Daily Devotion

Walking In the Light

 

March 27

Ephesians 5:17 ~ Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

If you are saved it is because you were exposed to the Light of the Gospel. That light brought you out of the darkness and into the vast warmth and light of the love of God. To know the will of God you must know the love of God in Christ and you must walk in the Light.

Our sanctification is the will of God and it is a lifelong work. We live in this world with a God-given purpose.  It is being set apart from the things of the world that we may set the proper example for others to follow. We must work in this life to please and serve God. We should be more concerned with what He thinks of us than what the world thinks of us. Ephesians 6:6 tells us to work, “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” Whether we are employers or employees we must do our work as if we were doing it for the Lord Himself.

Our sanctification is our walking in the light of God’s presence. In I John 1:4-7 we are told that God is light. We know that Satan is the prince of darkness. If we are to walk in the light we are to be obedient to the Word of God and the call of God. To obey Him is to walk in light while disobeying is walking in darkness. This is a matter of maintaining fellowship with God. It has nothing to do with sonship for that is a matter of life and death. Once you become a child of God you will always be a child of God (I Jn. 5:11-13).

Walking in the light is walking in lock step obedience to God’s Word. This is a matter of learning the Word, loving the Word, and living the Word. We live it when it becomes a part of who we are. It is hiding His Word in our hearts by allowing it to infiltrate and infuse our heart and mind. Hiding God’s Word in your heart is to become what the Bible says that a Christian ought to be.

We live in a dark world and the only trustworthy light that we can depend upon is the Word of God (Psa. 119:105, 130). When His Word enters our hearts it gives us light. It is a lamp so that we can see every step that we take is in tune with the will of God. It is a light to show us the path of life that we must trod. God’s Word gives us clarity so that we can know the way to Heaven, the way to live, the way to reach others, the way to train others, and the way to minister to others.

Walking in the light is having a thankful heart and a grateful attitude. This also is the will of God. Those who are not thankful become cold, hardened, and indifferent to the Grace of God. The Word of God makes it perfectly clear that we are to be thankful no matter what the circumstances may be. We are told in I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” In every situation, in every circumstance, give thanks. 

When we are walking in the light we are the salt and the light that preserves our society, shines a light into the darkness of this world, and allows us the opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ. I Thessalonians 4:3, 4 says, “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication (physical & spiritual): That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour.” Our sanctification is the transformation that makes us more like Christ (Christian). When we walk in the light we have fellowship with God but we also influence and impact the lives of those who are around us; family, friends, church family.

We silence the opposition and bring light to them when we walk in the light and the will of God. The world says that we have no tolerance for others. But we love all people and pray for their wellbeing and their salvation. Why? Because God created them just as He did us, God loves them just as He does us, and our Lord Jesus died for them just as much as He died for us. Those who truly love the Lord will love those who hate them because they know the love that God has for them. The Christian knows that the Father is not willing that any should perish (2 Pt 3:9). God wants all people to repent and be saved no matter how good or bad they may be. It is that love that motivates us to carry the Gospel to those that are lost and dying. We overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21 & I Pt. 3:8, 9).  They may never understand why we can love them and speak peace to them in their hatred towards us, but “… it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing” (I Pet. 3:17).

To know and understand the will of God you must know and experience the love of Christ in salvation. You must walk in obedience to the commands of Christ in sanctification. This is the will of God for the Christian. This is His will for you. - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

 

WEEK 11

March 23

Pure Religion

James 1:26-27 ~ If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.   Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

God is very clear about us controlling what and how we say things. He says we need to be in control of our words to not bring harm to others. The tongue can be a very deadly instrument if we are not careful about how we use it. Our words will reflect what is truly in our hearts. We are told in James 3:8, “… the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” If we cannot control our tongues it is evidence to the fact that we do not control our thoughts. This reflects something that is wrong within the heart. Then is our religion in vain. 

Religion is usually used in the Scriptures to give a negative context. But here it is referring to what is in our heart. “Religious” means ceremonious in worship while “religion” is the external ceremony of religious worship.  “Pure religion” is an external respect and trust of God that comes from a regenerated and transformed heart. How we respond to temptation and trials with the tongue reveals the existence and the quality of our faith. Those who have a readiness to speak of the faults of others, or to talk ill about somebody, need to examine their own hearts. They claim to be Christian but have deceived themselves about who and what they are. 

The tongue is a little thing, but the tongue can be a deadly weapon. It can do more damage than a baseball bat. When we speak harsh and hurtful words about or against someone the damage is done. Once we have said it we cannot take it back. It is like a bullet out of a gun; once it leaves the barrel you have NO control over where it goes or what damage it does. It is not just what we say, but sometimes it is how we say it. We may be speaking in truth, but are we speaking with love and compassion. Are we being thoughtful of how we are saying what we say? When a parent is instructing or correcting a child do they do it softly and tenderly, or is it done with rudeness and harshness? The way we say it will make all the difference about how people will respond to us. 

Speaking of the widows and the fatherless speaks to having compassion for others. We are to be in a readiness to always give a kind word and a helping hand to those who are in need. This is pure religion. It does not matter how they treat us; it matters how we treat them. That will show the quality of our faith and the character of our heart. Do we show love and respect to others even when they are “undeserving” of it?

Remember that to be Christian is to be Christ-like. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” While we were the enemies of God, He allowed His only Son to die on the Cross in our place. He allowed this so that we could be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:21). God offers us new, abundant, and eternal life through our faith in Christ as our Lord and Saviour. None of us deserve this but the mercy, love, and grace of God brings it to us.

Do we show forth that same mercy, love, and grace to others? An unspotted life must show forth a true love and charity for others. The only thing that matters is a faith that works by love, purifying the heart, subduing the carnal lusts, and obeying God’s commands. 

Bridle the tongue. Control the thoughts so that you can control your tongue (Php 4:8-9). Watch what you say and how you say it for the tongue will reveal the true heart. - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 24

Seeing God

Isaiah 6:1~  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isaiah saw a vision of the Lord sitting upon His Throne in the Temple in Heaven. We by faith ought to be able to see the Lord as “high and lifted up.” By the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, we too can get a vision of the Lord. He is Powerful, Pure, Perfect, Preexistent, Preeminent, Prime, Predominant, Purposeful, Patient, Pardoning, Passionate, Penetrating, Perceptive, Percipient, and Piercing. It does not stop there for we would fail to be able to write about all that God is with our feeble finite minds. The good thing is that God in His passion is patient and pardoning. But it is more than just a pardon, for our sin penalty was paid in full by the Lord Jesus on Calvary.

We need to see what Isaiah saw. He saw God’s position; He is perfect and preeminent. There is none greater than He. All the hosts of Heaven and earth, as well as the hosts of the universe - the sun, the moon, the stars, and all the galaxies - all give Him glory and praise. He is the highest of the highs. His lowest is higher than the highest of anything. He is infinite, immeasurable, immense, incalculable, interminable, and inexhaustible. With Him there is no beginning or end, no top or bottom, no sides whatsoever; He inhabits eternity.

Isaiah saw God’s personality. He is the holiest of all that can be holy. He is the purest of all that is pure. He is uncorrupt, undefiled, and untainted. He is so holy and pure that even the angels cover their faces and their feet in His presence. When Moses saw God in the burning bush God instructed him to remove his shoes from his feet. He had to do so because God is so holy and pure that anything that He touches becomes holy and pure or it will be annihilated. Therefore, the ground upon which Moses walked was touched by God and it was holy ground. God is pure and perfect, the prime being of all of life.

Isaiah saw God’s presence. At His presence all will bow before Him. All will humble themselves before this magnificent Creator of all that exists. Every living soul is created by Him. We live, move, and breath, we have our being, because of the marvelous Life Giver. He is the Creator and we are the creature. He gave us consciousness and continuance in the cycle of life that He has given to each of us. We must humble ourselves before Him in hope of receiving His patient, passionate, pardon. Even the old devil must humble himself before the Almighty God of the universe. He can do nothing without the approval of this authentic, authoritative, Administrator.

We must come to Him by the way of the Cross of Calvary. The way of the Cross brings us into the grace of God. The only way we can approach His presence is by His grace at the Throne of Grace. This we may do because of the Great High Priest, the Son of the Living God, our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Without the shedding of blood, we could have no hope for mercy or grace. God’s grace is His benevolent, bountiful, caring, and compassionate love towards us.

We, like Isaiah, must see God’s position, God’s personality, and God’s presence. His position is one that allows Him to forgive sinful people and redeem them by the blood of the Lamb. His personality allows Him to love even the vilest sinner because every person is created in the image of God. God loves that person and wants to have a relationship with them. His presence allows Him to watch over and care for His own. He will avenge His elect for the injustices that they endure in this life. Only the magnificent, merciful, Master could accomplish all of this for every individual person that will come to Christ and receive Him as Saviour.

Take time today to examine your heart and life and see God’s position, God’s personality, and God’s presence. When you truly see these things, you will reverence Him and raise your voice in anthems of praise to Him. - Dr. Todd Taylor

March 25

A Sense of Our Own Shortcoming

Isaiah 6:5 ~  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

We, like Isaiah, must see God’s position, God’s personality, and God’s presence. But, we must also sense what Isaiah sensed. He saw his own condition. When he saw the holiness of this majestic Creator, he realized the exceeding selfish, sorrowful, sterile sinfulness of his own sin. He knew he could never be anything for God in his current condition. He said he was undone which meant that he knew that he was undeserving, unimportant, unproductive, unprofitable, unusable, and useless in his current condition. Isaiah saw himself because he was in the light of the presence of God. He saw his own helplessness and hopelessness before the incredible, infinite, intense, inspector of hearts.

Even the Apostle John on the isle of Patmos, when he saw God, said, “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.” When Daniel saw God he said, “Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.” Isaiah, Daniel, John, and all who see God for who He really is will have a sense of their own condition. We know there is nothing hidden from the eyes and the heart of this penetrating, perceptive, piercing God of the universe.

All he could do was to bow before God and confess his sins. He was a man of unclean lips, among a people of unclean lips. The people around him were inconsequential, ineffective, insignificant, ineffectual, inferior, ignoble, and inutile. They did not acknowledge nor give reverence unto God. They did not offer the sacrifice of praise which is the fruit of the lips giving thanks unto God (Heb 13:15). Their lips did not acknowledge God as the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful, prevailing, preeminent, penetrating, perceptive, purposeful, predominate God of all creation.

Isaiah saw his own cleansing. The altar is where sin is dealt with. It is not Christ’s coming into the world that saves sinners; it is His selfless, sacrificial, substitutional death on the Cross. That live coal that the angel took from the altar is significant and suggestive as the symbol of Christ’s atoning, appeasing death. This live coal was needed for it represented the clarifying, clearing, cleansing blood of Christ. This precious, priceless, pleasing, peerless, perfect blood of Christ is the only thing that will wash away the guilt of sin with all its regret and remorse. It will take away the stain of all sin with its shame and stigma forever.

This live coal was also representative of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He is the One who was high and lifted up on the Cross of Calvary. It was essential, elemental, foundational, and fundamental that Christ be lifted up because He came down as a man that He might become “… the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29).  This cleansing of the coal on the lips is the outward manifestation of the inward cleansing. The cleansing of the lips is the effect of a redeemed, regenerate heart.

The Apostle Paul cried out, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom 7:24). He was a redeemed, regenerate, revitalized saint of God when he said this. Here he was learning and teaching us that it is only by walking in the Spirit that we can live for God. We cannot live for God if we do not walk in the Spirit because it can only be accomplished by the divine grace of God. Our responsibly is to confess our sins and our sinfulness and our insufficient, inept inability to please God. God will forgive and cleanse from all unrighteousness because we need to have the redemption of Christ applied to our lives.

Are you closer to God today than you were yesterday? Do you see and sense as Isaiah did? This is how we pursue, progress, and persevere in the Spirit-filled Christian life. There is a daily confessing and cleansing that must take place. We are saved from the penalty of sin, but we must deal with the presence of sin daily.  - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 26

Here Am I; Send Me

Isaiah 6:8 ~  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

We must see what Isaiah saw by faith. We, like Isaiah, must see God’s position, God’s personality, and God’s presence. You need to examine your heart and life and see God’s position, God’s personality, and God’s presence in your own life. When you truly see these things, you will reverence Him and raise your voice in anthems of praise to Him.

We must sense what Isaiah sensed. He sensed his own condition and his own cleansing. We cannot live for God if we do not walk in the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit can only be accomplished by the divine grace of God. Our responsibly is to confess our sins and our sinfulness and our insufficient, inept inability to please God. God will forgive and cleanse from all unrighteousness because we need to have the redemption of Christ applied to our lives so that we can walk in the Spirit (1 Jn 1:7-9).

Then we must say what Isaiah said. He said he was available. He presented himself to God and made himself accessible to what God wanted. He was surrendered to the will of God. He submitted himself to the Spirit of God. He presented himself as a living sacrifice so that he might prove what was that good, and perfect, and acceptable will of God in his life. Isaiah said, “Here am I; send me.

God is looking for Christians who will have that same sense of dutiful dedication and devotion to His will, His ways, and His Word. A person should never have the attitude that God cannot use them. Some may feel that God will not use them. These people make themselves unavailable with the attitude that limits them because they feel they are insufficient or ineffective. May I say that none of us can do anything for the Lord because we are all limited by self. Those who have received Christ have the precious, preserving, persevering, perpetuating power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish any good for the Master. We should never think that we need not try to live the Spirit-filled life. Our only decision is to submit to being involved, immersed, incorporated, and integrated so that we might be filled with the Spirit.

Others may feel that they do not want to be used. They fear that it may cost them something to live for Christ. They fear the Spirit-filled life may take away the pleasure and the fun of living life in this world. May I say that whatever you may give up in this world to live for Christ is not worth the beautiful, bountiful blessings that God will bestow upon you. He has already proven His compassion, His care, His concern, and His considerate heart towards you when He allowed His Son to suffer the wrath and indignation of your sin. When you who profess Christ choose not to live for Christ who deserves your dutiful dedication, you will sense discontentment, dissatisfaction, discouragement, and have God’s displeasure and disapproval.

Isaiah said he was available, and he said he was agreeable. He was willing to give up the pleasures of this world for the eternal pleasures of the world to come. People will sacrifice and work 30+ years to build a retirement. They will give their all so that one day they can sit down and have all the freedom in the world to just fish, work on a hobby, hang out on the hammock or in their recliner sipping on lemonade and iced tea. But the day will come when that will all be over. What have you worked for and put up for your eternal retirement?

Isaiah was willing to do whatever God told him to do. He was willing to go wherever God told him to go. He was willing to be whatever God told him to be. Too many professing Christians today are not willing to be available and agreeable with God’s appetite, aspirations, and His ambition for them. They miss out on so many of the blessings of watching God perform in their life to prepare, prearrange, procure, and provide all that they need to live for His glory.

Isaiah was saying, “I am here to do what You want, and I am willing to do what You want.” When you see what He saw by faith and you sense what he sensed, then you will be able to say what Isaiah said. We as Christians need to modify our desires and to motivate holiness within our lives so that God can use us. Remember what the angel Gabriel told Mary; “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” The world has yet to see what God can do with one person who is purely, perfectly, positively, exclusively, exhaustively, and extensively sold out for Him. What can God do with a church full of people who are preoccupied with pursuing and performing God’s perfect will? Will you be that person? Will your church be that church? Think about it.

 

 

 WEEK 10

March 16

Blessed Are Those Who Take Part

Psalm 33:12 ~ Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Living according to the purpose of God will secure the blessing of God upon our life and upon our nation. Without His blessings, joy, and peace you will have confusion, chaos, and turmoil. A nation who does not trust in the will of God is a nation who will suffer spiritual disaster and come under the judgment of God. A nation whose God is NOT the LORD is a nation that is plagued with confusion, chaos, and turmoil. Can you not see that our nation has become more chaotic? Can you not see the turmoil in those nations who do not know our God?

There is more division and divisiveness in America today than there has ever been at any other time. We are plagued with confusion because everybody has a “plan” to put things back together, but nobody can get their plan implemented due to the division. Just a note for thought, the plans that are being put forth leave out the one thing that will turn our nation around and get us back on track; knowing and doing what God wants. This has led to more and more turmoil as the chaos and confusion takes a toll on the people.

With God’s will there is security and certainty for tomorrow even when there is so much insecurity and so much uncertainty in the world. As long as the people of God live outside the will of God they have no security. As long as a nation lives outside the will of God there can be no certainty. To build the wall we must change the course of our nation. The way to change the course of our nation is to have an impact upon those around you every day. Be a voice for the love, the grace, and the goodness of a merciful and loving Creator. Be a voice for the One who loved us and gave Himself for us to be free from the bondage of sin.

How can we know the will of God? We must know the Word of God. Not only do we need to know the Word we must heed the Word. God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). That knowledge is to know and understand the Word of God. It is having godly wisdom that comes from the experience of applying His Word to your life. It is living by faith in what God says and not in sight of the circumstances around you. It is living in The Faith (the core doctrines) once delivered unto the saints.

The world is trying to force us to live compartmentalized lives. The changes that have been made over the last one hundred years have been so subtle. Most Christians just go along with the changes because they seem right at the time and many do not have a real knowledge of the Truth. The world has a philosophy: If you tell a lie often enough, loud enough, and long enough the people will believe it. Global warming, or “climate change” as they are now calling it, is the perfect example of this very philosophy. Many people now believe that the earth is starting to get hotter than it has ever been and that the ice will melt and flood the coastal areas of all the continents. Archeology and true science prove out the fact that the earth has gone through periods of heating and cooling. Some years there will be less rain and other years there have been more rain. Some years will be hotter, and some years will be cooler. Some years the storms will be worse than other years.

Do I believe that the climate of the earth changes from time to time? Yes, I do, but that does not support the “climate change” that the leaders of the world are purporting. It is a scheme that has been concocted to take the power from the people so that the governments can control them. Through legislation they are getting closer to a one world government which is in line with what the anti-Christ will accomplish when he comes to power. Many Christians now believe in “climate change”. They have heard the lies often, loud, and long enough that they have begun to believe them. They live compartmentalized lives meaning they have one life at church, a different one at work, another at home, and still another out in the public. These are not truly Christian though they may be saved. To be Christian is to live according to the faith that comes from the Word of God. The just shall live by faith at church, at work, at school, at home, out in the public, and every place that they shall go. Living by faith is who we are, it is the Christian life; it is the way of life and the truth of life; Christ in you.

God’s purpose is for you to grow and to mature in Christ so that you can live in His perfect divine purpose for your life. He has given us life through Christ so that we could be free and live free. Not trusting the will of God is the bondage of sin that brings on the insecurity and uncertainty in our nation. Knowing the will of God comes from knowing, understanding, and living the Word of God daily. God has you where you are so that you can bring Him honor and glory. Be the salt of the earth that preserves the Christian life. Be the light of the world so that you may shine and share Christ with others. Do your part to live it every day in every way and have an impact on the world around you. Be a part of rebuilding the walls of faith in our nation. - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 17

Blessed Is The Nation Whose Trust Is In His Word Pt 1

Hosea 4:6 ~ My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

As a nation we have rejected the knowledge of God and His word. We have removed the Ten Commandments from the schoolhouse and the courthouse. We have allowed prayer to be taken out of the public arena. We have told God that we know better how to care for our children than He does. We are losing our youth to the ways of the world. Even Christian youth are leaving the church at an alarming rate. We need to get back to the basics of the Word of God and begin to teach our children from God’s perfect perspective and not man’s corrupt perspective.

The world is pushing Christians into compartmentalized lives to force us to keep our faith out of the public. Political correctness has taken off in the progressive movement which stifles our free speech. Hate speech laws stem from the politically correct venue. You cannot say anything against those who have chosen the alternative lifestyle without the LGBT crowd coming after you. However, we do not hate the person, but we do stand against the sin and the agenda of their ideology. They want to silence anybody who will stand on the Word of God which says that the gay lifestyle is unnatural and sinful (Lev.18:22-24 & Rom. 1:24-32). The same is true of the dope addict and the drunkard; their lifestyle choices are sin in the eyes of God. God loves the person though He hates their sin. (Read Lev. 18 & 19 & Rom. 1)

The progressive liberal agenda is to force their views and beliefs upon us while outlawing our beliefs. This impedes all our liberties. They claim that their legislative agenda is for the sake of unity, the advancement and benefit of society, and for the protection of the minorities. They say Christians are the ones who are intolerant. They say that we are the bigots and troublemakers. But it is they who do not want to allow us the freedom to voice our faith in the public. It is they who are trying to make God’s Word out to be a piece of hateful, intolerant work. It is they who claim that the Bible is full of myths and scare tactics to force people to live the Christian life. If that is true, why are they so scared of it? Why do they work so hard to disprove what it says to be true? Unfortunately, it is they who will stand in judgment before a loving and holy God whom they are trying to silence.

What we are in church, what we are in our spiritual life, ought to be who we are in our social and civil life. There are not different compartments in the Christian life. Our lives are not to be compartmentalized because of what the liberal progressives try to force upon us. We must remember history for what it is: it is His-Story! Daniel Webster said, “History is God’s providence in human affairs.” True history is His-Story written on the pages of our history books. - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 18

Blessed Is The Nation Whose Trust Is In His Word Pt 2

Hosea 4:6 ~ My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Christian is a way of life; a life of faith. The world hated the Saviour and the world will hate those who follow Him. With them it does not matter the good we do nor does it matter the love we share. They are enemies of the Cross of Christ and of the Word of God. Anything that says they are wrong in what they believe and live is to be destroyed and silenced.

We are told in Philippians 3:17-21, “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) Jesus said, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you” (Jn 15:18). Again, what we are around the church house, around God’s people, is what we ought to be everywhere we go.

The greatest History Book ever written was written by that great Historian and Author, Jehovah God. We must know and understand and apply His written Word to our lives. How can we stand against the tyranny that is building if we do not know the Truth of His Word? How can we rebuild the walls of our Christian American Heritage if we do not understand His Word? How can we stand in the hour of need if we do not daily apply His Word in our life? Our nation will only be blessed when we have His Word governing the lives of men. Otherwise He will reject and forget that nation which has rejected His Word.

The Virginia Charter of 1606 is taught in schools as having the search for gold as the most important reason for the charter. The third paragraph reads, “We, greatly commending, and graciously accepting of, their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of his Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God, and may in time bring the Infidels and Savages, living in those parts, to human Civility, and to a settled and quiet Government: DO, by these our Letters Patents, graciously accept of, and agree to, their humble and well-intended Desires;…”

As Christians we should endeavor to stand our ground on the Word of God with love for our fellow man. When they are wrong we love and pray for them. When we have opportunity, we must lovingly share the truth with them. When they get angry and revile us we must rebuke them sternly, but we must do it in love without any bitterness or malice. We are to overcome evil with good (Rom 12:17-21).

The objective is to win them over into the light and you can only succeed in doing so by loving them. When you love them in their sin, compelling them to come out of it, you emulate the love of God, you keep your integrity intact, and you will win over the opposition. - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 19

Blessed Is The Nation Who Lives By His Grace Pt 1

Jeremiah 6:16 ~  Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

Our nation would do well to go back to its roots and start over again. But that may never happen. We need a revival so that our nation will get back to the basics of godliness. We need a revival for His glory, not for our economic wellbeing. We need a revival to bring people back into a right relationship with God, not to get our former national glory back. We need a revival because God is worthy of our submission to Him so that He may send a mighty revival across our country. It is not for our benefit; it is for His glory. When He is glorified we will benefit from His blessings and prosperity.

Today our history is being rewritten. They have been rewriting our history for nearly one hundred years now. What happens to our society when we forget the truths of our own past? Patrick Henry said, “I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.” The way we view our history determines the decisions that we make in the present. Thomas Jefferson said, “History, by apprising them of the past, will enable them to judge of the future.”

In the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s we had modern historians that began to write the history books for our educational system. There are tons of volumes of historical documents, personal journals, and writings of our founders. However, the modern historians either did not use these writings or put a modern progressive spin on them to document their work. One example was a book written in 1926 that was a historical account of the life of George Washington. It made the first President of the United States out to be an immoral and ungodly man.

This cannot be true because George Washington was a godly man who was given to prayer. He believed in God his Creator and His Son Jesus Christ. I am not saying that he was a devout Christian. I am saying that he did acknowledge and call upon God almost daily. He relied heavily upon the Providence of the Almighty. He said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”

There was another book written in 1927 that discounted all that the 1926 book said. In one event recorded in the 1926 book, the 1927 book proved that Washington was in another state at the time the event occurred. The 1926 book did not list any documents or resources for its content. The 1927 book listed numerous resources for what was written. These resources were from the time period in which Washington lived. They prove out that he was a sincere and godly man.

The historians wrote their history books using the 1926 book to reference the life of George Washington. Again and again the 1926 book was used as a resource for the life and times of George Washington. History books that were written later documented these former history books that had been written concerning the life of Washington. In many of these books there are no resources about the life of Washington that date back before 1926. The progressives are rewriting our history.This is the death of our history be a thousand cuts.

We as Christians need to go back to the beginnings of our history and know the truth. It is certain that too many of our children today are not getting that truth. They are getting the liberal progressive spin of what they believe truth is. Their version of the truth removes the Word of God and removes the God of the Word from the classroom. It teaches that we are not dependent upon God but upon our government to provide for us. This is entitlement mania gone mad. We as Christians need to teach the generations behind us what is true about the founding fathers and about the beginnings of our Judeao Christian nation.

We need to help them understand the Providence of the Almighty and His mercy and goodness towards us even today. Our nation may have turned away from God but there is still a great many of godly people who can and will teach the next generation. If we would all endeavor to reach one and teach one, and then reach another and teach them, and continue this process, we could change the course of our nation. Pray for those you are around and then talk to them. God has one for you to reach for Christ and to teach the ways of Christ. Will you start with reaching one? Will you be a tool and a voice for the Master? - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 20

Blessed Is The Nation Who Lives By His Grace Pt 2

Jeremiah 6:16 ~  Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

The progressives do not want you to know that our nation was founded upon Christian principles and values. Many say that faith and Christianity have never played a role in the civil arena and therefore should not be there now. Many Christians have accepted this lie and now live their lives in segregated compartments. Our faith is meant to govern every aspect of our lives. Our founders, including our first President knew this and believed this with all their hearts.

We were one nation under God in the beginning. It was by His grace that we became a nation. It is by His grace that we have our liberty. Grace made us the most prosperous nation in the world. Grace made us a dominate power in two world wars. Grace made us the leading nation in the industrial revolution. Grace made us the dominate nation in technical advancements and in medical science. It is by the grace of God that we are who we are. It is by our rejection of the knowledge of God that our nation is in the downgrade and the turmoil that we are in today. The progressives want to erase all of Christianity from our history.

Secular historians want our history to be about money and economics. Again, if you tell a lie often enough, loud enough, and long enough the people will believe it. Many have been taught that the Declaration of Independence was written, and that the revolution was fought over, “Taxation Without Representation.” The list of grievances on the Declaration dealt with the abuse of representative powers, the abuse of military powers, the abuse of judicial powers, and the stirring up of insurrections among the citizens of the colonies. Listed in the last half of the Declaration, as the 17th of 27 grievances is the famous “Taxation Without Representation.” When the modern historians began rewriting history in the 1920’s and the 1930’s they wrote from a secular view of money and economics.

Robert Ingersoll was the first great atheist in America. He said that our government has always been a secular government and that the Declaration was a “secular document”. But that “secular document” acknowledges God four different times, twice before the list of grievances and twice after the list. How can you say it is a secular document when it speaks of God as Creator and Provider? They say it because they are trying to tell the lie often, loud, and long enough so that the people will believe it.

The grace of God has secured us the blessings that we have in Jesus Christ. I thank God that I was born in America. I thank God for all the liberties that we have in our country. For these manifold and beneficial blessings, I am grateful. However, our country is headed the wrong way and I desperately plead with you to stand in the ways and to ask for the old paths in praying for revival. Pray with the right heart that will be open to why we need revival; because God deserves our godliness and He deserves His glory. Will you stand in the ways, will you ask for the old paths (revival), or will you be like those who say, “We will not walk therein?” - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

 

WEEK 10

March 10

The Foundation Begins With Christ

1 Corinthians 3:10-11 ~ According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

The foundation is the Lord Jesus Christ and His doctrinal teachings. He is the faith and He is every fundamental doctrine and principle in the Word of God. The Old Testament Law was fulfilled in the life of Christ. If the written Word of God were turned into a man that man would be the Lord Jesus. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” (Jn. 1:1, 2). That “Word” is Christ who was the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us (v. 14).

Hence Christ is “… the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). Therefore, we have the Word of God - the doctrines and the principles of the Word - as the foundation that we are to build upon. The foundation is laid upon the footing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11 tells us “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” We find in Ephesians 2:19 & 20, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles (New Testament Scriptures) and prophets (Old Testament Scriptures), Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” Christ is the Gospel footing, He is the doctrinal foundation, and He is the chief cornerstone. The walls built upon the foundation are all aligned with the corner stone.

The chief cornerstone is the first stone that is laid in a masonry foundation and all other stones will be set in reference to this stone. Those who are saved are the fellow citizens that are to build the wall of faith upon the footing of the Gospel and the foundation of Christ. Everything that we do should be done in reference to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to follow in His footsteps. Even in this sophisticated and modern civilization that we live in today we can walk in the faith of Jesus Christ. There are adjustments that we can make in an ever-changing society and culture without compromising the truths - doctrines and principles - of the Word of God. You can live the life of Christ in this world today.

People today do not have a basic knowledge of God and the Bible that they had 30 years ago. Christians cannot be the rigid “by the book” people that they used to be in dealing with sinners. People today do not learn Bible truths in schools as they once did in our country. Today they learn that things just came into being on their own. All matter and energy were not created, it was caused to come into existence by some major cause such as the Big Bang Theory. Therefore, they have no knowledge of the Footing or the Foundation. They have no knowledge of God or of Jesus Christ.

Today we must adjust the way we deal with people that we are trying to reach for Christ. They must hear the Gospel, but we must build the knowledge of God in their minds. We are basically living in a country that is ignorant of God. We are like the countries that we are sending missionaries into where they have never heard of God. There was a time that I could ask people about John 3:16 and they knew what I was talking about. Today it is common to talk with people and they have never heard of John 3:16. Before dealing with their sin nature we must build the knowledge of God and His love.

Once the Footing and the Foundation are laid we can start building the wall. The wall is a wall of faith. It is living the Christian life which is a life lived by faith in God and not dependence upon the circumstances and the situations around us. We live and breathe our faith in our faithful obedience to the commands and the things of God. - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 11

We Are Building To Preserve

1 Corinthians 3:10-11 ~ According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Our foundation begins with Christ which corresponds to our faithful obedience to attend church more than we have before (Heb. 10:23-25). You cannot dabble in the world and try to be faithful to the church. This will harm your relationship with the Lord and hinder your life of faith (Rev 3:15 & 16). Remember that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. But God so loved the Church that He shed His blood for it: “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He [God] hath purchased with His [God’s] own blood.

Therefore, the church is the place where we come together with other believers and join in worship together. We bring our burdens and our requests to the Lord together at the altar. We are to bring our needs and requests to Him faithfully in prayer (1 Ths 5:17 & Php 4:16). We do this together because our Lord Jesus said, “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” This is God's open-door policy that allows us to personally communicate with Him (Heb 4:14-16). He desires to hear your requests, and He desires to answer your requests.

Then it just makes sense that we should support the workings within the church through our faithful tithing and our free will offerings every week. Proverbs 3:9-10 gives us a command with a promise of blessing: “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” The promise in these verses is based upon our obedience and faithfulness, not how much we give. This promise is also based upon the condition of our heart when we give: “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:7).

But we must also be faithful to study the Word of God daily. There is a difference between reading and studying. Turn off the TV and spend some time listening to what God wants to say. We are admonished to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tm 2:15). Study will produce firmness and stability of character, charity and kindness to others, and consolation and support in trials. Joshua 1:8 encourages us with, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

This is the building of the walls of faith. We increase our faith in our faithfulness to our Lord Jesus and the Church. But we also build the walls when we win people over to the Lord. We must exalt the Saviour, we must encourage the saint, but we fail if we do not evangelize the sinner. The command is given to “GO” in all four Gospels, twice in John, Acts, and in Philippians. We are admonished to hold forth the Word of life in Philippians 2:13-16. In all that we do we must be faithful to work and build the walls. If we do not build the walls back we will lose our Christian American Heritage.

The walls of faith can only be built upon the Lord Jesus Christ. He has promised to bless us with prosperity and success if we will just do the hard work of building up the walls of faith. Peter professed to the Lord Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” In response to this the Lord Jesus said, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock [Peter’s profession that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God – The Rock is Christ] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” God will bless your faithfulness to His Son, your faithfulness to His Church, your faithfulness in your giving, your faithful study of His Word, and your faithfulness to be a living example and witness to a lost and dying world. Work to build the walls of faith and to be the salt of preserving our Christian American Heritage. - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 12

Blessed Is The Nation Whose God Is The LORD

Psalm 33:12 ~ Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Now that we have laid the Footing and The Foundation we will begin to build the wall of our Christian American Heritage. In Joshua Chapter 4 we find that Israel is finally going to go into Canaan and take possession of the Promised Land. When they passed over Jordan they made two memorials of twelve stones each. They carried twelve stones into the Jordan riverbed and placed them in a heap at the priests’ feet. These priests were standing there with the Ark of the Covenant while the people all crossed over to the other side. They then took twelve stones out of the riverbed and carried them up on the other side at Gilgal. These stones were to be a memorial for succeeding generations to remember that it was God that delivered Israel from bondage and brought them into the Promised Land.

The two memorials were a declaration of the Divine Providence of the Creator who is the Divine Judge of all the earth. The twelve stones left in the river are a picture of the death and burial of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Divine Redeemer of all the earth. It is a picture of Christ dying under the judgment of sin in the believer’s place. The twelve stones that were left at Gilgal were a picture of the believer’s absolute deliverance from the judgment of sin. God is just and He cannot just pardon us unless the penalty of sin has been paid in full. That is why Christ died for us in our place; that is why we can now live free from the bondage and control of the sin nature.

These two memorials were to inform their children of the great deliverance that God had worked on their behalf. In Joshua 4:24 we read, “That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.” It was a memorial for the world to see the mighty hand of God and for our admonition to fear the Lord our God. The old Ecclesiastical preacher said, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” That fear is to love the Lord our God for His love towards us in His goodness and grace. It is to have a reverential respect and trust for Him with a hatred for all that is evil and wicked.

As we work to rebuild the walls of our faith and heritage we must consider some things to remember. We must remember the Declaration of our Independence. It is a reminder of why we separated from Great Britain. We should read this document from time to time and consider what is says. Within this document, which established that we are the United States of America, we find reference to God no less than four times. He is referred to as “Nature’s God”, as “Creator”, as the “Supreme Judge of the World”, and as the “Divine Providence for our Protection”.

We must also remember the Constitution of the United States for it gives us our liberty. Therefore, we have the liberty to assemble and worship the Lord our God without infringement from the government. We can gather to teach and preach the divine oracles of our Holy Creator. It gives us freedom of speech so that we may tell others of Christ. The government cannot impede these rights because they cannot tell us how we are to worship. This is the definition of “Separation of Church and State” which protects our religious liberties from the government. It is not there to protect the government from our faith and the exercise of it in the public arena. The first amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

We must remember that the Declaration was the foundation of the Constitution and that these are written that we would have a record to remember what this nation was founded upon. It was founded upon Christian principles. These are our nation’s memorials to remember that it was God who delivered us from the tyranny of the king of Great Britain. It reminds us that it was the Grace and Providence of Almighty God that gave us the freedom to live free in a land that has been bountiful with the blessings of the Holy Creator.

The government would like nothing more than to remove our faith from the public arena but that is what protects the freedoms of all who live in America. It was Noah Webster, the father of education, who said, “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” He wrote, “… the moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws… All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.” Our freedom in America is protected by the Christian faith!

These two memorials are there so that all peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty and that we might fear the LORD our God for ever. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 13

Blessed In His Purpose

Psalm 33:12 ~ Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

George Bancroft, who is the father of American History, said, “God’s providence matters more than the historical events themselves.” The 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence signed it because they had a whole list of grievances against a tyrant king. But, according to their own personal writings, many of them signed it because the king would not allow Bible societies or mission boards. They also signed it because the rule of law from Great Britain would not allow freedom of religion. From Plymouth Plantation in 1630 into the 1900’s, God’s providence and Biblical moral standards were the rule in religious and governmental affairs.

As the Word of God says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.” Here we see that the nation that honors God will be blessed. This is clearly seen in the histories of America and Great Britain. Both of our nations were ruled by a series of men who, while not perfect, at least acknowledged God and declared their dependence upon Him. Today both nations have declared their “independence from God” and we can see the results all around us. Our nation is abandoning God and He will abandon us to our choice as a nation. Did not He tell us in Romans 1:28, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” The principle is that when we as a nation turn away from God He will mercifully try to get us to repent. But when we as a nation continue the course we are on He will leave us to the choices that we make.

There is a lesson in this for the individual as well. Those who respond to God’s will by submitting to Him will be blessed. For man to make his plans without consulting the will of God is to reject Him as Creator. We are warned against this because there are always consequences to going against God’s divine will. Isaiah 29:15-16 tell us, “Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?” When we turn from the will of God, whether as individuals or as a nation, we are turning things upside down.

We will not escape the consequences of going against the will of God. He is the Potter and we are the clay (Rom 9:19-21). We cannot choose our own way for God’s purpose shall prevail. You were made by God, given life by God, and God has a purpose for your life. Who in their right mind would not want to be a part of that purpose? What saved person in their right mind would dare say to God, “He made me not.” Yet when we go against the will and the purpose of God for our life that is exactly what we are doing.

You may choose not to follow God’s purpose for your life. But you will grow to regret that, and hopefully in short order, so that you may have time to repent and become productive for the Lord. But when you do not follow God’s will, His plan and His will shall be done. Just because we do not do our part does not mean that the program and the purpose of God cannot be fulfilled. It is far better to be a part of God’s divine plan to be a vessel unto honor than to not be a part and become a vessel unto dishonor (Rom 9:21).

You as a born-again Christian should endeavor to be in the center of God’s divine purpose for your personal life. A good pattern for living is to live your life according to God’s divine purpose. This is a sure way to the blessings of God while rejecting His will is a sure way out of the blessings and into the judgment of God (1 Cor 11:28-32). To be in the center of His purpose is to have Christian joy, purpose of life, and peace of mind that is beyond the world’s comprehension. This is the good pattern for living that will help to reestablish the walls of our faith and our Christian American Heritage. It starts as a revival with the individual, spreads throughout the church, overflows into the community, and then the community will influence other communities around it. The Lord is coming back, but we are to endeavor to impact the world around us until He returns, or as long as we have breath in our bodies. - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

 

 

WEEK 9

March 2

The Degradation of Our Christian American Heritage

Nehemiah 1:3 ~ … the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.  

Our nation was founded upon Christian principles. Therefore, we do have a Christian American heritage. The problem is that the secular progressive culture has hijacked our nation and Christians have allowed them to do it. We became complacent with God’s bountiful blessings upon our nation and accepted what was being taught in our public education system as a good education for our children.

I just want to insert a note here: Public school is more of a baby-sitting club than it is an education system. This is truer in the larger schools than it is in the smaller and more rural areas. Our nation got to the point where both parents worked outside the home to provide better things than they had growing up. Today it has become necessary for both parents to work outside the home just to make ends meet because of inflation. In many single parent homes the parent struggles to provide and survive. But in both situations the schools have become a place where parents can have a free babysitter while they go out and work all day.

But the public school system has been overrun with the progressive liberal academia. They are indoctrinating students against faith in God. They are teaching evolution as a fact and not a theory. However, it is really a religion by all accounts; it requires more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in an eternal Creator. This in no way reflects upon the good Christian teachers and workers that we have in our public education system. It is the system that is under the control of the federal government that is corrupt.

 It seems that every new discovery in theory must be better than the previous. In the mid 1800’s the evolutionists’ theory for the age of the earth was somewhere around 20 million years old. Today, with all the new theories out there, they are saying that the age of the earth is about 4.5 billion years old. Their theories are constantly changing to become larger than the one before; it sounds a lot like somebody trying to come up with a better mouse trap. It is easier for me to believe that about six thousand years ago “… God created the heaven and the earth.”

Some may ask, “How does evolution indoctrinate our children away from faith in God?” They are teaching them that evolution is the origin of life. This raises some serious doubts and questions in their hearts and minds about the validity of the Scriptures. Evolution attacks the first eleven chapters of the Bible head on. When they can get someone to question their faith in the first eleven chapters of the Bible they can cause doubts as to the validity and the authority of the Word of God. In a survey of age thirty and under adults who attended Sunday school and church growing up, 61% are disconnected and out of church by age of 29. Overall, in the surveys we studied, there is an 84% loss in those who started attending church as children by the age of 29. It does not end with the sciences being skewed to their belief system.

They are being taught things about our nation’s beginnings that are not true. They are being taught things about the founders that are not true. They are putting forth half-truths and lies for absolute, factual truth. There were 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence. The secular progressives have found about five who were not Christian and brought them and their beliefs to the forefront. They use these men to promote their teaching that America has no Christian heritage. They have taken away the Word of God and they have replaced it with their own versions of science and history. God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hos. 4:6).

We need to get back to the very principles that our nation was founded upon. We need to make sure that our children know that what the world calls truth is not truth. We need to teach them the true origins of the universe and of mankind. They need to know of sin and the remedy for sin in Christ. They need to know our Christian American Heritage. They need to know that it is God who established and blessed us as the greatest nation on the earth. They need to know that we need God and His providence. - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 3

The Renewal of Our Christian American Heritage

Nehemiah 1:4 ~ And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

2:4 ~ Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Like Nehemiah, it is high time for Christians to wake up and to take back our nation and rebuild the walls of faith. That is the only thing that will give our country back its Christian American Heritage. We must begin with the foundation. If the foundation is not right and true then the walls will not stand true. If the walls do not stand true then they will begin to crack and crumble; this is what is wrong with our nation today.

The walls of our nation have been broken down and our gates have been consumed with fire. When I first taught this series in a church ten years ago this was true spiritually though not absolutely true physically. I said in that series then, “Though this is not true in the physical realm … we have been put into a position where it will become true in the physical realm.” Today it is true physically. Our enemies have come into our midst many times now and have launched numerous attacks upon our citizens. We blame the president and congress, and they are to blame, but the true failure is with Christians who have become comfortably numb to the sin and degradation of our nation. Our walls and our gates are down now, and we need to rebuild the foundations and the walls.

The cold, hard fact is that our nation has turned away from God. We have opened Pandora’s Box and it may never be closed until the Lord comes back to reign on this earth. But that does not mean that we are to give up. We must continue the Lord’s work. Christ came to die so that salvation could be offered to all people. We all need the Lord; we all needed His salvation.

The Lord told us to occupy till He comes (Lk 19:3). That word in the Greek means “to busy oneself with.” We are to be busy about the Lord’s work until He calls us home or until the trumpet sounds, whichever comes first. The first thing we need to do is to continue spreading the Gospel. We do this by being a member of a New Testament church that believes, teaches, preaches, and PRACTICES the Word of God. We support the work of the church through our financial support as well as our active support in being the legs, the arms, and the hands of the church.

Second, we must support world-wide missions around the world. We can only do this by fulfilling the Lord’s desire for us to be an active member of the local New Testament church. Through that church we are to support missions through faith promise giving.

Third, we must show forth the love of God in Christ by performing good works for our community that will open doors for people to hear the Gospel message. We are to do good works in and through the church. Your church needs you to continue the Lord’s work. Without you the church could not continue in the work, and without the church you would not be able to occupy until He returns.

But all of this must begin with sincere, effectual, and fervent prayer by giving ourselves to the Lord in prayer for the needs of the people; those in the church and those without the church. This is active prayer that never ceases. It is praying always with all supplication and thanksgiving. It is to continue to trust and pray when the devil, the circumstances, the critics, and the naysayers are saying that prayer is useless. It is to be given to prayer when your own flesh is tired and worn out and cries out that it is too tired to pray. May I say that it is in these times that we must do the hard work and PRAY ON!

Where do we begin to renew and rebuild? How do we go about doing what needs to be done? We begin with prayer. Nehemiah prayed before anything else (1:4 & 2:4). Pray for mercy and forgiveness. Pray for workers to do the work. Pray for power for those who will do the work. Pray for wisdom and discretion for your spiritual leaders to stay the course and for our civil leaders to get right with God. The first step is prayer; communicating with God and seeking His vision and His help. Will you pray begin praying right now? - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 4

Renewal Begins In The Heart

Nehemiah 2:4, 5 ~ Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it.

It would be easy to point fingers and to play the blame game with what is going wrong in our nation. It would be easy to condemn those who have orchestrated this change. But we must remember that we are fighting a spiritual war. We know who is really behind all this change; it is the unseen enemy. He is the one with whom we are really at war with. Those who are his pawns in all that is going wrong in our nation are the ones we must oppose and stand against, but it is the spiritual wickedness that we are at war with.

In Ephesians 6:10-12 we are told “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And we are also told in 1 Corinthians 10:3-6, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Be careful not to get so caught up with the wrong that we become bitter. The root of bitterness within the heart can do such damage to your spiritual state of mind. Bitterness causes anger. There is anger that is a non-consuming and non-controlling. But there is the anger that is all-consuming and controlling the thoughts and mind with emotions rather than godly wisdom. This leads to thoughts of vengeance and malice. Be careful not to get caught in this trap. Romans 12:19 tells us “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” If we try to “get even” with those who have done wrong we put ourselves in the position of God. Vengeance belongs to God and we leave it with Him. We are to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Read Ephesians 6:13-16).

This does not mean that we are to do nothing. We must fight against the liberal progressive agenda which wants to silence our faith and our witness of truth. What we are to do is to remember what was, what is, and what is to be. Remember what we believe, why we believe it, and how we are to live it in our lives. Our faith, if it is real, will lead us to try and tell others what we believe, why we believe it, and why we live by our faith. The right way to fight against the wrong in our nation is to know who we are, where we came from, where we are going, and to defend this with all that we are. But we cannot defend what we do not know.

What are we to know? We must know the Gospel. “… Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3a, 4). All that we think, say, and do must be built upon this one great enormous truth. The Gospel is the footing that must be laid first. I fear that with many this has become so common place in their minds that they have become numb to the effects of the Gospel. Maybe it is on a shelf in the back of their mind. It is time to bring it back to the forefront and allow this great message to move you and to stir you to do your reasonable service (Rom 12:1). Let it transform you and lift you into greater heights for the glory of God. Peter wrote, “Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance.

We must never let this message slip away from us. We certainly must never allow it to be taken away from us. We must not allow the liberal progressives to take away our liberty to share our faith in public. The First Amendment to the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” This amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government. We must defend this as much as we defend the Gospel. Without this fundamental right we lose our Christian American Heritage.

We must use the Gospel to change people’s hearts and minds to the truth. Change must begin in the heart. We cannot change society, but the Gospel can. But we must fight the good fight of faith and get into the spiritual battle by going into our communities to shine with the love of God and to share the Gospel message. If all Christians would do this it would turn our country around almost overnight. Think about it! - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 5

The Footing of Our Christian American Heritage Pt 1

Nehemiah 2:4 ~ And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it.

The footing that we are to build upon is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, The Saviour of the world. As we said, the Gospel is found in its entirety in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. We know that it was delivered unto the saints by the Lord Jesus Himself. He is the Gospel, the good news of salvation. He is the Message and He is the Messenger. Without this footing under the wall there is no stability to build upon. Any religion without the Lord Jesus at the center is a false religion. All false religion will be judged in the end time.

So, what is the Gospel? We see that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. All throughout the Old Testament we see the blood sacrifices that point to the sacrifice once for all. Christ came into this world to go to the Cross. The babe in the manger in Bethlehem was destined for the Cross of Calvary. He stepped out of glory and left His glory behind to become a man. He did not cease to be God; He just laid His glory aside to become the God-man. He is still God and yet He is man; there never was nor will ever be anyone like Him; He is the only begotten Son of God.

Why did He come to die? He had to come and die because man is broken. We are all born with the fallen Adamic sin nature. It leads us into sin and there is nothing we can do about it. That part of the world that believes there is an afterlife says, “Good people go to Heaven and bad people go to hell.” That is a lie out of the devil’s play book. God says, “There is none righteous, no, not one … There is none that understand, there is none that seeketh after God. … there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Rom 3:10-12). There is not one person who is good enough to get into the gates of Heaven and into the presence of God because we “… all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). Isaiah 64:6 tells us, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” All our good works compiled together for our entire life will not be enough to get us into the presence of God.

There is nothing that we could do to earn our way to Heaven. We are all sinful. It only takes breaking one law to become guilty of breaking the Law of God. James 2:10 says “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” The best person that has ever been born, or ever will be born, would not be able to live good enough to earn their way to Heaven. Galatians 3:21b-22 tells us “… or if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Adam’s sin was imputed to the whole human race. This is not unfair because through God’s plan of redemption He knows that by the disobedience of one all were made sinners, so by the obedience of One many can be made righteous through faith in Christ. This is the love of God for man in action. It is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional, and infinite love. The righteousness of Christ can be imputed to all who will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing that our works are corrupted by our sin nature, we by faith accept Christ’s payment for our sin and receive Him as our Saviour.

Why did He have to die? He had to die because “… the wages of sin is death …” (Rom 6:23). We do not deserve the love of God, but we do deserve to pay for our own sin. But, herein is the love of God: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:6 & 8). Christ had to die because death is what we owe. That is not just the physical death of the body. It is eternal separation from a loving, merciful, and gracious God in a lake of fire paying for sin and rejection of the love of God in Christ. It is abiding under the wrath of God (Jn 3:36) for eternity. But Christ the sinless One took our punishment and God accepts that punishment for us when we trust Christ.

We are created in the image of God. We are His creation and we are His likeness. He loves us in our sin. But God is just, and He cannot set aside our punishment because of His personal love for us. He would be an unjust Judge if He did. What He did do was to declare us guilty, condemn us to death, and then step down from Heaven, becoming a man, and satisfied Justice by dying for us in our place. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (I Pet. 3:18).

We cannot get to Heaven by being good (Gal 2:21 & 3:21b). But all thanks and glory belong unto God for Christ paid our way to Heaven on the Cross. “Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3b). Have you put your faith in Christ? If so, are you daily trusting Him for all things? - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

March 6

The Footing of Our Christian American Heritage Pt 2

1 Corinthians 15:3b-4 ~ … Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

When Christ died on the Cross He cried out, “It is finished.” He then bowed His head and the Bible says He “gave up the ghost.” No other person has the power to just dismiss their own spirit from their body. This is God in the flesh who was giving up His own life for His love for all mankind. Only Deity could have the power to step out of their body the way He did. They came to break the legs of all three who were crucified that day, but they found that Christ was already gone.

Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus came and took the body of Jesus and buried Him in a tomb that belonged to Joseph. We know that He died and that is important because He must die so that we can go free. All of this is “according to the scriptures.” The Bible said that He would suffer and die (Isaiah 53). It also said that not a bone of His would be broken. All that was done on the day the Lord Jesus was crucified, even His being hung between two thieves, was written hundreds of years before it happened.

But the Scriptures also told us that His soul would not be left in hell; it meant that He would rise again. On the third morning, the first day of the week, our Lord and Saviour got up and walked out of the grave. Many people saw the Saviour after His resurrection. The Bible tells us that there were over 500 people who saw Him at one time (1 Cor 15). His resurrection is proof that He is the Christ, the Son of the living God. It is proof that God is satisfied with His payment for sin. The debt that all people owe for sin was paid in full on that day and it is now offered by the love and grace of God to all who will accept it.

That means that people who believe on the Lord Jesus can be saved. They must believe that He came into this world through the miraculous conception of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit of God, that He lived a pure and sinless life because there was no sin in Him, that He died for their personal sin debt, and that He arose bodily from the grave. However, they must repent to be saved. There must be a change of heart and a change of mind that will cause people to turn from their own selves and their own works to trust what Christ did on Calvary and nothing else. We broke the Law and we are found guilty.  We are condemned and sentenced to death (Rev 20:11-15). But the Lord Jesus stepped up and took our place and our punishment so that we could go free. Our debt is paid, and we never have to worry about coming into that condemnation again (Rom 8:1). All people have to do is believe it and receive it by calling upon the Lord to save you (Rom 10:9-13).

There was a man who was guilty of robbing the mail back in the 1800’s who was sentenced to hang for his crimes. While he was waiting to be hung his wife had appealed for a presidential pardon. The pardon was granted but he refused the offer. Unfortunately, he was executed because he would not accept the pardon. The same is true for so many today. The pardon is paid in full and all we have to do is give up on self and accept the Lord. Too many do not want to give up on self and receive the grace, the love, and the blessings that God has to offer them. So, they will suffer that second death in the eternal lake of fire where the smoke of their torments will rise forever. It is as eternal as Heaven is eternal whether they believe it or not.

As we have said, this was all “according to the scriptures.” They foretold all that would happen with Christ centuries before He ever came on the scene. His conception, His birth, His death, His burial, His resurrection, and His glory were all foretold and written in the Holy Scriptures. According to those same Scriptures we who have received Him as our Saviour will reign with Him on the earth for one thousand years, and we will be with Him throughout all of eternity. This is the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, of God’s love and grace, and of life everlasting. This is the footing for all that we build.

If we are going to build the walls of our Christian American Heritage back up we must start with the footing which is the Gospel. Everywhere the Gospel goes lives are changed. When the Gospel goes into an area it may take time for the people to truly understand it and receive it, but when we are faithful to love them and to hold forth the Word of Life to them, the change will take place. It cannot be a superficial love; it must be genuine. When you pray for the souls of the people you are trying to reach God will put a love in your heart for those people. In that love we look for every opportunity to share Christ with them.

If we are going to build up the walls we must go to the work. We need workers and laborers in the harvest. We need people who will go and visit and talk with others about the Lord. Are you going to where people are to compel them to come in? Will you go and compel others to come to church and to come to Christ that His house may be full? Listen to what Christ said: “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Lk. 14:23). - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

 

WEEK 8

February 24

The Authenticity of The Word of God

2 Timothy 3:16 ~ All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, …

All Scripture” covers the sixty-six books of the Holy Word of God. We have a closed canon today which means that we have the whole Word of God in the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. There are none that can be added and there are none that can be taken away. When we say canon, we are speaking of the genuine books of the Holy Scriptures, called the sacred cannon, or general rule of moral and religious duty, given by inspiration (Webster‘s 1828 Dictionary).

The first fundamental doctrine of the faith says, “We believe that the Bible, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, preserved for us in the Masoretic text of the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus of the New Testament, is the infallible, inerrant, inspired and altogether authentic, accurate and authoritative Word of God.  We further believe that it is preserved in the Authorized 1611 King James Bible and therefore it is our supreme and final authority in all things and our sole guide in faith and practice.” Please understand that we stand where we do, not because we claim that the King James Bible is doctrine, but we claim an uncorrupted text. We also claim an uncorrupted translation process in the early 1600’s when it was translated and printed. All new revisions come from multiple corrupt texts. These were compiled and used to bring about the “more modern and updated” versions of the Bible. This came about in the 1870’s while they were claiming that the King James was full of errors. 

This is not something that I was taught in some college somewhere, it is what I found in my own personal research. That research was conducted because I wanted to know why I had such a strong desire to stay with the King James when so many were turning away from it. I did all my research in a public library where I read every book that I could find on the translations of the Bible. Some were pro King James, some were not, and I found one book that I have never been able to find again that gave a neutral look at the translations of the Bible. In the end I found that the only trustworthy Scripture was the King James because of the other corrupt texts. Though we say it is not a matter of doctrine with the King James, but rather a matter of corrupt texts, it is a doctrinal issue in the fact that we get all our other doctrines from this preserved inspiration of the Holy Scriptures!

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:4-6, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” If God is so big on the “one” then it just makes sense to me that there can only be “one” Word of God from which we get the “one faith“ which is “the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Since God is not the author of confusion then I would rather just stay with the “one” and put my faith and trust in a Preserved Inspiration that has worked for over 400 years now. All these other so-called versions just bring confusion into peoples’ minds and that is why we have such powerless preaching that seeks to entertain rather than proclaim truth. 

Just a side note: The great awakenings and the great revivals of the 1700’s and the 1800’s began to die out in the late 1800’s which correlates with that time when men determined that the Bible was full of errors and that they were going to have to fix it. And if I may, we can trace the downward spiral in our country all the way back to these events in the 1870’s. By the end of that century liberalism and secularism began working its way into our education system. By the 1920’s it was in the public school curriculum and within fifty years had laws enacted to remove God and His Commandments from the lives of our children. 

All Scripture” is that inspiration of God that was preserved in the English language of the Authorized King James Bible. And when men decided that they were going to change the outdated words of the King James and give it a more modern language of today they changed the Word of God into the words and opinions of man. The New King James is not the same as the Authorized King James of 1611.  - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

February 25

The Profitability of The Word of God

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ~ All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  

The word “inspiration” here literally means God-breathed. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (II Pet. 1:21). In other words, these men were the keyboards and the Holy Spirit was the typist who stroked the keys of the keyboard to give us the writings of the Old and New Testaments. That is why we believe in the verbal plenary view of the Scriptures. This means that the entire complete whole of the Scriptures, including all punctuation, was inspired of God the Holy Ghost and written by His chosen men. Though He used some 40 authors over a 1500 year period, it is a divine work. God did not change these men, but rather, He used their intelligence, their understanding, and their experiences, and the Sovereign God of Creation was able to give us His inspired Word so that He might reveal Himself and His plan of redemption to us.

It Must Be From God
The Holy Bible must have been
Inspired of God and not of men.
I could not if I would, believe
That good men wrote it to deceive,
And bad men could not if they would,
And surely would not if they could,
Proceed to write a book so good.
And certainly no crazy man
Could e’re conceive its wondrous plan.
And pray, what other kinds of men
Than do these three groups comprehend?
Hence it must be that God inspired
The words which souls of prophets fired.

~Author Unknown

Now that we have established that we do have The Word of God, let us go on and look at the profitability of the Word of God. It is profitable for doctrine. The Bible gives us the fundamental doctrines of the faith. What we mean by doctrine is the set of principles and truths that are the core teachings of he Bible. What we mean by fundamental is that they are absolutely necessary for the foundation of what we believe and how we live. They are the instructions of the Word of God that we live our lives by. They are our soul guide in faith and practice.

The Bible is profitable because it gives us instruction that we may believe right. We had not known sin had not the Bible told us what sin was. We had not known the Gospel, the good news of salvation, had not God told us from His Word. God gave us His written Word so that all peoples may have the blessed opportunity to come to the saving knowledge of Christ so they could repent and be saved.

The fundamental doctrine of salvation comes from 1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” This is the core fundamental principle of the Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sin in our place. He took upon Him our punishment in our place that we might be set free from the bondage and the ravages of sin as well as the wrath that is to come upon all unbelievers. He became our mediator to bring peace between us and the LORD God Jehovah Whom we had offended through sin. God mercifully and graciously accepted the sacrifice of Christ as full payment for our sin and so Christ arose from the grave. Now the offer of peace is given to us through the Gospel message in the Word of God. But if the covenant of peace is to be fulfilled, we must by faith accept that payment on our behalf. We must cease from our own works and accept Christ and His completed work on the Cross. This is the fundamental doctrine of salvation. - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

February 26

The Profitability Through Application

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ~ All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  

Once we have accepted Christ as our personal Saviour we receive the Holy Spirit of God within our heart. He seals us unto the day of redemption, and we have eternal life (Rom 6:23b, Gal 3:21b-22). Not only does He seal us for Christ, He is the seal (Eph 1:13-14). Now according to the custom of old times, the only persons who could break the seal of a king was the king himself or the recipient of the sealed document. Now we are sealed by the Holy Spirit of God by an act of God and we are sealed for Christ.

Therefore, the only Persons who could break that seal have given their eternal Word that they would not break it. Jesus said, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (Jn 6:37). Jesus also said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.” (Jn 10:27-30). God has given unto us the gift of eternal life. If it is a gift then it is not something that can be earned nor is it something that can be taken away. It is a present possession and it is eternal and everlasting in the heavens (1 Jn 5:13).

The Word of God is profitable for doctrine. That doctrine begins having profitability in our life when we sincerely repent and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour. We are immediately profited beyond this world and beyond this life that we now live. But we also profit with the abundant life that we now receive and live in Christ. All Scripture is profitable for doctrine that we may believe right.

All Scripture is profitable for reproof; to give us conviction of sin and wrongdoing. Romans 7:7 tells us, “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” If it were not for the Scriptures we would not know what sin is and that it is an inert nature that we are born with. The Word of God gives us reproof of sin and wrong practices that we might get right with God. The doctrine is there to tell us what is right, and the reproof is there to show us the folly of all that is not right with God. 

Where the word of a king is, there is power” (Ecc 8:4a). God’s Word has power. It has the power to change lives, to melt cold hearts, to tenderize hearts of stone; it is a sin killer. The Word of God is a living Word that produces a conviction of sin and helps us to get right with God. Once we know what is right to believe by the Word of God, and the Word convinces us of the folly of sinful practices, then we, by the divine will and the power of the Holy Ghost, implement changes within our hearts and thus we get right with God. 

How shall we get right if we do not believe right? We must have the doctrine so that we can believe right and then we must have the reproof of sinful practices so that we can get right. I had believed for many years that Jesus was the Son of God who was born of a virgin. I also believed that He died on a Cross for my sin, was buried, and that he arose bodily from the grave on the third morning. I had the right doctrine in my head and my mind, but I had not mixed it with the faith that comes from the heart, that belief unto righteousness.

It was the Word of God that brought reproof against my sinful life. It was the Word of God that convinced me of the folly of that life. The folly was that I was not going to live forever. Without Christ I would be required to pay my own debt for sin. That would earn me an eternity in hell trying to pay it off (Rom 6:23a & Rev 20:11-14). It was then that I put more than just my head knowledge on Christ; I put the full weight and trust of my heart upon Christ for salvation. Then I profited from both the doctrine and the reproof of God’s Word. 

The profitability of the Word of God is that it works in your heart and life every day to transform you into the very person that God desires for you to be. It gives you the instruction to live the best life that you can possibly live in this sin-sick world. It is a great life that is alive, vibrant, and full of the energies of living. Have you experienced that profitability and that transformation that makes living in this world come alive? Have you applied the Word to your life? Are you learning, loving, and living the Word of God? Are you experiencing the profitability and abundance of life through application of the Word to your daily walk? - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

February 27

The Profitability Through Actualization

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ~ All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

All Scripture is also profitable for correction. We must have correction if we are going to stay right and to live right. Correction gives us solutions to problems and instructions on how to do the right thing the right way. If we are going to be Disciples of Christ then we should have a burden for lost souls. We should have a desire to try to witness to others. There is a right way to witness and there are wrong ways to witness. We must pray before we try to talk to others about the Lord, and, we must give them the Gospel using the Scriptures. It must be done with compassion and in love. This is the only right way to tell others of sin and to reprove their deeds as sinful and against God. Let the Word of God speak to their hearts because it has the power to get into their hearts and to affect change to bring them to a place of repentance. We do not have that power. The Scriptures give them doctrine about salvation and the Scriptures give them reproof concerning their life. 

There was a preacher and another Christian man who went out soul winning. As they were talking with a third man about his salvation he asserted that he did not want to decide right then. The Christian man pleaded with him to trust Christ then and there before it was eternally too late. The man just said “No.” Then the Christian left with this statement: “Well, fine then. You just die and go to hell if you want to!” That is the wrong way to try to reach someone for Christ. The Christian man was doing the right thing, but he was appealing to the man from the flesh and not from a heart of love.

Doing it the right way may not have brought the lost man to a decision to receive Christ, but it would have left an open door for someone else to come along and water the seed that had been planted in his heart. The way he left the man was with a door closed to other Christians to come along and share truth with him. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” Correction gives us the proper solutions in all situations to do the right thing the right way.

All Scripture is profitable for instruction in righteousness. Once we have won people to the Lord we are to disciple them and teach them the things of God. We are to teach them doctrine, reprove sinful practices, and give them correction so that they can live right. Then they will become true Disciples of Christ who will be rooted and grounded in the Word of God. They will have a basis and a foundation to live and build their lives and their families upon. We have correction from the Word of God that we might guide right. The Scriptures are profitable for instruction in righteousness that we might train and teach others the things of God. 

When you actualize the Word in your heart - when it is real to you – then you will profit. Only when it is real to you will you truly be moved to live it. Actualization will bring application. The Word of God is profitable for doctrine that we might believe right, for reproof that we might get right, for correction that we might live right, and for instruction that we might guide right.

When you actualize the Word, you will experience divine fellowship with the Lord as you never have before. You cannot be right if you do not believe right. Like the Good Shepherd that He is, He will provide your every need, guide you into the fields of green, and give you the peace that so many long to find in this world. He will lead you in the way everlasting.

The Bible provides us with the instructions that we need to live the life that is pleasing and honoring to God. Once we believe the right things and have allowed them to make our heart right with God, when we are faithful to Him and to His Word, then the Bible can help us to guide others in the right things so that they may believe right (the Gospel), get right (be saved), stay right (teaching them discipleship), and grow in the Lord to be able to guide others in the ways of righteousness. - Dr. Todd Taylor

 

February 28

The Profitability Increased Through Good Works

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ~ All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable …That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

We have the Scriptures given to us by God. They were inspired in the original writings and that inspiration has been preserved by God in our Authorized King James Bible today. His Holy Word is profitable for doctrine that we might believe right. It is profitable for reproof that we might get right. It is profitable for correction that we might stay right. And it is profitable for instruction in righteousness that we might guide right. 

Your philosophy must be based upon Theology. We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, authentic, accurate, and altogether authoritative Word of God. This is where we derive our Theology; it is Biblical Theology. From our Theology we develop our life philosophy; the ideas about how we live our life. Too many “Christians” today base their Theology on their philosophy of life. That is the same as putting the cart before the horse; their whole belief system is corrupted and backwards. Be sure that your philosophy comes from your theological beliefs. Be sure that your theological beliefs come from the Word of God. Then and only then can you truly profit in your spiritual growth and in your walk with God.

All of this is given to us that we might profit in our spiritual life that we might be “perfect”. The word that was translated as “perfect” here does not mean sinless perfection. The Greek word artios (ar`tee-os) from which we get the word “perfect” in this verse means “fresh; complete”. The Scriptures given to us by God give us a complete knowledge of the life that we are to live. They give us a complete revelation of the knowledge of God. Just a note here: The Bible does not contain all that God knows, but It gives us everything that we need to know. Our God is an awesome God and His knowledge and wisdom far surpass all that we could understand or even begin to comprehend. 

In Matthew 5:48 we find that Jesus taught us, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” The Greek word teleios (tel`-i-os) is here translated as “perfect” and it means complete in the sense of spiritual and moral maturity. Here our Lord was teaching on loving our enemies and said that we are to be as God who loved us even when we were His enemies. Both words give us the idea that we are to be complete in the sense that we are to be grown and exercised in the knowledge of God and of His Word. He has given us the Scriptures to profit us so that we can have a working knowledge of His Word that we may be “thoroughly furnished”. That means in time we should come to a place where we are fully equipped to do the work that God has given us to do. That work is to be a part of a New Testament church involved in fulfilling the Great Commission (Mt 28:19-20).

We are to be fully equipped “unto all good works”. All good works involve and revolve around the Royal Law of God. The Royal Law says that we are to “… love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deu 6:5), and, that we are to love our neighbor just as we love ourselves (Mt 22:37-40). When we come to the age of perfection in our spiritual life there will be no fear in doing God’s work of reaching others with the Gospel because “…perfect love casteth out all fear” (1 Jn 4:18).

As we apply the Word of God to our hearts we become more like Christ and we have compassion and love for our fellow man. It allows us to help others in their need and to build relationships with those around us. It is that love that compels us to warn them of the impending doom that lies ahead for unrepentant sinners. It is that love that allows us to pray for our enemies and to even help them in their hour of need, just as Christ did for us when He saved us. All these good works evolve from our love for God and for Christ who first loved us with an unconditional love. God has given us His Word to profit us in this life by equipping us to do all good works.

Our whole duty is to fear God (having a reverential respect, trust, and love with a hatred of evil) and keep His commandments (Ecc 12:13-14). When we are mature in Christ the commandments of God are not grievous to us, but rather we can see the protections and the freedom they give us. Then we can do the work of God without fear.  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek“ (Rom. 1:16).

The word of God is profitable to all who will hear it, keep it, and do it (Jam 1:22-25 & Rev 1:3). You will enter into added blessings as you actualize and apply the Word of God to your daily life. Are you allowing yourself to profit from this precious treasure trove that God has blessed us with? - Dr. Todd Taylor

November 30: Punishment Promotes Wisdom

Proverbs 3:11-12  My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Chastening is for correction of ignorance. We do not know everything all at once when we are saved. We are new born babes in Christ who need proper upbringing to become a mature Christian. So the Lord uses chastening to correct and instruct our ignorance so that we may stay safe in the world.

Scourging is for the correction of disobedience. When we know the truth and do not follow the truth then God will use scourging to bring us back to proper behavior. Scourging refers to spiritual spanking; this may be whatever the Lord has to use to get your attention. It may be something physical with your health, some spiritual defeat, some financial difficulty, or some other hardship that will cause you to repent and get back where you need to be with the Lord.

You do the same thing for your children. You must teach them right and wrong, teach them the benefits and the consequence, and then you must enforce the rules and guidelines for proper behavior. You may chasten them with rebuke and stern warnings first, but if they continue to do wrong then the punishment will get a little harsher each time. Physical punishment – spanking -  should be a final punishment, not the first.

God has given us His Word to set the parameters of our behavior. His Word is good and profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. Doctrine is instruction to believe the right things. These are the basic fundamental truths of His Word. These cannot be compromised for any reason whatsoever. If you compromise doctrine you sin against your holy and benevolent Father.

Reproof is rebuke of wrong doing to convict of sin. The Spirit of God will use the Word of God to convict you of sin. He does this so that you will repent and get right. If you keep falling into the same trap you may cause God to bring harsher punishment against you. But the sooner you repent and get right the easier it will be on you. By the way, the Lord does not enjoy punishing His child, but He does it out of love because He wants to prosper you in life.

Correction gives us solutions so that we might stay and live right. He does not just give you reproof without giving you a solution to your problems. The reproof warns you that you are in the wrong; you have broken the parameters of good behavior. You need to repent and obey His Word. Now He tells you what you need to do to stay right so that you may consistently obey and live right. You must learn from your mistakes.

Instruction is training and teaching so that we can help guide others in the right paths. God so graciously allows those who have walked in the paths of wisdom to invest into your life through teaching a Bible class, mentoring through setting a right example for you, preaching, and giving counsel in navigating through difficult times. Do not be weary of His correction or punishment. Your Father loves you with infinite, sacrificial, undeniable, unconditional love. His desire is to protect and prosper you in life so that you can have the best He can give you.

When you have come to a place of spiritual maturity, then you can teach others and help them. You ought to have a daily diet of God’s Word so that you can know right, get right, stay right, and teach right. -Preacher

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