Thursday, February 19, 2015

Morning Prayer by Elder Ronnie B. Loudermilk

Isaiah 40:9, "O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God;"


  My prayer this morning is for the children of God to focus their eyes, not on the troubles of this world, but on their God.  Through every generation, since Adam and Eve were in the garden, the children of God have lived in a troubled world.  Jesus Christ our Lord told us in John 16:33 that "in the world you shall have tribulation..."  Paul, in 2 Timothy 3:13, teaches us that it's not going to get any better in time, but will get "worse and worse" until the Lord returns to take His people home to glory.  But, how do we cope with the troubles and trials we face in this world, you ask?  The only way is to keep your eyes on the Lord and not on the troubles, which is the reason Paul would say in Hebrews 12:2, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;..."   

  In the verse previously cited, the Prophet Isaiah is instructing the children of Israel to look to the Lord when facing the troubles that they would be confronted with.  Those troubles, which included the mighty nation of Babylon, would be enough to cause the strongest child of God to collapse under the weight, but Isaiah knew that if he could keep their eyes focused on the Lord, who is able, they would be able to face any mountain with peace and comfort.  Isaiah tells them to "Behold your God":

(1)  In the glory of His salvation (Isa 40:10).  In this verse, we read of the rewards that the Lord gives to His children, even though the work of salvation would not be finished until Calvary.  The reader should pay close attention to this verse with the Covenant of Grace in mind and even though He had not come into the world, born of a virgin when this verse was written by Isaiah, the salvation in Him was being received by His Elect family already.  Even they could "Behold" Him as their salvation from all the pains and troubles of this world. 

(2) As the Good, Great, and Chief Shepherd of Israel (Isa 40:11).  In this verse, the Prophet is teaching the reader that the Lord cares for His little lambs, and He will feed them, gather them, carry them in times of trouble and lead them to pastures green.  How precious it is for a child of God to remember Psalms 23:1, "The Lord is my shepherd", in their times of tribulation, so they can be comforted in knowing when all else fails, He will never forsake or cease to care for His sheep. 

(3) In His greatness (Isa 40:12).  Many times, when we face the troubles of this world, they can seem to be so big and large, and we feel so small underneath the weight.  But, O dear child of God, there is no trouble, no problem, no tribulation, bigger than our God.  He measures the waters of the sea in the "hollow of his hand", He "meted out heaven with a span", and I am more than sure that no problem we have is too big for HIM!

(4) In His infinite wisdom (Isa 40:13-14).  According to these two verses, there is nothing a child of God could be entangled with that the Lord cannot, with His infinite wisdom, untangle.  This world sometimes can throw a "curve ball" at the child of God, that is beyond their thinking but nothing is 'too smart' for God.  I love what the preacher said years ago in South Georgia, "The One that wrote this book ain't got nothin' to learn."  Our God knows it all my friends, and nothing will exhaust His infinite wisdom.  I assure you, He can figure it all out. 

(5) His power and strength.  When the Babylonians would come, the children of Israel were over powered by their military might, but I assure you, dear child of God, the Lord of Glory was not, and after the 70 years of captivity were expired, the children of Israel understood this very fact.  And we too, dear child of God, should understand that there is no might of this world beyond His ability.  No wonder Isaiah would say in verse 28 of this chapter that He "fainteth not, neither is weary..." 

  In closing, I pray that you, precious child of the King, would place your trust in Him, and not be overcome by the troubles of this world. He is able dear child of God, so let us rise to our feet in courage, go forward in His service with assurance, and let us not 'be afraid', but bring "good tidings" that the "Lord omnipotent reigneth" (Revelation 19:6).

Morning Prayer by Elder Ronnie B. Loudermilk

Leviticus 1:1-2, "And the Lord called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock."


   My prayer this morning is for the children of God to understand that our communion and fellowship with God is not based on emotionalism, material gain or carnal accomplishments, but is based on the Eternal Son of God.  In the verses previously cited, God called unto Moses concerning a people that He had delivered from the bondage of Egypt, that they would understand that fellowship and communion with Him was based on specific offerings.  According to Heberews 10:1 these were only types and figures (shadow) of the Sacrifice and Offering made by Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary.  And if the children of God who have been purchased by His blood are to have communion and fellowship with God in our service, then we must grow in the knowledge of the Eternal Son of God.  There are three things that God has given us that we may know more about Jesus Christ and have communion and fellowship with Him in our service, and these are:

(1)  The Word of God.  The KJV Bible that we all have in our homes has a abundant of information concerning the Son of God.  In John 5:39 Jesus said, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."  In this verse Jesus teaches us clearly that the Scripture (Bible) is an information book about Him.

(2)  The preaching of the gospel.  According to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, the very heart of the gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  By being at the House of God attentively listening to the gospel being preached, we are able to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

(3) The Holy Ghost.  In John 15:26 our Lord calls the Holy Ghost the Comforter.  According to Jesus, in this portion of God's Holy Word, "when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me."  Herein, dear child of grace, we understand that one of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to testify of the Son of God.  The Holy Ghost, that the Church was baptized with, is here at this present time that we could learn more about the Precious Son of God.

   In closing I would like to share an experience of mine concerning a mother who had given birth to a healthy baby boy.  After the child was born I went to visit with the family to tell them how happy I was for them.  After some time in trying to converse with the mother and father, I realized that if I was going to have an exciting interacting conversation, the subject was going to have to be about their new baby boy.  Consider this dear child of God.  If that child was so precious to them that they wanted to talk about little else, how precious is the Eternal Son to the Father?  He is truly, the Beloved, the apple tree among the trees of the wood, the chiefest among ten thousand, and the very center of the attention of heaven (Revelation 5:6), and if we, the children of God, want more fellowship and communion with God in our service, we will need to fix our eyes upon Him.  Amen!

Articles of Faith of West Amite Association of Primitive Baptists 7-9

7.  We believe there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Who, by the satisfaction He made to law and justice in becoming an offering for sin, hath, by His most precious blood, redeemed the elect from under the curse of the law, that they might be holy and without blame before Him in love. 
Psalms 111:9, Rom. 5:9-10, Rom. 8:29
Gal. 3:13, Gal 4:4-5, Eph. 1:4,
 Heb. 10:10, 1 Tim2:5
8.  We believe that good works are fruits of faith and, following after justification, are the evidences of a gracious state, and it is the duty of all believers to perform them from a principle of love. 
Matt 12:33-35, Matt. 22:37-40, 
 Gal. 5: 22-23, 1 Thes. 5: 13, Eph. 2:10
Eph. 4:1-3, Eph. 5:8, James 2:17, 
1 John 4: 7-8
9.  We believe in the resurrection of the dead and a general judgment; that the happiness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will be everlasting. 
Matt. 25:31-34, John 11:25,
 1Cor. 15:19-28, Rev. 20:12-15

Articles of Faith of West Amite Association of Primitive Baptists 3-6

4. We believe in the everlasting love of God for His people, in the eternal, unconditional election of a definite number of the human family to grace and glory. 
(We deny that all things in time are predestinated.)
Psalms 89:33, John 6:37-39, 44-45
John 15:9, Rom. 8:30-31, Rom. 9:11
Eph. 1:4-6, 1 Pet. 1:2, 1 Pet. 2:9
I John 4:8
5. We believe that sinners are only justified in the sight of God by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, which is into all and upon all that believe. 
Jer. 23:5-6, John 1:12-13, 
Rom. 4:6-7, 24-25, Rom. 10:4
6.  We believe all those who were chosen  in Christ before the foundation of the world are, in time, effectually called, regenerated, converted, and sanctified, and kept by the power of God through faith into salvation. 
Acts 20:28, Rom. 4:11, Rom. 8:28-30
Eph. 1:4-6, Eph 2:1,5, Titus.3:5, 1 Peter 1:23, 1 Pet. 4:5, 2 Tim 1:9

Articles of Faith of West Amite Association of Primitive Baptists 1-3

1.  We believe in only one true and living God, and that there is a Trinity of Persons in the Godhead, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the same in essence, equal in power and glory. 
Matt. 28:19, John 1:1, 2 Cor. 13:14,
 Col. 2:9,  1 John 5:7-8
2. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, given by Inspiration of God, are of divine authority and the only rule of faith and practice. 
Rom. 15:4, 2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Pet. 2:21
3.  We believe in the fall of Adam, in the imputation of his sons to all his posterity, in the total depravity of human nature, and in man's inability to restore himself to the favor with God. 
Gen3:17-19, Job 14:4, John 6:44, 
Rom. 5:12,  Rom 8:7, 1 Cor. 2:14
1 Cor. 15:21-22, Eph 2:8-10