Saturday, June 22, 2024

Liberty in Christ!!

The religious mindset will never comprehend liberty in its perfect form. It’s not that we are walking away from Christ, we’re walking to where he is. That’s true spiritual maturity. Legalism, rituals, traditions, man-made concepts and ideas, will always resent enlightenment. 

Be enlightened. 

[Christopher Gregory]


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. 

Friday, June 21, 2024

If I Had a Little Bucket of Water!

1. I must use life well, because every moment of it is so precious. The minutes and hours of life are like the gold-dust which the goldsmith so carefully gathers together that none is lost. "I have lost a day!" was the sorrowful lament of one who had learned the real value of time. Life is very precious, and I dare not and will not throw any of it away! 

2. I must also use life well, because it will soon be over. "The time is short!" (1 Corinthians 7:29) My days and years will soon be spent, and I cannot recall them. My life is but a shadow it is but a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. Even if I am spared to the full age of man, compared with the long life awaiting me hereafter my life here on earth is but as a moment. "You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before You. Each man's life is but a breath." (Psalm 39:5)  

Let me endeavor then to remember how soon life will be gone and be very careful to use each precious moment well! If I had a little bucket of water, and no more could be obtained how carefully I would watch that none of it ran to waste. I would reckon each drop of great value. Such is my life. It is all I have. I must therefore lose none. I must squander none. "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." (Psalm 90:12 3) 

I must use life well, because it is very uncertain. I may have far less than I think. I may be looking forward to years to come and yet I may have but a few months or weeks or days to live! I remember a woman who said that someday she would begin to attend our village church. She was in middle age and had lived a sadly wicked and abandoned life. She thought that she had time enough and to spare, to think of more serious subjects. She did indeed soon afterwards come to our village church but how did she come? She was carried in a casket on men's shoulders, and then left in the silent grave! 

Only six weeks had passed since the day she promised that someday she would begin a new life. "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth!" (Proverbs 27:1)  

So, I trust my life will not be a wasted one. And though I can do but little compared with many others, I trust that He will say to me at last: "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a little I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master!" (Matthew 25:23) 

[George Everard] 

Ephesians 5:15-16 ... See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Truth Vs. Lie

The only people that hate you for speaking the truth are people that believe a lie.



 

2 Timothy 4:2-4 ... Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

One Drop of Redeeming Love!

O worldly professor, if you would enter Heaven at last, then you must begin at the cross of Christ! Count all your good works as dung and dross before the holy God. Fling away your vain hopes, and self-righteous confidences. Give up your fond idea of securing both earth and Heaven. 

Go straight to Calvary! There be crucified to the world, and the world to you, by the cross of Christ! (Galatians 6:14) Go at once to Him who died for the ungodly, and drink into His love! 

One draught, nay, one drop of redeeming love, will forever quench your love of sin, and be the death of that worldliness which threatens to be your eternal ruin! 

[Horatius Bonar] 

Romans 5:6-10 ... For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Icing a Cake!!

John stated in 1 John 1:8 that if we say we have no sin we lie. The issue is not a lifestyle of sinful behavior, that’s problematic in of itself. The issue is understanding and breaking free from the law which can only be accomplished when we understand the message of the cross. 

Once we understand or grasp what the cross means, apply it to our life, that’s when grace comes into play. We pride ourselves in church, doing “churchy” things, but we fail to understand grace by the cross. Because the cross is the means by which we are set free. Religion will never accommodate that, it can’t. 

It’s like icing a cake, every time turn it you find that you missed a spot. That’s works. Grace covers us completely. 

[Christopher Gregory]



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.

Galatians 3:17-18 ... And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Romans 8:2 ... For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 

Monday, June 17, 2024

The Yoke of The Pharisees

Jesus tells all who are weary and burdened to come to Him for rest. He isn’t speaking of physical burdens. Rather, it was the heavy burden of the system of works that the Pharisees laid on the backs of the people that Jesus was offering to relieve. Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for laying heavy burdens on the shoulders of the people. (Matthew 23:4) 

Jesus was saying that any kind of law-keeping is burdensome and amounts to a “heavy yoke” of oppression because no amount of law-keeping can bridge the gap between our sinfulness and God’s holiness. God says through the mouth of the prophet Isaiah that all of our righteous deeds are like a “polluted garment,” (Isaiah 64:6) and Paul reiterated to the Romans that “no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law.” (Romans 3:20) 

The good news is that Jesus promises to all who come to Him that He will give them rest from the heavy burden of trying to earn their way into heaven and rest from the oppressive yoke of self-righteousness and legalism. 

Jesus encourages those who are “heavy laden” to take His yoke upon them, and in so doing they will find rest for their souls. The yoke of Jesus is light and easy to carry because it is the yoke of repentance and faith followed by a singular commitment to follow Him. What makes Jesus’ yoke easy, and His burden light is that in Jesus’ own active obedience His perfect fulfillment of the Law of God, He carried the burden that we were meant to carry. His perfect obedience is applied (imputed) to us through faith, just as His righteousness was exchanged for our sin at the cross, (2 Corinthians 5:21) 

Our obedience to Jesus then becomes our “spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1) Furthermore, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit who works in our lives to mold us into the image of Christ, thereby making the yoke of Jesus easy and His burden light. The life lived by faith is a much lighter yoke and a much easier burden to carry than the heavy and burdensome yoke of self-righteousness under which some continually strive to make themselves acceptable to God through works. 

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Matthew 11:28-30 ... Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Pride Month

If the god you follow is okay with Gay Pride, then you are following a FALSE god that you have made up in your mind.


God is NOT okay with "pride month" and neither should we be!




1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ... Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.


Colossians 3:5 ... Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:


Leviticus 18:22 ... Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.


Romans 1:21-27 ...  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.


1 Timothy 1:9-10 ... Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;


Jude 7 ... Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Mary's Position

Let us notice Mary's POSITION. She was sitting at the feet of Jesus. Most probably He was reclining on the couch, and she went and took her place behind Him, where she could hear what He said, and occasionally get a glimpse of His face. 

It is the posture of HUMILITY she took the lowest place. She had no wish to be seen, nor did she regard her own ease she was intent on getting good from Jesus. 

It was the posture of ATTENTION she wished to catch every word, and to understand all that the Lord was saying. If Jesus is teaching, then Mary will attend and listen. 

It was the posture of a LEARNER she was a disciple of Jesus; therefore, she sat down at His feet, that she may receive of His words. He need not now say unto her, "Learn of Me," for she was most anxious to do so. 

It was the posture of SATISFACTION if she could but be within the sound of His voice, within the sight of His eye it was enough for Mary. Anywhere with Jesus would satisfy her! 

It was also the posture of REPOSE here at the feet of Jesus, she found rest unto her soul. Her desires were satisfied, her love was gratified, her hungry soul was fed. It was enough. Being at the feet of Jesus was to her a kind of earthly heaven. 

Mary sat at the feet of Jesus in a humble cottage. She now sits by His side in the heavenly mansion! 

Reader, how is it with you? Are you humbling enough to take a seat at the feet of Jesus? Is it your delight to listen to His words? Are you like a little child desiring to learn of Him, and be taught by Him? Are you satisfied if you can but get near to Jesus? Do you find sweet and refreshing repose in His presence? 

[James Smith] 

Luke 10:39 ... And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Corporate Religion

Pastor Tony Evans is stepping down due to a “sin” years ago. 

This is why corporate religion masked as Christianity is so destructive, we punish people for things that they did years ago, why? To appease our traditions. 

This is not grace. This is religion. I don’t know this man, but he did something years ago, so? Who hasn’t? 

But, religion needs its pound of flesh. Grace forgives and forgets. Men, on the other hand… 

He should have rejected calls to step down and just embrace the grace he was given by God.


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Isaiah 43:25 ... I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Psalm 103:12 ... As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Hebrews 8:12 ... For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 





Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Golden Pipe!!

It is the indispensable duty of every Christian to pray in private. Private prayer has many advantages. Private prayer sweetly inclines and disposes a person to a cheerful performance of every other religious duty and service. The power of godliness in the soul flourishes or decays as the private duties of the closet are attended to or neglected. 

In secret we may more freely, fully, and safely Un bosom our souls to God, than we can do in the presence of others. Private prayer is a privilege of which a Christian may at all times avail himself. No time is unseasonable for such a purpose and no place is unfit for such devotions. There is no corner so dark no place so secret, but God is there! 

He never lacks an eye to see, an ear to hear the cries and groans, nor a heart to grant the request of the one who sincerely prays to Him in secret. There are no desires so confused no requests so broken no effort so feeble as to escape His notice. The eye that God has upon His people in secret, is such a special tender eye of love as opens His ear, His heart, and His hand, for their good. Should their petitions be feeble and faint and seem to them scarcely to reach the heavens He will graciously bow down His ear and attend to the prayer from sincere lips. He knows the intentions of the heart. He perceives the motions of the soul. He records them all in the book of His remembrance and will one day openly reward all these secret transactions! 

He who would have his soul a thirst for God, public ordinances delightful to his soul, his drooping spirits refreshed, his weak faith strengthened, his strong corruptions subdued, and his affections set on heavenly things should be frequent and fervent in secret prayer. How strong in grace, how victorious over sin, how dead to the world, how alive to Christ, how fit to live, how prepared to die might many a Christian have been had he more diligently, seriously, and conscientiously discharged the duties of the closet! 

The true Christian loves to pray secretly and values such exercises for the effect they have on him in humbling the soul, mortifying pride, debasing self, weaning the heart from the world, embittering sin, rendering the mind more spiritual, and exalting the Savior in the affections. There is no means of grace more enriching to the soul than private prayer. It is the golden pipe, through which the Lord is graciously pleased to convey all spiritual blessings to the soul. 

Thus, the Christian, withdrawn for a season from the world, and realizing the immediate presence of God, the solemness of eternity, and the vast importance of heavenly things prays to his Father, who sees in secret. He gets more humbling views of himself and makes fresh discoveries of the exceeding sinfulness of his sin, of the super-abounding of Divine grace, of the boundless patience of the Lord, of the unfathomable grace He has bestowed on him, of the astonishing deliverances He has wrought for him, and of the abundant mercy which is treasured up in Christ Jesus for all true believers. 

How lamentable it is, that a duty so obvious, a privilege so great, a means of grace so enriching to the soul should ever be neglected! 

[Hannah More] 

Psalm 34:15 ... The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Matthew 6:6 ... But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

"Work"

Nothing helps more to develop the transfigured life in us, than work. Some people chafe because they have so much to do. Their days are filled from morning to night with dreary, monotonous task-work. With men it is the never-ending work of the farm, the office, the store, the shop, the mill. With women it is the thousand duties of the household, the care of the home, the tending of children, the weary chores of domestic life. 

There are many people who think their greatest obstacle in the way of spiritual growth and transformed character is in the drudgeries to which they are indentured by their condition. They imagine that if they could be freed from these and could have leisure for reading, for study, and for fellowship then they would grow into far more radiant beauty of character. But this is a mistaken impression. The only one perfect life the world has ever known, was not spent with a book but with a hammer and a saw! 

The school of common task-work, with its perpetual round of dreary duties is the best place in the world in which to attain noble spiritual culture. There is no other way in which one's life will be so surely, and so quickly transfigured as in the faithful, cheerful doing of every-day tasks. We need to remember that this world is not so much a place for doing things as for developing character. 

Household life is not primarily a sphere for good cooking, tidy keeping of rooms, thorough sweeping and dusting, careful nursing and training of children, hospitable entertainment of friends, and the thousand things that must be done each day. It is a sphere for transforming women's souls into radiant beauty. The shop, the mill, the factory, the store, the office, the farm are not primarily places for making machines, selling goods, weaving cloths, building engines, and growing crops. They are, first of all, places for making men, building character, growing souls. 

Right in the midst of what some people call drudgery is the very best place to get the transformed, transfigured life! The doing of common tasks patiently, promptly, faithfully, cheerfully makes the character beautiful and bright! 

[J.R. Miller]

Colossians 3:23-24 ... And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

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