The Victorious Christian Life

My son, Pastor Caleb McKenzie, preached a powerful message on The Victorious Christian life May 9, 2018. If you can get a copy of the message, you should. His message, based on the book of Joshua, outlines three steps to victory:

  • Put away your past
  • Put your trust in God
  • Put yourself on God’s side

Luke 20:22 Authority

The issue of authority was big then as it is now. In our day people are taught to question authority. I suppose it has never been that much different. But that authority is a necessary element of civilized people is obvious to all but the basest of anarchists. The origin of authority is varied:

There is enforced authority
Such as that of the police; the authority is demanded because of a badge. Sometimes the man with this authority is as guilty as those he may be policing. His own integrity has little to do with his authority. In some instances to challenge his authority is in itself a crime.

There is inherited authority
Such as belongs to a military officer whose authority is the result of an education and commission.

There is earned authority
When a man has proven himself a leader and those who may have at first followed out of duty begin to follow out of devotion.

There is voluntary authority
When people follow a man because they believe in his cause or His message.

The highest of all authority is that which is given by God
It is seldom (except in the case of government which is ordained of God) forced upon its subjects.

 

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America, the Land of Liberty

Everywhere we look these days it seems like there is someone else screaming about the injustices of the United States.

  • We were terrible to the blacks
  • We were terrible to the native Americans 
  • We were terrible to the poor
  • We were terrible to the Chinese 

Turns out Columbus was a bad person. So was, the way many tell it today, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln. Oh forget it! It’s useless trying to name all the scum that has surfaced in the history of the US.

But I listened to the final episode of a podcast called Revolutions. The host did not publicly note the significance of this, but he did remark that, in 1848, at the bitter end of all the world revolutions of that year, all of those failed revolutionaries fled for their lives to, you guessed it, the United States.

Truth be told they weren’t the only ones making their way to America. They came from Spain, France, Russia, Ireland, Germany. Name the place, name the culture, name the race creed or religion and you will find people from them who came here for a better life.

Did it work out for everyone? Of course not. Success in life is not guaranteed by governments, no matter how beneficent. But they did come and they did have a chance and many more of them than not did improved their place over where they had been.

No one has ever claimed the earliest people in our country were perfect. But I for one am still thankful for the country they created and I am thankful to be a part of it.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands
One nation under God, indivisible
With liberty and justice for all”

Job 1:1-3 The Message of Job is Hope

Job 1:1-3 (KJV)
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

Job 2:13 (KJV)
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

The book of Job is striking in that it expresses such humanity. God is clearly seen, as is Satan and the angels of Heaven. One of those lessons so clearly seen is that nothing much has changed.

  • Fathers worried over their adult children just as we do
  • Marriages had their problems then as they do now
  • Financial security was as tenuous then as it is today
  • Evil men existed then even as they do in our time
  • Spiritual battles were as difficult then as today.

I thought this morning how amazing it is to contrast our first presentation of Job with that seen in the last verse of chapter two. Job is as godly a man as we know in the Bible, and yet he is capable of being so grief stricken that his friends could not find a word of comfort to speak.

I’m jumping ahead (the benefit of having read this book many times before) but I think the real message of the book of Job is hope. And hope is the message of every believer. We possess hope. No matter how our life shakes out on earth, we have a future worth looking forward to.

 

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Job 1:1-3 The Message of Job is Hope

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John 17:1 Jesus Prayed

John 17:1 (KJV)
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

We tend to think of prayer as making requests. While that is surely a part of what it means to pray, it must not be all that is prayer. In this prayer of Jesus’ only a small portion of it is actually asking:

He prayed to be glorified
vs 1, 5
And that so he might glorify the Father

He prayed God would keep those He had given Christ
vs 11,

He prayed that they would be one
vs 11, 21-22

He prayed God would keep those same from the evil
vs 15

He prayed that they be sanctified
vs 17

He prayed that they be with Him
vs 24

Much of this prayer is not request but His reason for the request. He made these requests based on His own work or their particular circumstances or His personal will.

 

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John 17:1 Jesus Prayed

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Ezra 4:12 Just That Bad

Bad is nondescript.

It is a negative without any definitive reason. It’s a word that is used when we can’t think of anything more specific to say.

 

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Esther 9:27-28 The Grandeur of Salvation

Esther 9:27-28 (KJV)
The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year;
And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.

I consider the feast of Purim to be symbolic of salvation. A people marked for destruction from the enemy and, though the enemy had power, the king turned the thing upside down.

We have a powerful enemy in Satan. But our King has, through Jesus Christ, turned the thing upside down. In Christ we are:

  • Rescued from hell,
  • Forgiven of sin,
  • Restored to fellowship with God and

through Christ our enemy is subdued and destined for eternal judgment.

Once the victory had been secured steps were taken so the Jews would never forget this victory. We know they still celebrate the holy day but we also know it has lost much of its significance for them. We Christians need to take steps to never forget what Christ has accomplished for us in salvation. We have:

  • Regular services at church,
  • The ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and
  • Times of special meetings and prayer

Every one of these is an opportunity to stir up in our hearts the grandeur of salvation.

May we never forget the significance of these!

 

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Esther 9:27-28 The Grandeur of Salvation

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John 16:1 To Avoid Being Offended

John 16:1 (KJV)
These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

The Greek word for offended here is where we get our word scandalized. Other definitions would be entrapped or tripped up. It is impossible in this world but that offenses will come but we don’t have to be offended.

Steps to avoid being offended include:

Being Pre-warned
Vs 1-3

Being with Jesus
Vs 3

Being convicted of the Spirit
Vs 7-11

Being taught and comforted by the Spirit
Vs 12-15

Being mindful of Christ’s return
Vs 16-21

Being prayerful
Vs 22-24

Being assured of the Father’s love
Vs 25-28

 

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John 16:1 To Avoid Being Offended

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Esther 7:1 Refuse Mercy To This Enemy

Esther 7:1 (KJV)
So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.

There is in this passage a portrait of immense proportions. Of course, as with any metaphor drawn from the Bible, one must take care what authority he gives his imagination.

Picture this:

Esther faces a huge burden.
In an effort to address the burden she prepares a banquet.

  • She does not drown herself in pity
  • She does not seclude herself in privacy
  • She does not demand others to care for her
  • She faces her trouble with service.

Esther invites both the source of the trouble and the one who is able to resolve her trouble to her banquet
The king and Haman are both invited and both attend. It is then she presents her trouble to the king and identifies its source. From there she is quiet and leaves the rest of the matter to the king.

 

I think I can see many ways to apply this image.

  • In family
  • In times of financial trouble
  • At work

I leave it to the reader to apply it to whatever are their circumstances.

 

I see an application at church.
Church is, in many respects, a banquet set to resolve trouble. We are strangers and pilgrims in this world. We come to church to serve the Lord and face our troubles. We invite all who share our trouble. Our enemy, Satan, comes too. Every Sunday we present our trouble to the Lord, we identify our enemy and we leave it to God to address him.

I picture our enemy, Sunday after Sunday pleading, not with God but with us, to have mercy upon him. Some give it to him.

  • They do not bring their trouble to the altar
  • They do not come to be saved
  • They do not present themselves for baptism
  • They do not unite with the local church
  • They do not get right with God

Those who refuse mercy on this enemy find the promise of God’s Word is true; submit to God, draw nigh to Him, resist the devil and he will flee from you.

 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

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Esther 7:1 Refuse Mercy To This Enemy

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Predisposed Faith

 

Here’s the thing, there is nothing in the Bible that has ever been scientifically proven to be false. Nothing. 

  • Not archeologically 
  • Not anthropologically
  • Not historically 

Nothing 

Not even evolution. Though evolution is almost universally accepted in the scientific community there is a great deal of disagreement in evolutionary theory. That is, as much as the atheist and agnostic hates to admit it, because there is no scientific proof for it. No one has ever observed or replicated an evolutionary process.