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A Conviction Concerning Prayer

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 55:16-17, "As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.  [17] Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice."

Without a doubt David was a man of prayer.  He often found himself in difficult places, which drove him to cry out to the Lord, but I believe he was simply a man of prayer.  He states as much when he says, "As for me, I will call upon God..."  He developed a schedule that included times of prayer.  "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud and he shall hear my voice."  He had a conviction that prayer changes things.  "...I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me."

Are you a man or woman of prayer?  According to Barna and other research groups, the average Christian spends 3-7 minutes daily in prayer, other research showed anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes a week or a little over 4 minutes a day. The greatest amount of time said that the average was 15 minutes and that was across all religions including those who have set times and mandatory prayer.  Is this not a sad reality?  What are we missing out on?  Let me tell you, we are missing out on God's power and not realizing His presence and desire for us.  

I am trying to engage our church family in times of consistent, heart felt prayer.  Why?  Because I desire to see God's power in what we do.  It is still in the book, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16b)  It might help if we began to schedule some times in prayer:  "Evening, and morning, and at noon..."

Spend some extra time with God in prayer, and experience His power in your life.

 

Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

DO YOU INFLUENCE OTHERS TO TURN TO CHRIST?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 51:12-13, "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit.  13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee."

So very often we do not impact others for Christ because we do not possess the overflowing joy of salvation.  David had sinned, and among the many things sin does to a believer is it robs him of the joy of salvation.  Sin dulls our spiritual perception and muddies our relationship with God.  David knew this and therefore prayed, "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit."  It isn't your salvation it is God's gift of salvation to you.  You did not save yourself, God paid for your salvation through the death of Jesus on the cross.  "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation!"  The later portion of verse 12, "...and uphold me with thy free spirit," seems to indicate David is praying to be upheld by having a free or "willing" spirit.  Often we allow pride to stand in the way of our having a willing spirit, or a spirit that is surrendered to the perfect will of God.

So when we have the joy of God's salvation, and a right spirit, one surrendered to the will of God, "then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee."  Barnes' Notes on the Bible states: "The best preparation for success in winning souls to God, and turning them from the error of their ways, is a deep personal experience of the guilt and the danger of sin, and of the great mercy of God in its forgiveness."  David says he will teach transgressors the ways of God.  How God reached out to him in love, in forgiveness, and in mercy. And it is then that sinners will be converted or returned unto the Lord.

Are you filled with the joy of God's salvation?  Are you surrendered to God by giving your spirit willingly over to His leadership and guidance? If your not, you won't be teaching transgressors the ways of God, rather, you will teach transgressors the ways of your own disobedience. 

May we see many converted to the Lord because we are joy filled with His salvation, and supported (upheld) with a willing (free) spirit.

Have a great day walking in the Joy of God's salvation.

 

Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

THE PRICE OF REDEMPTION

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 49:6-9, "They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) 9That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption."

Everyone who is born again understands his inability to pay the necessary price for his own redemption.  Redemption speaks of purchasing ones freedom by another with the payment of a ransom.  Today's passage speaks to those who have great wealth and the expectations that often come as a result of having such wealth.  There are those who sometimes feel that wealth (money) can buy everything.  We learn the price of redemption is beyond the ability of riches.  "None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him." (vs. 7). 

Jesus Christ is the only one who can pay the price of our redemption.  1 Peter 1:18-19, "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from you vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."  The object today is to show how powerless and valueless wealth is regarding the things that are most important to a man's well being.  Wealth can do literally "nothing" in that which most deeply affects man, and in which he most needs help.  What we need most is to have a right relationship with God, rather than one flawed by guilt and sin.

Have you been redeemed by the blood of Jesus?  Or are you attempting to earn your redemption by some ineffective man-centered method?  Paul spoke clearly in Romans 3:23-26, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."

I trust you can sing with conviction, the famous song written by Elvina M. Hall in 1865 titled "Jesus Paid it All."  The second stanza reads:  For nothing good have I Whereby Thy grace to claim; I'll wash my garments white In the blood of Calv'ry's Lamb.  The chorus:  Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.

Have a great day rejoicing in the redemption that is in Christ Jesus!

 

Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

GOD TO THE RESCUE!

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 42:5, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me?  hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance."

It is obvious in today's verse the Psalmist is experiencing an inward condition that isn't healthy for victorious Christian living.  It is as though in one portion of the verse he states the condition (he is cast down and disquieted); but he questions why he allows himself to be in this condition; and finally gives the remedy to overcome this inward turmoil and despondency.  GOD WILL RESCUE THOSE WHO POSSESS A GENUINE HOPE IN HIM!!!

Barnes' Notes on the Bible states in relation to this verse:  "This is an earnest remonstrance addressed by himself to his own soul, as if there were really no occasion for this excessive depression; as if he cherished his grief improperly. There was a brighter side, and he ought to turn to that, and take a more cheerful view of the matter. He had allowed his mind to rest on the dark side, to look at the discouraging things in his condition. He now felt that this was in some measure voluntary, or had been indulged too freely, and that it was wrong: that it was proper for a man like him to seek for comfort in brighter views; that it was a duty which he owed to himself and to the cause of religion to take brighter views."

The cure for his weakened view (cast down), the cure for his inward turbulence (disquieted), is hope in God.  Hope has the idea of waiting with expectation.  We know with God all things are possible, but we often refuse to allow hope to rule.  We side rather with a negative, defeated, melancholic condition, and dismiss the opportunities presented to us by a God who can do all things and desires to be the One Who helps by rescuing us. 

How are you doing today?  Have you embraced a defeated, down trodden, position concerning life?  Or have you turned to look fully into the face of God, and in faith began to praise Him for the help you know He can bring if you will live embracing hope that is placed in Him?  Don't allow the devil to rob you of the present or the future.  Turn to the Lord embracing hope, and it will surprise you the difference God can make.  Verse 11 in this same chapter speaks by adding:  "...hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, WHO IS THE HEALTH OF MY COUNTENANCE, AND MY GOD."

Plan to live victoriously looking to the God of hope!


Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

What Do Others See?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Psalm 40:2-3, "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:  many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

The Psalmist speaks of a joyful time of God's deliverance in his life. He begins by stating:  "I waited patiently for the LORD, and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry." (vs. 1)  David gives God the credit for answering his prayer and delivering him from this horrible pit.  It appears to me that he speaks metaphorically of a time in his life. It also appears like a time which accurately describes the plight of one who is lost without Christ.  He is, as it were, in the pit on his way to destruction and hell without any sound footing.  Those who are lost have chosen to build their house upon the sand rather than upon the rock of Christ.  As God answers the prayer of David the LORD brings such a great deliverance that he may now say He, "...set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings."  God enabled David to walk on solid ground; he conducted him along safely, where there was no danger of descending to the pit again or of sinking in the mire.

David's response to God's deliverance is found in verse three, "And he (the LORD) hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD."  The idea of a new song denotes the fact of a new occasion for celebration. God's deliverance was so special that it prompted from David's lips a new song of praise directed to the LORD.  What is interesting is the wording that follows:  "many shall see it."  One would think it would say, "many shall hear it."  But what is true about life is the things that God uses to impact others is not as much what we say, but what we do and others behold.  What David is saying is that great numbers (many) shall be made aware of this time of God's great deliverance in his life and his response of praise, and it will result in their learning to fear the LORD and trust Him.  Others would learn to reverence God, to worship God, to obey God, and put their confidence in God. 

What do others see in your life?  Do they see a song of praise directed to the Lord?  Do they see a marked difference in your life from the time when you were lost and when you were saved?  Our lives should accurately reflect the great deliverance of God through our praise of Him. 

Lift up your voice in thanksgiving and allow others to see the difference God has made in your life!  It may change those around you.

 

May we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.


Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

God's Value System

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Psalm 37:16, "A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked."

Two distinct ways of life are contrasted in today's verse.  A righteous man living life with a small amount of material goods, or many who live wickedly and independent of God, possessing riches.  It seems that most of the time the righteous have little of the wealth of this world, and yet they realize the greater blessing is to know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour, living while experiencing God's presence, blessings, and truth.  Someone once said, "It seems that most Americans know the price of everything but the value of nothing."

May I ask, "What do you value the most?" 

Notice a few areas in which the Word of God should impact our value system:

     Psalm 119:72, "The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver." 

     Proverbs 8:11, "For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are

                              not to be compared to it." 

     Proverbs 16:8, "Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right."

     Proverbs 28:6, "Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in                                     

                                his ways, though he be rich."

Living daily in the presence of the Lord is more valuable than all the world has to offer in wealth or riches.  May we not forget the truth spoken by Jesus in Mark 8:36, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" 

Living life with a Biblical value system will go a long way in helping us develop Godly character and right priorities.

 

Have a great day!

Your friend,

---- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

THE BLESSING OF SINS FORGIVEN

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 32:1-2, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile."

Many in our world live without the blessing of knowing their sins are forgiven.   In today's passage David speaks of the happiness and the bliss God brings into the life of one who has knowledge of his sins being forgiven.

Four descriptive terms are used to speak of man's sin and wayward living.  They are:

  • Transgression - overstepping a boundary established by God.
  • Sin - this is missing the mark concerning the keeping of God's commandments.
  • Iniquity - this is the sin of self will, as man perverts and distorts the things of God.
  • Guile - man's inherent ability to deceive, trick, defraud, etc.

Three things are mentioned as necessary in overcoming our sin problem: 

  • Forgiveness - God choosing to erase the debt you owe because you have sinned against Him.
  • Covering - is something being concealed or hidden.  Covered in such a manner as it will not appear.
  • Removing Imputation of iniquity - imputation is an accounting term which speaks of charging to ones account.

The Apostle Paul in Romans four is making his case for justification by faith.  He refers to our Psalm 32 passage, as he speaks of the reward offered to man based upon God's grace, he (you, me or any other) that "...believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6Even as David also describeth the  blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin."

Are your transgressions forgiven, are your sins covered, has the imputation of your iniquity been wiped away?  Clarke's Commentary on the Bible states: "In vain does any man look for or expect happiness while the power of sin remains, its guilt unpardoned, and its impurity not purged away. To the person who has got such blessings..." HAPPINESS is the rule of his life.

I'm happy today, because my sins are washed away!

 

Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

WHAT IS THE LORD TO YOU?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 27:1, "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" 

I have always been drawn to the life of King David.  He opens his heart with a great amount of transparency.  You and I can learn much from this man about how we view the LORD and how to develop a vibrant relationship with Him.

David initially speaks of the LORD as the source of his light and his salvation.  As we behold the Father we see the express image of Him in the Son.  John the Baptist proclaimed, "In him (in Jesus the incarnate Word) was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1:4-5)  Darkness is emblematic of distress, perplexity, sin, and overwhelming sorrow.  Darkness speaks of the unregenerate condition of man, while light is indicative of that which Jesus brings into the life of one who places their faith and trust in Him for the cleansing of sin.  Do you know the light of God's salvation through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ?  The Bible speaks clearly and with authority that we may know that we have eternal life (See 1 John 5:11-13).  Christ of the one whom we should fear in Matthew       "Fear him that is able to destroy both body and soul in hell."

Next, David speaks of the LORD as the strength of his life.  Many look elsewhere to find strength to navigate through life.  God is "all powerful" or omnipotent.  The Lord is the One Who supports us by His strong arm.  He protects us from the desires of the enemy to destroy us.  Psalm 18:2 perfectly conveys what God is to you and me, "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God,my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."

Nothing is lacking in the life of the believer, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." (Psalm 23:1)  And don't forget He also is your light, your salvation, and your strength....

Have a great day!

Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

LOVE FOR GOD'S HOUSE

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 26:8, "LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth."

The Psalmist speaks of his love for "the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth."  Last Monday I celebrated my 51st spiritual birthday, and had the privilege on that day to lead two teenage boys to our Savior.  There is no greater joy for me than to know I am born again, no greater honor for me than to be a pastor, and nothing I would rather experience than leading people to Christ.  Now those boys need to learn the place of importance the church plays in their spiritual growth and development.  Many profess salvation while ignoring the great institution of the local church.

Like the Psalmist, I love God's House (his church).  It is in the church that God is glorified most.  It is in the church that God's honor is recognized and fleshed out in the lives of individuals.  There is no other place on earth that matches the glory of the local church.  That is why thirty-seven years ago this past February I left a secular job and began serving God full time in the local church.  Ephesians 3:21 says, "Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."  The Apostle Peter concludes his writings with the following:  "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."

May we love God's House, the local New Testament Church.  For it is in the church where God's honour dwells and He is glorified.

Have a good day.

Your friend,

---- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

YOUR TRUST IN GOD ALONE?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 20:7, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God."

The ability to war meant a great deal to kings and their people.  The war-chariot and the horse brought great advantage to a nation for the purposes of defense and often times conquest.  Chariots evolved over time and became a primary means of aggression.  Barnes describes the war-chariot as follows:  "...it was the vehicle for carrying armed men into battle. These furnished great advantages in war, by the speed with which they could be driven against an enemy, and by the facilities in fighting from them. They were usually very simple. They consisted of "a light pole suspended between and on the withers of a pair of horses, the after end resting on a light axle tree, with two low wheels. Upon the axle stood a light frame, open behind, and floored for the warrior and his charioteer, who both stood within. On the sides of the frame hung the war-bow, in its case; a large quiver with arrows and darts had commonly a particular sheath. In Persia, the chariots, elevated upon wheels of considerable diameter, had four horses abreast; and in early ages, there were occasionally hooks or scythes attached to the axles." 

The failure of many believers today is a failure to trust God alone.  Many churches seem to depend on a particular methodology, or focus upon building inherent strength from within through worldly means and resources.   If what we are doing today in our churches is so great, why haven't we had a national revival?  Why do we continue to see moral decline in our nation?  Why do we see individual believers not growing spiritually? I believe it is because we have placed our focus in the wrong places.  Fleshly means and material resources will only produce people who are fleshly who focus upon material items.  America is addicted to pleasure (including moral decadence), materialism, and whatever else feels good.   We are like those described in Judges 17:6, "...every man did that which was right in his own eyes."

We must remind ourselves that our reliance can't be on anything except the living God.  Yes, we need to be good stewards, faithful witnesses, obedient children, able to communicate the Bible in a relevant manner.  But whatever we do, we must depend totally upon God!  For it is God alone who can bring change to a nation, spiritual growth to individuals, and even revival to a nation.

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds." 2 Corinthians 10:4

Have a great day!

Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

God's Wonderful Word

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Psalm 19:7-11, "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 

Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward."

The Word of God as we well know is inspired, it is quick (alive), and it is powerful.  In today's passage we see many different words used to describe the Scriptures: the words perfect, sure, right, and pure.  The impact of the Word is overwhelmingly positive:  converting the soul, making wise the simple, rejoicing the heart, and enlightening the eyes.  Fearing the Lord brings a resolve to cleanness, God's judgments are completely true and righteous.  I get excited simply being reminded of these things.  Is your heart desiring the Word  as it should?  It is to be desired more than much fine gold.  It is sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.  God utilizes His Word to warn us, to establish boundaries, to teach us, to share His promises, and to bring spiritual prosperity and blessing into our lives. 

I want to encourage you to be a consistent student of the Word.  Make reading and studying of the Word an important and prioritized portion of your day.  You will grow to heights unknown, and will find God's approval through your obedience and service.

Psalm 119:11, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

Have a great day! 


Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

Words Can Hurt

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Job 19:2"How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?"

As we all know Job has been under fire in the midst of a great test and his friends have wounded him by the judgmental nature of the words they have spoken.  There are many types of abuse in the world, all of which are hideous, and yet probably one of the most common forms of abuse is verbal.  I am not one to jump to the aid of someone who utilizes excuses for their failure, it seems we live in an excuse laden society (having dismissed the need for personal responsibility), people want to claim abuse when there is none (like corporal punishment), but I am very much opposed to the actions of those who are abusive with their words.  

Colossians 4:6 states, "Let your speech be alway with graceseasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."

One thing about speech is that it is more important and powerful than we realize.  God's Word has much to say about our speech.  As a matter of fact it

says that we will give an account for every idle word (Matthew 12:36).  There isn't anything that we say that isn't judged by the Lord.  In Colossians 4:6, two things

are mentioned about our speech:  it is to be with grace, and seasoned with salt.  Salt is a preservative and I think as such we need to say things that make for keeping things good rather than becoming rotten.  Then the grace aspect is obvious.  We need to speak with kindness and consideration.

Let's be careful what we say!  Words can either wound and injure or they can encourage and build up.  

 Have a great day!

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

Are You Helping Or Harming?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Job 16:20-21, "My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. 21Oh that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor!"

As we continue to read through the book of Job we see over and over again the failure of Job's friends to minister to his needs.  They have failed to be what they needed to be to help this brother in time of trouble.  Notice his words:

  • "My friends scorn me..."  They are speaking in terms of arrogance and mockery.  They are not relating at all to where he is coming from.  We need to listen well to insure that we minister to people at their point of need.
  • "But mine eye poureth out tears unto God"  Job is overwhelmed and grief stricken.  He is weeping tears of grief, tears of need, tears of distress.  He is looking to God and others for help, but can't put things together at this point in his trials.
  • "Oh that one might plead for a man with God..."  This is the part of the verse that really struck me.  To plead means to argue a case.  Job is looking for someone who in empathy will bring his case in prayer before the God of heaven.  I believe we need to do more pleading with God.  I need to plead my own cause, but I also need to be an intercessor for others.  Prayer is powerful and I need to pray more for God's power to be manifest in my own life, and in the lives of others.

May we become men and women who understand the needs of others and may we plead for them before the God  of Heaven! 

God bless and have a great day!

Your friend,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

The Result of Self Pity and Doubt

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Wow!!! What a week of Vacation Bible School.  We saw several young people saved during the week, great attendance each night, and it all culminated with a mom trusting Christ as her Savior.  God led from start to finish in the events of last night in bringing that mom to Christ.  We had a great crew of dedicated workers for the week and a great group who stayed late to clean the building and get things back in place for this morning.  Thanks to all who worked to make this maybe one of the best Bible Schools I have experienced.

Please pray for all the follow-up we now have before us, in dealing with the kids and the parents.  Pray for the growth of every person who was saved, around 12 people, pray for those who still need to trust Christ, pray for those who need spiritual revival, pray for those who are filled with spiritual apathy who need to become zealous for Christ, pray for those who remain bound in their sin needing freedom through repentance, and pray for those who need physical and/or emotional healing.

Job 12:4, "I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn."

Job hasn't received much sympathy from his friends, although it was their purpose in coming.  They came to "...mourn with him and to comfort him." (Job 2:11)  As Job listens to them speak it seems he feels a need to justify his own relationship with the Lord.  He tells them, "...I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you..." (Job 12:3

Job's self pity is expressed through his words in verse 4, "I am as one mocked of his neighbour..."  He believes he is a laughing-stock, he believes he is treated as one not worth regarding, and one whose opinions were not respected.  Job expresses doubt through the words, "...the just upright man is laughed to scorn." So what, if a just and upright man is laughed at by others!  Satan wants us to question the value of serving God when we see little or no reward. 

It is difficult to see people who have no regard for the Lord being blessed in the life they are living.  This was difficult for the Psalmist.  He states, "...I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked." (Psalm 73:3)  This continued "Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end." (Psalm 73:17)  Life is to be lived by faith, no matter what our current circumstances seem to say.  Don't fall into the trap of self pity and doubt.  It will cause you to question the Lord, and the life you are living for Him.  Those who are lost aren't going to heaven.  Therefore they aren't to be envied, they should be pitied, and we should do our best to bring them to faith in Jesus.

Have a great day serving the Lord.

Your friend,

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Pastor Mike Abbott

How's Your Standing With the Lord?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

We have had an excellent response at Vacation Bible School.  I am thankful for our church family and their involvement to serve during VBS.  There have been several salvation decisions with obvious opportunities for follow-up in the homes of those who have made decisions.  Pray for the families of those who have trusted Christ that they may see the importance of supporting their child to grow in Christ.

Please pray for the last night of VBS, pray for those who are lost needing to trust Christ, pray for those who need spiritual revival, pray for those who are filled with spiritual apathy to be filled with a zeal for the Lord, and pray for those who need physical and/or emotional healing.

Job 9:4, "He (God) is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?"

Job is like all of us, he understands some things about the Lord.  We do not have perfect and complete knowledge as individuals.  We have everything necessary, however, in the perfect Word of God to navigate through life to obey God and do His will.  Job did not have a complete cannon of Scripture to help him as we do.  He understood God well enough to speak of His omniscience and His omnipotence, and to conclude that it is impossible for one to harden himself against God and prosper.

There are Biblical examples that speak of times when people hardened their hearts and it is obvious they did not prosper.  Probably the first person to come to mind is Pharaoh.  Repetitively, the Bible speaks of this man hardening his heart until God hardened it permanently for him.  He died in the Red Sea.  The children of Israel are another example, a group of people who were to be following the Lord, who hardened their hearts and provoked God during their wilderness experience.

Psalm 95:8-11, "Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.10Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways11Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest."

The writer to the Hebrews gives the same warning:  Hebrews 3:7-12, "Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 12Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God."

Don't make the mistake of those who hardened their hearts.  Keep your heart tenderalert and alive unto God.  Allow His Word and His Spirit to have your full attention.  Remember it is impossible to harden your heart against the Lord and to prosper.  Do you want a spiritually prosperous life?  Then make sure your heart is tender and responsive to the Lord.

Have a great day walking in the power of the Holy Spirit!

Your friend,

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Pastor Mike Abbott

Helped Through Trials

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

We are looking forward to our Vacation Bible School again this evening.  It is a blessing to see people working hard together for the cause of Christ.  Please pray for those ministering to the children, and pray for the children who need to trust Christ to understand their need for a Savior.  Please pray for our new converts, please pray for those who need spiritual revival, please pray for those who are filled with spiritual apathy, and for those who need physical and/or emotional healing.

Job 5:17-18, "Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: [18] For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole."

Job had three friends who came to visit with him when they learned of the difficulties that entered into his life.  Scripture states, "...they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him."  (Job 2:11)  Their intentions were good, and occasionally we read something that is said by them that is helpful to one who is mourning in the midst of his affliction.  Eliphaz the Temanite is the first to speak among the three.  He speaks the truth concerning chastening, he acknowledges the purpose for chastening is correction.

We don't always know why God does what He does, and the timing of when He chooses to act.  There is no known sin mentioned in the life of Job, but we know that God has a purpose in Job's trouble.  There is a human tendency to associate difficulty as something God brings into our lives because of some major wrong in the life of a believer.  But does this have to be true?  Job seems to be an exception.  James records his understanding of God's intention in Job's life in James 5:11, "Behold, we count them happy which endure.  Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy."

We learn there is blessing in enduring (remaining and not retreating).  Job is an example of one who patiently endured through his trial.  And the Lord, in the end, is found to be pitiful and of tender mercy.

Please understand today that God chastens us because He loves us.  Hebrews 12:6-7, "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?"  His intention is not to hurt but to help.

Without a doubt Job was strengthened through his trials, and so are we, if we do not retreat, but rather endure what God allows to come into our lives to make us better rather than bitter.

Have a great day walking in the power of the Holy Spirit! 

Your friend,

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Pastor Mike Abbott

How Do You Handle Adversity?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Job 1:21, "In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly."

I'm not sure anyone, other than our Saviour, ever experienced the amount of suffering and adversity that Job experienced in such a short period of time.  He lost all his children and his substance, yet his testimony was "In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly."  Let's simply look at three elements of truth stated in this verse:

  1. "In all this..."  Can you imagine the feelings, the emotions, that was wrapped up IN ALL THIS.  The untimely death of all your children, and the loss of all your possessions, and eventually being smitten from head to toe with boils. 
  2. "Job sinned not..."  He never missed the mark of what God placed as the standard for him in this circumstance.  God is to be glorified in every circumstance of life.  We can never justify sinning, no matter what we experience and no matter how extreme the circumstances.
  3. "nor charged God foolishly."  God never makes a mistake.  Satan wants us to question God's love, God's wisdom, and His purposes.  Do you murmur or complain?  If you do, we are charging God foolishly through our complaining.  Our actions state if we believe God or not.  Romans 8:28, reminds us, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Adversity reveals our character.  Adversity will come, how will you handle it?  May we follow the examples of Jesus and of Job, "In all this Job sinned not..."

Have a great day!            

Your Friend,

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Pastor Mike Abbott

Trusting God to Accomplish Things Through You

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Please pray for those who are lost needing Christ, pray for those who need spiritual revival, pray for those who are filled with spiritual apathy, pray for those who are bound in their sinful habits that they might find freedom through repentance, and pray for those who are in need of emotional and/or physical healing.

Esther 4:14, "For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

Queen Esther's uncle, Mordecai, spoke the  words of Esther 4:14 to Esther after a decree was put forth to kill all the Jews throughout the kingdom.  Esther 3:13, "And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day...and to take the spoil of them for a prey."

Have you ever thought about the way God work's to place you in places where you can impact HIS kingdom and others?  God has chosen each of us to live in this day and age.  It could have been different but its not.  Here we are living life in 2014, the world is a mess, churches are struggling, the enemies of Christ seem to be triumphing, and you are attempting to serve God and glorify Him.  It takes a willingness to sacrifice in order to make a positive impact upon the lives of others.  Mordecai, through his statement, indicates his belief that God would spare the Jewish people.  He knew the prophecies concerning the welfare of the Jews, but he indicates the need for the Queen to risk her life, to speak up, and see if she was the one God would use to spare the lives of the Jewish people.  Mordecai injects those powerful words, "...who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

Don't ever doubt the fact that God wants to use you to make a positive impact upon His kingdom and upon others.  Simply understand you have to be willing to sacrifice your own personal comfort, you must obey the Lord in every area of your life, and make yourself available in serving the Lord everyday no matter where you are.  This includes serving God with gladness in your local New Testament Church. 

Queen Esther would risk her life, but before taking this risky step, she asked others to join her in fasting for three days.  We will talk about the outcome later.

Are you willing to sacrifice your own personal comfort in order to make a positive, biblical impact, upon God's kingdom?  It might surprise you one day looking back, what the Lord chose to accomplish through your life.  For I believe, we are alive, for such a time as this!!!

Have a great day walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Your friend,

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Pastor Mike Abbott

WORSHIP AND RESPECT

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Please continue to pray for those who are lost that they might trust Christ, pray for those who need to be revived spiritually, pray for those who are filled with spiritual apathy to be moved by God to a place of commitment and service, pray for those who are bound to their sin, needing to repent and find freedom in the power of Christ, and finally, pray for those who need physical and/or emotional healing.

Ezra 8:5-6, "And Ezra opened the book (the law) in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: 6And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground."

I don't think it is possible to worship the Lord without respecting the Lord.  I believe one of the great problems in American Christianity is a lack of respect for things we ought to respect.  We used to respect our parents, our teachers, our preachers, our doctors, our presidents, and most importantly, our God.  But in this entitled age, respect seems to have gone by the wayside.  And since respect has fluttered away so has genuine worship.  The actions of the people in Ezra 8:5-6 are the actions of a people who demonstrated respect for the Lord, and who worshipped God out of a sincere heart.

  • When the book of the law was opened they were not asked to stand, they stood, out of respect for this divine Word.  They showed respect for the Word of God.
  • As Ezra praised God in the presence of the people, ALL THE PEOPLE ANSWERED, AMEN, AMEN, lifting up their hands.  They responded with an act of worship that reflected the greatness of God in their individual lives, but it had a corporate impact.
  • They then demonstrated humility and submission in their worship when they bowed their heads with their faces to the ground.

You see, Biblical worship includes respect for God, agreement with God (Amen), humility before God, and surrender to God.  What many churches have done in this age is they have made worship a music fest that feeds the mind and the emotions of our carnal, fleshly Adamic nature.  

I hope this helps us to understand the true nature of worship.  We will not worship as we should, until we respect as we should.

Have a great day!

Your friend,

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Pastor Mike Abbott

Diligence with a Plan Equals Success

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

HAPPY FATHERS DAY to each man who has been blessed with the privilege of being a dad.  I hope you have a great day tomorrow.  Begin your day in the Lord's House, have a great time with family and then end the day in the Lord's House.  Please pray for our services at Brownsburg Baptist Church.

Nehemiah 4:22-23, "...Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day.  23So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing."

The Jews who were attempting to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem faced opposition from a great number of adversaries (4:7-8).

This opposition required extra effort and planning to be brought to the task at hand.  Sometimes we find ourselves in a place of great difficulty and the same thing must happen.  Prayerfulness, extra effort, and planning are necessary to accomplish the task.  Notice the plan presented by Nehemiah for the people:

  • Prayer was an integral part of the work (4:9).  Anything we do should be bathed in prayer.  Our greatest successes will be realized as a result of fervent prayer.
  • The plan of Nehemiah was followed by everyone who participated.  Planning and cooperation are vital to accomplish great things for God.
  • No one was allowed to leave Jerusalem.  They had to be available and prepared to guard against any attempts by the enemy to overthrow them.  This speaks of the sacrifice that everyone put forth in order to accomplish the task.
  • They worked overtime.  They labored during the day, and performed guard duty during the night.  They were so determined in what they were doing that they didn't even take off their clothes except to wash them.

This formula for success needs to be implemented and followed in our day.  The enemies of the cross of Christ are real, and the adversaries are numerous.  As a body of believers it is important that we follow the plan (the Great Commission), we pray for the fulfillment of that plan and the blessing of God upon our efforts. And finally that we work diligently to see people saved for the glory of God.

Whatever we do, we need to be like the people of Nehemiah's day.  "So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work."

Have a great day!

Your friend,

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Pastor Mike Abbott