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Faith and Power

Brownsburg Baptist

Daniel 3:28, "Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God."

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BEHOLD HIS GLORY!!!!

Brownsburg Baptist

Ezekiel 43:2-5, "...behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. 3And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, evenaccording to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. 4And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect istoward the east. 5So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house."

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The Blessings of God

Brownsburg Baptist

Ezekiel 34:26,  "And I will make them (God's flock) and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing."

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Faithful In Responding To God's Word?

Brownsburg Baptist

Ezekiel 33:30-33"Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. 31And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness32And, lo, thou artunto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not33And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them."

 

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How's Your Heart?

Brownsburg Baptist

Jeremiah 17:9-10"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  [10] I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings."

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God Given Responsibility

Brownsburg Baptist

Good Morning, 

Ezekiel 3:17, "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me."

Ezekiel is given a great responsibility by the Lord.  God has called him to be a watchman unto the house of Israel.  He had already been told that his ministry would be to those of the captivity and not to those who spoke a different language (Ezekiel 3:4-5).  He was in Babylon doing the work of God.  Are you doing the Lord's work or are you living a life filled with selfish pleasure?  May we all be serious about our relationship with God, and serve Him according to His purposes.

With responsibility comes marching orders.  God directs Ezekiel about what is involved in being a watchman.  

  • First, Ezekiel had to hear what the Lord was saying to him.  "...therefore hear the word at my mouth..."  It doesn't matter much what we say, except it be sent to us from God.  Communication is important but we must first know what to communicate and we can't communicate what is really important without hearing from God through His Word.  
  • Next, he was told, "...and give them warning from me."  God warns in love and mercy.  Have you ever thought about that?  Often times people ignore warnings, thinking they have life under control, but such is never the case.  God is in control, and part of that which He controls is judgment and/or blessing.  If we heed God's warnings He will respond to us in mercy.  If we ignore God's warnings and continue to live in sin, He will respond to us in judgment.  Israel had learned this first hand.

May we live today being faithful in our God given responsibilities, making sure  to do the things God commands.  Living before the Lord with a tender heart in obedience to Him is one of the most important things in your Christian life.

Have a great day serving the Savior, and plan on being in God's House tomorrow.

Your Friend in HIM,

-- 

Pastor Mike Abbott

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,

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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