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Seek and Follow a Real Man of God

“Elisha’s Encounter with Children” (4)

“…and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.” II Kings 4:20b

In this experience, Elisha had some earlier communication with this family. The great woman of Shunem had recognized he was a man of God and the Lord used him to pray that she have a son. It came true and then tragedy of tragedies, the lad dies. Thus, we have a parent who realizes her child is already lost, gone, dead.

One great lesson in this story is this family’s interest in and care for the man of God, Elisha. Over thirty-five times in these few chapters is the moniker used, “man of God.” You may know men of influence or a man of means, but, how valuable is an association with a real man of God! Elisha brought hope and light into this childless family and then when the light was extinguished and hope forsaken, he was there for the family. This was a man of God who believed God worked miracles. He was touched by human needs and had a visible holiness (vs. 9). He was not just a man’s man, but God’s man!

As a parent, if you have arrived at a brick wall of a belligerent, back-slidden boy or girl, get yourself and them to a man of God. Elisha stretched himself over this child three times and brought him back to life (vss. 33-35). A good place to start would be to get faithful to church Sunday morning, Sunday night and the mid-week service. I’m not talking about just a “run-of-the-mill” minister. I’m saying get them to a man that God knows and he knows God. — Dr. Tim Green

I cannot stress enough the importance of finding and being faithful to God through a KJV Bible teaching preaching church and true man of God. They are getting fewer by the day, but they are still out there. Attending the new-fangled ear-tickling churches who put on the same show or a “contemporary version” on a Sunday morning or Saturday night is not a true Bible teaching church. These “feel good” churches who use the corrupt versions of God’s Word teach corrupt doctrine that helps sinners stay comfortable in their sin. If you visit a church and the Man of God preaches/teaches straight from God’s incorrupt KJV Bible, you will definitely be convicted in your Spirit. Stay there! Those men of God have no problem saying it like it is and counseling from God’s Word, instead of joining us in making excuses for our children’s behaviour. If you are attending a church once a week or less just for a feel good fix, you are not receiving true Godly teaching, run from it! So-called pastors of those churches will be held accountable by God, and so will we if we support them.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in God's Truth

 

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Stay Close to the Lord at All Times

“Elisha’s Encounters with Children” (3)

“Now there cried a certain woman…unto Elisha, …Thy servant my husband is dead; …and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.” II Kings 4:1

In this intriguing story, Elisha crosses paths with a widow and her two sons. She represents a parent who realizes she is about to lose her children. She wisely admits she has a problem that is too big for her to resolve and goes to the man of God. After admitting the seriousness of the situation, she is willing to make the adjustments necessary that were advised her by Elisha. The prophet inquired initially what she had (vs. 2). There was a shortage of what was needed and she was instructed to get some help (vs. 3). In her case, it was a scarcity of vessels. She borrowed all she could and her two boys watched God fill the vessels with oil. She was told to sell the accumulated product, pay her debt and enjoy the bounty with the boys! (vss. 5-7).

We live in a sad day of single parenthood. Some are like the widow here, but multiplied thousands are from the devastation of divorce. As a parent, it would behoove you to realize the situation you are in and endeavor to rectify it by engaging your children in the task to keep the “wolf from the door” and the family intact.

The modern home resides in a time of famine–a famine of mammoth proportions; perhaps not a shortage of food, but of faith. Folk, this poor woman and mother was able to provide for her family through character, hard work and adherence to Bible principles. Surely she was a widow with Proverbs 31 attributes and you can be one too by the grace of God. –Dr. Tim Green

The best and most important decision we can make as parents, if we must go through divorce, is to “stick like glue” to our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Word daily, attending a good Bible believing, preaching church, and calling on our brothers and sisters in Christ for support through the turmoil. Having gone through the monster of divorce, I would not wish it on my worst enemy, especially if children are involved. When we let the devil deceive us about our self worth and leave the Lord and His teaching support and our church family, we most assuredly may be dragged back into the world and its evils. I see this happening to children today, and it breaks my heart. We must stay close to God and set the Godly example our children need to see, as God works in our lives to bring us through our trials. They will be more likely to follow our example and stay close to Him as well. If we do not, they are more likely to be satan’s bondmen!

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in God's Truth

 

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Do You Know Him Today!?

Please Don’t Turn Him Away!

Recognize your condition – “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 No one is good enough to go to Heaven on his own merit. No matter how much good we do, we still fall short.

Realize that there is a penalty for sin – “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23 Just as there are wages for good, there is punishment for wrong. The penalty for our sin is eternal death in a place called Hell.

Believe that Christ died for you – “But God commendeth His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 Christ’s great love for us was shown when He died on the cross to pay our debt to sin.

Trust Christ alone as your Saviour. “For the wages of sin is death; BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.” Romans 6:23; and “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 Everlasting life is a gift purchased by the blood of Jesus and offered freely to those who call upon Him by faith.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

If you do not remember a time in your life when you asked Jesus to be your Saviour and Lord, please do so now and let me know so I can pray for you.

Pray now and confess that you are a sinner, and ask God to save you, and believe that you will receive Christ as your Saviour!

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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in God's Love

 

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The Work of the Holy Spirit – Part 3 – What He Will Do

* He will guide the Believer.

Acts 8:29 “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.” (I suggest you read the whole chapter.)

Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

* He will give assurance of Salvation.

Romans 8:14-17 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

* He will be the Believer’s teacher.

1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

* He will intercede for us.

Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

* He will comfort us.

John 14:16 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”

* He will sanctify us.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 “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:”

* He will accomplish regeneration in us.

John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

* He will make us aware of our sin.

John 16:8 ” And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”

* He convicts and convinces us of the truth of the Gospel.

John 16:8, 13, 14 “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”; “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”; “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

* He will empower us to witness for the LORD.

Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

* He will destroy the power of sin in our lives.

Romans 8:2-6 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

* He will lead and even control our lives. His leading will be obvious by our fruits.

Romans 8:13-16 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”

Galatians 5:16-25 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

* He will distribute gifts to be used in the Kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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Reasons to Know and Cherish God’s Word

“This book (the Bible) contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveller’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword and the Christian’s charter. Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened and the gates of Hell disclosed. Christ is its grand object, our good is its design and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened in the judgement, and will be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.”

—Source Unknown

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 7

IV. Adoption

A. Defined – Adoption means “the placing as a son; the taking by one man of the son of another to be his son, so that son has the same position and all advantages of a son of birth.” (God has one only begotten son – Jesus Christ: John 1:1,14; 1:18; 3:16-18; Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5-6; 5:5; 1 John 4:9).

Galatians 4:1-7 “Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

Romans 8:14-17 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

Ephesians 1:3-6 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

B. Adoption is the present condition of the saved who are now God’s children. 1 John 3:2 “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.” Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

C. Adoption is also the future condition of the saved. The saved are God’s children forever. Romans 8:23 “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” 1 Corinthians 15:49 “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Man – Part 9

VII. The Human Conscience

The Good Samaritan

The human conscience is simply defined as “what the mind allows or disallows.”

The problem with that is obvious. The mind then becomes our god if we let our conscience be our guide. It is a doctrine of the devil to “let your conscience be your guide.” The Lord God Almighty and His written Word are to be our guide. Our conscience can be an aid or an enemy to obedience. Our conscience may allow what God does not allow, or it may disallow what God expects of us.

For example: Our conscience may not bother us if we walk around with half or most of our skin uncovered during the hot summertime. Our mind allows it. But God’s Word says, Leviticus 18:6-7 “None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD. The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.” …and so on. In the New Testament we are instructed in 1 Timothy 2: 9 “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;” It was said of the nation of Israel once in 2 Chronicles 28:19 “For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.” Peter was convicted in his spirit and got right by the presence of Christ one day in John 21:7 “Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.” The Demoniac, when delivered from the devils that were in him by the power of God, was described as “sitting, and clothed and in his right mind,” (Mark 5:15). When our mind allows some things that God condemns, then there is something wrong with our conscience. Conscience should never replace Christ on the throne of our hearts.

The opposite is also true: Our conscience may disallow what God expects of us. God expects us to be soul-winners, prayer warriors, tithers, Church servers, charity givers, “assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25), etc. A person may say, “I have no conviction about that, I have no burden about that.” Because their conscience is not pricked about their sin of omission, their conscience has taken the place of Christ as their shepherd.

Now the word “conscience” is only found in the New Testament. It is translated from only one Greek word: suneidesis. It is the moral consciousness, or lack thereof, of a man. It is what that particular person’s mind allows or disallows. As God begins to control a person’s mind, the conscience obviously will change and become an ally to our Christian walk rather than an enemy. This is the way God changes us. Romans 12:2 says “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed (Greek metamorphosis) BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” We need to have a “conscience toward God.” (1 Peter 2:19)

A. The Bible identifies 10 types of consciences in this world:

1. A convicted conscience – John 8:9 (These men were pricked in their conscience for judging another when they, themselves, were guilty.)

2. A good conscience that bears witness/testimony – Romans 2:15, 9:1; 2 Corinthians 1:12

3. A conscience void of offence – Acts 24:16 (A good testimony before God and man.)

4. A weak conscience – 1 Corinthians 8:10-12 (This is the person who is young in the Lord and gets offended easily by the actions of others, or is emboldened by the wrong actions of believers they are watching and end up doing worse things.)

5. A defiled conscience – 1 Corinthians 8:7; Titus 1:15 (The person with a weak conscience eventually defiles their conscience, letting the actions of other believers and the world dictate their convictions, rather than the word of God guiding them.)

6. A good conscience – 1 Timothy 1:5, 9; Hebrews 13:18; 1 Peter 3:16, 21 (This is the conscience most mentioned, and our aim. To live in a way so that no one can honestly accuse us of wrong, and God sees our actions as right.)

7. A pure conscience – 1 Timothy 3:9 (There is no substitute for purity in all our being.)

8. A seared conscience – 1 Timothy 4:2 (How sad it is when a person gets past feeling in certain areas of their life. This happens to the lost and the saved. Some saved people cannot seem to be changed by preaching, singing, example, God’s discipline, or anything. Their conscience has been seared. Let us pray for the healing of our conscience until we come to the place where everything that troubles God also troubles us.)

9. A purged conscience – Hebrews 9:14 (Thank God that our conscience can be purged from thinking that our dead works please God, to truly serving God in the Holy Spirit.)

10. An evil conscience – Hebrews 10:22 (A conscience that allows us to think or do bad things.)

B. Our conscience need to serve:

1. God first – Acts 23:1, “And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” 1 Peter 2:19, “For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.” 1 Peter 3:21b, “…the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” We must care that our words and deeds are right toward God.

2. Others second

a. Being subject to government – Romans 13:5 “Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.”

b. Being subject to the scrutiny of the lost – Acts 24:16 “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.”

c. Being subject to the scrutiny of the saved – 2 Corinthians 5:11, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” 1 Corinthians 8:7-13, “Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.”

3. Ourselves last – Romans 9:1 “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,” Our conscience, when right, works with the Holy Ghost as a partner to make us be what He wants us to be, and to do what He wants us to do.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2014 in God's Truth

 

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