THE PEACE OF GOD

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Shelby G. Floyd

Philippians 4:7, 9
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus….Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
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BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 11

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Shelby G. Floyd

WHAT IS TRUTH?—PILATE

The central issue in every court trial is, “what is truth?” Jesus faced such a crisis when he was brought before the judgment hall of Pontius Pilate. Pilate asked him if he was a king, since the Jews had charged that Jesus claimed to be a king, and, rival of Caesar. Pilate asked in these words, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered,

“You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all” (John 18:37-38). Pilate made a true judgment in regard to the accusations brought against Christ, when he stated to the Jews, that he found no fault at all in Jesus Christ. But Pilate would not stay around long enough for Christ to tell him about the truth of God which everyone must hear to be of the truth. Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 11”

THE PROUD PEACOCK

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Shelby G. Floyd

Good morning everyone! It is a beautiful day, and as my friend says, “Every day is beautiful.” That is true, but some days are more beautiful. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118:24).

Today our lesson is titled, The Proud Peacock.” I think the Peacock is the perfect symbol to describe people who are puffed up with an overwhelming estimate of themselves and of their pride. We use the terms, proud Marine, proud parent, proud graduate, proud teacher, and on and on and on. There is nothing wrong with having a certain amount of pride or what I would call self-respect. But when we are talking about the kind of pride that the Bible describes and which God opposes, then we’re talking about the kind of pride in which a person says I have done all of this myself. No one else helped me and I did not depend on anybody! I did this all by myself, as if there are no other factors in what you are or what you have been able to accomplish.

That cannot be true. Every person and everything we accomplish is because somebody else has helped us. Whatever we do, we build on what everyone has done who lived before us. So when you and I are tempted to boast and arrogantly claim that we are proud of what we are or what we have done, just remember that somebody else also had a part in it—your parents, your fellow countrymen, your work associates, your family, and Almighty God. Nobody can accomplish anything completely by themselves and be proud in that sense.

THE TEXT

Let us look at our text today from the writing of the apostle Peter. We will only notice verse five as we begin our lesson:

1 Peter 5:5
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
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STIRRED UP FOR GOOD WORKS

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Shelby G. Floyd

These stirring words were written to the preacher Titus,

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:11-14).

THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH CREATED A STIR

The New Testament church created a stir wherever it went. We must admit that all of us need to be stirred up out of our lethargy and indifference toward sin and wickedness. It is also true that leaders of the church should motivate, stir, and encourage the members on to greater usefulness in the kingdom. But it is neither reasonable nor right to blame our own laziness and lack of zeal on other people. Each Christian has the personal responsibility to stir up himself to a greater zeal and enthusiasm toward saving the lost and in building up the local church. This means that it will be impossible to stir up others, (either in or out of the church) until we first are stirred up ourselves.

WE MUST STIR UP OURSELVES

First and foremost, we must stir up ourselves concerning the lost. When Paul saw that the city of Athens was wholly given over to idolatry, his spirit was stirred within him (Acts 17:16-17).

We must stir up ourselves concerning the purity of our worship to God. Jesus was eaten up with zeal when he saw all the Jews profaning his father’s house (John 2:17; Matthew 21:12-13).

We must stir up ourselves concerning our gifts both natural and acquired. Paul commanded Timothy to stir up the gift that was in him by the laying on of Paul’s hands (2 Timothy 1:6).

Also we must stir up ourselves in our minds by remembering the word of God as we have been admonished by the apostle Peter. (2 Peter 1:13; 3:1).

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BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 10

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Shelby G. Floyd

According to Paul, the reason all miraculous, spiritual gifts were to fail, cease and vanish away is because they were in part, or incomplete. God did not reveal his revelation all at one time, but progressively over a period of 60-70 years. During that period of time, the revelation was in part. “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part” (1 Corinthians 13: 9). You will notice that Paul used the present tense in describing that which was in part. Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 10”

THE FUNCTIONAL FAMILY

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Shelby G. Floyd

Titus 2:1-5
But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
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A HAPPY HOME

In the office of a family counselor, I read these words on a plaque: “Let’s put the word ‘fun’ back in the word dysfunctional!” In functional homes each member of the family will have joyful fun in everything that is morally and religiously right. Continue reading “THE FUNCTIONAL FAMILY”

BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 9

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Shelby G. Floyd

THE PERFECT WORD

When Jesus Christ sent the apostles out into all the world to preach the gospel to every creature, he attended their ministry with signs and wonders and miracles (Hebrews 2: 3-4). These miracles were designed to confirm the word (Mark 16:17-20).

Not only were the apostles able to perform all of these wonders, but by the laying on of their hands they were also able to impart spiritual gifts to members of the New Testament church. For example, Peter and John, two apostles, were sent down to Samaria to impart spiritual gifts to those who had been baptized for the forgiveness of their sins. Philip, who preceded the apostles to Samaria, was able to work miracles himself; but not being an apostle, be was not able to impart them to others, this being reserved for the apostles (Acts 8: 12-19). Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 9”