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Psalm of the Day–Psalm 38

 

Psa 38:1

 

  A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

Psa 38:2

 

  For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

Psa 38:3

 

  There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

Psa 38:4

 

  For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

Psa 38:5

 

  My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

Psa 38:6

 

  I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

Psa 38:7

 

  For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.

Psa 38:8

 

  I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

Psa 38:9

 

  Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

Psa 38:10

 

  My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

Psa 38:11

 

  My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

Psa 38:12

 

  They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

Psa 38:13

 

  But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

Psa 38:14

 

  Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

Psa 38:15

 

  For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

Psa 38:16

 

  For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

Psa 38:17

 

  For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

Psa 38:18

 

  For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

Psa 38:19

 

  But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

Psa 38:20

 

  They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

Psa 38:21

 

  Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.

Psa 38:22

 

  Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

Psalm of the Day–Psalm 24

 

Psa 24:1

 

 

A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Psa 24:2

For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

Psa 24:3

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

Psa 24:4

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Psa 24:5

He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Psa 24:6

This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

Psa 24:7

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Psa 24:8

Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

Psa 24:9

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Psa 24:10

Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Psalm of the Day–Psalm 23

 
 

Psa 23:1

 

 

A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psa 23:2

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Psa 23:3

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psa 23:4

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psa 23:5

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Psa 23:6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Names of an Almighty God

 

Confession is an important part of maintaining a right relationship with God. 

Knowing who God’s many names also is important in knowing who He is, in knowing who you confess to.  

In a bible study by Pastor Fryer at Independent Bible Baptist Church, we look through the different names of God, and their importance in how we approach Him. 

Read Psalm 91, and notice the names of God used.

Psa 91:1

  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psa 91:2

 

  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psa 91:3

 

  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Psa 91:4

 

  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psa 91:5

 

  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Psa 91:6

 

  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Psa 91:7

 

  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Psa 91:8

 

  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Psa 91:9

 

  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

Psa 91:10

 

  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

Psa 91:11

 

  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Psa 91:12

 

  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Psa 91:13

 

  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Psa 91:14

 

  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

Psa 91:15

 

  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

Psa 91:16

 

  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

El Elyon–In Psalm 91:1, the term  Most High reveals this name; strongest of all gods and the possessor of heaven and earth.  He helps win the daily battles in our life and is capable of arranging the most tedious of details in our live.

See Deut. 32:1-12, IISam. 22:4-20, Psalms 7:12, Psalms 47:1-9, Psalms 83:18, Dan. 4:17

El Shaddai–The term almighty reveals that He is THE all sufficient God.

See Genesis 17:1-6, Romans 4:20-21, Phil. 4:19, Psalms 57:1,  and Psalms 121:4

Yahweh–the term Lord in capitalized letters reveals His personal name Jehovah.  The word lord in lower case signifies Adonai–the master, the person in authority.  Yahweh signifies the God who is with you all the time.

See Exodus 3:12-14, Gen. 28:15, Ex. 33:14, Deut. 20:1, Isaiah 43:2, Matt. 18:20, Matt. 28:20.

Elohim–“My God”.  The term refers to the strong convenant keeping God as Creator.

See Neh 9:6, Job 26:7, Psalms 102:25, Heb. 11:3

There are other names of God which will help us focus on who He is and enable us to praise Him:

Jehovah Jireh–the God who provides.

Jehovah Shalom–the God who brings peace.

Jehovah Sabaoth–the God who brings spiritual help

Jehovah Rapha–the God who heals.

God’s names are revealed in our experiences with Him.  When was the last time He revealed Himself to you?

 

 

 

Surrendering Our Personality

Part of seeking God’s will for our lives is surrendering our personalities.  How we do this depends on our commitment to Him.

In this study, part 2 of “What Is Our Reason For Being?” from Pastor Fryer’s study at Independent Bible Baptist Church.

Finding our reason for being depends on our committal of our entire personality to God.  Even when we surrender ourselves to God, we will see that it will not be easy.

Ephesians 3:20-21–

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (21) Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

God provides the way, as seen in I John 2:15-17Love not the world, neither the things that arein the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that isin the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

What factors most hinder us from doing God’s will?  Sinful nature, environment, heredity, will, mind, body, emotions, life.

The process of doing God’s will is accomplished through a vision of God’s purpose for your life, a commitment of your whole personality to God, and actions based on God’s provision for doing His will. 

The story of humanity is characterized by self-centeredness.  Will we pursue our own will or the Lord’s?

 

 

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How Are You Doing? (Part 2 of Preparing for Revival)

(A Preparation for Revival)

Acts 24:16 KJV

Act 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

Revival is coming to Independent Bible Baptist Church, with 4 nights of preaching from some pastors our congregation knows and loves as their own. Pastor Fryer (pastor of IBBC) put together a 2 page preparation sheet for IBBC to look over, ponder, and answer honestly between themselves and God. I think this is a very good list to think about, whether Revival is in the upcoming days or not. What follows is something that may well step on toes, pierce your heart, and make you uncomfortable. It has had that effect on me as well.

Note: all bible references are KJV, from the e-Sword program

Ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly… (Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.)

1. Is there an area where you have failed to put God first?

2. Have your decisions been made after your own wisdom and desires, rather than seeking and following God’s will?

3. Do any of the following in any way interfere with your surrender and service to God: ambition, pleasure, loved ones, friendships, desire for recognition, money, your own plans?

II Corinthians 9:6-7 But this I say,He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (7) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

1. Have you robbed God by withholding His tithe?

2. Have you robbed God by withholding His due of your time and talents?

3. Have you failed to support mission work through either prayer or offerings?

I Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

  1.  Can you be trusted with responsibilities in the Lord’s work?
  2. Are you dependable?
  3. Are you allowing your emotions to be stirred for the things of God but doing nothing about it?

Hebrews 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

  1.  Do you miss church or avoid gospel preaching?
  2. Do you allow your mind to wander during preaching?
  3. Have you neglected or slighted daily, private prayer or the reading of God’s Word?
  4. Do you find the Bible or prayer uninteresting?
  5. Have you neglected to give thanks for your meals?
  6. Have you neglected family devotions?

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

  1.  Do you thank God for all things?  Do you thank Him for the good as well as what you perceive to be the bad?
  2. Do you call God a liar by doubting His Word?
  3. Do you worry?
  4. Is your spiritual temperance based on your feelings instead of God’s Word?

Ephesians 4:31  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

  1.  Do you complain?
  2. Do you find fault or have a critical attitude toward any person or thing?
  3. Are you irritable or cranky?
  4. Do you ever carry hidden anger?
  5. Do you get angry?
  6. Are you impatient with others?
  7. Are you ever harsh or unkind?

Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

  1.  Have you  neglected to seek to be pleasing to Him in all things?
  2. Do you carry bitterness toward God?
  3. Have you complained against God in any way?
  4. Have you been dissatisfied with God’s provision for you?
  5. Are you unwilling to obey God fully—are there some things that you would not be willing to do if God asked?
  6. Have you disobeyed some direct leading from God?

II Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

  1.  Are you self conscious rather than Christ conscious?
  2. Do you allow feelings of inferiority to keep you from attempting things you should be doing to serve God?

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

 

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

  1.  Are you secretly pleased over the misfortune of others?
  2. Are you secretly annoyed over the accomplishments or advancements of another?
  3. Are you guilty of contention or strife?
  4. Do you quarrel, argue, or engage in heated discussions?
  5. Are you a partaker in divisions?
  6. Are there people who you deliberately slight?

Matthew 6:14, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

Mat 6:15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

  1.  Are you holding a grudge against anyone?
  2. Is there anyone you have not forgiven?
  3. Are there any misunderstandings you are unwilling to forget?
  4. Do you harbor hatred, bitterness, resentment or jealousy against anyone?
  5. Do you ever seek to hurt anyone by word or deed?

As you answer these, you may feel the sting.  I know I sure have!

How Are You Doing? (A Preparation for Revival)

How Are You Doing?

(A Preparation for Revival)

Acts 24:16 KJV

Act 24:16  And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

Revival is coming to Independent Bible Baptist Church, with 4 nights of preaching from some pastors our congregation knows and loves as their own.  Pastor Fryer (pastor of IBBC) put together a 2 page preparation sheet for IBBC to look over, ponder, and answer honestly between themselves and God.  I think this is a very good list to think about, whether Revival is in the upcoming days or not.  What follows is something that may well step on toes, pierce your heart, and make you uncomfortable.  It has had that effect on me as well.

Note: all bible references are KJV, from the e-Sword program

William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army said this:  “Before we go to our knees to receive the Baptism of fire, let me beg of you to see to it that your souls are in harmony with the will and Purpose of the Holy Spirit whom you seek.”

A.T. Pierson said “It is in exact proportion to the maintenance of such joint and believing, supplication and intercession that the Word of the Lord in any land or locality has had free course and been glorified.”

Vance Havner said “Revival is the church falling in love with Jesus all over again.”

I Samuel 7:2-3 reads: And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

Samuel was preparing the children of Israel for the returning of the Ark of God.

Returning unto the Lord involves acknowledging where we have strayed from the Lord and return to Him.

Revelations 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Remove the strange gods for your life!  Jonathan Goforth said, “If revival is being withheld from us it is because some idols remains still enthroned because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that it is not by might by by my Spirit.”  Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

We need a readiness to seek the Lord!  II Chronicles 20:1-22:

2Ch 20:1  It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

2Ch 20:2  Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

2Ch 20:3  And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

2Ch 20:4  And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

2Ch 20:5  And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

2Ch 20:6  And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

2Ch 20:7  Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

2Ch 20:8  And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,

2Ch 20:9  If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

2Ch 20:10  And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;

2Ch 20:11  Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.

2Ch 20:12  O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

2Ch 20:13  And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

2Ch 20:14  Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;

2Ch 20:15  And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

2Ch 20:16  To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

2Ch 20:17  Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

2Ch 20:18  And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.

2Ch 20:19  And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

2Ch 20:20  And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

2Ch 20:21  And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.

2Ch 20:22  And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

We also need a renewal of the covenant!  Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Next we should pray for revival!  Sin is not committed wholesale, but specifically, and must be recognized and confessed in the same way it was committed.  I John 1:8-10

 1Jn 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Charles Finney this heart searching.  Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

 

 

In part 2 of “How Are You Doing?” we’ll go straight to the questions!