Separation

Uh oh!  That is a ten letter curse word to some people.  Bear with me because a preacher has to preach.  Have you ever had to break off from a fond habit, a friend or even a family member?  It is one of the most difficult things we can do.  Let’s talk about that…

I have recently returned to my study of Ezra and Nehemiah.  Those God called men were burdened to rebuild the Holy city, Jerusalem.  The temple worship would resume, but first the Temple would need to be rebuilt.  But before that, the homes of the city would need to be rebuilt, but before that the city walls and gates would need to be rebuilt.  As we read through all the providential favor that the Lord provided to fund the project, find the willing, and further the work we see that there were constant enemies from the outside that had to be dealt with.  But, there were some things that were close to the children of the captivity that were not unwanted outside oppressors, but near attachments of idols which came from the intermarrying of the unclean Babylonians with the sanctified children of Israel. They were supposed to live separated from worldly pollutions.

As we come to Nehemiah chapter 9, we read a confession of the path of the captivity, a repentance of the sinful practice, and confession of the sinful alliance with people who dishonored the covenant of the Lord.  Then they prayed unto the Lord and did what we used to call a Re-dedication to the Lord.  They were still His people and He still loved them but they through rebellion had become captives in a foreign land.  While in captivity they had adopted the ways of their captors.  But all of that required repentance and a separation.  Chapter 10 verse 28 says that all the people “separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God“.  They said in verse 30, “we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land nor take the daughters for our sons.”

If our churches are going to come under the repair that they need, there must be some families and individuals who are willing to separate from worldliness.  If the enemies are going to be fought off there are going to have to be some walls and gates installed to keep harmful things out and protect the precious things that are within.  If the repair will be complete there must be a separation from the things we have learned from the world.  Sadly, there will also be some personal influences that we must separate ourselves from.  To be clear, God is not looking for hermits but he is in search of someone who will cleanse their temple (chapter 13), set things in order and not ‘marry themselves’ to the world in word, practice or appearance.  We are in the world but not of the world. ( John 17:14-16, I John 2:15-16).

What do we need to separate from?  You don’t need a list from me.  What is going in us; eyes, ears, mouth, heart?  What have we married ourselves to (not just in matrimony)?  What would hurt to let go of or put away from our life?  What do we love or allow in our lives that the sinful world loves and allows?  If we pray, the Holy Ghost will show us.

God Bless You!!

BroAdamB

 

Bread

Our hope and prayer for you today is that the bread of life will be broken at your church to the nourishing of your soul.  Physical Bread that we eat has to be broken down for us to be able to swallow it.  Let’s talk about that…

Several times in the gospels, the Lord Jesus took break, blessed it, broke it and gave it to His disciples.  In Matthew 14 the Lord took the bread, looked to heaven and blessed the bread, broke the bread and gave it to His disciples to give to the multitudes.  As Jesus gathered with His twelve disciples in chapter 26 verse 26 He took bread, blessed it, and broke it as a symbol of His broken body and gave it to his disciples.  Finally in Luke 24 after a journey down the road to Emmaus, Jesus went to supper with two downtrodden disciples. He took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them.  As soon as He did, their eyes were opened, “and they knew him.”  Did you notice a pattern?

In every one of these instances of the New Testament, Jesus did the same thing.  He Took The Bread.  The bread is symbolic of the scripture, The Bread of Life, the living word, Jesus Christ.  We must take the Word into our hands for it to make a difference in our hearts.  Next, He Blessed The Bread or Gave Thanks for the bread.  How do we view the Word of God.  How thankful are we for the Word of God in all its aspects of instruction, doctrine, correction, reproof, rebuke and exhortation?  Then Jesus Broke The Bread.  His body was broken for our salvation.  When we take the Word, and we thank God for the blessed Word, the Holy Ghost will break it into pieces that we can chew on and swallow.  Oil is a type of the Holy Spirit in the scriptures as used for anointing, joy and healing (I Samuel 16:13, Ps 45, Lu 10) .  Nothing helps fresh hot bread go down like dipping it in olive oil.  When the Bread is Broken and soaked in the oil of the Spirit it makes it much easier to chew and swallow.  Finally, Jesus Gave The Bread to His disciples.  Jesus has given us His Word.  In a day when it seems the word of man cannot be trusted, we can be thankful that God has given His Word that we can trust.

So, if we Take the bread, ask that the Lord Bless the bread, ask the Spirit to Break the bread, and Give us the bread what will happen?  The same thing that happened when Jesus did the very same thing in the gospels.  We will be nourished by the Word, we will find our salvation in the Word, and Jesus will reveal Himself to us in His Word (Luke 24:30-31). In the coming days that we celebrate Thanksgiving, we should take the precious Bread of life in our hands and thank the Lord for nourishing us, revealing Himself to us, showing us salvation in His Word, and then give it to someone else.

God Bless You,

BroAdamB

The Point

Our hope and prayer is that the witness of the Holy Ghost inside you has calmed fears, eased burdens, driven away doubts, prompted praises, challenged unto commitments, and imparted peace beyond understanding.  ‘Preacher, I have no idea what you are talking about.  I never get relief inside.  Could it be that I am not saved?”  Let’s talk about that…

These last few days I have attempted to mine out the abundant treasures of Paul’s writings in Romans.  It is always intriguing to me how Paul, through inspiration of the Holy Ghost, justifies faith in Christ as the exclusive avenue into salvation.  He explains how it was not Moses’ law, nor Abraham’s works, nor an earthly bloodline that insures a place in God’s heaven, but faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Look at this verse in chapter 4 verse 16.  “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is in the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all;” He went on to say in verse 20 “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.”  Then verse 24 says, “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;”

Have you put your faith in Christ?  Let us not assume that people who put Bible verses on their FB page are saved.  I cannot truly know the depths of your heart, if you are saved, but you know.  Possibly you have a question in your heart that will not go away, “Am I really saved or not?”  THE QUESTIONS:  Either your communion with the Lord is distant and you need to come to a place of repentance and rededication of your commitment, restoration of communion and communication with the Lord.  This happens many times with new Christians who are unfamiliar with the daily conviction of the Holy Ghost for the slightest of sins.  If you have ever been saved you cannot get unsaved.  You just need to make things right.  The only other explanation for the lack of peace, silence of the Savior concerning your problems, and absence of any assurance is that you are lost.

THE POINT:  Have you placed your faith on the Lord Jesus Christ?  It is possible to be certain (I John 5:13).  When I got saved, I remember being under conviction.  I was uncomfortable, had unbelievable uncertainty about what would happen if I died.  I prayed a prayer that I could not recite to you right now, but I repented of my sins and asked God to save me.  I believed He would and He did.  If you are not saved, Jesus Christ will do the same for you.  Why wait?  Pray now.  If you have questions you can call me or email me (I will put that info below).  I pray that if you are lost, today will be the day you call on His name for salvation.  Is he speaking to you?  He is the Answer.

This is one post that I would ask that you share because this is The Point of our life, to be saved and tell others how they can be saved.

God Bless You,

BroAdamB

615-785-5682 / broadamb@gmail.com

 

Invisible

Our hope and prayer is that you got the most out of that extra hour of beauty rest this Sunday morning.  You will get up and go through your Sunday morning rituals of preparing for services at your church, making sure that everything looks just right.  I believe that we should do the best we can to look the best we can when we meet with our church family, but the most important part of our preparation may be things that are invisible.  Let’s talk about that…

Yesterday morning I was fortunate to feast on Romans 1 and found myself hung up on verses 19 and 20 which talk about “the invisible things” of God.  One of the obstacles that the lost and found world cannot get past is that we cannot see what God looks like.  Well, verse 19 tells us that there are things “which may be known of God”, because He has shown them to everyone.  In Genesis 1:26 “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”  Jesus came to earth as a man, not a cow, bird, fish, planet, star, river, cloud or any other of His creation.  Verse 27 says “so God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them.”  When you look at God’s creation you can see what you cannot see about Him.  Man looks like God, with the after effects of the curse of sin.  God is the image of man in fullness of perfection.

But, what about those Invisible things.  We cannot see God’s physical body, but there are invisible things about God and people that we can see.  A person’s Intellect is invisible, until they open their mouth (Mt 12:34, Prov 10:14).  I say there are two things you cannot hide, money and ignorance.  They will always show up.  A person’s Intentions are invisible, evil or good (Col 3:17, I Jn 3:18, Ps 28:4), but they will eventually manifest themselves.  A person’s Immortality is invisible.  The condition of the soul is a hidden matter between the soul and the Savior, but may be seen in the fruits of their life (Gal 5:22-23, II Tim 3:1-5, Phil 2:12).  A person’s Influence may be invisible until many years pass by (Prov 27:17, Mk 10:28, Prov 12:11, Gal 5:7).  All of these things  are inanimate aspects that we cannot hold in their hand. BUT, we can see them in what is manifested, made, revealed… what is created in and by a person’s life.

Same with God.  We cannot see His face (Ex 33:20-23) but we can see Him in His creation, what is manifested, made and revealed for all to see.  His Intellect is seen in His WORD (Ps 199:140) and His physical creation (Psalm 8:3, 19:1).  His Intentions are revealed in the fruit of those that He has created (Psalm 51:10, Mt 12:34, Rom 2:6).  His Immortality was made known when Jesus rose again from the grave.  His Influence shows the ‘eternal power and Godhead’ of the creator (Ps 23:2, 139:10, John 10:27).  We can see all these invisible aspects of God in what he creates and has created.  The same can be said about us.  The invisible things of our lives, our intellect, intentions, integrity can all be seen in our inventions, what our life creates.

As we go about getting the ‘seen’ things of our self just right this morning, let us take stock of the Invisible things of our life.  Think about the manifestation of what you create; peace or conflict, selfish things or selfless things, eternal or temporal, deception or transparency, truth or fallacy, a worthy vessel or a whited sepulcher, friends or foes.  What we create reveals the invisible aspects of our life.  Be sure just as the heavens declare the glory of God, that your life declares the invisible parts of who you really are.

God Bless You,

BroAdamB