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“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another”. John 13:34-35

Note He did not say to love them:  if you agree with them,  if they are doing right , if they deserve it. He said to love others, period.

To love as He loved, He gave Himself for us and we did not deserve it, let’s repeat it enough to grasp that truth, we did not deserve it.

PLEA, PRAISE AND PROMISE

Psalm 67

THE PLEA vs 1-2

Our first relationship with God begins with our asking for His mercy towards us. We accept the fact that we have sinned and are under His coming judgement, hell for eternity. Its’ then we realize we have no other hope for forgiveness than Jesus Christ who paid our penalty for sin. We then ask God foe mercy, because we have nothing to offer for ourselves. Then rely on His promises that never fail. To know more about Him and His ways we must read/study the Bible ourselves time alone with the Bible and God.

THE PRAISE vs 3

Praise follow as knowledge of God and His ways increases.  He will judge all people with righteous judgement, His judgement will never be wrong . He knows the truth and all circumstances we face. He is in control of all that happen and also allows people to do wrong things. Remember the day is coming when all will give account for thing done whether good or bad. When we accept Christ as our and the only Saviour, our past sin is forgiven and He will remember them no more.  Now we our desire is to live in ways that will be pleasing to Him. Because of Christ paying the penalty for our sin we will praise and worship Him freely.

THE PROMISE vs 6

When we are in the right relationship with God that is nothing between us.  All sin unconfessed hinders that fellowship with Christ. The hymn writer Charles Tindley put it clearly in the hymn Nothing Between my soul and my Saviour.

  1. Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
    Naught of this world’s delusive dream;
    I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
    Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.
  2. Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;
    Habits of life, though harmless they seem,
    Must not my heart from Him ever sever;
    He is my all, there’s nothing between.
  3. Nothing between, like pride or station;
    Self or friends shall not intervene;
    Though it may cost me much tribulation,
    I am resolved, there’s nothing between.
  4. Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,
    Though the whole world against me convene;
    Watching with prayer and much self-denial,
    I’ll triumph at last, there’s nothing between.

Refrain:
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor;
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between

PRAISE TO GOD vs 1-2
Praise because of who he is and the love He has shown to /for us. True Christians should have joy because of our salvation from the penalty of sin. Our joy and thankfulness should not be silent. Share with others both believers and unbelievers what Christ has done and is doing for you.
WORSHIP TO GOD vs 3-4
He is awesome, we can’t comprehend how great and holy He is. It’s beyond our ability, but knowing what we do know through the Bible and creation around us we worship Him and give Him reverence. All will submit to Him eventually but for some it will be to late for salvation and forgiveness.
WORKS OF GOD vs 5-12
He turned the river into dry land for the Israelites to cross. He rules over all even the wicked He allows for a time. He secures the Believer so they will stand, He purifies us sometimes through trials.
OUR COMMITMENT TO GOD vs 13-17
When you accept His salvation and commit yourself to God, be sure to follow through with what you have promised. Share your testimony of what God has done for you to all people at every opportunity. Make opportunities, bring it up when talking with others.
OUR FELLOWSHIP WITH God VS 17-20
Unconfessed and unforsaken sin shuts the door between you and God. Confession to God opens the door between you and God, God will hear our prayers and show mercy to all.

Joyful, singing praises and worship go together when directed toward God. Christianity has joyfulness when we as His children come before Him, we come with Joy. False religions don’t have joy. They go before their gods with solemn fear with no joy. We are to have a certain fearfulness. But we come as His children without fearfulness. We approach without fear but with respect and love, we as His children know we are always welcome.

See His works of creation and power to open a river for the Israelites to cross over, the created universe and His love for us is beyond our comprehension.  He does what is needed for our good to bring us into the right place.

The psalmist declares that after the trials he would still worship and serve the God who keeps him secure. Then we have a sincere solemn warning —if we harbor wrong with our hearts God will not here our prayer request to Him. Don’t allow your problems in relationships with others be one of the things that hinder your relationship with God.  Let nothing come between you and God, keep the way clear.

1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: 2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.  3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.  4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.  5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.  6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.  7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.  8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: 9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.  10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.  11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.  12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.  13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,  14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.  15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.  16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.  17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.  18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:  19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.  20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

 

Psalm 65

Psalm 65
Praise, Power and Provisions
PRAISE because:
He hears our prayers.- Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me and I will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not” 1John 3:22-23 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment. That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another as he gave us commandment.” He hears our call in times of trouble, sorrow, heartache and our praise in times of joy.
He Promises forgiveness.- He forgives our transgressions (sin)we all have sinned. 1 John 1:9 “ If we confess sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
He seeks us.- He searches for all to offer the gift of salvation.- Titus 2:11 : For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” 2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some man count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
His Power.- He spoke and the world was created. In the storms at sea with the apostles, He Jesus spoke and the sea immediately because calm and peaceful. He can handle the mountains and seas we face daily in life, trust Him.
His provisions. – He provides all we need. He waters the earth to bring forth our food, He feeds the animals in the pastures . He (Jesus) God the Son came to earth, willing to take our place in God’s judgement of our sin. He was crucified on the cross in our place to suffer our penalty for our sin. Mathew 28. Each one must decide whether he will accept the payment for sin that Jesus offers to all. There is no other way. We can’t work to earn it, no religion or church can provide it. Our forgiveness comes only when we admit, confess to God our sin and ask His forgiveness. There is no other hope only forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Have you personally trusted Christ alone for forgiveness and salvation, there is no other hope.

Results of Alochol

Results of Alochol

I know that what I am writing may be offended and will also disagree with what I write. I am giving a first hand experience of what I have seen over the years and also what the Bible says on the subject . So please read and consider.

 My uncle, no use now in including his name. He was a good man willing to help others, good job and family, but would drink socially with others, that was the beginning. Over the years he would lose his job and family getting to the point of having nothing. Moved in with my Mom, he had nowhere else to go at the time. Alcohol had taken over his life. What started as pleasure had now become the controlling master of his life. Drink bottles were hidden by him in and under chairs in my Mom’s house. There was a time when I was called to drive downtown to look for him on the streets, if he had passed out. One time he was picked by the police lying on a train track in Hilton. The police were notified by train personal as the train passed him on the other track. Another time on a very cold winter day Mom called me to get him in the house, he was passed out in the garage drunk he would probably have died that night due to the cold. I went and carried and drug him into the house and placed him on a bed. In the garage where he was sitting there were two fifths empty and three full bottles, I poured the three out on the ground. I write this to show from  first hand experience where alcohol can lead anyone. Everyone in the beginning believe they would never go there they con control it, they are better than that. That’s Satan’s way to deceive he always lets some get by, their pass will influence others to drink and for some it will end in disaster. The above is just one example from my seventy seven years of observing.  Now I’ll just let the Bible speak for itself, with a few words from an old preacher of yesterday.

75 Reasons God Is Against Alcohol

 W. Albert Smith

Too long we have listened to the pious expression, heard from many quarters, which says, “Let the preacher stick to his Bible and leave the liquor question to laymen and politicians.”

One has only to examine the Bible to find abundant references condemning the drink evil. In fact, if the preacher is to preach the whole truth, and be fair with the Word of God, he must preach against sin.  I have taken Young’s Concordance and other helps, and have made a study of the Bible on the subject. It is indeed revealing! Here one finds scores of direct references comprising one hundred and sixty-two verses of Scripture. This is more Scripture than one will find on any of the subjects of lying, adultery, swearing, stealing, Sabbath-breaking, cheating, hypocrisy, pride, or even blasphemy.

Below Is a summary of these Scriptures for handy reference:

1. Genesis 9:20-26 – Here is the first mentioned drunkenness in the Bible. Note the concomitant immorality, – behavior ever since inseparably associated with alcohol consumption.

2. Genesis 19:30-38- In this instance drinking resulted in Lot’s debauchery of his own daughters.

3. Genesis 27:25 – Isaac was drinking wine when he blessed Jacob.

4. Leviticus 10:9 – Here is an express command not to drink.

5. Numbers 6:3 – No Nazarite should ever drink wine or liquor.

6. Deuteronmy 21:20 – Drinking leads to stubbornness, rebellion, and gluttony by young men; and brings dishonor to parents.

7. Deuteronmy 29:2-6 – Abstinence assures better knowledge of God.

8. Judges 13:4,7,14 – Samson’s mother; an example to all womanhood, was commanded to drink no wine. Was alcohol recognized even then as a protoplasmic poison, injuring posterity in the parents?

9. 1 Samuel 1:14-15 – Hannah, an example of all honored motherhood, practiced total abstinence.

10. 1 Samuel 25:36-38 – Nabal, a rich but churlish man who opposed David, died at the end of a drunken spree.

11. 2 Samuel 13:28-29 – Amnon, while in a drunken brawl, was murdered by his brother Absalom.

12. 2 Samuel 11:13 – Only by strong drink could David lead Uriah into a trap.

13. 1 Kings 16:8-10 – While a king was “drinking himself drunk” in his own home, one of his captains conspired against him and slew him.

14. 1 Kings 20:13-21 – No drinking army can hope to win battles. While Ben-hadad and thirty-two other kings were drinking themselves drunk in their pavilions, a small band of Israel’s men fell upon the Syrians and put them to flight.

15. Esther 1:5-22 – Drink wrecks homes and separates man and wife. At a drinking party which lasted a week, King Ahasuerus drunkenly subjected his queen to the beastly gaze of inebriated nobles and thus brought on the separation of the royal husband and wife.

16. Job 1:13-19 – The children of Job were drinking wine when blown away in a great wind.

17. Proverbs 4:17 – Through drinking the wicked become violent. They are bad enough at best, but drink leads them to violence.

18. Proverbs 20:1 – No wise man will take wine or liquor.

19. Proverbs 21:17; 23:21 – Strong drink leads to poverty.

20. Proverbs 23:19-21 – Young men should shun the company of drunkards.

21. Proverbs 23:29-30 – Strong drink produces woe, sorrow, contentions, babbling, wounds without cause, redness of eyes.

22. Proverbs 23:31 – We are urged not to look upon intoxicants.

23. Proverbs 23:32 – The Word of God says it hurts every one who drinks: it bites like a snake and stings like an adder.

24. Proverbs 23:33 – It fills men’s minds with adulterous and impure thoughts.

25. Proverbs 23:33 – It produces vain talk “every idle word” of which must be accounted for at judgement.

26. Proverbs 23:34 – It brings on insecurity.

27. Proverbs 23:35 – It brings on insensibility, which paves the way for every evil and dangerous act of the drunkard.

28. Proverbs 23:35 – It is habit-forming, one drink always calls for another.

29. Proverbs 31:4-5 – It is not for Kings, nor presidents, nor officials to drink.

30. Proverbs 31:6-7 – The only sanction given in Old Testament times for the use of strong drink was that it might be used as a medicine or anesthetic for those about to die. Let not one construe this as a command to take strong drink. We now have far better medicines and anesthetics than whiskey, wine or beer.

31. Ecclesiastes 2:3 – The writer of Ecclesiastes tried strong drink, but in the end was forced to acknowledge that it, too, is vanity.

32. Ecclesiastes 10:17 – Blessings are promised to the temperate and abstaining nation.

33. Isaiah 5:11-12 – Woe to the drunkards.

34. Isaiah 5:22 – More woes to them that drink wine.

35. Isaiah 22:13 – Drinking and carnality go together.

36. Isaiah 24:9 – Strong drink bitter to them that drink it.

37. Isaiah 28:1 – Woe to the drunkards of Ephraim.

38. Isaiah 28:3 – The pride of drunkards will be trodden down.

39. Isaiah 28:7 – Prophets and priests erred through drink.

40. Isaiah 28:7 – Prophets and priests put out of the way by drink.

41. Isaiah 28:7 – Prophets and priests finally swallowed up by wine.

42. Isaiah 28:7 – Drinking brings on spiritual blindness.

43. Isaiah 56:9-12 – Rebuke to drinking church leaders.

44. Jeremiah 35:5,6,8,14 – Total abstinence of the Rechabites cited as an example of obedience on the part of God’s people.

45. Ezekiel 44:21 – Priests are not to drink wine.

46. Daniel 1:5,8,16; 10:3 – God honored Daniel because he abstained from the king’s wine. Daniel, the man, was true to the home training he had received as a boy.

47. Daniel 5:1 – Belshazzar exhibited an example of a leader who drank and taught his people to drink. What of America’s leaders?

48. Daniel 5:2,23 – What becomes of a nation when its women resort to drinking?

49. Daniel 5:5-9, 26-29 – Ruin and downfall is certain to come to nations when their rulers and leaders cause them to drink.

50. Daniel 5:3 – Belshazzar’s sacrilege in using sacred temple vessels for liquor glasses.

51. Amos 2:8 – Wine of the condemned.

52. Amos 2:12 – Sin to give liquor to the priests.

53. Amos 4:1 – Oppressors of the poor and needy call for their liquor.

54. Amos 6:6 – Drinkers are not concerned about God, nor about the welfare of the people.

55. Hosea 3:1 – Part of the degradation of Hosea’s wife was induced by drink.

56. Hosea 4:11 – Strong drink and immorality go hand in hand.

57. Hosea 7:5 – King and people reproved because of their drinking.

58. Joel 1:5 – Drunkards called to awake from their drinking.

59. Joel 3:3 – Young womanhood sold for the price of strong drink.

60. Nahum 1:10 – Drunkards to be destroyed.

61. Hebrews 2:5 – Strong drink is a transgression against God’s law.

62. Hebrews 2:15 – It is wrong to give one’s neighbor strong drink.

63. Hebrews 2:16 – Strong drink leads to shame and humiliation.

64. Matthew 24:49 – Drunkards warned against the return of Christ and His judgement.

65. Luke 1:15 – Greatness of John the Baptist linked with his total abstinence.

66. Luke 12:45 – Christ warns against becoming enmeshed in drink evils.

67. Luke 21:34 – Warning against drunkenness and the cares of this life.

68. Romans 13:13 – All are admonished to walk honestly and not in rioting and drunkenness.

69. Romans 14:21 – Drinking will cause one’s brother to stumble.

70. 1 Corinthians 11:22 – The Lord’s Supper no place for feasting and wine drinking.

71. 1 Corinthians 6:10 – No drunkard shall inherit the Kingdom of God.

72. Galatians 5:21 – Revelers in drunkenness shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.

73. Ephesians 5:18 – Here is a direct command not to become drunk.

74. 1 Thessalonians 5:7 – Sobriety, as opposed to drunkenness, is enjoined upon the Thessalonians.

75. 1 Timothy 3:8 – Deacons must not drink.

by W. Albert Smith

OUR PRAYER

The psalmist has three request to God in his prayer, Hear me, preserve me, hide me. Sometimes when burdens and troubles come we also pray, God please hear me. We want assurance that he will actually hear and respond to us at that time. At these times we need to remember and rely on His promises already given in the old and new testament “call unto me and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not:” Jeremiah 33:3. “And  whatsoever you shall ask in my name that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye ask anything in my name I will do it” John14:13-14. These promises come with a condition “If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me. Ps 66:18 The prayer always heard is the prayer for salvation and forgiveness of sin, He is ready to hear.  Preserve me the psalmist second request, in this day and time there are many opportunities for every believer to go into sin. There is easy and “secret” access to things which will destroy our testimony and fellowship with Christ. The internet has opened the free opportunity for satan to publish his devices and also for every Christian to publish what Christ has done for him and will do for all. (Every Christian has a testimony of how you came to salvation, just publish if for others to see amd maybe be helped by it). We all are subject to fail so we constantly ask God to keep us from sin daily. Hide me if the psalmist third request, Satan the wicked one seeks to devour ( 1Peter 5:8)  at times he uses the influences of his own followers, people we know at times our own thoughts, our eyes and ears anything where he can get a small opening to gain access to our lives to destroy our walk with Christ. Our prayer is for God to protect us from Satan’s attacks. Let’s beware of the little things we allow.