Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Result Has Been ...

John 15:18-19 ... If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
1 John 2:15 ... Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 3:13 ... Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

Romans 12:2 ... And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The professing Church has boasted that it would convert the world. To accomplish this aim, it has sought to "popularize" religion. Innumerable devices have been employed to attract the ungodly, many of which even a sense of propriety should have suppressed!

The result has been that the world has converted the professing Church!
But notwithstanding this, it still remains true that the world hates the true followers of the Lamb. And nowhere is this more plainly evident than those who belong to what we may term the religious world!
If you resolve that by Divine Grace you will live godly in Christ Jesus, then know you that persecution must be your portion. And that persecution will come upon you not from atheists and infidels but from those bearing the name of Christians.
It will issue from those who still keep up a form (or semblance) of godliness, but who are strangers to its living power. It will come to you from empty professors whose compromising ways are condemned by your refusal to conform thereto; whose worldliness and carnality is rebuked by your spirituality.

Remember, it was the religious leaders who hounded the Savior to His death!
[A. W. Pink]

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Perfect Liberty

If you tithe you are under religious bondage and it's time to be set free. The cross ENDED the tithe, and instead, GIVING has become the new covenant with God. It's time to finally allow yourself to be free, free from religious condemnation, religious dogma and instead, walk in perfect liberty to which Christ has set us free from.
[Christopher Gregory]
Luke 6:38 ... Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
2 Corinthians 9:7 ... Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Galatians 5:1 ... Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Hebrews 7:18 ...  For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
Hebrews 8:13 ... In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
Matthew 10:8 ...  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Be Content With What You Have!

God takes note of the discontent of our hearts as well as the murmuring of our lips.  Not only is discontent a grievous sin against God, but it unfits the Christian for the discharge of holy duties, preventing the exercise of those graces which are necessary in order thereunto.  It silences the lips of supplication, for how can a murmurer pray?  It destroys the spirit of submission, for complaining is a fretting against the Lord.  It quenches faith, hope and love.

Discontent is the very essence of ingratitude, and therefore it stifles the voice of thanksgiving.There cannot be any rest of soul, until we quietly resign our persons and portions to God's good pleasure. Discontent corrodes the strings of the heart, and therefore it arrests all growth in grace.

Discontent is usually over temporal matters, and this is a sad intimation that material things are sought after more eagerly than are spiritual things. It argues a lack of confidence in the care of our heavenly Father to provide for us the things which are needed.
[A. W. Pink]
Hebrews 13:5 ... Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Numbers 14:27 ...  How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
Philippians 2:14 ... Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Lesson of Service

Serving is not an easy lesson to learn. But it is a lesson we must learn if ever we would become like our Master. Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. He served to the uttermost, just as He loved to the uttermost. Any service that needed to be done for another, He did as naturally and as simply as He breathed! He loved people, and was interested in them and was ready always to be helpful to them. It never mattered what the service was, whether it was the saving of a soul, the curing of a grievous sickness, or the giving of a cup of water He did the least service as graciously and as divinely as the greatest!
The washing of feet was the lowliest service any man could do for another. It was the work of the lowliest slave. Yet Jesus without hesitation, did this service for His own disciples. Thus He taught them that nothing anyone may ever need to have done by another is unfit for the holiest hands. We begin to be like Christ only when we begin to love others enough to serve them, regardless of the lowliness of the particular service.
One day a stranger entered an artist's studio in Milan. The artist was busy within. He was working on a painting of the head of Christ and appeared to take no notice of the stranger. At last he broke the silence, looked at the man and asked, "Sir, does it look like Jesus or not?"
There is no surer test of the genuineness of Christian life than in this matter of serving others. In serving others, we should inquire, "Are we like Jesus or not?" We are too careful of our dignity. When we see the Son of God washing His disciples' feet, we should be ashamed ever to ask whether anything another may need to have done is too menial for us to do. A king may do the lowliest kindness to the poorest peasant in his realm and his honor will only be enhanced by it.
[J. R. Miller]
John 13:4-5 ... He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.   After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
1 John 2:6 ... He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
Galatians 5:13 ... For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Only Means

I have learned by experience that it is not much labor but much prayer that is the only means to success.
[Andrew Bonar]

Luke 18:1 ... And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Philippians 4:6 ... Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Colossians 4:2 ... Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
1 Thessalonians 5:17 ... Pray without ceasing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Path of Life

God never teaches unwisely; He teaches in the way of wisdom. There is not a word in the Bible which, if followed, would lead one in any wrong or foolish way. The best human friends may err in judgment, and may advise us wrongly. Human wisdom is short-sighted. Good people may be guided by personal interest or by prejudice, and with the truest love and the best intentions, may counsel things which are not wise. Bad advice has wrecked many lives. But God never errs. His counsel is never mistaken, never unwise. No one was ever wrecked by His pilotage. We may always be entirely sure that if we take the way marked out for us in the Bible that it will lead us in the right path.
[J. R. Miller]
Proverbs 4:11 ...  I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
Psalm 23:3 ... He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Isaiah 26:7 ... The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Millions of Nominal Christians

Never have there been so many millions of nominal Christians as there are today and never has there been such a small percentage of real believers. Never has Christendom been so crowded with those who have a form of godliness, but who are strangers to its transforming power. We seriously doubt whether there has ever been a time in the history of this Christian era when there were such multitudes of deceived souls within the churches, who truly believe that all is well with their souls, when in fact the wrath of God abides on them!

It is not that those empty professors who call themselves Christians are all conscious hypocrites, rather are they deceived souls; and the tragic thing is that in most churches there is nothing in the preaching which is at all calculated to un-deceive them; instead, there is only that which bolsters them up in their delusion!

There is a large class in Christendom today who are satisfied with a bare profession. They have heard some of the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and have given an intellectual assent thereto, and they mistake that for a saving knowledge of the Truth. Their minds are instructed but their hearts are not reached, nor their lives transformed! They are still worldly in their affections and ways. There is   no real subjection to God,  no holiness of walk,  no fruit to Christ's glory.

[A. W. Pink]


Matthew 7:21-23 ... Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ... This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Matthew 7:13-14 ... Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cooperating With God

Prayer is men cooperating with God in bringing from heaven to earth His
wondrously good plans for us.

[Catherine Marshall]
Romans 12:12 ... Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Psalm 5:3 ... My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
Jeremiah 29:11 ... For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
1 John 5:14-15 ... And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

That is Why the World Hates You

The world will not hate mere professors.

The man who is conformed to this world,  who takes part in its politics,  who shares its pleasures,  who acts according to its principles even though he claims the name of Christ, will not be ostracized or persecuted.

The woman  who is conformed to this world,  who follows its fashions,  who enjoys its society,  who desires its amusements, will not be shunned by it.

The world loves its own. But those who walk in separation from the world (and they are few in number), those who follow a rejected Christ, will know something of what it means to enter into the fellowship of His sufferings.
[A. W. Pink]

Philippians 3:10 ... That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
2 Corinthians 6:17 ... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
John 15:18-19 ... If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
1 John 3:13 ...  Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Be Ready to Leave

How you leave this world at the moment of death, the spiritual condition you are in is how you will meet God in eternity. Unless one has been born again, who has placed their faith in Christ and what he did on the cross, how you die is how you'll stand in that great and terrible day.
Works won't save you. Keeping to the law won't save you. Being a nice person won't save you. Being a good Father or Mother won't save you. Being a member of a church, or never missing Sunday church won't save you. None of those things amount to any level of righteousness for salvation, only faith in the finished work of the cross will redeem man from his sins. Play with your soul and you play with eternity.
[Christopher Gregory]

Romans 10:9-10 ... That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:10 ... For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Acts 4:12 ... Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Revelation 20:12 ... And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.