Wade’s Wednesday

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Bernini’s David 1623

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

David, king of ancient Israel, found himself in the midst of a confused national situation. His kingdom was torn by internal strife. Slave hated master; master hated slave. People blamed the government, and government blamed the people. David looked about him and saw that every man thought himself perfect. Each individual placed blame upon other individuals. David knew that if sinful pride continued to increase, his nation would collapse spiritually. He knew that economic depression, moral disintegration, or military defeat inevitably follow spiritual decline. So David turned to God, and it was revealed to him by the Spirit of God that the spiritual tide of his nation could rise no higher than the spiritual level of his own heart. So he fell on his knees in utter humility and prayed,Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

The Birds Keep On Singing
The birds keep on singing, when it gets bitterly cold,
Their God given talent, they use without being told;
God gave them a joyful, happy ability,
We should be blessed by their sweet testimony!
The birds keep on singing, when it’s cloudy and dark,
They always have a song deep within their heart;
We can take lessons on how to sing and rejoice,
By listening to the sweetness down in their voice!
The birds keep on singing when things get rearranged,
When they see nature bring about much change;
Their song is still there, no matter what takes place,
We’ll have a song to sing when we trust God’s grace!
The birds keep on singing, in all that comes along,
Faithful to use their talent, amidst all right or wrong;
God blessed them well when He taught them to sing,
We, as His children, should do the very same thing!
                              
**Written after hearing a man @church talk about
how birds keep on singing, even in frigid weather.

The Light of God’s Countenance

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By Adrian Rogers

“Lord, lift Thou up the light of Thy countenance upon us.” Psalm 4:6

How easy it is to be deceived when we are not walking in the light of God’s Word. Charles Lindbergh tells about the time he was flying in a dense fog over Newfoundland. He noticed moisture beginning to freeze on the wings of his plane and thought, “This great adventure is going to come to an untimely end. What shall I do?”

Then, he had a moment of inspiration. He pulled his plane up and out of the fog and burst into the dazzling sunlight. Have you ever felt like you were living in a fog? Friend, He has a word of encouragement for you. You can get near to the heart of God. His light can shine even in the darkest corner of your heart.

Ask God to shine His light into the darkness of your heart. Ask Him to reveal your doubts and fears. Ask Him to reveal your sin that lies covetously in your heart. Then get ready for a blessing. Draw up close, because when you repent, He’ll reach in with healing forgiveness.

The Haircut and Politics

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Blessed are those that can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.’ The florist was pleased and left the shop.

When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and left the shop.

The next morning when the barber went to open up, there were a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.’ The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.

The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

What’s Up?

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Ever wonder what God is doing in your life, or what — if anything — he’s accomplishing through you? You aren’t alone! Many people in the Bible surely felt the same way, from Joseph as a prisoner in Egypt to Mary as a young, unwed expectant mother.

Answers may come in time … or may need to wait until we get to heaven. Meanwhile, like missionary Elisabeth Elliot, we can take comfort in this truth: “God is God. Because he is God, he is worthy of my trust and obedience.” Elliot proclaimed, “I will find rest nowhere but in his holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what he is up to.”

Friday Funnies

FORECAST

Vacationing in south Georgia, I picked up the local paper to check out the forecast. It read: Today: Sunny, 76. Tonight: not so sunny 66.

SUMMER JOB

For her summer job, a teenager arranged interviews at several day-care centers. At one meeting, she sat down on one of the kiddie seats, no simple task for most people. The interview went well, and at the end, the day-care center director asked the standard question, “Can you give me one good reason we should hire you?” “Because I fit in the chairs.” She got the job.

Q: What does a nosey pepper do?  A: Gets jalapeno business!

Q: What do you call a fake noodle? A: An Impasta

Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest? A: An Investigator

Q: What happens if you eat yeast and shoe polish? A: Every morning you’ll rise and shine!

Q: “What’s the difference between a guitar and a fish?” A: “You can’t tuna fish.”

Q: Did you hear about the race between the lettuce and the tomato? A: The lettuce was a “head” and the tomato was trying to “ketchup”!

Q: What do you get from a pampered cow? A: Spoiled milk. Q: What do lawyers wear to court? A: Lawsuits!

Q: What gets wetter the more it dries? A: A towel.

Q: What did Bacon say to Tomato? A: Lettuce get together!

Q: How do you make a tissue dance? A: Put a little boogey in it!

Q: Why did the picture go to jail? A: Because it was framed.

Q: What do you get when you cross fish and an elephant? A: Swimming trunks.

Bible Study

Attitude 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Thorns Teach Us To Appreciate The Roses
There is much controversy about what Paul’s “thorn” was. Some believe that it was a physical suffering because of his eyesight – Galatians 4:15  Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
Galatians 6:11  Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

Some believe that it was a spiritual suffering because of his persecution. – 2 Corinthians 11:23-28
Some believe that it was a mental suffering because of his past – 1 Corinthians 15:9  For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Galatians 1:13  For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

Regardless of your position on the subject, we all realize that life is full of hard spots.

  1. There is the possibility of complaining to God.  Everybody loves the “rose,” but nobody likes a thorn!  Life has more “thorns” than “roses.”  Paul did not enjoy suffering any more than we do.  Even our Lord asked that the cup be removed from Him in the Garden of Gethsemane!
    a)  Paul’s initial reaction to the thorn:  “besought…thrice”  Verse 8
    1)  His prayer was rightly directed – to God and not to man.
    2)  His prayer was earnestly directed – thrice.
    3)  His prayer was specifically directed – this thing…it.
    b)  Paul’s ultimate reaction to the thorn:  “gloried…took pleasure”  Verse 9-10
    1)  The thorn brought glory to Paul’s God.
    2)  The thorn brought the power of God in Paul’s life.

2.  There is the possibility of thanking God.  Paul thanked God for the thorn.  It is easy to give thanks for roses but not for the thorns!

God’s answer to Paul’s prayer was:

1.  Unexpected – God answered contrary to Paul’s request.
2.  Purposed – our faith must surpass our feelings.  “A thorn is the stem upon which the flower of divine glory is to bloom!”
3.  Assuring – it was for Paul’s good (Romans 8:28) and for God’s Glory (Galatians 6:14).

Paul’s reaction to the “thorn.”

1.  He Gloried in the “thorn.”  (To ascribe honor!  He gloried in what the Lord was doing.)
2.  He took Pleasure in the “thorn.”  (To think good or to be pleased!)
3.  I wonder how we would react to the “thorn?”
1 Peter 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1 Peter 4:12-13  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  (13)  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

I believe that the Holy Spirit, through the Word of God, allows us to see into the personal lives of some of God’s greatest men.

James 5:17  Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

1.  God’s men had problems like everyone else.  Some, God removed while others, God allows to remain.
2.  God’s men were men of like passions as we are.  Ups and downs in life.
3.  God’s men often had problems of their own making.  Paul’s was the potential of glorying in self.  MANY OF MY PROBLEMS ARE SELF INFLICTED!
4.  What is my problem this morning; what is my thorn?  What is yours?
Paul thanked God for the “thorn?”

THE DIVINE RESULTS OF THORNS IN YOUR LIFE

1.  Thorns Teach Us To Lean Upon Christ – Philippians 3:3  For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
1 Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
2.  Thorns Teach Us That God Is Greater Than Our Problems – 1 John 4:4   Ye are of  God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  (Not God over came them, but we overcome them through grace and strength.)
1 John 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Romans 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerorsthrough him that loved us.
Ephesians 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
3.  Thorns Teach Us About God’s Sufficient Grace – 2 Corinthians 12:9a And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 4:15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
4.  Thorns Teach Us That God’s Strength Comes At The end Of Ours – Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
2 Corinthians 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
5.  Thorns Teach Us To Praise God In The Bad Times – 1 Thessalonians 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Ephesians 5:20  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Job 1:21  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
6.  Thorns Teach Us About God’s Power To Do God’s Will – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
p7.  Thorns Teach Us To Appreciate The Roses!

Conclusion:  A man once said, “How beautiful the rose that blossoms out of a stem of thorns!”

Victory Baptist Church 23 June 2021 victorypalmetto.com

Wade’s Wednesday

The Bandit of Joy

by Max Lucado

The bandit of joy is Fear. Fear of death, fear of failure, fear of God, and fear of tomorrow. His arsenal is vast. The goal of Fear is to create cowardly, joyless souls.

We try unsuccessfully to face our fears with power, possessions, or popularity.  Only inward character creates courage.  And it is those inward convictions Jesus is building in the Beatitudes.  The result of this process is courage—“they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).  No longer shall the earth and its fears dominate us, for we follow the one who dominates the earth.

[Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. —Romans 15:13]

If you are in Christ, you are guaranteed that your sins will be filtered through, hidden in, and screened out by the sacrifice of Jesus.  That means failure is not a concern for you. Your victory is secure.  How could you not be courageous?

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

Don’t Ever Get Over It

Don’t ever get over the joy of our salvation,

God erased Hell’s death & condemnation;

He came in our heart, our sins were forgiven,

Then He gave us a place with Him in Heaven!

Don’t ever get over the peace He gives inside,

When He comes within our heart to abide;

There’s no amount of money, riches, or wealth,

That can take the place of not going to Hell!

Don’t ever get over the privilege to seek His face,

We watch Him answer prayer by His loving grace;

So many trials, His hand brings us through,

Impossible things with man, God can still do!

Don’t ever get over the blood He shed for our sin,

We’d have no hope at all if it wasn’t for Him;

So when we let other sensations & desires fade,

Don’t ever get over it, concerning being saved!

 

Dedication

imagesThe following statement was found in the belongings of a young African Christian martyred for his faith.
Do you share this same commitment to Christ?

“I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lifted by prayer and labor by His power.

“My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, lamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals.

“My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is Heaven. My road is narrow; my way rough; my companions few; my Guide reliable; my vision clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the face of an adversary, negotiate at the table of an enemy, and ponder at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

“I won’t give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, HE WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM RECOGNIZING ME… MY BANNER WILL BE CLEAR!”