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Spotlight On A Bible Verse: II John 9

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” John’s warning still rings true today. Fellowship with God and Christ comes as a result of “abiding” (living) within the confines of God’s word. God’s word stands, not as a barrier holding us back, but as a hedge of protection that keeps us safe from sin and evil. If we trespass (transgress) the boundaries and leave the Lord, we have not simply hurt ourselves, but have affected Heaven itself! This is because where we are going, God will not go with us (Isa. 59:1-2; I Jn. 1:5). Decide that the rest of our lives will be devoted to abiding in Christ’s doctrine. In so doing, we will have fellowship with God right now, and can look forward to an eternity with Him when this life is over!

- Jarrod Jacobs

God Is ...

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

God Is …

Jarrod Jacobs

            The book of Psalms is a fascinating book for many reasons. It has beautiful hymns and always focuses the worshipper upon God and His majesty. From Psalms 50-62, we see great descriptions of who God is, and I would encourage you to read this section of Scripture. For our blog, let us take an overview of this section and learn that God is the God of …

  • Salvation (Ps. 51:14, 55:16, 62:1-2, 7)
  • Goodness (Ps. 52:1)
  • Strength (Ps. 54:1, 59:17)
  • Help (Ps. 54:4, 56:9, 63:7)
  • Mercy (Ps. 57:1, 3, 9-10, 59:16-17)
  • Defense (Ps. 59:1, 9, 16-17, 62:6)
  • Shelter (Ps. 61:3)

            Knowing that God is the God of salvation, goodness, strength, help, mercy, defense, and shelter, then think of what it means to be without Him! Sadly, there are many today who think they can go through life without God. Look at what they are missing! Think also friends, that what is listed above is just a partial list when compared to the entire Bible!

            If you want to enjoy the blessings of God, and be able to enjoy salvation, goodness, strength, help, mercy, defense, shelter, and much more, then become a child of God today. Hear the truth of God’s word, believe on Christ, repent of your sins, confess your faith in Christ, and be baptized for the remission of sins (Rom. 10:17; Jn. 8:24; Lk. 13:3; Rom. 10:10; Mk. 16:16; etc.). Becoming a Christian brings about abundant blessings in one’s life (Eph. 1:3). Don’t put off becoming a Christian any longer (Heb. 3:7-8; II Cor. 6:2)!

Control Is An Illusion

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Control We Think We Have Is An Illusion

Jarrod Jacobs

            Does this title surprise you? I hope not. Yet, it is true that the control we think we have is an illusion. If you do not believe this, then I ask what control do you have when a tornado rolls through town? Further, what control do you have over the car that is in your lane and going to collide with you? Can we control a heartbeat? To make this even more personal, who can stop the aging process in our bodies (Matt. 5:36)? Who can control another’s thoughts about them?

            In truth, the only control one has is the control over one’s mind and attitude (Prov. 4:23)! Thus the reason we need to think on godly and upright things (Phil. 4:8). We need to fill our minds with godliness and truth (Eph. 3:4; Ps. 119:97). This is because by controlling our thoughts, we can then do what is right and be blessed by God (Phil. 4:9; Matt. 7:21; Mk. 16:16).

            Since “control” in our lives is an illusion, let us determine to turn to the One who truly has control. The One who has control is the God of Heaven. Let us be obedient to Him and follow Him daily (Matt. 10:38). God has control over this world, and we do not! He has control, and His providence and patience has granted us the blessing of this day (II Pet. 3:9, 15; Rom. 2:4). Further, God’s control allows us the opportunity to hear the word of God, believe it, and be baptized so we can be saved (Mk. 16:16; Acts 18:8; etc.). Are we going to submit to the control of the Lord?

God's Authority Over Man

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

“God’s Authority Over Man”

Jarrod Jacobs

            Many pay lip-service to God’s authority, but few seem to realize the extent of it. We live in a time when men want to “call the shots” and run their own lives. This is just not possible if we are going to please God. What is the extent of God’s authority over man?

            First, it is God who must direct our steps. Jeremiah said, “I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, it is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23). Man is not able to direct his steps correctly. Allow God to do it!

            God has also told us how to worship Him. Jesus said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:24). Our worship is not “do as you please”. Our worship is not geared toward pleasing people, but pleasing God! Our worship consists of singing (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16); prayer, teaching, partaking of the Lord’s Supper, and giving of our means (Acts 2:42; I Cor. 16:1-2). This is what God told us to do!

            Finally, the extent of God’s authority is seen in Colossians 3:17. “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” This verse covers our whole lives. God has complete authority over man!

            Let us stop living selfishly, but live a fulfilled life by submitting wholeheartedly to the authority of God!!

God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It

Monday, November 21, 2016

“God Said It; I Believe It; That Settles It.”

Jarrod Jacobs

            The above statement has been popular for some years, now. I am sure most of our dear readers have heard this from time to time. It has been on multitudes of bumper stickers, and in fact, one book I own has this phrase at the end of every chapter! It is a good thought, and I appreciate the sentiment expressed. This statement conveys the message that since God said it, then I believe it. It is then “settled” because I will not argue with my God about it, nor will I listen to anyone who may try to get me to question the word of God.

            There is an even more accurate way to state this truth, though, and it is: “God Said It; That Settles It; I Believe It.” Put simply, once God says something, that settles it, regardless of whether or not I believe it! When God speaks the truth, it is settled (Ps. 119:89). If one fights and argues against the will of God, a man’s “unsettled” mind has no effect upon God’s truth (Ex: II Kings 5:10-14). At the same time, when one accepts God’s word completely, the acceptance and obedience to His word had no effect on the truth, either (Acts 2:41, 47)! God said it, and that settles it! Therefore, I need to believe it.

            God’s word has been man’s standard from the beginning. So long as we live upon this earth, this standard will not change (Matt. 24:35; I Pet. 4:11).

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