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Can I be frank with you men?

Posted by Scott on September 10, 2008

I have been away studying through some great Bible studies the past several weeks.  Over this time politics has really become volatile and the true church is not as visible as it once was.  One observation over the years and especially this year I have listened to men especially Christian men whine, groan, and moan about wimpy stuff.  Today, Christian men are so feminized they complain about the littlest things and whine about things they should be embracing as a man.  The men are now acting like the females while the women are acting like the men.  It is really a messed up world we live in.

Areas I hear the wimpiness coming through for instance is from Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican Convention.  Come on guys, she did not take some things far enough, but was gracious yet “manly” in her address.  She could have said some truthfully nasty things about the opposite side, but refrained.  She was firm on her convictions as us men are suppose to be.  She was combative to challenge the other side like us men are suppose to do.  She spoke the truth unabashedly as us men are suppose to do.  If Sarah Palin is elected as the VP, it is an indictment on us men for failing to rise up and be the men we are called to be.  We are to be tougher.  We are to be unabashedly truthful in all things.  We are to be firm about our convictions.  We are to be supportive of life from the moment of conception and not bat an eye when telling others our convictions.  It is us men that are to live with integrity all the days of our lives so our kids can see this in us and glorify our God.  This great nation is in need of men that hold to the truth, integrity, and convictions that Sarah Palin has exhibited, but He cannot find any, so He will raise a woman up to accomplish this.

Men, we must get a grip on this life.  It is not easy nor did God ever promise it would be.  We must stop worrying about what the Muslim will think about the truth from God’s Holy Word when presented.  We must speak the truth to them without fail.  We must not shrink back into our shell because of some arrogant atheist point of view…a lost person cannot understand the things of God.  Their intelligence is no match for the wisdom and knowledge of God.  Men must take back their children from the government run schools.  If you want your children to grow up in a godly manner then stop sending them to the most ungodly institutions for instruction.  If we want to raise the next generation to honor our God and bring Him glory then you will have to spend more time with them developing a Biblical World View rather than letting the world develop a secular world view.  This will not come about if you give “Caesar” over 40 hours per week with your children teaching them everything but Biblical truth verses your 5 to 6 hours per week talking about everything else and maybe the Bible…if Romans are teaching them then do not expect them to turn out to be anything but Romans.  Our children need to be indoctrinated on the Scriptures not science and social studies.  Our children need to know the Word of God from beginning to end rather than evolution and that two married men can make up a family.  I am tired of hearing these wimpy Christian men with tales between their legs whining about a woman being a bit too rough on a liberal or the preacher in the pulpit is speaking about the reality of hell too much so his friends will not want to come to church.  Either return to being a man as God made you or stop calling yourself a man.

“He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, who stops his ears against plots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil-this is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.  His bread will be supplied and water will not fail him.”   Isaiah 33:15-16

Guys, the calling is back to righteousness.  God wants us to be a holy and righteous remnant for Him when He returns.  It will not matter how rich you are, what legacy you have left if righteousness and holiness were not a part of it.  At work we need to strive for righteousness.  Do not listen to the nasty jokes.  Be a blessing to those around you looking out for your fellow man rather than yourself.  Be in communion with God all day long whether good time or bad.  are you building your home on the mountain fortress as a refuge based on the Scriptures?  Is your faith growing daily as God stretches your faith with events of life you could not imagine?  Is your life a breath of fresh air to God and those around you?  Does your family think of you as a godly man or a work driven person striving for riches?  How much time do you spend with your wife and kids on a weekly basis compared the amount of work you do?  These are tough questions only for real men….if you are wimpy and whiny right now just reading this then you may not want to read further.

Men, read this next passage very carefully.  Read it over and over.  Understand that this is still in effect today as it was when it was written a few thousand years ago.  Read as though your life depends on it, which it really does.  Read it to your children and to your wife.  Read everyday until it becomes so en-grained into your mind you will never forget it.

Deuteronomy 6:3-19 (New International Version)

3 Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you.

 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

 10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

 13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; 15 for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. 16Do not test the LORD your God as you did at Massah. 17 Be sure to keep the commands of the LORD your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you. 18Do what is right and good in the LORD’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers, 19 thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the LORD said.

One final blast here.  Notice that we men really do not accomplish anything, it is God who accomplishes the success through us for His glory.  We can be a great part of life for our families, friends and most of all-God  We are tools used by the Master to accomplish His greater perfect will.  So, men this is gut check time.  I pray that all those reading will be prompted to step back and take a hard look at their lives to see if you are really being the man you are suppose to be or just whining, wimpy, feminized followers of the world’s secular system.  I have to give myself a gut check often as well to make sure I am “maning up” rather than “wimping out”.

(c) Scott Bailey 2008

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-Can I Get A Witness Here? Holiness is Our Calling!

Posted by Scott on January 8, 2008

After all is said and done, the comment I received to a post of mine did not seem to fit the article. Fierce Warriors or Raise a Spartan Warrior is not a judgemental piece towards certain people although it brings up certain sins of people…sin is not exclusively for those mentioned…as I am chief of sinners. This is an article that challenges dads to raise their sons to do battle in this world for the cause of Christ. Yes, we are to be very forgiving to our neighbors and of their sin…not to the point that we just keep over looking our brothers and sisters in Christ living in sin though. They need help if that is the case…we are to lift them up as God would lead us to do. However, that is not what is spoken about in these articles.

Read the rest of my post on this blog and guest post I have included to discover my complete heart…a heart that loves Christ dearly, serves Him as valiantly as one can, wishes that all could know the God I know, believes that the God who created this world is far bigger than any God we can think of, believes that God is sovereign over all.  A heart that believes God delights in showing grace and mercy upon His people, but uses events in our lives to shape us into the vessel He can use for the furthering of His Kingdom.

I am not qualified to judge anyone, because I do not have the complete picture for others attitude or reasons for acting the way they do. However, the few sins mentioned are mentioned in the bible in a big way, so I cannot water that down or dismiss it. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 tells us “Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers (could be abuse of food or abuse of people), and swindlers-none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.” This is not to say that if a person commits adultery they cannot go to heaven if they repent of their sins and turn their lives over to Christ…however, a person that “indulges” in this type of lifestyle without any regard to a life with Christ or points a finger at God as though to defy Him will not inherit the Kingdom of God….many of these will never come to Christ no matter how much you love them or witness to them…God is not in them….that spark is non-existent in the corner of their heart that is needed for the Holy Spirit to prompt them with and draw (drag) them to Jesus. We as Christians do make mistakes and God looks through that to see our hearts and He pardons our sins as we come back to Him asking forgiveness…our mistakes are most of the time not an indulgence, but a lack of fellowship with Christ, a lack of spending time in His Word and falling back into a sinful life or simply a case of very bad choices.

Acts 2:40 speaks like this “Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, ‘Save yourselves from this generation that has gone astray!’” I do believe Peter’s message would be even more direct today than ever before. We have a generation of Christians now that feel they can mingle and live as the non-believers do, but love them to death and win them over to Christ all the while sacrificing their own holiness before God in the process. This will not be acceptable before our holy God. We as believers need to live a life that is so astonishingly different that the world wants what we have. As should be the case when they come around us is to experience and see the holiness of God on our lives. This is a life that the non-believing world senses is authentically loving, caring, holy, and God honoring…something they would love to experience themselves. However, the world has witnessed a sham Christianity for decades now that has tried to condemn everyone into heaven, scare the “hell” out of people, judge them into heaven, make them feel shameful, and so on…this has been a shameful time from the witness of God’s people. Now, we are experiencing the “emerging church” philosophy that tells you to get out there and entertain them into heaven, embrace their sinfulness as to not offend them and love them for who they are not helping them out of their sinful lifestyle, don’t speak about their sin, go to the bars like they do because God doesn’t really care how you achieve this witness as long as you do it in His name, whatever feels right must be from God, water down and dumb down the message in order to not offend the people, don’t meet in buildings that look like churches because that offends people, get rid of the theologically sound doctrines found in hundreds of hymns and replace that with rock in roll chants and choruses and so on. This is as big a sham Christianity as the earlier days of the legalistic judgemental church. One judges people into hell because they develop a hatred for the church and the other tries to convince people into heaven and allows them to “feel good” all the time to the point they never meet Christ and end up in hell because no one confronted their sinfulness as Christ would have.

God’s holy word tells the church exactly how we are to be. Christians are to in part: steady, non-judging, sin haters, lovers of the Word, Christ followers, believers, giving, merciful, gracious, loving people, teachers/preachers of the entire truth of God’s word not just the good feeling parts of it. This is not everything an authentic Christian should be, but this is a good test of who is living it and who is not. So, I wanted to clarify further my heart, the purpose for the articles mentioned, and God’s calling for us to come back to holiness before Him in our lifestyles…that is determined between you and the Lord not me, your neighbor or anyone else.

 I could rattle on and on about my Lord and will in more post as the Lord impresses His thoughts and word upon my heart, but I really want anyone reading this post and any of the other post on this “Dads Devoted” blog to know that I do love each one of you regardless of your beliefs.  I cannot save anyone, that is God’s job.  It is not my place to judge anything you do, God has reserved that position for Himself.  However, I can love you as commanded by my Lord Jesus and live a life of holiness before you as the scriptures would instruct us to do.  May God richly bless the reading of His holy word whether in voice or in print

Pressing on in Him,
Scott

-Scott Bailey (c) 2008

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-From A Dad: Psalm 119:89-96 Statement!

Posted by Scott on December 11, 2007

Psalm 119:89-96

“God is forever, firm, faithful, enduring, creator, sovereign, sustainer, the commander, my hero, and the Word!”

Have you ever just looked at each word from different translations to see what is revealed there about who God is.  I have found in my deep searching and prayer time in Psalm 119 rich words that describe our great and mighty God.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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True but Wrong!

Posted by Scott on December 7, 2007

True But Wrong

by Ray C. Stedman

READ: Job 8

Surely God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evildoers (Job 8:20).

When you read Bildad’s arguments, you have to ask, “What is wrong with this? It sounds so true and right.” It is an argument you hear repeated many times today. What Bildad says is true and logical and supported by plausible argument both from the experience of the past and from the testimony of much of Scripture as well. What, then, is wrong?

I see three things wrong with Job’s friends’ approaches. First, they answer Job’s words without trying to find out what produces those words. They are zeroing in on what he says without understanding his agony. Job himself has admitted that he speaks rashly, but he says it is because of the unceasing torment he is going through. Those of us who have gone through deep, unrelenting pain know how this can try the spirit to the utmost, and we become testy and sharp. And because Job says certain things that sound extreme, his friends leap upon his words and try to analyze them. They make no attempt to identify with Job’s hurt in their approaches to him.

The second thing is that these friends’ theology was right as far as it went, but it was very incomplete. They always spoke with the utmost confidence that what they were saying was the final word on the subject. There was no apparent understanding that perhaps there were aspects of God and dimensions to His Word that they had not yet seen. Their narrow, limited vision said that difficulties in a person’s life are always caused by sin. Many of the problems of life are caused by sin; therefore, it is impossible to say that these men are wrong. Nevertheless, they do not see that there are other reasons God brings us into suffering.

I am reminded of the famous story of the blind men and the elephant. They gather around this huge animal and by feeling it, try to identify what an elephant is like. One, grabbing the trunk, said an elephant is like a snake. Another, feeling the leg, said an elephant is like a tree. Still another, feeling the side of the animal, said that an elephant is like a wall. A fourth, grabbing the tail, said an elephant is like a rope. Thus they argued back and forth. All of them were right, and all of them were wrong, because they did not see the whole picture.

The third thing that is wrong with these friends is that they never seem to refer to God for help for themselves in understanding Job’s problem. They never pray with Job. They never ask God to open their minds and illuminate their understanding so that they can help their friend. The book of Job is filled with prayers, but they are all the prayers of Job crying out to God in the midst of his sufferings. His friends never seem to feel the need for further illumination on the subject. What a testimony to us for the need to speak cautiously when we deal with the deep hurts and problems of life.

Teach me to reach out to others who are suffering and pray with them in a spirit of compassion.

This daily devotion was inspired by one of Ray’s sermons. Please read “The Folly of Platitudes” (or listen to the audio file  Listen to Ray) for more on this portion of scripture.

-Scott Bailey 2007

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-From A Dad: Psalm 119:105-112 Statement!

Posted by Scott on December 7, 2007

“God’s word will light up the trail of thislife we are to follow.  For He is the light of the world.  God’s word is so great it draws us to His and makes it possible to obey His commands.  As Christian, we will suffer much in this life, but God is the great restorer of life.  We can count on Him to keep His promises.  God is the greatest of teachers and we are to be thankful even grateful for this.  Our lives are fragile and hangs by a thread at times, but we must not stop obeying His word.  Enemies are just a part of life we must learn to live with and allow God to work throug daily.  There is a great treasure of richness in God’s word we must not ignore.  God’s Spirit can give us great determination to keep His commands to the end.”

Based on Psalm 119:105-112

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-From A Dad: Psalm 119:97-104 Statement!

Posted by Scott on December 5, 2007

“God is the creator of us all.  He created in us the love for His commands.  The Lord keeps this on our minds constantly.  God is the commander of the wise and the constant guide for the weak.  God is the giver of great insight and wisdom.  The Lord has set His trails before us and He keeps us on that path by His holy plan.  Our heavenly Father is the One that gives His holy word the sweetness and richness that each of us enjoy.  By God’s word we have been given the ability to discern falsehoods and evil when they appear before me.”

We serve a magnificent God that has not only created us, but He created in us a love for his commands.  Everyday we must travel down trails of this life.  Some people travel down roads that are rough and bumpy while others it seems is made of pure gold.  With sweet and rich words that appear to be dripping with sweetness like honey our very lives are transformed in a vessel that God can use for His glory and honor.  Finally, to ensure that we will be able to stay away from the evil side of life God has instilled with us alarms called discernment.  Keep reading and searching, the Lord wants to know everything about each one of us even though He already know us.

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-From A Dad: Psalm 119:89-96 Statement

Posted by Scott on December 5, 2007

“God is forever, firm, faithful, enduring, creator of all, sovereign, all knowing, all being, everywhere, sustainer, commander and chief, my hero, rescuer, my deliverer, and the Word!”

These are the words to be found within this passage of scripture that describes some of what my God is.  These do not make a dent in the words to describe Him, but at the least the words from David are good start.  In my daily study of god’s word I have found that focusing on many of the meaty words is important to knowing who God really is…I like to call it “being a word hound”. 

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-From A Dad: Praying Dads Through Psalm 119-Week Two!

Posted by Scott on December 2, 2007

Here is week two of “Praying Dads Through Psalm 119!

-Day One-

Psalm 119:41-48

“O Lord, continue to pour out Your unfailing love as well as the salvation You have promised me.  I will then have a testimony for those who attempt to taunt me, because I trust in Your word.  Father, never take away Your word of truth from me, because my only hope is within Your scriptures.  I will continue to set the high goal of obeying Your commands forever and ever.  Upon Your merciful and gracious salvation i now walk in freedom and can nowbe devoted to Your word.  If You , O Lord, will permit I will speak to the people in high places about Your faithful instruction and will not be ashamed.  Almighty God, how I delight in Your commands as I find myself loving them as they keep me rooted in Your rich word.  Father, Your instructions i will love and honor and meditate all the days of my life.  AMEN!”
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-Day Two-

Psalm 119:49-56

“Heavenly Father, remember the promises You made to me, this my only hope in this life.  Your promises are what keep me going each and every day.  They revive me so that I may accomplish Your great work.  Your promises comfort me in times of great trial.  Although the arrogant of this world look down upon me, I will not turn away from Your word of truth.  Lord, I will meditate on Your timeless truth for they comfort me.  The wicked of this world claim You are not real and do vile things in Your name which make me furious.  Lord, these have rejected Your holy word.  Dear Lord, my family and I have been on a pilgrimage for all these years and Your principles have been what has sustained us throughout.  Father, Your principles are like music to my ear.  As precious as the music of angels.  Father, at night I lie in my bed reflecting on who You are.  My desire to obey Your is ever increasing as my freedom in Christ becomes more and more real.  Obedience is the true joy maker as it is a blessing to You, Father, when Your children obey Your commands.  AMEN!”

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-Day Three-

Psalm 119:57-64

“O Lord my God, as I set here in my distress I am reminded by the Holy Spirit that You, my Lord, are mine.  I say this with exuberance in my voice.  I want to obey Your word.  Father, with all my heart I want Your blessings.  As much as I want Your mercies and rescue I long for Your blessing on my life.  Please, be merciful on me and my family as You have promised.  This day, O Lord, I ponder and reflect back on the direction of my life.  I have had to turn many times from the way I was going in order to follow Your instructions.  From this day forward, I will hurry, without lingering, in order to obey You.  Many sinful people try to persuade me into disobedient schemes, but my feet are firmly anchored in Your word.  I wake up many nights to thank You for Your word.  People who respect You and obey Your laws are my friends as well.  Heavenly Father, everywhere I look is full of Your unfailing love, please, continue to teach me all of Your principles and decrees found in Your holy word.  AMEN!”

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-Day Four-

Psalm 119:65-72

“My gracious Lord, You have done many good things for my family.  You have been so gracious to this servant just as You have promised for God always keeps His promises!  Father, I trust in Your commands totally.  They will only lead me closer to You, my Lord.  As You desire to increase my knowledge and good judgement, i will accept the training as hard as that can be at times.  In my former years I constantly went astray, lured out by the worlds wealth, fun, and ways.  I was like a calf untamed.  However, Lord, You touched me and disciplined me as a good father would.  Now, I desire to follow closely after Your word.  Father, You are so good and only good is found in You.  So, please, teach me Your ways.  Be my instructor so that I will gain Godly wisdom and knowledge.  Even though people around me that are so full of themselves may lie about me to others, it is Your truth I wish to obey with my whole heart.  Lord, Your precepts are richer than all the money in the world.  These arrogant people  puffed up by their own prosperity are so vain concerning their worth, but Lord, my delight is in You.  O merciful Father, the suffering I have experienced so far in life, sent by You, has been good for me.  The suffering has taught me to pay close attention to Your word and Your precepts.  It has proved to show me where my true priorities should be.  My enemies will always be around in this life, but my focus must remain on You, my sovereign God.  Lord, Your word is far more valuable to me than the finest gold and purest silver in the world and all of its worth.  AMEN!”

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-Day Five-

Psalm 119:73-80

“Father, You are the One who created me and made me.  Please, dear Lord, give me the good sense to follow after Your commands and direction.  Lord, I pray that anyone who has a fond respect for You will find great joy in my testimony that You are faithful.  All of my hope in this life is in Your word.  Merciful Father, Your decisions are more than fair and I know this.  All the discipline I have received so far is because I needed it in order to stay on the right trail.  O my loving Savior, now I need Your unfailing love to comfort me this day.  I have many battles to fight and I cannot win them without You at the head of my life.  This is in accordance with Your promise to me, Lord.  Surround me this morning with fresh new mercies that will carry me all day so I may go on living without Your mercy I feel dead.  Your principles and precepts are the delight of my life.  Heavenly Father, bring disgrace on those arrogant souls who may lie about me and set their lives about ruining me.  Even so, I will attempt with all earnestness and strength to concentrate on Your holy word.  Help me to be rejoined with all who fear You and know Your word.  May I be found blameless in Your eyes in the keeping of Your principles made possible by accepting Your call to accept Jesus Christ into my life as my Savior and Lord some thirty years ago.  If so, I will never have to be ashamed.  Lord, there is o true fear of You without the true knowledge found in Your holy word.  AMEN!”

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May the Lord bless each reader in direct proportion to the time they spend in God’s holy word. 

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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Fads Fade, but the Word Stands Forever!

Posted by Scott on November 29, 2007

Fads Fade, but the Word Stands Forever

Bible House(By Phil Johnson)

This concludes Phil’s series on the fad-driven church. For those who missed any of the earlier portions of this series, here are links to the previous posts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

As we have seen in the last two posts, the Word of God is both powerful and penetrating. Third—

3. The Word of God is precise.

Notice how this verse describes the ministry of the Word of God as precision surgery, not wanton destruction: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Now, obviously, surgery is ordinarily done with a scalpel, not a sword. Scalpels are small and precise, and razor sharp—just like the Word of God:  “sharper than any twoedged sword.” The surgeon uses a scalpel with great care to cut precisely, sometimes dividing fine layers of tissue with remarkable precision.

That is exactly what is described here. The Word of God divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and it is capable of great discrimination. It discerns “the thoughts and intents of the heart”—something that is not even visible to the human eye.

We cannot look upon the heart—the innermost part of the human soul. First Samuel 16:7: “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but [only] the LORD looketh on the heart.”

We can’t even correctly discern the thoughts and intents of our own hearts.  Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” We are all subject to self-deception and blindness when it comes to judging our own hearts. But the Word of God reveals what is really in our hearts, and it correctly assesses our thoughts and intentions. It shows our motives and our imaginations for what they really are. And that is why it is capable of such precision surgery—even in the deepest recesses of our souls.

Some people misread this phrase “the dividing asunder of soul and spirit”  and imagine that this describes two completely separate parts of the immaterial makeup of our beings. I don’t believe that’s what it is teaching. I realize there  are good Bible teachers who teach that man is a tripartite creature, consisting of body, soul, and spirit. But I don’t think that’s the point of this verse. Scripture often uses the expressions “soul” and “spirit” interchangeably. It is difficult to make any meaningful division between soul and spirit, and that is the whole point.

Just like the “joints and marrow” of your bones and the “thoughts and  intentions” of your heart, these things are so inextricably linked that it’s impossible to separate them without destroying one or the other. They aren’t  separate entities that exist apart from each other. They aren’t distinct human faculties. There is overlap and interdependence. But the Word of God is precise  and exact, and it cuts with painstaking accuracy. It divides what cannot otherwise be divided. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, and yet more precise than any surgeon’s scalpel.

Here’s the point: We ought to make better use of the Word of God in our ministry, and ignore all the evangelical fads that come and go. After all, only the Word of God has the powerful, penetrating precision that is necessary to reach and revitalize hearts that are cold and dead because of  sin. And this is also our clear biblical mandate: “Preach the word . . . in season, out of season”—no matter which way the winds of doctrine are blowing and no  matter how many fads and fashions come and go.

Obey that mandate, and God will bless your ministry. Chase every bandwagon that comes down the road, and you will regret it on that day when you give account for your ministry.

-Scott Bailey 2007

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-From A Dad: Devotional For Dads/Psalm 119:1-8 One

Posted by Scott on November 29, 2007

All of us dads have times in our lives when we feel like we are being chased and persecuted by our enemies.  It does not matter how spiritual we seem to be or our devotion to God…the enemy will attack without notice.  Sometimes it depresses us, causes us ulcers, gives us a headache that seems to never go away, drives us to anger, and at other times it creates in our minds a sense of helplessness.  Psalm 119 has been instrumental through my trials and tribulations as I long to experience the fullness of God Himself and deal with each issue that thrust its way into my life.  In my in-depth look into the heart and mind of God I have found a place of solitude that surpasses anything I have experienced in my life.  In the midst of praying through Psalm 119 a divine devotion has grown from the fertile ground that God placed His word in….my heart!

I will share with you on a daily basis the verses and devotion that God so poetically engraved into the soul of my being.  I encourage you to glean from the passages and testimony the encouragement, instructions, promises, and restful peace that is found there.

-Day One-

Psalm 119:1-8 (1599 Geneva Bible Translation):

Blessed are those that are upright in their way, and walk in the Law of the Lord.” 

-Those are blessed that keep their conversation and ways without hypocrisy.  They are not blessed who think themselves wise by their own judgement with no regard for God’s wisdom.  Nor is this blessedness for those that think themselves with a certain kind of high holiness.

“Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and seek Him with their whole heart.”

“Surely they work none iniquity, but walk in His ways.”

-These are under God’s rule and embrace no other doctrine but His.

“Thou hast commanded to keep thy precepts diligently.”

“Oh that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!”

-Here David is acknowledging his imperction, but he desires that God reforms his life and conforms it to God’s word.

“Then should I not be confounded, when I have respect unto all my commandments.”

“I will praise thee with an upright heart, when I shall learn the judgements of thy righteousness.”

-True religion stands in serving God without hypocrisy.  In God’s precepts is His perfect righteousness.

“I will keep thy statutes, forsake me not overlong.”

-David refuses to be tried by these temptations, however, he fears that he may faint if God does not aid him in his troubles in time.

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Integrity is a hard characteristic to develop, but our joy is found in the law and instruction of the Lord.  This integrity will be challenged on a daily basis by our enemies.  As we are obedient to His commands and search diligently for Him with our whole heart we will discover Him in ways we never could have imagined.  Sometimes in prayer I find myself groaning from the depths of myself that I did not know existed.  This groaning comes during times of great distress and even in times of deep depression.  The Holy Spirit takes those groanings to the very throne of our merciful Majesty in heaven and turns it into words that God will understand and has been waiting to hear.  Psalm 34:18-19 (NLT) says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, He rescues those who are crushed in spirit.  The righteous face many troubles, but the Lord rescues them from each and every one.” When we are at our lowest point and groanings begin to growl out of our mouths from our hearts that are broken, God is there to rescue us and pick up the pieces of our lives that have been left shattered in the wake of the storm.  The Lord tells us that we will encounter many troubles…it does not give us an option in that.  However, He will rescue us from each and every trouble…guaranteed!  It will be according to His graciousness and richness, but whatever way God chooses to rescue us will be the best way and we can all rest assuredly in that.

As a father of 10 children I find that I must stay the course and not compromise with evil doers or compromise my integrity for anything.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect by any means and fail daily, but the goal is to stay on course and correct known mistakes immediately.  No amount of money, wealth, or instant gratification is worth lowering my standards for.  Praise Him always and rejoice in the Lord.  We will not be disgraced no matter what people may try to do to us as long as we keep His commandments and word.  It has been my goal daily to consistently be a reflection of principles of my heavenly Father.  So, as always I ask the Lord not to give up on me even though I may fail from time to time.  I cry out daily for new mercies, so I can make it through another day.  I am guaranteed that He keeps His promises always.  Jesus has told those of us that are weary and heavy hearted to place all our cares upon Him and take His rest.  So, rest in the peace that God will give and believe that He will see you through.  We will never know the depths to which God may draw His peace, rest, encouragement, rescue, wealth, healing, and more from…He has already charted a trail for us to follow in His word and I intend to do my best within the power of the Holy Spirit to stay on that trail…bumps, cliffs, trees, tall weeds, beast, and all.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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