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Loathing ourselves

Ezekiel 20:43, “And there you shall remember your ways and all your doing with which you were defiled; and you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight because of all the evils that you have committed.”  Israel will continue to be gathered and one day will turn to Jesus.

Jesus doesn’t want us to loath ourselves, and maybe that is a strong word for how you have felt about yourself.  But remember THERE IS NO CONDEMATION IF WE ARE IN CHRIST!!

Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

God is good!

Hebrews 4:7, “…Today, if you will hear His Voice, Do not harden your hearts.”

He lowered His Head.

John 19:30,  “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

Being crucified, Jesus held his head up.  When he gave up the ghost, he then lowered his head.

Let that sink in.  Meaning even as a human he was stronger then any of us could have been.  God did all this for us! Jesus bowed his head at the end and won our victory.

Praise God!

Look and Live!

Palms 32:8 says, ” I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”

“Dr. Barnhouse and the Bible” radio program tells us a story,  After dinner a guest told him that his son was the politest boy she had ever met.  Before the dinner guests arrived, he spoke to his son and told him to keep an eye on him throughout the evening.  The Father would give the boy hints on either passing the butter or milk to the guests.  If the son didn’t keep his eye on his Father, then he would not have been able to know what to do.

Keeping our eyes on Jesus is critical.  I find that I need to consult God on almost every detail in my life.  With a relationship that is pleasing to God, He will raise us up to everlasting life!

Like the song says “look and live” (William A. Ogden, 1887)

I’ve a message from the Lord, hallelujah!
This message unto you I’ll give,
’Tis recorded in His word, hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”
Refrain:
“Look and live,” my brother, live,
Look to Jesus now, and live;
’Tis recorded in His word, hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”
I’ve a message full of love, hallelujah!
A message, O my friend, for you,
’Tis a message from above, hallelujah!
Jesus said it, and I know ’tis true.
Life is offered unto you, hallelujah!
Eternal life thy soul shall have,
If you’ll only look to Him, hallelujah!
Look to Jesus who alone can save.
I will tell you how I came, hallelujah!
To Jesus when He made me whole—
’Twas believing on His name, hallelujah!
I trusted and He saved my soul.

Paradise

Even in paradise we would disobey God. The Edenic covenant that was broken proves this. Adam and Eve disobeyed God even in paradise. What have we to say except we are utterly sinful. As humans we need God to save us. As Paul said in Romans 7:21-25, “So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

By sin we are dead in the body, but in the spirit we have life through Christ.

Our sinful nature must be explained so that forgiveness can occur through Christ. Adams sin came to all men. Romans 5:12.

Praise God we have this great salvation!!!

As David Limbaugh so appropriately puts it in his book, “Finding Jesus in the Old Testament” p. 92, Adam fell for the temptation of the devil , but the second Adam while in the wilderness did not. Christ did what man could not. How amazing is our God!!!

Where would we be if God never called for Adam in the garden knowing he sinned? God came after us and set the redemptive plan in motion the moment we sinned. God could have left human kind alone to their own devices after they disobeyed him.

Genesis 3:9, “But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

Our Creator loves us!  Keep praying for each other! I am praying for you also.

Our wisdom and Satan’s plan

Peter asked Jesus not to face death on the cross and the Lord rebuked him.  Mark 8:33

Satan asked Jesus to except his bargain offer thereby escaping death on the cross and being given all the nations.  Matthew 4:1-11

The two plans man’s wisdom and Satan’s schemes were in unison. Stay close to the word and obey Jesus and then our wisdom will not be in unison with Satan’s schemes.

This is why we need the Lord deeply guiding us every day. Before we became Christians we were groomed by this world thinking we were right in our own eyes.  Even now as Christians we need to have a close relationship with Christ so he can teach us anew!

The Institute for Creation Research “Days of Praise” for October 6th says,

The steadfast “dwelling” in Christ promises to produce a confidence in our eternal relationship—the word choice especially emphasizes freedom in speaking, an unreservedness in speech. As Peter freely spoke at Pentecost (Acts 2:29) and the disciples received boldness to speak the Word of God (Acts 4:31), so our “plainness of speech” (2 Corinthians 3:12) in witnessing sets the stage for our “boldness in the day of judgment” (1 John 4:17).

So not only staying close to God produces fruit while on this earth, but also boldness in the day of judgment!  Praise God!

Let’s keep praying for each other!

We are called for this.

I Corinthians 6:1-3. “If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? 2 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!”

When we are going about our daily tasks let us remember that according to I Corinthians 6:1-3 we will judge angels. What that means is that we will be elevated to a status that we don’t have now. We are the body of Christ and he is the head and because of this we will share in his ruling of the world. He will use us for his rule and judgment.

So let’s remember that when we are going about our daily lives we are preparing ourselves for our future! Let’s do all for Christ now so that when our future continues with Christ, we will be prepared to do his will. Paul is saying to the Corinthian’s that they must learn to rule and judge between each other so that they can be prepared for what will be given to them in the future.

I Peter 2:21, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”  We are called to endure for doing good in this life.  God is gracious!  And it is true that we are running a race to win!  That should pervade all our actions and thoughts through out each day.

Alert! – Heresy – Alert!

Jeremiah 6:16-17 “Thus says the Lord:
“Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

He calls it BREAKDING NEWS!

I call it heresy.  John Ortberg in his book ‘Eternity is NOW in Session’ very subtlety puts down the foundation of our faith.  His book is an idea that eternity is occurring now for the Christian, but he puts down the old paths to salvation.  If we are trying to reach a new generation, you can’t cut down the word of God and claim it at the same time.  You can’t bring truth mixed with lies.  As Jeremiah says they will not walk in the ways of God.

On p. 11 he says, “If you’re a good person, and you embrace the right beliefs, you go to the good place.  If you’re not, and you don’t, you go to the bad place.”  He is putting down the cross and making fun of and/or simplifying salvation.

On p. 8 he says, “It usually involves affirming certain beliefs or praying a particular prayer that is thought to make a person a “Christian”.”

Both of these comments seem to suggest that the old ways of salvation are out dated and not applicable anymore.

Romans 10:9-13 “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

Charles Stanley says that the word of God is used for a four fold work:

  1. Teaching
  2. Correction
  3. Training in righteousness
  4. Reproof

If the word of God is usurped, then how can we respond correctly when trials and challenges come our way?  How can we be saved?

This is why the church needs to kick out its false teachers.  If the pastors preach another gospel, then we need to cry out the more!!!

We can’t just sit by an not speak up.  Have you ever heard of One Million Moms?  They are a great example of fighting for the truth.  They fight against T.V. shows that belittle the Christian way.  Their members (consisting of a boat load of concerned Mom’s) contact the sponsor’s of the said T.V. shows.  With victories they cut the funding of certain shows thereby stating that Mom’s still have values.

Lets stick together and fight for the Word of God!!!

 

 

Our sins that lie in wait.

Martin Luther brought up a good point that still needs attention today.  We have all sinned, but some people remember their sin as if it occurred this very day before they repented.  We need to take stock in what we think.  I must say that Joyce Meyers has the market on this subject.  Invest in what you think about.  It can be hard work at times because we need to put every thought into Christ’s hands.  If we don’t put past sins in their place then temptation to doubt may set in.

Martin said, “When man perceives his sins in this light and is completely terrified in his conscience, he must be on guard that his sins do not remain in his conscience, for nothing but pure doubt certainly comes out of this.  But just as the sins flowed out of Christ and we became conscious of then, so should we pour then again on him and set our conscience free.  Therefore see well to it that you act not like perverse people, who bite and devour themselves with their sins in their heart and run here and there with their good works or their own satisfactions or even work themselves out of this condition by means of indulgences.” p. 121 Martin Luther in his own words – Jack D. Kilcrease and Erwin W. Lutzer.

Pray that the Lord lead us not into temptation.

Martin goes on to say, “Then cast your sins from yourself and on Christ; believe with a celebratory spirit that your sins are his wounds and sufferings, that he carries them and makes satisfaction for them, as Isaiah 53:6 says: “The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all”; and St. Peter in his First Epistle (2:24): “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree” of the cross; and St Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” On these and like passages you must rely completely, and so much the more when your conscience torments you.” p. 122

What if you walked through today forgetting your past sins?  How would you feel?  Would you be able to enjoy and love the Lord more?  Would you be happier and free?  Isn’t this the way Christ wants us to live.  Something to think about!

Nehemiah 8:10 “. . .Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

 

Keep God’s word first

As we start our day we may think I have to do this and I had to do that.  I need to get ready quickly, so I can make this happen or make that happen. Let’s keep in mind that studying God’s word should always come first. What makes things right and what makes things work out is not our running around getting this done on a timely basis or that done quickly. But instead trusting God first and reading his word. Resting everything else aside. Then once God is first everything else will work out even better. Our doings aren’t enough, but trusting God brings true peace.  Keeping God first we honor, love and trust him.  He looks to see who will choose him.

We settle for second or even third best on our own efforts, but God’s plans are much better than we could ever work out.

No foundation

When witnessing I have noticed a lack of understanding of even basic Christian beliefs and terminology.  It is as if a blank stare protrudes from a face.  And then the platitudes come next.  Something has obviously changed in today’s society.  Ken Ham wrote in his book “Gospel Reset” that there is no Christian foundation in the United States like there used to be.  When I talk of the “Rapture”, a look of confusion comes across peoples faces.  This makes it hard to witness.  The church needs to teach its members not only apologetics, but how to witness starting from the beginning.  Ken Ham says start explaining the Bible from Genesis!  There is no understanding of sin, grace or propitiation coming from the cross.  What seems to have remained in peoples minds is the acknowledgement of the cross itself, but no understanding of what it means.

Let’s pray America returns to Christ!