APRIL 6 – Great Things For God
2Ki 5:13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
All too often we want to do some great thing. Great and grand ideas and desires are not God’s way or God’s plan. Ask a child to clean their room and the make it seem as if it is the worst drudgery in the world. Tell them you can paint the room any color you want and then creative juices are flowing. They have grand thoughts and schemes and plans. The reason for that is a carnal nature bound up in excitement and emotion.
Naaman was a carnal man that needed to be cleansed of leprosy. A little girl mentioned the Lord’s prophet. Here was the answer. Naaman’s preparation was to buy a cure. Is that not natural with a man? Buy a cure. Slay the dragon for a cure. Do a difficult, hard, and dangerous deed for a cure. A man wrapped in his carnality will approach God in the wrong manner every time.
This is the way with salvation. How is a person going to go to heaven? Give me a formula. I do find one thing amazing about being born again. A persons’ difficulty in simply repenting and accepting the free gift of salvation. I talk with people and show them the plan of salvation that is in God’s Word and it seems as if they don’t understand. I preach to lost people Sunday after Sunday and wonder about their comprehension.
Satan is working full time to distract, distress and dismiss the simple plan of salvation. God looks for obedience and not innovation. We have many innovators in what I would call a religious society. People are attracted to innovation and that is why we have different people offering different ways to get to heaven. We must, of necessity and call tell others the simplicity of salvation.
It is a gift from God, paid for by His Son, and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
MARCH 16 – The Influence of a Child
2Kings 5:3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
From the lips of a child comes the influence on a family of importance. A little girl, a slave girl, taken from her homeland and from her parents has such a confidence in God working through his prophet that she expresses a desire for her master.
Are we teaching our children so that they might be so confident about the healing power of Jesus? Are we teaching them God’s Word so that they could tell someone about the healing power of Jesus? We are not in the business of entertaining our children during Sunday School but instead are to be teaching them. One “so-called” Church near us takes their children to a pool that they have to let the children splash in the water. As soon as we can get our children out of the nursery they are learning to memorize scripture and sing children’s songs of God. We have our children praying in their Sunday School assembly and then they go to class to learn.
They are very eager to learn. We don’t entertain them, we engage them in the Word of God. My children from the ages of 8 to 13, hand out more tracts than my adults. Just this past Sunday I was moved as one of our young ladies carefully selected the tracts that she was going to hand out this week. She was saved in June at our church camp. Jesus said suffer little children to come to me. We must prepare them and teach them because all to soon they are grown and if not taught and grounded, the lure of the world and false religion will claim them.
I pray that the children in the care of the Church I Pastor become great soul-winners for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The isolation of love
1871 – Issachar Jacob Roberts, but known by his first two initials I.J., died in Upper Alton, Illinois. No one should be surprised that it was of leprosy, having ministered to the lepers in China for many years. I.J. was born in Tennessee on Feb. 17, 1802, and at the age of nineteen was converted and baptized. He then entered into studies at Furman institute in S.C. to prepare for the work of the ministry and was ordained in Shelbyville, TN, on April 27, 1827. He then settled in Mississippi, where he owned property worth thirty thousand dollars. Being burdened for the mission field of China, in 1836, he sold his property and formed a missions’ agency called the Kentucky China Mission Society, but not having enough funds he applied for and was accepted by the Triennial Convention on Sept. 6, 1841. Still it wasn’t enough, so he made saddles in China. Fearing that leprosy was contagious, Roberts found himself isolated from his fellow missionaries, in fact he wrote in his diary, “I feel very lonely, the missionaries seldom come to see me; and Brother Pearcy, to whom I applied for board, thinks we can love each other better apart.” The next seven years he spent ministering between Macao and Hong Kong. In 1844 he established a church in Canton. Leasing a lot, he built a chapel and mission house. He also purchased a floating chapel and maintained worship there. One of his journal entries read, “Preached before breakfast to eighteen lepers.” A Chinese mob assaulted his house, and sank his “floating chapel.” He left the TC in 1846 and the Southern Baptists started supporting him. He left them in 1852. [This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: 2000 A.D. pp. 711-12. G. Winfred Hervey, The Story of Baptist Missions in Foreign Lands (St. Louis: C.R. Barns Publishing Co., 1892), p. 523.] Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon
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