- Date: October 21, 2019
- Verse: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
We're going to look the lives of David and Asa and Jehoshaphat as we go on. We're going to look at a couple of other lives thrown in there. We're going to look at Elijah and Elisha, great men, mighty men of God, and try to identify every one of their failures and see if any of that happens to be in us. "When I come, will I find faith on the earth?"
There is particular incident in the life of Jehoshaphat we are all very familiar with in 1 Kings, Chapter 22.
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- Date: September 2, 2019
- Verse: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Luke 6:45)
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. It is the heart issues, here, that we are really talking about. What is in there comes out! Then we say, "Well, I didn't really mean it. Well, I'm sorry I said that." Well, it is fine to apologize. It is even fine to bring about a reconciliation of damages that have been done. But has your heart changed? Is that thing going to come out again next week and next week and next week? Listen to yourself. It is not about whether it is verbalized. It is whether it exists in your heart.
- Date: September 1, 2019
- Verse: "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." (Matthew 12:34)
Look over to Proverbs, Chapter 23 for just a moment. You want to know why many of us get ourselves in trouble by speaking so many corrupt words? It is because we don't have enough Bible in us to fill a conversation. The kingdom is not that important that it would be the source of our conversation. Tragically, the body of Christ and its edification and the glory of God is not our heart's treasure. We need to come to grips with some of those realities, and then change.
- Date: August 31, 2019
- Verse: “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” (Proverbs 13:3)
Look at James, Chapter 3, verse 8. We have read this passage a number of times already in the study. We see as the Holy Spirit is speaking to us, He says, "The tongue can no man tame." But God can! You might want to put that in there. In fact, in my Bible I have written there, "God can." With God, all things are possible! "The tongue can no man tame. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison."
Through this study, have you begun to be frightened of the tongue, this little member a little bit? You should be.
- Date: August 30, 2019
- Verse: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Ephesians 5:19-20)
Ephesians 4:30 says, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit." He goes into the next chapter and he makes this statement. He says in verse 17 of Chapter 5, "Be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." A lot of people want to know what God's will is. Here is the will of the Lord, "Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit."
Being filled with the Spirit is not all about just speaking in tongues. Thank God for our prayer language. We do not minimize it. We are surely not ashamed.
- Date: August 29, 2019
- Verse: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:29-30)
We have been talking about unity, of being in one accord, how important it is for us to come and find our place in ranking under the headship, the lordship of Jesus. He is the head of this great body, the church. We saw that anything that is done against the church is done against Him, and He takes it personally. Whenever we find ourselves being critical and defaming and causing strife and sedition and all of these different aspects that bring confusion into the church, we are sinning against His lordship. We are sinning against His sovereignty.
- Date: August 28, 2019
- Verse: “For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.” (2 Thessalonians 3:11)
In 2 Thessalonians we see there was disharmony coming into the church. Now, remember the church in Thessalonica was under great persecution. These epistles hold more information about the catching away of the church than any other passages. The persecution was so great that some among them in Thessalonica were being told that they had missed the rapture and that they were in the great tribulation. That's how bad stuff was.
- Date: August 27, 2019
- Verse: “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient…” (2 Timothy 2:24)
I've learned a lot about humility in these last number of years, and it's no longer just doctrine to me. I've learned that meekness is not weakness, and if the body can be brought together, two are better than one. How can we walk together if we're not agreed? It's the only way your marriages can last especially in this hour that we're living in, where everybody's personal agenda is being promoted. The woman's role: "I'm not fulfilling myself; I don't feel fulfilled unless I'm the CEO. I need to go out and get a job and use my talents and fulfill myself.
- Date: August 26, 2019
- Verse: “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
There is no higher calling or greater demonstration of Jesus' lordship than to humble yourself and to prefer others and make them big, seek their wealth and gain, not your own, speaking to edifying, ministering grace to the hearers. We talked about the tale-bearing spirit and what it can do, the damage it can do among us. Proverbs 18:8, "The words of a talebearer are as wounds [we talked about that], and they go down into the [heart]." All of us at one time or another have been slandered.
- Date: August 25, 2019
- Verse: “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.” (1 John 1:7)
We have the admonition in Ephesians 4:29 not to speak corruptly and, theologically, we all know this. We understand it but somehow make ourselves the exception because what I think just has to be communicated. "People are entitled to hear the truth, and all truth originates with me, my understanding, how I perceive, what I think." How about let's make it spiritual and holy? Why don't we kill one another over love? "They are not loving me properly," so we want to gossip and kill them, talking about how they are not showing us the kind of love we think we deserve.
- Date: August 24, 2019
- Verse: “Let no corrupt word out of your mouth go forth, but what is good unto the needful building up, that it may give grace to the hearers and make not sorrowful the Holy Spirit of God, in which ye were sealed to a day of redemption.” (Ephesian 4:29-30)
We want to guard against allowing the enemy into our midst. "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying…." Edifying, building up, always building up.
- Date: August 23, 2019
- Verse: “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19)
In this powerful passage in Ephesians, the Holy Spirit is speaking by the apostle. I love these words. In Ephesians, Chapter 4, verse 29, he says, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good…." Now, we said one of the ways that we can start off on the right foot is just speak fewer words. The Bible says, "…be swift to hear…." "In the [abundance] of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise" (Proverbs 10:19). Help yourself out; talk less. Talk less.
- Date: August 22, 2019
- Verse: “A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” (Proverbs 11:13)
We are admonished to look at our own heart. How many stories have you sent down the line? How many whisperers have you listened to or how many times have you been the whisperer? If there's a fault between you and a brother, go tell him. And anything else is sin. And there's no "wife clause." "Well, I'll just tell my wife." The Bible doesn't say you can slander to your wife. The Bible doesn't say that you have the right to be a talebearer and your wife be the recipient, or husband.
- Date: August 20, 2019
- Verse: “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” (Palms 34:16)
We talk about how we relate to one another, and it's important for us to understand that "in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin", how we just talk too much. The longer we don't talk about spiritual things, the more apt we are to say something we shouldn't be saying. So it's vital that we examine our hearts and find out where we stand today in the presence of God. Proverbs 13:3 says, "He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction." Powerful passage.
- Date: August 18, 2019
- Verse: “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.” (James 1:26)
In Ephesians the fifth chapter He says, "Listen, don't let these things be once named among you" (verse 3). Don't let this stuff go on, don't allow this "...foolish talking," verse 4 says, "…nor jesting," this nonsense, "…but rather giving of thanks." And He says again here, just like He did in Galatians, the people who do these things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
- Date: August 17, 2019
- Verse: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” (Ephesian 4:26)
We've talked about these things that we've found in our midst. We're been dealing with things in our midst of this same variety of which we're speaking. Strife, division, schisms, seditions. And we find it in every level from the youth to the oldest among us. And there's no place for this in the body of Christ. And we talk, and I believe that we're so sincere-I don't doubt that. I believe that we are thankful for one another. I really do, I believe that most of us here are truly appreciative of this family that God's given us. I believe that.
- Date: August 16, 2019
- Verse: “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesian 4:31-32)
Father, we come, we stand before You, and we stand in awe, for You are an awesome God! And You are holy. And Father, as we come before You, we are in awe of You, and we just thank You for Your great love and tender mercies for us. Father, we come, and we ask that You would remove that coal from the altar and put it upon our lips. O, Lord, we're a people of unclean lips. We so need the sanctifying of our hearts and our mouths, that we could see the Lord high and lifted up, that You would come into this place and shake us, Lord.
- Date: August 14, 2019
- Verse: “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8)
Do you know that one of your idle words, one of your flippant comments to somebody else can cause a wound in a brother or sister that will never go away? You can wound your brother's and sister's soul. And dear God, how this happens in our marriages! In a moment of just anger and wanting self to be somehow, "Look at me! Listen to me!" and to try to make a point we speak some harsh word or critical word. "Marrying you was the biggest mistake I ever made." That will never go away. "Sorry that we ever married.
- Date: August 14, 2019
- Verse: “Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.” (1 Timothy 3:11)
First Timothy 3:11, talks about the wives. It says the wives of those that are spiritually mature are the wives that are able to teach their children and train them up in the home. A good wife is not a slanderer, is sober, her life is disciplined and discreet. You'll notice the one thing that's spoken here about the wives and women in general as you look at so many of these different areas that's very interesting.
- Date: August 12, 2019
- Verse: “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” (Galatians 5:15)
We see the list and admonition in Galatians 5:19-21, that those that do these things will not inherit the kingdom of God. If you're involved in, if you're causing strife, you will not inherit the kingdom of God. If you've set yourself up in your own eyes as someone who is the authority, God's representative, the one who judges the actions of the rest of us here in this community, you will not inherit the kingdom of God.
- Date: August 7, 2019
- Verse: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 6:11)
We have been talking about the renewing of our hearts, a refreshing of the spirit for this hour, the age that we're living in. The Lord is building and working on His tabernacle for us, both individually and also the corporate body of Christ here and we are to be encouraged that He is the Master builder, and He's building that that will be for His glory. He said, "Upon this rock I'll build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18).