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June 12 - 17, 2011 Gospel Meeting At Jackson Drive.
Speaker: Bob Hutto
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July 10, 2011
As I write this, I sit by my dying grandfather, Billy Norris’ bedside. He has been working for almost ninety-eight years to get home—he’s almost there. When I think of all of the people that he has encouraged, taught, and introduced to the word of God, I am simply amazed. I think it is entirely appropriate that I have him keep spreading the message. The following article is one that I helped him prepare for his last issue of his long-standing monthly paper, Gospel Guide. It will appear there and here in the Jackson Drive Admonisher; hopefully, others will use this in other places as well. Listen to the message. It is how my grandfather lived his life and how he hoped others would live their lives, too. —S. Scott Richardson Sr.
What Do You Do Daily?
The word of God tells uswhat people who pleased the Lord did day by day. We want to look at these activities, and check ourselves to see if we use each day in a way that pleases our Maker.
1. Those who were noble searched the scriptures daily. “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11). The man who works his field regularly gets far more out of it than the man who neglects and seldom touches his. The one who searches the scriptures finds a storehouse of treasures. The more he digs and searches the more he finds. He can learn history that can be learned in no other place. He can learn the origin of the universe. He can learn his own origin, his purpose in life, and his possible destiny. He can learn the great principles of moral conduct. He can live with the great and noble characters who have beautifully graced God’s footstool. He can hear God’s warnings. And he can learn God’s plan of salvation for lost man through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” (Psalm 119:130). “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17).
Have you searched the scriptures today?
2. Those who are after God’s own heart pray daily. David prayed daily. “Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.” (Psalm 86:3). Even though he was forbidden by the law of the land to pray to his God, Daniel, as was his custom, continued to pray daily to the true and living God. For doing so he was cast into the lions’ den, but the God who heard his daily prayers “shut the lions’ mouths.” (Daniel 6).
Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11). When one prays for his “daily bread” “this day,” he is one who prays every day. In regard to prayer Christ has made a wonderful promise: “Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7,8). It is to be understood that if we ask, we are to ask according to God’s will. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” (1 John 5:14).
Daily prayer gives one the opportunity to praise God daily. “And daily shall he be praised.” (Psalm 72:15). Solomon had this to say about the king, but it would far more apply to God who is worthy of all praise. Daily prayer gives one the opportunity to thank God regularly for the outpouring of his copious blessings. “Blessed is the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” (Psalm 72:19). Daily we need to beg his guidance, for, like Solomon, we are but a little child; we know not how to go out or come in. (1 Kings 3:7).
Do you pray daily?
3. Those who are blessed watch daily. “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” (Proverbs 8:34). This was said in regard to wisdom, but in wisdom one watches for opportunities to learn more of God’s will. One who is blessed watches daily for opportunities to serve in God’s kingdom, to serve fellowman, to recognize and overcome the temptations of Satan. Because Satan is the enemy of all mankind, we need to watch his every temptation, however open, however subtle. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). Christ showed that the way to overcome every temptation of Satan is to apply properly the word of God. Satan has no power to cope with “It is written,” when the word of God is used as “the sword of the Spirit.” (Matthew 4:1-10; Ephesians 6:18).
One watches daily to be ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus. “Watch, therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:42-44).
Are you watching daily?
4. Those who follow Christ take up their cross daily. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23). One who follows Christ takes up his cross and denies himself of whatever would stand in his way, or hinder his walking in the footsteps of Christ. Thus, he would deny himself of worldly honors, if they were a stumbling block. He would suppress the cravings of the fleshly man. At whatever sacrifice, he would see that the high and noble spiritual nature overcomes the low and lustful fleshly nature. The apostle Paul was determined to keep the fleshly man in subjection: “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” (1Corinthians 9:27).
Have you carried his cross today? What have you denied yourself today in order to follow Christ?
5. Those who are concerned and faithful exhort one another daily. “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:12,13). Christians are a great blessing to one another: “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” (Romans 14:19). “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye who are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:1,2). “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 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.” (Hebrews 10:24,25).
Have you tried to exhort, to encourage, to provoke anyone to love and good works to day?
6. Christians teach the gospel daily. “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Christ.” (Acts 5:42). The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation. (Romans 1:16).
Have you sought to teach anyone today?
— Billy Norris