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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Men of Order (pt2)

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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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Men of Order (Pt 1)

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Setting Things in Order

For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: (Tit 1:5)
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. (Tit 2:1-2)

What is Sound doctrine?

Here is God speaking through Paul to preacher Titus to set things in order and to speak sound doctrine.  We often think of doctrine simply as theological facts to learn and repeat.  But the Bible shows us that sound doctrine is much more than that.

Sound doctrine is something we must live

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; (1Ti 1:9-10)

This means that the Bible’s instructions for how to live, what we are TO DO, what we are NOT TO DO, and teaching us how to live, IS sound doctrine.

Sound doctrine is something we must learn

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: (Isa 28:9-10)

We must be growing in our doctrine and obedience to the Word of God.  Even babies must take their first steps.  TODAY – take a step into learning and living sound doctrine.

Sound doctrine is something we should love

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. (Rom 6:16-17)

We should not obey and live sound doctrine because we are forced to, guilted into it, or dragged into it by our hair, but because we love God, love His Word, and want to live for Him and serve Him all the days of our lives.

Next time we will look into the “Sound Doctrine for Godly Men”

 


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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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How to Develop A Heart After God’s (part 3)

heart-for-GodAnd when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. (Act 13:22)

We have been discussing how to develop a heart after God’s as David had.

Pay particular attention to the phrase, “I have found David…”.

God did not GIVE David a heart after His so He could anoint him King, but rather FOUND David already had a heart after His, so He made him king!

Let us develop a right heart so God can “find us” usable in His service.

We saw in the last two posts that we needed to “Live a Cause – God” and then “Serve with Character Before God“.

Now shall we learn the third lesson from this phase of David’s young life.

A Man After God’s Heart will Live as a Man of Culture (2Sam 23:1-2)

Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.  (2Sa 23:1-2)

A man of godly culture lives a life filled with godly music – the sweet psalmist of Israel

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  (Eph 5:19)

His music will be godly in tone, words, and style.

A man of godly culture lives a life with a gracious mouth – The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue

There is nothing great or Christian about being crass or using low guttural humor.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  (Eph 4:29)
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.  (Rom 14:19)

A Man after God’s Heart will be a Man of Pleasant Companionship (1Sam 18:1-3, 1Sam 22)

All kinds of people in and out of all types of problems, troubles, and discouragements, thought him their friend.  Whether he agreed with them in their cause or even if he personally liked them was of no consequence. He conducted himself so they all felt he was their friend.

David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.  (1Sa 22:1-2)
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:  (1Th 3:12)
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  (Pro 18:24)

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How to Develop A Heart After God’s (part 1)

heart-for-GodAnd when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. (Act 13:22)

David may be best known among Bible readers as a man described as one after God’s own heart.  In the text below, as an old man, God describes what He did for this blessed man.

Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.  (2Sa 23:1-2)

David was a man promoted and anointed by God BECAUSE he possed a heart after God’s.

And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. (Act 13:22)

Please note God’s testimony about David.  Pay particular attention to the phrase, “I have found David…”.

God did not GIVE David a heart after His so He could anoint him King, but rather FOUND David already had a heart after His, so He made him king!

If we wish to be used by God to the fullest, let us develop a heart for and like His so God can “find us” usable in His service.

How to Develop a Heart for God; (part 1) 

Live a Cause – God!Sling

Make your cause to delight in magnifying God’s reputation (1 Sam 17:45-47)

This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; …that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.
(1Sa 17:46-47) 

In a world of nonbelievers, voices are needed to brag on God and declare His power!

Make your cause to despise the reproaching of God and His people (1 Sam 17:26)

…What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? …he should defy the armies of the living God?  (1Sa 17:26)

Let’s not bring reproach upon God and His people by what we DO in our lives.

Let’s not bring reproach upon God and His people by what we DO NOT do in our lives.

Make your cause to desire the King’s reward (1Sam 17:25)

…and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel. (1Sa 17:25)

Desire the reward of the King’s riches …the king will enrich him with great riches, 

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  (Mat 6:19-20)

Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  (Heb 11:26)

Desire the reward of the relationship in the King’s family … will give him his daughter…

Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Gal 4:7)

Desire the reward of the special rights provided by the King  – freedom…make his father’s house free in Israel.

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  (Joh 8:36)

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  (Rom 6:17-18)


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