My grandmother was a Bible loving woman. I can still remember her holding me in her arms while in her rocking chair and as she finished reading a scripture to me she placed the Word on her chest then moved her glasses to her forehead while humming a hymn as she prayed and rocked me. There in a small town in Texas where everyone knew everyone, I recall her talking about the “Foot Washing Baptists” I was very inquisitive and asked, “Who, What, and Where” She explained that most of the people in the community were farmers and on their feet doing hard work from sun up to sun down. The neighbors were always caring for each other and the fine Bible believing people humbled themselves by washing the feet of others. They were showing respect, honor, and dignity to another. You see weight is carried on the feet. Today, I never hear of foot washing except when someone has a pedicure; however, money does not buy humility ! What does all this have to do with the feet of GOD? Let’s read some scriptures: “GOD the Father of glory raised Christ from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in heavenly places far above principality, power, might, dominion, name in this world and that which is to come – HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET” Eph.1:17-22 “Then comes the end when He shall deliver up the kingdom to God the Father; putting down all rule, authority, and power for He must reign till HE HAS PUT ALL ENEMIES UNDER HIS FEET. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death for HE PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET.” 1Corth15:24-27“HOW beautiful upon the mountains the FEET OF HIM THAT BRINGS GOOD TIDINGS THAT PUBLISHES PEACE, BRINGS GOOD, PUBLISHES SALVATION -said unto Zion, THY GOD REIGNS” Isaiah52:7
Would you go to see a #magic act if you knew how the tricks were done? Probably not, and that is the purpose of today’s message – to expose the pattern of schemes the #devil uses. No 30 minute lesson could cover all the ways #Satan tries to draw people’s attention away from Jesus, but at least Brother Tommy can explain some caution signs. What is the draw and the danger of attempting to speak to the dead? How does the devil try to trick us by taking advantage of our wish to know what the future holds? Are there any true prophetic voices around today? Is there any merit to witchcraft? Is there any danger to adopting some of the Eastern religious practices like meditation or transcendentalism? Are there incidences in the Bible of Godly individuals taking part in occult like activities? What does the Bible say about taking part in any of these practices? What is the danger of dabbling with horoscopes or ouija boards?
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Are you in need of a helping #hand? All around the #world, we are having one # disaster after another. In my lifetime I have seen seasonal #storms, but never like today with so much repeated devastation ! Ps.138:7 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, GOD will revive me and shall stretch forth His hand against the wrath…and the RIGHT HAND OF GOD SHALL SAVE ME” As lives and property are destroyed, I am seeing moral decay as well. Where can you turn for relief? What does the Bible have to say about strength during decay? What is happening? I think Isaiah 25:ll explains “GOD shall spread forth HIS HANDS IN THE MIDST OF THEM, as he that swims spreads his hands to swim: and GOD shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.” Have we forgotten the old saying pride goes before a fall? Have we also forgotten GOD? Where is the strong arm of the law? Psalms 89:13 “GOD has a mighty arm: STRONG IS THE HAND OF GOD AND HIGH IS HIS RIGHT HAND” Ps.119:73 “HANDS OF GOD HAVE MADE ME AND FASHIONED ME: give me understanding that I may learn thy commandments” Does society even acknowledge GOD’S laws? “The WORKS OF GOD’S HANDS ARE TRUTH AND JUDGMENT; all His commandments are sure” Ps.111:7 Time to turn to GOD and call upon His forgiveness – Ps.37:23 “Steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delights in His way though he fall he shall not be utterly cast down: FOR THE LORD UPHOLDS HIM WITH HIS HAND.” Call on the LORD. Isaiah 41:10 “FEAR NOT; FOR I AM WITH YOU: BE NOT DISMAYED; FOR I AM THY GOD: I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU AND I WILL HELP YOU; YES I WILL UPHOLD YOU WITH THE RIGHT HAND OF MY RIGHTEOUSNESS” Conclusion: “Humble yourselve under the MIGHTY HAND OF GOD THAT HE MAY RAISE YOU UP IN DUE TIME” 1 Peter 5:6
Has your #mind been overwhelmed by God’s #omnipotence? When you picture #God, our creator, who do you see? We are formed in His #Image. So does He have #fingers? The Bible tells us so! Psalm 8 “O LORD our LORD how excellent is thy name in all the earth!..when I consider thy heavens, THE WORK OF THY FINGERS, the moon and the stars, which thou has put in place; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man that thou visits him?….Thou made him to have dominion over the works of thy hands and put all things under his feet ” God’s word records His creation…Exodus31:17 “for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed. 18. He gave unto Moses, ….. on mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, WRITTEN WITH THE FINGER OF GOD” Deuteronomy 4:13 “LORD DECLARED UNTO YOU HIS COVENANT, which HE COMMANDED YOU TO PERFORM, even TEN COMMANDMENTS; HE WROTE THEM UNON TWO TABLES OF STONE.” Yes, the finger of GOD has written us a covenant; however, have you ever read it or do you think a good lawyer can find a loophole for you? Deuteronomy 5 has the commandments and it is a must read ending with verse 33 “You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD YOUR GOD has commanded you that you may live well and prolong your days…”