Sunday, December 11, 2011
Praise Jesus At All Times
You all might say what is Brother Bob up to now with pictures above of a palace and and man building a wall. Well in response as I always say its biblical and the answer is one word NEHEMIAH. We all should be like Nehemiah who was willing to leave the palace as a cupbearer for King Artaxerxes and become a lowly labourer that built a wall for Jerusalem and his people and suffered persecution. This kind of also reminds me of Moses who left the prospect of being Pharoah in Egypt and suffered affliction with his people to lift up the name of Jesus. Hebrews 11:24 says By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharoah's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Also, I'm reminded of Esther who was willing to die for Jesus to save her people Israel and go before the king at an improper time according to the law. I love Esther's words at Esther 4:16 which reads Go, gather together all the Jews that are present to Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day; I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not acccording to the law; and if I perish, I perish. Even though Esther was safe in a palace, she was willing to sacrifice her life to save her Jewish people from Haman's law to kill all the Jews. All these stories remind me of Matthew 16:25 which says For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Saint reading this if Jesus tells you to go help a poor widow, orphan, prisoner, or anyone in need, be willing to leave everything to help that poor person and you will lift up the name of Jesus like Esther and Nehemiah.
Saint reading this I ask you to be like Nehemiah and no matter how rich you are in life always remember the poor and take time to remember Jesus. Nehemiah, though he enjoyed much prosperity being in great favour and high honour as the cupbearer for King Artaxerxes, yet even then suffered in the church's sufferings, and was troubled with the church's troubles. Oh how holy was Nehemiah who willingly left a rich pleasant king's court for a ragged and tottered city and forsook the company of illustrious lords for twelve years to toil and moil like a day labourer. When Nehemiah delivered wine to King Artaxerxes, he thought of the water which the poor subjects of Christ drank. And though his own particular condition called him to be merry, yet the sepulchres of his fathers caused him to mourn. As Nehemiah built the wall he was persecuted by Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem but Nehemiah rejoiced in the persecution and finished building the wall.
The story of the two pictures above is at Nehemiah 2 and reads And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the King that wine was before him; and I took up the wine and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence. Wherefore, the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid and said unto the king. Let the king live forever, why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my father's sepulchres lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire. Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven and I said unto the king, If it please the king and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldst send me unto Judah, unto the city of my father's sepulchres that I may build it.
Another person who to Brother Bob is like Nehemiah who praised Jesus when he was both rich and poor was Job. Job remembered Jesus and praised the Lord daily when he had family, wealth, and many material possessions. Job also praised Jesus when he lost everything and his wife told him to curse God and die. This is stated at Job 2:9 which reads Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God and die. But, he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil. In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
You all might say wow what is Brother Bob up to now with pictures of a house and a man sitting in an empty wilderness with absolutely nothing around him. Well again this is biblical and reminds Brother Bob of DAVID AND ZIKLAG. The house represents what David owned before it was burnt to nothing by the Amalekites. The man sitting in the empty wilderness reminds me of David returning to Ziklag and finding nothing left of his possesions. But, David still rejoiced in Jesus and encouraged himself in the Lord, even when he lost his house and wives after the Amalekites burned all his possessions and took away his family. David also continued to praise Jesus even when his own depressed soldiers spake of stoning him saying David was responsible for the loss of all their possessions.
The story about David is at 1 Samuel 30:6 and reads And David was greatly distressed. For the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters. BUT, DAVID ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD. Saint reading this, in Jesus name let us all continue to praise Jesus at all times like David and encourage ourselves in Jesus no matter what goes on around us. Brother Bob always says focus daily with your heart on Jesus and the cross and tell the devil I am crucified with Christ and praise Jesus for dying for you and destroying all your problems past present and future on the cross. Hebrews 2:14 and Luke 9:23. Take up your cross daily and know that when Jesus died on the cross he destroyed the devil and your problems forever.
Now I give you a short lesson from one of my favorite books in the bible LAMENTATIONS. The book of Lamentations tells us all to put our total hope in Jesus only, not family, friends, money, or any material possessions. Lamentations 3:24 says THE LORD IS MY PORTION saith my soul, therefore will I hope in Him. Lamentations 3:26 says It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. Isaiah responded to the hope of the book of Lamentations by stating in Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo this is our God, we have waited for him, and He will save us. This is the Lord. We have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.
Saints take a good look at the wonderful picture of the story of how an angel saved Hagar and Ishmael's lives and provided a well of water for them both to survive. Saint reading this if you feel like no one is around to help you, I claim in Jesus name the presence of a multitude of angels grant you the desires of your heart to lift up the name of Jesus. Hebrews 13:6 says So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Remember saint when man, family, church members, and everyone leaves you, Jesus loves you and will send angels to bless and keep you alive in peace. I claim this in Jesus name for all who read this past present and future. Even though Hagar had no more water in her bottle, Jesus loved her and provided a well for Hagar and Ishmael.
The story about the above picture of Hagar and Ishmael is at Genesis 21:15 and reads And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot; for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept. And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water and gave the lad drink.
Saints getting back to my main message today of praising Jesus at all times. Don't let prosperity cause you to forget Jesus. Even when you are rich and own many material possessions please help the poor and remember Jesus. Solomon gave us all a warning about this at Proverbs 1:32 which reads For the turning away of the simple shall slay them and THE PROSPERITY OF FOOLS SHALL DESTROY THEM. Noah, who had seen the whole world drowned in water, is himself no sooner delivered and becomes drunken with wine. After Lot is delivered from Sodom, he commits incest with his own daughters. Solomon, the wisest king that ever the world had, was as notorious for apostasy as famous for prosperity.
Remember saint, though thy mercies be as the sail and wind to further the vessel of my soul in its heavenly voyage, yet, except thy Spirit O Lord Jesus steer, I will be driven off course. Lord Jesus, in Jesus name to all those who read this, keep us all humble in our highest estate, knowing that thy mere mercy not our merit is the sole cause of all our comforts.
Lord Jesus help us all to be like Obadiah who even though he was a stately governor for Ahab, he feared God greatly and considered the poor when he hid the prophets that Jezebel wanted to kill in a cave and fed them with bread and water. This is stated at 1 Kings 18:3 which reads And Ahab called Obadiah which was the governor of his house. Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly. For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah took 100 prophets and hid them by 50 in a cave and fed them with bread and water. Also, Lord Jesus help us all to remember how Stephen praised you through all his troubles. Under a shower of stones about Stephen's ears, Stephen still praised Jesus when his eyes beheld one of the greatest sights ever seen by a mortal man. Acts 7:56 records this by saying And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.
Saints, take a good look at the picture above and lets take time to praise Jesus. The above picture is biblical and represents the monument and stone that Samuel erected to glorify the Lord Jesus. Samuel called the stone Ebenezer which is defined as Hitherto, hath the Lord helped us. So many monuments are erected before buildings to remember people or great men. I'm so glad today on this internet, Brother Bob has posted a stone called Ebenezer to remember Jesus and tell everyone reading this Jesus has helped us all. Glory to the name of Jesus.
The relevent scripture that speaks about Samuel's stone called Ebenezer is at 1 Samuel 7:12 and reads Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpeh and Shen and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto, hath the Lord helped us. We should all like Ezra praise Jesus for his mercy of sparing us from destruction and granting us all eternal life and peace forevermore. Ezra 9:13 reads And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this.
Saints, Europe is now reading Brother Bob's bible studies in Great Britain and Italy. Indonesia also is regularly reading Brother Bob's bible studies. This is what I live for. To see the word of Jesus go all over the world free of charge to encourage and win souls to Jesus forevermore. Angels in heaven rejoice over just one soul that finds Jesus. This gospel will be preached to the ends of the earth and Jesus will return to take us all home to the eternal kingdom where there will be everlasting joy and peace and we'll praise Jesus forevermore. Feel free to contact Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133.