Monthly Archives: November 2013

#019 – Seeing Beyond the Obvious

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SEEING BEYOND THE OBVIOUS

Eph. 1:8 “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;”

The word “prudence” needs definition.  It is amazing how we will read our Bible and do a kangaroo over what we don’t understand.  Sometimes that part of God’s Work lies dormant because of the neglect of the reader to take time to examine.

The word “prudence” is found in 2 Chronicles 2:12, “Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.”

“Prudent is defined as, “Cautious; circumspect; practically wise; careful of the consequences of enterprises, measures or actions; cautious not to act when the end is of doubtful utility, or probably impracticable. The prudent man looketh well to his going.  Prov.14.”  — Commentary by John GIll.

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS LIVED ON A HIGHER PLANE

John 8:23, “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

This was a strange message to the unbelievers.  The disciples must have had some insight but they did not let it show. Christianity is to be lived with a constant pull toward heaven.  That is where the Christian belongs.  When we were saved, we changed our homeland.  We are now engaged in the Work of the Lord, until He comes again.

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS LIVED UNDER HIS SUPERVISION

The Lord Jesus didn’t have to come.  He is a volunteer.  This is the way He wants us to live.  But He has now made himself available to all who call upon His name.  In one way Christianity is easy.  It is just a matter of trust.  When an unsaved man goes to the Lord in desperation and asks for salvation, He is always welcomed at the throne of grace.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that the Lord Jesus is not in constant contact with His children.  He knows who they are, what they are enduring, and is with them through it all.

Hebrews 13:5‑6, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

The Greek text (the Received Text) from which we get our King James Bible inserts the strongest possible negative in this verse: “I will never, no never, never, never, leave thee, nor never forsake you. . . So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Think of the worst thing man could do to you. Take your life?  Jesus emphatically says, “I will never, never, no never leave the, I will never, never, no never forsake you.  You are mine and if the enemy should take your life, I will be there for you when you step over the great divide.”

There is the proof of this in the history of the Church.  Many have sung hymns and witnessed to their enemies as their flesh burned off their bones.  I can hear someone say, “I don’t think I could do that.” No, and they didn’t either.  The Lord was with them, strengthening them, and gave to them a song to sing at their graduation service!!!!

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS REWARDED WITH ETERNAL REWARDS

The rewards we get here are temporal in nature.  They are certainly thrilling to receive.  It is always good to get small blessing from Him.  They let us know that He is watching and pleased with what we are doing. But man!!!! those temporal blessings will fade into the tomb of time never to be remembered, when we get the blessings that have no end.

We need to be good business people.  I believe it was Jim Elliot who said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” A man is a lunatic to put his whole emphasis on his physical body, and do it in exchange for his eternal soul.

Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

We need to see beyond the obvious.  This is seeing by faith.  When we visualize in our minds what God has promised in His word, it is as good as seeing it.  We do not walk by sight, we walk by faith.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ
Bro.  White

#018 – The Importance of Forgetting

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FORGETTING

Phil.  3:13 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”

In some ways the Book of Philippians is one of the greatest little epistles in the New Testament. This passage of Scripture is a high water mark in the epistle because it not only teaches a very important principle, which is total commitment of our lives to Christ, but it does it in the form of personal testimony. Paul is telling us how this worked in his life. The truth that is being proclaimed by the teacher should be working in his own life. Otherwise it is just hearsay. It is just truth in an academic framework but totally unrelated to real human experience.

The words “this one thing I do” gives us the single-mindedness of the great apostle. He has one great truth that has mastered him. All other things are incidental. Paul says, “That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” Paul says, “This one thing I do . . .”

Then he says, “forgetting those things that are behind.” The word “forgetting” (epilanthanomai) means “to forget, to neglect, to no longer care for, out of mind, forgotten, given over to oblivion, i.e., uncared for.” I can just hear some who are tortured by certain past memories say, “I wish I could do this to certain memories.” Well, let me give you the good news. You can and should. If you are going to run the race successfully that Paul is talking about in this passage of Scripture, you must. It is essential.

First of all we must have the right to forget. Do I have a right to forget those horrible things that I have done wrong? Or, that has been done to me? Have you dealt with your sins from God’s point of view? John says in his first epistle chapter 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The “if” here is a third class condition. It means “maybe we will maybe we won’t.” It is not assumed to be true. I ask you. Have you confessed your sins to God? You say, “What is it to confess your sins?” The word “confess” (homologeo) means “to say the same thing as another, i.e., to agree with.” Do you agree with what God has said about your sins? If you do not, you have not confessed. This is what confession is. It means to agree with God about what he says is wrong in general and what you have done in particular.

Now there are people who do not agree with a lot of the laws in this country. But they must keep them as long as they remain citizens and live here. As they go from day to day they are not at rest concerning these laws but they reluctantly keep them because they dread the consequences if caught.

This is the way it is with many professing Christians. They claim to be in God’s family but they do not agree with a lot of what God has said in his Word that Christian ought to practice. It they get caught (under a Holy Spirit anointed sermon) they may come to the altar, bow their knee and confess to God that they are not living up to the standard. That is not what “confess” means. The word “confess” means that you have been won over to God’s view point. It means that you go to God and say to him something like, “God I have been disagreeing with you about on this subject. I have gone along. I have claimed to be an obedient child of yours. But in reality, I have been lying to myself and others. Lord, I can no longer do that. I see it now. You are right about what I have been doing wrong. I confess it to you now. I will no longer do this and tell myself it is ok. Lord forgive me for assuming that I was right and you were wrong.” Now that’s confession.

What does God promise that he will do when we confess? John says, “. . . he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The sin or sins have now been forgiven. Do I have a right to forget them even though they are forgiven? I ask you, what does God do with sins that he has forgiven? Hebrews 10:17 answers this: “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” You know, there are a lot of mysteries of the Bible that I would not begin to try to explain. But this verse is self explanatory. God does not remember the sins he forgives. If they come back up, who brings them up? Satan is the father of lies. This is Satan’s attempt to deny the complete efficacy of the blood that Christ shed on the cross. You can be sure that he will tell you that God has not really forgiven you of your past. Now here is an important question that I want to ask you. Are you going to believe God or Satan? If you believe God, you will do with your past what Paul did with his: “Forgetting those things which are behind. . .” There is a tremendous release for those who will believe God’s word and do this. Many are in bondage to sins already forgiven. Jesus came to set you free. You are not free if you are constantly reliving those past experiences for which you have been forgiven.

You say, “I have tried and it don’t work.” Let me ask you a question. If you explained the plan of salvation to someone. And you ended your explanation of God’s simple plan of salvation with Romans 10:13 and I will quote it for purposes of illustration: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Say for instance, that you prayed with this person. And after you prayed, while you both looked at this verse, with your finger on the verse, you asked the person, “did the Lord save you?” And the person said, “No, I don’t think so. I feel the same as before. I am the same as before. It just didn’t work for me.” What would you tell him? Now be careful right here. I want to tell you that I have told people the wrong thing at this point in the soul winning process. What would you tell him? You would tell him, “It not the verse or God who is not working, it is you who is not believing.” Listen, this is important. It does take faith on our part. Right? Until this person is willing to believe what God has said, do what God has said, and believe that God cannot lie, and that he has done in response to my prayer what he said he would do, whether I feel any different or not, he is not saved. God counts faith for righteousness Doubt or unbelief will never be counted for righteousness.

Now back to “forgetting those things which are behind.” What Paul says as a personal testimony becomes the taught Word of God for every Christian. How can I forget those things? By an act of my volition and faith in the truth of God’s word that he has forgotten them, I simply refuse to be bothered with them again. They will not bother me if I “put them out of mind.” Start by confessing that it is a sin to remember what God has said to forget. At that point you are forgiven for remembering what God teaches us to forget. Then read 2 Cor. 10:5. That issue no long exist because he has cleansed you of it. If it comes back up, it comes up as a FIRST. Because when God forgives, the past no longer exist in his mind. Amen. Someone hold my mules!!!

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today.

In Christ,
Bro. White

Thanksgiving Day Special

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Thanksgiving Day Special

THANKSGIVING TO THE LORD

The verse that meets a need for me this morning is Colossians 1:12. Paul says, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” I did a work up on that verse that I will share with you.

1)    “Giving thanks unto the Father” The words “giving thanks” is a present active participle. It means to be grateful for something or to be thankful and show it. It comes as a result of the realization of the provision that the Father has made in Christ for us as stated in the remainder of the verse. The word “Father” identifies the Originator of the plan. We find the phrase “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” four times in the New Testament: Rom. 15:6; 2 Cor. 1:3; Eph 3:14; Col. 1:3. This truth should make us thankful and overflow in praise. One of the outstanding features of personal revival is the overflow of joy in the Christian’s life. The next clause will tell us the well springs of that joy and thanksgiving.

2)    “Which hath made us meet” The words “hath made meet” translate from one word (kikanoo) that means “to make sufficient or to render fit.” The verb form is an aorist active participle. The aorist tense refers to a point of time in the past. It is an accomplished fact. It is not something to be sought after. It has already taken place, and Paul mentions it here as a motivation to thanksgiving for those whom he is addressing. Verse 2 identifies those who he is addressing. The active voice is where the subject does the acting. The subject here is the “Father.” Our being “made meet to be a partaker” is not an attainment on our part. We are the subjects of God’s provision. He has made us meet. The Father has rendered us fit; He has made us sufficient. One of my major barriers to fellowship with the Father is my feeling of unworthiness. Satan accuses me as I pray to the Father. And I tell you it is distracting. Unless that barrier comes down, I leave my place of prayer unfulfilled. He constantly tells me that I have not attained the level of maturity needed to fellowship with God. He shows me others that I admire and makes them an example of what I am not; I do not have the Bible knowledge they have. I do not spend the time in prayer they do. I do not witness as much as they do. But here it is not I who must make me meet or sufficient to partake of the inheritance. God has done it for me. When I remind the Accuser of the brethren, he can’t handle that. That opens the door to the Lord’s presence.

3)    “To be partakers of the inheritance” The words “to be partakers” (meris) translate from one  word that means “a part as distinct from the whole or an assigned part, a portion, share.” The words “of the inheritance” (kleros) refer to all that the death of Christ provides for the believer. It is not just heaven some day. It is access to the Father’s throne. It is fellowship with the Father and the Son (1 John 1:2 4). It is continuous revival (John 7:37 39). Christ is the One who obtained this inheritance. He is my acceptance. He has brought me by His death on the cross to the privilege of partaking. I have a share in that inheritance. It is not a goal. It has been obtained for me by Him.

4)    “Of the saints in light” The word “saints” (hagios) means “most holy thing, a saint.”  The word “light” (phos) is the regular word for light and means “the light emitted by a lamp.”  Metaphorically it is used of “the power of understanding esp. moral and spiritual truth.”  The word “saints” refers to every believer in Christ. Now if we have trouble seeing ourselves as a “most holy people,” just look at verse 22 of this chapter. “In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.” It is through His death that this happens. We are recipients of His grace. God’s unmerited favor comes to me because of the cross. Grace is God giving me what Christ deserves. The process of our fellowship is maintained by walking in the light. See 1 John 1:7.

The truth is that my worthiness to fellowship with God is God’s provision for me. There is a blank place in the heart of God that awaits my presence for fellowship. This must be by faith. Faith is God’s provision (Eph. 2:8; Rom. 12:3) that gives me the capacity to fellowship with and respond to His unseen presence. Faith makes what is true in the spiritual world real in the physical realm. I must accept by faith that God has made me worthy to partake of His inheritance and use that truth to tear down any barrier that Satan tries to put in my way.

May the Lord bless these truths to your heart as He has to mine.

In Christ

Earl White

#017 – COMING SHORT OF THE WILL OF GOD

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COMING SHORT OF THE WILL OF GOD

Heb.4:1 “ Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.”

Why do some people have such a struggle with finding the will of God and staying in it? I have run into Christians all of my Christian life who are sincere people but they get all wound up to serve the Lord and the next time you see them they are having a struggle with something as simple as attending church regularly.

If you are that kind of person, I am not writing this meditation to criticize you. I am writing it to help you. I do know things can be different for you. But no one can apply the will of God to your life but you. I can’t trust him for you. I can’t obey the Lord for you. This you must do for yourself. But the starting place is to properly identify your problem in the Word of God. Then do what it says. So I’m going to mention some things in this meditation that hopefully will help you identify the problem.

There are two rests what are mentioned in Hebrews 3 and 4. First, we have the rest of salvation. Heb 4:2-3 says, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”

Here the writer is speaking of Israel in the wilderness. The gospel was preaching to them. He says plainly, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them. . .” The gospel has ever and always been the means of salvation to the lost. Then we have in this verse the failure of the gospel to save all that hear it. He says, “But the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” It is not enough to hear the gospel. Faith must be mixed with the gospel or it has no saving effect. Then he says, “For we which have believed do enter into rest . . .” The word “enter” (eiserchomai) means to “enter or come into.” It is a present middle indicative verb. This means that the “rest” of which he speaks here is something to be experienced by the believer in the continuous present. It is not a future rest. It is a rest entered at the point of faith in the gospel message. That is the first kind of rest.

The next rest of which is spoken in this passage is described in verses 9-11: “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

This is a rest that remaineth “for the people of God.” Salvation rest is there for the unsaved. When they enter that rest by faith they become the “people of God.” Using Israel of old in coming out in the Exodus, they had faith to get them out of Egypt but not enough faith to get them into Canaan. Canaan is a type of the life of victory in Christ. Most of the Jews that came out of Egypt never made it into the land. They viewed the land and tasted some of the fruit of the land. But they did not BELIEVE that the God that brought them out of Egypt was big enough to overcome the giants and give them victory in the land of promise. Therefore they died in the wilderness completely free from Egypt geographically  but not free from Egypts influence psychologically.

When we leave Egypt and enter in with the people of God by faith in Jesus Christ we must leave the psychology of the world behind. We operate according to new principles all together. It is faith. Faith hears what God says and does it.

This is one of the first reasons many Christians fail. They try to bring the things they learned before salvation and apply them to the Christian life. You say, “They worked for me before I was saved, why won’t they work now?” Because the Lord has called you away from the philosophy of the world and has given you a new principle by which to walk. The reason you needed to be saved is because those things that you believed before were completely unacceptable to God. If you refuse the change from Egypt to Canaan then you may wind up dying out of Egypt (truly saved) but also out of Canaan (outside of the “rest” of the life of victory). You are stuck in between! That rest is available to you. It is a matter of choice. If you have not entered into God’s best for your life, it is not because it is not available to you, it is because you do not believe God. Unbelief is the reason given in this passage and it must be accepted as the continuing reason that God’s people continue to live outside what is typified in the Canaan rest.

Let me restate this first principle again. The reason some people have such a struggle with finding the will of God and serving him with the complete joy of the Lord is that they have not moved from the “sight” mode to the “faith” mode. 2 Cor. 5:7 “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”

Another reason some people have a struggle in serving the Lord and never seem to be happy as Christians is because what they want to do for him as Christians is not the same as his will for them. Every life is a plan of God. He has something in mind for you. And if what you want for yourself is different from what he wants for you there will be a struggle. God will not bless your disobedience. I do not choose my path. He chooses it for me. Now if I have so surrendered to his will so that when I discover what he wants me to do that I say, “Thank you Lord. It will be a thrill for me to do this. If this is your will for my life, I accept it and will give myself fully to it.” That is victory.  Have you done that?

What if it is just being a godly mother and a house wife? This is the role God has given to most women. If you are not satisfied there, don’t expect God to bless you with peace. You are going to be in trouble constantly.

Another reason for the struggle in the Christian life is that many yield to the desires of the flesh and are pulled away from the will of God. I have no doubt that there were Jews that died in the wilderness who could have easily lined up with Joshua and Caleb but they could not think for themselves. They allowed the rebels to influence and they voted with the crowd that day. The Lord does not want us going with the crowd. He wants us to respond positively to his word even when our closest friends are trying to influence us to go the way of the world. God wants us to believe him and act on that faith against all odds. Joshua and Caleb had learned that lesson. They were happy men.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today.

In Christ
Bro. White

#016 – PAUL MAKES A PERSONAL APPEAL FOR PRAYER

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PAUL MAKES A PERSONAL APPEAL FOR PRAYER

Col. 4:1-4“Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

Paul says, “Withal praying also for us.” Paul believed that prayer was an essential part in the Christians life. He believed that prayer was essential to the Christian who lives constantly in enemy territory. Not to pray is to take God for granted. It is to take His work in our hands and operate for Him in our own strength. Paul knew that the Colossians were facing the enemy in the person of the Gnostic heresy. So he tells them to pray. He also has confidence in their prayers so he asks them to pray for him. The word “withal” means “at the same time.” In other words, Paul says while you are praying for yourselves and the work there, pray for me. Include me in your prayers.

Then he makes two specific requests. First, “that God would open unto us a door of utterance. When we talk about open doors for service we are using the language of Scripture. God must open doors to us. Paul needed an open door for utterance. This means that the door was shut at the time of the request. Now who do you suppose closed that door? We have three basic enemies, the world, the flesh, and the devil. I am sure in my mind that Satan had shut the door. Paul was a danger to the kingdom of Satan.

We have a good illustration of this in Acts 19. We have the story of how certain vagabond Jews tried to mimic the ministry of Paul in casting out demons. In verses 13-22 we are told, “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”

Paul said in substance, “Pray for us also that God will open unto us a door of utterance.” He knew that God had to give the opportunity to speak.

Then Paul gets specific concerning the message he wants God to give him the opportunity to preach. He says, “to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds.” The mystery of Christ is defined in Colossians 1:27. It is not a hidden mystery, it is a revealed mystery. It is revealed in the gospel. This was and is a hated message. Satan will help you preach a perverted gospel because it only sets his children more firmly in their unsaved condition. But when the pure gospel is preached, Satan’s kingdom loses population! So Satan attacks the gospelizer through the world and the flesh. In Paul’s case, he was in prison for preaching the gospel. The answer to his situation was prayer.

Paul’s second request is, “That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” This second request is for clarity of presentation. The words “make manifest” translates “phaneroo” and means, “to make manifest or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest,” This is an aorist active subjunctive verb. The aorist tense is a potential (subjunctive mood) point of time. It means that Paul wanted in the future to have an opportunity to do this. He is doing it in prison through his inspired pen as he writes to them. He is speaking here about publicly declaring the mystery of the gospel to those who have not heard.

The word “ought” translates “dei” and means, “it is necessary, there is need of, it behooves, is right and proper.” It is a present indicative verb. This means that Paul recognized his present obligation. The words to speak” translates “laleo” and means, “to speak with the mouth.” Paul wanted to preach the gospel by word of mouth. Could it be that Paul was not doing what he wanted most to do when he was writing epistles to churches? Could it be that the way God orchestrated the ministry of Paul to help the future Gentile Church was to allow him to be put in prison so that writing was his only alternative? Paul was willing to serve the Lord in prison. But that certainly was not a choice! But the Word of God and his burden to help defend the gospel in the churches against heresy, motivated him to do what was next best to his coming in person, i.e., write them instructions. Therefore we have fourteen books in the New Testament written by Him some of which were written from prison. Paul was a great success from the Lord’s standpoint. But probably his greatest success was his inspired epistles. Amen.

Paul saw the need of prayer. He was not too proud to ask the local assembly in Colosse to pray for him. He believed they could pray and get their prayers answered. Prayer is a major key to the success of the Lord’s work in this world. We are operating in enemy territory and we are no match in our own strength for Satan. Prayer protects, delivers, and makes us a strong weapon against Satan. It makes the gospel effectual.

May the Lord help us to see the importance of prayer and do more of it, and may the Lord bless these words to our heats today!

In Christ
Bro. White

#015 – An Exhortation to Contine in Prayer

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AN EXHORTATION TO CONTINUE IN PRAYER

Col. 4:1-4“Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

The word “continue” translates “proskartereo” and means, “to be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing.” It is a present active imperative verb. This is a strong statement. The etymology of the word stresses to be unremitting and steadfastly attentive to prayer. The present tense means to keep on doing something that is going on.” Paul is not saying, “you need to pray.” They already knew that and it was their practice. What was needed and is needed in every Christians life is to be exhorted to continue steadfastly in prayer because there is such a temptation to quit. Or, at least, not put time in prayer.

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#014 – The Second Touch – Sunday Morning Devotion

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SUNDAY MORNING DEVOTION

THE SECOND TOUCH

Mark 8:22-26  “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.”

Mark is the only writer of the four gospels that records this story. Mark records this healing as taking place in two stages. This provides a clue in the spiritual lesson it teaches.

Conversion is not a growth process. It takes place instantly at the point of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ:  Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). No man is ever saved that is not brought to the place of repentance, through the preaching of the Word in some form (it may be in printed form, i.e., like a tract), and convicted by the Holy Spirit. But when we trust in the grace of Christ to save, salvation takes place on the spot.

Initial salvation is not a growth process. One is either converted or unconverted. But our comprehension of what He does for us when He saves us is a growth process. So there is a good lesson in the second touch.

When a person is first saved he immediately begins to see things that he never saw before; the first touch of salvation brings this about. However, every new believer needs a second touch. The second touch brings spiritual things into plain view. We must learn to walk by faith because the Word of God is addressed to faith. The newly saved person looks at the Scriptures and they seem to dimly reveal the will of God. But the second touch will bring them into plain view.

Most of us need a second touch. We read the Scriptures with a 20/60 vision. O Lord give us that second touch that we might behold the things that are ours with a perfect vision.
May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today!

In Christ
Bro. White

#013 – A Word to Masters

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A WORD TO MASTERS

Col. 4:1-4“Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

Chapter four begins with instruction to saved slave owners and gives them instructions as to how to treat their slaves.  The word “masters” translates “kurios” and is a word used of, “he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord the owner; one who has control of the person.”

Slavery is repulsive to me. But in all fairness to the Scriptures we must take this exactly like it was originally given. Slavery existed and the Word of God had instructions for both saved slaves and saved masters. You have this being dealt with in Colossians. And there are good lessons to be learned. One, those Christians who are trying to change the world and use the Bible to say that God wants Christians to take over the world need to read their Bible again. The only thing that will change this world is the direct judgment of God at the Second Coming. We need to preach the gospel and it will change individuals and that will certainly help. Again let me say that the present phase of God’s kingdom is not to change society but to call out the Bride. Amen!!!

Paul says, “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal.” The word “give” translates “parecho” and means, “to render or afford from one’s own resources or by one’s own power.” The word “servants” identify the ones to whom to give. The word “just” translates “dikaios” and means, “righteous, observing divine laws.” The word “equal” translates “isotes” and means, “equality, equity, fairness.” There were no unions in those days and the government took the master’s side. A master could do with the slave what he wanted to. Joseph was a slave in Egypt. He had no control of his life. He wound up in prison for doing right. While the government did not tell the masters how to behave with reference to their slaves, God did. A saved slave owner must treat his slave right and pay him equal to his labor.

Paul reminded the master that he had a Master in heaven. The word for knowing translates “eido” and is a perfect active participle. These were saved masters who had come under the Lordship of Christ and were open to instruction. So Paul reminds them of knowledge they ALREADY POSSESSED (perfect tense) and called on them to do right by their slaves.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today!

In Christ,

Brother White

 

#012 – Whose To Blame for the Way Cain Turned Out?

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WHOSE TO BLAME FOR THE WAY CAIN TURNED OUT?

Genesis 4:1 16, “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.”

Did Adam and Eve fail in the way they trained Cain?  Who is to blame for the way he turned out?  Let’s take a look at the story and see if we can get some insights.

ADAM AND EVE CREDITED GOD WITH GIVING THEM CAIN

This is brought out in Gen.  4:1: “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.”  Some have believed and taught that Eve thought that this son would be the “Promised seed” who would redeem and restore man in her day.  Let’s note the following:

1.    Children are an heritage of the Lord was believed by Adam and Eve. Psalms 127:3, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

Adam taught his sons about the LORD.  He instructed them in the proper approach to the Lord in worship.  Hebrews 11:4, “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” Nothing can be offered by faith without a divine revelation.  Abel’s offering was offered by faith in the offering of a blood sacrifice.

God intervened personally to correct Cain’s wrong sacrifice. 1 John 3:12, “Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” Cain is identified in Scripture as being of “that wicked one.” Jude 1:11, “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” In Jude Cain’s way has developed to where it is called “the way of Cain.” I take that to mean a theology of works and rebellion against God.  Cain refused to repent.  Any religion who takes repentance out of the gospel is going in the way of Cain.

2.    Some of the characteristics of Cain:

•         He got mad if he didn’t get his way; vs 5.

•         He lost control in his displeasure toward the Lord because He would not accept Cain’s offering.

•         He was jealous and vindictive; vs 8.

•         He was very selfish.  He had no respect for others; vs 8.

•         He refused to accept responsibility; vs 9.

•         He was a liar; vs 9.

•         He believed God was unjust; vs 13.  And he was a whiner.

•         He was a worshiper of Satan; 1 John 3:12.

•         He taught a false way; Jude 1:11.

3.    Why Cain turned out the way he did:

•         Not because his father failed.

•         Because he made a wrong choice; vs 3.

•         Because he refused to correct his sin when given the opportunity.  He stands at the head of those who blatantly reject God’s offer of grace.

WHERE DOES GOD PLACE THE BLAME FOR CAIN’S WICKEDNESS?

1.    He does not blame the father or mother.

2.    He blames Cain; Genesis 4:7, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”

3.    He punishes Cain, not Adam, for his sin; Genesis 4:11, “And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;”

4.    Every man will stand before God and give an account for his own sins.  God has the record.  The only possible way to avoid this certain judgment is to trust Jesus, God’s Lamb, who is pictured in Abel’s sacrifice.  There is no salvation apart from the blood; Hebrews 9:22, “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro.  White

#011 – The Fruit of the Spirit – Part 9 – Temperance

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THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – Part 9

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

The ninth fruit of the Spirit is temperance.

The word temperance is self-restraint. It is moderation in action. Peter uses it in a list of things that should be in every Christian. 2 Peter 1:5-7, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”

The drunkard needs to practice total abstinence. The glutton needs to practice temperance.

A man with a violent temper needs to be temperate (self-control).

Self-control is a good word that should describe the believer in Christ.

Titus 2:9 “Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;” Back-talking is forbidden on the part of the servant with reference to his master. Sometimes the servant has the urge to challenge the wishes of his master. Peter instructs the servant to exercise self-control.

The believer is to exercise self-control in every area of his life.

For the one who says he cannot do it, we need to be reminded that this is a fruit of the Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit to fill us with His power to be temperate.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today!

In Christ,
Bro. White

#010 – The Fruit of the Spirit – Part 8 – Meekness

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Galatians 5:22-24, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Meekness is the eighth fruit of the Spirit.

Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is temper under control. Jesus is meek. Matthew 11:28-29 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Jesus was completely approachable. He showed meekness as He ministered during His personal ministry. I hear someone say, “I am not meek by nature.” The Spirit-filled believer has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of the Spirit.

Many things the Lord tells us to do cannot be done in the strength of the flesh. The Lord has given us the Person of the Holy Spirit to reproduce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

2 Corinthians 10:1 “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:”

Paul did not want to come to them in harshness. We are not representatives of Christ when we are harsh with people.

2 Timothy 2:24-25 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;”

Our leaders are to be meek as they instruct wayward believers.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today!

In Christ,
Bro. White

#009 – The Fruit of the Spirit – Part 7 – Faith

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Galatians 5:22-24 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

The seventh fruit of the Spirit is faith.

How do we get faith? Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

Faith is a gift from God. We have the power to use it to glorify God or to exercise unbelief to reject God and His Word. The world as a whole is in rejection of God’s Word and operates in the kingdom of Satan and unbelief.

The kingdom of God is entered by faith. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” God is Spirit and cannot be seen. Faith believes that He is so that through the faith of believers God is seen.

When the world wants to know where man and the world came from, they come up with the thought of evolution. The believer accepts God’s Word on the subject: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Hebrews 11:3 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

Faith is a fruit of the Spirit. This is what Paul says by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Do you believe God? If you do, you glorify God. Faith rests its case on the Word of God.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today!

In Christ,
Bro. White

#008 – The Fruit of the Spirit – Part 6 – Goodness

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Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

The sixth fruit of the Spirit is goodness.

Romans 2:4 “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”

The Bible says, “Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.” Repentance is a condition to salvation. God in His goodness grants salvation to everyone who believes.

This word is also used by the Lord in His dealing with the rich young ruler. Matthew 19:16-17, “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” We learn from our Lord’s teaching that God is good in a way that no other person is good.

The goodness that is the fruit of the Spirit is God’s goodness growing out of the believer’s relationship with God.

Matthew 26:10 “When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.”

Our text speaks of the fruit of the Spirit which is the overflow of the believer’s walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16). The first time this word is used is in Genesis: Genesis 1:31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

If God does it, it is always good. So goodness that is the fruit of the Spirit originates in God.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today!

In Christ,
Bro White

#007 – Sunday Morning Devotion – God’s Purpose in Giving the Law

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SUNDAY MORNING DEVOTION

GOD’S PURPOSE IN GIVING THE LAW

Our Meditation this morning will be on the law of Moses as a schoolmaster. Paul deals with the law in Galatians. There were those in Galatia teaching that the keeping of the law was essential to salvation. Paul tells them that anything, including the law, that is inserted as a part of the gospel, perverts the gospel and makes it ineffective as a means of salvation; Galatians 1:6-9.

For what purpose did God give the law?

Galatians 3:24-26 says, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

The “was” (ginomai) in “Wherefore the law was” means “to become, i.e. to come into existence.” It is a perfect active indicative verb. The perfect tense is completed action in the past, which completed action has present results. This means what it was it remains. What the law was and is, is a schoolmaster to lead us to Christ. The word “schoolmaster” (paidagogos) means  according to Strong: “a tutor, i.e., a guardian and guide of boys. Among the Greeks and the Romans the name was applied to trustworthy slaves who were charged with the duty of supervising the life and morals of boys belonging to the better class. The boys were not allowed so much as to step out of the house without them before arriving at the age of manhood.” Verse 25 says, “But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” To say the least, that is a relief.

The story in the Scripture that illustrates this best is John 8:1-11.  “Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

The representatives of Israel (the Law of Moses) brought this woman to Jesus. She had clearly broken the law. They did it, not for the right reason, but they did it just the same. Truth is truth whether you do it for the right reason or not. She had been caught in the very act. It is interesting at this point that these men were a little on the dumb side. It is amazing how dumb smart men can be when their minds are clouded with malice and hatred (educators who teach evolution). If they were so interested in keeping the Law of Moses, why didn’t they bring the man? Surely they must have known that Jesus would bring that up. However, He was very nice to them and only wrote it on the ground (where is the guy?). Well, I’m not sure that was what He wrote on the ground, but it is as good a guess as yours!

Now how would Jesus answer this air tight case? He simply said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Some say that Jesus was saying “he that is without the same sin” begin the stoning. This is an interesting guess. It is certainly a possibility. But what if Jesus had just confronted them with the insincerity and cruelty that were obvious? That these men, to win an argument with Him and make Him look bad, brought a woman who is rightly condemned by the law, but let the man go that was as guilty and justly condemned by the same law. I wonder why they did not bring the man. I wonder if he may have been the son of one of the leaders present. OUCH! Have you ever condemned someone for committing a sin but kept your mouth shut when “your son,” or, your friends son, committed the same sin? Every hard-boiled preacher I have ever known, including myself, can be categorized with these men who brought this poor woman to Jesus. I have discovered that I can’t be consistent when administering the law. But I can in preaching grace!

Well, when Jesus rose up from writing the second time, there was no one left but the woman and Him. I wonder where the disciples were! Boy, Jesus got the whole crowd; didn’t He? I want you to know I left with them. I wouldn’t know what went on after this if I didn’t have my Bible.

When Jesus raised up this time and only the woman was there He said, “Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee” Then comes this great answer: “She said, No man, Lord.” Man can’t condemn. All men are guilty. It is true God used human instruments to carry out the penalty of the law in the Old Testament. But it was God through the law that condemned. He is the only One who can rightfully cast a stone.

So, Jesus is the only One in the crowd that could rightfully cast a stone at her. The law had done its job. It had brought this sinful woman to Jesus. And Jesus is Grace. What happens when you bring a rightfully condemned sinner to grace? Grace sets him free. This is exactly what Jesus did. He said to her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today.

In Christ

Earl White

#006 – The Fruit of the Spirit – Part 5 – Gentleness

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Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

The fifth fruit of the spirit is gentleness.

A gentle person is approachable. I know pastors who were not approachable. They were rough and judgmental. This kind of a person is the kind of a person that you do not want to approach for counsel the second time.

There are parents who are like this. A child comes to them with a problem, and the parent blows his stack and makes the child feel like an idiot. Here communication is broken, and the child has no one to turn to but someone outside the home. This kid is not going to come to a parent because he knows that his parent is going to create a scene.

On the other hand, a gentle person is approachable. A gentle person will listen. Jesus was a gentle person. He was and is completely approachable. John 3:17 “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Gentleness is a characteristic of the yielded believer. The fruit of the Spirit is the natural, effortless product of a healthy plant. The Spirit-filled person is a person who has surrendered his right to blow his stack.

2 Corinthians 10:1 “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you.”

Paul was a gentle person. His gentleness found its roots in the Lord Jesus. This verse says, “Now I beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ.” To be filled with the Spirit is to be filled with the Spirit of Christ. The fruit of the Spirit comes out of that relationship.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today!

In Christ,
Bro. White

#005 – The Fruit of the Spirit – Part 4 – Longsuffering

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Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

The fourth fruit of the Spirit is longsuffering. Patience is another word that expresses the same thing as longsuffering. However, longsuffering emphasizes patience during the time of suffering.

This word could apply to a person who is suffering from sickness. I have known Christians who were bedfast for years. Some have a negative attitude, and it is depressing to visit with them. Others are happy Christians in spite of the circumstances. These Christians are the ones who cheer you up when you visit them. They are longsuffering. Richard Wurmbrand is an example in longsuffering. Wurmbrand spent fourteen years in a communist prison and was tortured repeatedly. I recommend his books. They are inspiring.

There is the longsuffering of a faithful pastor who grounds his flock in the Word of God. I remember when I was a boy that I wanted to go to bed and wake up twenty-one. Growth to maturity seemed so slow. This is also true in the spiritual realm. Paul said to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” It is so important that the young Christian be grounded in the Word of God so that he is not blown around by every wind of doctrine. Ephesians 4:14 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today!

In Christ,

Bro. White

#004 – The Fruit of the Spirit – Part 3 – Peace

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Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

The third fruit of the Spirit is peace. This is not a peace that depends on circumstances. Worldly peace is totally dependent on the circumstances. If the circumstances are favorable, there is peace.

But the peace that our text is referring to is not dependent on the circumstances.
Jesus gave this peace to His disciples; John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

There are many things that are disturbing to the Christian. The shape the world is in is a stealer of peace. Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jesus had the kind of peace that could not be taken from Him when faced with the cross. Jesus was only days away from His crucifixion when He gave this verse to His disciples.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

It takes faith to receive the gift of peace. It is by faith that we know the will of God.

Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

The Holy Spirit produces this peace as we walk in the Spirit. Peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit.
Is this peace evident in your life? Ask and you shall receive!

May the Lord Bless these words to our hearts today!

In Christ,
Bro. White

#003 – The Fruit of the Spirit – Part 2 – Joy

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THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – Part 2
Galatians 5:22-23

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Joy is the second in the cluster of nine. This is not human joy produced by the circumstances or a product of the flesh. It is joy that finds its origin in the Spirit that indwells the believer. It is a gift.

John 15:11 “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

Psalms 51:12 “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

David had lost his joy over the sinful act of adultery with Bathsheba. He is praying in this psalm that he might regain the joy of his salvation.

There is nothing to compare with the joy of salvation that the believer has when everything is right between him and his Lord.

One of the ways that we know that something has gone wrong in our walk with the Lord is our joy is lost.

Philippians 1:25 “And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;”

Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

The most joy-filled Christian that you know has found the secret of walking in the Spirit. Many times the way to regain lost joy is to crucify the flesh.

Galatians 5:24 “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”

Do you still have the joy of your salvation? Are you walking in the Spirit so that joy is produced in your life by the Holy Spirit?

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts!

In Christ,
Bro. White

#002 – The Fruit of the Spirit – Part 1 – Love

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THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT –Part 1
Galatians 5:22-23

Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
The Christian life begins with the new birth. Jesus told Nicodemus that he “must be born again” to see or enter the kingdom of God. This new birth is a spiritual birth. John 3:6 says, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”  From this verse, we learn that the human spirit is born into God’s family. The believer becomes spiritually alive.

How can you tell if a person is born again? One of the ways is that the fruit of the Spirit is seen in the overflow of his life.

The first fruit of the Spirit is love. Love becomes a characteristic of the yielded believer. This love is shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5 “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

This love expresses itself in love for the brethren. 1 John 3:14 “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” This love is essential to the assurance of salvation. This text says, “We know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren…”

So this fruit of the Spirit identifies the believer as a child of God who is walking in the Spirit. Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Is love for the brethren a characteristic of your life? If so, it identifies you as a child of God walking in the Spirit.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts!

In Christ,
Bro. White

Veterans Day – God and the Spider

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God and the Spider

This is a special edition of The Morning Meditation podcast in honor of Veterans Day!  Make sure you thank a veteran today for their service to our country!

During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense; and in the smoke and the crossfire, he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, “Lord, if it be Your will, please protect me. Whatever Your will though, I love You and trust You. Amen.”

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, “Well, I guess the Lord isn’t going to help me out of this one.” Then, he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.

“Ha!” he thought. “What I need is a brick wall, and what the Lord has sent me is a spider’s web. God does have a sense of humor.”

As the enemy drew closer, he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider’s web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while. “Lord, forgive me,” prayed the young man. “I had forgotten that in You a spider’s web is stronger than a brick wall.”

We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget the victories that God would work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways. As the great leader, Nehemiah, reminded the people of Israel when they faced the task of rebuilding Jerusalem, “In God we will have success!” [Nehemiah 2:20]

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts today.

In Christ,

Bro. White