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Vision Baptist Church Alpharetta, Georgia

Vision Baptist Church Alpharetta, Georgia
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I Chronicles 10:10 And they put his armour in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon. When the Philistines killed King Saul, they took his armor to the house of their false god, Dagon. They also planted the head of Saul in their temple. Thes trophies of war were, for them, a tribute to their god. They were saying that the false god had given them victory. They were offering Saul's head and armor as worship to their false god. There is a deeper lesson in this verse. When God's men fall or fail the world, and Satan take great pleasure. They want to hang us like trophies in their worship halls of the antichrist. They want to praise sin, self, and Satan that one of God's people have fallen. There is much more to my sin than just my personal failure. When I fall I allow Satan to boast about his power, his “false truth,” and mock our great God. I want to be careful to honor God and live out His truth. I want to do so for His glory. I want to do so to shame the devil and not […]
I Chronicles 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him. Don't you just love seeing how God has helped His people? They were in a battle. They needed help. God heard their prayers. God gave them the victory. He gave them the victory because they put their trust in Him. So notice what happened. God’s people got in trouble. They were in the middle of a battle, and things were not going well. They cried out to God believing that He would hear them and answer their prayer. God did hear. God answered. They got the help they needed. They got victory over their enemies. Now you are in need. You are a child of God. You have been born again. You need to believe that God does care about what is happening in your life. You cry out to Him in prayer. Believe Him. Believe that He exists. Believe that He hears and answers prayer. Ask and see God work in your life. Photo by […]
I Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. Here is a verse that has some beautiful truths. Often misunderstood and abused but still true. The facts are that God recorded here a prayer of one of his servants and that He, God, answered. That is one of the grandest truths we could ever find. God hears and answers prayers. We can pray big prayers. There is no promise here that any of this particular prayer will happen for us. There is no idea given that this is God's will for my life. But the truth is shown of what God did for one of His servants. The great lessons I think are; ask God for big things, believing that He will hear and that He will answer. Believe that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Believe that He is. Diligently seek Him. The second great lesson is that God gave Him […]
II Kings 23:37 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done. Jehoiakim did evil in the sight of the Lord. Man may have his opinion of what is right and wrong but what is actually wrong is what God states. Man likes to take what God calls evil and fix it, so it is ok. We decide it is right in our generation. We wouldn't do what we “really,” thought was wrong. We just do what has become acceptable. Our parents did it, so we accept it. It has become accepted or correct in our lifetimes. We must realize that evil is what God says is evil. It doesn't matter what our parents have done but what God says. Custom doesn't make it right. God determines what is right. Am I seeking God and His will to live out in my life? Does the will of God matter to me more than the will of society? Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash
II Kings 17:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. 17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. God's people decided not to follow Him. They made themselves idols. They worshipped those idols. They served false gods. They went so far as to sacrifice their children to these wicked gods of religion. God hated what He saw them doing. He angered God to see the people suffer at the hands of religion. When men decide to leave the God of the Bible, they walk in ways that will eventually bring much hurt to them and their families. False gods will lead you down wicked paths that bring destruction to your family. There is only one way to avoid this error. We must get into the Bible and listen and learn. God has a way that will bring blessings. Jesus showed us this great truth in the […]
II Kings 10:31 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin. Notice that Jehu will not obey. He will not pay attention to what God has told him to do. He halfheartedly might do something, but he will not give his heart to do what God wants him to do. He continued in his sin. He continued to follow those that had rebelled against God. He led Israel into the same sins as always. How often are we unwilling to pay attention to God when He speaks. We partially listened. We serve halfheartedly. We are not giving our all to do what we know that He wants us to do. We are in a very bad place when we continue in our ways, our directions doing what we think is right. It is time to listen up, obey, and put God first. Photo by Danny Wage on Unsplash
II Kings 4:3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. God is going to answer the widow's prayer. All she has to do is prepare for the answer. The lady is to get all the pots and pans that she can get. She is to borrow from her neighbors. It would be easy to only borrow from your closest friend. Can you imagine the conversation as you ask to borrow and your neighbors realize you are borrowing everyone's vessels? Does she have the faith to borrow from everyone? Is she intimidated to borrow the pots and pans? How will she deal with this demand? Her blessings depend on her willingness to believe and step out risking her reputation. How often does God have something for me but my insecurity causes me to stand back in unbelief. How frequently am I not willing to tell my friends about the big dreams God has given me. It is up to me to step out and enjoy God's blessings or to stand back and miss out on what He had for me. Photo by Adam Dachis on Unsplash
I Kings 22:52 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin: He did evil in the sight of the Lord. That is bad enough, but the next part of the verse screams at me. He was following the example set by his father and mother. He continued doing the same sins that they liked so much. Jeroboam had introduced idol worship as a part of worshipping the God of the Bible. His descendants continued to do the same thing. It didn't matter what the parent said it weighed more what they did. What example am I leaving as a parent? What will they mimic from the life I model. How will their relationship with God be based on what they have seen, heard, and learned from me? Being a parent is an awesome responsibility. It should put the fear of God in us. Photo by John-Mark Kuznietsov on Unsplash
I Kings 13:30 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother! This prophet had caused the death of his brother prophet. He had lied to him. He had deceived him and now felt guilty about what he had done. He had caused his death. It is too late to mourn now. How often do we feel sorry for what we did wrong but just too late? How frequently do we intentionally do wrong and not think it is such a big deal till it is too late. In maturity, we need to weigh our thoughts and actions before carrying them out. Let's make sure we are doing something that we will not later regret. Photo by Scott Rodgerson on Unsplash
I Kings 11:10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. The commandment was as clear as the one given in the Garden of Eden. Don't eat of that tree. Don't go after other gods. Solomon like man always does didn't obey God. He went after other gods. This rebellion will have consequences. Sin is when we decide to do what we want and what we think is right. We choose to go our way and not His. That is we know what God says and decide not to do it. It is that simple. It is that plain. Don't do it and we do it anyway. How can we expect not to suffer the consequences of such rebellion? God has a plan. He gives a commandment. He has grace for our failure, but disobedience will bring consequences. Photo by Ryan Miglinczy on Unsplash
I Kings 8:43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name. When Solomon dedicated the temple, he asked God to allow people from all over the world to be able to call on Him. Solomon wanted all the earth to know the name of God. He wanted all to know who God was, to fear Him, to worship Him. Notice that Solomon was concerned for the world. He wants the world to be able to call on the God of heaven. He doesn't want the temple to be a place where only Jews can call on the Lord. Solomon asks God to answer the stranger's prayer. I love how an Old Testament king is concerned about world evangelism. How concerned are we that all be able to call on His name. Photo by Slava Bowman on Unsplash
I Kings 4:33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes. The man who wrote the biblical book of Proverbs was a sagacious man. He not only spoke on spiritual truths but did tremendous as well as in-depth scientific study. Solomon studied and wrote about trees and the ecosystem. Solomon studied animals, birds, insects, and fish. Pastor R G Lee said the following: “Solomon knew everything as nearly as mortal man could know everything. His was no capsule brain capable of tidbits only. He was a scientist. He was a philosopher. He was a moralist and a historian. He was a publicist and a poet. He had a mind trained to observe…to meditate.
He had an imagination by which he interpreted the facts of history and built upon the premise of these facts the deductions of science. He walked familiarly through the fields of botany. “He spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall” (I Kings 4:33). He […]
II Samuel 22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God: And he did hear my voice out of his temple, And my cry did enter into his ears. When David was in trouble, he prayed to God. God heard his prayer. God paid attention to David. If there is a truth taught in the Scriptures, it is that God hears and answers prayer. He is a God that hears. He is a God that answers. That is who He is. You are maybe dealing with things that seem too hard to bear. You might be in distress. You do not know how you can handle what you are going through then take it to the Lord in prayer. Cast all your care on Him. He cares for you. Make your requests known with thanksgiving because He will hear and answer. Thank God for being such a good God. Thank Him for answering our prayers. Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash
II Samuel 18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! David loved his son Absalom, but he had failed to be expressive of that love. Now Absalom has been killed. David is mourning. Undoubtedly it was too late to be this passionate. His son had disappointed him. His son had done several things to get his attention, but David was too focused on other things to pay attention. Finally, Absalom had utterly rebelled and kicked his dad from his throne. The army had ridden out and killed Absalom against his dad's wishes. He is heartbroken. As I read this story I think about the following for dads: 1. Are we dealing with things in our family when they should be handled? David had not punished Amnon, and this angered Absalom. 2. Do we hear our children's cry for attention? 3. Do we express our love or just feel it deep down inside? 4. Do we let our guilty conscience keep us […]
II Samuel 12:12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. When we sin, we think that no one will find out but how wrong we are. We feel that we are not hurting anyone else but ourselves. Somehow we believe that it can be kept secret. That is what David thought. He had taken his friend's wife. He had committed adultery. He had even had his friend killed. He thought he had covered his tracks well. He was sure that no one would find out but was terribly wrong. His sin came to light. The entire country knew about it. That is the problem with sin. It will not stay secret. So we are better off to avoid sin in the first place. If we have sinned, we need to confess and come clean because we know the truth. It will be found out! Photo by Kristina Flour on Unsplash
I Samuel 30:24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. There are some who will go into battle and others that will stay at home helping them. There are some who will be goers and others who will be senders. There should never be the idea that some are better than others. In this story, David set a precedent for Israel. Those that went to battle would share the spoils of war equally with those that stayed at home protecting the homefront. Those that went would share alike with those that remained. In the New Testament, we find Paul saying that those that give offerings, prayer, and support would get fruit in their account based on the work that the goer was doing. We are all in this together. We share and share alike. We aren't some better than others but all His servants, doing His work, for His glory. Photo by Matheus Ferrero on Unsplash
I Samuel 15:20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. Saul was supposed to destroy all the enemies of the Lord. Instead of doing that he kept the king alive. He also saved the best of the livestock. Then he blamed it on the people. He said that he had done what he was told. He said that whatever wrong had taken place wasn't his responsibility. Isn't that the way we tend to handle things. We do partially what we should then make excuses for the rest. We don't do what we should and find someone else to blame. We do not accept responsibility for our own behavior. We choose instead to face God and people with an excuse. It is time, to be honest with ourselves. Making excuses doesn't work in the long run. It certainly isn't […]
I Samuel 24:5 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt. 6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD's anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD. David's heart smote him. His heart hit or struck him. He felt like he was having a heart attack when he cut off part of Saul's robe. He did something that was wrong for an Israeli to do to their king. He had indirectly attacked the king, the anointed of the Lord. The first observation I have is that the king of Israel was known as the anointed. Bear that in mind when you try to make a comparison of the king and a pastor. Pastors often think of themselves as someone that shouldn't be touched. They are, possibly, taking this truth about a king out of context. Secondly, I notice that David is convicted of having done something wrong. His conscience is bothered. I think that it is good to be sensitive to our heart especially when we know we are […]
I Samuel 9:2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people. Saul was a very handsome man. He was the pick of the kingdom. He was taller than most. He was better looking than most. The problem was the people were impressed with his appearance and not his character. What they could see looked good but no mention is made of examine his past, his credentials, his abilities. God had given them exactly what they wanted, a king like the rest of the world. We should learn to judge far deeper than the skin. We should search out integrity, character, who a person is more than how they look. Soon God will give Israel a good looking king with character in David. As we choose the leaders of our ministries we want to examine who they are not what they look like. We want to know their hearts as best we can. We want to look deep inside to see the real them not just […]
1 Samuel 14:6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few. Jonathan and his armor-bearer are about to win a grand victory. The Philistines are all around. Israel has very few weapons 1Samuel 13:22. There isn’t any humanly possible way for Jonathan or Israel to win a victory. However, Jonathan has learned a genuinely great lesson. God can do a work if He wants! Nothing can stop Him! He can work with many or a few. Jonathan and his armor-bearer proceed across to do battle, and the Lord wins a great victory that day 1Samuel 14:23. Notice even though Jonathan had gone to battle it was the Lord that won the battle. That is an excellent lesson for all of us. God is the one who fights the fight. The battle is the Lord’s. God can do a great work with many or few. All He is looking for us for us to be faithful and to listen to him. […]
I Samuel 13:19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears: 20 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock. The Philistines got rid of the smiths so that the Israelites could not make swords or spears. Satan has efficiently done the same thing to the church of God today. Pastors, missionaries and other leaders refuse to mentor or disciple young men today. There is little or no life on life discipleship taking place around the world. Therefore very few know how to use their sword today which is the Word of God. We have become helpless before our enemy. We do not know how to train our young. 2 Timothy 2:2 has become a strange doctrine and an even stranger practice in our churches. We wonder why the work of God does not go forward, but we have forgotten His greatest teaching which is that to carry on the gospel we must teach others to observe whatsoever He has commanded us. Matthew 28:19-20. If the Israelites want […]
This was originally posted here in 2009. As I was reading through the Bible again I wanted to repost it! 1 Samuel 10:26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. One of the most significant pressures anyone that is serving God feels is to get disciples that they can lead and train on to maturity. This verse has always been a great comfort to me. I have been able to trust that if God would raise up a band of men to follow Saul by touching their hearts that He can and will do the same for me. I have prayed this prayer many times and continue to do so. I regularly ask God to bring me the men and women that He would have form part of the ministry that He has given me. I ask Him to provide me with young men that I can train for the ministry, and He has always done so. I want to encourage each of you, that are missionaries, pastors, or just members of the church that are discipling others to know that God will touch hearts. When […]
Ruth 4:6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it. It was the responsibility of the kinsman redeemer to redeem. He should be concerned about his brother's name and not his possessions. This redeemer turns down the chance to redeem. He was more concerned about his own than his responsibility. He couldn't help because he didn't want to help. How often do you fall into this selfishness trap? I know I do way too much. I think about me and how what I am doing will affect me. The redeemer was to be focused on others and not himself. Real ministry is sacrificial service. It is about others and their needs. It is not about building my name but the name of others. So who are concerns you? Are you here to serve and make others a success? Is it time to worry about Him and His kingdom and ourselves? Photo by Om Prakash Sethia on Unsplash
Judges 16:4 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. Anyone reading the story of Samson is always shocked by how he let women control his life. He chose a wife that didn't please his parents. He got rejected and mistreated by her. Wicked women will be the story of his life. He so wants the love of a woman that he does anything that they ask. They may mock him or even try to hurt him, but he keeps coming back for more. Now we see Samson loving the woman that will destroy him. She will deceive him over and over, and he will come back for more. It is hard to understand how he let that happen. The person you love will have enormous power over you. You must choose that person wisely. They will affect the way you think and act for the rest of your life. Your heart, your love will push you to live to please them. That means you must choose wisely. You must choose a person that will drive and motivate you to do the right and best. God has a […]
Judges 7:11 And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host. Gideon doubts God no matter how many times He proves Himself to Gideon. God spoke directly to Gideon. He gave Gideon fleeces. And now God sends Gideon and his servant down to hear how He is already working in the hearts of Gideon's enemy. God tells Gideon that he will be ready to go into the battle after this spy trip. Gideon will finally find the boldness that he needs. What strikes me so strongly is how sweet and patient God is! No matter how many Gideon doubts God answers. Anyone but God would have lost patience. Anyone but the gracious God of heaven would have moved on to work with someone else, but our God did not and does not. God understands Gideon. He knows that Gideon is just a man. He repeatedly shows Himself. He makes Gideon who Gideon ends up being. He causes Gideon to find and have boldness. God is so good. Now here […]

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