Daily Message 26 February, 2022
Prov. 10:13. In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding. Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
Ps. 40: 17. But I am poor and needy: yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer: make no tarrying, O my God.
For anyone who is a student of the Bible it becomes clear that the Lord is adamant in His desire that His people have understanding and wisdom and that those attributes are used in life. The Lord gives us wisdom in this life to discern right and wrong in the Lord’s eyes, and he teaches us that of ourselves we are depraved creatures. This teaching is totally contrary to Satan and man himself as Man always sees himself as having some innate good of His own. In reality, the only good man can have is by the grace of God and is a reflection of God’s grace upon him. The natural man does not want to hear about his depraved condition and only sees himself as being good. We know this is not the case and if there is any good it is there by God’s divine grace and mercy and is a reflection of Christ’s qualities bestowed upon us. Man wants to justify himself by saying he has ‘accepted’ God’s saving grace and that action by man justifies Him before God. How absurd! How can the created in sin ever justify himself before the most high God. Men say all you need to do to have life eternal is accept Christ by your own will and desire. Truth be known, man does not want to be saved by anyone other than himself. Then he can claim he did it.
Thanks be to God that God does not think that way nor does He pay attention to man’s frivolous thought, which usually is centered on himself.
We have a God who is greater than man, Satan or any other creature and HIS thoughts are NOT our thoughts. We are able to worship God when our thoughts are raised up to His . We are poor and needy creatures saved by grace. And He has thought it right to share this knowledge of our true salvation with us that we might rejoice in His finished work.. And being lifted in Spirit and truth to rejoice is such great salvation as He has worked for His own. And this knowledge lifts us to desire to be more like Him and learn more of Him. What a gracious God is our God that we are enabled to worship in Spirit and Truth and to learn more of Him each day. And to see His work and feel His presence in our lives and of those we love in him.
May our thoughts be truly turned to Him as we approach tomorrow's services and come before His presence with singing and giving thanks for all He bestows and gives us each day, and especially for the knowledge and understanding of the finished work of His Son. For it is in that work that our hope is built and stands.
May the Good Lord bless each of you and especially our services tomorrow that we may be permitted to see the Son high and lifted up and rejoice in His finished work. God bless and keep you.
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Eld. Mike Hughes
Pastor of Purcell Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church