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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,

-- 

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,

-- 

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,

-- 

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,

---- 

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

Ezra's Mission Statement

Brownsburg Baptist

Ezra 7:10, "For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments."

It is important that we live our lives on a mission.  Mission speaks of a particular act or focus and accomplishment.  A missionary is sent with the purpose of evangelizing the lost, discipling those who are saved, and starting churches in the places where he is serving the Lord.  My mission as a pastor is to exalt the LORD, to edify others, and to seek to evangelize  the lost, all to the glory of God.  I know my mission, and I seek to accomplish it daily.  You have to have a mission, a purpose for which you live your life.  Ezra's mission statement was clear, he had prepared his heart to accomplish his mission:

  • Ezra was going to seek the law of the LORD.  He wasn't running from God's will and Word but he was seeking God's Word!
  • Ezra was going to do his best to live the law of God.  He was intent on "doing" the will of God as expressed in God's law.  He was going to respond in obedience.
  • Ezra was going to teach others.  He wanted to influence as many other people for God as possible.  He was going to impart what he had learned into others.  For the good and benefit of others, but primarily for the exaltation of the LORD.  

Simply put, what is your mission statement?  Are you living for the purpose of glorifying God?  Are you seeking to exalt God, to edify others, and evangelize the lost?  Whatever your purpose I trust you know it and that you will prepare your heart to accomplish God's purpose in your life.

Have a great day!

Your Friend,

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Pastor Mike Abbott

Are You A Servant of God?

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Ezra 5:10-11, "We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them. 11And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up."

The adversaries of the Jews who had returned to build the temple wanted to indict the leadership involved in building the temple.  They were writing a letter to Darius king of Persia, and wanted to certify the names of those involved in leading the rebuilding process.  They simply replied to the indictment by saying, "We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth."  I love the humility demonstrated in their response.  They were servants!

I have found there are people who are involved in serving the Lord, they serve faithfully, they are God's servants.  Then there are those who aren't servants, but critics.  They do very little serving and a lot of complaining.  Then there are some who are outright adversaries of the work of the Lord. Paul said, "For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries."  (1 Cor. 16:9)

Romans 6:18, "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."  Now that we are forgiven of our sins, we should spend the remainder of our lives as servants of the Lord.  The book of Revelation was written to God's servants, Revelation 1:1, "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him,to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass..."  We should focus daily upon the fact of our servanthood, and be the best servant for Jesus we can be.

Will you determine to be a servant of Jesus Christ?  Psalm 100:2, "Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing."

Have a great day!


Your friend,

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Pastor Mike Abbott

How To Best Influence the Work of God

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning,

Ezra  3:10-11, "And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.  11And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel.  And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid."

There is no doubt, Satan hates to see anything progressing for the cause of Christ.  I am more convinced of this today than ever.  He works overtime to keep the work and causes of Christ suppressed.  Satan works to thwart the work of God primarily through people and through difficult circumstances.  That is why it is important for each of us to be sober and vigilant in our own Christian walk.  I want to be a positive influence for the cause of Christ and do everything possible to promote the LORD and bring glory to Him.  I do not want, in any way, to be a tool of the devil to harm the cause of Christ.

  The children of Israel were given a great opportunity by the LORD as God moved in the heart of Cyrus, king of Persia.  Ezra 1:2, "Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah."  It never ceases to amaze me how the Lord works in the hearts of those in authority to accomplish His plans and purposes.  This house wasn't just a building but it would become a place where God is worshipped and glorified.

Ezra 1-3 reminded me of some ways to best influence the Work of God:

  • Start by giving your own heart to the Lord.  Make sure your heart and attitude are such that you are going to live your life by bringing glory and honor to God and His church.  (See 1 Thessalonians 1:9, and 2 Corinthians 8:5)
  • Next, utilize the talents God has given you to strengthen His causes and the ministry of the church you attend.  Some people are good at fixing things that need repaired, some are able to teach, all should learn to become a witness for Christ, some have computer skills that could benefit the church, etc.  You get the idea, maybe I haven't listed your strengths but God has granted you both, spiritual and natural talents, for His glory.  Don't bury your talents but use them to advance the kingdom of God.  (See Matthew 25:14-29)
  • One other way we can influence the work of God is by giving financially to support the work and ministry of the church.  The foundation of the temple would not have been completed without people supporting the work with their money.  Ezra 3:7a, "They gave money also unto the masons, and to the carpenters, and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon..."  (See Matthew 6:19-24)

I trust we will all not only do our part to influence the cause of Christ in a positive way, but that we will do our best to accomplish this desire.  

I pray you will have a great day serving the Lord and praising Him. 

Your Friend,

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Pastor Mike Abbott

Relying Upon the LORD

Brownsburg Baptist

2 Chronicles 13:18, "...the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the LORD God of their fathers."

Abijah, king of Judah, had a conflict with Jeroboam, king of Israel.  Israel (the 10 northern tribes) was an illegitimate kingdom, because it was not ruled by a successor of King David. Abijah's army numbered 400,000 men, while Jeroboam's army numbered 800,000 men.  As you can see Jeroboam's army was twice the size of Abijah's army, but Abijah's army prevailed.  Why?  because they (Abijah and his men) relied upon the LORD God of their fathers.  God blessed their reliance upon Him.  

Asa, the son Abijah, began to rule after the death of his father.  His army grew to 580,000 men (2 Chronicles 14:8) and the army came up against Zerah the Ethiopian who had an army of 1,000,000 (one million) (2 Chronicles 14:9).  Again, Asa's army is almost half the size of Zerah's yet Asa prevails.  Why? "Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee."  (2 Chronicles 14:11)  "So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled." (2 Chronicles 14:12)  

It is obvious that human reason would have dictated to us that it was impossible for either Abijah or Asa to prevail in their individual circumstances.  Yet they possessed faith in the LORD.  They relied upon God to make a difference in their circumstance.  Do you live by sight or by faith?  Do you rely upon your own power or do you rely upon the LORD?  Proverbs 3:5-6 should direct the way we live, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

May we learn to rely upon the LORD to make an extraordinary difference in our lives.  For the just shall live by faith, in the LORD!

Have a great day!  I trust you will be in church tomorrow to worship the LORD. 

 

Your Friend,

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Pastor Mike Abbott