"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son ..." John 3:16 (KJV)

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Christian Life Lessons from Baptist Preacher
Rev Wendell


After prayerful consideration, Rev. Wendell Wharton has expanded his Bible-teaching ministry and developed a series of Bible study lessons, which he refers to as "Life Lessons." These Christian life lessons are Bible-based mini-sermons, which explain a Bible verse in a manner that makes it easy to understand. Each of the Life Lessons is composed of three paragraphs.  They each begin with a quote from The Word of God (Proclamation), which is followed by the context from which the Bible quotation was taken (Explanation). They each end with a brief discussion that relates the verse to our current situation today (Application). To God be the glory!!!

The purpose of these Life Lessons, and the inspirational scriptures from which they were taken, is to encourage and challenge each of us to live a more Christian life. They are intended to provide daily devotional, thought-provoking, and inspirational words to live by. They will also educate, enlighten, enrich, and facilitate a better understanding of God's Holy Word. You can read the Bible lessons by visiting Rev. Wendell's FacebookLinkedin, or  Twitter pages, as well as his blog. On his blog site, there is a listing of all the Life Lessons that he has posted since he began this effort in June of 2010. Below is an example of a recently posted Life Lesson.



"God is our refuge and strength ..." Psalm 46:1 (KJV)



"And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw The Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him; And lo a voice from heaven, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'" Matthew 3:16-17 (KJV)


WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT

Proclamation:

“And his lord said unto him, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.’ ” Matthew 25:21 and 23 (KJV)

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"... Except I shall see in His hands the print of nails, and put my finger into the print ..." (John 20:25)

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This is for "Footprints In The Sand"
(Poem, Author Unknown)
A person walking on the beach with God leaves two sets of footprints in the sand except during the times when God is carrying them.

Explanation:

These words are from the gospel, the good news regarding Jesus, The Christ, which were spoken by Christ according to the Apostle Matthew. As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, He continued to speak to His disciples and unto the crowd. He told them the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), the Parable of the Bags of Gold (Matthew 25:14-30), and He also told them about separating The Sheep and The Goats. (Matthew 25:31-46) Five of the ten virgins were wise and prepared ahead of time, and five were foolish and did not prepare and so they were not ready when the time came for them to leave. Two of the three servants used wisely what their master had given to them and were rewarded with “Well done …” While the one servant, who did nothing with that which he was given, was punished. When The Son of Man comes He will separate the sheep, His people, from the goats, all other people. (Matthew 25:31-34) Those who treated needy people kindly will be rewarded, and those who didn’t will be punished. He said, “… As ye have done it unto one of the least of these, My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.” (Matthew 25:35-40)


Application:

We ought to get ready now for the return of Christ. Delaying and procrastinating may cause us to be left behind like the five foolish virgins. We all have God-given abilities and gifts which we need to use to His glory. We should give at least one tenth of our time, talent, and treasure to the kingdom building efforts here on earth while we are able to do so. When the time comes, we will be rewarded for our work. (Matthew 16:27) We also need to be very careful regarding how we treat people, especially God’s people. Christ said, as you have done it to them, you have done it to Him. (Matthew 25:40) But He also said, whatever you did not do for those of His people who were in need, you did not do for Him. (Matthew 25:45) This clearly states that we can sin by omission as well as by commission. When we don’t do that which we should do, we also sin. Doing nothing can be sinful when we have the opportunity to help someone and we don’t. Let us not waste our God-given abilities and gifts, let us work to the glory of God.

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"... The Spirit of God descending like a dove ..."
(Matthew 3:16)



"But God commendeth His love toward us ..." Romans 5:8 (KJV)


BE READY FOR NO ONE KNOWS THE HOUR OR THE DAY

Proclamation:

“Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not The Son of Man cometh.” Matthew 24:44 (KJV)

Blessings

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
(Romans 10:9-10)

Holy Word

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
(Matthew 5:16)

Explanation:

These words are from the gospel, the good news regarding Jesus, The Christ, which were spoken by Christ according to the Apostle Matthew. As Jesus left the temple and while walking to the Mount of Olives, He told His disciples that the day was coming when all of the buildings would be torn down, and not one stone would be left on top of another. (Matthew 24:1-2) His disciples asked Him when this would happen and what would be a sign of His returning and the end of the age? (Matthew 24:3) Jesus said that there would be false prophets claiming to be The Messiah, there will be wars and rumors of wars, there will be famines and earthquakes in various places, and when you see “the abomination that causes desolation” standing in the holy place as prophesied by Daniel, you will know that the time is near. (Matthew 24:4-34) Then Jesus said no one knows the day or the hour when this will happen except God, The Father. (Matthew 24:36) He also told them you must be ready because The Son of Man will come when you do not expect Him. (Matthew 24:44) Then Jesus said blessed is the servant whom The Lord finds doing as he was told. (Matthew 24:45-46) He made reference to the rapture when He said: “Two men will be in the field, one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill, one will be taken and the other left.” (Matthew 24:40-42)




Application:

Christ is going to return, but no one knows the exact day or the hour of His return. That is why we have been advised to be ready. It has been said that He will come when we least expect Him. We need to get ready now and stay ready. When He comes there will not be time for us to get ready. We do not want to be like the five foolish virgins who delayed getting oil for their lamps and when the master came for them they were not ready to go. (Matthew 25:1-13) When the rapture occurs, we will be taken up to meet Him in the clouds, (1 Thessalonians 4:17) or we will among those who are left behind. Don’t put off coming to The Lord until you “get yourself straight” because you can never get yourself straight enough to be right with Him. Just come as you are and confess your shortcomings. For “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleans us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Prayer

"If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
(2 Chronicles 7:14)



"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the council of the the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of The Lord;
and in His law doth he meditate day and night." Psalm 1:1-2 (KJV)


PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH

Proclamation:

“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to His disciples, saying, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not.’ ” Matthew 23:1-3 (KJV)

Bible

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."
(Psalm 23:1)

Bow Your Head

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
(Psalm 51:10)

Explanation:

These words are from the gospel, the good news regarding Jesus, The Christ, which were spoken by Christ according to the Apostle Matthew. As Jesus continued to speak, He offered a warning to them against hypocrisy. He said that the scribes and the Pharisees did not themselves do that which they told the people to do. (Matthew 23:3-4) They did things so that people would take notice of them, and they like to be greeted publicly with respectful titles. (Matthew 23:5-11) Jesus, The Christ, said: “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12) He then went on to state seven woes on the scribes and the Pharisees because of their behavior. (Matthew 23:13-31) He also condemned them along with the people of Jerusalem who stoned and killed His prophets. (Matthew 23:33-39)

 

Application:

The best way to determine if you are listening to a real man of God or a false teacher is to compare what he says to The Word of God. If what he says does not follow The Bible, then do not follow him. Also, be careful of anyone who says one thing, but then does something different. We all should practice that which we preach. That old saying: “Do as I say do and not as I do,” is not appropriate for leaders or people in authority. No one is above the law. It is also not good advice for anyone to give to someone else. We need to live by the same rules that we expect others to live by. The Word of God applies to all of us and all of us should follow it. We may occasionally slip, and fall short, and sin, but our sins are not acceptable and are not to be overlooked. We all need to confess our sins and ask to be forgiven. We should not only “talk the talk,” we should also “walk the walk” and do the best that we can do to live to the glory of God. “Whatsoever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Prayer Requests

"Let everything that hath breath praise The Lord. Praise ye The Lord"
(Psalm 150:6)



"Be strong and of good courage, fear not,
nor be afraid of them; for The Lord thy God,
He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee,
nor forsake thee." (Deuteronomy 31:6)