (Acts 2:31; John 20:26-31).
  • Today Jesus sits at the right hand of God, and He will be the Judge of men on the final day (Acts 7:55-60; Hebrews 4:14-15; Acts 2:33; Acts 5:30-31; 1 Peter 3:22; Acts 17:31; John 5:22-23).
  • Peter also said that he and others saw the risen Christ and can testify that he did rise from the dead (1 John 1:1; John 20:19).
  • You cannot go wrong with Christ, for He is the Way, the Truth, and the Light (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; John 10:7-9, 6:35,48,51).
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Evil Is Active Without Christ

Evil is active because the heart of man desires it (James 1:14-15; Matthew 15:18-20). Murders, robbery, bribes, and bad conduct exist in schools because those who commit such acts see it as the solution (Genesis 6:5, 13:13; 2 Timothy 3:13). People everywhere are talking about how terrible crime is, and how unruly young people are. But evil cannot exist when each person decides to do what is right and that is how evil is eliminated (Jonah 3:4-10).

To put a dent in evil, men must repent by accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3; Romans 6:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2). But therein lies the problem. People refuse to accept the gospel, and it is the only hope for man (Titus 2:11-14; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Rom. 10:13-21, 1:16).

However, this must be considered first:

1. One must get himself right, for man cannot change others if he isn’t right himself.

2. Realize that some people will never obey the gospel, but they will continue to contribute to the woes of the world.

3. The gospel still must be taught with the hope of converting some.

4. The young children growing up must be taught the gospel, so they don’t become tomorrow’s thugs. The application of this will put a dent in evil.

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Think Before Spending

Saving for a rainy day is supported by the principles of God’s word. Just look at the example of the young man who got his inheritance and wasted it on partying (Luke 15:11-13). Had he not done so, money would have been left for him to live on (Luke 15:14-17). In Proverbs 21:20, the Bible teaches that wise men will have money in their accounts, while foolish men blow it. Ephesians 4:28 teaches for men to work and have surplus funds to help those in need. Matthew 25:27 teaches that the lazy servant could have put his master’s money in the bank where it could have gain interest.

Jesus taught that we should “count the cost” before doing anything and that certainly can be applied to the use of money. Money isn’t something that we should be in love with because it can’t be taken with us at death (Matt. 6:19-21; 1 Timothy 6:7-10; Job 1:21; Psalms 49:15-20).

But that doesn’t mean for us to waste money and not be able to pay the rent (Ecclesiastes 11:1-2). This is great advice from the Bible, so think before spending.

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