FAITH – HOPE – FORGIVENESS by Growing Older


“How To Be 100% Sure Of Heaven”

If I were to ask you the question: “If you were to die right now, are you 100% sure that you would go to heaven?”  What would be your reply?

Many have said: “No one knows for sure.” or “I’m 95-99% sure.” “I don’t know.”  I run into a few who say with surety: “I am sure I would go to heaven.”

I would like to share with you, from the Bible, God’s Word, how you can be 100% sure.

I John 5:13 says: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”.  Notice the word “know.” When you know something you are 100% sure.

 

Now, how can you know? To simply determine this, one must know what the Bible says in regard to salvation.  Some believe that their religion will save them …. But they are not sure of heaven either.   Many will say that “I must do the best I can.” Others: “Keep the 10 commandments.”  This all amounts to a system of good works.

 

I submit to you, that if our religion or good works would save our souls – then why did Jesus die on the cross? Let’s see what the Bible says about our good works.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”.

 

Galatians 3:1-3 “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”

 

In Romans 11:6 we read: “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work”.

Now, I realize that if I put all of the verses on works from the Bible in this post – it would be very lengthy. Would you read it all?   The verses above basically teach us that our good deeds do not save us – we cannot save ourselves – we need the salvation that the Lord provides for us.

 

Galatians 3:24-25 regarding the Law – reads as follows: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster”.

Here we read that the Law was given to show us what sin is. The Law was our teacher, to teach us right from wrong. Why? So we could be saved by faith.

One day, someone took their Bible and shared with me how to be sure of heaven. Allow me to share it with you. It changed my life and my destiny.

First of all – in the Book of Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

Vserse 12 reads: “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one”.  Then verse 23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”   I thought “I’m in a bad spot. If I am not good or righteous and am a sinner, I have no hope. What will I do?”

 

The person went on to share with me the following. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  He explained that God loved me so much that He sent Jesus to die for me. Jesus Christ paid for all my sins, He took the punishment for me, so that I wouldn’t have to.

 

The, he went to Romans 6:23 which reads: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.  Hmmmm  I’m going to die one day, where will I go?

Being a sinner, I would surely go to hell. But I read and was told that God has a gift for me. That gift is eternal life and it comes from Jesus Christ.  God’s gift does not come through me or my goodness or my keeping the 10 Commandments, but it is a GIFT.

 

O.K. How do I get God’s gift?  Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”    God’s gift is received by us when we acknowledge that we are a sinner;

and then we receive Christ into our hearts and lives.

Verse 13 reads: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Whosoever means ANYBODY can be saved and it by faith in what God did for us.   Whosover means YOU.

 

In II Peter 3:9 we are told that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  You see, God’s will is for folks to be saved and NOT to perisy = spend eternity in hell.    My friend, God loves us so much that He made a plan for mankind. That plan was for us to have eternal life – to be saved – to go to heaven. That plan was for God to come to this world as Jesus Christ – God’s “only begotten son.”  He went to the Cross paying the price for every sin that you and I ever committed. He arose the third day, conquering death, hell and the grave fou you and for me. He offers us salvation, a FREE GIFT – forgiveness of sins and a home in heaven. He says that if we believe and receive, we shall be saved.

 

My friend, would you, now receive Jesus Gift of salvation?  If so, the following prayer can be of a help to you. It is not just reciting some words, but it is belief in your heart.

“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of all my sins. I now ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save my soul. In Jesus name, A-men”.

 

 



Old Testament Survey Book of Numbers

The Book Of Numbers

 Introduction: This fourth Book of the Law, was named due to the fact that it records the numbering or census of the Nation of Israel. Historically, the Book of Numbers begins where the Book of Exodus leaves off.

This is also a book of wilderness wanderings of the redeemed Israelites and their failure to enter the Promised Land  at Kadesh – barnea.

                                                  Genesis – is a Book of creation and fall

                                                  Exodus -  is a book of  redemption

                                                  Leviticus – is a book of worship and fellowship

                                                  Numbers – is a book of service and walk

From Sinai to Kadesh-barnea was approximately 150-200 miles; a trip of about 11 days. Yet, the Children of Israel took 40 years to cover the same ground. As a result of their wandering, they learned many lessons. The Nation was purified by weeding out the rebellious generation and they were molded by God into a nation ready to obey God and then enter into the Promised Land.

The human writer was Moses. Jesus attested to that fact in the New Testament; Luke 24:44.

The author is the Holy Spirit;  II Peter 1:21.

The value of the Book of Numbers as well as the entire Old testament – I Corinthians 10:1-11. They  were (vs 6 & 11) written for “ensamples” or types; examples for us).

The focus of this Book – their failures; unbelief; disobedience; chastisement; and their eventual victory by God; His divine guidance and His sovereign will.

I. The Preparation To Depart From Sinai Or The Order Of The Host  chapters 1-10

  1. The numbering of the fighting men chap. #1

note:  vs 47-50

  1. Arrangement of the camp chap #2

note: numbering of fighting men and arrangement of the camp was for military purposes.

This is to protect the Tabernacle of God

  1. The duties of the Levites and their families chapters 3-4

note: the priestly tribe was given charge of moving the Tabernacle

  1. Priestly instructions chapters 5-10
  2. chapter 5 deals with purity – segregation of lepers for health reasons; trespass or sins;  adultery; jealousy
  3. chapter 6:1-21 the Nazarite vow

Note: this is for one wholly separated unto the Lord; voluntarily done

Sampson and John the Baptist are examples of men who took the Nazarite vow

Many have thought that Jesus took this vow; He did not. He is

referred to as “Jesus of  Nazareth” which is a city, not a vow.

chapters  7-8 deal with Free – will offerings  and consecration of the Levites

The Keeping of the Passover Chapter 9

  1. vs 1 & 5= April 14th
  2. In the New Testament, for Christians, we observe the Lord’s Supper
  3. The silver trumpets chapter 10
  4. vs 1-2 – for calling assembly; to journey or march; also to sound
  5. alarm for  war
  6. silver is a typology of redemption

II. From Sinai To The Wilderness  – chap. 10:11 – chap. 14   

  1. The people complained after only 3 days journey 10:33
  2. chap 11:1 God gets angry when His people complain
  3. vs 5-6 the self pity of the Israelites
  4. vs 10-15 Moses gets discouraged
  5. Israel gets what they want – flesh to eat
  6. Numbers 11:4 – they ask for flesh to eat
  7. vs 5  they long for Egypt – they place where they were enslaved; the place that God
  8. had delivered them out of
  1. the sin was not in wanting some meat to eat – but in the fact of their murmuring and

complaining against God and against God’s man

  1. Numbers 11:18-20 God gives them flesh to eat
  2. vs 20 – “… until … it be loathsome unto you, … ”
  3. vs 20- they despised the Lord – Why did we come out of Egypt?
  4. They are second guessing the Lord; questioning Him.
  5. Israel pays the price of complaining and murmuring
  6. Numbers 11:3 – fire
  7. Numbers 11:31-35 – vs 33 – a “very  great plague.”

NOTES: Be careful of what we ask for; how we ask for it. Be careful of our attitudes;

Be careful of griping, complaining and murmuring against God and God’s man.

  1. God gives them another opportunity to receive His blessings – chap 13-14
  2. 12 spies were sent out to check out the land that God had promised to Israel 13:1 & 17
  3. 10 came back with an evil report and incited a rebellion among God’s people

vs 26-33 & 14:1-2 – this is the problem with committees

   NOTES: God gives them  a tremendous blessing; instead of receiving the blessing, they

have to “check it out.”  “Do  we want God’s blessing?”  “What is God doing to us?”

“God’s blessing just  won’t work.”  “We don’t like it; we don’t agree with it.”

Many Christians today do the same with what God’s Word compels us to do.

The question here is: OBEDIENCE to God’s Word – God’s way or man’s way -

which  will it be.

  1.   The Israelites unknowingly proclaimed their own curse   14:2b
  2. Joshua and Caleb were the 2 spies who said: vs 8-9
  3. The congregation reacted vs 10
  4. Notice what Moses tells them vs 11 – they forgot the power of God and what He had already done for them
  5. the price to be paid for murmuring Numbers 14:26-33
  6. when we are out of God’s will, there is a price to be paid
  7. when we do not obey God and His Word, there is a price to be paid
  8. when we murmur and complain, there is a price to be paid
  9. Numbers 14:44-45 – God allows their enemies to bring a catastrophe  against  Israel

III.  In The Wilderness For 38 Years – chapters 15- 25

  1. Chapters 15-19 God gives various instructions
  2. chap 15-19 – Second set of priestly instructions
  3. chap 16 – instructions about offerings
  4. chap 17 – instructions about Aaron & family being chosen as the priestly family
  5. chap 18 – confirmation of Levites and priestly family of Aaron
  6. chap 19 – instructions concerning the red heifer and water of purification
  7. The rebellion of Korah – chap 16
  8. Vs 1-3 – Korah says that Moses and Aaron are doing too much & that he and his                                                                                         followers are  led by God just as much as Moses is
  9. Moses replies – vs 8-11
  10. vs 9 – hmmmm … out of ALL of the congregation, God picked you to lead the congregation?
  1. vs 10 – do you want to be a priest also?
  2. vs 11 – Korah caused the people in his following to go against the Lord
  3. God deals with rebellion vs 19-21 & 29-35 Num. 26:10
  4. vs 36 God speaks to Moses – God always calls and uses a particular man to lead a                                                                                            congregation
  5. 16:49 – 14,700 died in the plague + those that died  with Korah  vs 35 – 250 men                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The sin of Moses

Numbers 20:8-12

1. vs 8 – God said to “speak” unto the rock

2. vs 11 – Moses smote or beat / hit the rock 2 X’s

3.  Moses did God’s will Moses way

4.  Moses punishment for his sin vs 12

5. The serpent of brass chap 21

Vs 5-9 – Israel still complaining. Why? They are out of God’s will

when God’s people are out of God’s will, they murmur and complain

it is never God’s will for His people to murmur and complain

  Philippians 2:14  “Do all things without murmurings and disputings.”

John 3:14 – this is a type of Christ.

NOTES: Among the Jews, the brazen serpent was considered a type of the resurrection-through it the dying lived; and so, by the voice of God, they that were dead shall be raised to life. As the serpent was raised up, so shall Christ be lifted up: as they who were stung by the fiery serpents were restored by looking up to the brazen serpent, so those who are infected with and dying through sin are healed and saved, by looking up to and believing in Christ crucified. These are all the analogies which we can legitimately trace between the lifting up of  the brazen serpent, and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The lifting up of the Son of man may refer to his mediatorial office at the right hand of God.

  1. Preparations For Entering The Land Chaps. 26-36
  2. Taking a census of the new generation Chap. 26
  3. The old generation is dead or about to die
  4. verses 1- 4 the census is taken  of those 20 years old & older
  5. Chap. 27 – The law of inheritance and Joshua appointed to succeed Moses
  6. Num. 27:12-13
  7. vs 18-22 Joshua appointed by God to replace Moses to lead the congregation of Israel
  8. More priestly instructions chaps. 28-30                                                                                                                                                                                                             Laws concerning women’s vows chap. 30
  1. man’s vow is always binding 30:1-2
  2. women’s vows can be annulled by her father or husband if married 30:5-8
  3. this shows the responsibility given by God to the man as the leader of his home                                                                                               and to protect his wife / daughter

The  judgment of Midian chap. 31

they sinned by not destroying all of the enemy

this was a repeat of their previous sin vs 16

Gad &  Reuben refuse to help their brothers  fight the battle 32:6

they are punished for their sin vs 11-15

they fall into sin later on also I Chronicles 5:25-26

A summary of Israel’s journey’s from Egypt to Jordan  chap. 33:1-49

Law of the possession of the land 33:50-56

God  sets the borders for the  Land of Canaan  chap 34

The  cities of refuge  chap. 35

The inheritance   chap. 36

In the Book of Numbers, we see the consequences of unbelief; disobedience  and  the  cleansing or purging of the Nation of Israel.  The Nation of Israel was purified in the wilderness  so that they could receive their eventual victory  which  was God’s will for them.



Old Testament Survey Book Of Leveticus

The Book Of Leviticus

Introduction: This is the third Book Of Moses; the third Book of the Law. The “Key Word” of this Book is HOLINESS. This word occurs 87 times in this Book.;  the “Key Verse” is Leviticus 19:2.

This Book deals with:

1. The offerings

2. The Law of the offerings

3. Consecration

4. A  warning example

5. A Holy God requires a clean, Holy people
6. Atonement

7. Relationships of God’s people

8. Feasts of  Jehovah

The Book of Exodus covers a time period of about   216 years while Leviticus covers a time period of a year or less.  In Exodus, God speaks from the Mount to Moses;  the Children of Israel were forbidden to go there. In Leviticus, God speaks from the Tabernacle where He dwells in the midst of His people, Israel.

The Offerings

Lev. 1:1-2
the offering was to come to God’s House – here, the Tabernacle
Moses is instructed by God to tell the Children of Israel
Directions concerning burnt-offerings chapter 1
A bullock, vs 1-9
A sheep, goat, lamb, or kid, vs 10-13
A turtle dove, or young pigeon, vs 14-17
Sweet Savor offerings      chapter 2-3
Non sweet savor offerings chapter  4-5
Trespass offering chapter 6:7
The Law Of The Offerings chapter 6:8-7:38

Moses received instructions to be delivered to the priests respecting their official duties,
and first the burnt offering  – Hebrew, “a sacrifice,

This is the ceremony which ought to be observed in the offerings

The Law Of The Offerings    chapter 6:8-7:38

Leviticus is beneficial to us as a “shadow” of things concerning our High Priest, Jesus Christ  8:1, 7-9,  30,

His sacrifice of Himself – by Himself – for Us  Hebrews 10:1-3, 10-12  unholy  vs 8-11
A Warning Example chapter  10

Strange fire vs 1
The sin of Nadab and Abihu was doing without seeking the mind of God before acting
It typifies any use of carnality to promote the fire of devotion and praise.
There is a difference between the Holy and the profane

Holy God Requires A Clean, Holy People chapter 11-15

A. laws regarding what can be eaten of touched chapter 11
B. Laws regarding childbirth chapter 12
C. Laws regarding leprosy chapters 13-14
D. Laws concerning sexual purity chapter 15

The Day Of Atonement chapter 16
A. This is one of the most powerful Jewish religious days
1. Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement
2. vs 29-31 the date is October 10th
B. Atonement for the sins of the nation
C. This is the only time of the year when the high priest was allowed to enter into the Holy
of Holies to offer the blood upon the altar for the sins of the people
D. Vs 33 – 34 What Atonement was to be made for

Relationships Of God’s People chapters 18-22
A. In order to walk with a Holy God, God’s people must be holy 19:1-2
1. holy means: sacred – set apart
2. the word “sanctification” has the basic same meaning
B. Things to keep away from or not to touch 19:26-32
1. I Thessalonians 5:22
2. Lev. 18 deals with incest – adultery – homosexuality – beastiality – nakedness
C. Punishments for impurity chapter 20
1. idolatry = death
2. consorting with witches or being a witch = death
3. cursing mother or father = death 20:9
4. incest = death
5. homosexuality = death 20:13
6. beastiality = death 20:15-16
7. adultery = death 20:10
8. unclean and improper sexual practices = childlessness

Christ In Leviticus

1:3 without blemish Eph. 5:2; Heb. 9:14; I Peter 1:19
1:4 atonement Romans 5:11
1:5 priests Hebrews 10:11
4:12 without the camp Hebrews 13:11-12
4:16 the priests Hebrews 9:12-14
8:33-34 commanded Hebrews 7:16
9:7 atonement for all Heb. 5:1-5; 7:27; 9:7-12
9:15 the peoples offering Hebrews 2:17; 5:3
14:7 cleansing by blood Hebrews 9:13-14
16:3 into the Holy Place Hebrews 9:7; 12; 24-25
16:14 blood Hebrews 9:13-14; 10:4, & 10
16:15 offering for the people Heb. 2:17; 5:2; 9:7, & 28
16:16 Atonement for holy place Hebrews 9:22-23
16:17 Atonement for the altar Hebrews 9:12-23
16:30 Cleansing by blood Hebrews 9:13-14; I John 1: 7-9
16:22 The scapegoat John 1:29; Heb. 9:28; I Peter 2:24
17:11 Blood Atonement Matt. 26:28; Mark 14:24; Eph. 1:7;
Col. 1:20; Hebrews 13:12
25:49 Kinsman redeemer Luke 1:68; 24:21; Romans 8:29; Gal. 3:13;
Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 1:14; II Thess. 2:13;
Titus 2:13-14; I Peter 1:18

NOTE: These are just a few of the many, many references to Christ found in the Book of Leviticus. The major portion of this Book points directly to Jesus Christ. The Book of Hebrews is the most profitable Book in the New Testament to help you to understand the Book of Leviticus.
Hebrews 10:1 tells us that the Law was a shadow of what would come. With Jesus, it was fulfilled.
Hebrews 9:12 – “once” vs 28 “once” Hebrews 10:10 “once for all” vs 12 -“one sacrifice”
vs 11 the priests “sacrifices” or sacraments, can NEVER take away sins.

Genesis is the Book of Beginnings; also a book where God called His people out of Egypt. In Exodus, we see the redemption of God’s people where they left of Egypt. In the Book of Leviticus, we see the Atonement; a code of Holiness that God expects His people to follow; sacrifices as a symbol.



Old Testament Survey – The Book Of Exodus

The Book Of Exodus

Introduction: Exodus means “going out.” The Book records  the redemption of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. These were the descendants of Abraham. This Book sets forth, in type, all redemption.  Expressions of our redemption are worship, fellowship and service; and so Exodus is a type of the conditions upon which all relationships with God exist.

Broadly, this Book teaches that redemption is essential to any relationship with a holy God and that even a redeemed people cannot have fellowship with God unless they are constantly cleansed from defilement. The time had come to return to the Promised land.  There are three basic areas of Exodus: 1. The Law  2. The Tabernacle  3. The Exodus.

Genesis showed us the calling out of a people for God. They were called out and produced through one family, Abraham. God changed his name to Israel. In Exodus, we see that family formed into a nation, Israel. God gave them a code of Laws and a personal place in which to meet. Both of these things separated them from the rest of the world.

Exodus shows us the doctrine of redemption by the blood. God redeems Israel from bondage in Egypt which is a typology of redemption of man through the blood of Christ. This is shown by the power of God as we will see in the Passover Lamb.

 The Children Of Israel who Came Into Egypt

  1. Exodus 1:1-6 70 people came into Egypt also Genesis 46:27
  2. Exodus 12:30 they spent 430 years in Egypt
  3. Exodus 12:37 those who came out of Egypt – 600,000 men
  4. Numbers 1:46 – the Levites were not counted in the number
  5. Numbers 3:30 – 22,000 Levites
  6. A conservative number of the Children of Israel who came out of Egypt was approximately from 1 to 2 million

  What Was The Cause Of The Exodus?

  1. A new king, a change of dynasty Exodus 1:8
  2. vs 7 – probably as many Jews as Egyptians
  3. vs 11 the Egyptians put Taskmasters over them vs 12-14
  4. Pharaoh is a title, such as,  a king

God Prepares A Man To Lead Israel

Three 40 year time periods in the life of Moses

40 years in the House of Pharaoh Exodus 2:1-10 where he was preserved, adopted and trained in Egyptian wisdom

Hebrews 11:23-26; Acts 7:20-23

40 years as a shepherd – Ex. 2:15- 4:31

40 years leading the Israelites

The number 40, in the Bible, represents a “time of  testing.”

  1. Exodus 2:11-14 Moses kills an Egyptian; this is the end of his first 40 years
  2. Moses ruined his testimony
  3. Moses is out of God’s will and is set aside for 40 years – to learn
  4. Moses and the burning bush Exodus 3
  5. vs 2 – the bush was not consumed
  6. vs 3 – Moses turns to see why the bush is not burnt
  7. some lessons from the burning bush
  8. Moses had burnt himself out – his life was a “pile of ashes” after he killed the Egyptian
  1. the bush was burning – but – NO pile of ashes; what was the secret?

(1) God was in the bush

(2) God was not in Moses act of killing the Egyptian

(3) I believe Moses presumed that Israel would follow him because of who he was-

- remember … his education etc. in Egypt and in the house of Pharaoh

(4) Moses learns an object lesson here – the difference is God. Self gets in the way;

God never gets in the way.

(5) If God could use a bush, with no brain, no eyes, mouth, heart etc. could he not use

Moses – OR you and I?

(6) God reveals Himself to Moses and calls Moses to do a job vs 6, 10, 14

Moses Makes Excuses Why He Cannot Serve or Obey God

  1. The unbelief of the people Chapter 4:1
  2. Moses inability to convey the message vs 10
  3. contrast this with Acts 7:22
  4. vs 14, God is angry when we make excuses

God Delivers Israel From Egypt Chapters 5-18

  1. The ten plagues on Egypt Exodus 7:8 to 12 :36
  2. River Nile turned to blood 7:17-19 To the Egyptians, the Nile was a deity
  3. Frogs 8:1-5
  4. Lice 8:16-18
  5. Flies 8:20-21
  6. Murrain – animal plague 9:3-4
  7. Boils 9:8-11
  8. Hail 9:18 & 23-26
  9. Locusts 10: 12-17
  10. Darkness 10:21-25
  11. Death of the firstborn of both man and beast or the Passover 12:1-36; I Cor. 5:7  Christ our Passover

The Passover

  1. Foretold in chapter 11
  2. Takes place chapter 12
  3. the lamb or kid to be used on the occasion to be taken from the flock the tenth day of the month, and vs 3
  4. each family to provide one lamb vs 3
  5. the lamb or kid to be a male of the first year without blemish vs 5
  6. to be killed on the fourteenth day vs 6
  7. the blood to be sprinkled on the side posts and upper post of the doors vs 7
  8. the flesh to be prepared by roasting, and not to be eaten and no part of it to be left till the morning vs 8
  9. the people to eat it with their loins girded, as persons prepared for a journey vs 11

Why called it the PASSOVER vs 23

  1. the blood sprinkled on the door posts, &c., to be a token to them of preservation from
  2.                   the destroying angel  vs 13.
  3. the fourteenth day of the month Abib to be a feast for ever vs 14.
  4. unleavened bread to be eaten seven days vs 15
  5. this also to be observed in all their generations for ever vs 17-20.
  6. Moses instructs the elders of Israel how they are to offer the lamb and sprinkle his
  7.                   blood, and for what purpose vs 21-23.
  8. he binds them to instruct their children in the nature of this rite vs 24-27.
  9. the children of Israel act as commanded vs 28.
  10. all the first-born of Egypt are slain vs 29, 30 the death angel would pass over any
  11.                   Israeli home where the blood was applied as God instructed it to be done
  12. for Israel only vs 43-46

Christ, our Passover  I Cor. 5:7  Christ the Lamb John 1:29 & 1:36         

Notes on the Passover

  1. a lamb – The Hebrew word signifies the young of sheep and of goats, and may  be indifferently translated either lamb or kid. See Ex 12:5.
  2. a lamb for a house – The whole host of Israel was divided into twelve tribes. The 12 tribes divided into families, the families into houses, and the houses into particular persons; Numbers 1, Joshua  7:14.
  3. and if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his  house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.  Ex. 12:4
  4. if the household be too little:  That is, if there be not persons enough in one family to eat a whole lamb, then two families must join together.  The rabbis allow that there  should be at least ten persons to one paschal lamb, and not more than twenty.
  5. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.  Lev 22:18-21; 23:12; Mal 1:8,14; Heb 9:14; 1Pe 1:19
  6. Verse 5.   Without blemish having no natural imperfection, no disease, no deficiency

or redundancy of parts.  The Rabbi’s taught: reckoning fifty blemishes that render a

lamb or any animal, improper to be sacrificed: five in the ear, three in the eyelid,

eight  in the eye, three in the nose, six in the mouth.

  1. a male of the first year. That is, any age in the first year between eight days and twelve months.
  1. from the sheep, or from the goats – This means either; and either was equally proper

if without blemish.  The Hebrews however in general preferred the lamb to the kid.

NOTES: The day among the Jews had twelve hours, Joshua 11:9. Their first hour was about six o’clock in the morning with us.  Their sixth hour was our noon. Their ninth hour answered to our three o’clock in the afternoon. By this we may understand that the time in which Christ was crucified began at the third hour, that is, at nine o’clock in the morning, the ordinary time for the daily morning sacrifice, and ended at the ninth hour, that is, three o’clock in the afternoon, the time of the evening sacrifice, Mr 15:25,33,34,37. Wherefore their ninth hour was their hour of prayer, when they used to go into the temple at the daily evening sacrifice, Ac 3:1; and this was the ordinary time for the Passover.  It is worthy of remark that God sets no particular hour for the killing of the Passover: any time between the two evenings, i.e., between twelve o’clock in the day and the termination of twilight, was lawful.  The daily sacrifice (see Ex 29:38,39) was killed at half past the eighth hour, that is, half an hour BEFORE three in the afternoon; and it was offered up at half past the ninth hour, that is, half an hour AFTER three.  In the evening of the Passover it was killed at half past the seventh hour, and offered at half past the eighth, that is, half an hour BEFORE three: and if the evening of the Passover fell on the evening of the Sabbath, it was killed at half past the SIXTH hour, and offered at half past the SEVENTH, that is, half an hour BEFORE two in the afternoon.  The reason of this was, they were first obliged to kill the daily sacrifice, and then to kill and roast the paschal lamb, and also to rest the evening before the Passover.  Agreeably to this Maimonides says ‘the killing of the Passover is after midday, and if they kill it before it is not lawful; and they do not kill it till after the daily evening sacrifice, and burning of incense:  and after they have trimmed the lamps they begin to kill the paschal lambs until the end of the day.’  By this time of the day God foreshadowed the sufferings of Christ in the evening of times or in the last days, Heb 1:2; 1Peter 1:19,20: and about the same time of the day, when the lamb ordinarily died, HE died also, at the ninth hour; Mt 27:46-50.”

Verse 7: And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. Take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts. This was to be done by dipping a bunch of hyssop into the blood, and thus sprinkling it upon the posts,  Ex 12:22. That this sprinkling of the blood of the lamb was an emblem of the sacrifice and atonement made by the death of Jesus Christ, is most clearly intimated in the sacred writings, 1 Peter 1:2; Heb 9:13,14; 8:10.  It is remarkable that no blood was to be sprinkled on the threshold shows a reverent regard for the blood of Christ, that men should not tread under foot the Son of GOD, nor count the blood of the covenant wherewith they were sanctified an unholy thing; Hebrews 10:29.

 The Exodus And The Wilderness Journey

A. Redemption – deliverance from bondage Ex. 12:37-40
1. vs 35 – the Israelites obeyed the word of Moses, their leader
2. vs 36 – the Egyptians lent them jewels and cloths etc.
3. 600,000 men not counting children
4. the Israelites had been 430 years as slaves in Egypt
B. God’s protecting hand Exodus 13:17-18
C. God leads the way vs 21
1. pillar of a cloud by day
2. pillar of fire by night
D. Pharaoh’s heart is hardened Ex. 14:4-12
1. Vs 7-9 horsemen, chariots, the army etc. all come after the Israelites
2. Vs 10 they were afraid when they say the Egyptians
3. Vs 11-12 a pity party; fear; lack of faith
4. the children of Israel forgot about the might and the power of God – OR How soon
we forget. Vs 12 – better to live in Egypt than to die in the wilderness
a. Egypt is a type of the world
b. Israel in Egypt is a type of the unsaved person
c. God delivering Israel is a type of the unsaved person being saved or redeemed
d. Israel desiring to go back into Egypt is a type of a saved person wanting to go back
into the sinful ways that God has saved you out of
E. Crossing the Red Sea Exodus 14:13-31
1. Vs 13-14 – wait on the Lord “stand still” The Lord will fight for you
2. Vs 19-20 – we see God’s protection
3. Vs 21 – the Sea is rolled back – God working through Moses I Thess. 5:24
4. Vs 22 – Dry ground
5. Vs 26-28 – God, through Moses, drowns the Egyptians in the Red Sea. Again, God’s
protecting hand
6. Vs 29 – Israel was safe; the water was a wall = protection
7. Vs 31 – Israel saw; feared; and believed the Lord and His servant, Moses. As we will
see, this is short lived.

The March To Sinai – God Provides For The Needs Of His People – Exodus 15 to 18

A. Marah Exodus 15:22-27
1. waters were bitter vs 23; name Marah means “bitter” “angry” “discontented”
2. vs 24 – the people murmured
3. vs 25 – God directs Moses. God directs the man He calls. God always leads and
directs His people through a leader. Here, it was Moses, a prophet called of God.
In the New Testament, it is pastors called of God placed in the local church.
4. The tree – God directs Moses to a “tree”
a. the tree was cast into the waters
b. the bitter was made sweet
c. again, God provides what is necessary; the needs of His people

d. vs 27 – 12 wells of water; 12 Tribes of Israel

e. vs 26 – God gives instructions to Israel
C. Manna from Heaven – Exodus 16:1-22
1. God provided for His children’s daily needs
2. Manna was a life sustaining food. God gave specific instructions vs 4
3. the Children of Israel murmured against God’s leaders vs 2 Phil. 2:14
D. The Sabbath given to Israel vs 23-26

The Giving Of The Law Exodus 19-24
A. The Covenant established Exodus 19:1-24 to 24:11
1. The 10 Commandments chapter 20
2. Law concerning relationships Ex. 21:1 to 23:13
3. The Law concerning the 3 main feasts Ex. 23:14-19
a. Feast of Unleavened bread – Ex. 23:15 includes Passover
b. Feast of the Harvest or First fruits ( Pentecost ) vs 16
c. Feast of ingathering (Tabernacles) vs 16
d. Instructions on who can observe feasts; when and how vs 17-19
B. Law concerning the making of covenants with the heather in the Promised Land
Ex 23:20-33
1. don’t bow down -don’t serve false gods vs 24
2. overthrow them vs 24
3. God’s promises vs 27 – 31 Notice the words “I” referring to God
a. God sends fear to the enemies
b. God will destroy them
c. God sends hornets to drive the enemies out little by little
d. God sends the boundaries for the Children of Israel
C. Order of worship for when the Tabernacle is built

 The Tabernacle Exodus 25-40

A. Instructions on how to build it 25:1-7 to 27:8
1. Instructions for the offering to build the Tabernacle 25:1-7
2. Instructions on how to build it 25:8 to 27:1
3. Instructions to make the Brazen Altar 27:1-8
B. Instructions for the Court of the Tabernacle 27:9-19
C. Instructions for the lamp 27:20-21
D. Instructions for the priests 28:1 to 29:46
E. Final instructions chapter 30
1. Altar of Incense – the ransom money – the Bronze Laver
2. The Holy Anointing Oil – Holy Incense
F. The appointment of those to build the Tabernacle 31:1-11
G. Instructions about the Sabbath 31:12-17
H. Ten Commandments given to Moses from God written in stone 31:18

Concluding Thoughts On The Book Of Exodus

A. Moses on the Mount, receiving instructions from God
1. The Children of Israel resorted to doing their own thing.
2. Exodus 32:1-10, they resorted to the ways of the world, the worshipping of false Gods,
refusing to obey God instructions as given to them by God through God’ man, Moses.
Vs 7, they have “corrupted themselves”
3. Acts 7:38-42
4. The sin of the congregation – they refused to listen to God’s man
Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25 B. God gives instructions through a called leader; here is was Moses
B. God gives instructions through a called leader; here is was Moses
1. Exodus 40:19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 32
2. God’s people are to follow their God given and God called leader
a. pray for him
b. help him
c. work with him
d. follow his leading
C. When people are left to themselves, they tend to go astray
1. here in Exodus, we have an example of this
2. they did “their own thing” also Vs 25
D. A picture of God Grace Exodus 32:10-14
E. God disciplines His people for their sin Exodus 32:34-35; Hebrews 12:6



Old Testament Survey Genesis by Dr. Charles Bonner

Old Testament Studies by Dr. Charles Bonner

The Book of Genesis

Introduction: Genesis is a Book of beginnings. The human writer: Moses.

The author: The Holy Spirit

The beginning of heaven and earth

The beginning of plants and animals

human life and sin

Genesis is the beginning of everything …. except … God

It is the beginning but has no finality

The beginning of idolatry

The Book of Genesis is quoted over 60 times in the New Testament. The recorded events of the Book of Genesis cover a period of 2,315 years. It begins with Genesis 1:1   “In the beginning God …” and it closes with Genesis 50:26 “… in a coffin in Egypt.”

Genesis has five chief divisions

1. Creation

2. Fall and redemption

3 Cain, Seth and the flood

4. Flood to Babel

5. Abraham to the death of Joseph

Why study the Old Testament? Romans 15:4;  Galatians 3:24

Eight famous men of the Old Testament

1. Adam  2. Abel  3. Enoch  4. Noah  5. Abraham  6. Isaac  7. Jacob  8. Joseph

I. Creation

A. Theistic evolutionists teach God created by means of evolution.

1. this is not Bible theology nor science nor evolution

2. God created  vs 1

3. Notice several verses on God’s creation: God said = spoke

a. vs 3              c. vs 9            e. vs 20      g. vs 26

b. vs 6             d. vs 11           f. vs 24

4. Notice the divisions of days

a. vs 5  “… and the evening and the morning were the first day.”

b. vs 8    c. vs 13     d.  vs 23    e.  vs 31

5. Man – chapter 2:5  refers back to Genesis 1:27

B. The oldest profession 2:5, 15

C. The Garden was “Eastward” in Eden 2:8 or in the Eastern part of Eden.

II. God Makes Abraham A Promise Genesis 12:1-3 and 13:15-16

A. This is an unconditional promise

B. Abraham didn’t have to do anything for God to keep His promise

C. Man’s folly or impatience; lack of faith; disobedience; sin Genesis 16:1-16

D. Ishmael means “God shall hear”

E. Genesis 17:1-8; vs 15-19; vs 8 God gives Abraham & his seed, the land of Canaan

F. the Covenant is with Isaac Genesis 17:20-21

G. symbol of the Covenant – Genesis 17:10-12 – violated with Ishmael vs 25

H. God again confirms the Covenant 18:11-14

I. birth of Isaac 21:9-13

J. Synopsis of the situation

1. God tells Abram that he and his wife will have a son; they are old & she can’t have any

2. Sarai tells Abram to have a child with her maid, Hagar 16:1-2.

a. this is man running ahead of God – not waiting on God

b. this is man trying to do God’s will man’s way

c. this is sin: disobedience, immorality

d. God’s promise follows the legitimate line through Isaac – Genesis 17:21

e. the illegitimate line is Ishmael – the Arab peoples. God still made them great because

of God’s promise to Abram.

f. both peoples trace their lineage back to Abraham. Both claim God’s promise of the

land of Canaan to Abram’s seed 17:8

g. they’ve fighting over the land for centuries

h. the continual fighting and unrest is a product of man’s sin

III. Sodom And Gomorrah  Chap. 19

A. In Chapter 18, God would not destroy them if there were even 10 righteous people in

Them, vs 33. There evidently were not that many there.

B. Chapter 19 – two angels came to Sodom to see Lot. They were most likely two of the

three angels that had met with Abraham in 18:2.

1. Lot treated them hospitable – he also invited them in vs 2

2. vs 4, the men (sodomites) of Sodom, surrounded the house

3. vs 5, they wanted to perpetrate their wickedness upon the men – Lots guests

4. vs 8, Lot offers his two daughters in their place

a. shows Lot’s perversion

b. shows Lot’s disreguard & disrespect for himself, his wife and his daughters as well

as for God

5. vs 9, the sodomites tried to break in Lot’s house

6. vs 10 the men (angels) rescued Lot and smote the queers with blindness

7. vs 13-15, the angels will destroy the wicked city. Shows the power of God’s angels

8. vs 16 Lot lingered – he had become so attached to the sinful place he was living in, he

did not want to leave it.  If Lot had recognized the wickedness of the city, he would

have left it long before this time.

9. vs 16, the angels had to drag Lot and his family out of the city.

10. vs 28 the fate of the cities

11. vs 31-38 the continued sin of Lot and his family

IV. Isaac:  Chapter 25-26

A. God continues His formation of His chosen nation, Israel Chapter 25:11

B. God confirms His covenant to Isaac, that He had given to Abraham 26:3-5, 24

V. Jacob

A. Steals Esau’s Blessing; he deceives his father 27:1-25

B. Jacob receives the blessing reserved for his brother Esau 27:26-46

C. Jacob receives the Abrahamic Covenant 28:3-4; 13-14

D. Esau married into Ishmael family 28:9

E. Jacob’s name changed to Israel 32:28

1. Jacob had 12 sons

2. Jacob’s 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel

The Messianic Line Of Christ – Genesis 49:8-10

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Reuben    Simeon    Levi     Judah    Dan   Naphtali    Gad    Asher   Issachar   Zebulon    Joseph   Benjamin

29:32       29:33     29:34     29:35    30:6      30:8      30:13   30:13     30:18       30:20      30:24        35:18

 

F.  Jacob waits 14 years for his bride – he reaped what he sowed earlier

VI.  Joseph; Genesis 37-50

A. He was the oldest son of Jacob and Rachel;  Gen. 37:3

1. He was the favorite son of his father

2. Because he was favored, his brothers hated him and sold him into slavery into Egypt  Genesis 37:18-36

B. God uses Joseph and brings him to a powerful position in Egypt chapters 37-48

1. He is tested in the house of Potiphar Gen. 39:1-23

2. Joseph does the right thing, yet is framed and goes to prison; vs 7-14, 20,22

3. Pharaoh has a dream chap. 41

a. Pharaoh’s magicians could not interpret the dream; vs 8

b. Pharaoh calls for Joseph, vs 14, to interpret the dream

c. there would be 7 years of plenty and then 7 years of famine, vs 29-30

4. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge over all the land of Egypt 41:40-44

C. Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to buy corn; chapter 42

D. Joseph tells his brothers who he really is chapter 45

E. God took something evil and made something good from it; Genesis  50:20

 

Joseph is one of the most complete types of Christ in the Old Testament

                       Similarities                                                       Joseph                        Christ

 

Both were beloved of their fathers                                      Gen37:3                Matt. 3:17; 17:5

Both were sold by their own                                               Gen. 37:27-28         Matt. 26:15

Both were taken to Egypt                                                    Gen. 37:26              Matt. 2:14-15

Both were falsely accused                                                    Gen. 39:13-15        Matt. 26:59-60

Both had two fellow sufferers,                                             Gen. 40:20-21        Luke 23:39-43

one was saved and one condemned

Both were exalted after suffering                                         Gen. chap. 39-41   Phil. 2:7-9



Anointing of the Holy Spirit

This is a very BRIEF Outline on this subject

 

The word “anoint” is used a few different ways in the Bible. It was customary to anoint kings, prophets, and priests, on their entering on their office, as a part of the ceremony of inauguration.

Exodus 28:41 & 40:15

Prophets of old were anointed. Isaiah 61:1 & I Samuel 10:1

The word “anoint” is applied also to Christians as being consecrated or set apart to the service of God by the Holy Spirit; a use of the word which is derived from the sense of consecrating, or setting apart, to the service of God.

I John 2:20 & I John 2:27

The word “consecrate = “dedicate;” “to be clean both ceremonially and morally;” “prepare.”

Hebrews 10:20: “dedicate.”

Christians should be concreted or dedicated to the service of the Lord.

“Unction” as used in I John 2:20: anointing, or the enlightening and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit.  Here, John reminds them that their anointing; their power etc was from the  “Holy One.”  I John 2:18 – There were, back in John’s day, false or antichrists. These antichrists posed as the equals of or even superior to Christ himself.

Vs 19 – ‘.. they were not of us …” There were, in John’s day, as well as in our day, people who falsely profess Christ as Savior. They were not “true” Christians.

So, John teaches them that what they (true Christians) have, is from God and it is not the same as those who pretend to be Christians.

Vs 21 – what they have from God is Truth.

I John 2:27 – The anointing that they have, they received from God. It abides in them.

The word “abideth:” to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand.

Here we see the promise of Hebrews 13:5 & John 14:16 – 17.

Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit: Psalm 92:10. This is to be understood spiritually of the strength, comfort, and prosperity which God imparts to the righteous through his providence, word, and Spirit.

Those who put their trust in God shall continually receive from Him new strength for the performance of the new services which he requires of them.

Our power comes from: The Holy Spirit; from reading God’s Word, given to us by the Holy Spirit. It also comes from prayer as we speak to God:  strengthened by: Eph. 3:16



Temptation By The devil

Matthew 4:1-11 

Intro: The word tempted  means to:  test  examine  prove

Luke 4:1 tells the  same … But … Mark 1:12 uses the  word “driveth.

The word driveth does not mean that Jesus was compelled forcibly against his will to go there, but that Christ was inclined to go there by the Spirit, or  was led there. The Spirit of God, for important purposes, caused Him to go.

In Luke  4:13 – he (the devil) departed from Him for a season.

Here, we must conclude that he tempted Jesus again. In the Garden,  the devil tempted Jesus to draw back from the Cross.

The devil attacked Jesus through Peter and with the Pharisees

Mark uses only 2 verses regarding the temptation of Jesus. Mark adds the “wild beasts” in the wilderness.

The  wilderness is a lonely – unproductive place. There are many dangers in the wilderness -

snakes – jackals – lions – wolves – The devil through all he has at trying to bring Jesus down.

Hebrews 4:15  (tempted in all points)

Back to Matthew 4 – 40 days – fasting – hungry – the devil waited until Jesus was at His weakest point ….  when He was most vulnerable.

In each instance, Jesus quoted Scripture – Matthew 4:4, 7, 10.   My friends – stick to the Bible

Read it – memorize it – believe it – obey it.

All Christians are tempted in one way or another.

Tempted not to read your Bible – not to pray – to quit – to get discouraged – tempted to stay home from church – tempted in one way or another.

Remember … all temptations are from the devil and not from God … James 1:13

I run into Christians who quit because of what somebody said or did to them or about them.

That’s the devils delight.  Peter denied the Lord and cussed and swore about not knowing Jesus … peter denied Jesus. Jesus was betrayed by a friend – Judas.  Yet … He did not cave in and quit serving the Lord.

Many times, I hear someone say – pastor – you don’t know how that hurt me. They told a lie about me – they hurt my feelings … so … I’m just not to go to church any more – if that’s they way Christians act.

Sad but true … Many Christians act like idiots …. But Jesus Christ is still the same – yesterday – today and forever.

Always remember this … Jesus died in your place on the Cross of Calvary … not some long tongued gossip … not some self proclaimed Pharisee.

I do know how that hurts because I have been there and yet … I have never quit preaching – serving – going to church – praying – reading  my Bible – witnessing  – tithing – giving to missions etc. etc.

Not long ago, the devil attacks by using my kids – he has probably attacked many of you  with family – kids – tearing down … wearing you down.

John was hurt, physically by a faculty member at Bible college. I had to have a go round with them because they  were refusing to take care of the matter.  Said that they would not pay their part of the medical bills for him … etc.

I found out my daughter, living in another state, was in trouble. I went to get her out …. Now she  is safe from the threat of harm and death. Through this – I received death threats and it does play on your emotions and the stress level is high.

Pharisee’s attacked  this church and attacked me and the devil tries to bring harm – to divert me and you from what we should be doing.

I have had, over the years, my life threatened simply for telling folks about Jesus.

Folks have said that I have said things that I never said — I think they call that lies.

Yet, I have trusted in the Lord – read my Bible – made mistakes … like we all have … and when my focus strayed from Christ to people … I confessed that sin and put my eyes back on Jesus.  I turn to the Scriptures and to prayer and just trust the Lord and seek His direction.

Psalms 121

EXAMPLE: (Pastor related to me … Miss Jones … widow … came to church Sun. mornings … about 3 of 4 Sundays. Often called the church, 3-4 times a week, with questions as she  was trying to learn.

Miss Jones  often hosted get together’s for some of her lady friends that she used to work with.

One Friday, as she inventoried her liquid refreshment, she discovered that she needed to order another case.

She called the liquor store … so she thought …. but out of habit, dialed the church. The pastor …. just about to leave … simply answered “Hello.”  Miss Jones said … Hi, this is Helen Jones – I need another case of  ………….. and please deliver it to my house  ASAP.  “Well, Miss Jones, said the pastor, how are you, this is pastor Johnson …..

Miss Jones started yelling into the phone ….. Pastor  Johnson … what are you doing at the liquor store?  She told .. all over town … that her pastor was a customer at the corner liquor store.   Sometimes, that’s how malicious gossip spreads.

The devil uses many things to tempt us …. 25 years ago … when  managing a large furniture and appliance store, in Wisconsin … I was working with smaller churches – helping them – preaching and teaching etc.   was making – then – $52,000 a year.

I reasoned within myself – “I can be a business man and use my $$$ to help struggling Christians – preachers and churches.”  The temptation to drop out of the ministry  to  do what seemed right in my own eyes.

God made me miserable and I went in one day  … after much prayer … and quit my job and took another job in a much smaller store, as manager, for half of  what I was making.

Now let’s get back to the part about Christians being hurt … Pastor, you don’t know how that

hurts …  and yet, I believe I do.

When I was a pastor in Iowa, late 1970’s , God was blessing. A town of 500 – 600 folks and a church of about 25 people.   After 4 years – avg. 126 in S.S. and 175 in church. Souls saved every  week and baptizing almost every Sunday.  Problems surfaced …. the deacons  met with me and told me that it was time to leave. They had a pastor stay for just 2 years . You’ve over stayed your welcome … (they never said anything about a 2 yr time limit to me)  No problems,  just time for another pastor.  I said that God was blessing – souls saved – I would leave when God let’s me know it’s time to go.

They said .. you get new people – they  will get elected to office and we’ll be out. This is our church.  I said “I thought it was God’s”

So … they helped me  along. I received no pay check, ( 2 kids to feed). I got a job and kept preaching. We lived in the parsonage -  they shut off the phone  and electric. No lights,  fridge can’t keep food etc.  It was fall … furnace  don’t work w/o electric.

One deacon – whose dad was not saved – spread all over town, a vicious lie – “The preacher kicked me outta church.”

I asked him why he said that … it was not true … he smiled … a wily smile … “No  one will believe you. I was raised in this town and know almost everybody … they’ll believe me, no matter what I say.

A while later, the church I pastored  before coming to Iowa – said they would move us back there at their expense – and they did.

Before I left … the sin was exposed … much to my surprise. Immorality in the church … adultery – wife swapping – orgies etc.

The  greater harm was done. The deacons unsaved dad, died unsaved; he hated me  as he believed the  lie … a lie that was not true. (All lies are never true).

Most of the folks walked away from that church. One family, to this day, has never darkened the door of any church. That church – to this day – has never run over 30 – They “hire” a pastor for 2 years and he has to leave after 2  years.

Ichabod was written over the door – their testimony for Christ has been ruined.

When someone tells me – Pastor, you don’t know the hurt … you don’t know how it feels to have Christians dump on you … I can say … Yes I do.

Now … every pastor has had similar stories and preachers, today – go through similar things.

Why? The devil tempts – tests – examines them – me and you … he tries to get you and me to quit.

Missionaries have the same problems …. the devil uses people.

Remember … each week … in America … over 150 Baptist preachers quit the ministry because of  “Christians”  fighting with and attacking their pastors. Who wins? The devil.

Preachers have shared with me – how the devil used folks in churches they pastored – to fight them  over stupid stuff. Folks who  want to run the church their way. I never gave  in, one pastor shared with me … “After a while, my carnality takes over and I finally – just tell them off. Be cause that’s all some people will understand.”

Recently a pastor shared with me the church sent him a note, put it in his mailbox, when he was gone. They wouldn’t talk to him face to face, they were cowards. They said that they would no longer pay him his salary.  Why? No apparent reason …. no Biblical reason.

He is hurt by this. The devil has won in that church and souls will not be reached in their area – the Gospel is hindered.

Maybe that’s why preachers seem “tough” when you get to certain areas of the local church …

They guard against the trouble makers … the liars …. those  who are  always negative etc.

You get tempted – in one way – you get hurt – so do preachers. Most preachers have been where  you are and even more so.

The devil gets you – where he believes … is your most weakest point.

Yet …. Jesus Christ died for my sins and for yours – on the Cross of Calvary …. NOT the nay sayers … not the liars … not the trouble makers … not the sowers of discord …. not the Judas’s

Hebrews 12:1-3

Our focus – is to be on Jesus -  not on people – problems – self will -  but on Jesus.

The devil fights every Christian – every church – every family – he tries his best to ruin your testimony and hinder churches from winning souls – from preaching the Gospel.

The devil attacked Jesus Christ – tried to hinder Jesus from doing the will of God, the Father.

Jesus stuck to Scripture. He never gave in.

The devil wants to destroy churches, homes, marriages, lives, etc.

he uses suttle things … gossip … lies …. someone to sow discord …. someone to destroy … someone to tempt you. in various ways.

Never give in.



Be Strong In God’s Grace

Be Strong In Gods Grace

II Timothy 2:1

Intro: God’s grace is a bottomless subject. We will never find the end of it. Man is a sinner & God’s grace is greater than all our sin; read Romans 5:20 “Moreover the Law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”

God’s grace is an active principle communicated from God. It is light directing the Christian in how to act & the power to act according to that light. Note the following verses:

John 1:4-5, 17-19; Luke 1:79; Luke 2:32; John 8:12; John 12:35-36; Acts 26:18

I. It is only through God’s grace that the Christian becomes spiritually strong

A.  God’s grace is what helps us to get through hard times  II Timothy 1:3

B. Without the grace of god, it is impossible to win the spiritual conflicts of life

1. As our trials = hard times; testing’s, increase, we have a greater NEED to grow stronger

& stronger in our faith & in the grace of God.

2. Our faith gets stronger

3. Our determination & our love for God & Jesus Christ, will get stronger

Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”

4. The opposite of this is the Apostle Peter

a. Matthew 26:35 Peter said he would never deny the Lord

b. This was Peter acting in the “flesh,” his own strength, his self.

c.  Notice what happened: Peter denied Jesus 3 X’s

5. We MUST be strong in the grace of God & not in self = our desires; our thinking, motives; our own way.

6. To get through life & its problems, Christians must be strong in God’s grace.

II. Grace Is For Everyday

A. II Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.”

B. Grow = increase

1. In Christ likeness.

2. The life of the Christian is growth

C. Born again by God’s grace

1. Living by God’s grace

2. Serving by God’s grace

D. Grow in grace & knowledge

1. The two go together

2. This is the grand safeguard against sin.

3. Search the scriptures on a daily basis

4. If you grow in God’s grace, you WILL also grow in His knowledge = have more knowledge of Jesus Christ. The two go together, hand in hand.

5. ONCE the HEART has been established by grace, the Christian now has grace to serve God in a way that is acceptable to God.

Hebrews 13:9   II Corinthians 9:8

III. It All Begins When a person receives Christ into Their Heart, Ephesians 2:8-9

A. We do not deserve salvation but God offers it anyway

B. Our zeal; fervor; good deeds; cannot obtains salvation

C. Salvation is FREE from God for you to receive it by faith; John 1:12

“But as many as received HIM, to THEM He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on His name.”

Will you, right now, receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour? Ask Him to come into your heart and to save your soul. Ask Him for forgiveness. Jesus will forgive you and He will save you. Your part is to believe & then ask. Pretty simple isn’t it?

If you are already a believer, won’t you depend upon God’s grace and lean upon Him?

He will help you through the greatest problems that you will face, by His grace.

Are you willing to serve the Lord through His grace?  This comes by reading His Word (Bible) on a daily basis (start in the New Testament if you are a beginner at this).  Give Him your cares, worries and problems in a time of prayer. Ask Him for help in your daily routine, etc.




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