MAKE YOUR ENVIRONMENT PLEASANT

PART 1

1. FILL YOU HOME WITH PLEASANT WORDS.

FOCUS ON GOD’S PLAN FOR EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY. ENCOURAGE, CORRECT, BUT ALWAYS KEEP A FOCUS ON THE GOAL.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

–AVOID STRIFE. SOME PEOPLE PLAN ON IT, SCHEDULE IT, AND EXPECT IT. THIS SHOULD NOT BE.

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

–LEARNING GOD’S WORD, AND KEEPING IT IN YOUR HEART HELPS YOU TO MAKE DECISIONS AND WILL GUIDE YOUR PATH CORRECTLY.

Proverbs 22:17-18 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.

–IF YOU FILL YOUR KIDS ROOMS WITH UNPLEASANT THINGS–DON’T EXPECT THEM TO TURN OUT PLEASANTLY. EXPECT TO FACE TROUBLES. BAD POSTERS AND MUSIC WHICH ADVOCATES REBELLION, SATANISM, MURDER, DRUGS, AND VIOLENCE IS PLANTING SEEDS OF WHAT WILL GROW LATER IN.

2. SING PRAISES TO GOD IN YOUR HOME.

IF YOU DON’T KNOW A LOT OF PRAISE SONGS, READ PSALMS, MAKE UP YOUR OWN, OR SING ALONG WITH A RECORDING OF OTHERS WHO ARE NOT JUST ENTERTAINERS, BUT ARE TRUE WORSHIPERS.

Psalms 147:1 Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

3. KEEP THE FOCUS THAT GOD WANTS EACH PERSON IN THE FAMILY TO KNOW AND SERVE HIM. YOU CAN’T BE AN EFFECTIVE SERVANT WHEN THERE IS STRIFE.

Psalms 133:1 « A Song of degrees of David. » Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

4. DON’T ATTEMPT TO MAKE IT PLEASANT WITHOUT THE LORD. TRYING TO MAKE IT PLEASANT WITHOUT THE LORD WILL NOT SATISFY.

Isaiah 17:10-11 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

5. SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO SUBJECT YOURSELF TO DIFFICULTIES SO THAT YOU CAN GET CLOSER TO GOD AND NOT DEPEND ON THE PLEASANT THINGS TO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. LET GOD MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD.

Daniel 10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

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PART 2

1. GOD MADE THINGS GOOD. WE CAN EITHER FOLLOW HIS GUIDANCE IN MAINTAINING THEM, OR WE CAN DESTROY WHAT HE WANTED US TO HAVE. .

A. SIN BROUGHT THE FIRST UNCOMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR MEN.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Genesis 3:24 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.

THE PLEASANT AND HAPPY ENVIRONMENT TURNED INTO DISASTER BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN DECISIONS.

**The attitude of people often is affected by their environment. If their homes are noisy and contentious, and filled with music that is combative, they will be aggressive. ***Even plants are affected by the environment. Is it hollering, screaming, or crying ? Or, is it filled with praise, thanksgiving, and joy ? A quiet home can go either way. It can invite trouble, or it can be peaceful.

B. WHERE GOD IS ABSENT, THE PLACE BECOMES A WILDERNESS.

Jeremiah 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

C. WHERE GOD IS NOT THE CENTER OF THE HOME, THE WORDS OF THE HOUSE ARE NOT PEACEABLE AND KIND.

EVEN PEOPLE WHO DON’T USE GOD’S NAME IN VAIN, OR SWEAR SOMETIMES USE THEIR WORDS TO CONDEMN, CUT DOWN, AND CRITICIZE.

Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

D. THE HOME SHOULD BE FILLED WITH PLEASANT THINGS.

*Not monsters, rock star posters, etc.

Joel 3:5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:

2. PLEASANTNESS CAN BE MANY THINGS.

A. PLEASANTNESS IT CAN BE A FIGMENT OF IMAGINATION.

IT CAN BE RE-DEFINED, AND PERVERTED BY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO HAVE PLEASANTNESS SO MUCH, THEY WILL ACCEPT ALMOST ANYTHING.

Isaiah 2:16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

B. IT CAN BE A TIME OF TRIAL OR TESTING; BUT WITH THE LORD, IT CAN BE PLEASANT.

Daniel 10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

C. IT CAN BE THE FRUIT OF PERSEVERING PRAYER.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

3. A PLEASANT PLACE CANNOT BE FULLY REALIZED WITHOUT THE LORD JESUS.

A. WE NEED PEACEABLY LIFE INWARDLY.

THAT COMES FROM PERSONAL SALVATION THROUGH FAITH.

B. WE NEED TO BE PEACEMAKERS.

HELP PEOPLE GET RIGHT WITH GOD, AND THEY WILL BE RIGHT WITH YOU. NO BETTER PLACE TO INITIATE THIS PRINCIPLE THAN IN THE HOME.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

C. WE NEED THE PEACEABLE WALK THAT COMES FROM RESPONDING TO PROBLEMS AFTER WE BRING THEM TO THE LORD.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

 

”Making Your Environment Pleasant”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
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REJOICE IN THE PEACE OF GOD

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IT IS UNIQUE.

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

SEVERAL THINGS TO NOTICE

  1. THIS PEACE HAS TO BE GIVEN. IT IS NOT MADE OR BROUGHT ABOUT BY MAN.
  2. THIS PEACE IS GIVEN NOT BY MEN, BUT BY GOD HIMSELF.
  3. THIS PEACE IS UNIQUE. “MY PEACE” IS DIFFERENT THAN ORDINARY PEACE.

 1. THE PEACE OF GOD IS DISTINCTIVE.

LOST PEOPLE CLAIM SOMETIMES TO HAVE PEACE. WHAT DO THEY MEAN ? THEY MEAN ABSENCE OF CONFLICTS, FREE FROM FEARS, WITHOUT PAIN, AND WITHOUT CHALLENGING THOUGHTS. That is basically a person who is unconscious or sedated and in a mental hospital.

A. LOST PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE THE PEACE OF GOD.

THEY WORRY ABOUT EVERYTHING AND WHEN THEY ARE TIRED OF WORRYING, THEY TAKE PILLS, SHOOT UP DRUGS, HUNT UP A NEW SEX PARTNER, OR GET DRUNK SO THEY HAVE SOME RELIEF. BUT IT IS NOT THE PEACE OF GOD.

♦ MANY HAVE NO CONCEPT OF GOD’S PEACE.  THEY THINK THEY HAVE PEACE, WHEN THEY DON’T. THE FRAUDS OF THIS WORLD TELL PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE PEACE WHEN THEY DON’T. POLITICIANS HAVE TOLD US THAT WE HAVE PEACE WITH IRAQ, WITH IRAN, WITH CHINA, ETC. BUT, WE DON’T.

Jeremiah 6:14  They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

♦ GOD REFUSES TO GIVE PEACE TO THE WICKED. THAT IS WHY THEY TRY SO MANY OTHER WAYS TO GET IT. DRUGS, ALCOHOL, TRYING TO GET EXCITEMENT INTO THEIR LIVES, ETC.

Isaiah 48:22  There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.

♦ SALVATION THAT GOD GIVES BRINGS PEACE.

Luke 7:50 And He said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

B. MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE FAILED TO RECEIVE IT.

Confusion in their lives due to battles. Decisions not made, but constantly thought about. God is not the author of such.

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

As with the people in the church at Corinth speaking all different languages at the same time, some Christians are confused because they have too much going on at the same time. There are people eve now, who never finish anything they start, and so are packed with many troubles.

3. GOD’S PEACE COVERS ALL AREAS OF LIFE.

A. THE PAST.

Psalms 55:18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

Romans 3:25 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;

B. THE PRESENT.

If saved, Jesus has made peace in Heaven on your behalf.

Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

C. THE FUTURE.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

* This is not the fate which awaits the world. They will think they have peace, but sudden destruction will come.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

3. GOD’S PEACE CAN ONLY BE OBTAINED IN THE WAY GOD SAYS IT MUST BE OBTAINED.

A. GOD WANTS PEOPLE TO TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY, AND OBEY HIM.

Jeremiah 16:5 For thus saith the LORD, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away My peace from this people, saith the LORD, even lovingkindness and mercies.

Jeremiah 16:12 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto Me:

♦ HIS PEACE IS CONDITIONAL

Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Requires a change in focus for many people. (This is not something that suddenly overwhelms a person at once, it is a constant growth where the focus is on God and His will becomes dominant).

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

♦ STAY AWAY FROM EVIL.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

IF YOU WALK INTO THE ENEMY’S CAMP, EXPECT TO BE WITHOUT PEACE.

♦ EXERCISE FAITH IN THE PROMISE OF GOD. HE WANTS YOU TO HAVE FAITH.

James 1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

UNBELIEF WILL HOLD YOU BACK FROM TRUE PEACE.

♦ A LIFE OF FAITH IS ESSENTIAL TO YOUR MIND BEING READY TO RECEIVE FROM 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.

B. GOD WANTS HIS PEOPLE TO RECEIVE HIS PEACE THROUGH FAITH.

♦ THERE IS TRUE PEACE IN KNOWING THAT GOD WILL RECEIVE YOU IF YOU HAVE TRUSTED HIM AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LORD.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

”Rejoice In The Peace Of God”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
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Fighting The World

Fighting The World 

Fighting against the interests that this world offers so that we might focus on the things that God offers.

1. TAKING THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CHOICE OF WHAT WE WANT.

   A. WE CAN CHOSE TO MAKE DECISIONS WITH DEFICIENT MINDS AND INFORMATION
WHAT HAS SIN AFFFECTED ?   DID YOU KNOW THAT IT NOT ONLY AFFECTED
YOUR BODY, SO THAT IT WILL ONE DAY DIE, BUT ALSO YOUR MIND AND ABILITY TO
THINK RIGHT.  OR, WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE OPTION OF SEEKING GOD.

  “What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.”  Psalm 25:12

***MANY DON’T THINK THEY CAN HEAR FROM GOD.   WRONG !

B. WE CAN TURN THE CHOICES OVER TO SOMEONE WITH INFINITE INTELLIGENCE,
AND WHO LOVES US MORE THAN ANYONE.

  “Only thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which the LORD shall choose:”  Deuteronomy 12:26


—NOTE WHAT THE TEACHING OF GOD’S WORD IS – GOD IS THE ONE
WHO SAYS WHERE YOU SHOULD HAVE WORSHIP AND SACRIFICE. IT
ISN’T JUST ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO.

C. THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHOOSING THIS WORLD ARE SERIOUS AND
ETERNAL. . . NOT JUST FOR NOW.

  “I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.”  Isaiah 66:4“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.”  1 John 2:15

 

 

2. WHAT THIS WORLD OFFERS TO PEOPLE.

A. DECEPTION.   YOU CAN’T FOLLOW THE WORLD’S CONCEPTS AND BE
RIGHT WITH GOD.

  ” And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”  Mark 4:19

B. PEACE — BUT AN INFERIOR KIND.

  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  John 14:27

C. REJECT THE APPEAL TO CONFORM.

  “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  Romans 12:1

D. WISDOM.

  ” For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”  1 Corinthians 3:19

WHO IS TRYING TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE ? THE “WISE.”
**Doctors in the UK want a law that all knives must be made
blunt — instead of having sharp points. Teachers were asked at a
parent-teacher meeting if sharpened pencils were considered
weapons. The Principal said that they could be, and they have been
looking at alternatives.

WHAT ALTERNATIVES ? Writing with big crayons now ?

 

 

3. WHAT GOD OFFERS TO US.

A. HE CHOOSES FOR US WHAT WE ARE BEST SUITED AND EQUIPPED TO DO.

  ” And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.”  Acts 15:7

B. SALVATION