April 24, 2013 What? People Resent God’s Word! Are You Serious?

JOHN 3:16

JOHN 3:16

WHY DO PEOPLE RESENT GOD’S WORD?

John 3:19-21

English Standard Version (ESV) 

19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoeverdoes what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

John 3:19-21

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Some people resent being rebuked by God’s word.  Why?  Could it be because God puts restrictions and boundaries in place?  Why do you think God does this?  Let us imagine for a moment a short scenario, shall we?  

Mom:  Billy, you may go outside to play in the “backyard” and play with Rex until lunch is ready, ok?

Billy:  Ok, mom.  Here boy, come on Rex.  Good boy.  Let’s go.

Billy:  Mom, have you seen Rex’s ball?

Mom:  It’s in his playbox on the porch out back.

Billy: Thanks mom.

Mom:  You’re welcome.

Outside in the “backyard”:

Billy:  Here boy, come on Rex, fetch.  Rex runs to get the ball and brings it to Billy.

They are playing fine.  Mom’s in the kitchen fixing lunch.  All of the sudden screeching tires are heard and Mom goes running out to the back yard.  Where’s Billy, where’s Rex?  Oh my Lord!!!  Billy, Billy..

She runs to front yard in panic.  Sigh of relief….she sees Billy…Rex???  Oh no….no……

Billy:  Mom Rex is jumped over the fence to get the ball when I thru it….and…….crying……..

Mom:  (In her heart she is thanking God it wasn’t Billy!!!)  Billy, we’ll get him to the vet..ok..

Billy: Crying….can’t stop

Driver:  Mame, I’m so sorry….what can I do to help?  He came out of nowhere…..I stopped quick as I could when I saw your son running towards the road.

Mom:  I have to get Rex to the vet…just come inside and write down your information and we’ll deal with it later.

Driver: Yes, mame.

Billy:  Mom, will Rex be ok?

Mom:  Let’s pray for Rex, Billy as we take him to the vet!

Ending:  Fortunately, Rex only suffered a broken leg and is healing fine.  Mom and Billy had a long discussion after things settled down.  Mom had “set boundaries” for Billy to be in the backyard for his safety and Rex’s (though the unpredictable did happen here).  Upon reflection, Billy knew he should have been tossing the ball in the direction of the back fence which is 8 feet high.  Whereas, the fence with gate is only 4 feet high.  Then again, Mom may have never told Billy this important aspect of where to toss the ball for safety reasons.  A valuable lesson learned and with a happy ending!

God’s Perspective on Restrictions and Boundaries:

John 3:19-21 – People who love truth will come to God’s word so it can reveal truth. But some people hate the light and refuse to come to it, because they don’t want their deeds exposed.

2 Chronicles 36:15,16 – God described the sins of Judah and how He sent His messengers to warn them. But the people mocked the messengers, despised God’s words, and scoffed at His prophets. For such people, there was no remedy. God had no other solution: He sent them into captivity.

Hebrews 12:5,6 – The New Testament likewise warns us not to despise the chastening of the Lord. We should realize that chastisement and rebuke from God’s word is based on God’s love for us. Like the parent who corrects a disobedient child, God corrects us hoping to lead us to be righteous (vv 7-11). [Proverbs 3:11]

Again, rebuke of sin is an act of love, not of hatred. Properly done, it is for the benefit of one in sin to lead him to repent and be saved. When people resent it, they hate the word of God.

 

 

JESUS IS EXALTED AND PROTECTS ME AT NIGHT

Morning

“Him hath God exalted.”
Acts 5:31

Jesus, our Lord, once crucified, dead and buried, now sits upon the throne of glory. The highest place that heaven affords is his by undisputed right. It is sweet to remember that the exaltation of Christ in heaven is a representative exaltation. He is exalted at the Father’s right hand, and though as Jehovah he had eminent glories, in which finite creatures cannot share, yet as the Mediator, the honours which Jesus wears in heaven are the heritage of all the saints. It is delightful to reflect how close is Christ’s union with his people. We are actually one with him; we are members of his body; and his exaltation is our exaltation. He will give us to sit upon his throne, even as he has overcome, and is set down with his Father on his throne; he has a crown, and he gives us crowns too; he has a throne, but he is not content with having a throne to himself, on his right hand there must be his queen, arrayed in “gold of Ophir.” He cannot be glorified without his bride. Look up, believer, to Jesus now; let the eye of your faith behold him with many crowns upon his head; and remember that you will one day be like him, when you shall see him as he is; you shall not be so great as he is, you shall not be so divine, but still you shall, in a measure, share the same honours, and enjoy the same happiness and the same dignity which he possesses. Be content to live unknown for a little while, and to walk your weary way through the fields of poverty, or up the hills of affliction; for by-and-by you shall reign with Christ, for he has “made us kings and priests unto God, and we shall reign forever and ever.” Oh!, wonderful thought for the children of God! We have Christ for our glorious representative in heaven’s courts now, and soon he will come and receive us to himself, to be with him there, to behold his glory, and to share his joy.

Evening

“Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night.”
Psalm 91:5

What is this terror? It may be the cry of fire, or the noise of thieves, or fancied appearances, or the shriek of sudden sickness or death. We live in the world of death and sorrow, we may therefore look for ills as well in the night-watches as beneath the glare of the broiling sun. Nor should this alarm us, for be the terror what it may, the promise is that the believer shall not be afraid. Why should he? Let us put it more closely, why should we? God our Father is here, and will be here all through the lonely hours; he is an almighty Watcher, a sleepless Guardian, a faithful Friend. Nothing can happen without his direction, for even hell itself is under his control. Darkness is not dark to him. He has promised to be a wall of fire around his people–and who can break through such a barrier? Worldlings may well be afraid, for they have an angry God above them, a guilty conscience within them, and a yawning hell beneath them; but we who rest in Jesus are saved from all these through rich mercy. If we give way to foolish fear we shall dishonour our profession, and lead others to doubt the reality of godliness. We ought to be afraid of being afraid, lest we should vex the Holy Spirit by foolish distrust. Down, then, ye dismal forebodings and groundless apprehensions, God has not forgotten to be gracious, nor shut up his tender mercies; it may be night in the soul, but there need be no terror, for the God of love changes not. Children of light may walk in darkness, but they are not therefore cast away, nay, they are now enabled to prove their adoption by trusting in their heavenly Father as hypocrites cannot do.

“Though the night be dark and dreary,

Darkness cannot hide from thee;

Thou art he, who, never weary,

Watchest where thy people be.”

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KINGDOM OF GOD

Luke 17:20-37

The Coming of the Kingdom of God

20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”[a]

22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day[b] will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” [36] [c]

37 “Where, Lord?” they asked.

He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 17:21 Or is within you
  2. Luke 17:24 Some manuscripts do not have in his day.
  3. Luke 17:36 Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matt. 24:40.

LORD HELP MY THOUGHTS TO BE PURE!

Greater Than Our Dreams

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14 NLT

I have found that the most extravagant dreams of boyhood have not surpassed the great experience of being in the will of God, and I believe that nothing could be better.

Jim Elliot 

No locked closets

 

What does it mean to be a person after God’s own heart? Seems to me, it means that your life is in harmony with the Lord. What is important to him is important to you. What burdens him burdens you. When he says, “This is wrong, and I want you to change,” you come to terms with it because you have a heart for God.

When you are deeply spiritual, you have a heart that is sensitive to the things of God. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that he may strongly support those whose heart is completely his” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

God is looking for men and women whose hearts are completely his. They have no locked closets. Nothing’s been swept under the rugs. When you do wrong, you admit it and come to terms with it.…You long to please him in your actions.

Charles R. Swindoll in David: A Man of Passion and Destiny

It’s no wonder that David moved from awe at God’s work to praising God himself (Psalm 19:7-14). He saw that a God who could create such beauty throughout the universe is a God who wants to create beauty in our own lives as well. But he can only create that beauty when we yield our hearts and souls completely to him. As we discover more and more about who God is and how much he loves us, obedience to him becomes less of a chore and more of a pleasure.

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for May 6.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House