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We can’t make God…

WE CAN’T MAKE GOD…

God is so good, so loving, so holy, so perfect, so intelligent, so powerful, so omnipotent, so omnipresent, so omniscient, so righteous, so just, so long-suffering, so gentle, so kind, so strong, so mighty, so everlasting, so merciful, so truthful, so…so…so…

The problem is – our awareness of these things, is small… small… small… or zero.

Initially we can only have such awareness in truth. We only have these realisations in words. We can’t see Him. He is not on the earth as a man anymore. He cannot be accessed through natural means.

He cannot be known in terms we dream up. We can’t make Him fit our laboratory test tube. We can’t reason Him into existence as a figment of our imagination.

We can’t make Him in our image. We can’t get Him to toe our party line. We can’t get Him to obey our invented theology. We can’t see Him through our telescope regardless of how powerful it is.

We can’t make Him conform to our idea of how He should be. We can’t make Him to blame, for all the evils in the world, even though we blame Him (!).

He will not be harnessed by what our thoughts decide He must be.

But we can seek Him through His ordained means of prayer.

We can find Him, if we seek Him with ALL our hearts – notice His stipulated condition for finding = ALL. (Jer. 29/13)

We must begin with the realisation that God…

24 …is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Glad we can clear up the idea that there is some other idea of who or what God is.

We rule-out the ‘natural seeing’ idea, as we embrace who God really is.

So advancing then, to finding God – the field of ‘research’ is narrowed to the internal realm of the human spirit.

However what spirit have we received? The ‘million dollar’ question.

Jesus Christ is Lord.

We seek Him internally through prayer. And must receive none other than He, in acknowledgement of the scripture….

12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

So our starting point is not your opinion versus mine. Your idea of God being right and mine being wrong. Or vice versa. None of this works – in producing the way to God.

Science increasingly backs-up the facts that God has created all things.

But proving it all came from God – doesn’t work in finding God personally.

We must start with what He says, not with what we invent.

That’s why when reading the scriptures – if we are to realise them – we must believe them.

Believe and act on them. Respond to what they say.

Read them until they make sense and their truth penetrates our innermost being. Hebrews 4/12:

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Without faith it is impossible to please God.

He asks you and I to believe what is written. He gave His power to men to pen the Holy Scriptures.

The New Testament is the Gospel. 

John 20/31

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Spiritual realities

Spiritual realities.

Spiritual reality tells us –

A man can know Christ’s illumination(s)

Like the epistle writer who said:

I will come to visions and revelations…’

                        ***

That was the Noble Paul who did write

Inspired by The Revelator – Jesus the Christ

As the pen strokes across the page

It would take more than this age

Yea eternity will not be enough

To express the inexpressible (it’s tough)

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Regarding –

Matters of – life – death – or the heart

There’s coming a day

When sheep from goats will be set apart

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All spiritual blessings in heavenly places

Obtained purely on the calvary basis

No eye nor heart can see or say

The hereafter things all on display

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Falling at His feet – best place to go

As He enters your heart

To sanctify and set apart

Waiting at His feet –

Have you chosen the better part?

Judgements

JUDGEMENTS

I will put the word ‘judgement’ in quotes throughout, to simply draw our continued attention to the word, and prompt us to think of how we individually think of or define it

It is ‘uncomfortable’ to make pronouncements about another person’s spirituality or lack of it.

We shy away from passing ‘judgement’ upon their lack of moral fibre or faith.

In other words if they die having lived a non-Christian lifestyle, or one with no profession of any kind of faith, we nevertheless will not pronounce their reward (wages) as Gehenna/hell. Romans 6/:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Why is that? Why do we still restrain our pronouncements when the person has lived a life of obvious, either debauchery, deception, or violence, perhaps resulting in others, losing their lives? Mass shootings being an example.

Or is it only me that is reluctant to form any opinion on an individual’s final destination in the life hereafter?

Well the truth is, there is only One Judge of all the earth and He will do what is right.

Genesis 18/

Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

We want to hope the best for everyone who will one day stand before God Almighty. But let’s be clear – Christ and the finished work of calvary is the only antidote provided as a means of escape from the afterlife ‘judgement’, and sentence as a result of unrepented of sin.

Life without ‘judgement’ is impossible. Everyone makes ‘judgements’ every day. Of course defining the kind of ‘judgement’ we are speaking of, would be helpful.

So when you want to jump from a wall onto the ground – you weigh-up the consequences, you look at the grassy escarpment and consider how far off the ground you are – and then having made your ‘judgement’ you will either jump, or seek some other means of removing yourself from the wall.

When the salesman is sales-talking you – you are constantly weighing up his ‘patter’, and using your own ‘judgment’ as to the veracity of his presentation, this ‘judgement’ will end in a sale or not.

When the police catch a criminal seemingly red handed. The red bag stolen – is the red bag he is holding. So they make a ‘judgement’ and arrest him or let him go.

When someone lies to your friend and you know it is a lie – you make a ‘judgement’ call, and inform or warn your friend.

So daily ‘discernment’ is exercised by all – it is unavoidable if we are to see our way through life. This ‘discernment’ is – by another name – ‘judgement’.

However ‘to pass sentence on’, is usually reserved for court judges. Who hand out punishment ‘judgements’ to those found guilty.

Some falsely accuse and ‘judge’ others. ‘Judging’ them and passing sentence, because it suits their own ends. This is unjust ‘judgement’.

They ‘judge’ based on a few mis-informed – therefore pseudo facts.

They accuse the person of thoughts and actions, which they deem – prove them to deserve their condemnation, when in fact, they are ignorant of many other necessary facts, one would need, to make a proper ‘judgement’.

‘Passing sentence’ on people for things they have done, that we ourselves are guilty of – almost always, disqualifies us from the role of judge.

But ‘discerning’ and ‘judging’ a situation involving the behaviour of an individual or individuals, that is detrimental to the well-being of others, or even ourselves – is a necessity.

In short there is right ‘judgement’ or righteous ‘judgement’ or there is false or wrong ‘judgement’.

Everyone engages in ‘judgements’ of people etc., – reports, conversations, encounters, articles for sale, holiday offers, wallpaper, behaviour of celebrities, or paparazzi and so on and so on, in all these things we make a choice to ‘judge’.

We come to conclusions based upon our own ability to perceive, be it wise or unwise perception.

Often you will hear the sentence from the lips of another: ‘Don’t judge me’.

What they usually mean is: “Please accept me and don’t reject me or call me a bad person, because of what I am about to tell you, or for what I have done”.

This is usually preceded by some action that is questionable, (perhaps to say the least), and they still want your acceptance and friendship, despite what they said or did. And so ‘Don’t judge me’ is their first request.

To avoid ‘judgement’ especially to have sentence passed on us, is the desire of some folks, if not the wish of everyone.

We desire to be thought of as right in many things. 

When we are guilty, we still try to avoid the ‘judgement’ of others, simply because it can be harsh and violent, and we don’t wish to experience the vitriol.

To remove ‘judgement’ from the planet and it leaves us with total anarchy.

That there is poor ‘judgement’, bad ‘judgement’ and unjust ‘judgement’ whether from an individual wrongly ‘judging’ us – or a government exercising foolish ‘judgement’ – we still cannot imagine life without it.

Unless we live in a perfect world where sin does not exist, we must have ‘judgement’.

The great news of the gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ is that He took upon Himself on the cross, the sentence passed on every person on the planet (because of sin and consequential guilt) – (over 7 billion of us – last count), – and of course all of mankind throughout history.

He died – the just for the unjust – to remove the penalty of all the wrongdoing we have participated in by thought, word and deed.

We need to make a proper ‘judgement’ of this glorious fact.

The ‘judgement’ we make will decide where we stand when we come before The Almighty, in the hereafter.

If we pay lip-service to the above idea, assuming that we can intellectually give ascent to the fact that Christ took our ‘judgement’ for sin, but then think we can continue to live like the devil – we will encounter an ‘awakening’ experience in the after life – to say the least. This is where Gehenna/hell comes in.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.

We could reference the original words (Greek Hebrew etc. for the words ‘discernment or judgement’).

But suffice to refer to the ‘judgement’ we use in discerning and forming a correct assessment, and differentiating it from the ‘judgement’ that passes sentence on others rightly or wrongly. This will put us on the same page regarding our subject.

Here is just one scripture where Peter and John the apostles, are exhorting their listeners:

Acts 4/19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.

So he is asking others to make a ‘judgement’ here. 

Discern, weigh-up what I am saying, and make the right ‘judgement’, – come to the right conclusion about what I am telling you.

Some are skilled at ‘judging’ situations, scenarios, and the actions of others, so as to form true ‘judgements’ and come to proper conclusions.

But we live in a world where great confusion increases, and false accusers abound. Opinions are continually in opposition and half-truths reign over the truth.

To find a wise person is an increasingly difficult task in this self-opinionated world. Wrong ‘judgements’ are constantly made and voiced in and on all kinds of social platforms.

Some are heard to cry out: ‘Don’t judge me’ while they themselves, ‘judge and condemn’ left right and centre.

Sentence passing, false accusations, bad behaviour being justified by those who want selfish freedom to do as they please, without ‘judgement’ and so on, giving us this hodgepodge mix of unrighteousness and permissiveness in all departments of human – being.

Then there are those who foolishly tell us God is not a God of love if He ‘judges’, finds guilty and condemns to an eternal prison all those who continuously, persistently ignore Him and set themselves up in rebellion of whatever kind they choose.

Also Jesus said:

John 7/ 24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

Notice He doesn’t say: judge with ‘self-righteous’ ‘judgement’.

He also tells us that how things might ‘appear’, does not provide enough knowledge to properly discern, and form a correct ‘judgement’.

There is only One who ‘judges’ righteously. And He has left us a book full of the principles essential in making a correct assessment of all things human.

Before any kind of ‘judgement’ can be entered into by human ‘court’, we need to ‘hear Him’…

Matthew 17/5:

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”

Nothing but…

Nothing but …

I’ve been thinking that after 3 years of Covid (or thereabouts), I’ve been living a more reclusive life, than before. (Join the club do I hear you say?)

As those years have passed – and maturity increases (using such terminology is a way of avoiding the idea of old age) – I suddenly am more fully awake to how much more of the ‘rope’ of normality has slipped through our fingers. Like some released anchor plunging into the sea.

“What are we plunging into?” would be the question.

The world is embracing more and more abnormality. The tragedy is, regardless of how it is packaged ‘positively’ (as something to be desired), presented with words of man’s fallen reasoning – the new normal is the abnormal.

I’ve always been slightly fascinated by man’s inability to communicate. Communicate in a perfect way. So that I know exactly what you mean and you know exactly what I mean.

Nuances in each others communications, are missed by us all.

I may have written about this before – but I know by the odd comment I receive, purporting to agree with what I have written – that in fact, the person is not on the same ‘song sheet’ as I.

I noticed this lately when I commented on one person’s blog post. Asking in essence the name of their ‘god’.

The name and title of my Lord and my God is: ‘Jesus Christ The Lord.’ Acts 4/

Jesus is 11 “the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Notice the ‘no other name’ part. In my mind it is easily established that ‘no other’ means ‘no other’.

Not ‘no other plus – other no others’. Just plain simple ‘no other’. Not hard to grasp is it?

He – The Lord Jesus Christ is the Saviour (as in ‘no other’) – He came to give mankind – lost and at sea – drowning in sin – and in the sorrow it brings – a way back to intimacy with God.

There are many so called ‘gods’ but…I Corinthians 8/

For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

Sometimes I think I prefer folks who disagree (maybe as in atheists or agnostics) – than those who think I am speaking their language – as though God is the god of all religions or new age philosophies.

It is my ‘duty’ as a Christian to embrace with respect all human beings. But I am also called to hold fast to what is good and true. I Thessalonians 5/

21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

To test all things and the necessity to do so, tells me that not everything is acceptable and I am to reject all lies and embrace the Person who is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. (John 14/6)

It may seem to be a pleasing and seemingly reconciliatory idea to embrace and love all, and their points of view, regardless of their religious beliefs or particular creed. But how is that possible when there is only one truth?

‘You have your truth and I have mine’, sounds worthwhile and agreeable.

But one and one will always be two.

We can be friends and show respect to each other, but I cannot agree with you if your truth says: one plus one is three.

Sorry – hope we will not fall out and reject each other as fellow human beings. But the fact is, we do not speak the same thing.

It may seem like we are on the same page – after all (we might reason) it’s all mathematics anyway –  but no, sorry, we don’t agree.

I notice therefore, after this ‘reclusive’ time, that I seem to be coming to a greater realisation of how much the language used by Christian and non-Christian may sound increasingly similar, but in fact has basic fundamental differences which cannot be reconciled.

Pilot at the crucifixion of The Lord Jesus Christ said ‘What is truth?’

There – in front of him – stood the personification of all truth and he couldn’t see it, but nevertheless, had to admit to the perfection he also observed in The Christ. (…“I find no fault in Him at all). John 18/37:

Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all”.

Lines of communication are becoming increasingly blurred with the use of similar words but which do not have the same meaning.

Deception is increasing. Believing lies is becoming the increasing norm. Separating truth from error is becoming a bigger and bigger task and challenge.

Thank God for His Word – the purest and truest communication on earth.

My final illustration and example of this dilemma is the fact that I now need to say:

“When I speak of the Pure Word – I am referring to the Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible”.

All the above may grind/grate on the ‘pan-everything-ists’ (Pantheists) – as utter dogmatism – but I’m afraid dogmatically – one and one will always be two.

Revive Revival…

Revive Revival… 2022

Habakkuk 3:2

O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

It is a principle – that if we give-out to others, what God-has-given-to-us – we bring ourselves into The Reception area of God’s office. 🙂

A reception area is where you meet the owners of the firm (or their employees) – but also they meet you.

But God’s reception area – is also a place where you receive from God Himself. God loves to give. Mankind is somewhat slower at giving, to make an under-statement.

God says: 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

There are many things in this world that would distract us, and cause us to lose sight of the fact that God is a giving-Person.

Here is a scenario that we as believers, if we do not exercise due diligence, can drift into:

Hard times, bad times, perilous times, doom and gloom all around, a great falling away in moral standards, evil men getting worse and worse.

Because of all of these things we start to believe that God doesn’t care and certainly doesn’t want anything to do with a world of grossly misbehaving humans.

So we stop looking for Christian Revival. Revival as in firstly God moving in His church again, amongst His people.

Some think themselves Biblically correct when they conclude that there will be/is – a great falling away. That fits into their eschatological position, and they feel firmly justified in saying there could not be a revival.

Wow! God has lost His ancient power then? He can no longer save? He is powerless to do anything about this state of affairs?

In fact let’s just accept this and tell others the bad news. At least we are biblically correct, right?

Wrong. As unbelief increases, (because all sin begins in unbelief), we as Christians are not called to simply accept the inevitable, when the inevitable flies in the face of all that God is, and stands for.

God is the God of ‘the more’.  There is never a Time when God does not want to save.

When He is not moving, and saving and filling, it is not because He has ordained the falling away – or wants things to get worse and worse, it’s because He knows that rebellious man will fall away in increasing measure.

But that does not mean we abandon every revealed principle concerning who and what the God of our salvation is, in thought, word and deed.

Go to sleep church, don’t seek me anymore, I will not bless, I will not save, there will be no revival, I will leave you and forsake you.

How does that sound?

And so we stop. We simply stop. We have got (so many may think) the eschatology right – so do nothing because there’s nothing we can do. Wrong again.

God calls us to seek Revival – 2 Chronicles 7:14

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

We need God to move in power, if souls are to have the real thing in a true salvation/conversion experience, and God tells us nowhere that He is no longer interested in saving souls.

World wide Revival? If The Lord Jesus was on the earth still in the form of a man – and He prayed – could He bring worldwide Revival?

Only if He went to a cross, …

And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Having triumphed and done what was necessary – Revival can come. And has – many times throughout history.

He doesn’t need to return to earth, become a man and do it all over again. ‘It is finished’. (John 19/20). Now anything is possible to those who believe. (John 14/12).

But if revival doesn’t come – it is not that God has ordained it to be so. It’s that His people stop looking for, or expecting it,  either in faith or hope.

Let’s seek The Lord for more of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit as God builds His church – one without Spot or Wrinkle, or any such thing. (Ephesians 5/27, Matthew 16/8)

The Manifestation of The Holy Spirit, is given for the profit of all. (I Cor. 12/7)

Is salvation by the convicting, convincing power of the Holy Spirit – often with signs following – not for mankind anymore? (I Corinthians 12/7) (Mark 16/17).

Of course it is – it is not God’s will that any should perish. (II Peter 3/9).

Let’s shake ourselves and hold forth/fast the Word of Life knowing that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think. (Philippians 2/16) (Ephesians 3/20).

In conclusion when nothing of revival is happening – are we those who look away from The Saviour or are we those who look upon Him without distraction? 

Hebrews 12:2

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jude 1:21

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

…in a nutshell

GOOD NEWS in a NUTSHELL

You want to be a good person

Without coercion

You summon up all resolve

All your senses you involve

The Law has caught you

With ‘you shall not…’ – but you do

Your will is imprisoned

Let it be understood

With the perfection-failure rule

You feel like a fool

Your daily disappointment

Is the fly in the ointment

Turn instead to the Master’s hand

Are you part of His disciple-band?

Well – ask for help – seek it now

The life of Christ – before Him bow

You will find Him best at keeping His law

Your heart to Him He will draw

And while you gaze at His beauty in awe

Guess what? – You have kept the law

What to do through ’22

WHAT TO DO THROUGH ’22?

For genuine Christians exactly what to do in these strange days – is something we seek an answer to, regardless of what age category we fit into.

We are all faced with some undeniable facts (unless you are an atheist):

Wars and rumours of wars, pestilences, earthquakes in diverse places, evil men growing worse and worse, and all that Israel’s return to their homeland signifies, as we keep tabs on their ongoing history. (Matt. 24. II Timothy 3)

We brace ourselves for what is ahead, but from time to time drift into thinking what is happening on the earth is simply surreal.

And if you are like myself you have not totally landed on an eschatological position. I think there are six choices now, regarding ‘a position’ on the timescale, and order of events regarding the rapture and the tribulation etc., (six – but I might be mistaken?).

The powers of darkness have been invited by mankind through sin and unbelief – to achieve further entrenchment in the human psyche.

A satanic fog thickens on the brains of a wayward world.

Lies become perceived truth, and truth is dismissed by the mentally blind who cannot see. (II Corinthians 4/4)

Despite all that is happening on the planet –  sound doctrine is still sound doctrine.

The scriptures cannot be broken. The word of God shall never pass away. It is the bread of spiritual life. It is the only pure thing in a fallen world.

We the elect, must hold it in our hearts like never before. There is nothing else. And in the midst of the chaos – ‘if God be for us who can be against us…?’

God is building His church and we echo the words of Elisha 

2 Kings 6:17

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Eyes opened – to see the mighty army of God in the heavenly places, standing to attention at the behest of The Captain of our salvation. Ready to do His bidding as the fulfilment of prophesy unfolds.

God watches the battle for men’s souls – but we read, and are encouraged for now and the future, to take heed to this wonderful Word of God, that has contextual application but more than that – is ‘spirit and life’ – for those who will embrace it.

ISAIAH 60/

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,

And deep darkness the people;

But the Lord will arise over you,

And His glory will be seen upon you.

3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,

And kings to the brightness of your rising.

We often hear the term used in the USA: ‘fellow Americans’. Well ‘fellow gentiles’ let me call you out of darkness into God’s glorious light.

Seek God while He may be found. All He needs is for you to have a needy soul, and He will respond to your cry.

God is not extinguished by the darkness – He extinguishes the darkness with His Light.

Non-Christian come to the light – Christian come for more light.

…the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Good deeds…

Good deeds…

One of the great paradoxes of living as a human being is the fact that most(?) folks would like to be good, but in actual fact, do bad things.

The old adage that ‘actions speak louder than words’ comes to mind.

There are folks who are not professing Christians, and yet they do more ‘good things’ than I do.

Wow that’s a confession to make – right?

After all I’m the one who is ‘preaching’ here. Time I learned to practice what I preach – yes?

Well – just give me a moment to find excuses, and defend myself.

No – it’s best I just admit it – I fall short on the good works front, especially when I consider the dedication of some folks, in adverse situations and life threatening diseased areas, who faithfully dedicate themselves to providing the medical needs of those around them. To mention only one example of good deeds done.

And here I am with eternity nearer than when I first believed.

Here I am – always falling short in my own eyes.

Here I am – wishing I could have given Him (Jesus) more.

Here I am – Mr. Average Christian.

Yet here I am – ready to receive a full reward because I took Jesus at His word!!

Now this may not compute for you. It almost sounds like I can be the biggest vagabond on the planet and yet all will be well with me in the hereafter, regardless of my ‘performance’.

We must grasp that what took place at the cross of Jesus Christ was the release of the possibility for mankind to enter into an exchange deal with the Holy and Righteous God of the universe.

As the song says: ‘I traded my old tattered garments – He gave me a robe of pure white. I’m feasting on Manna from heaven and that’s why I’m happy tonight’.

I traded my life for His, I accepted His gift of eternal life through Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2/

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Unsuccessful conversation?

       

Unsuccessful conversation?

Mr. Preacher man:

There’s wars and rumours of…

                    …

Mr. Skeptic:

I’ve heard it all before…

                    …

Mr. Preacher man:

But…

                    …

Mr. Skeptic:

“And quite frankly I don’t want to hear it anymore”

                    …

Mr. Preacher man:

But you must listen to what I say…

                    …

Mr. Skeptic:

“I don’t want to be rude

But what good – would it do anyway?”

                    …

Mr. Preacher man:

But you must know the facts

Found in Genesis to Revelation

(Including the book of Acts)

                    …

Mr. Skeptic:

“Seems like you are going to insist…”

                    …

Mr. Preacher man:

Well I’m told to compel you to come in…

don’t resist…

                    …

Mr. Skeptic:

“I Think I prefer my own sin…”

                   …

Mr. Preacher man:

Well that sums it up best of all

From your own lips your words did fall

                   …

Mr. Skeptic:

“From my own lips – yep – you heard it here first…”

Mr. Preacher man:

As the words fell

So you are fallen

From your own lips your words have told

The Saga of lostness – you are out in the cold…

                   …

Mr. Skeptic:

“But it’s my cold…”

                   …

Mr. Preacher man:

Exactly my friend

But you have yet to see

That your own words mean what they say

Fallen man – keeping his own sin

I’m sorry you feel that way

       

Unrestraint

UNRESTRAINT 2022

In many ways in our world, restraint is being cast off. 

Restraining oneself from bad behaviour, is at a premium.

Instead mankind is giving in – to the lower nature that every human is born with.

This is manifest in many and varied ways when sinful indulgence is practiced.

The conscience everyone has – is eroded, or obliterated, depending on how much or how little a man or a woman listens to, or ignores, their conscience.

The killer – kills one person defying the restraint of their conscience. Having denied conscience they lust to kill again. Until by casting-off restraint time after time, their conscience becomes seared with a hot iron, and they become a serial killer.

I Timothy 4/

Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

Every Christian is called to live up to the dictates of their conscience. But there is more at work than just their individual conscience. The Word of God informs the conscience in the mind of the believer.

Also The Holy Spirit Himself responds to the believer who obeys their conscience.

Paul speaks of this in the following verse:

Romans 9/1

I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit…

The New International version says:

I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit…

The Holy Spirit of God working in and with the believer’s conscience.

The conscience obeyed – restores or maintains restraint.

Many ignoring their conscience minute by minute daily, and we are on our way to anarchy rule. Here are three separate scriptures you can search for yourself:

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.

(Including the counsel of the correctly informed conscience).

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.

(God sees every violation of the conscience – every heart that has disobeyed conscience, – that’s why He is The Almighty).

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Their conscience tells them this (whatever ‘this’ is) is wrong. They choose to ignore their conscience, to serve selfishness.

Selfishness leads to more selfishness. A life led casting-off restraint. Finally two more scriptures to be found in your concordance:

The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

Where there is no revelation, the people cast-off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law

The law of God when obeyed through the inner workings of The Holy Spirit in a person’s life (Christian) – keeps our conscience clean and clear. Happy is the man who maintains a clear conscience.

We need the ongoing revelation of God through His Word to keep a clear conscience.

As the world drifts more and more away from the Revelation of Christ – more and more is restraint cast-off.

All the ills of the world are the fruits of departure from The Only Living and True God and His Son Jesus Christ and His teachings.

As I, as a sinner, obeyed the work of The Holy Spirit upon my conscience and admitted my sin, – Christ came into my life, in an unmistakable way.

Just as it was hard for Paul the apostle (previously Saul of Tarsus) to kick against the promptings of a God-influenced conscience – so it is hard for anyone to resist, when God takes a dealing with them.

Recognise the voice of God in your conscience, repent and confess your sin. The result is Emmanuel – God with us, God in us the hope of glory.

What a glorious salvation He offers!

But He waits to be invited. He will not force His way in. He will influence us to find the right direction, but we must comply wholeheartedly.

Cast-off the power of darkness and receive Christ as Lord – your conscience is trying to get you to agree.

Translated for miracles

Translated for miracles.

I was thinking of the many men and women of God who have made their contribution to God’s kingdom down through the decades and centuries.

No two people in history are the same. And we can hope, we make some kind of unique contribution to God’s kingdom, before we leave the planet and come fully and completely into that same kingdom, in heaven.

Christians are already in this kingdom, even though still in the flesh on the earth:

Colossians 1/13:

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed (or translated) us into the kingdom of the Son of His love…

This is a done deal. We are – by being ‘in Christ’ – also in His kingdom. His kingdom is where the King is – which is within our beings, as Christians.

The kingdom of God is in the midst of the gathering of God’s Christian people, but also is within us individually.

Someone once said that some Christians are so earthly minded, they are no heavenly use, others are so heavenly minded, they are no earthly use.

God wants us in balance.

The biggest challenge that faces the believer in Christ, is to abide in Him.

As we abide – the possibilities are fathomless.

John 15/7

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

When we fail to abide, but step back into the flesh with all it’s deceitful-heart ways, we will most certainly, fail to avail ourselves of all that The Lord has purchased for us. (Jer. 17/9)

Some folks – believer and non-believer alike, dismiss too readily the possibility of a miracle. 

They are so used to leaning on their own understanding, that any openness to God moving supernaturally, is dismissed out of hand.

So wary are they, and skeptical in their outlook, sometimes re-enforced by knowledge or experience of charlatans, they miss out on the possibility of God speaking, and producing miracle-receiving-faith.

Some folks, they believe, are too gullible. “You won’t catch me believing for miracles”, is their response, in blindness to the scepticism that dominates their outlook to the exclusion of receiving from God.

My advice? Wipe the table clean from all your skepticism and start to turn your eyes on Jesus. Remember the three Hebrew ‘children’,

Daniel 3/

“O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Some don’t realise that they are serving unwittingly, Nebuchadnezzar’s gods, with their unbelief and skepticism, that suggests that God could not, or would not perform a New Testament miracle in this day.

Notice this ‘total acceptance’ kind of faith brought a miracle of deliverance. They did not die but lived…

Psalm 116

16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.

17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

Where are you at?

WHERE ARE YOU AT? 2022

There is a great spiritual vacuum in every person’s life ’til they meet Jesus by the coming of The Holy Spirit into their being.

Everyone is at a different experience level of revelation regarding the above statement.

Some are at the door-shut-fast stage. They – right now – have no intention of pursuing the matter. They have many thoughts blocking up their minds. Too busy, too afflicted, too pleasure-oriented, too angry at the world, too lethargic, too atheistically inclined, too caught up with some cause they espouse and that they are determined to make a difference in, too anti-christian because of another religion they follow, too busy ignoring the reality of death, too indifferent to anything that is outside of ‘eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die’.

Others are half-way there between not being convinced and fully realising that indeed Christ is Lord, The Only Begotten Son of The Living God.

Where are you?

Enter – The Lord of heaven and earth – enter God the convincer of men:

John 16:7-9 (Re: The Holy Spirit)

But I tell you the truth: it is expedient to you that I go: for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

And when he is come, he will convince the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment.

You door-shut-fast folks – I plead  with you, stop in your tracks – make yourself look-into the claims of The Lord Jesus Christ. 

You half-way-there folks, to enable you to come to a place of complete persuasion – pray! Pray and ask Jesus to make Himself known to you.

Every blessing to those who will take themselves in hand in these days of increased sorrows, wars and rumours of wars, and widespread confusion between right and wrong.

Write me at ken.riddles@btinternet.com