Thursday, August 29, 2013

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 29 "LUST OF THE EYES"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 29 "LUST OF THE EYES": ALL men should be both comforted and challenged by Job's statement, in today's reading, "I made a covenant with my eyes not to ...

AUGUST 29 "LUST OF THE EYES"

ALL men should be both comforted and challenged by Job's statement, in today's reading, "I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman."  Why did he make such a covenant with his eyes? For the obvious reason that this is what he was doing or being tempted to do. We should be glad that he did not just write, "my eyes look lustfully at young women".   If he had, we would all feel justified in unbridled lust. You think of King David, a man after God's own heart, according to scripture. He had hundreds of women that he had sex with, many wives and concubines.  He found a way to feed his lust for young women by trying to legitimize it by making them wives and conubines.  Many Preachers have joked about this, "it's hard enough to be married to one woman, who would want more than one?" If only that were the case, David was married to these women simply on paper, so to speak. He did not deal with them in the normal sense of a relationship. They were there for one reason. It was legitimzied prostitution. They were there to give him sex when he called upon them or they were picked by one of his men. In return, they and their children were well taken care of. Even Queen Esther in her great relationship she had with the King, was afraid to just appear before him lest she be killed. This was actually a legitimate fear she had, according to her own words. David's lust after young beautiful women never went away, it's like a Gremlin (for those of you from the 80's), the more you feed it the more it grows.  With hundreds of beautiful women to have sex with he still manages to be lusting after another, Bathsheba. Of course this becomes his undoing. This is the place that pornography is filling in men's lives today. It's unbridled lust, sex (in their minds) with the prettiest, young women and Lust is never satisfied.  God made man to be attracted and aroused by beauty and physical appearance and the worse part is Gut put no governor on it.  I used to drive a vehicle, when I was in the Marine Corps, on the Flight Line, and this vehicle had a governor on it that limited the speed I could go. I could have the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor (which I did) but I could go no faster than the speed limit that was set on the governor. We as men, it is as if God has put us in a Ferrari Race Car, with no governor, go as fast as you want, but you may just kill yourself as many men have done, driving race cars and also in our personal lives.  God leaves it to us to govern ourselves, crazy as that may be, and Job actually did it! Recently was reading about how Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones might be separating.  If you look at the picture of the two, you just think, "this aint right!".  He's wrinkled up and grey haired and she's young and beautiful" (25 yrs younger!!). But just like David, Solomon and powerful, influential men of the past, they can have it so they take it!  Job was powerful, rich and influential and could have done the same, but he did not.  Most men are not rich, poweful and influential so the go for the next best thing, pornography, cause they can't get the real thing. But Jesus says, "you're jsut as guilty!".  Whether you fulfill it physically or fulfill it in your mind, you are just as guilty. The answer is in governing yourself, make a covenant with your eyes not to lust after a young women", because the more you feed it, the more it grows and the stronger it gets. I will always remember "The Gremlins" it finally occurred to the owners, that the more they fed the Gremlins, the more they grew and multiplied, at first the owners thought the answer was just to satisfy their hunger, but it was insatiable; the answer was to starve them. I believe the Gremlins (from the 80's movie) were a metaphor of Lust. You think if you feed it, give in to it, it will be satisfied and leave you alone, but it only grows. The answer to lust is not to feed it, but to starve it! " I have made a covenant with my eyes not to lust after a young woman".

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 20 "GOD CAN DO ANYTHING.......OR MAYBE NOT...

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 20 "GOD CAN DO ANYTHING.......OR MAYBE NOT...:      THIS is not the answer to prayer that Esther is looking for, ie: Fight.   She is going to The King (A God type figure in this story) an...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 15 "CALVINIST IN THEORY"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 15 "CALVINIST IN THEORY":      WAS the Apostle Paul a Calvinist?  While Paul might have been a Calvinist in theory, more importantly he lived as if he believed in Arm...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 11 "YOU CAN COUNT ON OPPOSITION"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 11 "YOU CAN COUNT ON OPPOSITION":      THE four steps and in this order always seem to be: 1. Prayer and Fast  2. Then Opportunity - Doors open    3. Opposition arrives o...

Saturday, August 10, 2013

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 10 "I'M SORRY.....KIND OF..."

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 10 "I'M SORRY.....KIND OF...":      HOW often are we sorry, but we don't want to have to change anything that we're sorry for. "Lord, I'm sorry, I should...

Friday, August 9, 2013

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 9 "WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 9 "WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE":      It's refreshing to finally read about a true Man of God after all the decrepit Kings we have been reading about. Ezra has the goods...

Monday, August 5, 2013

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 5 "WAIT...YOU MUST BE JOKING!"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 5 "WAIT...YOU MUST BE JOKING!":      NOTHING worse than waiting on somebody else.  Especially when you know (or at least think you know) where you are going. I'd rather...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 3 "COASTER FOR JESUS!"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 3 "COASTER FOR JESUS!":      Josiah was king for 8 years before he decided to seek God .  Did you catch that!  What in the world was Josiah doing for 8 years??? The...

Friday, August 2, 2013

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 2 "CHRISTIAN CLICHES"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 2 "CHRISTIAN CLICHES": After years of critisizing Catholics and other Religions, the Christian Church is becoming quite religious itself. We are a church that is f...

AUGUST 2 "CHRISTIAN CLICHES"

After years of critisizing Catholics and other Religions, the Christian Church is becoming quite religious itself. We are a church that is full of a people of nothing more than Christian Cliches. Words and phrases that once meant something, are still spurted out, but they have no power in the hearts of those who quote them. Hezekiah in our text makes a phoenomenal quote, which has been quoted since, through out the Church Age, that quote is "He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to hlep us and to fight our battles for us!".  It was not just a cliche when he said it, Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed together and the next morning, we learn that the Lord had "sent an Angel to destroy the Assyrian arm and all its commanders and officers. So Sennacherib was forced to return home in disgrace and when he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him".  When Hezekiah said, "all they have is a great army, we have God", he meant it. 
     We say it today, we hear it in sermons, we quote it, but do we mean it? What battles can you testify about, that you let the Lord fight for you? Do you have any you can testify about.  If you were to ask a congregation to lift up their hands to testify about a battle the Lord fought for them last year, this year or the year before, not many hands would go up. Yes a few would, but most would not.  Why? Because we don't beleive anymore.  I was recently in a situation where our hands were tied, we really needed God to move and fight for us. I entrusted to a few what was going on only to find them all in panic mode, desperately trying to find a way to fix the problem with every human means possible. They did not sleep, they worried and they tried endlessly to think of a way, in their mind, to fix the situation.  Our text today says that Hezekiah and Isaiah got together and prayed to the Lord.  They did not have a pow-wow meeting and try to figure out how to defeat the Assyrian Army.  They did not stay up all night worrying, thinking, contemplating this and that scenario, they simply lived what they said, 'all they have is a great army, but we have God to fight our battles". If I am going to tell my Christian brethren about my problems only to have them fret and be filled with anxiety, then I will keep them to myself in the future. I share my problems, my issues with my brothers and sisters in Christ so that they can pray with me, so that they can beleive God with me, to fight the battle, not to fill them with anxiety and stress.
     Is the Church of Jesus Christ just becoming full of people of quick, Christian Cliches, that go about their lives day in and day out as if there is no God to fight their battles? Will you beleive God to fight the battles that are too big for you? Do you have any recent testimonies that you can testify about, that you trusted God to fight for you and HE DID? We have to be careful of what we mock (religious people) because often, if we are not careful, we will become, just like the ones we mock, if not worse!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 2 "A WISE ENEMY"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: AUGUST 2 "A WISE ENEMY":      Hezekiah and his people are faced with an onslaught of verbal and mental assaults. What Hezekiah faces and what we must face, almost on...