Where Could I Go To find Refuge For My Soul?

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)

Our secret place of the Most High is Christ. Jesus said in John 14:20: “At that day (after the Resurrection) you shall know that I am in My Father (Jesus is God), and you in Me (salvation), and I in you (newness of life).” To place our faith in Him and what He accomplished (Christ Crucified), and keep it there, results in us abiding under the shadow of the Almighty (divine care and protection). Jesus placed His faith totally in His Father and looked to Him exclusively during His earthly life and ministry. This Psalm portrays Jesus walking through this life with all its troubles and coming out victorious. We will be blessed in reading this Psalm in its entirety, for it is placed there for our instruction and encouragement. If we are to attain victory in this life we need only look to Him.

The Psalm begins with: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High.” We see by this that we have a choice. We must choose to dwell (where we live daily) in Christ. Deuteronomy 33:27 says: “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

The Psalm goes on to say this of the Lord: “He is my refuge and my fortress.” The KJV Dictionary defines refuge as “shelter or protection from danger or distress” and defines fortress as: “a fortified place; a stronghold, a place of defense or security.”

So, through faith, we are safe in the shelter and stronghold of the Lord. We are told in Proverbs 18:10: ” The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it and is safe.”

We are secure in Him. John 10:27-29 says: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29).

He watches over us with loving care and nothing can separate us from His love for us. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:38,39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus.” God’s love for us never wavers because we are “in Christ Jesus” and protected by Him from everything that might oppose us in our Christian walk.

There is only one place where we could go to find refuge for our soul. It is only with the Lord God Almighty; He truly is our refuge and fortress. And when we find the secret place of the Most High; we are safe and secure in the shadow of the Almighty. We must remind ourselves of these words when life’s difficulties come along. Proverbs tells us that: “Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” And to this, we say amen.

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?” Jeremiah 32:27

Appendix A

THE NAMES OF GOD – The names of God tell us much about the God we serve: who He is, and what He is like. They are: El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty), El Elyon (The Most High God), Adonai (Lord, Master), Yahweh (Proper Name- I AM), Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner), Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd), Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals), Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There), Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness), Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies), El Olam (The Everlasting God), Elohim (God), Qanna (Jealous), Jehovah Jira (The Lord Will Provide), Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace), Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts).

Appendix B

A CLOSER LOOK AT GOD’S NAMES The Lord God Almighty (all-powerful- the mighty One), the Most High God (above all gods), is my Banner (protection, leadership, deliverance), my Shepherd (feeds and leads His flock), the Lord that heals (healing, deliverance), the Lord is there (His promise to complete the work started at creation), our righteousness (Christ Crucified), and the Lord who sanctifies (the Lord’s work not ours). He is the Everlasting God (God of all ages and generations), the Lord of Hosts (Lord over earthly and heavenly armies) who is jealous (for us), will provide (will provide for our needs – nothing too difficult) and Who is peace (our peace is in Him).

Where Could I Go But To The Lord

Where could I go, oh where could I go? Seeking a refuge for my soul. Needing a friend, to help me in the end. Where could I go, but to the Lord?

(Composed By James Buchannan Coats in 1946)

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It’s All By Grace, And Yes, It’s Quite Amazing.

Do You Know Him? Have You Answered The Clarion Call?

“That as sin has reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through Righteousness unto Eternal life Through Jesus Christ” Romans 5:21

In this verse, Paul points to sin as “reigning unto death” in all of us prior to coming to the Lord. He goes on to say that grace will reign through Righteousness (being right with God) once we have accepted Jesus and what He accomplished for us on the Cross.

So what does all this mean? All of us born of Adam, due to original sin (the consequences of the fall), have his nature (sin nature) and are hopelessly lost. Our only way of escape is through the righteousness of God given to us by grace. In other words, we do not earn it, but it is freely given to us by God when we admit we cannot save ourselves, repent of our sins, and accept the payment made for our sin by our Lord on the Cross. This is grace …. the grace of God towards us.

This is a wonderful picture of the mercy and grace that God has shown towards us. God loved us even when we were lost and without Him. Our acceptance of what Jesus did for us on the Cross (our being born again) moves us from death to life. The Gospel of John says in the first chapter “But as many as received him (Christ), to them gave He power to become the sons of God.” Romans 8:16,17 says ” The Spirit Itself (Himself) bears witness with our spirit, that we are children of God …. joint-heirs with Christ.”

So we see that we were born lost and death was reigning in our lives due to the fallen nature. We were doomed to an eternity without the Lord in this fallen condition, but incredibly, God sent a Savior to rescue us. He not only rescues us but we become children of God; joint-heirs with Christ. We will have a glorified body (no more infirmities) for 1 John 3:2 says “When He appears we shall be like Him”.

This is absolutely amazing! One minute we are dead in our sins and without God, and the next, after repentance and placing our faith in Christ and Him crucified, we receive the gift of eternal life; all by God’s mercy and grace. We not only go from death to life eternal, but we become sons of God and partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:3,4 ). This love and grace of God is offered to whomsoever will accept it. John 3:16 emphatically states ” For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have Eternal Life”. The Lord is calling out through His mercy and grace, displayed for all to see, so that all those that hear and answer the clarion call might experience His wonderful, marvelous, and quite amazing grace. Do you know Him? If not, call on Him today! He is waiting with open arms to receive whomsoever will come to Him in repentance and faith.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found. T’was blind but now I see. T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear, the hour I first believed.

(Composed by John Newton in 1772)

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Is Your Foundation Sure? The Wind Is Only Going To Get Stronger.

Difficult Times Are On The Horizon – We Must Have A Sure Foundation

In these difficult times, we may wonder if even the foundation of our society will remain in place. As the winds of increased lawlessness and uncertainty blow across our whole land; What are we to do? We hear the news and see things seemingly getting worse by the day. The things that are happening in our country are so foreign to us. We have been a nation blessed by God since our inception. What has happened to our country that the rule of law does not hold firm? Why are some willing to cast off our form of government and all the blessings that have been ours? The answer is that we have forgotten God. We have cast Him out of our public life and not brought up our children in the admonition of the Lord. What we see going on in our country and around the world lines up with what the Bible says things would be like just prior to His coming. What are we to do?

When the wind does blow, and there is a stronger wind coming, we will stand and not be swept away if our faith is in the Lord and His Word. In the following verse, the Lord likens the one who has placed his faith in the Lord and His Word to a man building a house on a sure foundation:

“He is like a man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock. (Luke 6:48)

If we walk in the knowledge and grace of the Lord we will make it through. The Bible clearly shows us that the Lord is with us, protects us, and will see us through the difficulties of this life. If we belong to the Lord, He watches over us.

“And when the flood arose, the streams beat vehemently upon the house, and could not shake it: for its foundation was upon a rock.”

That rock is Christ. If we have our faith in Christ and Him crucified, we can rest in the knowledge that we are on a sure foundation. The winds of end-time trouble may blow but we are secure in Him. The Lord’s Word says that leading up to His return, troubles will increase in frequency and severity. He has said that though the floodwaters come against our “house”, it will stand. This is a great promise in these troubled times.

“But he who hears, and does not (does not come in faith), is like a man without a foundation built a house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:49)

We may have things that come against us in this life that are hard to deal with. If we don’t have a firm foundation then these life events can weaken, or even destroy us. Today, we not only have these to deal with, but we have a changing world around us that is hard for us to understand. The Lord, of course, knew this and warned us of its coming and provided a safe harbor for us. What happens if everything we know today, all that we have become accustomed to and count on changes overnight? We have seen our life change pretty dramatically this past year alone. Many are wondering if life will ever return to normal. Many are wondering what will happen next. These are uncertain times. The Lord wants us to know that He is our sure foundation – our place of rest.

“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

We need to prepare for whatever is coming, both in our personal lives and in these end times. The Lord came to defeat the powers of darkness and He was victorious at the cross. The church age is nearly over and the Lord will return to defeat the enemy and restore all things. Our sure foundation will keep us in these troubled times. We need only rest in the knowledge that the Lord knows all, has told us these times would come, and will keep us in the midst of any trouble we may face in the coming days. He is our sure foundation as we await the day of His return ….. and what a day that will be!

What A Day That Will Be

There’ll be no more sorrow there, no more burdens to bear, no more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there. And forever I will be, with the One Who died for me. What a day, glorious day that will be.

Composed by James Vaughn Hill

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You Put My Tears In Your Bottle

The Lord Watches Over Us With Great Care

You number my wanderings (He knows what we are going through); Put my tears into Your bottle (He is tenderhearted toward our sorrows); are they not in Your book (He records our trials and sorrows).” (Psalm 56:8)

David wrote this psalm at a very difficult time in his life. He was being pursued by Saul and was in grave danger. The Holy Spirit through David lets us know in the above verse that the Lord sees all that we go through and records all our “wanderings” in His book. The Lord watches over us at all times and looks upon all our trials and tears with great compassion.

“When I cry to you ……” (verse 9)

David shows great faith in the Lord in this psalm. This next verse says, “When I cry unto you, then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.” What a bold statement of faith in God despite his terrible circumstances. Saul had tried to kill David on numerous occasions. David exclaimed regarding this: “My enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many who fight against me …” And yet despite the constant peril and his fear; David chooses to look to the Lord. He boldly proclaims: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in You… I will not fear what flesh can do to me.” In this psalm, David had his faith firmly anchored in the One he knew loved him and watched over him. David was pursued by Saul for a long time, yet no matter how dark things became in his life; he knew the Lord loved him. David made some mistakes in not trusting the Lord at times, but he was a man after God’s own heart and never forgot all that the Lord had brought him through. What an example for us!

” In the world you shall have tribulation….. ” ( John 16:33)

Jesus told us that we would experience tribulation and persecution while we walk out our life of faith in Him. He said: “In the world, you shall have tribulation.” Regarding persecution, He said: “If the world hates you, you know it hated Me before it hated you.” The world is hostile towards the Lord because it is not willing to admit their need for what Christ accomplished on the Cross. So, we as Christians, are hated by the world because we have Jesus in us – “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Jesus said, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (by the Cross).” In our life, we will have tribulation and may experience persecution. The Lord wants us to know that He watches over us through all of this and that he has overcome the world by the Cross (we win in the end).

” He will not leave you …….. ” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

The Lord tells us that He is with us at all times. Sometimes, we may wonder if the Lord is there, but the Word of the Lord is very clear regarding this. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, ” It is the Lord that goes before you, He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” The Word of the Lord says that not only is the Lord always with us, but He goes before us and will never forsake us. We can be secure in knowing that He watches over His own for our good.

“…I will strengthen you..” (Isaiah 41:10)

We can be encouraged by these words of Isaiah41:10,”Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” We can see from this verse and the other verses referenced above; that we can be confident that the Lord will strengthen and uphold us; that He will never leave us; that He goes before us, is with us, and sees all we are going through in this life.

“I will lift up my eyes ……..” (Psalm 121)

Psalm 121 says, ” I will lift up my eyes unto the hills from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. The Lord shall preserve (guard) your going out and your coming in from this time forth (when we place our faith in Christ and Him Crucified), and even forevermore (always!).” Just as David looked to the Lord for all his needs, let us anchor our faith in the creator of Heaven and Earth; the One that helps us and guards our way now and forevermore.

“Ascribe to The Lord the glory …. (Psalm 29:2)

How great is our God (that we can call on the creator of Heaven and Earth)? How worthy of our worship and praise. Psalm 29 entreats us to: “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.” Let us worship the Lord for who He is: our great God. Let us praise Him for the care he gives us: He watches our every step lest we fall. He cares for us and will bring us through to that great day when we shall be with Him in glory. As it regards the trials and sorrows we might go through in this life; we know He is constantly watching over us for good and is tenderhearted toward all we go through. We can say with David: “This I know: for God is for Me.”

Our Future Hope

” And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

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The Promise Of The Father

The Baptism With The Holy Spirit

Painting By Bonnie Quinn (1945-2017)

“Therefore (Jesus) being by the Right Hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the Promise of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:33)

“For the Promise (the Baptism with the Holy Spirit) is unto you (all those present at the time); and to your children (will continue), and to all who are far off (not limited to Jerusalem but for the whole world), even as many as the Lord will call (available to all even to our time).” (Acts 2:39)

The Apostle Peter spoke these words on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon those in Jerusalem in power. This day is considered the birthday of the church and the start of the church’s mission to reach the lost with the Gospel. The Holy Spirit could not come until the sin debt was paid. The Lord paid the price at Calvary which ushered in the long-awaited time when the Spirit would come in a new way, dwell in those who believed and empower the believers for service.

When a person is born again or born of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit comes and resides in that person. The Spirit will help us in our daily walk with the Lord. He is present to glorify Jesus, to lead us and guide us, and teach us all things. As we place our faith in Christ and Him crucified the Holy Spirit will guide us in all truth and work in us to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. He works no other way as the following verse states:

“For the Law (this is a law of God) of the Spirit (how the Holy Spirit works) of Life (from Christ by way of the Holy Spirit) in Christ Jesus (speaks of His accomplishment at the Cross), has made me free (victory) from the Law of sin and death (the only way to be free from sin).” (Romans 8:2)

So, our sanctification, our daily walk, is accomplished by our placing our faith in Christ and Him Crucified which allows the Holy Spirit to work in us and bring us the victory over sin that we so desire. There is no other way to victory. We cannot accomplish this by our efforts. The Lord paid a terrible price a Calvary so that we might be free. After coming to the Lord by faith, if we could walk out this life in victory by what we did, or by adhering to Christian disciplines, then Christ’s victory on the cross was not total. The Apostle Paul spoke about this in the following verse:

“I do not frustrate the grace of God (move our faith from Christ crucified to anything else): for if righteousness come by the Law (any law), then Christ died in vain.” ( Galatians 2:21)

So, we see that we frustrate or stop the action of grace if the object of our faith is anything other than in Christ and the cross. Many feel that we must do our part through Christian disciplines. We cannot overcome sin by what we do. If our faith is in these things, as necessary to our Christian walk as these things are, then we will fail. We must keep in mind that Paul wrote the above words to believers.

If the Holy Spirit guides us and gives us victory over sin, then what is the purpose of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit? The Baptism is for power for service. Jesus was adamant about His followers waiting for the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost before they did anything.

“(Jesus) Commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father, which, said He, you have heard of Me.” (Acts 1:4)

” But you shall be baptized with Holy Spirit not many days hence (Day of Pentecost).” Acts 1:5)

“But you shall receive power (power for service), after that, the Holy Spirit is come upon you…” (Acts 1:8)

The Lord commanded them to wait for the “Promise of the Father” which was the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. The Lord was telling them not to go out in ministry until they had received the Holy Spirit in power. This happened on the day of Pentecost. We see the Apostles receiving power when the Holy Spirit came upon them in the baptism and they accomplished mighty works for the Lord. The Apostle Peter, who weeks before denied the Lord three times, stood up among them and preached a powerful sermon with a boldness that saw three thousand saved. And many miracles were wrought by the believers.

In summary, we receive the Holy Spirit initially when we repent of our sins and place our faith in Christ and Him crucified. He guides us in the truth and gives us victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a subsequent work of the Holy Spirit that gives us power for service with the initial physical evidence of speaking with other tongues. Is the Baptism with the Holy Spirit essential for salvation? The answer is no, but why would we not seek the baptism the Lord has made available to all. The Lord thought it so important that He commanded His followers to wait to receive it before going out in ministry.

[Miracles, healings, deliverance from unclean spirits, boldness in proclaiming the Gospel, thousands coming to faith in the Lord, and the leading of the Holy Spirit in ministry- Read the Book of Acts to see the work of the Holy Spirit through the Apostles and believers in the early church.]

We need this same baptism today to accomplish all the Lord would have us do. The only requirement to receive it is that we be born again. It is received by faith just as the Apostles and the believers that were present at the time received it on the Day of Pentecost.

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues (the initial evidence one has been filled).” (Acts 4:31)

If you have not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit; won’t you come in faith today and receive the “Promise of the Father.” Jesus is the baptizer with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11), and it is for “even as many as the Lord will call.”

“And I (Jesus) will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter (helper – the Holy Spirit), that He may abide with you forever.” (John 14:16)

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Unto Us A Son Is Given

The Gospel Of John Presents The Son Given As God – God In The Flesh

Silhouette pregnant Mary and Joseph with a donkey on star of cross background

“In The Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:1,14)

What an incredible way to begin the Gospel of John. Each time I read these verses I think maybe a trumpet should sound to announce them. It is all so regal. They announce to all that will hear that the Word was there with God in the beginning. He was with God (in relationship) and was God (Trinity). Jesus, of course, is the Word as He would certainly have to be in order to reveal God to us as He did. Jesus made this clear when He said: “He Who has seen Me has seen the Father”. (John 14:9)

I can’t imagine what it was like for Him to leave Heaven’s glory and become the God/Man in the flesh. Imagine what the angels thought seeing the God of Glory humble Himself and become man. The love of God towards us is displayed clearly in His first Advent.

We look back on this incredible happening and take it for granted in many ways, but who would have ever imagined that the Lord’s love for us would shine forth in such an incredible way.

This love for us that was manifested in the Virgin Birth was due to the Lord seeing our fallen condition and knowing that without His intervention we would be doomed. He burst onto the scene to reveal God to us and to die for our sins that we might have forgiveness and know Him.

Jesus, the God/Man is present in His fullness in this Gospel. It reveals His Person, not his actions. The love of God towards us can be seen in every chapter. Praise be to His Name.

As we enter this special and blessed time of year we acknowledge the incredible gift the Lord has bestowed on us – the gift of His Son. May we seek to serve Him each day for the love He has shone forth for us. His mercy and grace are an anchor for our soul. May we seek to know the One – the One that loved us, came to live among us and died for us. He is present among us even now, and as we place our faith in Him, He will carry us through this life and we will spend our eternity with Him. We praise His Name for great is mercy towards us. Surely the Lord’s great love shines through brightly in the gift of His Son this Christmas season.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us, a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

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So, Just Who Goes To Heaven?

The Answer Is In The Bible And May Surprise Many!

A man was asked if he thought that he would go to Heaven. He answered, “If there is a Heaven; I believe I will go there.” When pressed on why he believed he would go, he said that he would go to heaven because he was good. That is the belief and hope of many when the subject of Heaven comes up. Many believe that the way they live their lives and the good things they accomplish during their life determine their final destination. While living a good life and doing good things are admirable goals and something we should all strive after; these things, in themselves, will not result in our going to Heaven.

We must understand that we have a fallen nature. If we were to be honest with ourselves, we know that we have failed to live a perfect life. And perfection is what the Lord requires to gain Heaven. So, even if we seek to live a morally good life, we will fall short of God’s standard for fellowship with Him and access to Heaven when we die.

So, what are we to do? If we cannot live a life pleasing to the Lord; How can we gain Heaven? The answer is that we must realize the helpless condition that we are in and seek the Lord for His mercy and grace. We cannot, in ourselves, please the Lord and gain Heaven.

The Lord saw our lost condition and provided a way for us to have fellowship with Him and gain Heaven. Jesus spoke of this way in John chapter 3 when He said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again (spiritual birth), he cannot see the kingdom of Heaven.” What the Lord was saying was that just as a person is physically born and at that moment has life; we must be born again to have spiritual life and see, or understand, the Kingdom of God.

So, we are unable to save ourselves. The Bible says, before being born again, that we are dead in our sins. Once we understand our desperate condition, we can seek the Lord and His solution. His mercy and grace is the answer to our need. We are born again or quickened by faith in the Lord and the way He has provided.

“And you has He quickened (made alive spiritually), who were dead in trespasses and sins (totally lost).” (Ephesians 2:1)

The way the Lord provided for us was to send His Son, the Lord Jesus, to pay the price for our sin and to offer us “newness of life” by faith in Him and His great sacrifice at Calvary. We are “born again” into a new life (spiritually) when we come His way by faith. The Lord offers us this through His mercy and grace. Jesus said the following regarding this way:

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

In this one verse, Jesus tells us that He is the only way to the Father. There is no other. We are born spiritually when we place our faith in Him and His great sacrifice at the cross. This is the way to Heaven and the way to have fellowship with the Lord. It is the only way. Our sins are forgiven and the Lord sees us “in Christ”. His righteousness becomes ours. We become children of God by our faith in Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross that paid for our sins.

“But as many, as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those that believe in His Name ( Christ and Him crucified).” (John 1:12)

In summary, we are unable to please God and live a life that will result in us going to Heaven when we die. We must be born spiritually. We do this by placing our faith in Christ and Him crucified. It is at Calvary that the Lord paid the price for our sin. He offers us forgiveness and newness of life when we place our faith in Him. And we can know that we are going to Heaven, not by our goodness, but by the Lord’s mercy and grace. He saw our need and our helpless condition and provided a way for us to be saved; We are forgiven and will spend eternity with Him in glory. The Lord’s Word says it best:

“For by grace (unmerited favor) you have been saved through faith (in Christ crucified); and that not of ourselves (not earned): it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)

We are saved by faith and we are kept by our faith in the Lord and the Lord’s sacrifice at Calvary. And through faith, we can know that we have eternal life and will be with our Lord in Heaven.

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

The Lord loves us and has reached down in His mercy and provided for us in our fallen state. Psalm 118:23 says it best: “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”

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An Unholy Mix- Adding Anything To God’s Redemption Plan.

Just How Do We Walk Out This Christian Life?

” I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him who called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another. (Galatians 1:6,7)

The day we came to the Lord (born again) was the greatest day ever and we were so excited and grateful to the Lord for forgiving our sins and saving us. We wanted to serve Him faithfully all of our days. Not too far down the road though, we failed Him in some way. We were devastated and vowed that this could never happen again. At this point, we had a decision to make. How would we address this failure and assure victory in the future? Having begun our new life by faith in Christ, would we continue in faith, or would we try to prevent any future failures by adding our own efforts to our initial faith in Christ. Choosing the latter, which most of us have done at some point in the past, causes us to leave the way of faith, undoubtedly, not even realizing it. This is the path of the flesh and is not how we are to live our Christian life.

Anything we add to faith in Christ and Him Crucified is another gospel. We have left God’s redemption plan and turned to “another Jesus”. This is what the Galatians were tempted to do. The Galatians were saved and had placed their faith in Jesus and His great work. However, the Judaizers (believed the Law must be added to faith in Christ) came from Jerusalem and told them that along with Faith in Christ they had to keep the Law of Moses and be circumcised. Paul dealt with this problem directly in his Epistle to the Galatians. He said, “But though we, or an Angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you (Christ Crucified), let him be accursed (strong words)”. He also said, ” I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law (any law), then Christ died in vain”. If we could live this Christian life by obeying laws or any other effort on our part, then the Lord’s death on the Cross was not enough. This, of course, is ludicrous. The price was paid in full.

“But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the Law.” (Galatians 5:18)

We may have received some bad council along the way if we sought help when we were failing the Lord. This bad council can take many forms. We may have been told to “try harder”, or that we were saved by faith in Christ, but now we had to do “our part”, whatever they thought that might be. Often, those seeking victory are told to read the Bible more, pray more, fast and get more serious about all the Christian disciplines. Now these things are all good in their own right, and something we should do, and will do if our faith is right, but if we place our faith in Christian disciplines then they become works and we have left the way of faith. If we add anything to our faith to get victory in our lives then, as Paul told the Galatians, “Christ shall profit you nothing”. Jesus paid a great price to redeem us, and we are to place our faith in his great work and leave it there. This will allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives and bring the victory we seek. The Holy Spirit will lead us in the works the Lord would have us accomplish. Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are His workmanship (the Lord saved us), created in Christ Jesus unto good works (the result of properly placed faith), which God has before ordained that we should walk in them”. Again, the Christian disciplines and works come as a result of proper faith.

Those that believe that we have to do our part, or that something else must be added to what Christ has accomplished, when hearing this message of grace, are quick to say that we are advocating faith alone as the way we should walk out this life. They are most assuredly correct in that observation. Some say that this is to easy and will encourage people to sin. If our faith is in the right object, Christ and Him Crucified, we will be kept by the Holy Spirit from sin ruling in our lives. We come to realize, that walking by faith may be one of the hardest things to accomplish. The flesh wants to be in charge and does not relinquish control easily, nor without repeatedly trying to exert itself. The flesh wants to do it’s part, to be in charge and to get the credit (pride). Paul said this in Roman’s Chapter 7, “For I know in me (in my flesh) dwells no good thing …”. Jesus said in John 6:63, ” It is the Spirit that quickens (victory through Newness of Life); the flesh profits nothing.” Yielding to the Holy Spirit is the only way to conquer the flesh. Again, our faith in Christ allows the Holy Spirit to work on our behalf. Galatians 5:24,25 says “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk (the way we live our lives) in the Spirit (the way of victory and the only way to crucify the flesh)”.

Paul, in encouraging the Galatians said, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (adding anything to our faith in Christ brings bondage).” We have liberty as Christians. We are not to adhere to laws (any law, including any we make up), or try to accomplish victory by the things we do. The Holy Spirit works in us to bring about the changes that we so desire in our lives. We can look back on things we may have done in the past and wonder how we could have done these things. We would not do these same things today. These changes in us for the better are undoubtedly the result of The Holy Spirit working in us. We may fail the Lord at times, but we have an advocate (Holy Spirit) and His work will not end until we pass on to glory. He is our Helper, and always has our best in mind. We are loved, cared for and watched over. Jesus said, “I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter (Helper), that He may abide with you forever”. John 14:16.

According to His divine power has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness (He has provided all we need to walk out this life in victory), through the knowledge of Him(Christ crucified) Who has called us to glory and virtue.” (2 Peter 1:3)

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Tom Quinn Ministries – tqministries.com

The Wisdom Of The Blessed Land

Blessings Await Those That Stand With The Blessed Land.

“I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)

There once was a blessed land. The land and its people were blessed because they had been entrusted with a wisdom that the world did not have. In the past, they had not been faithful to this wisdom. Although they had the wisdom, they did not live by it. This had caused them incredible difficulties, including losing the privilege of living in their land for a period of time. This had happened twice; the last time it lasted a very long time. But now, as foretold by the wisdom they were entrusted with; they were back in their land to stay.

“For I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all the countries, and I will bring you back into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:24)

Those that lived in the countries around them were hostile toward them because of the wisdom entrusted to them. Although they lived in relative peace, they were attacked several times by neighboring countries and there were ongoing attacks against them from within the blessed land. Their enemies were not able to defeat them and take their land from them because the wisdom protected them and kept them safe. However, even though they were protected by the wisdom, they didn’t fully understand it or live by it.

“For they (Israel) being ignorant of God’s Righteousness, and going about to establish their own Righteousness….” (Romans 10:3)

A certain country was founded on the wisdom that the blessed land possessed and stood with the blessed land. This country lived by the wisdom for a long time and was blessed for it. And being a very powerful country they were able to protect the blessed land from their enemies that surrounded them. However, a time came when many of the people in this country rejected the wisdom of the blessed land and would not stand with them. They did not realize that their country’s blessings were the result of believing in the wisdom of the blessed land and standing with them.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they be secure who love you.” (Psalm 122:6)

Those in this country that still believed in the wisdom of the blessed land realized the importance of watching over them. They knew that the wisdom promised favor to those that would stand with the blessed land. It also promised curses for those that would not stand with them. There came a time when their faithfulness to the blessed land became dependent on who their leaders were at a given time. They knew that this would put the nation in danger in times of faithless leadership.

“Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” (Psalm 33:8)

What would happen to a country that would waiver back and forth depending upon who its leaders were? Would that country suffer for the times they did not stand with the blessed land? Those that believed in the wisdom were very concerned about this. They continued to believe in the wisdom and to stand with, and pray for, the blessed land.

“….Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” (Romans 10:1)

As time went on, the hostility toward the blessed land and its people increased and spread to many countries. They hated them because of the wisdom they possessed. They felt that their wisdom was far superior to that of the blessed land and did everything in their power to destroy them. The one country that stood with the blessed land in the past, continued to waiver back and forth in their support depending on their leadership at the time.

“….. For he who touches you (Israel) touches the apple of His eye.” (Zechariah 8:3)

What would happen to the blessed land? Would it be overrun by those that hated it? The wisdom they possessed was emphatic in stating that this would never happen. However, the wisdom did say that there would be a final attempt by their enemies to destroy them totally. At that time, they would finally understand the value of the wisdom they possessed and that would save them.

“And so all Israel will be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” (Romans 11:26)

What about the country that stood with them in the past? Would they end up supporting them in the end, or would they reject the wisdom and not support the blessed land? The wisdom did not say what would happen to them, and this concerned those in the country that loved the blessed land, for they knew what the wisdom said about those that cursed them.

The end of this story for this country is still to be written. One thing is certain: blessings would follow all those that accept the wisdom of the blessed land and watch over them. Curses would follow those that would do the blessed land harm. The wisdom has made this very, very clear.

“….. And in thee (Israel) shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)

“But unto them that are called, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:24)

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We Must Ever Guard Against Leaving Our First Love!

“Examine Yourselves, Whether You Be In The Faith.”

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

In the above verse, we have the words of Jesus to the Church of Ephesus as recorded by the Apostle John in chapter 2 of the Book of Revelation. The Lord commended them by saying: “I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you cannot bear them which are evil (those that had departed from the truth) and have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars: and have borne (kept on going), and have patience (persevering even when things are not going well), and for My Name’s sake have labored, and have not fainted (earnest and unrelenting in their efforts).”

It would appear to anyone looking at this church that it was a very sound church. The Lord commended them for their works, labor, patience and the fact that they had identified and rejected the evil of false doctrine trying to slip into the church. False apostles had come to them and they had tried their doctrine and found it false. Everything about this church looked good from all appearances.

However, the Lord had this to say to them: “Nevertheless, I have something against you, because you have left (left not lost) your first love.” So, what did the Lord mean when He said that they had left their first love? He meant that they had departed from the Cross as the object of their faith. When they were first saved, they had a great love for the Lord and what He had done for them on the Cross and had placed their faith totally in Him for all their needs. Their faith in the Lord and what He accomplished on the Cross allowed the Holy Spirit to work in their lives and bring “life” and victory to them. By leaving their first love, they had transferred their faith from Jesus and Him Crucified to other things. They had, in effect, separated Jesus from the Cross which always leads to disaster. That is another Jesus.

The Apostle Paul spoke of this other Jesus in the Epistle to the Galatians when he said: “I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him Who called you into the Grace of Christ (by the Cross) unto another gospel (anything other than the Cross). Paul goes onto say: “But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached to you (Christ Crucified), let him be accursed (eternally condemned).” Paul said this twice in Galatians (1:8 & 1:9) showing just how serious it is to depart from faith in Jesus and what He accomplished at the Cross. Jesus cannot be separated from what He did at the Cross. As we have said: to do so is to look to another Jesus. It is by faith in Who He is (God come in the Flesh), and what He accomplished on the Cross, that saves us and keeps us.

The Lord goes on to tell the Church of Ephesus: “Remember therefore from where you have fallen (they had fallen from Grace), and repent, and do the first works (come back to the Cross).” He then goes on to tell them what the result will be if they do not repent: “Or else I will come unto you quickly, and I will remove your candlestick (light rejected results in light removed).” After being commended for so much by the Lord; His rebuke identified such a serious problem, that without repentance it would destroy the church.

The Lord is patient and longsuffering towards us, but we must ever guard against shifting our faith away from the Cross to anything else, no matter how good it might seem. Our love for the Lord and our total faith in Him for all our needs is our “first love”. As Paul reminded the Corinthians: ” Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith (Christ Crucified); prove your own selves (make certain).” These words from the Lord through Paul were spoken to those in the church, not the unsaved; we would be wise to remember them today as well. The first and greatest commandment is to: “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind”. This must come first in this dispensation of Grace as well. It is our love for Him (“We love Him because He first loved us”), and our faith in what He has accomplished at the Cross for us, that allows all the blessings of God to come to us. We are “in Christ”. In Him, we stand. When our faith is placed in the Cross we have:

Freedom In Christ

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

And Are Led By The Holy Spirit – With The Fruit of The Spirit Developing

“But the fruit (fruit singular- they grow equally): of the Spirit (not of man) is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22,23)

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