You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
[mnemoneuo] them which have the rule [hegeomai] over you [humon], who [hostis] have spoken [laleo] unto
you [humin] the word [logos] of God [theos]: whose [hos] faith [pistis] follow [mimeomai], considering [anathaoreo]
the end [ekbasis] of their conversation [anastrophe].
8 Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos] the same [autos] yesterday [chthes], and [kai] to day [semeron], and [kai] for [eis] ever [aion]. KJV-Interlinear
those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result
of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever. NASB
This, remembering, is not
of people who are still alive, and from whom you have learned truth in one form
or another. This is a remembrance of
those who have gone before us. Those who
have set out a pattern in their life, a pattern of faith, a pattern which we
We can look to history to
learn. Most folks look into history and
it is just another story book. They
learn nothing from it. But what we
should learn from history is one important truth that Christ is the same both
in the past, now, and He will never change in the future.
Jesus Christ is God. We are mankind. Jesus Christ is perfect and trustworthy. We can do very little for ourselves in the
long run. Christ provides everything
that we will ever need in life.
So, now the test of a life
time will come down around your ears sooner or later. What will your response or reaction be?
Will you cry or scream in
anger? Or will you maintain some
composure and ride the test out. And
when the test is over, will you soon forget the experience.
Often times we forget, and
move on as though we solved the problem our self.
So God throws a test at us
that will make us hurt. Sometimes He
squeezes us so that it really hurts.
Why? So we won t soon forget.
The folks who are going to
go into the Millennium will go through a test that will be the absolute worst
pressure placed upon anyone in all of history.
The Tribulation will be filled with horrors beyond description. It will be filled with temptations beyond
tolerance. Giving in to the temptations
will be extremely easy to justify for many.
They will die.
For the very few who make
it to the end of the Tribulation, to these will be one of the grandest
blessings in all of history. The
privilege of living for a thousand years in the Millennium, in an environment
of perfect prosperity. Even after the
Second Advent, those people will be burying the dead for several months, and
they will live off of the land and off of the destroyed military equipment,
fuels, rations and so forth, for several years.
So they will remember. So that the memory of the events that had
just occurred for them, will never leave their memory. So that they will not slip away from their
So too, you will face difficulties
in life. Your difficulties may drag on
and on because you are just not getting it, or you are just not getting with
your spiritual program. So now we are
reminded that there have been many generations in history past. No doubt that we have all read stories of
heroes. The Bible has stories of heroes,
but then there are many stories outside of the Bible too.
I as recently watching a
special on the History channel. A story
about the Afghanistan
war. Some journalist followed an
American unit through the mountains bordering Pakistan. They were repeatedly ambushed by the bad
Several times they would
come around a corner (so to speak) and get ambushed. The enemy always outnumbered them, often
times it was sixty to twenty. The enemy
sent all kinds of fire at our soldiers, spraying bullets and shoulder held
rockets everywhere. But in the several
months that this journalist was with the unit, no one (of our guys) ever got
The enemy lost lots of
folks, but none of our guys ever got killed.
Only a couple of them got wounded, and their wounds were not that bad. The Afghan troops (the good ones) that
accompanied our troops often shook their heads at the phenomenal luck they had. Must be blessed by Allah.
Why did so few Americans
get killed on the beaches of Omaha
in WWII, when so many should have been slaughtered as they came ashore?
Now what is the point of
all of this. Recall the story of Elisha,
when the city was under attack and his companion was afraid. Elisha prayed for their eyes to be opened and
behold, they saw angels with flaming swords and fiery chariots encircling the
city. The enemy was not going to be able
to touch them. In a similar fashion,
lots of enemy bullets did not find their target on the beaches of France or even in Afghanistan
Gods protection is not
limited to the Red Sea or the Old testament.
We live in a physical world
and that is really what most folks see.
They do not see beyond the physical.
They do not see the spiritual side of life. In our life God is at our side, if, we are
obedient toward Him.
Our obedience means maintaining
our spiritual status (fellowship) and obeying His mandates (study, learn, apply
and so forth).
We have just reviewed some
of our responsibilities to strangers, to those who have difficulties in life,
to those who have a lesser station in life, to those who have a greater station
in life, to our spouses, family, friends, to strangers. This is but the tip of the spiritual iceberg. You must maintain your spiritual status and
obedience throughout your entire life.
As for your personal life,
there will be times of light difficulty and of severe difficulty. How you react will determine whether you will
pass or fail the test.
Your life is not just your
interaction with this world, but it is a determination of how you will apply
your faith and trust in God.
Weak people get angry at
the drop of a pin. Imagine how angry
they will get when the big pressure comes along. Weak people will try to invent or cheat their
way through their problems.
Daniel went into the lions
den. He could have died. But God was not ready to receive him home
just yet. Daniel escaped that pressure.
You will face difficulties
in life and you can figure your own way out of them, maybe even count yourself
lucky or pat yourself on the back if you manage to get free of the
trouble. Your self congratulations that
will be temporary at best.
Or, you can recall the many
folks in history who have held on to their faith, and even though they are no
longer with us, they went to heaven with their faith in tact.
Christ will never
change. He is reliable and
trustworthy. Christ controls history
every aspect of it. Do not get upset
every time a problem comes along. Christ
has a solution for you.
13 But Moses said to the
people, Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will
accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will
never see them again forever. NASB
3 'Call to Me, and I will
answer you, and show you great and mighty things NASB
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.