23 September 2009
The thought of thine infinite serenity
For I am toiling and moiling, troubled
but thou art for ever at perfrect peace.
Thy designs cause thee no fear or care
they stand fast as the eternal hills.
Thy power knows no bond,
thy goodness no stint.
Thou bringest order out of confusion,
and my defeats are thy victories:
The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
I come to thee as a sinner with cares and sorrows,
to leave every concern entirely to thee,
every sin calling for Christ’s precious blood;
Revive deep spirituality in my heart;
Let me live near to the great Shepherd,
hear his voice, know its tones, follow its calls.
Keep me from deception by causing me to abide
in the truth,
from harm by helping me to walk in the power
of the Spirit.
Give me intenser faith in the eternal verities,
burning into me by experience the things I know;
Let me never be ashamed of the truth of the gospel,
that I may bear its reproach,
see Jesus as its essence,
know in it the power of the Spirit.
Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill;
unbelief mars my confidence,
sin makes me forget thee.
Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut
at their roots;
Grant me to know that I truly live only
when I live to thee,
that all else is trifiling.
Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout,
strong and happy.
Abide in me, gracious God.
18 September 2009
17 September 2009
Pinch your finger
Bang your head on something
when you see someone who looks out of place (different)
When your with friends privately or publicly
When your at work each week
When your in the car
When your at the church
1. The Tongue is Capable of Corruption
Is your tongue constantly being used for evil? What do you mean being used for evil?
1. Is it being used to Gossip?
(Prov 16:27-28) A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
2. Is it being used for Complaining?
(Num 21:4-5) From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food."
3. Is it being used for Selfish Gain?
(2Tim 3:1-5) But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
4. Is it being used for Corruption?
(1John 2:15-17) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
(Jude 1:4) For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
6. Is it being used for Blaspheming our Lord?
(Luke 22:63-65) Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?" And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.
So as we continue do you display any or many of these characteristics? Because if you do you need to check to see where you stand in the Lord Jesus Christ. Why I say that because the genuine believer will not contradict his or her profession of faith, by regular use of unwholesome words. Jesus said you will know them by their fruits (Matt 12:33) "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit.
So what is the importance of the Tongue? Why does it get so much attention in the Bible? Because it is suppose to be used for: Praising, Worshipping, Prayer, Building up, Encouraging, Teaching, Communicating Love.
We are to edify, strengthen one another with love for each other, so that we grow in our walk with Him (Jesus Christ) who is far more important (precious) to us. Edify (means) "the act of building" (oikos, "a home," and demo, "to build"); this is used only figuratively in the NT, in the sense of edification, the promotion of spiritual growth (lit., "the things of building up"). The tongue must be used for the purpose of good not evil, we must bridle our tongues. Bridle (means) "to lead by a bridle, to bridle, to hold in check, restrain;" it is used metaphorically of the tongue and of the body. You can see the passion of James in this text (verse 10) "From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so". We must use it for good, not evil. How do I know that I'm using my tongue for good?
1. Is it being used for Praising?
(Heb 13:15) Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
2. Is it being used for Worshipping?
(Rev 7:9-12) After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."
(1 Thess 5:12-15) We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
4. Is it being used to Communicate Love?
(Rom 12:13-15) Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
5. Is it being used for Sincere Prayer?
(James 5:16) Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Owen Feltham "All men will be Peters in their bragging tongue, and most men will be Peters in their base denial; but few men will be Peters in their quick repentance." The tongue is small and is capable of so much, may we always use it for what it was intended for: To bring our Lord the Glory He so greatly deserves; to help, care for one another through edification and prayer. We are to bridle our tongues; we are to look to God (Holy Spirit) and His sovereign power to overcome or tame (bridle) the tongue; we must live disciplined lives under the authority of what the scripture says.
The Tongue is Capable of Corruption it's full of evil and poison. The Tongue is Intended for Edification, we are to speak only that which is good and praise worthy. When God transformed us by His sovereign grace, He gave us the capacity for a new redeemed Holy Speech, and remember He expects us as His children (His righteous children) to speak ONLY that which is HOLY and RIGHT "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person". Col 4:6. Paul goes on to say "let NO corrupting talk comes from our mouths (Eph 4:29-30). Always remember a hateful heart is an unconverted heart and it CANNOT and WILL NOT produce loving words or works. Jesus said "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits". Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles Matt 7:15-16. A loving heart is a regenerated heart and it CANNOT and WILL NOT produce hateful words or works "a healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit". Matt 7:18. So How do we answer the 2 question mentioned earlier? Are you displaying proper us of the tongue? Are you always using your tongue to do evil ? The answer "you will know them by there fruits". Can you leave here today and know that my (Mike, Your Name) tongue is being bridled by the power of the Holy Spirit. Or is it untamed and evil, full of hate and sin, a tongue that is full of the world and all its desires and pleasures to fill oneself. Do we have a tongue that is bitter like salt water?Or pure like fresh water? Only you can answer those questions, because I can't see the heart! But He can! To Him be the glory for His goodness and patience with sinners like us. Stop before you hurt someone or better yet yourself.
15 September 2009
Read Luke 22:39-44,and see for yourself the great love we have in our Savior for such a fallen and broken sinful world. A Savior who humbled Himself on the CROSS for sinners like you and me. To Him be the glory for such a great salvation
12 September 2009
10 September 2009
In today's world people follow someone or something that catches their attention. Basically we are followers of those who have gone before us, or those who have achieved what we want to achieve.
You can tell yourself, that not me, but your only deceiving yourself. We live in a society that needs to follow others; we live in a society that wants to be like everyone else. Take for example:
Popular Religious Movements
Causes (wwf, peta, gay movement, feminist movement, and so on)
Peers ( Co-workers, school mates, friends and neighbors)
Our post-modern world says "we must have what everyone else has" (We call this Jonesin') We just want to fit in. Why? Because we love the attention of others; or we look to others for acceptance. The Question I have for you and I would be: Who are you going to follow? Is it going to be the World? Or Is it going to be the Lord Jesus Christ? Maybe to help you answer that question we need to understand what the word follow means.
Follow (means) To go after or behind; to walk, ride or move behind, but in the same direction. Soldiers will usually follow a brave officer. To pursue; to chase; as an enemy, or as game. To accompany; to attend in a journey. "a follower, or "companion" (from the prefix a, here expressing "union, likeness," and keleuthos, "a way;" hence, "one going in the same way"), is used (a) frequently in the literal sense, e.g., Mat_4:25; (b) metaphorically, of "discipleship," e.g., Mar_8:34; Mar_9:38; Mar_10:21. It is used 77 times in the Gospels, of "following" Christ, and only once otherwise, Mar_14:13.
08 September 2009
07 September 2009
1. To stand strong
2. To stand firm
3. To stand boldly for the precious Gospel of Christ Jesus our Lord
1. Helps us to encourage the weak. (Isa 35:3) "strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees"
3. Helps us to serve one another (Rom 1:12) that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. (1 Peter 1:22) Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
4. Helps us to grow in a Christian walk (Matt 5:6) blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled"
5. Helps us most of all to Glorify the Lord (Eph 5:27) so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
06 September 2009
A wonderful song that speaks to the heart.
Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
Try me, O Saviour, know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin and set me free.
I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
Fulfill Thy Word and make me pure within.
Fill me with fire where once I burned with shame;
Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.
Lord, take my life and make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine.
Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord in me abide.
O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
Send a revival, start the work in me.
Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead
04 September 2009
02 September 2009
Praise His holy name! Salvation is so simple. Why? Because He saved me from myself. Won't you come to Him today? He desires that no one perishes and that everyone comes to Him in repentance and faith in the the only begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
To Him be the glory forever and ever.
Prayer is not only serious business, but it’s also an expensive privilege. Why should our prayers be like the cheap temple sacrifices of which Malachi speaks, in Malachi 1:8, when Jesus had to suffer and die just to make the privilege of prayer possible? For believers to enter the Holy of Holies to speak to the Lord cost Jesus His life on the cross. It wasn’t His teaching or His miracles that tore the veil of the temple from top to bottom and opened the "new and living way" (Heb 10:20). The veil was opened because Jesus shed His blood for our sins.
To make light of prayer and take it for granted, to pray carelessly and flippantly, is to make light of the death of God’s only Son. God doesn’t answer cheap prayers. Warren Wiersbe