I can't imagine my life without Christ! Walk by obedience to the One who loved you and gave His life, so that you and I could live. To Him be the glory for such a great salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, my LORD!
29 October 2009
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Charles H. Spurgeon says “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength”. That statement is so true; I myself have the tendency to do just that. I worry and judge the earth and say “God do you see what your people are doing? Hurry up and do something about it!” We can learn a great deal from the prophetic book of Habakkuk. We are given insight into what he was going through and how he dealt with his burden (Hab 1:1-4) when the people that God chose to receive the promised land (Gen 12:1-3) (Deut 7:6-7) (Ex 19:5) were living a wicked and disobedient life.
When Christians get to the point in their Christian walk of not understanding circumstances and wanting answers, there is only one Person to whom we can turn. He is the One who is capable of answering any question we might have: He is God the creator of the heavens and the earth, (Gen 1:1) (Ps 19:4) (Is 42:5) (Rev 4:11) the Holy and perfect deity of the triune God. He holds the foundations of the earth in his hand and is the ruler of all things. We as Christians tend to forget that we are here for His good pleasure not the other way around. Often, in difficult times or when we want something we have the tendency to want results NOW! We have the opinion that our ideas or plans are so much better than the sovereign Lord, because we don’t want to wait on God’s timing. When we fall this way, scripture instructs us to go to Him in prayer. (Is 55:6) (Phil 4:6) (Ps 5:2)
This is exactly what Habakkuk did. He took the burden he had for the people and his knowledge of the terrible events that were going to take place in Judah, to the Holy One (Hab 1:12). As Habakkuk waited in the watch tower (Hab 2:1) to see the results of God’s righteousness, he was reminded that sin in the eyes of the Lord will not go unpunished. The Lord sees all sin as an abomination and He will judge in His timing not ours. (Deut 9:7) (Job 37:13) (Eccl 3:17)
Even through all His divine righteous judgment of sin, we are still reminded of God’s mercy and the grace that He bestows upon all people who will call on the name of the Lord Jehovah. Habakkuk is reminded in chapter two in verse four that “...the just shall live by his faith”. It is a great comfort to me and for all other believers around the world to know that we have a God who will not only judge each person perfectly, but He will show unlimited grace to the children who look to Christ Crucified as Saviour.
Sometimes, okay a lot of times, I don’t think before I act or speak, and that usually gets me into a lot of trouble. When that happens, my beautiful wife will say to me “You put your foot in your mouth again, didn’t you, Peter?” Oh how that rings such truth! I’m always wanting to be that self-righteous, prideful Christian (Hab 2:5) (Prov 30:12) (Luke 11:39-44) (Is 64:6) (Rom 10:3) who wants to execute God’s wrath and condemnation on fellow believers. By doing this, I’m only being a disobedient servant (Titus 1:16) (Eph 2:2) and not being the servant who is supposed to show others grace, mercy and especially love. (Rom 15:2) (Col 3:16) (Pro 11:30) (Rom 14:1) In order to accomplish this, I need to understand my error and remind myself that through prayer (Matt 7:7) (Mark 11:25) and walking by faith, I will be led to knowledge. Habakkuk also had to learn to be patient, obedient and to faithfully wait on God to do His sovereign work. Which He had planned to happen, In His own time!
Jonathan Edwards said “A true love for God must begin with a delight in his holiness, and not with a delight in any attribute: for no other attribute is truly without this”. What an amazing God we serve! I am in awe every day that our God could forgive me of all my wicked sin. It is this sin that only brought pain to the One who would suffer the punishment for the whole world: Christ Jesus. He is the One who loved me first before I loved him. (1 Pet 2:25) (John 10:11-15) (Rom 3:25)
All things that God chooses to put in your path are there for you to learn something of His great will for you. Sometimes he will also use circumstances that are difficult when He wants to chasten you back to the place where you were found: broken and in need of His grace. (Ps 86:15) (Heb 12:6) (Is 26:16) (Job 5:17) The majesty of God is so perfect and He knows exactly what He is doing, (Deut 32:4) (Ps 29:3-5) (Job 26:14) which is why we need to walk by faith and trust that God’s plan is always perfect even when we don’t understand it. This is why I learned so much from the little book of Habakkuk; I was able to see a picture of his problem and how the Lord used that situation to show him what to do. Then I could see Habakkuk being transformed and praising God (Hab 3:3-6) for all His mercy and marvellous grace that he shows his chosen children of Israel. John Piper says “The climax of God’s happiness is the delight He takes in the echoes of His excellence in the praises of His people”. We need to look at the LORD Jehovah with reverence and praise (Prov 9:10) (Ps 96:6) (Jude 1:25) (Rev 5:12) for He is the Ruler of the universe and He honors a humble servant who lives with obedience and faithful praise to Him the “God of this World”. He had made a covenant promise with Abraham (Gen 12:1-3) and then God promised a Son who would come and bear the sins for all mankind (Isa 7:14; 53:1-12) (Zech 9:9). He is truthful (Rom 8:28-29) in everything He said He was going to do. The scripture assures us of this because the Bible is the inspired Word of God. (2 Tim 3:16-17)
15 October 2009
12 October 2009
PLEASE WATCH this video and ask yourself this question: How am I spending my time each and every day? Are you to busy for the Lord?
We must make Him our greatest treasure above eveything. We must stay close to the Saviour, and as far away from Satan and his fallen angels (demons).. Glorify the Lord through your body as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable which is your reasonable service. To Him be the Glory!
I asked myself the question this morning; what am I most thankful for? Here are some of the things that came to mind.....
- the ability to see, smell, hear, and walk.
- a healthy family who loves the Lord.
- a Christian wife who is absolutely amazing, and most of all is my best friend.
- the ability and the skills to work and provide for my family.
- the love of our families in Ontario.
- the Peck family (our best friends) for their love and dedication (passion) to the Lord.
- to be able to go to church freely, without the fear of losing our lives.
- the local church and their desire to know Him more personally through the written word.
- the forgiveness of sin through His Son's death and resurrection.
- the salvation that the Lord gives so freely to a lost and broken world.
- that He, (Jesus) saved my wretched life from eternal death.
- that He, (Jesus) saved my family from that same eternal death.
- the intimate relationship that I have with Lord Jesus Christ.
- that He loves me so much with a perfecting and everlasting love.
- the privilege and honor to preach and proclaim His word to His children.
- the power and privilege of prayer.
- the grace and mercy He has for me, when I struggle to do what is right.
- His sovereignty and providence in my life as he directs my path.
- the will He has for my life and my family.
- the burden for the lost, and the desire to see people to see Jesus Christ and His love.
- the love and support of my family and friends.
- the Gospel of peace which is.............the Lord Jesus Christ,
- TO BE ABLE TO GLORIFY HIM AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN!
What are you most thankful for? As the Psalmist says "...give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the people"..... talk (speak) of His wondrous works!." Ps 105:1-3)
We are to make His name known. So make His name known in your homes and communities each and every day. Tell of His wondrous works that He has done in your life. To Him be the glory!
07 October 2009
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03 October 2009
What is Revival?
1. An increase hunger for a delight in God’s Word (Ps 119: 107) I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to Your Word!
2. Involves a disdain for sin and renewed desire for obedience to God (Ps 119:37) Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways.
3. Brings increased commitment to and interest in personal prayer. (Ps 80:18) Then we shall not turn back from You; give us life, and we will call upon Your Name!
4. It’s God gladly at the center of my Life, experienced and enjoyed (Lam 3:24) The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him."
5. It’s getting back on the right path again (1John 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Revival is not, an emotional extravagance where people are caught up in the moment and fall down out of control, it’s not a long line of anxious sinners waiting for a turn at the microphone to reveal their most secret sinful something. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says "Does it grieve you my friends, that the name of God is being taken in vain and desecrated? Does it grieve you that we are living in a godless age... But, we are living in such an age and the main reason we should be praying about revival is that we are anxious to see God's name vindicated and His glory manifested. We should be anxious to see something happening that will arrest the nations, all the peoples, and cause them to stop and to think again". Here are some examples of revivals in history:
1. The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) the beginning of the church.
2. The Corinthian church (2 Cor 7: 8-9) many came to the Lord in genuine sorrow for there wickedness.
3. Jonathan Edwards and The First Great Awakening (1734) A village mourned over the death of 2 young people, and over a period of 6 months half the village was converted by the Power of God. And from there Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, John Wesley the church grew rapidly in new England between 1740 and 1742 with more than 300,000 new and revived Christians turning to the Lord in faith and repentance. One Historian called this time "The most glorious and extensive revival our country has ever known".
4. Clean Hands and Pure Hearts Revival in Scotland (1949) began with 2 ladies praying for their own lives and in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland. One morning a young man read the scriptures (Ps 24:3-5) Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of His salvation.
After he read he asked the question? Are my hands clean Lord, is my heart pure? He and his fellow intercessors fell on their faces in the barn , and their lives were revived as they got their hands and hearts clean before the Lord. By Sunday the next week the whole island was filled with God consciousness. And Churches were filled to overflowing getting right with God.
5. Nineveh a nation once known for there wickedness humbled themselves from the greatest to the least. Repented and believed in God. (verse 10) When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. The Word of God shows us the greatest revival of all times and its written the pages of scripture. We as Christians get to see first hand of what true revival is, 600,000 souls turning from their wickedness and believed in God. All by a disobedient prophet who spoke 8 words that the Lord told him say to a despicable nation (much like the present situation we live in today) The Word of God is so powerful it can transform the wickedest of hearts. Why I know, because it transformed my despicable heart. Peter said "The Lord is not slack (not lazy, delay) concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9.
So where is our REVIVAL? Steve Lawson says " if churches today are to see more people come to Christ, then more BIBLICAL PREACHING is needed, not less. God has always been pleased to use the foolishness of preaching His word to bring about the conversion of lost sinners. He did so in Jonah’s day and He will do so now IF CHURCHES will return to solid, straightforward biblical preaching". The Lord sends true revival when we have humble and contrite hearts (brokenhearted for sin; deeply affected with grief and sorrow for having offended God), even in all Israel’s sin and backsliding, God’s grace will prevail, even in all Nineveh’s wickedness, God’s grace will prevail, even in our sinful and disobedient behavior, God’s grace will prevail, to revive the spirit - literally, ‘to make alive.’ The sense is, He imparts spiritual life and comfort. He is to us, what refreshing rains and genial suns and dews are to a drooping plant.
1. Would you like to see a revival in the church of Jesus Christ?
2. Do you sincerely desire revival within yourself (because it starts individually)
3. Are you constantly on your knee’s praying to a Holy God to revive this nation we live in?
4. Is serious bible study and prayer a priority in your life?
5. Are my hands clean Lord, is my heart pure?
How's your fire going?