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 unmeasurable 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..” (verse15)

“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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Millions are missing! What in the world is going on?

An event unlike any other that will bring the church age to a close

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

(The following is a letter that might be left for loved ones to let them know what had just taken place with the rapture of the church.)

Dear family and friends,

If you are reading this letter then you have discovered that I am missing along with millions of others. Undoubtedly, there is much confusion about the cause of this unprecedented event. I’m sure, along with the confusion, there is uncertainty and some trepidation regarding what took place and what the future may hold. I write this letter to explain to you what just happened and to give you hope for the future.

This event was an act of God and was prophesied some 2000 years ago. The Lord has come for His church (those born again). The Apostle Paul, explains it this way: “For the Lord, Himself (Jesus) shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive shall be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” The church has been anticipating the Rapture (i.e. being caught up to the Lord) since the first century when this promise of the Lord was given through Paul in the First Epistle to the Thessalonians. It is called the “blessed hope” in the Epistle of Paul to Titus. This verse encourages all believers with the following words: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”

The world will have its own explanation for this happening. Don’t believe anything that the world comes up with to explain it away. The truth is that the Lord has removed all those that are His before the time of the Great Tribulation. Jesus said this of the time following the removal of the church: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not in the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” No one knows how soon after the Rapture it will begin, but when it does begin, it will be the worst time the world has ever gone through. It will be a time of great destruction, and it will result in death for many that are alive at the time. It is what the Bible calls the end time and it will be a final seven-year period that will culminate with the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus.

The Bible contains prophecies that warn about, and explain, what will happen in the end time. The books of Daniel chapters 7-12, Matthew Chapter 24, and Revelation are a partial list of books containing end-time prophecies and will give some details on what lies ahead. Some very dark days are coming upon the world, but the Lord will be calling out, through His Word, to whosoever will come to Him and be saved. I write the following in love: I strongly entreat you to read your Bible. Your future eternal wellbeing depends upon it.

Through the Bible, we learn of the words of life given to us by the Lord. John 3:16 says: “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.” We are sinners and have a fallen nature. We cannot save ourselves. The Lord died for our sins on the Cross and offers us eternal life as we come to Him in repentance and faith. His death on the cross paid our sin debt owed to God. Romans 10:9,10 says: “That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus (that He is Lord & Savior), and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead (the Resurrection), you shall be saved. For with the heart, man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.” The following is the Sinner’s Prayer, which has been prayed by millions down through the years. If you pray this prayer and believe it; you have passed from death to life and have been “born again”.

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 the precious Blood of Jesus from all unrighteousness. With my mouth, I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe You 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. And according to His Word which cannot lie, I am washed: I am cleansed, I am forgiven. I am saved. Amen.

I pray that you will heed the Lord’s warnings regarding the future and the tribulation that is about to come upon those in the world. He loves you and it’s not the Lord’s will that any should perish, but that all would come to Him in faith and receive the salvation for which He paid such a great price. We are promised no more than today. Today is the day of salvation. It is my hope that you prayed the above prayer. If you did pray and believed, according to God’s word, you have been born from above. I look forward to meeting you on the other side – in His glorious presence.

In the love of Christ,

His servant and your kinsman & friend

“I give them (all those who come in repentance and faith) eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:28)

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It Is Well With My Soul

Composed by Horatio G. Spafford

The following is the incredible true story behind the writing of this song.

Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888) a devout Christian, was a wealthy lawyer and businessman in Chicago with a wife, four daughters and a son. Their young son died with pneumonia in 1871. This was the same year of the Great Chicago Fire, and as a result of the fire, having invested heavily in real estate along Lake Michigan, much of Spafford’s fortune was lost overnight.

Spafford planned a European trip for his family in 1873. Due to a last-minute unexpected business problem, he was not able to accompany them but planned to join them in Europe in a few days. On November 21, 1873, Spafford saw his wife and four daughters off on the ocean liner Ville du Harve.

After four days at sea, the Ville du Harve collided with another ship. Within minutes the ship, with 226 passengers, sunk beneath the Atlantic. A sailor, rowing a small boat around the area where the ship sunk, spotted Spafford’s wife Anna clinging to a piece of wreckage. She was pulled to safety and all the survivors were picked up by another vessel passing by and arrived in several days at Cardiff, Wales.

Upon arrival in Wales, Anna telegraphed her husband with the words “Saved alone…”. All four of their daughters had been lost at sea in this terrible tragedy. Stafford arranged to leave immediately by ship to join his wife. He and his wife had lost all of their children along with the fortune he had acquired in business.

Four days into the journey as the ship approached the area thought to be where the Ville du Harve sank, the captain called Spafford to his cabin and let him know that they were approaching the very area where the ship carrying his family went down. It is said that Spafford, in the midst of this incredible loss, penned the following while on this ship on his way to be reunited with his grieving wife:

When peace like a river, attendeth my way. When sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, though has taught me to say it is well, it is well with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought. My sin, not in part but in whole, is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul.

It is well (it is well) with my soul (with my soul). It is well, it is well with my soul.

Partial lyrics from “It is well with my soul”.

The Lord blessed Spafford in business once again and he and Anna had three more children, one of which died of pneumonia. In August of 1881, the Spaffords moved to Jerusalem. Upon his death in 1888, Horatio G. Spafford was buried in that city. The city that the Lord calls His own.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (Day of the Lord) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin (the Antichrist) be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing Himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians. 2:3,4)

The title of this article comes from a well-known line in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Three witches predict that Macbeth, a Scottish general, will receive a title of Scottish nobility from the king and become king himself one day. When the king makes Macbeth the thane of Cawdor, Macbeth, now believing the prediction given him by the witch, and with encouragement from Lady Macbeth, kills King Duncan and becomes the king of Scotland. This begins Macbeth’s descent into evil. The words in our title were spoken by one of the witches, of Macbeth, as he approached them to find out more about their prophecies regarding him.

The above verse speaks of a day when evil will be personified like never before in a man the Bible calls, among other names, the Antichrist. He is referred to as “the beast” in the thirteenth chapter of Revelation and “the man of sin in the above verse.” He will rise out of obscurity promising peace to the world and he will be accepted by most in the world of that time. Many believe he will be of Jewish descent because he will make a seven-year peace agreement with Israel and Israel will accept him as their messiah.

This man will head a ten-nation confederacy and initially come to power professing peace. This will quickly change and he will set about to conquer. He will be empowered by Satan and perform great wonders. The world will stand in awe of this man. He will demand to be worshipped and will speak against the Lord.

“And he (the Antichrist) opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His Name.” (Revelation 13:6)

The signing of the agreement between the Antichrist and Israel is the beginning of the last seven years before Christ’s return. This period is referred to in the Bible as “The Great Tribulation.” It will initially bring a long sought after peace to Israel, but it will only be a temporary peace.

The Antichrist will be helped by the false prophet who the Bible says “had two horns like a lamb, but spoke as a dragon. He also will be empowered by Satan and will “cause the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast (Antichrist).” The false prophet will require all to receive a mark in the forehead or hand, without which no one could buy or sell. The mark will be “the name of the beast (Antichrist), or the number of his name.” The Bible says that the mark is “the number of a man; and his number is six hundred, threescore and six (666).” Those that agree to receive the mark will “drink of the wrath of God.” In other words, they will be eternally lost. Believers in the Lord will refuse the mark and will face death.

At the midpoint of the seven-year tribulation, the Antichrist will turn on Israel, breaking the peace agreement, and come against it militarily to destroy the nation and kill all the jews. Satan is behind this final effort to destroy God’s people, for the Lord has made promises to Israel. His Word says all Israel will be saved in the end. Satan knows that if God’s Word is not fulfilled regarding the Jewish people then He wins. This will not happen. All of the Lord’s Word will be fulfilled. The Second Coming of the Lord will defeat Satan, all Israel will be saved, and the thousand-year reign of Christ will be ushered in.

“The blindness in part is happened to Israel (rejecting Christ initially) until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in (the church age ending with the rapture). And so all Israel will be saved (at the end of the tribulation with the Second Coming ).” Romans 11:26

As Christians, the Bible says we are “not appointed to wrath” and that the Lord is coming for us before the Great Tribulation. These last seven years before the Lord’s return will be the worst time this world has ever seen. The judgment of God will bring famine, pestilence, earthquakes, war, and much more in the way of destruction and death to an unrepentant world. The Lord loves us and wants all to be saved from His end-time judgment. His mercy and grace have provided us with a Way whereby we will be saved from all that will come upon the earth. The Lord of glory came to earth and died on the cross for our sins. We must repent and believe in His sacrifice at Calvary to be saved. If you have not come to the Lord in repentance and faith; won’t you come to Him today. The Lord has given us signs of the approaching tribulation and they are all around us today. Something wicked this way comes and we can escape it by faith in the Lord who loves us.

The Rapture of the church is an evacuation of all believers from the earth before the wrath of God comes upon this world as the following verse states:

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

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The Wayside, Stony Places, Thorns, and Good Ground

The Parable Of The Sower – Matthew Chapter 13

“Behold, a sower went forth to sow. And when he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up. (Matthew 13:3,4)

This seed (word of God) fell by the wayside (a hard surface not prepared for planting) and fowls (Satan and company) devoured them up (takes it away). This seed by the wayside speaks of those that hear the word, have no desire for it and allow Satan to steal that which was sown. They see no value in what they heard, turn from the truth, and will not come to the Lord in repentance and acceptance of the salvation message.

“Some fell on stony places, for they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth. And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.” (verses 5,6)

The stony places suggest a shallow place (no depth) where there is some soil but rock is just below the surface. Jesus says of these individuals: “He who hears the word, and anon (immediately) with joy receives it.” There is a good start made here; they immediately believe the word and accept Christ. The Lord goes on to say: “yet he has not root in himself, but endures for a while.” There is some progress made because there is some soil, but the roots cannot grow down because of the rock below. Jesus explains the end result as follows: “For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended.”. They are offended after a short period of time due to tribulation or persecution and turn from the truth and lose their way.

“And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and chocked them.” (Verse 7)

This third group makes more progress than the previous two. The soil is good and the roots begin to grow, but thorns impede the growth of the planted word. Jesus explains: “The care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, chokes the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” These individuals make a good start and continue for a considerable amount of time, but are distracted by other things and become unfruitful (lost). Jesus said: ” Every branch (believer) in Me (the True Vine) that beareth not fruit (does not continue in faith) He takes away (removes from the Vine ).” The Lord loves us and is patient and longsuffering towards us, however, if we cease to believe then we have cut ourselves off from the love of God that is in Christ.

“But other fell on good ground and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. ” (verse 8)

This last group eagerly receives the word with hungry hearts under the conviction of sin. They understand that they are sinners in need of forgiveness. They accept the Lord’s work on the Cross and come to Him with great joy. They continue to yield to God, and as a result, bring forth “good fruit” (Christian growth). Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. ” The result is that the Holy Spirit can bring forth good fruit because of the fertile soil (hungry receptive heart).

“Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (verse 9)

This verse points to the fact that all will be held accountable by the Lord for what they have heard (i.e the Word), and will be judged for what they did with it. Those in the first group hear the Word and reject it. The second group accepts the Word and begins to live for the Lord, but because of tribulation and persecution falls away. The third group starts out well and continues for a considerable period of time, but eventually is distracted by the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches and loses their way. The final group eagerly accepts the word and yields themselves to the Lord, resulting in the Holy Spirit working mightily (hundredfold, sixtyfold, thirtyfold) in their life.

It’s disconcerting to note that only one in four of those that heard the word continued in it. Three out of four did not. Sadly, I believe church history proves this out. Matthew 7:14 explains the reason for this: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow the way (faith in Christ Crucified) which leads to life, and few there be that find it.” We can only find life by our continued faith on a daily basis in the One that offers that life to us. Jesus speaks of this in John chapter 15: ” I am the Vine, you are the branches: he who abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit.” Everything that we receive from God comes exclusively through what Jesus accomplished on the Cross. This must always be the object of our faith. It alone allows the Holy Spirit to work in our lives to bring forth the fruit that will bring the victory that we so desire. Jesus is the True Vine. Our life is in Him and Him alone.

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How Do I Live A Victorious Christian Life?

“For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” (Romans 8:2)

I’m born again and love the Lord, but I keep failing. I have tried, with all that is within me, to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. I’ve prayed more, read more in my Bible, and fasted, but there is still no victory.

Does this sound familiar? The victory escapes us and we become discouraged. We want to follow the Lord, but we keep failing. The battle is intense at times and the fight seems to get tougher. What should we do?

The answer we seek can be found in the fact that the only fight we are called to fight is the good fight of faith. Striving in our own strength to live a life pleasing to the Lord will bring us only failure and great disappointment. The battle is the Lord’s. He has already won the victory.

The introductory verse above points the way. It was written by the Apostle Paul after a personal battle within himself to try and live a victorious life. Paul said this regarding his battle, “ For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing” Paul is frustrated because, trying his most earnest, he cannot live a life of obedience.

Paul finds the victory he seeks in placing his faith in Christ and Him crucified. As Romans 8:2 above says: ” For the law (Law of God) of the Spirit (Holy Spirit – how He works) of life (life from God) in Christ Jesus (His victory at the cross) has made me free (brings victory) from the law of sin and death.” These are the two most powerful laws. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is the only law more powerful than the Law of Sin and Death.

We learn here that our feeble attempts, in our own strength, will never give us victory over the law of sin and death. We must place our faith in Christ and Him crucified. This will allow the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our lives to bring us the victory we seek. The Holy Spirit works in no other way.

The Christian disciplines (e.g. bible reading, fasting, praying, church attendance) are very important, but our faith must not be in these for victory over sin. The Bible does not say that we will come to a place of sinless perfection in this life, but it does point the way that we are to walk if we are to live lives pleasing to the Lord. We have been born again by placing our faith in Jesus and His great sacrifice at the cross. Our walk with the Lord is no different. We are to continue to place our faith in Christ to walk out our daily life. We are unable to save ourselves or sanctify ourselves by our own efforts. We are to rest in His finished work, and the Holy Spirit will bring us victory. Galatians 5:16 says, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” Walking in the Spirit is not doing, but believing ….. believing in Christ and Him crucified.

Jesus paid the price for us at the cross. We love Him for the love He showed for us by this incredible act. We are to remain in that love believing that the result will be the rest and the victory we so desire in our lives. Jesus said “It is finished” and He meant it. We need to believe it. There is nothing that He has not accomplished for us. We are victorious “in Christ”. In the words of the Rock of Ages hymn below: “Be of sin the double cure (the cross). Save from wrath (salvation) and make me pure (victory over sin)”. The Lord has done it and it is marvelous in our sight. Only believe!

” Abide in Me (total faith in His finished work on the cross) and I in you (His promise). As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in Me (the only way to victory).” (John 15:4)

Rock of Ages

(Composed by Rev. Augustus Toplady in 1763)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee. Let the water and the blood, from thy wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure. Save from wrath and make me pure.

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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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