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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Praying With the End in Mind – Psalm 119:33-40 (pt2)

Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end (Psa 119:33)
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It seems that God in this portion of Psalm 119 is speaking to us to pray with the end in mind so that we may finish strong.  Here are the last four of the eight things we should pray for ourselves in light of “The End”

Prayer for Attention to His Word (vs37)

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.  (Psa 119:37)

The goal is that we focus upon the Word. Focus upon God’s way and will.  Without focus (careful attention to what we should be focused upon) our eyes drift to the vain.

Paul knew how to focus.

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  (Php 3:14)

Avoid looking at the wicked 

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.  (Psa 101:3)
I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?  (Job 31:1)

Always be looking into His Word

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  (Jas 1:25)

Always be looking unto the Word

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;  (1Jn 1:1)
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.  (Heb 12:2)

Prayer for Elevation of His Word (vs38)

Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. (Psa 119:38)
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.  (Job 23:12)
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  (Psa 19:9-10)

Prayer for Protection / Elimination through His Word (vs39)

Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. (Psa 119:39)

Pray we live not to bring reproach upon God and His Word, work, or Person

Prayer for Revival / Revitalization by His Word (vs37, 40)

The marks of revival

Living on His road (vs37) – in the way 

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. (Psa 119:37)

Living in His righteousness (vs40)

Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. (Psa 119:40)

Let us be in prayer with the end in mind.


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How to Develope a Heart After God’s (part 2)

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.

Again, 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.

We saw last time we needed to “Live a Cause – God”.  Now we learn the next lesson in this phase of David’s young life.


Serve with Character Before God

Perform your duties conscientiously before God

And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.  (1Sa 17:20)

And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.  (1Sa 17:22)

In both the circumstances described in the verses above, David made sure his responsibilities were fulfilled.  His job was to care for the sheep of his father. When acting upon his father’s instructions to go see about his brothers, he did not assume his dad would cover his responsibility, but instead made sure the sheep were adequately taken care for by a keeper.  When having to leave the carriage to approach the troops, he made sure it would be protected in this war zone by a keeper.

A man or woman of character, living for the cause of Christ, will make sure they work responsively.  It is important that we understand that we will all give an account to God for the jobs He gives to us.

In the case of our ministries, this means if we are assigned a task, we take ownership and make sure it is done, and done properly, and done completely.  It means if we are assigned a place of service or ministry and we are detained and will be late or Providentially hindered, we will as soon as possible inform those we answer to and do our best to make sure the job is covered adequately so the work of God does not go lacking.

Performed your duties with a heart of humility (1 Sa 17:15)

Shepherd with sheep. Nazareth Village.But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.  (1Sa 17:15)

After his job of playing music for the most powerful man in the country, he did see himself “to good” or to be “above” going back to perform the most humble of jobs and positions in his time, the caring for sheep.  In fact, David had already been anointed the next King of Isreal, and still he went back to the lowly job he knew was his.

He lived in humility.  He understood as a leader, there are times we are the boss and that there are times and places where we are NOT the boss. Even as the next king and after serving in the presence of the king, he still knew how to do the most humble job and serve with a servant’s heart.

So, to develop a heart after God’s,  Live a cause and live a life with character.


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Agents of God’s Work in Sanctification

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. (1Th 5:21-24)

Sanctification (or consecration) is a twofold operation. Part is God’s work and part is our work. In this discussion, we will briefly look at God’s portion as it states in the above text, “who also will do it.”

God supernaturally declares us and positionally makes us sanctified. He also provides the spiritual power for us to live holy in this present world.  Here are two key statements to help us understand this relationship.

KEY 1 – The power of personal sanctification is the sovereign work of God

KEY 2 – The practice of personal sanctification is the submission to the will of God

See below three “Agents of Sanctification” God uses to accomplish His work of consecration in our lives.

One agent is the Spirit of God

This work of the Spirit begins at and with our salvation

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: (2Th 2:13)
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1Co 6:11)

The work of the Spirit then begets obedience

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. (1Pe 1:2)

Another agent is The Word of God (John 17:17)

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (Joh 17:17)
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psa 119:11)

A third agent is the blood of God

God foreshadowed the work of the blood of Christ in sanctifying us through His instructions for the building and operation of the tabernacle.  He then clarifies and reinforces this illustration in Hebrews.

And Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon his sons’ garments with him; and sanctified Aaron, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him. (Lev 8:30)
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. (Heb 13:12)
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (Rev 1:5)

Allow God’s work of sanctification in your life.  Let Him begin today.


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Do Not Let That Day Overtake You

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (1Th 5:4)

The rapture, the catching away of the saints, is a certainty and a soon coming event. God wants us all to be ready. He does not want us to be taken unawares, but be making every preparation and be active in His work when He comes that we need not be ashamed.
Here he warns us not to let that day overtake us as a thief might. The thief comes to steal from us what is rightfully ours. God does not want us to lose what is ours by letting that day of His return come upon us unprepared. In this passage, God gives us reasons we may let that day overtake us.

Reason 1 – We need not let that day overtake us because of darkness; the sin and wickedness of the world and the natural flesh.

Because we have been delivered FROM darkness
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: (Col 1:12-13)
Because we have been CALLED OUT of darkness
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (1Pe 2:9)
Because we are TO CAST OFF darkness
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (Rom 13:12)
Let’s leave the paths of sin and darkness so that we will walk in light as children of light and be ready for THAT day when we see Jesus.

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Works of Faith

 

Faith works powerpoint 2Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; (1Th 1:3)

The relationship between faith and work has been preached, taught, and pursued since the time of Abraham and before.  Although there has been much taught and written about the works of faith I believe we are lacking a full understanding. Below is a simple description of the three works of faith.

First – The Works of “Supplying Faith”.

This is the power of faith. It is the work that God does.

Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: (2Th 1:11)

 It is God in us working the power of faith. We must seek and permit this work of faith of God in our lives if we are to experience power in our faith

Second – The Works of “Supporting faith”.

This is the product of faith. This is the work that we do.

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; (1Th 1:3)

These are the works of faith described in Hebrews 11.  These are the feats of action begun, performed, and completed by acting in faith toward God and His Word.  This is the common work of faith we think of when we seek an expression of faith.

Third – The Works of “Showing”  Faith.

This is the proving of faith. This is the work that faith does.

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (Jas 2:14-18)

This is probably the most important and spiritual of the three.  These are the works that flow involuntarily from the child of God that is truly growing in his faith. It is the work of faith that is most Christ-like.

For us to be perfected in our faith, with nothing lacking, we need to ensure we are perfect in all three works of faith.


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Punctuality

_85378500_clockIt has been said that the scourge of the pulpit is laziness. As true as that may be, today, one of the scourges of the pew is tardiness.  In our Christian school, we have gone to great lengths and efforts to reduce tardiness.  We have even imposed a “Class disruption fee” for habitually tardy students.  We call it this because repeated tardiness not only shows and develops poor character, it is a major distraction and problem for the teacher and fellow students. All work stops while”Tardy Tommy” comes in, gets situated, turns in his homework, and makes a general nuisance of himself.

As inappropriate and annoying as this is in a classroom, it is even more detrimental and disrespectful when done in the church and the work of ministry.  Here are a few thoughts to help us all develop better habits as it relates to being punctual.  Can you image Jesus being late to all events and appointments?  I think not!

Purposes for Punctuality

Redeem the time

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Eph 5:15-16)

We are all complaining about how we do not have enough time in a day.  Let’s not be a waster of time by missing those precious moments of instruction, work, and even pleasure by being late.

Respect the time of others

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Php 2:3)

When we ar 10 minuets late and 6 people are waiting on us, we have wasted one man-hour of time in total, but six minutes of each persons life.  Let’s not “steal” life and time from others.

Reverence 

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

When we are late to church or our assigned ministry, we are being disrespectful to God.  We are saying to God, “Your time is not important to me, God.  Your place, God, is to wait on me.”  How irreverent?  We say that with our actions every time we are late to a meeting with and for God.

Retain a good testimony

A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. (Ecc 7:1)

No one likes to always wait on the same person.  What is YOUR reputation as it relates to punctuality?

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Schedule

You must adjust and apply these thoughts as it relates to your own issues.

Make a time-based agenda for the day or that portion of the day.

  1. Know when you are to be there.  (Include time to park, walk, put up coat etc.)
    • A leader should always be 10-15 minutes early.  On time for a leader is late.
  2. Know and add how long it takes for you to shower and dress.
  3. Know and add how long it takes to load all in the car.
  4. Know and add how long it takes to drive to the appointment.
  5. Know and add typical distractions and delays you experience
  6. Add 15 minutes.

Submit to your schedule. Make your calendar your boss

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 9:27)

 


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