Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Results of Not Contending

Temple Baptist Church - 4-13-2016
Jude 5


Introduction:

A.  There is quite a bit of unnecessary confusion in the verses following verses 3-4 that have brought about controversy among preachers.  Jude lists 3 distinct kinds of examples in the following verses that are different and yet have one thing in common.  All three left their first estate. 

B.  I want to separate the 3 in order to get to the truth of what Jude is saying because people have drawn unbiblical conclusions from these verses.

C.  As Jude exhorts the saved to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered, he warns of two types of people: those who will not contend for the faith and those who try to destroy the faith.  They are distinctly different!

D.  Jude uses three Old Testament examples in the following verses:

1.  The Old Testament saints who rejected the promises of God and refused to go into Canaan.  These brought about a temporal judgement upon themselves as they wandered and died in the wilderness, therefore missing the perfect will of God in their lives—the Promised Land of Canaan.

2.  The angels who left their first estate and rebelled against the authority and person of God thus bringing upon themselves the eternal damnation of hell.

3.  The sodomites of Sodom and Gomorrah who left their first estate, that which follows nature, going after strange flesh, that which God denounced as an abomination.   Thus bringing upon themselves the eternal damnation of hell.

E.  I want to deal with these three individually and then come back to those in verse 4 who have crept in and tried to destroy the foundations of our faith.  Though God holds everyone responsible for that which He has given to them, the judgment of the child of God is different from the judgment of those who are not saved.  Ours is temporal while theirs is eternal!

F.  I want to make an application in Luke 12:48:  “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

G.  Jude now puts God’s children in remembrance of something that they already know and uses an Old Testament example from the Book of Numbers.  Israel has come to the border of Canaan, sent out 12 spies, and gotten their report.  All 12 reported Canaan as a good land, flowing with milk and honey.  10 spies also reported that Israel was not able to take the land as God had promised while 2 spies, Joshua and Caleb, exhorted the people to go in immediately and take the land.  We are all familiar with the story but I want to look at some verses:

Numbers 14:26-35  And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,  (27)  How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.  (28)  Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:  (29)  Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,  (30)  Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.  (31)  But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.  (32)  But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.  (33)  And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.  (34)  After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.  (35)  I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.

H.  The Old Testament saints saw the miracles of God and had the promises of God but still refused to enter Canaan.  God chastened them by turning them back into the wilderness to die.  Their judgement was a temporal one.  They did not die lost; they died out of the will of God for their lives because they did not take care of the responsibility that God had given to them.

I.  The application of verse 5 is to those who fail to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered.  As God promised Israel that He would bring them out and take them into the Promised Land, God has also placed us in trust of His promises of salvation and a victorious life in Christ through the faith once delivered.

1.  God saved us through the efforts of others who earnestly contended for the faith once delivered.  The price that was paid to bring the Word of God along with the gospel to us that we might be saved was horrendous! People died for the Word of God; people died for their confession of faith; people died that we may eternally live.  We are debtors to our generation to contend for and to maintain a clear path for them to follow through our King James Bible.  If the generation that preceded us gave their lives for the Word of God, can we do any less?

2.  We are now responsible to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered that our posterity might know the truth and be gloriously saved.  How shall they believe on Him without hearing about Him?  How shall they believe on Him if the Word of God is not preached in all of its purity?  How shall the Word of God be preached if we are not willing to pay the price of earnestly contending for it?  As we have placed our faith in Christ Jesus through His Word, we now bring that same Word to others.

3.  If we choose not to pay the price for earnestly contending for the faith once delivered, we will no longer remain in the will of God and thus bring upon ourselves the judgment found in the Word of God.  We will remain saved because salvation is not the result of our personal merit but rather completely anchored in the finished work of Christ and the amazing grace of God!  I fear that too many of God’s children are now dying in the wilderness instead of rejoicing in the faith that brings victory over the world.

Conclusion:  Someone once said that Christianity is always just one generation from extinction.  Let us pay the price for contending that others may hear and live.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pray Without Ceasing

Temple Baptist Church - 4-10-2016
1 Thessalonians 5:17


Introduction: 

A.  Prayer is probably the most important part of the life of a Christian as it is the means through which we personally commune with God.  There are several kinds of praying found in the Bible.

1.  There is the model for praying.  Many call it the Lord’s prayer but it is actual a model for prayer given by our LORD to His disciples in answer to their request: “Lord, teach us to pray!”

2.  There is closet praying.  A time when God’s people get alone with the LORD on a regular basis and, for the most part, at a set time.

3.  There is public praying.  This can cover a variety of prayers from blessing our food in a group setting to opening, closing, and praying during church services.  Once upon a time, long long ago, people began school classes, ball games, and public events with prayer.

4.  There is corporate praying.  Often done in prayer rooms or on the altar of the church when many of God’s people pray together.

B.  All four of these can be a part of praying without ceasing.  I want to take a short look at what it means to “pray without ceasing.”  In order to do that, once again, I want to go back to the Book of Genesis.

1.  The First Mention of walking and talking with (notice now with) God.  Genesis 3:8-9  And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.  (9)  And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?  (Adam and Eve knew the Voice of God and were used to walking with Him in the Garden.  This shown in the question, “Where art thou?”  God knew where Adam was but wanted Adam to know that he was not where he normally was when God came as the Voice or spoken Word.  The First Mention of “walking” is tied with the “Voice” of God and conversation.  It will never vary as “walking with God” and prayer go hand-in-hand.)

2.  The First Mention of prayer or “call upon the name of the LORD.”  Genesis 4:26  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

3.  The First Mention of “walked with God.”  Genesis 5:22  And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

Genesis 5:24  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Genesis_6:9  These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

C.  As we look at this command to pray without ceasing, we need to understand that praying without ceasing has to do with our walk with God.  Walking with God is both speaking and listening!

D.  In order to cease from praying, one must first begin to pray.  I understand that there are some who never pray for any reason.  Their salvation is between them and LORD but it is hard to comprehend a child of God who never speaks to his or her Father!  Our children still call Barbara and myself to talk.  As long as our parents were alive, Barbara and I called them every few days to talk.  Not to talk to our heavenly Father makes no Biblical sense to this pastor!

E.  It is a common thing for people to begin to pray and then to cease praying or the Holy Ghost would not have addressed the issue here in 1 Thessalonians.  I do not think that it means that the child of God never prayers but that, when praying in a certain manner to obtain a desired result, they eventually give up.

F.  God’s way is not our way and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  When God answers our prayers, it will be according to His will—His way—and His time!

1.  Don’t Ever Get Discouraged.  One of my grade school teachers checked on my report card “Gives up too easily.”  We live in a “GOTTA HAVE IT NOW” society because things are so convenient.  God’s ways are truly not our ways, His thoughts so much higher than our thoughts, and His time often tries the patience of the saints.  If you need or desire something, keep asking for it. 

Hebrews 10:35-36  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.  (36)  For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

2.  Don’t Ever Quit Asking.  James 4:2b says, “Ye have not, because ye ask not.”  This does not mean that we receive everything that we ask for and it does not mean that God will never give us good things unless we ask for them.  It means that we must be specific in our prayer life!  A wise man once said, “If you don’t ask the question, then the answer is already no.”  God wants to give us good things and, according to His will, will give to us the desires of our hearts.

Matthew 7:7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

3.  Don’t Ever Give Up on God.  Always be open and expectant to what God is going to give to you.  He loves us with an everlasting love and desires only good things for His children.  

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “ Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”  When you have a heartfelt desire for something, keep on asking!  God may not answer the way that you think He should but He may show you “great and mighty things, which thou knowest not!”
Luke 18:3-7  And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.  (4)  And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;  (5)  Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.  (6)  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.  (7)  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

G.  Pray Without Ceasing For:

1.  Our family needs our prayers.  We have so many lost loved ones: husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents.  Never give up.  Never cease to call their names out to God.  Never cease to expect God to do what we ask of Him.

2.  Our Church needs our prayers.  We need each other.  Pray for one another. Pray for your pastor.  Pray for our missionaries.  The church is a vital part of our lives as God’s children and pray is essential.

3.  Our Nation needs our prayers.  America is in bad spiritual condition tonight.  That is why God commanded us to pray for those in authority and those who serve and protect.  Never stop because we do not know what or when God may give us a miracle.

The Establishment Of The Home

Temple Baptist Church - 4-10-2016
Genesis 2:18-25


Introduction: 

A.  So often, I use what is called the Principle of First Mention in both my personal Bible study and also in my sermon preparation. 

1.  If you want to know where God stands on that particular subject, then you must accept what God says in the Bible concerning it.  When studying a certain topic, you need to look at the continuous thread throughout the Bible and begin with the first mention of that particular subject. 

2.  This morning, I want to reestablish the importance of your home or any home.  God’s Word has declared marriage to be honorable in all.  It is a divine institution, ordained of God in the Garden of Eden between the first man and woman.  Marriage is God’s institution as He established it.

3.  Its parameters are simple: one man, one woman, for a lifetime.  Simple enough?  I know the world does not like what God says on the subject but, as His children, it is important to you and I.

B.  In Gods order, we find the importance of the home.  It was the first institution that God ordained!

Genesis 1:27-28, 31  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  (28)  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth … (31)  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

C.  Genesis 2 begins with the Seventh Day.  All is now finished and nothing to be added to it.  In Genesis 2:4, God continues to give description to all that He had done in days 1-6.  In verses 21-25, the Lord gives more detail concerning the marriage and home that He instituted in chapter 1.  God had already declared it very good.

D.  In the New Testament, our Lord selected the marriage to be the emblem of the union that binds together Himself and His own ransomed Bride, the Church. ** (Eph 5:22-33)

1.  The Home Is Important To Our Spouses (a haven of peace and rest in a wicked and weary world)

2.  The Home Is Important To Our Children (a nest of safety, stability, provision, and instruction)

3.  The Home Is Important To Our Churches (a type of the relationship of Jesus Christ to His Church)

4.  The Home is Important To Our Nation (a stabilizing force in unstable days)

5.  The Home is Important To The Lord (He established it in wisdom)

E.  The Establishment Of The Home:

1.  The Home:  A Place Of Companionship “It is not good that the man should be alone”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-11  Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.  Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

2.  The Home:  A Place Of Divine Order “I will make him an help meet”

1 Corinthians 11:3, 7-9  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God … For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.  For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.  Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

3.  The Home:  A Place Of Completion  “An help meet for him”

Proverbs 18:22  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

1 Corinthians 11:7  For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

4.  The Home:  A Place Of Oneness “He took one of his ribs … bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh”

1 Peter 3:7  Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

5.  The Home:  A Place Of Approval “Brought her unto the man”

Genesis 1:27-28  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

6.  The Home:  A Place Of Separation “Leave his father and his mother”

Proverbs 5:18  Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

Genesis 24:58-59  And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.  And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men.

7.  The Home:  A Place Of Cleaving “Cleave unto his wife” (to stick with or to stay close to)

Matthew 19:6  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Romans 7:2  For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

8.  The Home:  A Place Of Union “They shall be one flesh”

Ephesians 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Genesis 4:25  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

9.  The Home:  A Place Of Beauty “And were not ashamed”

Hebrews 13:4  Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.  (Intimacy outside of marriage is dirty, defiling, and to be hidden in the dark – Intimacy in the marriage is beautiful and fulfilling.)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Creepers

Temple Baptist Church - 4-6-2016
Jude 4


Introduction:

A.  We have been looking at verse three and the words “that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” 

1.  The context continues as verse 4 begins with the conjunction “For.”   Now, the Holy Ghost gives a very vivid description of some of whom we contend.  “Certain men!”  These men are a very distinct breed and, to the mature Christian, easily discerned. 

2.  That is why “creepers” who come into the church and try to hurt it prey upon spiritually immature people who are enthralled with their presence in the church.

B.  Let us look at their infiltration. 

1.  They are disguised.  Matthew 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (It is of great spiritual value to us to remember that God likens these “creepers” to ravening wolves.)

2.  In the First Mention of wolves in the Bible, God explains the person, desires, and work of false prophets.  Ezekiel 22:27  Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

C.  “Crept” - Crept means very slowly.  I watched a special once about a Marine Sniper in Viet Nam who moved across an open field to his FFP (Final Firing Position).  It took him 3 days!  With enemy patrols walking within feet of him, he moved so slowly as to remain undetected.  God’s men constantly “patrol” the churches keeping a vigilant watch for “enemies” of the church but creepers may continue to be undetected for long periods of time.  They “root” themselves within the church and then, because they have gained the love and respect of the people, become dangerously hard to remove.

D.  “Unawares” -  means that they kept a low profile.  Occasionally we have a “Diotrephes” come into the church that may be well educated but not that intelligent.  They believe that they can step into a church where the pastor has been there 25-30 years and begin to take over immediately.  These people cannot help a church but they also do not hurt the church.  I just explain things right and they normally move on.

E.  The dangerous ones are the “creepers” who come into a local church and for many years keep a low profile but gradually, as they strengthen within the church, begin to try to challenge the pastor, doctrines, or traditions that are right ones.  These men are “of old ordained to this condemnation!”  This phrase has nothing to do with the doctrine of Calvinism.  It means that these kind of men were prophesied long before they were born.  Not the individual but the type.  The act of murder has always been condemned but men then choose to commit murder fulfilling the condemnation.

F.  That is why, in the next phrase, they are described as “ungodly men.”  They made a life choice and now fulfill biblical prophecy with their deeds.  They now turn the amazing grace of God into the sinful license that fulfills their ungodly desires.  God grace is sufficiently abundant to cover all of our sin but to use the grace of God as liberty to sin is wickedness.

G.  In so doing, these “creepers” deny “the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”  If God is Lord, then He is final authority.  If Jesus Christ is Lord, then He is final authority.  God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ chose the Bible as our sole authority for faith and practice.  By attacking the inerrancy and infallibility of the King James Bible, they attack what God set forth as authoritative.

H.  Now, I believe that the Bible teaches that these “creepers” do so for one or all of three reasons. 1 Corinthians 1:26  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mightynot many noble, are called:

1.  Pride – “not many wise.”  A new face of an old heresy called Gnosticism!  2 Timothy 3:7-8  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  (8)  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.  (As Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, a type of the Law of God, so these “creepers” withstand the written Law of God, the Bible.  They impress with their supposed knowledge of the original languages and use the Greek and Hebrew to correct the English.  They are smarter than those who translated the King James Bible and they think that they are smarter than God who declared the Word of God inerrant and infallible!) 

Matthew 23:1-10  Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,  (2)  Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:  (3)  All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.  (4)  For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.  (5)  But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,  (6)  And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,  (7)  And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.  (8)  But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.  (9)  And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.  (10)  Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

2.  Power – “not many mighty.”  A new face of an old heresy called the Doctrine of the Nicolaitans!  The word Nicolaitans means ‘victorious over the people.”  It is the same Papal teaching of our day where the clergy is over the laity.  The above mentioned “Bible Theologians” now maintain power of the “common” saved because they are now essential in rendering the proper interpretation of the Bible.

Revelation 2:15  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the, which thing I hate.  (God still hates the doctrine of the Nicolaitans!)

3.  Possessions – “not many noble.”  Nobles are known for living a lifestyle that the common people can only dream of.  The love of money is the root of all evil and these people are in love with it!  It is all about copyright, commentaries, love offerings, etc.  Religion and Bibles are big money!  These religious charlatans have made merchandise of God’s people and line their pockets with filthy lucre. 

Titus 1:10  For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

Conclusion:  I would hate to be in their spiritual “shoes,” having been labeled as a “creeper.”

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Rejoice Evermore

Temple Baptist Church
1 Thessalonians 5:16
(Temple 4-3-16)
 
Introduction: 
 
A. Rejoicing is an outward expression of inward joy. 
 
1.  As the joy of the Lord is your strength, rejoicing in the Lord is an encouragement to others.  Hebrews 10:25 says, “And exhorting one another.”
 
2.  You cannot exhort one another with a sour or otherwise pitiful look on your face.  Smile awhile and give your face a rest!
 
3.  You cannot exhort one another with a lackluster spiritual life.  Apathetic is pathetic!  Lukewarm is despicable in the sight of the Lord and a discouragement to the encouraged and unfaithfulness is a discouragement to the faithful.  You cannot exhort one another if you are lax in faithfulness or worship.
 
B.  In these Laodicean days in which we live, there is little spiritual emotion shown. 
 
1.  I remember in past years the spontaneous “popcorn” testimonies of God’s people as they were grateful to the Lord and happy in the Lord.  We often hear the expression “It is better felt than tell’t!”  Others need to see us during our trials still rejoicing in the Lord.
 
2.  It is important that we maintain an outward expression of our inward reality.  Our rejoicing is a visible sign of spiritual heath and thankfulness.  Our rejoicing should be visible because it is valueable!
 
C.  We are saved and heaven is our home.  God is with us and for us.  We are in His hand and cannot be touched without His permission.  God has lead us and fed us.  We certainly have more than we deserve and are blessed in so many ways.  We have read the final chapter of the Bible and know that it ends or should I say eternity begins right.
 
D.  In Philippians 4:6, Paul encouraged the Philippian believers to “rejoice in the Lord alway.”  The word “always” is singular in number and it means in each and every instance of life, there are things that we can rejoice about.
 
E.  In our text, the Holy Spirit uses the word “evermore” coupled with the word “rejoice.  As we are to consistently rejoice in each instance of life, we are also to rejoice continually for the duration of life. 
 
F.  “Alway” is an interesting word.  It is a word not found in the spell correct of this computer.  Every time I type “alway”, the word processor corrects it to “always.”  “Always” is found 62 times in the Bible while “alway” is found only 23 times.  When the Bible makes a distinction between the spellings, it behooves us to take a closer look at the wording.  Always means all of the time and in every instance or circumstance.
 
1.  We can rejoice because of the Lord’s Propitiation1 John 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  (The act of delivering from sin!  Atonement: the final, eternal covering!)
 
Romans 5:10-11  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  (11)  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.  (Atonement is an Old Testament truth as the animal sacrifices were a covering until the Lamb of God would come to take away our sin.  This is the only place in the New Testament were the word “atonement” is used and it is preceded by the definite article “the” which means one of a kind!  Salvation is not “do,” it is “done!”)
 
Luke 10:20  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
 
2.  We can rejoice because of the Lord’s PresenceMatthew 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, (lo means to behold, see, or understand) I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
 
3.  We can rejoice because of the Lord’s Providence.  Job 1:10  Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
 
4.  We can rejoice because of the Lord’s ProvisionPhilippians 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
 
Matthew 6:31-33  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (32)  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  (33)  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
 
5.  We can rejoice because of the Lord’s ProtectionPsalms 4:8  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
 
6.  We can rejoice because of the Lord’s Promises2 Peter 1:3-4  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  (4)  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
 
7.  We can rejoice because of the Lord’s PeaceIsaiah 26:3-4  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  (4)  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
 
Conclusion:  Our spiritual state has much to do with our mental state and our mental state has as much to do with our general outlook on life.  As a “merry heart” doeth good like a medicine, a positive state of mind makes our outlook on life positive.  God STILL controls everything and He ALWAYS loves His children!