MINI MONTHLY SERMON
From the Pastors Desk
What We Were and What We Can Become
It seems there is a lot of lawlessness going on in our world. People are breaking laws every day. They don't care who they hurt; doing unspeakable things. The heart is evil and desperately wicked, so it says in Genesis chapter 6. Way back in Noah's day it repented the Lord that he put man on the earth.
Just recently tragedy stuck a high school in the state of Florida where a gunman took the lives of 17 people. Most of the time when a crime is committed it's because assailant has seen the same thing done by someone else before they try it themselves. The Bible teaches us to obey those who are in authority. Obey magistrates. It will keep us out of jail. According to recent statistics our prisons are over crowded. Doing good works is the right way to live before all men.
Don't speak evil of your brother. If a situation is starting to get hostile, just walk away from it.
Let's be honest with ourselves, we were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, and we have a lustful nature. Let's get these desires under control. Lovers of pleasure- malicious - envious - hateful - hating one another.
When we let God come into our lives we can put this evil behind us. Good things and not bad things is the result of His salvation working in our lives.
Choose One Salvation
Paul taught the Galatian people they could be free from the law if they turned their lives over to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.They did well for a season but a very persuasive person planted a seed of deception into their hearts. Whatever seed is sown, that is what is going to grow. Paul taught against false doctrine, but it never goes away. All over the land many clergy are teaching their congregations, from the pulpit, over the airways and many other types of media, that Christians can live for God without the Holy Ghost.
We must be reminded that you received forgiveness at repentance, but it's the Holy Ghost that gives us righteousness. The Bible says in Romans 14:17 ...kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. If the whole truth is not preached, you will not know the entire truth and you won't have the opportunity to live in all truth.
The law of Moses was no longer in force, but the Judizers wanted to keep it alive. They taught it was ok to mix law and grace together. You can not have two salvations, it's either all law or all grace. The law was bondage, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Judizers taught a true Jew must submit to circumcision in order to be saved, however Paul taught that circumcision does not bring the righteousness of God. Righteousness comes to all whether they be Jew or Gentile by having faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone who entangles themselves with another gospel, Galatians 1:8 says Let him be accursed. Paul said I did not come to please men, If I did I would not be a servant of Christ. James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
What Can Come Out of Bad advice
if we adhere to it?
1 Samuel 26
The first king Israel ever had was Saul. He started out by doing right things, but later on he allowed disobedience slowly to creep into his heart. Saul started going backwards until God could no longer tolerate his inexcusable actions. So God started looking around that He might find another to lead this great host of people. Samuel found one of the sons of Jesse (David) and took him aside and anointed him to replace Saul. When Saul got word that David would become the new king he sought to take David's life.
What we should understand at this time is there was no friendship between Saul and David. Not all church people get along with one another, but as much as liest within you, live peaceably with all men, especially those within the household of God. When Saul found out that David was in the wilderness of Ziph, he pursued after him. After being weary and tired Saul lay himself in a trench to rest. During the darkness David made his way to the trench where Saul was sleeping. David's companion suggests that this would be the moment to smite Saul to death. However David forbade that any should stretch forth their hand against the Lord's anointed. Instead of killing Saul, David took Saul's spear and a cruse of water. Later on David lets Saul know that he could have taken his life. He chose to do good rather than evil. Sometimes we want to strike back at our enemy, but we must do good to those who despitefully use us.
It is not always wise to listen to the counsel of others when we should do the right thing in a bad situation. Two wrongs never make a right. God will protect us from harm just like He did David if we continually trust Him.