Bible Study

The Necessity of War Genesis 14:1-16; Revelation 19:19-21

War is a terrible thing!  Through the annals of history, if all were known, there have probably been billions who have died (both soldiers and collateral damage-civilians) in all wars.  In all the American wars, either by our country or within our country, over 45,000,000 men and women have served in wartime with app. 1,175,000 war dead and app. 1,500,000 wounded in action.  That is a tremendous number of young lives that have been given and forever changed while affording us the freedom that we now enjoy.

War is not something that any sane man or woman wants, but we find in our text that war is sometimes a necessity.  Men who will not fight will not remain free. 
Henry Patrick Henry, the fiery politician from Virginia, gave his famous speech before the Virginia Provincial Convention…Here is how he concluded it:
“3 million people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the Destiny of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us. Battle sir, is not to the strong alone, it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.….. There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery. Our chains are forged. There clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable — and let it come. I repeat it, sir let it come!…..Gentleman may cry peace, peace, but there is no peace. The war has actually begun! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?…..Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. Forbid it, almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”
It is the cry of the patriot and is the prerequisite for freedom.  To live free, men must sometimes die.  Freedom in a privilege, not a right!  
Many people protest war while many others are pacifists and will not fight in war.  Many of these are professing “Christians” who are completely ignorant of what the Bible says about war.  God is an Advocate of wars fought for the right principles.  These objectors or pacifists are the ungrateful who fail to realize that their freedom was purchased with the blood of others.  They are free to protest; they are free to speak; they are free to live and work; they are free this morning because men and women were will to go, fight, and die!

On the Tomb of the Unknowns or Unknown Soldier are inscribed the words:
HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD

1.  The unfortunate necessity of war.
a.  First Mention of War.  In our text, we find that war was made a necessity because of the Wicked.  These pagan kings chose to place others in bondage.  This first war affected the freedom of the righteous man, Lot.
b.  We find that God’s people reacted to war with a Righteous Response.  Abraham placed his men on the field of battle against the wicked and set righteous Lot and all that he possessed free.
c.  Last Mention of War.  Revelation 19:19-21.  Here we also see a Righteous Response of God to against the wicked.

2.  The conception of war.  Righteous war has God’s “stamp of approval” upon it. Ecclesiastes 3:8  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

a.  God taught Israel to war.  Numbers 1:1-3  And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first[day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2  Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; 3  From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.  (God said that, when the men were old enough, they were to go to war!  This was a Draft System.  At age 18, men and women prepare for war and entered the army of Israel.  They still do!)

b.  God taught King David to war.   Psalm 144:1  Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:  (David was a man after God’s own heart and was a man of war.  If you do not believe that spiritual men can be warriors, just ask the enemies of Israel what they thought of King David.)

c.  Without war, God’s people are oppressed, enslaved, or destroyed! – Numbers 10:9  And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

d.  Without war, the righteous perish! – Psalms 69:4  They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

Ephesians 6:10-13  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  (11)  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (12)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  (13)  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

2.  The righteousness of war.  War can be a both good and necessary.  There are times to fight and things we must fight for.  Ecclesiastes 3:3, 8  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up … (8)  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  (God both ordained and commanded war to be made.  God is good and God but is also a God of war!)

a.  We must war for our nation – Psalms 9:17  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.  (We must not give up on America because it is a good land; a God given land and is under constant attack from both without and within.  We must fight our outside enemies!  We must fight our inside enemies!)

b.  We must war for the Faith – Jude 3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort youthat ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.  (The Word of God is under constant attack but we stand and fight for it.  It is a good fight!  It is a right fight!)

c.  We must war for the Old Paths – Jeremiah 6:16  Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.  (The old ways of holiness and separation are under constant attack but we stand and fight for them.  It is a good fight!  It is a right fight!)

d.  We must war for our Families – Psalms 78:5 -8 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: 6  That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: 7  That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8  And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.  (Our families and our children are under constant attack and we must stand and fight for them.  It is a good fight!  It is a right fight!)

4.  War will always be a perpetual thing.  Exodus 17:16  For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. (I once saw a bumper sticker that said, “Eternal vigilance is the price for liberty.”  The fight will not end until the Prince of Peace comes.)

Isaiah 2:4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

a.  So, until then, let us fight Advisedly – Proverbs 20:18  Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

b.  So, until then, let us fight Fearlessly – Psalms 27:3-5  Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4  One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. 5  For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

c.  So, until then, let us fight Continually – 2 Timothy 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Victory Baptist Church 15 September 2021 victorypalmetto.com

Wade’s Wednesday

Living Water

By Charles Stanley

People who have ever lived in a desert or experienced a long-term drought, understand how essential water is. Without it, plants dry up, crops fail, animals languish with thirst, and before long the ground cracks and dust starts to blow. Sometimes, this is how life feels, too—dry, fruitless, unsatisfying, and futile.

But this should not be the case for believers. Even if the externals of life resemble a drought, inside we have the ever-flowing living water of the Holy Spirit. Of all the word pictures employed in the Bible to depict the Spirit, a river of living water ranks among the most powerful. He is seen as the source of vitality and abundance in our lives. Like a continually moving stream, He flows through us, performing His sanctifying work of transforming us into the image of Christ.

Getting to know the spirit is a lifelong process. As we walk in obedience to Him, we experience both His quiet guidance through life’s challenges and His power displayed in our weakness. We marvel when He brings to light a passage of scripture and find solace in His comfort when we’re hurting. His convictions guide us to repentance so we can be cleansed with living water. And His promptings and warnings keep us from heading down the wrong path.

Because the life-giving Spirit dwells within us, no Christian has to live a dry, fruitless life. Of course, if we opt to live as we please and indulge in sin, we’ll quench Him. But the more we learn of Him in Scripture and walk with Him in obedience, the more His life will flow through us.

Tuesday With Karen

Thankful for how God wraps us in His care every day! KI

Wrap It In His Hand

Wrap it in His hand, anything you face,
God is always there, giving you His grace;
He knows every step in this life you’ll trod,
No need to worry from in the hand of God!

Wrap it in His love, the great & the small,
He listens to you pray, anytime you call;
He loves you so much, His only Son died,
That by His blood, there is eternal life!

Wrap it in His care, so loving and deep,
He’s guiding your feet, meeting every need;
Not one time at all, will you be left alone,
But God’s hand is there, helping you go on!

Let God wrap you in everlasting love,
He watches over you from His throne above;
Whatever you face, God’s love will be there,
Wrapping you each day in tender loving care!

Instant Messages old as man.

But with all this technology there is one way of communicating that is far superior, prayer.

Prayer is as illimitable as God’s own blessed Son.  There is nothing on earth or in heaven, for time or eternity, that God’s Son did not secure for us.  By prayer God gives us the vast and matchless inheritance which is ours by virtue of his Son.  God charges us to “come boldly to the throne of grace.”  God is glorified and Christ is honored by large asking ( E.M. Bounds)

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not (Jer. 33:3)

How long has it been since you’ve seen great and mighty things happening in your life?

Time Spent Well

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Let’s say that your phone rings tomorrow morning, and it’s a call from the manager of your bank. He tells you, “I received a very unusual call the other day. Someone who loves you very much and is quite wealthy has given you a large sum of money. This anonymous donor will be depositing 86,400 cents into your account every single day.”

“How’s that again?” you ask.

“Every single day, this person will deposit 86,400 cents into your account.”

Is that much money? you wonder at first. Then you get out your calculator and figure out that it amounts to $864 every day. That’s pretty good, you’re thinking.

“But there is one condition,” the banker continues. “You have to spend it every single day. You can’t save it up. You can’t add it to the next day’s balance. Every day, you must spend that money. What is not spent will be taken away. This person will do this each and every day, but the condition is that you must spend the money.”

So you go back to your calculator and figure out that $864 times 7 equals $6,048 per week. That amount, multiplied by 52, comes to $314,496 per year. That’s a pretty good deal. And that is also a fantasy.

So let’s deal with reality. Someone who really does love you very much deposits into your bank of time 86,400 seconds every single day. That someone is God. And the condition is that you must spend it. You can’t save up time today and apply it toward tomorrow—there’s no such thing as a 27-hour day. Each and every day, you have the opportunity to invest your precious commodity of time.

The psalmist wrote “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life”.

I also like the way Paul wrote about this in Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

The Weak and the Strong

REPOST

I was able to visit the 9-11 Memorial, while in New York. My emotions when from sad to mad, from unbelief to thankfulness.

I asked myself the questions  “How small is your god if you have to kill to please him?” My answer was “very small.” If a person beliefs require them to kill innocent men and women boys and girls, then their religion is in vain.

“How big is your God if you can forgive them?” My answer.”Very Big.”

God’s grace is far greater than mine  and His forgiveness far out reaches mine.

Here are a few pictures from that visit:

IMG_0983  Entrance to the 9-11 Memorial

IMG_0975 Where the first plane hit the tower

IMG_0976 The first responders Fire Truck

IMG_0973 The last beam removed from site, signed by Fire Dept. and Police Dept.

IMG_0968 View from inside Memorial “original corner”  still in place. Through the window you can see the new “Freedom Tower” One World Trade Tower.

IMG_0967 The Freedom Tower

IMG_0884 The Memorial Fountain, with all the names of the victims

Friday Funnies

I’m Feeling Fine
Farmer Joe decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company responsible for the accident to court. In court the trucking company’s fancy lawyer was questioning farmer Joe.
“Didn’t you say at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine,”‘ asked the lawyer.
Farmer Joe responded, “Well, I’ll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the…”
“I didn’t ask for any details,” the lawyer interrupted, “just answer the question. Did you not say at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine!’?”
Farmer Joe said, “Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road…”
The lawyer interrupted again and said, “Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the highway patrolman on the scene that he was fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question.”
By this time the judge was fairly interested in Farmer Joe’s answer and said to the lawyer, “I’d like to hear what he has to say.”
Joe thanked the judge and proceeded, “Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn’t want to move. However, I could hear ol’ Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans.
Shortly after the accident a highway patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me.” He said, “Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot him. How are you feeling?”

One day, Einstein has to speak at an important science conference.

On the way there, he tells his driver that looks a bit like him:
“I’m sick of all these conferences. I always say the same things over and over!” The driver agrees: “You’re right. As your driver, I attended all of them, and even though I don’t know anything about science, I could give the conference in your place.”   “That’s a great idea!” says Einstein. “Let’s switch places then!”
So they switch clothes and as soon as they arrive, the driver dressed as Einstein goes on stage and starts giving the usual speech, while the real Einstein, dressed as the car driver, attends it.
But in the crowd, there is one scientist who wants to impress everyone and thinks of a very difficult question to ask Einstein, hoping he won’t be able to respond. So this guy stands up and interrupts the conference by posing his very difficult question. The whole room goes silent, holding their breath, waiting for the response.
The driver looks at him, dead in the eye, and says :  “Sir, your question is so easy to answer that I’m going to let my driver reply to it for me.”

Bible Study

Discernment 1 John 3:24-4:3
1 John 3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. 1.Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

There are so many spirits in the world clamoring for the attention of both religious people and the children of God. 
 
1.  Mankind has always been enchanted by the suspected presence of “spirit” beings.  Many legends and myths show man’s curiosity as well as lack of knowledge on the subject. 
 
2.  Since Satan’s rebellion in heaven, there has been a perpetual warfare in the spirit world.  From Genesis 3 until God ultimately banishes these evil spirits to their eternal home, hell, the battle rages.
 
I do not want to do a study on Angelology but will take a quick into the spirit world because of our verses for tonight. 
 
1.  If our eyes could be opened to that which cannot be seen, the spirit world, I believe we would be shocked.  Devil possession was rampant during the life of our Lord and I find no place where that has been changed. 
 
2.  The Bible speaks much of spirits and devils.  Lying spirits, spirits of divination, familiar spirits, possessing spirits, evil spirits, principalities and powers, etc. 
 
People can be both possessed by spirits and influenced by spirits.  I believe that our text speaks of the latter.   Men can be possessed and influenced by:
 
1.  The Spirit of God – John 3:34  For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
 
2.  The spirit of antichrist which is of the devil – 1 Timothy 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
 
Here are three simple ways to try the spirits in order to know right and wrong doctrine; right and wrong prophets or preachers.
 
1.  Try the spirits with God’s Word.  John 8:31-32  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  (32)  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
 
Isaiah 8:20  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.  (The Holy Spirit of God will NEVER lead contrary to the Word of God!  Our Lord Jesus Christ said that the scriptures could not be broken.  People always say the Holy Ghost told me to do or to say this or that but many times what these people are doing is against the scripture.)
 
Deuteronomy 13:1-4  If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,  (2)  And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;  (3)  Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  (4)  Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.  (We often say believe nothing that you hear and only half of what you see.  They may seem to do great miracles but, if they violate the scriptures at any point, they are not of God.)
 
2.  Try the spirits by the fruit that they bear.  Matthew 7:15-18  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  (16)  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  (17)  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  (18)  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  (Does the spirit produce godliness or worldliness?  Many of the new churches of our day are becoming more and more worldly while claiming to be doing things by the Bible.)
 
Matthew 12:33  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
 
3.  Try the spirits by the Holy Spirit that dwells within you.  John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
 
1 Corinthians 2:9-13  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.  (10)  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  (11)  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  (12)  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  (13)  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Victory Baptist Church 08 September 2021 victorypalmetto.com

Wade’s Wednesday

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The Lord Jesus Christ gives us nine beatitudes, or “attitudes that ought to be.” They are not platitudes. They are attitudes that deal with Christian character. For a full text of the beatitudes, please read Matthew 5:3-11.

Christian character is what you are. Your reputation is what others think about you, but character is what God knows about you. The beatitudes don’t say, “Blessed is what you have,” or “Blessed is what you do,” but instead they tell us, “Blessed is what you are.”All of us are going to die, and some sooner than we think. When you die, you’ll leave behind all that you have and all that you have done, and you’ll take with you all that you are. Isn’t that right?

You see, it’s character that is most important. That’s the reason it’s more important that you seek blessedness than happiness.

Most of the people in the world are doing—what? Seeking happiness. They want to be happy. If you seek happiness, you’ll never find it. But you get right with God and blessedness will find you.

By Adrain Rogers

Tuesday With Karen

The Lord Himself

The Lord Himself came from Heaven above,
God’s only Son, the perfect gift of love;
He was born in a manger amid mortal men,
The Redeemer with blood to wash away sin!

The Lord Himself dwelt among mortal man,
As part of God’s perfect salvation plan;
Then He learned emotions man did feel,
The love He felt then is still very real!

The Lord Himself died on Calvary’s cross,
He shed His blood, for none to be lost;
He paid for our sin as part of God’s grace,
Then rose again after only three days!

The Lord Himself will descend with a shout,
He’ll split the clouds, in glory, stepping out;
All things are ready, waiting in their place,
His children long to see His glorious face!