Posts by Billy Hayes

Posts by Billy Hayes

The Enemy (Part 2)

The goal of Satan is to have us fall to our own lusts, whatever it is. Satan does not care that you and I are not following Satan as long as we are not following God. Our lusts are very specific to each of us and we all must be on guard to avoid how our lust works against us. Today, let’s notice the operation of lust. James 1:14-15, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of…

The Enemy (Part 1)

The greatest enemy to your faithfulness unto our Holy God sits in your seat right now. Without lust, there is no sin. Without sin, there is no death. Yet, we live in a world surrounded by men and women who are dying, both physically and spiritually. In James 1:13-16, the author makes us painfully aware of these truths. Notice some of the following thoughts… Lust is an odd concept. It dwells in us all but it is completely unique to…

That One Example

Humanity is saved by one plan given to us by God. That plan is as follows: Hear- Romans 10:17, BelieveJohn 8:24, Repentance- Luke 13:3, Confession of the Christ- Matthew 10:32 and Being Baptized- Romans 6:1-4. Remaining in that saved condition is based on how I live and reflect Christ- Revelation 2:10b and 2 Timothy 4:6-8. However, through the pages of the Inspired Book known as the Bible, we read about one fellow we have assigned the incorrect idea as one…

Please explain Romans 14:22

“Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” (Romans 14:22) To adequately explain and apply this verse, you and I must first understand the context of the book and chapter. The book of Romans is written to a group of Christians living and worshipping in Rome where they are outcast and hated. They are seen as different and they are completely different form the pagan world…

You Can Rest Assured

“Are you saved?” This question doesn’t seem to be a difficult question to answer. Perhaps a better way to ask this question is: “Have you been saved by God’s plan of salvation?” As we explore this question, remember it is only by His plan that man is saved and it is only His way.  Do you know you are lost? To understand the idea of being lost is the key to understanding how to be saved. Sin is our problem.…

What exactly will it take?

The 18-month period in our nation known as the Covid Crisis had the entire nation in the clutches of its sinister hand for a while. We learned about masks, boy, did we learn about masks. We learned about social distancing and other important ideas to keep us a little more healthy. We are drawing closer to the idea of having this pandemic under control. Perhaps a more important question is this: What have we learned in the church through this…

Salvation is a Funny Thing

The gift of God to man is God’s ability to redeem mankind. To redeem means to “buy back from” sinfulness. In order to access this gift, I must first understand what is being offered. Listening to God’s offer and understanding all the terms is crucial to choosing correctly. Many people have only heard that God has a plan, never trying to learn about the details of the plan of God. I must understand God’s plan. If I have heard and…

Welcome Home

“What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see. And I look upon His face, the one who saved me by His grace. When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the Promised Land. What a day, glorious day that will be.” We often sing this song as we look forward to the Day God will judge all of mankind, separating His sheep from the goats and ushering the faithful into an Eternal Home…

Mouse Traps

Today I want you to listen and try to fully digest this pithy statement. “There is plenty of cheese in a mouse trap, but there are no happy mice.” We often giggle and snicker at the statement. As we do that, we are only looking at the surface of this statement. Let’s look deeply this morning. Plenty of cheese in a mouse trap: (Hebrews 11: 24-25) Cheese is the draw to the dangerous and deadly mouse trap. The cheese is…

Today is a Special Day

Today is a very special day. Not due to the Easter holiday. Today is a special day because this is the day for the saints to gather to worship the God of Heaven and Earth. So many folks today will gather to remember the Resurrection of Jesus. While it is a good thing for humanity to remember that Day, the saints are commanded by God to remember that Sacrifice every Sunday. Notice what we are remembering: (John 18-20) Jesus was…

Christ = The Way

(John 14:1-6) 1. Christ = the Way to PARDON Acts 10:43 Acts 13:38 1 John 1:9 2. Christ = the Way to PEACE Romans 5:1-3 John 13:15-17 Proverbs 10:28 3. Christ = the way to HOLINESS 1 John 1:7 Titus 2:14 4. Christ = the Way to BLESSINGS Matthew 5:45 Matthew 7:21 5. Christ = the Way to HEAVEN 1 Peter 3:18 1 Timothy 2:5 John 14:1-6

After Baptism: Things to Remember

We are: Changed- 1st Peter 2:2, 1st Corinthians 3:1-2 A Babe in Christ- 2nd Corinthians 5:17, 1st Peter 1:22-28 Commanded to Grow- 2nd Peter 1:5-11, 2nd Peter 3:18 Possible to Fall- Galatians 5:4, 1st John 2:1-2 Representing the Lord- 1st Timothy 4:12,  2nd Corinthians 3:2 Complete Followers of Jesus- 1st Peter 2:21, Hebrews 12:1-4 God wants you to: Put Him first- Matthew 6:33, 10:37, 22:37 Learn His Word- Acts 17:11, 2nd Timothy 2:15, 2nd Peter 3:18 Obey Him- Matthew 7:21,…