Isaiah 57:6 “Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?”
OCTOBER 14, 2011
Jeremiah 10:16 “The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is his name.”
Psalm 73:25-26 “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. The word “portion” at its most basic That you know God! We are yet to get to level means possession. Therefore, a this level of appreciation, but we need to man’s potion is his possession. GOD IS appreciate our Heavenly Father as our OUR GREATEST POSSESSION literal possession. (Portion)! In fact, there is nothing that we God is with us and dwelling in us! So should hope for in heaven or in earth more we count this as a great treasure? King than God. Many songs have been written David rejoiced at the opportunity to bring in anticipation about what we expect to the presence of God back (see 2 Samuel see and what we expect to do when we get 6:14-16) but many of us are wanting Things made of this world and not in God. In to heaven, but the psalmist is saying that everything else but God. Isaiah 57:3-6, God rebukes His people because when your heart fails, when your mind In Lamentations 3:22-24 it says “It is they put their hope and trust in idols (smooth fails, when your strength and all else is of the LORD's mercies that we are not stones) and offer sacrifices to them GOD ARE failing, there is one request you should consumed, because his compassions fail OUR HOPE! GOD IS OUR PORTION! Don’t have and that is for God to be your not. They are new every morning: great is be like the portion of the world. God wants us to possession! thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, have our portion in Him because He is our What is your greatest possession? saith my soul; therefore will I hope in greatest possession! Remember, even when our Many people are looking for, anticipating him.” A mans portion is also his hope. gifts or other possessions, but is God your Men of this world have their portion (hope) money, body, or careers fail, we can take great comfort in God. desire? In Jeremiah 9:23-24 it says, in this life (see Psalm 17:13, 14a; Isaiah GOD IS THE BEST THING I GOT “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise 57:6). When your greatest possession is in GOING FOR ME needs to be our confession! man glory in his wisdom, neither let the this world, there is where your hope lies. Unless He is your portion, you are a man of the mighty man glory in his might, let not the When your hope lies in this world, there world. We need to see God as our greatest value. rich man glory in his riches: But let him lies your hope. The will of God is for our People use God as a means to an end, as a way of that glorieth glory in this, that he portion (hope) to be in Him. OUR HOPE getting something else (wealth), instead of seeing understandeth and knoweth me, that I am MUST BE IN THE ONE WHO FORMS God as their most prized possession. We need to the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, and not in the things formed (see Jeremiah be reminded that HE IS OUR FOCUS! judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: 10:16). God told Abraham in Genesis 15:1 God is not a means to a portion, gift or for in these things I delight, saith the “ Fear not...I AM thy shield, and thy reward. He is the Portion! He is the Gift! He is LORD.” In other words, don’t glory in exceeding great reward.” the Reward! wisdom, strength or riches, but in this: The men of the world put their hope in
SOUL SACRIFICE LIKE SOUL FOOD You can tell when someone puts their all into their work for God, just like you can tell when someone puts their soul into soulfood. We have lost our minds in the wrong places. We have been complaining that we are too tired to work or do anything for the Lord. But how can we be tired when God is supposed to be our strength? You have not because you fear not the Lord. Ask the Lord for strength and stop offering up cold excuses as to why you can’t be “off your rocker” for God. The summer is up and the devil is putting many to sleep in the rocking chair. Psalm 2:11 says “Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” How can you be a spirit-filled, born-again, fire-baptized believer and still be tired? We don’t even have to tell people now-a-days to go home because they are doing too much work at the church. Instead, we are having to tell people that they need to come to church because there is no one going crazy, losing their minds, or being accused of being “off their rocker” for God anymore.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Paul not only got his zeal for God from fearing God, but it also came from LOVE. LOVE – namely Christ’s love in dying for us and how it should lead to our living for Him (see Colossians 3:1-3; Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 says “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” The word “CONSTRAIN” means to hold oneself to. Love held Paul to his tireless commitment to God and to His people. The NEB reads, “…leaves us no choice.” Christ Himself made Himself uncomfortable for us. He had no choice but to do what He was sent here to do. If you rightly discern Christ’s love, it will motivate us in service (see Ephesians 3:14-4:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 4).
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We don’t rightly appreciate the judgment that was held over our heads but because of Jesus, we have been saved! And in exchange for what He did, what do we do for Him? Today everything is a matter of reason. We do what is reasonable. The word “REASONABLE” means not too extreme or too excessive. Love is not reasonable! In fact, the love of Christ manifested on the cross was not reasonable (unremarkable, moderate). Such a selfless love brought with it a high obligation. But we have no problem coming to church giving a moderate praise, we want a moderate word. We want to be under control, conservative in our response to God but when you are in love with someone, love will make you act crazy, besides yourself, out of control and unreasonable. Love makes you give all because Christ gave all. But we often try to pull away, but the love should keep holding us. God has been faithful to us all our lives, always extending Himself.
Can we not extend ourselves for Him? Ephesians 3:14-20 gives us a great description of all that the Lord has done for us, and reveals all that we have been given by Him and how He has extended Himself for us. We want God to pour out abundantly on us all the time but we want to only operate for Him in a confined area. We don’t voluntarily get “off our rocker” for Him, but feel that we have to wait to be called first. But there are some people who are sold out and want to go crazy for God. They don’t even care that people may talk about them. What does it take to wake you up to get off your rocker, because whatever it takes, God is going to do that? King David danced before the Lord, got off his rocker, because he remembered where he was when God found him. He remembered what God had brought him from and because of fear and love; he was not ashamed to praise his God with all his heart, with all his soul and with all his might.
What will it take for you to get on fire for God? In Mark 3:21 it says, “And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.” Jesus was accused of being “off His rocker” and even having a devil. In some people’s eyes, holiness is sitting back and criticizing everyone else who is working for God. Notice how in these verses, Jesus’ family tried to “RESTRAIN” Him while the love of Christ was “CONSTRAINING” Paul in Corinthians. It seems each of us have this tug of war going on in our hearts. The world, society and even our friends are trying to restrain us by reminding us to act reasonably, while the love of God is busy “constraining” us to act unreasonably (outside of ourselves) for God’s glory. Who will we let win out – our love for our family or our love for Christ? I’m sure Jesus’ family was concerned that His actions were hurting their family’s reputation (see 2 Samuel 6:20, 22). But it is time that we “GET OFF OUR ROCKER” for Christ’s sake
PASTOR ERIC C. BOGAN “TEACHING THE TRUTH AND SHOWING THE LOVE”
Joshua 1:8 “…For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
ISSUE 4 VOLUME 3 OCTOBER 21, 2011
Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
Proverbs 10:5 “He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.” How have you been spending your time? The thing about time is that we all receive the same amount. It is how we spend the time we are given that will determine our success. This is a message about foresight and priority and if you spend your time wisely, you will avoid missed opportunities in life. In Proverbs 10:4-5, it states that “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.” You are wise when you gather in the summer. This word “wise” is also translated “success” in Joshua 1:8. A “successful” son performs his work at the right time (i.e. early rather than late). He gathers in the harvest at the proper time and not at the last minute. However, a son that does not gather in the summer is actually in opposition against his father. In Proverbs 6:6-8 we learn a lesson from the ant. These creatures have enough wisdom to know that if
they are going to be successful in the winter they better work during the summer. What type of son are you? Do you do your work early or do you sleep? Do you get a jumpstart on things or are you a sluggard? We meet with failure when we sleep during the harvest time. Harvest work is the most important work. There is only a limited amount of time to do harvest work. You cannot put this work off until later, it has to be done early, in the allotted time or you won’t be able to do it. We bring shame when we don’t work when we are supposed to Proverbs 10:1 “A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.” The work you do is not just your work. You are entering in on others labor. When you don’t do what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it; you are wasting those other peoples’ time! You are working against them. You are fighting against God when you are a lazy son. Mathew 12:30 says “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Everyone isn’t gathering when
His work on time but are you? Are you working with God or are you sabotaging God? Failure to gather the harvest is an act of sabotage (a deliberate act to destroy profits; to work carelessly or clumsily. We are all called to work on God’s team but are you sabotaging His work? People who are sleeping, slothful, inactive, unconcerned, sluggards, putting off until later, slow moving, unmotivated or don’t really care; are people who are sabotaging (working against) God’s plan. This is the improper way to spend our time. This is time that is being wasted and we are in danger of missing out on what may be our last opportunity to do what God has purposed for us to do. If we want to be wise sons, we must use that God has given use wisely, following the example of the ant, so that we can gather in this harvest on time.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? We are not on our own time. Every day we wait, we are sabotaging the harvest. When its harvest time, allhands-are-on-deck. It takes everybody doing their job in order to bring the harvest in on time. Everybody should be working and if you are not, you are putting our success at risk. Romans 13:11-14 says “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” Not only is Jesus our protection (armor), but He’s our pattern and example! We’ve got to know what time it is. If you are not working with God, you are fast asleep, and if you are asleep, you are unproductive.
John 4:34-35 “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. This work has to do with our salvation! When you are awake you put on the Lord Jesus. If you want to go to work, you must put on Jesus and do what was His job. Stop sleeping God’s time away! In John 4:34-35, Jesus reminds us that we don’t have to wait for the spiritual harvest, it’s ready now! However, we must act promptly and not delay. Ephesians 5:14-16 says “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” We need to ask the Lord to number our days. Why do we live our lives in the night but we waste the day time when we could have been working? If God gives you a chance to make up lost time you need to rejoice. Don’t through away your good years, when you have the strength of life. There is value in time well spent! Jesus reminds us that if we act promptly, awake from our sleep, Christ will help us by giving us LIGHT. To “redeem the time”
does not mean to regain time lost. HARVEST TIME CANNOT BE REGAINED ONCE IT IS LOST! To redeem the time means “to buy up every opportunity”. In order to BUY UP something, it will require you to GIVE UP something. HARVESTING IS ALL ABOUT TIMING! (1) If we work at the right time (i.e. while the people’s hearts are prepared), the work can be done quickly (see 2 Chronicles 29:36). (2) If we work at the right time there will be a reward (see John 4:36). Notice how the workers receive (presently) wages and not just “shall” receive as in Matthew 25. (3) If we work at the right time we will reap with joy (see John 4:36; 1 Thessalonians 2:19). You are always happy when you are doing what you are supposed to be doing. Jesus is satisfied in doing the will of His Father. His will was to get full off of God’s will. We start off with joy, but
will we finish in joy? If we put on the Lord Jesus, we will know how to spend our time wisely and be satisfied as well. Harvest time demands a proper response. We cannot wait or the harvest will spoil in the field. We only have a certain amount of time to get the harvest in. Some jobs demand promptness and you can’t just get there whenever you want to. You have to buy up the opportunity so that the opportunity won’t be lost. It is like seeing merchandise and buying it all up now at the right price. When the opportunity arises, you are to jump on it right away. If we miss it, people die. Many people are hanging out and God is calling us to work! Every time you take advantage of an opportunity, you have to give up something. Working for God will cost us something. Timing is everything! We are never going to get this time again. We need to stop being inactive, and buy up every time, every opportunity to work. There is a danger if we miss out on this opportunity to have time well spent.
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When you wait for the perfect opportunity you usually never do anything. Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 says “He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.” We have to sow now, work now and buy up every opportunity now because we don’t know what is going to make the greatest impact. Any opportunity to get involved, take it! We need everyone’s help because there are fields of opportunity (see John 4:35). When the wheat turns from yellow to white its harvest time. If you don’t pick the wheat now (bring people to Christ) they will get deceived. It’s harder to reprogram them than to program them right from the start. We have the chance to tell others about Jesus (see Acts 20:26). We purify our hands when we go to work. Only what you do for Christ, at the right time, will last. The right response, at the right time is what makes us not miss the opportunity.