Posted by: gstiekes | May 26, 2011

LORD

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

The most common designation for our Savior since His resurrection is LORD. 

  • Acts 1:6 – Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel.
  • In Acts 1:24, soon after his ascension, His followers prayed to Him as LORD.
  • His followers began speaking of Christ’s return as the Day of the LORD (Acts 2:20; Philippians 3:20).
  • Acts 2:21 – …whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved.
  • Acts 2:36 – God hath made that same Jesus, Whom ye have crucified, both LORD and Christ.
  • Acts 2:47 – And the LORD added to the church daily such as should be saved.

The early followers of Jesus Christ recognized Him as their Lord and lived that way (Romans 1:3; 5:21; 6:23; Ephesians 3:11; 5:20; Colossians 1:3).  Paul like Thomas recognized Jesus as My Lord (John 20:28; Philippians 3:8).   Jesus is referred to as Lord over 100 times in Acts.  The Apostle Paul refers to Jesus as Lord over 200 times in his epistles.

In order for a person to be saved, Jesus Christ must be recognized as Lord.  To receive Jesus Christ as Savior is to receive Him as Lord and Master, to recognize His authority.  If Jesus is not Lord, then He does not have the ability to save anyone.  When Saul recognized Jesus on the road to Damascus, he immediately submitted to His authority and called Him Lord (Acts 9:5). His immediate response was – Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do (Acts 9:6).

John Wesley, following his salvation at Aldersgate, said that he awoke every morning with “Jesus, Master” in his heart and mouth.

The Greek term for Lord is kurios, meaning supreme in authority, controller or Master.  Saul immediately recognized that he was dealing with someone far superior to himself.  He wants to be Lord of our lives.  Worship Him as Lord and take time to acknowledge His lordship in your own life.  You will never regret it!  The day is coming when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.

This Day in History

735 – Venerable Bede went into the presence of the Lord

Venerable Bede was well known as an author and scholar.  He has been referred to as The Father of English History.  He was laboring on his crowning work, translating the Gospel of John into Anglo-Saxon, when he recognized it was not long before he would die.  On the morning of May 26 he told a friend to take a pen and write fast as he had one chapter to finish.  At the end of the day he said, I have lived long, I desire to die and be with Christ.

Special Prayer

Pray for families who have lost homes and family members in the recent outbreak of tornadoes.

Posted by: gstiekes | May 25, 2011

Negative Effects of Sin

In I Corinthians 3:9 Paul states: For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

At the time of Paul’s writing to the church at Corinth, the believers were fairly new Christians.  They were saved from some very wicked ways.  Paul tells them in verse 3 that they are yet carnal, which means that they operated more according to their fleshly nature than their new spiritual nature.  One of the evidences of their carnality was the envying, strife and division that existed among them.  Paul is concerned that they grow in the Lord so that they will be governed by spiritual values as opposed to their fleshly desires, which were common in their community.

There are two basic types of believers – the spiritual and the carnal.  Paul was concerned because it is God’s will that Christians grow in their relationship to the Lord (II Peter 3:18) to the place of spiritual maturity.  But they were still like spiritual babies, needing to be fed with spiritual milk instead of the meat of the Word of God (I Corinthians 3:2; I Peter 2:2).  They could not handle the deeper truths of God’s Word (Hebrews 5:11-14).

The logic is clear in the chapter.  If you follow the flesh then you can expect to have the problems of the flesh.  Our society today is permeated with the flesh and it is totally understandable as to why there are so many crimes and why people have so many problems.  This is multiplied when carnal people turn to carnal society for the answers to their problems.

It is not unusual to hear the words MINE when little children are playing with toys.  Adults express the same idea with the words MY WAY!  Part of growing up spiritually is to recognize that it is all about God – NOT ME!  Adults set the example for the children.  They first need to recognize the negative results of sin so that the children naturally follow their example.

John MacArthur provides 19 different limitations of sin in our lives (acting in the flesh):

•        Sin often affects people physically.

•        Purposeful sin removes us from under the umbrella of God’s blessing.

•        Sin corrupts the mind (Jeremiah 17:9; Ephesians 4:17-19).

•        Sin corrupts the will (Jeremiah 44:16-17).

•        Sin corrupts the affections (John 3:19; I John 2:15).

•        Sin brings people under the control of Satan (John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2).

•        Sin makes people the objects of God’s wrath (Ephesians 2:3).

•        Sin robs people of peace (Isaiah 48:22) and replaces it with misery (Job 5:7; Romans

8:20).

•        Sin grieves the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).

•        Sin places a wall between us and God so that He cannot hear our prayers (Psalm

66:18; Isaiah 59:1-2; I Peter 3:7).

•        Sin limits our ability to serve God (II Timothy 2:20-21).

•        Sin even disqualifies some from Christian service (I Corinthians 9:27).

•        Sin renders our worship hypocritical and unacceptable (Psalm 33:1; Isaiah 1:14).

•        Sin causes God to withhold blessing (Jeremiah 5:25).

•        Sin robs us of joy (Psalm 51:12).

•        Sin subjects Christians to God’s chastening (Hebrews 12:5-11).

•        Sin hinders our spiritual growth (I Corinthians 3:1-3).

•        Sin pollutes our fellowship with God (I Corinthians 10:21).

•        Sin causes us to dishonor God (I Corinthians 6:19-20).

As Christians, we must recognize that we cannot disobey God (sin) and glorify Him at the same time.  We cannot purposely sin and say that we love Him.

Knowing what sin does to us, why in the world would any Christian go against God’s will and sin?  This is certainly something to think about and pray about.  Sin keeps us from becoming what God wants us to be and keeps us from doing what God wants us to do.

Thank God today for delivering you from sin and then pray and commit yourself to truly loving Him by choosing not to sin.  Pray that He will provide strength in times of temptation and that He would give you a hatred for it.  We need to recognize that we make up the church, the body of Christ.  What kind of church will the world see when they look at your life.

This Day in History

1787 – The United States Constitutional Convention began.

1824 – The American Sunday School Union was established.

Sunday school should be a part of every family weekly schedule.  The influence of the Sunday School in the lives of both children and adults cannot be minimized.  Thank God today for truths you have learned in Sunday School through the years.

1868 – Billy Bray went home to be with His Lord.

Billy was known as an eccentric preacher.  He was constantly shouting GLORY!  He preached, built chapels, took orphans into his home and God used him as the instrument of salvation for many souls.  His dying word was GLORY!

1925 – The Ordination of Charles E. Fuller

Dr. Fuller was the founder and director of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour for many years.

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