We have in our reach today, thousands of ancient golden tipped arrows of truth to use in the modern battle for truth. This page is a collection of some of these arrows. 

I do not claim all of this work as my own. I have used mostly the works of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

* If I have infringed on any copyright, please let me know. From what I know, this material is copyright free. There may also be some spelling mistakes, please let me know if you find them.

Be Content in ALL things: Numbers 11:1.

Introduction.

Look at what happened to the nation of Israel. They were slaves in Egypt. Then the Lord delivered them mightily. He led over 2 million people (including some Egyptians) across the Red Sea and through a desert to a new land. He fed them, protected them and gave them water. But many in Israel (especially those on the fringes) groaned, moaned, complained. They were ungrateful. They held onto pride. When things became a  little or very uncomfortable and their idols were not met, they murmured, groaned, moaned, complained, like spoiled children. Be careful church. Be careful Christian. Be careful that we are not like them.

 

God does not like it when we are ungrateful.

  • We see this from our own feelings when our children or dependents receive good gifts from us and are always grumbling. We grow tired of them.
  • Since none of us really deserves anything good from God (because of what we have done to God and His world), for us to moan and groan against God is just ridiculous (Lamentations 3:39).
  • That God gives us good things, even though we have done noting to deserve it, is a reflection of His goodness (Psalm 103:13).
  • Along with moaning, comes many other wicked actions. When we complain against God, we are ready for many other kinds of sins (1 Corinthians 10:5-12).
  • God is so against complaining, that his discipline soon came upon the Israelite’s (Numbers 11:33 and other parts of Numbers).

 

When we are unsatisfied (not content) we think that we will become satisfied (content) when we get what we cannot get (what we want).

The people of Israel, who complained, had manna and meat from God. yet they sighed for fish, cucumbers, melons, onions, etc. They set an imaginary value on the foods they could not get.

  • To think like this is childish.
  • To think like this is unwise because it stops us enjoying what we already have. Thinking like this led Haman to thinking nothing of his prosperity because just one person refused to show him reverence (Esther 5:13).
  • To think like this shows how ungrateful we are to the Lord.
  • Thinking like this always lead to rebellion. It always leads to envy, jealousy and all other kinds of wicked sins.

 

When we are unsatisfied we will find no pleasure, even if we get what we want.

In answer to their foolish request they received flesh to eat in abundance.

  • When we get what we lust for (the earthly thing that we are unsatisfied without), we also get a small soul (Psalm 106:15).
  • When we get what we lust for (the earthy thing we are unsatisfied without), we find death (Psalm 78:31).
  • When we get what we lust for (the earthly thing we are unsatisfied without), we find sadness on all sides (Number 11:34).

 

Our Solution to this problem.

If we are unsatisfied with life. If we are feeling no contentment. What do we do?

  • Be humble enough to change. Reject pride (Proverbs 29:23, Matthew 23:12, Luke 1:52, James 4:6)
  • We need the true knowledge of God. The knowledge of God puts our hearts and minds onto the right line. Since the Israelite’s did  not hold God high in their lives their hearts and minds ran wild and were NOT satisfied. They moaned and groaned and then rose up to do wicked, evil and corrupt things. Desiring to know God is where we will find our solution (Philippians 3:8 and 4:11).
  • Knowing God helps us to desire the best gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31).
  • Knowing God helps us to live a life of love (1 Corinthians 12:31).
  • Knowing God empowers us to not moan and therefore shine into this dark world (Philippians 2:14-15).
Partners in the Gospel.

Introduction.

It is crystal clear from even a quick read of the New Testament, that there was a mutual partnership that existed among not only the Apostles, but the various other believers in the early church. In the short letter of Philemon we see this to. Now although the main idea behind the letter of Philemon was the reconciliation between two partners, two believers, to children of God, we can still take out from it the idea of mutual partnership. For example, in verse 1-2, 11, 16-17 we see the partnership that existed. They partnered together in the forward moving of the gospel message. This is what the partnership in the early church looked like.

 

Partnership between ages.

It is undeniable that there was partnership between ages. For example, between Paul and Timothy.

  • They strengthened churches with the truth, together (Acts 16:4-5).
  • Paul sent Timothy to do work (Philippians 2:18-24).
  • They shared the good-news of Jesus with people who did not believe, together (Acts 16:11-15).
  • They supported each other in prayers (Colossians 4:2-4).
  • They helped each other with material goods (Acts 2:42).
  • Do you have partners who are younger then you?
  • Do you have partners who are older then you?
  • Are you too proud to receive Gods words this point?
  • What excuses do you use that stops you actively partnering with people of different ages?
  • Who can you go move towards today and partner with them?

 

Partnership between the two genders.

It is undeniable that there was partnership between the two genders, men and woman. For example, between Philip and his daughters.

  • Phillip was not one of the twelve Apostles, he functioned as a travelling evangelist (Acts 8:4-8).
  • Philip had four unmarried daughters who functioned as prophets (Acts 21:8-9).
  • We see this in the Old Covenant (Judges 4-5).
  • In the New Covenant ALL in Christ receive the Spirit to do the work of God (Acts 2:17).
  • It is true that men and women, who have equal value (Genesis 1:26-27) – and are equal on many other points (such as their sin and righteousness in Christ), are different in other aspects.
  • It is true that the role of elder is for men (1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9).
  • Elder-ship does not mean that men were or are the only ones who teach, lead, prophesy, etc.
  • This does not mean that women cannot partner with men in the work of the gospel (Philemon 1:2).
  • We must have both genders at work in the Church.
  • Do you have partners who are of a different gender?
  • Are you too proud to receive Gods word on this point?
  • Who can you go move towards today and partner with them?
  • What excuses do you use that stops you actively partnering with people of the other gender?

 

Partnership between cultures.

It is undeniable that there was partnership between cultures.

  • Jews, Gentiles, skin colors and social status (Acts 13:1-3 and the book of Philemon).
  • Do you have partners who are of a different culture?
  • Are you too proud to receive Gods word on this point?
  • Who can you go move towards today and partner with them?
  • What excuses do you use that stops you actively partnering with people of other cultures?

 

If we don’t get our act together in these partnerships we will fall short of being the church that God has called us to be and that the world needs.

Can we be the generation that takes partnership seriously? Can we be the church who actively makes space for people of different ages, gender and cultures to do the work of the gospel? I believe we can. But it will take planning. It will take boldness. It will take courage. We can do it. If we don’t then we WILL fall short of what we could be and what the world needs.

Ruth chose to follow the living and only God. Ruth 1:16.

Introduction.

This was a brave, outspoken, confession of faith, and it was made by a women, a young woman, a poor woman, a widowed woman and a foreigner (not an Israelite). Her mother in law should have been joyful that her daughter in law decided to follow the living and true God – even thought her life was filled with many troubles. Naomi had lost her husband and sons in Moab and then returned to her homeland, the land of Israel, the land that the living and true God gave her people. Naomi’s return to her true home brought Ruth to a choice. Naomi’s choice to live outspokenly consistent with her faith in the Lord was the catalyst that brought Ruth into the family. In this same way, when we are Christians live outspokenly consistently (and gently) with out faith, then our friend, family and other loved ones frequently are born again.

 

Love for the Godly will help us become Godly.

When I say, “Godly” I do not mean religious in the way that most people think of when they think of a religious person. For example someone who is arrogant about their beliefs, or someone who is a push over. By, “Godly” I mean someone who has a desire to obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God) and who does obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God). Hence they are called, “Godly.”

Many forces combine to help us become more Godly when we love the Godly.

  • The influence of companionship. When we live with the Godly, we are positively impacted by them.
  • The influence of admiration. What we favour, we follow.
  • The influence of instruction. When we are taught by someone, we are influenced by them.
  • The influence of reverence. Those who are older, we are influenced by. Those whoa re wiser, we are influenced by. Those who are better then us, influence us.
  • The influence of the desire to make people joyful. We should be willing to go with our friends to church meeting,s prayer meetings and other church events to bring joy to their hearts.
  • The influence of the thought of eternal separation. When we think that we may be eternally separated from the Godly who we love, this leads us closer to take faith seriously.

 

Decisions to be Godly will be tested.

When I say, “Godly” I do not mean religious in the way that most people think of when they think of a religious person. For example someone who is arrogant about their beliefs, or someone who is a push over. By, “Godly” I mean someone who has a desire to obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God) and who does obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God). Hence they are called, “Godly.”

  • By the poverty of the Godly and other trials. Naomi was poor, but Ruth said that she would go with her and this meant poverty. Poor saints are despised people and young people are more often moved to reject the religion of the poor. Even if we are wealthy saints (like Solomon before he ran from the Lord and Philemon), we will still encounter many trails (James 1 and 1 Peter). Such as: persecution, demonic attacks, sicknesses and so on.
  • By counting the cost. When we decide to follow the Creator we will have to leave the wicked ways of our friends and families. This is a cost. We will have to share the ways of God’s people (Hebrews 11:24-26).
  • By the draw back of others. When we make an outspoken profession of faith, like Ruth did, people will draw away from us.
  • By the hard work involved in true religion. True religion is hard work. NOT hard work to gain salvation, but hard work from salvation. The hard work is: 1.) Saying NO (dying to) our sinful old self (Romans 6-7). 2.) Serving other people instead of being served (Galatians  5:13, Mathew 23:11, Romans 12:9-13 and 1 Peter 4:10). 3.) Serving (obeying) God (1 Samuel 12:24 and Hebrews 9:14). The work of religion can be summed up by two ideas. LOVE the LORD (His way) and LOVE all people (His way).
  • By the hypocrisy and coldness of other Christians. This is one of the biggest tests of faith. Will I still love my Saviour and love all people even when those who claim to be believers have a cold faith and act hypocritically?

 

This Godliness is found in the choice of God the Creator.

When I say, “Godly” I do not mean religious in the way that most people think of when they think of a religious person. For example someone who is arrogant about their beliefs, or someone who is a push over. By, “Godly” I mean someone who has a desire to obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God) and who does obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God). Hence they are called, “Godly.”

When we choose God:

  • He becomes our main possession.
  • We believe in God. By faith alone are we justified (Romans 4).
  • We choose an instructor (Psalm 28:2 and 119:38).
  • We choose Him as our guide forever (Ruth 2:12 and Psalm 48:14).

 

This Godliness is found in the choice of His people.

When I say, “Godly” I do not mean religious in the way that most people think of when they think of a religious person. For example someone who is arrogant about their beliefs, or someone who is a push over. By, “Godly” I mean someone who has a desire to obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God) and who does obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God). Hence they are called, “Godly.”

  • Gods people are spoken of badly by other Kingdoms.
  • Gods people are not all we wish them to be.
  • Gods people are His people.
  • The Churches inheritance is found within the ancient nation of Israel.
  • The true Boaz (the messiah) is from the line of Israel and is the one who redeems us to be His people.

Let us all make a deliberate, humble, firm, joyful and immediate choice for the Lord God, the Creator and for His people the Church.

Short pieces of Praise to the Lord.

Written by SM Lockridge

“The Bible says
He’s the King of the Jews
He’s the King of Israel
He’s the King of Righteousness
He’s the King of the Ages
He’s the King of Heaven
He’s the King of Glory
He’s the King of Kings
and He is the Lord of Lords

Now that’s my King!
David says
The Heavens declare the glory of God
And the firmament showeth His handiwork
No means of measure can define His limitless love
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing

He’s enduringly strong
He’s entirely sincere
He’s eternally steadfast
He’s immortally graceful
He’s imperially powerful
He’s impartially merciful

That’s my King!
He’s God’s Son
He’s the sinners’ Saviour
He’s the centrepiece of civilisation
He stands alone in Himself
He’s august
He’s unique
He’s unparalleled
He’s unprecedented
He’s supreme
He’s pre-eminent
He’s the loftiest idea in literature
He’s the highest personality in philosophy
He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism
He’s the fundamental doctrine in true theology
He’s the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion

That’s my King!
He’s the miracle of the age
He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him
He’s the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously
He supplies strength for the weak
He’s available for the tempted and the tried
He sympathises and He saves
He guards and He guides
He heals the sick
He cleansed the lepers
He forgives sinners
He discharges debtors
He delivers the captives
He defends the feeble
He blesses the young
He serves the unfortunate
He regards the aged
He rewards the diligent
And He beautifies the meek

Do you know Him?
My King is the key of knowledge
He’s the wellspring of wisdom
He’s the doorway of deliverance
He’s the pathway of peace
He’s the roadway of righteousness
He’s the highway of holiness
He’s the gateway of glory
He’s the master of the mighty
He’s the captain of the conquerors
He’s the head of the heroes
He’s the leader of the legislators
He’s the overseer of the overcomers
He’s the governor of governors
He’s the prince of princes
He’s the King of Kings
And He’s the Lord of Lords

That’s my King
That’s my King!
My King
His office is manifold
His promise is sure
His life is matchless
His goodness is limitless
His mercy is everlasting
His love never changes
His word is enough
His grace is sufficient
His reign is righteous
His yoke is easy
and His burden is light
I wish I could describe Him to you
He’s indescribable
He’s indescribable
He’s incomprehensible
He’s invincible
He’s irresistible
I’m trying to tell you
The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him
Let alone a man explain Him
You can’t get Him out of your mind
You can’t get Him off of your hands
You can’t outlive Him
And you can’t live without Him
The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him
but they found out they couldn’t stop Him
Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him
The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree
And Herod couldn’t kill Him
Death couldn’t handle Him
And the grave couldn’t hold Him

That’s my King!
He always has been
And He always will be
I’m talking about
He had no predecessor
and He’ll have no successor
There was nobody before Him
and there’ll be nobody after Him
You can’t impeach Him
and He’s not going to resign

That’s my King!
Praise the Lord
That’s my King
Thine is the Kingdom
And the power
And the glory
The glory is all His
Thine is the Kingdom
And the power
And the glory
For ever
And ever
And ever
And when you get through with all of the forevers
Then
Amen.”

 

Seeing the love of Jesus in the love of Jonathan. 1 Samuel 18:3 and 20:17.

Introduction.

We hear so many talks about Adam, Abraham, Joseph, Ruth, King David, Samson, Jonah and not that many about Jonathan. Jonathan thought that is was a joy, a good thing to further the interests of a man who was above him. There was something very beautiful, noble, honorable about Jonathan. He was unselfish (selfless) and had much love for his friend David. The eternal love of Jesus is something like the love of Jonathan. the right kind of human love is only a small glimpse into the indescribable love of Jesus our, and the Messiah. When we look at the way Jonathan loved David we can learn much about how the Lord Jesus loves us, weak and small humans.

Great love wants to bind itself to the one it loves.

  • Jonathan and David made a covenant (binding agreement. If you read about their lives, you will see that it was more because of Jonathan’s love for David (2 Samuel 1:26). not because of Davids love for Johnathan.

How do we discover the infinite love of Jesus for us, weak and small people, through this love of Jonathan binding himself to David? 1.) Jesus bound himself to us be covenant bonds. How did He do this?

  • He entered into our nature to represent us, become the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:47). Such love!
  • He agreed to redeem us by sacrificing Himself (Galatians 2:20). Such love!
  • He took us into being one with Himself (Ephesians 5:30). Such love!
  • He has bound up our future lives with His own (Colossians 3:3). Such love!
  • He has made us share in all that He has, changing clothes with us (giving us His royal clothes and taking our rags), as in the bond between Jonathan and David (1 Samuel 18:4). In this, we are David. Such love!

2.) Jesus wants us to actively and willingly bind ourselves to Him. We do this by:

  • Submit our lives to the saving power of His love.
  • Love Him for His great love, even as David loved Jonathan for his great love.
  • Feed people the truth as a sign of our love for Him (John 21:15-17).
  • Join ourselves to His people, the Church and a local church.
  • Show kindness to all who are His, for His sake, even as David was good to Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9).
  • More and more merge our interests in His, and find our gain in advancing His honor (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

3.) This is our God’s desire. Let us go for it:

  • Let the bonds be mutual (Song of Solomon 2:16).
  • Accept the priceless gift of the Prince (Jesus) and give ourselves to Him without holding back.
  • Let us love Him as we love ourselves, for He loved us better than Himself (Matthew 27:42).
  • Renew our vows to Him.

 

Great love wants a life time of renewed commitments from the other.

David renewed his covenant of love with Jonathan (1 Samuel 20:17). We, who are caught up in the great love of Jesus should renew our love for Him.

  • We do this, not our of selfishness (we want something).
  • Renewing our commitment to Jesus is the right response to His great love (Psalm 31:23).
  • Doing this is our highest benefit. Bound to Him we are truly free. Committed to Him we are really blessed.
  • Our love for Jesus is so cold right now, that we to renew the flame of our love.
  • The more often we renew our love for Jesus, the better for us. Let us make sure that we do it from the right heart.
  • There is nothing wrong, and everything right about both men and woman loving Jesus. Remember that Jesus is the second person of the Creator God who is Triune.
  • If we have a problem with loving Jesus then I ask us, are we being sanctified? With sanctification comes an increase in our deep love for the Lord Jesus our Savior.
  • He invites new commitments.
  • We are most joyful when we feel that deep burning love for God. Let us bind ourselves firmly to Him.
  • Taking communion is a good way to renew out love for the loving savior.
  • When we come back from sicknesses or see miracles, it is wise to publicly share these as acts of our commitment to him (Psalm 116:8,14).
  • Weddings, funeral, promotions, births, Passover (Easter) and Christmas are all season where it is right and Godly to renew our commitment to the Lord.
  • When we experience community revivals of all sorts, a right response is to confess to our King our deep love and devotion to Him.
  • Let us renew our devotion to God.
  • Let us go and be alone and renew these vows of love.
  • Let us think of ways to publicly express our commitment, devotion, love, bonds to our Master and Teacher (Matthew 26:7, Mark 14:3 and Luke 7:37).
Go and consult with Jesus.1 Kings 10:1.

Introduction.

It would be good for us to think about the Queen of Sheba when she visited King Solomon, for she is a sign to us (Matthew 12:42). She went from her land to Solomon to find out the answers to many questions. Since Jesus is far greater then King Solomon, we must do the same.

 

Let us admire the way that the Queen went to Solomon. 

1.) She wanted to discover the wisdom of Solomon by learning from him. We can discover the greatness of Christ by being His disciple.

2.) She asked him many questions and in doing this proved his understanding.

3.) These questions were:

  • Beyond herself.
  • Beyond her wise men.
  • But NOT beyond the mind of Solomon.
  • These questions pleased Solomon.
  • Her visit showed her belief in him.
  • Her visit would ease her mind.
  • Her visit showed her humility.

May we do the same with Jesus. May He be for us our interpreter. May we go to the REAL Jesus and see His glory. May we go to the REAL Jesus and find the answers to many questions. Here are some questions we can ask:

  • How can someone be justified when we are sinners?
  • How can we be saved by faith alone without works?
  • How can we be born again when we are old?
  • How is it that we are made new, yet have to sigh because of the old person in us?
  • Where do we go after death?
  • Where do we come from?
  • How do we know right and wrong?
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Why is there so much hypocrisy in the Church?
  • Why do people do evil in your name?
  • How can our lives be in heaven and on earth?
  • How can we be always rejoicing and mourning?
  • How can we be a Christian?
  • How do we live as Christians?

 

We read that Solomon answered her questions. We can be sure that if we approach Jesus, in the same way she approach King Solomon, with humility, we will find answers for in Christ is all wisdom (Colossians 2:3).