Temptation (13)

John Owen continues: The means of prevention of entering into temptation.

Our Saviour says there are two: “Watch” and “Pray.”

1. To watch is as much as to be on our guard, to take heed, to consider all ways and means as to be on our guard, to take heed, to consider all ways and means whereby an enemy may approach to us: so the apostle, 1 Cor. 16:13…. to “stand fast in the faith,” as good soldiers, to “quit ourselves like men.” , to “take heed,” or look to ourselves, as the same thing is by our
Rev. 3:2. A universal carefulness and diligence, exercising itself in and by all ways and means prescribed by God, over our hearts and ways, the baits and methods of Satan, the occasions and advantages of sin in the world, that we be not entangled, is that which in this word is presseth on us.

2. For the second direction, of prayer, I need not speak to it. The duty and its concernments are known to all. I shall only add, that these two comprise the whole endeavour of faith for the soul’s preservation from temptation. Just be in a prayerful attitude and ready to converse with God all the time-JK

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Do all to the glory of God

Surely this ought to be every believer’s aim in life according to I Corinthians 10:31

Summary:

  • God’s glory is the revelation of his attributes.
  • Obeying this injunction is living according to God’s standards (hence sin is missing that standard Romans 3:23)
  • Being like him.

Sermon from Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma of Pittsburgh P.R.C.

Sermon

Romans 5:1-5

I love this quote from that great Scottish worthy Robert Haldane recently in LRF bulletin: “What fullness and variety of instruction and consolation are contained in the first five verses of this chapter! The work of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is exhibited, all severally acting, as God alone can act, in the various parts of man’s salvation. The righteousness of God is imputed to the believer, who is therefore justified, and pronounced by the Judge of all the earth righteous. As righteous, he has peace with God, and free access to Him through Jesus Christ; and being thus introduced into the favour of God, he stands in a justified state, rejoicing in hope of future glory. Being justified, he is also sanctified, and enabled to glory even in present afflictions. He enjoys the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, through whose Divine influence the love of God is infused into his soul. Here, then, are the peace, the joy, the triumph of the Christian. Here are faith, hope, and love, the three regulators of the Christian’s life. Faith is the great and only means of obtaining every privilege, because it unites the soul to Christ, and receives all out of His fullness. Hope cheers the believer in his passage through this world, with the expectation of promised blessings to be accomplished in future glory, and is thus the anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, which holds it firm, and enables it to ride out all the storms and troubles of life. Love is the renewal of the image of God in the soul, and the true principle of obedience” (Romans, p. 191).

Robert Haldane 1764-1852

Prayer for the beginning of the day

” Cause me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” Psalm 143:8

Lovely and key message why we need to seek God’s face first thing in the morning.

David couldn’t start a new day without hearing of God’s loving-kindness and grace. This is the position of every repentant sinner (believer). This habit enables the killing of sin, service of God and the blessing of others, directing us into holiness.

Rev. Carl Haak

Sermon on Psalm 143:8

Blessings of Obedience

As Christians show their love to the God of their salvation and his Son, Jesus Christ and the omnipotent Spirit who indwells them by obeying his commands they are promised blessing just as the Old Testament church were:

 

Redemption by blood.

Deuteronomy 28 .

1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lordsware unto thy fathers to give thee.

12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

Love includes warnings and rebuke.

” The Holy Spirit honours Paul’s method as love and employs it in his book on love: ‘As my beloved sons I warn you’ (I Cor.4:14). His motivation for all his warnings, sharpness, and rebuke was love. That is a testimony to the church that she may not buy into the thinking that a sharp rebuke and irony and sarcasm are out of harmony with love.”

Rev. Nathan Langerak in “Walking in the Way of Love” a Commentary on Corinthians  available here:

http://www.cprf.co.uk/bookstore/walkinginwayoflove1.html#.WqozlsPFJC0

The Bible is Sufficient

Because Scripture is the Word of God it partakes of the attributes of God whose word it is. This historical perspective defends the Bible’s infallible inspiration and perfection (see also Psalm 19:7). It is impossible for the all-perfect God to produce something imperfect. Scripture also possesses the authority of God. Scripture is the sole source of the knowledge of God, of how to love him and how to live for him. It contains all that is necessary for this life and our hope for that which is to come — the Sola Scriptura of the Reformation.  As the source of truth and authority, we must add nothing to it, especially man-made traditions because then they supplant it’s truth as Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:9). This is what Roman Catholicism does. Whether it’s creation, gender, relationships or church practice we need no supplementation to the Bible. It alone fully equips us (II Tim.3:15-17).

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Watching for Christ’s Return

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;” Luke 12:35 King James Version (KJV)

Let your loins be girded about,…. With the girdle of truth, Ephesians 6:14 keeping close to the doctrines of the Gospel, abiding faithfully by them, even unto death: the allusion is either to the eating of the first passover, Exodus 12:11 or rather to servants, who, in these eastern countries, wore long garments; and therefore, when in business, used to gather them up, and gird them about them, that they might perform their service with greater strength, more ease, quicker dispatch, and less hindrance: the phrase denotes readiness for business: and your lights burning (torches perhaps that were held in the hand-JK): and may design either the Scriptures of truth, which were to be a light or lamp unto them, guiding and directing them in the ministration of the Gospel; or the lamps of profession, which should be kept clear and bright, and good works, becoming them, that should so shine before men, that all may see them, and glorify God. The allusion is to persons waiting at a wedding in the night, with torches in their hands.   John Gill

 

Good is good to Israel (all his elect believing people)

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God is good all the time!

There are a lot of hard things in life. A lot of bad things. When weathering the unexpected storms that are a staple of living in this world, it’s so comforting and encouraging to know, without a doubt, that God is always good! And because of His goodness, we know that everything He does is good, too.

Take a few moments today to listen to and consider the following verses that speak to the goodness of God. We hope you are encouraged by them. You can find them in the Bible.is app or on the Bible.is website!

Psalm 31:19 – “Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!”

James 1:17 – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that  all things work together for good, for those  who love God, those who are called according to his purpose.”

Psalm 34:8 – “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”

1 Timothy 4:4a – “For everything created by God is good.”

We hope you have a great day, and remember: God is always good to Israel!