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April 2020 Short Messages
Being Socially Accepted
A young lady wrote about liking the day in which we live, better than the olden days, because she could “wear shorts and pants without worrying about being socially accepted.” Being socially accepted does seem very important to some. But really now, how important is the comfort we get from being socially accepted?
As I have said before, it really seems that “what everybody else does” is followed more than what God’s servants preach or God’s Word says. Being “like everybody else” was the reason Israel choose a king to their hurt. (I Samuel 8; Hosea 13:11)
Following what other people do, rather than what God’s Word says, has never been the wisest or safest choice. This is especially true in these “perilous times,” (2 Timothy 3:1) days of “falling away,” (2 Thessalonians 2:3) and when “iniquity shall abound.” (Matthew 24:12) Satan is too deceptive, and people are too weak, for “what everybody else does” to be the rule of faith and practice. What we really need to give attention to is the Word of God.
We are not to only be a good listener to the Bible; we are to be a good doer also–"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (James 1:22)
Isaiah wrote as if it makes all the difference when God speaks; and it does– "Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me." (Isaiah 1:2)
Jeremiah called on the whole earth to hear when God speaks– "O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD." (Jeremiah 22:29)
The question Jesus asked in Luke 6:46 should get our attention– "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46)
It is natural for us to be more comfortable in our sins when we are not alone. And it is easy to consider what everybody else does to be all right. But to be socially accepted is not enough. It is only right when it is acceptable in God’s sight. We should always feel as the Psalmist felt when he prayed, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer." (Psalms 19:14)
Why Tragedy Struck A Young Man
(Please read II Samuel 13:1-29)
King David had a son by the name of Amnon. He was no doubt an impressive young man with apparent bright future. Yet he died a tragic death in his youth. Consider with me a few reason why tragedy came to this young man.
It was lust rather than love that attracted Amnon to Tamar. The Bible tells us that the beauty of a women is not outward, but rather “the hidden man of the heart.” (I Peter 3:3,4; Proverbs 31:30 ) A home can expect serious problems if it is not genuine love that brings the husband and wife together.
Amnon had an ungodly friend. A large number of lives are ruined because of an ungodly friend, especially in the days of one’s youth. Proverbs 13:20 should speak to the heart of everyone: "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." Amnon was a companion of a fool and was destroyed. Young and old should select their friends from those who love the Lord. The Psalmist said, "I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts." (Psalms 119:63)
Amnon did not recognize the seriousness of his problem and seek the Lord for grace to overcome. Any time a person realizes that Satan is trying to carry him the wrong way, he should immediately seek the Lord for help. The Bible teaches this– "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16) The grace of God can add strength and relieve pressure.
Amnon’s problem started with a rather small sin-- a look. He surely could have handled the first look of sin. But when he kept the way clear for the temptation to grow, it became too big for him to handle. When people fail to “Abstain from all appearance of evil,” they often end up with some tragedy. (I Thessalonians 5:22)
Amnon did not listen to good advice. Referring to the sin of fornication, Tamar told Amnon, “no such thing ought to be done in Israel.” It shouldn’t be done in our nation either. It really shouldn’t be– "But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away." (Proverbs 6:33)
Amnon not only brought destruction upon himself, he brought much pain upon his family. Sowing to the flesh always brings corruption, (Galatians 6:7,8) and the corruption that it brings is sure to touch more, hurt worse, and last longer than was expected.
All who are saved from sin and its penalty, are saved because the Lord saved them. Salvation is of the Lord. Jesus does save. May we study this wonderful truth.
When the angel spoke to Joseph concerning the birth of Jesus, he said that JESUS SAVES. Here are his words-- "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name
Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins."(Matthew 1:21).
We learn that JESUS SAVES from what Jesus said to the house of Zacchaeus-- "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10)
When Paul wrote to Timothy he stressed the truth that JESUS SAVES--"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (I Timothy 1:15).
Therefore Christ did not come to help, to assist, or to just have a part in our salvation. He came to SAVE us. If we ever obtain forgiveness of sins, It will come from Heaven. If we ever become a new creature within, it will be the power of God that regenerated us. If our name is ever written in Heaven, He will see that it is put there. If we escape Hell and gain Heaven, Jesus will take care of it. If we are saved at all we are saved altogether, and Jesus does it.
It was not the good that Jesus saw in us that moved him to save us. It was the mercy that He had for us that moved Him in our direction-- "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." (Titus 3:5)
If the Lord only saved those who deserved to be saved, He would save none-- "God looked down from Heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Psalm 53:2,3)
We must conclude that All have missed the mark, and All have come short of being good enough to go to Heaven--"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Therefore, the only way that salvation can come to man is by the grace of God-- "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works,
lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9)
There is no need for anyone to go out into eternity lost. There is no need for anyone to be “cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15) There is no need for anyone to miss spending eternity in peace. Jesus saves all that will come unto God by Him, and He saves them all the way. (Hebrews 7:25)
If you are lost, call upon the Lord now and believe in Jesus to be your Savior? Then when the Holy Spirit assures you that you have indeed believed in Jesus as your Savior, spread the good news to everyone that JESUS SAVES!
"Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness" (Proverbs 8:18).
The Wisdom from above is speaking in our text. It is the Lord Who gives us the help we need in obtaining durable riches: the kind that blesses and lasts.
To say the least, most people seem rather mixed up concerning the subject of riches. When riches are mentioned, most people immediately think of a kind that the Bible calls deceitful riches, not thinking of the kind that the Bible calls durable riches. Strange isn't it?
While all of us need a certain amount of money to meet our material needs in this world, getting too concerned about it has been the downfall of many. Because of this danger the Bible normally doesn't speak too well of money. It often referred to money as "filthy lucre." (I Timothy 3:3) Jesus spoke of people letting it be their god. (Matthew 6:24) The Bible tells us that a love for this kind of riches is "the root of all evil," and that an over concern for it would bring much sorrow and pain in the end. (I Timothy 6:9,10)
When our text therefore spoke of durable riches, it was not speaking of money. It was rather speaking of Spiritual wealth. Salvation, and all that goes with it, is spoken of as riches. (II Corinthians 8:9) Things like faith, (James 2:5) and "full assurance of understanding" are also called riches. (Colossians 3:2)
Unlike material wealth, there are no bad side affects to durable riches. Spiritual riches are all good. Also, it is difficult to describe all the benefits of these riches because they are "unsearchable riches." (Ephesians 3:8) Consider with me now some comparisons between money and Spiritual, or durable riches.
Money is temporal-- "For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?" (Proverbs 27:24).
Spiritual wealth lasts-- "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (Matthew 6:20).
Money is deceitful-- "And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful" (Mark 4:19).
Spiritual wealth is never misleading. It is always better than described. It can be "joy unspeakable and full of glory." (I Peter 1:8)
Material wealth is uncertain--"Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven" (Proverbs 23:4,5. Also I Timothy 6:17)
Spiritual wealth is sure-- "To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." (I Peter 1:4,5)
Oh how our generation needs to take a closer look at riches. Then after seeing them as they are, seek to obtain the riches that provide peace, that make us useful, that honors the Lord, and that last.
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