Sunday Morning Podcast January 12, 2020. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: AMOS 3:1-3
1 Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,
2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Can two walk together unless they be agreed? No! In order to walk together there has to be an agreement! When we are separated from God we are at the mercy of the enemy of God. Amos is letting them know that God called them out of the land of Egypt, and now he finds them walking separately from God. Amos tells them there is a lack of agreement between him and Israel. And Amos is letting Israel know, there is a punishment ordained for disobedience to God! There is no other way around it, there is a consequence to going away from God! 2 Corinthians 6: 1-13 Paul exhorts here the necessity to be pure, and blameless. How are we to know that we are in agreement, and truly walking with God? You should be able to call upon some evidence when God revealed to you, you were walking with Him, and being in the kingdom of God. Because you stayed close to walk with Him. By pureness, knowledge, long suffering by love unfeigned by the Holy Ghost. This is the reason for our hard trials. 1 ” We then. as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 2 Corinthians 6th chapter. We’re not doing this to seek a reward. When we go through the hardest trial, it is for these reasons, to serve God, and not for “the loaves and the fishes.” Not to receive blessings, although they will come when we are saved and then obedient. Ideally it is for the hardest trials we serve God. That is not the time to give up and say “I can’t go on!” That’s precisely the time to thank the Lord for all your blessings! For it is in those times, you see “the windows of heaven open,” and the grace of God pour out upon you!
Who would want to be in those hardest trials without any support and help from heaven? It is for those times we serve God. 11 “O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. 12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.” 2 Corinthians 6 Straitened is old fashion language that means “narrowed.” Which also goes with verse 13.Now for a recompence in the same. (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged. In other words, he is saying, “be careful that you don’t let your heart become so narrowed by your opinions, that you can’t see the greater good for the souls around you, into the plan of God, restricting God working within you.” So your heart needs to be enlarged in the things of God. Is your heart enlarged this morning to the things of God? Are you seeking truth? Not that we are following some “program” or etc. but that it convicts of the need to change something, of what God speaks to our hearts about. Something we should do more of, or something we should start doing. If we’re a seeker of truth, we’re going to obey whatever God shows us to do. But if our heart is “straitened, or narrowed in our own knowledge, ideas, and opinions, it will define us, Going deeper will help us to receive everything God has for us! When God ask you to change, are you willing? Can you and God walk together?
Can Two Walk Together, Unless They Be Agreed?