It never ceases to amaze me how in God’s providence He moves in my life and in the life of this devotional. We left off in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:31-32:
Over the past 3½ years since losing Eddie, one of the blessings of my life is the friends I have made. In God’s Providence and through Eddie’s article, I was able to meet and become close friends with Mark Levin. And through Mark’s radio show and my occasional appearances there, many of his listeners have befriended me. One of those friends is Michael Prell.
Last night was the last of our revival services and I thank God for showing up in my life. God showed me areas that had become idolatrous. He showed me that although it is wise to plan for the future, that I am not in control of it; He is. As Bro Brad Lowery likes to say, “Can I get an amen?”
Last night Bro Brad Lowery preached from Isaiah 6:1-8, a very familiar passage that we looked at for the very first time. Don’t you just love it when that happens?! You want to? Read it then:
Beloved, you will forgive me if I postpone our study on the Sermon on the Mount, but I feel strongly lead by the Holy Spirit to share with you what the Lord is doing in my life through the preaching of Bro Brad Lowery during our revival services. The Lord did a marvelous work amongst our flock last night. And it was all to His glory and for His righteousness.
We’re going to take a detour this morning from the Sermon on the Mount; a much needed detour. It’s actually more of a returning to the main road than taking a detour.
Beloved, sin begins in the heart and most sin is germinated in the soil of lust. We see and we want because we cannot have. Eve couldn’t eat of the tree of the garden. Her longing gaze at the forbidden fruit warped God’s Word in her mind. And as is the devil’s modus operandi he called God a liar. Look again at the scene in the midst of the garden:
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?’ And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”’ Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” (Genesis 3:1-7)
What grudge are you holding onto right now? You angry with someone? A family member, co-worker, friend, or a neighbor? Who is it? What did he or she do?
Are you faking it? I’m not talking about faking it as far as being a Christian; I’m talking about faking righteousness.
What is the number one problem with the Church in America today? I’m interested in what your answer would be. Without reading any further please reply to me right now and tell me what you think, specifically, is the number one problem.
The second and most famous paragraph from our nation’s birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence, states:
Are you a righteous person? WAIT! Before you rush to say “Ah-huh” or shake your head yes, you might want to understand the biblical meaning of righteousness. Jesus taught us about righteousness in the Beatitudes:
What do you know about the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:3-12? What have you been taught about their meaning? Are they the way to salvation as some teach? Are they the secret to peace on earth as others proclaim? Are they a window to the future and do not apply to us today? Who was Jesus speaking to when He taught these “attitudes”?
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If God’s people want to see America saved, at least in the way for which they look towards Washington D.C., revival must come. How is it that a revival comes to a person’s life, a church, a community, or a nation for that matter? Let’s go back to our passage in Hebrews: