Spiritual life – with comments by Pastor Don Moore
Someone taught the beginning of Bible study on 10/5/12 but I did not note the person’s name. If you recognize your teaching, let me know and I will give you credit for the first part of this study. Can’t pass up sharing notes that involve one of my favorite Psalms.
Psalm 103 Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them. The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the Lord, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!
If you are not in the Word of God, you are forgetting your job. We are to bless the Lord, make the Lord happy. Give Him praise and honor.
The Psalm promises that God will renew our youth like the eagle’s. The growth process of the eagle was discussed. The mature eagle has white head and tail feathers. The eagle uses its beak to tear into food and make it into small pieces to serve to the newborn eaglet.
As a shepherd, David the psalmist watched nature. An elderly eagle would beat off its beak on a rock and wait. It grows back a new beak and is renewed.
We need to break off our old selves on the Rock (Jesus) and wait. God will break off the old and put you in position to renew your messed up feathers of life.
If the eagle flies in the lower hemisphere, pesky birds peck at them. He has to learn to fly high above the peskiness, beating off the old.
What worked before in our life does not work now.
This process of shedding old feathers and beak happens several times in the life of the eagle.
We grow from faith to faith, glory to glory. The process says to never stop growing. For an eagle every seven years brings about the change.
Health – our body is designed and programmed by God to continually recover itself. Your brain grows. If you get a cut your body repairs itself.
Stress –we tend to be stressed to mess, and stress weakens our health, and can cause the growth of malignant cells.
Spirit of offense – our response to the environment and people determines whether or not we live a malignant life. We all have met people that are so self-centered they don’t know there is another person.
Salvation – individual, corporate, progressive – in the progression of the believer.
1 Peter 3:1-7 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
Our conduct can influence our spouse toward God. As we honor our spouses, our prayers are not hindered. Remember what we wear and how we act are seen by others, and can cause them to make a determination about the Christ. We want to be good examples of the Kingdom of God.
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Salvation is personal – it is you – we cannot acquire salvation for another.
The inverse is also true, 1 Corinthians 7 :12-16 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?
An unbelieving spouse might be saved by the believing spouse. We don’t know. Some unbelievers will depart the marriage, others won’t. We can have influence.
People might be brought to Christ and sanctified by how their spouse is operating and the relationship. People watch what you do far more than they listen to what you say. They have to make their choice for salvation, but your behavior and actions may be the deciding factor for them.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
We work for God – no matter what our physical job.
We can only take what God sanctifies. Once a young person comes to the age of accountability, they are responsible for their actions.
1 Corinthians 7:12-14 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
Our spouse can sanctify the husband/wife, and thus our children are not unclean.
We are saved by grace through faith. An unbelieving husband can be sanctified, set apart as special because of the relationship. The spouse is given the position because of relationship with the sanctified person, and their children are sanctified.
If a person rejects sanctification, if they say they choose a different lifestyle, they cannot be sanctified under the spouse.
PASTOR DON MOORE’S COMMENTS
God is not a person’s grandfather – we cannot gain salvation because of our parents. God is only a Father – and we can only have a father/child relationship because of our one-on-one relationship with God.
Pastor Don’s mom has heard thousands of sermons preached because her father was a pastor and her husband was a pastor. She lived a godly life. When Pastor Don’s father died, his mom realized she had never directly asked God for things, she relied on her father and her husband’s relationship with God. She never had to work her own faith and make a personal commitment to operate her own faith. So she changed her life to build her own faith relationship with God.
God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
We can influence people – people are affected by our witness and the testimony of our life. But God does not have grandchildren, only children. We are all adopted and grafted into the root of the tree.
Malachi 2:14-15 Yet you say, “For what reason?” Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.
God wants the seed to be sanctified. When we are married He sees the two individuals in the marriage as one – one seed. God sees the whole unit as one. You are so important to God – God will move what is out of order into order because God is in you. God looks at your heart. When you spend your time and talent for the Kingdom, your husband sees how blessed you are.
Matthew 19:4-9 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
Just because a person calls themselves a believer doesn’t mean they believe. A marriage that is in trouble can be fixed if there is faith for restoration.
In 1 Corinthians 7 – Paul is not the one speaking; it is the Lord. Jesus gave the sermon on the Mount, and spoke about adultery and divorce. Marriage and relationships are important to God.
All Scripture is given by inspiration.
Praying you day is blessed.