Philippians 3:8 and 10: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. Verse 10: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering, being made conformable unto his death. Jeremiah 9:23-24: Thus saith the LORD. Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth for in these things I delight saith the LORD.
The question I would like to pose to you is this: How well do you really know God? Do you just know about Him or do you know Him? Do you know the things that please Him and the things that displease Him? Do you know what makes Him happy and what makes Him mad? What He tolerates but would rather you didn’t do? What it takes to get answers to prayer? What you should and should not pray for? How he would like you to treat the brethren, especially your family and especially your spouse?
I have just finished a series on Knowing God. These messages can be found on archives.org under Anchor of Hope Baptist Church (AOHBC). These messages are an extensive scriptural study of the Bible on this most valuable subject. These are not my opinions or a lot of personal stories but what God says about Himself in the Book, the only Book, He has written about Himself. Please, please, remember that the most important thing in the world is your personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I do believe that these messages can be a help and blessing to you, they certainly were a blessing to me and my congregation and some friends who have heard some of them.
They crowned Him with glory in heaven on high
His brightness exceeding the sun in the sky
But when it came time for our sins to be borne
Mankind crowned His head with sharp thorns.
They gave Him a crown of silver and gold
Encrusted with jewels, their number untold
But after his back with a whip had been torn
Man chose to crown him with thorns.
Crowned with majesty, encircled with praise
Hailed as Almighty, the Ancient of Days!
He came to earth and to sinners forlorn
They crowned Him with spit and with thorns.
He died on that cross, thus His blood was shed,
But He rose a victor, He arose from the dead!
Forevermore at God’s right hand sat down
No longer with thorns for a crown.
Soon Christ will come back the last battle to fight
To destroy the wicked to establish the right
A sword, a white horse, and a vesture of red,
An crown upon crown on His head!
II Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
The Bible makes it clear that as long as we are in this present evil world we will have a war. Satan and his devils have principalities and powers and have no love for mankind and especially the children of God. The city of Canyon voted wet and has seen an increase of crime litter and taxes. Now the same crew of evil doers wants to bring booze into the dry section of the county. We must fight back. The success or failure of the election does not matter. What matters is obedience to God. For the most important thing is not the outcome of the election but the outcome of the judgment. Please pray. Please preach. Let your friends know that God hates booze. For the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ dear brethren Join the fight.
Today I stood near a table by the Post Office where the enemy was drumming up the gullible. I was holding a sign warning people not to be fooled. It had the scripture “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise”. The man said his god was pleased with what he did. I told him it was not the God of the Bible to which he laughed. Now the Bible says that “Fools make a mock at sin”. So according to the scripture he is not wise and the BIBLE calls him a fool. I warned them to repent. I hope they take heed before it is everlasting too late-for they will be judged!
When we have problems in life the best way to solve them is to determine the root cause. Where I work they have “root cause analysis”. Once the cause is determined the solution can be made. The Bible tells us the root cause of evil-For the love of money is the root of all evil” I Timothy 6:10. When the United States decided to repeal the 18th amendment (the one making America dry) the appeal was that it would create jobs and end the depression. Of course the other nations of this world who had liquor had the depression too. Today the same argument is made, it will increase revenue and lower taxes. My city tried it and taxes and the price of groceries went up. Crime went up. The spirit of the city has soured. If you look up statistics you find that the cost to the state of Texas from alcohol is greater than the revenues. And no amount of revenue makes up for the lives lost, people imprisoned, families broken, and souls damned to hell because of this most abused drug in our country. Why does the same entity that taxes and licenses this horrid substance punish the same citizens that use it? Why will people vote this in when only a few distributers profit from it? Because of the love of money. Peter said thy money perish with thee. That money that you gain from liquor will be a witness against you in the great judgment day when you face, not a preacher, but Almighty God. Repent before it is too late
God came down from Galilee, to save from Hell a soul like me
When they nailed Him to a tree, up on Calvary.
He said the truth will make you free, He knocked and would not let me be
Til at last I came to see, what He’d done on Calvary
Then I opened up my heart to Thee, you came and made your home in me
For Thy blood had set me free, up on Calvary
Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
That name is the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.