Can A Lost Book Bring Destruction?

…… A House Divided Cannot Stand …….

A Fictional Narrative

Many years ago a group of individuals searching for a land of their own came across a beautiful and bountiful land. They settled it and established a town complete with everything a well-run town could provide its citizens. The town was governed through the wisdom of a book that contained all that was necessary to make the town and its inhabitants live a full and peaceful life.

Everything went well in the town for many years…… many generations. The town grew and the population increased to the point that it was the size of a small city. However, they started to get away from looking to the book for help in making decisions for the town. It was gradual at first. Some in the town felt that they didn’t need the book and were able to make decisions for themselves. They started to establish laws that were in direct opposition to the ways laid out in the book.

One day they realized that the book had been lost. They had made their own way for so long that nobody could remember where the book was or what it contained. Some in the city searched for the book, but others felt that everything was going well and the book was not needed. The truth was that everything was not going well. The people couldn’t see this because they had abandoned the one thing that kept them and the city on the right track. The looming question was; Would they realize that they were headed for real trouble? The city would not endure much longer if they did not realize the danger they were in and turn back to what had made their town grow and prosper initially.

The book was ultimately found and some of the people searched through it for direction. What they came across in the book gave them pause. The book detailed what would happen to any town or city that abandoned the ways of the book. It spoke of a decay that would grow and result in the destruction of the city. It would come from within initially because of the loss of the wisdom the book offered resulting in decisions made that would destroy them. The book had been their anchor.

Those that searched for and found the book went to the people of the city and told them all the book said. The city was divided between those that wanted to go the way of the book and those that wanted to go their own way. We leave this story wondering what will become of this city. We know a house divided cannot stand. We also know that if those that do not want to follow the book have their way then it means certain destruction for the people and the city. Which way will they choose? Only time will tell.

We, as a nation, have the same choice today. The Lord gave us the Bible to show us the way. Over the years some have been tempted to leave the wisdom of the book for traditions and ways they have established themselves. The Lord gave us His truth because He knew that left to ourselves, we would make our own rules and would judge by what was right in our own eyes. This would result in following ways that are in direct opposition to the Word of God. This is exactly what is happening today. Moral decisions are made without the guidance of the Lord and His wisdom. The result will be a people or society that accepts sinful ways as acceptable. The choice is clear: Do we follow the ways of the Lord that will bring blessing and prosperity, or do we abandon the “book” and bring certain judgment on our land? Only time will tell.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

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All Aboard! This Ship Is About to Sail

“In A Moment, In The Twinkling Of An Eye.”

“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all [both dead & living believers] be changed [receive glorified bodies], in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:51,52).

The Apostle Paul’s words above point to the time when the Lord Jesus will return for all those that are believers. Just before His great sacrifice at Calvary, the Lord told His disciples that He would one day return for His church – that we might be with Him where He is in Heaven. It’s been almost two thousand years since the Lord was crucified, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. The church has had the sure hope of His return for His bride all these many years and has watched for the signs of His coming.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive unto myself; that where I am, there you may also be” (John 14:3).

The Lord spoke these words to His disciples just prior to His crucifixion. He also told His disciples that He was “the way” to all the promises of Heaven. They were to place their faith in Him completely. The love and care He showed for His followers just prior to leaving them must have been extremely comforting to them after the crucifixion. He would be absent from them in a physical sense but present spiritually. They were to remember His words and not lose faith. By their continued faith in Him and His sacrifice at Calvary, they would walk in His presence spiritually and by it would know the way to where He was going and be ready for His promised return.

“I [Jesus] am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

So, just where are we now on the timeline for the Lord’s return? Are we near the time when He comes for His church? This is the question of the day and has been for nearly two thousand years. We do know that the Lord will bring judgment on an unbelieving and evil world in the end times. We also know that He will come for His own prior to this judgment on the world. One of the sure signs of the nearness of the end of all things is Israel reforming as a nation and them being opposed by all the surrounding nations. Their return to their original land was prophesied as a major sign that would let us know that we were in the end times.

We also have seen that the Lord does something major every approximately 1000 or 2000 years. From Adam and Eve to Abraham, to whom He gave the meaning of justification, was an approximate 2000 year interval. From Abraham to David, whom He gave the promise of the redeemer through His family, was an interval of 1000 years. From David to Christ was 1000 years. From the time of Christ until now has been approximately 2000 years. It seems we may have arrived at a time period when something significant in the plan of God happens. There are only two significant prophetic events that are left to take place regarding the Second Coming of the Lord – the Rapture of the church when the Lord comes for His church, and the Great Tribulation when the Lord brings judgment on the world.

There are many signs given in the Bible that will precede the Great Tribulation which brings His final judgment on the world. Many of these end-time signs are beginning to happen today. We do know that the church will not go through the tribulation, so we can know that His return for His church is very near, even at the door. No one can know the exact time of His return, but we can know the season and we are in that season now. How long will that season be? Although we don’t know the answer to that question, we do know that if we place our faith in Jesus we will be ready for His return for His church. There is nothing that has to happen prior to the Lord coming for His own.

“For the Lord, Himself shall descend Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead Christ rise first: then we which are alive and remain be caught up together with them in the clouds, meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

Some might say, it’s been 2000 years and the Lord has not yet returned. How can we know His return is imminent? As mentioned previously, the prophetic signs of the end times are beginning to appear. Jesus gave us these signs so we would know the day was approaching. We can be encouraged and informed by reading the Bible prophecies regarding the end times. It clearly shows that everything is lining up for the soon return of the Lord in judgment. Again, the Bible says He will return for His church prior to the judgment of the last days on an unbelieving world. We can take comfort in knowing that we are not appointed to go through the tribulation, but will be taken out by the Lord Himself prior to the end.

“For God has not appointed us (believers) to wrath.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9)

In summary, Jesus told His disciples that He was “the Way” and that He would return for His church that we might be with Him forever. We can take great comfort in knowing this. Our faith in Jesus and His great sacrifice at the cross make us ready for His soon return. And we must be ready for He could come for us at any moment. But even if the Lord’s coming is delayed, we can take comfort in knowing that we are “aboard” and ready for His return. This ship will sail and it could sail very soon. The alternative to not being ready is not a very pleasant one. The following words of Jesus give a stern warning regarding what will happen at the time of the end:

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:21)

“For there shall be signs the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of Heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:25,26)

The judgment on an evil and unbelieving world will end with the Second Coming of the Lord. Evil and unbelieving because the world will not accept Him and therefore will not come into the salvation He freely offers. All the prophecies in the Bible excluding the end time prophecies have come to pass exactly as written. The end time prophecies are a comfort to believers and a warning to all. The time of the Lord’s final judgment on this world will definitely come just as the Lord said it would. Do you know Him? Today, if you hear His voice harden not your hearts. His love and forgiveness are extended to whosoever will come to Him in repentance and faith. Won’t you secure your passage today!

“And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Luke 21:25-27).

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Show Me The Way Home

Coming Home To Our Place of Rest – Rest For Our Soul

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee” (Augustine of Hippo 354-430 AD).

Whether we realize it or not, there is a void within each of us that can only be filled by God. In our fallen nature, we search for fulfillment away from the Lord. The Holy Spirit must draw us before we will even look in the direction of the Lord as the answer for our basic need. That need is fellowship with the Lord. Again, our fallen nature is what causes us to look within instead of looking to the One that loves us and can lift us out of our hopeless state.

If we were to be honest with ourselves, we know that we do not have all the answers within us. The truth is, we must come to the realization that the Lord is the answer, and that He waits to bless us with His very presence. The Holy Spirit will seek us out, but it is up to us to come to the Lord in repentance and faith.

We come in repentance because we have gone our way in disobedience to the Lord. This results in sin in our lives. We come in faith realizing that we cannot save ourselves from our fallen state. This is a humbling realization, but also a freeing one. We are delivered from a fight we could never win. That is, our struggle in this life that causes us much sorrow and failure.

The Lord waits patiently for us to “come home” to Him. He created us to have fellowship with Him. The life and victory we seek are only found in Him. If you do not know Him today, won’t you hear the calling of the Holy Spirit within your heart and come home to the Lord. For those of us that have heard and answered the Lord’s call we testify that it is “joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Finding rest for our souls is no small thing. We rejoice and are grateful each and every day of our lives.

The cost to the Lord to lift us from our fallen state to fellowship with Him was great. He became man and died on a cruel cross so that we might be saved from our life away from Him, and come into a new life walking with Him in fellowship. In this new life we become “children of God.” Incredible, but true. Don’t hesitate another minute – come home to the Lord who loves you, died for you, and wants you to be with Him in Glory. The following verse says it all:

“This is the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118;23).

The Sinner’s Prayer has been prayed by millions through the years. If you have never come to the alter by faith, repented of your sin, and believed that the Lord’s great sacrifice paid the price to restore fellowship for us all with the Lord. Come home now! There’s room at the cross for you!

The Sinner’s Prayer

Dear God in Heaven, I come to you in the Name of Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins. The way I’ve lived, the things I’ve done. Please forgive me. Cleanse me with your Precious Blood from all unrighteousness. With my mouth, I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe God raised Jesus from the dead, and He is alive. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as the savior of my soul. And I make Him the Lord of my life. According to your Word which cannot lie: I am washed, I am forgiven. I am saved. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer and believed it, you have been born again and come home to the Lord. Jesus said the following regarding this in the Gospel of Luke: “…I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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Have We Fallen From Grace?

Originally Published January 27, 2020

Fallen From Grace

“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the Law; you are fallen from grace.” (Galatians 5:4)

Is falling from grace the result of committing some terrible sin? And, how do we know for sure if we have fallen from grace? Before we can know whether or not we have fallen from grace, we must understand just what grace is and how it’s received. Grace is the goodness of God given to us as believers by the Lord. It is unmerited favor and comes to us by faith in what Christ did at the cross. So, as long as we maintain our faith in Christ and His work at the cross, we remain in the grace of God. We fall from grace not by committing some terrible sin, although sin will be the result, but by moving our faith from Christ and His work at the cross to anything else.

At salvation, we place our faith in Christ and He saves us and we enter into the kingdom as children of God. We are saved by grace through faith. If after having coming to Christ by faith, we leave the cross and begin placing our faith in other things to walk out this life, we have left the Lord’s way of victory. We are saved by faith in Christ and the cross and we are sanctified (our daily walk) by faith in Christ and the cross. If our faith is moved from Christ to anything else for victory in our lives over sin, even good things such as prayer, fasting, Bible reading or church attendance, then we have fallen from grace. The end result will be failure in our lives.

So, we need only keep our faith in Christ and His finished work in the cross to stay in the grace God has provided. This is what Paul spoke of in his letter to the Galatians. The Galatians had been visited by men from the Jerusalem church who were trying to hold onto the Law. They told the Galatians that the Law must be added to faith in Christ. Paul was understandably quite upset with them and wrote the following:

“I do not frustrate the grace of God (making anything other than Christ crucified the object of our faith): for if righteousness comes by the law (any law), then Christ died in vain (if we can live for God any other way Christ need not of come).” (Galatians 2:21)

Romans chapter 8 tells us that the Holy Spirit works exclusively through faith in Christ and the cross to bring us God’s grace, which enables us to walk in victory. There is no other way that the Holy Spirit works. He requires that our faith be in Christ and His finished work at the cross alone. This is the Law of God as the following verse states:

“For the Law (law of God) of the Spirit (how the Holy Spirit works) of life (the life that comes from God) in Christ Jesus (what He did at the cross) has made me free (victory) from the Law of Sin and Death (the only way to defeat sin in our lives).” Romans 8:2

Paul preached the cross strongly in his ministry and for good reason. He knew that there was no victory outside of faith in Christ and Him crucified. That is the reason Paul wrote, “For the preaching of the cross is to them who perish foolishness, but to we who are saved it is the power of God.” The power comes from the Holy Spirit as we place our faith in Christ and the cross exclusively.

As we have stated, if we move our faith from Christ to other things we have “fallen from grace.” Again, falling from grace is not the result of some sin we have committed, but it is the result of our moving our faith from Christ to something else. If we do move our faith from Christ, sin and failure will be the result. We are saved by faith and we are kept by faith. Paul said it well:

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free (freedom to live a holy life), and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (leave the cross and go under law of any kind).” (Galatians 5:1)

We are all in desperate need of the grace of God. The Lord will freely give it to us if we go His way. Jesus said, “Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” We come to the Lord by faith for salvation and we rest from our own efforts to obtain salvation. After salvation, we are to keep our faith in the Lord and the Holy Spirit will work in our lives to bring about our sanctification. This is a daily placing of our faith in Christ and the Cross and not in our own efforts. Jesus was emphatic about this when He said:

“If any man will come after me (become a disciple), let him deny himself (our own strength, willpower, ability), and take up his cross (faith in what Jesus did there) daily (important), and follow Me (can only be done by our continued faith in the cross).” (Luke 9:23)

In our initial verse, Paul was warning the Galatians that if they had moved their faith from Christ to the Law then they had fallen from grace. The only other place they, or we, could go to is works. It’s either faith or works; that’s it! Once we realize this, our choice becomes an easy one. Grace through the power of the Holy Spirit, or faith in our own works to live out our lives before the Lord. There is only one thing that is greater than our sin. There is only one thing that will keep us in our walk before the Lord. It’s the grace of God and it cost the Lord greatly to provide it. Why would we look anywhere else for victory in our lives?

Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within. Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin!

Grace Greater Than Our Sin – Composed by Julia H. Johnston

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The Fork In The Road

How Do We Walk Out This Life Of Faith? – Of The Two Roads, Or Paths, Before Us Only One Will Bring Us The Victory We Seek!

Originally published on September 17, 2020

“You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

A Fictional Narrative

There was once a man who began a long journey along a pathway to what he was promised was a wonderful future destination. Almost immediately, he came upon a fork in the road. One of the ways he had to choose from seemed like a continuation of the path he had just begun on his journey. The other seemed quite familiar and comfortable to him. It reminded him of the former times before he began his journey on the path. He wondered which way he should choose? He knew his future could depend on it. Would he end up at the same destination on either path? He hesitated for a period of time to consider his options.

In the end, he chose the old familiar comfortable path that was before him. It was a well-worn path and seemed to be the right choice. Most of the other travelers were going this way as well. However, once he started down this path the sky darkened and he had to make his way uphill along what had become a rocky path. There were also dangers along the way that gave him great fear. He pushed forward along the way showing great determination even though things had become very difficult. The other travelers he came across on his journey assured him that he was on the right path. They encouraged him to just try harder and to overcome his fears and the difficulties by persevering despite the troubles.

“Are you so foolish having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3:3)

He was starting to believe that something was terribly wrong. He had no peace, the troubles increased and there seemed to be no way for him to have a successful journey. What could he do? He had made his choice and felt he must push forward. He continued on for some time fighting to go on until his strength ran out. He was completely exhausted and sat down at the side of the path. He saw others go by continuing on their journeys, but he had not the strength, nor the will to go any further. It just seemed like there was no way that he could continue along the path. He was very discouraged and felt like his only option was to give up.

“Nevertheless, I have somewhat against you, Because you have left your first love.” (Revelation 2:4)

And then he thought back to the time he started his journey along the path. The way seemed easier then and he remembered how he loved walking along the path in those days. He decided he would go back to the fork in the road and choose the other path. He spoke to other travelers he met as he made his way back, warning them of the dangers ahead and pointing the way back to the fork in the road. He was quite surprised that most did not listen, but continued on their way. It didn’t take him long to return to the fork in the road and start down the other path once he had made the decision to return.

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6)

Immediately, everything seemed brighter. The path did lead uphill at times, but he had a renewed strength. There were dangers and areas of the path were rocky as well, but he seemed to forge through these with a joy he had not known. The sky became overcast and threatening at times as well, but he had a renewed faith and a sure hope that he would arrive at his final destination. He found that he had a great peace that he had not experienced on the other path. In spite of some difficulties along the way, he was able to continue on toward his goal with a confidence and an assurance that all was well. Overall, the journey on this path was nothing like his previous experience on the other path. Although this path was not well-traveled, he knew he had found the right way and that he would reach his promised journey’s end.

“You rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)

And then one day the man came to his final destination. It was a beautiful land. It was all he could have ever hoped for. He was so thankful and was filled with great joy. As he entered the land, he looked back on his journey and rejoiced in the fact that he had found the right path and had persevered until reaching his final destination. It was called the Promised Land and the man could not believe his good fortune in coming into this wonderful land that offered him all he could ever desire and a land that he could now call home.

“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” Reverend Billy Graham 1918- 2018

[We are called to a life of faith. Faith in Jesus and Him Crucified. This is our first love. As we place our faith in the Lord and His great work at the cross; Romans 8:2 tells us that the Holy Spirit will work mightily in our lives to bring us victory.]

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But Deliver Us From Evil

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world” (1 Peter 5:8,9).

The title line above is from The Lord’s Prayer and it’s really what salvation is all about. The Lord came to deliver us from all evil by His death on the Cross. At the beginning of His ministry He announced to all the purpose of His coming by reading these words of prophecy about Himself from the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them who are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” He came into the world to rescue us from the evil of sin and it’s consequences. Sin produces wretchedness and misery in our lives.

All the evil in the world is the result of disobedience to God. It comes to us through the world, the flesh, and the devil. The world and the world system are totally opposed to the ways of God. We have a fallen nature (the sin nature) and therefore cannot save ourselves. The Devil hates those that are walking with the Lord and will oppose us in every way. In this article, we will address our adversary the Devil.

We have a powerful enemy in the Devil, or Satan as he is also known. We can only resist (withstand, oppose) the Devil through faith. We cannot contend with him in our own strength. He is much too powerful. He comes against us in many ways and even masquerades as an “angel of light” (disguises himself so it looks like he stands for good), by using people (including false brethren), or coming to us with something that appears to be from God but is meant for our harm. As the above verse says of him: “As a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.” Clearly, we are faced with a very powerful adversary. Ephesians Chapter 6 says this of that which we face in the spirit world: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood [these foes are not human], but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” These principalities, powers, and rulers of this world work in concert with Satan.

The Lord gave Adam and Eve the command to not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Satan came to them and tempted them to doubt God and disobey Him. He comes to us in the same way. He seeks to get us to doubt God’s Word for he knows that our victory comes only through faith. He is a powerful fallen angel and opposed to God, and to all those that believe in the Lord and are living their lives for Him.

So, how do we resist the devil by faith? There is only one way. We must place our faith exclusively in Christ and Him Crucified. Jesus paid the total price for our freedom (“It is finished”) on the Cross. We must place our faith in His great work. Jesus said: “The thief (Satan) comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I come that they might have life, and they might have it more abundantly.” The source of this “life” is Christ (“I am the resurrection and the life”). He keeps us as we place our faith in Him daily. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says: “But the Lord is faithful (we can depend on Him), who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.”

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal [within our ability], but mighty unto God [faith in Christ and Him Crucified] to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God [pride], and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ [only accomplished by faith in the Cross].”

The Apostle Paul said of Jesus in Galatians: “Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world.” Truly, salvation (deliverance from all evil) is from the Lord. Victory over the world, the flesh, and the Devil is found in Him, and Him alone.

Appendix A

Names of the DevilPrior to his fall (he served the Lord in righteousness for an undetermined amount of time) – Lucifer– meaning morning star (Isaiah 14:12), the anointed one that covers (Isaiah 28:14). After his fall (he led a revolution against God with one third of the angels)- Satan (Job 1:6), god of this world (2 Corinth, 4:4), Devil/ accuser (Matthew 4:1), tempter (Matthew 4:1), adversary (Job 1), dragon (Revelation 12:9), roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8), Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24), Belial (2 Corinth. 6:15), wicked one (Matthew 13:19), serpent ( Genesis 3:1), prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2) and ruler of the demons (Matthew 12:24).

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The Ambassador

A Fictional Narrative

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8).

There once was a king that was very powerful in his kingdom and who was respected and loved by all those that dwelt there. He was very benevolent and cared for all his subject’s well-being. He was also very protective of his kingdom and his subjects. The surrounding kingdoms were ruled by Kings of much lesser character who placed their needs above those of their subjects and kingdoms.

One of these kings sought to know how the powerful king ran his kingdom. He sent an ambassador to find out all he could about the powerful king and his kingdom. When the ambassador arrived, he was greeted by the King. The King told him of his kingdom and all it had to offer his loyal subjects. The ambassador was quite impressed with both the king and kingdom.

The ambassador’s visit included an introduction to the laws of the land. He was quite impressed with the truth he found in the laws. They were so far above the laws of his kingdom. The people of the kingdom had only wonderful things to say about their king and his rule. They all said that they were treated like family and that the king loved them. The ambassador had never seen such a kingdom and desired to learn all he could about it before he left to return to his king and kingdom.

The time came for his departure and the ambassador left reluctantly. He carried with him a love for this kingdom, the people, and above all the king. He reported all he had found to his king. The King was not pleased with the ambassador’s glowing report on his visit to the neighboring kingdom. He was also surprised to see that most of those that he told about the wonderful king and kingdom did not want to hear what he had to say. There was a small group that welcomed what he had to say and encouraged him to tell them all he knew of this wonderful kingdom.

He had left his country as an ambassador to a foreign land. He now returned as an ambassador for this wonderful land. He lived the remainder of his life, telling all who would listen, of this wonderful kingdom.

We too dwelt in the kingdom of darkness before coming to the Lord. Now, as Christians, we have experienced the wonderful kingdom of God. We come out of the world to this kingdom and are confronted with the beauty of all the Lord in His mercy and grace has provided for us. We too are ambassadors for Christ in this world telling all who will listen of this wonderful kingdom.

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ as though God did beseech you by us [the message we bring is from God]: we pray you in Christ stead [as if He brought it Himself], be ye reconciled to God [the purpose for us bring the message]” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

As stated, we are ambassadors for Christ bringing the message of God, even as if He were bringing it Himself, that those that hear and believe in Christ and Him crucified might be reconciled to God. What a fantastic message that we have for all those that will receive it. And, what a great honor the Lord Has afforded us……that we might be His ambassadors!

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Where Are You?

The Question The Lord Asks Us All

“And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)

Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves and hid from the Lord after their fall in the Garden. The Lord, in His mercy, sought out Adam and Eve. If He had not sought them out then their, and our, condition would be as hopeless as that of the fallen angels. But the Lord did seek them out and showed them a way that they might have fellowship with Him.

The Lord, of course, knew exactly where they were, but in asking the question, wanted Adam and Eve to see their true condition. The Lord does the same thing today. He calls out to everyone through His Word to show us where we are ( i.e. our lost condition), and to show us the “Way” to have fellowship with Him. Jesus said:

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

Adam and Eve hid from God because of their disobedience, not due to any change in the Lord. They found that they couldn’t hide from God, and neither can we. They hid because of guilt. Sin causes us to feel guilty and we see God as someone to fear and hide from. We come to the Lord only by the Holy Spirit seeking us out just as the Lord sought out Adam and Eve.

By the Lord covering them with “coats of skin,” it showed them the seriousness of sin, in that, an innocent animal had to die. It also showed them, and us, that salvation is all of the Lord. The fig leaves they used to try and cover themselves were useless. Likewise, any attempt we make to cover our sin or live for the Lord by our efforts is useless and will be rejected by the Lord.

The “coats of skin” were a type, pointing to Calvary. It cost the Lord greatly to “cover” the sin that was a result of the fall in the Garden. We have a fallen nature and are unable to save ourselves. It took God becoming man and dying on a cruel cross to pay the price to redeem us.

Once we come to the Lord in repentance and faith, we are to continue to keep our faith in the “covering” the Lord has provided. The church in Ephesus in the Book of Revelation was admonished by the Lord for not doing this very thing:

“Nevertheless I (Jesus) have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love” (Revelation 2:4).

They had “left” their first love, which was faith in the only “covering” the Lord has provided – Christ and Him crucified. They had moved their faith to other things. They had fallen from grace, and this will lead any individual, or church, to spiritual wreckage. The question today from the Lord is the same: “Where are you?” Is our faith in the “covering” the Lord has provided or are we trusting in “fig leaves.” Paul said it best:

“For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).

The “covering” has always been Christ and Him crucified. Just as the Lord covered Adam and Eve with the skin of a slain animal, the Lord covers us with the Blood of Jesus. Salvation is of the Lord from first to last. We praise his Name for His mercy and grace towards us.

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11).

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Strange Fire

“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not” (Leviticus 10:1).

Nadab and Abihu were priests and it was their duty to bring fire, twice a day, from the Brazen Alter to the Golden Alter of Incense. The Golden Alter was located just in front of the curtain behind which was the Holy of Holies where God dwelt between the Mercy Seat and the Cherubim. Nadab and Abihu brought fire from a different source to use on the Golden Alter.

In the previous Chapter of Leviticus, fire had come out from the Lord from the same place, the Holy of Holies, and consumed the sacrifice on the Brazen Alter. This showed the people that the sacrifice was accepted by the Lord and was a display of His glory, and a blessing to the people. This second fire also came from the Holy of Holies, but was judgment from the Lord as the following verse tells us:

“And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord” (Leviticus 10:2).

Why did this happen? Why did the Lord send fire and accept the sacrifice on the Brazen Alter, but reject the fire with incense on the Golden Alter offered by the two brothers. It was because of where the fire came from. It had to come from the Brazen Alter to be accepted by the Lord. The Brazen alter was a type of Christ’s great sacrifice on the cross. The incense offered up to the Lord represented prayer and intercession. The Brazen Alter was a type of Calvary, and by the brothers bringing fire from a different source, they were, in effect, negating the need for the Lord’s required sacrifice. In other words they were, in type, ignoring the cross.

Bringing this forward to today, anything we substitute for Christ and Him crucified will be rejected by the Lord and will cause us to lose our way. There is only one way to forgiveness and new life, and there is only one way that is acceptable to the Lord as we walk out this life of faith. We must go the Lord’s way for salvation and continue that way for sanctification (our daily walk). Should we move our faith from Christ crucified to other things to gain victory in our lives then we have offered up “strange fire.” The Christian disciplines of prayer, Bible reading, church attendance, fasting, etc are all necessary and things we should do, but they will not bring us the victory we seek in our lives. These may look good, but just as all fire looked the same, the fire the brothers brought resulted in death. Our faith in the wrong object will do the same. We are to place our faith in His great sacrifice and keep it there. This will allow the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our lives (Romans 8:2).

We must remember Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians when he told them to: ” Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith, prove your own selves…” Being in the faith means having our faith firmly placed in Christ and His great sacrifice. If we move our faith to other things, as good as those things might be, we will shipwreck our faith. Paul told Timothy to: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life, where unto you are also called, and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.” We are called to follow Christ. Faith in His sacrifice at the cross will bring us victory. Anything else is “strange fire.”

Victorious Christian Living

We were saved by placing our faith in Christ and Him crucified, and we are sanctified (our daily walk) in the same way.

Focus – Jesus Christ

Object of Faith – The Cross of Christ

Power Source – The Holy Spirit

Result- Victory.

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One Thing Have I Desired

That I Might Know You More

“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead in your truth, and teach me: for You are the God of my salvation; on You do I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4-5).

As Christians, our deepest desire is to know and walk with the Lord. We are His and He is ours. He is our sure hope. Our life was given to us by the Lord and we are grateful. He has paid the price required by God to redeem us from our lost and fallen condition. We come to Him with nothing but our gratitude and faith in His goodness and mercy. We are not our own; we were bought with a price. We were bought with the precious blood of Jesus.

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

As we seek Him each day, we yearn to know Him more. We cry out to the Lord in earnest and ask Him to show us His ways. Although His works, those things He does, are of great interest and importance, we want to know His ways, that is, who He is.

We will grow closer to the Lord if we seek Him in His Word. The Holy Spirit will show us the way. He will lead us closer and closer through the truth and the abundant life found in the Word of God. His Word stands firm and is a light for us in a darkened world. We can place our faith and trust in the Lord and His Word.

We also want His leading in this life. We want to walk in the path He has prepared for us. If we are following Him and seeking to know His ways; He will direct our path in this life. The Lord will be with us in this life through all our difficulties, trials and all the decisions that are before us. Our path will be made sure by our faith in the One that loves us. He will direct our steps and when our life is complete, bring us home to glory.

He is God, our savior – the God of our salvation. He proved His love for us by shedding His Blood and dying a cruel death on the cross. We can know His ways, His paths, and His truth by continually placing our faith in Him and His great sacrifice on the cross. As we do this we will draw closer to the Lord. He is the One who redeemed us and He is the One that keeps us. He is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me.”

So, as we seek the Lord in this fallen world, let us remember His great love for us and yield to the Holy Spirit whom He has sent as our helper and guide to bring us through this life – to bring us into the very presence of God.

This is the desire of all those that love Him: that we might know him more. That we might walk with Him in His truth, in His ways, and in His will for us in this life. That we might love Him more and more each day – the One that loved us and died for us.

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs for You, O God.” (Psalm 42:1)

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