Ezekiel 24:18 So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded. Ezekiel's wife died. He had preached that morning. He continued doing the Lord’s work even the next day. He didn't let anything hinder him from doing what he was supposed to do. He loved God. Jesus told us to hate even our own life in comparison to how much we love Him. I often let little things discourage me and get me off track. That is not the lesson we see being practiced in the life of Ezekiel. What does it take to get you to slack off in your service to God? What have you used as an excuse in the past? How dedicated are we? I want to learn from this example and make it real in my life that I put Jesus first. I want to not get off track. I do not want to make excuses for not serving Him. Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash
Ezekiel 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? God doesn't want anyone to die or to be destroyed. He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. He wants to see them return to Him and live in truth. God loves you. He doesn't want you to die and go to hell. He wants you to be saved. He has done all that is necessary for your salvation. He has paid for your sins. He offers you a free gift. If you just accept the gift, believe Him you can be saved. Regardless just like He said to His people in the Old Testament He loved them. He took no pleasure in their death. You will be the one that chooses not to believe. You will choose rebellion and suffer the consequences for yourself. Or you will trust Christ. He wants you saved. He wants you forgiven. Will you trust Him today? Photo by Cristian Grecu on Unsplash
Ezekiel 12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD. God often is patient with His people and even the lost world. He gives the opportunity to repent and get right. It might seem as though He is not doing what He said He would do. The truth is that He is waiting for you. There is one thing you can be sure of. He said it, and He will do it. Soon He will no longer be patient. Soon He will bring the consequences of our sin. It is time now to be saved. It is time now to do right. I know you think that God will never really act because He hasn't so far. You are wrong. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the time to get right with God. If you do not believe and repent just know it is happening. Judgment is coming. Now is your only chance you can be sure of! Photo by UroŇ° […]
Ezekiel 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. As the young preacher stands to preach, he is often fearful. The faces of the people sometimes appear to be unsympathetic, even of the believers. Ezekiel the prophet was going to be preaching to a rebellious group. He was told not to be afraid. They would say ugly things, but he shouldn't allow that to hinder him. Even if they were rude to him and didn't help take care of him, he should continue to preach. He was not to be afraid. He was not to get discouraged because of their looks. God warned him that they were rebelling against God Himself. All preachers need to remember that they preach to an audience of One. People often cause us to think that they do not love us. They make us feel like we do not measure up whether intentionally or unintentionally. We must do right. We must preach because He sent […]
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Lamentations 2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches Pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: Lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, That faint for hunger in the top of every street. God's people ought to be crying out to God in prayer. We should be broken-hearted about those in such desperate need. The need should keep up awake at night. We should pour out our hearts to the Lord. We should pray for the young children. We should know that so many are in such need that only God can work. How much are we praying? How much are we asking God to move? How broken are we for the lost world around us? Photo by Jeremy Wong on Unsplash
Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, Saith the Lord GOD of hosts: For thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. It is only a matter of time. God will not allow you to live in your pride and rebellion. You cannot escape the consequences of your sin. In your pride, you say that you do not need God. In your pride, you say that you will be alright. God says that is not so. He is patient with you right now. He is giving you time to see your need of His rescue, His salvation. If you continue to live in your own arrogance, you will eventually find it is time to pay up. The day is coming. The time is near. God is against those that reject Him. He loves you, but you must turn to Him and believe. Will you trust Him today? Photo by Murray Campbell on Unsplash
Jeremiah 44:22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day. There is no way you can continue to do wrong and not expect horrible consequences. God gets to the point here that He merely will no longer put up with their actions. They were doing wrong. They were evil. They were doing things that He hated. They continued in their sin. Their continual rebellion and sin led to the destruction of their homes. Their punishment, the destruction of their city, was so horrible it put people in shock. There was no solution. Do you not realize that if you do not trust Christ as your Savior that you will suffer beyond your wildest imaginations. You can ignore the truth. You can rebel against the truth, but you will suffer for it. This passage is a picture of what will happen to you if you do not turn to the One that loves you and offers you new life. Trust Christ today. Be saved. Realize that [‚Ä¶]
We had a great service on Sunday here at Vision!¬ Sunday morning Bro. John Pearson brought us our offering devotion from Acts.¬ Then, we had special music by Caroline Penrod, Joanna Bush, Hannah Ewing, Gracie Mize, and Charlotte Penrod on piano. Then, Bro. Gardner preached from Mark 11. ¬ ¬ On Sunday evening, Jens Looney was our 5 minute preacher and he brought us a message out of 1 John.¬ Then, Brett Broadrick, the WEC representative for the continent of Asia, gave a report on the country of Vietnam, and an update on Kanon and Nancy Bloom, missionaries to China. ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ Then, we had special music performed by Joanna Bush, Lydia Bush, Hannah Ewing, Gracie Mize, and Charlotte Penrod on piano. Then, Bro. Gardner preached on the question of what‚Äôs in your heart out of 2 Chronicles 6. If you would like to view this service, please check out our live stream on Facebook.
Jeremiah 32:23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them: God had been kind to His people. He had brought them into the land of promise. He had given them a kingdom. He had blessed them beyond measure. It wasn't long till they thought that they had accomplished it all. They forgot Him. They didn't honor God. They didn't obey His voice. They didn't do what He asked. They ignored all His teachings. They never thought that their actions would cause anything terrible to happen, but it did. Evil came upon them. These bad things that happened were a consequence of their actions. You can't do wrong without expecting something to happen. God didn't give you things to do to hurt you. God is at work in your life. He cares about you. He wants the best for you. If you rebel you will put yourself in harm's way. Why would you do that? Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash
Jeremiah 30:22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. God's people had walked away. They had worshipped false gods, idols. They did not love Him, and He was not happy with them. He promised that a day was coming when He would be their God once again. They would be His people. Your actions speak significantly to your faith. If you say, you have faith, and your actions say you do not then there is a problem. He loves you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Just be sure that you are His. So many people have never really trusted, never really turned to God and yet they think that they are His people by default. No one is HIs by default. You will see your sin, turn from yourself to Him if you are to be His. Are you sure of your salvation? Are you sure that you will go to Heaven when you die? It is time to consider this very important reality. Photo by Alex Block on Unsplash
Jeremiah 23:21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. There are preachers, prophets, and priests who are preaching everywhere that God didn't send. God never spoke to them. God never sent them. They are fakes. They are self-sent, or demon delivered. As hard as it is for you to accept that you must. They speak what they want. They have found a profession. They may say good things. They may have many followers, but the only way you can know if a man is sent of God is to test his preaching and teaching. You must be a student of the Bible. You must go to every service with a Bible open in your hands. Look up the verses. See if what the supposed preacher says is what the Bible says. Never listen to preaching without making a critical comparison to what the Bible says. Photo by Nick Karvounis on Unsplash
Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, And be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; For the heathen are dismayed at them. Often lost people study the stars to find their destiny. They think that their planets and stars can align just right. That is what those that do not know or believe in God do. We know better than that. We know that the stars and anything happening up there is under the control of God Himself. They might get scared at an eclipse. They might think an asteroid was the end of the world, but we will trust in God. I hope you consider this truth. It makes all the difference in the world and the way you live. Photo by Scott Szarapka on Unsplash
Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: Therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. God's people rebelled against and troubled the Holy Spirit. God became their enemy because they chose to be His. He fought against them because of their stubbornness. You can resist the Holy Spirit to your destruction. You can choose not to trust God till He who loves you becomes your enemy. You do not want to do that. You want to love Him and enjoy His blessings. Trust Him to save you today. Obey Him and His leadership in your life. He is all you need and will work miracles for and through you! Photo by Nonsap Visuals on Unsplash
Jeremiah 2:28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah. God's people were in trouble. They needed help. When they call on God, He reminds them that they turned from Him. They chose to make gods for themselves. Every city and people made a god, and now they want the one and only true God to come to their rescue. He tells them to go to their gods. Why can't they help them? So often we push God to the dark corners, the deep recesses of our heart in the good times. We want to call on Him when we get in trouble we just do not want to be bothered by Him under normal circumstances. These verses let you know what God thinks of that! Photo by Anthony Ginsbrook on Unsplash
Isaiah 32:6 For the vile person will speak villany, And his heart will work iniquity, To practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, To make empty the soul of the hungry, And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. The vile person, this fool, speaks wicked, stupid, rebellious sin. He has a problem in the heart and that is where this is coming from. He is against God. He wants to deceive others. He wants to destroy any that would follow and believe in God.‚Ä©‚Ä©Be careful to know that what people are saying is coming from their heart. Be careful to realize that if there is a heart problem it will cause a head problem. If I hate God it will show up in so many ways in my life and how I treat God's people. ‚Ä©‚Ä©I also learn from this that I better work at getting my own heart under control. I want to make sure that I am focused on the Lord Jesus. I want to surrender my heart to His leadership!
Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, He shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Jesus death on the cross is an excellent show of the Lord's love for us. Jesus loved us enough to die for us. The Father was pleased that Jesus would suffer for our salvation. Jesus took our sins on Him. Jesus bore the consequences of all of our wrong. God blessed Jesus' sacrifice with so many of us believing. Jesus is blessed to see those He died for loving Him, preaching Him, and sharing the good news of salvation. Photo by Christoph Schmid on Unsplash
We had another great Sunday service here at Vision Baptist! Trent Cornwell and Robert Canfield filled in for Bro. Gardner while he was out of town. Sunday morning Sean Chappell brought us the offering devotion from Matthew 6. Then, Trent Cornwell preached from Mark 10. ¬ ¬ On Sunday evening Lemar White, one of the WEC members, gave an update on the country of Uganda.¬ ¬ Justus Mize was our 5 minute preacher and he preached from 2 Corinthians 5. ¬ ¬ Courtney Mize performed special music.¬ ¬ Then, Robert preached on worship out of 2 Chronicles 2. ¬ ¬ ¬ We also had a special prayer over Justus and Courtney Mize as they will be leaving this week to start their 6 month internship in Nepal. ¬
Isaiah 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, Children that will not hear the law of the LORD: God said the people were rebellious. They did whatever they could not to hear the truth. They told the preachers not to preach. They ask for nice, smooth, messages. They preferred to hear a lie than the truth. Not much has changed since then. God's people even to day do not want to hear the truth. They choose churches that tell stories and read and study little to no Bible. The most popular preachers use the Bible as a prop or a jumping off place. I hope we always hunger to hear the Word of God as His children!
Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, When ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. We do not need to be knocked in the head to know God's will. He will speak to us quietly. He will direct our paths if we will believingly read the Scriptures. As you go through your normal day, you must think about God and His Word. Consider what He says. Let that guide your path. You do not need some supernatural revelation; you have the Word of God. So listen. Stay sensitive. Pay attention to what He is doing in your life. Photo by Mike Wilson on Unsplash
Isaiah 26:16 LORD, In trouble have they visited thee, They poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them. People are so funny. They often will not seek God unless they are in trouble. They need to be at a breaking point. They need to be in a crisis in their lives. Isaiah says that they came looking for God in their trouble. They prayed because God was disciplining them. God might be working in your life. You have wandered away from God. You are living in rebellion, and you know it. God might allow the circumstances of your life and the consequences of your sin overwhelm you. You just might need to hurt so you can get help. You might need to suffer to see your need for a Savior. Unbeliever, the person that is not a follower of Christ, you might need to get to the end of your rope before you are willing to listen. You might refuse to pray until you get low enough. So count the chastening a friend if it drives you to the Lord. Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash
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