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Saturday, November 29, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? conclusion

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither
understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.


Conclusion

It's a dangerous thing when men seek to justify their actions with, "Oh, I think the Lord understands."

Micah 4:12. But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they His counsel: for He shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

Isaiah 55:9. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Psalm 14:2-3. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that does good, no, not (a single) one.


Better it is that a man say, Let me understand the Lord!

Psalm 119:27. Make me to understand the way of Your precepts: so shall I talk of Your wondrous works.

Isaiah 55:7-8. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD.


Understand this, O man:

Leave your way for the better way, God's way.

Come to Christ, and you will find mercy (God will not meet out to you your deserved judgment).

Come to Christ and you will find abundant pardon, more than enough to cover all your sins.



What does the Lord understand, O man?

"Come every soul by sin oppressed,
There's mercy with the Lord,
And He will surely give you rest
By trusting in His word." John H. Stockton 1813-1877

Friday, November 28, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? part 8

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.


What's the bottom line?

God understands everything is settled in His Son: Acts 16:31. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved....

What does the Lord understand about where I should be and what I should do? Micah 6:8. He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?


What is it to do justly? To do that which is right in the sight of God. (To satisfy God's exacting justice.)

What is it to love mercy? To love what God has done for sinners in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

What is it to walk humbly with God? To bow down, to confess our sin and our guilt, and to live as subjects of the great God.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

It's about me? or is it?

The Christian Gospel is about "the glory of Christ," not about me. And when it is - in some measure- about me, it is not about my being made much of by God, but about God mercifully enabling me to enjoy making much of Him forever.

This is an excerpt from page 16 of John Piper's book; Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.



What a magnificent statement about our glorious God!

I have 47 copies of this little book in paperback form. It's for you, just ask and I will drop one in the mail. Don't be shy.

What Does the Lord Understand? part 7

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.


What does the Lord understand about heaven?

Revelation 21:27. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

God understands that not all who are talking about heaven are going there -- only those who have their full confidence and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? part 6

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.



What does the Lord understand about soul salvation?

1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 16:31. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved....

Romans 8:1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

God understands that there is full salvation, the removal of all condemnation, through faith in His dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? part 5

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.


What does the Lord Understand about you?

Romans 3:23. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God...Romans 3:10. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one...

Romans 6:23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 John 1:7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Glory or Tragedy: Which one describes you?

I lifted these paragraphs from the beginning of a John Piper message entitled "Boasting Only in the Cross" from Gal. 6:14. You can read it or hear it in its entirety at his website; Desiring God



Three weeks ago we got word at our church that Ruby Eliason and Laura Edwards had both been killed in Cameroon. Ruby was over 80. Single all her life, she poured it out for one great thing: To make Jesus Christ known among the unreached, the poor, and the sick. Laura was a widow, a medical doctor, pushing 80 years old, and serving at Ruby's side in Cameroon. The brakes failed, the car went over the cliff, and they were both killed instantly. And I asked my people: was that a tragedy? Two lives, driven by one great vision, spent in unheralded service to the perishing poor for the glory of Jesus Christ—two decades after almost all their American counterparts have retired to throw their lives away on trifles in Florida or New Mexico. No. That is not a tragedy. That is a glory.

I tell you what a tragedy is. I'll read to you from Reader's Digest (Feb. 2000, p. 98) what a tragedy is: "Bob and Penny... took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30 foot trawler, play softball and collect shells." The American Dream: come to the end of your life - your one and only life - and let the last great work before you give an account to your Creator, be "I collected shells. See my shells." THAT is a tragedy. And people today are spending billions of dollars to persuade you to embrace that tragic dream. And I get forty minutes to plead with you: don't buy it.


Galatians 6:14 "But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. "

Monday, November 17, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? part 4

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.


What does the Lord understand about His Son?

Matthew 3:17. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased. [Fully satisfied, as one accepts something in full payment]

Matthew 17:5. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Romans 5:8. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.


"I gave my life for Thee,
My precious blood I shed,
That thou mightst ransomed be
And quickened from the dead."
Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879

God understands that Jesus Christ is His Son, His Messiah, the One to be heard, believed and followed.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? part 3

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL. The text is from Micah 4:12:

But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.




What does the Lord understand about the purpose of all things?



Isaiah 6:3. And one [seraphim] cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.


Romans 11:36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. [How different from the way this world sees it -- that all things are of its own doing, for its own pleasure, and for its own glory.]


God's purpose is to exalt His Son. Philippians 2:7-11. But [He] made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


God understands that all things exist for His pleasure, for His glory, for His Son's exaltation.

What Does the Lord Understand? part 2

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL. The text is from Micah 4:12:

But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.




What does the Lord understand about the heavens and earth?


God is Creator. Genesis 1:1. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."


God is sole Owner and Proprietor. Psalm 24:1-2. "The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods."


God's will is supreme. Jeremiah 18:6. "O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel."


God is to be respected, regarded: heard and heeded. Romans 9:20-21. "Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?"


God understands that He made this world, that it belongs to Him, and He has full property rights over all that is here.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand?

An excerpt from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL. The text is from Micah 4:12:

"But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor."


I have searched the scriptures and cannot find the understanding of the Lord. "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33)

Yet I hear men say quite often, "Oh, I think the Lord understands..." [Almost always in justification of something they have done or want to do.]

I thought it well to investigate this, to research what the Lord understands, and see if it at all matches what I hear people talking about-- what people are attributing to Him.

What does the Lord Understand?

The first thing that is obvious in the scriptures about what the Lord understands is that He is not thinking about a lot of the things that are occupying our minds.

He's not nearly as recreational as we are.

His logic is different:
He considers truth more valuable than creature comforts.
The gospel is more important than money.
Heavenly concerns are greater than earthly.

Is anyone interested in going on any farther? God's understanding is different than ours!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Psalm 129

The italics and bolded words are my emphasis as is the (reference verse).


Psalm 129

"Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth"-- let Israel now say-- "Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. (Phil. 1:6)

The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows."
The LORD is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked.

May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward! Let them be like the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up, with which the reaper does not fill his hand nor the binder of sheaves his arms, nor do those who pass by say, "The blessing of the LORD be upon you! We bless you in the name of the LORD!"

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Receiving

A thought from Charles Spurgeon



"As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord." --Colossians 2:6

The life of faith is represented as receiving-- an act which implies the very opposite of anything like merit. It is simply the acceptance of a gift. As the earth drinks in the rain, as the sea receives the streams, as night accepts light from the stars, so we, giving nothing, partake freely of the grace of God. The saints are not, by nature, wells, or streams, they are but cisterns into which the living water flows; they are empty vessels into which God pours His salvation. The idea of receiving implies a sense of realization, making the matter a reality. One cannot very well receive a shadow; we receive that which is substantial: so is it in the life of faith, Christ becomes real to us. While we are without faith, Jesus is a mere name to us--a person who lived a long while ago, so long ago that His life is only a history to us now! By an act of faith Jesus becomes a real person in the consciousness of our heart. But receiving also means grasping or getting possession of. The thing which I receive becomes my own: I appropriate to myself that which is given. When I receive Jesus, He becomes my Saviour, so mine that neither life nor death shall be able to rob me of Him. All this is to receive Christ--to take Him as God's free gift; to realize Him in my heart, and to appropriate Him as mine.

Salvation may be described as the blind receiving sight, the deaf receiving hearing, the dead receiving life; but we have not only received these blessings, we have received CHRIST JESUS Himself. It is true that He gave us life from the dead. He gave us pardon of sin; He gave us imputed righteousness. These are all precious things, but we are not content with them; we have received Christ Himself. The Son of God has been poured into us, and we have received Him, and appropriated Him. What a heartful Jesus must be, for heaven itself cannot contain Him!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Once for All!

"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God." Rom 7:4

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
Hebrews 9:27-28



Free from the law- O happy condition!
Jesus hath bled, and there is remission;
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Grace hath redeemed us once for all.

(Once for all- O sinner receive it! Once for all- O brother, believe it!
Cling to the cross, the burden will fall- Christ hath redeemed us once for all!)

Now are we free- there's no condemnation!
Jesus provides a perfect salvation;
"Come unto Me-" O hear His sweet call!
Come and He saves us once for all.

Children of God- O glorious calling!
Surely His grace will keep us from falling;
Passing from death to life at His call,
Blessed salvation once for all.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

From the pen of Pastor Mike McInnis

THE AGONY

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

Paul mentions a race into which the sons of GOD are entered in this passage and in another one. “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1Cor 9:24) In this particular passage (I Cor.) the Greek word translated race is “stadion” which is the root word for our English word “stadium”. He is here, reminding his hearers that we are pressing to the mark in a public display and should run or endeavor towards this mark with all that is in us even as those in a carnal race run to the finish line knowing that they must win in order to gain the prize. He goes on to say that they are to strive for the victory not as those who are just in training or shadow boxing (see v.26) but as those who realize that they are in a life and death struggle. (see v. 27)

The Greek word, however, which is translated “race” in our text in Hebrews is the Greek word “agon” from which we get our English word “agony”. So his meaning is slightly different here, which is supported by the context of what he is writing to the Hebrews. Here he admonishes his hearers to run with patience whereas before in Corinthians he exhorted them to run with great intensity.

What he is pointing out to them is that the elect of GOD are appointed unto great trials and struggles in this world. As he did at Antioch, “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” (Act 14:22) This is even the same thing that the LORD taught HIS disciples when HE said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

The natural religionists of our day preach a message which promises great ease and blessing to those who will obey the LORD and walk in some prescribed formula for blessing. Yet the LORD plainly taught, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Mat 10:34) “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matt 16:24) We are not promised a life of ease nor a release from troubles, rather we are appointed unto these very trials for our benefit and GOD’s blessing is plainly seen in the midst of those trials. “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” (1Pe 1:6-7) “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” (2Cor 4:17)

Those who have been born again by the SPIRIT of GOD are now entered into an agonizing conflict with their own sinful flesh which Paul describes as “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Gal 5:17)

They were free from this conflict when they were yet dead in trespasses and sins but when they were awakened and given eternal life that flesh which always dictated their every move without opposition is now stirred up to war against that principle of righteousness which is synonymous with the presence of GOD’s SPIRIT which indwells them.

These “new creatures”, which they have become, now receive the things of the SPIRIT (see I Cor. 2:14) and thus this continual agony ensues, as Paul describes it, “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Rom 7:21-24)

Now we would be totally overwhelmed in this condition and in despair if we were not also given a hope in our blessed DELIVERER as Paul goes on to say in v.25. “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Rom 7:25) Thus his exhortation here in Hebrews 12 is to run this race (agony and conflict) that we are appointed to; patiently and deliberately, looking unto our LORD JESUS CHRIST who has already run the same race for us, and has triumphed over our sin in our behalf so that we need have no fear of failing or falling into condemnation.

HE was tempted in all points like as we are yet HE committed no sin.

When HE was reviled HE opened not HIS mouth.

HE endured the ignominy and shame of the cross.

He bore all of these things because HE focused not on the agony that was involved but rather the fulfillment of HIS FATHER’s purpose as the scripture says “for the joy that was set before HIM.” This is the exact thing that Isaiah speaks about when he says, “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isa 53:10-12)

Now brethren if we have such a great HIGH PRIEST who has entered in once in to the Holy of Holies in our behalf, fully satisfying the law’s jot and tittle, how can we not rest in HIM who is our MEDIATOR and SIN BEARER? “But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”(1Pe 2:19-25)

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