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WORDS OF WISDOM!

Friday, July 25, 2014

WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT!
7/25 Fri
Controversy swirled around everything the Lord Jesus did. It seems that everything Jesus did made the religious Jews angry. Every word and every work was placed under the microscope of their judgmental attitude. Their hatred of Jesus eventually resulted in His death on the cross. They are mad because He forgave a man’s sins; ate a meal with sinners; refused to honor their rituals; and because He allowed His disciples to pick and eat grain on the Sabbath. Jesus refused to play ball by their rules and they despised Him for it. The passage finds Jesus in the synagogue on the Sabbath. This visit to the synagogue probably occurred on the same day that Jesus and His men passed through the wheat fields and had their confrontation with the Jews. The Pharisees have followed Jesus to the synagogue. They are looking for some way to trap Him, discredit Him and destroy His ministry. In fact, as we will see here, they will stop at nothing to see that happen. Did You know? For more information, read today’s blog, “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH”. Thank You and God Bless YOU! Vic.

  


FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 7/25/2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 7/25/2014
Mark 3:1-12
HOW’S YOUR HEART? Lesson 15a

The earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus was surrounded by disagreement. Controversy swirled around everything the Lord Jesus did. It seems that everything Jesus did made the religious Jews angry. Every word and every work was placed under the microscope of their judgmental attitude. Their hatred of Jesus eventually resulted in His death on the cross.

Just as a reminder, they are mad because He forgave a man’s sins, (Mark 2:6-7); ate a meal with sinners, (2:16); refused to honor their rituals, (2:18); and because He allowed His disciples to pick and eat grain on the Sabbath, (2:24). Jesus refused to play ball by their rules and they despised Him for it.

The passage once again finds Jesus in the synagogue on the Sabbath. This visit to the synagogue probably occurred on the same day that Jesus and His men passed through the wheat fields and had their confrontation with the Jews, (Mark 2:23-28). This passage is a continuation of the same controversy that we looked at last time.

The Pharisees have followed Jesus to the synagogue. They are looking for some way to trap Him, discredit Him and destroy His ministry. In fact, as we will see here, they will stop at nothing to see that happen.

As we study this text, we will see three different types of hearts on display. As we move through these verses today, I want you to examine your own heart. As I share the hearts revealed in this text, I want you to answer this question: “How’s Your Heart”?

It may be that the Lord will allow you to see your own heart today. If He does, and there are problems, you can come to Him and He will fix whatever may be wrong in your life. Let’s notice the hearts that are on display in these verses. Let’s see if we can encounter ourselves in these verses. More importantly, let’s see if we can encounter Jesus. I want to teach on the subject “How’s Your Heart”?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Turn My Heart” By: Lynn DeShazo !1992)

Chorus :
Turn my heart, O Lord
Like rivers of wa – ter
Turn my heart, O Lord
By Your – hand
Till my whole life flows
In the ri – ver of Your spir – it
And my name brings hon – or
To the lamb

Verse:
Lord, I sur – ren – der
To Your work in me
I rest my life
Within your lov – ing hand


‘Til my name brings hon – or
‘Til my name brings hon – or
To the lamb

(Repeat Verse & Chorus)



TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of mercy, God of Love!
Even as we hear birds calling to one another, help us to hear Your loving call to us. Speak to us through sights, sounds, thoughts, impressions, and scripture. Help us to keep from limiting the variety of ways in which You communicate with us. Speak to our hearts and show us how to be attentive and obedient. Teach us to seek You daily and make us ever alive in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Let our faith make everything possible; our hope make everything work; and our love for You make everything beautiful. Enable us to search for You and Your message as we go through the day serving, praising and honoring You. Help us to seek and serve You with all of our heart, soul and mind. This we pray and ask in the blessed name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!


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WORDS OF WISDOM!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT!
7/24 Thu
The Sabbath Day was given as a shadow of Jesus Christ. It pictures the rest His people find in a relationship with Him. When the real thing has come, there is no more need for the shadow. Those who are saved have entered into the Lord’s rest. We are not laboring to be accepted of the Lord. We are “accepted in the Beloved”, and every day is a Sabbath Day of rest for our souls in Him! The Sabbath was the sign to Israel of the Mosaic Covenant. We are not Israel, and the Sabbath is not for us. Christians are never commanded to keep the Sabbath Day, not in the Gospels and not in the epistles. It is the only one of the Ten Commandments that is not reaffirmed in the New Testament. Why? It is ceremonial in nature, while the other nine commandments are moral in nature. Jesus and the Apostles upheld the other nine commandments; the teaching of the Sabbath belongs under the Old Covenant. We Live under the New Covenant. Did You know? For more information, read today’s blog, “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH”. Thank You and God Bless YOU! Vic.

  
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 7/24//2014
Mark 2:23-28
THE SCANDAL OVER THE SABBATH, Lesson 14c

v. 27-28 JESUS AND THE ILLUMINATION

These next two verses give us a lot of insight into the Sabbath, the reasons for its observance and the place it holds in our lives today.

v. 27 The Reason For The Sabbath – Jesus tells these men, and us, that the Sabbath Day was given to man. The Sabbath does not exist to be served, it exists to serve. The Sabbath, which means “rest, cessation, inactivity” was first observed by God in (Gen. 2:1-3). When the Lord had finished the work of creation, He ceased from his work.

The Sabbath was given to man out of the grace of God. God gave man one day out of seven in which he did not have to work for a living. Man was to take that one day per week and he was to rest from his physical labors. Like the Lord, man was to use that day for reflection on what the Lord had done for him the other six day. Man was to use that time to rest his body; reflect on the blessings of the Lord and refresh his spirit by worshiping the Lord.

That was the original intent of the Sabbath. By the time Jesus came to this world, the Jews had perverted the day and had so regulated it that it was no longer a day of rest, reflection and refreshment. The Sabbath has become a day of endless rules, regulations and burdens. The Sabbath, as God intended it, had ceased to exist!

While we are on this matter of the Sabbath, this would be a good time to get a clear understanding of what it is and what it isn’t. This is also a good time to clear up some of the questions and misunderstandings that swirl around the Sabbath Day and its observance.

The Sabbath Day was given as a shadow of Jesus Christ. It pictures the rest His people find in a relationship with Him, (Col. 2:16-17). When the real thing has come, there is no more need for the shadow. Those who are saved have entered into the Lord’s rest, (Heb. 4). We are not laboring to be accepted of the Lord. We are “accepted in the Beloved”, (Eph. 1:6), and every day is a Sabbath Day of rest for our souls in Him!

The Sabbath was the sign to Israel of the Mosaic Covenant, (Ex. 31:16-17; Eze. 20:12; Neh. 9:14). We are not Israel, and the Sabbath is not for us. Christians are never commanded to keep the Sabbath Day, not in the Gospels and not in the epistles. It is the only one of the Ten Commandments that is not reaffirmed in the New Testament. Why? It is ceremonial in nature, while the other nine commandments are moral in nature. Jesus and the Apostles upheld the other nine commandments; the teaching of the Sabbath belongs under the Old Covenant. We live under the new Covenant.

When the church was formed the Christians met for worship on the first day of the week. They met on this day to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2). The Sabbath Day was the seventh day of the week, or Saturday. Sunday, for the early Christians, was just the first day of the week, they met together for worship with Thanksgiving and Praise. Christians do not observe the Sabbath and Sunday is not the Sabbath. In fact, Paul rebuked the Galatians for forcing the observance of certain days, (Gal. 4:10-11).

Now, I realize that many believers who do not believe in buying or selling on Sunday. Some believers don’t go out to eat, go to Wal-mart, etc on Sunday. I know a lot of preachers who preach against doing those kind of things on Sunday. On the other hand, there are other Christians who see nothing wrong with those things on Sunday. Who is right and who is wrong? Does the Bible give any clear instructions in this area? Yes it does!

(Rom. 14:1-12) tells us that we are not to judge others in matters like these. Some people in the early church, namely those saved out of Judaism, were judging Gentile believers because they didn’t keep the Sabbath. Paul says that we are not to judge one another in respect to holy day observances, (Col. 2:16-17).

One of our problems is that we judge people for what they do and we fail to look at what we do. For instance, some people judge others because they go out on Sunday; but the person doing the judging thinks nothing about going five miles over the speed limit. They judge one person because they violate the traditions of men, while they violate a clear command of Scripture. The Bible says nothing about what you can and cannot do on Sunday, but it clearly tells you to obey the law of the land.

These are matters of the conscience. The Bible nowhere says that it is wrong to eat out or buy something on Sunday. But, it never says it is right either. According to (Rom. 14:14), you need to listen to your heart! If you think that buying a tank of gas on Sunday is wrong, then it is wrong for you. If you have no problem with it, then help yourself.

Now wait, before you leave here all excited and go do something crazy let me remind you of one important truth. If what you do offends a weaker brother, you are to stop doing it so their faith won’t be injured, (Rom. 14:15-23). In other words, if a fellow believer sees you doing something that offends them and they come to you in sincerity and tell you that your actions are causing them to have spiritual problems; you are to give up your liberty so that they may continue to grow in the Lord.

The best thing we can all do is be obedient to what the Lord tells us to do. Do not sin against your conscience or your brother.

v. 28 The Reality Of The Sabbath – Jesus sums it all up by telling the Pharisees that He is “Lord of the Sabbath”. In other words, it is far more important to know Him through a personal relationship than it is to keep religious rules and rituals. Jesus is greater than the Sabbath!

Rules and rituals cannot save the soul, Jesus can! You can keep the Sabbath, honor the dietary laws, do all the things people think you are supposed to do and still die and go to Hell. But, if you know Jesus as your Savior, you are destined for Heaven, whether you keep the Sabbath or not! Here is how the Bible says it, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (plus nothing, minus nothing), and thou shalt be saved!” (Acts 16:31).


Conc: Let me clarify things just a bit before we leave. I think Sunday is a very special day. It is the Lord’s Day. It is the day when the church gathers to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection from the dead. It is a say set aside to honor Him.

Personally, I do not believe in doing physical work on Sunday. I think the best course of action is to avoid buying, selling, eating out, etc. on that day. I prefer to go home for lunch since my afternoons are occupied with Sunday evening preparations. Like the Jewish priests, (Matt. 12:5; Num. 28:9-10), I work harder on Sunday than I do any other day of the week! Sunday is not a day of rest for me! Still, I refuse to stand in judgment of those who refrain from certain Sunday activities. Nor do I judge those people who feel that they have the liberty to go to the store, or eat out on Sunday. This whole thing comes down to personal opinion. It is a matter of conscience.

What is the Lord telling you to do? When He does, then you know what to do! But, whatever you do, be sure that you honor the Lord, not just on Sunday, but seven days per week. Every day is our Sabbath Day because we are in Jesus, the Place of Rest.

On Sunday, you need to get yourself to the house of God for worship, (Heb. 10:25). That should be your first priority! Everything else is secondary to worship! Beyond that, what you do on that day is between you and the Lord. You need to strive to see that all your activities honor Him!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” By: George Matheson (1842)

1. O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

2. O light that foll’west all my way,
I yield my flick’ring torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

3. O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

4. O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Awesome Father, Almighty and Glorious God!
We have much to be thankful for, because thankfulness opens the door into Your presence. Thank You for preserving our freedom of choice in Jesus, our Lord. You have placed a door between You and us and You have empowered us to open that door at any time and any place. We thank You today for the rest of our souls every day in Jesus in this life and in the life to come. Help our hearts to flow freely with gratitude and godliness for all that You have done for us, for what You are doing now, and for what You will do in Your own time. We can never thank You enough. Enable us to rejoice always in all Your blessings. This we pray with joy in the blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Remember MY FRIENDS , that there are times when human needs are more important than a legalistic keeping of men’s Law and traditions. Praise the Lord! For more information read today’s message, “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with your love ones. Thank You and God Bless YOU! Vic.

  
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