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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

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