MESSAGE FOR TODAY

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Message for today is more needful as we see division rather than unity; national pride being ripped apart rather than united, racism raising its ugly head in many countries, with an attempt to wipe out various unwanted elements that would help to unite; if allowed to nurture rather than destroy.

There are many who are seeking resolution to problems at hand; as one sees division dominate many lands, but refuse to accept the fact that the message for today is already in God's Word:  For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another (1 John 3:11).

A Bible commentary noted:  From the beginning its origin; the eternal law of truth, is of love itself.  It was written in Adam's heart in a state of innocence, delivered in the law of Moses, and taught by Christ.  It was no upstart notion, no new law, and to be regarded in the most respectful manner.  (Comment)


Message for Today - Love for Mankind

The message for today can be found in what apostle Paul wrote so many years ago:  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (or love), I am become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling (or clanging) cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity (or love), I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity (or love), it profits me nothing.  Charity (or love) suffers long, and is kind, envies not; does not vaunts (or brag) on itself, is not puffed up (or arrogant).  Does not behave itself unseemly (or rudely),  seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth (1 Corinthians 13:1-6).  Love's characteristics is a much needed reminder as a message for today!

Heard from the Beginning

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning , that we should love one another (1 John 3:11).  The message for today is not a new one; but an old one, with the  characteristics of such a love previously mentioned.

We see bickering, hatred, division, whose end result is identified as the message for today as well:  Jesus said:  Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand (Matthew 12:25).

Warning in God's Word

The message for today is that we are seeing the fulfillment of the warning of the prophet Isaiah, so very long ago:  Woe to the that call evil good, and good evil; put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight Isaiah!  

Woe to them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!  Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and flames consume the chaff, so their root (or evilness) shall be as rottenness; and their blossom shall go up as the dust; because they have cast away the law of the Lord, of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 5:20-24).

Molding a Nation Into Present Day Thinking

A newspaper article quoted a former president:  Progressives mold how America thinks and make the media report things the way they want.  Such a message for today would be damaging, rather than uniting, if the agenda sought after is not for the benefit of the nation as a whole.

We are presently seeing such happening, in many nations of the world, by those  who are seeking to mold the way of thinking; by influencing others, to adopt ill-conceived notions.  We see many nations divided, because of various factions opposing one another, rather than uniting for the good of the country.

Misplaced Love

The message for today is that we are seeing a misplaced love towards the things of this world.  Scripture reveals:  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passes away, and the lust thereof; but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:15-17).  The writer signifies the world as being the evil desire that is so much a part of human existence. 

When Satan caused the fall of man (found in Genesis 3) he appealed to the those three areas of weakness; lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  They are even more prevalent today, being rapidly consumed through an electronic age that makes access easily available.

A Faithful Messenger

Scripture reveals: A wicked messenger falls into mischief (or trouble): but a faithful ambassador (or messenger) is (or brings) health (Proverbs 13:17).  As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refreshes the soul of his masters (Proverbs 25:13).  Hear this, all you people; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world (Psalm 49:1).

Such words has a universal application for all of mankind to hear.  However, one has to be willing to hear and receive.  Scripture reveals: For to us was the gospel preached, as well as to them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it (Hebrews 4:2).

The message of today is still reflective of God's love from the beginning to the present day.  It is not a new one; except to the one who has yet to receive it:  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), that whosoever believes in him, should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Sower reveals: There went out a sower to sow:  And it came to pass, as he sowed,  some fell by the wayside, and the fouls of the air came and devoured it up.  And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun came up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.  And some fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty,  and some a hundred (Mark 4:3-8). 

Meaning of the Parable

The sower sowed the word (the Word of God).  And these are they by the wayside, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately, and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.  And these are likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it, with gladness;  and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a  time: afterward, when affliction or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they are offended (or caused to stumble).

These are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts (or desires) of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.  And these are they which are sown on good ground,; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred (Mark 4:14-20).

A Bible commentary noted:  This identifies four kinds of people:  Unresponsive, impulsive, preoccupied, and those who takes it to heart, bearing the fruits of faith, obedience, and fidelity.  It is unfortunate that in many Western nations, where the Word of God is so readily available, there are many who fall into the first three categories.

Preach the Word

The apostle Paul stated:  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God (or divine assignment) which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God (Colossians 1:25).  Paul was to  preach the Unadulterated Word of God; the message for today as well

He informed Timothy, a young evangelist:  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; they shall turn way their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables (that which is fictitious) (2 Timothy 4:2-4).

Churches, in many Western nations, are deviating from the call to promulgate the whole truth; allowing the tickling of the ear, by not fully imparting the Unadulterated Word of God.  Preaching is the God ordained means to prevent defection from the truth. 

Those who appeal to itching ears tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.  The message for today should be no different than yesteryear; except those who water it down to suit their own fancy or lifestyle, rather than encourage one to walk that strait and narrow way that leads to eternal life in Christ Jesus.

Jesus said:  Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the way, and broad to the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14).

Assistance of Heaven

The message for today should not be towards division, adoption of ungodly ways, marching in pursuit of one's own agenda, but of unity and one's well-being.  In a Constitution Convention that was deadlocked in bitter controversy, a delegate rose and made the following plea:

I have lived a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth; that God governs in the affairs of men.  We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that "except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it."

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing in our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed in business.  Such a plea should be a message for today concerning every God-fearing nation!

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