A look at the visual object lesson of a smashed clay jar, the prophet beaten and placed in stocks for preaching, his on-going despair at the rejection and ridicule he continued to receive and oracles against the final kings of Judah.
Sin corrupts our blessings (v. 16a).
Sin incites conflicts (v. 16b).
Sin has wide-spread effects (v. 17)
Sin generates frustration (vv. 17b–19a).
Sin is consummated in death (v. 19b).
Grace in the midst of judgment.
A. Sinless perfection was the divine plan for you going all the way back to eternity past...
B. Sinless perfection gets accomplished in you by means of sanctification...
C. Sinless perfection will be the believer's frustrated desire all through this life...
This psalm is an individual lament, first complaining about God's apparent lack of awareness or concern over the suffering of the righteous. David is frustrated, even demanding, but he never stops hoping in the character and salvation of God.
Once again, the Words of Scripture address the times in which we are living! Rather than Children being given the right to do what they please, the Apostle directs them to obey their parents as the fruit of the Gospel. Likewise, because we tend to be too harsh in our demands on our children, he exhorts Fathers not to exasperate their children.
Psalm 13 " To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
6 I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me."
When we disobey God, there can be no peace, no inner rest, distress, anxiety, and stress which is results of being wicked. Wnenever our ways please the Lord,He causes even our enemy to be at peace with us. It's critical that our thoughts are Godward, petitioning, and supplicating Him in evety situation.
Every Room in the House
It's usually quite evident when a space hasn't been occupied for some time... whether it's a home or a shed or a shooting house. The same applies to life... as Paul would say, be filled with the Holy Spirit and let the word of Christ dwell richly within every aspect of you.
It's the INFLOW and OVERFLOW of both the Spirit of God and the Sense of God's word that not only encourages and corrects us but instructs us in the ways of righteousness. His very presence in us, and a growing knowledge of Jesus, is the fountainhead that everything for kingdom life, family, and fruitfulness flows.
Both Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:18 teach us about the irreplaceable importance of His Scriptures and His Spirit in our lives.
For a continuous filling of the Spirit, and letting the Word of Christ dwelling richly within us... not a mere skirting around them will be used by God to make kingdom-size differences in our lives.
It's when the Spirit is giving unction, and the Scriptures are providing understanding to us, by faith, there can ONLY be something marvelous and beautiful that can come out of that divine union. Thank You, Jesus
One gives us the understanding we need to live, the other gives us the unction or power to live in that understanding, and we need both.
And I tell you, you can't live this life and skirt the word of God, and expect anything different than what you already have.
And some of you are skirting the word and you've never jumped in headfirst. I pray that doesn't describe you. And, if it does, and your life has been a roller coaster, with a lot of ups and downs, and you find yourself going right back to where you've always been, the
How did the famous church in Philippi get its start? Acts 16:6–15 looks forward to the morning sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these ten verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the Spirit started the church at Philippi thorough several thwartings of the apostle and a humanly inauspicious opportunity.
How did sexual promiscuity and perversion become a political football? You'll learn the connection between the sexual revolution and sexual politicization in part 4 of this series based on Dr. Carl Trueman's important book STRANGE NEW WORLD. It will help you put the pieces of our modern culture together.