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What Do You See In The Mirror?

May 28, 2020

Recently in our study through the book of James we have learned how The Word of God is the means of regeneration, of saving our souls. (James 1:18) We have also seen how that is the vehicle for Christian growth. (James 1:21)

  1. Disillusioned. Today we want to see how the Word of God necessary to our lives not just as hearers, but as doers. James 1:22; Matt 7:21-28 We could say it is about Gospel obedience. Are you doing or are you deceived? A professor asked his Bible class. “What do you do with the commands in the Bible?” A little old lady raised her hand and said, “I underline them in blue.” What do you do with the Word of God? Are you only a hearer or are you a doer? You may think all is good in your life as a hearer, but if you are not doing or obeying the Word you are deceived and disillusioned.
  2. Deception. How does this deception happen? The illustration given here about looking in a mirror. Just like a mirror the Word i reflects man’s defects (James 1:23) The wording is if he stoops down – looks into the mirror. (In Bible days they didn’t have mirrors like we have with clear images. They used beaten metal or bronze. It was not clear. But the word of God is clear and as we look into it we can clearly see the way God would have us live and the things He would have us do.
  3. Disobedient. (James 1:24) Sees his face (birth) and wanders away and forgets. He forgets what he has seen. He is not serious. God’s word reveals what is inside.
  4. Determined. (James 1:25) We see the Word of God as the guide for Christian living (James 1:25; 2:8), and we are ready to do it. To obey. Determined to follow the Word as the standard for judgment. (James 2:12).

Conclusion: Are you looking in the mirror of God’s word today. It is the way of salvation. Rom 10:17; 1 Pet 1:23 Friend are you saved? Do you have assurance of salvation? Christian have you wandered away from the Word? Hearing but not doing? Decieved? Disobedient? Disilusionado? Or are you Dispuesto to obey y be blessed. Disponible to serve?
What important questions for your life.

The Effects of The Engrafted Word

May 21, 2020

wordheart1James has already spoken about how we are family – family of God. “Of His own will begat” We tells us how we are Family. He reminds us how we also have the promise of the resurrection “a kind of first fruits” James 1:18-19

So now he calls on us as “beloved brethren” a couple of things …

1 – Swift to hear – Psalms 1
Be swift to hear! The Word of God is more necessary to us than our food. It is more precious than gold. It is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. We cannot live properly without the Word of God!
How very eager we should be to read it and hear it taught! Nothing, absolutely nothing, should be more important to us than taking it in!
But our age will not go down in history as ‘the age of hearing’. Adlai Stevenson once opened an address to students at Princeton with these words: ‘I understand I am here to speak and you are here to listen. Let’s hope we both finish at the same time.’ But the truth is, a lot of church attenders get through listening long before the pastor gets through preaching. • Receiving the Word of God requires us to prepare ourselves in advance. We must think about what the Word of God is and how very blessed we are to have it.
• When it is time to hear the Word of God, every believer would do well to silently say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening’ (see 1 Sam. 3:10).

2 – Slow to speak. Both hearers and proclaimers of the Word carry a heavy responsibility for the success of the preaching of God’s Word.
*Reaction to God’s Word. *Receptivity to the Word, *Responsiveness to the Word, and *Resignation to the Word are essential to spiritual growth. One must accept God’s Word, act on it, and abide by it.
The months that we have endured this pandemic crisis of CV have been some tough times. Physically ( those who have been sick ) emotionally and financially. Tough times call on us to learn lessons. Instead of blaming God under our trials, let us open our ears and hearts to learn what he teaches by them. JFB
Two ears are given to us, the rabbis observe, but only one tongue: the ears are open and exposed, whereas the tongue is walled in behind the teeth. MH. Believers are to respond positively to Scripture, and eagerly pursue every opportunity to know God’s word and will better (cf. Ps. 119:11; 2 Tim. 2:15)JM.

3 – Slow to wrath. (Jas 3:13, 14; 4:5). Slow in becoming heated by debate: another Jewish fault (Ro 2:8), to which much speaking tends. TITTMANN thinks not so much “wrath” is meant, as an indignant feeling of fretfulness under the calamities to which the whole of human life is exposed; this accords with the “divers temptations” in Jas 1:2. Hastiness of temper hinders hearing God’s word; so Naaman, 2Ki 5:11; Lu 4:28.
20. Man’s angry zeal in debating, as if jealous for the honor of God’s righteousness, is far from working that which is really righteousness in God’s sight. True “righteousness is sown in peace,” not in wrath (Jas 3:18). The oldest and best reading means “worketh,” that is, practiceth not: the received reading is “worketh,” produceth not.

( James 1:21) superfluity of naughtiness = remainder of wickedness. engrafted word = implanted word. I.e., the gospel received as the word of truth to further our Christian growth.
We must yield ourselves to the word of God.
Rom. 13:12–14; Eph. 4:22; Col. 3:8; Heb. 12:1; 1 Pet. 2:1–2). We are rescued from these things by
the Gospel word, whose proper attribute is to be engrafted by the Holy Spirit,
able to save–a strong incentive to correct our dulness in hearing the word
“all filthiness” This term often means “a wax build-up in the ear.” It may refer to unholy living which impairs a believer’s hearing of God’s word. Vs 20 able to save–a strong incentive to correct our dulness in hearing the word.

So as brothers, as family, as believers we must be Swift to hear, Slow to Speak, Slow to wrath – all of this comes through the Word which is Strong to Save!. The implanted word. It is able to save our souls. It keeps us from dishonoring the gospel, and disappointing their own souls. Received as the word of truth to further our Christian growth.

Revive The Local Church

May 20, 2020

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Introduction: We are in the midst of unprecedented times for our generation with this pandemic of the Corona Virus. Whether it is political machinations, diabolical manipulations or last day manifestations is not clearly and completely known. One thing is clear however, we the people of God need to be on top of our game all the way to the Shout. This is no time to sit in the darkness, get depressed or to retreat. We must be working on how to regroup and advance. Here are some thoughts I am having in these days:

The Local Church has taken a HIT. Many have spoken about the church not being a building – True. But let us not forget that the very etymology of the word “church” or as it is in the original language of the Bible “ekklesia” and the principle usage of the word church in the Bible has to do with an assembly of believers. Over 100 times in the New Testament this word is used of those who assembled together in particular places. I know that we are in modern times and I know that the usage of the word “church” has taken various directions through the years depending upon different theological persuasions. However, if you are like I am and hold the Bible as your authority (not current thought, nor denominational distinction, etc)  and the basis and authority for your beliefs, then perhaps we need to be careful to guard ourselves from straying from Scriptural teaching in these extraordinary times.

Having stated that, We NEED to get back to the ASSEMBLY. Satan would like nothing better than to do damage to the gathering assemblies with this pandemic and the political fall out caused by it. This is not a call to disobey the law, unless the law tries to continue extraordinary restrictions. We need to assemble. We need to observe the Lord’s table together. We need to sing together. We need to pray together. We need to serve together. We need to send out missionaries together. We need to do church together the Bible way.

Many have tried in vain to make adjustments in their lives to make it through this time.  Some go through the TV channels. Some surf the internet. Some have given up. One of the big problems is that some don’t know what to look for in a church.

God has chosen to build His Church with living stones of sinful people, but He is working by His Spirit to fashion each of us into His image. The Lord commands us to submit to one another in a community of believers for that purpose, so we can be trained in righteousness. This is a messy, imprecise effort requiring faith, patience and humility – along with a willingness to accept others despite their weaknesses.

Look for the church that will glorify God. When you are looking for that church first start with God’s design and His purpose. If it matters to God it should also matter to us.

We need to identify the church and what it is: It is not a building. Not a denomination. It is not a celebrity pastor. It is the people. It is people assembling. The assembly of the born again baptized believers who have covenanted together and meet together to follow the word of God and be guided by God’s Spirit.

One good place to see the church at work is in Acts 2:42-47; Eph 4:11
1. Exalting Christ vs 43 “fear” preach Christ awe acts 13:1
2. Educating vs 42 “teaching” Acts 11:25
3. Edifying vs 42 “fellowship” homes
4. Evangelizing – vs 47; acts 1:8; Matt 28:19: Acts 5:42
5. Embracing doctrine vs 42 “breaking bread” 1 Cor 11:20
6. Enriching community vs 47 “favor with all the people”.
7. Expanding ministry vs 47

I hope to be back in front of our assemblies soon. I thank God for the internet. But even at its optimum success it is only a temporary place holder. It is not the new model of the church. Don’t press something eternal into the times of the “new normal”.  We need to stick with God’s pattern. I hope you will find your way back after this pandemic. Don’t let any roadblocks or detours keep you away from the local church. Get back to the assembly where ever you can, when ever you can. God bless!

Living Triumphantly In Trying Times

May 14, 2020

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We all want to live in triumph. (Triunfo) No one likes to suffer defeat but at sometime or other we all live through difficult times. Some people are suffering more than others during this pandemic of Corona Virus. Those who are older, those with other health problems they tell us are at a greater risk. Then there are those who cannot work. The businesses and factories are closed. Many are suffering financial hardships. All of these trials are difficult. Some have lost loved ones or friends. So we can either live in misery, depression, fear and hopelessness or perhaps there is another option. Today in our Bible Study we look at James 1:17, a great verse. I remember memorizing this verse many years ago. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Let us pin point some obvious truths and helpful truths from this verse today.

1. The gifts to the blessed. Some years ago I studied and taught this chapter and decided that the theme of it was “the blessed man”. We have already seen earlier in this chapter that many times before the blessings there may be burdens and we must bear up under these trials until they can be turned by God into a blessing. Let us think about how God wants to bless us. Our text says “every good gift, every perfect gift comes from God. We need to be sure we are looking in the right place for our gift, our blessing. Look at Psalm 121. What great truth! Friend do you need something? You need this gift, this blessing? Where are you looking? Your bank account? Your job? Your friends? The government?

2. The Giver to those blessed. That brings us to the next thought. “Cometh down from above” Again, where are you looking for your help? Today SO many are watching TV, the news, the government representatives, the medical professionals – looking to them for HELP. May I remind you “the good things” the perfect things come from God. Col 3:1-2. The One who spoke and the sun, moon and stars came into being is the One we can trust. The Father of lights. Gen 1:14. “With whom is no variableness…” Mal 3:6; 1 John 1:5. As we have watched the news, the professionals, their predictions, their models have changed continually. Everyday it is something new. Something different. Something more to fear.

3. The grace in that blessing. James 1:18. What we receive no matter what is a gift from the Giver. But the greatest of these is that the Giver has given us life. Given us family. See the word, “begat” or birthed us. He is our Father. He gives us life. He makes us His own – before all the rest of creation. That is the greatest gift that any of us could receive. And He does it with the word of truth. 1 Pet 1:23; He regenerates sinners through the power of that word (cf. 2 Cor. 6:7; Col. 1:5; 1 Thess. 2:13; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:23–25; Rom 10:17
What a gift. If you received nothing else. That is enough. Do you have that gift given by grace. Do you belong to the Father, part of His family. Look to him. No one, nothing else can help you. Look to Christ!

The ZEAL of thine house.

May 12, 2020

zeal-word-cloud-concept-vector-260nw-1015104178I was just thinking this morning about the ZEAL that is mentioned about the Lord’s house. John records in 2:17 that considering how Jesus cleared the moneychangers from that rebuilt temple that had been originally dedicated to His true worship and service they, the disciples could not help but remember the Scripture from Psalm 69 – “For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.” Jesus is unchanging. Perhaps our “temples” have been “cleansed” due to many unholy and inordinate practices that have taken away from His true worship, witness and prayer. Perhaps too many had forsaken zeal for the truths, precepts, and worship of God and his unyielding insistence that the behavior of the people measure up to their outward claim of devotion to God. But one thing is clear, we need to REMEMBER the ZEAL of His house at this moment. We are all anxious to return to our assemblies and worship within our church walls. When we do, may we remember His zeal and keep all within worthy of His house.

Who Can Find A “Christian Mother”?

May 10, 2020

Introduction: It is not difficult today to find mothers. We can find working mothers, soccer mothers, biker mothers, modeling mothers, political mothers, unwed mothers, “Me too” mothers and homosexual mothers, etc.  Every talk show promotes non – traditional types of mothers and many do so in an attempt to destroy the God-given role of mothers. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to see a panel of Christian mothers? I think it would. But what is a Christian mother? Are they difficult to find? Let’s investigate:

1. Who Can Find A Mother With Convictional Faith? “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” 1 Timothy 1:5  These two women enjoyed a faith in God which was both scriptural and saving, a good example of convictional faith.

A. It is a faith which is scripturally sound. Both knew the “holy scriptures”. The only way to teach the scriptures to others is to know them personally. (Romans 10:17) The scriptures must be held about tradition and secular philosophical literature. It is our FINAL authority. Mother’s (and all of us) should be in the Word every day.

B. It is a faith which is saving and sure.  (2 Timothy 3:15) They had been saved sometime earlier than Paul’s trip in Acts 16:1. Two mothers with convictional and saving faith and grounded in the Word. We so need this today!

2.  Who Can Find A Mother With A Communicable Faith? “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. And: “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15  No one has a better chance to make such a deep impression on a life. Especially the young.

A.  Faith is communicated by personal education. 2 Timothy 3:14. From his earliest days Timothy heard the scriptures. The Israelites had a sense of duty to communicate the Word. Deuteronomy 4:9-10; 6:6-15; 11:18-21; Proverbs 6:20-21

B. Faith is communicated by practical demonstration. 2 Timothy 3:14 “assured of” … “knowing of whom thou has learned them”. His grandmother and mother had taught and demonstrated the reality of their faith to him. Ephesian 6:4; Colossians 3:21. Examples of John Newton; John Wesley.

3.  Who Can Find A Mother With A Commendable Faith.  2 Timothy 1:5  Something caused Paul to think back to the time he was in that home in Lystra. He knew about them.

A. There is a lasting influence in a Mother’s faith.  The most valuable treasure anyone can have is their faith. The world’s idea of worth and value is someone with money. But the Christian mark of worth is his faith. Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

B. The living relevance of a Mother’s faith. “unfeigned”  (means: genuine; sincere.). Times may change and fashions may come and go, but genuine, sincere mothers are never out of date.

Conclusion: I know we need more moms with a relevant faith in Christ that can be seen, taught and learned. What kind of mother will you be found to be? Are you saved? 100% sure of heaven? Are you living for Christ in a way that your children can imitate you? They will copy what they see, what they learn, what they hear.

 

 

 

Path to Death

May 7, 2020

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We continue our study in the book of James chapter one. Now we are looking at verses 13-16. Which speaks of the slippery path of sin that ultimately leads to death. Last time we looked at how trials and tests of life that are normal in our lives must be faced with joy, wisdom, patience and faith without doubting. God is no respecter of persons. These trials come to the rich and the poor alike. But when we endure these testings which are to mature us and grow us we can receive the crown of life. We continue along the thought of trials, but as we move from verse 12 to verse 13 the trials are not something that come from God, but come from within ourselves.

A DARK PATH.  Look in verse 13: “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”  The word “tempted” means to test or prove that brings us to evil. It is different from verse 2 or 12. The earlier trials we spoke about come from God, but there is another kind of trial – this one comes from our own “lust” we have inside. The origin of EVIL comes from our own hearts. How do we know this? Hab 1:3; Lev 19:2. God is Holy. Isa 6:3 and He tempts no one. This evil comes from within (it is our birth sin). But God does make a way for us to escape. 1 Cor 10:13 So do not sink under the pressure of evil.

A DANGEROUS PATH (Verse 14) “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” We are told about the beginning steps of temptation. It speaks of being “drawn” away. Pulled or lured like a fish toward the bait. 2 Pet 2:14; 18. This is “his own desire”. A strong desire to enjoy more for his flesh – something to satisfy the flesh. Rom 7:8; Mat 15:18-20

A DEADLY PATH  (Verse 15) “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”  The end of this path of sinful temptation ends with “DEATH”. Sin is a process. Progression. Like the process of birthing. Conception. Pregnancy. Birth.  So see where you are. Stop early. Stop before you go along this path. Think about this ‘DEATH” in opposition to James 1:12 where those tested and endure have a “crown of life” those who go down this path face death. 1 Cor 11:30; 1 John 5:16. So think about this progression – LUST. SIN. DEATH. It is the age old story of Eve our mother. Gen 3.

(Verse 16)  “Do not err, my beloved brethren.”  What a WARNING! Do not make an error. Don’t try to blame God. James 1:13. He is not the source of this evil temptation. 1 Cor 6:9; 15:33; Gal 6:7.

We are all on this path in this life.  As Christians we will have testings and proving to grow us and to mature us. We need this. It helps us. God knows what we need. But as we go along this path we MUST remember we are SINFUL creatures. Rom 3:23. All sinners. And within our own hearts can come LUSTS, desires, unholy thoughts that come from this place within us and began to grow – begin a process – begin to make progress AWAY from truth and holiness.  2 Tim 3:5  It is a downward leading path. A dark path. A dangerous path and a deadly path.  Next week we have better news. Good news! But in the mean time be careful on this path of life, path of death. Don’t be led away. Don’t take the bait.

Three Dichotomies of Mark 3

May 3, 2020

Intro:  We are continuing our preaching from the Gospel of Mark today. These are amazing verses that give us insight into the life, ministry and messages of our Lord. We are preaching from the last half of chapter three today.  In these verses Jesus is teaching some powerful and important truths that are extremely necessary for us. In His teaching Jesus often uses parables. In Mark 3 Jesus uses at least 3 dichotomies for His teaching. A Dichotomy is a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.

In our text today we see Jesus and His disciples very busy to the point they cannot even have time to eat. Mark 3:19-20. Things were rough for them. We are having some tough times today too. Maybe not to busy – maybe not busy enough. But in the midst of all this the Scribes show up (an ancient Jewish record-keeper or, later, a professional theologian and jurist.) These Scribes attacked them. Mark 3:22. As Christians we get attacked for our faith. Many times those attacks are difficult. We need to be ready for them. Mat 10:25; John 15:20; Mark 3:30; 2 Tim 3:12 As Christians we are in the kingdom of Christ. It is always under attack since the beginning.

TWO KINGDOMS.  Here we see the dichotomy of two kingdoms. What a division here. But Jesus had an answer for them. Mark 3:23. We need to have biblical answers for our critics. And He used it as a teaching moment. Mark 3:23. Parables were often used by Jesus to present the contrasts between good things and bad. Wrong things and right things. Here is a stark contrast between Christ’s kingdom and Satan’s Kingdom. Kingdoms divided cannot stand. Churches divided cannot stand. Families divided cannot stand. Mark 3:24-25

We need to understand that Satan and his kingdom is on the attack. Job 1:6-7 1 Pet 5:8
Mark 3:26 What does satan want to do? John 10:10a. He wants to spoil God’s kingdom. He does this by imitation, intimidation, interruption and more ways. Mark 3:27.

What a contrast. But King Jesus is on our side. When He comes into our lives He can bind the strong man. Rom 16:20; Heb 2:14-15; Rom 8:37 – The next dichotomy is this …

TWO ETERNITIES.  Mark 3:28-29 In these verses Jesus mentions the important question of eternity. I think everyone thinks about eternity. In fact the Bible says in Eccl 3:11. Everyone will spend eternity one of two places. Heaven or hell. Every soul without christ is in danger of eternal damnation. Those who willfully blaspheme against the work of the Holy Spirit to bring truth and life faces damnation. Only Jesus can bring salvation. Don’t waste your opportunity. Don’t deny the work of salvation He wants to do in your life. Don’t give up the opportunity to have eternal life because you push Him away to try to find your own salvation. Hebrews 6:4-6. —- That brings us to the 3rd dichotomy in this chapter Mark 3:31-35  — Here we have …

TWO FAMILIES.  Here we see the dichotomy of two families.  I love my family. They are very precious to me. I am sure the Lord loved His family too. His mother Mary had raised Him. During those 30 silent years before His public ministry I am sure the entire family grew very close. But we have no biblical records of this. But here in our text in vs 31 we see His mother and sisters came to see Him. And with this timely visit Jesus teaches a tremendously important lesson with this question: Who is my family? And He answered His own question –  Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my family.  Here is where we see this dichotomy, this contrast. There are nearly 2.5 billion people who claim to be in the Christian family now.  There are about 15 or so countries that say Christianity is their state religion. But truly how many of these people are true Christians?  Here we see the contrast.  Mark 3:35 – This really narrows the number of real Christians from those in name only.  Which family are you in? Mark 3:35 Jesus made a decisive and comprehensive statement on true Christian discipleship. Such discipleship involves a spiritual relationship that transcends the physical family and is open to all who are empowered by the Spirit of God to come to Christ in repentance and faith and enabled to live a life of obedience to God’s word.

Conclusion: So today our realities are the dichotomies of 2 Kingdoms, 2 Eternities and 2 Families. You can’t have both. Which kingdom? Christ’s or Satan’s? Which Eternity? Eternity in heaven? Eternal of damnation in hell? Which family? Family of the devil, the world or family of God? Not just in name – but doing the will of the Father.

Crown of Death or Crown of Life?

April 30, 2020

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Recap:  This  study the last few weeks in James has been a blessing to me and I hope to you also. As we have studied verse by verse we learned that Israel was at the time of this writing suffering from the dispersion. They were forced from their work, from their families and many were cowering in loneliness in their homes. As I read this I thought of our own 2020 dispersion. Put out of our work places, schools and churches and so many just fearfully waiting at home. James told those under these circumstances and all of us by the inspiration of this letter that during trying times the first thing to do is COUNT IT ALL JOY. That is to be our attitude and characteristic during trials. Hard to do? Yes, but we must. We also during this times are to LEARN and be KNOWING some important things. This is a test of our faith. It is to work on us, perfect us, grow us and make us more mature in our Christian faith. Then last week we saw that if we LACK WISDOM we are to ASK of GOD. He gives the wisdom, He gives it liberally, He does not reproach us as He gives but we must ASK IN FAITH. We are not to ask doubting or with a double mind.  Those studies brought us through James 1:1-9 and today we want to look again to our text and find some more amazing truth in verses 10-13. Let’s read these verses now.

Rich Equal To Poor.  Like the pandemic we are presently suffering in our world, those of the first century discovered during their suffering everyone was on an equal basis. The rich were not better than the poor. Those in the fine mansions were just as susceptible to the virus, sickness and death as those living in poor housing. All classes of people lost their jobs. All classes of people experienced the fear and lack of necessities of life.

RESPECTER OF PERSONS:  Those rich who were relying on their stocks saw the market plummet. “The rich, in that he is made low:” Trials make us all even” God is no respecter of persons. Many were made low by their trials. The best is to be RICH in FAITH. And to have a high standing before God by grace. Romans 8:17; 1 Peter 1:4

We have seen that the MEGA CHURCHES with the great gathering congregations had to close along with the small country churches that had few gathering. All closed. They were made equal. But trials can brighten our suffering by a greater dependence on God.

RECEIVE A CROWN:  So how does all this turn out? As we suffer, as we are tried, as we endure, as we learn how can this be counted as a blessing? “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”

The multitudes have been made fearful during this pandemic. I have tended to call it a pandemonium which means: “wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; tumult or chaos. a place or scene of riotous uproar or utter chaos” I believe much of this “pandemonium” is the result of the media and the focus of so many on data that has been far from correct and severely disorganized and ultimately unverifiable. The result: masses in confusion and fear. Will we catch the Corona, which translated means Crown and if we catch it will we die? So the multitudes have fearfully cowered in their homes waiting to see what happens to them about the Crown of death – corona virus. We do not minimize not even one death. One is too many. But 150,000 die every day of one cause or the other. Many more die each day from other sicknesses and causes. So what should be our lesson in this? Endure this trial with joy, growth, wisdom and faith and you will be blessed with the Crown of Life. What a promise! Friend, God loves you! Even if you or I should DIE from this virus, or any other sickness or cause – if we have endured (James 5:11) our trials and temptations with joy and happiness we have PASSED and receive the Crown of life. The crown was the victor’s crown of flowers they received when they won the race. We are all rushing along. Running the race. How is it going for you? Are you better because of the trials, the suffering? Are you bitter? Fearful of death? Facing an unknown future?

Friend, God loves you. He wants you to receive the crown of life, not of death. Will you trust Him? He knows the beginning from the end. He will save you. Call upon Him now. Place your case, your life, your eternity in His Hands. If you will do that, you too can finish life’s race victorious and receive a Crown of Life.

Jesus In Times Of Crisis

April 26, 2020

 

Mark 3:1-8  Today we want to continue our preaching from Mark’s Gospel. Today we are in Mark chapter 3. This has been a wonderful study and has allowed us to see many things about our Lord Jesus Christ, His ministry, His messages and His miracles. Today we look at one of His miracles – the healing of the man with a withered hand. And more specifically we will look at the action work of our Lord and how it still relates to our lives today, especially during these times.
Our text: Mark 3:1-14 We will not read it all to conserve our time, but please read the entire passage on your own. But do look now at Mark 3:1-3

1.  “Stand Forth”. Notice these words: Stand forth! “Levántate y ponte en medio.” Here was a man in serious conditions. He has tremendous inability. He, in many ways is helpless. He cannot work. As to his problem – he could do nothing to help himself – to change his situation.

It is not so much unlike our own situation today. Some are better and some worse. But all are needy. We have all been crippled by sin. This has limited us. We are crippled by the fall. We can do nothing to save ourselves. Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9.  Jesus is here today and desires to help each of us in our needs. He calls for us to STAND FORTH. Levantate y ponte en medio. During this crisis or whatever crisis of our lives Jesus calls us to rise up. Too many are fearful. Crippled.

2.  “Stretch forth”  But Jesus knows what to do for us. He says Mark 3:5 Stretch forth your hand. Extiende tu mano. Jesus has the solution to your need. Whatever your need – extiende – stretch it out to Jesus. Hold your need out to Him. If you keep it to yourself you will have no help. You will go on and continue in your crisis. This man did what Jesus commanded and the problem was gone. When Jesus took care of this man the religious crowd was ready to destroy Him. That too has happened. Many want to take Jesus out of everything. Out of government. Out of schools. Our of our lives. As a result of the treatment of Jesus he withdrew Himself. (Mark 3:6-7) Jesus likewise has withdrawn (retirado). We rarely know of the spirit of revival in our nation. Nor in many of our churches. The coldness and powerlessness in all areas of our lives is certainly due to the fact that Jesus retirado. We need power. We need revival. We need Jesus but because of our attitudes toward Him He withdraws.

3. “Send Forth” Mark 3:13-14 In the midst of these interesting days in Jesus calls and ordains His disciples. There is a great message to us in this work of Jesus. Jesus wanted to spend time with His disciples. He has given us this opportunity to spend more time with Him. I believe that this is a work He wants to do in our day as well. The devil wants to work the evil and pandemonium that is taking place to hinder the church in her evangelism. Churches are suffering from closed doors. Pastors are struggling to get their messages out to the members and beyond. It is an unusual time. Even with extra time to read our Bibles, study and grow spiritually many are perhaps moved to backslide. (reincidir) Go back on Christ. Loose their faithfulness. Grow cold to the things of the Lord. Is this happening to you. Are you growing and going forward or are you loosing ground.

Just as Jesus called and ordained His disciples so Jesus wants to continue to expand and grow His people and His church. He is calling. He wants to send. He wants us to go and make disciples. Matthew 28:19-20. He needs us to obey, to go, to speak, to work. Will you?

Friend. Today see your need. 1- What crisis do you face? Jesus calls you to Himself? Matthew 11:28. 2 – Give your burden to the Lord. 1 Peter 5:7 Psalm 55:22 3- Listen to the calling of the Lord for this time. You are needed. Christ is calling. Are you a believer? Are you sure of heaven. Call out for mercy. Are you serving? Step up today. Let Christ direct your life. Be a part of the solution and not the problem. Let God work in your life during this crisis.