Let us consider three simple things reinforced in the Word of God for those who would discern God’s highest will.
First, be willing to put away known sin!
Second, separate yourself from all of the attractions of the world, the flesh and the devil!
Finally, offer yourself to your God and Savior in believing faith!
God has never yet turned away an honest, sincere person who has come to know the eternal value of the atonement and the peace that is promised through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The only person who will never be cleansed and made whole is the one who insists he or she needs no remedy. The person who comes in faith to God and confesses, “I am unclean; I am sin-sick; I am blind,” will find mercy and righteousness and life. Our Lord Jesus Christ [Continue reading…]
Andrew Murray 1828 – 1917 Humility (3)
“The humble man feels no jealousy–or envy. He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can bear to hear others praised and himself forgotten, because in God’s presence he has learnt to say with Paul, “I am nothing.” He has received the spirit of Jesus, who pleased not Himself, and sought not His own honor, as the spirit of his life.”
Originally posted 2009-09-16 12:00:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
by J.A. Matteson
Pleasing to the LORD is a grateful heart that gives thanks in seasons of little or plenty. “Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vine, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no fruit, though the flocks should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:17-18). Sow your seed this day with diligence and skill, apply yourself completely to the task at hand. And at the end of the day rejoice in what the LORD has graciously given you, for it is He who causes the increase and not yourself.
Originally posted 2012-03-05 11:52:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Here is one of the latest discussions from the Saffron Planet website, which is carried out in their intimate and sincere style, that is quite enthralling. They discuss the subject of the growing habit of church leaders that fall from grace spectacularly, only to be re-established in their leadership position in virtually no time at all. In particular, attention is drawn to the situation with Todd Bentley and the attempt to restore him to his previous prominent position only a few short months ago. Could there be more than one person’s reputation at stake here?
Originally posted 2009-04-10 21:41:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
06.19.10 J.A. Matteson
“…by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:2
The message of the Gospel is effectual upon the hearts of the elect, vessels of honor foreknown to the Father from the beginning, drawing them to faith in Christ and conforming them to His image. Justification and sanctification are two sides of the same spiritual coin and cannot be separated, both are indicative of the supernatural transformative power of grace upon the heart; both are necessary and inseparably wedded together.
One cannot realize a state of sanctification without first benefiting from justification; likewise, one cannot be justified and not be in Christ (positional sanctification), and those in Christ cannot be utterly void of spiritual fruit to the glory of God, “even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive [Continue reading…]
By Paul Proctor September 11, 2009 NewsWithViews.com
“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” – Luke 6:26
It seems I am receiving a little extra email these days from troubled Christians who have had to give up a church, some friends and/or certain family members in order to remain faithful to God and His Word. I can tell you without hesitation that I certainly have – and on more than one occasion.
No one can lead you down the road of temptation quicker than a close friend, family member or fellow Christian. The downgrading of today’s “Church” along with society has clearly taken its toll on the brethren and is now driving many out the sanctuary doors to preserve their faith in Jesus Christ.
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Originally posted 2009-09-20 17:01:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
…for our gospel did not come to you in word only,
but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction….
1 Thessalonians 1:5
ὅτι τὸ εὐαγγέλιον ἡμῶν οὐκ ἐγενήθη εἰς ὑμᾶς ἐν λόγῳ μόνον ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐν δυνάμει καὶ ἐν πνεύματι ἁγίῳ καὶ [ἐν] πληροφορίᾳ πολλῇ, καθὼς
Unwavering in his assurance that his readers in Thessalonica are beloved of God—as evidenced by their positive response to the Gospel—the Apostle’s implied message is also that not all in the world who hear the gospel respond to it in faith, this being both their doing as a result of sin and God’s grace by means of His choice irrespective of works. And this we affirm to be true by Scripture, history, and personal experience. The general call of the Gospel to salvation is [Continue reading…]
Quote taken from The King’s Business, “Questions and Answers” by R.A. Torrey, January 1914, pp. 44-45
“Finite beings are always getting on perilous ground when they begin to ask how an infinite God could do this or that. An infinitely wise God may have a thousand good reasons for pursuing a certain course of action when we in our finite foolishness cannot see one good reason. It will solve a great many of our perplexities when we come to see that God knows more than we do. The fact is that the average man of the present day is so puffed up with a sense of his own capacity for understanding anything and everything that it never dawns upon him that the ways of an infinite God are beyond his comprehension.”
Originally posted 2009-05-20 10:22:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
How Emergent Was the Ancient Church? Thursday, Sep 24, 2009
(By Nathan Busenitz)
I am in the midst of teaching through the Ante-Nicene period of church history. Recently, as we studied the life of Justin Martyr, I came across an interesting quote in which Justin describes a mid-second-century church service.
To give a little context, Justin is explaining Christianity to the Roman emperor, making the case that Christianity should not be illegal (as it was in those days). In the course of his Apology, he describes a typical church service. I think you’ll be encouraged to see what was included in an ancient Christian worship service. (Note that Justin refers to the pastor by the term “president,” namely as the one “presiding” over the worship service.)
On the day called Sunday there is a gathering together in the same place of all who live in a given [Continue reading…]