Open Door Bible Baptist Church of Goose Creek, SC Pastor Derel Farmer
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If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful, may push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it; and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their success, of their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence on Him, that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hidden in obscurity, because He wants you to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade. He may let others be great, but keep you small. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing; and then to make your work still more precious, He may let others get the credit for the work which you have done, and thus make your reward ten times greater then Jesus comes.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over. So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own. He may not explain to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in His dealings with you, but if you absolutely sell yourself to be His love slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and bestow upon you many blessings which come only to those who are in the inner circle.

Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that He does not seem to use with others. Now when you are so possessed with the loving God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of Heaven.

G. D. Watson, in Living Words

The most popular battle cry of the twenty-first century seems to be “I DON’T HAVE TIME”!

The truth of the matter is not that we do not have TIME, but we do not practice TIME MANAGEMENT!

God has graciously blessed each of us with 24 hours; 1,440 minutes; 86,400 seconds in each and every day. Whether we want to or not, we must “spend” every second of our allotted time; none of it can be saved or put aside for a rainy day.

It has been my experience that those who spend the most time complaining about “not having time” are those who fail most often as time managers. We often hear people talk about how hard they work, but what is being accomplished?

It would astound each of us to keep track of our WASTED time each day and realize what we could have accomplished had we managed our time wisely rather than wasting it.

The “I don’t have time” syndrome has been passed on to our children; they do not have time to read the Bible; do not have time to pray; do not have time to be spiritual; do not have time to finish assignments in class; and do not have time to finish their homework. There is a precedent being established that could spiritually maim them for life. Where does the “cure” to this disease lie?

We have been provided with many amazing tools that can be used to manage our time. Day Timers, Palm Pilots and Microsoft Outlook all help to schedule meetings, organize tasks, and remember special days. But are they enough?

In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we find these words, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

The overwhelming message of this verse, as well as the “secret” to proper time management is PRIORITIZING YOUR TIME. Every person on earth has a list of priorities, written or unwritten. We have tasks that we consider important and those that are not so important. Sadly, we often misappropriate some things above or below their rightful place on our priorities list. To our shame, spiritual things are often the most quickly to be dethroned.

If we, as believers, would learn to properly manage our time, it is yet to be seen what we could accomplish for the Glory of God and the good of the brethren!

Throughout the scriptures, we find hundreds of references to time. The Lord puts great emphasis on being punctual, prioritizing your schedule and being practical in time management. When creating the universe, God was without time restraints. God is infinite and gives account to no man; however, He still held Himself to six days of creation so the seventh day could be designated as a day of rest and worship.

What is the motivating force behind proper time management? Christian Character! Character is holding oneself accountable and accountability produces responsibility!

The current trend of time mismanagement will end when Christians determine to implement these principles of time management into their own lives.

It seems, of late, that my thoughts have been traveling along the same line quite consistently, that is “THE FOCUS OF THE CHRISTIAN’S LIFE”.

We, as believers, so often get our attention on other things, many of which are good things: however, they are not the BEST things.

We get side-tracked when we focus on:

I. Sinners.

We all know that Christ has called us to be the light of this world. But, our center of attention, if it be on sinners, is OUT OF FOCUS!

 II. Submission.

The life of every Christian should be submitted to the authorities God has placed in our lives. But if submission is the center of our attention, we are OUT OF FOCUS!

 III. Sanctification.

As a Christian, we are to live a life that is separate from this world. Our dress, desires, and dispositions should reflect the image of the one we say lives in our hearts. However, if sanctification is the focus of our lives, then we are OUT OF FOCUS!

 IV. Service.

The Christian life is a life of service to the Lord. Our desire should be to find the will of God for our lives and spend all our days fulfilling that plan. But, if our attention is centered on our area of service, then we are OUT OF FOCUS.

 V. Sacrifice.

One of the greatest testimonies of God’s grace working in a believer’s life is their willingness to sacrifice for the sake of others. A Christian should have no problem “doing without” for the propagation of the gospel message. But, if I am consumed with my life of sacrifice, then I am OUT OF FOCUS!

What, then, should we be focused on?

Him! The Lord! Our Savior!

If we have our attention on anything but Him, we will be utter failures in anything we attempt to do for Him!

FOCUS ON HIM!!!

The Bible has much to say about the subject of Pride.
 
In fact, the word Pride is used 46 different times in the Bible. Some of those verses are listed below.
 
Proverbs 11:2  “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”
 
Proverbs 13:10  “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”
 
Proverbs 14:3  “In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.”
 
Proverbs 16:18  “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
 
Proverbs 29:23  “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
 
Every human being on planet Earth has a measure of Pride.
 
Some areas of pride can actually be beneficial, such as pride in personal appearance. This will cause a person to be clean and neat. However, even this area of pride can get out of control.
 
When pride causes a person to think more highly of himself than he ought to think, while looking down on the possessions or appearance of others, his pride has gotten out of control.
 
When pride causes us to think we are better, smarter, better looking, or more popular than those around us, it has gotten out of control.
 
When pride causes you to make bad choices, it has gotten out of control.
 
We read in the Bible that it was the sin of pride that caused the devil (then called Lucifer) to be cast out of Heaven long before the creation of man. God created Lucifer as an angel to serve Him; however, Lucifer decided to try and lift his position above God and was dealt with severely.
 
In the book of Genesis, we find that Cain killed his brother Abel as a result of pride. Cain became offended that God did not accept his sacrifice while, at the same time, he did accept the sacrifice of Cain’s brother Abel. Cain’s pride brought about great jealousy in his heart and he slew his own brother.
 
Also in the book of Genesis, we find that pride caused the brothers of Joseph to sell him to a group of wandering merchantmen as a slave. Joseph’s brothers then told their father, Jacob, that a wild beast had killed Joseph.
 
Through these Bible illustrations, we see that pride can be a very dangerous and deadly thing when it enters a person’s heart.
 
Even though we have seen some very terrible things that have resulted from the sin of pride, let us now see the most dangerous result of pride.
 
As human beings, we often act or react in certain situations based on what others will think of us. Many people regulate everyday decisions based upon the likes or dislikes of others.
 
Hair styles, clothing, and even friendship choices are sometimes made as a result of peer pressure (the opinions of others).
 
As troublesome and disturbing as this may be, there is still something much worse! That is, making eternal decisions based upon peer pressure, which is motivated by PRIDE!
 
The most important decision you make in this life is NOT what kind of car you will drive, how much money you want to make or who your boyfriend or girlfriend is!
 
The most important decision you will ever make is to accept or reject God’s free gift of salvation.
 
Cars break down; jobs come and go; beauty fades, but eternity is FOREVER!
 
Every person that is living or has ever lived will spend eternity somewhere.
 
YOU will spend eternity somewhere!

What is BAPTISM?

December 12th, 2013 | Posted by MyAdmin1611UserFor_opendoorbbc.net in Notes - (0 Comments)

Baptism is, one of the most misunderstood doctrines of the Bible. Many would have you believe that baptism is a necessary part of salvation, others would try to convince you that it is totally unimportant.

Let us take a look at what the Bible has to say about the subject before we come to any conclusions on the matter of baptism.

I.  Baptism is OBEDIENCE.

The very first step of obedience for a new Christian is that of baptism.

Matthew 28:19 tells us how the Lord carefully instructed His disciples to baptize those who had been taught the way of salvation.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

In Acts 2:38, we find the Apostle Peter has been preaching; many desire to believe on the Lord for salvation. The Bible says: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized…”

In the Bible book of Acts, we find the story of a preacher named Philip who has been preaching to a
man of Ethiopia about Jesus. The man of Ethiopia believes on Jesus for salvation and asks Philip this question in Acts 8:36: “…See, here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized?”

Even though this man of Ethiopia had just been saved, he recognized the importance of obedience in the matter of baptism. Baptism is not a part of salvation nor does it add to your salvation or make you “more saved”. It is simply an act of obedience to the Lord’s command for everyone who believes on Jesus for salvation.

II. Baptism is an OBSERVANCE.

In the Bible, we are taught that baptism is an illustration or observance of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:3-4:
 
3 – Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
 
4 -Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
  
When a person is saved and as an act of obedience enters the waters of baptism, he or she is put under the water (immersed) for a brief moment to observe the similarity of baptism to the death and burial of the Lord; then, they are immediately brought up out of the water in observance of the Lord’s resurrection; this represents the new life that a believer now has in Jesus Christ.

This new life is described in 2nd Corinthians 5:17—”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

III. Baptism is an OPPORTUNITY.

Many have defined baptism as an “outward expression of an inward change”. When a person puts faith in Christ for salvation, he will immediately desire to share his new-found faith with those around him. One of the most visible ways to do this is through obedience in baptism. Baptism lets everyone around you know that you are a new creation in Christ; your old life is gone and you are different now.

How wonderful to use this simple act of obedience as an opportunity to share your testimony of salvation with your friends and family!

The subject of Hell is one of the most debated subjects found in the Bible. Some would have you to believe that Hell does not exist at all; others would have you to think that Hell is the bad circumstances you face while here on earth. Still others would try to convince you that Hell is a temporary place of punishment for sin and once you have suffered enough to pay for your sins, you will be released.
 
Please read on to see what the Bible has to say about the subject of Hell; who goes there; how long it lasts and how to keep from going there.
 
The very first place you will find the word Hell in the Bible is in Deuteronomy 32:22 where the Bible says “For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.”
 
As you read the Bible, you will come to the conclusion that Hell is a terrible place; it is a place of fire, suffering and torment. However, the Bible teaches us that Hell was not made for humans at all. The Bible says in  Matthew 25:41,  “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
 
By this, we see that Hell was created for the devil and his angels (often called demons). Why then do people go to Hell?
 
In the book of Genesis, the Bible tells us of the very first sin that was committed on earth. We are told that Adam sinned in the garden and by that, fellowship was broken between him and God.
 
Because of Adam’s sin and the fellowship that was lost between him and God, their was a need for man to be reconciled (brought back into fellowship) to God; the only way for this to take place was for someone that was sinless to pay man’s sin debt and die in his place.
 
This brings about another problem; who was sinless and willing to do this for sinful man? There was only one who met these requirements and His name is Jesus.
 
The Bible teaches us the Jesus came to earth and died on the cross so that man could escape the punishment of Hell and go the Heaven to live with God forever.
 
In spite of this great sacrifice that Jesus made for man, many still reject the free gift of God. Because of this rejection, man must then pay the price of his own sin by spending all of eternity in Hell.
 
Another question that is often asked about Hell is this; when do people go to Hell?
 
In Luke 16:19-31, the Bible tells us about two men who died; one man was a Christian and loved Jesus. But, the other man did not trust Jesus to save him and when he died, the Bible says “in Hell he lift up his eyes.”
 
By this, we know that once a person dies he immediately goes to Heaven (if he has trusted Jesus for salvation) or else he goes to Hell (if he has rejected the free gift of salvation).
 
Still another question that is often asked about Hell is this; what is hell like?
 
Within Luke 16 lies a very graphic description of this horrible place called Hell.
 
            1. There is torment from the fire in Hell.
            2. There is great thirst in Hell.
            3. There is separation from God in Hell.
            4. Those in Hell can remember life on earth.
 
You might ask why it would be so terrible to remember life on earth; I believe that while in Hell, a person will remember every time they had an opportunity to accept Jesus. They will remember every time the gospel was presented to them. And,  they will remember every time they rejected Jesus and His grace.
 
The final question we will deal with is this; how does a person escape Hell?
 
At this point, let me establish this one vital fact; there is ONLY one way to escape Hell!
 
Living right is a wonderful thing, but it will not help you to escape the flames of Hell!
 
Doing good deeds is great, but it will not help you to escape Hell!
 
Being baptized, joining a Church and tithing are good things to do, but they WILL NOT help you to escape the judgment of God in Hell!
 
There is only one way to escape Hell.
 
The Bible says in John 3:16, “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
 
Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
 
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
 
The only way a person can escape this terrible place called Hell is to accept the free Gift of forgiveness and salvation that has already been paid for by the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
If you, from a sincere heart and by faith ask Jesus to forgive your sin, come into your heart and save you, He has promised in His Word that He will do that and then you will not have to go to Hell!


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