A Father’s Charge to a Wise Son

father 1And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. (1 Chronicles 28:9)

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)

As fathers and parents, we have to ask ourselves a couple of questions.

Before we ask ourselves WHAT we are teaching our charges, we must ask ARE we teaching or just correcting.  Below are some simple lessons that David is teaching his son Solomon.

Here might be a good outline for us to set as a model for a primer from which to train our children.

Know God (v9) – the God of thy father 

Know Him – a particular God

One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  (Eph 4:6)

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  (1Ti 2:5)

There is only one God. All others are then false!  Let us be careful not to be silenced or soft on the onslaught of the multicultural and “coexist” mentality.  Know THE ONE GOD.  Image result for coexist sticker

Know Hin –  a personal God – know thou the God

Our God, the one true God desires a personal relationship with us.  Not just to be worshiped, but to make us sons and daughters.

Know Him – a parent’s God – the God of thy father

As parents, we need to teach about God by exhortation and example.  Can our children say, “my parents have and know God”?

Serve God (vs9)

With a perfect heart

This means with a whole heart,

This means with a holy heart

This means with a sense and spirit of honor to serve God.

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Col_1:10 

That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 1Th_2:12 

With a willing mind

This teaches us to serve God as a pleasure, willingly and with pleasure.

Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. (2Co 8:11-12)

Seek God (vs9)

Seek His likeness

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1Jn 3:1-3)

Seek His fellowship

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 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: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Php 3:8-10)

Seek His will

And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Mat 26:39)

Seek His glory

That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. (1Th 2:12)  

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

For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. (2Co 1:20)

Stay with God (vs9)

And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. (1Ki 11:3-4)

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. (Heb 10:35-38)

Depend Upon God (vs20)

For strength (vs20)

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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.(2Co 12:9-10)

For Courage (vs20)

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 15:8)

For a sound mind – not dismayed (vs20)

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2Ti 1:6-7)

To finish (vs20)  – until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD


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Do not Forget the “First ways”


And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel… (2Ch 17:3-5)

The Lord slips in an interesting point in the record of Jehoshaphat regarding King David.  God notes that there were good “first ways” in the life of David.  That naturally implies that there must have been some not so good “second ways” as well.

The dividing line for the first and second ways must be the incident with Bathsheba and Uriah.  This sinful and treacherous event was certainly a turning point in David’s life.  God mentions it as the key failure in his life.

Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. (1Ki 15:5)

Although forgiven and restored to God after confessing his sins of adultery and murder, David never fully recovered from this fall.  His home was racked by division, immorality, murder, and indecision. This as in stark contrast to the “first ways” of his life when he had walked in innocently and purity.

Let us take a moment and glean from what we know about the life of David to discern two lessons about first and second ways.

LESSON ONE – Sin leaves its marks

It scars.  It makes a lasting impact upon our lives. Avoid it. Guard your life from sin and temptations so there will be no “Uriah” points in our own lives that would mark a “First” and “Second” ways division on our own lives.

LESSON TWO – Do not “throw out the first way baby with the second way bathwater”. 

Do not write off a person’s good “first ways” and influence in your life because they have a “second ways” moment.  If it was a good and godly influence with proper biblical principles that helped you in your walk with God, do not let the devil rob you of those truths and principles.

I hear too many times that when men of influence fall, people that once loved and followed them reject all the great truths and principles that the leader had promoted and taught. They say, “If that is what ?______? really is, I want no part”.  But the truth was truth and the right was right. Those that reject the “first ways” of a person because of an event or his “second ways” are the losers.

This would apply to preachers we have known, parents, spouses, or godly friends and leaders that later let us down.  Always remember the good “first ways” of an individual as you would want your good ways to be remembered.

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Men of Order (pt2)


That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. (Tit 2:2) Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. (Tit 2:6-8)

1. Men of Order are Stable in Person (vs2)


They are sober 

Sober means being vigilant or careful

Properly, a sober man is a man of sound mind; one who follows sound reason and who is not under the control of his passions.

A man of order is careful is walk, words, and mind.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (1Pe 5:8)

They are grave

Grave means honest and serious about a matter.

Work of God is a serious important business. A godly man of order will take his ministry and service for the Lord very seriously.

They are temperate

Temperate means safe in mind and possessing self-control

2. Men of order are Solid in Persuasion sound in faith (vs2)

For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; (Tit 1:10-13)

How is your faith?

But without faith it is impossible to please him: … (Heb 11:6)
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Rom 1:17)

Where is your faith?

What are you doing with your faith?

3. Men of order are Seasoned in Passion (vs2)

They possess charity

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. (1Co 13:2)

They possess patience

4. Men of order Show a Godly Pattern (vs7-8)

They are good in their doings (vs7)

They are good in their doctrine (God’s word) (vs7)

They are good in their declarations  (vs8)

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A Satisfied Soul – He is My All in All

satisfactionguaranteelogoedit-300x300Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words. (Psa 119:57)

This is Psalm of a satisfied soul!!

The best illustration is expressed by the hymn “Jesus is all the World to Me” by Will Thompson in 1904.

Jesus is all the world to me,
My life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
Without Him I would fall.
When I am sad, to Him I go,
No other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, He makes me glad,
He’s my Friend.

Note the second line. This line expresses the secret to becoming a “Satisfied soul”.  Make Jesus your “all in all”.  This means that He becomes “our life, our joy, our all”.

Psalm 119:57-64 expresses the process and actions of a man or woman that has made God their all in all.  Let’s take a brief look.

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has God as Their Declared Portion (vs57)

The word for “portion” means inheritance as in God’s giving of the inheritance to the tribes in the Promised Land.  If you remember, every tribe received their “inheritance” (portion) of land.  All but the Levites.  Thiers was a better portion. It was a close relationship and service to God!

The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance. Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them. (Deu 18:1-2)

This acceptance and declaration of God being our portion provides several important bits of help.

A foundation for fervent contentment

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Heb 13:5)

A force against fierce covetousness

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee (Psa 73:25-26)

A focus upon future crowns and not present gain

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 4:8)

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has God as Their Defining Passion (vs58)

The word intreated means to wear by constant rubbing. So the idea is his intearting for the favor of God is constant and consistent.  David had a case of OCD for God’s presence.

Note that David was not a priest of Levite.  He was a layman.  But you say, God used him mightly.  Yes, and He will use us if we have the same heart and decision to make God our portion and passion!

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has Chosen God as Their Desired Path (vs59-60)

Reflection on God’s Word and a considering our doings, brings repentance, or a turning (or returning) to a new or different path.

This verse also teaches us that repentance seeks no delay to get on the right path.

To delay in sin is an increase in sin.

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has to God Demonstrated Their Persuasion (His trust and faith in Him) (vs61-62)

Though there be many problems or persecutions (bands of robbers), he will not forget God’s laws or ways or promises. These problems will not hinder nor alter his service or walk with God.

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has Gods’ People as His Devoted  Partners (vs63)

Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. (Mal 3:16-17)

He will choose his companions not by their person -all them 

He will choose his companions by their piety – that fear the Lord

He will choose his companions by their practice – that keep thy precepts

A satisfied soul and one that has God as His Desired Pleasure (vs64)

The Psalmist seems to be saying, as I look at all your mercy, grace, power, please teach me more about you.  “My life, my joy, my all”.

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Praying with the End in Mind

EvangelhoDia15062016eTeach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. (Psa 119:33-40)

Each portion of Psalm 119 has a particular theme.  This portion of the Psalm seems to have as it’s theme as  “A Prayer with the End in Mind”.

It is important that we remember, there is an end coming; an end of the current world, an end to our lives, and an end to our opportunities to minister and serve God.  At the end, we will give an account as God’s stewards of what we did with the gifts and opportunities He gave us.

It seems to be with that thought in mind that God speaks to us through David to teach us how to pray so we may finish strong.  Here are the first four of the eight things we should pray for ourselves in light of “The End”


A Prayer for Education so that I may Keep learning right (vs33)

Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes

We need to as God to help us stay teachable.  How sad it is when we come across a Christian that is not teachable.  Cannot recognize how little we know and how much more God wants to teach us.  We MUST be willing to let God Change us.

Even old dogs can learn new tricks if we love the Mater enough!

If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.  (Mar 4:23-25)

A Prayer for Illumination – that I may keep seeing right (vs34)

Give me understanding,

The meaning of “understanding” is that of discernment. We need the education (teach me) as foundation NOT as a substitution for discernment.  The teaching communicates the what, the understanding gives us the why?

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Heb 5:14)

A Prayer for Coercion –  that I may go right (vs35)

Make me to go in the path of thy commandments;
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  (Mat 7:13-14)

Here is a real paradox

Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight

David asks God to make him do what he delights in!  In our spirit we want to do right, but in the flesh is hard.  (See Rom 7:14-27)

A Prayer for Inclination –  that I would be bent right (vs36)

Incline my heart unto thy testimonies
The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us: That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.  (1Ki 8:57-58)

We should pray God would help up have a “spiritual bent” for the things of God.  We ill fall in the direction we are bent!

Watch for part 2

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Bearing their names before the LORD

And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial. (Exo 28:12)
And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goetHighPriesth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually. And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually. (Exo 28:29-30)

As God was giving the details for worship in the Tabernacle, He provided an illustration for those of us that have the spiritual oversight of others.

The names of the tribes of the children of Israel were to be engraved upon stones and placed strategically in two places upon the wardrobe of the high priest as he attended his duties.

Each of these places teach us an aspect of our duties. The names were to be on stones on the shoulders of the priest and over his heart.  Let’s learn the lessons.

Their names before the Lord – a picture of intercession

In each case (on the shoulders and upon the heart) it is spoken of as being taken “before the Lord” This speaks of our job of interceding for others.

There is an expectation of intercession

God expects us to pray for one another (James 5:16) especially those over whom we have responsibility.

We are sinning when we fail to pray for them

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: (1Sa 12:23)

There is an exactness of intercession

Their names written upon the stones speaks of our need to remember them by name and by need.  It is too easy to pray blanket prayers.  “Lord, bless all my pupils…”

Their names upon his shoulders – a picture of a burden

Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial.

It is a burden of responsibility.

A load on our shoulders. A job we must be doing and for which we will be held accountable.

It is a burden to relieve.

As we have their names upon our shoulders, we are to put our shoulders to the task and load and LIFT, helping them, by prayer, to bear their load.

Their names upon our heart – a picture of compassion

Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually

Over the heart directs us to take them before the Lord in the devotion of love

Over the heart directs us to take them before the Lord with the desire for their good judgments

Over the heart directs us to take them before the Lord in a dedication continually


Let’s take the names of our people before the Lord often and specifically.

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A Church for Which to Thank God (pt2)

power_of_enduring_companies_1536x1536_OriginalThe Enduring Church

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:  (2Th 1:3-4)

Here Paul is thanking God for the church at Thessalonica for two reasons: for their abounding and enduring. Last time we looked at their abounding, today we will look at their enduring.

Remember, we all must be both abounding and enduring if we are going to accomplish and be all God desires for us.

To endure without abounding is boring and is of no lasting value or impact.

To abound without enduring is no more than a flash in pan and of not much more value than fools gold.

Now, let us see their enduring.

The Reason for Endurance – The Kingdom of God (vs5)

The worthiness of entering the Kingdom of God is assessed (vs5, Luke 9:62)

Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:  (2Th 1:5)

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luk 9:62)

The wondrousness of the Kingdom of God in its entrance

The entrance of to the Kingdom of God is wondrous in that sinners may enter

Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.  (Mat 21:31-32)

The entrance of to the Kingdom of God is wondrous in that suffering is often associated with entering

Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.  (Act 14:22)

The entrance of to the Kingdom of God is wondrous in that spiritual rebirth is required for entrance

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  (Joh 3:3)

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  (Joh 3:5)

The Reflection of Endurance – The Glory of God (vs4, 10)

When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.  (2Thes 1:10)

As with all things in our lives, the purpose and intent of all we do is to glorify God.  So must the purpose of our endurance be that God be glorified.  Any praise should be “reflected” back to Him!

The Resistance to Endurance – The Opposition to God (vs4, 5, 6)

The blessings and pleasures of persecutions

Therefore I take pleasure in infirnities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  (2Co 12:10)

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  (Mat 5:10-11)

The glories of tribulations

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  (Rom 5:3)

The Resolve of Endurance – The Power of God (vs4)

It takes the power of God working in our lives to endure. Patience from God and faith in Him is required to endure through the persecutions and tribulations.

So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: (2Th 1:4)

The Rest in Endurance – The Judgment of God (vs7)

The many that are troubled can take rest in the fact that God will bring all things to view and judge them righteously  We need not fret nor seek our own revenge.

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  (2Th 1:7)


Endure!  Keep going for Him!  He is soon returning!

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