Haggai 1:8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; And I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD. God told the people to build His house. He promised to take pleasure in it. He told them that if they honored Him by building the house that He would be glorified. I want to give Him pleasure. I want Him to be glorified in my life and ministry. I want to live my life thinking about Him and what pleases Him. How are you living? Are you living in the selfie moment? Are you thinking of what brings you pleasure and makes people think well of you? Our goal is to consider Him. Our goal is His glory. You were designed to bring pleasure to Him. You will not enjoy your life to the fullest until you find your purpose and live out who you are!
Amos 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, And declareth unto man what is his thought,That maketh the morning darkness,And treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. Here God tells us who He is and what He does. He is the creator. He created the earth, the mountains, and here tells us that He even created the wind. I think all honest men have to recognize that there is a creator. This complex world didn't just happen from an accident. God is in charge, in control. He can do anything that He wants to do. There is no place on the globe that is off limits to Him. The thought that really captivates me is that Amos tells us that God has declared His thoughts to us. He tells man what He is thinking. You know, of course, that He does that through the Word of God. You have the privilege of holding in your hands God's thoughts as you hold your Bible. He is God of the hosts, the armies of heaven. He is the One and only True God!
Nahum 1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, And will burst thy bonds in sunder. God was promising to free His people from the oppression that Ninevah and others had brought on them as a country. He was going to give them freedom in great power. That is what He has done for you today when you believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He broke the power of sin. He broke the power of Satan over your life. You are no longer a slave to sin. You no longer have to live life as a victim. In Christ you are victorious. You are dead to sin and alive unto to God. So live out who you are. Do not believe the lie of the Devil that would make you think in any way that you can't quit sinning. You have victory. It is yours. Live it!
Please join us this weekend for our marriage seminar with Dr. Wayne Cofield. he Bible is most certainly not quiet concerning the topic of marriage! We are inviting you to invest in your marriage by attending our 2 dayÂ Bible and Marriage SeminarÂ with Dr. Wayne Cofield. Dr. Cofield started Whitfield Baptist Church in 1978 in there home in Dalton, GA. Dr. Cofield started his church with just a hand full of people and it has grown to a thriving congregation where you can find a place to serve God, make new friends, and grow spiritually. Dr. Cofield is an engaging speaker who has been used of God across the country to encourage people in their marriages. He will be speaking from 9 â€“ 12 pm on Saturday, October 21st. He will also be our guest preacher at Vision Baptist Church on the morning of the 22nd. A meal and childcare will be provided on Saturday as well as childcare. Please register online at visionbaptist.online . Â Â
Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, The cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, My great army which I sent among you. God has allowed your sin to bring horrible consequences. You have lost so much that you should have right now. Sin and self have caused you to lose your harvest. You have lost so much that God really wants you to have. For God to bless though you must obey Him. You must honor Him. You can't live in rebellion and hope to harvest what is meant for those that live out their faith. But look at the promise. He will give us back what sin has stolen from us. He will make up for our stupidity. Turn to Him now. Get the joy He wants you to have. Enjoy the blessings He wants you to have. You can amazingly get back more than you would ever have expected.
Hosea 4:9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: And I will punish them for their ways, And reward them their doings. What an amazing verse! The priest will be like the people. The people will be like the priest. What the people and priest do will determine blessings or pain. It is so true that people seek out a priest, man of God, like themselves. They are lazy and selfish so they seek that type person out. They want prosperity so they seek out a preacher of that sort. They will even make him rich hoping to get rich. They want a preacher that will make them feel bad for what they are doing but never expect to see them change. They want a preacher that can be their conscience as long as it is a weak conscience. Isn't it time we wanted men of God that will open the Bible and just preach the Bible? Isn't it time we wanted to know what God wants?
Daniel 11:37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. Isn't that amazing. This person sounds like so many of us today. He has no regard for God or any god, really. He doesn't care how many others love God. He just wants to make much of himself. That is almost the definition of humanism. He is the epitome. He is the apex. He is the goal. This is probably a verse that refers to the AntiChrist. The verse also applies to all antichrists. Each of us that believe in ourselves and our abilities fall into this category. True salvation begins when you realize that it is not about you. It is about God. It is you knowing that you need God. It is your humbling yourself and magnifying God.
This past Sunday we had I Love Israel Sunday! There were some amazing decorations, a brunch, and some amazing specials. Please check out our live stream link on Facebook. We had 259 people in Church Sunday morning. 42 of those were in Spanish Church. Please pray for that ministry as God has been working and they have seen several souls saved in the last week or so!! Sunday night we had 194 people in service Bro. Sam Wilson explained the gift we gave to all our Jewish visitors that morning. It was phylacteries based on Deuteronomy 6:8, â€śAnd thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thin hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.â€ť Also, Jeff Brown gave his last 5 minute message before heading to India in a little over a week! Please be in prayer for him and MacKenzie as they start their internship!
Daniel 4:34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: Nebuchadnezzar had been lifted up in himself to think that he was something, He had believed that he had made himself. He was arrogantly praising himself when God decided to show him and all of us that any blessings or greatness that we have comes from God. When his understanding came back the king realized that it was God. He praised and honored God. He recognized that God was the true king. He realized that he was only a servant. Often we get hung up on ourselves and begin to think too highly of ourselves as well. We need to realize that He alone is great. He alone is God. We need to honor and recognize Him for who He is and what He does. True understanding is seeing me as small and Him as great. True understanding is seeing me as low and Him as high. [â€¦]
Ezekiel 45:22 And upon that day shall the prince prepare for himself and for all the people of the land a bullock for a sin offering. I am not sure what you see when you see that the people were to prepare a sin offering. You may see that they are having to give a sacrifice. You may see it as something that they have to do but that is not what it is. They have been given the privilege of allowing their sin to be paid for, atoned, by the death of a substitute. The animal dies in their place. God made a way for everyone to have life. Life comes through His death and subsequent victory over death. He is the sacrifice for both the prince and the people. It is Him taking our place. Never see these verses about the sacrifice or sin offering without seeing Jesus. Never see these offerings without seeing the mercy and grace of God.
Ezekiel 36:21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. The Lord is more concerned about His name and His reputation than anything. He wants the world to know who He is and how He is. He had pity on the house of Israel in this text even though they didn't deserve it. He had pity because He is concerned about His reputation. He makes promises and keeps them. He does right because He is right. He loves because He is love. Today so many make decisions and say things that go against the very nature of God and what the Scriptures say. Little do they realize that they profane His name when they claim He doesn't love everyone. They profane His name when they act as though He gets pleasure out of people dying and going to Hell. He loves His name and reputation. We should love and honor Him as well.
Ezekiel 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. God gave Israel watchmen. They were to be on the towers and watch to see if an enemy were coming. They were to warn God's people so that they could be prepared for the danger, the battle. Then he gave them prophets and preachers who were to hear His voice. They were to hear from God what was going to happen and then share it with the people. God didn't want His people getting hurt. He gave them men to warn them of the consequences of sin. They were to take the job seriously. Today there is still a need for men and women to warn others. Hell is moving. Death is coming. People need to prepare for eternity. Will you warn them? Will you hear the truth and then share it? We know God. We have His Word. We are able to make a difference.
Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. God looks for a man that will stand in the gap, a man that will obey God! This man in the gap will be praying for people. He will teach the word of God. He will stand between death and hell and give the good news. Could it be that God is at work in your life calling you to do the work? You could make a difference. You could stand in the gap. There is much missing. There is a great need. What will you do to help get the gospel to the world? What will you do to help hurting people? It is time to stand up and stand in the gap. It is time to say here am I send me. Don't waste your life. He is looking for a man. Be that man!
Ezekiel 18:21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. God spoke to Ezekiel to teach the people that they could repent and live. God doesn't want anyone to die. He doesn't want us to suffer. He has shown us clearly that sin causes suffering. That as people disobey they bring suffering on themselves. If a person would realize that God loves them and is not trying to stifle them it would certainly help understand God's heart. So here is the lesson. Your sin is killing you. Turn from you. Listen to God. Do what He says. He will bless you and your life. You will not be suffering the consequences of your sin.
Ezekiel 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. They trusted their beauty. They thought it was in something that they had and that they didn't need God. Their hearts and love belonged to God but they gave their love to false gods. This is what we do when we think that we do not need God. We think our money, our talents, our abilities is enough for live. We trust in ourselves rather than in God. That is the ruin of everyone. They think that they do not need God. They think that they are beautiful enough to escape but it is never true. Turn today from yourself to Him. Believe God and what He did on the cross of Calvary. Let God make a difference in your life. He has already paid your sin debt. It is for you to believe and accept His great gift.
It was another fantastic day in the house of the Lord, here at Vision. With Bro. Austin being in Peru, Bro. Trent preached Sunday morning! He picked up in Mark chapter 4. We had 229 in Sunday school and and 274 in the main service. Sunday night, Bro. Jeff Bush with our mission board preached from Thessalonians and Greg was our 5 minute preacher. We had 166 people in the service. While we hate not having our pastor with us, we count it a privilege to be led by someone with such a heart for getting the gospel out and by having great men who will step up when he is out of town.Â Â Please see the picture below for upcoming events. Please be in prayer for We Love Israel Sunday! Â
Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them. One day God's judgment will come. He will deal in fury and anger. He will not have mercy. He will not feel pity. Even if people cry out there will be no mercy. This was written about His people abandoning Him in search of false gods. He was going to judge them. He did and does judge them. These same truths apply today as you are in a day of grace. There is still plenty of opportunity to know and experience the grace of God. He stands with arms wide open beckoning you to come. If you refuse His free offer, His gift, His grace there will come a day when it is too late. You must trust Him today!
Lamentations 3:51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city. I would challenge you to lift up your eyes to the harvest. See the need all around us. See the people who are hurting and in need of the Savior. When Jesus saw people He saw their hurts, their needs. We need to quit looking at ourselves and begin looking first at Jesus and then at others. We need to see the need around us. We need to see people hurting and give our lives to take the gospel to them. I would challenge you to make a trip to the mission field. See people without God and without the gospel. Realize that your life could make a difference in others. Realize that there is much to do with our lives.
Jeremiah 51:60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against Babylon. God told Jeremiah. Jeremiah wrote it in a book before it ever happened. God would punish Babylon for their sin against Him and against His people. To me this cries out that you have a God that knows the future. You have a God that will accomplish His purposes. You have a God that can give you a book that will come true. God is above all. He is the maker of all. He is everything. So when you read the Bible it shouldn't surprise you that He tells you the future. It is His to tell. He is able. He is God.
Jeremiah 44:23 Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day. Sin hurts God's people. When we sin it causes us to miss out on His blessings on our lives. We hurt ourselves. We walk into the devil's trap. He wants to see us hurt. He hurts us by causing us to doubt God. He hurts us by causing us to do what we know we shouldn't and what we do not want to do. His law is not our enemy. It is not something to hurt us. It is something to keep us out of trouble and hurt.
Jeremiah 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD. Are you beginning to see a trend here. God loves His people. He causes them to live in joy and gladness. He is good and His people praise Him. His mercy endures forever. His people love to keep telling Him how wonderful He is. He will restore Israel to all that He promised them. We are His people. We know that He loves us. He causes us to live in joy and gladness. He is good to us. We praise Him. If you are not praising Him it is because you do not yet understand all that He has done and is doing for you. He will bless us. He is blessing us. Open your eyes and count your blessings.
Jeremiah 32:41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul. God is here talking about rejoicing over Israel and Judah, His people. He wants to do them good. He will do them good. He will reestablish them as a kingdom, a country. God has disciplined the country for its rebellion but never to harm them but to heal them. The beautiful application you can draw from this is that He loves His people. He rejoices over His people. In Christ we are His people. He loves us with all of His heart. We can know that He is for us. We can rest in His blessed assurance.
Sunday October 1st was another wonderful day here at Vision Baptist Church! We had 208 in Sunday School and 253 in the morning service. Bro. Austin preached from Mark 4, â€śDo You have a Receptive Heart?â€ť It was a blessing to be reminded that we are just to spread the seed everywhere and that the Christian life isnâ€™t to be lived alone. Â Sunday Night Daniel Cooper was our 5 minute preacher. It was also our monthly Question and Answer time. It is a great privilege to spend time together asking questions about the Bible and learning from Godâ€™s Word.
Jeremiah 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD. God wanted His people to have the right kind of shepherds. He wanted them to have shepherds who would feed them. He wanted them to live in peace. He didn't want them to live in fear. He didn't want them to do without. He didn't want them to be dismayed or live in terror. God wanted His people to be loved by a person He would put in their life as their spiritual leader. Today in the New Testament we should consider His heart's desire as we do our ministry. God's people should get clear, consistent, Biblical truth taught to them on a regular basis. God gave His people His Word. We do not have to go to psychologists etc to help our people. We just need to clearly expose and explain His Word to them. God's people should be shown the truth so that Satan, the devil, the accuser, their enemy can't cause them to live in fear and terror. God gave pastors to His people, shepherds, to [â€¦]
Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. Well if you read yesterday's post then you saw to be careful to get the context of a verse. Today we see a verse about the potter and the clay. That is so often used in verses about God's power over us. Which He most definitely has. But notice that this verse is talking about the house of Israel, not an individual. God wants Israel to know that He is God and that He rules in the affairs of men. He is letting them know that they didn't build their nation but He did. The interesting thing is that this is the verse quoted in Romans 9 that is so often used to talk about individuals. The context again refers to God and His relationship to Israel. This passage or truth at least is discussed in Isaiah 45. In that passage also the context is nations. I challenge that as you study you do your own study. I challenge you to look up the [â€¦]
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