by pastor david
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Every time I spend time with my children and grandchildren I am reminded afresh of the awesome and humbling task of parenting. Watching my children holding their children causes me to wonder if, by my example, I had properly prepared them to be good parents. Would they think back to their days as children in our home and glean profitable information from that experience or would they, without realizing the source, simply and naturally know what to do and how to love their children, or would they, like millions of other parents, be clueless about this task that has eternal consequences?
I could write a book recounting all the mistakes I made as a father and volume two could detail the high cost of those blunders. But rather than writing about all my faults and failures, it would be more profitable to try to share with you one of the things I was able to do correctly. My Pastor and mentor, Paul Thompson taught us to fall in love with the Word of God and having done so, I made it my intentional and emphatic goal to pass that truth along to our children. I knew this would be something that was both taught and caught. This was something our children would have to see in me and not just hear from me. To accomplish this, I turned for instruction to the very book I wished to communicate to the children.
There I learned that I needed to have a personal and private time each day with the Lord in Bible study and prayer. (Joshua 1:8)
Every relationship has a cascading effect upon the relationships below it. If my relationship with Christ were vibrant and vital, my children would be well aware of it. I knew I could not lead my children someplace with which I was unfamiliar.
From the pages of Scripture I learned that it was also my responsibility to teach my children God’s Word in an effective and efficient way. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
God plainly says, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
To accomplish this I began reading God’s Word to our children long before they could even talk. Reading a Bible story at bedtime and praying together became a nightly routine. Additionally, reading the Bible and praying also was part of our morning tradition. At breakfast time, before going off to school and work, we spent a brief period of time in God’s Word followed by prayer.
What was the goal? It was to saturate the children with as much truth as possible. This is such a daunting task that I knew I needed help. The solution?
The Scriptures clearly and concisely taught me that church attendance and involvement in various teaching environments must also be a priority. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
It was obvious that attending church and Sunday school could not be something we would do only when it was convenient or when there was nothing else on the calendar for that day. It had to be a real and fixed priority in our home. Keep in mind that the church cannot be a substitute for teaching our children but it is an invaluable supplement to what we are instilling in them. For many parents, church attendance and involvement are never high on their priority list and then they wonder why, when their children are adults, they have no interest in the church or in the things of God. If the Church, founded by and upon our Lord Jesus Christ, is going to be a priority for our children when they are adults, it must be an unchanging priority for them as they are growing up.
Following the example of our Heavenly Father, I made it my goal to love my children unconditionally. (Romans 5:8)
I have often said to the children, “I love you but I hate what you have done”. This expresses our “love for the sinner and hatred for the sin”. When we discipline or even spank our children, we are expressing our love for them. We are saying, “I love you so much I am not going to allow you to go astray!” Hopefully, the children never felt unloved or even questioned our genuine love for them.
When we brought the children home from the hospital, I realized that parenting is nothing less than discipleship.
It was my responsibility to lead them to faith in Christ and to disciple them during the few formative years they were in our home. This was a task I could not relegate to my wife, the Church, the Christian School, or anyone else. This duty was squarely on my shoulders as their father! By the abundant grace of God and the example of my own parents, along with the help of many other people and resources, our children have come to personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and they are leading their children to do the same! For this, all the credit and all the praise must go to the Lord Jesus Christ!
For most of you reading this, these truths are not new. You have probably heard them many times but, as I grow older and my children grow older and have their own children, I am reminded of the incalculable importance of these God-given imperatives.
God, please help us to be the Godly parents you have called and commanded us to be.
1 Kings 3:10
“The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.”
In First Kings 3:5, the Lord said to Solomon, the new King of Israel, “Ask! What shall I give you?” In response, Solomon said, ”Give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people”.
Then, the Bible says, “The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing”. (First Kings 3:10)
This incident caused me to ask this question: For what kinds of things do I ask from the Lord? Is He “pleased” with my requests?
It is almost impossible to pray without including some personal, and perhaps, self-centered request. God certainly wants us to pray about personal and individual matters but the question is: If God answered my prayers the way I want Him to, would that bring glory to Him and further His Kingdom?
On two different occasions, when Jesus could have prayed a very selfish prayer, He said instead, “I want Your will to be done, not mine” (Matthew 26:39, 42 NLT). This statement was preceded by a very personal and intimate request but in the final analysis, Christ prayed for His Father’s will to be done instead of His.
I am not suggesting that we glibly tack on to our every request the, “not my will but Thine be done”, clause but that our hearts truly embrace a sense of God’s will for our lives and every aspect of our life.
“What is God’s will for my life?” you ask. To simplify a very complex issue, God’s will for your life is for you to be Christ-like!
(Romans 8:29) “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His son.”
Any prayer that does not have that goal in view will likely be a selfish prayer and not one that brings glory to God.
My concern today is that we could put aside our self-centered requests and fill our prayers with praise and petition that will glorify Jesus Christ and Him alone.
May it be said of our prayers what was said regarding Solomon’s prayer, “The speech (prayer) pleased the Lord”. (First Kings 3:10)
“Then He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you’.”
Chapter twenty-two of the Book of Genesis is one of the most confusing and challenging chapters in the Bible. The opening verses of the chapter are shocking! By the time you get to the end of the story, there is revealed a profound principle that every Christian needs to understand.
God asked Abraham to offer his only son as a burnt offering, in an act of worship. After Abraham stepped out in total obedience to do exactly what God commanded, the Lord provided an animal substitute to take Isaac’s place. In this astonishing story there is revealed a high-definition picture of the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ, whose substitutionary death would provide salvation to all who put their faith in Him.
Besides this great theological truth visualized for us in this story, there is a very practical, living-level application here as well. Evangelist Tom Hayes captured the thought so well in the following simple but emphatic statement.
“God does not want your Isaacs. He just wants more of you.”
It is an encouraging doctrinal truth to know that when we receive Christ we get all of Him. But the question remains, does God have all of you?
You have all of Him – does He have all of you? Is there any area of your life that is outside the domain of Christ’s Lordship? By that question, I am not necessarily referring to some overt sin (although that might be the case) but, rather, to some uncommitted, unconsecrated part of your life. I have in mind some area that you are withholding from Him. May I remind you that God wants more of you!
When you hear that, you might be thinking, “I know that to be true but I find the notion very scary”. Well, so do I at times but it is then that I remind myself of passages like Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”.
I like to think about the fact that God is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).
When the fear of what a fully-surrendered life might look like sets in, James 1:17 comes to mind: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights”.
We do not have to fear surrendering all of our life to Christ because, as He proved in the life of Abraham, “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
When we are tempted to ask God “Why?” we can claim the promise of (Romans 8:29) “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son”.
It is true. God wants more of you! Are you willing to present every area of your life to God as, “a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1)?
2 Corinthians 12:20 (NLT)
“For I am afraid that when I come I won't like what I find, and you won't like my response. I am afraid that I will find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior.”
“Did you hear?” “Guess what!” “I hate to say anything but...” “Don’t tell anyone else but…” These and many similar phrases are often used to tell people things that we know should be kept to ourselves.
When we, or others, hear these tempting morsels of inflamed information, our curiosity is peaked and the conversation continues. The Bible calls this, “gossip”, “tale-bearing”, and “whispering”. The official dictionary meaning of gossip is, “Idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others”.
Bill Gothard gives us a more comprehensive definition in these words, “Gossip is sharing detrimental information with someone who is not a part of the problem or part of the solution”. Many gossips will argue, “But what I said was true!” Perhaps so but if what you said was detrimental and you were not part of the problem or part of the solution, you were gossiping.
Let’s be honest. We have all been guilty of sharing information unnecessarily and perhaps even unkindly. There is a curious nature within us that seems to be awakened when we hear a juicy tidbit that might cast someone in an unflattering or unfavorable light. I suppose we think we can build ourselves up by putting others down but just the opposite is true. We hurt our reputation, our Christian witness, and ourselves when we engage in malicious gossip.
Unfortunately, the Church in Corinth was filled with gossips, as the verse above indicates. Sadder still is the fact that many evangelical churches today are also filled with blathering busy-bodies who would rather hear or share injurious information about another believer than share the life-changing message of the Gospel with an unbeliever.
Oh how I wish we were as anxious to gossip the Gospel, as we are to talk about the latest tragedies and traumas, the failures and faults, the mistakes and misunderstandings, and the sins and situations of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We desperately need to hear the words of (James 3:10), “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so”.
I suppose one will never completely understand the effects of such painful prating until they have become the object or subject of such cruel chatter.
Let’s ask God the Holy Spirit to forgive us and convict us of our sin of gossip and pray with the Psalmist, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
“Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
At least 24 people -- including nine children -- were killed when a massive tornado struck an area outside Oklahoma City, on Monday afternoon May 21, 2013. The tornado was 1.3 miles wide as it moved through Moore, in the southern part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The estimated peak wind ranged from 200 to 210 mph -- which would make it an EF5, the most powerful category of tornadoes possible. About 2,400 homes were damaged. Some 10,000 people were directly impacted by the tornado. [i]
It is at times like these that we begin to ask a question similar to the one posed by the disciples of our Lord Jesus on that fateful night in the midst of the stormy Sea of Galilee: “Lord, don’t you care about me and what’s happening to me right now?” Most of us have felt that way, even if we did not verbalize it.
When faced with these feelings of despair and abandonment, it will be helpful to remember three important truths – Biblical truths that will enable you to face your problems head on. When you are in those precarious situations, remind yourself that...
1. The Providence of Christ Brought Me Here. (4:35)
Why would our Lord allow His followers to face such dangers and possible disaster? Remember, everything God does or allows in the life of the believer is to drive him to a greater dependence upon Him. Jesus said, “Let us go over to the other side” (4:35).
In His providence, He intended His disciples to arrive safely on the other side of Galilee. Everything that happened was part of God’s plan for His fearful followers. He was creating a greater sense of dependence upon Him.
Remember also that…
2. The Presence of Christ Accompanies Me Here. (4:36-38)
They accused the Lord of not caring about what they were facing. Why would they doubt him? After all, they had already seen Jesus conquer devils, disease, and depravity in (Mark 1:22-2:12). Now, they are faced with a storm and they are afraid. They should have known that a puff of wind on a little pond could not thwart the omnipotence of the sovereign God!
Do you know what their problem was? They were looking at the situation and not at the Savior. He was right there with them, in the same wave-tossed boat. They had their thoughts on the facts and not on faith.
Before we come down too hard on these men; perhaps we should consider our own hearts. Have there been times, when the storms were raging in your life, that you questioned God’s concern for you? You might not have said it out loud, but I am sure there have been times when your flesh has cried, “Lord, don’t you care about what is happening to me?!” We’ve all been there!
I just want you to know today that He does care! He cares more than you could ever know and He has promised to walk with you every step of the way. (Hebrews 13:5) “For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." When the Lord is in your vessel, you have an advantage. The Bible says in (Mark 4:36) that there “were also with him other little ships.” There were many boats on that sea that night, but only one contained the Lord of glory. That boat was the place to be. Amen?
Having Jesus in your vessel makes all the difference.
A third truth to keep in mind is that…
3. The Power of Christ Protects Me Here. (4:39-41)
This storm, that so terrified these men, posed no problem for the Lord Jesus. He rebuked the wind and spoke to the sea. When He did, the winds fell silent and the sea became as a sheet of glass. Just as easily as He had healed the sick and cast out the devils; He was able to control the storm.
The Lord we serve still has that same power today, (Matt. 28:18; Gen. 18:14; Eph. 3:20). Your storm is no problem for Him! He can silence it with a word, if He so desires.
He may, however, desire to allow the storm to rage. When He does this, He is well able to protect you in the midst of the storm. Just ask Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace – Daniel chapter three. Just ask Daniel in the lion’s den – Daniel chapter six.
While the disciples were fretting and fearful, what was the Lord doing? He was sleeping! Why? He knew that He was in the center of His Father’s will. He knew that He would die on a cross and not in a shipwreck. He could sleep during the storm because He trusted His Father to take care of Him. If a situation doesn’t rattle the Lord, we shouldn’t allow it to rattle us either! And, nothing rattles Him. God is in control. (Psalm 121:4) “Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
An old song brings all of this into sharp focus.
My boat of life sails on a troubled sea.
Ever there’s a wind in my sails.
But I have a Friend Who watches over me
When the breeze turns into a gale.
I know the Master of the wind.
I know the Maker of the rain.
He can calm the storm, make the sun shine again.
I know the Master of the wind.[ii]
[i](CNN U.S. May 22, 2013)
[ii]Recorded by The Hemphills on Together Copyright @ 1984 Heartwarming Records
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day."
I was born and grew up here in Ohio. I have lived in Columbus / Grove City all my life and I must go on record as saying that I love Ohio.
I hear lots of people complain about the weather in Ohio. They say it’s too cold or too hot or too something. You have heard the statement many times, “If you don’t like the weather in Ohio, just wait a few minutes and it will change”.
But that, to me, is the beauty of Ohio weather – its variety. The warm weather is slowly returning and the brilliant green colors of spring have begun to appear. Then, before we know it, the hot weather of summer will be upon us, beckoning us to the swimming pools.
Then, just before the hot, humid weather becomes intolerable, autumn is here with its cooler temperatures and stunning colors that dazzle even the greatest artists. The cold blast of winter then returns. Thus, the cycle continues.
But, therein is its beauty – its variety. When God created and put this universe into motion He declared that, “indeed it was very good”. In other words, variety is a good thing. God likes variety.
What if every Christian was the same? What a boring Church ours would be. You see, the beauty of a local church is in its variety. In our Church we have the wealthy and the poor, the healthy and the ill, the young and the old, the large and the small, the spiritually mature and the spiritual babes, the challenged and the challenging, the happy and the sad, the extroverts and the introverts, the loud and the quiet, etc., etc. But, that is what makes the Church beautiful – its variety.
God did not make all of us the same and He does not want us to be identical. He loves variety. I think He would enjoy living in Ohio.
Too often, we try to make little “cookie-cutter Christians” with all of us looking and acting just alike but that is not God’s will.
The beauty of His infinite creation is in its variety. What if every tree looked the same and every mountain range was identical and every baby’s smile was indistinguishable? God loves the variety of His people and His churches. Therefore, each of us is of equal value in the eyes of God. (John 3:16)
It is my prayer that you will always feel that you are valued by God, because you are, and that you understand that your identity is in Christ and in Christ alone.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Must we always be popular? There seems to be an innate desire in all of us to be liked and loved by almost everyone. To think that there are those who do not like us is often a crushing blow to our inflated ego!
Let me say very quickly that trying to live in such a way that people like us and enjoy our company is a good thing! The Scriptures teach us that we earn the right to be heard and to share the Gospel with our unbelieving friends when we have a pleasant and winsome personality.
However, the message of the Gospel, when presented in its entirety, is not always pleasant and is not always readily received by those who have no personal relationship with Christ.
The Gospel contains both good news and bad news. The bad news is that we are all sinners, separated from God, and headed for a hopeless eternity. The good news is that Christ has paid the price for our wicked ways and has provided salvation to all who will turn from their sins and acknowledge Christ’s Lordship in their lives. (Romans 10:9-10)
All of which begs the question, “Am I willing to be unpopular in order to tell the truth and warn others about that horrible place called hell, which was prepared for the Devil and his angels?”
I am not suggesting that we should be harsh and hostile when sharing the “Good News” of Jesus Christ but that we should be honest, giving people the whole truth, right from the very beginning. Telling a half-truth is a lie and a lie will never produce the kind of disciples described in the New Testament.
Unfortunately, this compulsion to be popular has also worked its way into the fabric of many churches and church leaders. In their desire to be popular, to be well spoken of, and to maintain high attendance numbers, they have sacrificed the purity and simplicity of the Gospel and told half-truths. They preach only the good news and never the bad news.
Believe me, I understand that the Gospel means “good news” and should be presented as such. However, the “good news” is not good unless presented in contrast with the bad. In other words, why do I need a Savior if I do not know that I am a sinner? What does Christ’s sacrifice on the cross mean to me if I am unaware that my sinful condition has alienated me from God? The “good news” is only good news in contrast to the bad news and the gospel, when presented in its entirety, contains both!
Yet, presenting that message is not always going to make you the most popular person on the block or at your place of employment. Nor will that make yours the church that is breaking all the attendance records in town! I am not suggesting that we should try to be unpopular but that we should be willing to be unpopular, if that is what it takes to present the gospel honestly and completely.
As a Pastor, I had to come to a conclusion long ago that was very difficult for me to accept. I had to come to grips with that fact that if I was going to preach the Word of God faithfully and expositionally, I would not always be popular, might not have the most popular church in town, and would probably not necessarily have a very large church. If the Lord blesses me with those things, that’s fine but I am not expecting it.
This is not difficult for me to accept now but in the early stages of my ministry, when the fires of zeal burned almost out of control, these truths seemed to pour cold water on the blaze of enthusiasm. Yet, time and trials have proven all of these things to be true.
The Apostle Paul writes, in 1 Corinthians 4:2, “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” I am glad Paul did not say that it is required in stewards that one be found “popular”. We are not required to be popular but we are required to be “faithful” to Christ and to the Gospel.
Yes, we should be willing to be unpopular, if that is what it takes to present the gospel honestly and completely.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
If there is a watchword that describes the Western mind-set today, it is the word tolerance. Many folk, in the Western world, worship at the shrine of tolerance. In the shaping of public opinion and the forging of national policy, many esteem a broadmindedness, which says any values, if sincerely held, are equally valid. There seem to be no absolutes today. The only absolute is that there are no absolutes. In our day, people tolerate everything except intolerance.
Webster defines the word tolerance like this: “The allowable deviation from a standard, sympathy, or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing or conflicting with one's own."
That, in a nutshell, is the Western world. There is an openness that embraces almost anything morally, politically, or educationally.
George Gallop, America's pollster, says that 67% of Americans today believe that there is no such thing as absolute truth.
In other words, right and wrong vary from situation to situation. It may be wrong for me, but right for you. For instance, they say if homosexuality is right for you, then that’s fine. If it is not right for you, well, that is fine, too. Whatever works for you is right for you. If it feels good, do it. However, the consequences of that way of thinking are terrifying.
Like ancient Israel, we have become a people who have forgotten how to blush. Nothing shocks us anymore. Tragically, we have become desensitized to sin. In the name of tolerance, we have now opened the floodgates to embrace every form of wickedness. An absolute standard of right and wrong is becoming a dusty page of ancient history. Who is to say which abnormal perversion will be accepted next? Will it be polygamy? What "alternative lifestyle” will be next to be embraced?
As the church, we are beginning to feel the tightening noose of the world around us. If we are not careful, we will soon be choked to death by public consensus. Yet, Paul warns us, "Be not conformed to this world…” (Rom 12:2)
I am certain you know the difference between a thermostat and a thermometer! A thermostat regulates the temperature while a thermometer simply registers the temperature. If given the choice, a wise person would always choose a thermostat over a thermometer. A thermostat is much more valuable than a thermometer because of its power to bring about change.
It is time for the Church of Jesus Christ to begin to transform the world around us rather than allowing the world to conform us.
"Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed.” (Romans 12:2 - The New Testament in Modern English, J. B. Phillips)
“Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?”
Revival is from God and for God’s people. Slick advertising and a lot of hype will not bring revival and the preacher cannot bring it in his briefcase. Revival is not an evangelistic campaign, although the salvation of the lost is always one of the results of genuine revival.
Real revival, God honoring-revival, Spirit-inspired revival, Christ-centered revival, sin-killing revival comes only from above, from the Throne of God alone.
God said, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Did you catch that? “My people…My name”? God wants to revive us, His own special people. However, the fact we must understand about revival is this:
Revival is a bittersweet experience.
It is “bitter” because God begins by dealing with the sins of His people. One man described the great revival in Manchuria in the early 1900’s like this: “I simply cannot describe the scene. It made one think of the Judgment Day. God had come among us. All knew it and every heart was open before Him. For myself, I had the most intense realization of the holiness of God and of my uncleanness in His sight”.
James Burns wrote, “Every revival movement sees an awakening of a deep sense of sin in the individual and in the Church. In the intense spiritual light, the sin and guilt of the awakened soul stand out in terrifying blackness.”
Yes, revival begins as a “bitter” experience but once our sins have been confessed and repented of (Proverbs 28:13), then the experience becomes “sweet” as the discernible presence of God is manifested in our lives in a special and supernatural way.
It is then that God’s people move out of the lukewarmness and defeat of the wilderness and into the Canaan Land of victory. It is only then that we begin to experience the abundant life Christ came to provide for us (John 10:10).
The late Dr. Stephen Olford defined revival like this: “Revival is that strange and sovereign work of God in which He visits His own people – restoring, reanimating, and releasing them into the fullness of His blessing”. My heart races, as I read these words. This is what I want. This is what I need. No, this is what I must have!
Will you join me as we beseech God for a real revival – a heaven-sent revival? Please pray for God to work among those who attend your church to restore, reanimate, and release into them and yourself the fullness of His blessing.
Is that what you want? If so, begin now to pray to that end.
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
These words were spoken to Joshua after the death of Moses, Israel's leader (Joshua 1:1). God had selected Joshua as Moses' successor (Joshua 1:2-4). The future, for Israel and their new leader, would be filled with great opposition as they marched into Canaan. But, opposition in the Christian life is always a sign of opportunity (Joshua 1:5-7).
Chuck Swindoll once said, "Life is filled with great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations".
Israel's future was too important to leave to chance. The Messiah would come from this nation. The wisdom of man would be insufficient to lead the people of God. Therefore, God left Joshua specific instructions regarding the standard by which His people were to live and a map (Global Positioning System) that would guide them.
In these encouraging words to Joshua we can readily see . . .
1. A Specific Principle To Be Obeyed. (Joshua 1:8a)
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night." "This Book of the Law" refers to the book, which was written by Moses containing the first five books of the Bible we have today. This is commonly known as the "Pentateuch."
Here God says...
According to W. E. Vines, the word translated "meditate" is "found only 25 times in the Hebrew Old Testament, it seems to be a term reflecting the sighing and low sounds one may make while musing, at least as the ancients practiced it."
Along with The Specific Principle To Be Obeyed there is in this text…
2. A Special Pattern To Be Observed. (Joshua 1:8b)
"That you may observe to do according to all that is written in it."
Rev. Willard Wilcox used to say, "Breaking the law is like breaking plate glass; the largest or smallest rock will shatter the whole law." We have a duty to obey the whole law!
Writing to Timothy, the Apostle Paul encourages him to…“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15)
Along with The Specific Principle To Be Obeyed and A Special Pattern To Be Observed, we also see in this text…
3. A Significant Promise To Be Outpoured. (Joshua 1:8c)
"For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success."
The promise is conditional - as most of God's promises are. The Lord promises…
"Way" means "trodden path." You will have wisdom to make wise choices about your future: choices about your career, your church, your education, your family, etc.
"What is success?" you ask. Success is discovering and doing God's will for your life. (Prov. 2:6 NKJV) "For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."
Lord, the road of my life is often filled with perilous curves, dangerously steep mountains, and dark valleys. It seems the devil usually causes it to rain or snow and the air is not infrequently filled with fog.
To be honest with you, sometimes I can't even see if I am on the right road at all, much less, if I am going in the right direction. Thank You for Your road map, the Bible and thank You that "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105 NKJV). Amen.
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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