Why did God create man when He foreknew man would bring sin into the world with all it’s awful ramifications? This is a question that atheists are made of. It has perplexed believers and unbelievers alike. There is no simple explanation, but in this study we will seek to gain some understanding into this great mystery.
The Problem of Man’s Fall (Why Did God Allow It?)
“Feed the flock of God…” —1 Peter 5:2
One key to your health is eating a balanced diet. You cannot be healthy if you diet consists most of sugary, high fat, type foods. You need fruit, veggies, and foods rich in protein.
The same is true regarding your spiritual diet. A pastor is commanded “to feed the church of God” (Acts 20:28). He is to serve up a nourishing diet from God’s Word. Just as breakfast, lunch and supper serves up a different kind of menu, so each weekly service has a little different emphasis. The Adult Bible Class serves up some meat from God’s Word. The Sunday morning worship service is mostly the milk of God’s Word aimed at a widely diverse congregation at all levels of spiritual maturity. Sunday night is exhortation. Wednesday night messages are geared to encourage and strengthen.
To get a balanced diet, it is important to attend all weekly services. If one only comes Sunday morning, they will never grow spiritually. They are missing vital nutrients of God’s Word that are served up at other services.
Missing services during the week will make one WEAK! To get all God intends for you to have, don’t miss a single service. The meal you miss is probably the one you need the most.
Brethren, pray for us. —1 Thessalonians 5:25
In 1854, the New Park Street Church called a 19 year old young man to be their pastor. That young man was Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The congregation was about 200 when he became their pastor. Within ten months they were forced to move out of their facility to accommodate the burgeoning crowds. During the entirety of his pastorate of 38 years, over 14,000 people were added to the church. Attendance averaged 5,000 every Sunday. His sermons were published each week in the London newspaper. It has been estimated that he preached to more than ten million people.
On one occasion, he was asked, “Mr. Spurgeon, what is your secret?” Without hesitation he answered, “My people pray for me.”
The best thing you can do for your preacher is PRAY FOR HIM every day. As the Apostle Paul requested prayer: “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified…” —2 Thessalonians 3:1
Every person should seek to have three individuals in their life: a Paul, a Barnabas, and a Timothy.
A Paul is an older person who is willing to mentor you—to build into your life. Not necessarily someone who is smarter or more gifted than you, but somebody who’s been down the road. Somebody willing to share their strengths and weaknesses – everything they have learned in the “game of life.” Somebody whose faith you’ll want to imitate.
A Barnabas is a close friend, somebody who loves you, prays for you, and encourages you. Somebody to whom you can be accountable. Somebody who’s willing to keep you honest when you are going the wrong way.
A Timothy is a younger person into whose life you are building, affirming, teaching—a protégé. Paul had his Timothy; Moses his Joshua; Elijah his Elisha. You want to reproduce yourself in another who will take your place when you are gone.
Do you have these three people in your life?
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. —Matthew 6:34
What happens when you worry? You bring tomorrow’s difficulty into today. God didn’t give you grace for tomorrow’s difficulties. He only gives you grace for today. When you reach into tomorrow’s troubles, you overload today’s circuit. Worry doesn’t take the sorrow out of tomorrow; it takes the strength out of today. When you meet tomorrow, you’re out of breath because you’re already overloaded from today. Worry, therefore, does not make you ready for the future, it really makes you unready. Yesterday is a canceled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today has all the cash you have, so spend it wisely.
Worry will eat your lunch! It’ll eat your breakfast and dinner, too! Confess your worries as sin (because they are). Take your burdens to the Lord and trust Him with your tomorrow, because He is already there! “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” —1 Peter 5:7