WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING IN PROPHECY? 2 Tim. 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” The first thing we will look at in this passage is to, IDENTIFYING PERILOUS TIMES The word “know” is the translation of a word that means to come to know. It is a present imperative verb. Paul is saying that one needs to come to know right now. The imperative mood is a command expressing urgency. We can know something of the times in which we live because God has revealed them to us. Frankly, what modern man sees as perilous, does not harmonize with Scripture. Paul identifies perilous times. He says when “men shall be lovers of their own selves,” times will be perilous. T...
#240 – The Unction and Anointing of the Holy Spirit
Oct 7, 2014 |
THE UNCTION AND THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 1 John 2:20, 27 “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things . . . But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” A lot will be left unsaid about this subject because of the nature of the meditations. I would like to look at these statements contextually, expositorily, and then make a brief application. FIRST LET’S LOOK AT THESE WORDS CONTEXTUALLY John is combating error as he writes to believers (2:12-14; 5:13). The particular er...
#239 – Filled With The Spirit
Oct 6, 2014 |
FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT John 7:37 39 "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow r...
#238 – A Dying Christian's Testimony
Oct 2, 2014 |
A DYING CHRISTIAN’S TESTIMONY 2 Timothy 4:6 8 "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of r...
#237 – Four Scriptural Guidelines for Living
Oct 1, 2014 |
FOUR SCRIPTURAL GUIDELINES FOR LIVING Col. 3:15-17 "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Paul calls attention to four important guideline to use in our walk with the Lord. THE PEACE OF GOD ACTING AS UMPIRE Colossians 3:15 says, "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; an...
#236 – We Learn from the Wise Men
Sep 30, 2014 |
WE LEARN FROM THE WISE MEN Matt. 2:1-2 “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Matthew begins to describe what happened after the birth of Jesus. He was not welcomed by Israel as a nation. Herod, when he heard of the birth of Christ, killed all the children that might qualify to be the One born King. Herod would not tolerate anyone or anything that might eventually be a threat to his position as king. He is a good type of the flesh that struggles against the Spirit and will do any...
#235 – A Great Deliverance
Sep 28, 2014 |
A GREAT DELIVERANCE Psa. 18:16-20 "He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but t...
#234 – Some of the Rich Blessings of God in Ephesians
Sep 27, 2014 |
SOME OF THE RICH BLESSINGS OF GOD IN EPHESIANS Ephesians 1:6 "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." Each of these gold mines of blessing are connected with the Greek preposition “in.” The first that we will look at is, OUR ACCEPTANCE "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." “The uttermost and chiefest final cause is the glory of God the Father, who saves us freely in his Son. That as his bountiful goodness deserves all praise, so also it should be set forth and proclaimed. Another final cause more near is our justification, in that he freely accounted us as being righteous in his Son. — Ge...
#233 – The Servant
Sep 26, 2014 |
THE SERVANT Mark 10:44 "And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all." I think many Christians want an elevated position in the Lord's spiritual kingdom in this life. Jesus made it clear that the servant is not one who gets...
#232 – Quietness Before God
Sep 25, 2014 |
QUIETNESS BEFORE GOD Psalms 37:1-7 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shal...
#231 – The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Saints
Sep 24, 2014 |
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE SAINTS Romans 8:9 "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Man by his human nature was so damaged by the fall that it is impossible for him to please God by what he does. This leaves him helplessly lost and without the slightest chance of being saved by what he does. Hebrews 9:14 says, "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" God has made a marvelous attempt to save mankind, by the gift of His Son both by liv...
#230 – A Fourfold Fellowship
Sep 23, 2014 |
A FOURFOLD FELLOWSHIP The little book of Philemon is packed with great truths. Philemon was a resident of Colossae. This is a prison epistle. Onesimus was a runaway slave and had robbed his master in his departure. He wound up in prison with Paul. ...
#229 – The Ministry of John the Baptist – Part 4
Sep 22, 2014 |
THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST - Part 4 Matt. 3:13-17 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” We are told by Mark specifically where Jesus came from to be baptiz...
#228 – The Ministry of John the Baptist – Part 3
Sep 21, 2014 |
THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST - Part 3 Matt. 3:11-12 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew quotes John the Baptist in this passage of Scripture. You will notice that John uses the personal pronoun “I.” John says, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance . . .” John says, “I want to say something further about my ministry.” In the Greek pronouns are attached to the ve...
#227 – The Ministry of John the Baptist – Part 2
Sep 20, 2014 |
THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST - Part 2 Matt. 3:3 “For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” John’s ministry was a part ...
#226 – The Ministry of John the Baptist – Part 1
Sep 19, 2014 |
THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST – Part 1 Matt. 3:1 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” John Gill says in his introduction to this chapter: “The Evangelist having given an account of the genealogy and birth of Christ; of the coming of the wise men from the east to him; of his preservation from Herod's bloody design against him, when all the infants at Bethlehem were slain; of the flight of Joseph with Mary and Jesus into Egypt, and of their return from thence, and settlement in Nazareth, where Christ continued till near the time of his baptism, and entrance on his public ministry; proceeds ...
#225 – Pauls Prayer and Desire for the Phillippians
Sep 18, 2014 |
PAUL’S PRAYER-DESIRE FOR THE PHILIPPIANS Phil. 1:9-11 “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” We come now to the seventh item in Paul’s prayer list for the Philippians: Verse 11 says, “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Paul is saying two things in the words, “unto the glory and praise of God.” First, he is saying that what is done through Chris...
#224 – Sin
Sep 17, 2014 |
SIN 1 John 3:4 "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." IT’S CHARACTER Sin is sin because God says it is sin. Sin originated with Satan. The description of what happened is found in Ezekiel 28:13 15, "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up ...
#223 – Prayer and Prayer Requests
Sep 16, 2014 |
PRAYER AND PRAYER REQUESTS Col. 4:2-4 "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak." There are several things I want us to look at in these verses about prayer. THE INTENSITY OF PRAYER We see in Paul's exhortation to the Colossians a vital key to answered prayer. The word “Continue” means, “to adhere to one, be his adherent, to be devoted or constant to one; to be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing.” This verb is a present active imperative. The present tense re...
#222 – We Heard of Your Faith
Sep 15, 2014 |
WE HEARD OF YOUR FAITH Colossians 1:1-4 "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints," IT WAS A SAVING FAITH THAT PAUL HAD HEARD ABOUT The Pulpit Commentary has this to say: “If so be that ye continue in the faith.” To have so much done for us as is implied in our fitness for presentation to God, we must persevere, and persevere in the ...
#221 – Christ is Personal Revival
Sep 11, 2014 |
CHRIST IS PERSONAL REVIVAL Col. 2:10 “And ye are complete in him, which the head of all principality and power.” This verse has impressed me over the years. I always felt that there were truths in that verse I needed to see and I wasn’t seeing them. The answer to understand the Scriptures is not always in being able to find the definition of words and understanding the grammatical structure of the verse or passage. I guess the thing that motivated me to study along this line was meeting Roy Hession (now at home with the Lord) and reading his book “We would see Jesus.” Roy says “Jesus is Revival.” Since revival has been an important subject of my studies over the years that got my attention. ...
#220 – Epaphras – A Servant of Christ
Sep 10, 2014 |
EPAPHRAS, A SERVANT OF CHRIST Colossians 4:12-13, "Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis." This meditation will be to explore the life of Epaphras who is called a servant of Christ. Paul is the writer, Colossae is the destination, Epaphras is their minister, and Paul is giving a report of Epaphras as the servant of Christ. Lets take a look at what Paul says about Epaphras. EPAPHRAS IS ONE OF YOU The name of Epaphras means, “lovely, spoken of by Pau...
#219 – The Believers Walk Toward Them That Are Without
Sep 9, 2014 |
THE BELIEVER'S WALK TOWARD THEM THAT ARE WITHOUT Colossians 4:5 6, "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." We are in the world but not of the world. The statement I am about to make is not an easy one but it serves as an ideal illustration of the saving power and keeping power of our Lord. After separating from Abraham, Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom. The city had already gotten the name before Lot moved in. Lot should have known better. But when one is backslidden he definitely loses his spiritual discernment. I am sure that Lot would have given a sensibl...
#218 – Ask For the Paths
Sep 8, 2014 |
ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS Jer. 6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” The image is from travelers who have lost their road, stopping and inquiring which is the right way on which they once had been, but from which they have wandered. This is a picture of Israel. They had walked in the right way but had wandered off from it. He is saying, “When you stand in the way, the way where two ways meet, look at the signs and follow the way that leads to the proper destination”. When this is applied to us the Bible is the way-mark. It is the...
#217 – 5 Looks for the Beliver
Sep 4, 2014 |
FIVE LOOKS FOR THE BELIEVER Isa. 45:22 "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else." I understand that this verse is the one that the Holy Spirit used to arrest Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon answered the invitation by going to the Lord in prayer and trusting Him alone for salvation. I will not go into detail concerning Spurgeon’s search for the Lord. But he was driven into a little Methodist chapel by a snow storm. He took a seat and a deacon got up to bring the message. The pastor didn’t even make it to church that night. The deacon used this text to preach from. He pointed at Spurgeon and quoted this scripture as he pointed to Spurgeon. Spur...
#216 – Some Things the Believer Can Keep
Sep 3, 2014 |
SOME THINGS THE BELIEVER CAN KEEP John 8:51-52 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death." WE ARE TO KEEP HIS SAYINGS Jesus said, “If a man keep my sayings . . .” The word “keep” translates “tereo” and means, “to attend carefully to.” The promise to the one who does this is, “he shall never see death.” The verb here is in the aorist tense and refers to a point of time. He is saying that if a man keep my sayings he will never at a point of time see death. You will never taste death....
#215 – Jeremiah Testifies in Hard Times
Sep 2, 2014 |
JEREMIAH TESTIFIES IN HARD TIMES Jer. 16:19 “O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, a...
#214 – Decide in the Favor of Holiness
Aug 29, 2014 |
DECIDE IN THE FAVOR OF HOLINESS 2 Cor. 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Paul says, “Having therefore these promises . . .” The word “Having” means “to have or hold in the hand.” It is a present active participle. The present tense means that we have these promises right now. You know, all the promises of God are not for us. Some promises are limited to the day in which they were given. Some promises were given to Israel and they are not for the church. Paul is saying these promises are ours. What promises is he talking about? He is talking about the promises of ...
#213 – Sundry Times and Divers Manners
Aug 28, 2014 |
SUNDRY TIMES AND DIVERS MANNERS Hebrews 1:1 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.” The Book of Hebrews starts with God. My Cambridge Bible and my Online Bible has a note at the end of the book that says, “Written to the Hebrews from Italy by Timothy.” The notes like this were put there by man and are not inspired. Unger in his Bible dictionary states that the “style and vocabulary are not particularly Pauline.” He does not believe Paul wrote it. But he says, Eusebius, Origin, Athanasius, and others held that it was written by Paul.” I have examined the internal evidence and there are good points to be made that Paul is not the au...
#212 – The Believers Present Privileges
Aug 28, 2014 |
THE BELIEVER’S PRESENT PRIVILEGES John 14:1 "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." This meditation will cover several verses in John 14, but rather than print all of them as the text, I have printed the first verse and will print the others as we go. These words of our Lord were spoken at His last Passover and contains a revelation of the precious privileges conferred on His believing people. Let’s look first of all at— A CURE FOR HEART TROUBLE Jesus is about to leave them by way of the cross and He anticipates a time of “heart trouble” with reference to His departure. I can’t imagine the grief and loneliness that the disciples experienced when Jesus died. H...
#211- Self-Exaltation Forbidden
Aug 27, 2014 |
SELF-EXALTATION FORBIDDEN Luke 14:11 “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Someone has said that God created man to be a king, i.e., the ruler of the earth and the ruler of his home. That...
#210 – Gods Final Word
Aug 26, 2014 |
GOD’S FINAL WORD Heb. 1:2 “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” We are living in the Church age. Paul says in Ephesians 3:2: “If ye have heard of the dis...
#209 – Things that the Death of Jesus Accomplished
Aug 25, 2014 |
THINGS THAT THE DEATH OF JESUS ACCOMPLISHED Colossians 2:14 17 "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." THE DEATH OF JESUS TOOK THE LAW OUT OF THE WAY The law was a giant wall that stood between the sinner and God. It was impassible. It was indestructible. Our text reveals what the death of Christ d...
#208 – The Believers Threefold Realtionship
Aug 23, 2014 |
THE BELIEVER’S THREEFOLD RELATIONSHIP John 15:1 5 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." This meditation will span most of this chapter. I will insert the verses as we come to them that have to...
#207 – Joseph and The Obedience of Faith
Aug 22, 2014 |
JOSEPH AND THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH Matt. 1:18-25 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a ...
#206 – Depression – How David Prayed!
Aug 21, 2014 |
HOW TO PRAY WHEN YOU ARE DEPRESSED Psalm 143:4-12 “Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah. Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my...
#205 – The Exegesis of God – Part 2
Aug 20, 2014 |
THE EXEGESIS OF GOD - Part 2 Heb. 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. ” Todays meditation will be part 2 of verse 3. We saw yesterday that Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God. All that can be seen of God by the natural eye can be seen of Him in Christ. Jesus is the “express” or exact image of Him. Today we continue with this verse and will see that He did not just come to manifest God as Creator and Upholder of all creation but also Redeemer. There are three questions that the remainder of this v...
#204 – The Exegesis of God – Part 1
Aug 19, 2014 |
THE EXEGESIS OF GOD Heb. 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power . . .” The word “exegesis” is a Greek word transliterated into the English language. It is found in John 1:18: “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” The words “hath declared” translate “exegeomai” and means, “to lead out, to draw out in narrative, unfold a teaching.” It means in our language according to the dictionary, "a critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.” Preachers who go to seminary have classes they take called Exegesis. This class te...
#203 – The Fulness of Supply
Aug 19, 2014 |
THE FULNESS OF SUPPLY Luke 5:3 8 "And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled bo...
#202 – The Risen Life In Christ
Aug 17, 2014 |
THE RISEN LIFE IN CHRIST Colossians 3:1 4 "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." FIRST LET'S LOOK AT THE SEEKING OF THE RISEN LIFE Note the “if” factor in the beginning statement of this verse. 1. Paul says, “If ye then be risen with Christ.” If ye then be risen” translates, “sunegeiro,” and means, to raise together, to cause to raise together.” This verb is an aorist passive indicative. The aorist tense goe...
#201 – The Believers Equipment
Aug 16, 2014 |
THE BELIEVER’S EQUIPMENT John 16:1 4"These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you." The Lord is here warning His disciples that times of trial and suffering were before them. This is the time for cowards to drop out. But none of them did. But He did not leave them with their...
#200 – Magnify The Lord With Me
Aug 14, 2014 |
MAGNIFY THE LORD Psalm 34:3 “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” The word “magnify” is the Hebrew word “gadal” and means “to become great or important, to promote, to praise.” It is used in the Piel stem in the Hebrew...
#199 – Knowing The Name of God
Aug 13, 2014 |
#199 KNOWING GODS NAME Psalm 9:10 “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Spurgeon prefers to think that this psalm found its inspiration from David’s victory over Goliath of Gath. He says, “Believing that out of a thousand guesses this is at least as consistent with the sense of the Psalm as any other, we prefer it; and more especially so, because it enables us to refer it mystically to the victory of the Son of God over the champion of evil, even the enemy of souls.” -Treasury of David Vol. 1 page 107. The word for “name” here is “shem” and according to Strong means “name, reputation, fame, glory the Name (as design...
#198 – Suffering for His Name
Aug 10, 2014 |
SUFFERING FOR HIS NAME Acts 5:41 “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.” Jesus had told his disciples in John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep your’s also.” The disciples no doubt remembered this saying of Jesus. They had been brought before the authorities of their day. They were upset because of the evident blessings of God upon them (4:4). They were upset because the apostles were teaching that Jesus was the only way to be saved: Acts 4:12 “Neither i...
#197 – Some Bible Names for Believers – Part 3
Aug 7, 2014 |
SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS – Part 3 Acts 11:26 "And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." We looked in our last two meditations at the verse that deals with the origin of the name Christian in Scripture. I will use the same text because this is part 3 of that meditation. WE ARE CALLED PILGRIMS 1 Peter +2:11 says, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” Let’s note the following: 1. First, we note the affection that Peter had for those to w...
#196 – Some Bible Names for Believers – Part 2
Aug 6, 2014 |
SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS - Part 2 Acts 11:26 "And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." We looked in our last meditation at the verse that deals with the origin of the name Christian in Scripture. I will use the same text because this is part 2 of that meditation. There are two other places where the word Christian is used and I will give those here in the introduction in case you would like to make a further study of them. Acts 26:28 says, “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christ...
#195 – Some Bible Names for Believers – Part 1
Aug 4, 2014 |
SOME BIBLE NAMES OF BELIEVERS – PART 1 ACTS +11:26 "Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." WE ARE CALLED CHRISTIANS The name Christian was given to the believers in the early church for the first time in our present text. It was intended to be a term of ridicule and mockery. I do not know how they originally responded to the name but it was not long until they wore the name proudly. Barnabas is first mentioned in Acts +4:36, “And Joses, who by the apostles was ...
#194 – God Providing for His Servant
Aug 3, 2014 |
GOD PROVIDING FOR HIS SERVANT 2 Kings 4:8-10 "And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither." Elisha was truly a man of God. He was a companion and a student of Elijah. He passed this way on a regular basis. There was in Shune...
#193 – Borne of Four
Jul 31, 2014 |
BORNE OF FOUR Mark 2:1-5 "And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the do...
#192 – The Kind of Memory that Helps
Jul 30, 2014 |
THE KIND OF MEMORY THAT HELPS Psa. 78:42 “They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.” Psalm 78 is a psalm when sung that will remind the people of God of the history of God’s redemption of them from Egypt and His deliverance of them from their enemies. It set before them how He supplied their every need and how they turned back and limited Him by their unbelief. Then in our text, we learn that they never allowed the history of God’s dealings with them to help them avoid the same mistakes in the present. Israel gives us the inspired history of God’s dealings. If it is not to profit them, why write it? If it will not save them from repeating things that go...
#191 – The Penalty of Not Going to the Battle
Jul 29, 2014 |
THE PENALTY OF NOT GOING TO THE BATTLE Judges 5:23 "Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty." “Meroz is a plain in the north of Palestine, the inhabitants of which were severely condemned because they came not to help Barak against Sisera Judges 5:23 comp. It has been identified with Marassus, on a knoll to the north of Wady Jalud, but nothing certainly is known of it. Like Chorazin, it is only mentioned in Scripture in connection with the curse pronounced upon it.” —Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary There is a great lesson that is brought out in this incident. I ...
#190 – The Believers Whetstone
Jul 28, 2014 |
THE BELIEVER'S WHETSTONE Psalms 119:25 “My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word." The psalmist has lost his intimate walk with the Lord and finds himself groveling in the dust of despair. Has this ever happened to you? Uncle Buddy Robinson was saved in what we would call a camp meeting. He experienced the waves of God's love for weeks. His testimony is that he went to bed one night and slept off his religion. He went to bed rejoicing in the Lord, he awoke the next morning and what he called “his religion” was gone. Well, uncle Buddy would not settle until he regained his happy walk with the Lord. He got it back but it was a struggle. The words, “My soul cleaveth...
#189 – Found in Him
Jul 28, 2014 |
FOUND IN HIM Philippians 3:9 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” The words “And be found in him,” translate “heurisko” and means, “to find by enquiry, thought, examination, scrutiny, observation, to find out by practice and experience.” It is an aorist tense, passive voice, and subjunctive mood. The aorist tense is a point of time divorced from time and perpetuated forever. The passive voice means that Paul was discovered by those who found him. He was the object of the search and was discovered, “in Him.” The subjunctive mood speaks of the potential. Have a l...
#188 – Christ The Head of The Body – The Church
Jul 21, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we saw Five Things about the question What About the Faith in the Last Days. Today on The Morning Mediation: HE IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY -- THE CHURCH Ephesians 1:22 "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church," What does it mean that Jesus is the head of the body. I understand what He is the head of, “The Church.” The church here is called “the body” and just as a human body must have a head, the local church must have a head. I wonder how many pastors believe this to the point of practice. I also wonder how many church committees practice seeking the Head of the church about the outcome of the respons...
#187 – What About the Faith in the Last Days?
Jul 20, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Waiting Christians. The things that we are waiting for are too wonderful to fully describe. Today on The Morning Mediation: WHAT ABOUT THE FAITH IN THE LAST DAYS? Genesis 49:1 “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.” Jacob was a prophet. He gathered his sons together and told them what was going to happen in the last days. Why inform one of the inevitable? Can we be given information which will enable us to keep it from happening? I believe, first of all, that prophecy lets us know that God has a plan and knows what is going to happen. He is not su...
#186 – The Waiting Christian
Jul 19, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the important topic of Accuracy in the Use of Scripture. We need to make sure we are using the Word of God how He intended us to use it! Today on The Morning Meditation: THE WAITING CHRISTIAN 1 Thessalonians 1:10 "And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." The Thessalonian Church had turned to God from idols to serve the living God, and to “wait for His Son from Heaven.” On the Great Day of Atonement the High Priest went within the veil—not without blood and the congregation waited without looking for his reappearing. Now Christ, our Great High Priest, has gone wit...
#185 – Accuracy in the Use of Scripture
Jul 18, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at God’s Forgiveness. It is amazing that a Thrice Holy God could forgive a sinner like me. Today on The Morning Meditation: ACCURACY IN THE USE OF SCRIPTURE 2 Peter 3:16 "As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." One of the most important things in Christian work is, that we should be accurate in relation to the Scriptures, for a careless reader of the Book never makes a close walk with God, nor an efficient worker for Him. Every businessman knows that attention t...
#184 – Gods Forgiveness
Jul 18, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at the most quoted verse in the Bible…John 3:16! We looked at the words in this verse and we thought about A Sixfold Aspect of God’s Love. Today on The Morning Mediation: GOD’S FORGIVENESS Luke 7:41-43 “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.” Forgiveness is one of the most common words in the Bible. It is found in its different forms 98 times. The wo...
#183 – A Sixfold Aspect of Gods Love
Jul 16, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Written Word of God. God's written Word should be held in reverence, read with absolute confidence that it is His Word, and practice it in the life. Today on The Morning Mediation: A SIXFOLD A...
#182 – Gods Written Word
Jul 13, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the question, “Is There an Intermediate State After Death?” I hope you got a good answer to that question from the Word of God. Today on The Morning Mediation: GOD'S WRITTEN WORD Psalm 119:89 "...For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven." I have often wondered why God in His providence allowed the original autographs to be destroyed, i.e., those original books written in the handwriting of the Scribes who wrote it down for us. I suppose among many reasons that could be suggested is the tendency toward Bibliolatry. I do not mean to take anything away for the sacredness of God's eternal Word. I do not want to imply that He did not preserv...
#181 – Is There An Intermediate State After Death?
Jul 12, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Free Salvation. I am so glad that Jesus paid all of my sin debt for me! I am not good enough to work my way to heaven! Today on The Morning Meditation: IS THERE AN INTERMEDIATE STATE AFTER DEATH?...
#180 – Free Salvation
Jul 11, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at the Word of God. Make sure that you do not “wrest the Scriptures” to your own destruction. Today on The Morning Meditation: FREE SALVATION Isaiah 55:1-3 "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even ...
#179 – The Word of God
Jul 10, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Moring Meditation we looked at The Right Kind of Heart. Do you have the right kind of heart? If not, fix it! Today on The Morning Meditation: THE WORD OF GOD John 12:48 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” Our most prized possession is the Word of God. One of our Lord's Names is the Word. John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." It is no wonder that the Scriptures are under attack by Satan. Our faith will be no stronger than the Word we put our trust in. If our Bible is corrupted, then our faith will be frustrated...
#178 – The Right Kind of Heart
Jul 9, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at A Crucial Message for the Man of God and we saw that Paul told the man of God what to flee, follow, fight, and lay hold of. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART Psalms 57:7 "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise." John Gill comments about the fixed heart: “Firm and sure heart, trusting in the Lord, believing that he should be saved by him out of his troubles; So, in a spiritual sense, a heart fixed and established, or that is firm and sure, is one that is assured of its salvation by Christ, rooted and grounded in the love of God, firmly built on the foundation, Christ, and has its affectio...
#177 – A Crucial Message to the Man of God
Jul 8, 2014 |
Yesterday we looked at a simple phrase in the Word of God – What Have I Done? I hope you can answer the questions we asked in that meditation. Today on The Morning Mediation: A CRUCIAL MESSAGE TO THE MAN OF GOD 1 Tim. 6:10-12 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” There are four things in this passage that ...
#176 – What Have I Done?
Jul 1, 2014 |
Yesterday on the Moring Meditation we looked at The Steps of Peter’s Downfall. I am so glad the Lord did not write him off when he fell! I am so thankful that God preserved this story for us in His Everlasting Word! Today on The Morning Meditation: WHAT HAVE I DONE? Jeremiah 8:6 "I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle." Jeremiah is speaking these words by inspiration of God to the people of God. Israel had “turned to his course.” It is the same that is found in Judges 17:6, "In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was...
#175 – The Steps of Peters Downfall
Jun 30, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we saw some New Things about God! I am glad that I have experienced some of these new things and I look forward to the day of experiencing the rest. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE STEPS OF PETER'S DOWNFALL Mark 14:29-31 "But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all." This meditation will be spread out over the rest of this chapter. Backsliding is a process. Eve fir...
#174 – Some New Things About God
Jun 29, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we thought about God’s Promise Concerning the Believer’s Temptation. I sure am glad that we do not serve a cold heartless God that knows nothing of the trials we face! Today on The Morning Meditation: SOME NEW ...
#173 – Gods Promise Concerning the Believers Temptation
Jun 28, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Great Supper. What is your response to the invitation given? Do you have a preplanned excuse? Today on The Morning Meditation: GOD’S PROMISE CONCERNING THE BELIEVERS TEMPTATION 1 Cor. +10...
#172 – The Great Supper
Jun 27, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The God of the Bible. I like what the Apostle John had to say in last chapter of the Gospel he was charged with putting to paper and the same thing that was echoed by the songwriter, “Nor could the scro...
#171 – The God of The Bible
Jun 23, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at God’s Offer of Guidance. He wants to be our Instructor, Teacher and Counselor. Are you willing to take Him up on His offer? Today on The Morning Meditation: THE GOD OF THE BIBLE Gen. 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” God is named in the first verse of the Bible. He is here identified as the Creator. The word God itself is Elohim. The word Elohim is the word El put in the plural form and that is where we get “ohim” as an ending on the word “El.” The plural in the Hebrew is three or more differing from the English in grammar. In English we have the singular and the plural. In the Hebrew we have the singular, duel, and ...
#170 – The Lords Offer of Guidance
Jun 21, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Door is Shut. Are you outside of a shut door? Today on The Morning Meditation: THE LORD’S OFFER OF GUIDANCE Psa. 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Someone has said as we enter into the truth of this verse “we enter as a student in God’s University.” This is a University from which I want a degree. Amen. The Lord promises three things in this verse, i.e., that He will be our Instructor, that He will be our Teacher, and that He will be our Counselor. First let’s look at Him as, THE INSTRUCTOR He says to David, “I will instruct thee . . .” The word “instruct” translates...
Morning Anouncements #5 – The Contest
Jun 21, 2014 |
The Morning Mediation Morning Announcements #5 The Morning Meditation is really starting to grow! We have now been downloaded in 122 countries around the world. This is going to be a great ministry! I am excited about what God is going to do. If you want to learn how to subscribe to The Morning Meditation, just go to TheMorningMeditation.com/subscribe, and you can see all of the ways you can subscribe. I have decided to have a month long contest to see if we can get more subscribers! I have never done a contest before; so we are going to be learning together! THE PRIZE! Dr. James Wilkins has written a great new book: Obeying the Great Commission – Equipping you to do your new vocation. I hav...
#169 – The Door Is Shut
Jun 20, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Number One Desire of a Christian. David was a great example of how to seek that one thing. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE DOOR IS SHUT Gen. 7:16 “And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.” There was one door in the ark. When God told Noah how to build the ark, He said, “A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it” (6:16). The door to the ark was evidently three stories high. It reminds us that God has provided amp...
#168 – The Number One Desire for the Believer
Jun 19, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Jesus Teaching His Disciples to Pray. God is able to do more than we ask and we need to listen to Him and then act in prayer. Today on The Morning Meditation: THE NUMBER ONE DESIRE FOR THE BELIEVER Psalms 27:4 "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple." WHAT THIS ONE THING WAS David tells us what that one thing was. It was fellowship with God. HE SOUGHT THIS BECAUSE HE WAS RECONCILED TO GOD For an unreconciled man to approach God would be useless and dangerous. It would be like forcing oneself u...
#167 – Jesus Teaches His Disciples to Pray
Jun 18, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we meditated on the subject of How to Have a Perfect Heart Toward God. Walking with a perfect heart toward God means relying on His Word in all things. Today on The Morning Meditation: JESUS TEACHES HIS DISCIPLES TO PRAY John 16:23 "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you." There are many wonderful things Jesus taught His disciples just prior to His death on the cross. They had grown to love Him dearly. The thoughts of losing Him was just too much for them to grasp. Jesus teaches them that He will just be a prayer away. He assures them that the Father will h...
#166 – How to Have A Perfect Heart Toward God
Jun 18, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at A Leak in the Character. Have you inspected your life and found a leak, just a thread of water? Get it right and remember that our sins are under the Blood of Christ. Today on The Morning Meditation: HOW TO HAVE A PERFECT HEART TOWARD GOD 2 Chron. 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.” Let me encourage you to read this whole passage from 2 Chron. 16. Asa the king of Judah made a league with the king of Syria to protect him from Baasha king of Israel....
#165 – A Leak in the Character
Jun 16, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at a very beautiful story of redemption. The Redemption of Ruth and today we are going to look at a very ugly story of treachery and murder as we study: A LEAK IN THE CHARACTER 1 Kings 16:16 “Zimri hath conspired, and hath also slain the king.” I am quoting from Joseph Parker’s message on this incident: “There was once a king in Israel called Elah. He reigned over Israel in Tirzah two years. He had a servant called Zimri who was a captain of his chariots. Zimri was a born traitor. Treachery was in his very blood. In the case of Elah, Zimri had a marked advantage; for Elah was a drunken fool; he was in the habit of visiting the house of another of...
#164 – The Redemption of Ruth
Jun 14, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Characteristics of the Servant of God. Do you have those characteristics? Today we are going to look at a very beautiful story in the Word of God! THE REDEMPTION OF RUTH Ruth 4:1 "Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down." Boaz went up to the gate to intercede for Ruth. He was a man of might, wealth and influence. Now there was a kinsman closer than he. Boaz offers him the right to redeem but he declines and says that it would mar his own inheritance. So after this Boaz makes the...
#163 – Characteristics of a Christian Workers
Jun 13, 2014 |
Yesterday, on The Morning Meditation we thought about The Lord God of Israel. What an amazing God we serve. It is my prayer that I would be more faithful to serve Him in every area of my life! Today, we are going to look at: CHARACTERISTICS OF A CHRISTIAN WORKER Jude 1:20 23, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." Let's look at some of the characteristics given in these verses of the Chr...
#162 – The Lord God of Israel
Jun 12, 2014 |
Yesterday, on The Morning Meditation we look at The Call of Isaiah. What we need to realize is that God is still calling, we need more men, women, boys and girls who are willing to respond. God is doing His part, we need to do ours as well. Today, let us look at: THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL Isaiah 44:24 “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;” The Lord chose Israel for His people. He was constantly speaking to them reminding them that He was the LORD their God. His requirements were to live a holy life and properly represent Him on earth to t...
#161 – When Isaiah Saw The Lord
Jun 11, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we looked at the command to Walk in Love. Wow! Sometimes I am so unlovable, but the Savior loves me at all times. We should study and practice walking in love even when others do things that make them unlovable to ...
#160 – Walk in Love
Jun 10, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the thought Conditioned to Endure. I am sure thankful that the Lord has placed people in my life that were conditioned to endure. Today let us look at: WALK IN LOVE Eph. 5:1-2 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” Many Christians are brought to the place where they say, “I am ready to serve the Lord. Where do I start?” These two verses will help to answer that question for those who are ready. First I call your attention to, THE CHALLENGE Paul says, “Be ye therefore followers of God . . .”...
Morning Anouncements 4
Jun 10, 2014 |
#159 – Conditioned to Endure
Jun 9, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we thought about God’s Restraining Power on Sin. I am so thankful for the way He does this for us. Today we are going to look at the thought: CONDITIONED TO ENDURE 2 Tim. 2:3 “Thou therefore endure hardness,...
#158 – Gods Restraining Power on Sin
Jun 8, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at Ephesians 5:21 and thought about the subject of Henpecked Husbands and Dominated Wives. Problems in marriage are caused by pride and stubbornness and both are condemned in the Word of God. Today, le...
#157 – Henpecked Husbands and Dominated Wives
Jun 7, 2014 |
Well, I am back from Israel. What a wonderful time we had on our trip. If you would like to read about the day to day activities from that trip you can go to consfords.com and read the daily updates that I wrote while we were in the Promised Land. I hope you enjoyed the last few days of The Morning Meditation. I know they were reruns but they were no longer listed in iTunes and we have had many new subscribers come on board since I read these. Today on The Morning Meditation we are going to meditate on: HENPECKED HUSBANDS AND DOMINATED WIVES Eph. +5:21 “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” When a man submits to his wife in our society, he called henpecked. When a wife su...
#156 – Fellowworkers of Paul – Part 3
Jun 6, 2014 |
FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.” JESUS JUSTUS, THE MAN WITH A GREAT NAME We know very little about this man. He definitely was a Jewish Christian. He was also a comfort to Paul. I don’t think he was named after Jesus our Saviour, but after Joshua, which was a common name among the Jews. Jesus is the Greek equivalent to the Hebrew name, Joshua. Since we know so little about this ma...
#155 – Fellowworkers of Paul – Part 2
Jun 5, 2014 |
FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circum...
#154 – Fellowworkers of Paul – Part 1
Jun 4, 2014 |
FELLOWWORKERS OF PAUL Col. 4:10-11“Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.” We are going to look at three of Paul’s helpers in the next three meditation. The helpers many times are not mentioned. They are just as important as anyone else because God uses us together. Paul makes sure that we understand this. Of course there are those who are not mentioned at all because it is not important that men recognize our service. Wh...
#153 – Where did He Go?
Jun 3, 2014 |
WHERE DID HE GO? Acts 1:9-11 “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” What a blessing it is to serve the Lord. If you really walk with the Lord there are very few dull moments. These verses describe the occasion of the Lord’s ascension. I know the Lord had told them this would happen. But we all have a hard time und...
#152 – The Servants Attitude in Serving the Lord
Jun 2, 2014 |
THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE SERVANTS ATTITUDE IN SERVING THE LORD Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” Paul reminds them, “for ye serve the Lord Christ.” The word “serve” translates, “douleuo” and means, “to be a slave, serve, do service.” This is that same word for slave mentioned above. Only here it is a verb. It is a present active indicative verb. The present tense means that we keep on (present tense) by our choice (active voi...
#151 – The Expectation of the Obedient Christian
Jun 1, 2014 |
THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE EXPECTATION OF THE OBEDIENT CHRISTIAN Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” The expectation is seen in the words, “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” The word “knowing” translates “eido” meaning, “to see, to perceive with the eyes, to perceive by any of the senses, to discern.” When this word “knowing” is used it is more like knowing as ...
#150 – The Focus of Our Good Works
May 31, 2014 |
THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE FOCUS OF OUR ACTION Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” The words, “as to the Lord” means that whatever we do, if it is a truck driver, a secretary, a minister in the pulpit, or student in school, what ever it is, we are to do it as if Jesus were the ONE for whom we were doing it. Our action should be focused on Him as the one for whom we do what we do. The wife submits to her husband, when in reality, ...
Morning Anouncemet #3
May 30, 2014 |
This is Missionary Joe Consford! I am in Israel as we speak! I look forward to telling you all about my trip after I get back! I just wanted to thank you for listening to The Morning Meditation each morning! It is my privilege to join you on your walk with our Lord every day. It has been brought to my attention that some people have forgotten that these meditations were not written by me. Dr. Earl White writes these Morning Meditations, and he has given me permission to publish them in the form of this podcast. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have over the last ten years. The Morning Meditation has now been listened to in 111 countries! Wow! Please pray for me as I am in Israel trying to ...
#149 – The Dynamics of Good Works
May 30, 2014 |
THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN THE DYNAMICS OF THE DOING Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” The words “do it heartily . . .” This word translates two words. The first is “ek” meaning, “out of” and second, “psuche” and means, “the soul, the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.).” This is to be the dynamics of our service. It is from the heart. It is putting everything we have into it. It is sincerity...
#148 – Our Good Works
May 29, 2014 |
THE DOINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN OUR GOOD WORKS Col. 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” We are not saved by our works. If anything is plain in the teaching of Scripture, this is it. I am surprised that so many who claim to be Christians cannot see this. But good works are important part of the Christian’s life after salvation. “For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should wal...
#147 – Seeing Beyond the Obvious
May 28, 2014 |
SEEING BEYOND THE OBVIOUS Eph. 1:8 “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;” The word “prudence” needs definition. It is amazing how we will read our Bible and do a kangaroo over what we don’t understand. Sometimes that part of God’s Work lies dormant because of the neglect of the reader to take time to examine. The word “prudence” is found in 2 Chronicles 2:12, "Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom." “Prudent is defined as, “Cautious; circumspect; practically wise; caref...
#146 – Paul Makes a Personal Appeal for Prayer
May 27, 2014 |
PAUL MAKES A PERSONAL APPEAL FOR PRAYER Col. 4:1-4“Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” Paul says, “Withal praying also for us.” Paul believed that prayer was an essential part in the Christians life. He believed that prayer was essential to the Christian who lives constantly in enemy territory. Not to pray is to take God for granted. It is to take His work in our hands and ...
#145 – The Christian's Relationship to the World
May 26, 2014 |
Yesterday on the Morning Meditation we thought about The Word Behind You. May we always be willing to listen to the guiding word of our Heavenly Father when we start to stray from him. Today let us think about: THE CHRISTIANS RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORLD John 15:19 “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” These are the words Jesus spoke to His disciples just before His crucifixion. He says, “If ye were of the world,” which means they were no longer of the world. The world is spiritually dead. Therefore, anything man does to save himself is death at work. Before there can ...
#144 – A Word Behind You
May 24, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Mediation we thought about The Mind of Christ. Let this mind be in you; for this is the highest ideal in Christian living. Today, let us look at the phrase: A WORD BEHIND YOU Isa. 30:21 ”And thine ears shall hear a wo...
#143 – The Mind of Christ
May 23, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we did a meditation on the fact that God Has A Plan for Every Child of His. What a blessing it is to know that He knows what He is doing and where He is headed with us. We can trust Him. Today, we will meditate on the subject: THE MIND OF CHRIST Phil. 2:5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" The mind of Christ has been a mystery in every age. It is expected that all Christ's followers should have the same disposition as their Master. “I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you (“John 13:15). Let's notice some of the features of Christ's mind: RESIGNATION Luke 22:42, "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remov...
#142 – God has a Plan for Every Child of His
May 22, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Mediation, we looked at The Sabbath – Are Christians to Keep It? I sure am glad we are free from the law, but we should always remember that Salvation is our Eternal Sabbath. Today on The Morning Mediation let us place our ...
#141 – The Sabbath Day – Are Christians to keep it?
May 21, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Mediation, we looked at The Strife between Abram and Lot. In the believers’ life, it is always important to seek the Lord’s will in our decisions. Today, let us put all other thoughts and worries aside as we meditate on: THE SABBATH DAY - ARE CHRISTIANS TO KEEP IT? Col 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:” Exo. 20:11 “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exo. 16:23-26 “And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, Tomorrow is...
#140 – The Strife Between Abram and Lot
May 21, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we thought about God’s Call of Abram and His Covenant With Him. What a blessing it is to know that even though we are imperfect, God’s grace is PERFECT! Today on The Morning Meditation, let us put aside the cares and worries of the day and meditate together on: THE STRIFE BETWEEN ABRAM AND LOT Genesis 13:5 11 "And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled ...
Morning Anouncement #2
May 20, 2014 |
I am Missionary Joe Consford, and I want to thank you for listening to The Morning Mediation! I want you to know that The Morning Meditation has been listened to in 107 countries. The gospel is being preached in all of these countries through this podcast. I am so excited about this! If you would like to learn all of the ways to subscribe to this show, then please visit TheMorningMeditation.com/subscribe. You can also listen to my other shows by visiting consfords.com/podcast - Joe's Podcast is a place where I answer questions about missions! MissionaryOnFire.com - Missionary on Fire is a place where I interview great missionaries. Be careful with this show; your heart may be burdened to do ...
#139 – God's Call of Abram
May 20, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we did a meditation on the subject of Self Judgment and we saw seven ways of knowing yourself from A.W. Tozer’s book, That Incredible Christian. Today, let’s look at: GOD’S CALL OF ABRAM AND HIS COVENANT WITH HIM Genesis 12:1-5 "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spok...
#138 – Self Judgment
May 18, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we look at 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and saw how that You Are Not Your Own. Being a servant of the Lord is so much better than being a slave to sin! Today on The Morning Meditation, let us meditate on: SELF JUDGMENT Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Self judgment is necessary even though it can be damaging if it is done to the extreme. There is a sense in which we are not to judge others (Matt. 7:1-5), and in which we should not even try to judge ourselves (1 Cor...
#137 – You are Not Your Own
May 17, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at The Unspeakable Gift of God. What an amazing thought that the gift of grace that is ours cannot even be put into words. Today, in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 we will meditate on the subject: YOU ARE NOT ...
#136 – Thankfulness for God's Unspeakable Gift
May 16, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we saw Seven Wonderful Things from Titus 2:11-14. Are you in awe of the Grace of God? I am so thankful for all He has done for me. That brings us to today’s meditation. THANKFULNESS FOR GOD’S UNSPEAKABLE GIFT 2 Cor. 9:15 “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” The subject that surrounds this verse is giving. In chapter eight Paul is commending the churches of Macedonia for their giving of a special offering given to aid the poor saints in Jerusalem. He uses them as an example for the church at Corinth to follow. Then he talks again in chapter ten about missionary giving. So right in the midst of Paul’s teaching on giving he says, “Thanks be unto Go...
#135 – Seven Wonders
May 15, 2014 |
Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Trespass Offering and we saw how that in Christ, what we are guilty of He paid for on the cross. Today we are going to look at: SEVEN WONDERS Titus 2:11-14 "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Let's look at the first wonder, A WONDERFUL EXHIBIT...
#134 – The Trespass Offering
May 14, 2014 |
Yesterday on the Morning Meditation we talked about the Second Touch and we saw how that Salvation is not a gradual process, but becoming like Christ is a growth process. We need that Second Touch! Today, we are going to look at: THE TRESPASS OFFE...
Frendly Reminder #1
May 14, 2014 |
I am Missionary Joe Consford, and I want to thank you for listening to The Morning Mediation! I want you to know that The Morning Meditation has been listened to in 98 countries. The gospel is being preached in all of these countries through this podcast. I am so excited about this! If you would like to learn all of the ways to subscribe to this show, then please visit TheMorningMeditation.com/subscribe. You can also listen to my other shows by visiting consfords.com/podcast - Joe's Podcast is a place where I answer questions about missions! MissionaryOnFire.com - Missionary on Fire is a place where I interview great missionaries. Be careful with this show; your heart may be burdened to do m...
#133 – The Second Touch
May 13, 2014 |
THE SECOND TOUCH Mark 8:22-26 “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.” Mark is the only writer of the four gospels that records this story. Mark records this healing as taking place in two stages. This prov...
#132 – God's Purpose in the Giving of the Law
May 12, 2014 |
GOD’S PURPOSE IN THE GIVING OF THE LAW Our Meditation this morning will be on the law of Moses as a schoolmaster. Paul deals with the law in Galatians. There were those in Galatia teaching that the keeping of the law was essential to salvation. Paul tells them that anything, including the law, that is inserted as a part of the gospel, perverts the gospel and makes it ineffective as a means of salvation; Galatians 1:6-9. What was God's purpose in the giving of the law? Galatians 3:24-26 says, “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. For ye are all the children of G...
#131 – Exceeding Great Reward
May 11, 2014 |
Exceeding Great Reward Genesis 15:1, “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Everywhere we turn today, in society, in the business world, and in the home, tensions and pressures are creating a spirit of fear in the lives of people. We are constantly hearing of people taking a gun and going into schools and killing as many as they can before they commit suicide. Our kids are afraid to go to school today. Abraham lived in a time when it was not uncommon to fear. God makes him a promise to protect him. He said, “. . . Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” In the ...
#130 – The Sin Offering
May 9, 2014 |
THE SIN OFFERING Lev. 4:1-12 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them: If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering. And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock's head, and kill the bullock before the LORD. And the priest that is anointed shall take of ...
#129 – The Peace Offering
May 7, 2014 |
THE PEACE OFFERING, A PICTURE OF RECONCILIATION Lev. 3:1-5 “And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the l...
#128 – The Incarnation of God in Christ
May 6, 2014 |
THE INCARNATION OF GOD IN CHRIST John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” I have mentioned the incarnation in a meditation before. But this verse must focus entirely on that subject. John dips deep into the mysteries of God and comes up with the astounding truth of God becoming a Man. Without this truth we do not have a Saviour in Christ. It took the incarnation to qualify him for the life he lived, i.e., a life of absolute sinlessness. He lived the life he lived to qualify him for the death he died, i.e., a substitutionary death. He died the death he died to give me the g...
#127 – The Role of the Holy Spirit in the Christian Life
May 5, 2014 |
THE ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE Matthew 10:20 "For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." The Holy Spirit identifies with the believer and becomes his source of information which he preaches. Jesus said it is “the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” Let's notice some of the roles He plays in the life of the believer. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SPIRIT OF LIFE TO OVERCOME THE SELF LIFE Paul's struggle with the conflict in the two natures in the Child of God in Romans 7. There are no less than 30 “I's” in this chapter. What is the answer to the self life as taught by Paul? Romans 8:2, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Je...