Published on August 19, 2018
Going for the Gold : Going for the Gold (1 Peter 1:5) Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:6) Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: (1 Peter 1:7) That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth , though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1. Buy of Me: 1. Buy of Me (Revelation 3:13) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:14) And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; (Revelation 3:15) I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. (Revelation 3:16) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:17) Because thou sayest , I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (Revelation 3:18) I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve , that thou mayest see. (Revelation 3:19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3:20) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:21) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (Revelation 3:22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches . 2. Count it All Joy: 2. Count it All Joy (James 1:2) My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; (James 1:3) Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (James 1:4) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:5) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:6) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (James 1:7) For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. (James 1:8) A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:9) Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: (James 1:10) But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. (James 1:11) For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth , and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth : so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways . 3. Able to Save: 3. Able to Save (James 1:12) Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:13) Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (James 1:14) But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (James 1:15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (James 1:16) Do not err, my beloved brethren. (James 1:17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:18) Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (James 1:19) Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: (James 1:20) For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. (James 1:21) Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls . 4. The Good Steward: 4. The Good Steward (1 Peter 4:10) As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:11) If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:12) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: (1 Peter 4:13) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (1 Peter 4:14) If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (1 Peter 4:15) But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. (1 Peter 4:16) Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (1 Peter 4:17) For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:18) And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (1 Peter 4:19) Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator . 5. The Unjust Steward: 5. The Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1) And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. (Luke 16:2) And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. (Luke 16:3) Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. (Luke 16:4) I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. (Luke 16:5) So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? (Luke 16:6) And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. (Luke 16:7) Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. (Luke 16:8) And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. (Luke 16:9) And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. (Luke 16:10) He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much . 6. From Death Unto Life: 6. From Death Unto Life (1 John 3:14) We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. (1 John 3:15) Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:16) Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:17) But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? (1 John 3:18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:19) And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. (1 John 3:20) For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. (1 John 3:21) Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. (1 John 3:22) And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (1 John 3:23) And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment .