LIARS

LIARS

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,because there is no truth in him.  When he speaks a lie,he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”(John 9:44)

Amazingly, there are still professing Christians who lie.  I pulled this off of the internet, Reasons Why People Lie:  1) to avoid being punished, 2) to obtain a reward not otherwise readily attainable, 3) to protect another person from being punished, 4) to protect oneself from threat of physical harm, 5) to win the admiration of others, 6) to avoid embarrassment, 7) to maintain privacy without notifying others of that intention, and, 8) to exercise power over others by controlling the information the target is given.

The most widely accepted definition of lying is this:  A lie is a statement made by one who does not believe it with the intention that someone else shall be led to believe it.  As you can see from this definition … lying can be a dangerous tool. 

It was liars who sent Jesus to the Cross with false accusations. “For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.  And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him …” (Mark 14:56-57).  Peter betrayed Jesus when he lied,”But he [Peter] began to curse and swear, saying, ‘I know not this man of whom ye speak‘” (Mark 14:71).  Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, lied when they only brought a certain portion of what they had sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet. “But Peter (now filled with the Holy Spirit and with the gift of discernment) said, ‘Anaias, why has Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?'” (Acts 5:3).  If you recall the story, Ananias fell dead and shortly afterward his lying wife, Sapphira, fell dead.  I am sure their dropping dead was a shock to the apostles, but also a stern warning from God — don’t lie, worst of all, don’t lie to God.

Exodus 20:16 “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”  Unfortunately, today, much of what you hear you can’t believe.  We have had individuals come to us with ‘fantastic’ stories to invoke pity and in some cases, money.  All of us want to ‘help’ others but there are those individuals who thrive through lies.  It takes discernment from the Spirit of God and perhaps going to other believers to state the case and see if they get a witness from God on what to do.  “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14).

Jesus said that liars are children of the devil (John 9:44).  We have no idea how one little lie can perhaps change a destiny … not only our own, but perhaps others that God wanted to bless.  It was lies that caused Eve to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree.  It was lies that caused the American Indians to lose their lands.  It was lies that grew the hatred that allowed Hitler to exterminate Jews.  Lies buried with false religions keep people from seeing the Truth.  Someone once said, “A single lie discovered is enough to create contagious doubt over every other truth expressed.”

“These six things does the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift to run to mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among the brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-18). 

Another warning for liars is found in Revelations 21:8:
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
It is better to be silent on a matter than to lie. 

Selah.

ARE YOU REALLY FREE?

ARE YOU REALLY FREE?

“For to whom much is given, of him shall be much required …”(Luke 12:48)

There has been much chatter these days on freedom.  Some of us feel we are losing our freedoms.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, many nations have put into place rules (or laws) regarding the wearing of masks in public, rules on social distancing, rules on the number of people allowed to gather in public areas, etc.  In fact, there seems to be so many rules (laws) now that we are beginning to feel we no longer have control of our lives.  As you get older, as we are, you will soon find out that there is a whole new set of rules (laws) and hoops to jump through;  these rules/laws touch almost every aspect of our lives, and there probably will be more coming.

So what is freedom?  Freedom is defined as a lack of confinement or physical restraint.  Freedom is exemption from external controls.  Freedom is the power you have to determine what course of action you are going to take without restrictions on that action.

The above definition of freedom was derived by learned men, adept at languages and language usage; a definition for a word would be chosen by studying the history of the word (i.e., Latin, Greek origin, etc.) and then the word’s common usage (or utilization) by the general population would be factored into its definition.  So, the word ‘freedom’ and its definition was created by men based on ‘mortal’ observations of what freedom meant at that time.  But, could there be yet another definition of freedom?  Perhaps a Heavenly definition?

The Word of God is filled with wonders and among those wonders is an enlightened view into how God expects His creation to operate.  Certainly, as we look around we can see His creation is not operating in the manner that God originally intended.  When sin entered into the world through the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve … the purity of creation was spoiled and skewed.  So what is freedom in God’s order and how does He expect freedom to operate in His children?  The answer … through obedience.  We achieve Freedom through Obedience!

“And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.” (Hebrews 4:9)


When God gave the Law to Moses, it was not to ‘lay down the law’ to restrict the freedom of the Israelites, rather it was to add to the freedom that they had just obtained after being led out of the slavery of Egypt.  From a Biblical perspective freedom comes through our acceptance of God’s laws and standards for our life.  Your greatest freedom and liberty will come when you learn to submit to God’s will.  In fact, by choosing obedience and submission to God we are freed from the penalty of the law, free from past sin and death.  Obedience and submission to God’s Word is the only standard through which we should be living.  To disobey instead of obey … to refuse to submit instead of submission puts us in a category of the ‘living dead.’  What a horror that thought is …

The Bible teaches that true liberty is found in God’s will for our lives.  By following the teachings of Jesus Christ and adhering to the words written in His Word for our good (to give us life) in obedience and submission — then we will truly be free.

Selah.

HUMILITY

HUMILITY

“Be ye clothed with humility” (1st Peter 5:5)

For years the battle cry of the church in the United States has been 2nd Chronicles 7:14,“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”  I, as most of you, probably never took the time to understand precisely what God was saying in this verse.  This verse does not mean we are to humble ourselves by praying, fasting, crying out [then God will move] … it means we are to humble ourselves first before Almighty God and then He will hear our prayers.  
So what does it mean to be humble.  Are we looking at a humble state-of mind or a humble state of life?  I believe the answer is both.
The definition of humility is a modest or low view of one’s own importance.  Humility means humbling yourself in order to accept that your way of thinking is not necessarily the right way; or, your way of acting upon something isn’t necessarily the right way; or, even your way of viewing the world is not necessarily the right way.  You need humility to accept that another way may be better!
Where the concept of humility comes into play within the life of a believer is that God requires us to have humility in order to use us for His purposes.  God who changes us and molds us from the inside out (the experience of sanctification) will humble you.  From the words of Esaias, the prophet, in Luke 3:5:  “Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth.”  God wills us to be ‘brought’ low.  Woe to those who refuse to be humbled under His loving hand because they are too full of self, too prideful!   Luke 14:11 – “For whosoever exalts himself will be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.”  Jesus also said in Luke 18:14 –“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.”
Puritan Thomas Watson stated, “Let us carry ourselves as God’s children in humility.  “Be clothed with humility” (1st Peter 5:5).  It is a becoming garment.  Let a child of God look at his [or her] face every morning in the glass of God’s Word and see his sinful spots.  This will make him [or her] walk humbly all the day after.  God cannot endure to see His children grow proud.  He suffers them to fall into sin, as He did Peter, that their plumes may fall, and that they may learn to go on lower ground.” Saint Augustine – “If you should ask me what are the ways of God, I would tell you that the first is humility, the second is humility, and the third is humility.  Not that there are no other precepts to give, but if humility does not preceed all that we do, our efforts are fruitless.”A. W. Pink – Humility is not the product of direct cultivation, rather it is a by-product.  The more I try to be humble, the less shall I attain unto humility.  But if I am truly occupied with that One who was “meek and lowly in heart,” if I am constantly beholdinHis glory in the mirror of God’s Word, then shall I be “changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” 
Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God.  (1st Peter 5:6)So, with humility, we pray that God will humble us.  That He will flatten our headyness, our high mindedness, our pride, that He will remove all idols from our life, make our crooked ways straight, and our rough ways smooth, we pray and ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Selah.

BY ME … KING’S REIGN !

BY ME … KINGS REIGN !

“By Me kings reign, and princes decree justice.”(Proverbs 8:16)

We recently watched an early episode of The Crown [on Netflix].  In this episode, a young woman, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, was about to be crowned Queen Elizabeth II over the United Kingdom and 15 other commonwealth realms.  I couldn’t help but wonder as I saw her kneel in prayer before God:  Did she fully realize that it was by Him that Kings and Queens reign

The actual coronation of Queen Elizabeth on June 2, 1953 was, I am sure, something to see.  As she stood by the western door of Westminster Abbey waiting to make her entrance, an anthem filled the air quoting Psalm 122:1-3, 6,7 beginning: “I was glad when they said unto me:  We will go into the house of the Lord.”   Later on during the ceremony the Archbishop of Canterbury asked Elizabeth, “Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel?”   To which the young Elizabeth replied, “All this I promise to do.”  To this day, Queen Elizabeth, as far as I know, has never broken that vow.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice …” (Proverbs 29:2). 

Our nation (USA) is divided.  Believers were rejoicing while Donald Trump was in office.  But now, we need to consider that it was not political influence, nor the will of the people, that brought about Trump’s loss …  IT WAS THE WILL OF GOD!

Only God gives authority to those who rule on Earth!  The Church of England and, in particular, the newly crowned monarch, Elizabeth II, knew this full well.  Because of the abdication of her Uncle Edward, her father King George VI, became King.  At his death, Elizabeth — 27 years old, found herself thrust onto the Throne praying that God would guide her.  It is God, sovereign ruler of the Universe, who fills and empties thrones. 

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“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He does according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, ‘What doest thou?’”  (Daniel 4:35)

All men are but clay in the hands of the Divine Potter.  I am making this point because today we hear cries of ‘Election Stolen’, ‘Not my President’, etc., etc.   Have we all become so wrapped up in worldly influences that we have forgotten who Rules the hearts of men?”The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: He turns it wherever He will” (Proverbs 21:1).

If you are unhappy with the newly elected President Joe Biden … pray for him!  Pray that God will change his heart, pray that the Holy Spirit will begin to minister to him, that God will send in workers to plant precious seeds in his heart, that those seeds will be harvested, pray that God will give him good health, wisdom, discernment and strength.  Pray for his salvation and those who are in his cabinet.  If you want a nation run by a Godly man then you need to pray asking God to change his heart … Proverbs 21:1. 

“Honor all men.  Love the brotherhood.  Fear God.  Honor the king.”(1st Peter 2:17)

If you want to walk in obedience, in total submission to God’s sovereign will, then you need to  ‘honor the king” (1st Peter 2:17).  Irrespective of his character, his moral righteousness or, unrighteousness, despite his faults or failings, we are duty bound to lift up our leaders in prayer and to respect them.  (This has nothing to do with a ‘duty’ to obey unrighteous laws … your first duty is to obey God’s laws.)  This is all about praying – in love – for the salvation of the lost.

Selah.

UNLESS YOU BECOME AS A LITTLE CHILD

UNLESS YOU BECOME AS A LITTLE CHILD

“Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)

This is one of those verses that has had me somewhat puzzled for years.  I understood ‘except ye be converted’ but the words, ‘and become as little children’ brought to mind long past memories that were sweetened by two loving parents, a big house filled with kids, lots of creative activity, and freedom to explore God’s creation.  So now, as an adult, how does one become as a little child again?

A strange request comes from the Lord to Moses, He directs him to take the Israelites and camp over against a sea.  They have just escaped from bondage in Egypt and are on the run.  I am sure these freed slaves knew full well the wrath of the rulers of Egypt, having been under their control for over 430 years.  Now they were finally free … but for how long?  Moses had just led them to a stretch of land that had no escape route.  Camped next to the Red Sea, if they were  being pursued, they would find themselves trapped!

Fleeing from an ugly past and into an unknown future must have been frightening. No one knew their destination and how far they would get.  Even Moses seemed to be taking things ‘one day at a time.’  But back in Egypt, Pharaoh having recovered from the loss of his first born is not going to sit idle.  God puts a thought into Pharaoh’s mind, “They are entangled in the land, the wilderness has shut them in” (Exodus 14:3).  So God then hardens Pharaoh’s heart to follow after them.  The pursuit begins!  Pharaoh and his legions of chariots begin to close in on what Israel has barely begun, their entire attempt to escape now seems to be lost.   
But God had a plan!Allelujah!  No one knew of God’s plan, not even Moses.  The God of the Heavens and the Earth had brought His people Israel, whom He called His firstborn, out of Egypt.  “As a nation they are babes-in-the-wood.  Israel knows nothing of national responsibility or purpose.  They haven’t a clue as to how to unite into a single, unified, cohesive social unit, let alone how to defend or feed itself.  Israel, the nation, is truly a newborn infant.  But the God of Israel is their Father.  God is a doting father, a demanding father at times, a stern father.  But most of all, God is a loving father to Israel.  And God, still unbeknownst to His children, will be with them every step of the way.”  (Temple Institute, January 2020)

What a beautiful picture of God’s love for His people.   Israel as a little child, an infant nation, was totally dependent on their Heavenly Father to help them; and even though they had a ‘near death experience’ at the Sea of Reeds, God proved He was indeed a miracle-working Father.  We all know the story — God parted the Red Sea — providing an escape route for Israel, then probably with the breath of His mouth, pushed the waters back into place swallowing up Pharaoh’s army.   

As Israel took its first baby steps, like newborn Christians, they tottered and sometimes fell.  God continued to challenge Israel, as He continues to challenge us today — HIS BELOVED CHILDREN!  He has much to teach us, as He did the ‘infant’ Israel.  His ways, His laws, His statues, His testimonies, His teachings through Christ, His thoughts through the Holy Spirit, He unites us as a Body of Believers as He did Israel into a nation, and He shows us our purpose, our Heavenly responsibilities as joint heirs with Christ.  As God guided Israel with tough love, in some cases, He uses tough love on us.   

God had to work with the newly freed slaves shaping them into fully independent, fully cognizant (fully aware, fully knowledgeable) people who would eventually enter into the Promised Land.  So too, God works with His born-again children, slaves once to darkness and the god of this world, but now free by the Blood of the Lamb; shaping us into fullyindependent, fully cognizant saints who will one day enterinto the land He has promised us as our reward – Heaven!

So now we wander through the wilderness, children of God, fully dependent on Our Father for all things.  We have no idea (this side of our Promised Land) how blessed we are to have such a Heavenly Father watching, guiding, teaching, directing, protecting, loving and giving us all that we need for growth.  So, if you are a born-again believer, you have already become ‘as little children’.  Take your Father’s hand and let Him lead you.

Selah.

PERNICIOUS WAYS

PERNICIOUS WAYS

“And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth

shall be evil spoken of.”(2nd Peter 2:2)

In his first letter to the Body of Christ, Peter was concerned about encouraging Christians (then and now) to stay strong and persevere in the face of persecution.  Nowin his second letter, Peter is telling us about false teachers reminding the reader that God punished those individuals in the Old Testament times, and will destroy false teachers and all ungodly men during the final judgment in the future. 

WE HAVE BEEN WARNED!  We have been warned that in these Last Days there will be perilous times and a strong delusion sent from God [so that people will believe a lie].  As we are in perilous times, these are the days in which we should be seeking to ‘walk in the old paths’where there is protection and safety. “As long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper …” (2nd Chronicles 26:5).
Paul warned of savage wolves (men who distort the Truth) that would come to destroy the flock, he spread that warning wherever he went for three years! (Acts 20:29-31).  We should not be surprised that in every age of the Church there was and is deceit and errors of men, who concerning the faith are reprobate.  False Brethren — False Teachers — False Prophets !

If you are reading this and have never suspected anyone of being a false brother, sister, pastor, teacher or prophet.  I fear that your mind has already been captured by the enemy.  Because these false professors are all over the world right now.  Our Lord Jesus Christ told us, “And many false prophets shall arise and deceive many” (Matthew 24:11).

“And many shall follow their pernicious ways …”  Following false pastors, teachers, prophets, false brethren will harm you spiritually.  Pernicious ways affect you gradually, they are subtle, usually you are unaware that great harm is being done.  Pernicious individuals are wicked, deceitful, with little regard for morals, and will do just about anything to get their way.  They will exercise much craftiness and deceitfulness in spreading their doctrines.  They will make great promises but will not fulfill them.  They are boastful and exalt themselves.  If anyone should oppose them they will attack using severe language.  

They are fierce and bitter.  This is the fruit of unsanctified affections.  In the days of Micah, the false prophets bore the same mark,  “This is what the Lord says to the false prophets … You are leading my people astray!  You promise peace for those who give you food, but you declare war on anyone who refuses to pay you” (Micah 3:5).

They lead souls astray.  They set up an idle pretense of great love for you and a great want of peace.  But if you do not support them fully, they will war against you.  To obtain victory they will lie, slander, abuse, using any means for their purposes.  They do not adhere to or practice sound doctrine.  They have no patience for those who do.

Here are some signs that you may be following a false teacher or prophet.  1) They teach that God wants you to be materially prosperous.  2) They NEVER MENTION SIN, they never call out sin(s) by name.  3) They will never purge sinners from their flocks (those ’empty professors’ who claim to know Christ but live in an ungodly manner mingling with the godly).  4) There is no mention of HELL or the consequences coming to those who continue in sin.  5) There is no mention of REPENTANCE and what that means.  6) They tell you there are OTHER WAYS to get to Heaven (other than Jesus being the Only Way).  7) They don’t believe that the Bible is inerrant (exempt from error).  

Recently there were hundreds of prophets all over Youtube, on Christian television, Christian radio programs and on their own websites saying that they had ‘heard from God’ that Donald Trump would win the election and hold the presidency for a second term.  We all know how that worked out.  Now the prophets are blaming the saints for not ‘praying enough’; being out of the will of God; not adhering to the ‘conditions’ God set up for victory; or, even better, they are claiming that in the ‘spiritual realm’ he is still President.  Nonsense!  
Saints, God is not the author of confusion but of peace (1st Corinthians 14:33).  Surely, we can all agree there has been confusion and no peace since the election.  So, beware saints who you are following, who you are listening to.  And remember, take this to heart, all authority on theEarth is set up by God for His Eternal Purposes.  God sets up the rulers of this world, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1).

Again, this is a plea to spend time in the Word of God, get to know your Father in Heaven, learn to hear that ‘still small voice’ of the Holy Spirit guiding you, and when in doubt, do what Jesus would do.  The more time you spend with your Heavenly Father, in prayer and in His Word, the less time you will spend listening to the hundreds of false voices.  

Selah.        

ZEAL WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE

ZEAL WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE

“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God,but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”(Romans 10:2-3)

So we see within the Christian community today a self-righteousness that has arisen for a variety of reasons, some having to do with politics, some of it because of ‘self-improvement’ teachings in the church [looking in instead of out], perhaps our self-righteousness came about because of our higher ‘standard of living.’  Nevertheless, this self-righteousness has turned into judgmental righteousness; for that reason many of us can now label ourselves ‘righteous judges.’

Perhaps this self-righteous ‘spirit’ has come about because the church, the body of Christ in the United States, has never been tried in the fires of persecution.  For whatever reason, we have become self-righteous, zealous of our causes, so much so that even the unbelievers are talking about this zeal we have which borders on obsession.  So we ask ourselves … is our zeal something that has sprung forth from the Holy Spirit (based on the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ) or is it something else?al without knowledge.  Zeal in the Greek means eagerness or fervency.  The root ‘ze’ literally means ‘hot enough to boil’.  So, what does zeal without knowledge look like? Answer:  What does a Christian ‘without the Spirit of God’ behind his every thought and action look like? 

They have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.  Pure wisdom (unadulterated knowledge) is found only in God’s Word.  If you want to understand the Truth you must seek it in God’s Word.  Everything (all Truth) must be backed up scripturally.  Born-again believers bearing the image of Christ, must reflect Him and we do that by studying His Word.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).  Zeal without knowledge.  Zeal without knowledge is like a football player who doesn’t know the plays.  Zeal without knowledge is like putting yourself in the cockpit of a F-16 and attempting to fly.  So many believers today have a zeal but it is misplaced.  Their ‘knowledge’ is faulty, they are not following God’s instructions, they are displaying, acting on, ungodly principles. 

For being ignorant of God’s righteousness they go about establishing their own righteousness.  God’s righteousness is epitomized in the person of Jesus Christ.  We are to submit to God’s authority through Jesus Christ.  If we are not submitted to the Lord, and to His Word … then we are ’empty’ professors.  No power, no Spirit of God joined with our spirit behind our words and actions.  In fact, we become ‘spoilers’, a hindrance to any move of God and to the preaching of the Gospel!  We interpret what we think God is saying to suit our own needs or the perceived needs of other empty professors.

Saints — God forbid that we should have a zeal for God without knowledge!  The scripture on the top of this page is describing the Jewish people living in that day.  This was written shortly after Jesus was crucified.  The Jewish people back then had zeal.  They understood and followed the Law, they celebrated the feast days, they regarded Moses as God’s chosen who freed them from the clutches of slavery in Egypt, they believed and taught their children about the miraculous events surrounding their time in the wilderness, they knew God as a God they could depend on, who helped them in times of trouble, and who they worshipped with offerings and sacrifices.  They had zeal!

So much zeal, that when Jesus came along, rather than believing the prophets who spoke of His coming, rather than studying the words of the prophets, in faith believing, and looking for His arrival, instead, THEIR ZEAL KILLED THEIR MESSIAH!  Zeal without knowledge can be dangerous.

Selah.

THE CLOUD

THE CLOUD

“But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.”

(Exodus 40:37)


God is so good to His people.  While Israel traveled around in the wilderness God provided for all their needs.  The cloud that God supplied to Israel told them whether or not it was safe to continue on their journey.  The cloud also provided a covering against their enemies.  Both the cloud and the pillar of fire gave the Israelites security — God was watching over them.  

God used the cloud to direct His people.  Today we have the Word of God for our direction.  We also have the Holy Spirit within us to guide and direct all our steps.

“And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way;and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.” (Exodus 13:21)

The Lord wants to go before us by day and night.  We need to stop striving (making great efforts to obtain or achieve self, fleshly, materialistic goals).  Perhaps that goal you have been making great efforts to achieve is not of the Lord.  How would you know?  Is that goal pleasing to God?  Will it bring glory to Him?  Does that goal show an unsaved world that you are indeed ‘separate’ (separated unto God for His purposes)? 

The cloud kept Israel separate from not only their enemies but from heathen influences.  God wants us to be separate from today’s heathen influences.  He wants our garments to be white.  Today the heathen influences are myriad.  The trap of consumerism has been laid beyond what you or I can imagine.  We have become a commodity.  Something to be used to further the agenda (not of the Democrats or the Republicans) but the evil agenda of the most evil entity of all … Satan.  Don’t be a pawn.  Don’t sit comfortably in the Matrix that the demon has created.  Shut down all outside influences if you have to … spend time with the One who Saves.  The One who will keep you from Sin.  The One who cleanses you from all unrighteousness.  The One who brings Peace.  The One who wants to give you unspeakable Joy. 

Just as the Israelites (the people of God) were led by the Cloud in the wilderness.  We are also in a wilderness right now (enemies to the left and to the right).  The only way you will survive is if you LET JESUS LEAD YOU! 

“Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day,to lead them in the way …” (Nehemiah 9:19)

Selah.           

ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS

ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS

“Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”  (Titus 2:14)

The Christmas Season has passed.  A time when we reflected on the Birth of our Savior.  We reflected on that child who would grow to be a man; God’s perfect sinless offering, born in order to provide a Way for man to once again enter into a right relationship with God.  We reflected on Jesus and His Birth; but our thoughts also went to His Return.

“For God so loved the World that He GAVE His only Begotten Son that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Christmas is also a time when we see and hear about lots of good works.  How should we view good works?  Is a good work, a kindly act, towards someone in need, or is it more purposeful?  Good works should be those things that we do for others that bring glory to His Name.  They are outwardly good and inwardly motivated.

Good works done without the right inward motivation are called ‘civic duties’ and although they may make you feel good on the inside, they are not pleasing to God.  That may sound harsh, but if it does, you need to ask yourself who are you trying to please — God or man? 

Another thought.  An unbeliever cannot do good works.  Everything he or she does arises from a sin-filled (hardened) heart and means nothing to God.  Their motivation is different, they are self-serving even in their giving.  As a born-again believer we have been freed from the curse of sin and death, therefore our good works (done to glorify God) are pleasing and acceptable in His sight.

“In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works:in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,sound speech, that cannot be condemned …” (Titus 2:7).

Selah.

ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS

ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS

“Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”  (Titus 2:14)

The Christmas Season has passed.  A time when we reflected on the Birth of our Savior.  We reflected on that child who would grow to be a man; God’s perfect sinless offering, born in order to provide a Way for man to once again enter into a right relationship with God.  We reflected on Jesus and His Birth; but our thoughts also went to His Return.

“For God so loved the World that He GAVE His only Begotten Son that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Christmas is also a time when we see and hear about lots of good works.  How should we view good works?  Is a good work, a kindly act, towards someone in need, or is it more purposeful?  Good works should be those things that we do for others that bring glory to His Name.  They are outwardly good and inwardly motivated.

Good works done without the right inward motivation are called ‘civic duties’ and although they may make you feel good on the inside, they are not pleasing to God.  That may sound harsh, but if it does, you need to ask yourself who are you trying to please — God or man? 

Another thought.  An unbeliever cannot do good works.  Everything he or she does arises from a sin-filled (hardened) heart and means nothing to God.  Their motivation is different, they are self-serving even in their giving.  As a born-again believer we have been freed from the curse of sin and death, therefore our good works (done to glorify God) are pleasing and acceptable in His sight.

“In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works:in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,sound speech, that cannot be condemned …” (Titus 2:7)

Selah.