Friday, August 15, 2014

MUSIC'S POWER





Music Is A Powerful Tool Use It Wisely





I love to sing even though when I do so my wife’s poodle starts howling.  There is a certain pitch I hit that touches the nervous system of that dog.  She says the poodle is singing, but it sure doesn’t sound like it to me.  It sounds like the dog is in pain.  When I was in high school I enrolled in a music class and in the school band.  I learned a lot from our music teacher.  I played the trumpet and baritone. I remember when I was in grade school my Mama bought me an accordion and paid for lessons.  I hated that squeeze box.  It just didn’t seem masculine enough to me.  Music played an important role in my youth.  I have good memories of Mama at the piano and us boys standing around singing gospel songs with her.




 1. Music Has A Power Over Our Lives. That is why discretion is so important when it comes to music. If we are not careful we will find ourselves in a quagmire of ungodly music. It is entirely possible to allow the power of music to become the main attraction. Music is like a plate on which we serve a meal. The focus should be more on the food than on the plate.

The decline of a culture can be directly tied to the decline of music. It is not an insignificant thing.  According to Ephesians 2:1-2 there is a “spirit of disobedience” in every unsaved person.  The power Satan gives to a Madonna, Justin Bieber and other musicians is real.  God’s people must guard themselves from the power of music that is promoted by Satan.  
Christian Music should rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to draw and convict the unsaved of their need for Christ.  If there is no conviction there can be no conversion. I saw the slow shift of the Saturday Night Singings” in my church to professional Gospel Quartets performing in massive secular auditoriums.  After a while that led to carnality.  It went from being about the message to being about the performance.

It was the custom of Jewish families to sing together, so it is not a stretch to assume that as a child Jesus sang.  We also know that He sang with His disciples in the upper room as they partook of supper.  “And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.”  (Matthew 26:30) This would be the last time He gathered with His disciples during His earthly ministry.  Jesus blessed the broken bread and the fruit of the vine.  Then He passed the bread and juice to them.  They parted by singing a song of praise to God.



2. There Is Clear instruction On Music To The Local Church. The Scripture gives us a clear exhortation to abstain from being drunk and a clear command to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Then, the Bible commands the church at Ephesus to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” Ephesians 5:18-20

The church at Ephesus was instructed to sing these type of songs and make melody in their hearts to the Lord.  This is a clear command to the local church. If the local church is to be a reflection of her head Jesus Christ, then she must obey this clear command.  To do otherwise is to disobey our Lord and to open the door to let the world into church through the power of music.
David was the human pen for the majority of the Psalms.  The book of Psalms is often called the “hymnbook of the Bible.”  The Psalms were songs given to men in the midst of their struggles, their suffering, and even their victories.  The Bible speaks of singers, musicians, and musical instruments more than five hundred times. When choir members, special singing groups, soloists, and orchestra members are in tune with Christ and with each other, their music can bring about or enhance a spiritual event.  




 3. Music Will Bring Out The Best Or Worst. Music's influence will bring out the best or the worst in people.  That is the power and influence music possesses. Plato said, “Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes the laws.” Aristotle believed that if you listened to music that reflected a certain mood, you would experience that same mood.  Dr. Jack Hyles said, “If one listens to the wrong kind of music, he will tend to become the wrong kind of person; but, conversely, if he listens to the right kind of music, he will tend to become the right kind of person.”

Depression seemed to be a regular occurrence with King Saul.  The further he strayed away from God, the deeper his depression.  I Samuel 16:15 states that he was troubled by an evil spirit. When his servants noticed Saul’s condition, they recommended a solution in I Samuel 16:16.  “Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.”  To soothe the evil spirit, they sent for David.
“And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”   I Samuel 16:23
Notice that David did not sing a word.  He simply played it for King Saul.  The music refreshed Saul. If David could create a sound from the harp that calmed a depressed King Saul, then the power of music cannot be denied or ignored.  Music is an invisible reality.  God’s people must be careful in both their private and public choices of music.  
Music affects us in three ways: physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Music also has three primary parts: melody, harmony, and rhythm.  Melody comes from the Greek word meloidia, which means “choral sing.” Meloidia is derived from melos, “tune,” plus aoiden, “to sing.”  Thus, the musical term melody. The Bible command us to be filled with the Spirit, teaching us that melody and the fullness of the Holy Spirit are related.
Our mind responds to harmony, the intellectual part of music.  The word harmony comes from the Greek word for joint, which implies the concept of fitting together. Thus, the harmony joins the melody and the rhythm together.  Our body responds to the rhythm.  Rhythm is the Greek word rheo, which means “to flow” or “to pulse.” Rhythm, then, is the physical part of music.  Remember, music can be evil or good, depending upon its use.
The melody must dominate the music of the Christian.  The harmony must follow the melody in the supportive role in the music.  Last of all, the rhythm must be under strict control in music.  In essence, this is a picture of the Christian with his body and its desires under strict control.  Romans 8:13 explains, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” I Corinthians 9:2 says, “If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.”



 4. The Key To Good Music Is Balance. Rhythm must not be forsaken.  It needs to be in a proper relationship with the harmony and melody.  In our day, the melody (spiritual) and harmony (intellectual) are not just being overpowered; they are being dissolved by the overpowering, pulsating rhythm (physical).  America’s music, both in the church and in the society, reflects an obsession with the physical.  It will take discipline in leadership to be able to see down the road the results of unbalanced music.

James 1:27 tells us, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” What makes worldly music?Because of its identification with the world, some music should be considered worldly. The writer and the associations identified with the music will help determine its flavor. If the places where the world congregates to feed their flesh use a certain style of music it would make sense that it is probably worldly music.
If those places started playing hymns such as “The Old Rugged Cross” or “Amazing Grace” the musicians would probably be booed, and many customers would leave.  Why? Because the music does not match the setting!  Then why do so many pastors and Christians think their music belongs in the church?  God’s music is meant to bring praise to God, not to entertain man.  
In his book Music in the Life of Man, Julius Portnoy says, “The Christian musician is a member of two worlds, the spiritual and the material.  The choice is his: to create sacred music that is pleasing to God because it ennobles character or to defile the miracle of creation and produce secular music which arouses lust and desire.” God's people are to remain unspotted by the world and music is a part of that which must remain unspotted.
There is a sound that the world’s music gives out.  When music is heard, the mind immediately forms an image because of the sound.  What image comes to mind when barroom or honky-tonk music is heard? Conversely what image do people get when they hear the music in our churches?  What image are Christians projecting from the music they play in  their cars or in their homes? There is a direct correlation between the power of God and the music of God.  
In many cases I do not see balance in the music put in front of the people.  The Jesus movement was a big thing in the 60's. The music  philosophy was that nothing matters but the uplifting of Jesus. There seems to be a revival of, nothing matters if we are uplifting Jesus in our music today.  However, there is a whole counsel from the Scriptures on music that does matter.   Music is a powerful tool use it wisely.



The Bible makes it very clear music does matter. The future of fundamentalism depends on a strong position on music that adheres to our fundamentals positions. This is a part of God's plan for the spiritual maturing of God's people. The local church is responsible to maintain Biblical boundaries and that certainly does not exclude maintaining the right kind of music. Music is a powerful tool use it wisely.

Monday, August 4, 2014

IF JESUS PREACHED TODAY WHICH BIBLE WOULD HE USE?

IF JESUS PREACHED IN YOUR CHURCH, WHICH BIBLE WOULD HE USE?


(A small review and recommendation of Jack McElroy’s book, Which Bible Would Jesus Use?)
It would be foolish to say he would use no Bible, since he used one during his earthly ministry (Luke 4:16-20; 24:27, etc.).

Would he use a Bible that makes him a liar, as the NIV and ESV do in John 7:8?

John 7:8-10 (KJV) Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
(NIV) “You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee. However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.
(ESV) “You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee. But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.
Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe how many Christians will accept version upon version of the Bible that shows their Lord to be a liar, as the NIV, ESV, and so many others plainly do, but it would be crazy to think Jesus would carry a book to the pulpit that has him breaking the law he came to fulfil.
This is the simple question asked by Jack McElroy in his book, Which Bible Would Jesus Use? (Also available for Kindle.)
The mere question would be laughed off by modern scholarship as too absurd to consider.
But this question deserves serious consideration by any genuine follower of Christ. After all, the Bible is Jesus’ book, and so picking the one he would have us use is certainly something we should do!

Would Jesus use a Bible that gives Satan his own title in Isaiah 14:12?

Isaiah 14:12 (KJV) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Revelation 22:16 (KJVI Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, andthe bright and morning star.
The NIV gives Satan the title Jesus has plainly reserved for himself:
Isa 14:12 (NIVHow you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
Are you okay with that? Do you think Jesus is okay with that? (See this article for more on Lucifer vs the Morning Star.)
McElroy’s book is an excellent addition to the many on the “Which Bible” topic. The tone is easy and conversational, laying out the issues in a manner that makes the answers obvious. In fact, I suspect this will be my new “go to” introductory book for believers new to the topic.
McElroy gives an excellent overview of the preservation and translation of the Bible, presenting a clear and compelling case for why we should trust that the King James Bible is in fact the very word of God without error. His deductive logical arguments are enough to convince any sincere seeker that we can have faith in God’s book as it is preserved to us today.
But he does not stop there — McElroy isn’t afraid to point out the deficiencies of the modern and commonly held definition of inspiration, getting to the heart of the matter and demonstrating that not only do modern experts have aflawed theology of inspiration, with their own words they show that they don’t believe there ever was a perfect “act of inspiration” in the first place.
Even if you’re already a King James Bible Believer and need no convincing, this book is still a great read. I’ve had a public presence on the Internet defending the Authorized Bible for almost 20 years now, and I’ve heard it all.  McElroy must have had a peek into my inbox, because all the common “gotcha” questions are here. More importantly, they’re all answered ably.
  • Yeah? So where was God’s word before 1611?
  • The NIV and ESV are no different than the different “revisions” of the KJV.
  • So Which Edition of the KJV is perfect? What about the differences between editions?
Now, we know that in the end this is still a matter of faith. After all:
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Any time someone demands “proof” that the King James is God’s word they are seeking to avoid the issue of faith and excuse the egregious errors in their favorite Bible versions. However, it can be (and has many times been) proven beyond any reasonable doubt that modern Bible versions contain error. As McElroy demonstrates with their own writings, modern Bible editors actually believe that imperfection is often a sign of a more genuine reading.
But it’s not enough to demonstrate the corruptions of modern Bible versions, because the question will still remain: why the KJV? There are deductive reasons good enough to answer the sincere seeker willing to place faith in God that he would preserve his word, and Which Bible Would Jesus Use? provides these reasons and more.
Highly recommended!
Jack McElroy has kindly made chapter 8 of his book available in full here: Why can’t the Lord choose the ©1982 New King James Version?
Which Bible Would Jesus Use? is available in print from Amazon.com and also on Kindle. You can read more about Jack at his website.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

REPENTANCE FROM UNBELIEF TO BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST SAVES

REPENTANCE FROM UNBELIEF LEADS THE SAVED TO REPENTANCE OF SINS



Acts 2:38, “The Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

 The word “repent" can be defined as changing ones mind, reasoning, or opinion. In essence the word “repentance” means, “to change ones mind.” It could be defined as “a deciding to change” or  “a deciding to go another direction,” but basically it means to change one’s mind or direction. II Timothy 2:25, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;”




 All we have to do is find out what makes a person lost spiritually. Then if we can change what makes that person lost then he or she can be saved from an eternal hell. Thus, one must repent from whatever it is that makes that one lost without salvation. John 3:18, “But he that believeth not is condemned already.” Why is a person condemned? Simple, because “he believeth not.” 

 If he is lost because he believes not then what must he do in order to be saved from going to hell? He must repent! Repent from what? Repent from believing not! If it is believing not that makes you lost then it is changing to believing that makes you saved.

 John 3:18, look at the last part of that verse, “because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God.” What is it that makes a person lost and on their way to hell? Not believing in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 




 Which means if you do not believe on Jesus to pay for your sins and to take you to Heaven you are lost! John 3:18, “He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed.” Thus, a man is lost because he does not believe on the Son of God for payment of his sins.

 Man then must repent of that which makes him lost in order to be saved from a devil’s hell. John 3:36, “He that believeth not the son shall not see life.” What is it you do not do to see life? Believe not the Son of God. The verse goes on to say, “But the wrath of God abideth on you.” What do you have to do in order to have the wrath of God abiding on you? Believe not the Son of God. 

 Believing not is what makes one lost and on their way to hell. You must repent or change your mind about something you are doing to trust in to keep out of hell to what God says is THE way to heaven, which is to believe on the Son of God for payment of your sin penalty of hell.




 You believe in your mind and your will. So, you must change your mind. You must change from “I will not receive Christ” to “I will receive Christ.” Consequently you must undo to be saved what you do that makes you lost. What do you have to do to go to hell?  Believe not on the Son of God! What do you have to do to go to heaven? Believe on the Son of God for payment of the price of your sin!




 John 5:40, “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” What kept these people from having life? Not coming to Jesus! If you do not come to Jesus for payment of your sins you will die and go to hell! What you have to do in order to go to heaven is to change your mind and come to Jesus for payment of sin. 

 You undo to be saved what you did to be lost. You are lost because you do not come to Christ and you are saved because you do come to Christ for payment of the penalty of sin. What you are repenting of is not coming to Christ and not believing on the Son of God.


IN THE BIBLE YOU CAN REPENT FROM SOMETHING OTHER THAN SIN



  
 Repent means to change one’s mind. If a person decides to go to town and then decided not to go to town he has repented. If a person decides to be married and then decides not to be married he has repented.

 Matthew 27:3, “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.” Was Judas saved? No! Judas was not repenting of his sin! Judas realized he had made a bad deal. He changed his mind about what he should have done, but he never repented of being a sinner. You can repent of something other than sin. 

 By the way, Judas went to hell and yet repented. Everybody who lives in sin sooner or later repents of it. There is a difference between that and repenting of not believing on the Son of God. You can repent of a sin or sins without repenting of the sin of unbelief. It is the sin of unbelief that sends one to hell. Thus, it is the repenting of the sin of not believing that sends one to hell. Judas repented but was not saved.

 Genesis 6:5-6, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”  Does that mean that God sinned? No! You can repent of something other than sin. 

 God who cannot sin, lie, or do wrong repented in Genesis 6:6. God repents, but does not commit sin. Repentance does not always have to do with sin, but it does always have to do with the changing of one’s mind.

 I Samuel 15:35, “And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the Lord repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.” God chose Saul to be the king of Israel, but he changed His mind! God repented that he had made Saul king. You can repent of something other than sin.

 Exodus 32:14, “And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.”  God and Moses are having a disagreement and the Lord repented. Hold it, God is not speaking of sin here. He is talking about punishment here! God repented! Did God get saved here? No! God simply changed his mind here!

 The same is true in Jonah 3:9-10 and Amos 7:3, 6! Repentance does not always have to do with sin. It is not always sin you are repenting of and it is not always salvation as the issue in repentance! The wife says, “I think we’ll have roast beef Sunday. No, no I think we’ll have fried chicken.” Hold it, she repented, but it was not sin she repented of.


REPENTANCE FROM SINS IS ALWAYS DIRECTED TOWARDS GOD’S PEOPLE - EXCEPT FOR THE SIN OF NOT BELIEVING WHICH IS DIRECTED TOWARD’S THE UNSAVED





 You do not clean up and then get saved! You get saved and then clean up! Not believing is what condemns a person to hell. Believing is what un-condemns a person! Revelation 2:5, 16, 21, 22; 3:19 repentance from sins is directed toward God’s children in Ephesus, Pergamos, Thyatira, etc. 

 Not one person in the Bible was saved by repenting of his or her sins! Acts 16:30-31, “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” They did not say repent! They did say, “Believe.” This is the only verse in the Bible that goes directly to the issue of being saved and it does not say, “Repent.”

 Jesus does not forgive sin! Jesus paid for the price of sin with his death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus does not forgive sin for he paid for sin himself.  He forgives sinners by paying for their sins.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

FANTASY VS. REALITY

Boast not Thyself of Tomorrow



Proverbs 27:1 says “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

The biggest mistake made by mankind is dreaming what tomorrow will be like. We say, “This is the way tomorrow is going to be,” and we picture tomorrow. However, dreams and fantasies never include nega­tives. Nobody ever says, “I know what will happen tomorrow; my mother-in-law is going to come and live with me.” Nobody ever says, “Tomorrow the com­mode is going to get plugged up.” Nobody ever says, “Tomorrow the sewer line is going to be stopped up.”
 Dreams and fantasies do not include negatives, but the reality always brings negatives; that is what makes it reality. A young lady says, “I’m looking for the man of my dreams.” He just does not exist. The reality your dreamboat will bring with him includes bad breath in the morning and stinking feet in the evening. Young man, the woman of your dreams does not ex­ist. In those dreams and in those fantasies, there are no negatives; that is what makes them dreams or fantasies.
 We place our dream of tomorrow on one side and the reality of tomorrow with its negatives on the other side; then we compare them. The dreams without the negatives overshadow reality, and we become un­happy, depressed, and melancholy.  The fantasy without its negatives compared to the reality with its negatives discourages us.
 A young lady planning for her marriage says, “This is the way it will be.” She cannot wait to get married to that big bruiser. She fantasizes about the way her marriage will be.  When marriage comes, she puts the reality on one side and the fantasy on the other side, and they do not match. Thus, she becomes disen­chanted with her husband and with her marriage. She does not blame her fantasy; she blames her husband for not fulfilling her fantasy. She says, “This is the way it will be!” However, fantasies do not include bad breath, stinking feet, bouncing checks, a mother-in-law, car payments, and a temper.
 Fantasies do not include being pregnant every nine months for four years.  Fantasies do not include ten sick babies, a lost job, a Ford car, cut-off notices from the electric company, eviction notices, and layoff no­tices. Reality has no chance to measure up to fantasy.
 Someone said, “All of my dreams have crumbled.” It is time to quit dreaming and go to work. Listen carefully, you cannot see tomorrow; but you can see today. Today can never compare to tomorrow be­cause tomorrow never reveals her negatives, while today shouts out her negatives.
 You cannot see tomorrow. You can visualize tomor­row. A young preacher goes to pastor his first church, and he dreams of the way it will be; but his dreams do not include deacons. Deacons are a reality. So he puts reality on one side and his dreams on the other side, and they do not match. Why? Because tomor­row forgot to announce her negatives, and so tomorrow did not match today. His dreams had no negatives, but reality brought negatives, and so the young preacher is unhappy.
 A church lists all the things they want in a new preacher. Then they call a preacher and compare him to what they thought they would get, and they are dis­appointed. Why? The church becomes disenchanted with the new pastor because dreams never can be matched by realities.
 The little lady looks forward to marriage, and she says, “This is the way it is going to be.” “I cannot wait,” she says. She puts her dream on one side, and then she is married and finds out that her husband cannot measure up to her dreams. However, there is a fellow at work that does, or so she thinks. The man at work always measures up to fantasies because she does not smell his breath in the morning and his feet in the evening. She says “Wow, now I have found the man that can match my dreams.” So she divorces man number one and marries man number two. She brings number two home. After awhile, she finds out that his breath smells in the morning and his feet stink at night. She measures him at home to her dream, and he also fails the test, just like man number one did.
 “Oh, but there’s a fellow in the bowling league that measures up to my dreams,” she says, and the proc­ess starts all over again. They always measure up at a distance. So here comes candidate number three, and his breath stinks in the morning and his feet stink in the evening, and he likewise does not measure up to her dream.
 It is the same process for a preacher who goes to church number one, and reality does not measure up to his dream. So he goes to another church. What happens? The new church says, “This is what we want in a pastor. We think we have found the right man.” The young pastor says, “This is what I want, and I think I’ve found it.” So they both get together, and neither of their dreams matches their realities. Now you have an all-out war.
 A preacher who stays two years and then moves will do it again. A church that fires a pastor in two years will do it again. What is the problem? The dream has no negatives. The reality has negatives. When the two are compared, disenchantment occurs. They are trying to find the elusive fulfillment of their dreams. There is no way that reality can equal a dream.  Too many contrast the greenness of the grass on the other side of the fence to the brownness of the grass on this side of the fence. So, you say, “There must be something better out there, because it is so bad here.”

The Unknown Cannot Compare With the Known

 When a preacher never becomes comfortable any­where, he is creating an appetite that will ruin him. He never becomes comfortable in a church, a job, or a house. He always feels that there is something he is supposed to be doing that he is not doing now. You cannot see tomorrow. You are making the mistake of your life by attempting to figure out what tomorrow will be like. You let God take care of tomorrow and today. There is no way to compare fantasy with reality; you cannot compare the unknown with the known.

The Future Cannot Compare With the Present

 Your happiness is in direct proportion to your sat­isfaction of yesterday’s hope. Whatever you hoped yesterday, the fulfillment or non-fulfillment of that hope today will make you happy or unhappy. What are your hopes for tomorrow? I would give a simplistic answer of “I plan to serve God.”

Look Back For Your Happiness and Forward for Your Hope

 My happiness is not based on what I believe, but on what I believed. My salvation, marriage, call to the ministry, church I pastored, children I have, grandchildren great grandchildren I have, converts I have, etc. All give me happiness because they are reality, not fantasy. My hope is to see Jesus coming back for us at the rap­ture, the hope of Heaven, the hope of a glorified body, and the hope of eternity.

Do Not Compare Today to Yesterday

Every day is an adventure in your service for God. Every year provides its own built-in challenges. God has given us the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to help us and guide us through these uncharted waters. I dare not compare today to yesterday. 

 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS

WHAT IS THAT TO THEE?



John 21:21-22, “Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.”

Jesus responded to Peter by saying that is none of your business when Peter was inquisitive about another man. Take note of Acts 1:6-7, “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” Jesus simply responded by saying that this is none of your business! Peter had come and asked about the future. Peter came to Jesus and said to Him what is going to happen to the beloved John and Jesus responded by saying, “…what is that to thee?”

Jesus was saying to Peter it is none of your business what happens to him then Jesus said to Peter, “…follow thou me.” Jesus is saying. “Peter your hands are already full just keep on following me! Peter you have enough trouble doing what I’ve asked you to do. Peter you have a full time job just in doing my will. Quit prying and quit trying to find out what is going to happen to John! You be concerned about what is happening to Peter and not what is going to happen to John.

In Acts chapter one the disciples came to Jesus and said, “…wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom…” If you will recall Jesus had said in John chapter 14, “I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place I will come again.” Jesus had promised to come again and they thought He would come back right away. Remember Paul even said regarding Jesus’ return, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord.” Paul said I expect to be here at the rapture. John said the day is at hand. In Acts chapter one this is our Lord in his resurrected body, His glorified body and He is about to go back to Heaven. The disciples asked Lord at this time will you restore the kingdom? Jesus said, “It is not for you to know” or “It is none of your business.” The truth is most of our problems are caused by things that are none of our business.


DO NOT PRY INTO THE FUTURE



“What is going to happen to me? What is going to happen to mine?” My friend that is none of your business and that is none of my business for it is God’s business! I refuse to pry into the future because I have no control over the future. The future is not mine! The future belongs to God! The present belongs to me!

They were asking Jesus are you going to restore the kingdom? Jesus said that is none of your business! I believe I would be correct in stating that 90 % of all of our problems, our anxieties, our fears, and our worries exist because we are trying to pry into the future.

All of us would have a better future if we would concentrate on doing right today and let that make our tomorrow! The reason most of us have a lousy present is because we failed to do yesterday what would have built us a great future.

My future belongs to God while my present belongs to me. What ever I give God today He will use to make my tomorrow. The present must occupy my entire attention. Jesus is saying Peter you forget what is going to happen to John and follow thou me! Forget about John’s future and concentrate on your present.

I use to play a little golf! It was generally bogy golf but I still loved to play the game. Golfers who play 18 holes of golf are not very good. Golfers who play one hole at a time are above average golfers. Vince Lombardi made world champions out of the Green Bay Packers because of his emphasis on the fundamentals of football. He worked on making the most first downs. Casey Stengel made world champions out of the New York Mets because of the emphasis on the fundamentals of baseball. Tom Landry made world champions out of the Dallas Cowboys by stressing the fundamentals of football.

Jesus is saying your future is My business and not your business. Peter asked, “How about John’s future?” Jesus quickly replied, “That is none of your business!” Jesus is saying, “I am interested in your present and what you are doing now so simply follow me!”

My future and your future belong to God and my present belongs to me! I give to God my today’s and the quality of that gift is translated into a quality future. God can only make a future as bright as you make your present bright!

“Jesus how about the kingdom will you restore it now?” Jesus replies, “That is none of your business so quit prying! I just gave you the great commission, I just told you to go into all the world to preach the Gospel to every creature, I told you to baptize those converts, and I told you to train them to go win others to Christ! The future kingdom is my business and the present winning of souls is your business.”

Jesus is saying I am not concerned about the future for I am concerned about your present. What good does it do to restore the kingdom if there is no one there to enjoy it with you? Jesus said succinctly and simply, “Follow thou me” or don’t pry into the future.

Someone said one time about public speaking that there were three things he did. First, before he spoke he would worry about what he is going to say. Second, while he was speaking he would worry about what he was saying. Third, when he finished he would worry about what he said. NOT ME! I work hard to prepare, but I do not and refuse to worry about it when I’m preaching. I absolutely lose myself! I am not worried about next Sunday’s sermon while I am preaching today’s sermon. I am not worried about last Sunday’s sermon but I can do something about the sermon I am currently preaching!

Stay inside your business and today is your business not tomorrow. It is best that all of us keep our nose out of the future. When I pastored I did not have a lot of appointments for I only had one appointment and it is the one I had at that particular moment. I do not have a lot of things to do. I have one thing to do and it is the thing I am doing now! I did not have a lot of weddings for I only had one wedding the one I was doing at the moment! I did not have a lot of funerals for I only had one funeral and it was the one I was conducting at the moment! I did not have a lot of staff for I only had one staff member and it was the one I was dealing with at the moment! I had only one staff meeting and that was the one being conducted at the moment!

To me the sermon that was the most important sermon I will preach or ever preach is the one I am preaching at the moment! All of us should close the door and quit prying into the future. God said He would lead His children through the wilderness. Your future and my future belong to God while the present belongs to us. If we have a quality present we will have a quality future! God will only use what you give Him today to make up your future tomorrow. I refuse to sit in a wheel chair and say, “I didn’t realize what I had!” Stay busy now and allow God to take care of the future. There is one thing all of us have in common and that is the present.

I am still in somewhat of a shock that Dr. Jack Hyles is in Heaven. I honestly thought he would live as long as his mother did. She went to Heaven at the age of 96! His sister Earlyne Stevens is still alive as of the writing of this chapter is in her 90's. I am so glad that I loved and enjoyed every minute with Dr. Hyles. I did not take him for granted! None of us know if we will have a tomorrow but we do know we have a today.

God told Moses to tell Pharaoh that the "I AM" hath sent thee! Quit prying into the future! “What is going to happen to John?” Jesus said IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! “When will the kingdom be restored?” Jesus replied IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! Jesus did say, “Follow thou me!”

Build your Sunday school class now, your bus route now, win souls now, baptize converts now, enjoy your marriage now, enjoy your children now, enjoy your church now, enjoy your school now, and enjoy all God has placed into your world now!


DO NOT PRY INTO PROBLEMS YOU CANNOT SOLVE

Peter said to Jesus, “I’m worried about John.” Jesus replied, “…and what is that to thee. Peter John’s business is none of your business.” I would suggest that we not pry into the future and that we do not pry into problems we cannot solve.

The best way to take an exam is to answer all the questions that you know the answers to first. It is not wise to attempt to solve the problems you cannot solve but solve the ones you can solve. It is none of your business what your friends do, neighbors do, or others do. It is best to keep your nose out of others business and stay busy caring for your own business.

I do not try to solve problems that are none of my business or that I cannot solve. I do not solve problems that I am not asked to solve. I do not solve problems I do not need to solve. I do not try to do what I cannot do. I do not try to know what I cannot know. I do not meddle with what I cannot control and that way I can focus on what I can control. I do not go looking for problems for I have enough I am responsible for in my life and so do you!

“What is going to happen to John?” Jesus said, “What is that to you” or in other words “Don’t’ pry!” “Is the kingdom coming soon?” Jesus answers, “That is none of your business.”

90 % of our worries are because we spend more time worrying about how it is going to turn out than turning it out! We also stick our nose into business that is known of our business. Attempting to solve problems you cannot solve is in essence neglecting the problems you can solve!

·      Do not pry into the future
·      Do not pry into problems you cannot solve


DO NOT PRY INTO THE PAST

I do not pry into the future, do not pry into problems I cannot solve, and I refuse to pry into the past! If you would like to forget about some dumb stunts you have pulled in the past then do it. You are the one that keeps it stirred up! Then you keep pulling another bonehead stunt, which cause those over you and around you to be reminded of the last dumb stunt you pulled. What you are saying is, “I have not changed!”

I cannot change nor remove the past for it is gone and done! I cannot know the future for that is in God’s hands! However, I can know the opportunity at hand and at the moment. I must forget the past, forget the past failures, and quit doing those dumb things that remind others of my past while creating a new past today.

Our sins are blotted out of God’s memory book for they are buried in the deepest sea, under Jesus’ blood, behind the back of God, hidden from God, and they are as gone as far as the East is from the West so quit prying into the past!

·      Do not pry into the future
·      Do not pry into problems you cannot solve

·      Do not pry into the past