Luke 4:6 (KJV) The Devil’s Arrogance

Luke 4:6 (KJV)
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

See what arrogance the devil and those his followers have! They believe they have great power great glory and great things. How ignorant of him to compare what he has with what God has. How naive of him to offer those to Christ in exchange of the riches of glory that belong to Christ.

  • What would Christ want with corrupt kingdoms?
  • What use would he have for tarnished glory?
  • How could he possibly be tempted with temporal and finite things?

This world is so silly to believe they can draw the true believers away with such pettiness. These are nothing. They have no appeal and hold on those who have gotten hold of heaven.

 

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Luke 4:6 (KJV) The Devil’s Arrogance

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Luke 3:7 (KJV) Have You Warned Someone?

Luke 3:7 (KJV)
Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

John the Baptist’s words were accusatory. These multitudes came not for truth the truth. But there is a question here every Christian ought to ask himself concerning those multitudes; “Who hath warned you…?

I see this as similar to “Am I my brothers keeper?” Yes, I should be. I ought to take responsibility to see that:

  • Those multitudes of people have been warned
  • The warning is a true and biblical one and
  • The warning is impressed upon them with proper and sufficient urgency

 

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Luke 3:7 (KJV) Have You Warned Someone?

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Luke 1:1 (KJV) He Wrote History

Luke 1:1 (KJV)
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

I saw today that when Luke took in hand to declare those things believed by Christians he did not write

  • a statement of faith
  • a creed or
  • a confession

he wrote a history.

We have two books of the New Testament written by Luke:

  • Each is inspired of God
  • Each is written to Theophilus
  • Each is historical in content

I am not opposed to confessions and statements of faith; the epistles of the Bible can be viewed as doctrinal rather than historical in content. What I am pointing out is that a great way to share doctrine is by telling the life story of Christ and His churches.

It may not be the place to finish but it is for sure a great place to start.

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Luke 1:1 (KJV) He Wrote History

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Mark 16:2-5 (KJV) An Unfounded Concern

Mark 16:2-5 (KJV)
And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

The women had a major concern. They were coming to anoint the body of Jesus but they didn’t know how they would get in. The stone was too big for them to move. I notice three things:

They went anyway
They had no idea how they would get to the body of Jesus but that did not prevent them from going. Some people would never have started because they assume they can’t finish.

They went early
No procrastination here. They had a purpose and got to that purpose.

Their concern was unfounded.
The Lord had rolled the stone away already.

It is not wrong to identify those hurdles that must be overcome on the path of living for Christ. Identifying them gives us the opportunity to pray about them. It only becomes a problem when we allow potential hurdles to stop us on the track. Find God’s will, rise up quickly and move toward God’s will. He will remove those hurdles that prevent you from accomplishing His will.

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Mark 16:2-5 (KJV) An Unfounded Concern

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Mark 15:3-5 (KJV) The Best Defense

Mark 15:3-5 (KJV)
And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.
And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.
But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.

When Jesus was brought before Pilate the Jews came with Him to make many accusations. Pilate may have heard the name of Christ before but it is obvious that this whole incident was sprung in him. Imagine all of the voices bringing one accusation after the other against Christ and to Pilate. He would not have been overwhelmed but he would have been struck by it.

And then it was Jesus’ turn to speak. He is presented with the opportunity to defend himself. He has no crowd of witnesses to corroborate His words. He is alone and He remains silent. Jesus did not practice the modern concept, “he best defense is a good offense.” Pilate urged Him to answer for Himself but when Jesus was silent still, Pilate marveled.

Many years ago I travelled to Springfield MO to present a missionary for national approval. This missionary and I had worked through many things including an issue with a pastor who had taken up an offense against him. We thought we had resolved the offense but when we arrived in Springfield we learned that this pastor was there he planned to attempt to prevent his approval as a missionary and he had brought other pastors to support his attempt.

  • I was stunned
  • The missionary was stunned

The missions committee was also blindsided, later telling me that they had never had a pastor attempt to block a missionary before

The missionary and I sat in the meeting silent as this pastor laid out his arguments, his support sitting resolutely behind him. When the accusations were finished I chose to remain quiet (and led the missionary to do the same). We answered the questions we were asked but we did not defend ourselves. Later one of the pastors serving on the missions committee thanked me for handling a very delicate situation with discretion. The missionary was (eventually) approved.

When faced with many varied and false accusations the best defense is silence. Let God defend you in His own way.

 

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Mark 15:3-5 (KJV) The Best Defense

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Mark 14:1-2 (KJV) Proper Concerns in Leadership

Mark 14:1-2 (KJV)
After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

As much as we might want to rail on the chief priests and scribes here, experience has taught me that there is a warning and lesson for everyone interested in doing the Lord’s work here.

Notice that these leaders of religion had come to the place where their concern was not for the rightness of their plan or the truthfulness of their actions. Their concern was only for the reaction of the people.

It is easy to slip into a place as a leader of the work of God where your interest is in how it affects the people more than in how right it is how moral it is or how true it is.

  • The ordinances of the church are frequently contorted away from what they are seen to be in the Bible because, if the preacher insists on practicing the Bible with the ordinances, he may lose potential members.
  • Stands on subjects that are particularly sensitive may be softened because some who attend or might attend would be turned off by these stands.
  • Individuals may or may not be placed into positions in the church because church leaders are concerned about the reaction of the general membership over those persons.

In order for the Christian faith to move untouched to future generations those who serve the Lord must see that their only concern is the Lord and the propagation of truth. The response of the people to that truth, while important, is always secondary to that.

 

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Mark 14:1-2 (KJV) Proper Concerns in Leadership

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Mark 13:21-23 (KJV) Why True Believers Can’t Be Fooled

Mark 13:21-23 (KJV)
And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

It is not possible to deceive the elect on three counts:
First, they have been warned
The element of surprise has been robbed the devil. Jesus has warned us that Satan will try to deceive.

Secondly; they have a choice in the matter
True believers can never fall victim to the devil’s devices. They have the power of the Holy Spirit and the will to follow the Lord.

Thirdly, they are the elect
That means they belong to God. Satan may desire to sift them but he cannot overcome the prayers of Christ fort them.

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Mark 13:21-23 (KJV) Why True Believers Can’t Be Fooled

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Mark 10:17 (KJV) Circumstance Manipulation

Mark 10:17 (KJV)
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

We know three things about this one who came running

  • He was young
  • He was rich
  • He was a ruler

Plug these three elements into the equation and I see a person trying to manipulate the circumstances. He kneels before the Lord but it is not in submission but an attempt to get the favor of the Lord for personal benefit.

Consider:
He approached Jesus after the Lord had already departed.
He stopped Jesus’ personal progress to derive from Jesus His own progress. He was not interested in the plan of God because He was willing to stop God for his own purposes.

He came running
That’s because he was busy with his own agenda. He used every moment for himself he possibly could, coming to seek from Christ only when it was the last moment he could. He couldn’t afford to wait on Christ. He wanted Christ to wait on him.

He left sad
Because he expected to receive without cost. His plan was to get what Jesus offered without sacrificing anything in return

We learn a lot about what not to be when we learn from this rich young ruler.

 

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Mark 10:17 (KJV) Circumstance Manipulation

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Mark 9:8 (KJV) Jesus Only

Mark 9:8 (KJV)
And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

Peter, James and John were privileged to witness the transfiguration of Christ but, like so many privileges, they were in danger of getting their focus on the wrong things. This wasn’t about elevating Moses and Elias. The point was to see Christ for who He is, the glorified Son of God.

They were in danger of putting men, great as they were, on the same plane as Christ. God brought them to the crux of the faith; God brought them to just Christ and themselves.

In the world of:

  • politics and politicians
  • motive and motivators
  • empires and emperors

it is vital that we who are Christians narrow our focus down to just Christ and ourselves.

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Mark 9:8 (KJV) Jesus Only

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Mark 8:4 (KJV) How Can We Satisfy Men?

Mark 8:4 (KJV)
And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?

The disciples had what was for them a legitimate concern.

  • The wilderness was barren
  • The crowd was huge
  • The supplies were exhausted and
  • The number of the disciples were few

How could they possibly satisfy the need that was before them? Yet that is exactly what Jesus expected them to do. But they would not do it on their own.

I notice first that the inventory was taken from among the crowd. Jesus used the labor of the disciples and the resources of the multitude. When God calls a person into ministry he does not call them necessarily to figure out how to finance it but to figure out what others have to give.

I notice then that Jesus took the little bit that was offered (though it was all that the boy had) and blessed it. The multitude was satisfied, not by the labor of the disciples, nor by the offering of the boy; they were satisfied by the blessing of Jesus.

We live in a spiritual wilderness where there is little that can satisfy the souls of men.  Supplies seem to be getting smaller all the time as professing Christians more and more compromise the Word of God. The population of the planet is exploding but the numbers of laborers in Christ’s work aren’t keeping up with the demand.

Never fear! Our Lord has compassion. He sees the multitude without meat. If He has called you He has also prepared a boy somewhere who is willing to give you what He has. God will bless it and use it to feed His Word to the hungry of soul.

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Mark 8:4 (KJV) How Can We Satisfy Men?

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