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17:17 A friend loveth at all times
18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a
friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
are supposed to be loyal, supportive, forgiving and they are supposed to
be there through “thick and thin”. Most of us wonder if we have ever
had a friend like that but the better question might be, “have we ever
been a friend like that?” We often hear that friends come and go but
that wouldn’t be true of the friend that Solomon wrote about in his
Proverbs (or his wise comments). Friends understand our faults and love
us just the same.
is one person who is like this, however, and He wants to be everyone’s
best friend. He also wants us to be His friend. We read about Him in the
Gospel of John chapter 15:
ye love one another, as I have loved you.
This is my commandment,
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his
lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have
heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Lord has done everything he can to be our friends. He showed Himself
friendly by dying for our sins and then by sending the Holy Spirit to
compel us to turn from our unbelief and sin to Him so that He could save
us. If we love Him, we can be His friend by keeping His commandment to
love one another. Salvation is by trusting in His death, but enjoying
our salvation and our friendship with Him is through loving one another.
If we are the friends that we should be, we will have a friend in the
Lord Jesus and we will likely make friends among those who believe in
of August 4, 2002
for God, his way is perfect (sound): the word of the LORD is tried (it
has been refined in the fire): he is a buckler (shield) to all those
that trust in him.
we really believe that God’s way is best for us today? Perfection here
could be translated sound. So, His way is best even when it doesn’t
seem to make sense. This verse is easy to enjoy when all things are
going well. But I wonder if we were going through the trials of Job if
we would believe that this is true. Perhaps that was the lesson that Job
needed to learn. We need to justify God when we think we understand what
He is doing and we need to justify Him when we don’t think we
understand. This is what trust is all about. Our promise is that He is a
buckler (or shield) to all who trust Him. He says He will protect those
who trust Him.
have recently seen a new born baby trust his mother and his father. The
newborn does not have any means of knowing whether the parents are doing
best but is completely dependent on them. We say we are trusting the
Lord for eternity but it is difficult to be the newborn baby in our
trust of the Lord and His promises right now, today. We are taught by
the world that God helps those who help themselves. God teaches that He
helps those who trust Him.
Lord knew the best way to save us. And that doesn’t make sense
naturally. God sent His Son to die for our sins instead of asking us to
die for Him or make some great sacrifice for Him. Trusting in the Lord
blesses us with eternal life or salvation. Surely God knows the best way
to lead us today.
of August 11, 2002
51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:
15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the
knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own
have a confession to make. I cannot tell a real diamond from a man-made
diamond. I do know there is a real difference in value, however, and the
real diamond can be detected by an expert jeweler.
have another confession to make. I cannot always tell a real Christian
from an imitation either. Paul apparently had this same problem because
he wanted the Corinthians to make a personal examination to establish
their reality. He already knew that some did not have the “knowledge
of God” because their lives and attitudes proved that they were not
real Christians. A true Christian is “honest” as we see in the 51st
Psalm. He is honest with himself and honest with God and as a result, he
will be honest with others.
like a diamond does not make a gem stone a real diamond. Looking like a
Christian does not make a person a real Christian. One who has “truth
in the inward parts” knows that as a sinner, he cannot save Himself.
He knows that the only one who can do this is the Lord Jesus Christ who
died for sinners. True faith in the Lord Jesus Christ gives peace with
God, eternal life, a desire to worship the Lord out of thankfulness, and
a love for others. Are we passing ourselves off as real Christians when
we know deep down in the inward parts that we are only imitating the
things Christians do? The reality of being a Biblical Christian should
not be taken lightly. Our eternal destinies depend upon having truth in
the inward parts. God knows the difference between the real and the
of August 18, 2002
we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of
the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation
through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.
have terrorism, child kidnappings, murders, rapes, earthquakes, forest
fires, floods and political unrest making the headlines every day. What
is this world coming to? The Bible says things are going to get worse
before they get better. Where does that leave those of us who have
trusted in the work and person of Christ for salvation?
1st Thessalonians, the Christians were worried about believers who had
died before the promised return of the Lord (John 14:1-3). Paul assured
them that whether they were dead or alive, they would be caught up when
the Lord returned for His church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Thus Paul
gives them hope (or a future that is bright.) Now Satan comes along in
2ndThessalonians and tries to convince them that the Lord’s return is
past and that they have already entered into the tribulation period. He
tries to take away their hope again. So Paul reassures them that they
may be going through tribulations but they aren’t going through the
prophetic period called the Tribulation. That day, he says, will not
come until there comes a falling away first (an apostasy, 2nd
Thessalonians 2:3). No, the Thessalonians were saved from the penalty
that they deserved because of their sins and they were saved from the
earthly judgments that will one day fall on Jew and Gentile nations
alike for having rejected God and His Son. This verse says that
believers are chosen to be saved from the trials of the Tribulation
period because they have believed the truth and have been sanctified (or
set apart) by the Holy Spirit to be delivered from that coming day of
gives us precious promises and Satan tries to get us to question whether
those promises are true. He uses circumstances, friends, the political
situation, and whatever else is useful to him to get us to question the
goodness of God. But God’s promises are true. We who are saved are
saved “to the uttermost“.
7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost (entirely)
that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession
of August 25, 2002