1 Chronicles 19:13 (KJV) What a Man Can Do

1 Chronicles 19:13 (KJV)
Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.

I remember speaking with a young college student at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College about discerning God’s will. He was struggling over what was God’s will in a particular area of his life. My counsel was this; the definition of a man is one who, to the best of his knowledge, steps out to please God and then lives with his decision. This does not mean that he can never correct his course or change his mind about a certain thing but it does mean that he owns up to the consequences, good and bad, for his decisions.

This is the general thrust of Joab’s counsel in this passage. A man may not always know how things will end. All he can do is:

  • Make his best decision
  • Play his part well and
  • Leave the results in the hands of the Lord

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John 14:22 (KJV) Salvation is a Faith Issue

John 14:22 (KJV)
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

Thaddeus also known as the writer of Jude, asks the question, “How is it that Jesus will manifest Himself to believers and not the rest of the world?” The answer follows:

Through the Word
Those who love the Lord keep His Word and find Christ in it.

Through the Comforter
The Holy Spirit living in us is real. We sense His presence, receive direction from Him and are given power through Him.

Through peace
Paul will call it “peace that passeth all understanding[1]. We can’t explain it. A person must possess it or be left to misunderstand it.

A question we might ask today is, “Why would He manifest Himself to us and not to the world?” I believe the answer to that question is that He would have all men to be saved, not just aware of His being. Salvation is a faith issue. If He were manifest to them they would have no faith because, according to Romans 8:24, For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

[1] Philippians 4:7

 

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1 Peter 2:6 Clearing Up Confusion

1 Peter 2:6 (KJV)
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

 

This world can be a confusing place. Relationships can be confusing:

  • Livelihoods can be confusing
  • Politics can be confusing
  • Moral positions can be confusing
  • Finding purpose and meaning can be confusing
  • Questions of eternal consequence can be confusing

 

The Bible here tells us how to clear out the confusion. It is in believing on Christ. But be careful. To many this is a spiritual technicality. They believe that they believe in Christ and therefore have honored this text and yet they still find their lives are confused. The passage says “believe on Him.” That is:

  • to put faith in him
  • to trust him
  • to lean on him

There is a chasm that stands between saying, “I believe in Jesus” and truly trusting Jesus.

  • When I trust him I believe him concerning relationship issues such as my place in marriage or in raising children
  • When I trust him I believe his message about moral issues regardless of what others say and do
  • When I trust him I believe him in issues of calling and purpose for life
  • When I trust him I know that no man cometh unto the father except by him

 

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1 Peter 2:3 Clearing Up Confusion

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