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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.

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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

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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.

 

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The plumb line is used in construction to show a wall is vertically straight. We examine our lives by the plumb line given in the Word of God. Our goal as a Christian is to be as much like Jesus as possible in daily living. His character is righteous his judgments and words are faithful. He and His words can be trusted. The psalmist says he is consumed by his enthusiasm for the word when he sees the lost ignore God, His Word and His standards. He has a real dedicated love for the Word of God, remember in our own lives our actions demonstrate our love, not just our words. The question we must ask and answer for ourselves is do we cleave to the Word? Our hope comfort in troubles and anguish is in the Word. The psalmist ask for understanding and that can only come as we study and look to God to give us the needed understanding we need.“137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments. 138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful. 139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. 140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. 141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. 142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. 143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights. 144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.” Psalm 119:137-144

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Cycle of life. Commitment to follow God’s Word in life, to live according to His teachings, so our lives can receire His blessings. The times when we see ourselves heading, acting and thinking in ways contrary to the Christian life. There needs to be the urgency to turn back to His ways, when we began to wander, first starts in our thoughts. The old saying of “choose your friends carefully” is good advice. The psalmist gives two primary requirements to be taken; first friend that fear, respect and honor God. Is Christ and His Word a constant part of their lives in conversation. Usually people talk about what they love and what’s important to them. Second are they committed to living daily according to the precepts taught in the Bible, how close can they walk to the edge of possible wrong. The psalmist tells us that the mercies of God can be clearly see around us. His prayer is for God to be his teacher of His Word. We each have available to the greatest teach there is the Holy Spirit let us learn as He teaches. As we battle the inborn tendency to wander stay close to Christ in our daily walk. “57 Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words.58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. 59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. 60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. 61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law. 62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments. 63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts. 64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.” Psalm 119:57-64

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Teach me, to be taught one must realize their lack of knowledge and be willing to learn and with God obey. Give me, our prayer should be for the Holy Spirit to give us understanding as we read and study the Bible, with Him as our instructor any one can learn and understand the Bible themselves. He will give knowledge and understanding when we are willing to obey. Make me, because of our inborn nature to sin, we need help to keep us going in the way we desire. Our prayer is please don’t allow us to wander down the wrong path. Ours is a minute by minute battle as Satan seeks to get an inroad into each of our lives. Incline my heart we pray for God to keep our heart toward His way. Remember all Satan needs is a minute crack to the door of our lives, keep it shut tight and secure. Turn away my eyes from vanity help me to keep focused on the primary things of this life and eternity. Stablish thy word , let your Word be firmly planted with in my heart so I can think your thoughts in every situation I face in daily life and live accordingly. “33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. 34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. 35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. 36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. 37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. 38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. 39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. 40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness”. Psalm 119:33-40

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The Blessed Life

The Blessed life

How to be blessed in life, some Preachers on TV tell us how to get blessings from God, it’s usually involves sending money. But God has given us the way to be blessed in life in His Word, it’s simple and plain. Be undefiled, the little things we allow can lead to our defilement. A small crack in the door is all that Satan needs to enter and destroy, like a small leak in the roof or a house in time it will destroy. By keeping His testimonies, obeying what Christ says in the Word and His desires not just the 10 commandments.  By seeking Him with our whole heart, that is commitment on our part. We have an inborn tendency to wander in our own way, that we must guard against and keep close. For now our black lab will run off but when called comes back at full speed. Our other dog would wander ahead but kept looking back to see where were. We need to keep check on our closeness to Christ moment by moment.

 “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.” Psalm 119:1-8

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