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Christian Life Lessons from Baptist Preacher
Rev Wendell


Bible-Based Life lessons

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 a summary of the chapter from which the verse was taken to provide the context in which The Bible scripture was applied. (Explanation) Then each lesson ends with a brief discussion which relates the verse can be applied 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 these Bible-based 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 are copies of the recently posted Life Lessons.



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



JESUS THE CHRIST IS COMING AGAIN SOON


Proclamation:

“He which testifieth these things saith, ‘Surely I come quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20 (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 are the words of prophecy which were revealed to, and written by, the Apostle John, under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God. This is the twenty-second and final chapter of Revelation, the last Book of The Bible. John was still in the spirit and the angel, who was one of the seven angels that had one of the seven bowls full of the wrath of God, showed him the river of the water of life. This river flowed from the throne of God and The Lamb down the middle of the street. On each side of the river stood the tree of life. The tree yielded its fruit every month and each month it yielded a different fruit so there were twelve different crops of fruit. (Revelation 22:1-2) There will be no more night. Neither will there be a need for the sun or lamps. The Lord God will give them light. (Revelation 22:5) Christ said to John, “Look, I am coming soon!” (Revelation 22:7) This He repeated two more times. (Revelation 22:12 and 22:20) John was told not to seal up the words of this prophecy. (Revelation 22:10) Christ said that He is coming soon, and His reward was coming with Him. He will give rewards to each person according to what they have done. (Revelation 22:12) Then The Holy Spirit says let the one who is thirsty for The Word come; and let the one who wants the eternal life giving water come. (Revelation 22:17) The Bible Book of Revelation ends with a warning to everyone not to add anything to, or take anything away from, this Word of God. (Revelation 22:18-19) “… Amen … Come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20)

 


Application:

Jesus, The Christ, will come again soon. (Revelation 22:7, 22:12, and 22:20)  However, soon is a relative term.  To Christ, one day is as one thousand years is to us. (2 Peter 3:8)  So, from His point of view, He has only been gone from earth for two days.  No one knows the hour or the day when He will return. (Matthew 25:13)  Therefore we should get ready, and stay ready, so that we will be ready when He comes. (Matthew 24:44 and Luke 12:40)  Repent, Christ is coming back, and the kingdom of God is at hand. (Matthew 3:2, Matthew 4:7, and Mark 1:15)  “… Come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20)

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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)


A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH


Proclamation:

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”  Revelation 21:1-2 (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 are the words of prophecy which were revealed to, and written by, the Apostle John, under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  In this twenty-first chapter of Revelation, while he was still in the spirit, John saw the new heaven and the new earth.  He also saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down from heaven. (Revelation 21:1-2)  Then John heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look!  God’s dwelling place is now among the people …”  It said He will be their God.  There will be no crying, dying, mourning, or pain there for that has all passed away. (Revelation 21:3-4)  Then John was carried away in the spirit by one of the seven angels, one who had one of the seven bowls full of the wrath of God, to a high mountain.  There he saw the new Jerusalem shining brilliantly like a precious jewel. (Revelation 21:9-11)  Then John gave a detailed description of the city including its gates, walls, foundation, and its contents. (Revelation 21:12-26)  Nothing impure will ever enter it. (Revelation 21:27)

Application:

After the present heaven and earth pass away, God will replace them with a new heaven and a new earth as it was predicted. (Isaiah 65:17, 2 Peter 3:13, and Revelation 21:1)  It will be a beautiful place (Revelation 21:18-21) and a peaceful place with no crying, dying, sorrow, or pain there. (Revelation 20:4)  The only people that will be there will be those whose names are written in The Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:27)  Everyone else will have been cast in the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)

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)


THE BOOK OF LIFE AND THE LAKE OF FIRE


Proclamation:

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”  Revelation 20:15 (KJV)

Bible

"... Did ye never read in the scriptures ...?"
(Matthew 21:42)

Bow Your Head

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

Explanation:

These are the words of prophecy which were revealed to, and written by, the Apostle John, under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  In this twentieth chapter of Revelation, while he was still in the spirit, John saw another angel coming down from heaven with the key to the Abyss in his hand.  The angel seized the dragon, who is the devil or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.  He threw him into the Abyss and sealed it. (Revelation 20:1-3)  Then John saw the souls of those who would reign with Christ for a thousand years.  (Revelation 20:4-6)  When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released for a short while and will again go out and deceive the nations.  He will gather the nations to do battle against God’s people, but fire will come down from heaven and devour them.  Then the devil will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet were thrown.  They will be tormented there day and night forever. (Revelation 20:7-10)  Then John saw a great white throne and he saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne.  Books were open from which the dead were judged.  Anyone whose name was not found in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.  Death and Hades were also thrown into the lake of fire.  This is called the second death. (Revelation 20:11-15)

Application:

All of the dead unbelievers, the great and small, the young and old, the free and slave, stood before the great white throne.  Each of them was judged according to what they had done as written in the books. (Revelation 20:12)  Their life was reviewed to reveal that they had the opportunity to accept Christ, but they rejected Him.  Therefore their name was not written in The Lamb’s book of life.  Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)  Repent, the kingdom of God is coming. Believers will not stand before the great white throne for judgment.  We will be come before the mercy seat to be judged and all that we have done after accepting Christ as the foundation of our lives will be judged.  We will be rewarded for all that we have done which gives God glory. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15)

Prayer Requests

"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
(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)


KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS


Proclamation:

“And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.’ ”  Revelation 19:16 (KJV)

Bible and Rosary

"In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God, and The Word was God."
(John 1:1)

Woman reading the Bible by the sea

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
(Romans 15:4)

Explanation:

These are the words of prophecy which were revealed to, and written by, the Apostle John, under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  In this nineteenth chapter of Revelation, while he was still in the spirit, John heard what sounded like a roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah …”  because the great prostitute, Babylon, had been condemned. (Revelation 19:1-3)  The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God and they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!” (Revelation 19:4)  Then an angel said to John, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of The Lamb.” (Revelation 19:9)  Then John saw heaven opened and there before him was a white horse whose rider is called Faithful and True, who with justice He judges and wages war.  “His name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:11-13)  The armies of heaven followed Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine white linen.  Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.  On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:14-16)  John then saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the white horse and His army.  The beast and the false prophet were captured and both of them were thrown alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.  The rest of them were killed with the sword which came out of the mouth of the rider on the white horse. (Revelation 19:19-21)

Application:

“His name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:13)  This is an affirmation of what the Apostle John had written earlier: “In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God, and The Word was God.” (John 1:1)  “And The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us …” (John 1:14)  He has a name which is written on Him that no one knows but He Himself. (Revelation 19:12)  What is known is that He is The King of Kings and The Lord of Lords. (Revelation 19:16)  What is incredible is that in light of all the signs that had occurred, mankind refused to repent, and gathered together to wage war against Him. (Revelation 19:19)  It was a war which they lost, and they died in their stubbornness. (Revelation 19:20-21)  Repent, the kingdom of God is coming.

Bible Study

"And they said one to another, 'Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures?' "
(Luke 24:32)



"I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Thy works ..." (Psalm 139:14)


COME OUT FROM AMONG THE EVIL DOERS


Proclamation:

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ‘Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.  For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.’ ”  Revelation 18:4-5 (KJV)

Hands holding a cross

"Thus will I bless Thee while I live; I will lift up my hands in Thy name."
(Psalm 63:4)

Woman reading the Bible

"Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
(Psalm 119:105)

Explanation:

These are the words of prophecy which were revealed to, and written by, the Apostle John, under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  In this eighteenth chapter of Revelation, while he was still in the spirit, John was carried away into a wilderness by one of the seven angels who had one of the seven bowl full of the wrath of God.  There he saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast.  The woman, the great prostitute, represented the city of Rome, the spiritual Babylon, the seat of idolatry, immorality, deception, and persecution. (Revelation 17:1-3)  After this John saw another angel coming down from heaven, who illuminated the earth with his splendor, shouting: “Babylon the great is fallen …”  Babylon had become a dwelling place for demons and a habitat for impure spirits. (Revelation 18:1-2)  Then John heard a voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, My people …”  Do not partake of her sins and you will not share in her punishment. (Revelation 18:4-5)  Babylon will be destroyed in one day. And the kings, merchants, and sailors who profited greatly from her will mourn her demise as well as their loss of future revenue. (Revelation 18:9-20)  He ends the chapter by revealing the things that will cease to occur after the destruction of Babylon. (Revelation 18:21-24)

Application:

This text describes ancient Babylon, or Rome, but it can be applied to a number of sin-sick cities of today. (Ezekiel 22:1-13)  The take home lesson here is that those who gain by deceit will lose in the end.  We were taught not to be envious of evil doers who prosper and enjoy dishonest gain because The Lord God is against them and they will be cut down in the end. (Psalm 37:1-2 and Psalm 37:16)  We were also taught not to associate with evil doers because only birds of the same feather will flock together. (Amos 3:3)  If we participate with them in their sins, then we will share in their punishment. (Revelation 18:4)  The Lord God has called us, His people, out of sinful darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 and Revelation 18:4)  If we come out of our sinful existence and desire to go back to it, then we are not fit for the kingdom of heaven. (Luke 9:62)  Remember what happened to Lot’s wife as they left Sodom and Gomorrah.  Her longing for the past sinful life she left behind cause her demise. (Genesis 19:26)  Just as Christ was, we are in this world but not of it. (John 8:23)  We are just passing through it on our way home.

Congregation during worship

"They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, 'Be of good courage.' "
(Isaiah 41:6)



"For The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations." (Psalm 100:5)


THE PROSTITUTE AND THE SCARLET BEAST


Proclamation:

“So he carried me away in the spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”  Revelation 17:3 (KJV)

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"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of 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)

Reading Bible"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."  (Psalm 46:1)

Explanation:

These are the words of prophecy which were revealed to, and written by, the Apostle John, under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  In this seventeenth chapter of Revelation, while he was still in the spirit, John was carried away into a wilderness by one of the seven angels who had one of the seven bowl full of the wrath of God.  There he saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast. (Revelation 17:1-3)  The woman, the great prostitute, represented the city of Rome, the spiritual Babylon.  She is a sinful lady in a world without Christ or Christians.  Upon her forehead was written: “Babylon, The Great, The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of The Earth.” (Revelation 17:5)  The scarlet beast upon which she sat is the seat of idolatry and persecution, a deceiver of mankind.  The seven heads represent the seven hills upon which Rome stands.  The ten horns represent the ten kings which have yet to reign.  The chapter ends by describing their destruction. (Revelation 17:15-18)


Application:

It is thought by some Bible scholars that The Antichrist will establish a “false church” through a covenant with the papacy.  He will come to hate this false church, break the covenant, and destroy this apostate church clearing the way for worship of the Antichrist.  The real church will have been raptured and will not be available to help guide the unbelievers during this period.  Today, and in the future, let us not get so caught up in the sinful pleasures of this world and the “worship” of things that we put them ahead of, or in place of, worshiping The Lord God.  That path is well-travelled, and many have followed it, but it leads to destruction. (Matthew 7:13)

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



"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions." (Psalm 51:1)


THE SEVEN BOWLS OF THE WRATH OF GOD

Proclamation:

“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, ‘Go your ways, and  pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.’ ”  Revelation 16:1 (KJV)

"Delight thyself also in The Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart."
(Psalm 37:4)

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

Explanation:

These are the words of prophecy which were revealed to, and written by, the Apostle John, under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God.  In this sixteenth chapter of Revelation, while he was still in the spirit (Revelation 4:2), John continued to see vision after vision and to hear voices from heaven.  He heard a loud voice coming from the temple telling the seven angels to pour their bowls of the wrath of God onto the earth. (Revelation 16:1)  The first bowl caused ugly, festering sores to break out on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped its image.  The second bowl caused the sea to turn into blood like that of a dead person and it killed every living thing in the sea.  The third bowl caused the rivers and streams and springs to turn into blood.  The fourth bowl caused sun to scorch the people as if they were burned with fire.  The fifth bowl plunged the earth into darkness.  The people gnawed at their own tongues in agony.  They cursed God and they refused to repent. (Revelation 16:2-11)  The sixth bowl caused the great river Euphrates to dry up to prepare the way for the kings of the east.  Then John saw three impure spirits, that looked like frogs, come out of the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.  These demonic spirits went out to gather the kings of the world for the battle of Armageddon. (Revelation 16:12-16)  The seventh bowl caused lightning and thunder and a great earthquake.  Islands and mountains disappeared, and one hundred pound hailstones fell from the sky onto the people. (Revelation 16:17-21)

Application:

The Great Tribulation period will begin with thunder and lightning (Revelation 4:5) and it will end with thunder and lightning. (Revelation 16:18)  The church will not suffer through this, nor will any believers.  The wrath of God will be felt by the unbelievers who have the mark of the beast on their foreheads, or their right hand, and who worship its image. (Revelation 16:2) Those who refuse to repent will suffer the consequences.  

"I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are Thy works ..."
(Psalm 139:14)



“Fear thou not: for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee ..." Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)