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Prayer's Place in our Lives

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah 37:15, "And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD..."

Chapter 37 is one filled with threats and desperation as the Assyrian king, Sennacherib, came against Hezekiah, king of Judah.  Sennacherib's representative, Rabshakeh brought his army and his threats to the people and the king of Judah in Isaiah 36.  Hezekiah turned to the man of God, Isaiah, and to the LORD of hosts through prayer for direction and help.  God is the ultimate and best helper in our lives, and such was the case in Hezekiah's life. NO ONE CAN HELP YOU THE WAY GOD CAN HELP YOU!   Hezekiah's prayer included a personal request, but it was couched in such a manner as to desire that God be glorified through the answer. "O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only." (Isaiah 37:20) Is this not the manner in which all prayer should be offered to God.  That ultimately through the answer to our prayers God is glorified, that He is magnified.

God powerfully responded to Hezekiah's prayer.  "For I will defend this city to save it FOR MINE OWN SAKE, and for my servant David's sake." (Isaiah 37:35)  "Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand (185,000):  and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. 37So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt in Nineveh." (Isaiah 37:36-37)

Prayer has a continual place in the believer's life, not just in times of desperation, but always.  "...men ought always to pray, and not to faint..." (Luke 18:1) "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)  Prayer also has a proper acknowledgment, "...Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:9-10)

May we pray with expectation and desire.  An expectation that God hears and answers prayer, and a desire to see Him magnified and glorified because of the answer.  This is the place prayer has in the believer's life!

Have a good day rejoicing in our great God!

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

FROM WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR HELP?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah 31:1, "Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!"

When we feel threatened it is natural to look for help.  Such was the case with the people of Israel.  They were threatened by the impending invasion of the Assyrians and turned to Egypt for help.  Egypt has always been a type of the world in Scripture.  Israel is looking in the wrong place for help.  They are looking for the help of man, when they should be looking for help from God. 

We are to walk by faith, not by sight.  It is easy to look for tangible human help.  As you can see, Egypt had many horses and chariots.  They also had a large number of strong capable horsemen.

Isaiah spoke of two wrongs in this verse:

  • The people failed to look to God and instead looked to man.  The help of man is limited.  The help of God is limitless.  The Christian is to always look to God for his help.
  • The people also failed to seek God's counsel.  The word "seek" refers to someone who seeks out with the purpose of inquiring.

The choice is yours, you can depend upon horses, chariots, great numbers of strong men or you can look to God.  Upon whom will you depend?

Psalm 20:6-8, "Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. 7Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. 8They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright."

Have a great day rejoicing in our Saviour.

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

What Do You Want To Hear?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah 30:9-11, "...this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: [10]  Which say to the seers, See not, and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: [11] Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us."

Isaiah speaks the truth as one of God's faithful prophets.  He prophesies to a rebellious people.  Rebellious people are those who know what is right but choose to do whatever they desire even though it is wrong and sinful.    God characterizes them as:

  • lying children, who refuse to hear the law of the LORD.
  • they attempt to persuade God's men (the seers and the prophets) to distort the message of God.
  • they want God to go away.

Paul spoke to Timothy about this sort of person in  2 Timothy 4:3-4, "3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."  The day in which we live places little value upon the truth of God's Word.  It seems that many today want to hear everything but the truth.   

God isn't going away (Amen!), and His Word endures forever (Matthew 24:35), "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."  I hope you want to hear sound Bible preaching!  Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."

The preacher needs to preach, the seer needs to see, and the prophet needs to prophesy!

Have a great day rejoicing in the Lord.

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

God's Threshing Always Accomplishes His Purposes

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah 21:10, "O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you." 

Most bible scholars believe this passage is a prophecy concerning the destruction of Babylon.  It is intended to comfort and encourage God's people.

The way Isaiah describes God's people is interesting:  "O my threshing, and the corn of my floor..."  The word "my" speaks of personal possession.  We belong to God, for we have been purchased with a price. Threshing in Scripture often denotes judgment and certainly is a harvesting technique that would separate the chaff from the wheat.  God's Threshing Always Accomplishes His Purposes and Brings Holiness in the Lives of His People.  

Barnes in his "Notes on the Bible" states:  the phrase "the corn of my floor" is a Hebraic grammatical form where the word "corn" speaks of sonship.  'The son of my threshing floor'  is the idea.  

Matthew Henry in his commentary gives the following notes:

(1.) The church is God’s floor, in which the most valuable fruits and products of this earth are, as it were, gathered together and laid up.

(2.) True believers are the corn of God’s floor. Hypocrites are but as the chaff and straw, which take up a great deal of room, but are of small value, with which the wheat is now mixed, but from which it shall be shortly and for ever separated.

(3.) The corn of God’s floor must expect to be threshed by afflictions and persecutions. God’s Israel of old was afflicted from her youth, often under the plougher’s plough (Psalm 129:3) and the thresher’s flail.

(4.) Even then God owns it for his threshing; it is his still; nay, the threshing of it is by his appointment, and under his restraint and direction. The threshers could have no power against it but what was given them from above.

Finally, Isaiah assures them of the truth of what he has said, "...that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you."  All of our hopes and expectations rest in what the Bible says.  Paul stated to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 11:23, "For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you..."  Every preacher needs to declare the truth of God's Word and nothing else.  God has power enough to do any thing for his church and grace enough to do every thing that is good for her.

May we live every day desiring to become more like Jesus!

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

TROUBLE OFTEN TURNS ONE TO GOD

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah 17:7, "At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel."

If you are one of God's children and you see yourself drifting away, then get ready for some trouble to come your way. God in His love uses trouble to mold and shape our character.  He uses trouble to re-adjust our wayward path to turn us back to Himself.   It is important to be in touch with your heart at all times.  It doesn't take long to slide away from a place that you have had and that is both important and precious.

The context of this passage is a message God gave Isaiah concerning Damascus.  National afflictions and judgments often have the effect to turn the eyes of even a wicked and rebellious people to God.  9/11 had this impact upon many in the United States.  We felt the danger and vulnerabilities, and we realized if even for a short time, that no one but God can protect us, and for a time people were praying in their humiliation seeking God's divine protection.

Our verse explains all this when it says "At that day shall a man look to his Maker..."  Instead of confiding in their strongly fortified places and military, they shall look for help and protection from the God who made or created them.  "...his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel."  to have respect is to "pay high regard" and to look up to.  Their attitude will change about the Holy One of Israel.  The One we spoke of yesterday who is Holy and Just.  As the Syrians were allied with the kingdom of Samaria or Ephraim, they were, of course, acquainted with the true God, and in some sense acknowledged Him.  In these times of impending calamity, they would be led to seek the Holy One of Israel, and implore His aid and protection. 

Some will change permanently because of calamity, while others will change temporarily and turn back to their old ways.  May we learn from the trials of life and seek the permanent change God desires as He molds and shapes our lives.

Have a great day!

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

​Are We Different Than Other Nations?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah 10:11, "Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?"

It was tragic that the children of Israel, in the city of Jerusalem, would set up graven images.  Did the heathen of the world have more idols than the people of Jerusalem?  That we do not know.  However, it is clear God would deal with His children in the same manner as the heathen.   

You see it is foolish for Christians to emulate the people of the world in any respect, including idolatry.  Christians should continue in the paths that God has established for them. When God brings his people into trouble, it is to bring sin to their remembrance, and to humble them, and to awaken them to a sense of their duty to God.

God had brought the Assyrians against Israel to exterminate idolatry, and any other sins among the people.

Will this country be treated any differently than others who fall into sin?  No, not at all!!!  We must realize we are not exempted from God's hand of judgment.  Just as He has dealt with others He will also deal with us.  America needs to wake up before it is too late.

 Our churches need to wake up before it is too late.  Christians need to wake up before it is too late.

Have a good day!

Your Friend in HIM,

--

Pastor Mike Abbott

God's Invitation to Settle Your Account

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah 1:18, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:  though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

This verse should bring hope to the heart of any person needing God's forgiveness and healing.  Often times, Satan places within the hearts and minds of people that they are too bad for God to forgive them, but such is never the case with the LORD.  Here He extends an invitation for the nation to "come" and the time is "now."  The time to accept God's invitation isn't later but now.  The time to deal with our sin is sooner rather than later.   Barnes states concerning this invitation, "This is addressed to the nation of Israel; and the same exhortation is made to all sinners."  Nations can come, but so can individuals.  I pray that our country will heed the invitation to come, but if a nation refuses,  all who are sinners may come.

God wants to reason with us concerning His justice.  The terminology is a terminology likened to that which concerns a court of law.  Where both parties present their case.  Again, Barnes states, "He [God] here continues the language, and addresses them as accustomed to the proceedings of courts, and proposes to submit the case as if on trial.

The depth of sin is evident by use of the words "scarlet" and "red like crimson."  Concerning the word "scarlet" it has been referred to a process of double dying.  The cotton cloth was dipped in this color twice; and the word used to express it means also double-dyed, from the verb "שׁנה shânâh," to repeat. From this double-dying many critics have supposed that the name given to the color was derived.  It was a color of permanence.  Yet the LORD offered to make it white as snow.  The deep stain of sin is washed white by the blood of the Lamb.    The color white is symbolic of innocence, purity and righteousness.  Revelation 19:8, "And to her [the bride of Christ] was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints."  Ephesians 5:27, "That he [Christ] might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." 

Do you need forgiveness?  Why not heed the invitation to "come now!"  God is ready and willing to forgive you of your sins if you are willing to confess your sins with a heart of repentance depending upon nothing other than Jesus' blood and righteousness.  If I can be of help, please let me know.

Have a great day walking in God's forgiveness.

 

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

THE NATURE AND IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTIAN UNITY

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 133:1, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

Let me begin by pointing out the importance of christian unity.  It is important that we have unity in order to keep our eyes, and our hearts focused upon the Lord and building His church.  The alternative is disunity and destroying each other and God's holy work done through the local church.  Churches are not destroyed from the outside, they are cannibalized from the inside by people who pursue selfish desires rather than striving to maintain peace.  We are commanded in Psalm 34:14 and also in 1 Peter 3:11 to seek peace.  We are to seek Christian unity, not just unity. It is what distinguishes the people of God.  1 John 3:14 states, "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death."

The nature of Christian unity might be described as follows:

1 – It’s A Unity Of Belief

Christian unity has its roots in a belief system, a belief that the Bible is the Word of God and the only authority for all faith and practice. Those that believe that they can make it up as they go or that it does not matter what they believe will never know Christian unity. It is easier to rally around those that have the same beliefs. God knew that we could never accomplish that for ourselves, so He gave us the beliefs we are to have. When we get our beliefs right, our unity will be right.

 

2 – It’s A Unity Of Purpose

We should have two great overarching purposes in relation to Christian unity.  We should seek to glorify God in all we do and obey His will.  What is your purpose today?  When we get our purpose right, our unity will be right.

 

3 – It’s A Unity Of Effort

This is commonly called being on the same page. The attitude that you can march to a different drummer will keep you from Christian unity. We are not all the same, but we must all work for the same thing, to please and glorify God. When every member of the Church has that goal, there will be Christian unity. 

Christian unity is beautiful!!!  May we strive to pursue Christian unity by maintaining a unified belief in the sole authority of Scripture,  a unity of purpose to glorify God and obey His will, and a unity of effort, marching forward in one accord.

Have a great day walking in Christian unity.

 

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

TRUSTING UPON THE LORD WILL HELP YOU SLEEP

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

 

Psalm 127:1-2, "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep."

Our passage begins with a declaration of understanding concerning God's place in all human undertakings.  It matters not the level of our skill, the level of our intellect, the level of our riches, or the power of our vocation, we must not forget the words, "except the LORD."  God must always be brought into the equation of life.  No one desires that his or her labour be in vain.  No one desires his efforts to keep and safe guard the things around him be fruitless.  But ultimately, all accomplishment and safety are dependent upon the LORD. 

The idea of sleeplessness is brought to light in the later half of verse 1, "except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."   Many people place their trust in personal effort, they rise early, they work long and tiring hours, they go to bed late, their days are filled by the consumption of sorrows. The idea conveyed in the words "bread of sorrows" speaks of our consumption of anxiety, worry, and turmoil.  The Bible is not speaking against the discipline of early rising or working hard, it is simply reminding us that when it is all said and done, if the LORD is not the One building or keeping, our efforts are futile. The "bread of sorrows" should be exchanged for the "sweet sleep of trust" in our lives.

May we learn to depend upon the Lord for the ultimate outcome of everything in life.  Any and all of our endeavors must rest squarely upon His shoulders.  Otherwise we are living a life filled with the drudgery of self effort, and the sorrow that accompanies this type of living.

Have a great day watching Him build and keep all your undertakings.  One of the results of trust is a good night's sleep.  When you go to bed at night,

 

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

The Greatest Help

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 121:2, "My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."

The Psalmist in this chapter speaks of a time when help is needed from above.  Webster's dictionary defines "help" as "to lend strength or means toward effecting a purpose."  The Psalmist turns his expectation toward Heaven, he is seeking and desiring the greatest help and that would be from God our Divine Helper.  When do we find ourselves in need of God's help?  I would submit to you as a Christian we need God's help on a daily basis.  Yes, there are times in life when our circumstances make us more acutely aware of our need for help.  We may be in a situation where we are being attacked by others, or the extent of a trial that God has allowed to come into our lives requires an extra measure of His mercy and grace.  But do we not need God's help always?  I need His enabling power, I need His leadership, I need Him to provide endurance for the day, etc. 

May we never take for granted our need for God's help, and may we realize that His is the greatest help.  Gill writes, God "Who helps his people out of the hands of all their enemies, and out of all their troubles and afflictions; he helps them in the performance of duty, in the exercise of grace, in bearing the cross, in fighting the Lord's battles, and on in their journey; he helps them to all blessings, temporal and spiritual; to all needful supplies of grace here, and glory hereafter; and this help he gives is quick and present, suitable and seasonable, is sufficient, and sometimes with, and sometimes without means; and they have great encouragement to expect it from him, since he is able to give it, being the Maker of heaven and earth; for what is it that he cannot do, who has made both them? And besides, he has promised to help them, and he is faithful that has promised."  Amen, and thank you Lord for helping us!

Have a great day looking to the LORD for help.

 

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

Every Day is a Day Made by God for You and Me

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 118:24, "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."  

God is forever at work in our lives. There are special days in God's economy of time. The six days of creation, the day of Jesus birth, Calvary, the resurrection, the rapture of the church, the return of Christ to the earth to rule and reign. But every day should be special for the Christian.  There is a certain amount of confidence, contentment, and peace of mind that comes knowing that whatever the day is (yes, even on Mondays), God is the One who made it.

There are evil days, Ephesians 6:13 states, "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."  Some days are filled with difficulty, temptations and trials, yet God has given us the supply of His armour to equip us for victory.  Every day is a day which the LORD has made.     

God made today, by design and on purpose. What you do with today is up to you. I pray we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

Consider the Great, Honorable, Glorious and Righteous Works of God

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 111:2-3, "The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. 3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever."

The psalmist declares "the works of the LORD are great."  The word "great" speaks of the magnitude and extent of God's works.  Barnes states, "they are great in number, great in magnitude; great in wisdom, great in goodness."  As time moves on we learn more and more of the vastness of what God has done simply in the area of creation.  How large and how many are the galaxies? How many stars has God created?  How great are the details concerning man's creation?  The heart itself pumps blood at the rate of approximately 280 liters in one hour, 7200 liters in 24 hours, or 2,688,000 liters per year!  The heart pumps 24 hours a day never taking a rest, and will beat 2.5 billion times during a person's life span.  We have approximately 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the adult human body.  This is remarkable, THIS IS GREAT!!!  They are sought out (investigated or carefully examined) by all those who have pleasure in them. 

All of God's works are described as honorable and glorious (vs. 3).  This describes the nature of all that God does in relation to creation, providence, redemption, etc.  There is a constant tenor of righteousness in all that God does.  He fulfills every word of promise, He makes His words good by His righteousness to every generation.   

We may conclude that if God's works are great then He must be great.  "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable." (Psalm 145:3)  We can forever examine the great works of God, we can praise Him for His great works, but we will never exhaust the great things He has done.  God's greatness is unsearchable.

Enjoy your day contemplating the great works of God!

 

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

Take Time To Praise The Lord

Brownsburg Baptist

Psalm 107:1, "O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."

Psalm 107:8,15,21,31, "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!"

We live in a fast paced society. It seems like we are always going somewhere. However, one of the fundamental things in the life of a Christian is making sure to praise God. I can praise Him wherever I am, and it doesn't matter what I'm doing. Praise exalts and honors God, it lifts your spirit, and will encourage others who know the Lord.

Take time to thank the Lord for His goodness, His mercy, and the wonderful works. God has saved us! Is there anything more we could want?  

I would like to challenge you to take the time to make a list of things for which you are thankful and for which you would like to praise the Lord.  Next, take time to meditate upon one blessing per day, and to share that blessing with others.  Try to share with as many different people as possible.  You will be encouraged as you meditate upon your blessing, and it will give you the opportunity to exalt the Lord with others.

I hope praise is as natural to you as breathing! "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!" 

 

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

Blessings Imparted By God

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 97:11, "Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart."

Today's verse reminds me of the daily benefits of God's grace as it is sown into our hearts.  The word "sown" speaks of something being scattered or dispersed.  We have all seen seed being sown with the hope of germination and ultimately fruit being produced because seed had been sown or scattered. 

Our verse speaks of two things being sown by God to those who are righteous and upright in heart; they are light and gladness. God is sowing light through His Son and His Word.  We read in John 1:4-5 concerning Christ, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."  Darkess cannot conquer or overcome light, when light is sown, darkness flees.  Jesus would later give this testimony "...I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12)  Concerning God's Word the Bible states, "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." (Psalm 119:130"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a lightunto my path."  (Psalm 119:105)

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary states"those that rejoice in Christ Jesus, and in his exaltation, have fountains of joy prepared for them. Those that sow in tears, shall reap in joy. Gladness is sure to the upright in heart; the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment. Sinners tremble, but saints rejoice at God's holiness. As he hates sin, yet freely loves the person of the repentant sinner who believes in Christ, he will make a final separation between the person he loves and the sin he hates, and sanctify his people wholly, body, soul, and spirit."

May we live our lives in the "light" of God's Son and the "light" of His Word.  Gladness will be ours as promised in this verse.

 

Have a great day!

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

LIMITED TIME NECESSITATES A DAILY APPLICATION OF WISDOM

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 90:12, "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."

At my age, one becomes more aware of time limitations.  God is not bound by time for He is everlasting (vs. 2).  A thousand years from God's viewpoint is described in verse four, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night."  The Apostle Peter expresses the same truth in the context of God's future judgment of the earth when he says, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." (2 Peter 3:8)  James speaks of the brevity of life in James 4:14(b) "For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."

All of this can be condensed down into the fact that we must realize life is short and we must therefore be certain to apply our hearts unto wisdom.  The Psalmist is telling us to be cognizant of where we are on the time line of life, and live according to the dictates of wisdom.  Barnes' Notes on the Bible states the prayer of the Psalmist is: "...that God would enable us to form such an estimate of life, that we shall be truly wise; that we may be able to act "as if" we saw the whole of life, or as we should do if we saw its end. God sees the end - the time, the manner, the circumstances in which life will close; and although he has wisely hidden that from us, yet he can enable us to act as if we saw it for ourselves; to have the same objects before us, and to make as much of life, "as if" we saw when and how it would close. If anyone knew when, and where, and how he was to die, it might be presumed that this would exert an important influence on him in forming his plans, and on his general manner of life. The prayer is, that God would enable us to act "as if" we had such a view."

Where are you on life's timeline?  Is your life, under normal circumstances, 30%, 50%, 70%, 90% complete?  We must apply our hearts unto wisdom because of the brevity of life.  Let me encourage you to not waste any days.  Live life wisely, accomplishing and doing the will of the Lord.  Please heed the command of Ephesians 5:17, "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."

Have a great day applying your heart unto wisdom.

 

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

GOD'S FAITHFULNESS

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning

Psalm 89:33-35, "Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. 34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. 35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David."

God's promise to David is consistent with His character.  In this case the attribute we are speaking of is God's faithfulness.  If I have any hope of learning to trust God, to learn of Him, to lean upon Him, and to be led by Him, it will be because I AM TOTALLY CONVINCED THAT GOD IS FAITHFUL.  God promises that He will not permit His faithfulness to fail.  This Hebrew word is found six times in the Old Testament and expresses the ability to lie or deal falsely.  God's character will not allow Him to lie or deal falsely with anyone, He cannot fail.

The Bible clearly teaches the faithfulness of God in today's passage, see also:  Deuteronomy 7:9, Lamentations 3:22-23, 1 Corinthians 1:9, and 2 Timothy 2:13        all speak of God's faithfulness. 

The Bible clearly teaches His Word is faithful see:  Joshua 21:44-45, 1 Kings 8:56,  Psalm 119:138, Titus 1:9.

The Lord Jesus Christ is also faithful see:  2 Thessalonians 3:3, Hebrews 2:17, 3:2,     and 10:23.

Because God is faithful I can trust Him, depend upon Him, rely upon Him, and rest in Him.  How is God's faithfulness demonstrated in Scripture?  

  •  God is faithful to limit the intensity of our temptation and make a way of escape.    1 Corinthians 10:13
  •  God is faithful to forgive our sins when we confess them to Him.  1 John 1:9
  • God is faithful to guard us in suffering.  1 Peter 4:19
  •  God is faithful to reward our work and love for Him.  Hebrews 6:10
  •  God is faithful to keep us until we are taken to heaven.  Philippians 1:6, Titus 1:2

I hope you are encouraged today knowing that God is faithful, His Word is faithful, the Lord Jesus is faithful.  If you are going through a difficult trial today you can trust God to be faithful.  If you have sinned and need God's forgiveness and cleansing in your life you can confess your sins and trust God to be faithful.

2 Timothy 2:13, "If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself."

 

Have a great day trusting the Lord!


Your Friend in Him

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

What Do You Value?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 84:10, "For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness."

The Psalmist speaks clearly of what he values. Many people don't know the Lord Jesus as Saviour, and choose to live lives of wickedness. This is understandable because they don't know the Lord. What isn't understandable is how people who claim salvation living in a manner that minimizes the importance of God and His church. The Psalmist through His statement demonstrates the great place God has in his heart. A DAY IN THY COURTS IS BETTER THAN A THOUSAND. What he is stating is One Day in God's Courts is better than 1000 days without God or 1000 days lived where God isn't valued or important.

Notice the heart of the Psalmist for God and His house, "How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! 2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORDmy heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. 4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy housethey will be still praising thee. Selah."

People choose what they want, but as for me give me God and His house.  Make sure not to stay away from God's House.  If the doors are open, you should desire to be there.

 

Have a great day!


Your friend,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

Acknowledgement and Humility

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 75:5-7, "Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.  6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.  7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another."

Today's passage begins with a command warning us against an attitude of superiority and haughtiness.  A person who was stiff necked was viewed as impudent and rebellious.  The first great need in our society is for people to acknowledge the high and lofty position of God and to respond in humility to Him.  What we see however in today's society is some being so arrogant as to even deny the existence of God, while they approach life with self sufficiency and arrogance. 

God is the judge, He puts down one and sets up another.  James speaks of how we should approach life with acknowledgement and humility in James 4:13-16"Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your  boastings: all such rejoicing is evil."

Notice the words of Isaiah 57:15, "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."  This is the spirit and attitude with which we should approach life! 

Are you acknowledging God's high and lofty position?  Are you living in humility?  He is the Potter, I am the clay.  Yield yourself humbly before God and He will promote you when He desires.  1 Peter 5:6-7, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."

Have a great day acknowledging the Lord and walking humbly before Him.

Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

Led By God's Counsel

Brownsburg Baptist

Psalm 73:24, "Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory."

This Psalm of Asaph begins with a confession concerning his envy in relation to the prosperity of the wicked.  His heart had been fooled into believing that greater were the rewards of the wicked than the rewards experienced by those who know and follow the LORD.  A turning point came when he went into the sanctuary of God (vs. 17), he understood their end, and his folly became a painful reality.  We need to make sure we take time every day to walk in a right relationship with God, understanding the stark differences concerning those who are saved and those who are lost.   Notice the context of verse 24, " 21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. "  Repentance is sweet!!!

Life is filled with learning curves, Asaph had come through with passing grades, He understood that God's guiding hand would be ever present and available to him.  Today, every child of God can depend upon God's Word and the Holy Spirit to guide him through life.  And then when life is over, He will be received into glory.  That place of eternal bliss that the Bible calls Heaven.  Living in the presence of God forevermore.

Look forward to living daily, following God's counsel, and live with the anticipation of the Lord taking you to Heaven one day.

God bless! 

Your friend,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

A Heart Fixed Upon the Saviour

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Psalm 57:7, "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise."

David's circumstances are not the greatest, yet his steadfastness is certainly what we all need.  This psalm was written during a time in David's life when he was fleeing and hiding from King Saul.  In the midst of crying out for God's mercy he states, "...in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast."  (Ps. 57:1)  He had fixed his heart upon God with an intention of singing and giving praise to the LORD.

Barne's Notes on the Bible comments:  "His (David's) heart was firm and decided. He did not waver in his purpose, or lean now to one side and then to the other; he was not "swayed" or "moved" by the events that had occurred. He felt conscious of standing firm in the midst of all his troubles. He confided in God. He did not doubt his justice, his goodness, his mercy; and, even in his trials, he was ready to praise him, and was "resolved" to praise him. The repetition of the word "fixed" gives emphasis and intensity to the expression, and is designed to show in the strongest manner that his heart, his purpose, his confidence in God, did not waver in the slightest degree."

I believe Satan designs to shake our faith while God designs to strengthen our faith though the trials He allows us to encounter.  We choose our response.  Are we going to allow circumstances to shake us and defeat us?  Or are we going to fix our heart upon the LORD and find refuge under the shadow of His wings?  Are we going to murmur, or are we determined to sing to the Lord with praise in our heart? 

May we not be soon shaken by the trials we encounter in life, but may we like David, fix our heart upon the LORD and sing and give praise.

Have a great day singing unto the Lord with praise on our lips!

 

Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott