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The Power of the Word.....

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Scarlett O., Jan 21, 2018.

  1. Scarlett O.

    Scarlett O. Well-Known Member
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    I thought we might start a non-debate thread on what we learn or are convicted or are inspired by -
    • at our churches when the message is shared. [If you are a pastor, you can share briefly what you shared.]
    • or during our daily Bible reading.
    I'll start:

    During my reading of Psalms 12 on the 12th, the last verse just rattled me to the core. "The wicked strut about on every side When vileness is exalted among the sons of men." [NASB]

    We live in time and nation when vileness IS exalted. Many times by Christians. We've got to stop it and it won't take sitting around griping about the world and everyone else's evil ways. We have to examine our own ways first and repent.

    My pastor, two Sundays ago, gave a wonderful sermon - in 2 parts morning and evening - on Revelation 12 and 13. His main point was that the devil has a plan and though it will be bad .... God prevails, wins, and is sovereign. And that Christians are to stay steady in the word and walk with God through Christ.
     
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    Today, I was meditating upon Psalm 67.

    It brought to my mind the unfailing faithfulness of God.

    That He will purpose to be favorable even when humankind rebells.

    But more, that He will present Himself favorable that the people respond with praise.

    That the goodness of God leads, that the people may respect and honor Him.

    When will such happen?

    Not in the time of this era, but when God purposes all hearts to confess to His glory.
     
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    I Corinthians 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

    This verse challenged me this morning to consider those in my life who have gone beyond just being a teacher or an instructor, but have mentored me and have invested in my life to the same degree that a father would invest in his son.

    It also challenged me to do my best to form relationships with those whom the Lord has given me the responsibility to teach Instead of simply imparting knowledge and information to them.
     
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  4. Scarlett O.

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    Been blessed today with the reading and studying of Matthew 9:1-17.

    Blessed above measure to the point of crying. I can honestly say God spoke to me through his word this morning.
     
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    Monday, I took my wife to rehab.

    While sitting in the lobby, a young man who had experienced head trauma was brought back to the parents after a session. While talking, one of the parent's ask the physical therapist if the young man had told about talking to Jesus.

    The story goes like this.

    One evening, recently, the young man said, he was going upstairs to talk to Jesus.

    Sometime later he came down stairs, and the parent ask if he had talked to Jesus.

    "Yes," he said in his thick tongued way.

    "What did He say?" probed the parent.

    "I don't know."

    "Well, did He talk to you?"

    "Yes."

    "Can you tell me what He said?"

    "I don't know, He spoke in Spanish."

    :)
     
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    Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


    HankD
     
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  7. Martin Marprelate

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    'In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have over come the world.'

    I think it was A.W. Tozer who said that it is unlikely that God can use a man until He has hurt him deeply.

    Hast thou no scar?
    No hidden scar on side or foot or hand?
    I hear the talked as mighty in the land;
    I hear them praise thy bright ascendant star--
    Hast thou no scar?

    Hast thou no wound?
    But I was wounded by the archers; spent,
    I leaned Me against a tree to die, and rent
    By ravenous beasts that compassed Me about, I swooned.
    Hast thou no wound?

    No wound? No scar?
    But as the Master shall the servant be,
    And pierced are the feet that follow Me--
    But thine are whole; can he have followed far
    Who has no wound, no scar?
    [Amy Carmichael]
     
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    Would you see that more often the scars are self inflicted as a believer stumbles in sin, and must learn?

    Would it not seem easier to give an account for the scars from outside affliction then to grieve over that high we brought upon ourselves?
     
  9. Martin Marprelate

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    Both, I would say,
     
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  10. Scarlett O.

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    GREAT sermon today from my pastor. Text: Matthew 15:1-28.

    It was about being offensive and being offended.

    The Pharisees were offended at the disciples not washing their hands as per their man-made custom and they squawked about it.

    Jesus brought a message that was offensive to them even more.
    • THEY broke commandments for the sake of keeping their own fruitless works.
    • He called them hypocrites.
    • He said that Isaiah was talking about them, personally, when he spoke of people who worship vainly and emptily.
    • Jesus called a huge crowd together and began refuting their traditions and teaching that what comes from the mouth via he heart is what matters
    The disciples tried to stop Jesus and told them, "Hey, don't you know you are offending those guys?"

    Jesus just kept on going.....

    • He said they would be rooted up and he called them "blind guides" and claimed they led the Jewish people into the pit.
    • He said they were only concerned with what does into the mouth and that only ends up being excreted.
    • He said what should be the concern is the sexual immorality, lies, theft, slander, and more.
    WHEW!!

    Unfortunately, the Pharisees were to busy clinging to their offended natures to listen.

    But, in contrast, the next conversation we see if when Jesus "offends" the Canaanite woman from Sidon. She cries and pleads for Jesus to hear her and help her.

    • First, he ignores her.
    • Second, he doesn't stop his disciples when they try to shoo her away.
    • Third, Jesus says what he has is for the lost sheep of Israel only.
    • Next, he says that he doesn't give what belong to those children to the dogs.
    WHEW!!

    But, unlike the Pharisees, if she IS offended, which I don't think she is because she says to him that she understand he is telling he truth.....she keeps on and on and on and on .......falling at his feet, worshipping him, pleading and begging for his help for her daughter.

    But most of all, she keeps on calling him Lord.

    You know the rest of the story.

    My pastor says that if we read the Bible and listen to solid Bible preaching that we ARE going to be offended.

    Why?

    Because WE are offensive to God. And there are one of two ways in which we can respond.
     
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    1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV) Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

    I was blessed by the reading and study of these verses this morning.

    * Thanks for this thread Scarlet, I look forward to following it.

    Rob
     
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  12. Scarlett O.

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    Awesome sermon tonight on Daniel 10 - the spiritual warfare that we do not see. God's utilization of his angels. Our need to not stop praying. Our need for humbling ourselves.

    Read it today and pray about what God would have you learn from it.
     
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