MAKING OUR PLANS–GOD WILLING–G. W.

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Shelby G. Floyd

When we are making our plans, we must be sure to make those plans by considering the will of God. It is folly to make plans and leave God out of consideration. Too many times we boast about what we plan to do, without ever thinking about the Almighty who created the universe, and is in control of many things that are going on in this world. King Solomon advised, “Boast not yourself of tomorrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). He also emphatically stated that if we will commit our works unto the Lord then our thoughts will be established by Him (Proverbs 16:3). God is omnipresent and we cannot flee away from his Spirit or from his Presence (Psalms 139:7). Those who have read the story of Jonah know that he tried to make his plans without considering God, and we remember how that turned out. So, when you make your plans, consider that God may have also something to say and do in that regard.

Down through the centuries, the Christians who lived in the Latin speaking world would conclude their plans in writing by the initials D. V., which in Latin translates “God willing.” This doesn’t mean that every time we say or write about something we plan to do that we must say or write “God willing!” But on the other hand, it is a good habit to occasionally say or write “God willing” when we are making our plans to do this and that!

Of course, the Bible is always our best example. And we have many examples where Paul and others quite often qualified what they planned to do in regards to the work of the kingdom, by indicating in their communications, “God willing!” Here are several examples that we should consider and imitate in regards to making our plans both personal and religious:

1. To the Corinthian church Paul said, “I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit” (1 Corinthians 16:7).

2. To the Ephesian church he wrote, “I will return again unto you, if God will” (Acts 18:21).

3. And the writer James wrote to the churches of his day, and taught that instead of bragging and boasting about what we’re going to do, “Instead you ought to say, if the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that” (James 4:15).

Let all of us who are children of God admit with James that leaving God out of our planning and boasting about what we plan to do is evil and should be avoided as far as humanly possible!

 

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Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142
shelby@thefloyds.net

GODLY PARENTS, BLESS YOUR CHILDREN

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Shelby G. Floyd

All of us remember the special times our parents gave us special praise and encouragement. Children crave their parent’s blessings. In fact we were created to be blessed. After the Almighty created Adam and Eve, the Bible declares, “Then God blessed them…” (Genesis 1:28).

Abraham was promised that one of his descendants would bless all the earth: “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). This referred to Christ who indeed has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Him and the hope of eternal life: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). Continue reading “GODLY PARENTS, BLESS YOUR CHILDREN”

COME BEFORE GOD WITH JOYFUL SONGS

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Shelby G. Floyd

 

One of the Psalms of David helps prepare God’s people to worship him with joy and gladness of heart:

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
Come before him with joyful songs.”
Psalms 100:1-2

This congregation enjoys singing many of the old songs and many of the new songs. We are continually learning some new songs to add to the old songs we have sung for years. This is a good thing for our worship. Continue reading “COME BEFORE GOD WITH JOYFUL SONGS”

THEWISDOM FROM ABOVE

(James 1:5; 3:13-18)
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Shelby G. Floyd

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Previously we have studied about the wisdom that “is not from above.” In James 3:13-18, two different kinds of wisdom were contrasted—the wisdom from above and the wisdom from below. James is fond of asking questions and making contrasts. In James 1: 5 he asked, “If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God?” If we need wisdom we are to go to God in prayer and the word of God. That is where it is to be found. Pray and then do everything you can through the means that God has given you to acquire wisdom.

In James 3: 13 he asked, “Is there any among you who has wisdom and understanding, let him show it by his good deeds done in humility and meekness of wisdom?” Continue reading “THEWISDOM FROM ABOVE”

THE WISDOM FROM BELOW

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Is there anyone in this audience who lacks wisdom? Do we have any who are wise and understanding? James asked these questions of his readers. James is fond of asking questions and then answering those questions himself. He also likes to contrast one thing with another.

TWO QUESTIONS

Let us notice these two questions regarding wisdom from the book of James. Let us first take notice of QUESTION NUMBER ONE:

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
NKJV

All of us can answer the question by indicating that we need more wisdom. Therefore the idea is that we should go to God in prayer and ask him for wisdom. But to pray for wisdom doesn’t mean that God is going to give it to us miraculously. We are taught to pray to God for our daily bread. But God does not miraculously hand us bread like he did in feeding the five thousand. God gives us bread when he provides everything we need from his perspective—seed, soil, and good weather. We however must do our part from our perspective. “If a man will not work do not let him eat.” Continue reading “THE WISDOM FROM BELOW”

BIOGRAPHY OF SIN

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Shelby G. Floyd

 

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This lesson is drawn from the first chapter of James:

“12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren” (James 1:12-16 NKJV).

James speaks of the nature of temptation and sin. The Bible teaches that Christ came into this world to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Satan is the originator of sin (1 John 3: 8). Sin was and is universal or else the coming of Christ was of no purpose: “As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:10-18 NIV). Again it is said, “There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:22-23). Continue reading “BIOGRAPHY OF SIN”

FAITH ALONE NO. 2

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Shelby G. Floyd

“Faith alone” is not a subject found in the New Testament and therefore should not be considered a biblical doctrine to be discussed. And it would not be discussed were it not for some religionists who are wedded to the Calvinistic Human Creed that salvation is by “faith alone!”

For instance, one of the Calvinistic persuaders writes,

“The benefits of the gospel come to the person who has faith alone in Christ. The blood of Christ is applied to the sinner upon faith alone in Christ and not at baptism.”

The person affirming that proposition could not prove it by any evidence found in the New Testament if his life depended on it. Why? The answer is because it is not a subject found in the New Testament. In search for evidence what the Calvinist would find instead, is the subject of salvation “not by faith alone.” Continue reading “FAITH ALONE NO. 2”