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Week ending 07/24/11
The Doctrine of The Divine Decrees
. Part 5.
Important and unique characteristics of the Divine Decrees concerning time.
We have seen how God has authority over time.
2PE 3:8, But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
One of the most interesting and fascinating subjects in life is this word “time”? We all have the same amount whether we are absolutely without a dime or whether we are among the wealthiest people on earth! Think of how much of it is woven into our lives on a daily basis! For throughout the day we hear things like;
What time is it?
What time does the meeting start?
What time do you want me there?
I don’t have time?
How much time will it take?
Don’t waste your time on that!
It’s time for us to go!
The time is up!
Or sometimes you might hear between two people, it’s time we had a long talk?
In sports we hear, How much time left in the game? Or, Time out!
Time!
Suppose your banker called you up and said that he had some very good news for you! He tells you that an anonymous donor who loves you very much has decided each morning for the rest of your life to deposit in your bank account, 86,400 pennies each morning. That’s 4.00. He says there’s one stipulation however, you must spend all the money that day! No balance would be carried over to the next day. Whatever sum you failed to use, you would lose. So 864.00 a day times 7=,048.00 a week.
Times 52 = $ 314,496.00 for the year. Now, here’s the point, every morning someone who loves you very much deposits into your bank of time, 86,400 seconds which represents 1440 minutes which of course equals 24 hours.
Then He tells us in EPH 5:16, Make the most of your time, because the days are evil.
God gives you a certain amount of time that you might use it for His glory. Remember why you were created and why you are here?
ISA 43:1, But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!
Notice, the Lord is called the creator of Jacob, and the one who formed Israel. According to the accounts in Genesis, Jacob continued to “take hold of” the possessions of others, his brother’s birthright, GEN 25:29‑34, his father’s blessing, GEN 27:1‑29, and his father‑in‑law’s flocks and herds, GEN 30:25‑43; 31:1.
ISA 43:2-7, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place. Since you are precious in My sight, {Since} you are honored and I love you, I will give {other} men in your place and {other} peoples in exchange for your life. Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, And gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give {them} up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not hold {them} back.’ Bring My sons from afar, And My daughters from the ends of the earth, Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made. Bring out the people who are blind, even though they have eyes, And the deaf, even though they have ears.
You often heard that the name Jacob means supplanter or swindler. Do you know what the word supplant means? Supplant means to overthrow by force or treachery or deception. So they named Jacob “one who overthrows”! From his birth he seems to have that ingrained trait to out do his brother or anyone else in his path. Jacob had a nasty habit of deception and he handled it marked with the habit of lies. His family trends and family traits made him a good liar.
HEB 10:25 is a very misunderstood passage, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some; but exhorting one another:
It doesn’t say exhorting one another, it says for the purpose of encouragement.
The present active participle of the Greek verb parakaleo means to be encouraged.
But this is a participle used as a noun in the Greek, and so it should be translated “encouragement.” Furthermore, this is what is known as a tellic participle which indicates the purpose of the action of the verb not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.\
So we assemble for the purpose of encouragement.
What is encouragement in assembly? Perception of Bible doctrine, not Christian fellowship. Most of the problems that you face in life, you face alone, and therefore you are to derive your strength from within not from without. This is what it means to be spiritually self-sustained.
The apostle Paul said in PHI 4:13, I can do all things through “him” who strengthens me. Not through people, or the body, but through him!
HEB 13:5, let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for he himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”
People will leave you and forsake you, the Lord will not!
HEB 13:6, so that we confidently say, “the lord is my helper [not people], I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?”
PRO 9:12, if you are wise, you are wise for yourself, and if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
God has decreed that most of the problems that you face in life, you face alone, and therefore you are to derive your strength from within not from without. The apostle Paul commanded believers to continue with doctrine no matter what. He said in 2TI 3:13, but evil men [men influenced by satanic evil] and impostors [individuals who claim to be something they are not] will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived.
Then He said in 2TI 3:14, You, however, continue not with the body, Or with those you love in the local assembly, Or with the building God has called you to…But 2TI 3:14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them;
The point is that you derive your strength and encouragement from your fellowship with God, not your fellowship with people. Therefore, Bible doctrine must have #1 priority in your life. And without that you will never have fellowship with invisible God. In fact, the manifestation of invisible God is Bible doctrine. The only way you can have fellowship with invisible God is to “learn” His plan concerning the divine decrees which metabolized doctrine gives you to execute and fulfill the PPOG for your life.
Many believers cannot assemble consistently for Bible doctrine and encouragement from the word of God. They are isolated because of geographics, handicaps, illness, lack of transportation or many other reasons. However, they are not violating this verse.
Bible doctrine is the purpose of assembly worship, and they can learn Bible doctrine alone.
So since they are getting doctrine, they are in effect assembling themselves. In other words, the priority is to get doctrine to have fellowship with God. While some believers are isolated from Christian fellowship, they are not isolated from the communication of Bible doctrine. Therefore, God always supplies a right pastor with doctrine for positive believers.
HEB 10:25-26 is a command given by the Lord through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit to not forsake assembling your self together with other believers. For example, a friend drops by so you can’t make Bible class! You got home too late, you don’t feel like rushing. You’re tired and you have to get up early. The kids have to get their sleep. Excuse after excuse. And it’s just a matter of pleasing self and not pleasing God.
HEB 11:6, And without doctrine resident in the soul it is impossible to please Him,
For the average believer, there is no thought of the duty he owes to God…..no sense of requirement. That’s because they do not love God with all of their strength! How many times do I have to say that before it actually has an impact on some of you?
MAR 12:30, “and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength”.
 
LUK 10:27, And he answered and said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
 
DEU 6:5, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
The point is that for the average believer, there is no thought of the duty he owes to God. no sense of requirement! That’s because they do not love God with all of their strength. God gives you a certain amount of time that you might use it for His glory. Nothing is ever carried over so that you might credit it to the next day! This is why the mature believer regards every day alike, ROM 14:5‑6. Everyday we live is a gracious gift from God. God has created you for His glory and until you believe that and then live for that purpose, you will never find true happiness and contentment in life. So God does give you a certain amount of time that you might use it for His glory! This is why the mature believer regards every day as the Lord’s day, ROM 14:5‑6.
ROM 14:5, One man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Let each man be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord.
Everyday we live is a gracious gift from God and it should be a day that we have time set aside for our relationship with Him. Remember that the only time we possess to honor God in this life is the number of days He provides for us in the Christian life,PSA 90:12; JAM 4:13‑15.
James reminds us how frail our life really is in JAM 4:14, Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
The fact that the believer lives another day is a sign of divine grace and the faithfulness of God, LAM 3:22‑23, The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.
This is why it is important to learn Bible doctrine every day as MAT 4:4 teaches.
Remember what Job said in JOB 23:12, “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”
The word for treasured is the Greek verb tsaphan which means to esteem; to admire, appreciate, respect, and even worship. Remember that it is Biblical to praise God’s word as David did in Psa 56.
PSA 56:4, In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust;
 
PSA 56:10, In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, Whose Word I praise, 
So everyday is a day when we should be learning doctrine and preparing ourselves to glorify God! If we do not purchase time by taken in doctrine consistently, we lose days! This is why we are told that days of life are lost through divine discipline, PSA 102:23, “In the course of my life, He broke my strength, He cut short my days.”
This is also the reason why we are told to purchase time each day or to buy back the time in EPH 5:16‑17, Constantly buying time, because the days are evil. [you purchase time with doctrine, doctrine is the capital needed to but time] Because of this, stop being ignorant, but completely understand the will [purpose] of the Lord.
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