NEW believers may have many fears troubling their minds when they first come to Christ; they may be afraid they will not be able to persevere to the end. I have heard other new Believers say: "If I were to give my heart and soul to CHRIST and then later on I find myself becoming indifferent, and hesitant about my new faith in Christ what shall happen to me then? Will I be strong enough to overcome my fears and finish my race to enter into the Glory of Heaven itself? Or will I fall to the wayside and return to my former ways of the world and be left behind swallowed up by the world and unable to recover all that I believed to be true about Christ, and God’s Holy Word? Isn't it true that our self-righteousness is like the morning cloud, and as the early dew, which comes suddenly, lasts for a season, promises much, and vanishes! It appears that the fear of falling away for new Christians has often been the cause of those who have been afraid to trust in Christ for everything for all eternity, and they have failed because they had a temporary faith, which was never solidly grounded in the Truths of God’s Holy Word! They started out trusting in Jesus to some degree, but went astray trusting In their own abilities and perseverance for their heavenward journey; therefore they started out confident in themselves and as a natural result made the fatal error of returning to trusting in themselves to continue forward! Even as Christians, who rest in Christ for our salvation, we shall fail if we trust in our strength for anything. For it is impossible for a length of CHAIN to ever be any stronger than its WEAKEST link! If Jesus is our greatest hope for everything, except ONE THING! then we shall utterly come to disaster because of THAT ONE THING! I have no doubts that a misunderstanding about the perseverance of the saints has derailed many who did run well for a season! What stopped them that they could not continue to run the race set before them? Their fatal error was they went astray the moment they first trusted in themselves and not in Christ, therefore they stopped short because they trusted in their own works! If you look to Christ for the beginning of your works, be sure you are NOT looking to yourself for the final finish of your Works!! Christ is The Alpha and The Omega! When you began in the Spirit you must never hope to be made perfect in Christ by your own works. Oh, that God, by the Holy Spirit, may give us a clear understanding by which we shall be preserved until the day of our Lord's appearing!
Paul spoke about this subject of falling away when he wrote to the Corinthians: [Our Lord Jesus Christ], who shall also confirm you unto the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Christ our Lord!] This language tells us that it is provided in whatever manner the Lord makes a provision, and we can be sure that there will be a need for it! What God has provided we shall surely need. Between this hour and the Ending of all things, every promise of God and every provision of the covenant of grace will be brought into place. The urgent need of the believing soul is confirmation, continuing on, final perseverance, and preservation to the end. This is the great necessity of the most advanced believers, for Paul was writing to the saints at Corinth, who were men of a high esteem , of whom he could say, "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given to you by Jesus Christ." Such men are the very persons who most assuredly know that they must have a daily need of new grace if they are to hold on, and hold out, and continue to be conquerors to the last hour of their journey . If you were not saints you would have no grace, and you would feel no need of more grace; but because you are men of God, therefore you feel the urgency for the daily demands of your spiritual life.
A marble statue of a man requires no food, bread or water; but the living man hungers and thirsts, and he rejoices that his bread and his water are made sure to him, or else he would certainly faint along the way. The believer's personal needs makes it mandatory that he should daily draw from that great source of all supplies; for what would he do if he could not look to his Holy God for remedy? This is true of the most gifted of the saints--of those men at Corinth who were enriched with all utterance and with all knowledge. They needed to be confirmed to the end, or else their gifts and attainments would prove to be their ruin. If we had the tongues of men and of angels, if we did not receive fresh grace, where would we be? If we had all experience and were fathers in the church and we had been taught of God so as to understand all mysteries--yet we could not live a single day without the divine life of Christ flowing into us in the power of the Holy Spirit! How could we hope to hold on for a single hour, to say nothing of a lifetime, unless the Lord should hold us? He who began the good work in us must perform it unto that day of Christ, or it will be a painful failure. This great necessity comes very much from our own hearts. In some there is a painful fear that they shall not persevere in grace because they know their own fickleness!
Some men are constitutionally unstable. Other men are by nature conservative; and others are as naturally variable and volatile as the butterflies who flutter from flower to flower, until they visit all the beauties of the garden, and settle upon none of them. They are never there long enough in one place to do any good; not even in their business nor in their intellectual pursuits. Such persons may be afraid that after, twenty, thirty, forty, perhaps fifty years of continuous religious watchfulness will be a great deal too much for them. We see men joining first one church and then another, until they themselves realize they walk in circles . Such men have a deep abiding and meaningful need to pray that they may be divinely confirmed, All of us, even if we have no inherent temptation to fickleness, we must acknowledge our own weakness if we are to be sincerely quickened by HIS HOLY SPIRIT. Isn’t it true that we find enough in any one single day to make each of us to stumble? There is that within our hearts which should make us watchful and humble before God. If HE does not confirm us, we are so weak that we shall stumble and fall; and become overtaken by our own carelessness! Lord, be our strength. We are weakness itself.
Besides that, there is the weariness which comes with a long life. When we begin our Christian profession we mount up with wings as eagles, further on we run without weariness; but in ourbest and truest days we walk without fainting. Our race may seem slower, but it is more stable and better sustained. I pray God that the energy of our youth may continue with us so far as it is the manifest power of the Spirit and not the mere working of our proud flesh. He that has long been on the road to Heaven finds that there was good reason why it was promised that his shoes should be iron and brass, for the road is rough and we discover there are Hills of Difficulty and Valleys of Humiliation; and there is a Valley of Death, and, worse still, a Vanity Fair--and all these are part of our journey . If there be Desirable Mountains (and, thankGod, there are,) there are also Castles with a high standard of what a Christian should be! Haven't you found it true that If we were to lock ourselves up in the Most secure Prison cell of a mighty fortress, we can still be confident that temptation will follow us; for as long as we cannot escape from ourselves and we cannot escape from our depraved nature with which we all are born with ! Lord, be our strength. We are weakness itself. Besides that, there is the weariness which comes of a long life. When we begin our Christian profession of faith we mount up with wings as eagles, and further on we run without weariness; but in our best and truest days we walk without fainting but our pace becomes slower, but it is more useful and better retained.
I pray God that the energy of our youth may continue with us so far as it is the energy of the Spirit and not the mere Workings of our fallen nature. He that has for a long time been on the road to Heaven finds that there was good reason why it was promised that his shoes should be iron and brass, for the road is rough and rocky and he will discover that there are Hills of Difficulty and Valleys of Humiliation; and that there is a Valley of Death and, worse still, a Vanity Fair and all these challenges will assault us!. If there be Mountains of great pastures of peace and rest (and, thank God, there are,) there are also Castles of Despair, the inside of which pilgrims have too often seen. Considering all things, those who hold out to the end in the journey of holiness will be "men wondered at." For the days of a Christian's life are like so many Colors of mercy threaded upon the golden string of divine faithfulness. In Heaven we shall speak of the angels, and principalities, and powers, the unsearchable riches of Christ which were spent upon us, and enjoyed by us while we were here on earth! We have been kept alive on the brink of death and Our spiritual life has been a flame burning in the midst of the sea, a stone that has remained suspended in the air. It will amaze the heavenly host to see us enter through the pearly gates, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ!
We should be full of grateful wonder if we are kept for an hour; and I trust we will be. If this were all there would still be enough cause for anxiety; but there is far more. We have to think of what this world which we live in. The world is a howling wilderness to many of God's people. Some of us are greatly given unto the providence of God, but others have a fight of it. We begin our day with prayer, and we hear the voice of holy song often in our houses; and yet many good people have scarcely risen from their knees in the morning before they are assaulted with blasphemy. They go out to work, and all day long they are vexed and challenged with filthy conversation as righteous Lot in Sodom. Can you today even walk the open streets without your ears being Ringing with foul language? Your world is no friend to Grace! The best we can do with this world is to get through it as quickly as we can, for we dwell in the enemy’s country as strangers from another country whose builder and maker is God Himself! A criminal lurks behind every bush. Everywhere we need to travel with a "drawn sword" in our hand, or at least with that weapon which is called constant prayer ever at our side; for we have to contend for every inch of our way. Make no mistake about this, or you will be rudely shaken out of your deceptive delusion. O God, help us, and confirm us to the end, or where shall we be? True religion is supernatural at its beginning, supernatural in its continuance, and supernatural in its ending. It is the work of God from first to last.
There is great need that the hand of the Lord should be stretched out still: that need I know my reader is feeling now, and I am glad that he should feel it; for now he will look for his own preservation to be the Lord who alone is able to keep us from failing and to present us faultless before the presence of His Glory with exceeding Joy! - End, by a Church Member
The Humility and Meekness of Christ, by: A Church Member
We find in Christ Infinite Highness and matchless humility! Christ as he is
The Son of God is infinitely great and high above all creation! He is higher than the Kings of the earth for he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! His Majesty is infinitely Glorious! And yet, His person is so meek that no man is found to be as lowly and as humble as Christ
His Humility is such that He takes careful notice and concern for those around Him who have the least and the barest necessities of life! And we find in Christ that, He humbles Himself before all men and even angels, even to humble himself to look upon the things that are done in heaven!
Christ who is our Lord of all creation came as a servant to serve mankind even those who are of the lowest rank and degree and such as those who are commonly despised by their fellow mankind! Yet Christ does not despise them!!
Even those with diseases and infirmaries such as the leper, or the blind, the crippled, or the worst of criminals! We find Christ displaying a gracious heart for the beggars and the people of the most despised nations of men, and although Christ is highly exalted by God His Father, Christ is also found to be so condescending that, He gives his time and attention to the little children and graciously welcomes them into his arms!
Christ is humble before the most unworthy, sinful creatures of mankind even those who have the most unrepentant wicked hearts with no right to ask anything of God and who being the worst of wrenches have offended God’s Holiness and character by living openly and defiantly toward HIM in great sin, who believe they are a law unto themselves and in their arrogance and blindness have no regard for God or mankind!
Yet in Christ, we find he is gracious to all! His lowly servant heart is such that He who is God in the flesh stoops to wash the feet of wretched sinners even to those who have a loathsome self-serving opinion of themselves and show great disrespect and hatred for others whom they consider to be beneath them and worthless to all of mankind!
In Christ, we find infinite Justice and Grace Come together in His humanity as the Son of Man and the Son of God! As Christ is a Divine Person he is infinitely Holy and Just, hating all Sin!
His Justice He may hold back for a season yet He will surely bring upon the unrepentant and self-righteous of this World, deserved punishment upon their hardened rebellious hearts!
Although the lowly Son of God is the Supreme and the mighty Judge of all the world of mankind, He cannot and will not by any means clear the guilty, and yet Christ is infinitely gracious and merciful, even though His justice with respect to sin is so very strict in all things that violate God’s Holy commands!
The Righteous Son of Man who was sent to us by GOD Himself did not come as the God of thunder and WRATH BUT came as the lowly Shepherd who left the glorious heights of heaven to live among men to seek and to save his lost sheep! We find in Christ the lowly Lamb of God, the great flowing fountain of His grace sufficient for every sinner, even such amazing grace as shown toward those who beat Him without mercy, tore his back with whips of sharp bones , brutally battering his Holy Righteous Face, plucking out his beard, shoving a wicked wreath, made of long razor sharp thorns, violently into his skull, cursing, spitting on him with wicked hatred , calling The Son of God a blasphemer, a sinner, a wine glutton, worker of cruelty making a mockery of Him while beating him without Mercy, openly despising Him without remorse, Yet Christ was a Lamb submitting Himself to all those who railed upon Him and pounded his his body without mercy!
We find in the lowly Lamb of God no greater benefit or blessing that sinners can receive than the Holy shed blood of Christ, poured out for the remission of the great uncountable sins of mankind! Christ suffered extreme cruelty and hatred without a cause as no man has ever suffered in this world of sin and deep, unimaginable misery to save sinners from the coming wrath of His Father in Heaven!
Yet The Lamb of God is the one and only remedy for the blotting out of the sins of mankind, and In His person we see marvelous glory and matchless humility displayed in his humanity!
His humility is shown from His lowly birth, and His willing submission to his brutal death at Calvary at the hands of wicked men who hated Him without a cause!
In His humbleness he made himself of no reputation and was so meek and mild that he willingly became the lowest of servants on earth as the most humble and righteous man that ever walked upon the earth!
His humility was so lowly that he was looked upon as the least desirable of all mankind who found no beauty in Him that anyone should desire Him! Christ as the Son of Man left heaven under the sovereign desire and Holy Command of God to come to earth to take upon himself the humanity of man to be born, live, serve, glorify and die for sinful man! In the birth of Christ we find he laid nine months in the womb of Mary his mother a poor sinful virgin who brought forth to mankind the sinless holy son of God who took upon Himself the body and soul of mankind! His deep humility was seen in His lowly conception and birth in a stable, Which He shared with farm animals! Even at his BIRTH we find his very first bed as an infant was a lowly stable manger commonly described as a wooden trough, a structure used to hold food for lowly animals in a stall such as for goats and sheep with which the stable abounded in the multitude of common flies, lice, and the ever present stench of animal waste!
The Jews disgraced Mary the mother of Christ and her family because of their extreme poverty! And as a family Christ lived with his mother Mary, brothers and sisters in a lowly and despicable town called Nazareth, where even the families that lived there made fun of the town’s lowly lifestyle with the common humiliating saying……
“Can any good thing thing come out of Nazareth?”
The body, soul, mind and heart of Christ was poured out and given up to hatred, pain, rejection, sorrow, grief, anger, hunger, thirst, mental anguish, of body and soul, extreme weariness, deep continuing sorrows, a broken heart and in such a state of body and mind was he born into for which he c suffered under great humiliation, and mockery to take upon Himself our lowly human sinful nature and yet Christ was sinless!
As an infant Christ endured the painful ritual of circumcision when He was eight days old! He grew normally in his body as children do and his reasoning ability developed gradually and naturally as it does with all humanity! The Son of God increased in wisdom as well as in strength and stature and in body and mind! Christ lived humbly with his parents in subjection to them as shown by his obedience to Joseph and Mary in his early years!
We see also that Christ submitted himself to his parents as the first born son of his family and to labor for them by humbling Himself as a lowly, poor carpenter, laboring hard in daily manual labor to receive his bread through the sweat of his brow for himself and his family!
Though He was The Son of God in the Flesh, He meekly and willingly humbled himself Before God His Father to the extreme trials of temptations from Satan in the wildernesses where He was most severely afflicted, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually through the continuous unrelenting assault and buffeting of Satan that He might be severely tried and tested forty days and nights!
His disciples after the last supper claimed not to know him and ran away! His disciple Judas sold him out for 30 pieces of silver! Christ humility is seen in the many reproaches, indignities, and persecutions he constantly endured from men of immoral and evil character” as well as the self-righteous who were always the first to declare Him a sinner and that He had a Devil!
And yet in all of his ways He remained a man of quite humility considering the welfare of others first and bringing about miracles of healing upon uncounted numbers of mankind!
In His sadness as a man of deep sorrows, “He said, the foxes have their holes and the birds have their nests…yet the son of man has no place to lay his head” His poverty was determined through the ancient prophecies that HE would be born humble of birth and would be rejected by many and despised by the multitudes who sought to kill him and rejected him as a blasphemer and a worker of magic and deceit! As a man of extreme poverty, Christ humbly submitted himself to be held up in the utmost contempt and distain by men, and was considered to be the least worthy of all men and was known to have the reputation of being a mad man that had a devil! My Dear friends, we all know the truth of who Christ is and why He came, So we come to that defining moment of humble soul searching which is WILL YOU turn your back and your heart away from the greatest, most glorious love displayed for the good of mankind that has ever been or shall be! Will you humble yourself confessing your need for the glorious salvation that awaits the hearts of those who have finally in great despair come to the end of themselves and now call upon our humble Savior as their Lord and Master who is able to change your heart and your life forever through the gracious love of Christ our Savior …..?
The Son of Man?
I woke up to this story on my Twitter timeline:
Now apparently this is happening in Canada. But how until it shows up here? I guess because I believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God that makes me a dangerous person. To whom exactly? Because God's Word calls lifestyles sinful in His eyes, that makes me a bad guy for believing it and teaching my children Christianity?
Apparently so, this world hates God. Well to be more correct: The God of the Bible. The other "gods" people don't seem to have a problem with. So Christian beware and make no mistake it will come here and we will be demanded to fall down and worship at the altar of their false god. To "validate" a sinful lifestyle in the eyes of God.
Romans 1:18-32 have never been more truer than in our culture today.
the act or habit of procrastnating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention
I wanted to start writing at least once a week but that quickly went by the wayside because well, I do tend to procrastinate. Lord willing, in 2018 I will be better at writing because as I told one of my deacons this past week: "I believe that time is short". I do believe that. I think that the Lord's appearing is quite near. I need to be better at sharing the gospel, being a watchman and a better pastor. See I fail at quite a lot. It is a good thing that God has a grace pit that is bottomless because I would not survive a day without taking a swim in it.
So for 2018 I plan to be more active on social media and our churches website. Hopefully it can impact people for the glory of God. We'll see, things are starting to get interesting out there when it comes to Jesus and His name.
Here is to not procrastinating in the New Year!
and the pastor. I know, I know, every pastor is supposed to have all the spiritual gifts as laid out by Paul in Romans 12 and 1st Corinthians 12. Especially the two most important gifts of Omnipresence and Omniscience because Hey! who doesn't have that? All kidding aside, I have noticed after 16 years of ministry that churches do expect their pastors to do and know everything. It is a very real and unhealthy expectation that must stop if our churches are going to move forward in real ministry. The classic line "That's what we pay you for" makes me want to hit that person with a KJV family bible. You know, the 36 pounder sitting on the coffee table that is there for show only.
Wake up church. It is not biblical for the pastor to do everything in the church. We are not gifted to do everything in the church. Until we realize this we are going to keep failing as the church.
I saw this tweet awhile back and put it into my favorites list. I've heard many a Christian say "But Scott you don't understand... I can't stop hanging out with that person or I can't give this up..." Yeah. You get the idea. Some bridges are meant to be burned. What bridges need to go up in smoke in your life today?
But I really hate to write. So basically this section will be a place to come and share scripture, thoughts on life and so on and so forth. In other words don't expect a book. If you want that go to LifeWay, well be careful because they sell some books that are heresy. But I will share The Word and hopefully encourage or inspire someone. Using our churches website as a platform to literally reach the world.
I've been preaching a series the past 5 weeks on "The Righteous Life". I have 3 more weeks to go. The "tag line" to the series is this: "We don't live this way to be saved, we live this way because we are saved". This weeks message is "The Call to Sanctification" from 1st Thessalonians 4:1-12.
I would provide audio, but hey, it's just a one man show. That's life in a small country church. To all my fellow laborer's out there in the trenches:
"Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don't give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith." Galatians 6:9-10 CSB