Doctors Orders

Our text will come from the book of Matthew 9:11.  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

While Jesus was carrying on his ministry here on earth he went about the regions healing and doing good for folks however, there were always those that had something to say about it and didn’t like it. They were either jealous that they didn’t have the power that Jesus had, or they didn’t get the attention that Jesus did, or perhaps Jesus was stealing their glory.

In any event Jesus had doctor’s orders for them. His orders were clear. He was here to heal the sick not those that were well.

Sinners need repentance; not the righteous. If you are critical and jealous of others that are trying to do right, there is a need for you to repent of your sinfulness so he will have mercy on you.

Doctor’s Orders.

 

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What’s on Your Mind

The text for today is from Psalm chapter 1 verse 2. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Our text was written by King David. What was on his mind? As a shepherd, I’m sure he had plenty of time to think about things. Protecting the sheep, feeding the sheep, moving them at the right time to new pastures, keeping the sheep from scattering, and keeping himself warm when it was cold.
I’m sure he looked up at night and no doubt he saw some “shooting stars” and other strange phenomenon that he couldn’t explain.
As a shepherd I’m sure he thought if this would be his life long occupation. When if ever he would get married and have children. These things were on his mind.

As a young man he was just like us today. He thought about the same things that we do. The things that were important to him are important to us today.

What’s on your mind?

David found a lot of answers in the word of God. The text stated that he would meditate on it day and night. The Bible has the answers to the things that are important to us today and the one thing that we all will have to deal with eventually is life after death. The Bible tells you what to expect, what Heaven is like, who will be there, how to get there, and what will happen to those that don’t go to Heaven. You see, you may not spend much time now thinking about eternal things but one day you will. If you are pronounced or diagnosed with cancer or some other dreaded disease you will start to change what’s on your mind.

May God help you to think about eternal things before eternity begins for you.

My prayer is that these things will be on your mind.

 

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The Offensive Gospel

Our text will come from Galatians 5:11.  And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

Our text is an unusual one. It states that the cross is offensive to folks. Why?

The apostle Paul is writing to the folks at Galatia. They have been plagued with those that say that you must do this or that to get saved or to stay saved. One of the big things of the day was circumcision and the other was keeping the 10 commandments. The teaching was that if you didn’t do these things you couldn’t be saved or stay saved so Paul was warning the Galatians not to get hung up on this kind of teaching.

Here’s the deal. Paul implies from the text that I won’t suffer persecution from telling someone that they must do this and that to get saved but when I tell them that they can’t do anything to get themselves to get saved then they get offended. That is, the best they can do is not near good enough to get to Heaven.

This gospel is offensive to folks. Why do people get offended over this?
Because it’s not centered on them.
You see, it’s about what the Lord Jesus Christ did for them on the cross. This is offensive to people because they want the limelight on them, not on Jesus.

You see the Bible states that Christ died for our sins to pay for our sins.
…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 1st Corinthians 15:3.
…Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, 1st Peter 2:24.

He was the one that made our sin payment. We are not good enough to make our own sin payment because we are sinners. Christ was not a sinner. God will only accept a sinless offering for sin not a sinful one. So that lets all of us out. This is offensive to most people, that’s why most people will not get saved.

Reader, what about you? Are you offended by the gospel?

May God help you to get saved God’s way because it’s the only way.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6.

 

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Thanksgiving is a Attitude–Not a Day

Our text will come from 1 Thessalonians 5:18.  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Sometimes this can be a very difficult thing to do until you realize that being thankful is not a day, act, idea, but a way of life.  So many of us today if we do give thanks at all, only do it on Thanksgiving Day.  How sad because as Christians we are to be thankful for everything. That is a state of being, not a day or period of time. That’s not all.  Giving thanks is the will of God.  So if you are not thankful you are not in the will of God.  May you find peace in giving thanks to God everyday not on just one day.  Remember, it could always be worse.  So give thanks for what you have because some don’t have that much.

In everything give thanks…

 

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God Comes First

Our text is taken from Exodus 20:3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Our text seems easy enough to follow thru with, but is it really? In America there probably are not too many people that actually bow down in front of some kind of image to pray and worship. There are a few I’m sure, but not many.
You see, God wants to have fellowship with you and there are times when you need to take time for the Lord. Do you? Do you give him the 1st day of the week? Do you give him the 1st of your day? Do you give him the first of your resources?  Do you really give him the time he deserves?  If you were honest you would probably say that you do not.  Or perhaps you would say that you are not doing what you ought to do for the Lord. Were you missing at church Sunday? How about Sunday night. You say, “Well…” wait a minute!

Would you be willing to admit that you do other things that interest you first and then give God your left over pieces of time and talents?

After a while this gets kind of sticky, doesn’t it?  See why some don’t come to church?  They are not interested in “God first” at all.  They put themselves first.

Anyway, you see how the snow blows.
God is a jealous God and he wants some time to talk to you and you to talk to him. That’s reasonable, isn’t it? I mean when you get in serious trouble and you need a way out of a bad situation don’t you like it when God helps you out? So why not be there for God. He is there for you.

If you count all the things that keeps you from putting God first you may find that there are a great deal more “gods” than you might think. It is no worse than someone else that bows down to an image made of stone, metal, or wood.

Anyway, may God help you to put him first. He put you first when he came down here to die on a ole rugged cross to pay for your sins.

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Keep Your Fork, The Best is Yet to Come

Our text is 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.

The country folks have a saying that says, “Keep your fork, the best is yet to come!”  Of course, this is referring to desert which most enjoy after their meal.  Thus, desert is compared to the promises of Heaven.

This is what the Holy Bible says in our text.
Yes, in this life we suffer hard times, sadness, disappointments, sickness, trouble, pain and suffering, heartbreak, and death, however, one day will come when the best is yet to come.
In Revelation 21 God speaks of a new Heaven and a new Earth.  What wonderful promises we have to be a part of and to look forward to, so,

Keep your fork.

You haven’t seen anything yet.

The best is yet to come.

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