April 2011


Pastor Bob Alderman, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 507, Rio Grande City, TX  78582, 956-487-2438   pastor@riofaith.org

Texas House of Representatives “Pastor of the Day”  Friday April 15th, 2011

I am deeply moved and humbled by the opportunity to serve the Texas House of Representatives as your “Pastor of the Day” on this wonderful day that The Almighty has given us.

On this day and in this Session, you will be challenged with difficulties and opportunities.  You will be required to make decisions that will affect the entire state of Texas for many years to come.  The power each of you hold is an awesome responsibility and makes me glad that it is yours and not mine.

I am reminded today that, although we tend to believe we are most powerful, the true Seat of power lies inside Heaven’s gates and I both beg and challenge each of you to seek God’s wisdom at every opportunity.  You are truly a chosen group of men and women; chosen by your communities and by God for this sacred service.

I bring to you today the thanks and appreciation of my family, the Church Family of First Baptist Church of Rio Grande City; the Community of Rio Grande City; the County of Starr and the citizens of the Great State of Texas.

Thank you for yielding so much of your life in service to us.                 Let us pray:

Dear Heavenly Father as we gather here in this solemn chamber today we stand before Your presence in the precious and powerful name of Your Son Jesus Christ.  Lord, we pray for your grace and wisdom to be upon every member of the Texas House of Representatives.  I pray that each of their decisions be guided by Your Spirit and centered in Your Holy Will for them and the State they serve.

Father, I pray for their families today.  I pray that You, in Your Divine Grace and Mercy, would protect their families, bless their children and build closer relationships with their spouses.  May each family represented here today know your presence and experience the fullness of Your joy.

Lord God, today Texas faces many challenges.  We are concerned about our finances, our future and our families.  Never before has the prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” been uttered with such fervency and importance.

We call on You, O Lord, to be our protection and our provision.  Build the economy of this wonderful state and provide both employment and opportunity to our fellow Texans.  Build strong, healthy families who live in freedom and not fear.  Build Texas into the Great State of Your Holy Vision and Plan.

Lord, bless the men and women who serve You by serving in the Texas House of Representatives.  Bless their staff that works so diligently and everyone who serves day by day in their roles to support the mission of this body of government.

We cry out for Your presence in this Chamber, O God of wisdom, and ask You to direct the decisions of this honorable assembly; Lord, enable them to settle the business of Texas on the best and surest foundation, giving You glory all along the way.

Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they represent, the true blessings from above.   Build respect and unity among them so that they may reflect Your Kingdom.

O God, we ask for your divine protection upon the sons and daughters of not only Texas, but from all across our great country, those who have volunteered to serve in the armed forces of these United States.  We pray for the success of their missions and their safe return to their homes and families.  Build a hedge of protection around them, hold them safe in your hands and be their strong shield.

Lord, today we also pray for the Texas Senate as they conduct their business and for our Governor, Rick Perry and his family.  We thank you for them and their service.

Today Father I pray that you would wrap Your arms around the Texas House of Representatives and draw them in close to You.  May they know Your presence, seek Your Will and find Your peace.

All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Savior.    Amen.

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April 10th – GOD IS NOT YOUR TEMPTER

  1. 1. You will face Temptations
    1. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” NLT
    2. Luke 8:11-15 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. …. The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. …” NLT
    3. c. Christians often face temptations when the lost do not

There is a story told of an old Christian slave in the South whose master was an infidel. One day the master went duck-hunting with his slave, and turning on him suddenly said: “How is it, Tom, that the devil never tempts me, and always worries you? Why should he tempt a Christian more than an infidel?”

Before the slave could find an answer, a flock of ducks came within shooting distance, and the master fired into them. He then directed the slave to make haste to secure the wounded birds first, and let those that were dead wait until last. When the slave returned to his mater he had found his answer.

“You see, master, I reckon it is this way about the devil. He thinks I am only a poor wounded soul that he wants to make sure of first, but you are surely his, and so you can wait!”

Perhaps the slave’s master thought he was getting a little too personal in his remark, but until a man is truly born again through faith in Christ, the devil can wait to expend any special attention on him. It is the men made alive by the Spirit of God whom he has to hound and harass in order to draw them away from Christ.

  1. 2. God is not your tempter

James 1:13  13 And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. NLT

3. Satan is your tempter

    1. We are told to “Watch and Pray” and so we should. We can also be sure of this; our eternal enemy is on the watch for prey. Be watchful.

1 Thessalonians 3:4-8 “Even while we were with you, we warned you that troubles would soon come—and they did, as you well know. That is why, when I could bear it no longer, I sent Timothy to find out whether your faith was still strong. I was afraid that the tempter had gotten the best of you and that our work had been useless. …”

Matthew 4:1-11 “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. NLT

4. Other people are your tempter

Matthew 18:7-9 “”What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.  So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.” NLT

5. You are your own tempter

James 1:12-15 “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.” NLT

6. We have many defenses against Temptation

Luther said in his own pithy way: “I cannot keep birds from flying over my head, but I can keep them from building their nests under my hat.” We cannot keep Satan from plying us with evil suggestions, but we can keep from responding to them. Our Lord was sorely assailed of him, but He could declare that Satan, “hath nothing in me” (John 14:30).

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” NLT

Distance

1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee sexual immorality…”

1 Corinthians 10:14-15 “Flee from idolatry.”

2 Timothy 2:22-23 “Flee also youthful lusts;”

  • Prayer

Matthew 26:40-41 “Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?  Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

  • The Word of God-

Hebrews 4:12-13 “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

  • Jesus

Matthew 6:13 “ And don’t let us yield to temptation, but  rescue us from the evil one.” NLT