Friday, November 17, 2017

Unbelief

Unbelief is not simply an infirmity of fallen human nature, it is a heinous crime against God! Scripture everywhere attributes it to  love of sin, obstinacy of will,  hardness of heart.


Unbelief has its root in a depraved nature; in a mind which is enmity against God.


[A. W. Pink]

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1 John 5:10 ... He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.




John 3:36 ... He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.


Mark 16:16 ... He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.❤

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sea of Gifts

If ye know Christ, and the truth as it is in him, one drop of your knowledge is worth a whole sea of gifts.


[John Flavel]





Romans 11:33 ... O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!



Ephesians 3:19 ... And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.



Proverbs 4:7 ... Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.❤

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Conservative

True, genuine Conservatism is not based on a Republican ideology, but in fact roots directly from the word of God. The Christian faith is, in fact, a conservative movement. This is why Liberalism, Marxism and its branches such as Communism and Socialism run counter to the gospel because it stands opposed to the faith. When Satan began his war against God, he did so by Liberal thinking, that is to say, he said "I will make myself like the Most High.", that is, in fact, the very heart of what we know as Liberalism, to open one's mind to the Etymology of liberal thinking. In other words, man thinks he can run counter to what God has declared throughout his entire word of what is right and wrong, how we should live, and what we should hate.

That is the agenda of Liberalism, it stands opposed to Christian Conservatism. Which is why we, who are in Christ, must never bend, engage or embrace liberal thinking, no matter how well-intentioned it might seem. It is evil in its true motives and desires all who would accept it to bend their knee to its purpose, which is to war against God and the cross. That is why I am a Conservative, because it's right.



[Christopher Gregory]


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Isaiah 14:13-15 ... For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:   I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.


Proverbs 8:13 ... The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.



Matthew 10:38 ... And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.❤

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Always Possible

It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than to complain about what is not given. One or the other becomes a habit of life.

[Elisabeth Elliot]








Philippians 2:14-15 ...  Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;





1 Thessalonians 5:8 ...  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.



Psalm 100:4 ... Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.❤

Monday, November 13, 2017

Distressed?

A certain woman once called upon her clergyman to tell him how distressed her mind was. He received her with all tenderness, and inquired into the cause of her distress. She went on to say that her mind was very much troubled indeed, but she did know how to tell him. The clergyman judging that it must be something serious, urged her to be explicit upon the subject of her trouble.


At last she said, "It is the length of your neckties, sir, when in the pulpit."


"Oh," he said, "the length of my neckties is what distresses you? I will take care that this shall be a source of distress to you no more." 

So fetching his neckties, he said, "Here is a pair of scissors, cut them to your wish."  After she had done this she thanked him, and professed to feel her mind relieved.


"Well, my friend," said he, "I may tell you that my mind has also been much troubled, perhaps even more than yours."


"Oh, sir, I am sorry for that. What, sir, has distressed your mind so?"


He replied, "It is the length of your tongue! And now, as one good turn deserves another, you will allow as much to be cut off as will reduce it to its proper length!"


She was speechless and learned an important lesson.


[Author Unknown]







James 5:9 ... Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.❤

Sunday, November 12, 2017

No End to God's Love

According to Jesus, in the Father's eyes Christ and his Church are one. Paul illustrates this with the analogy of a human body. He says Christ is the head, and we are his body – bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh. "[God] put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all" (Ephesians 1:22-23). "We are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones" (Ephesians 5:30).

Do you see the implication here? When the Father loved Jesus in eternity, he loved us, too. Indeed, when man was but a thought in God's eternal mind, the Lord was already numbering our parts and planning our redemption.

"Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love" (Ephesians 1:4).

God has always loved both his Son and us. His love is as everlasting as he is: "I have loved you with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3). "Our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation" (2 Thessalonians 2:16).

Nobody can gain God's love by any godly thing he or she does. Jesus didn't earn his Father's love by going to the cross, or by his obedience, or by loving his Father. Likewise, God didn't start loving you the day you repented and received Christ. He didn't suddenly love you once you began to obey his Word and walk in the Spirit. You were already loved from eternity.

How long has God loved you? He has loved you since he has existed, because God is love. It is his very nature. He loved you as a sinner. He loved you in the womb. He loved you before the world began. There was no beginning to God's love for you, and there is no end to it.


[David Wilkerson]

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

At the Feet of Jesus

As we know Martha wherever we see her by her diligent, eager serving; so we know Mary by her posture at the feet of Jesus. Only three times she is seen in the Gospel story and each time she is at her usual place.  First, we find her sitting at Christ's feet as a learner, eagerly listening to His words. "She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet, and listened to His teaching." (Luke 10:39) At the feet of Jesus is the place of discipleship, where one learns the lessons the Master has to teach, where one's soul receives the blessings He has to give.


Every believer should learn the lesson that there can be no beautiful Christian character for him, no sweet influence pouring out from his life, no blessed ministry giving comfort and joy to others unless he first sits at Christ's feet as a learner. He must receive before he can give. This is a vital principle in Christian life. We can give out to others only what God has first given to us.


You see a beautiful rose bathed in the summer sunshine and pouring forth its sweetness. "I would have my life like the rose!" you say. Yes, but where did the rose get its loveliness and its fragrance? Down out of the sky, did it not? It looked up and opened its heart and the sun poured his warm beams into the flower's bosom. Out of the air at night came the gentle dew and crept into the flower's folds, and the beauty burst out and the sweetness flowed forth.


Would you have your life like the rose? You must commune with Christ. Your heart must receive the warmth of His love. You must take His words into your soul. He must fill you with His own blessed life. All you can bring to Christ is your own emptiness, the emptiness of penitence, of humility, of a thirsty soul.


A poet speaks of Mary's eyes as "homes of silent prayer." Her eyes of prayer told of a great heart-hunger. She did not talk in Christ's presence. She had nothing to say. She wanted Him to speak to her. And any word He spoke went down deep into her heart and became a blessing there, pouring its sweet influence through all her life.


Here we get the first lesson from Mary. You must sit at Christ's feet as a learner, as a receiver. Let Him teach you. Let Him pour His own life and love into your heart.


The first thing is, not what you shall do for Christ but what Christ shall do for you; not what you shall give to Him but what you shall receive from Him. Keep all the windows of your soul open toward Him, that the light from His face may shine into the very depths of your being. Take His words into your heart and ponder them with love and prayer until they fill you with their own life and spirit.


Says Henry Drummond: "Ten minutes spent in Christ's presence every day, yes, two minutes, if it is face to face and heart to heart will make all things different. Throughout the whole day, your actions, down to the last detail, will do homage to that early vision."


[J.R. Miller]


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Friday, November 10, 2017

Catch The Little Foxes

Resolve at once, by God's help, to break off every known sin, however small. Look within, each one of you. Examine your own hearts. Do you see there any habit which you know is wrong in the sight of God? If you do, resolve at once to cast it off!  Nothing darkens the eyes of the mind so much, and deadens the conscience so surely as an allowed sin. It may be a little one but it is not any less dangerous.


A small leak will sink a great ship. A small spark will kindle a great fire.  In the same way, a little allowed sin will ruin an immortal soul.  Take my advice, and never spare a little sin! Israel was commanded to kill every Canaanite, both great and small. Act on the same principle and show no mercy to little sins.  You can be sure that no wicked man ever meant to be so wicked at his first beginnings. But he began with allowing himself some little sins, and that led on to something greater, and that in time produced something greater still, and thus he became the miserable being that he now is.


Brethren, resist sin in its beginnings. Some sins may look small and insignificant, but mind what I say, resist them, make no compromise, let no sin lodge quietly and undisturbed in your heart. Remember the Apostle's words, "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough!" 1 Corinthians 5:6


Many a man could tell you with sorrow and shame, that he traces his ruin to the point I speak of to giving way to sin in its beginnings. He began habits of deception and dishonesty in little things and they grew on him. Step by step, he has gone on from bad to worse until he has done things that at one time he would have thought impossible. At last he has lost his character, lost his peace, and almost lost his soul. He allowed a gap in the wall of his conscience, because it seemed a little one and once allowed, that gap grew larger every day, until in time the whole wall came down!


Whatever the world may like to think, there are no little sins! All habits are formed by a succession of little acts, and the first little act is of mighty consequence.  The ax in the fable, only begged the trees to let him have one little piece of wood to make a handle and he would never trouble them any more. He got it, and then he soon cut them all down!  The devil only wants to get the wedge of a little allowed sin into your heart and you will soon be all his own.   It is a wise saying, "There is nothing small between us and God for God is an infinite God." 

There are two ways of coming down from the top of a ladder. One is to jump down and the other is to come down by the steps.  Both will lead you to the bottom.  Just so, there are two ways of going to Hell.  One is to walk into it with your eyes open, few people do that.  The other is to go down by the steps of little sins and that way is only too common. Put up with a few little sins and you will soon tolerate a few more. Even a heathen could say, "Who was ever content with only one sin?" If you put up with little sins, then your path in life will be worse and worse every year.


Jeremy Taylor very clearly described the progress of sin in a man:  First sin startles him,  then it becomes pleasing,  then it becomes easy,  then it becomes delightful, then it becomes frequent, then it becomes habitual, then it becomes a way of life. Then the man feels no guilt, then he becomes obstinate, and then he is damned!

Friends, if you don't want to come to this, remember the rule I give you this day, resolve at once to break off every known sin!


[J.C. Ryle]





Song of Solomon 2:15 ... Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.❤

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Always a New Book

Although one may know, word for word, the entire contents of some chapter of Scripture; and although he may have taken the time to thoughtfully ponder every sentence therein, yet, on every subsequent occasion, provided one comes to it again in the spirit of humble inquiry, each fresh reading will reveal new gems never seen there before and new delights will be experienced never met with previously. The most familiar passages will yield as much refreshment at the thousandth perusal as they did at the first!


The Bible has been likened to a fountain of living water; the fountain is ever the same, but the water is always fresh!


[A.W. Pink]





John 7:38 ... He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.


Hebrews 4:12 ... For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


1 Peter 1:23 ... Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.❤

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

No Place in Heaven

I pity that man who never thinks about Heaven. I mean by "Heaven" the future dwelling-place of all true Christians, when the dead are raised, and the world has passed away. Cold and unfeeling must that heart be, which never gives a thought to that dwelling-place! Dull and earthly must that mind be, which never considers Heaven.


We may die any day. "In the midst of life, we are in death." We must all die sooner or later. The youngest, the fairest, the strongest, the cleverest all must go down one day before the scythe of the King of Terrors. This world shall not go on for ever as it does now. Its affairs shall at last be wound up.


Now, what will Heaven be like? The question, no doubt, is a deep one, but there is nothing presumptuous in looking at it. The man who is about to sail for Australia or New Zealand as a settler, is naturally anxious to know something about his future home, its climate, its employments, its inhabitants, its ways, and its customs. All of these are subjects of deep interest to him.


In the same way, you are leaving the land of your nativity and you are going to spend the rest of your life in a new world. It would be strange indeed if you did not desire information about your new abode.


Now surely, if we hope to dwell for ever in that "better country, even a heavenly one" then we ought to seek all the knowledge we can get about it. Before we go to our eternal home we should try to become acquainted with it.


Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. All who are found there, will be of one mind and of one experience: chosen by the same Father, washed in the same blood of atonement,  and renewed by the same Spirit.  Universal and perfect holiness, love, and knowledge will be the eternal law of the kingdom.


Heaven is the eternal presence of everything that can make a saint happy and the eternal absence of everything that can cause sorrow. Sickness, and pain, and disease, and death, and wickedness, and poverty, and labor, and money, and care, and ignorance, and misunderstanding, and slander, and lying, and quarrels, and envies, and bad tempers, and infidelity, and superstition, and heresy, and schism, and wars, and fightings, and bloodshed, and murders, and law-suits all, all these things shall have no place in Heaven! On earth, in this present time, they may live and flourish. In Heaven even their footprints shall not be known.


[J. C. Ryle]




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John 14:2-3 ... In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.



Isaiah 25:8 ... He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.






Revelation 7:16-17 ... They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.❤

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Great Tree

That which was in the heart on earth as but a grain of mustard seed, shall be as a great tree in Heaven.


[Jonathan Edwards]




Psalm 52:8 ...  But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.



Psalm 92:12 ... The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.



Luke 13:18-19 ... Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?   It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.❤