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Our Faith Needs To Rest In More Than God's Power; It Needs To Rest In Who He Fully Is - For He Is Infinite In All That He Is!!!!

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Jeremiah 51:15-16, "He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding. 16When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures."

Today's reading continues to speak of God's judgment upon the Gentile nations; including the Great Babylon. Whenever One pronounces judgment upon another, the One who judges must have the power and the authority to do so. God's power and authority is affirmed in Jeremiah 51:15-16. Not only does He have the power and authority to judge Babylon, but He has the power and authority to judge everyone, including Satan. God has given all authority, and thus all ability to Judge, to Jesus (John 5:22).

In relation to you and me, life will most definitely test our faith. Circumstances, often can be hard to figure out, and if we aren't careful we will focus our attention upon trying to figure out our circumstances. I'm not given the ability to always figure out my circumstances, but I'm called to exercise faith in God, whose power and ability are so wonderfully depicted in Jeremiah 51:15-16. Some days are much more challenging than others because of what each day uniquely brings with it. Jesus statement in Matthew 6:34 reminds us of this reality, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil (or difficulty) thereof."

There are five non-communicable attributes of God. These attributes solely belong to Him. They are not passed on to you and me. They are:

  • Omnipotence - God is all powerful and can accomplish whatsoever He wills
  • Omnipresence - God is everywhere present in the fullness of His being at one and the same time.
  • Omniscience - The word comes from two Latin words, "omnis," meaning all, and "sciens," meaning knowledge. God knows everything!
  • Eternality - God has no beginning and no end. He always has been and always will be.
  • Immutability - Because God is perfect He is immutable; He never changes. He is the same; yesterday, today, and forever.

We need to look fully at who our God is and on that basis have a faith that is unwavering. Our prayer life is influenced by our faith or the lack thereof. The decisions we make are influenced by our faith or the lack thereof. Our daily focus is influenced by our faith or the lack thereof. I'm glad for God's power, but He is more than omnipotent! I'm glad for God's presence, but He is more than omnipresent! He is everything mentioned above and much more!!!!

May our faith rest in the One who saved us and who is infinite in all His being and attributes.

 

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

Sin Robs Us of Joy and Gladness

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Jeremiah 48:33, "And joy and gladness is taken from the plentiful field, and from the land of Moab; and I have caused wine to fail from the winepresses: none shall tread with shouting; their shouting shall be no shouting."

Moab had been a land of plenty.  The fields were plentiful with the blessings of harvest time.  Harvest time is exciting, the reward of your labour is measured by the size of the harvest.  Is it plentiful?  It brings shouts for joy.  Can you see someone with a huge grin on their face because all that hard work paid off.  But God, who is the Lord of the harvest (both physical and spiritual), says vines that normally are filled with the grape harvest won't be in the presses because the harvest has been taken away.  Because the harvest has been taken away; joy and gladness are also taken.

We must be aware of the devastating affects of sin.  It robs us of many things, including our joy and gladness.  David spoke of the impact sin had upon his life during that time when he refused to deal with it, he said, "When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah." (Psalm 32:3-4)

Let us not forget the words of Proverbs 14:34, "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." 

May we live and walk in holiness day by day.  Let's pray for our nation to turn back to God.  Let us confess any sin in our own life that may still yet be unconfessed and unforsaken.

Have a good day rejoicing in the Saviour.

 

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

People Who Are Not Sincere

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Jeremiah 42:1-6 "Then all the captains of the forces, and Jo'hanan the son of Kare'ah, and Jezani'ah the son of Hoshai'ah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near, 2 and said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:) 3 that the LORD thy God may show us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do. 4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass,that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you. 5 Then they said toJeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us. 6 Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God."

The remnant who remained in Jerusalem were given some freedoms by the Chadeans to re-establish themselves in a land that had been devastated. Jeremiah was sought out by the people to invoke the Lord on their behalf. The people told Jeremiah that whatever God revealed to them through him they would accept and obey. Notice verse six, "Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God."

Nothing from God can be morally evil, only good, therefore, what the people are saying in the phrase "whether it be good, or whether it be evil" is whether it was something they wanted to hear personally or not. As one commentator says, "whether it was pleasantly or profitably good or evil; whether it was agreeable or disagreeable, pleasing or displeasing, advantageous or not; whether it seemed to them good or evil, be it what it would in their opinion and esteem"

These people really didn't care much about anything other than themselves. What God asks of us, or commands us, is always what is best for us. One of the last phrases in verse six sounds spiritual, but really is self indulgent. "That it may be well with us..." They weren't saying that it might benefit others, or that it might glorify God, but they were concerned about themselves.

Obedience to God brings every blessing imaginable to man, but it isn't the primary reason that any of us should obey the Lord. We should obey the Lord because we love Him and desire to magnify Him.

Jeremiah knew the insincerity of the hearts of the people who sent him to inquire of the Lord on their behalf. Jeremiah 42:20-22, "For ye dissembled (went astray) in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD our God; and according unto all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it. 21 And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you. 22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn."

Gill says in his Commentary of the Entire Bible, "What a wretched scene of hypocrisy is here!"

May we be honest and sincere before the Lord. 1 Corinthians 5:8, "Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

Have a great day serving God in sincerity and truth! 

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

The Concerns Fear Creates

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Jeremiah 38:19-20, "And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.  20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee.  Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live."

Human nature is filled with certain characteristics.  One of those characteristics is self preservation.  We will go to great lengths to make our life what we think it should be and to guard it if we feel threatened.  In today's passage King Zedekiah was facing the fact of a Babylonian invasion and the circumstances that invasion would create in his own life.  He was afraid of what the Jews who had already given themselves over to the Chaldeans might do to him.  The word "mock" in verse 19 speaks of treating a person harshly.  Our Bible speaks of Jesus being mocked during the events of His trial and crucifixion. 

The prophet Jeremiah attempted to console Zedekiah by telling him to obey his words, which were the words of God, and things would be well for him, and he would live.  Zedekiah, however, chose a different path, resisted the Chaldeans and the end result was Zedekiah saw his sons put to death, and then had his eyes put out. 

We are to fear God not man!!!  We are to fear Him that is able to destroy both body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28).  Fearing the wrong thing will lead us down the wrong path. We must determine to listen to and obey the voice of the Lord rather than our emotions.  Proverbs 29:25, "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe."  Stay on the right path by obeying the Lord.

Have a great day rejoicing in God's goodness and protection.

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

HOW SOME AVOID THE TRUTH

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Jeremiah 36:22-24, "Now the king sat in the winter house in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him. 23And it came to pass, that when Jehu'di had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast itinto the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth. 24Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words."

Jehoi'akim, king of Judah, was one who didn't like the truth concerning God's judgment upon his kingdom. Jeremiah, the prophet, had written in a book what the Lord had said to him and those things were later read to the king as he sat in his winter house. As Jehudi began reading, the king took a penknife and cut the book into pieces along its columns and burned it in a hearth before them.

Actions speak volumes, the king showed his disdain for God's word by cutting the book and then burning it in the fire. This is full evidence of an ungodly mind; a clear proof of the hatred of the heart against God, and of its indignation against his word and servants; and a vain attempt to invalidate the divine predictions in it, or avert the judgments which it threatened to bring upon the nation and King Jehoi'akim.

See, our actions never change what the Word of God says, or the fulfillment of it. Sometimes people act in strange ways to avoid the truth. Some just don't listen, some disagree, some cut it with a knife and burn it. What does Jesus say about His Word? "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." - Matthew 24:35 People can ignore it, reject it, cut it and burn it, but it will stand forever.

Let's cherish the Word of God, read it daily,  and obey it always.

Hope to see you this evening in church.

Your Friend in HIM,

---- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

Calling Unto God

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Jeremiah 33:1-3, "Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying, Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

The third verse is a great verse with tremendous promise.  This verse was spoken to Jeremiah who had been thrown into prison by King Zedekiah of Judah.  Jeremiah was placed into prison because the King didn't like what he (Jeremiah) prophesied (see Jeremiah 32:1-5).  But imagine the positive impact these words had upon God's prophet while in prison.  Call unto me is God's challenge and directive to Jeremiah.  God is telling His prophet to cry out to Him, to pray to Him, and the Lord promised He would answer Jeremiah.  This is not a promise of Jeremiah dictating circumstances to God, otherwise Jeremiah would not have been in prison. However, it is a promise to Jeremiah, and one that is applicable to all of God's children that states, by asking, God will show us great and mighty things of which we are unaware.

The Bible is a great book for many reasons, but one of the reasons is because of the great and mighty things of which it makes us aware.   How about prayer and the place it plays in making us aware of great and mighty things?  Often, we do not grow in our spiritual walk with God because we don't call unto Him.  We need to be crying out to God on a daily basis.  The promise is clear, if we will do so, God will show us great and mighty things that we didn't know.

May we all spend time daily, on our knees, before our God.  It will be a life changing experience.

Enjoy your day in fellowship with the Savior.

 

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

A Life or Death Choice

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Jeremiah 21:8, "...Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death."

There aren't many choices in life that we look at and say, "This is a matter of life and death." However, the Lord spoke of such a choice for the inhabitants of Jerusalem. It involved the impending invasion of Jerusalem by the Babylonian armies of King Nebuchadrezzar. If you wanted to die; stay in the city, if you wanted to live; simply go out of the city and surrender. "He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey." (Jeremiah 21:9)

I want to make a spiritual application today as it relates to salvation. Confessing the fact that your are a sinner, and trusting the death, burial and resurrection of Christ for forgiveness is a matter of life or death. As a matter of fact it is the most important decision you will ever make because it is a matter of eternal life and eternal death. 1 John 5:11-12, "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."

You see it is clear; having Jesus or not having Jesus is a matter of life or death. You may say, "Well preacher what's the big deal?" Well, first of all we must make sure we have the Son ourselves. There is no other way to have eternal life. Then, there are people all around us who we know and love that have never trusted Christ as their own Saviour. Therefore, eternal death is their plight. You see we are confronted everyday with life and death choices. At least as it relates to helping others around us to make the right choice. Be a witness for Jesus today.

Have a great day rejoicing in your salvation.

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

When God's Mercy Ceases

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Jeremiah 15:1-3, "Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth. 2 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the LORD; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity. 3 And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the LORD: the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy."

Each of us rejoice in the mercy of God. The bible teaches the Lord is full of mercy, "For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds." (Psalm 57:10) However, there is a time when because of continued sin, that God will withdraw His mercy from us, or in this case, from a nation.

There isn't much of a future when God withdraws His mercy. God had tired of their sin, and their insincere repentance. They were going to experience death by pestilence, the sword, or by famine. Those who didn't find this in their future would be taken into captivity by the invading armies.

Something that we all need to ponder is the fact that we never know when God will withdraw His mercy either from us as individuals or corporately as a nation. Has America crossed the line? I don't know, but I pray we haven't. One thing is for sure; I don't find many repenting in the church. Nor do I see any signs of our nation repenting. We are turning away from God in every direction.  The cure for America, the cure for churches, the cure for our families, and the cure for you and me is to turn to the Lord.

I pray we haven't reached a point where God has withdrawn His mercy.

Pray for America and revival in our churches and in your heart.

 

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

In What Do You Glory?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Jeremiah 9:23-24, "Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD."

All of us have things we like to brag about.  It could be our favorite sports team, our knife or gun collection, our vintage car, our great bowling score, a big house in a fancy neighborhood, etc. But today's verses speak to us about the ONE THING God says it is okay to brag about.  That is to brag about our relationship with Him and the things He has taught us.

Again, notice in the text that which we are not to brag about.  The wise man isn't allowed to glory (to brag about or praise) in his wisdom, the mighty or strong man isn't allowed to glory in his might or strength, and the rich man isn't allowed to glory in his riches.  We often esteem things that God says we shouldn't esteem.

We need to purpose in our hearts to brag about the Lord.  To exalt Him and what He has done for us in spite of who we are.  We can brag about knowing the Lord.  That means we can brag about having a definite relationship with Him.  We can brag about the fact we have some understanding about Him.  This understanding is realized through having a relationship with God in His Word, in prayer, and daily acknowledgements of Him at work in us and our circumstances.  We learn the things about God as the Holy Spirit teaches us.  We learn things about God like His lovingkindness, His judgment (verdicts or choices) and His righteousness upon the earth.  These are things that God delights in and says it is okay to brag about.

Let's brag about the Lord as we live our lives on this earth!

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

The Old Paths Are God's Ways

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Jeremiah 6:16, "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."

You can't have a path unless someone made it.  You have seen them.  Sometimes people cut across yards and in time they make a path.  Sometimes deer take a certain way, and before you know it they have made a path.  In our houses, you can see traffic patterns or paths. 

In this case, God's people had left the way they used to live.  They were a people who loved Him, and were totally devoted to Him.  They walked in the paths He had prescribed.  However, they had strayed from his paths and refused to return.  The old paths brought rest, both spiritually and physically.  But now they were living lives of unrest.  Enemies were invading their land and God's hand of blessing had been removed.  God through His prophet was telling them to go back to the old paths but they didn't listen.

Maybe there is a path you have left.  One that you know was the right path, a good path, a godly path.  Look at your life today and see if there are any old paths you need to return to.  The old paths are the good paths.  They come with rest and God's rich blessings.  Proverbs 4:25-27, "Let thine eyeslook right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established . 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil."

Have a great day rejoicing in the Lord.

Your Friend in Him,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

What Have You Seen or Heard About Your Future?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah  64:4, "For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him."

Man does a lot of talking, but not much talking about God.  This has been true since the beginning of the world according to the words of Isaiah.  It didn't take long for man to stray from God and to become disinterested in the things of God.  The first murder took place in the first family mentioned in the Bible when Cain slew his brother Abel.  By the time you get to Genesis 6, the world is so wicked that God determined to destroy everything with breath in it's nostrils.  Genesis 6:5, "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."  People this evil aren't focused upon God or talking to others about Him.

We lack sight and perception because we lack interest in God.  Paul quoted the depths of God's love and provision for us as he wrote the church at Corinth when he said, "Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory; 8which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." (1 Corinthians 2:6-10)   

There is no other God but Jehovah.  And He alone has prepared great things for those who trust Him, and those things are incomprehensible apart from knowing and understanding the God of the Bible.  Our future is as bright as the promises of God.  We have heard and seen things that we would have never known if it weren't for someone introducing us to Jesus.

Let's spend this week talking to others about the Great God we serve.  Maybe they will hear and see something they have never known.

Enjoy your day as you rejoice in the Saviour.

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

There Are Brighter Days Ahead! (Literally)

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah 60:19, "The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory."

Isn't it nice when you go through a day and it seems like everything just falls into place.  You were filled with a good attitude and you felt good physically with great energy for the day.

As we know the Lord is our strength, our guide, our protector, our provider.  However, one day we will live in His very presence and realize fully the great glory that is His and the blessings that He has provided us. Barnes states, " The language here is exceedingly beautiful, and the idea is plain. It is designed to foretell the great glory which would exist in the church under the Messiah; a glory compared with which all that is furnished by the sun, moon, and stars would be as nothing."  The light from God and the reality of truth will be overwhelmingly apparent and received.  Revelation 21:23 and 22:5 speak in these terms:  (21:23) "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." This city is the New Jerusalem. (22:5) "And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever."

I can't wait to be a participant in God's future plans for us.  We serve an AWESOME GOD who loves us supremely!  Brighter days are coming; literally.

Have a good day rejoicing in the Lord.

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

Troubled Seas or Calm Sailing

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah 57:20-21, "...the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  [21] There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked."

The ocean is a great sight to behold and a blessing to visit.  However, I have been disappointed on more than one occasion when arriving at the beach only to find it littered with things that had been cast upon it by some strong storm.  It wasn't beautiful and it didn't minister to my soul the way it normally does. 

People who don't know the Lord as their Saviour or who are living outside the will of God are like the troubled sea.  It doesn't find rest and the waters are muddied with mire and dirt. 

I'm thankful for the ministry of the Word of God and Holy Spirit.  Daily I receive peace from both as I am reminded of God's promises for us about His daily provision and future bliss.  I get to navigate through life with the Lord's guidance, protection and provision.  I also am able to rejoice in the fact that my future is in Heaven. 

May we thank God for the peace that is ours.  And may we do what we can to tell others about the salvation God offers them through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  They can then enjoy the same blessings that we do.

Have a great day rejoicing in the Lord and serving Him.

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

God's Reassurance of Mercy

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah 54:7-8, "For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. 8In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer."

God is always true to His character.  I appreciate so much the consistency with which God deals with us.  In today's passage He speaks of the judgment that was brought upon the nation of Israel, but reminds them of the great mercies they shall experience and the everlasting kindness they will ultimately enjoy.  God is redemptive and is forever seeking to bring us back to Himself.  He utilizes chastening in the lives of those who know Him in order to correct and strengthen. 

Jesus took our sin upon Himself to redeem us from the penalty of sin.  And now God is working in our lives to help us experience freedom from the power of sin.  Is there something in your life today about which you should repent?  Take a look at your life and make sure you are right with God.  The Lord wants to extend His mercies to you and show you the way to daily freedom.   

"...make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed."  (Hebrews 12:13)

Have a great day walking in the joy and freedom of Christ's redemption.  It's good to be born again!

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

DO YOU HAVE PEACE?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Isaiah 48:22, "There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked."

Peace is promised to those who walk rightly with Jesus Christ.  As a matter of fact the promise is given in Philippians 4:7, "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." To those who walk rightly with God and pray God promises this kind of peace.  This as we know is not some manufactured peace, no it is a peace that only comes from God.  Peace is the third fruit listed originating from the Holy Spirit. 

God stated earlier in today's chapter, "O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments!  then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea: 19Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me." (Isaiah 48:18-19)

How's your peace today?  Walking rightly before God brings peace, but the promise rings loud and clear to those walking in disobedience, "There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked."

May we live today walking in God's peace.

Have a joyful day in Christ.

Your Friend in HIM,

--
Pastor Mike Abbott

GOD'S GREAT PROVISION OF STRENGTH

Brownsburg Baptist

Isaiah 40:28-31, "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?  there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youth shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Isaiah 40:31 is a  well known verse in the Word of God.  It may be in the top ten verses in the Old Testament.  However, the verses which precede verse 31 are of great significance.  Power isn't something we generate, it something we are given.  To have power you must receive it.  And if you are going to have divine strength then you will only receive it from One who is all powerful.

It is important to understand Who God is, if I am going to receive that which He has made available for me.  Verse 28 is emphatic, "Hast thou not known?  hast thou not heard..."  Can you hear this passage screaming at you?  "...THE EVERLASTING GOD, THE LORD, THE CREATOR OF THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, FAINTETH NOT, NEITHER IS WEARY?  THERE IS NO SEARCHING OF HIS UNDERSTANDING.  HE GIVETH POWER TO THE FAINT; AND TO THEM THAT HAVE NO MIGHT HE INCREASETH STRENGTH."  God isn't weary, He isn't about to faint, He isn't going to someone for counselling!  He is Omnipotent, He is Omniscient, and He is Omnipresent.  God has power to burn, God has strength to spare, God has wisdom to share,  and He wants to give these things to you and me.

Are you willing to wait upon God to give you power?  He has it to give, so why not wait on Him to grant it.  Do you need to renew your strength?  God has plenty.  He isn't about to run dry!!!

"...they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint?  The Hebrew word translated wait means "to look to with expectation."  Therefore we are being told to "look to God with an expectation" I expect God to strengthen me because He can strengthen me and He promises if I will wait upon Him then He will renew my strength.

I hope you find the strength you need in the LORD.  He wants to share it with you!!!  He has more than enough.

Isaiah 41:10, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

This verse is plain in its meaning and what it says.  Let's learn to trust in God for our strength.

Thank God for His promises!

Have a great day rejoicing in the Saviour.

Your Friend in HIM,

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Pastor Mike Abbott

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,

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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,

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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,

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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,

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Pastor Mike Abbott