Monthly Archives: March 2015

#245 – Let A Man Examine Himself

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LET A MAN EXAMINE HIMSELF

1 Cor.  11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

Psalms 139:23 24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
David was a man after God’s own heart.  He was anything but perfect but he knew where to go when he needed forgiveness.  He invited God to “Search me . . . and know my heart.  The words “my heart” and “my thoughts” are key words in this passage.  So many think that what they do in their hearts and thoughts does not make any difference.  It does.  God knows us through and through.  No man can hide himself from God.  Let a man—

EXAMINE HIS COMPANY

It does make God a difference who we run with. Psalms 1:1, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” The word “counsel” means advice, purpose, counsel.” 1Cor. 15:33, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” The words “evil communications” mean that running with the wrong crowd will rub off on you.

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EXAMINE HIS HABITS

1 John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

There are things that become habits in our lives that are sins that we never ask forgiveness.  The reason is that we have never considered that what we are doing might be sin.

There is no way to love the world and be right with God.  I am talking about loving the world as John puts it.  I know some Christians that use bad language.  They do not consider it wrong. Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Some would look at this as being overbearing.  However, if God says it is wrong it is wrong.  To clean up ones language must begin with confessing it as a sin.  Once this is done one can proceed and ask the Lord to help break this offensive habit.

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EXAMINE HIS THOUGHTS

Psalms 10:4, “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.” God knows this.  Our Creator is shunned in ones thoughts.  He is not only shunned, He is expected to go along with the professed Christian.  I have heard many times the saying, God loves us and is willing to take us like we are.  He is not bothered by course language on the part of His people.

Acts 8:22, “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.” How many of us have had a foolish thought in the past few days?  This is the reason that unbelievers will go to hell.  Some of them are good citizens.  They treat their neighbors with respect.  They give to the poor.  But is there one of them who does not have evil thoughts?

God’s standard of judgment is so high it is completely out of sight even for the most righteous of unsaved people.  The fact is, Jesus is ones only way out.

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EXAMINE HIS AFFECTIONS

Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” There is a definite connection between the world and the believer.  The believer wants to live holy.  His adversaries do everything they can to stop him.  The world, the flesh, and the Devil are enemies who will draw our attention away from “things above” and get us to focus on the things of this world.

But how do we overcome in this life as a believer solely dedicated to the Lord? 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” We have the enabling power of the Holy Ghost to give victory misplaced affections.

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EXAMINE HIS MOTIVES

1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

We need to examine our company, our habits, our thoughts, our affections, and our motives.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro.  White

#244 – Seven Characteristics that Contributed to Calebs Greatness

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SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO CALEB’S GREATNESS

Herbert Lockyer said, “Although Caleb was not an Israelite by birth, he was “an Israelite indeed.” He was one of the chief spies sent out by Moses. He was courageous and persevered when the other spies became discouraged. He was invincible in driving out giants completely devoted to God and vigorous in old age. Six times it is recorded of Caleb, “he hath fully followed the Lord.” Caleb fully followed the Lord. He led nothing back. He was no coward. He did not turn back in the day of battle. What an example he was to the rest of the Jews when they went into battle.

Lockyer said, “His consecration was thorough. What magnificent adverbs are used to describe Caleb. He followed faithfully, wholly, and fully. He never lowered his standards, but was perpetually wholehearted.”

“His courage was unfaltering. Giants did not disturb Caleb nor did those dastards who were ready to stone him. Webster says, “dastard” means “a mean, sneaking coward.” These people of whom Caleb speaks were a bunch of low life cowards.

His request was answered. To Caleb, whose life was woven on one piece throughout, reward crowned his faith and faithfulness. Through autumn winds and premonitions of snow, he brought forth fruit in his old age. When we come to the record of Caleb’s personal inheritance in the land of Canaan we find him at eighty years of age asking Joshua, ‘Now therefore give me this mountain.’ Caleb was a man of altitudes. He was not content with the average or the commonplace. He never thought in terms of fences or walled cities. It was the heights for Caleb, and although the mountains he wanted were filled with hostile Anakims, he refused defeat and claimed his inheritance. At long last a worthy recompense came to this noble man for, ‘to patient faith the prize is sure.’”

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HE WAS A THOROUGH BELIEVER

He never once turned back in the battle. He never once used discouraging words concerning taking the land God had given them. God says in Numbers 14:24, “But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.” What a great promise is confirmed here.

God didn’t say, “I have observed Caleb. His strength is adequate. He is able to take these mountains.” Faith never rests on one’s own ability. Caleb’s faith was in God. He believed God could do anything that He promised to do.

Look around you. Everything you can see was created by God. He is all powerful. If God can speak the worlds into existence, will He have any problems enabling Caleb, His servant, to win the victory against them? Losing the victory against the giants of those mountains wasn’t a thought that Caleb could even entertain. It was completely out of the question. God is honored when one of His servants exercises this kind of faith.

CALEB TOOK HIS STAND FOR GOD AND AGAINST THE UNBELIEVERS

Here are the words Caleb spoke after spying out the land in Numbers 13:30, “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” Was this self confidence or confidence in the Lord? It was definitely confidence in the Lord. Ten of the spies who brought back an evil report, were shaking in their boots!

Numbers 13:25 29, “And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.”

Caleb spoke out publicly and assured them. He said, “The is no chance that God will let us lose the battle against these idolatrous giants. You come against them in the name of the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We can’t lose. God is with us. Do you remember who this God is for whom I speak? He is the Almighty God with whom nothing is impossible.

CALEB IS A SEPARATED SAINT

Numbers 14:24, “But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.”

Caleb’s stand with the Lord and His Faith in God’s power to deliver these people over into the hands of him and His children.

Does your speech indicate that you have unwavering faith in the God of heaven? First of all, our faith should indicate that we are followers of the Lord. Second, our speech should indicate our faith in Him is without a shadow of a doubt. Faith in God and unbelief cannot exist in the same body. Our speech should reveal that our faith is unbelief. An unwavering faith is a faith that cannot or will not allow doubt to the destroy our confidence in God.

1.    Doubt comes when one believes that God will not meet our particular need. Now this most of the time is of the devil. He does not want us to believe because we are encouraged when God meets our needs and we can testify to the faithfulness of God.

2.    Doubt comes when we allow our hearts to become hardened; The Lord says in Hebrews 3:12 13, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

3.    Doubt comes when we allow ourselves to become doubtful of the Word of God. We still maintain that the Bible is the Word of God theologically but we become doubtful that it is for us in particular. We believe some of it is for today but much of it was for past generations. So we become unbelieving because we believe that much of the promises are not for us. When one does that he has to be an expert in knowing which part is for us and which is not for us. Satan and the flesh is behind all of that.

4.    The doubter has to set aside verses like Isaiah 34:16, “Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.”

5.    The Lord’s own disciples doubted at times and He had to reprove them for it; Matthew 21:21, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” Note the condition, “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou into the sea; it shall be done.” (The bold is mine).

6.    None of us feels that our faith is strong enough. So unless one is filled with humility he will never muster the faith that connects with the God of answered prayer. We need to spend some time in fasting and searching the Scriptures to know the will of God in this matter. This is something that strengthens us to believe His promise and thank Him before we see the answer. My faith needs encouragement not unbelief. To thank the Lord for what has just happened, when I have not yet experienced any feeling, is what I call a strong faith. This truth is based upon our Lord’s thanking His Father for raising Lazarus from the dead before He was raised to life again (John 11:41-42).

7.   One of my favorite verses in these days when I’m wanting some one to pray for me is Heb 4:14-16.  “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” The door into the holiest is opened wide to come in to Him as our High Priest any time we desire at any time during the day.

Caleb was a man with another spirit because he had an outstanding faith in God. What a blessing it would be to be around a man like that. Then something very important was said of Caleb,

HE WAS A PROMPT ACTOR

He did not hesitate to be prompt to act on the basis of faith. He said in Numbers 13:30, “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” This is based on faith not human rationalism. I think Caleb had learned the principle of Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” I have been rebuked by this verse many times. I praise the Lord that He leads me to the verses that He personalizes to me. This is where prayer becomes a dialog. Caleb was one who did not wait to act and lose the opportunity of surprise. When one acts immediately upon God’s command, he never goes alone.

HE WAS A CONFIDENT MAN

Caleb said, “We are well able to overcome.” Did he make this statement of confidence based on his self confidence. Or, did he make this statement based on the confidence he had in Israel’s ability to fight? I believe he had confidence in God and was willing to fight and trust God to give the victory. This is something that the rest of the Jews had not even thought of. The short span of time between the victories that God had given the Jews should have shown them something. They should have noticed that God could be trusted. That He was a living God and God wanted them to trust Him in all things. This Caleb did. But the Israelis didn’t. May the Lord bless these words to strengthen our confidence in God by Caleb’s example.

In Christ

Brother White

#243 – God Speaks to Joshua About the Enemy

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GOD SPEAKS TO JOSHUA ABOUT THE ENEMY

Josh. 1:5 “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

Israel had not done much fighting for the past forty years . . . except among themselves. That is not the kind of training one needs to defeat the Amalekites and the Canaanites. However, there is no instruction for training for fighting even though God sends them against the enemy. The conclusion is obvious. It is not the horse or sword that wins in the battle in Israel’s case. It is the LORD. He goes to battle with them and they never lose. That is right. When Israel lost a battle, it was because God did not go out to battle with them.

We are reminded of our Spiritual battle. Paul says if you want to win, “ . . . be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph. 6:10-13). The secret of victory for the child of God is the presence of the Lord. When He is with us, we are fighting a battle already won.

The LORD is preparing Joshua to lead Israel into the land He has given them. The first thing He does is say, “Moses my servant is dead . . .” He is not around. He will not be fighting earthly battles any more. Joshua must realize this. He is no longer a servant of Moses, he is a servant of the LORD like Moses. The next thing the LORD wants Joshua to know, is that He will now be speaking to him. The LORD says, “ . . . arise, go over this Jordan . . .” Joshua must finish the job that the LORD started. The responsibility has now fallen on him. He must know that the leadership has fallen on his shoulders. The LORD also speaks to Joshua about the land. He tells him that the land is given but they must claim the land by walking through it. The LORD says, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon . . .” The LORD gave the land but there is the walk by faith. He gives Joshua and Israel something to believe.

Now the LORD speaks to Joshua about the enemy. You know you can have the land but if it is occupied by one stronger than you, there is a slight problem. Joshua has to be a little nervous over his new position. He had followed Moses as a servant. The decisions were Moses’ decisions. Being a second man has its advantages. When the people disagreed with Moses and became disagreeable, they did not murmur against Joshua. It was always against Moses and Aaron. Moses and Aaron are dead. These men were more popular in death than they were in life. It is amazing how man deifies a dead man that he would have nothing to do with when he was alive. Joshua liked being the second man! Now he has been thrust into being the leader. It was not his choice. It was the LORD’s.

The LORD says, “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee . . .” That takes care of “How in the world will we stand up against this strong enemy?” There are a couple of questions that every man of God needs to have answered. Has God called me and will He be with me? God determined the success of Joshua in this statement. Joshua will be fighting a battle already won.

There was only one Moses and one Joshua out of millions of Jews. Can’t you just see the disappointment in the faces of those who feel rejected because The LORD did not choose them instead of Joshua? The LORD is the answer to Joshua’s success. And the LORD sets that record straight here in the first chapter of Joshua. I have taught something for years that has met opposition in some of my dear friends. I will state it here. A man cannot develop beyond the gift or gifts that God has given him. If you try to develop beyond the gifts He has given you, you will be a miserable person. Always trying to do something that God has not gifted you to do. Or always trying to lead Israel (millions) when you have not been chosen to do it. You have been chosen to lead a smaller number of the whole. When you attempt to “do great things FOR the Lord,” and you find that no matter how hard you try, you are still not reaching your “perceived potential,” you will adopt the methods of the world and dedicate them to the Lord, so that He will be impressed with your dedication and your great accomplishments. Just remember this. God told Saul to wipe out the Amalekites and destroy all their possessions (1 Sam. 15:3). He saved Agag the king, and the best of the sheep and oxen, and the best of the things that they might sacrifice it to the LORD in Gilgal. Amalek is a type of the flesh. I often wondered why it was so important that everything be destroyed. Here it is: there is not one thing that originates in our fallen nature, that is called the flesh, that God will accept in His service. God has utterly rejected the flesh. Flesh and blood will not inherit the kingdom of God. When God saves, He does it by grace, and His grace is not a response to the works of the flesh. It is a response to faith. Let me state it again. The best the flesh has to offer, God has no use for. Don’t offer it. God works through the NEW MAN IN CHRIST. What man does that stands with God is the fruit of the Spirit.

What we need, He has, and is willing to give it to us. But He will only give it on His terms.  “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5). Not only does He give salvation by faith but also our walk in the Christian life is by faith (Heb. 10:38). Does this mean we are to be passive? Absolutely not. The LORD talked to Joshua about the soles of his shoes! We must walk through the land He has given us. We must serve Him in the area of our calling. He also says to us, “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee . . . ”

Then the LORD adds as He speaks to Joshua, “ . . . all the days of thy life . . .” The LORD says to Joshua, “I am with you for the long haul. I am with you to the end.” Have ever read these words in the great commission: “ . . . lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Vance Havner said of these words, “I think the average church is more conscious of the absence of the people than they are the presence of the Lord.” I think too many go to church for a performance rather than a meeting with the Lord in worship. I praise the Lord that He is with us all the way. Even when we are wandering around in the wilderness.

The LORD says to Joshua, “ . . . as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee . . . ” I believe that brought back memories. Joshua was with Moses in some of those places where God was all over the place. This is an “as” and “so” that will encourage Joshua to be the leader for which he has been chosen. I can’t stress it too much. As long as you are where God wants you, doing what God wants you to do, and you have His presence, this is the most fulfilling experience you can have in this life. Satan will do his utmost to get you out of the Lord’s will. When we are out of His will we are fighting a battle already lost. It is a waste. When we are in God’s will, we are fighting a battle already won. And the flesh dare not take credit!

Then finally, the LORD said, “ . . . I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” The LORD tells Joshua that He will not fail him. There will never be a time when Joshua is faced with a situation that the LORD will not provide him with the right answer. The LORD says, “I will not fail you.” He also says, “I will not forsake you. Joshua, you will never get into a battle and find that I am gone. I will always be there.” Have you ever had a friend that told you “I will always be there for you,” and when you really needed him, he was nowhere to be found? And after you survived the battle with the cuts and bruises, you looked around and here he comes walking out of the shadows, and expects you to treat him like the friend he claimed to be? Maybe we expect too much of our friends. The Lord is really the only one who won’t let you down. He says, “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” (Heb. 13:5-6).

Let me close by saying, if we are disappointed in man, it just proves our trust was misplaced to begin with. And if we are bitter over the experience, it means that we are still as dumb as we were when we got disappointed. Our disappointments are His appointments and He never misses an appointment, i.e., “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” He is constantly teaching us not to depend on the arm of the flesh. Amen.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro. White