Resources: Matt Allen
Good morning friends family and brethren! Great is God’s faithfulness for His mercies are new every day. Wake up and consider thanking God for His faithfulness and mercies. Please consider coming out and worshiping with us at the Spearsville Road Church of Christ (6244 S 500 W, Trafalgar, IN-46181). Today’s lesson is titled: Balaam’s Donkey had More Sense than Balaam. 10:00 am and the evening sermon deals with God’s Laws of Pardon-How many times do I need to call on Jesus to save me? Once saved and I sin, do I call on the name of the Lord to be saved all over again? 6:pm.
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time. (Revelation 20:1-3)
So many times the book of Revelation has been used to scare folks into buying books and believing that everything is a conspiracy. In 2015 Jim Baker started selling end-of-times food, water filters and other nonsense because he believes the end is near and we can escape the end. From Sadaam Hussein to Barack Obama, pastors have somehow worked them into Revelation as being the anti-Christ or some foolishness.
The prophetic book is a wonderful book of hope in the midst of persecution. To summarize the book, I would say, “God wins!” One can turn to Revelation and receive so many blessings that will fill the soul with peace. (Revelation 1:3) This is especially true when it comes to our relationship with Satan. Yes, I meant our relationship with Satan.
There is no one that can claim ignorance that there is a God (Romans 1:18-20), clearly teaches that it has been made evident to all mankind. He calls us through His word and accepts us when we obey the gospel. When we hear (or read) that Jesus died on the cross and resurrected on the third day, was sat at God’s right hand and made Lord and savior, then we have heard the gospel. That knowledge now demands that we do something with it, either believe it or not believe it ((Romans 10:17; John 8:32). When the person believes the gospel then it can be said that he had developed a special kind of faith. This is a faith that moves me to do something in order to accept the free gift of salvation (Hebrews 11:6; John 20:31). God requires that man repent of his lawless lifestyle and make up his mind to change how he lives (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30); open his mouth and confess that Jesus is the Son of God (Romans 10:10; Mathew 10:32); be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Galatians 3:27; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38); and, finally, do our best to remain faithful to Him until we die (Revelation 2:10). Thus we have a personal relationship with Christ, the Father and His Holy Spirit.
With the promise of salvation also comes the security of that salvation. Romans 8:31-39 assures us that nothing can separate us from that love-not even the devil! Since this is true then why is it that many fall away, abandon the faith and some even become atheists? This is where the junkyard dog comes into play.
Revelation 20 says that the evil was cast into the abyss and chained for a thousand years so that he would not deceive the nations any longer (1-3). This binding of Satan happened when Jesus resurrected from the dead, never to die again and thus conquering death (1 Corinthians 15:50-58). This means that the devil cannot posses us, hurt us, touch us and make us his followers. Unless we want him to.
Junkyards of old had a mean and vicious dog chained up. This was deter the thieves. That dog had enough lead in his chain to make a perimeter. As long as you did not cross into his perimeter the dog could not harm you. The same is true of the devil. He is chained up and only hurt you when you decide to cross his perimeter.
Sin is fun and attractive. If it were not so then we would not desire it. May we have the strength and courage to keep away.
 New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Re 20:1–3). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
I’ve read this account many times, the women caught in the very act of adultery (John 8). A few of things have caught my attention:
1. Why did the Pharisees bring her to Jesus? I know the scriptures say that this was a trap. If Jesus said not to stone her then He would have broken the Mosaic Law (Lev. 20:10). If He had said to stone her, then His influence among the sinners would diminish. Where was the adulterous man? Why did the Pharisees not stone both of them when they were caught in “the very act?” And, were these folks peeping Toms?
2. Secondly, but most importantly, after the Pharisees left in shame Jesus asks the women i “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?” Jesus did not condemn her either. But why? Maybe, since He was not a witness and there were no accusers He could not condemn her? I really think that the reason He did not condemn her was because He was about to die for her sins.
3. Finally, have you noticed that Jesus told her to “go and sin no more.”? How could she do this, go and sin no more? Can you go and sin no more? What was her incentive to go and sin no more? I’m convinced that the woman realized that her life had been spared and out of pure gratitude she would go and try to sin no more.
We have been caught in the very act of ________(whatever sin) by God Himself. When we transgress the law we sin. Just a God in the flesh demonstrated grace, mercy, compassion, love and understanding toward this woman-He does the same for us. When our Lord died on the cross He died for my sins. His grace, mercy, compassion and love in the way of His death should be incentive enough for me to go and sin no more. If for nothing else, gratitude.
Romans 5:8; “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
If you were looking for the perfect church, what would you expect to find in that church? Recently I overheard a co-worker “pitch” her church to another co-worker. As I am always looking for evangelism opportunities and new ways to reach out to new people, I listened to as much detail as I could. I was interested in how the mega-church trains their people to evangelize. Would this foot soldier witness from Scripture? (1 Peter 3:15) Would this person testify about their own conversion? (Acts 9, 22, 26; 2 Timothy 1:8) Or, would this lady speak of the wondrous works of God and invite her co-worker to experience God in praises with the church? (Psalm 40:5; 145:5; Hebrews 10:25). Or better yet, would she share the Good News and preach the saving message to her? (Matthew 28:18ff) No! She shared with her that their pastor was a great public speak with the ability to speak in a way that he could relate with the people. That the church has an awesome light show, great singing, awesome band and, that the pastor likes to, “every once in a while play the electric guitar.” She also said that the kid’s church is ,”awesome-you drop them off and don’t worry about them until church is over. They’ll give them snacks and play with them until church is over. That way you can enjoy church.”
In the secular world the perfect church would be what I just described plus a liberal moral philosophy. “Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (Isaiah 30:10). “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Timothy 4:3-4).