PRAY THAT YOU MAY HAVE A HUNGER TO READ GOD’S WORD

PRAY THAT YOU MAY HAVE A HUNGER TO READ GOD’S WORD

“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us:
And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” [1Jn 5:14,15]

Is it God’s will that we read, meditate and delight in His Word?

Then let us seriously pray for that.

Love
Brother Mike

THE LORD CHOSE YOU NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING IN YOURSELF

THE LORD CHOSE YOU NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING IN YOURSELF

A.W. Pink

GOD FOREKNOWS WHAT WILL BE BECAUSE HE HAS DECREED WHAT SHALL BE.

It is therefore a reversing of the order of Scripture, a putting of the cart before the horse, to affirm that God elects because He foreknows people. The truth is, He “foreknows” because He has elected. This removes the ground or cause of election from outside the creature, and places it in God’s own sovereign will. God purposed in Himself to elect a certain people, not because of anything good in them or from them, either actual or foreseen, BUT SOLELY OUT OF HIS OWN MERE PLEASURE.

As to WHY He chose the ones He did, we do not know, and can only say, “Even so, Father, for so IT SEEMED GOOD IN THY SIGHT.” The plain truth of Romans 8:29 is that God, before the foundation of the world, singled out certain sinners and appointed them unto salvation (2 Thess. 2:13). This is clear from the concluding words of the verse: “Predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son,” etc. God did not predestinate those whom He foreknew were “conformed,” but, on the contrary, those whom He “foreknew” (i.e., loved and elected) He predestinated to be conformed. Their conformity to Christ IS NOT THE CAUSE, but THE EFFECT of God’s foreknowledge and predestination.

God did not elect any sinner because He foresaw that he would believe, for the simple but sufficient reason that no sinner ever does believe until God gives him faith; just as no man sees until God gives him sight. Sight is God’s gift, seeing is the consequence of my using His gift. So faith is God’s gift (Eph. 1:8,9), believing is the CONSEQUENCE of my using His gift. If it were true that God had elected certain ones to be saved because in due time they would believe, then that would make believing a meritorious act, and in that event the saved sinner would have ground for “boasting,” which Scripture emphatically denies: Ephesians 2:9.

Surely God’s Word is plain enough in teaching that BELIEVING IS NOT A MERITORIOUS ACT. It affirms that Christians are a people “who have believed through grace” (Acts 18:27). If then, they have believed “through grace,” there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING MERITORIOUS ABOUT “BELIEVING,” and if nothing meritorious, it could not be the ground or cause which moved God to choose them.

No; God’s choice proceeds not from anything IN us, or anything FROM us, but SOLELY FROM HIS OWN SOVEREIGN PLEASURE. Once more, in Romans 11:5, we read of “a remnant according to the election of grace.” There it is, plain enough; election itself is of grace, and GRACE IS UNMERITED FAVOUR something for which we had no claim upon God whatsoever. Amen!

REMEMBERING WHAT WE READ IN SCRIPTURE

REMEMBERING WHAT WE READ IN SCRIPTURE

 Michael Jeshurun

 A Brother in Christ recently wrote to me – “I have friends who can accurately reference specific footnotes from books they read 20 or more years ago! Those friends not only read a lot, they remember just about everything. I find THIS VERY DISCOURAGING. I recently finished a 676-page biography, and yet when I closed the book and communicated to others how much I enjoyed the book, there was really only one sentence I clearly remembered—which is one reason why I dog-ear and mark paragraphs and sentences in my books. I try to read a lot but unfortunately I forget a lot, too. Did I mention how discouraging this is”?

This is the lament of MANY of God’s children. The Lord laid on my heart a burden to write a few words on reading and how to remember what we have read.

Like every other faculty of our beings, the MEMORY has been affected by the Fall and bears on it the marks of depravity. This is seen from ITS POWER TO RETAIN WHAT IS WORTHLESS, AND THE DIFFICULTY ENCOUNTERED TO HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD. A foolish nursery-rhyme or song heard in youth, is carried with us to the grave; but a helpful sermon is forgotten within twenty-four hours! The first five times the word “remember” is used in Scripture, in each case it is connected with God.  And God remembered Noah, and God remembered Abraham etc. But the first time it is used of MAN we read, “Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but FORGOT HIM” (Gen. 40:23)!  [A.W. Pink]

How true this is. Though many of us have been blessed with a photographic mind, some of us have run out of film! Scripture constantly admonishes us to remember and chides us for having forgotten. “REMEMBER the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee” [Duet 32:7] ‘REMEMBER ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ’ [Jude 17] etc. And again – “Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not REMEMBER? [Mk 8:18]

Good memory is indeed the gift of God as all other good gifts [Jam 1:17] Arthur W. Pink was an exacting person. He was blessed (some say plagued) with a photographic memory. He never forgot what he had read, and upon occasion would prove it by stating the volume and page where he read a certain comment. Because of this, some found him hard to bear, since, if he were challenged, he could quote Scriptures by the hundreds to back up a statement of his.

Though all the saints are not SO blessed, yet God has in his divine power given all His saints all things that pertain unto life and godliness, and one of them is a good memory. But like all other natural faculties, it is one which must be improved upon.

Memorizing Scripture and Godly quotes from Godly men is hard work indeed. Scripture speaks of those who labour in the Word and doctrine. [1Tim 5:17]. Though this is a reference to the ‘Elders’ and ‘Preachers’ of God’s Word, yet EVERY child of God should be diligent and passionate to study God’s Word and memorize. ‘Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart. [Job 22:22]

The benefits of such a discipline are manifold.

First, it keeps us from that abominable thing that God hates – SIN! “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I MIGHT NOT SIN against Thee” (Psalm 119:11). ‘The only effective way of keeping a plot of ground from being overgrown by weeds is to sow good seed therein: “Overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). So the more Christ’s Word dwells in us “richly” (Colossians 3:16), the less room will there be for the exercise of sin in our hearts and lives. ‘By the word of Thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer’. [Psa 17:4; see also Psa 119:9]

Secondly, it will keep us from error and heresies. Scripture admonishes us to try the spirits whether they are of God [1Jn 4:1], for many false prophets have gone out into the world. But how shall we test them if we are ignorant of God’s Word? Let us be like the Bereans, who not only ‘received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. [Act 17:11]

Thirdly, it makes us better comforters and counselors. ‘Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee? [Prov 22:20,21]. The Apostle admonished, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God” [1Pet 4:11]. The trouble with most preachers in our day is that they do not speak according to God’s word! ‘To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to THIS WORD, it is because there is no light in them. [Isa 8:20]

Finally it helps us to know our Lord more deeply, intimately and personally. “SEARCH the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me”. [Jn 5:39]

A FEW SIMPLE TIPS ON BIBLE STUDY  –

FIRST, PRAY FOR GOD’S GUIDANCE AND REVELATION. All true knowledge concerning any spiritual subject, be it God, Man, Sin or the Devil, comes through revelation. So pray – “OPEN Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law”. [Psa 119:118]

SECOND, MAKE NOTES IN YOUR BIBLE. Many believe that the Bible is to be treated with reverence and should never be marked in. Only the message contained within should be revered, etc. The paper, ink, and leather that make up the physical Bible are not holy.  Mr. Philpot aptly said – ‘If your religion is only in the Bible, and has no existence out of the Bible in your own soul, which is the case with thousands who are considered great Christians, the same fire that will at the last day burn up the Bible will burn up your religion with it”.

Making notations in your Bible helps AMPLIFY and REINFORCE God’s message, and is acceptable to Him. Marking the Bible helps us internalize the precious truth that so many have taken for granted. If you have neglected this, NOW is a good time to get back into it. Some who have been in the Church for awhile mistakenly assume that they have already heard it all. But, God‘s mercies are new EVERY MORNING!

MEDITATE ON WHAT YOU READ AND TRY TO RECOLLECT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. “O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day”. [Psa 119:97]. Imitate the Godly man in ‘Psalm One’ whose delight was in the law of the LORD; and meditated on it day and night. Recollecting what you have read is a very sure way to improve and sharpen your memory.

FINALLY, SHARE WITH OTHERS WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNT. There is really something about sharing with others what God has revealed to you. ‘The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself’. [Prov 11:25].

The admonition of the Apostle to Timothy applies to all of us who love the Lord –

“Till I come, give attendance to READING, to EXHORTATION, to DOCTRINE’! [1Tim 4:13].

THINGS THAT TRULY MATTER

THINGS THAT TRULY MATTER

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him.

When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them in to the jar.

He shook the jar lightly .The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He asked his students again if the jar was full? They agreed that yes, it was.

The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students answered with an unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life.

The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, your house, your car.

The sand is everything else. The small stuff.

“If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room, for the rocks. The same goes for your life.

If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important.

Pay attention to the things that are critical in your life. Play with your children. Take your partner out for dinner. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.”

Take care of the rocks first -the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just pebbles and sand.

And from a Christian perspective I would add that to me the ‘rocks’ are first ‘The Rock of all Ages’ – my Lord Jesus Christ, and then His body the Church and then my wife and kids . . . . everything else is really pebbles and sand, or as the wise man put it – is vanity and vexation of spirit – a grasping for the wind! [Ecc 1:14]

“For in Him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are COMPLETE in Him, which is the Head of all principality and power!” [Col 2:9,10]

Praise the Lord!

Your servant for His sake
Michael Jeshurun

THE ARMINIAN LIMITATION OF THE ATONEMENT

THE ARMINIAN LIMITATION OF THE ATONEMENT

The Arminian limits the Atonement as certainly as does the Calvinist.

The Calvinist limits the EXTENT of it in that he says it does not apply to ALL persons; while the Arminian limits the POWER OF IT.

The Arminian says that in itself it does not actually save anybody.

The Calvinist limits it quantitatively, but not qualitatively; the Arminian limits it qualitatively, but not quantitatively.

For the Calvinist it is like a narrow bridge which goes ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE STREAM; for the Arminian it is like a great wide bridge which goes ONLY HALF-WAY ACROSS.

As a matter of fact, the Arminian places more severe limitations on the work of Christ than does the Calvinist.

For WHOM did Christ die? We answer without hesitation, CHRIST DIED FOR “GOD’S ELECT”!

“And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save HIS people from THEIR sins [Mt. 1:21].

Christ died not simply to render sins pardonable, but “to PUT AWAY SIN by the sacrifice of Himself” [Heb. 9:26]. As to WHO’S “sin” has been “put away”, Scripture leaves us in no doubt—it was that of the elect. “For the transgressions of MY PEOPLE was He stricken [Isa. 53:8]. Again the Lord’s own words are, “I lay down My life for the SHEEP” (not the goats)! [John 10:15]

“Christ did not intend to save those He knew He would not save. If He intended to save any it was those He knew would be saved. Christ has died for them (the elect) and NOT FOR THE WORLD. It was the elect that Christ came to save. Since God eternally decreed not to save others Christ would not be engaged in a FOOL’S errand.” [Jonathan Edwards]

The Arminian’s fanciful delusion of an Unlimited Atonement is reduced to this – “IF the sinner believes, then Christ died for him; if the sinner does not believe, then Christ did not die for him; thus the sinner’s act is made the cause of its own object, as though his believing WOULD MAKE THAT TO BE WHICH OTHERWISE WAS NOT”. [A.W. Pink]

“Calvinism or the ‘Doctrines of Grace’ isn’t a produce stand from which we can pick and choose which doctrines we wish to keep and pass over the rest in a sort of hermeneutical reprobation. Calvinism is an interwoven system of theology which must be accepted or rejected as a whole. From the acceptance of one point, one is compelled by simple logic to the acceptance of all the rest. You can’t deny one without denying them all. The four-point Calvinist is as consistent as a psalm-singing atheist”. [Anonymous]

[Quoted from Loraine Boettner’s ‘Reformed Doctrine of Predestination’] 

NO ‘NEUTRALS’ IN SOTERIOLOGY OR THE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION

NO ‘NEUTRALS’ IN SOTERIOLOGY OR THE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION

A letter to an Arminian – 

Dear Jim,
Once again please forgive my late response. I trust that all is well with you and your family. I realize that our friendship has reached an ‘uneasy level’ where we are NOT in agreement. But sir, trust me if this was a MINOR issue where we could ‘agree to disagree’ I would be more than willing do that. But this is an issue concerning the ‘crux of the matter’ as far as the ‘gospel’ is concerned and I must remain faithful to the message which God has delivered to me concerning His absolute sovereignty.

I would start by reminding you, that it was NOT CALVIN who said – “I lay down My life for THE SHEEP”! [John 10:11] Again it wasn’t Calvin who said, “No man CAN COME to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me DRAW HIM”! [John :44] Neither said he – “AS MANY as were ORDAINED to eternal life believed”! [Acts 13:48]

Now I want to make it very clear that we use the term “Calvinism” ONLY FOR IDENTIFICATION, and are NOT IN AGREEMENT with all that Calvin taught. That Calvin contributed a lot to the system that bares his name we do not deny. But even though we may quote a few things from the works of Calvin, our appeal is NOT TO CALVIN OR ANY CONFESSIONS OR CREEDS OF THE CHURCHES, BUT TO THE LAW AND TESTIMONY OF JEHOVAH.

Historically speaking, the so-called “Doctrines of Grace” – which go by the nickname of Calvinism – did not originate with Calvin. They are the result of a Synod held in Dort, Holland in 1618/19, after Calvin was long dead. Those of us who hold to Reformed Theology do so not because we are attempting to replicate the theology or ecclesiology of a mere MAN – John Calvin, but because we are convinced that the Biblical arguments and the conclusions stemming from that Synod are valid and our OWN EXEGESIS AND EXPERIENCE CONFIRMS THE FIVE POINTS.

If it could be proven that John Calvin was indeed a murderous wretch, an ‘Infant baptizer’ or whatever, still it would have no effect on the theology that sprung from the pen of the Reformers. In other words, the “guilt by association” tactic has no teeth!

If John Calvin believed what the Spirit of God has taught us in our personal study of God’s Word and our experience in our preaching ministry, then good for him! But it means NOTHING TO US!

We be persuaded that the Spirit of God would have by and by taught us these glorious truths WHETHER THERE WAS A CALVIN OR NOT!

No infant comes into the world knowing everything, but learns as he grows! Even so a truly born again child of God may have many misconceptions concerning the nature and method of his salvation at first, but if he is saved at all, then the Spirit will by and by teach him what He means when He says that “It is NOT of him that WILLETH, nor of him that RUNNETH, but OF GOD that showeth mercy”! [Rom 9:16]

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day”! [Prov 4:18]

Whatever glorifies God 100%, THAT is what is right!

The doctrines of grace which we hold gives God ALL THE GLORY and puts man where He belongs, i.e. IN THE DUST!

“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth’s sake”! [Psalm 115:1]

You are either an Arminian or a Calvinist! You either believe that Salvation is ALL OF GOD, or you believe that it is partly of God and partly of man!

There is NO MIDDLE GROUND!

Those who pretend that they are neither Arminians nor “Calvinists” are in reality hypocrites! They suppose that they are neutral! But in matters pertaining to the doctrines of Soteriology (salvation) there are NO NEUTRALS!

NOBODY IS NEUTRAL! EVERYBODY HAS A BIAS FOR OR AGAINST! You’re either a capitalist or a communist. You’re either a conservative or a liberal–a rightist or a leftist–right or wrong! Nothing short of right is right. There is no such thing as neutrality on anything. Even a battery has only two poles, positive and negative, and you cannot get them together without fireworks! No battery has neutral poles: You’re either alive or dead, hot or cold!

Oh, the neutral is always so fair! “I can see BOTH sides.” The Liar! THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BOTH SIDES! Only ONE side can be right and only ONE side can be wrong, so in claiming to be neutral and pretending to see right and wrong on both sides, the neutral puts himself above everybody. He is the most righteous of all. He can see how everybody’s a little bit wrong but him and he is the only one right–the only one who really sees the truth, which he claims is somewhere in-between, which makes him the worst liar and most treacherous enemy of all! As Jesus said “He that is not for Me is against Me, and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.” [Matt 12;30]

You either believe fallen man is totally depraved and CANNOT come to God of his own ‘free-will’ or you don’t! [John 6;44]

You either believe God has elected a CERTAIN NUMBER and sovereignly ordained them to eternal life or you don’t! [Acts 13:48]

You either believe that Christ laid down His life FOR THE SHEEP and them alone, as he said He did, or you don’t! [John 10:15]

You either believe that the Holy Spirit DRAWS God’s chosen by an IRRESISTIBLE POWER or you don’t! [Jer 31:3]
And finally you either believe Christ saves FULLY AND FINALLY those whom He died for unto the end or you don’t! [Heb 7:25]

There is no MIDDLE GROUND HERE!

I know what have written might sound harsh and ‘un-loving’, but “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the TRUTH”?! [Gal 4:16]. “FAITHFUL are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful”. [Prov 27:6]

If you choose to believe that fallen, depraved man has a ‘free-will’ to either accept or reject Christ, and that the spiritually dead man can respond to God’s call anytime HE chooses, you are free to do so. But I believe that if you are TRULY SAVED by the Spirit of God and have ‘the root of the matter in you’ [Job 19:28] then God will sooner or later open your eyes to the truth of that word – “it is not of him that WILLETH, nor of him that RUNNETH, but OF GOD that sheweth mercy”!! [Rom 9:16].

Dear Jim, to further dialogue and debate this issue would be a waste of time for both of us. I am sure you realize this by now. But please know that I shall be praying for you that God will be pleased to open your eyes to the truth of His absolute sovereignty and show you that our God is STILL the Absolute Sovereign who has ‘mercy on WHOM HE WILL and hardens WHOM HE WILL and NONE can say unto Him “what doest Thou”?! [Daniel 4:35]

Love
Mike!

GOD WILL JUDGE AMERICA!

GOD WILL JUDGE AMERICA!

Michael Jeshurun

There is a remnant of God even in the United States of America, and we praise God for that, but for the most part the USA is as godless and wicked as the world was in Noah’s day and in the days of Lot!

And the American nation is more accountable because she has had more light, more true Gospel, more genuine Christianity than any other nation on the face of the earth. But because she has rejected that light and forsaken her faith, she is in the same state today as backslidden Israel was in the days of Jeremiah.

The Bible predicts that in the Last Days “evil men and seducers will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). This is surely the case with America. She has gone from bad to worse, which is why we believe that her final judgment is at hand. In fact, if you paused for a moment and considered prayerfully the things that are taking place in the USA you would see that she is already being judged for her backsliding! – By natural disasters, economic ruin, the threat of terrorism and mass shootings, etc.

“For they have sown the wind, and they SHALL reap the whirlwind!” [Hosea 8:7]

Like we said above although there are still many true believers in the U.S., as a Nation she has forsaken God. This is her most grievous sin:

Pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness!” [Ezk 16:49]

“My people have committed evil; they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters” (Jeremiah 2:13).

“Thou hast forsaken Me, saith the Lord, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out My hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary of relenting!” (Jeremiah 15:6).

The Word of the Lord is very clear, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7). For the most part God blesses or judges individuals or nations by letting them reap what they themselves have sown. When He judged ancient Israel, He told her,

“Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that My fear is not in thee, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 2:19).

As a judgment on people that have forsaken Him, God will cause the things that they once gloried in to become things of which they are ashamed:

“As they increased and prospered, so they sinned against Me: therefore will I change their glory into shame” (Hosea 4:7).

Although the Bible makes it very clear that Sodomy, (i.e. Homosexuality and Lesbianism), is an abomination to God, it has increasingly gained acceptance and even popularity in America today. Until finally now the Supreme Court has ‘legalized it’! This is last nail in the coffin!

“They walk in lies, they strengthen also the hands of evildoers . . . they are all of them unto Me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah” (Jeremiah 23:14).

“The show of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! For they have rewarded evil unto themselves” (Isaiah 3:9).

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh!” [Luke 21:28]

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” [Rev 22:20]

NOW IS OUR SALVATION NEARER THAN WHEN WE FIRST BELIEVED

NOW IS OUR SALVATION NEARER THAN WHEN WE FIRST BELIEVED

In the N. T. the salvation of God is presented under three tenses: past, present and future. As a work “begun” (Phil. 1:6), but not completed in a moment of time. “Who hath saved us” (2 Tim. 1:9), “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12), “now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Rom. 13:11).

These verses do not refer to THREE DIFFERENT SALVATIONS, but to THREE DISTINCT PHASES and stages of salvation: salvation as an accomplished fact, as a present process, and as a future prospect. First, God saves from the PLEASURE OF SIN, causing the heart to loathe what it formerly loved. That which is displeasing to God is made bitter to the soul, and sin becomes its greatest grief and burden. Next, faith is communicated by the Spirit and the penitent sinner is enabled to believe the Gospel, and thereby he is saved from THE PENALTY OF SIN. Then it is he enters upon the Christian life, wherein he is called upon to “fight the good fight of faith”, for there are enemies both within and without which seek to bring about his destruction.

For that “fight” God has provided adequate armor (Eph. 6:11), which the Christian is bidden to take unto himself. For that fight he is furnished with effective weapons, but these he must make good use of. For that fight spiritual strength is available (2 Tim. 2:1), yet it has to be diligently and trustfully sought. It is in this fight, a lifelong process, a conflict in which no furloughs are granted, the Christian is being saved from the power of sin. In it he receives many wounds, but he betakes himself to the great Physician for healing. In it he is often cast down, but by grace he is enabled to rise again. Finally, he shall be saved from THE PRESENCE OF SIN, for at death the believer is forever rid of his evil nature.

Now it is that third aspect of salvation which concerns us in this present series of articles, namely, the believer’s perseverance: his perseverance in the fight of faith. The doctrine which is to be before us relates to the Christian’s being saved from the power of indwelling sin during the interval which elapses between his being saved from its penalty and the moment when he will be saved from its presence.

Between his being saved from Hell and his actual entrance into Heaven HE NEEDS SAVING FROM HIMSELF, saving from this evil world in which he is still left, saving from the devil who as a roaring lion goes about seeking whom he may devour. The journey from Egypt to Canaan lies not for the most part through green pastures and by the still waters but across an ARID DESERT WITH ALL ITS TRIALS AND TESTINGS, and FEW who left that House of Bondage reached the Land of milk and honey: the great majority fell in the wilderness through their unbelief—types of numerous professors who begin well but fail to endure unto the end.

There are multitudes in Christendom to-day deluded with the idea that a mere HISTORICAL FAITH IN THE GOSPEL ensures their reaching Heaven: who verily suppose they have “received Christ as their personal Savior” simply because they believe that He died on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of all those who repudiate their own righteousness and trust in Him. They imagine that if under the influence of religious emotion and the pressing appeals of an evangelist, and assured that “John 3:16 means what it says”, they were persuaded to “become Christians”, that therefore all is now well with them: that having obtained a ticket for Glory they may, like passengers on a train, relax and go to sleep, confident that in due time they shall arrive at their desired destination.

By such deceptions Satan chloroforms myriads into Hell. So WIDESPREAD is this deadly delusion that one who undertakes to expose its sophistry is certain to be regarded by many as a heretic.

[Arthur Walkington Pink in his Introduction to ‘Eternal Security]

SPEND TIME WITH YOUR CHILD CHRISTIAN

SPEND TIME WITH YOUR CHILD CHRISTIAN

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

Spend time with your child when you can because one of these days you will say either “I wish I had” or “I’m glad I did!”

Children don’t need your presents but they need your presence!

In the end kids won’t remember that fancy toy or game you bought them, but they’ll remember the time you spent with them.

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.

Spending time with your child is one thing you’ll never regret in life.

Time is the most valuable gift a father can give to his children!

“What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.”

You can always make more money . . . but you can’t get back time!

Save the excuses! It’s not about “having” time. It’s about “making” time. If it matters you will make the time!

The best toy a child can have is a parent who can get down on the floor and play with them.

If you haven’t taught your children the Word of God and pointed them to the Lord Jesus Christ . . . . you really haven’t taught them anything worth mentioning! – M.J.

GOD WANTS ME TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY NEED OF HIM

GOD WANTS ME TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY NEED OF HIM

Michael Jeshurun

My dear brother Glen Berry of ‘Living truth Ministries’ recently sent me a little paper he had been led to write on the Christian’s response to this Corona Virus pandemic. I heartily agree with all that he said. Here’s an excerpt from his little tract –

In our scenario, let us imagine our Lord Jesus Christ and His small group of apostles in Jerusalem amidst such a pandemic as WE are now facing. Let us see each of the apostles pastoring a Christian assembly. Let us see them each possibly as having been exposed to those WITH the virus that is so highly contagious.  Let us also suppose that just possibly a small percentage of each of the congregations (assemblies) also have been exposed among the Christians. SO WHAT IS THE CHRISTIAN THING TO DO?  Think, dear Christians.   What would be the Christian thing for YOU, individually, to do even if there was a slight possibility that YOU had been exposed?  Does not our Lord teach us to consider the welfare of others even above our own welfare and wishes?!!!!  TOTALLY ASIDE  FROM WHAT ANY GOVERNMENT MIGHT TAKE IN HAND TO RESTRICT OR NOT RESTRICT, what should WE do without governmental involvement do to help and think of the welfare of our fellow man, be they friends or enemies??  Are you beginning to get the point I am trying to make?

To continue: You just could not imagine Paul, for example, thinking he might be a carrier, refusing to quarantine himself RATHER THAN  going to “church meeting” where all would me mixing closely together. Remember, this virus, probably man-man–but whether is is or not–it is highly contagious and is airborne.  So can’t you imagine that all the apostles would voluntarily, even without the government, put their meetings and gatherings on temporary hold, for the sake of the health of all, and for the good of the public??  And don’t you think this action would be even at the command and the endorsement of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself?!!!

So, ChristianTHINK and PRAY.  “Let a word to the wise be sufficient.”

Now THAT my friend is a word in season. This is not the time to argue that all of this is a ‘Conspiracy’ by the ‘Illuminati’ and the Government has a ‘hidden agenda’ behind all this etc. Neither is it the time to quote scriptures out of context like one babe in the Lord asked me the other day, “But Brother Mike doesn’t the Lord say, “to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man”? He sure did! But when He said it, there wasn’t an airborne  pathogen on the loose taking people’s lives! And incidentally, our Lord was not there giving a discourse on ‘physical hygiene’ but was speaking of spiritual defilement as the context shows. [see Matt15:18-20]

And so yes, I wear my mask when I venture out, maintain ‘social distancing’ and regularly wash my hands with soap as advised. But my faith and hope to keep myself safe from the virus is not in any of these. Especially when I read every day of the number of nurses and doctors who are draped in the best protection gear available in the medical profession, and are taking every possible precaution known to medicine who notwithstanding  have contracted the virus!

MY protection cometh from the LORD which made heaven and earth! As said the Psalmist, “I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me. But THOU hast saved us from our enemies, etc” [Psalm 44:6,7]

Speaking of His Church God says, “For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her A WALL OF FIRE ROUND ABOUT, and will be the glory in the midst of her!” [Psalm Zech 2:5]

While the promises of the Lord’s protection abound in His Word, I do not take any of these for granted, but always ACKNOWLEDGE my weakness and the need for His protection. A lot of Christian folk presume that ‘God will do it anyhow’, but my Bible commands me to ASK and have my requests made known. There are two reasons for this – one, to constantly remind myself of my need of Him and two – God himself seeks to be thus acknowledged. This is why scripture abounds with petitions and admonitions to humbly ask – “ASK and it shall be given unto you” [Matt 7:7], “Ye have not because YE ASK NOT” [Jam 4:2]  and “Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN unto God”. etc [Phil 4:6]

Consider the food which God daily provides us. The Master used many illustrations to assure us that our heavenly Father knoweth that we have need of these things and so feeds us as He does the fowls of the air; notwithstanding when the disciples pleaded that He teach them to pray, He taught saying, “After THIS manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name . . . and give us this day our daily bread etc.” [Matt 6:9-11]

God knows better than me that I need Him to protect me from viruses, disease and plague, and yet He wants me to ACKNOWLEDGE the same! That age old admonition still holds good – “In ALL thy ways ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, and He shall direct thy paths!” [Prov 3:6]

Remember blind Bartimaeus whom our Lord healed? He kept yelling “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me” as our Lord was passing by.  And our Lord had mercy on him and commanded His disciples to call him, and when he had come, our Lord asked him, “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” Wasn’t that obvious? And yet our Lord wanted him to humbly ACKNOWLEDGE his need specifically. And thankfully Bartimaeus was humble enough to acknowledge his need and was healed then and there! [Mark 10:47-52]

In my early years as a Christian I used to snicker at Christians who prayed for the ‘Lord’s presence’ to go with them whenever they set out on a journey. I used to think, what do they mean “Lord may Thy presence go with us”? Are they not aware that God is ‘omnipresent’ filling both heaven and earth? It wasn’t until I read one of Brother Philpot’s sermons where he speaks of the TWO ‘presence of the Lord’ spoken of in scripture that I understood how right my older brethren were in beseeching the ‘Lord’s presence’ to ‘go with them’.

Let me explain – There are TWO “presence of the Lord” which the Bible speaks about! One is the UNIVERSAL PRESENCE OF LORD, wherein He is present everywhere and whereby He sees all things in heaven and earth! This is the PRESENCE which David speaks of, when He said “Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there”! [Psalm 139:7,8]

But there is a MANIFESTED PRESENCE OF THE LORD, which the Bible speaks of too! This ‘manifested presence’ is when God appeared and manifested Himself at different times to His people! For example, to Solomon and his people in the dedication of the temple! [see 2Chron 7:1]

This is the same PRESENCE which Jacob, waking from his sleep, said: “Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not”. [Gen 28:16]

And the name of the city from that day shall be, ‘JEHOVAH SHAMMAH’ The LORD is there”! [Ezk 48:35]

This same MANIFESTED PRESENCE is the one spoken of, when the Master said – “Where two or three gather together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them”! [Matt 18:20]

This same MANIFESTED PRESENCE is the one spoken of when the Scripture says – “Jonah fled from the PRESENCE OF THE LORD, and went down to Joppa”! [Jonah 1:3]

Obviously Jonah could never flee from the UNIVERSAL PRESENCE of the Lord, for the Lord is everywhere in that sense and fills heaven and earth! But there is a MANIFESTED PRESENCE of the Lord, and that “PRESENCE” is what Jonah fled from, as the Scripture records!

And THAT is the ‘PRESENCE’ which even un-repenting backsliders avoid! They try and stay as far away from the Bible as much as they can, for in the reading of the Scriptures the Lord at times manifests His presence! They avoid Christian fellowship, for where two are three gather together in the Lord’s Name, His manifested presence is there! Only the broken repenting backslider comes back to read God’s Word and into the fellowship of the saints! (I ought to know)

So when Christians pray, “Lord please go with us, as we take this journey” etc! It is NOT inconsistent to pray like that! Not if you understand the distinction between HIS UNIVERSAL PRESENCE and HIS MANIFESTED PRESENCE!

“My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest!

And he (Moses) said unto Him, If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence”! [Exodus 33;14,15]

May the presence of the Lord and the ‘wall of fire’ that comes with it protect and keep us and our loved ones from this deadly Virus, that we may continue to serve Him and talk of all His wondrous works! [Ps 105:2] Of Mary of old the Lord said, “She hath done what she could.” [Mk 14:8] Let us also do what WE CAN to keep ourselves protected from the virus and trust God for what we cannot. Let us confess with Jehoshaphat that, “we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but OUR EYES ARE UPON THEE!” [2Chron 20:12]

Praise ye the LORD!