Be Not Weary In Well Doing

Galatians 6:9 says “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

We all grow weary at times. With all of us there is a limit to our physical strength. If we consistently go beyond our limit we can damage our body. To get physically exhausted in well doing obviously isn’t what God has in mind in this verse. He doesn’t expect us to go beyond the limits of our physical strength in well doing. What does he mean then?

More often than not we grow weary in well doing due to a heart problem. It isn’t a physical problem. They say “Where there is a will there is a way.” We lack will power. We aren’t highly motivated when it comes to well doing. There are things we would rather do.

Some feel they are justified in growing weary in well doing because no one shows appreciation for what they are doing. That is discouraging, but keep in mind that it is God who promises the reward. He never forgets what we do. If we don’t get appreciation for the good we do, perhaps we should learn from it, and show appreciation to those who are occupied in well doing.

Some people, by nature, are humanitarian at heart. They have a tender heart. When they see people suffering they want to do something to relieve their suffering. God wants all his people to be that way. When we surrender our will to God he begins to change our will. Romans 12:1 tells us that we need to present our bodies to God. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” If he has our bodies, he will have our will.

By well doing we serve others, and in turn they serve us. Galatians 6:2 says we are to bear one another’s burdens. “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” When God saves us he equips us to be occupied in well doing. In Ephesians 2:8-10 we read that we are saved by God’s grace. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Then it says that he equips us to serve him.

In John 14:15 Jesus said “If ye love me, keep my commandments. What are his commandments? In Mark 12:29-31 he gave us two commandments, “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

In I Corinthians 12 we read that God has placed his people in what is called the body of Christ. Verse 27 says “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” Technically all believers are included in the body of Christ. In our earthly experience it manifests itself in the local church. It is God’s plan that all of his children be members of a local church. There we have an opportunity to exercise the spiritual gifts or talents that we read about also in I Corinthians chapter twelve.

Some might ask, “What is meant by well doing?” First of all, it seems obvious that the opposite would be evil doing. There is no limit to what can and should be included in well doing. God wants to use us in well doing. In Mark 10:21 Jesus said “Take up thy cross and follow me.” Sometimes he gives us a heavy cross to bear. If we love him, as we should, we will be willing to do what he asks of us. I have known several people whose cross was that of caring for a sick marriage partner. When old age approaches some are stricken with dementia and other ailments.

The promise is that we shall reap if we faint not. God may reward us by sending someone to make sacrifices for us when we desperately need it. On the other hand, we may not get our reward until we get to heaven. In either case, we will get our reward if we don’t faint.

Obviously the word faint used here doesn’t mean to faint physically. It means to relax or let down on doing our duty. It is debatable about what will happen if we faint. One commentary, (Matthew Henry) gives the impression that if we faint we will lose all the rewards we have gained. I would rather believe that our rewards are laid up secure in heaven.

Don’t grow weary in well doing. God still has work for you to do. There is much to gain by serving God and others. When you get to heaven you will be very glad you didn’t grow weary in well doing. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).


Chapter XXIV A Discipline Problem

On Sunday, after the Bible study, Dr. Alvarez proceeded with the matter of forming the directive committee. A number of the men raised their hands to say they were willing to serve on the committee. The doctor wrote their names on a white board so everyone could see them. Then he handed out a sheet of paper to all the adults and made sure they all had a ball point pen. “Now” he said, “On your paper I want you to write down the words secretary, treasurer, financial secretary, and member at large. Below each of those you can write the name of the man that you think could best serve in that capacity. Afterwords we will count the votes.” The votes were counted. Paul wasn’t chosen. He was a little disappointed, but he accepted it well.

Afterwords Dr. Alvarez asked “How many of you think we should invite Ralph and his family to come for a visit?” Everyone was in agreement. Dr. Alvarez said, “I’ll get a letter in the mail to him as soon as possible.”

On Monday, when Paul came home from work, he found Mary in tears. He asked her “What happened?” She said “Carlitos came home from school with a bad note. He has been suspended for three days for fighting on the play ground.” They called Carlitos and asked him what happened. As could be expected, he said “He hit me first.” Paul asked, “But why did you hit him?” Carlitos explained that they were playing soccer. “I had the ball and this boy hit me in the ribs with his shoulder and made me drop the ball. I lost my temper and hit him in the face. Then he hit me in the side of my head. I knocked him down, sat on him, and started beating on his shoulders. Others pulled me off. I was taken to the principle’s office. When they explained to her what happened she wrote me this note and told me not to come back to school for three days.”

They scolded Carlitos and Paul gave him a spanking. Then they both sat down, one on each side of him, and prayed that God would help him to control his temper the next time something like this happened. They both kissed him and assured him of their love.

Mary went to get supper ready. She was relieved that the problem had been solved. Paul started setting the table for her. Their relief didn’t last long, however. Someone was clapping their hands at the front gate. It was the mother of the boy that Carlitos fought with. She was furious. Paul and Mary both tried to calm her down, but with little success. She was insulting them with profanity. She threatened to take them to court. She said “Both of you aught to be in jail.” Silvia, their next door neighbor, heard what was going on. She came over and tried to help Paul and Mary calm her down. She wasn’t much help either. Finally the lady left, cursing them as she went. Mary went back in the house and burst into tears. Paul was angry. Carlitos was crying, knowing that he was the cause for what had happened.

Paul and Mary were new Christians and didn’t know how Christians should react under these circumstances. Paul said, “Sit down, sweet heart, and let’s think this over and decide how we should react. I confess, I’m angry. Do we have reason to be angry?” “Well I would think so” Mary answered. “Yes” said Paul, “We have reason to be angry, but will it do us any good? Perhaps she had reason for being angry with us, but I don’t see that it was our fault. It’s best that we just forget it and get supper ready. I’ll help you.” They both went to the kitchen.

While they were eating their supper Mary said, “I wonder what the neighbors are thinking. They must have heard what was going on. “That’s alright” Paul said. “Tomorrow we will explain it to them.”


Chapter XXII Should Paul Rent The Store Front?

Paul needed to make a decision. He had finished the chests of drawers that the owner of their house wanted. The owner had given him permission to keep using the store front for a few more days so he could finish some more jobs that had come in. If someone was to rent the store front before he finished he would be left without a work place. He didn’t have the money to rent it.

The day came when the owner of their house came to pick up the chests of drawers he had made for him. Paul asked him to sit down because he had a question for him. He said, “If, by the end of the month, my earnings have been sufficient, I’ll sign a rent contract. Will you agree to that?” The owner said “Sure, I’ll agree to that.” Paul knew he would have to pray that more work would come in.

At the next Sunday morning Bible study Dr. Alvarez said he had a special announcement for them. He had a letter in his hand that he had received from his engineer friend. In the letter he said he had received a letter from a young couple in Buenos Aires who said they would be willing to consider coming to Chilecito to start a church. The man’s name was Ralph and his wife’s name was Joana. They had one child; a girl. Ralph had studied for two years in a seminary. He had experience in preaching but he had never pastored a church. He said they were willing to come to Chilecito for a visit if they invited them.

Dr. Alvarez said “I don’t want to invite them without your permission.” Then he said “Before we do that, I think it’s time that we started taking up offerings on Sundays. Before we do that, we need to form a directive committee. We need to have a treasure to keep track of the money and keep it in a safe place. That way, it isn’t just in my hands.”

There was a time of discussion. Someone asked if the Bible study group should offer to pay for the trip for the young couple. Dr. Alvarez said “I think that would be an excellent idea.” Someone else asked “Does this man, Ralph, have any skills? Will he be able to find a job here in Chilecito?” Dr. Alvarez said “That which would be ideal would be that we pay him a salary so he wouldn’t have to work. That is what most churches do.” “But” some one asked, “How could we raise enough money to pay him a salary?”

Dr. Alvarez explained to them that it would be impossible if everyone just put in one or two pesos in the offering every Sunday. In the Bible it talks about people giving 10% of their earnings to the Lord. It is called a tithe. In the Old Testament, what they gave sometimes even amounted to more than that. In the New Testament we don’t read anywhere that it is the Christian’s obligation to give a tithe to the Lord, but down through history many Christians have done that and God has always met their needs. Then he read to them Luke 6:38 which says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Then he said, “It’s just a matter of trusting the Lord and claiming his promise.”

There was more discussion about forming a directive committee. Dr. Alvarez said, “In my opinion we ought to chose at least four men to form the committee. One can be the treasurer, another the financial adviser, and one can be the secretary to keep notes of decisions that are made. The other will just be a member at large. I would like to give you a week to think about it and we will form the committee next Sunday.”



Chapter XVII Being Used Of God

November 22, 2016

Chapter XVII Being Used Of God

Our last chapter told about the tragic death of Ralph, the neighbor of the Parks family. Mary couldn’t help but think that Silvia must be grieving something terrible over the loss of her husband. Dr. Alvarez had a part in the funeral. His wife, Adriana, talked briefly with Silvia at the cemetery and asked if she could come over the next day to talk to her.

Up to this point, Silvia hadn’t shown much interest in the things of God. She hadn’t accepted Mary’s invitation to attend the Bible studies on Sunday mornings. She did, however, accept Adriana’s offer to come and talk to her. Adriana sat down with her and opened her Bible to the book of Ruth. She said, “I know you must be suffering the loss of your husband. Here in the book of Ruth we find the story of a woman who suffered, not only the loss of her husband, but also of her two sons. Never the less, she continued strong in faith and in her trust in God.” Silvia was very grateful for the comforting words and asked Adriana if she could come back again the next day. Adriana said she would.

After the funeral Mary offered to go with Silvia to the telephone office and help her send a telegram to her family to tell them of her great loss. On the way Silvia asked Mary if she thought it was wise for her to put confidence in Mrs. Alvarez. Mary assured her that she would be wise to share her burdens with her.

The next Sunday morning Dr. Alvarez announced that he had received a letter from his friend in Santiago Del Estero. He said he had asked for a weeks vacation in March so he could come and preach to them. He asked all the people to promise that they would come every evening to the meetings. He also said that he hoped they would invite their neighbors and friends. He said he would like to take up an offering every night during the meetings. He explained to them that it was customary for churches to take up an offering every Sunday to pay their pastor and cover the expenses of the church. He said, “Since I have an income and we just meet in our house, I haven’t felt it was necessary to take up an offering every Sunday. This offering I want to take up in the special meetings will be to help cover the expenses of my friend for his trip here. Everyone was in agreement.

After the meeting Dr. Alvarez gave Paul an envelope with money in it to pay for the wood his boss would need to build the shelves he wanted made. Paul felt honored that he trusted him with the money. As soon as he got home he put the envelope in a safe place so he could take it to work with him the next morning.


A Change in Attitude Regarding What is Right

Some governments, and rightly so, spend a tremendous amount of money to stop the sale of illegal drugs. At the same time they permit the sale of something else that is equally devastating. That is the sale of alcoholic beverages. When I was a child bar tenders were the only ones who sold alcohol. Now it goes across the counter in grocery and convenience stores all over the country.

Rather than fight for laws to prohibit the sale of alcohol, it seems more logical to attempt to change people’s attitude regarding drinking it. At the same time, we need to change attitudes regarding illegal drugs.

Many are of the opinion that any and every special occasion must be celebrated with alcoholic beverages. That is an attitude that needs to be changed. Why use the occasion as an excuse for giving people something that is detrimental to them? It alters people’s minds to the point where they can’t think right or talk right. It isn’t safe for them to drive under its influence. It is detrimental to health. Are people so straitlaced that they can’t have a good time without their minds being altered?

For centuries Christians have been celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. without serving alcoholic beverages. Their celebrations are happy, festive occasions. Sometimes there may be an uproar of laughter and animated conversation. They have a rip roaring good time without consuming something that will alter their minds. Their reason for abstaining from alcohol is not because they are prudish or abstainers.

If one were to ask Christians why they don’t drink alcohol or serve it at their celebrations, after taking a little time to think, they would no doubt give two reasons. First of all they would say, “We have seen the damage that has been done by alcohol and we don’t want to put ourselves or others at risk.” Secondly they might say, “Because God says it is wrong.”

With just a minimum of observation, anyone can see the potential hazard of drinking alcohol. People who drink it are in danger of being addicted to it. It brings grief, loss, and heartache to many. Because if it, marriages and homes are broken, people are killed or left handicapped for life because of traffic accidents, and people lose their jobs and can no longer support their families.

Alcohol doesn’t contribute anything beneficial to our society. It is possible to live a happy, successful life without ever touching it. No one ever suffers because they abstain from it, but multitudes are suffering because they have given themselves to it.

It is with good reason that the Bible says, in Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Just plain common sense should tell you that it’s something you don’t need. If you have the proper attitude toward alcohol you will leave it alone.

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Take Control Of Your Life

Millions of Americans have lost control of their lives due to addictions. The Wikipedia Encyclopedia says that in 2013 there were 120 million drug users. Little by little drug users become slaves to their addiction.

Many addicts like to think they still have control of their lives, but they are increasingly losing control. They lose their independence when they become dependent on something they can’t live without. Because of their addiction they do things they are ashamed of. Their addiction costs a great sum of money without adding anything worth while to their life. Alcoholics are a menace on the highways. They abuse their family members. They are in danger of losing their job if they come to work under its influence. Proverbs 20:1 says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Countless millions of young people lose control of their lives because of drugs. Their minds are debilitated to the point where they can’t learn and prepare themselves to have a good job. They become more and more dysfunctional to the point where they die an early death.

Many lose control of their life because they resort to alcohol or a controlled substance in hopes it will help them cope with stress. In no way will it mitigate the cause of the stress. It becomes a crutch that they need to lean on more and more.

In times of stress obedient Christians find consolation, strength, and direction by means of their relationship with God. Stress is a part of life; for some more than others. God has provided his people with a means of facing stress without putting them in danger of losing control of their life. In II Peter he promised to give them all that pertains unto life and godliness. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” I Peter 5:7 also says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

If you aren’t addicted; flee from every temptation to be addicted. If you are already in the grips of an addiction, with God’s help you can take control of your life again. First you will need to become a child of God. To do that you must first recognize that you are a sinner under the condemnation of God. You will need to go to God in prayer and ask him to forgive you and make you a child of his. God will forgive you if you receive for yourself the sacrifice that Christ made when he died on the cross. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” Then you will need to surrender your life to God as we read in Romans 12:1. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” At first, it may seem like you are losing control of your life if you surrender it to God. Keep in mind that God has no slaves. He does have, however, an innumerable multitude of servants. They serve him of their own free will because they love him and want to please him.

Release from an addiction won’t come unless you are willing to do your part. For a time, withdrawal may be an agony, but it’s worth it. Think of your loved ones. You may become a burden to them. They will be ashamed to be identified with you. You will need to claim the promises of God. They are promises like Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Another is II Corinthians 9:8. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

In your struggle to be free from an addiction you will be greatly helped if you are a part of a good Bible believing Church. They will be a support group for you by praying for you and encouraging you.

Faith is the victory. There is hope for you. With God’s help you can take control of your life. He can help you change your desires so you won’t go on doing things that hurt you and those around you.


Loving Obedience

July 11, 2016

Loving Obedience

God wants his children to obey him, but even more than that, he wants them to love him. In John 14:15-16 we read that Jesus spoke the following words. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” Obedience without love is grievous. We do it because we feel it is our obligation. That isn’t the way the Christian life was meant to be lived.

We need to put first things first. Salvation needs to come first. Some try to live the Christian life without being saved. They may have good reasons for doing so. It may be because they see the benefits that come to those who abide by godly moral standards. It may be because they enjoy being in the company of Christians and want to be accepted by them. Whatever the case may be, if the time comes that they see that there are some personal advantages to be gained by violating Christian moral standards, it will be hard to resist the temptation.

When we are saved we enter into a personal relationship with God. We become a child of his. We have made reconciliation with God by accepting the sacrifice Christ made for us when he died on the cross. Romans 5:8-10 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” If we are saved we will love God because of all he has done for us. I John 4:19 says, “We love him, because he first loved us.”

I John 5:2-3 tells us that it isn’t hard to keep God’s commandments when we love him. “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” Love transforms grievous obedience into loving obedience. Love is also what makes a marriage relationship what it ought to be. What is done for your spouse isn’t a burden if there is love. It needs to be mutual, love for one another.

Perhaps someone says, “I don’t love God. Therefore I have no obligation to keep his commandments.” He had best stop and think. We reap what we sow. Moral laws are for our good and the good of society. If we hurt others by the liberties we take, they will take revenge. The golden rule in Matthew 7:12, asks us to do for others what we want them to do for us. Since, in the final analysis, it is our duty to obey, it is much better that it be loving obedience. That means we do it because we want to; not because we have to.



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