Sunday, May 20, 2018
We read in Scripture of the form and the power of godliness. When we look around us in the church, we see more of the form than we do of the power. There seems to be so many people who are merely playing religion. They attend services and go through the form of worship. They are sometimes very strongly devoted to their creed and greatly attached to the organization of which they are members; but when you look for the power of godliness in their lives--you do not find it. This make-believe religion may ease the conscience for a time. People may manage to get along with such a religion in this world, but it will not stand the test of eternity.
Of course, it will not stand the real test for this life. The soul which has the form without the power of religion, can never have that satisfaction and peace which true religion gives.
Religion that can be put on with the Sunday clothes and taken off as easily, never goes very deep into the heart or life. While they profess to worship God, their hearts are far from Him. The service of such people is always weak, because there is no heart in it. Yet such people are not usually weak, when it comes to serving self and the world.
God hates the mere form of religion. It is an insult to him. He knows whether we are sincere or not whether our service is just form or not. Modern ritualism is a curse to the church.
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Ezekiel 33:31 ... And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
Matthew 15:8-9 ...
2 Timothy 3:5 ... Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.❤
Saturday, May 19, 2018
The apostle knew that he would justly have perished, if the Lord had been extreme to mark what was amiss; and also if his grace and mercy had not been abundant to him when dead in sin, working faith and love to Christ in his heart. This is a faithful saying; these are true and faithful words, which may be depended on, That the Son of God came into the world, willingly and purposely to save sinners. No man, with Paul's example before him, can question the love and power of Christ to save him, if he really desires to trust in him as the Son of God, who once died on the cross, and now reigns upon the throne of glory, to save all that come to God through him. Let us then admire and praise the grace of God our Saviour; and ascribe to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three Persons in the unity of the Godhead, the glory of all done in, by, and for us.
[Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary]
Friday, May 18, 2018
Send your child to Caesar (secular education) and they will return a Roman. Give your child to the world and they'll never return the same. Allow your child to walk on the pathway of idols and idols will they aspire to be. But raise your child in the fear and admonition of God and you'll leave an eternal mark that will carry them into glory at the end of their life. The choice is yours to make.
Proverbs 22:6 ... Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
God's inspired example of 'the Church'. God is always seeking the heart of a person in order to bring them closer to His heart. The book of Acts is the purest example of a Spirit filled ‘Church’. What it did and how the leadership stewarded ‘giving’, which is not ‘tithing’. This is the heart of the issue. Not just for leaders, but for those following.
Church is God’s inspired example for us all to follow. Finding a Church and leadership that looks like God’s example(that uses giving to care for people and needs) is the modern day challenge. No where in scripture does Paul command the believers to continue the law of ‘tithing’. ‘Giving’ to advance the gospel and care for those in need was the focal point of the New Testament leadership. That’s what they were under ‘GREAT GRACE’.
Stewardship within leadership either reflects the pure motive of love(God) or a selfish, self serving motive. If a person understands the heart of God is to create a loving family and to be sensitive to the needs of others, especially the poor and down trodden, than required ‘submission/fellowship’ that obligates a law of ‘tithing’ and then does not steward those resources like the book of Acts leadership, in my opinion, is out of alignment with the heart of God.
[Troi Nelson Cockayne]
Acts 4:33 ... And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.❤
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Two things should comfort suffering Christians, namely: all that they presently suffer is not Hell; their present suffering is all the Hell that they shall suffer.
Afflictions are not so much threatened as promised, to the children of God.
By affliction God separates the sin which He hates, from the soul which He loves.
Sin is the poison and affliction is the medicine.
If the servants of Christ are ever so afflicted, yet His heart is with them, and His eye is upon them.
Though the hand of God may be against you; yet the heart of God may be towards you.
What is bearing a temporal cross, compared to the wearing an eternal crown?
Our enjoyments are greater than our afflictions, and our afflictions less than our sins.
Our sufferings should stir up our graces, as well as our griefs.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
Sunday, May 13, 2018
If the world is our portion here then Hell will be our portion hereafter.
The world promises comforts and pays sorrows.
Be not proud of riches, but afraid of them lest they be as silver bars to barricade the way to Heaven!
To have a portion in the world, is a mercy. To have the world for a portion, is a misery!
We should endeavor to pass through this world with a cheerful indifference.
The things of the world, the more they are known the less they are admired. But the things of God, the more they are known the more they are admired.
There is no miss of the creature where there is a full enjoyment of the Creator.
If you are not afraid of the world, I fear are a friend of the world, and an enemy to God.
As you love your souls, beware of the world! It has slain its thousands, and tens of thousands! What ruined Lot's wife? The world! What ruined Judas? The world! What ruined Simon Magus? The world! What ruined Demas? The world!
In reality riches are but dust, honors are but shadows, pleasures are but bubbles, and man is but a lump of vanity, composed of sin and misery.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
The gospel is preached in the ears of all men but it only comes with power to some. The power which is in the gospel, does not lie in the eloquence of the preacher otherwise men would be converters of souls. Nor does it lie in the preacher's learning otherwise it could consists of the wisdom of men.
We might preach until our tongues rotted, until we should exhaust our lungs and die but never a soul would be converted, unless there were mysterious power going with it, the Holy Spirit changing the will and heart of man. O Sirs! We might as well preach to stone walls, as preach to men unless the Holy Spirit is with the Word, to give it power to convert the soul.
[Charles H. Spurgeon]
1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 ...
Friday, May 11, 2018
There are two ways in which a person may attempt to displace the love of the world from the heart:
1. By a demonstration of the world's vanity, so that the heart shall be prevailed upon simply to withdraw its regards from an object that is not worthy of it.
2. By setting forth another object, even Christ, as more worthy of its attachment, so that the heart shall be prevailed upon to exchange an old affection for a new one.
The best way to overcome the world, is not with morality or self-discipline. Christians overcome the world by seeing the beauty and excellence of Christ. They overcome the world by seeing something more attractive than the world the Lord Jesus Christ!
Ecclesiastes 2:11 ... Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
1 John 2:17 ... And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
1 John 2:15 ... Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Song of Solomon 5:16 ... His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.❤
Thursday, May 10, 2018
I went to my room and locked my door, and putting the Bible on a chair, I went down on my knees at the chair. There I remained for several hours in prayer and meditation over the Word of God; and I can tell you that I learned more in those three hours which I spent in this way, than I had learned for many months previously.
Ephesians 3:14 ... For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Proverbs 1:5 ... A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Psalm 199:97 ... O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.❤