Jump to content
Online Baptist Community
  • Newest Sermon Entry

    • By 1Timothy115 in Devotionals
         11
      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

The 7th Shemita is here

Rate this topic


Recommended Posts

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Smile. You all are cheesy! I hope nothing happens but I believe something big will happen this shemita year and next year in the 70th jubilee year.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Smile. You all are cheesy! I hope nothing happens but I believe something big will happen this shemita year and next year in the 70th jubilee year.

Something big has already happened: Bugs Bunny turned 75 years old!:bigshock:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

Smile. You all are cheesy! I hope nothing happens but I believe something big will happen this shemita year and next year in the 70th jubilee year.

The Jews did not keep the sabbath years or jubilees.   The 70 years exile was so that the land could have fer sabbaths which it had not had  previously.   2 Chron.36:21  To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

Seventy years sabbaths are sabbaths of 490 years, 70 weeks of years, that takes it back to the time of Solomon.

There is one possible sabbath and jubilee recorded.   2 Kings 19:29  And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 weeks later...
  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Tic tic tic.

Are you aware and prepared?

Will your family and church wish that you had been more prepared?

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Psalm 91

91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Tic tic tic.

Are you aware and prepared?

Will your family and church wish that you had been more prepared?

 

IF something bad was gonna happen, and that is a big IF, God will provide a way. We could never stock up enough, nor be prepared enough, for things that you have placed before us. It is doom and gloom gospelizing in this thread. Yes things will get bad sinwise, but remember what Jesus said in the gospels? They will still be marrying and giving in marriage when the Son of man comes. Sounds like good days to me.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

IF something bad was gonna happen, and that is a big IF, God will provide a way. We could never stock up enough, nor be prepared enough, for things that you have placed before us. It is doom and gloom gospelizing in this thread. Yes things will get bad sinwise, but remember what Jesus said in the gospels? They will still be marrying and giving in marriage when the Son of man comes. Sounds like good days to me.

Reminds me of a theme park that has just opened here a day or two ago, called DISMAL Land.  

Visitors are met by a steward with a dismal countenance and MM ears who says "Welcome to Dismal Land" in a doleful voice. And the word on her back DISMAL..

"The following are strictly prohibited in the park – spray paint, marker pens, knives and legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation."

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

1 Timothy 5:8

Do you have enough faith?

That's not referring to stockpiling for a doomsday scenario.

If we are going to look to the one with faith, who has more faith, the one who trusts God to provide their daily bread or the one who builds bigger barns to stockpile more and more?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Mormons must have great faith because that "Christian denomination" teaches the necessity of stockpiling. Every Mormon family is expected to have a minimum of one months supplies stocked away. The preferred, and pushed for amount of stockpiling is for each family to have one year of supplies (or more!) stocked away.

They believe a great downfall is coming to America, a Mormon leader will restore America (something both Romney and Beck believe) and Mormons will be the largest group of survivors because of their vast stockpiles of supplies.

Many Christians dismiss the sermon on the mount  where Jesus Himself teaches contrary to the philosophy of most Christian doomsday preppers.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Moderators

Well, I don't think there is anything wrong with having something put away for emergencies. Its common sense. Now, certainly our trust is first in the Lord, but it's, well, rather like when one has an injury. If you cut off a finger, certainly your trust is in the Lord, but you're STILL going to go see a doctor. My wife and I generally see to our own health issues-I once cut halfway 'round my pinky with a food processor blade, to the bone, spewed blood across the wall. My wife looked at me, said, "I just cleaned that wall!" then gave me some paper towels and told me to sit down and put pressure on it till it stopped bleeding. I said "I might need to go to the hospital for this", and she replied, "You know what they'll do there? Tell you to keep pressure on it til it stops bleeding! Now go sit down."  When the bleeding stopped, she cheked it, cleaned it, put gauze over it and duct taped it. It healed just fine, no infections, and virtually no scar.

However, when she fell and passed out and began to bleed profusely from her body, I called an ambulance and she went to the doctor. Neither time did I NOT have faith in the Lord to care for us, but this one time, we needed some additional earthly assistance.

This is how I see the storage issue-just because I store a week or a month's worth of foodstuffs and some ammunition for a gun or two, doesn't mean I don't trust the Lord, any more than a farmer who goes and sows his field and waters it and cares for it, doesn't trust the Lord. Sometimes the Lord, I believe, expects us to be proactive and preparative in life. Like Joseph in Egypt-were they crazy preppers? Why didn't Joseph just tell Pharaoh to trust God? Could God provide? Sure! He could have rained down manna for seven years and fed the entire nation, but instead He told them to be prepared. Why would it be wrong for us? I trust God, but I don't sit and twiddle my thumbs and wait for Him to do all the work-if I can add my eoofrts to my prayers, I do so-maybe God answers througyh giving us the wisdom to see the times and make wise preparations.

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

I don't think there is anything wrong with someone storing some supplies if they feel the Lord leading them to do so. The problem is, in telling others "the big ones coming soon and if you don't stockpile now you are worse than an infidel".

It's also contrary to Scripture to tell your brothers/sisters in Christ that if they come to you for help in an emergency they won't help them.

Doomsday Christians in America tend to be little different than their non-Christian counter-parts. They plan to stockpile as much as they can, then hoard it all to themselves no matter who might come by in need of help. Many not only plan to hoard their supplies to themselves, turning brothers/sisters in Christ away to starve, but are more than willing to shoot to kill those seeking help.

Meanwhile we read in Scripture of the early Christians willing to suffer the loss of all for the sake of Christ. We read of those who had their goods taken from them and yet rejoiced and were willing to give to others out of the little they had left.

If anything, if disaster strikes, rather than hunkering down hoarding our bounty and turning others away (or killing them!), we are called to be going forth sharing the Gospel and helping those we are able.

Our lives are to be a witness for Christ, not a witness of self-preservation; and especially not the witness of self-preservation at the expense of turning away brothers/sisters in Christ needing help.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Well, I don't think there is anything wrong with having something put away for emergencies. Its common sense. Now, certainly our trust is first in the Lord, but it's, well, rather like when one has an injury. If you cut off a finger, certainly your trust is in the Lord, but you're STILL going to go see a doctor. My wife and I generally see to our own health issues-I once cut halfway 'round my pinky with a food processor blade, to the bone, spewed blood across the wall. My wife looked at me, said, "I just cleaned that wall!" then gave me some paper towels and told me to sit down and put pressure on it till it stopped bleeding. I said "I might need to go to the hospital for this", and she replied, "You know what they'll do there? Tell you to keep pressure on it til it stops bleeding! Now go sit down."  When the bleeding stopped, she cheked it, cleaned it, put gauze over it and duct taped it. It healed just fine, no infections, and virtually no scar.

However, when she fell and passed out and began to bleed profusely from her body, I called an ambulance and she went to the doctor. Neither time did I NOT have faith in the Lord to care for us, but this one time, we needed some additional earthly assistance.

This is how I see the storage issue-just because I store a week or a month's worth of foodstuffs and some ammunition for a gun or two, doesn't mean I don't trust the Lord, any more than a farmer who goes and sows his field and waters it and cares for it, doesn't trust the Lord. Sometimes the Lord, I believe, expects us to be proactive and preparative in life. Like Joseph in Egypt-were they crazy preppers? Why didn't Joseph just tell Pharaoh to trust God? Could God provide? Sure! He could have rained down manna for seven years and fed the entire nation, but instead He told them to be prepared. Why would it be wrong for us? I trust God, but I don't sit and twiddle my thumbs and wait for Him to do all the work-if I can add my eoofrts to my prayers, I do so-maybe God answers througyh giving us the wisdom to see the times and make wise preparations.

 

 

Great post!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Who's Online   0 Members, 0 Anonymous, 10 Guests (See full list)

    • There are no registered users currently online
×
×
  • Create New...