Ecclesiastes chapter 12…


“You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.” – Jonathan Edwards

The best thing possible to the man under the sun, the natural man. A poetic picture of old age. Verse 1- Get back to God, Solomon advises. Do it while you are young. The description of old age in this chapter is accurate. this chapter is amazing and a must read!

Verse 2- You don’t see as well as you did in your youth.

Verse 3- The keepers are the legs. They tremble, they stumble, and they make us groan. We no longer stand erect, we stoop with our shoulders. Grinders are teeth. Yikes! We need more light to read.

Verse 4- The hearing goes away, but the slightest of sounds wakes us. you don’t sing as well as before, it’s harder to carry a tune.

Verse 5- You don’t like heights. You don’t like to fly. Fear can dominate your life, you just don’t enjoy taking the chances that you used to. A blossoming almond tree is white on top, like us older people. Little things can become a burden. Less tolerant, more little inconveniences bother us. Romance is Gone.?..? The long home is eternity. Death is creeping up!

Verse 6- Organs of the body. The silver cord is the spinal column. the golden bowl is your head for your brain. The pitcher is the lungs. The wheel is the heart.

Verse 7- No such thing as soul sleep. The body sleeps, but the spirit or the soul returns to God that gave it.

Verse 8- When as a child, I laughed and wept, Time crept; When as a youth, I dreamed and talked, Time walked; When I became a full grown man, Time ran; When older still I daily grew, Time flew; Soon I shall find in travelling on, Time gone. Author unknown.

Thou knowest, Lord, I’m growing older. My fire of youth begins to smolder; I somehow tend to reminisce And speak of good old days I miss. I am more moody, bossy, and Think folk should jump at my command. Help me, Lord, to conceal my aches And realize my own mistakes. Keep me sweet, silent, sane, serene, Instead of sour, crusty, and mean. Author unknown

May the Lord, give us the grace to grow old gracefully!

Above all, FEAR GOD, keeping your eyes out for the final Day of Judgement. With all of the complaints Solomon had about the nature of creation, there is no doubt as to the existence and justice of the Creator. God is mentioned at least forty times in this book….

Jesus Christ is the only solution for life’s problems. Jesus has given His promise to people of any and all ages…”…him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37).

Ecclesiastes chapter 10…


Looking at the injustice in the world. A wise man once told me, “We are all one decision away from stupid.” One moment away from a sin that can have devastating effects.

Verse 2, the right hand is the hand of strength. If you are wise, that is where your heart will be, at your right hand. Whatever you do , do it with heart, do it for the glory of God.

Verse 3, a fool never has to carry a sign about him that says he is a fool. You will know as soon as he speaks.

Verse 8, be careful with sin. If you are a child of God, you will not get by with it. Eventually God will judge that sin.

Verse 10, keep your tools sharp and in top condition. Put in the work to keep your tools in shape. Read and study the Word of God, and be ready for His call.

Verse 11, people in the church will do and say things that hurt, even those that are supposed to protect the flock.

Verses 12-15, the fool, the foolish, the foolishness of the fool. Beware the fool. No common sense can be found in the fool.

Verse 17-18, alcohol has destroyed so many lives. Don’t be lazy

Remember life under the sun. Come to the cross and seek the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!!

Ecclesiastes Chapter 7-9….


Chapter 7, looking at man’s sin, looking at the incurable evil of man, that “man under the sun,” that man that is unilluminated by God’s Spirit, that man sees no advantage in being righteous. In versus 13-21, that man has fuzzy thinking with regard to spiritual things, not getting the meaning of life on this earth and how life ends. Verse 12 speaks to my heart, “For wisdom (Jesus) is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom (Jesus) giveth life to them that have it.” Jesus Christ is wisdom!

Chapter 8. Looking at the mystery of the divine providences, at life’s uncertainties. The man under the sun, without a Savior, can concentrate on nothing, floundering, only occasionally giving a nod to wisdom. He only acknowledges the king’s rule. To this man life is a riddle and no absolutes about the future can be known. Nothing about life in general can be known. Utter sadness. Death really is a mystery to the unsaved man.

Chapter 9. Looking at the world’s wrong standard of values. Pay your debts, be honest, live a good life. By now, you have to wonder how this book got into the Bible. Solomon is speaking of life apart from God.

We all need to look to and seek Wisdom, Jesus Christ the Savior…

Ecclesiastes chapter 11


Looks at the best way of travel for the man under the sun.

Verse 5, “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.” The Lord Jesus said, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). Don’t let what you don’t know mess with what you do know. Look at the chair in the photo above. Every one knows how to sit in a chair. People say, here sit down, have a sit, take a chair, rest your feet, take a load off. You probably will sit right down without giving one moment of thought about the chair. How is the chair constructed? Who built the chair? Was it this fellas first day on the job? What type of materials did he use? Probably none of these questions go through your mind as you just sit in the chair by faith.

“For by grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).”

Pursing Wealth concludes…


In chapter 6, Solomon concludes his search for happiness through money. The rich man can only eat so much a day, he can only sleep in one bed at a time. He will live no longer then the poor man. When the rich man leaves this world he will take nothing with him. There is no pocket in a shroud, no U-Haul attached to the coffin. Look at the book of Job. Job was a rich man and he said that he came into the world with nothing and will leave this world with nothing. It is pointless giving your life to the pursuit of what does not bring happiness here, and adding no value to the hereafter…Dedicate your life to the pursuit of Jesus, that will bring happiness…John 13:17.

Let’s try Religion…


In chapter five Solomon tries something that should be of interest to us all, religion. He intends to find satisfaction in religion, and guess what, he can’t. Through out history, religion has damned more people then it has saved. You can easily research this on your own. The difference between Christianity and all other religions is the Lord Jesus Christ! A relationship, not a religion. If you have religion, kick it to the curb and get Jesus Christ.

Verses 1-8 Solomon tells how he seeks to be satisfied in religion.

Verses 10-14 Solomon now, seeks satisfaction by pursuing enjoyment and wealth. When I was young and unsaved I always believed wealth would be the greatest thing ever. It won’t. Wealth is never condemned in the Bible. Making wealth an idol, that’s wrong. So is being a cheapskate. Both are wrong. One of the things Ecclesiastes teaches us is not to hold onto anything to tightly. Greed, a modern day problem. It has only one cure, Jesus…

Amir Tsarfati…


There are three words that I want to give to you as we close out 2021 and move into 2022 – “Expect good things”. These words are not just a feel-good philosophy. There is no “name it and claim it” health and wealth promise to them. Instead, these words are all about perspective. When your eyes are on God and you are trusting Him and serving Him, then good things will happen. Now, in all honesty, they may not always feel like good things. But faith isn’t built on feelings; it is built on the character of God.

So, because God is our Father and we are His children, we can always expect good things from Him. During this year, if there is ever a point you begin to doubt that truth, just remember to tweak the definition from what you think is “good” to what God promises is “good”. It is that perfect faith in Him that will open the door to the peace that passes all understanding, and which will take us through whatever we may face in the year ahead.

Romans 8:37-39
In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Expect good things from God…

Pastor Greg Laurie…


Living for God’s Glory

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 NLT).

Where are you in your life today? Are you in the morning of your life? Are you in the afternoon of your life? Or, are you in the evening of your life?

Of course, I know I’m getting toward the end of my race in life. I don’t know how many more years I will live or how many more years of ministry I will have. But I do know that I’m not in the beginning of it.

Those who are young will say, “I’m in the morning of my life.”

But you never know when the Lord will call you home. My son Christopher was only 33 years old when he was unexpectedly called home to Heaven. So we don’t necessarily know where we are in the race of life.

That’s why we want to be ready to meet God. We need to realize that Jesus died on the cross for us, and we need to turn from our sins and ask Him to come into our lives. Then we will find the meaning and purpose of life that we’ve been seeking. Not only that, but we will have hope for the afterlife.

So what kind of difference is your life making? What kind of legacy are you leaving?

My prayer is that you will live a life that is worth emulating. Corrie ten Boom was a very godly woman who suffered horrible things during the Holocaust, including imprisonment at the Ravensbruck concentration camp, and she lived to tell the story. She made this statement: “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”

We think that success is a long life. Well, maybe success is a long life—if it is lived for the glory of God. But even if it’s a short life, if it’s lived for God’s glory, that is still a success. It is not the duration but the donation.

All is Vanity…


Chapters 1-4 of the Book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon’s theme is vanity of vanities, all is vanity. This is a problem that he states. Solomon begins his search for the solution, by conducting experiments. In chapter 1 verses 4-11 he looks to science and finds some startling facts about our world. Evaporation and storm currents, the sun, the wind, the rivers and the seas. Wisdom and philosophy are then studied in verses 12-18. In chapter 2 Solomon begins what is very popular today, pleasure. Only to discover that pleasure ends in emptiness. Verses 12-26 he tries living for the now, materialism. Chapter 3, the weary round of life, fatalism. Take life as it comes. If you can’t fight them, join them. I see nothing wrong with… Solomon transitions into egotism, excessive love of self. Chapter 4 Solomon continues searching for satisfaction through the philosophy of egotism. Verse 7, all is wrong, any direction you go, it’s wrong. There is no way out. Sounds like today. Verse 13, Solomon was two things, a very wise child, and a very foolish king….

Savior


Why God Sent a Savior
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 NLT).
I heard about a couple that was going out of town for the Christmas weekend. They packed their luggage, dropped off the dog at a friend’s house, and then loaded up their SUV.
They pulled out of the driveway and were driving down the street when the woman suddenly turned to her husband and said, “We forgot the baby!” They had to go back and collect their child, whom they had left in the house.
That’s what Christmas is like for many people. How easy it is to miss the whole point. We trim our trees, hang our lights, and attend endless events, but we forget about the Baby.
Did Jesus come to this earth so that we could shop and spend too much money on Christmas presents? Of course not. He actually came with the express purpose of dying on a cross for our sins. He said that He came “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 NLT).
That is the whole point. He came to bring life to us, to bring the ultimate gift to us. Death finally was defeated when Jesus died on the cross and rose again. Let’s not miss this because God is offering us the most amazing gift of all: eternal life.
We are all made in the image of God, but to be theologically correct, we are not all children of God. The only way we can become children of God is by accepting the gift of eternal life that God offers us.
The Bible says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12 NKJV). There has to be a moment when you admit to God that you’re a sinner, turn from your sin, and ask Jesus to come into your life.
That is why God sent a Savior.

Receive Him today! Don’t wait. There is no better day than today!

Thanks to Pastor Greg Laurie and Harvest Ministries for this devotion….