1 Samuel 15:1-10 " Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
4 ¶ And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.
5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.
6 ¶ And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.
8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly."
We do well not to trust our own hearts; we can and must trust in God's faithful mercy. So here we see a man who speaks—a man who seeks God with his whole heart, a humble and healthy Christian. What danger does such a man see? He fears wandering from God's commandments, he is conscious of his own weakness and the ways in which he can be drawn or pushed from the path of righteousness. So what is the mercy he seeks? That the Lord would uphold and keep him in the right path.
Most people have this desire to be financially "comfortable." In other words, to have enough money at all times so they do not have to pray for their daily bread, or wait on God to give them what they want. Riches are really nothing more than the ability to indulge oneself in all that is in the world. The lust of the eyes – I can have anything I want. The lust of the flesh – I can indulge any carnal appetite I want, and as much as I want. The pride of life – My riches make it obvious to everyone that I can do what I want and have what I want; they set me apart from, and above, other men. The appeal of riches and the desire to have them is proportional to our love for the world. How much we desire riches shows how much we love the world. The importance and value we put on riches reveals how much we love the world or how much we love and trust God.
Appetites are a struggle for most people. When they become the focus of our life they become our god. For some people it shows by their weight, but for most others it only becomes known when their uncontrolled appetites lead them into immorality, or stealing, or covetousness. If we yield ourselves to God completely He will give us the desires of our heart, which will be focused on God's glory and honor and not on our own selfish appetites.
In this message we look at some examples of how the Biblical principle of forgiveness has been twisted to destroy accountability, thwart justice, tolerate evil, and indulge evil.
This perversion of forgiveness is used by abusive manipulators and woke activists that try to guilt trip Christians into submitting to their agenda.
How do you conquer your fleshly desires? Self-help books, "Will Power"? Is there any hope for the Christian caught in the battle?
Yes there is! The answer to our struggles are not found in this World nor in the traditions and decrees of men, but rather in Christ! Keep seeking the things above where Christ is!
Paul Scharf, church ministries representative for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, shares a message centered around "The Five Solas" of the Reformation.
We hope that it will help to make this season of the year very meaningful for you.
We wish a blessed Reformation Day to all who listen and watch!
Jude 3 -- Contending for the Faith
This Reformation began with a German monk by the name of Dr. Martin Luther who nailed his famous 95 theses to the door of the church at Wittenberg.
Today, we must be contending for the faith once delivered to the saints.
Now that you are in Christ, there are limits on what you should and should not be doing. This can be tricky because many people believe that there is liberty we have to sin. Can we even dance this side of eternity or are we becoming too ascetic? Please listen to "Dirty Dancing, Witness of the Flesh," by David Boxton.
Título: "Aspectos Importantes Sobre La Oración Eficaz"
Pasaje Bíblico: (Santiago 5:13-20)
Tema o Verdad Para recordar: El propósito supremo de la oración es guiarnos a una comunión profunda y suprema con el Señor…
Part 2 of 2. James catalogues for us four specific sins for which the rich face a certain judgment. And each sin listed comes with a corresponding warning. In the previous message, we looked at the sins mentioned in verses 2-4, hoarding riches and unjust gain. In this message, we look at verses 5-6, the sins of self-indulgence and ruthless acquisition. The warnings…
Here is the complete rendering on Jeremiah Burroughs treatise on the dangers of earthly mindedness.
The Text Opened, Philippians 3:19,
"…who mind earthly things…"
Earthly-Mindedness Discovered in Nine Particulars
Six Evils of Earthly-Mindedness
Eight Additional Evils of Earthly-Mindedness
Five Things May Be Wrought In A Man, and Yet Earthly-Minded
Seven Reasons of Men's Earthly-Mindedness
Eleven Considerations to Take the Mind Off of Earthly-Mindedness
Five Directions How to Get our Hearts Free from Earthly-Mindedness
Narrated By Duane Linn
To fully understand God's preservation of His people highlights our need for the forgiveness of our intrinsic depravity.
Most of evangelical life simply does not acknowledge the depths to which human depravity has fallen. (The Problem)
God doesn't just show us the letter of the Law but also the heart of the Law and shows us just how fallen we are. (The Correction)
We MUST agree with God on just how sinful we really are. (The Follow Through)
We live in a world that celebrates competitiveness. At times, this competitive spirit even bleeds into the church. However, in 1 Corinthians 3, Paul tells us that when this happens the church is acting as if it were "merely human." What's so unspiritual about competition in the body of Christ? Ryan explains in the final part of a three-part message from 1 Corinthians 3:1-23 entitled, "The Merely Human Church."