THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The Tate Family Do you know how many members of the Tate family belong to your family or church?
There is old man Dic-Tate who wants to run everything, while Uncle Ro-Tate tries to change everything.
There's sister Agi-Tate who stirs up plenty of trouble, with help from her husband, Irri-Tate.
Whenever new projects are suggested, Hesi-Tate and his wife, Vege-Tate, want to wait until next year.
Then there is Aunt Imi-Tate, who wants our church to be like all the others.
Devas-Tate provides the voice of doom, while Poten-Tate wants to be a big shot.
But not all members of the family are bad.
Brother Facili-Tate is quite helpful in church matters.
And a delightful, happy member of the family is Miss Felici-Tate.
Cousins Cogi-Tate and Medi-Tate always think things over and lend helpful, steady hands.
And of course there is the black sheep of the family, Ampu-Tate, who has completely cut himself off from the church.
How about it - do you know anyone in the "Tate" family?
8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
David determined to keep God in his thoughts and heart at ALL times (verse 8).
He kept God at his "right hand" to help him make decisions.
This is what every Christian should do.
Now, if you read the Bible, you will notice that David was like you and me.
He was not perfect, and sometimes he didn't keep God at his "right hand."
One result of this determined effort is to not "be moved" away from faith by the temptations or difficulties of life.
As long as we determine to keep God close ("at my right hand"), He will help us to face temptations and make right decisions because He will show us the right "path" (vs 11).
Another result of such a determination is JOY (verse 9).
First, because there is realization of the closeness of God in our everyday life.
And, second, there is the realization of life with God after physical death.
The body of a person is the "tent" which houses the spirit of the person.
The body shall indeed die; but the spirit shall exist forever.
Unless the Lord returns BEFORE we die, we shall surely die and our flesh shall experience "corruption" (vs 10).
But one day, God shall rejoin the spirit and the body and make the body immortal.
Then that person will be sent to his ETERNAL place.
For our benefit, there is ONE, the HOLY ONE of God, Who did NOT experience flesh corruption.
Though He truly died, and though He was placed in a grave, three days later JESUS AROSE!!
Because Jesus was God in the flesh, and because He arose, you and I have the PROOF that God can indeed cause us to arise from the dead and our bodies be changed to an immortal state!
Furthermore, God SHOWS us the "path of life."
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)
JESUS is the "path of life."
It is by repentance from sin, and surrender to Him, then following in His footsteps that we are saved.
Set the Lord at your "right hand."
THAT is the ONLY way!