King James Bible Study – “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Mark 8:34
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Chapters: I Chronicles 21-22, Psalms 30, 95
Message: Signed, Sealed, and Delivered By Christ
Hello My Friend,
There was a massive fire in my neighborhood yesterday, in fact, it was two doors down, I watched as the fire moved up past the huge pine trees, and was spreading toward my neighbors property. Oddly enough, my church is on the other side of those trees also. Thank God for the forty-five firefighters that acted quickly, put the fire out, and those who stayed right there throughout the night to make sure it did not flare back up. Our safety was not in the hands of man, it was in the hands of God. Let me tell you, if I were to list every instance in which God’s hands protected me there would not be enough paper. Whenever I realize that God has once again saved me from serious injury or death I tear up wondering why He is so merciful to me. This morning He reminded me that I am His anointed. “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” – II Corinthians 1:20-22.
“and hath anointed us,” Anointed; To consecrate by unction, or the use of oil. Unction; Divine or sanctifying grace. It is the Lord Jesus Christ who establishes us with His blood. The second we believe in and receive Him as our Saviour we are anointed, sanctified, and consecrated with His blood, by God’s grace through our faith in Him alone. Amen! And because we are anointed with the blood of Christ we have His protection over us at all times, and even if we mess up we have the assurance that we are still signed, sealed, and delivered by Christ. We must admit it, we really are like sheep, prone to wander the second something grabs our attention, and the devil is all too willing to help us out. You know all those idiotic decisions you made, that the second you made them you knew you messed up? That is the devil, and while he cannot mess with our soul he can certainly mess with our flesh. We are given another account to David as he sinned by ordering a census, this time it is revealed that it was Satan who provoked him to do this. Remember, Satan cannot touch God’s anointed without His permission.
“And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel. And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly. And the LORD spake unto Gad, David’s seer, saying, Go and tell David, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things: choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee. So Gad came to David, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose thee Either three years’ famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring again to him that sent me. And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man. So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.” – I Chronicles 21:1,7-14.
“but let me not fall into the hand of man.” David knew that it was better to fall into the hand of God’s judgments rather than mans. People often think of God’s judgments as something cruel, but they are nothing compared to mans. It was man that killed Jesus simply because they were threatened by His exposing them for who they truly were. Sometimes we see evil things happening to people and wonder how God could give the devil permission to do it, and to understand we need to look at it through God’s eyes. Those who are anointed with Christ’s blood, are signed, sealed, and delivered from much evil, there is only so much that God will allow the devil to afflict them with, and whatever it may be, He makes a way for them to bear it. Those who are not anointed with Christ’s blood are subject to every bit of evil that Satan is capable of since he will do anything to keep them from finding Christ. Let me tell you, it is heartbreaking to see so many who are not saved die, and there was nothing you could do about it. This is how David felt after seventy thousand people lost their lives over that bad decision.
“And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father’s house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued. Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the name of the LORD. And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat. And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out of the threshingfloor, and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground. Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the place of this threshingfloor, that I may build an altar therein unto the LORD: thou shalt grant it me for the full price: that the plague may be stayed from the people.” – I Chronicles 21:16-22.
“let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me,” David could not bear to see another person die for his sin, he would rather be the one suffering. Keep in mind that this was not all David’s fault. Remember, we read about this yesterday, God was angry at them first, and that was when He allowed Satan to provoke David. We may not always understand God’s judgments, look at how many people are dying in the hands of wicked people and the diseases that have not been around for decades plaguing nations. Remember, those who are anointed with Christ’s blood are signed, sealed, and delivered from much evil. Many Christians may have died in their faith, but God protected them the best He knew how by bringing them home to Him. Jesus said, “And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls.” – Luke 21:16-19.
“In your patience possess ye your souls.” It is our soul that is anointed and protected by the blood of Christ. Even though we are anointed and protected, we must endure a lot of hardships in this flesh, and yet every hair on our head is protected. We are going to mess up, we are going to be provoked by Satan, and make some bad decisions, but we are signed, sealed, and delivered in Christ forever. Amen! “O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;” – Psalm 30:2-7,10-11.
“For his anger endureth but a moment;” I love this, I am certainly a sinner saved by grace, and I can list just as many instances that I messed up, and God delivered me as I can His protection. His anger certainly does endure, but a moment when we consider what we put God through, but joy truly does come to His anointed. I read this by Charles Spurgeon first thing this morning, “but this is our confidence, the Lord who began will perfect. He has done it all, must do it all, and will do it all. Our confidence must not be in what we have done, nor in what we have resolved to do, but entirely in what the Lord will do….Ah! yes, we should indeed perish if left to our own strength. If we had alone to navigate our frail vessels over so rough a sea, we might well give up the voyage in despair; but, thanks be to God, he will perfect that which concerneth us, and bring us to the desired haven.”
“he will perfect that which concerneth us,” We truly are a work in progress, and every single thing that God allows Satan to afflict us with, even when we mess up, is used to perfect us. This is not in anything that we are able to do on our own, but in what Christ is able to do in us. Amen! “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:” – Psalm 95:1-3,6-8.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.” – I Chronicles 21:24.
Today’s Prayer: God, Like sheep, I know I have gone astray, got tempted by what the world has to offer, and even fell right into the trap. I have witnessed Your anger, and also Your hand over me more times that I can count, and yet You truly watch over, and protect Your anointed. Lord, Thank You for Your mercy, Your grace, and Your protection on me, no matter what I do, You will never leave nor forsake me. Lead me and guide me, keep Your hedge of protection around me, fill me with Your mercies, grace, and love, for I know I will fail You at times, but You are my strength to get back up, and be the faithful witness You need me to be so that others can see Your Son in me and receive Him also. In Jesus’ name. I pray. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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