30 August 2009

Our Lord Jesus



"I have prayed for thee." Luke 22:32

"How encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer’s never-ceasing intercession for us. When we pray, He pleads for us; and when we are not praying, He is advocating our cause, and by His supplications shielding us from unseen dangers…. We little know what we owe to our Saviour’s prayers. When we reach the hill-tops of heaven, and look back upon all the way whereby the Lord our God hath led us, how we shall praise Him who, before the eternal throne, undid the mischief which Satan was doing upon earth. How shall we thank Him because He never held His peace, but day and night pointed to the wounds upon His hands, and carried our names upon His breasplate!" Charles Spurgeon

Choosing Thomas

28 August 2009

Do You Plan to Pray?


Unless I’m badly mistaken, one of the main reasons so many of God’s children don’t have a significant prayer life is not so much that we don’t want to, but that we don’t plan to. If you want to take a four-week vacation, you don’t just get up one summer morning and say, "Hey, let’s go today!" You won’t have anything ready. You won’t know where to go. Nothing has been planned. But that is how many of us treat prayer. We get up day after day and realize that significant times of prayer should be a part of our life, but nothing’s ever ready. We don’t know where to go. Nothing has been planned. No time. No place. No procedure. And we all know that the opposite of planning is not a wonderful flow of deep, spontaneous experiences in prayer. The opposite of planning is the rut. If you don’t plan a vacation you will probably stay home and watch TV. The natural, unplanned flow of spiritual life sinks to the lowest ebb of vitality. There is a race to be run and a fight to be fought. If you want renewal in your life of prayer you must plan to see it. John Piper

Words We Take for Granted (Part 5)


You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. Hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 2 Timothy 2:3-6. There are some days when I say to myself “What’s the point in trying? Why do I put my family and myself through the pain of defeat? Nobody is listening anyways.” Do you feel this way some days? Or is this just me? Why do we try so hard when we know nine times out ten it only leads to frustration, pain, rejection or worse - being hurt by the people around you? I guess the big question is, ‘Why would a holy and perfect God allow me and you to go through such trying days?’ The answer is: why wouldn’t He? We are all sinners, accursed, haters of God. The only reason we are not put to death is because of what King Jesus did on the cross some 2000 years ago. So why does God allow us to go through hardships as we wait upon Him to call us home? The Bible is very clear and explicit when it says trials are for our [the Christian’s] benefit to strengthen and mould us into the image of the Son [Jesus Christ]. The next word I want to look at that goes so easily under the radar with most Christians is the word “endure” which means: To bear; to sustain; to support without breaking or yielding to force or pressure. Metals are said to endure a certain degree of heat without melting; to bear with patience, to bear without opposition or sinking under the pressure; to bear up under hardship or persecution; to remain under; to be strong, firm, to persevere beneath a heavy burden. “And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved”. Matt 10:22. We all start as this square block of wood, if I can use this as an example. And God cuts away the dead bark and starts to mould and shape us with all His fine precision tools into the person He created us to be, a person created for His glory. We all need shaping and sanding. Paul says the Christian life is going to be hard with many heartbreaks and struggles but this is the course He has for every one of us, because in the end there is joy and reward. John says He will wipe away every tear and remove all our sin and shame. Why? That’s where He [Jesus] will be. This is where all Christians will be - with the Potter – with the Carpenter who was working in and through us each and every moment. As Paul wrote in Philippians “...He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” (1:6). The Lord will continue the work He has begun in each and every one of us if you’re a child of the living God. But this doesn’t mean we will not face obstacles or road blocks until the day of Jesus Christ. Going back to what Paul said to Timothy as he was faced with his coming death, the Lord planned for him to die. We are to ENDURE, persevere as we continue to grow in our Christian walk. There are no easy ways out. Some might face greater challenges and some might go through smaller trials, but the Bible is abundantly clear that all children of God {Christians] are going to face trials and struggles at some point in their life. Why? So the Potter can continue to shape and sand us as we are faced with life’s decisions and having proper responses to what has been given to us by a loving and holy God. The Christian life is not about a life of ease and your best life now! It’s going to be hard work that requires us to endure as He continues this perfect work that He is doing in us. These trials are for us to give God the glory as he delivers us though them. Man loves to boast and get all puffed up with pride when they achieve something or get through a situation. We are to be completely dependent upon Him as good soldiers, athletes and hard working farmers. We must endure and press forward as we wait for the call home to where the Potter lives. He is the One who has taken my wretched life, which deserves Hell, and continues to shaped me, mold me, and sand me all for His glory and good pleasure.



To Him be the glory!

27 August 2009

Religous but lost, to saved by God's Grace at 71

What are you saved from? Are you saved? Can you answer those questions? Your soul depends on it.

Can you say as Paul said "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me". Gal 2:20.

Can you say that RIGHT NOW?

19 August 2009

Why Pray?

"As my personal understanding of the interior life has developed, I have learned that apart from the well-known Scriptural calls to prayer, there are two great human reasons we ought to pray. The first is because of what prayer does to our character. Prayer is like a time exposure to God. Our souls function like photographic plates, and Christ’s shining image is the light. The more we expose our lives to the white-hot sun of His righteous life (for, say, five, ten, fifteen, thirty minutes, or an hour a day), the more His image will be burned into our character - His love, His compassion, His truth, His integrity, His humility. This was true of General William Harrison, who maintained a disciplined devotional life for over seventy years. People say his presence brought a distinct sense of Christ. The second corresponding reason is that prayer bends our wills to God’s will." -- Kent Hughes

17 August 2009

Starfield I Will Go

LORD send me! Is this your heart Christian? Are you willing to go to the ends of the earth even if it calls you to give up everything you have?

NOW GO!

16 August 2009

RUN!

Preachers, do you care? Do you love God`s people (saved/unsaved)? Do you stand and proclaim His truth with love and urgency? We MUST Preach with a PASSION for those who are going to perish! This is my plea to every peacher in this lost world.

15 August 2009

Paradoxes

(A Puritan's Prayer)

O CHANGELESS GOD,
Under the conviction of thy Spirit I learn that
the more I do, the worse I am,
the more I know, the less I know,
the more I love, the more there is to love.
O wretched man that I am!
O Lord,
I have a wild heart,
and cannot stand before thee;
I am like a bird before a man.
How little I love thy truth and ways!
I neglect prayer,
by thinking I have prayed enough and earnestly,
by knowing thou hast saved my soul.
Of all hypocrites, grant that I may not be
an evangelical hypocrite,
who sins more safely because grace abounds,
who tells his lusts that Christ’s blood
cleanseth them,
who reasons that God cannot cast him into hell,
for he is saved,
who loves evangelical preaching, churches,
Christians, but lives unholily.
My mind is a bucket without a bottom,
with no spiritual understanding,
no desire for the Lord’s Day,
ever learning but never reaching the truth,
always at the gospel-well but never holding water.
My conscience is without conviction or contrition,
with nothing to repent of.
My will is without power of decision or resolution.
My heart is without affection, and full of leaks.
My memory has no retention,
so I forget easily the lessons learned,
and thy truths seep away.
Give me a broken heart that yet carries home
the water of grace.

The Truth: Lawson's Rebuke of Osteen

We must proclaim the gospel in its fullest. MAN-UP PASTORS

13 August 2009

Word Of God Speak

The power to change a sinners life! Praise God for opening our eyes to His glory through the written Word. To Him be the glory for His goodness and love towards us through Jesus Christ our Lord.

11 August 2009

The Precious Blood

(A Puritan Prayer)

BLESSED LORD JESUS,
Before thy cross I kneel and see the heinousness of my sin,
my iniquity that caused thee to be ‘made a curse’,
the evil that excites the severity of divine wrath.
Show me the enormity of my guilt by
the crown of thorns,
the pierced hands and feet,
the bruised body,
the dying cries.
Thy blood is the blood of incarnate God,
its worth infinite, its value beyond all thought.
Infinite must be the evil and guilt
that demands such a price.
Sin is my malady, my monster, my foe, my viper,
born in my birth,
alive in my life,
strong in my character,
dominating my faculties,
following me as a shadow,
intermingling with my every thought,
my chain that holds me captive in the
empire of my soul.
Sinner that I am, why should the sun give me light,
the air supply breath,
the earth bear my tread,
its fruits nourish me,
its creatures subserve my ends?
Yet thy compassions yearn over me,
thy heart hastens to my rescue,
thy love endured my curse,
thy mercy bore my deserved stripes.
Let me walk humbly in the lowest depths
of humiliation,
bathed in thy blood,
tender of conscience,
triumphing gloriously as an heir of salvation.


How Important is This in Your Life?


For the past few weeks we've been talking about forgiveness with our girls, and the importance of forgiveness especially in the Christian life. See I think forgiveness is one of the hardest things to overcome and to do as a person, especially for the unsaved world, otherwise the whole world would be saved right now! See it's much easier to forgive as a Christian, then as a person who is lost and without hope! Why? Because the unsaved doesn't see anything other than themselves. They look in the mirror and all they see is pride, emptiness and self gratification. When the saved person looks into the mirror, they see their wretchedness, and shame on the Cross of Christ Jesus.
They see their SIN
They see what Jesus endured for their salvation
They see Jesus and His selfless sacrifice
They see His love for a fallen and broken world
They see His forgiveness to all who come by repentance and faith.

Jesus set the standard to which we are to follow, Jesus said "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." Mark 11:25-26. God’s forgiveness of us demands that we forgive others. Why? Because it’s only by His grace that are forgiven and it’s only by His grace that we are able to forgive others. Christian forgiveness starts with a heart for reconciliation, not resentment and bitterness. Why? Because God places no limits on the extent to which Christians are to forgive others otherwise if God put limits on forgiveness, no one could be saved. Listen to what Jesus said to Peter when asked about forgiveness: Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven (Jesus said forgiveness should be granted unendingly, we must always forgive no matter what). Matt 18:22. See when it comes to the matter of forgiveness we have to consider what the Lord Jesus demands from us. It may require you and me to make the first move towards reconciliation with the person who hurt you. For example Stephen the first martyr as he faces the Sanhedrin (Acts 7) with a loud voice “Lord do not charge them with this sin”, David in his wickedness with Bathsheba (Psalms 51) “have mercy upon me, O God”, Jesus’ love for his broken servant Peter (John 21) “Lord you know all things; you know I love you”, Joseph over his brother’s betrayal (Gen 45 a) “he kissed all his brothers and wept over them...” Every single one of those people displayed a willingness to listen to their hearts because they knew who they served the sovereign Lord of all creation. Is there someone you know who needs your help of encouragement, in this area of forgiveness? I guess the big personal question is do you need help in this area of your life? Or Do you say this is not for me, you really don’t know what I have been through Mike? Your right I don’t know what you have been through, but I know one thing, there is someone who does, and He laid His life down for you and me His name is Jesus Christ! Don’t let selfish pride get in the way of a refreshed and fervent (a burning passionate) heart for others."He who cannot forgive others destroys the bridge over which he himself must pass." George Herbert. I like how Neider and Thompson put it:
To forgive is to turn the key, open the cell door, and let the prisoner walk free.
To forgive is to write in large letters, across a debt, “nothing owed”.
To forgive is to pound the gavel in a courtroom and declare, “Not Guilty!”
To forgive is to bundle up all the garbage and trash and dispose of it, leaving the house clean and fresh.
To forgive is to loose the moorings of a ship and release it to the open sea.
To forgive is to grant a full pardon to a condemned criminal.
To forgive is to smash a clay pot into a thousand pieces so it can never be pieced together again.
We must seek to forgive. We must seek to be forgiven if you are ever to expect to have a heart like: Paul, Philemon, Onesimus, David, Stephen, Joseph, Woman at the well, The thief on the cross and most of all like our Lord Jesus. Listen to what Paul said in Ephesus “..... do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Eph 4:30-32. It is vital that we try our best to seek forgiveness in all situations of our lives with the help of the Holy Spirit, because it leads to joy and a clear conscience of heart. We all make mistakes sometimes and we all need to be forgiven of something we have done to our shame.
Christ called it sin and we need to be able to forgive any and all of our little problems or grievances that come our way whether big or small. Why? Because Jesus, did for you and for me! Need I say anything else? To Him be the Glory...

09 August 2009

We Need Him

My brother and pastor friend Trevor over at http://loveinthetruth.blogspot.com/ posted this. So I had to do the same. Praise His holy name! Not as a simple man who lived among us, but as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is to be our greatest treasure, that Pearl of great price!

By Grace Alone

Praise His holy name among the earth for such a great salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, the greatest treasure of my life. The question is He yours?

08 August 2009

A Preacher on the Fence


From out of the millions of the earth
God often calls a man
To preach the word, and for the truth
To take a royal stand.
“Tis sad to see him shun the cross,
Nor stand in its defense
Between the fields of right and wrong:
A preacher on the fence.
Before him are the souls of men
Bound for Heaven or Hell;
An open Bible in his hand,And yet he will not tell
All the truth that’s written there,
It haveth an offence -
The joys of Heaven, the horrors of Hell -
A preacher on the fence.
Now surely God has called the man
To battle for the right.
“Tis his to ferret out the wrong
And turn on us the light.
And yet he dare not tell the truth,
He fears the consequence,
The most disgusting thing on earth
Is a preacher on the fence.
If he should stand up for the wrong,
The right he’d not defend;
If he should stand up for the right,
The wrong he would offend.
His mouth is closed, he cannot speak
For freedom or against.
Great God deliver us from
A preacher on the fence.
But soon both sides will find him out
And brand him as a fraud,
A coward who dares not to please
The devil or his God.Oh God, free us from fear of man,
From cowardly pretence;
Cleanse out the dross and fear of loss,
And keep us off the fence.
–Author Unknown

What Would He Find?


What Would He Find?
John 2:13-25

Why does the church exist? Is it to bring Him glory? Is it to bring Him praise? Is it to grow in our sanctification? The answer to these questions is YES! We need to understand and be mindful that God intended the local church to be a corporate display of His glory and mercy, and the soul purpose of the church whether its locally (believer's in your community) or universally (all believer's around the world) is to demonstrate to the entire world; His grace and love to fallen mankind. Does our church glorify God or self? Paul wrote “to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, Eph 3:10-11. The church’s purpose is to display the glory and wisdom of the saving work through the Son, Jesus Christ. The church’s function is to glorify God by making Him known to the community and people around us. What does the word church mean? It's a Greek word ekklesia” which means: a gathering or congregating of people. The church is God’s vehicle for displaying His glory to His creation. The uniqueness of the church is the Message of the Gospel. The church is the only institution entrusted by God with a message of forgiveness and hope to those who come to Him in repentance, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
What should be the structure of the church? God centered, designed to display the glories of God’s character and the Truth of the Gospel in the written word. “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” 2Cor 4:5-6. I love Mark Devers take on the local church when he says “ the Word builds the Church. Our power is not in having small groups, or meeting the felt needs of our target audience, or using the right evangelism programs, or having funny skits, or providing plenteous parking, or targeting our ministries to postmodern. Our power is in our unique message ‘the Gospel’ not in our innovations” John MacArthur adds that “When a sinner wanders into the church and sits through skits, mimes, interpretive dances, and the like, and yet never hears a clear, convicting message about his dangerous and tenuous spiritual situation– that he is a depraved sinner headed for an eternal fire because he is a daily offense to a holy God– how can that be called successful? You could achieve the same level of success by sending a cancer patient to receive treatment from a group of children playing doctor. A sinner must understand the imminent danger he is in if he is ever to look to the Savior. What’s worse is when seeker-focused churches baptize the masses with their watered-down gospel, assuring them that positive decisions, feelings, or affirmations about Christ equal genuine conversion. There are now multitudes who are not authentic Christians identifying with the church. As you set your strategy for church ministry, you dare not overlook the primary means of church growth: the straightforward, Christ-centered proclamation of the unadulterated Word of God. John is right! This is essential for any church to survive, it all begins here. Solomon said in Prov 9:10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

A healthy structure for the church begins with a high view of His power and glory.
A healthy structure for the church begins with a high view of His sovereignty.
A healthy structure for the church begins with a high view of His heavenly wisdom.
A healthy structure for the church begins with reverence for a God who created us in the likeness of the Himself.

See in order for us to have a high view of His presence in our churches, we must understand 4 basic fundamental truths about His character:

1. He is all Glorious (Exo 15:11) "Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders?
2. He is Eternal (Rev 4:8-10) The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!" Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:The heavens declare your Eternal holiness, the heavens sing to the King of Kings. Every church should be on their knees praising Him for His wonderful goodness to a undeserving generation.
3 He is all Consuming Fire (Heb 12:29) “for our God is a consuming fire..”This is taken from Deut 4:24, a consuming fire, a jealous God. The object here seems to show that there was the same reason for fearing the displeasure of God under the new dispensation, as it was to the people of the Old Testament. There had been no change in His attributes, or in the principles of His government. He was no more the friend of sin now than he was then and the same perfection's of His nature which would then lead Him to punish transgression of the Old
4. He fills Heaven and Earth (Jer 23:23-24) "Am I a God near at hand," says the LORD, "And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?" says the LORD; "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" says the LORD. These people forgot about these truths, they cared only about themselves, they had no regard for sanctuary of the Lord, they used His sovereign house as a place to do business. Again we come back to the title of this message what would He find? My prayer is that He will see:

1. A people devoted to Him as Lord of our Life
2. A people who delight in His word as food for life
3. A people who meditate and memorize His precious Word
4. A people who want nothing more than to serve a Holy God
5. A people who are available to serve one another
6. A people who have a desire to pray not just for themselves but for one another
7. A people who want to share the good news of the Gospel
8. A people who want nothing more than to embrace the Kingdom of God with a heart of holiness
“And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, "LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that You are the LORD God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again." Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!" 1Kings 18:36-39. This is who the church should be serving with their whole hearts, not traditions and rituals. Think about it, are we serving programs, methods, statistics and get out of jail free cards? Or are we loving people to the Saviour by displaying the glory God in and out of our lives at church, at work and most of all in our homes where our children see! See we serve an amazing God who came to this earth to save bad people [sinners] like me and you, and His only command to us is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, mind and soul and to love our neighbors as ourselves. What would He find? A church that desires to honor the LORD by displaying His glory right back to Him. This is who the church should be showing reverence towards. This is who the people forgot in the temple area as they were selling their goods, the LORD God! May we be a church in this generation that stands true to call of ministry[whether it be universally or locally] that never forgets that His church is a means and a vehicle to bring Him glory and honor for His saving and sovereign power through the unadulterated gospel message, and not to be used for our own personal status or gain in this life which leads to pride and self-righteousness. Remember what God commanded Moses to remind the people and the generations to come, that the Lord God does not share His glory with no one! Not even with you or me. It is His church and we are His servants who are to be used for Him and by Him. To Him be the glory, forever and ever AMEN!

05 August 2009

Faith and the World (Puritan Prayer)

O LORD,
The world is artful to entrap,
approaches in fascinating guise,
extends many a gilded bait,
presents many a charming face.
Let my faith scan every painted bauble,
and escape every bewitching snare
in a victory that overcomes all things.
In my duties give me firmness, energy, zeal,
devotion to thy cause,
courage in thy name,
love as a working grace,
and all commensurate with my trust.
Let faith stride forth in giant power,
and love respond with energy in every act.
I often mourn the absence of my beloved Lord
whose smile makes earth a paradise,
whose voice is sweetest music,
whose presence gives all graces strength.
But by unbelief I often keep him outside my door.
Let faith give entrance that he may abide
with me for ever.

Thy Word is full of promises,
flowers of sweet fragrance,
fruit of refreshing flavour
when culled by faith.
May I be made rich in its riches,
be strong in its power,
be happy in its joy,
abide in its sweetness,
feast on its preciousness,
draw vigour from its manna.
Lord, increase my faith.

Art Azurdia Sermon Jam

03 August 2009

Yearn for you

The Supremacy of God's Love


Does your love for others surpass your? Family, children, wife, husband, friends, you church family to name a few. Do you have a sacrificial love? What do you mean by that Mike? Are you willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to please another? Better yet would you be willing to give up your own life, so that someone else could have life? Before we can answer these questions we need to understand what love means. The world defines Love this way; to have a deep, tender, unspeakable feeling of affection and solicitude toward (a person): We love our parents. I love my friends, to have a feeling of intense desire and attraction toward (a person). To have an intense emotional attachment to: loves his house, to embrace or caress. The world looks at the word love and turns it into a physical or emotional experience. That's a wrong definition of what love really means. Why? emotions and feeling are always changing constantly. They are always coming and going with every situation or experience in one's life, which really in the end focuses all on self. To have a proper balance that never changes we need to see how the bible defines love: "whether exercised toward the brethren, or toward men generally, is not an impulse from the feelings, it does not always run with the natural inclinations, nor does it spend itself only upon those for whom some affinity is discovered. Love seeks the welfare of all." The Bible declares that God is love.
The bible defines His love this way:
1. It’s in His Character (2 Cor 13:11)
2. Its Everlasting (Jer 31:3)
3. Its Unfailing (Is 49:15-16)
4. Its Great (Eph 2:4)
5. His love is Constraining (Hos 11:4)
6. A Special object of His Affection (John 15:9)
7. A Sending Love (Rom 5:8) (1John 4:10)
8. Is a Giving Love (Rom 5:8)
The bible says “but God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. This is what biblical love is. The best example is found in John’s Gospel "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved". John 3:16-17. The Father is going to demonstrate this love through His only begotten Son[Jesus Christ]. All things stem from this surpassing love. How important is this Love?
1. It’s a Love of Sacrifice, verse 16 (His only Son)
2. It’s a Love for all Humanity, verse16-17 (Salvation is for the whole world)
3. It’s a Love of Forgiveness, verse 17 (Salvation is provided through the Son)
4. It’s a Love that Overcomes Evil, verse 18-19 (The bondage of Mankind's flesh)

This Love is the ONLY way you will ever see the Kingdom. Jesus told Nicodemus “You must Be Born Again!” Today is the day of salvation loved ones! I ask the question every pastor should ask. Have you made that chose to embrace this gift of Love which only comes through the Son? Our gracious and Loving Father loved us so much that He desired, willed, decreed that He would send His only Son to pay the penalty that each and every one of us deserves. That penalty is death. But this no longer has to be for anyone, if you repent and believe by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The bible says if you confess with your mouth, if you repent, if you deny yourself, if you follow Him by faith you will be born again by His wondrous love. A love which surpasses all understanding. Why I say that listen to what Paul wrote; If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom 10:9). Paul also said For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1Thess 5:9). Have you made that decision to deny self and believe by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Whether you do or you don't, He still took your place as your sin sacrifice. Why? To please the Father, and show each and every one of us His love which never fails. John MacArthur says “there are no words in human language that can adequately express the magnitude of God’s saving gift to the world.” We must understand this wonderful truth if we ever going to understand God’s love for humanity. Please embrace this truth today! Your soul depends on it. Read the remaining verses in this chapter and you will find out what happens to those who deny that Jesus is the way the truth the life (verse 18-22). Jesus Christ gave His life sacrificially so that we could live with Him for all eternity in the presence of His glory and splendor. That's what it means to love some one above self. It's not a feeling or emotion, its genuine love and concern that supercedes everything else in one's life. We must love one another with that kind of love. We must love and tell others about this great love for all the world to embrace. To Him Be the Glory!

02 August 2009

The Lord's Day


O LORD MY LORD,
This is thy day,
the heavenly ordinance of rest,
the open door of worship,
the record of Jesus’ resurrection,
the seal of the sabbath to come,
the day when saints militant and triumphant
unite in endless song.
I bless thee for the throne of grace,
that here free favour reigns;
that open access to it is through the blood
of Jesus;
that the veil is torn aside and I can enter
the holiest
and find thee ready to hear,
waiting to be gracious,
inviting me to pour out my needs,
encouraging my desires,
promising to give more than I ask or think.
But while I bless thee, shame and confusion
are mine:
I remember my past misuse of sacred things,
my irreverent worship,
my base ingratitude,
my cold, dull praise.
Sprinkle all my past sabbaths with the cleansing
blood of Jesus,
and may this day witness deep improvement
in me.
Give me in rich abundance
the blessings the Lord’s Day was designed
to impart;
May my heart be fast bound against worldly
thoughts or cares;
Flood my mind with peace
beyond understanding;
may my meditations be sweet,
my acts of worship life, liberty, joy,
my drink the streams that flow
from thy throne,
my food the precious Word,
my defence the shiled of faith,
and may my heart be more knit to Jesus.
(A Puritan Prayer)