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Honey of the Word

1 Sam 14:24-29 The Honey of the Word CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

When Jonathan tasted the honey in 1 Sam 14:24-29, his eyes were enlightened. That’s what happens when we read the Bible; honey is type of the word of God.

Notice that, like honey:

The words of God are sweet – Rev 10:9-10, Ezek 3:3, Ps 19:10 – honey is very nutritional [Is 7:14-15] and so is the word of God [Matt 4:4].  The more you read the Bible, the more desire you have to read the Bible.  Your appetite for the words of God increases.  Conversely, as artificial sweeteners taste sweet but lack nutritional value, so modern translations may be sweet, but they do not nourish your soul.

The words of God provide light – Ps 119:130; Ps 119:105 – the Lord will open your eyes to understand the words of God [Ps 119:18, Ps 119:103].  As Jonathan’s eyes were enlightened, so your eyes will be enlightened by the word of God.  You will see the things that God wants you to see as God wants you to see them.  Your eyes will be opened to the things of God.

The words of God are not appealing to a full soul – as the full soul loatheth honey [Prov 27:7], so the full soul loathes the word of God.  You must stay hungry by not filling your soul with a bunch of junk food from the world.  It’s no wonder that you have so little appetite for the words of God when your soul is filled with worldly pleasures.

Conclusion: the soldiers told Jonathan not to eat the honey because of an oath from his father.  Jonathan didn’t hear the oath and paid no attention to such a foolish command.  When others try to convince you not to read the words of God, don’t listen to them.  Listen to God and nourish your soul and enlighten your eyes.

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Local Church Activities Eph. 3:21

Local Church Activities Eph. 3:21 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

There are three main local church activities in which every church should be involved.  And these three should be balanced.  Every true local church should glorify God, edify saints and evangelize sinners.

Glorify God – Eph 3:20-21; Rom 15:6

This primarily concerns singing in the church.  It is absolutely essential to the life of the local church that God be glorified in the things that we do (1 Cor 10:31).  We would have absolutely no reason to meet as a church if it weren’t for God.

One of the best ways to glorify God in the church is to sing praises to him (1 Chr 16:9-10).  The saints gather together to lift their voices in praise to the Lord.  The old hymns are filled with personal testimonies of those who have seen the goodness of God and have written beautiful songs to the glory of God.  Hymns don’t need to be sung as if the saints were attending a funeral.  They are alive and saved men and women who glorify God sing them from their heart with loud voices (Ps 95:2; Eph 5:18-19).  Some of the new songs are beautiful, as well, as long as they magnify God and his words (Ps 138:2).

The trouble with much of the modern music sung by Christian celebrities is that it is primarily sensual.  It is driven by feeling.  Thus, the atmosphere created by the modern music ministries and praise and worship services is that of a pep rally or a cocktail lounge.  In either case, worshipers feel something that they mistake for the Holy Spirit.  God is not glorified in that and the saints become dependent on sensual stimulation rather than the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Edify saints – Eph 4:12

This primarily concerns preaching and teaching in the church.  Saints need to grow and the only way that will happen is through the preaching and teaching of God’s words (1 Pet 2:2; Heb 5:13-14).  What the saints need is a steady diet of straight, plain, distinct, clear preaching and teaching right out of the Bible, a King James Bible.  They need to be able to understand what they are reading.  They need to have sin preached out of them and God’s perfect words preached into them.  Then, they will grow wonderfully as saints of the Lord.

When a teacher or a preacher stands in his pulpit and does not believe that he has God’s words in his hands, how can he edify saints?  The modern teachers are powerless, using modern Bibles that they know are man’s words and not God’s.  They are conducting group counseling sessions, giving recommendations to people on how to get along in life, and so forth.

Too many modern preachers are afraid of hurting someone’s feelings by saying exactly what the Bible says.  They water it down and change it to soften the sword’s sharp edges (Heb 4:12; Eph 6:17).  They won’t stand where the Bible stands.  Some time ago, Joel Osteen, the pastor of the largest church in the United States, was interviewed on Larry King.  In response to questions regarding sin and salvation, Joel Osteen dodged Biblical answers to keep from alienating or offending anyone to whom he might minister.  In so doing, he avoided God’s answers to the questions, which are very clear and very direct.  God hates sin and God will not accept any other savior than Jesus Christ.  Saints are not edified when the words of God are not clearly spoken.

Evangelize sinners – Acts 2:47; 4:1-4

This primarily concerns soul-winning in the church.  The preacher and the congregation need to be concerned for souls and they need to be actively witnessing and inviting people to hear the gospel preached at church (Acts 1:8).  The preacher needs to preach on hell, judgment, sin, Jesus Christ, the cross, salvation, redemption, forgiveness, the blood of Jesus, heaven, the gospel, etc (Jas 1:21; 1 Pet 1:23).

Without a clear presentation of the gospel, sinners will not get saved.  Modern preachers avoid preaching all the gospel because it has some negative elements.  It tells of the cruel death of Jesus Christ for “sinners.”  It tells of his descent into “hell” for three days and three nights.  It tells of God’s “judgment” on sin.  It tells of these “negative” things before it ever tells of the resurrection and the new life in Christ.

Modernists would rather teach and let the people figure out for themselves what they need as it concerns Christ.  Modernists are satisfied for men to “have Jesus in their heart” without regard for whether they are truly saved or not.  They avoid the subject of repentance.  Hence, many in the congregations of the modern churches are lost and on their way to hell.

Conclusion: These three activities need to be maintained in balance [Prov 20:23].  A ministry that dwells on glorifying God to the exclusion of the other two will attract weak Christians who can’t reproduce and who remain babes in Christ, if they are saved at all.  This church will grow rapidly if the music appeals to the modern generation.  A ministry that dwells on edifying saints to the exclusion of the other two will produce strong, meat-eating Christians who can get to be puffed up (1 Cor 8:1-2) and dry.  This church will experience little to no growth.  A ministry that dwells on soul-winning to the exclusion of the other two will produce lots of baby Christians who are easily picked off by cults and the world.  Most of those who “profess” to be getting saved will not be faithful in church.

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Foundations Ps. 11:3

Foundation Ps. 11:3 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Ps 11:3. When the foundations are destroyed, there’s nothing you can do.  Whatever you built is going to crumble.  Likewise, if your life has no foundation or you build on the wrong foundation, it will eventually crumble.  So, we want to discuss some foundations upon which you should build your life.

Your life should be built on the foundations of:

Jesus Christ – 1 Cor 3:11. He is the chief cornerstone.  Now notice, when it comes to building your life, he’s not just your helper like a laborer who comes to help on the jobsite [only call on him when you need him and only as long as you need him], or just your provider like the bank [get the money and never see him again], or just your protector like a security guard [whom you know is looking out for things but with whom you have no dealings personally], or just your supplier like the lumber company [only go to him when you need something].  These the ways many Christians treat him.

He is the foundation.  There is no building if it isn’t for him.  Everything centers on your relationship with him.  Everything.  If you don’t tie everything you’re building into the foundation [as with Samson straps in a wood frame building] you won’t stand.

The words of God – Matt 7:24-27 – your life must be built in obedience to God’s words.  What you hear in the words of God, you do.  And your life will stand.  When you build on what you think rather than on what God said, your house is coming down. And if you aren’t sure what God said about what you’re doing, ask somebody that knows what he said.  He’ll help you keep from violating the “building code.”

What you don’t want to do is get to the place in your building where God gives you up to your own counsels [Ps 81:11-12].  You will think you are right all the way up until the time you are standing knee deep in the rubble.  Your life’s collapse will come as a complete shock to you.  Not to others who know the word; but to you.

The church – Eph 2:20-22 –  the church is here for you through your life.  Walk away from this and down she goes. Jesus said that we need more time in the church the closer we get to his arrival [Heb 10:25].  Thank you for all you have done to make sure our church is still here.  And if you haven’t “invested” in the work, by tithing and volunteering, for instance, what are you going to do to make sure that the church is here for your children when they are grown?

Christian friends – Prov 10:25 – a friend of mine, who strayed from the Lord for over ten years, told me that his Christian friends are the only ones who are still here for him.  All his other friends are gone by the wayside.  My Christian friends have never left me.  You must show yourself friendly to have those kinds of friends.  Don’t turn your back on these folks or your house will crumble.

Conclusion: build your life on Jesus Christ, obedience to the words of God, your local church, and good Christian friends.  If you don’t your life will fall.  And when it falls, it will be twice as hard to rebuild as it was to build right the first time.  If you are rebuilding your life, don’t despair.  There are several restaurants built with old barn wood and rusted tin.  They have character.  God can still use you as long as you rebuild on these foundations.

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Reap Life Everlasting Gal 6:8

Reap Life Everlasting Gal 6:8 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

In the prior broadcast, we saw that a great defense to sin is to be able to see the corruption that comes into full harvest way down the road.  When you can get a good picture of that, you are far less likely to sow to the flesh today.

Likewise, you should take a long look down the road in spiritual matters, as well.  There is spiritual reaping as well as carnal reaping.  You would do well to consider what it means to reap life everlasting.  If you sow to the Spirit you will reap:

Rewards at the judgment seat of Christ – 1 Cor 3:11-15 – by working for the Lord now you reap rewards in eternity.  That’s a long way off but what you do today will affect this outcome.  You can’t spend your younger years living to yourself and then start working for the Lord at the end.  You start now and lay up rewards for yourself there.  In Rev 4:9-10 w/ Rev 5:8-10, the twenty four elders seem to be representative of the church age saints.  Those who have received crowns at the judgment seat of Christ will cast their crowns at the feet of Jesus as they worship him.

Souls around the throne of God – 1 Thes 2:19-20 – by leading souls to Jesus Christ now, you reap souls that you are going to see in heaven that you led to the Lord along the way.

Treasure in heaven – Matt 6:19-21 – by giving now, it is possible to lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven.

Salvation with eternal glory – 2 Tim 2:10-12; Rom 8:17 – by suffering now, we will be glorified together with Christ in eternity.  Our reign with him is dependent upon our suffering with him now.

Golden vials full of odours – Rev 5:8 – by praying now, we are laying up vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.  In Ps 56:8, you find bottles of tears.  And think of the answers to prayer that you reap.

White raiment for clothing – Rev 3:18; 2 Cor 5:2-3 – by yielding to righteousness now, you will have white raiment in heaven.  It appears that some will be naked in heaven.  Thus, it is best to sow to the Spirit in righteousness so that you have white raiment in heaven.

Conclusion: You don’t really need to spend all your time working for yourself and living in pleasure now like you see so many other Christians doing.  You need to look much further down the road, all the way to eternity.  There you will see that sowing to the Spirit now and reaping life everlasting then will be worth more than any pleasure you could seek now!!

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The Long Term Consequences of Sin Gal 6:8

The Long Term Consequences of Sin Gal 6:8 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

You need to be able to see the long term consequences of sin.  You need to look beyond the immediate pleasure and you also need to look beyond the immediate consequences [like a hangover].  You need to look all the way down the road to where you can see the corruption Paul mentions in Gal 6:8.  If you can see that far down the road, then you will have a stronger resolve to keep from sinning today.

You need to see the:

The physical toll on you – Gal 6:8 – Corruption.  Advertisers never show you anything beyond the pleasure of sin.  They obviously never show you lung cancer from smoking, psoriasis of the liver from drinking, death from drug use and overdoses, hepatitis from drug use and so forth.  These are the corruptions that follow sowing to the flesh.

The emotional toll on you – Gen 47:9 – Regret.  You may laugh and marvel at your sinful exploits and excesses today.  But there is coming a day when you will regret some of your past and you will give anything to have the memory erased from your heart and mind… anything!  If you are saved, you will be forgiven but you won’t ever forget.

The collateral toll on your loved ones – Prov 17:25 – Heartache.  You will never the heartache you are causing your parents until you are a parent of a child who does the same thing that you are doing to your parents.  Then you will know.  And then it will be too late to make it up to them.

The spiritual toll on you – Matt 25:41 – Judgment.  You will face the judgment of Jesus Christ who will pronounce you “cursed” if you are lost.  And if you are saved he will pronounce your judgment against you at the judgment seat of Christ, “saved yet so as by fire,” [1 Cor 3:11-15].  You will give account of everything done in your body [2 Cor 5:10-11, 1 Cor 6:19-20].  And you will suffer the loss of all that was done in unrighteousness [1 Cor 6:9-11].

The eternal toll on you – Lk 16:23-24 – Fire.  If you are lost you will spend eternity in the lake of fire.  You will feel the darkness, the flames, the torment, and the lack of rest.  And there will be nothing you can do to stop it.

Conclusion: There’s no one who ever loved you like the Lord.  He has given you strength in Jesus Christ to turn from sin.  And if the view far down the road has convinced you to stop, then stop, trust him and let him give you the strength to escape.

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Modern Bibles Remove Verses Matt. 6:13

Modern Bibles Remove Verses Matt. 6:13 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Modern Bibles remove verses.  These are examples of verses missing from the NIV. They are representative of other modern Bibles, although they might not all have the identical verses missing.

NIV MISSING VERSES (P = partially missing).

Matt. 6:13 (p); 17:21; 18:11; 23:14;
Mark 7:16; 9:44, 46; 11:26; 15:28;
Luke 4:4 (p); 4:8 (p); 17:36; 23:17;
John 5:4;
Acts 8:37; 15:34; 24:7; 28:29;
Rom. 8:1 (p); 16:24;
1 Jn. 5:7

In addition to these subtractions, ALL modern Bibles change the same five verses in the New Testament, no matter which Bible you examine. These are what we call the “Big 5.” You can spot any modern perversion by these five verses. They are 2 Cor. 2:17; 1 Thes. 5:22; 1 Tim. 6:5; Rom. 1:18; and Rom. 1:25.

In 2 Cor. 5:17, Paul says, “We are not as many which corrupt the word of God.” The NKJV, for example, replaces the word “corrupt” with the word “peddling“. This matches the changes made in all the other modern Bibles. Peddling means “to sell it” and corrupt means “to alter from the correct form or version.” Are they hiding something?

In 1 Thes. 5:22, Paul says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” The NKJV substitutes “every form” which matches the changes made in the other modern Bibles. In other words, since the “appearance” of evil is not a “form” of evil, you don’t have to abstain from it. And that’s not what Paul said. Country folks say, “Don’t tie your shoes in your neighbor’s watermelon patch.” Know why? It doesn’t look right!!

In 1 Tim. 6:5, Paul instructs Christians to withdraw themselves from those who suppose “that gain is godliness.” The NKJV, like all modern Bibles, changes the verse to say, “who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.” The change causes a contradiction in the next verse, which says, “godliness with contentment —is great gain.” There are many today that believe their gain (in numbers or wealth, etc.) is proof of their godliness. That’s the bunch that Paul was warning you about!! The verse should have never been changed.

In Rom. 1:18, Paul says, “… men, who hold the truth…” The NKJV substitutes the word suppress for the word “hold.” But what Paul said shows you that you can actually hold the truth, which modern translators don’t believe. They believe the true words of God were only found in the originals, which you cannot hold because they are gone.

In Rom. 1:25, Paul says, “who changed the truth of God into a lie.” This is exactly what the modern translators did when they changed God’s words. So, to cover up their sin, the translators substituted the word exchanged for the word changed. They pretended that Paul was talking about somebody other than them.

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A Heart for Children Mal. 4:6

A Heart for Children Mal. 4:6

In Mal 4:6, Elijah returns before the second coming of Jesus to turn the heart of the fathers to the children.  A heart for children is characterized by:

Instructing — Prov 4:1— to instruct is to communicate knowledge; to teach.  Prov 5:7 says, “Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.”  It is up to us to teach our children what we want them to learn.  You are the teacher and if they don’t hear from you then they will take their instruction from others.  In church, we teach doctrine and principles the complement what you should be teaching them at home.

Commanding — Prov 6:20 — “my son, keep thy father’s commandment.”  To command is to give orders; to direct with authority.  Commands are absolute.  There is nothing grey or uncertain about them.  And they must be backed with authority.  J.C. Penney’s first enterprise was raising hogs.  He bought one and his neighbors helped him by giving him scraps to feed them.  He sold the hog and bought more to raise and sell.  Soon, the hogs were a nuisance to the neighbors because of their smell and noise.  Penney’s father commanded him to sell all his hogs.  Then he taught Penney this lesson, “You have no right to make money if, by doing so, you are taking advantage of others.”

Training — Prov 22:6 — To train is to guide or control the mental, moral, physical and spiritual development of.  Training goes beyond teaching, in that you are doing more than imparting knowledge.  You are developing your child’s habits that he will live by for the rest of his life.  Gun safety, for instance.  The son of a famous lawyer was being sentenced for forgery and the judge was disappointed that this son of such a prominent man of law would be guilty of such a crime.  The young man said, “When I approached my father to spend time with him, he said, ‘Run away, boy, I’m busy.’  And here I am.”

Chastening — Prov 13:24 — “he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.”  Eph 6:4 “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  Nurture is non-verbal communication and includes not only hugs but also physical discipline for correction.  Prov 29:15 “the rod [nurture] and reproof [admonition] give wisdom.”  Prov 22:15 “foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”  This chastisement derives from our relationship to the Lord [Heb 12:6] who chastens those he loves. Prov 3:12 “For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”

Exemplifying — Prov 20:7 — “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”  To exemplify is to show by example; serve as an example of.  Your words are meaningless if you don’t live by the same thing you teach, command and train.  Don’t do anything that you don’t want your children to do, also.

A preacher, with three sons, kept a dog that had wandered away from his rightful owner.  They pulled three conspicuous white hairs out of the dog’s tail so that the owner couldn’t absolutely identify his dog.  Afterwards, the preacher lamented that he lost his three sons to the world when he lied to the owner of that dog.  They never believed another word he preached.  What you do speaks louder than what you say.

You are setting an example, Every day in all you do, For the little boy who’s waiting, To grow up to be like you.

Conclusion: if you want your child to know something, teach him.  If you want her to do something, command her.  If you want him to live by something, train him.  If you want her to correct something, chasten her.  And if you want them to follow something, show them.

A preacher with 10 children was criticized by his children because he didn’t use his powerful brains to become a successful lawyer so that they could afford to go to college.  He replied that they would have cursed him from hell louder that that if he hadn’t preached.  He gave them an incorruptible inheritance.  As he said, “Money isn’t everything. When I am gone, at least you will know that I knew Jesus.”

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A Heart for Fathers Mal. 4:5-6

A Heart for Father’s Mal. 4:5-6 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Malachi wrote that when Elijah returns “he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers,” [Mal 4:6].  Tonight, fathers, we will discuss your heart toward your children.  This morning, we will discuss the heart of children toward their fathers.  After all, this is Father’s Day, the day we honor our fathers.

A heart for fathers is characterized by:

Affection – love.  We are told to love the Lord our God who is our heavenly father.  Children, you must be saved and you must love God, first and foremost.  Your love of God should not put you at variance with your father, if he is saved [Matt 10:34-37].  Then you continue to love God and right behind that love for God you love your father!!  If your father is not a Christian, your love for God might put you at variance with him, but that should be the only thing that does.

Admiration – respect, honor.  Prov 17:6 – the glory of children are their fathers.  One dad said to another, “I’m no model dad.  All I’m trying to do is behave so that when people tell my son that he reminds them of me, he’ll stick out his chest instead of his tongue”  Children should admire their fathers as the greatest of men and treat them with utmost respect.

Awe – fear, reverence.  Lev 19:3 “ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father.”  Eph 6:2 “Honor thy father and mother.”  You wouldn’t do anything to disappoint him whether he knew about it or not.  If you are doing something now that disappoints your father, or would disappoint him if he found out about it, stop it right now.

Attention – pay attention; listen.  Prov 15:5 “a fool despiseth his father’s instruction.”  Prov 13:1 “a wise son heareth his father’s instruction.”  You should listen carefully to everything your father says.  You should give him your undivided attention when you are together.  You should approach him with questions and listen to the answers so that you can learn.

Adherence – obey, follow.  – Eph 6:1-3 – Prov 6:20 “my son keep thy father’s commandment.”  After you’re older, and out of the house, adherence is following in his steps, like the disciples followed the Lord.  Follow his convictions, his principles, his God.  Prov 23:24 “the father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice.”  Prov 19:13 “a foolish son is the calamity of his father.”  A young man, sentenced for embezzlement, cried when he stood for his sentencing and saw his father standing with his head bowed and his shoulders slumped as if he were the one being sentenced.

Conclusion: become a Christian, love your father, do what he says, remain faithful, serve God, live your life above reproach and stay with it when you leave the house.  You are a reflection on your dad.

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Widows 1 Tim. 5:1-16

Widows 1 Tim. 5:1-16 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

In most of 1 Tim 5:1-16, Paul gives Timothy instructions on how the church should minister to widows.  In the first two verses, however, he gives us some practical instructions on how to treat each other in church.  We are to treat elder men as our fathers, elder women as our mothers, younger men as our brothers and younger women as our sisters.  Truly, the church is like a family.  In a good family, children don’t rebuke their fathers and, thus, we don’t rebuke elders.  And in a good family, daughters and sisters are treated with purity and, so, we treat young women with purity.

In this passage, Paul describes widows in different situations, so that the church will know which to support and which to refuse.  We will study the passage according to these different situations.

Widows indeed – 1 Tim 5:3, 5, 16 – widows indeed are widows who:

  • Are desolate – that is, they are “left alone;” they have no family to take care of them.
  • Trust in God – they look to God for their provisions and necessities [Jer 49:11].
  • Continue in prayer night and day – like Anna [Lk 2:36-37].

A widow indeed is contrasted with a widow who “liveth in pleasure,” [1 Tim 5:6-7].  To live in pleasure is to do as she pleases.  A widow who lives in pleasure is dead in that she doesn’t trust in God and she doesn’t continue in prayer, like a widow indeed.  It doesn’t mean that she is not saved.  Paul said, “these things give in charge.”  The idea is that widows who aren’t trusting God and faithfully praying for the ministry shouldn’t be supported by the ministry.

Paul lists the ideal qualities of a widow who can be supported by the church [1 Tim 5:9-10]. These are not absolute requirements.  These are examples of the character of a widow that should be supported by the church.  He instructs the church to take care of “widows indeed” who have been trusting God and taking care of God’s business.  She’s:

  • At least sixty years old
  • Married once
  • Of good report
  • Brought up children – however, if her children can take care of her they should
  • Lodged strangers – 2 Ki 4:8-10, not such a common practice today
  • Washed the saints’ feet – 1 Sam 25:41, not a common practice in the USA, at all
  • Relieved the afflicted
  • Followed every good work

Widows with family – 1 Tim 5:4, 8, 16 – widows with family are to be taken care of by their family.  Children “shew piety” [loyalty and devotion to parents] when they “requite” [repay] their parents by taking care of them when they are older and in need of care.  This is good and acceptable before God.  A family member who will not provide for his own is worse than an infidel [an unbeliever].  Families who have widows are to relieve them and not let the church be charged.

Younger widows – 1 Tim 5:11-15 – younger widows are not to be supported by the church.  They have two problems.  First, they will quit trusting the Lord [“cast off their first faith”] and start looking for a husband [“wax wanton against Christ”].  Paul calls this lack of faith “damnation,” as he uses the word in 1 Cor 11:29 and Rom 14:23.  He’s not talking about going to hell.

The other problem is that, if younger widows don’t marry, and they are being supported by the church, they won’t have anything to do.  They will be “idle, wandering about from house to house.”  And they’ll wind up being “tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.”.  No church needs that kind of gossip.  Satan can get in the middle of it and tear up the church.  Paul said that some of the young widows had “already turned aside after Satan.”

So, Paul’s instructions to younger widows is to “marry, bear children, guide the house.”  That way, they aren’t a burden to the church or their families, they keep from becoming a reproach and they remain blameless [1 Tim 5:7].

Conclusion: Paul’s instructions concerning widows are very practical and very specific.  Generally, he puts the burden of caring for widows on the family, rather than the church.  The exception is a desolate widow who faithfully served the Lord before, and continues to faithfully trust the Lord after, her husband died.

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Separation is not always a bad

Separation is not always Bad

2 Corinthians 6:11-18

In the passage before us there is not only a command to be separate there are also illustrations for separation. What is amazing is all our lives we are separated by various things and don’t seem to have a problem with it. For example we have different bathrooms for men and women, and different grade levels at school for different ages. In stores the goods are all separated into different categories that make them easy to find. In our jobs we are separated by divisions and titles, laborers and management and even into departments that make every thin run smoother. But when we come to the subject as a saved person of being separated from the world and things that do us harm spiritually many seem to just go nuts. The truth of the matter is that we do have a command to be separate as seen in the word of God.

Example of ordinary things that need separation :

1)  Gas and Fire

  • Under normal circumstances these two things are kept apart because together they are dangerous.
  • In a controlled environment like the engine of a car, these two things getting together are good and productive.
  • A practical example here would be teenagers. Boys and girls should be kept apart because together things can explode. But in the controlled environment such as marriage every things is fine.

2)  Electronics and Water

  • These two things do not mix. As anyone who has dropped their radio, cell phone, computer etc. in the water.
  • Many will say well, there was no harm done to me by dropping my phone or device in the water but it cost you something.
  • Many do not view separation from the world as hurting them but it could be costing them something.

3)  Ammonia and Clorox

  • As most every housewife as been taught these two things together will kill you. Many have found this out the hard way.
  • The same thing can be said about separation from worldly things. Many times the lack thereof can cost someone their life.

In this passage there are five words that stand out. They are Fellowship, Communion, Concord, Part, and Agreement. What do these have in common? They all represent people or things that are in agreement with each other. There are things and people that saved born again children of God cannot be in agreement with and be in agreement with the word of God. Therefore we must separate.

The Right Kind of Separation :

1)  Must be based on the word of God (Nehemiah 13:3)

  • Our separation should be based on the word of God. We should see what is right and wrong by God’s word and follow it.

2)  Must be to something (Romans 1:1)

  • We cannot just quit everything. We must replace it with something or there will be a vacuum that pulls us right back to where we were.
  • If we give up world music, we must replace it with Godly music etc.

3)  Must be for a purpose (Acts 13:2)

  • Our purpose should be to please and glorify God. But with separating for a purpose we will find that we usually will not stay separated long.

4)  Will cause others to separate from us (Luke 6:22)

  • If we follow God’s word and do what is right you will not have to worry about the wrong crowd, they will simply separate from you.

 

Separation is not always Bad : Handout

2 Corinthians 6:11-18

1)  What are some basic reasons for separation?

 

2)  List some examples of things that should be separated.

 

3)  Why are we warned against being unequally yoked?

 

4)  List five words that are used in the passage connected with separation and show how they are related.

 

5)  List 4 things about the right kind of separation.

 

 

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