Do Not Disturb.

Our text will come from 2nd Timothy 4:3-4.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Do not disturb sign on a hotel door handle

Now days the truth has become hard to come across. Whether it is radio, T.V., or the printed media truth is becoming increasingly harder to find. It is very much censored in the news media and the average person doesn’t seem to want to be bothered with it. They would rather hear a lie than the truth. A lie makes them feel good. People don’t want to be disturbed with the truth because the truth is many times disturbing. They would rather hear a lie.

From our text we learn that in the last days people will not be interested in sound doctrine. They will be inclined to listen to false teachers that will make them feel good even though it’s not the truth.

Even in churches it seems to be harder and harder to find the truth. That’s why there are so many Bibles on the market. Preachers are getting sidetracked from preaching and have started counseling and having seminars rather than proclaiming the word of God, and many people have just decided to stay at home rather than to attend church where the truth is proclaimed. It is almost like they don’t want to be bothered with the truth. The truth of the matter is a “do not disturb” sign could be hung outside the doors of many homes and churches and even schools and governments.

May God help you to love the truth for therein lies freedom.  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

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I’m Innocent!

Our text today is taken from Romans 4:8.  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

im innocentIf you watch many cop shows, after a while you will notice a pattern of the many suspects and criminals taken into custody.  They seem to be all innocent.  They will tell the officer that they are innocent.  They will tell their friends that they are innocent.  They will tell the judges they are innocent, knowing they did commit the crime and they will even tell the inmates that they are incarcerated with that they are innocent.

The point is that they are not innocent.  When you commit a crime you are not innocent and you must pay for the crime.  It is said, “Commit the crime, and do the time.”

That’s the way it is when we are all born.  We are all born with a sin nature and a willingness to sin, therefore in God’s eyes we are not innocent.   All have sinned according to the Bible.  (Read Romans 3:10,12, & 23.) However, the good news is from our text.  If the Lord does not impute (charge) sin to us then we are indeed innocent.  This only takes place if you recognize your sinfulness and sinful nature and then call on the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you and save you from your sin.

He died to pay for our sins and was buried and rose from the dead to show He defeated death and by simple faith in Him we can be saved, if we want to be.  If one does get saved, from that point on sin is not imputed to them and then they are truly innocent.

Praise God for the wonderful doctrine of imputation.

Can you truly say, “I’m Innocent?”

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The Worst Thing You Can Do

Our text is taken from 2nd Corinthians 6:2…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

the worse thing you can doMost of us have many things in this life we want to do and accomplish.  Whether it is furthering your education, taking a trip around the world, getting a better job, raising a family, or even retiring, we all have some things that we, given enough time, would like to accomplish.  But that is the key.  Time.  We can do most anything we want…if we have the time.

Now that I’m growing older I now realize that I no longer have enough time to do all the things that I would like to do.  My time is running out so I will have to do what I can and let the rest go.  Now I have big decisions to make.  Now I have to prioritize my ‘want to do’ list.  What is important and what is not so important.

That is where getting saved becomes the number one priority.

Our text says “now” is the time and “now” is the day of getting saved, not tomorrow.

If you want to know what the worst thing you can do is, I can tell you.

Don’t get saved today.

If the devil can convince you to wait till tomorrow or some other time, for you it may be too late because you have no guarantees that you will wake up tomorrow.  You may not make it to see another sunrise.

Get saved today because it is your eternity that is at stake.  You don’t have tomorrow for sure but you do have today.

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Something to Look Forward To

I’m drawing my text from Revelation 21:4.   And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

something to look forward toAs a child and even later on in life we would always try to take a vacation once during the year.  It gave us all something to look forward to.  Whether I was young or old I always looked forward to vacation time.  The last 15 years or so dad, mom, and myself and on a couple occasions, my brother and sister-in-law would go on a fishing trip in Minnesota.  What a great time.  The last few years however we have not been able to go due to mom’s health issues.  I remember dad saying that it seemed he didn’t have a lot to look forward to now.  I understand that also.

But as a Christian I will always have something to look forward to, Heaven.  No matter how bad times get here and how low we may be feeling, if you are saved, you will always have Heaven waiting for you which is something many don’t have to look forward to.

Thank God for the promise of Heaven in his word.                                                                       In the Bible, Jesus Christ says in John 14:3,   And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

What a great promise! It is truly…

 

Something to Look Forward To

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Are You Sure?

Our text for today is taken from Romans 4:16.  Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

rockThis may seem like an odd portion of scripture but notice the highlight in blue.  Paul is comparing our justification with Abraham and David.  He says that the whole purpose of the faith that we have is so it can be by the grace of God which gives us a sure promise, not a hope so, maybe so, or think so promise.  It is not iffy, but sure.  You need to grasp this because many Christians can’t enjoy their salvation because they are never sure of their own salvation.

It’s funny sometimes when I hear Christians talk about no one can know for sure they are going to Heaven when they die and when you ask them if they are sure about that they say, “Yes.”  So you can be sure about not knowing if you are going to Heaven but you can not be sure about going to Heaven.  How silly and ridiculous.  If God went to the trouble to save us, reckon He couldn’t keep us? Anyway, God wants us to be sure about His promise and His promise is that we are justified when our sins are not imputed to us. (See verse 8)  What a great thought.  What a great promise.  What a great surety we have.  What a great gift we have.  And what a Great God we have.  It’s no wonder the scripture says in Ephesians 2:8-9.   For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

Remember, we can’t save ourselves, It’s God that does the saving and it’s God that does the promising and God that does the justifying.  We are to do the believing and trusting.

You tend to your business and let God tend to His.

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It’s Getting Cold

its getting coldOur text is from Matthew 24:12.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 

As the season of fall approaches the air starts to get drier and cooler and soon it becomes cloudy, gloomy, dreary, cold, and wintery.  Though some like the winter months, most people that I have talked to seem to prefer the spring months where the air starts to get warmer and things begin to come to life.  Even the animals seem happier.  The birds start singing, and the squirrels start playing, and the fish start jumping.  Things are alive and exciting.

The same is true when it comes to the things of God.

In our text, the love of many is cold due to sin and this for the most part is the sin of selfishness.  What about me?  When do I get to have fun?  Me me me, etc. This is because people are all wrapped up in themselves whether it is work or little distractions that the devil has handed out; there just isn’t an interest in godly things anymore. TVs, phones, computers, ipads, cd players, iPods, movies, and video games seem to be absorbing more and more of our time.   Where we used to pray, read the Bible, attend church services, have family devotions, now we are spending more and more time playing with our little toys or entertaining ourselves.

I work with men where their whole world revolves around video games and movies.  I suppose it is an escape from the daily drudge and routine.

The only thing that will remedy this cold season is real revival.  And this won’t happen until we as individuals start to warm up to the things of God which includes putting the Lord first and this may never happen until the Lord takes these things away from us and for that to happen something big may have to happen.  I say big, because do you realize what would have to happen to get the phones out of young people’s hands? What would have to happen to get the people to want to turn their TV’s and computers off or get rid of them?  I think you would have a fight on your hands, if you know what I mean.

When the Children of Israel were told to go in and posses the land that God had promised them they were told also to go in and destroy their molten images, tear down their high places and the first thing on the list was to destroy all their “pictures.”  (See Numbers 33:52).  You can see why it will take the Lord Jesus Christ himself to remedy this situation.  In the mean time…

May God give you the grace to help you to get through the cold season.

 

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