All posts by Jim Eversole

13 Jun

Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow

It has come to my attention these past few weeks and months that I’m not giving God the credit He is due. I find my prayers are generally directed to Jesus Christ with barely a mention of God the Father or God the Holy Spirit. In the early 13th, 14th and 15th centuries the prayers were directed solely to God and not to Jesus or the Holy Spirit, I believe this too was erroneous. But in this 21st century our prayers are devoid of God the Father.

After all my friends, it was God who determined to set us apart to have fellowship with Him even before He created the world.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (Eph. 1:4)

It was God who was grieved in His heart that because of sin in our lives He could not have that sweet fellowship that he so desires.

Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Gen 3: 23,24)

It was God who sent His only begotten Son to be the propitiation for our sin, that that sweet fellowship might be restored.

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God (Rom.3:25)

It was God to whom Jesus prayed when his disciples asked Him to “teach us to pray”. “Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be Thy Name”. It was God to whom Jesus promised His disciples that when He was no longer walking the earth with them He would pray the Father and He would send the comforter (Jn. 15:26). It was God to whom Peter referred to when he said “because it is written be ye holy for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16). It is God who is now already sitting on the throne invites Jesus to join Him when He says “The Lord said unto My Lord sit thou at my right hand” (Ps 110:1).

So you see my friends, it is important to honor the entire Trinity: God the Father, God the Son who God the Father sent and God the Holy Ghost who indwells us. Let us work at realizing what great things He has done. As the song writer says “Praise God from who all blessing flow. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost”.

20 May

Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

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 1:2-5)

In the book of James we are admonished to “count it all joy” when we fall into various trials (1:2). We who have lived our entire life in the most prosperous and free Republic have never witnessed such a thing as COVID 19. Many of us just don’t know what we should do. On May 17 Faith Baptist Church opened its doors to the public for congregational services; and I was delighted to know my brothers and sisters could once again worship together. I and many other members could not participate physically at church. What should my attitude be? Should I walk around with my head down like a student in school who was denied recess privileges? Should I be jealous of our young and healthy brethren who were privileged to attend in person for services? James says count it all joy (1:2).

On the subject of when we can attend, James says if we lack wisdom ask of God (1:5). Sometimes we need to be reminded to “speak not evil one of another” (4:11) God says if we speak evil (criticize) we are guilty of judging our brethren (5:9). Those of us who feel we cannot at this time attend services should be thrilled for those who have the liberty to attend. Likewise those of us who have the liberty to attend need to be careful of our criticism of those who do not have that liberty.

I’m sure all of us long for the day when this will be nothing but a memory. In the meantime brethren let us be patient, count it all joy, and continue to ask God for wisdom, and Lord Willing I’ll see you soon!

27 Apr

Come Away, My Beloved

In Song of Solomon chapter 2 we see a beautiful picture of the Savior’s love for us

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. (Song of Solomon 2: 10)

In Psalm 119:71, the Psalmist understands that sometimes God takes drastic measures to get our attention.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. (Psalm 119:71)

We read in Ephesians 1:4 that God chose us to spend eternity with Him before He even created the world!

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (Ephesians 1:4 )

So my friends let’s not be selfish with our relationship with God. As we go through our present situation, let’s determine to come away with my Beloved.

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