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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

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