Above All These Things – Charity   An Excellent View

CaptureAnd above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (Col 3:14)

God, who looks at and into our hearts, places charity (love)  as the measure to determine if our life and our work are of true value.  Note the intensity of the following verse.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. (1Co 13:1-3)

So God says above all these things (the do’s and do nots of this chapter) we must have charity.


The Prerequisite for Charity Above – A Risen Life (vs1)

1. A risen life has a heavenly focus (vs1-4)

Our aspirations are heavenly

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (Col 3:1)

Our affections are heavenly

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Col 3:2)

Our anticipations are heavenly

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Col 3:4)

2. A risen life has a holiness focus (vs5-10)

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (Col 3:5)

3. A risen life has a humble focus (vs12-13)

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.(Col 3:12-13)

We will be humble in our feelings

….bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering…

We will be humble in our forbearing

…Forbearing one another…

We will be humble in our forgiving

…Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, …

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Take Courage

LionAnd from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage. (Act 28:15)

The Need for Christians to Take Courage in this Hour

We need to take courage for ourselves

To obey fully God

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. (Jos 1:7)

Not to fear people

And the LORD shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you. — Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Deu 31:5-6)

To make the hard decisions

Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it. (Ezr 10:3-4)

We need to take courage for our God

To fully worship Him – Remove idols and renew alters

…And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD. (2Ch 15:7-8)

To finish our work for Him

And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD. (1Ch 28:20)

We need to take courage for others

For the future (blessings) of others

Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. (Jos 1:6)

For the faith of others

Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good. (2Sa 10:12)


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Mastering the Storms (Acts 27)

Storm-AnchorLetting go the anchors

And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms. Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. (Act 27:28-29)

The captain of the ship in Paul’s storm did a great job using his skills and knowledge to get the crew and passengers though a terrific storm.  To be able to master the storms, a seaman must know the tactics available to him and possess the experience  to know when and how to apply them.

Here is a tactic and tool we can use to help up become a master in the storms.

Let Go The Anchors – know your anchors

1. The anchor of duty

One of the best anchor for weathering the storms of life is the simple anchor of knowing and staying committed to doing our duty!

By daily performing and focusing upon the jobs and responsibilities the Lord has given us, we can keep from drifting or being driven far off course in the storm.

Our whole duty

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecc 12:13)

Our daily duty

And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded. (2Ch 8:14)

These will include, interceding prayer, studying the Word of God, witnessing, performing our parental and spousal duties, etc.  You get the idea.

Our commanded duty

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. (Luk 17:10)

Here is a might duty and anchor.  It is our duty to do “all those things which are commanded you”.  In other words, if we are not endeavoring to do ALL the things commanded, we are not doing our duty.

2. The anchor of dependence

Depend upon supplication

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16)

Depend upon the Scriptures

For light 

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psa 119:105)

For success

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16)

Depend upon the Savior

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Heb 12:2-3)

3. The anchor of delight (Acts 27:22, 25)

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (1Pe 1:6-7)
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (1Pe 4:13)

Know, use, and depend upon these anchors to keep you secure in the storm!


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Getting it Altogether

bringing_it_all_togetherThen Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds. (Act 26:28-29)

We have all heard the expression, “They sure have it all together”.  Maybe you have said about yourself, “I need to get it all together”.  As sure as having it “all together” brings peace and order to our lives in general, if we could have our spiritual lives all together we would be more fruitful, joyful, and able to serve the Lord more effectively and consistently.

So we see this state in the life of the Apostle Paul.  As he stood before the king in chains, he said that he wished all that heard him were  “altogether such as I am, except these bonds.”.

How Paul (and ourselves) can spiritually have it “all together”.

He had it altogether because he could answer for himself (Acts 26:1-2) ...because I shall answer for myself this day…

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1Pe 3:15)

He had it altogether because he could think himself happy (Acts 26:2) …I think myself happy, king Agrippa,…

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. (Pro 23:7)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Php 4:6-8)

He had it altogether because he was sure of his conversion (Acts 26:12-19)

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (2Ti 1:12)

He had it altogether because he knew and was sure of the source of his necessary strength

His strength came from the Son of God

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Php 4:12-13)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)

His strength came from the grace of God

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2Co 12:9)

He had it altogether because he was secure in his Soul Winning

And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Act 20:20-21)

He had it altogether because he had his body under subjection

And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1Co 9:25-27)

He had it altogether because he was sure of his reward

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 righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2Ti 4:6-8)

He had it altogether because he was stretching for the finish line

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, (Php 3:13)


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Keys to Abounding

Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. (Act 9:31)

3keysThe churches “multiplied”.  They, being blessed of God, were ABOUNDING.  We all want to be abounding in our lives.  We want our church to abound.  We want our homes to abound.  We want our Christian life to abound.

In this verse we find three keys to abounding.  These  apply to a church, a home, and an individual.  Here are these keys.  Find them in the verse above.

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Key 1 = Find Rest

This rest is not an absence of activity but a lack of strife. A life with peace in our hearts. It is this rest that is the environment that fosters and permits abounding

How to find rest? – Be saved (Heb 4:1-6,  Col 1:20-21, Rom 5:1, Eph 2:14-15)

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, …. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled (Col 1:20-21)

How to find rest? – Be spiritual

Be spiritual in your mind

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isa 26:3)

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom 8:5-6)

Be Spiritual in your manner

– In our dealings with others

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.(Rom 12:17-18+)

– In our purity

There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. (Isa 48:22)

Be spiritual with your money

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 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. (1Ti 6:9-10)

How find rest? –  Be in the Scriptures

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (Psa 119:165)

How find rest? – Be in supplication

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Php 4:6-7)

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Key 2 for abounding – Find Edification (to build up)

We are to lay the foundation and build up

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. (1Co 3:11-13)

Building must be priority

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. (1Co 10:23)

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Key 3 for abounding – Find your Walk

Walk in the Fear of the Lord

A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? (Mal 1:6)

Walk in the Comfort of the Holy Ghost

Walk in truth = Spirit of Truth (John 14:6)

Walk in the right way = Led by Spirit (Matt:4, Rom 8:14)

Walk protected and sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:13-14)

Walk bold and with our hearts full of the love of God = spread by the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5)

Are you abounding?


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Abounding In Spirituality

hopeLike everything else, spirituality and spiritual grow only happens if we purpose, plan and then perform.  Below is a portion of a recent message I preached to the upper grades in our Christian school. It is a good reminder to us all, to always be abounding!

To Spirituality Aboud:

1. Start Early

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; (Ecc 12:1)

Number your days

Because you do not know how many you have

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. (Jas 4:14-15)

Because the sooner you start the farther you can go

Because you can never get them back

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Eph 5:16)

2. Bear the yoke in your youth

(That means now – you are younger today than you will be tomorrow)

Because you are stronger

(see  Ecc 12 for a description of our aging process)

Because habits are hard to break (make some good ones now)

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. (Jer 13:23)

Becuase not to do so is sin

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (Jas 4:17)

3. Set the Example

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1Ti 4:12)

In your language – in word

In your lifestyle – conversation

In your love – charity

In your liveliness – spirit

In your leaning – faith

In your liberty – purity

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (Gal 5:13)

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Abounding in Scolastics

studyThe theme for our church this year is “Abounding”.  I recently preached this outline in our Christian school’s upper grades chapel. Since the school year is still new, I thought I would pass along this encouragement to all students.  Also, I think it a good lesson for all Christians regarding the need to be good students of the Word of God.

Abounding in Scholastics

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15)

The Method – study

It is what students do!

Learn to study – study effectively 

Learn to study effectively.  Do not waste time, but rather “redeem the time”. Too many undisciplined students can cram 1 hour of study into 4.

Labor in study – study

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whitextther thou goest. (Ecc 9:10)

The word “study” used in the text means “to make effort, be  diligent,  labor!

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. (Lam 3:27)

Live to study – now is the time of your life to study

It is your job for now. It is your employment.

For people in school or college, this is the  time of your
training and preparing for life.

Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house. (Pro 24:27)

The Motives

To glorify God “…approved unto God”

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1Co 10:31)

That makes our study a spiritual concern. (Something to really consider next class session)

To be equipped – “…approved… a workman…”

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
(Eph 4:11-12)

To possess understanding – Rightly dividing…

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. (Pro 4:5)

To accomplish your desires – …not ashamed… 

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. (Pro 18:1-2)

You must prepare if you wish to be successful in life and reach the spiritual and material goals for you and your family.



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