|Posted by Diane Berry on July 27, 2019 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
The Bible says in Luke 14:18, "And they all with consent began to make excuse." You can define an excuse as- "a plea offered for release from an obligation or a promise." Someone has said an excuse is- "the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie." The picture in Luke 14 is a great supper being prepared. In the account, certain ones were invited to come and partake. They began to make excuses such as- "I have bought a piece of ground..........I have bought five yoke of oxen.........and I have married a wife (v.18-20). People are still doing the same thing today in our present day. Many will do anything or say anything to be released from obligations or promises. There are some things there should be no legitimate excuse for in this life. I. No Excuse for Failing to Be Saved. See Romans 1:20. There is no excuse for anyone who has reach the age of accountability remaining lost???even the heathen. If they will react as they should to the light God has given, God gives more light. We have a "whosoever" will Gospel to preach. Jesus tasted death for every man so that every man could have the opportunity to be saved (Heb.2:9). We are told in the Bible to preach the Gospel to every creature (Mk.16:15). To turn down God???s offer for salvation is a spiritually fatal matter. II. No Excuse for Forgetting God. In Jer. 2:32 God says, "My people have forgotten me days without number." To "forget God" is to take no note of, to fail to think of, to disregard or fail to notice. Our lack of prayer, our lack of persistence, and our lack of power shows we have forgotten God. Our generation could be indicted for the crime. III. No Excuse for Fretting Over the Past. Micah 7:19 tells us our sins are cast into the depths of the sea. They are forgotten. It is never God who recalls things from the past in your mind that will hinder your spiritual progress in the present. You can rest assured that is the job of the devil and his demons. It is amazing to me that God forgets our repented of sins; however, many men and women will not forgive themselves. If God has forgiven you, then forgive yourself. IV. No Excuse for Fear About The Future. I may not know what tomorrow holds but I know Who holds my hand. See 2 Tim. 1:7.
|Posted by Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church on May 8, 2018 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
He worketh (Ps. 37:5). The translation that we find in Young of "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass," reads: "Roll upon Jehovah thy way; trust upon him: and he worketh." It calls our attention to the immediate action of God when we truly commit, or roll out of our hands into His, the burden of whatever kind it may be; a way of sorrow, of difficulty, of physical need, or of anxiety for the conversion of some dear one. "He worketh." When? Now. We are so in danger of postponing our expectation of His acceptance of the trust, and His undertaking to accomplish what we ask Him to do, instead of saying as we commit, "He worketh." "He worketh" even now; and praise Him that it is so. The very expectancy enables the Holy Spirit to do the very thing we have rolled upon Him. It is out of our reach. We are not trying to do it any more. "He worketh!" Let us take the comfort out of it and not put our hands on it again. Oh, what a relief it brings! He is really working on the difficulty. But someone may say, "I see no results." Never mind. "He worketh," if you have rolled it over and are looking to Jesus to do it. Faith may be tested, but "He worketh"; the Word is sure! --V. H. F. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me (Ps. 57:2) The beautiful old translation says, "He shall perform the cause which I have in hand." Does not that make it very real to us today? Just the very thing that "I have in hand"--my own particular bit of work today, this cause that I cannot manage, this thing that I undertook in miscalculation of my own powers--this is what I may ask Him to do "for me," and rest assured that He will perform it. "The wise and their works are in the hands of God." --Havergal The Lord will go through with His covenant engagements. Whatever He takes in hand He will accomplish; hence past mercies are guarantees for the future and admirable reasons for continuing to cry unto Him. --C. H. Spurgeon