Hebrews 12

You notice we are getting close to the end. Some time is late spring we ought to finish the Book of Revelation, and then, ready to start over again! It’s going to be good to get back into the Old Testament. I sort of miss it. So, it’s going to be fun.
Wherefore And as Dr. J. Vernon McGee used to say, wherefore is the wherefore, there for? So, the wherefore is referring you back to the previous chapter.
These men of faith, these men who did such heroic things, these men who conquered through faith. Who received, really the commendation from the Lord, for their faith. Because of these men of faith and their accomplishments through faith, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, That is, these men bear witness of what God will do through a person who believes and trusts Him. What God will do for the person who believes and trusts in Him. So their witness to us is of the faithfulness of God and men who have put their trust and their confidence in God and the rewards that they have received as a result of that.
Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, it doesn’t mean that they are in heaven looking down and watching us. I’m certain that they have far more interesting things to do in heaven, than looking down and watching us. There is nothing in the Scriptures that indicate that those that are in heaven are aware of us. I don’t know. I can’t say for certain, but there is nothing in the Scriptures that would indicate that they are aware of us, possibly so, possibly not. But you can’t make any case for it.
But let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, Now again, the Christian life is likened to a person running a race, and the importance of laying down or laying aside every weight. When you are running a race, you want to be just as light as possible, clothing and shoes and all.
Lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2Looking unto Jesus Keep focused on the goal!
For He is the author and finisher of our faith; God has given to every man a measure of faith. It comes to us from Him. And He is the author of the faith, but not just the author but the finisher too! What God has begun, He will continue to do. We have that kind of confidence in the Lord. He that hath begun a good work in you, will complete it. He is the author and the finisher. The Lord hasn’t brought you this far to just dump you now! But He is going to complete His work in our lives. And so He is the beginning and the end—the Alpha and the Omega. He is the author and the finisher of our faith.
And so as we look unto Jesus, the author and the finisher, He also is our example in running the race, who for the joy that was set before him The joy of winning, the joy of victory, who for the joy that was set before Him, and with the case of Jesus, it was the joy of being able to grant to us the forgiveness of sin.
For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame, Many things in life are unpleasant, intolerable, but we are called to endure them. And Jesus endured the cross. Though He despised the shame, but He did it for the joy that was set before Him. The joy of being able to bring you into the fellowship with God by granting you the forgiveness of sin. I think that Jesus really loved to say, your sins are forgiven you! It made the Pharisees angry, but I think Jesus just loved to say it!
For the joy of being able to provide a righteous basis for the forgiveness of sin. By His taking our sins and then taking the penalty for our sins, He has now a righteous basis to forgive us our sins. For that joy, set before Him of being able to forgive our sins so that we can have fellowship with God, He endured the cross. That’s what the cross was all about. It was His taking the penalty for sin. His death was for you!
I think that is rather interesting and significant that when He was crucified, the Father planned that He should be crucified between two thieves. That was part of God’s plan. Isaiah spoke about it long before Jesus was ever born, some 600 years plus. Isaiah the prophet said, and He is numbered with the transgressors in His death. That was the prophecy concerning the crucifixion. So we know that it was a part of God’s plan, that He be crucified with the thieves.
And I think that a part of the purpose, at least, for God allowing His Son to be crucified between the two thieves, was in order to be able to enjoy the joy that was set before Him. When the one thief said, Lord, when You come into the kingdom, will You remember me? And Jesus being able to comfort him, saying, today you will be with Me in paradise!
You see, that what His death is all about, that we can be with Him in paradise! And He had the first taste of that joy, even while He was in the midst of suffering on the cross, despising the shame—the jeering of the crowd. And yet in the midst of that, He had a foretaste of the joy that was set before Him.
We look ahead and Jesus is our example here, to the joy that the Lord has set before us, of spending eternity with the Lord in the Kingdom of God! It’s almost indescribable, in fact, that’s what Peter said (1 Peter 1:8), Whom, having not seen, we loved. And though we do not yet see Him, yet we rejoice with the joy that is indescribable, and is full of glory! The things that God has prepared for those that love Him!
Paul the apostle, had a short little visit into heaven. And as he wrote about it to the Corinthians, in his second letter (2 Corinthians 12:2-5), he said there was a man in Christ, over fourteen years ago. And whether he was in the body or out of the body, I really don’t know, but such a one was caught up into the third heaven. There he said, I heard things that were so absolutely glorious, that it would be impossible to describe them with human language! It would actually be a crime to try to describe them with human language. No words have been created to describe the experience. It’s so far beyond anything that is earthly, that there has never been any kind of a vocabulary developed that could adequately describe what is there for you and for me in the heavenly kingdom! For the joy that was set before Him. And thus He has pointed out to us as an example, as we go through the trials, look ahead, for the present suffering, Paul said, is not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed!
And so he endured the cross, though He despised the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. And as we were told earlier in the Book of Hebrews, He is just waiting until the Father makes His enemies His footstool and turns the kingdom over to Him.
3For consider him (Now we had this back in chapter ten. You remember, we were encouraged to consider Jesus. Consider Him, once again, we are told to consider Him.) that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Here’s the contradiction, here’s a man who lived a perfect life. A man who was so compassionate, so loving, that He was always was reaching out to help those in need. He was always bringing joy, bringing healing, bringing encouragement! As the disciples testified of Him, He went around doing good, healing all manner of sicknesses. And yet, the religious leaders were so angered by Him, that they didn’t just want to see Him die, they wanted to see Him suffer. That’s why they took the case to Pilate, because they wanted crucifixion. They wanted that shameful death of crucifixion.
Sometimes when we are trying to live the right life, trying to do the right thing, and it seems to sometimes, blow up in our face. We think, that isn’t fair! I’m trying to do the right thing and look what happened! Look at what they have done? Well, the writer says, just consider Jesus! You know, you aren’t nearly as righteous as He is, and yet look what they did to Him!
Jesus said, in this world you are going to have tribulation. (2 Timothy 3:12)–They that live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Consider Him who endured such contradiction of the sinners, that we not be weary and faint in our minds, when we are going through trials or testings or when we are, you know, being falsely accused.
For 4Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. The writer is sort of saying, you know you think you’ve got it bad, show me your scars. If the writer was Paul and I believe it probably was, certainly he said, I bear in my body, the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ. He had been beaten (2 Corinthians 11:24) with thirty-nine stripes, five times. Thrice was I caned! These things that all leave their scars, their marks. I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But now, he’s saying to them, look, you haven’t yet resisted unto blood in your strife against sin.
Surely we have had it easy! When you read of the suffering Christians in say, the Moslem controlled countries, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, where they have the religious control, the beatings, the persecutions, the torture, today, that Christians endure!
In China, under the Communistic rule, those members of the House Church, who refuse to submit to what they feel the compromising liberal Three Self Movement, how they are imprisoned. How they are tortured! We’ve got it so easy! And yet if someone looks at us sort of askew, when we make mention of Jesus, we, you know, get all upset and we feel oh, I’ve been persecuted! But you have not yet resisted unto blood in your striving against sin.
First of all, you haven’t and then, now you have. 5And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, You’ve forgotten that exhortation in Proverbs in chapter three, where Solomon, says, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Now it is important that we realize that the chastening of the Lord is never punitive. It is always corrective! God doesn’t punish us. He corrects us! And there’s quite a difference between punishment and correction. And we who are parents, know how important correction is, for our children. If they have a habit of running out into the street without looking both ways, we warn them about doing that! We know the danger of their doing that. It can be deadly! And so when our children have a tendency to just carelessly run out in the street, without looking both ways, we correct them. And often times the correction is with maybe a swat, or maybe it’s taking away certain privileges, it is a move on our part to correct this bad habit that we know can be deadly.
It’s interesting how our reaction is, to correction. When you were a child, before they had all of these child protection laws, and you misbehaved and you got a spanking for it, what went through your mind as your father left the room and you were lying there crying on the bed? I know with me, it was “nobody loves me”! And yet it was because of love, but you so misunderstand it. And when God corrects us, God chastises or scourges us, so often the mindset is, “God doesn’t love me”! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! It’s because He loves you that He has chastised you! It’s a sign of His love! And we need to realize that! That God chastises us because He loves us. It’s not punishment! It’s correction.
And so, don’t despise the chastening of the Lord, or faint when you are rebuked of Him. For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth. It’s a sign of His love! And He scourges every son whom He receives.
So 7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; The chastening of the Lord should bring great comfort to you. If you could get by with your sins, look out! You’re in big trouble! Isn’t it interesting how that so oftentimes, other people do it, and they get by with it? And you think, they got by with it, I’ll do it. And you get caught! You think, that’s not fair, you know! They do it and nothing happens. I do it and I get caught! Oh, rejoice! You are a son! If you weren’t a son, He would let you get by with it, too! But because He loves you, and He knows that this is harmful. He knows that it can be deadly, He chastens. And it’s a sign not of God hating you, but of God loving you! Whom the Lord loveth, He chastens and scourges every son who He receives. So if you endure the chastening, God is dealing with you as a son.
for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? I was called by the school one day because my son was throwing rocks. He had been told not to, but he continued to do it. And there were several boys who got into this rock throwing. And so when I went to school, I was looking not for several boys, I was looking for one boy! My boy! I will deal with him. You know, I’m not going to deal with the others, but I’m going to deal with my son. And he was the one I was looking for and I was interested in.
So our Father, He is interested in us. Because He loves us, He chastens us. Thus, we are sons. For what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. You don’t belong to Him! Therefore, going back to the beginning, despise not, the chastening of the Lord! It’s proof that you are His child.
And so he said, 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? Our earthly fathers corrected us and we respected them. How much more should we not respect our heavenly Father and live?
10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. God is wanting to work in us, His holiness. For the Scripture says, be ye holy for I am holy, saith the Lord. And so the purposes of God are always for our good, for our holiness, for our living the right life.
11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, That’s so true!
but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. When I’m going through a period when God is chastening me, it’s no fun! But oh, when you look at the result of it! When you look at the outcome. There, it’s wonderful. It’s glorious! What God is able to accomplish through the chastening processes in our lives.
12Wherefore (This is now referring to the chastening processes.) lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; You know, sometimes, we feel sort of beaten down. We think, oh, God doesn’t love me, but no, He does! It’s a proof of His love. Lift up, your hands and strengthen the feeble knees.
13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Let the purposes of God be accomplished! Let the healing of God’s Spirit put you in line, get you in that right path—the straight path. And that’s God’s purpose. To keep us in that straight path, lest we stray away into dangerous territory. Make straight paths for your feet.
And then, 14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he said, live peaceably with all men, as much as lieth in you. Recognizing that there are some people, well, it’s just impossible to be at peace with them. They are so antagonistic. But let the cause for division, be on their part and not on yours. As much as lieth in you, live peaceably. Follow peace with all men.
And holiness, God wants us to live holy lives! And we thank God, though we are not holy, He can make us holy. And He accounts us holy through our faith in Jesus Christ.
So 15Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; So Paul wrote, if you seek to be justified by your works, you have fallen from grace! So looking diligently or being very diligent, lest any man should fail of the grace of God; lest we allow any root of bitterness to spring up within us.
And you know, the bitterness, it can defile so many people. One bitter person in the church can spread around so much bitterness. And so many people can be defiled because of one bitter person. And so watch out for this, he says, looking diligently lest you fail of the grace of God. We are to show grace. We are to show kindness and forgiveness. And we’re to watch out for this bitterness, this root of bitterness that can trouble us and many others.
16Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, Now the fornicator here is and with Esau, was speaking of spiritual fornication. Worshipping other gods, setting aside the devotion that we should have for God, alone! Love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, mind and strength. But allowing other things to come in and separate us from God.
Like Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. You remember the story, he had come in from hunting. He was wearied. He was weak. Jacob was, well, we would probably call him a sissy. He was a mother’s boy. He was great around the kitchen. Esau, hey, he hunted and fished and he was sort of a man’s man. He had been out hunting. He came in. He was tired. Oh, Jacob has been in the kitchen, cooking some lentils, spicing them up with some onions and garlic. Oh, it smells good!
Hey brother, give me some of those lentils. And Jacob always willing to take advantage of another person, said, I’ll tell you what. I’ll trade you a bowl of lentils for your birthright.
Esau said, sure why not? He sold his birthright for a bowl of lentils. He didn’t care about it. He wasn’t spiritually minded. He was a man of the world. His interest was in material things. And so he was willing to sell the birthright for a mess of pottage.
Until later, he discovered that the birthright, with the birthright, went twice the inheritance! And he realized, wow, he’s going to get twice as much from the old man as I am, because he has the birthright. And that’s the thing that upset him! He didn’t really have any spiritual longings and spiritual desires.
17For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, Now, this Scripture is, many times, misunderstood. He sold the birthright. Then, afterward, he realized that he lost the inheritance as a result, the blessing of the inheritance, because he was rejected, for he found no place of repentance. Now that’s a sentence by itself. He didn’t repent.
And the words, though he sought it carefully with tears. He didn’t seek carefully repentance. What he sought was the inheritance. He was weeping over the loss of inheritance.
When Jacob received the blessing from his father, Isaac, and when Esau came in from the field, after hunting and getting the best venison and preparing it for his dad. He went in to get the blessing. When he discovered that Jacob had already had gone in and had received the blessing, he wept. He cried! He said, father, isn’t there anything left for me? And he was weeping, not seeking repentance, but he was weeping because he had lost the inheritance. Though he sought the inheritance with tears, he didn’t seek the repentance with tears. He was unrepentant. He repented not.
So don’t think, oh, poor fellow, here he cried and wept, you know, trying to find repentance. No, he wasn’t trying to find repentance. He wasn’t crying because of the sin. He was just crying because he had lost the inheritance.
18For ye are not come (So we change gears now.) unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: He is talking about Mt. Sinai. When the children of Israel came to Mt. Sinai, you read the account there in the Old Testament. When they came to Mr. Sinai, the mountain burned with fire. There was this loud blast that sounded like a trumpet blast that grew louder and louder. There were thunderings. There were lightning’s. There was fire shooting across the ground. The presence of the Lord, so the people were terrified at this awesome sight! They said to Moses, hey, you go up and talk to God! You come down and tell us what God said, and we’ll obey it. But we don’t want to go near that! We’ll die!
So you have not come to this mountain, that could be touched, where you heard the voice of God, where you saw the demonstration of God’s presence in the fire, in the lightning, in the thunder, the sound of the trumpet.
20(For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart(a spear): 21And so terrible (terrifying) was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) We haven’t come to the law, to that mountain.
22But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, So you remember, it speaks of Abraham (Hebrews 11:10), who by faith, journeyed, leaving his home, not knowing where he was going. He testified that he was just a stranger and a pilgrim, here. And he was searching for a city, which has foundation, whose maker and builder is God.
So you’ve come to Mt Sion, the city of the living God, the one that they were looking for, to the heavenly Jerusalem and to an innumerable company of angels. Now he is going to tell you of those who are inhabiting the new Jerusalem, this heavenly Jerusalem and an innumerable company of angels.
In the Book of Revelation, chapter five, we read that ten thousand times ten thousand angels, lifted their voice in praise and worship unto God. That’s a hundred million angels!
We remember in the Old Testament (2 Kings 19:35), when Sennacherib had attacked Jerusalem. The prophet had said to the king, look, you just stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. God’s going to deliver them into your hands. You will not have to fight in this battle. And when the children of Israel woke up in the morning and looked over the walls at the camp of the Assyrians, they saw the whole army, a hundred and eighty five thousand of them, lying dead in the field. For we read, that night an angel of the Lord went forth into the camp of the Assyrians and smote the Assyrians, some one hundred and eight five thousand! One angel!
You remember when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane and the officers came to arrest Him, how that Peter pulled out his sword and begin to swing? He cut off the ear of Malchus, the servant of the high priest. And how Jesus picked up his ear, put it back and healed him. He said to Peter, put away your sword. Don’t you understand, don’t you realize that I could at this time, call for twelve legions of angels to deliver Me? Now if one angel could do that much against the Assyrians, imagine what the twelve legions could do! A hundred million!
We’ve come to this glorious city, this heavenly Jerusalem and to an innumerable company of angels.
And 23To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, That’s the body of Jesus Christ! We are the church of the first born. We have been born again by the power of the Holy Spirit into the family of God.
And so the church of the firstborn, but then also and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, That is a reference to the Old Testament saints that are there also in this new Jerusalem.
In the eleventh chapter, that we just completed last week, you remember it said these all died in faith, not having received the promise. God having reserved some better thing for us, that they without us, could not be made perfect. They couldn’t come into the heavenly scene until Jesus had put away the sin, by His death on the cross. The Old Testament sacrifices never put away sin. They covered sin, but it was impossible that the blood of bulls or goats could actually put away sin. They only pointed to the sacrifice that would be made by Jesus Christ, by which sins were put away. So they without us could not come into the perfected state. But now they are there!
The spirits of just men made perfect, 24And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, Jesus, when He took the bread and broke it, He said, this is My body, broken for you. Then He took the cup. And He said, this cup is a New Covenant in My blood, which is shed for the remission of sins.
So we have the angels. We have the church. We have the Father, the Judge of all. We have the Spirit, the Old Testament saints, and we have Jesus, who was the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. The perfect sacrifice– Jesus Christ, Himself!
So, this is the mount that we have come to, 25See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. The Lord is wanting to speak to us tonight. The Lord is wanting to speak to us about righteousness and about holiness, about serving Him and His will. And see that you refuse not Him who speaks.
For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: He that despised Moses’ law was put to death in the mouth of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment do you suppose he should be counted worthy, who has trodden underfoot, the Son of God and counted the blood of His Covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite to the Spirit of grace? So how much more shall we not escape, if we turn away from Him who speaks to us from heaven?
26Whose voice then shook the earth: At Mt. Sinai, when God spoke, there was this great earthquake, and this manifestation of fire and all.
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. You talk about the St. Andreas. That’s going to be just a local, little shaking. It’s going to be localized along the St. Andreas fault line. But that’s nothing compared with the shaking that is going to come! The Book of Revelation describes the great earthquake that God says He is going to shake the earth. Imagine when the whole earth begins to shake! Not just in local fault areas, but the whole earth. Imagine the terror that that is going to bring into the hearts of people, when God shakes the earth, the whole earth!
And he said, but now He hath promised, saying, yet once more I will shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. The material world in which we put such great value, into which we put so much effort and energy, God is going to shake that until everything that can be shaken, shall be shaken! I see these tall buildings in Los Angeles and in New York, Chicago. And when God shakes the earth and the heavens, to realize, these things are going to be flattened! I can’t imagine the horror and the devastation when God brings this promise to pass!
Only that which cannot be shaken will remain! That is, your faith, unshakeable faith! Your trust in God, those things will last! Those things will survive!
28Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved (or shaken), The kingdom of God, it can’t be moved! It can’t be shaken! It can’t be destroyed!
let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29For our God is a consuming fire. It’s interesting that in several places in the Scriptures, God is likened unto fire.
There is a word, aeromokesis, which describes the slow burning fire of nature, oxidation. You put a piece of steel out on the ground, in the grass. And gradually over a period of time, you’ll see little pockets begin to develop—rust, oxidation, as it begins to give into the elements, and gradually begins to erode and to decay. So it is with the material things. We really didn’t get the last nail pounded into this building, before the whole thing began this slow deterioration. We have to keep the thing up. The paint, it begins to oxidize. You have to repaint. The material realm is in the state of being slowly being burned up. Aeromokesis, the slow burning fire of nature, it’s everywhere.
God is likened unto fire. The event that we referred to earlier of the Assyrian army being destroyed—one hundred eighty-five thousand, in one night, who were encamped against Jerusalem and were besieging Jerusalem. When God wiped out that Assyrian army, it said fear ripped the hearts of the sinners in Zion. And they said, who among us can dwell in the midst of the devouring fire? I mean they saw what God could do to their enemies. And those who were sinners, the hypocrites, man! Their hearts were gripped with fear. And they said who among us can dwell with this devouring fire?
Fire is an interesting thing. It has the power to destroy. It has also, the same fire, can transmit a piece of iron into steel and make it more permanent.
The words, who amongst us can dwell? The word dwell there, is an interesting Hebrew word that can mean dwell, or it can also mean approach, or also mean abide. Who amongst us can approach the devouring fire?
Now it declares, our God is a consuming fire. But that all depends on the material that’s in it. The question isn’t though really, who among us can dwell? The question is, we are in the fire, what is it doing to us? You see, the fire has the capacity of burning out the dross, refining the gold. It’s refined by fire–and thus, the refining fire. And to the child of God, God is a refining fire! To the sinner, He is a consuming fire.
You can’t escape the fire. It’s in nature. It’s everywhere in nature—the aeromokesis, you can escape it! I’m in the fire! What’s it doing to me? Is it refining me, purifying my life? Or is the fire consuming me, destroying me? It all depends on your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Father, we thank You for the lessons that we can learn as we study the Scriptures. And Lord, as we realize tonight, that we can come to Mt. Zion, the city of God, with all of the angels, the host of heaven, with all of the saints that have gone before us. And Lord, we can hear Your voice, that You speak to us. Help us Lord, listen to what You say. To give the more earnest heed to the things, which we have heard, lest we should we should drift away from them. Knowing that the words that were spoken by the angels were steadfast. And every transgression and disobedience received its just recompense and reward. For we realize we can’t escape, if we neglect Your great salvation. And so Lord, help us tonight. And Father, help us in our attitude toward the chastising. And may we not misunderstand the purpose. But may we know Lord, that is just a manifestation of Your love. And that we are truly Your sons and because You love us, You won’t let us get by with our sin. Do what’s necessary Lord, to keep us on the straight path. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Transcribed from “The Word For Today”, Pastor Chuck Smith, Tape #8217, (KJ Version)

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