We heed to warning found in this Proverb, in addition to separating ourselves from local church Christian fellowship (as discussed in our previous devotional) but also the warning against intermeddling 'with all wisdom".
Also Reference: 1 Corinthians 3:18-20, Colossians 2:8
Pastor Brewer continues the study of the Confessions of St. Augustine. We are reading Henry Chadwick's translation, published by Oxford University Press (ISBN 9780199537822). Today's class considers Book 10, wherein Augustine speaks very personally about his faith, about truth, and about memory.
This sermon was preached on September 10, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. preached this sermon entitled "Reflections on the Past" on Job 29. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
Paul provides the church with several means for a faithful walk in Christ. However, we cannot make these words profitable to ourselves. So why are they spoken to us in scripture? Because God has purposed to set our hearts and minds upon the precious blessings the Lord gives his people. Things the apostle himself was mindful of and prayed for the churches. We also, through the preaching of the gospel word are put in mind of these blessings. Stirring up our hearts and minds to pray and seek our God with the same focus and care. Looking to our Lord and Savior to make his word profitable to us by his grace.
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Jesus had scripture memorized. He used it to fight against the devil during his temptations (Luke 4). If it is important enough for God to memorize, then it is way more needed for us to memorize His Word. It is a comfort, a help in times of need, and God can bring Scripture to memory when we ask for wisdom. If you don't know any scripture what will God bring up?
The world encourages us to have a dream, and that sounds so inspiring. The world's wisdom insists that we order our life around goals and that makes sense. But there is better way, and that is to live for a purpose instead of chasing dreams and striving toward goals. Dreams are made of nothing, they have no substance. They are imagination and desire combined. Goals are usually based upon some kind of selfish desire or pride and serve more to distract us from the true purpose of life, which is to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Jesus commands that we deny ourselves, forget our selfish dreams, abandon our self-centered goals, and simply be a vessel He can use for his glory, and all these other things will be added to us.
One of the greatest challenges facing the church today is to get the Word of God into the hearts and minds of people. We are the church and the job is shared by both the preacher-teacher and the listener. I have a Biblical duty to preach and teach, and we both have a Biblical duty to hear and do. People receive so much more information packaged in very attractive ways from the world around them. Do we have any hope of success in getting people to grasp and digest the truths of the Word of God? Deuteronomy 6:4–9 tells us how we can meet this challenge. Our goal and prayer should be that we raise godly children who raise godly children who in turn raise godly children. It's the principle of 2 Timothy 2:2: "The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." Multi-generational discipleship process should take place in our families. A home, a church, a nation is no stronger than its parents, particularly its fathers. What a fearful and awesome responsibility God has laid upon those of us who have children. The family is under attack today like never before. I remember when my dear departed mother would be served a bowl of less than flavorful soup in a restaurant. She would say that it tasted like the chicken just walked through it. Her meaning, of course, was that the broth was not saturated with chicken flavor. Saturation in the Word of God is the key. What is the flavor of your household? What is the atmosphere?
Paul asked the question commonly when one hears that salvation is 100% by grace (i.e., federal headship in Romans 5:17-20). The question: If my works play no part in my going to heaven, then why not live like the devil? Paul answered this question in Romans 6, with three unique explanations.
I don't know what the woman who anointed Jesus at Bethany looked like but I do know she was beautiful. Her beauty was that of her inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. It was full of submission and sacrifice, which did not give way to fear. A Christian woman does not put her hope in her husband or in getting a husband. She does not put her hope in her looks. She puts her hope in God and His precious promises. Mary broke her alabaster jar and poured the perfume on Jesus' head. John adds that she also "poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume" (John 12:3). She wasn't careful just to do a little. It was sacrificial worship. It cost her $55,000.00 in today's dollars! She poured out her future on the head of Jesus. She was giving up her security, her backup plan, a whole year's saving. True worship arises out of sacrificial love, not lukewarm profession. We are still preaching 2,000 years later about woman who gave it all for God. Mary was a spiritual beauty! "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." (Proverbs 31:31)
It is a marvel that the mind is so prone to forget the most important things and remember the most vain things; a mind that was designed by Almighty God to work and operate in his own image and likeness. Surely there is an influence at work that causes the mind to malfunction like this. Strive to not be a forgetful hearer of the Word of God. Strive to remember and hold dear that blessings of life that God gives you in other people and his loving care for you and yours.
Resist the powers that would have you forget by occupying your mind with vanity and drama.
How quickly and shockingly can God's people forget Him and rebel? Psalm 78:9–31 looks forward to the opening portion of morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these twenty-three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that our sinful natures are like those of that wilderness generation, who had been saved by glorious works but almost immediately sinned, rebelled against, spoke against, and tested God in their hearts.