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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Book of Hosea Chapters 10-14

Forgiveness is the removal of guilt and in God’s eyes it is to be the same as a pardon.

Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, so God removes the condemnation of the law from the sinner.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God removes the guilt of sin and the sinners liability to eternal wrath.

In other words by God’s act of “Grace” I am forever freed from the guilt and also the penalty of my sins.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

We sometimes forget these things and get caught back up in the ways of the world and this breaks the heart of God but He still will not abandon us.

Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God is much more faithful to His Word than we are!

1Co 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Co 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

It is our duty to be faithful to the Lord who paid our sin debt with His own blood!

It is also our duty to be just as forgiving to all others as the Lord is to us!

How can we ignore such a wonderful gift as the “Love of God”?

Amen.

Let’s begin in Chapter 10 at verse 9

*****Hos 10:9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.
Hos 10:10 It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.
Hos 10:11 And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.
Hos 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

We should be very clear about the gross sin of Israel at this time.

When we studied the Book of Judges we should remember the story of the Levite and the concubine that almost caused the elimination of the tribe of Benjamin and only 600 survived.

It had been Gibeah where the people had defied God and had been over taken by immorality, sexual perversion, including homosexuality and they had had there own LBGT movement, along with rape, assault, abuse, and murder and they had also refused to repent. (Judges 19:1-20:48)

God had judged Gibeah severely and He promised the same judgment would come to Samaria and the Northern Tribes.

Israel was plowing a furrow just like Gibeah had plowed and it would lead them to the same results.

A destruction that would leave only a small remnant alive!

Again we need to relate these things to what is happening in America today and not listen to those that say that the Christian way is racist or bigotry. We are still to love the sinner but hate the sin and in that we do fail the most.

If we think about it a heifer that treaded out the corn got to eat all she wanted by the law of God just by walking in a circle.

This then is a sign of laziness. It may have been easier to go along with the ways of the world but they were still bound in the captivity to sin.

These are the chains we must break free from to be made free!

Again we see that today it may be easier to compromise on the Word of God and live in today’s world but we will still be trapped in our own sin.

Where as, those animals that plowed the fields only got to eat at certain times of the day and labored much harder pulling the plows.

It may be harder to live in righteousness by the Word of God, but we will certainly live in freedom from the wrath of God!

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, “If ye continue in my word”, THEN are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, “and the truth shall make you free”.

Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

The Word of God is full of instances of “what you sow, you will also reap”.

God says these things are real simple. Righteousness is simply doing things right and to do things right is to follow the ways of the Word of God.

So if we act righteously we will reap the rewards of righteousness, not of debt, but of “Grace”.

Pro 11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

We will reap the rewards of God’s divine “Mercy” which we will again sow to others and we can see that this cycle should continue all our days!

God has an endless supply of “Mercy”!

Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Remember there is no victory to those who are not in the battle.

There is no medal for those who are not in the race.

There can be no harvest without working in the field!

So “break up your fallow ground”!

Remove the ways of this world from your life and be tenderized and renewed by the Blood of Jesus!

What was that “fallow ground”?

*****Hos 10:13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.

By the Laws of Moses, these Israelites were to let the ground lie “fallow” and unplowed every seventh year.

Exo 23:11 But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.

These people were not only content to live in sin but they worked hard at promoting sin to all, like it had some benefit that sin just does not have.

We see this today as sin is promoted by our own government and much of the so-called church.

Sin is like a fertilized weed that grows among the people of this world and God will give all these up to reap the rewards of their sin which we already know is death.

There is only one bounty that can come from sin and that is more sin!

These people had reaped “iniquity”.

In other words, small sin had grown up to be major sin!

It is a fact that the fruit of sin will make it’s promises but in the end will only bring disappointment that leads only to destruction.

Immorality is a trap that will never release you!

When we trust in our own ways it will only lead to failure.

Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Not only this but they had trusted in their military to defend their evil ways.

Sounds a whole lot like the America we live in today.

What was God’s answer?

God said their hearts were as hard ground that was over run with weeds and thorns and that heart was that fallow ground that needed to be broken up so the good seed of the truth of God could be sown.

It was time to seek the Lord, this was their final warning.

It’s time for America to break up It’s fallow ground!

It’s time for America to seek the Lord instead of the ways of this world!

God warns us all against immoral behavior, against wickedness, against perversion, and against degenerate acts.

In no uncertain terms, God condemns such sins as homosexuality, rape, abuse, assault, murder and governments that allow and even promote these things.

Mar 7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
Mar 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Mar 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
Mar 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

The more we plant wickedness as a nation and as a people, the more we will become even more wicked.

This is the truth of reaping and sowing and it never changes!

You cannot get good water from a bad well.

So how would Israel suffer and we should pay close attention to what God says.

*****Hos 10:14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children.
Hos 10:15 So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.

Webster describes a tumult as commotion, disturbance, or agitation of a multitude. Usually accompanied with great noise, uproar, and confusion of voices.

Anyone who says this is not going on in America today, lives in cave by themselves.

These things happened in Israel of that day and they are happening in America today for the exact same reasons.

God just never changes like many keep saying that He does!

No matter how good our police force is, or our military, the enemy keeps slipping in to cause death and destruction and terrorism is still spreading around this world no matter what lies our own government keeps repeating.

No one is seriously trying to stop the spread of Islamic Terrorism or Governmental Terrorism, they are both essentially the same just one is more deceitful.

The Israel of that day was invaded and totally destroyed because all the fortresses of that nation crumbled before the Assyrians.

We may not know who this Shalman is, the Bible does not say, but remember there was a King Shalmaneser also of the Assyrians.

No matter what we know, it is a fact that the land of the Assyrians is now the land occupied by the Muslim.

The truth is that any nation or any people who place their hope in their own works, their own wealth, or their own power, is doomed for failure.

We must trust God above all else in this world!

The true resources of the human race is really very limited and there is not one human who can solve man’s biggest problems.

Selfishness and corruptness only breed more selfishness and more corruptness!

It is far better to trust in the Lord to meet our needs!

There are many in our world that say we must compromise on the Word of God and accept the things of this world of today because we have a God of Love but the truth is we simply do not really understand the love of God!

*****Hos 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

Besides our prayer of faith, “Love” is the greatest force on this earth in fact throughout God’s creation. God made us because of His great love!

Love is far more powerful than wealth and power and if we take a stand on “love”, the “love of God” we can change the direction of our own nation that is bent on wealth and power.

Love brings commitment and allegiance and then is shown in tenderness, compassion and forgiveness!

God gives us an example of His great love for Israel in these Scriptures.

We should know that God has a great love for the entire human race, the proof of that can be read in one verse.

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

And God gives us His reason.

Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

It is obvious that God loves Israel like a son.

At this time, God dealt with nations more than the individual. Today God deals with the individual more that He does nations but He still deals with both.

We see the paternal love of Israel as it was just born as a nation when God brought them out of the slavery of Egypt. One family had entered Egypt and a baby nation had departed Egypt.

America became a baby nation on July 4, 1776.

At this time the majority of Americans worshiped the One True God, The Christ.

As a son, God began to provide for America by ending the bondage to England.

So, God adopted Israel that day and called him a son!

As a son, God began to provide for Israel, first by ending that slavery.

At this time the majority of Israelites were true in the worship of the One True God, Jehovah.

So there certainly are many parallels in our histories!

The biggest thing we see is Fatherhood of God, it cannot be missed. (Our Father who art in Heaven)

The key to life lies in our Father’s hand, not in anything we think we have!

We also see that God’s love for us is to be our pattern for our love for others!

In fact we can look upon all these things as a “type of Christ”.

God’s love to Christ, as a child, manifested to us by His calling Him from Egypt. In the fulness of time the beloved of the Father became flesh, and dwelt among us. But no sooner did He appear than His life was threatened. The child was borne for safety into Egypt. In due time Christ was called out of Egypt, brought again to the Holy Land, there to exercise His ministry and perform the will of God.

The truth is, God has shown His love for us all in these things while we are still a great distance from Heaven.

We who are redeemed by the “blood of the Lamb” are loved with the same love with which God loved His only begotten Son!

All humans are a highly favored people in the eyes of God!

BUT, the truth is as we can readily see today, most all humans are a highly ungrateful people!

What the world does not want to hear and the thing that makes this world so mad is that, God will righteously punish those that reject their Creator!

Righteously meaning it will be the right thing for God to do!

Israel is our example of all these things and we must learn from Israel’s mistakes.

What had God told Moses?

“And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is My son, even My first-born; and I say unto thee, Let My son go, that he may serve Me.”

Moses on that day was a “type” of Christ.

One day Jesus will return and He will look straight into the face of Satan and He will say, “thus sayeth the Lord God, Our Father in Heaven, let my people go that they may serve Me”.

Most of these people did not even realize it was God who healed them!

This also, is still the same today!

*****Hos 11:2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

God sent His prophets the first one Moses, to call Israel into worship and into the service of God but they turned a deaf ear and then turned their backs on God.

They turned to Baalim, which is the plural of Baal. Baal was the name of the many false gods of the enemies of Israel and still is.

Allah is the Baal of the modern Muslim and there are too many to mention who reject Christ Jesus the Messiah, the One True God, the Triunity of God.

The truth of God is that He longs to rescue us all from all the sin of this world.

He does this by either delivering us from those trials or He will give us the strength to walk away ourselves!

When we learn about the Lord, we find that God is teaching us more and more about the truth of His great love for us.

1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

This is the truth of our loving God and it only gets better!

2Ti 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

God continues to show us His goodness but He has not yet shown us His best!

1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

God is all the time teaching us, if we will just pay attention!

*****Hos 11:3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.

There are truly many methods of teaching but God uses His great love to teach us.

When we walk by the Lord, then the Lord walks with us, even taking a hold of our hand!

With the Word of God, we can certainly learn how to walk in this life.

There is no other life, except a life of misery “without God”!

When we fail to follow God’s lead we will stumble and fall but if we look up and reach for the Lord, He will lift us up and heal us and our spirit.

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

We should clearly understand that God will use every believer to fulfill a purpose but God will also use unbelievers to get His will done in this world.

Isa 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

We have an election coming up soon and our job is to vote by the Word of God but it is God who will decide who wins the election.

God will see if we are serious about a change and if we are not serious then God will give us what we deserve!

To this day Israel has not learned that it is God who has healed them and placed them back into the Promised Land. (Makes no sense at all but what the Scriptures say)

2Co 3:13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
2Co 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
2Co 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
2Co 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

BUT, God has never abandoned Israel throughout all these years.

*****Hos 11:4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

One of the greatest promises we have as Christians is that God will never forsake us!

Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

With this, God also promises to provide all our needs especially those needs we have in pursuit of the will of God!

Psa 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

And this is not only our physical needs but also our spiritual needs!

Php 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

These things God promises all the days of our lives until He takes us home.

Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Joh 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Israel does not yet realize all these things but they will before the end, for God will open their blinded eyes.

*****Hos 13:4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.

When we look at the history of Israel from the Scriptures we see a picture of God’s “grace” and God’s “faithfulness”.

But when we look at these same Scriptures as a “type” of Christ, then we see a picture of Christ watching over His “redeemed” as they travel in this world after salvation and leading them from the (Egypt of sin) to (Canaan, redemption and glory)

But there is one more “type” we should observe, we should be able to see the teaching of God the Holy Spirit who will lead us by His regenerating power to the throne room of God.

The Old Testament is so valuable to teach us these things that Jesus will reveal in the New Testament.

The Holy Trinity is involved in our lives the very moment we realize our Savior and take action to know Him!

There is no Savior beside our God!

Isa 45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Isa 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

The truth is we doom ourselves both spiritually and physically when we turn away from the Lord!

God offers many things but His free gift is “eternal life”!

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Those that reject this truth may be working but in truth they are themselves to death, in reality!

When we reject the Living God for handmade objects, or figures of some animal, or a figment of our own imagination, we are dooming ourselves to a Hell that was created for Satan and his angels.

Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

The total and honest truth is that most people love their sins to much to acknowledge the Lord.

To acknowledge the Lord means they would have to acknowledge that He has some commandments that need to be followed!

Remember an idol or a false god, is anything that we make more important than the True and Living God!

Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

We have become a nation of pride and self-sufficiency and have forgotten that there is a God, so as God is kicked out of America, He gives us these words.

Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Anyone who disagrees with these words are just blind or they are part of this problem, the Word of God is always true!

The absolute truth is “Judgment” is coming!

Israel found that out over and over again as they spent some time having no nation at all and God made some promises to Israel He has not made to any other nation!

*****Hos 13:7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:
Hos 13:8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.
Hos 13:9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.

God knows and understands His people when no one else will even take notice of them!

You can know of God but you cannot know God on a personal level until you accept the Word of God as fact and not fiction!

The truth is that the leaders of Israel had proven to be weak and ineffective. God had allowed them to rule but God removed them do to the evil that they were and that they had done.

The only dynasty that has remained in all of Israel is the dynasty of David with Jesus Christ fulfilling that dynasty because He can never die!

Even to this day Israel continues to rebel against the Lord.

They have refused to repent and return to the Lord and they are still our example.

The truth is “Judgment” is certain!

God said He would be unto Israel as a leopard.

Leopards lurk in thickets ready to pounce on their victims!

And as a Lion, He would lie in wait for them to pass by!

You want to see an angry bear, mess with her babies!

A momma bear is the most dangerous just after she has lost her cubs!

Pro 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

God says if you will not turn our hearts to Him, then He would open the skin and rip the heart out of our chest and let the blood flow to the ground.

How does a lion devour his prey but by ripping it to shreds like a wild beast would tear them.

The coming “judgment of God” cannot be stopped!

As an individual you can make sure you are not caught up in that judgment!

On that day, everyone who “has not” accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior will face the terrifying judgment of God!

2Th 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

This just the truth of the Word of God and God does not ever change, and He means what He says!

Israel had only one acceptable answer just as all those who are lost today!

*****Hos 14:1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.

We will see that the true Israel is a “type” of the Church. God will never abandon His people!

No one who truly follows the Lord will ever be forsaken!

To be redeemed we must acknowledge that we are a fallen race!

This is an individual decision we must make about ourselves!

We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners!

This, we can blame on Adam.

This is never an excuse but it is the truth!

We will all sin and the wages of sin is death, but understanding that we never have to perish because of that sin should bring us into reality.

Once anyone has heard the “Gospel” of Jesus Christ, they can no longer blame anyone but themselves if they refuse to repent. They can no longer blame our Creator for their own actions!

Each and every individual can return to the Lord but only by Jesus Christ!

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

This was the final message of the Prophet Hosea to the people of Israel.

*****Hos 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

According to this Prophet Hosea, we must come to the Lord in prayer. (take you words and turn to the Lord)

There is nothing else we can bring to the Lord but ourselves, because the Lord will furnish us with what is required. (receive us graciously)

We have a Savior and it is in Him that the “Grace” of God is made known!

The only thing we can offer to God is a sinner in need of salvation!

We must acknowledge our sin. (say unto Him take away our iniquity)

We then show our faith in the work of the Lord to do these things. (we will render the calves of our lips)

This is the praise and thanksgiving for our redemption which is a sign of “faith”!

We are acknowledging that the Lord Jesus provided the only acceptable sacrifice and we are to offer praise and thanksgiving to our Father in Heaven.

Salvation can come from only one source!

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

There is only one means of salvation!

*****Hos 14:3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

We must realize that there is no earthly power that can bring salvation!

There is no foreign power strong enough to defeat the Lord!

Our own military is not strong enough to defeat the Lord!

There is no false god that holds any power over the Lord!

There is absolutely no sort of work that we can do to appease God!

We serve the only God who can just speak and things happen!

Rev 19:15 “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations”: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

We as people must all confess that “Mercy” can only be found in the Lord!

Without the “Mercy” of God, there could be no “Grace” of God!

The most important thought of any human is to realize that they are a sinner and then in need of a Savior!

In fact before we pray to God for forgiveness we actually need to praise God for His Majesty!

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God “must believe that he is” and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

We have more cause to praise God than we have to pray to Him!

It is sin that brings the “Judgment” of God. It is praise, faith, and repentance that halts the “Judgment” of God.

The only people who will escape the “Judgment” of God will be those who repent!

God will only offer His “Mercy” and His “Grace” if we turn away from sin and truly turn back to Him!

Where was the world in the days of Noah?

Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

If we but only open our eyes, we can see that these days of Noah have returned to this world we live in!

Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

We are fools to disregard these things!

*****Hos 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

We live in a world today that denies the “Judgment” of God.

But the Word of God says we must make a choice!

We must choose to repent and walk away from sin and walk in the ways of the Lord, or rebel and suffer the “Judgment of God”.

There is no middle ground on these things!

God told Israel the exact same thing many times:

Deu 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
Deu 30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

Jesus Christ has told the Church many times:

Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

In other words God does not change His ways because He simply does not have to!

(For the ways of the Lord are right)

Those that have been “Justified” throughout the Bible are those that walked in the ways of the Lord!

Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

There will be no one who can stand before the “Judgment Throne” of God and say, “I just did not know any better”.

We know that there will be a final restoration of Israel because God promised Abraham!

At that time they will join the Church and live throughout eternity with the Lord!

Those that rebel against these things will know in the end the great love God had for them but they will also realize that God must keep His Word or He could not be God!

The truth is Hosea’s marriage to Gomer was bittersweet but in the end Gomer was restored to her husband who bought her with a price.

We have seen that Jehovah’s marriage to Israel has also been bittersweet.

They have stumbled in every way known to man and just before they move to the brink of extinction, they will call on the Lord and He will gloriously save them.

With broken hearts they will return to the Lord and their relationship will be instantly mended!

God will never forsake His church because He simply will not let us go!

Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Joh 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.

No one has stronger hands than my God!

Our job today is to tell all others about this great plan of God, not so much those that have already denied Him, though we should not forget these, but surely to those who have never heard of Him.

The one thing God promises to everyone is the opportunity to make that choice!

God, through Jesus Christ is the only cure this world has!

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

We Can Be Certain Of Christ’s Forgiveness

The Certainty Of Christ’s Forgiveness

Book of Luke 15

Forgiveness of our sins is the first part of our justification before God.

We are justified by our “faith” in the work of Jesus Christ.

Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

BUT, We are saved by God’s “Grace”!

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

As sinners, with faith in the work of Jesus Christ to erase our sin debt, we are forever freed from the guilt and penalty of sin.

Justification is the exact opposite of condemnation!

We already know that Jesus used many parables to teach the truth of the “Gospel”.

The parable of the Prodigal Son is the greatest and most beloved story ever told in human language.

The title “prodigal” describes someone who is given to live an extravagant lifestyle making expenditures on things that go far beyond their actual needs. A prodigal will also possess a very liberal attitude toward the Word of God and the “Gospel” of Jesus Christ.

What is the truth of God?

God loves and reaches out to all the prodigals of this world!

God will run to embrace any prodigal who calls on Him for salvation and repents, no matter how terrible their sin!

*****Luk 15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
Luk 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
Luk 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

Here is a man who is the son of his father by birth.

He belonged to the estate(the world) by natural birth of his father.

The facts will show that he did not belong to his father with his heart, his mind, nor his spirit.

This son wanted two things:

1) He wanted his inheritance given to him. Which means “dad I wish you were dead”.

He wanted all the worldly possessions which he would inherit.

He wanted to get all his father would give him in order that he could enjoy it in that day and time.

We should consider:

a) He had not earned any of it, it was all his fathers, therefore he did not deserve it.

b) He was selfish, self-centered, rude and unkind. He demanded for his father to just “give”. (Not please nor may I have) He cared not what effect this would have on his father’s estate or on his other brother.

Kind of sounds like the world we live in now where the many want handouts of things they did not earn themselves and feel like this world owes them something. They are all, selfish, self-centered, rude, and unkind to those who work and contribute to the system that provides all these things.

The Bible says:

2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

This prodigal said “give me my independence” and “finance me” the way I want to live because “I refuse to live by your rules”.

We know that so many of our youth have these very same thoughts today!

He felt he was tied down by his family and was held responsible to help care for his father’s property.

He felt his father made to many demands on his life.
He felt his father hindered his freedom.
He felt his father restricted his pleasure.
He felt his father just had to much control of his lifestyle.

SO, His father gave him his freedom and his portion of possessions at that time. His father let him go to live as he wished to live.

He rebelled, he revolted and he went to a far country.

He chose a place that had different rules and a place that was full of sinful pleasures.

He chose the pathway to death and Hell, though he did not realize it at first.

And what did he do?

“He wasted his substance on riotous living”.

Jer 44:16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.

What would this prodigal find out about the world?

He would find that this world would leave him homeless.
He would find that worldly happiness is unsatisfying.
He would find that this world will degrade and humiliate those who place their trust in it.
He found out that he did not possess the knowledge of his own future as he had thought.

What is the truth of of these things?

Men will desert the world when the world deserts them!

This is the feeling many of our young have today.
This is the feeling many of black community have today.
This is the feeling many of the so-called middle class have today.

There is already a famine of those that trust the Word of God in our world today!

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

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

*****Luk 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
Luk 15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

What happens when we abandon the truths of God?

What happens when we underestimate the value of our Heavenly Father?

What happens when we pursue our own will and ignore the will of the Heavenly Father?

We will begin to be in want!

Instead of finding happiness, this prodigal is over taken with poverty.

He can no longer provide for himself.

Things happen in this world that are far beyond man’s control and he had no more control of his surroundings.

The fruit of evil deeds will always reveal it’s poison!

He has not become a citizen in a better land, he has only become a stranger and a slave to a citizen of that place where he had searched for happiness.

A worldly lifestyle cannot bring a life of peace!

To a Jew to play any part in the care of swine is about as low and degrading as they can become.

The lust of his flesh had brought poverty.
The lust of his eyes had brought no satisfaction.
His pride of life had brought humility.

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

This world will never have anything better to offer than these 3 things!

He found out husk are only food fit for swine!

For the most part swine are heavy, stupid, animals, that delight to wallow in the mire of this world!

He was destitute of all spiritual help, and left out in the world.

In the world as long as you have money you will always have friends to help you spend your money but when the money goes so goes those friends.

Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

*****Luk 15:16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

This man was suffering through a natural disaster that affects all in an area, good or bad.

This man had lost all his friends.

This man was a Jew in the world of the Gentile.

Those husk were actually the fruit of the Carob tree.

This tree is very common in Syria and Egypt and produces pods 6 to 10 inches long and shaped like a horn.

These husk were part of the diet of the truly poor but were for the most part used to feed the swine.

This young man would have never seen such a thing as a meal in his father’s house but even these things were denied from him.

We see that this Jew in a Gentile world was being spiritually, mentally and emotionally drained for he had allowed his riches to be his god.

He had become a slave to the world in a far country and sought refuge with another man far away from God.

He had allowed sin to lead him into the “hog pens” of the world.

That’s what sin does!

Sin will take you farther than you want to go!

Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay!

Sin will cost you much more than you want to pay!

Pro 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
Pro 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
Pro 5:23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

2Pe 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

This world we live in makes great promises but just ask the older generation how true those promises are.

The truth is, nothing in the hands of man can ever satisfy the spiritual needs of any individual!

This young man finally came to his senses.

*****Luk 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

This young man began to realize the worth of his father’s house.

This man was finally taking the first steps to repentance.

Repentance begins when we realize we are traveling down life’s roadway in the wrong direction!

He thought upon life in his fathers house. (In type our Heavenly Father)

He thought upon the riches that even the servants had in his father’s house. (In type the believers, the children of God)

His father had provided abundantly for all those in his house, even the lowest servant.

He finally realized the sense of being in a loving family and belonging and having purpose.

He finally realized he had chosen a path to an early death. (“I perish”)

He was already perishing in this life.

He was also doomed to perish eternally.

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

It was time to make a move before he was unable to do so.

2Co 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

It would be a humbling thing to go face his father but he would first have to repent.

*****Luk 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
Luk 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

What is the definition of repentance?

He had to arise!
He had to go away from his sinful life!
He had to humbly turn toward his father!
He had to admit he had sinned against the God of Heaven.

We have to have a true sense of our own guilt.
We have to realize that the mercy of God will only come through Jesus Christ.
We have to hate sin.
We have to walk in the ways of God.

He had to realize his unworthiness!

Up to this point he had only a head knowledge of what to do, but a head knowledge will simply not get you saved!

It was time to take action!

*****Luk 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Luk 15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

This prodigal son came to himself, and snapped back into reality.

He then arose to return to his father!

Of all the decisions he had ever made in his life, this was the most important decision he would ever make!

Once we realize we are just dirty sinners we must make the personal decision to remove ourselves from that filth. No one can do this for us!

He arose and he turned away from his sinful life.

He realized that there is a God in Heaven and he had sinned against Him and his father.

Sin insults the purity and despises the love of God.

Sin destroys the morality of man!

We can confess that we love the Lord but until we repent we have not given God anything to work with.

Act 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

What is the truth of God?

“While he was yet a great ways off, his father saw him, had compassion, and ran, and loved on him”

The truth is God can see into the heart. He had not seen his father yet but his father could see him.

Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psa 22:24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

It would not have done this prodigal any good just to realize his sin, if he did not also arise and go unto his father.

Repentance is a sign that we are sincere and have returned from our wicked ways!

God forgives as soon as we repent and this is the reason this father could run to his son.

This exactly what happens with our Father who is in Heaven!

God is full of “Mercy”.

God is full of “Grace”.

God is so full of “Mercy” and “Grace” that He is always bursting at the seams to show His love for us.

But we must first believe and then we must repent!

Pro 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

So simple, but most of us are to stubborn and to foolish to say that we are wrong in our way of thinking.

1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

A true parable always represents a Heavenly truth.

We should be able to see that the tenderness of our God, who is also the Most Powerful of beings, is so wonderful.

Our Mighty God is also a God of compassion!

Our God is showing His eagerness to run to us in our hour of repentance to catch us lest we fall!

God will make haste to save all that are lost if they will have faith and repent!

We must never overlook God’s readiness to accept and pardon each of us just as we are!

We must never allow our unworthiness to get in our way, God knows exactly what we are!

Remember God sent His Son Jesus to save us “because we are all sinners”.

And remember God made this plan before He created Heaven and Earth.

God just knows!

*****Luk 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
Luk 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
Luk 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

We should understand that God recognizes the earliest beginnings of conviction because when he was still a great off, his father recognized him.

He had not seen his father but his father saw him.

What this son had not recognized the love of his father had been drawing him all along.

If he had ever lost the image of his father from his memory, he would have never returned.

When many would have rejected their son for such things, God shows compassion and mercy.

This prodigal was accepted and restored because he had returned.

Again the key to being accepted by God is faith, then repentance!

If this were not true then this parable would have little meaning at all.

A Parable is an earthly story that reveals Heavenly truths!

Before this son even had a chance to clean his life up, his father had accepted him back into the family.

We cannot clean ourselves up because that is the thing that God will do.

His father gave him the best of robes.

Symbolizing his acceptance back into the family in son-ship and honor.

**The robe symbolized his being clothed in righteousness!

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

His father gave him some new shoes.

**The shoes immediately elevated him above servant-hood. He became a free man. Free from the bondage of sin!

2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall “make” you free.

This son was now equipped to carry the “Gospel” wherever he went.

His father gave him a ring.

**The ring restored him to a position of authority.

The son could now represent his father and his kingdom.

Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Only then can there be a celebration!

It is God’s own joy that He would have all Heaven rejoice with Him and proclaim a sinner returned to the flock of Heaven.

Luk 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Luk 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

The father celebrated his son’s return.

All that his son needed was provided to him.

The father proclaimed his son’s new life!

1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

He, who was once lost has now been found!

1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1Pe 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

The truth is a life without God is a wasted life!

Sin in all it’s forms is a waster of life!

Sin may have it’s own kind of liberty but this liberty will always lead to misery and degrading bondage.

The soul was made by God, the soul was made for God and the soul was made for the delight of God and sin prevents this from happening and therefore there must be suffering and loss.

Because God is God, He cannot deny Himself!

Because God is Holy, He must be an active opponent of sin and once saved, He expects the same from each of us.

The biggest problem our world has today is that the modern day Church has forgotten what it’s job is!

Jesus Christ came to seek and to save and He has now given this job to the Church until He returns!

We have seen that God gets great joy in our salvation and that is only because we can be certain of Christ’s forgiveness.

Questions?

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Praise God For His Forgiveness

Praise God For His Forgiveness

Psalm 103

What is forgiveness? Forgiveness means that though I am guilty, I will be treated as not being guilty.

By what means have we been forgiven? We have been forgiven by the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

If it boiled down to cost, It cost God the death of His Son, as a man, to forgive us but it cost us nothing to forgive each other.

The Lord Jesus Christ paid that cost also!

We must praise the Lord for His forgiveness.

Our praise of God for His forgiveness must be personal!

Let’s begin:

*****Psa 103:1 A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Again we have another Psalm of David.

God blessed us when He provided the means for our salvation but sometimes we get so caught up in the things of this world, we forget all the other things that God does for us every day.

We bless God when we thank Him for all He has done!

Everyone always asks, “what is the will of God for my life”. The will of God begins with our giving thanks to God for what He has already done and thanking God ahead for the things that He is going to do.

1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

It is the will of God that we find joy in prayer through Jesus Christ in every condition of our life.

There is nothing that we have now that has not been given to us by the Lord except evil.

God does not give us any evil thing!

We must realize that the soul is our living being, our essence of true life.

We have a material body and we have a spiritual body.

1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

We can bless the Lord in our physical bodies and be rewarded for doing so, but if we do not also bless the Lord with our spiritual bodies then we are not truly blessing the Lord.

Remember when we are created in the image of God, it has nothing to do with our physical bodies, so it is our spiritual body that is made in the image of God!

We must bless the Lord with all our being that He has given to us or we cannot be a blessing to the Lord!

Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Our relationship with the Lord begins when we bring all we are to Him.

There are great benefits when we give our entire being to the Lord for His use.

*****Psa 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

We bless the Lord when we can stop complaining to God long enough to realize all the good things that God has done for us and praise Him for these things.

Most Christians do not have a problem praying to God before a meal but not many will thank God after eating that meal for what He has done.

Deu 8:10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.

We have already learned that we need to include a request for mercy in our prayers but we also need to thank God for what He has already done, along with thanking God God for what He is about to do in each and every prayer.

God told Moses to teach the Jews that after they had eaten and were full, it was time to bless God for the good things that He had had given to them.

David is reminding us all of this fact in this Psalm.

What is a benefit?

It can be said that a benefit is an act of kindness. Something that is given for personal happiness. It can be considered a reward in this life for being obedient to the Lord.

So what were some of the things that David wrote were great benefits to him.

Each one of us will have to look at our own selves even though many of our benefits will be the same as those of David.

*****Psa 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

1) What is the very first benefit of knowing the Lord our God on a personal level? He will forgive our iniquities.

An iniquity is more an attitude than an action. Iniquity means we are striving to be crooked rather than to be straight.

Righteousness is doing things the right way. Sin is just the opposite or doing things the wrong way.

Iniquity is a condition of the heart or our inner motives.

Thank God, He will forgive us of our iniquities but we must still realize our sin and ask for forgiveness.

Isa 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Isa 43:26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

The greatest benefit we all have is that we can be forgiven of all our sin!

2) Next David wrote God had benefited many by healing diseases.

Because of our age, we in this “forever young class”, have been healed of many sicknesses or we would not be here today. I myself have been healed of cancer.

It seems that many leave our class and go straight on to the glory world where they are totally healed of all diseases.

They have not only been healed of the known diseases of this world but they have also been healed of the disease of aging, they will age no more and the disease of dying, because they can never die again.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This a great benefit that we sometimes seem to forget.

But are more benefits that these two.

*****Psa 103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

3) We have just read where the wages of sin is death, but we have been redeemed if we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior.

The word “destruction” in this verse means “the pit”.

Psa 30:3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to “the pit”.

We have been redeemed!

We have been ransomed by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

How can we ignore such a great benefit as this?

4) We have just spent some time looking at the mercy of God.

God will not only reward us with crowns at the Bema Seat, which we will give back to Him.

But to crown also means “to encircle us” in His mercy in this life we live now, God will surround us with His lovingkindness and His mercy.

Psa 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Psa 5:12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

How can we complain about the things that happen to us in this world and forget such great benefits that God has already given to us and continues to give us everyday?

But that is not all.

*****Psa 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

5) When I was lost and out in this world, I could not be filled to where I was satisfied but my God can satisfy me.

God not only provides the food that I eat to satisfy my physical body but He has also satisfied my soul.

Psa 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

When our mouths are filled with the good things that come from God, how can we complain if we are having that one bad day.

As an eagle grows old grows old and begins to loose it’s feathers it’s upper bill will grow longer than it’s lower bill and the bird will lose the ability to feed itself and will soon die but many of them have found that if they can grind that upper bill down on a “rock” they can again eat and their strength will be renewed.

Psa 92:14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
Psa 92:15 To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Our “Rock” is the Lord Jesus Christ.

1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

This is a great benefit for serving the Lord Our God!

*****Psa 103:6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

6) These things represent the providence of God. Many times God’s providence is labeled as God’s government at this time in all our lives.

Government is direction and regulation.

Today in God’s government, He is preparing this world and everyone in it for His future use, and He has been doing this since before the time of Adam!

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

The Lord will execute righteousness according to His Written Word.

The Lord will judge according to His Own Character.

The Lord will judge His entire creation according to the work of His Son Jesus.

Act 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Appointed means that day is already written in on God’s calender.

There are no actions on this Earth that will determine when the exact “Day of Judgment” will take place only God knows.

*****Psa 103:7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible because God had preserved His Word through the nation of Israel.

The Word of God gives us all a clear picture of God’s character and God’s will for all human beings.

The Word of God is not only God’s instruction manual for this life but the Bible is also God’s Love Letter to each one of us!

If we believe these words, that were inspired by the Holy Spirit but written down for us at the hand of Moses then we should also believe in the Words of our Savior.

Joh 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
Joh 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Remember Moses wrote down for us the acts of Creation. It seems that the Doctrine of Creation as written in the Word of God, comes under attack by this lost world more than most other doctrines of the Bible.

Creation by the design of God and accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation are rejected by most of this world but they are both God Truth!

The truth is still the truth even when the world insists on a lie!

Thank God for His patience.

*****Psa 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
Psa 103:9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

God deals with sinners by showing His mercy and His grace.

Mercy pardons sin and Grace bestows favour upon all those that mercy pardons.

God is slow to anger because He will always give space for repentance. This is the called the ‘longsuffering” of God.

These things only happen because God is plenteous in mercy, which means God has an abundance of mercy and willing to show that mercy to all His created beings.

To “Chide” means to rebuke, or punish or in some cases dispute.

If we feel as though every time we make a mistake that God is sitting in Heaven with a big stick to knock us down then we may not repent as quickly as we should.

BUT, God does not bear a grudge!

God wants us to confess and repent immediately of any sin because of His compassion for us.

God would truly rather bless us than chastise us!

Only those that reject the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God will see God’s anger throughout eternity!

*****Psa 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

When we get to praising the Lord, we certainly need to praise Him for what He has not done, along with the things He has already done for us!

Remember, the wages of sin are death.

Like David, we deserve to be in the lowest, the most miserable place, in Hell but God has provided us an opportunity to miss out on Hell completely.

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

God does not deal with us according to our sin.

God does not reward us according to our iniquities.

Why?

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, “which taketh away the sin of the world”.

God deals with us as His children but only because of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on Mount Calvary’s Cross.

*****Psa 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

The science of astronomy was limited but did exist in the Bible times. Now, there are modern telescopes and some of those are in located above our own atmosphere, but even today no one can give us an accurate measurement of the distance between Heaven and Earth so it is still an infinite measurement.

The Lord says His mercy is even much more infinite that the distance between Heaven and Earth but only toward them that fear Him.

For those that reject the Word of God there will be justice without any mercy at all.

SO, how far does God separate us from our sin?

*****Psa 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

If God had said from North to the South, we all know there is a North and a South Pole so we could be fooled into thinking that was at some point an acceptable distance but God said from the East to the West.

East and West can never meet. Once our sin has been forgiven God separates us from that sin and does not ever remember it again.

When we have been “Born Again” into the family of God we should never wallow in our forgiven past.

God has wiped our record clean!

The one thing that interferes with this process is when we refuse to forgive those that sin against us.

This is the direct command of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

The Lord expects us to grow more and more like Him every day!

*****Psa 103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
Psa 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

We must know in our hearts that it was our God who created our entire world, the heavens and earth and everything in between.

But we must also know that our God is like a father to his children.

Today Satan has taken direct aim at the family and there not as many families and certainly not as many fathers who take care of their children, but we have a Father in Heaven who will always be our example of how to be a Father!

God is a tender and compassionate Father.

God offers Himself freely to be the Father of all His creation because He is!

Scientist are fast finding out that our world is more fragile than it seems and could not be billions or even millions of years old but our world could not have survived that long. It is only as old as the Bible says it is!

Though God will never allow it, Mankind does have the ability to destroy itself!

We are also very fragile and can only do so much to live healthy lives.

But, our Father in Heaven is “eternal” and “all powerful”.

The world rejects our “Powerful, Creator” God who has such laws to restrict them and who also promises a “Judgment” is coming and in doing so, most of our world never gets to meet our “Compassionate Savior”!

When God directs our lives, He always remembers that we are only human and a part of His own creation.

It is only because of God’s “Mercy”, God’s “Compassion” and God’s “Promises” that we can exist!

Our weakness and our foolishness still cannot be used as an excuse to sin.

God has given us all the ability to make choices but making the right choices is impossible to do without the knowledge of God!

The one thing we have very little control of and in most cases no control over is our death!

We are made of the dust of this earth and when we die we will return to the dust from which we were made!

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Ecc 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

It is that “Living Soul” that returns to the God who gave it, which is the only reason God gave us the freedom to choose the path of our eternal life.

*****Psa 103:15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
Psa 103:16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

We sometimes use the seasons to teach us about the resurrection of life when we see the new Spring come every year.

BUT, we should also see the lessons of Autumn and the lessons of each passing year as we see our own lives as the grass or as a flower of the field.

Most of us celebrate a birthday every year as we get older, until we realize we really do not want to get older.

The prophet Isaiah explains it this way:

Isa 40:6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
Isa 40:7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

When we allow the things that we can see, take precedent over the things we cannot see then our own choices are limited to those things!

Everything in this world has it’s limits and will one day fade away!

The Holy Spirit is only available to us in this life and if we accept Him, by the Lord Jesus Christ, He will remain with us throughout eternity but if not, without Him we will simply blow away until the “Judgment Day”.

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

This is what “Mercy” is all about, but there are still some things that we must also do.

*****Psa 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
Psa 103:18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

We are foolish to think our strength and our glory is in this life.

1Pe 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

Most everyone one of us are somewhat disappointed in the life we have lived because we can look back at the mistakes we have made.

The only glory we can have is in our good health, our abilities, and our wisdom and all these things are by the hand of God.

God’s mercy is everlasting because God’s Word is everlasting!

1Pe 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

The Beauty of the Lord is in His “Mercy”!

We began this lesson by mentioning the benefits of knowing the Lord Jesus as Our Savior.

1) These benefits can only come when we keep His covenants.

In order to get the attention of our Father in Heaven we must be baptized in Jesus Christ.

Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

This not water baptism, this is baptism by the Holy Spirit!

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Tit 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

2) These benefits can only come when we remember the commandments of the Lord and Then Do Them!

The promise of God’s “Mercy” is only to those that can do these two things.

Our Father will be obedient to His covenants but we as children must be obedient too!

Jesus said:

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

Christianity is not in opinion!

Christianity comes by action and those actions must be in accordance with the ways of Jesus Christ!

Christianity is not in a feeling, Christianity is in conforming to the image of God and He has shown us that image by His Son Jesus.

Christianity is not being legal, Christianity is being holy.

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

*****Psa 103:19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

Not only is our Lord holy but He is absolute Monarch over His entire creation!

Isa 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

As God is Lord, He has prepared a plan.

As God is Almighty, He has the power to see that His plan is fulfilled.

As God is merciful, He has limited Himself to only do good.

As God is perfect, He will make perfect all those that love Him!

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

There is only one way to approach our Mighty God.

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

*****Psa 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
Psa 103:21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

We can think of Adam who lived more that 800 years and Methuselah who is the oldest man to have ever lived but the angels in Heaven have lived with the Lord and witnessed His magnificence since the first day of creation.

We believe that one third of the angels followed Lucifer but the angels are innumerable so there are still an innumerable number of angels that do the absolute bidding of the Lord.

Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and “to an innumerable company of angels”,

Those that are still in Heaven obey the Lord and they accomplish every commandment of His Words.

The angels are the Lord’s ministers, which means they are the Lord’s servants.

The angels are the Lord’s messengers, which is what the title angel really means.

It is the job of the angels to make the Lord happy by being obedient to His every Word.

It is also the job of all of God’s creation to make the Lord happy by being obedient, which includes all humans.

We bless the Lord when we are obedient to His Word!

And in what ever way we serve the Lord, we will to bless Him with our service.

*****Psa 103:22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Everything everywhere are to bless the Lord of all.

What is the whole duty of all mankind?

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

At the end of everyday before we pray we need to ask ourselves, “Has our life been a blessing to the Lord”.

Then we need to ask for God’s mercy so we can try a little harder if the Lord sees fit for us to awaken to a new day!

God makes this command very simple:

Psa 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

As long as we are breathing God’s air we need to be a blessing to the Lord!

Questions?

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