Archive for June, 2007

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The Winds of Change

June 27, 2007

Ephesians 5:17  “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. ”

For many, christians and non-christians alike, the concept of change can bring with it a certain amount of anxiety.  We tend to like stability in the theater of atoms in which things move along in a predictable fashion.  Sometimes change is looked forward to; such as when graduating, getting married, or embarking on a career path.  Yet each of these changes bring with them certain elements of predictability.  In each of these seasons, we enter them, having not experienced them as of yet, but knowing what to expect from having observed many of our elders navigate these various seasons of life.  

Unexpected changes which have no roadmap or run contrary to what we consider to be “average” are trying.  Whenever the comfort zone shows signs of possible collapse, the initial response of most is to panic.  In times past, I was a habitual worrier; even though I knew that it was contrary to scripture.  This is one area in which the Lord has granted an incredible victory; the scope of which defies description.  In all honesty, each day is one in which no roadmap has been issued.  We never know what a day may entail or when an event will take place which will render even the best laid plans irrelevant. 

For us, one such moment was when we learned that Matthew was autistic.  Suddenly we were faced with the understanding that our preconceived notions of how the future would unfold were in error.  It’s a situation that is still very trying, but Gods grace is more than sufficient for any situation.  I’ve found myself, on more than one occasion, crying out to God “This is too much!  This is more than I can handle.”  In my own strength it is too much, and yet things are still intact; despite the daily challenges of a 12 year old boy who is nearly as strong as an adult, very calculating, and seems to have an inexhaustable resevoir of “surprises.”  I know that Romans 8:28 is true and that the end result of this will be incredible. 

If there has been one dominant theme on my heart as of late, it’s that of change.   The transpiring of events which will bring to nothing all of the prevailing charts and ten-step-programs.  Phenomenal change in which we will have to “know” that God is our strong tower and refuge.   While most of us are aware that perilous times are upon us and will grow in their intensity, few seem to grasp the lateness of things.  The following is not a “thus saith the Lord” but it’s a sense that I find myself unable to thwart or decline to make mention of at a time when I could just as easily do a post from Psalm 119.    

I really believe that this fall will see the beginning of the end for the status quo that we’ve all become accustomed to.  I could well be wrong as the transpiring of certain events could prolong this present season. (Such as repentance of Ninevah-like proportions.)  I know that I will look like an overzealous person who spends too much time reading apocalyptic web sites; should this sense of urgency be misdirected.  (Urgency is always present as tomorrow in this realm is not promised)  Yet this is really on my heart to the point of being unable to shake it and for this reason I’m posting this.   The following link contains a vision given to Michael Boldea in April of this year as he was ministering in Romania. 

 http://handofhelp.com/vision_55.php 

Even if this fall comes and goes seemingly without incident, change is in the air.  At some point, the status quo for the west will fail and most will be unprepared for these events.  Rampant sin is a reproach to any nation, and sin, unrepented of,  results in death.  This is an unchanging truth and today we see it being played out in almost every facet of society.  The Roman Empire didn’t fall because another kingdom rose up and defeated them in combat.  They fell when the pursuit of immorality became the dominant obsession and little by little, society unravelled, while various tribes from without began to occupy geography.  The western empire simply “dissolved” from the scene.  Ironically, I imagine that there were still Roman soldiers stationed along Hadrians wall while the Visigoths were beseiging Rome.  (Incidentally, the eastern empire didn’t share this demise and it eventually became the Byzantine Empire.)

For the saints of God, we have a strong tower in the Lord Jesus Christ and should not be ovecome by anxiety.  It is imperative that we do all to reach any who have ears to hear.  I know of a few who have ears to hear and seem to be aware of whats coming to pass.  They are always eager to discuss such things.   Yet, as was the case with Lot on the morning of destruction, they seem to be lingering.   It’s as if they’re “almost persuaded” so to speak.  The story of Lot is fascinating; in fact here’s the passage concerning the morning of their departure from Sodom. 

Genesis19:15-16  “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.  And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.”

They were lingering; packing, drinking tea, taking a stroll down memory lane, whatever.  (We’ve shared a lot of memories in this house)  There are folks today that take note of things and they see the writing on the wall.  Yet the urgency hasn’t set in.  I’ll never forget the words that Phil mentioned in a post around easter time concerning the disciples.  At the moment in which Jesus was betrayed, suddenly the time to prepare was over and the season of endurance was at hand.  I”m convinced that in the days ahead, the transition from preparation season to endurance season could be swift and almost without warning. 

In preparing for the days ahead, there’s no cookie cutter instruction as the Lord has a speciffic plan for each of us.  In other words, if the Lord wrote out each of our instructions on a tablet and distributed them to us; if we compared tablets, none of them would read the same.  None of them would be contrary to the word of God either.  This is the reason for the initial passage of scripture.

Following this paragraph is a physical preparation link for perilous times.  I know that some are being led to make such preparations; be it for the sake of their own family or those whom the Lord may bring by in the times ahead.  It’s a page from Steve Quayles site where one can find a lot of information on physical preparations.  As in all things, it’s needful to be in prayer over such things as opposed to just doing something because someone else is doing it.  As for me, I Timothy 5:8 is continuously at the forefront of my mind and as such certain things are in motion.   

 www.stevequayle.com/News.alert/06_Prep_tips/06_Prep.index.html 

Far more important than any preparations in the physical realm is to be prepared spiritually.  To be in close to the Lord Jesus and ready to move, stay, run, speak, endure, hold the fort, whatever he would have us do.  To abide under the shadow of his wings and not become amazed at what’s taking place in the physical.  His perfect peace will remain with us, even in the face of the most astonishing of events.  Isaiah 26:3 has only one condition attached to it.  That one condition is that we keep our mind upon the Lord. 

Well, this post has taken two days and has seen several changes.  Another thing that is on my heart is how much longer the season of blogging will last.  I know that the time of conclusion is near; something for which I suddenly have peace about.  (This is incredible because I really like blogging)  July 22 will mark the one year anniversary; the first two and a half months being over on blogger.  At the moment, I’m minded to continue until July 22 and then either stop or go into a more passive form of blogging.  (Like once a month or so)  I spend a lot of time in front of the computer and there’s an overpowering urgency, to utilize much of this time for prayer.  This has been an incredible season of growth and it’s not over yet.  I love everyone that I’ve met here and all are on my prayer list.  In fact it seems that this is the needful thing to be focusing on; to be fervently praying for the saints. 

Well I’ll close for now.  Until next time, I wish for all to have a blessed day in Christ.

Revelation 19:5-9  “And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both smal and great.  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the mariage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the lamb.  And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”

Revelation 22:17  “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.  And let him that heareth say, Come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

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Agents Of Truth in an Ocean Of Deceit

June 25, 2007

This first passage is a troubling one in that it outlines the appeal to ones pursuit of spiritual matters as a means of leading them into a way that is in error; even though the profigators of the error may fully believe it to be truth.   

II Peter 2:1  “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

False teachers.  Claiming to uphold truth, even using all of the right words, and yet leading their followers into the ways of error.  It will sound like the gospel but will be another gospel; lifting up teachings of men, promoting a form of godliness which is powerless to change lives, and ultimately cause the followers to seek after a person instead of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I’ve known folks to develop an attachment to a ministry, a person,  a denomination, or any embodiment of thought to the point that anything coming from that person or doctrine is simply accepted as truth.  The Berean test goes out the window and such a person, in the course of conversation, will ultimately make mention of this individual or embodiment of thought that they are following time after time. 

Whenever a person follows a person, group of persons, a ministry, or what-have-you, they may reach a point of unwittingly placing the teachings of men in higher esteem than scripture.  They may listen to the teaching and memorize the singled out scriptures without prayerfully studying it through on their own.  (this will almost always take place without the person being aware of it)  Their casual conversations will, at some point, be interwoven with a bringing up of this loyalty.  It’s a trap that I’ve fallen into in the past without realizing it until later.  Whenever it happens, spiritual pride usually follows close behind as teachings and/or traditions of men become linked together with the gospel of Jesus Christ; thereby transforming it into another gospel.  (Mark 7:5-9 gives us a good example of this taking place)

II Peter 2:2-3  “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” 

While many today are proclaiming the gospel in sincerety, there are also those who are doing so for personal gain or profit.  These grievous wolves have been around ever since the earliest days of the church and still go about seeking to turn people away from the truth for personal gain.  Fervent prayer, coupled with a continual application of the Berean test (Acts 17:11) is ever so imperative.  We live in an age of hyper-entertainment (shock and awe) as the characteristics mentioned in I John 2:16 are running amock.  As such it’s imperative to have our senses excercised, through use, to discern both good and evil.”  (Hebrews 5;14)

The world is a virtual mine field of deceptions and as such it’s imperative that we be a city set upon a hill.  The agents of deception will employ all of the bells and whistles as to draw in the simple; promising them liberty while being the servants of corruption.  We must continuously lift up the Lord Jesus Christ alone, live a life of obediance, and be always ready to tell of the hope that is in us.   When Jesus is exalted, he will draw folks unto him and the conversions will be real.  Despite the complex array of distractions, winds of doctrine, and voices proclaiming one sect or another, when we lift up Jesus and live accordingly, it will be obvious. 

This post has yet to delve into the passage of scripture that has been on my heart.  here it is now.  It’s a window into the life of the apostle Paul and his ministry. 

I Thessalonians 2:1-2  “For yourselves, brethren, know our enterance in unto you, that it was not in vain:  But even after we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.”

Contention; not in generating strife, but the establishing of sound doctrine.  Paul went forth in the power of the Holy Ghost and as a result his efforts were not in vain.  Despite the continual persecutions of diverse methods, he was determined to finish his course.  His love for the Lord Jesus and for the church is undeniable.  (I Corinthians 4:15 and II Corinthians 11:28) 

I Thessalonians 2:3-4  “For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:  But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.”

Paul didn’t have a personal agenda.  He wasn’t out for monitary gain or self-promotion.  He didn’t employ deceitful measures to acquire a following.   He just proclaimed that which the Lord had given him; seeking only to please God.   Some listened, some didn’t, some went to incredible lengths to hinder the truth.  Yet his focus was completely upon obediance to the Lord Jesus Christ.  When we find folks who are so completely focused, it’s a real blessing; knowing that they will be honest and sincere.  I pray that we all would strive to be likewise as the temptation to water things down a little in order to not offend others is intense. 

I Thessalonians 2:5  “For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:”

He didn’t invoke smooth sayings, each one focus-group tested for its effectiveness and ability to tickle the ears of the hearers.  Flattering words will put a person at ease; even when they are in serious need of having their cage rattled.  Websters defines the word flatter as “to praise excessively especially from motives of self-interest.”  One would be hard pressed to find a better definition than that.  This practice is rampant today as a continual seeking after numbers and financial acquisition leads to compromises of biblical proportions. 

I Thessalonians 2:6-7  “Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdonsome, as the apostles of Christ.  But were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:”

This is kind of going back to the same themes as above, but it shows how Paul didn’t seek the praises of anyone.  He cared for the saints with an unfeined love that can only come from the Lord Jesus.  His care for them was in utmost sincerety as this final verse shows.

I Thessalonians 2:8  So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear to us.”

In writing this, I’m reminded of Susans telling about delivering bibles and teaching material to the churches behind the iron curtain.  The saints in Poland were grateful, but also fervently concerned about getting suich material to those inside the Soviet Union.  Despite their own situation, they were thinking of their less fortunate brethren.  I can’t remember the name of the posts, however they are on Susans site (Faithwalk; listed in the blogroll) 

Well I have to go.  This is currently a very hectic time and if I’m gone for a few days, this is probably why.  I will strive to remain current as much as possible and visit around likewise.  The honest sincerety of those whom I know through this venue is a real blessing.  I know that a lot of growing has transpired in my own life from the various communications here.  I wish all a blessed day in Christ and will leave with the following passage.

I Peter 4:11  “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things might be glorified through jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. amen.”

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Hello again.  I found a great post that is needing of a link.  It really got me to thinking on some things and so here it is:  www.inhisgrace.wordpress.com/2007/06/25/the-small-stuff-in-life/  Please check it out. 

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Must-Read Links

June 22, 2007

This first one is so needful as we live in an age of astonishing compromise. 

www.abmi.wordpress.com/2007/06/22/the-rising-tide-of-resurrection-life/#more-377

This post outlines the perils of this age very straightforwardly as these are days of strong delusions coupled with a rampant form of godliness that denies the power thereof.  The second post is from Jacky Backen; written a while ago but entails some very important wisdom concerning seeking the Lord as opposed to our own will.

www.beaconmessages.wordpress.com/2007/05/27/thanks-my-faithful-blog-friends/

This one is a poem; written five years ago, tells of a nation which has drifted away from God and is a call to return.  Even if the nation continues to drift, (and it is)  each saint should heed the call to draw nigh to the Lord Jesus. 

www.stevequayle.com/News.alert/07_Poetry/070622.repentance.html

I pray that we all would lay aside everything that is contrary, humble ourselves before the Lord Jesus in all sincerety and draw increasingly closer to him.  May we worship him in spirit and in truth; knowing that he is worthy to be lifted up.  Until next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Greetings again.  I wanted to link to this yesterday (It’s now June 23 at about 2300 hours) but time didn’t permit.  Here it is now; a very needful post from Susan

www.faithwalk.wordpress.com/2007/06/22/created-for-gods-glory-this-day-this-hour-now/ 

May we all hunger and thirst after the Lord Jesus Christ; seeking to bring glory to him in all that we say and do.  It’s ever so important as these are times of incredible deception and compromise. 

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Looking Unto Jesus

June 20, 2007

 Before starting, I want to make mention of an incredible post at www.pasturescott.wordpress.com/2007/06/19/800-pacos/    This is a telling account as to the level of despair that is in the world and how needful it is that we be a city that is set up on a hill. 

John 12:44-46  “Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.  And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”

The gospel of John is such an incredible telling of the testimony of Jesus Christ and has the most detailed acount of his final moments before laying down his life for us.  Chapters 13 through 17 are packed with insight as Jesus is providing much needed understanding to his disciples; not only to those who were with him that night, but to all who should believe on him throughout the centuries to come.  One thing that has really been brought home to me as of late is found in chapter 15.  It’s a very familiar passage, and yet a needful one as we can so easily wander into mechanics without being aware that it’s  happening. 

John 15:5  “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Our relationship with Jesus is one of absolutes.  Without Christ we can do nothing.  Through Christ, we can do all things.  Our dependancy upon the Lord Jesus is absolute.  When we try to do things on our own or through the eyes of common sense and logic, it will almost inevitably end in disaster.  When we apply physical reasoning to spiritual situations, we will usually end up with a catastrophic chain of events in which we will have to call out to the Lord “Save me” just as Peter did when walking upon the water.  With priceless souls all around us and eternity fast approaching; it’s an absolute must that we abide in Christ and seek him completely.  That we lay aside our own agenda and in all sincerety pray “Lord; thy will be done.” 

I bring this up because of some situations which have come up in my life.  Situations which could have resulted in decisions which could have caused an almost irreversable scattering.  In relationships with those who are outside the household of faith, oftentimes our biggest struggle can be with ourselves.  Those who are not born again are only doing what comes naturally in a fallen world.  We must abide in Christ and seek walk in the Spirit at all times.  Being instant in season and out; always ready to be used of God whenever a divine appointment crosses our path.  (especially the ones that sneak up on us.  They seem to appear from out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly)  

The past few days have been a time of stretching.  Of realizing just how carnal some of my thinking has been and just how needful it is to abide continually in Christ.  To say what needs to be said when it needs to be said and to know when to just be still and know that the Lord is doing a work behind the scenes.  A lot of times; at least in my case, is a sense of urgency concerning the lateness of the hour which can lead to saying or doing things before going to the Lord first.  We know of the unparalleled glory of the world to come for all who are in Christ, the unimaginable horrors of an eternity separated from God,  the lateness of the hour, and loved ones camped out with the multitudes in the valley of decision.  This can result in a “panic mode” setting in and causing us to say or do things at the wrong time.   

Likewise, we can become so complacent that we do nothing.  (I’ve been guilty of this too)  Many don’t see the lateness of the hour and as such are marking time while pursuing the things of this life.  Both situations can lead to bad decision making with eternal consequences.   It is imperative that we abide continually in Jesus.  He doesn’t require us to set up an appointment as he abides with us always.  We need only to seek him in all sincerety; worshipping him in spirit and in truth while being in a state of continual obediance.  The old song “Trust and Obey” says it all. 

I need to be going here, but two things, in addition to the above have really been made real to me as of late.  One is just how damaging runaway foolishness is.  It was a battle for years and in hindsight I can see enumerable opportunities which were squandered in favor of generating laughs.  I can’t adequately explain just how greatful I am over this victory.  It still requires diligence and, once again, abiding in Christ to know when something is out of bounds. (Because the line between humor and foolishness is oftentimes hard to detect) 

Another piece of understanding comes from a more prophetic angle.  I have always been intersted in end-times prophesy; primarily because we are in those times.  Yet an over-focusing on such things, or a “fill-in-the-blanks” method of prophetic study can lead one to a looking after things coming upon the earth instead of looking to Jesus who will be with us through anything.  I’ve done it in times past; become so fixated on events to come as to think that I’m watching when in fact, my focus had become sidetracked.  Prophesy is a fascinating topic and I find myself often asking the age old question “How long O Lord?”  Once again, as in all things, it’s needful to abide in Christ, love him wholeheartedly, obey without wavering and hold fast the profession of our faith.    

Hebrews 12:2-3  Looking unto jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”    

Well I must go for now.  I hope that the above isn’t too confusing and if anything is stated improperly, please call me on it.  Until next time, I wish to all a great day in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Checking In 6/18/2007 (2205)

June 19, 2007

I should be snoozing at the moment as it will soon be time to go in and make prop shafts for General Motors all night.  Yet sleep was not forthcoming and so while reading, this passage is on my mind.

Psalm 142:4-5  “I looked on my right hand and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.  I cried unto thee O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.”

This is the first of two things which were preventing sleep.  This need to understand that the Lord Jesus is ever with us and that when all who are around us seem to be in the contrary, he is faithful and true.  A friend that truly does stick closer than a brother.  I know how basic this sounds, yet remembering it is a must.  Lest we be overwhelmed by those things taking place in the physical realm, it’s imperative to be able to “be still and know that he is God.”  To know that he will be exalted among the heathen and that every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.  To not allow anything to take our eyes off the Lord.  I know that this is nothing new, yet a reminding of such things is always needful. 

The other thing impressed upon me as I tried to sleep but couldn’t is the need to seriously seek the Lord Jesus with a fervency like never before.  To rid myself of as much “static” as possible and seek his face continually.  Laying our “all” on the altar and not harboring plans or imaginations which will only compromise our atunement.  To truly seek the Lord Jesus and be ready to move into the direction that he would have us go.  For me this means a more diligent casting down of an overactive imagination which, when allowed to wander, will almost always take on a life of its own. 

Well, I need to get around and prepare for a night of mundaneous activity.  One thing that’s so incredible, however, is that even while stuck on a balancer with noise all around, prayer for the saints can be engaged in along with a continual meditating upon the Lord.  To continually have our hearts in heavenly places regardless of the ambience.  Tomorrow I’ll try to catch up on commenting after a run to Kalamazoo.  Until then, I wish all a blessed evening in Christ.

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For The Thing was Done Suddenly

June 17, 2007

Last night I was thinking about the folks whom I’ve come in contact with through this venue.  I mean just how unlikely, from a physical perspective, it is that any of us know each other.  For me, it began on July 22, when I opened a blog over on blogger.  (A blog that, for some reason, I can no longer access.)  It was suddenly on my heart to open a blog.  I didn’t know anyone there, other than mark Gardner, a brother that I’ve known since my navy days who is now a missionary to Namibia.  Then in September, also quite spontaneously, it was on my heart to start another one on WordPress.  Had this never taken place, all of the saints that I care for so deeply in the bloggerworld would still be unknown to me.  All of the encouragement, challenging, thought provoking, and pondering that has taken place here would have never been. 

 The first person to ever leave a comment was a man named Tomas followed by Maria Toth.  Then I began searching through the tag surfer and other names came to light.  (I learn slowly)  Suddenly it became not just a place to write thoughts but a place to interract with likeminded saints.  Serious saints who love the Lord Jesus and are passionate enough to take time to write about it.  I know that at some point, this season will come to and end and I wonder if it’s closer than we imagine.  Yet this is, for the moment, an incredible source of information, exhortation and encouragement.  A great place to here from saints of varying backgrounds and circumstances, yet all having their affections on things above and on the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Ours is an unlikely gathering of saints and yet here we are.  I make mention of this for two reasons.  One, Susan just posted about her bloging experiences and she seemed to go into it as I did; not really expecting much to come from it.  Two, I think that it’s almost a type of that which is to come in the days ahead.  When the shaking comes and everything is exposed for what it is, we’re going to see a reshuffling of things.  I almost see small gatherings, each made up of saints who seem to have not had any previous contact with each other.  In fact what was really dropped in my spirit last night was that these gatherings would come together in such a remarkable fashion that only God could have done it.  Kind of like what we have here, only in the physical realm.  I hope that I’m not sounding as one who needs to take medication. 

I always enjoy meeting saints for the first time.  Especially when they are completely sold out to Jesus and their conversation proves it.  They may be very new in the Lord or perhaps they’ve been saved for over thirty years.  Nevertheless, whenever we meet such a saint, the fellowship takes on an otherworldly “sweetness” as Jesus is truly first in their heart and all else is classified as “shifting sand.”   In all sincrety, I thank God upon every remembrance of the saints with whom I have contact.

John 13:34-35  “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” 

Well I’m nodding off and so this will have to be closed out for now.  I just wanted to share some reflections and whatnot.  Until next time, I wish all to have a blessed time in Jesus.

II Chronicles 29:36  “And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.”

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Farewell to Weights

June 15, 2007

I John 3:2  “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purefieth himself, even as he is pure.”

The hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ.  The book of I John is one of needful discernment.  It tells of trying the spirits, to see if they be of God and it shows us how to discern those who are real.  The above passage is an example of the latter.  A person who truly looks to Jesus and has their affections set on the world to come will find that their values will be in stark contrast to that which the world holds in high esteem.  .  If we love him, we’ll have a desire to live for him.  If we long to be absent from the body and present with the Lord, we’ll long to live a holy life and to do those things that please him.  Simply put, the allurements of this world will lose their appeal as we’ll see them for what they truly are. 

Whenever we come across a person who has their affections upon the Lord Jesus Christ to the degree that, as the apostle Paul,  they count all that is in this life as debris, it’s of great encouragement.  (and conviction)  I’ve met only a handfull of folks who seem to have  grown into such a level of discipleship.  This is not to say that such a one will necessarily be void of physical abundance; it merely means that they are ready to drop it all in a moments notice.  We are indeed called to a life of “complete surrender.”  If our affections are as they should be, obediance to whatever the Lord calls us to do should be a small thing.  I have wondered just what I would do if commanded to sell all  and trust God completely.  My first response would probably be a reflection on I Timothy 5:8.  (This is a very true verse; I’m not trying to downplay the importance of it)  It would be a defining moment in which the truth would be manifest.  Just as it was for the rich young ruler who, in all sincereness of heart, asked “what lack I yet?”  He loved his trappings and we often look to this account in reflection.  Yet I fear that many of us would fall into the same catagory.   

Once again, I’m into a post in which I know of folks who are much more qualified to discuss the content.  Yet I’m fascinated by the incredible liberty that one has when they have fully grasped this concept.  To have fully counted the cost and found the complete victory and fellowship with the Lord Jesus that comes as a result of such obediance.  It’s  like reading about the apostle Paul who often didn’t know what lay in wait from one town to the next.  Yet he loved the Lord Jesus so much that his only desire was to finish his course.  This following verse is incredible and should cause all of us to ponder our walk with the Lord. 

II Timothy 4:6-8  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing.”

To be at the point of leaving this world and have the knowledge that we’ve been in complete obediance.  This verse hits me in two ways as it not only offers a glimpse of that for which we strive, it also causes reflection on an array of past failures.  May such verses as this one cause us to repent of any half-heartedness and to do all that we can for the kingdom of God.  May we so love the Lord Jesus and so look for a city made without hands that we consider all that is in this world as debris.  That our primary desire would be to serve the God wholeheartedly and to be good ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ.  To see the lost through the eyes of Jesus and understand the eternal significance of the decisions made here.  Not just in head knowledge but in all sincerety. 

I have to go for now.  If I was of a wise character, I would resort to a more abreviated form of blogging; at least for the summer.  Being on third shift and the kids being home all day causes me to rush things together more than in times past.  The things that I write on are things which are much on my heart, yet finding time to put it all down is a real challenge.  The times are critical and the return of Jesus is closer today than it was yesterday.  I pray that we would have a song in our heart as we ponder the moment when this corruptible puts on incorruption and this mortal puts on immortality. 

I Corinthians 15:58  “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”