HIDDEN JEWELS: When God Moves In

Does it interest you to have a look at old papers and read them? When I was tidying up the bookshelves at our house, I saw a box filled with old papers. Well, because I enjoy looking at old papers and reading things written several years ago, I took those papers out to see what was said in them. Most of them were my dad’s notes from his classes at Bible-Literalist Institutes, some were sermon notes, others were prayer bulletins dated thirteen to fourteen years ago, and there were a few articles of encouragement written to ladies. The precious little pile of written encouragement to ladies caught my eye, so I took to reading them. I was very much blessed and challenged with them, and I can’t see why I should not share this to others. The following is written as it is in the old copy.

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SERMON OF THE WEEK ON THE WEB: When God Moves In

Luke 6:46 KJV
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

As I read this verse, three things immediately come to mind—inconsistency, disobedience, and religious talk. How guilty God’s people are of all three! Ladies, our heavenly Father wants more than just our words; He wants our works. If you say you are a Christian, then your behavior must support that statement! And if it does, praise the Lord! This world desperately needs more reliable examples out of God’s people. Yes, Jesus Christ wants each of us to live a consistent Christian life, a life of steadiness. How are you doing so far? Though you might prefer to ignore the matter, your Saviour will call your attention to any and all inconsistencies in your life! The fact that this question rests on the pages of the Bible proves that the Lord wants us to THINK about this matter and come to a suitable conclusion. Could it be that you are to blame for making a few false professions? Do you claim Christ as Lord without following Him? Do you acknowledge God’s authority but fail to obey it?

Proverbs 26:23 KJV
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

Silver dross looks like the real thing but it isn’t! An insincere heart disguises itself behind lips that burn with religious talk. Countless Christians pay verbal tribute to the Lord, bearing witness before their local congregation and even a few lost people only to return home to their own way of doing things! We call God a lot of good names; we speak well of God’s Word and His works and sometimes even his workers. And this we do while employing impressive language mingled with emotion for impact. Yes, we’re really good at putting our lips in motion but we are extremely deficient in bringing the rest of our body under subjection! Somehow our actions lag way behind our warm and fuzzy spiritual chitchat. Are you to be counted among the hypocritical, dear lady? Will you be so foolish as to choose an irregular reputation for yourself?

Ezekiel 33:31-32 KJV
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after covetousness. [32] And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.

No matter the time period, it seems there has always been a difference between what folks hear in God’s house and what they do! Oh, they’ll come to church to worship and hear instruction and even ‘amen’ the preacher—but they’ll do nothing with the preaching! Many do not care for the subject of holiness personally; it isn’t real to them. Ladies, God expects us to fully obey the instruction of His Word, not merely attending church services out of casual curiosity or to appease Him. How much zeal and affection is behind your Christianity? Do you find in your heart a sincere desire to act upon God’s will, or is the gospel message just another pretty love song to you and church is just another pleasant weekly hobby? True subjection
to Christ is evidenced in immediate obedience and consistent obedience, not in a hearty Amen! or a vigorous nodding of the head. Your talk doesn’t validate your walk; your walk validates your talk. Every time we hear from the Lord, we should act upon His Word—without dragging our feet. What steps could you take to help insure that you don’t just hear God’s Word, but you also put it into practice?

Titus 1:16 KJV
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

People can be very religious yet still lack a real relationship with God. Many profess to know God, yet on a daily basis they deny and reject Him in their actions and attitudes. In the heat of the moment, all scriptural lessons, principles, and commands are often abandoned. And their scriptural unruliness is exposed little by little. Ladies, if we aren’t careful, we’ll become “split personalities” as we swear allegiance to one set of principles while living by another! Unfortunately, few consider the penalty they are facing for their inconsistent testimony. Are you prepared to answer to God for the way you are living as a Christian?

Hebrews 2:2-3 KJV
For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Even little children can tell you that you get into trouble for not being conscientious; have we adults forgotten this simple fact?? (Think about that while you are disciplining your children for not obeying your commands!) Ladies, let the Scriptures remind you today that if you choose to drift on through life neglecting to apply the truth you will suffer greatly. Christians who persistently snub God’s Word and God’s way will not escape His chastening hand! There are consequences for every transgression and God is stricter on those who know better but have done nothing with it. Are you embracing what God has offered, or are you neglecting it? Why call YE Him Lord and do not the things that He says?? Whatever the reason is, you better hope God approves of it.

Ye call me MASTER and OBEY me not.
Ye call me LIGHT and SEE me not.
Ye call me WAY and WALK me not.
Ye call me LIFE and DESIRE me not.
Ye call me WISE and FOLLOW me not.
YE call me RICH and ASK me not.
Ye call me FAIR and LOVE me not.
Ye call me ETERNAL and SEEK me not.
Ye call me GRACIOUS and TRUST me not.
Ye call me NOBLE and SERVE me not.
Ye call me MIGHTY and HONOR me not.
Ye call me JUST and FEAR me not.
If I CONDEMN you, BLAME me not!

Anonymous

*This was written to ladies, but there’s no reason why the men shouldn’t read them! It was penned to encourage us in the service of the Lord!

HIDDEN JEWELS: A Great Woman

Does it interest you to have a look at old papers and read them? When I was tidying up the bookshelves at our house, I saw a box filled with old papers. Well, because I enjoy looking at old papers and reading things written several years ago, I took those papers out to see what was said in them. Most of them were my dad’s notes from his classes at Bible-Literalist Institutes, some were sermon notes, others were prayer bulletins dated thirteen to fourteen years ago, and there were a few articles of encouragement written to ladies. The precious little pile of written encouragement to ladies caught my eye, so I took to reading them. I was very much blessed and challenged with them, and I can’t see why I should not share this to others. The following is written as it is in the old copy.

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What a privilege and honor it would be, to be called a great woman by God. There was such a woman in the Bible. In II Kings 4:8 it says, “And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman;…” After reading verses 8-37, I could see some of the reasons why she was called a great woman. So I wanted to share some of those things about this Shunamite, and may it be an encouragement to us women today.

In verse 8, this woman was considerate and very hospitable. She offered a meal to Elisha as often as he passed through, and that must have been quite a few times because the story says he passed by continually. In verse 9, she had discernment. She knew what it was to be holy. She apparently had a good relationship with God herself, for she was able to perceive that Elisha was a holy man of God. In verse 10, she first of all was meek, humble, and submissive to her own husband, notice she says, “…I pray thee…”, when asking about making the chamber for Elisha. Also in this verse, she was very giving, for she was willing to sacrifice time and expense to make a little chamber for Elisha, so he could be able to rest and study, (after she had fed him). This woman is really starting to make me look bad! In verse 13, she was a woman who was content with what she had. She didn’t make requests of what she wanted, even after Elisha offered to speak to the King on her behalf, she refused. The good thing about being content, is that God looks at us and delights in giving (the contented person) the desires of their heart, because in verse 16 this woman was surprised when Elisha told her she would have a son. In verse 20, she knew how to comfort, for she holds her son on her lap until he dies. She was a good and loving mother. You can also see she was a woman who could control her emotions, because in verse 21, after her son dies, she calmly lays him (notice now) on Elisha’s bed! She doesn’t start crying and falling apart (which I have to admit that would be hard for me not to do). This woman also had faith, for she knew Elisha could give her son back to her, so that is why in verse 30 she would not leave him until he came back home with her. In the last part of the story about this woman, I see how she was a very thankful woman. In verse 37, after Elisha had brought her son back to life, the first thing she did was to show her heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Elisha by falling at his feet. My question now is, could us women, be as this woman, and be called Great?

*Rose