YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON!

YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON!

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye CANNOT serve God and mammon!” [Matt 6:24]

“Christ returns to the former doctrine, the object of which was to withdraw his disciples from covetousness. He had formerly said, that the heart of man is bound and fixed upon its treasure (Matt. 6:21); and he now gives warning, that the hearts of those who are devoted to riches are alienated from the Lord…

Where riches hold the dominion of the heart, God has lost his authority. True, it is not impossible that those who are rich shall serve God; but whoever gives himself up as a slave to riches must abandon the service of God: for covetousness makes us the slaves of the devil…

What is here said with a special reference to riches, may be properly extended to every other description of vice. As God pronounces everywhere such commendations of sincerity, and hates a double heart (1 Chron. 12:33; Ps. 12:2), all are deceived, who imagine that he will be satisfied with the half of their heart. All, indeed, confess in words, that, where the affection is not entire, there is no true worship of God.” – John Calvin

TEN SIGNS THAT YOU LOVE MONEY

Dawn Wilson

Years ago, I watched the movie, ‘The Money Pit’. The main characters made a foolish purchase of a house that fell apart, piece-by-piece. Soon their relationship started crumbling too. I remember thinking, “I want to be wise with money—it can a powerful tool for good, but it can cause destruction too!”

Sometime after that, my pastor shared Paul’s caution to church leaders in 1 Timothy 3:3. Paul urged them to be “free from the love of money.” I thought, “That’s wise counsel for ALL Christ-followers.”

To develop a healthy, biblical relationship with money, we must build on this truth: God owns us and everything we have, and it is only as we wisely steward His resources we discover not only a thriving relationship with Him, but with money and possessions as well.

The love of money is a heart problem. It is a choice to pursue wealth for sheer luxury or selfish consumption instead of looking at life from a biblical, eternal perspective and accumulating money and resources as a powerful tool to bring glory to the Lord.

There’s a fine line of difference sometimes, but here are 10 signs you might love money:

1. YOU’RE OBSESSED WITH BECOMING RICH.
The concern here is not wealth itself; it is only the love of money that is evil. It is the compulsive and sometimes unethical pursuit of wealth that leads to ruin.

People with this heart attitude set themselves up for temptations and snares—“senseless and harmful desires” that can lead to destruction and may even cause them to “wander away” from trust in God (1 Timothy 6:9-10).
Related to this is the obsession of seeking wealth, the workaholic insanity that lacks discernment (Proverbs 23:4).

2. YOU NEVER HAVE ENOUGH. 
Your checkbook may contain a mere hundred dollars, but you can still be a foolish money-lover.
Conversely, you can have a million bucks in the bank and be a fervent God-lover. It’s all a matter of the heart.
The heart problem here is constant feeling of “lack” that arises from a discontented spirit. (See Luke 3:14; Proverbs 30:15; Philippians 4:11; and 1 Timothy 6:6-8.)

3. YOU’RE LIVING BEYOND YOUR MEANS.
This is a huge issue in a culture of abundance. Examine your checkbook, bank account, and credit card statements, and you’ll soon discover if this issue of greed is your heart problem.
Who is ruling us when we over-spend, or when we build up credit card debt and accumulate “beyond our means” to quickly repay? Proverbs 22:7 says “the borrower is the slave of the lender.”

4. YOU’RE BECOMING A SHOW OFF.
It’s not a matter of “keeping up with the Joneses” now, but also the fashion trends of the Kardashians and the Hollywood crowd, and every enticement from Apple and the Shopping Channel and… it never ends!

The Bible says our unhealthy desires of the flesh, our constant cravings for things we see, and our pride in possessions are “not from the Father” (1 John 2:16).

But we love to flaunt our new purchases, don’t we? God gives us many things to enjoy, but we’re not to become “haughty” or proud, setting our hopes on “the uncertainty of riches” (1 Timothy 6:17).

Consider where and how you seek acceptance. Listen to your conversations. Check out what you post on Facebook. Are they are reflection of your thoughts and beliefs about money? Are you praising God for His good gifts, or bragging?

5. YOU’RE CHARACTERIZED BY GREED.
You may not feel you are greedy, but how would others characterize you?

Do they see you as greedy, lacking a desire to give? Do they think you are generous and doing good to others? Do they see you storing up treasure in heaven, or simply accumulating things on earth? (1 Timothy 6:18-19)

6. YOU’VE FORGOTTEN THE SOURCE. 
We love money when our hope and security are misplaced, rooted in our financial accounts rather than the Lord. Those who find their security in their possessions may come emotionally unglued when their valuables fall apart or “thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19).
Sometimes money draws us away from trusting God in subtle ways. If you’re not sure you’re wandering, ask, “Does money bring me more joy and satisfaction than loving, obeying and serving the Lord?”
Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.” Remember the source of your wealth and you will be less likely to misplace your hope.

7. YOUR LOYALTIES ARE DIVIDED.
When money or possessions drive you—like a slave-driver, like an addiction—you likely serve the idol of materialism.
John Calvin wrote, “Where riches hold the dominion of the heart, God has lost His authority.”
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also… No one can serve two masters… You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:21, 24).

8. YOU’RE TEMPTED TO SIN.
The love of money can lead us to many choices for sinful gain: cheating on taxes, shortchanging customers, padding expenses, etc.
Love of money clouds good judgment. Blinded by our greed and lusts, we may get caught in “a snare” (1 Timothy 6:9).
Guard your heart, and if you find yourself tempted to make sinful financial choices, repent of losing your “first love” and return to the Lord!

9. YOUR LIFE IS STARTING TO SUFFER.
The love of money is a sinful root problem that bears bitter fruit. It’s not just problems with your bank account. There may be problems with relationships (family or friends). Problems may arise with your health because of the stress of obsessively pursuing wealth.
Keep money and wealth in its proper place.

10. YOU’RE WONDERING IF YOU NEED COUNSEL. 
Fools don’t see the need for advice, but wise people listen to and even pursue it (Proverbs 12:15).
If you’re beginning to see problems arise because of your financial choices, FIRST PAY ATTENTION TO THE TRUTH ABOUT FINANCES IN GOD’S WORD and then place your confidence in the Lord (Proverbs 16:20). But don’t rule out wise financial counseling from a biblically-wise financial advisor or ministry specializing in financial wealth-building to the glory of God.

Now look back over those 10 statements and turn them into personal questions. For example: Would my friends say I’m characterized by greed? Are my loyalties divided? Answer each question honestly before the Lord.

It’s not wrong to have wealth. It’s only wrong when wealth “has” us!

“Having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” [1Tim 6:8-10] 

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GOD’S CHILDREN AS HELPLESS AS A LITTLE BABY

GOD’S CHILDREN AS HELPLESS AS A LITTLE BABY

Michael Jeshurun

A little baby can do very little for himself. He has to be fed, washed, changed and put to sleep. And though as the baby grows it learns to fend for itself, old age approaches sooner than one realizes and gradually the same infant who had grown so strong and self sufficient finds itself back where he began – i.e. in need of a caretaker.

The other day an older relative of mine happened to sell his almost brand new car and when I inquired WHY he sold it, he confessed that now that he was growing old his eyesight was failing him and he just couldn’t see well enough to drive.

And is it not a fact of life that what we once easily used to do while young seem such a drudgery as we grow old and there are some things which we just cannot do anymore, period! And driving is one of them for some people. It is either because their vision is not as good as it was (in the case of my relative) or that their reflexes are not what they once were. And did not even our Lord caution His Peter – “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.” [John 21:18] And though this was a reference to the way in which Peter would die, notwithstanding it does tells us that what we did when we were once young will not be possible as we grow old.

Oh how frail indeed is man who is of the dust! And to think that men think so highly of themselves and speak so loftily when they should be admitting that they can’t even walk without God holding their hand shows how proud and blinded men are as to their need of God!

The Scripture says that “Power belongeth unto God” [Psalm 62:11] And it is with THAT divine power men do all that they do – like running, walking, working and even breathing if you will . . . . let the great God WITHDRAW that ‘power’ and man will cease to move and return to the dust from whence he came. “If He set His heart upon man, if He gather unto Himself His spirit and His breath; All flesh shall perish together, and MAN SHALL TURN AGAIN UNTO DUST!” [Job 34:14,15]

Such a comforting thought it is for us saints to know that God REMEMBERS OUR FRAILTY AND DEALS WITH US ACCORDINGLY. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For HE KNOWETH OUR FRAME; HE REMEMBERETH THAT WE ARE DUST.” [Psalm 103:13,14]

And our helplessness is all the more spiritually speaking!

“Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments; for therein do I delight.” [Psalm 119:35]
There was a time when David had confidence in his own ability and ‘will power’. But his sin with Bathseba and his murder of Uriah which followed changed all that!

There was a day when he had boasted – “”I WILL behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt Thou come unto me? I WILL walk within my house with a perfect heart. I WILL set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. A froward heart shall depart from me: I WILL not know a wicked person” (Ps. 101:2-4),

Commenting on the above verses, Pink says – Note the repeated “I will” in the above passage, and learn therefrom how much the “will” of man is worth”!

Now after many falls and serious sins, David was convinced that if he was going to go in the path of God’s commandments, GODwould have to make him go! As I have found out and proved through many years of bitter experience that only TO WILL is present with me, but to PERFORM that which is good I FIND NOT! And most often, the good that I would I do not, but the evil which I would not, THAT I DO! [Rom 7:19]

Augustine was right when he said – “Grant what Thou commandest and then command what Thou wilt”!
The man with the withered arm in Matthew 12 is a case in point. Remember what the Master told him to do? The Lord said – ‘Stretch forth thine hand”! Did he have the power to comply in his own strength and ability to stretch it forth?! Commenting on this Pink says –

“Listen! Here was a man with a withered hand, paralyzed, and Christ says. “Stretch forth thine hand”; It was the one thing that he could not do! Christ told him to do a thing that was impossible in himself. Well then you say why did Christ tell him to stretch forth his hand? Because DIVINE POWER WENT WITH THE VERY WORD THAT COMMANDED HIM TO DO IT! Divine power ENABLED him to. The man could not do it of himself. If you think that he could you are ready for the lunatic asylum, I don’t not care who you are. Any man or woman here who thinks that that man was able to stretch forth his paralyzed arm by an effort of his own will is ready for the lunatic asylum! How can paralysis move”? Good question!

And every regenerated child of God, unless Divine power enables him is much like the man with the withered arm! The inability under which he labors is not an inability to exercise volition, but an inability to be willing to exercise HOLY VOLITIONS. And it is this phase of it which led Luther to declare that ‘FREE WILL’ IS AN EMPTY TERM, WHOSE REALITY IS LOST; and a lost liberty, according to my grammar, is no liberty at all”!

“Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments; for therein do I delight”!

SPURGEON’S COMMENT –
“To will is present with me; but how to perform that which good I find not.” Thou hast made me to love the way, now make me to move in it. It is a plain path, which others are treading through thy grace; I see it and admire it; cause me to travel in it. This is the cry of a child that longs to walk, but is too feeble; of a pilgrim who is exhausted, yet pants to be on the march; of a lame man who pines to be able to run. It is a blessed thing to delight in holiness, and surely he who gave us this delight will work in us the yet higher joy of possessing and practicing it. Here is our only hope; for we shall not go in the narrow path till we are made to do so by the Maker’s own power. O Thou who didst once make me, I pray Thee make me again: Thou hast made me to know; now make me to go. Certainly I shall never be happy till I do, for my sole delight lies in walking according to Thy bidding.

The Psalmist does not ask the Lord to do for him what he ought to do for himself: he wishes himself to “go” or tread in the path of the command. He asks not to be carried while he lies passive; but to be made “to go.” Grace does not treat us as stocks and stones, to be dragged by horses or engines, but as creatures endowed with life, reason, will, and active powers, who are willing and able to go of themselves if once made to do so. God worketh in us, but it is that we may both will and do according to his good pleasure.

The holiness we seek after is not a forced compliance with command, but the indulgence of a whole hearted passion for goodness, such as shall conform our life to the will of the Lord. Can the reader say, “therein do I delight”? Is practical godliness the very jewel of your soul, the coveted prize of your mind? If so, the outward path of life, however rough, will be clean, and lead the soul upward to delight ineffable. He who delights in the law should not doubt but what he will be enabled to run in its ways, for where the heart already finds its joy the feet are sure to follow.

Note that the corresponding verse in the former (Psalms 119:27 ) was “Make me to UNDERSTAND,” and here we have “Make me to GO.” Remark the: order, first understanding and then going; for a clear understanding is a great assistance towards practical action”. [Amen!]

One last quote from Thomas Marten – “Make me to go in the path of thy commandments. David, in the former verses, had begged for LIGHT, now for STRENGTH TO WALK ACCORDING TO THIS LIGHT. We need not only light to know our way, but a heart to walk in it. Direction is necessary because of the blindness of our minds; and the effectual impulsions of grace are necessary because of the weakness of our hearts. It will not answer our duty to have a naked notion of truths, unless we embrace and pursue them. So, accordingly, WE NEED A DOUBLE ASSISTANCE FROM GOD; THE MIND MUST BE ENLIGHTENED, THE WILL MOVED AND INCLINED. The work of a Christian lies not in depth of speculation, but in the height of practice.

The excellency of Divine grace consisteth in this, — That God doth first teach what is to be done, and then makes us to do what is taught: “Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments.”

Seven HUMAN Looks

Seven HUMAN Looks

Arthur Pink

We continue to write upon “Looking,” for, said the prophet, ” Mine EYE affecteth mine HEART” (Lam 3:51). John Bunyan (1620-1677) wrote impressively on “Eyegate” and showed what a large part it played in admitting enemies into the CITY OF MANSOUL. The HEART has no more influential gate than the eyes; and if we are wise, we shall do as the patriarch and make “a covenant” with them (Job 31:1). Guard your EYE — and thereby safeguard your HEART.

Blessed are they who use their EYES to noble purpose, but better to have been born blind than PERVERT such a gift! Observation exerts a considerable influence upon the inner man, and therefore is no small factor in molding the life. But alas, observation is not always rightly used: instead of evoking reflectiveness, drawing out sympathy, and leading to kindly deeds — only too often it excites our corruptions and issues in evil works. Whether observation affects us for good or evil, depends not only upon the OBJECTS CONTEMPLATED, but also upon our REFLECTIONS on and reactions to the same.

1. The look of FAITH. “And the LORD said unto Abram…Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it” (Gen 13:14-15). That was in sharp contrast with the greed of his nephew, Lot, who “lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan” (verse 10), which was the look of covetousness. God here made a great promise and gift to His servant, and bade Abraham view his fair heritage, for it was a land flowing with milk and honey. As he gazed upon such an attractive portion, his heart would indeed be affected by a sense of the LORD’s goodness and magnanimity.

And so should it ever be with us. As we behold the wondrous handiwork of God all around us in the realm of creation, we should admire His wisdom, be awed by His power, and adore the grace of Him who “giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17) — to evoke thoughtfulness, regale our senses, and minister so freely to our needs. God’s workmanship in nature should fill us with wonderment and gratitude.

2. The look of DISOBEDIENCE. “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt” (Gen 19:26). Solemn indeed is that, and chronicled for our admonition. God had given express command, “Look NOT behind you” (verse 17), but Lot’s wife disregarded His injunction. In unbelief and love to Sodom, she looked back and probably attempted to return there, for in Luke 17:31-32, we find that our Lord pointed His prohibition, “Let him likewise not RETURN BACK” with the warning, “Remember Lot’s wife.”

This incident is recorded to show us the peril of HANKERING AFTER FORBIDDEN AND FORSAKEN OBJECTS, and to make us fear and tremble, lest after having escaped the corruption which is in the world through the knowledge of Christ, we are again entangled therein, and overcome, only to find our latter end is worse than the beginning (2 Peter 2:20). Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt as a lasting monument of God’s displeasure against apostates. True conversion is the renouncing of the world, the flesh, and the devil; and it is at our peril that we lust after the things we have abandoned. As Matthew Henry (1662-1714) says, “Drawing back is to perdition, and looking back is TOWARDS it.”

3. The look of CURIOSITY. “And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bore unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land” (Gen 34:1). So far as Scripture informs us, she was the only daughter he had, and with so many brothers, was probably petted and spoiled. Born just before Joseph (Gen 30:21-24), she could not have been more than fifteen or sixteen; and therefore, her MOTHER was more to blame than she was. The Hebrew for “went out to see the daughters of the land” implies “to look about with them.” Probably it was some occasion of public festivity, and unrest and discontent with the tent possessed her; and a spirit of inquisitiveness moved her to mix with the ungodly and to look at the customs and fashions of the heathen. The sequel was disastrous, for not only did she lose her honor, but her conduct led to her brothers committing murder.

For young girls to get away from the eyes of their mothers and go out unchaperoned is highly dangerous, because of their inexperience of the world, their ignorance of the artifices of unscrupulous men, and their proneness to be easily deceived by flatterers. Let young women bear in mind that God has inseparably linked together “discreet, chaste — keepers at home” (Titus 2:5)!

4. The look of CONTEMPT. “And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth” (1 Samuel 17:42). Goliath could scarcely believe his eyes when he saw this stripling advancing toward him, and “looked about” for one whom he deemed more “worthy of his steel.” He was expecting to be confronted with the champion of Israel’s army; and thus, when he perceived that an unarmed shepherd-boy had entered the lists against him, the Philistine utterly despised him. Therein he made the fatal mistake of underestimating his enemy. David indeed had no coat of armor upon him, but, what was infinitely preferable, he was clothed with “the whole armor of God” (Eph 6:11, 13). He might be totally unacquainted with the arts of warfare, but he knew from personal experience that JEHOVAH fails no one who really trusts Him. Said he, “You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45); and the giant fell before him.

Learn, then, that might cannot prevail over weakness — when that weakness leans upon the Almighty!

5. The look of DISCONTENT. “Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought…and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit” (Ecc 2:11). That was the disappointing discovery made by the one man whom God permitted to obtain everything which the carnal heart craves. The force of his honest acknowledgment is the better perceived by observing what he tells us in the nine verses preceding, and then listening to his summing up: “And whatever my eyes desired, I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for mine heart rejoiced in all my labor” (Ecc 2:10). But having realized his ambitions and gratified every desire, he found that so far from their affording him any real and lasting satisfaction, they still left an aching void within.

Mere THINGS — however costly or lovely in themselves — cannot meet the real needs of the soul. The heart was made for God, and He alone can fill it. SELF’S enjoyment of the joys of this earth, leaves nothing but emptiness behind. The thirst of the soul, cannot be quenched by the cisterns of this world. Gold can purchase nothing, but what proves to be vanity. Christ alone “satisfies the longing soul” (Psalm 107:9).

6. The look of HUMILIATION. “Hearken to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek the LORD…and to the hole of the pit whence you are dug” (Isa 51:1). That is very necessary if a humble spirit is to be preserved in the child of God. It is a most beneficial exercise to look back and view our origin, and behold what we were when the hand of divine mercy was first laid upon us. “Wherefore remember,” says the apostle, “that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh…That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph 2:11-12).

Remember it to your shame. Look to the “horrible pit and the miry clay” (Psalm 40:2), out of which the God of all grace brought you, that you may be confounded and never more open your mouth boastfully (Ezekiel 16:63). Daily ponder the question, “Who makes you to differ from another?” (1 Corinthians 4:7) — not only from those who are hastening to destruction, but from what you were YOURSELF only a short time since! Let such a look humble you into the dust!

7. The look of HOPE. “Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.” (Jon 2:4). That is, though because of my reprehensible conduct, You no longer view me with approbation and delight; nevertheless, I will not give way to despair, but cast myself upon Your mercy. Those words, “I will look again toward your holy temple,” show that his faith laid hold of that statement: “and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city which Thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for Thy name: Then hear Thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.” (1 Kings 8:44-49 and compare 2 Chronicles 20:9).

When a captive in Babylon, Daniel had acted on the same (Dan 6:10), and now the chastened prophet made it HIS confidence. Though in the whale’s belly, he refused to abandon hope. He “remembered the LORD: and his prayer came in unto Him, into His holy temple” (Jon 2:7). He remembered His grace, His faithfulness, His power, His past mercies — and turned unto Him the eyes of expectation; and he was miraculously delivered! Oh, what encouragement is there here for every failing saint who is tempted to despond.

DOCTRINE IS IMPORTANT FOR IT DEFINES THE JESUS WE WORSHIP

DOCTRINE IS IMPORTANT FOR IT DEFINES THE JESUS WE WORSHIP

Michael Jeshurun

With a zeal to cast away everything which the Roman Catholic Church holds, many have suggested that true Christians should have nothing to do with Doctrines and Creeds as well, seeing that the Harlot Church holds to such.

In fact some Christians when asked WHAT their doctrine is, count it a mark of humility and maturity to say – “It is just Jesus Christ”!

Beloved, it does not help to say that one’s creed is just ‘Jesus Christ’. For there are MANY Christ’s! We have the Romish Christ, the Mormon Christ, the ‘Christ’ of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and every other cult which defends its authority by Scripture claims to believe in ‘Jesus Christ’.

So it behooves us to define the Christ we believe in by Sound doctrine! This is why every Church worth its name has what they call their ‘Statement of Faith’!

Our LORD was concerned much about DOCTRINE and directly asked those who claimed to believe in God how THEY understood the Scriptures. “He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest THOU”? [Luke 10:26]. In other words, “How do YOU interpret it”?! He not only taught the right doctrine but fought against false doctrine and was ultimately hounded to death for His doctrine! ‘And they sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people were ASTONISHED AT HIS DOCTRINE’. [Mark 11:18]

The early disciples not only centered their lives around THE RIGHT DOCTRINE but admonished the church not to entertain those who DIFFERED DOCTRINALLY. ‘And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers’. ‘If there come any unto you, and bring not THIS DOCTRINE, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed’ [Act 2:42; 2Jn 1:10]

Much more could be said on the importance of creeds and doctrines. But suffice it to say, it is not enough to say that your creed is JUST ‘Jesus Christ’!

There are those who complain, “Oh but doctrine DIVIDES”! Oh yes it does! IT DIVIDES BETWEEN THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS, AND THOSE WHO ARE ELECT AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT!

Is the Jesus I believe in the second person of the Godhead?! Is He very God of very God and one substance with the Father!? Is He the Absolute Sovereign who hath mercy on whom He will and hardens whom He will!? Is he the frustrated saviour who desires the salvation of all men hoping that they will choose him of their own ‘free will’ or is He the Omnipotent Lord who makes His people willing in the Day of His power!? [Psalm 110:3]

The right answer to just the above questions will eliminate and expose the myriads of false Churches that pervade the land!

The Apostle warned of ‘false brethren’ which would creep into assemblies [Gal 2:4,5]. How does one recognize them? For these are not outright wolves that can be easily spotted, but Goats who have learned to bleat like sheep.

They are strangers to God’s Sovereign Grace! Oh they speak of ‘grace’ all right! But grace according to THEM is the REWARD God gives to all those who have EXERCISED THEIR ‘FREE-WILL’ TO ‘ACCEPT HIM’! If they COULD they would go back and change John 6:44 to read “No man can come to Me, except they exercise their own free-will and choose Me”! And while they are at it they would also rewrite Romans 9:16 to read “IT IS of him that willeth, and of him that runneth, NOT OF GOD that showeth mercy”!

According to THEIR theology (theology if you could call it)  goats can become sheep anywhere, anytime they choose, by exercising their ‘free-will’ and a sheep can change back into a goat any day anytime by that same ‘free-will’! The sheep according to them are not KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD, as the Apostle affirms [1Pet 1:5], but by their own whimsical free will, determination and resolution!

They have a great disdain and abhorrence for the milk of the Word, not to mention strong meat. They are afraid of the very word ‘DOCTRINE’. To them anything rich in the Word and doctrine is a ‘lecture’ at best or a ‘Churchy sounding statement’ at worst. They have been raised on short little stories and sermonettes all their lives, so anything which makes them think or search the Scriptures is too much for their unregenerated carnal minds!

So whether you are a newly born again child of God looking for a Church to join, or an Elder (Pastor) considering admitting someone into the Church or opening the pulpit to them – don’t just give them your right hand of fellowship just because they say they believe in Jesus. Ask them to DEFINE the Jesus they believe in. If they say they are new to the faith and would love to learn the right doctrine then teach them with love and patience, but if they are already established in damnable heresies, then after the first and second admonition REJECT THEM! [Titus 3:10,11]

This is Scriptural!

Even when deciding to marry someone you might be in love with, it is of great importance to find out where your ‘spouse to be’ stands theologically. Don’t ever be deceived into thinking that you can win them over to the truth AFTER marriage! It rarely ever happens!

For two CANNOT walk together except they be agreed! And a believer hath no part with an unbeliever or an infidel! [2Cor 6:15]

The Bible in itself is NOT a work on Systematic Theology, but only the QUARRY out of which the stone for such a temple can be obtained. If you preached the ‘WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD’ AS IT IS IN JESUS CHRIST, you will find to your dismay that MANY who say they ‘love Jesus’ or believe in the Bible will be AGAINST YOU! I speak this from sad experience!

This is the dangerous error of the Ecumenical movement! Those who adhere to the mindset of THIS movement say – “Doctrine does not matter. All that matters is that ‘you love Jesus’ and just believe the ‘Bible’!

A lie from the pit of Hell!

Christ’s Distinguishing Love for His Elect – His Lily

Christ’s Distinguishing Love for His Elect – His Lily

C.H. Spurgeon

“As the lily among thorns, so is My darling among the daughters.” [Sos 2:2]

He styles her, “My darling.” An exquisitely sweet name; as if His love had all gone forth from Him, and had become embodied in her. The first point then of her relation to Christ is that she has His DARLING. Think of it, and let the blessed truth dwell long and sweetly in your meditations. The Lord of life and glory, the Prince of the kings of the earth, has such a loving heart that He must have an object upon which to spend His affection; and His people, chosen from among men, whom he calls His church, these are they who are His “love,” the object of His supreme delight. “Christ loved the church, and gave Himself for it.”

He looked on His people and he exclaimed, “as the Father has loved me even so have I loved you.” Every believer, separated from mankind, and called unto the fellowship of Christ, is also the peculiar object of His love. Not in name only, but in deed and in truth, does Jesus love each one of us who have believed on Him. You may each one of you say with the apostle, “He loved me”; you may read it in any tense you please- He loved me; He loves me; He will love me, for He gave Himself for me. This shall be your song in heaven, “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, to Him be glory.”

This love is DISTINGUISHING love, for in its light one special object shines as a lily, and the rest, “the daughters,” are as thorns. Love has fixed on its chosen object, and compared with the favored one all others are as nothing. There is a love of Jesus which goes forth to all mankind, for “the Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works”; but there is a special and peculiar love which He bears to His own.

As a man loves his neighbors but still he has a special affection for his own wife, so is the church Christ’s bride, beloved above all the rest of mankind, and every individual believer is the favored one of heaven. The saint is united to Christ by a mystical union, a spiritual marriage bond, and above all others, Christ loves the souls espoused to Him. He said once, “I pray for them. I pray not for the world, but for them which you have given me;” thus indicating that there is a specialty about His intercession.

We rejoice in the largeness and the width of Jesus’ love, but we do not therefore doubt its specialty. The sun shines on all things, but when it is focussed upon one point, ah, then there is a heat about it of which you little dreamed! The love of Jesus is focussed on those whom the Father has given Him. Upon you, my brother or sister, if indeed you are a believer in Jesus Christ, the Lord’s heart is set, and he speaks of you in the words of the text as “my love,” loved above all the daughters, precious in His sight and honorable, so that he will give men for you and people for your life.

Observe that this is a love which he OPENLY AVOWS. The bridegroom speaks and says before all men, “As a lily among thorns, so is my darling among the daughters.” He puts it upon record in that book which is more widely scattered than any other, for he is not ashamed to have it published on the housetops. The love of Christ was at first hidden in His heart, but it soon revealed itself, for even of old His delights were with the sons of men, and he bent His steps downward to this world in divers forms before ever Bethlehem’s song was sung. And now, since the incarnate God has loved, and lived, and died, He has unveiled His love in the most open form, and astonished heaven and earth thereby.

On Calvary He set up an open proclamation, written in His own heart’s blood, that He loved His own people even unto the end. He bids His ministers proclaim it to the world’s end, that many waters could not quench His love, neither could the floods drown it; and that neither life, nor death, 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 our Lord. He would have it known, for he is not ashamed to call His people “the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” He declares it that His adversaries may know it, that He has a people in whom His heart delights, and these he will have and hold as His own, when heaven and earth shall pass away.

Note, too, that He who gave the beauty is the first to see it. While they are unknown to the world Jesus knows His own. Long before anybody else sees any virtue or any praise in us, Jesus observes it, and is pleased therewith. He is quick to say, “Behold, he prays,” or “Behold, he repents.” He is the first to say, “I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself.”

Love’s eyes are quick, and her ears are open. Love covers a multitude of faults, but it discovers a multitude of beauties. Can it be so, O my soul, can it be so that Christ has made you lovely in His loveliness? Has He shed a beauty upon you, and does He Himself look complacently upon it? He whose taste is exquisite, and whose voice is the truth, who never calls that beautiful which is not beautiful, can he see a beauty in your sighs and tears, in your desires after holiness, in your poor attempts to aid His cause, in your prayers and in your songs, and in your heart’s love towards Him.

Can He see a beauty in these? Yes, assuredly He can, or He would not speak as He does in this text. Let His condescending discernment have all honor for this generous appreciation of us. Let us bless and love Him because he deigns to think so highly of us who owe everything to Him. “You are,” says He, “my darling, as the lily.”

“As the lily among thorns” wears also another meaning. Dr. Thompson writes of a certain lily, “It grows among thorns, and I have sadly lacerated my hands in extricating it from them. Nothing can be in higher contrast than the luxuriant, velvety softness of this lily, and the withered, tangled hedge of thorns about it.” Ah, beloved, you know who it was that in gathering your soul and mine, lacerated not His hand only, but His feet, and His head, and His side, and His heart, yes, and His inmost soul. He spied us out, and said, “Yonder lily is mine, and I will have it”; but the thorns were a terrible barrier; our sins had gathered round about us, and the wrath of God most sharply stopped the way. Jesus pressed through all, that we might be His; and now when he takes us to Himself he does not forget the thorns which girded His brow, and tore His flesh, for our sakes.

This then is a part of our relationship to Christ, that we cost Him very dear. He saw us where we were, and He came to our deliverance; and now, even as Pharaoh’s daughter called the young child’s name “Moses,” “because,” said she, “I drew him out of the water,” so does Jesus call His chosen “the lily among thorns,” because such she was when he came to her rescue. Never will he forget Calvary and its thorns, nor should His saints allow the memory thereof to fade. Amen!

THE ANTICHRIST SEEKS TO CHANGE THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE ANTICHRIST SEEKS TO CHANGE THE LORD’S PRAYER

Michael Jeshurun

One of the distinct marks of the Antichrist is that he shall “think to change times and laws!” [Dan 7:25] And we see him doing just that here – Even the lost journalists at Fox News who published this news of the Pope’s endeavour start off by saying . . . .

“Lead us not into mistranslation.

Pope Francis officially approved a change to the most famous prayer in Christianity.

It’s the prayer Jesus taught followers to pray and one of the few things that unites 2.2 billion Christians across the globe. But the Holy See’s May 22 approval adjusting The Lord’s Prayer, widely known among the faithful as the “Our Father,” has been years in the making, UCatholic reported.

The Catholic leader changed the phrase “lead us not into temptation” to “do not let us fall into temptation,” as mentioned in the gospel of Matthew 6:13, because the original translation implies that God induces temptation. The change, officials said, is closer to the original intent of the prayer.

“I am the one who falls; it’s not Him pushing me into temptation to then see how I have fallen,” Francis explained to Italian broadcasters about the phrase change.

“A father doesn’t do that, a father helps you to get up immediately. It’s Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department.”   – [Fox News June 5 2019]

The apostle warned of those who “wrest the scriptures to their own destruction” (2Pet 3:16) and we see the Pontiff doing just that.

Before we proceed further, we would seek to affirm and establish beyond all doubt that GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF SIN, NEITHER DOES HE MAKE ANY MAN TO SIN OR ENTICE HIM TO DO SO!

“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of HIS OWN LUST, and enticed”.  [James 1:14]

But though God does not tempt any man or ‘make’ him to sin, yet nevertheless He DOES lead men into temptation . . . or it would be pointless to pray – “lead us not into temptation”!

WHO was it who led Christ into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil? “Then was Jesus led up of THE SPIRIT into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil”. [Matt 4:1]

We recommend a sermon and an article: one by the late C.H. Spurgeon and another by A.W. Pink both titled – “Lead us not into temptation” for further light on this neglected aspect of God’s Sovereignty.

Here is an excerpt from A.W. Pink –

Note the truths that are clearly implied by these words – “Lead us not into temptation”

FIRST, God’s universal providence is owned. All creatures are at the sovereign disposal of their Maker; He has the same absolute control over evil as over good. In this petition an acknowledgment is made that the ordering of all temptations is in the hands of our all-wise, omnipotent God.

SECOND, God’s offended justice and the evil we deserve are avowed. Our wickedness is such that God would be perfectly just if He should now allow us to be completely swallowed up by sin and destroyed by Satan.

THIRD, His mercy is recognized. Though we have so grievously provoked Him, yet for Christ’s sake He has remitted our debts. Therefore, we plead that He will henceforth preserve us.

FOURTH, our weakness is acknowledged. Because we realize that we are unable to stand against temptations in our own strength, we pray, “And lead us not into temptation.”

The only reason many of us have not fallen into gross sin is because divine Providence has barred the way! John Flavel has much to say on this in his classic – “The Mystery of Providence”. And one of the reasons the apostle admonishes saints to “Flee fornication and flee youthful lusts” (1Cor 6:18; 2Tim 2:22) is because hundred to one you WILL FALL in the presence of such powerful sins! Joseph fleeing from Potiphar’s wife is a rare exception! [Genesis 39:12]

So WHO led King David up the stairs on that dismal day? It was the same Spirit who later led the Greater David into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil! David until that point was almost looked up to by the people as a god! They had chanted, “Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” [1Sam 18:7] And the king himself was all too self confident of his integrity. He had boasted, “In my prosperity I said, I shall NEVER BE MOVED”! [Psalm 30:6] Also about the same time he boasted – “I WILL behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt Thou come unto me? I WILL walk within my house with a perfect heart. I WILL set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. A froward heart shall depart from me: I WILL NOT know a wicked person” [Psalm 101:2-4]

Commenting on the above verse in relation to David’s fall with Bathsheba, A.W. Pink writes – “Note the repeated “I will” in the above passage, and learn therefrom how much the “will” of man is worth”!

In closing let me share this for whatever it is worth – There are two divine mysteries in the Scriptures which the Lord would reveal to us. One is ‘The mystery of Godliness’ [1Tim 3:16] and the other ‘The mystery of Iniquity’ [2Thes 2:7]. When we come into the Kingdom as newborn babes we are supernaturally taught ‘the mystery of Godliness’, But this ‘mystery of iniquity’ is something we learn as we ‘follow on to know the Lord’. [Hosea 6:3] There are lessons to be learnt, of which the soul at present knows little or nothing of.

A lesson, therefore, is to be taught which the soul can learn in no other way. Books here are useless, Christian friends of little value, ministers ineffectual, and the letter of the Word insufficient. A certain EXPERIENCE must be wrought in the soul, a peculiar knowledge be communicated, a particular secret be revealed, and all this must be done in a way for which no other can be substituted.

In order for a child of God to go through this experience, God in a certain sense ‘LEAVES HIM’! Now I am aware that this may sound contrary to what you may have been taught in the religious world. But it is truth all the same. Consider the following verse- ‘O LORD, why hast Thou made us to err from Thy ways, and hardened our heart from Thy fear? Return for Thy servants’ sake, the tribes of Thine inheritance’. [Isa 63:17] And here’s another one – “And Hezekiah prospered in all his works. Howwbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, GOD LEFT HIM, to try him, that HE MIGHT KNOW all that was in his heart. [2Chron 32:30,31]. That WHO might know? God? No! For God already knows what is in man! [see Jn 2:25]. It was for Hezekiah’s sake!

None of us know how weak we are till God withdraws His upholding grace (as He did with Peter) and we are left to ourselves. True, the Lord has plainly told us that “without Me ye can do nothing.” And we think we believe that Word, and in a sense we do; yet there is a vast difference between not calling into question a verse of Scripture, an assenting to its verity, and an INWARD ACQUAINTANCE WITH THE SAME IN OUR OWN PERSONAL HISTORY. It is one thing to believe that I am without strength or wisdom, it is another to KNOW it through ACTUAL EXPERIENCE. Nor is this, as a rule, obtained through a single episode, any more than a nail is generally driven in securely by one blow of the hammer. No, we have to learn, and re-learn, so stupid are we. The Truth of God has to be burned into us in the fiery furnace of affliction. [A.W.Pink]

The same Lord who stood with David in his slaying of the lion and the bear and especially in defeating the champion of the Philistines (Goliath), now LEFT HIM in his temptation with Bathsheba! And it was THIS which plainly taught him, that without God HE WAS NOTHING!

And hence the prayer – “Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto Thy statutes continually”! [Psalm 119:117]

Praise the Lord!

40 YEARS AGO SONY’S WALKMAN CHANGED THE WAY GOD’S ELECT LISTENED TO HIS WORD

40 YEARS AGO SONY’S WALKMAN CHANGED THE WAY GOD’S ELECT LISTENED TO HIS WORD

Michael Jeshurun

The Sony Walkman is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. The once famous now little known gadget was introduced with little fanfare in the summer of 1979, but it didn’t take long before the whole world fell in love with the diminutive device. The Sony Walkman TPS-L2, a 14-ounce (397 gram), blue-and-silver portable cassette player, had an impact that was monumental.

While this meant adding sin to sin [Isaiah 30:1] to the reprobate of the world, it meant an untold blessing to many of God’s children the world over. NOW they were no longer dependent on their little radios to hear God’s Word, but could listen to it AT WILL and carry their audio Bible and sermon cassettes wherever they went.

When I first laid my hands on this little marvel – The Sony Walkman, I was still lost in the Occult and so used my device to listen to Heavy Metal and Rock music for the most part. But Regeneration changed all that! The wretch who was once tripping on ‘Deep Purple’ and ‘Black Sabbath’ now started using the very same device to relish the ‘Best of Romans’ – I mean Paul’s epistle to the Romans, the Ephesians and the Galatians etc.

Coming out of the darkness of the Occult for me was like literally coming out of the darkness and filth of the sewer onto the pleasant meadows and lush green pastures by the still waters – I mean the grass actually looked greener and the sky bluer! And most of all . . . the Bible – i.e. the Word of God was better unto me than thousands of gold and silver! [Psalm 119:72] I rejoiced at His Word “as one that had found great spoil.” [Psalm 119:162] They were to me as the Psalmist put it “More to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” [Psalm 19:10]

When I was young in the Lord, if there was portion of scripture I liked I would immediately work on committing it to memory. I would sit down and write out possible questions people may ask concerning my faith and write out the scriptures that answered them and memorize them . . . with the reference! “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer.” [Prov 15:28] And again – “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and BE READY always to GIVE AN ANSWER TO EVERY MAN that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with MEEKNESS AND FEAR.” [1Pet 3:15]

And in hearing the Word of God audibly my Sony Walkman played a big role. I had the complete Bible on cassette tape read by the renowned Alexander Scourby. For those who may not know, “Alexander Scourby was an accomplished Broadway actor, radio personality, narrator of many television documentaries, and a highly paid voice over talent for some of the largest United States corporations. His expressive way of narrating the Bible is more than just a narration, it was a performance of a lifetime. His narration of the Bible has been the most widely listened to narration of the Bible in the world and is still the most sought after narration on the market today.” – Ryan Mcguire. As far as diction, fluency, enunciation and feeling goes there is no comparison to Scourby’s reading of the KJV. It is the best there is!

Now with the coming of the Internet and the ‘Information Technology’ you don’t need a Sony Walkman or an audio cassette anymore. You can download the complete Audio Bible App right on your smartphone and listen to it anytime you please. I personally would recommend the ‘Tecarta KJV Audio Bible’ which is available both on the Apple and the Android Play store and it is FREE! You can either listen to it directly online or just download the Bible books you need onto your smartphone and listen to it even when you’re not connected to the Internet.

Back in those days and even to this day every time I am either in the kitchen cooking or doing some clean-up inside the house, there is always an Alexander Scourby’s Audio Bible playing, either on my Bluetooth player or I’m listening to it on my earpods. And though I may be physically involved in the cooking, my mind and spirit are tuned in to the reading of the Scriptures.

And here is a little tip if you want to REALLY get the Word into your system – when you are listening to the Audio Bible whether on your music system or on your mobile device and you are not doing any other work but just sitting on your couch or laying down in bed; open your Bible to that chapter either on your smartphone or a leather-bound printed Bible and FOLLOW ALONG AS IT IS BEING READ. This way both YOUR EYES AND YOUR EARS ARE SIMULTANEOUSLY WORKING to register the Word of God and you will be amazed as to how much more you will remember and retain.

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee!” [Psalm 119:11]

The more you train and task your brain to remember and recollect, the sharper it will get in the course of time. When you lay down in bed at night before you retire, try to recollect some of the verses you read that day and try to quote it as close to the text as possible . . . and if you are not getting it right, don’t just roll over and go to sleep, but switch on your smartphone and open your Bible app and search for that verse using the key words. Almost all KJV Bible apps nowadays come with a decent ‘search engine’ . . . make good use of it and get it right!

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and IN HIS LAW DOTH HE MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT!

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper!” [Psalm 1:1-3]

Praise the Lord!

YOU ARE NOT TRULY ‘INDEPENDENT’ TILL CHRIST HATH SET YOU FREE!

YOU ARE NOT TRULY ‘INDEPENDENT’ TILL CHRIST HATH SET YOU FREE!

Michael Jeshurun

The Jews said unto Him, “We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest Thou, Ye shall be made free”?

“Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. . . . If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed”!

The portion above tells us that though men may not be in bondage to other men, yet the fact that they are “servants of sin” shows that they are not truly ‘free’ or “Independent” as they suppose they are!

But “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free INDEED“! [John 8:36]

I send thee Paul to the Gentiles, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me”! [Acts 26:15-18]

All that to say, if you are a truly born-again Christian, then your real “Independence Day” was the day when you were ‘born-again‘ and Christ set you free!

For it was on THAT day that your blind eyes were opened!

It was on that day, you were delivered from the power of Satan to the power of God!

It was on that day that you were delivered from the PENALTY of sin!

And it was on that day, you were delivered from the POWER of sin!

And the Day is soon coming, when you shall be delivered from the very PRESENCE of sin into the glorious presence of the Lamb of God to sing His praises for all eternity!

THAT my dear friend is TRUE freedom and THAT is your real ‘INDEPENDENCE DAY‘!

Hallelujah!

SALVATION – IT’S ALL OF GRACE

SALVATION – IT’S ALL OF GRACE

Frank Kate

Every believer of every generation knows that salvation is all of God’s grace. Salvation must be by grace because all men are lost in sin and cannot do anything to please the holy God. All of salvation must be by grace!

God elected a people in grace. “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace” (Rom. 11:5). Redemption in Christ is all of grace. “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph 1:7). Our calling by the Holy Spirit is all of grace. “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2Tim. 1:9).

The only reason I believe God, love Christ, and have a desire to worship God is because of God’s grace. “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10). The only reason that Almighty God has not already cast my soul into hell is His grace. Thank God for His electing, saving, calling, and keeping grace!

GOD – MY EVERLASTING FATHER

GOD – MY EVERLASTING FATHER

 Michael Jeshurun

 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, The Prince of Peace.” [Isaiah 9:6]

 Brethren, I want to share with you an experience which I had a few days ago which truly blessed me and once again established in my heart the Assurance of the great Salvation we possess!

Recently a situation arose in our home where my elder son upset me to such an extent that I wanted to politely ask him to leave if he so desired.

But a little later it just dawned on me that I could NEVER do such a thing! I could NEVER ask him to ‘take a walk’ . . . just for the sole reason that HE IS MY SON AND I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. How could I ask him to LEAVE? God forbid!

And even as I was contemplating on this, it suddenly hit me – that if I being such an evil man should reason thus about my son  . . . how much more my Heavenly Father. Oh beloved, this opened up a whole new dimension to the love which the Father has toward me! I have blown it so many times, sinned against Him with a high hand and even ruined His reputation as did the Prodigal, and for the most part am ‘unprofitable’ to Him and yet for all that HE NEVER CEASES TO LOVE ME, comfort me and continue to shower me with His blessings; and all because I AM HIS SON!

This thing about the love that a father has towards his son is quite mysterious. Even amongst us mortals, no matter how badly a son may have blown it or mistreated his father, the father in most cases if not all seems to still affectionately yearn for his son and love him . . . the love of David for his rebellious son Absalom being a case in point. Absalom rebelled against his father David, plotted against him, slept with his concubines etc . . . and yet when he dies, David laments crying – “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!” [2Sam 18:33]

Beloved, if such is the bond and affection of an EARTHLY father toward his son, what must be the bond between the Everlasting Father (Isa 9:6) and His children!

When I pondered on this matter, the truth of ETERNAL SECURITY was once again established to me and WRITTEN ON MY HEART AS IT WERE WITH AN IRON PEN! Praise the Lord!

I know that my God will NEVER ever disown me, though He might as the need arises rebuke and chasten me at times! What a consolation is this brethren! And our Lord by His glorious atonement hath raised us or rather qualified us to become the sons and daughters of the Most High! “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become THE SONS OF GOD, even to them that believe on His name!” [John 1:12] And again, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called THE SONS OF GOD: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.” [1Jn 3:1]

And once a son, always a son! God NEVER disowns His sons and daughters! Even the father of the Prodigal – (the prodigal who had wasted his substance with riotous living) when he returned; addresses him as “THIS MY SON!” [see Luke 15:24]

The eternal Word of Jehovah to all His elect is – “I am a FATHER to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn!” [Jer 31:9]

Praise the Lord!