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For what is your life? James 4:14 KJV

 

James 4:14 (KJV)

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.
The Epistle of James is a book written to believers. It is filled
with information to help the child God as he makes his earthly
sojourn. In our verse for today, James ask the question, “what

is your life?” This question is then followed by three phrases I

trust will bless you.
 
   For the believer it is A Life of Transformed
Character— “It is even a vapour…” Vapor is simply water that

has been transformed from a liquid to a gas. It has been changed
in character.

   This change is a Divine transformation— it is affected by an
higher power. That water which once lay stagnant in the swamp is

now rising heavenward, because of the power of the sun upon
it. We who once sank hopelessly in the mire of destruction are
now soaring upward, because we have been transformed by the
power of the SON (Jesus).

    This change is a Distinct transformation—it lifts us to a
higher plane. That which once ran to the lowest point is now
rising. We who once were running after the base elements of this
world have now “Set our affections on things above…” (Col.3:2a).

     This change is a Delightful transformation—it calls us to

a higher purpose. The water from that swamp could bring sickness
and death. Now that same water, changed by the sun, can provide

life. Likewise, we who once could offer no help for a thirsting

soul can now give to theirs the water of life. Do you possess such

a life?

Freedom is not Free – “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

Freedom is not Free – “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

October 11, 2013 at 6:19am

“Freedom is not Free “  by Adrian Rogers

 “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

God Himself placed the American dream into the bosom of our Founding Fathers — that is my firm conviction. Our government, rooted in a belief in Almighty God, was formed by brave men who knew it was God Himself Who made man and gave him rights…“endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,” they said. In fact, our Constitution was born in the heat of a revival. They knew that government doesn’t “give” anybody rights; it has no rights to give. God gives the rights. Government’s role is to protect those God-given rights.

The only reason our nation is great is because of the blessing of God. God exalted our nation from its beginning.

The Exaltation of a Nation“ Righteousness exalts a nation.” When people obey the Lord, God is free to bless. Many have forgotten that this nation is great because it was born in the very fires of a revival.

From 1740 to 1770, the flames of revival swept across this land. Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, and other great revivalists preached, and God gave America a mighty spiritual awakening. In fact, it was called “The Great Awakening.”

Even secular historians were forced to admit that there was a great awakening.Out of this awakening people gained character, and out of this character the Constitution came.

The Constitution was written by people who had character, for people who had character. They believed people must have character, for our Founding Fathers did not believe in big government; they believed that individuals must accept personal responsibility. Character is responsibility assumed. It’s just plain hard work. If the people of the United States of America do not have character, the Constitution will not work. Ultimately, our nation will fail without character. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, Jefferson said.

Curious about what made our nation so great and determined to discover what it was, the brilliant French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville set out in 1831 to tour America. He found that it was not our natural resources, ingenuity, nor wealth. He wrote, “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard the pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” (Democracy in America, 1835) His words echo what Solomon said so long ago, “Righteousness exalts a nation.”

The Humiliation of a NationIf righteousness exalts, surely the converse is also true. “Sin is a reproach to any people.” When there is a lack of righteousness, it will destroy a nation; it will lead to the ruin of any people.

I want to tell you that the greatest threat to America is God. He’s our only hope, but He is also our biggest threat. I’m not afraid nearly so much of what the Taliban or the terrorists are going to do to us as I am of what God Himself is going to do, through them or through someone else.

Character: Don’t Leave Home Without It Character is the missing ingredient in our nation today — that “responsibility assumed.” We’ve lost our character as a nation. Look what we are doing to ourselves:

- Government dependence — Rather than depending upon God, self-ingenuity and responsibility, we have come to think Uncle Sam is our source. Our Constitution states that government is to provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare, not promote the common defense and provide the general welfare!

 - Divorce — Family values have been scorned. Since 1920, the divorce rate has risen 1,420 percent. Baby boomers are divorcing at a rate twice as high as their parents.

- Abortion — The Vietnam Memorial has 68,000 names on it. It stretches for five hundred feet. If we were to build a similar memorial for the little babies who’ve died since Roe vs. Wade, it would have over 45 million names on it and would stretch over 63 miles.

- Pornography — A broken sewer pipe is being spewed out on America. Material that was once seen and sold in back alleys is now on open display in magazine racks and neighborhood drug stores and piped into the homes of America’s families through cable television and the Internet.

- Drugs and alcohol — We live in an alcohol‑soaked society. Advertisers have done such a good job that according to one statistic, 95% of college students drink beer. That’s not to mention the rampant drug use in our society and the problems it brings.

“Sin is a reproach to any people,” and when we lose our character, we lose our freedom. Liberty and responsibility are inseparably linked. We are humiliated as a nation, yet we sing “God Bless America.” It’s a wonder He doesn’t blot us off the face of the earth.

The Rejuvenation of a Nation Even so, I refuse to say it is too late for America. There can be a new birth of freedom. If you study the history of revival, you find that God sends revival in dark days. What God has done before, He can do again. As God forgives sins for an individual, so He forgives sins for a nation. Pray for, look for, and expect revival!

Our nation was born in a revival. There can be a revival, and the answer is not in Washington. When we get right with God, God is going to hear us. 2 Chronicles 7:24 says, “If my people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

We do not need a majority. Great numbers aren’t what we need. Lenin began his revolution in 1917 with a few thousand. Castro took over Cuba with a band of eighty cutthroats. Jesus began with twelve disciples. Joshua 23:10 says, “One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, He it is that fighteth for you, as He hath promised you.” One praying Christian is worth more than a thousand of those who do not believe in God.

We need to get in our prayer closets! Enter your prayer closet! Get on your face before God. Cry out for mercy. Say it, sing it, and mean it: “God bless America.” Believe God for revival. We need to say, “Lord, start a revival and let it begin with me.”

When you fall into sin – Don’t Stay Down

Psalm 37:23-24 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”  

Good men and women of the Lord make mistakes and fall down into sin sometimes.  They get muddy and sometimes injured by the sin that has a snare laid for them by the world, the flesh, and the devil, (our enemies). When they fall however, it is not the end for them, because they love the Lord they fight and soon you see them standing up and walking with the Lord once more.  The Lord is always there to help us up when we have fallen down.  He is our ready friend to help us get up and not stay down.  If we fall into sin our desire should be to get back up and not just lay there in it’s wallowing mud.  The one’s that stay down are considered cast down and soon they become just like those that have never trusted in the Lord as their Savior.  Sin has dominion over them and they are powerless to rise up on their feet and walk again with the Lord.  They either decide that they enjoy the mud or they become too proud to call out to the Lord for His help but whatever the case such a one has made a choice to continue in there fallen state.  It has been my experience that when I fall down I struggle to get back up and sometimes I fall right back down again but it is of a truth that being His child you reach out for His hand and He lifts you back to your feet.  Praise God for His strength and love that surpasses and overcomes all my sin. To order us to place our feet on a firm and solid foundation and hold us up with His hand is of a great comfort. Those that belong to the Lord should not want to sin over and over again but when they do they have a way of escape from that sinful place of defeat.  The Lord takes great delight over His children, that though they may fall, they continue to trust and soon the Lord puts their feet in the right places once more.  If you have come to a place of falling into sin, call out to the One that can lift you up to solid ground, then start walking.  Have a blessed day.

“Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me,” Psalm 31:5 I will trust in you Lord!

“Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me,” Psalm 31:5 I will trust in you Lord!

 These words have been frequently used by holy men in their hour of departure. We may profitably consider them this evening. The object of the faithful man’s solicitude in life and death is not his body or his estate, but his spirit; this is his choice treasure–if this be safe, all is well. What is this mortal state compared with the soul? The believer commits his soul to the hand of his God; it came from him, it is his own, he has aforetime sustained it, he is able to keep it, and it is most fit that he should receive it.

All things are safe in Jehovah’s hands; what we entrust to the Lord will be secure, both now and in that day of days towards which we are hastening. It is peaceful living, and glorious dying, to repose in the care of heaven. At all times we should commit our all to Jesus’ faithful hand; then, though life may hang on a thread, and adversities may multiply as the sands of the sea, our soul shall dwell at ease, and delight itself in quiet resting places.

“Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.” Redemption is a solid basis for confidence. David had not known Calvary as we have done, but temporal redemption cheered him; and shall not eternal redemption yet more sweetly console us? Past deliverances are strong pleas for present assistance. What the Lord has done he will do again, for he changes not. He is faithful to his promises, and gracious to his saints; he will not turn away from his people.

“Though thou slay me I will trust,

Praise thee even from the dust,

Prove, and tell it as I prove,

Thine unutterable love.

Thou mayst chasten and correct,

But thou never canst neglect;

Since the ransom price is paid,

On thy love my hope is stay’d.”

C. H. Spurgeon

Job 13:15 (KJV)

15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him

Psalm 31:5 King James Version (KJV)

Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. – Acts 8:37 – Do you believeth??

Acts 8:37 (KJV) 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

These words may answer your scruples, devout reader, concerning the ordinances. Perhaps you say, “I should be afraid to be Saved; it is such a solemn thing to avow myself to be dead with Christ, and buried with him. I should not feel at liberty to come to the Master’s table; I should be afraid of eating and drinking damnation unto myself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”

Ah! poor trembler, Jesus has given you liberty, be not afraid. If a stranger came to your house, he would stand at the door, or wait in the hall; he would not dream of intruding unbidden into your parlour–he is not at home: but your child makes himself very free about the house; and so is it with the child of God. A stranger may not intrude where a child may venture.

When the Holy Ghost has given you to feel the spirit of adoption, you may come to Christian ordinances without fear. The same rule holds good of the Christian’s inward privileges. You think, poor seeker, that you are not allowed to rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; if you are permitted to get inside Christ’s door, or sit at the bottom of his table, you will be well content.

Ah! but you shall not have less privileges than the very greatest. God makes no difference in his love to his children. A child is a child to him; he will not make him a hired servant; but he shall feast upon the fatted calf, and shall have the music and the dancing as much as if he had never gone astray. When Jesus comes into the heart, he issues a general licence to be glad in the Lord.

No chains are worn in the court of King Jesus. Our admission into full privileges may be gradual, but it is sure. Perhaps our reader is saying, “I wish I could enjoy the promises, and walk at liberty in my Lord’s commands.”

“If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.” Loose the chains of thy neck, O captive daughter, for Jesus makes thee free.

C.H. Spurgeon

 Romans 10:9 (KJV) 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Find God’s perfect will and do it until the day you die.

Find God’s perfect will and do it until the day you die.

Numbers 33:55   “But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.”

When defining the will of God, you must understand that God has a will for many areas of your life. We put much emphasis on the will of God, and we should, but because so much emphasis is put upon God’s will, many have a false assumption that God has one perfect will for your life. Actually, there is a perfect will of God for every area of your life. There is a perfect will for your marriage, family, church membership, etc. In each of these areas it is important for you to find God’s perfect will and do it until the day you die.

In the verse above, God warned the children of Israel about stopping short of His perfect will. God’s perfect will was for them to completely drive out all the inhabitants of the land. God knew that the habit of the children of Israel was to stop short of His will. They stopped short of His will in the wilderness by not going into Canaan the first time. They stopped short of God’s perfect will when they gathered too much manna. Once again, God warned them that if they stopped short of His perfect will that they would suffer for that decision for the rest of their lives.

It is wonderful thing to find the perfect will of God for your life. Nothing will bring more happiness than finding God’s perfect will and doing it. There are many people who find God’s perfect will, but they don’t do it. Then there are some who find God’s perfect will, but they stop short of completing it. When you stop short of doing all of God’s perfect will, then you end up not obeying it. It doesn’t matter that you started doing God’s will, what matters is that you complete it to the extent that God wants. Stopping short of God’s perfect will is nothing less than disobedience.

Finding God’s perfect will in the area of marriage is wonderful. You can find that person whom God wants you to marry and marry them, but also God’s perfect will is for you to stay married until the day you die. God’s perfect will is for you to stay faithful to your spouse to the day of your death. Stopping short of any of these is as if you never did His perfect will at all. Don’t stop short of God’s perfect will for your marriage because of personal differences or another person. You’ve come this far, now complete God’s will for your marriage. If you’re having marital problems, then get help, but don’t stop short of God’s perfect will for your marriage.

Likewise, don’t stop short of God’s perfect will for your calling in life. If God called you to do something, then do it until the day you die. I have seen too many people start God’s calling for their life, and then quit during times of hardship. God’s perfect will for His calling on your life is to do it until you die. Just because greater financial opportunities arise doesn’t mean His will has changed. According to Romans 11:29, God’s calling doesn’t change. Do it until He calls you to Heaven.

Though we only discussed two areas of God’s perfect will, let me encourage you to not stop short of God’s perfect will in any area. Always remember that when you stop short of God’s perfect will, you are only asking to bring hardships upon your life. God’s perfect will may not be easy, but there is peace and personal satisfaction in doing it.

domelleministries-profpicAllen Domelle is founder of Allen Domelle Ministries. This ministry is to serve independent Baptist churches and their people across America and even the world.

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