Moses

Moses ranks along with Abraham, David, and Daniel as one of the truly great men of Old Testament times. His shadow covers many years of Hebrew history. His influence is felt in our courts of justice in the western world to this day. It all stemmed from a choice he made when he was “come to years.”
As we trace his life it is very evident that his decision was not a personal choice but rather a God directed choice. Because of the volume of material written by and about Moses we must choose which way we are going to examine his life. We could examine several areas, but today I want to look at his faith.
Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

 

Moses was fortunate to have believing parents. For them to hide their baby son where they did was an act of faith. It took faith to hide their son in the very place where other babies were drowned. The parents of Moses took him to the very last spot which human reasoning would have suggested.

 

The fear from the throne of Egypt was based upon the rapid growth of the Hebrew nation. The king’s first attempt to solve the problem was through persecution. He finally decided to kill all male children born to a Hebrew family. That is when his parents sought to save his life.

 

When he was born his parents place him a small reed boat among the weeds of the river. He was discovered by the king’s daughter when she came to bathe. Moses sister was watching over her infant brother. She was asked to find a mother to nurse the baby. So Moses and his mom moved into the palace. Where he was raised like a child of the king.

Later in life he saw a Hebrew man being mistreated by an Egyptians and killed the attacker. At that time he made a choice, to refuse to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

He eventually rose to become the leader that would direct the Exodus from Egypt.

The main lesson we can learn from this story is that no matter how our life beings, we can become a servant of the King of Kings. What plan does God have for your life? Are you willing to listen and follow God’s calling in your life? Like Moses, it may not be easy, but it can be blessed.

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The Key To Success

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

The basic thought of this passage is that a well-read Bible will lead to a successful Christian walk. Would you every set out for a trip to an unknown destination without instructions on how to get there? You might find yourself wandering aimlessly hoping that you would find a road sign to lead you. I am afraid there are far too many believers who live their life just like that. The main source for finding God’s leadership in your life is the Word of God. The casual Bible reader will struggle. However, those who have a regular time to meet God in His Word, find it far easier to determine God’s will for their life. I challenge you to commit this verse to memory and see what impact it has on your life. God promises good success to those who practice the truth of Joshua 1:8.

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Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Savings Time

That twice a year we set our clocks forward or backward by one hour.  This is a love/hate event for many people. It does not make a difference what we do; there is still a set amount of light and darkness every day of every year.  It seems like mankind always wants to improve on what our Creator has done. It is not just our clocks that we change. Today we want personal convenience. We want our lives to be easy and controlled by us.

The same applies to our spiritual life. We want an easy religion. We want to worship at a convenient time that fits our schedule. Many want a message that makes us feel good without changing our lives. Years ago I preached a message entitled, “The Modern Smooth Cross, a replacement for the Old Rugged Cross”.

The question we should be asking is not what I want but what does God expect of me. The answer is simple; we must let God control our lives.  If left to ourselves we may be happy for a while but there are consequences for living outside the will of God for our lives. The answers will be found in the Word of God. We need to make it a part of our everyday life, not just our Sunday worship.

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

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An Example of Godly Leadership

1And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel. 2And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken. 

The first thing we learn about Jehoshaphat is that he drew a line between Judah and Israel. Jehoshaphat strengthened himself not to act offensively against Israel or invade them, but only to maintain his own. He did this by fortifying the cities that were on his borders and putting more soldiers in the cities of Ephraim, which his father controlled, v. 2. He did not strengthen himself, as his father did, by a league with the king of Syria, but by fair and right methods, on which he might expect the blessing of God and in which he trusted God.

THOUGHT: Sometimes it is better to have a great defense than a strong offense. His goal was to protect his people, not start a war with Israel. So often in our day and age offense seems more important than defense.

The next thing we learn is he followed David’s example and worshipped Jehovah not Baalim. (plural of Baal)

3And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim4But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.

The Lord was with Jehoshaphat BECAUSE: He chose good over evil, right or wrong.

God blessed him in many ways because of his stand for the Lord, not false gods. He sought after God and walked in His commandments.

Remember at this time God’s people were supposed to live by the laws set down by Moses. Judah was far more faithful than Israel in these matters.

5Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance. 6And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah. 

Therefore (as a result) God blessed Judah and Judah blessed her leader. This encouraged Jehoshaphat greatly. It caused him to serve God with greater energy; his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD. One of the things he did was to set out to destroy the false religions in his kingdom. How did he want to accomplish this?

He sent godly men and Levites throughout the land to teach the Word of God.

7Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Benhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah8And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests. 9And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people.

Teaching (and preaching) the Word of God has always been part of God’s plan for His people. Friendship Baptist Church places a high value on the teaching and preaching of the Word of God.

THOUGHT: The poorly spoken Word of God is more powerful than oratory of man’s best manuscripts. The Spirit of God empowers the Word of God and changes people’s hearts and lives.

APPLICATION: Jehoshaphat, an Old Testament king, is a great example for believers today. A godly leader will inspire godly followers. In that case victory cannot be very far away.

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Faithfulness

I recently read about an old man, walking the beach at dawn, who     noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Catching up with the youth, he asked what he was doing. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left in the    morning sun. ‘But the beach goes on for miles and miles, and there are millions of starfish,’ countered the man. ‘How can your effort make any  difference?’ The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to safety in the waves. ‘It makes a difference to this one,’ he said.”

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.     

As we examine our lives in the light of God’s word there are many  subjects that call out for our priority. I think of our devotional  relationship; reading His Word and praying daily. I think of our  stewardship or time, talent and finances. In this verse it says that God requires faithfulness. Many a home has been shattered by an unfaithful spouse. Jobs have been lost because people were not faithful to their employer.

Being a member of a local congregation is an important part of our  spiritual lives. People expect me to be standing before them in this class every Sunday because that is my responsibility. I show up every week not because I have to but because I want to. Even if I was not the teacher I would be here unless I was physically unable or out of town. Faithfulness was something instilled in me by the man who taught me what it meant to be a believer.

I do it because I want to, not because I have to do it. I love this church. I love the pastor of this church. I love the people who make Friendship Baptist Church what it is. This city is filled with senior adults that need a spiritual home like we have. What effort are we making to invite and encourage them to attend our great church. Every member is a part of the answer we have to question, “How can we make a difference in the city of Owasso?” We, like the young man in the illustration, can make a  difference one person at a time.

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New Creatures in Christ

New Creatures in Christ

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 

If you were asked to tell someone everything that happened to us at the moment of your salvation we would have to plan on a long conversation. The first thing that happened is we were born into the family of God (John 3:3). Our old natural man died and a spiritual man was born (1 Corinthians 2:12-13). The Spirit of God takes up residence in our very being. He immediately sets about to make us uncomfortable with our old life. We now also have the ability to overcome those areas of our lives because of the power that dwells within us. This is followed by a desire to please God and not ourselves. We also receive a promise of a Heavenly home prepared especially for us by God (John 14:1-3). And so the story goes on. We must learn to appreciate all that God does for us and NEVER take anything for granted. We are truly, new creatures in Christ.

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Medicine for a troubled heart

John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also

This passage is one of the best know portions of Scripture. There are several very important truths in this passage. In these verses, there are two outstanding truths emphasized: first that of the Father’s house and second, our Lord’s personal return for His own. The Lord Jesus is addressing these words, of course, to all His disciples, but directly to the disciple, Peter, who was to deny Him in so short a time.

Faith in God helps us deal with the problems we face in our earthly lives. The greater the trial the greater the need is for our faith. We talk much about God being in control of the events of our lives. However, it sometimes stretches our faith when those trials become severe.

The great truth is we will never know how strong our faith is until it has been put to the test.

many mansions Literally this means dwelling places. This should not be confused with the palatial estates of the rich and famous. I can assure you once we get to Heaven we will not be comparing our mansions.

It will be made specifically for us. I go to prepare a place for you. Some believe that our mansions will be built with the material we sent ahead of us (our works). That makes for good preaching but there will be no competition in Heaven. There will be no rich and poor neighborhoods. Heaven will be more about the appearance of Jesus Christ than the mansions prepared for us.

I will come again The Bible is filled with prophetic references to the return of Jesus Christ. It is called our blessed hope. We do not know when it will happen, but Jesus Said it would so we should live in anticipation of that great event. These two short promises are great medicine for a troubled heart.

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