The Handwriting On The Wall

“In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.” (Daniel 5:5)

King Belshazzar of Babylon took the sacred vessels of God, which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, and used them to drink wine at their feast. It says “They drank wine and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.” Judgement from the Lord came quickly. King Belshazzer was slain that very night.

Belshazzer had not only used the sacred vessels from the temple of God, but had used them to praise his idol gods. If we look at the list of “gods”, we see they were supposed gods of the elements. They were worshiping the creation instead of the Creator.

Today we see this and say how foolish, but is modern man not worshiping at a similar altar.We are to humble ouselves before the Lord and put Him first in our lives. Man’s pride gets in the way of this. Anything in our lives that we place ahead of the Lord is an idol.

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

The southern kingdom of Judah had been taken captive by Babylon. They were held captive for 70 years – all prophesied by the Lord right down to the exact number of years. Babylon fell in one night. A hand appeared suspended in the air and wrote ” MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHAR-SIN.” Belshazzar was greatly troubled, actually terrified, by this and called in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, the soothsayers and ” The wise men of Babylon” to interpret. He offered them great rewards, but they could not interpret the words.

Finally, the queen suggested that Belshazzar seek the help of Daniel. So, Daniel was brought before the king. He offered Daniel the same great rewards if he could interrupt the words for him. Danial turned down the rewards, but agreed to interpret the message. Daniel interpreted it as follows:

“This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; You are weighed in the balance and found wanting. PERES (UPHAR-SIN is the plural and means division); Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

The king treated Daniel kindly and sought to reward him, but there is no evidence that he repented. As previously mentioned, that very night Belshazzar was slain and Babylon fell..

Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar’s grandfather was disciplined by the Lord for his pride and great ego. The Word says, “He was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with dew from heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagle feathers, and his nails like bird claws.” Nebuchadnezzar lost his mind and his kingdom and lived among the wild animals for a period of time. The Bible goes on to say, “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes to Heaven, and my understanding returned to me.” Nebuchadnezzar repented and humbled himself before the Lord, and the Lord restored his sanity and his kingdom. The Lord showed great mercy to him when he repented.

Belshazzar knew the history of the Lord’s dealing with his grandfather. And yet, he challenged the Lord by using the sacred vessels to praise heathen gods. Even seeing a hand suspended in the air with the Lord’s judgment on him and his kingdom did not cause Belshazzer to repent. This is an example and a warning to all that would read this account. The pride of life can be very powerful and will keep us from the Lord if we let it. Nebuchadnezzar humbled himself before the Lord. This is the only answer.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” (James 4:10)

Unfortunately, most will not humble themselves before the Lord and admit their need for forgiveness. Pride is deadly. Our first parents succumbed to it and lost their way. Satan told them that “You shall be as gods (pride)” if they ate the fruit of the tree. They did eat of the tree and it resulted in them being cast out of the garden and losing their fellowship with God.

The Babylonian Kingdom was the most powerful kindom at the time; yet, it fell in one night. The Bible says pride goes before the fall and the pride of man brings destruction. For those that refuse the Lord’s gracious offer of forgiveness and eternal life “the handwriting is on the wall.” The hour is late. We are promised no more than today. The Bible makes it clear that judgment is coming upon all those that have not humbled themselves before the Lord and accepted His forgiveness. If we will humble ourselves before the Lord for both salvation and sanctification; He has promised us much.

“According to His divine power has given us all things [the goodness of God] that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him Who has called us to glory and virtue [attained only through the cross]. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises [in the Bible]: that by these [promises] you might be partakers of the divine nature [the source of newness of life]” (2 Peter 1:3,4)

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Is There A Giant In Your Life?

“Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle. And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath.” (1 Samuel 17:1,4)

The story of David and Goliath is a familiar one and the story of one of the greatest victories in the Word of God. All of God’s Word is given to us for our instruction and this story is no different. Spiritually, we have Goliaths that come against us and hinder our spiritual growth. Just as David came through the battle victorious, we can defeat our spiritual giants.

The giants that come against us can only be defeated in the way God has ordained. Just as David could not go out to battle with Saul’s armor, which represents looking to the flesh for victory, we cannot go about seeking victory in our own strength. The Lord told David to take up five stones and to use these to defeat Goliath. Although David only needed one, the five represented grace and brought David victory.

Going God’s way to have victory in our lives means we must go the way of grace, or unmerited favor. This comes to us through God’s goodness as John 1:17 tells us, ” … grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Notice it’s past tense. Jesus, by His death on the cross as a sacrifice for sin, provided the grace of God to those that have faith in Him for salvation and for victory in our daily walk with the Lord.

We are to walk out this life by walking in the Spirit. But what exactly does it mean to walk in the Spirit. Some think it means denying ourselves of anything pleasurable, but that is not what we are to do. We are to place our faith in Christ and Him crucified which allows the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. This is the way the Spirit works, within the framework of the finished work of Christ. He works no other way. Placing our faith in the Lord’s great sacrifice will bring us the victory we seek in our lives over the world, the flesh, and the devil. As Paul tells us in the following verse from Galatians, the only way to overcome sin is to walk in the Spirit:

“This I say then, walk [the way we live our life] in the Spirit [accomplished by placing our faith in Christ crucified], and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh [ungodly desires]” (Galatians 5:16 with commentary).

Whether it’s the world, the flesh, or the devil, our enemies are powerful and cannot be defeated in our strength. The Lord has provided us with the way of victory and we can walk in it and be victorious.

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand.” (1 Samuel 17:50)

In this account, and in our lives, we find that the battle is the Lord’s. Our victory comes through Him and only through Him, This is a lesson we must learn and walk out in our lives. Jesus points the way to victory in the following verse:

“And He said to them all, if any man will come after Me, let him deny himself [our ability], and take up his cross [faith in Christ crucified], daily [a must] and follow Me [Christ crucified]” (Luke 9;:3)

It’s been said that “we stay in the same way we came in” meaning that we came to the Lord by faith in His atoning work at the cross, and that’s how we stay in. Our daily walk can only be one of victory by our continued faith in the Lord and His great sacrifice at Calvary. This is the way the Holy Spirit works – the only way He works as the following verse from Romans tells us:

“For the Law [a Law of God – His only way to victory in our lives] of the Spirit (the Holy Spirit – the way He works) of Life [life from Christ by the Holy Spirit] in Christ Jesus [by what he accomplished at the cross] has made me free [brought me victory] from the Law of Sin and Death [a powerful law – we have victory over this law only by the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus – there is no other way]” (Romans 8:2).

Paul had struggled in his own strength to follow the Lord and have victory in his own life. He said, “For I delight in the Law of God after the inward man: but I see another law in my members [the Law of Sin and Death] warring against the law of my mind [his desire to live for God] and bringing me into the captivity to the law of sin [the Law of Sin and Death] which is in my members [he did not have the ability within himself to live a life pleasing to the Lord].” His victory came when he exclaimed, “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord [our answer for victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil]” (Romans Chapter 7 ).

We gain victory in our lives by faith in Christ crucified through the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s the only way the Holy Spirit works! If we leave the cross, we leave our only way to victory. We came to the Lord by the way of grace, unmerited favor, and have continued victory in our lives by grace. It cost the Lord greatly to provide the victory that is available to us today. Any giant that comes against us will fall as we walk out this life by faith. The Lord has brought the victory and it is marvelous in our sight.

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Tom Quinn Ministries – tqministries.com 2021

A Friend Of God

Just What Does The Lord Say About Becoming His Friend!

” ….. Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto Him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God.” (James 2:23)

What does it take to be called a friend of God? The above verse tells us that Abraham believed God and by that God declared Him righteous and called him the friend of God. Abraham is a great example of faith and trust in the Lord and certainly the father in the faith for us. Up against such a great man of faith; Do we have any chance that God would consider us a friend? Jesus spoke the most about becoming a friend of God. He said the following regarding it:

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

Jesus called those friends for whom He laid down His life. He laid down His life for those that believe that His death on Calvary’s cross paid the sin debt and that by it where declared righteous in the sight of God. The world is lost in sin and the Lord came to remedy this situation for those that understand and see the great love He has for us. The Lord of Glory, humbled himself even becoming a man. There is no greater love than what the Lord did in laying down His life for His “friends.”

“You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:14)

Jesus identified a friend as one that obeyed Him. His command is to believe in Him and His great sacrifice at the cross. If we have placed our faith in Christ Crucified, we are walking in obedience. He said in Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after Me (in obedience), let him deny himself (our own ability), and take up his cross (looking to the cross for everything) daily (renew our faith daily), and follow Me (can only be done through our faith in His great work at the cross).” This verse sums up just what it is to obey His command.

“….I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15:15)

Jesus shares spiritual truths with His friends. If we know the Lord, the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. John 16:13,14 says this of the Spirit: “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth come, He will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” The Holy Spirit guides us in all truth. He represents Christ and proclaims Christ and Him Crucified to us.

“But God commendeth His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

Jesus’ great love for us called out to us as sinners. He sought us out and died for us while we were far off from Him. We love Him because He loved us enough to come and pay the price for our salvation.

The dictionary defines a friend as someone that we have a bond of mutual affection with. So, what is God’s criteria for being considered a friend of God? More importantly, just who does God consider a friend? Jesus makes this very clear in John Chapter 15 as outlined above. If we believe that the Lord died for us, have placed our faith in His great work on the cross for salvation and sanctification, and are trusting in the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth: the Lord considers us a friend – a friend of God. We are not to look to ourselves as somehow being worthy of being considered a friend of God, but we look to the One that loved us and provided everything for us, and now calls us friend. We overcome the world, the flesh and the devil by our faith in the finished work of the cross, and we walk through this life victorious and a friend of God. How great is our God that we would be called a friend of God?

“The Lord your God in the midst of you is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

Tom Quinn Ministries – tqministries.com 2021

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Because He Lives

It’s an incredible story and one the world as a whole does not acknowledge. That the God of creation would leave His home in glory and humble Himself, becoming a man. You could not even imagine such a thing. His love for us compelled Him to come and rescue us from our hopeless condition as the following verses from Philippians tells us:

Who (Jesus), being in the form of God (being God), thought it not robbery to be equal with God (co-member of the Trinity): But made Himself of no reputation (waived His divine rights), and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:6-8 ).

There is more proof of His resurrection than many events in history. He said He would rise from the dead and He did. After which, He appeared to many (over five hundred). This fact alone should get the world’s attention. Who else in history ever said they would rise from the dead after three days in the grave, and actually did it. 1 Corinthians says the following regarding the witnesses to His resurrection:

And that He (Jesus) was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. And that He was seen (after the Resurrection) of Cephas (Peter), then of the twelve (Apostles). After that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once…. (1 Corinthians 15:5,6 )

And then we have all the incredible miracles He performed. To name a few: people were healed of all major diseases, eyesight and hearing restored, some raised from the dead. He even had power over nature, calming storms and walking on the water. Surely the world would take note of these incredible miracles. Unfortunately, no, the world as a whole does not pay much attention to these and does not consider these as proof of His deity; some even attempt to explain away all His miracles.

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: Who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (sin and sickness does not come from God); for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)

Then we have His words. No one ever spoke like Him. The world would certainly see the wisdom of His words and realize that they were above anything man could come up with. Few have. Near the end of his life, the exiled general, Napoleon, had this to say about Jesus after reading the New Testament, “I know men, and I tell you Jesus Christ was not a man.” C S Lewis, the famed British writer, and lay theologian had this to say, ” Either Jesus is the Son of God; or a mad man or worse. But His being just a great teacher? He’s not left that open to us.” Jesus gave us no other alternative, either He was God in the flesh or self-deluded or worse. Any honest person who looks into the life of Christ and reads the Bible would have to come up with the same conclusion. The evidence is overwhelming; Jesus was God in the flesh.

“I and my Father are One” (John 10:30). “…He who has seen Me (Jesus) has seen the Father” (John 14:9). “In the beginning was the word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the word was God. .. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us … ” (John 1:1)

The Bible says that the way to life is a narrow path and that few find it. His miraculous birth, His sinless life, His words, His miracles, and His death and resurrection: all the evidence needed for the deity of Christ is there for all to see. Everyone is without excuse. Jesus pointed the way for those who would come by this narrow path. He said:

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6)

We have a free will and God honors that. We must decide who we will believe. Will we go along with the world, or will we choose the Lord and His way. In the end, every knee will bow to the Lord. We can bow today and receive forgiveness, or we can bow at the judgment where we will not find mercy. Once again, let’s look at what the Bible says abour this, “Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.” It is my prayer that all reading this article today will be among the few that have chosen “The Way” that leads to life. His Name is Jesus. Because He lives.

“..God has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow …” (Philippians 2:9,10)

“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house (whomsoever will).” (Acts 16:31)

He Is Lord

He is Lord, He is Lord. He has risen from the dead and He is Lord. Every Knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

(Composed by Marvin Frey)

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The Lord Rescued Me

He Reached Down And Saved Me

A Personal Testimony

As I walked down the dark sidewalk leading to the rectory where the pastor lived, I felt some excitement at the prospect of becoming an altar boy and serving God. When he opened the door, I found him to be a serious person – all business. He asked me to genuflect for him. I guessed that this was some sort of test to see if I would make a good altar boy. Well, If the look on his face would determine my success, then I would fail miserably. I worked on my genuflecting ability and I was made an altar boy and served for 5 years. During that time I did not find God as I had hoped.

However, I do look back on that time with thankfulness. I did not sense God in all that I did, but I was glad that I had attempted to serve him in some way. As the years passed, I grew away from the church and God. I hadn’t found anything real in my quest for the Lord during that time. It seemed to me to be all about giving the right responses at Mass, praying the right pray, attending all the church services, and constantly doing all the church required. But, where was God? I didn’t find Him there and felt that maybe this was all there was to religion. My initial attempt to draw near to the Lord had now become a desire that resided deep within me, but seemingly, without any hope of fulfillment.

Life has a way of getting your attention and I was focused on living it and was not even attending church. Down deep, I heard the Lord calling, but other things got in the way. I was far away from the Lord and church. I had no desire to go back to the church I grew up in. I felt there was nothing there that was worth going back to.

As life would have it, some difficulties arose in my life and I started to question things. The Lord put a book by a Christian author in front of me that changed my life. It was what I found in the book that caught my attention. For the first time in my life, I was exposed to the way of salvation. I had never seen this before. I was mesmerized by it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I thought that it was too good to be true but soon realized that it could be the only way to God.

The author shared the Gospel, or “Good News”, and truly it was. I had been trying to approach God by my works, while the Bible tells us that it is all by faith. Yes, faith in what Christ did at the cross. I knew from a young age that Jesus died for us on the cross, but was told we had to do our part, It was like he didn’t finish the job. Imagine thinking that we could add anything to His sacrifice for us at Calvary. I had finally come to know Him and have a relationship with Him. Religion is our effort to approach God by what we do. Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with our Lord. We come just as we are and receive forgiveness and eternal life. Without the Lord, we are all in deep waters and without hope. He will reach down and save all those who come to Him in repentance and faith.

I am responsible to the Lord for what I believe. I cannot stand before Him and point to what my church, or pastor, instructed me to believe. He gave us His Word to guide us. Our church may be going God’s way, but we must know the Bible for ourselves. The Lord gave us His Word so that we would know His Way – the only way to salvation. The Lord will come to each hungry heart and reveal himself to them. His love for us compelled Him to become the sin sacrifice for us and die on a cruel cross. I am somewhat saddened when I think that I might have known and walked with the Lord from early in my life, but I am so grateful that the Lord saw my hungry heart and reached down and saved me. The result is the best outcome that I could ever imagine: I can now say that I know Him and that He knows me. I have finally come into the safe harbor of the “Shelter of the Most High.”

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters” (Psalm 18:16).

P.S. After coming to the Lord, He spoke to me in my spirit and said that He saw me and was with me the night I walked down that dark sidewalk as a child. I believe He gave me the following verses out of Psalm 91:

“Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him…. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer Him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver Him and honor Him.”

I believe the Lord saw me seeking him at an early age and watched over me my whole life, and at just the right moment, when the difficulties seemed insurmountable; He reached down in His mercy and rescued me. He saw my desire to know Him and serve Him and watched over me through all those years when I was far from Him. We come to Him as we are and we are delivered, and honored by the Lord as “children of God.” It doesn’t get any better than that. We have much to be grateful for!

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Tom Quinn Ministries – tqministries.com 2021

That I Might Know Him

“My Soul Follows Hard After You…” (Psalm 63:8)

“That I might know Him, and the power of His Resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death” (Philippians 3:10).

In the above verse, the Apostle Paul shares his deep desire to draw closer to the Lord Jesus. Our heartfelt desire, as well, should be that we might draw nearer the Lord and get a further glimpse of His glory. That is, a greater glimpse of the Lord in His love for us. A love that would cause him to live among us as the sinless God/Man and die on a cruel cross for our sins. That we might say with Paul:

“That I might know Him.”

Initially, we come to know Him by placing our faith in Him and what He did for us at the cross. However, what Paul is talking about here is growing closer to our wonderful savior as we pursue Him earnestly each day. When seeking Him is our most treasured desire, John 16:14 says this of the Holy Spirit, “He will glorify Me (Jesus): for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.”. The Holy Spirit will reveal Jesus to us. Paul goes on to say the following:

“And the power of His resurrection.”

“The power of His Resurrection” is pointing to being raised with Him in “newness of life” (Romans 6:3-5). Because of what Jesus accomplished at the cross, spiritually speaking, we have died with Him, have been buried with Him and have been raised up or resurrected to “newness of life”. His Resurrection also assures all those that love Him that we too will be literally resurrected and be with the Lord forever.

“And the fellowship of His suffering.”

We are to deny ourselves and take up the cross. It’s personal. This speaks of denying ourselves, that is, our own abilities, but also our will. We, by faith, are to follow Him by our daily trust in Jesus and what He accomplished at the cross. He suffered for us on the cross. He said, “Thy will be done” to the Father. We are to have this same attitude of life.

“Being made conformable to His death.”

The dictionary defines the word conform to mean to be or to become similar in form, nature or character. We are not speaking of personal suffering here, although we will undoubtedly go through suffering in this life. Jesus suffered and paid it all at the cross. We are to understand that the only way we can conform to His death is to realize that our faith in the cross both for salvation and sanctification is the only way we can accomplish this. Jesus said, “If any man will come after Me (seek to know and walk with the Lord intimately), let him deny himself (our own willpower, self-will, ability, and strength), and take up his cross (faith in what Jesus accomplished there) daily and follow me.” We must come in faith and yield to the Lord’s will and way. This will become our heartfelt desire as we pursue Him.

As the song says:

This is the air I breathe. Your holy presence living in me. This is my daily bread. Your very word spoken to me. And I, I’m desperate for You. And I, I’m lost without you. (Breathe – composed by Michael W. Smith)

Paul, the master-builder of the church, and I believe one of the greatest examples of what faith in Jesus and the cross can produce in a life, sought to go on with Jesus and to know Him in a deeper way. He knew that the only way to do that was to know Him in His suffering. The cross was the reason He came and if we want to know Him, we must meet Him there. You can hear Paul’s own heartfelt desire in these words he shared with us from Philippians 3:10. May they be ours as well. He loved us with a love that is infinite in nature.

As the following verse from the psalms says:

“I stretch out my hands to You; my soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah” (Psalm 146:6).

Our desire for Him comes from the Holy Spirit in us drawing us closer to Jesus. Paul expressed a desire for Him that is in all of us that love Him and look for His coming. Our heartfelt desire is “that we might know Him.” Through the desire in us to draw closer to Him, the Holy Spirit is calling us to a place we have not been before. Let us harken to His call. Let this be our heartfelt desire. May the Lord give us a glimpse of His glory.

“As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Psalm 42:1,2A).

Tom Quinn Ministries – TQMINISTRIES.COM 2021

Are There Any Who Understand, Who Seek God?

The Lord’s mercy and grace are there for us all the days of our life. How will we respond?

As we look back on our lives, we can see the hand of the Lord in keeping us safe and guiding us throughout our lives. His mercy and grace are designed to lead us to Him. He wants us to know Him, to walk with Him in this life, and be with Him in eternity.

Even before we come to the Lord, He watches over us and protects us. As has been mentioned, we can see His guiding hand as we look back on our lives. He has been there for us even when we walked out our lives without Him. It is His desire that all come to Him in repentance and faith. It is up to us to acknowledge His goodness and mercy as His love pursues us throughout our lives. He has done all we could ever hope for in sending by His Son to give His life for us on the cross.

The Lord looks down to see if any understand. If any see His great love for us and all that He has provided for those that love Him. He is patient not wanting any to perish, but those that do not accept His gift of salvation will perish. The Bible is very clear on that. There is a Day coming when the Lord will judge all those that have been given physical life from their creator. What did they do with the life given them? Did they acknowledge the One that blessed them with their life and provided for all their needs? The Lord seeks out all those that would acknowledge His loving care and understand what it cost Him to provide salvation for us. His Word says the following regarding this:

“The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” (Psalm 14:2)

We are told in the Bible that it is a narrow way that leads to life eternal. We are also told that few find this way. Why is that? Few find it because there are not many ways to salvation, but only one, and that way goes by way of the cross and the sacrifice Jesus made there for us all. Jesus tells us the following in the Gospel of Matthew:

Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14)

If we are trusting in living a good life (and we should strive to live a good life) to get to Heaven then we are not trusting in the narrow way. If we are trusting in church attendance (and that is important) to gain the Lord’s approval then we are in the broad way. Many compare their lives with others and believe that because they see their life as more moral than their “neighbor”, that will gain them Heaven. This is called relative righteousness and, if relied on for acceptance with God, will not end well for us. The Lord’s standard for us is perfection. Jesus said, “Be ye perfect, even as your Father in Heaven.” There is only one way, and that is to place our faith in Jesus and Him crucified. His righteousness is then imputed to us. When we come by faith the Father sees us “In Christ” – in His perfection. Jesus showed us the way in the following verse:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

Some might say; Why is there only one way? Well, we are undone and unable to save ourselves in our fallen condition. The Lord came and died for our sin so that we might be forgiven and have fellowship with God. The Lord provided this “Way” out of His love for us through His mercy and grace. If you do not know the Lord today, won’t you come to Him in faith along the narrow way? He loves you and He desires that all come to “newness of life” that is only found in Him. As the following scripture tells us, we can know that we have eternal life in Him:

“These things have I written unto you who believe on the name of the Son of God; that you might know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13)

If you don’t know the One who loved you and died for you, you can choose the narrow way today. The Lord stands at the door of our heart, waiting to be invited in. He loves you and wants you to be with Him in eternity.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

See the A,B,C’s of Salvation and the Sinner’s Prayer on this website

Tom Quinn Ministries – tqministries.com 2021

You Want Me To Wash In A Muddy River?

The Healing Of Naaman

Shores of the Jordan River

“Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance to Syria: he was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper” (2 Kings 5:1).

Naaman was an honorable man, a mighty man of valor, and captain of the hosts of the king of Syria. Although an idol worshipper, the Lord used him to bring deliverance to Syria. He was undoubtedly unaware that the Lord used him in this capacity. The Bible says he was a leper. Leprosy, in the Bible, was a type of unredeemed man and sin because there was no cure for it at the time, just as there no earthly cure for sin.

The Syrians had invaded Israel and brought back captives. Among them was a “little maid” and she was brought into Naaman’s home to serve his wife. The maid spoke to Naaman’s wife of a prophet in Israel (Samaria) who would heal Naaman of his leprosy. She spoke of the prophet Elisha. And what she said came to Naaman’s attention. Naaman told the king of Syria of the maid’s words and the king told Naaman to go and seek out this prophet for his healing. The king provided Naaman with a letter of introduction and explanation to the king of Israel. So, Naaman departed for Israel with a considerable amount of silver, gold, and clothing to purchase his healing from the prophet.

He presented the letter the king of Syria had provided him to the king of Israel. When the king of Israel read the letter, he rent his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man (King of Syria) does send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy.” The king of Israel thought the king of Syria was seeking a quarrel with him.

Elisha sent word to the king of Israel to send Naaman to him that Naaman might know that there was a prophet of God in Israel. So, Naaman came with his entourage and stood in Elisha’s doorway. Elisha did not come out personally and greet him but sent a messenger saying, “Go wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall come again to you, and you shall be clean.

In his pride, Naaman had expected Elisha to receive him personally – to be afforded every courtesy. After all, he was a very powerful man, maybe even the mightiest military commander of that day. He was very angry with the way he was treated by Elisha and said the following: “I thought Elisha would surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.”

Naaman thought that the dirty Jordan couldn’t compare with the beautiful and clear rivers in Syria. If washing in a river would cleanse him of the leprosy, then Syria’s rivers made much more sense to him. So, he turned and went away in great anger.

His servants came to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had bid you do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much rather then, when he said to you, wash, and be clean?” Naaman listened to the words of his servants and went down to the Jordan and dipped himself seven times, just as Elisha had said. When Naaman came up the seventh time his flesh was clean. The account says that his flesh was restored and it was that of a little child.

Naaman returned to Elisha and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the Earth, but in Israel.” He then sought to give Elisha an offering, but Elisha refused. Naaman then said that he wanted to offer a sacrifice to the Lord which he said he would do from that time forward.

Naaman, in this account, represents all of us prior to coming to the Lord. His leprosy in this account is picture of sin or the sin nature sin. He could not heal himself from leprosy and more than we can free ourselves from sin. Naaman thought that he should be afforded some special treatment. This points to man’s pride and the fact that all must come the same way to the Lord. The Jordan in this account is a type of Calvary. Yes, it was muddy and there were other more beautiful rivers, but as a type of what Jesus paid at the cross, there is healing in no other place. It is the cross where Jesus paid the price for our Sin (leprosy), and where we will find healing. Naaman was grateful for his healing and now knew that the Lord was the true God, and sought to give Elisha an offering. Elisha refused.

This whole account points to the Lord’s mercy and grace that we receive freely out of the Lord’s great love for us. The Lord has nothing for sale. Naaman received his healing and came away with a faith in the Lord that he did not have previously. We come, in our leprosy (sin), and the Lord cleanses us and we walk out this life in fellowship with him for the great things he has done for us. Just as Naaman sought to offer a sacrifice to the Lord, and Him only in the future, we place our faith in Christ and Him Crucified for all the days of our lives.

David said it this way in Psalm 116:

“I Love the Lord because He has heard my voice and my supplications (we all come needy), Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.”

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Born Once, Die Twice. Born Twice, Die Once.

” …Verily, verily, I (Jesus) say unto you, except a man be born of water (natural birth) and of the Spirit (spiritual birth), he cannot enter the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5).

The Lord in the above verse is speaking about the absolute necessity of being born again or being born spiritually to enter the Kingdom of God. Salvation is the result of coming to the Lord in repentance and accepting the free gift He provides by His death on the cross. He paid the sin debt owed to God on the cross. We come empty-handed, realizing our total inability to accomplish righteousness by our own efforts. So we are born naturally and subsequently born from above, or born spiritually. We are in essence born twice.

If we have been born again we will go to be with the Lord immediately upon death and forever be with the Lord. So, we are born twice and die once with the natural death.

If one is not born again, at death they will go to Hell. They will wait there for the Great White Throne judgment. This judgment is for all those that do not belong to the Lord. Revelation Chapter 20 has this to say about the Great White Throne Judgement:

“And I saw a Great White Throne (final judgment of the unredeemed), and Him Who sat on it (The Lord Jesus Christ)…. And I saw the dead, small and great stand before God (called the Resurrection of Damnation); and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which was the Book of Life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

The Bible says that all the unredeemed, those that died lost, will be judged by their works. All they had done in their life will be in the books. The standard for entrance into Heaven by a person’s works is perfection. Jesus said of this, “Be ye perfect even as your Father in Heaven.” Revelation Chapter 20 goes on to say:

“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and Hell delivered up the dead which were in them (all the unredeemed); and they were judged every man according to his works (a just judgment).”

“And death and Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire (final destination of the unredeemed). This is the second death.”

As we just read, the natural death of the unredeemed is followed by a second death after judgment is rendered by the Lord at the Great White Throne Judgment. This is the second death and it is only for those that have never accepted the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lake of Fire is their final destination. And this is for forever and ever. The Bible goes on to say:

“And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life (the names of all the redeemed are written here) was cast into the Lake of Fire.”

The Bible is clear, we must be born spiritually (second birth) to be saved and enter into the kingdom of God. Those that do not accept the Lord will appear before the Lord at the Great White Throne Judgment, and they will be cast into the Lake of Fire. The second death is a permanent separation from God.

We are one breath away from eternity at any given moment. Have you been born spiritually or born from above? If not, won’t you come into the safety of the Lord and His Kingdom? Accept the free gift of eternal life today and be born from above. It cost the Lord greatly to provide for our salvation. Today is the day of salvation. There are only two choices we can make in this life regarding our soul. Whosoever chooses the Lord is saved, and whosoever does not is condemned. The books of Acts and Revelation makes this clear:

“Whosoever shall call on the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

“Whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire” (Revelation 20:15).

The Bible entreats us to seek the Lord while He may be found. The Lord calls out to us in Isaiah Chapter 55: “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near (without delay- there’s an urgency expressed here).” He may be found today. There is no guarantee for tomorrow. Born once, die twice. Born twice, die once. Won’t you hear the Lord calling out today and come? He loves you and His desire is that all might be saved.

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Come unto me (He offers forgiveness and salvation), all you who labor and are heavy laden (life without the Lord), and I will give you rest (faith in the Lord is the only place we will find true rest)” (Matthew 11:28).

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Down The Via Dolorosa, All The Way To Calvary

The following are lyrics from “Via Dolorosa.”

Down the Via Dolorosa called the way of suffering. Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King. But He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me. Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.

“Via Dolorosa” was composed by Billy Sprague.

The Via Dolorosa (from Latin, meaning, sorrowful road) is a half-mile narrow winding route believed to be the path the Lord was taken down from Pilate’s hall of judgment to Calvary.

He left His throne in glory and walked among us for thirty-three and a half years. In the years of His ministry, He taught those that would hear of the ways of God. He healed all those that came to Him in need. He raised the dead. He cast out demons. In the end His own rejected Him. He was beaten and spit upon and so abused that it was said that He didn’t look like a man. But Calvary was the reason He came, suffered, and died. An amazing story of God’s love for us. As Isaiah 53 tells us:

Down the Via Dolorosa “brought as a lamb to the slaughter… He opened not His mouth.”

Down the Via Dolorosa, “a man of sorrows.”

Down the Via Dolorosa “despised and rejected of men.”

Down the Via Dolorosa to be “wounded for our transgressions.”

Down the Via Dolorosa to be “bruised for our iniquities.”

Down the Via Dolorosa “the chastisement of our peace (it was all up to Him to restore peace between God and man) was upon Him.”

We were lost and undone. We could not save ourselves. He came and walked that final walk for us. We will be learning about all it cost the Lord to provide forgiveness for our sin throughout eternity. The Lord paid a price for us that we could not pay. The lyrics in the following song say it all:

And I shall forever lift my eyes to Calvary. To view the cross where Jesus died for me. How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul. He looked beyond my faults and saw my need.

(He Looked Beyond My Faults – Composed by Dottie Rambo)

Down the Via Dolorosa as those who loved Him looked on with great sadness.

Down the Via Dolorosa as the Angels looked on in amazement.

Down the Via Dolorosa as His Father watched His only Begotten Son make His way to be offered up as the Sacrifice for the sin of all mankind.

“Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows…”

As John, the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold, the lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.” All of the Bible points to Jesus and His great sacrifice. It can be said that the “red thread”, which is a reference to the Blood He shed at Calvary, runs throughout the whole Word of God. Yes, down the Via Dolorosa all the way to Cavalry; the ultimate display of God’s love for us. The following lyrics tell of the measureless love of God for us:

The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen could ever tell. It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest Hell…Oh love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forever endure.

(The Love Of God – Composed by Frederick M. Lehman)

He left His throne in glory, walked among us, and gave His life for us on the cross. What the Lord endured at Calvary was because of a love for us that is measureless. The following verses from Psalm 22 will give us some insight into His suffering there:

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are you so far from helping Me, and from the words of my roaring” (verse 1).

“But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people” (verse 6).

“All they who see Me laugh me to scorn…” (verse 7).

“Many bulls (religious leaders of Israel who were bent on crucifying Christ) have compassed Me….. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and roaring lion” (verses 12,13).

“I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels” (verse 14).

“My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and My tongue cleaves to My jaw; and you have brought Me into the dust of death..” (verse 15).

“For dogs (Gentiles carrying out the crucifixion) have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked (religious leaders) have enclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet” (verse 16).

“I may tell all my bones (He was completely exposed for all to see): they look and stare upon Me” (verse 17).

“They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture” (verse 18).

C.H. Mackintosh said the following regarding Christ:

“He not only came as ‘The Truth,’ but also as the perfect expression of all the love of the Father’s heart: ‘grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.’ He was the full disclosure to man of what God was…..” (C.H Mackintosh).

The “Lamb of God” that paid the sin debt for all those that will come to Him in repentance and faith. The Lord endured all He suffered for us. Oh, the love of God that looked beyond our faults and saw our need. Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.

“Greater love hath no man than this, than a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

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