What is the first distinction between the people of the Lord and the people of the world? Leviticus 18 prepares us for the evening sermon on the Lord's Day. In these thirty verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that one great difference between the people of the Lord and the people of the world is that the Lord's people are committed to purity in nakedness and marriage.
God knows all that is being done. He has a plan and He will work His plan for His glory. Those who choose to align themselves with the enemies of God will lose. The wise person follows the Spirit of truth.
If we don't want anything to do with Satan, we better not have anything to do with him in this life. God has a place reserved for the Devil and his angels. Anyone whose name isn't written in the Lamb's book of life won't enter heaven. We are coming face to face with a God of judgement. It isn't what we say but it's how we live that matters to God.
It is amazing how our thoughts affect our demeanor. Our thoughts can lead us to anger, sadness, bitterness, joy, peace, patience, etc. Think back last night. When you woke up, what were you thinking? Was it a good thought? A song? A nightmare? A worry? We spend much of our time trying to eat right, exercise, sleep enough, work more, etc. But how much time to we really spend thinking and praying to God? Doing things for others? Or are we just thinking about ourselves?
1 Peter 3:10-16 " For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13 ¶ And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ."
The way to escape the temptations common to man as given by the apostle Paul as examples to us in 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 (idolatry, fornication, temptation, murmuring) is to be in Jesus Christ. Not only saved from our sins by Jesus Christ, but as part of his living body, the covenant community, the church, daily submitting ourselves to Him as our head. This is emphasized as we come together as living sacrifices in the Lord's service on Sunday and partake of the body (bread) and blood (wine) of the Lord together in His supper at His table.
"The Truth About Marriage" – Eph. 5:21-33
I. The truth about marriage (Gen. 2:18-24)
A. Marriage is ordained by God
B. God made Adam blameless, but not complete (1 Cor. 7:7, 32-35)
C. God gave Adam a wife, not other proposed remedies (Gen. 2:24)
D. God gave Adam a helpmate
E. God made Adam first and made Eve for him (1 Cor. 11:7-9; 1
F. God ordained marriage, then sex, not the other way around (Mal. 2:14; 1 Cor. 6:15-16)
II. The purpose of marriage (Eph. 5:21ff)
(Mt. 22:2; Rev. 19:7-9; Is. 62:5; Rev. 21:2; Ezek. 16:8-14; Song of Songs 1:7-16)
A church that is healthy is involved in the gospel ministry. Believers are to be conforming to the Lord Jesus and growing in the message of the gospel. Our mission on earth is to reflect the name and character of the Lord.
Today we're taking a closer look at the twenty-third chapter of the Book of Ezekiel.
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Numbers 31 continues to describe the last days of Moses as the Lord commands that he destroy the Midianites. As will become typical, Israel does NOT follow orders until they are rebuked. We also deal with the accusation that God is "mean" and bad for killing off all but the innocent children and women.
Also Reference: Isaiah 55:6, Titus 2:11, John 12:32