Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Thursday, July 27, 2017

An hour with George Muller

This is a small excerpt from the life of this man God used so mightily, with such great faith did he do that work God assigned for him. As I read this, I was so very blessed. I will include the link to the entire writing after this short quote, which I find so relevant and important for the true Christian...


“Seek to depend entirely on God for everything,” he answered. “Put yourself and your work into His hands. When thinking of any new undertaking, ask, Is this agreeable to the mind of God? Is it for His glory? If it is not for His glory, it is not for your good, and you must have nothing to do with it. Mind that! Having settled that a certain course is for the glory of God, begin it in His name and continue in it to the end. Undertake it in prayer and faith, and never give up! “And do not regard iniquity in your heart. If you do, the Lord will not hear you. Keep that before you always. Then trust in God. Depend only on Him. Wait on Him. Believe on Him. Expect great things from Him. Faint not if the blessing tarries. And above all, rely only on the merits of our adorable Lord and Saviour, so that according to them and to nothing of your own, the prayers you offer and the work you do be accepted.”  George Muller

from http://www.georgemuller.org/uploads/4/8/6/5/48652749/an_hour_with_george_muller.pdf

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The heart of the saint

Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)


 In Christendom today There are thousands of professing Christians against whom little or nothing in the way of fault could be found so far as their outward lives are concerned. They live moral, clean, upright, honest lives, while at the same time the state of their hearts is totally neglected. It is not sufficient to bring our outward deportment into harmony with the revealed will of God. He holds us accountable for what goes on inside, and requires us to keep check on the springs of our actions, the motives which inspire, and the principles which regulate us. God requires “truth in the inward parts” (Psa 51:6). Christ has enjoined us to “take heed” to ourselves “lest at any time our hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life” (Luk 21:34). If I do not look within, how then shall I be able to ascertain whether I possess that poverty of spirit, mourning for unholiness, meekness, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and purity of heart upon which the Saviour pronounces His benediction (Mat 5:1-8)? We must remember that salvation itself is both subjective and objective, for it consists not only of what Christ did for His people, but also what He by the Holy Spirit did in them. I have no evidence whatever of my justification apart from my regeneration and sanctification. The one who can say “I am crucified with Christ” (judicially) can also add “Christ liveth in me” (experientially), and living by faith in Him is proof that He “loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20). 

The heart is the center of man's moral nature, of the personality; it equals the whole inner man, it is the fount out of which everything else comes, and is the seat of his thoughts and of his affections and of his will (Gen 6:5). To guard the heart means that we should live to the glory of God in every respect; that that should be the supreme desire of our life, that we desire to know Him, love Him, and serve Him.

 If we are to be approved of God, it is by no means sufficient that we make clean the outside of the cup and platter—yet many suppose that that is all that matters. “Cleanse first that which is within” (Mat 23:26) is our Lord’s command. This is rarely given any attention these days, or none at all. It is the devil who seeks to persuade people that they are not responsible for the state of their hearts, that it is impossible for them to change them. Such is most agreeable unto those who think to be “carried to heaven on flowery beds of ease.” But no regenerate soul, with God's Word before him, will credit such falsehood. The divine command is plain: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Pro 4:23). This is the principal task set before us, for it is at the heart God ever looks, and there can be no pleasing Him while it is unattended to; yea, woe be unto those who disregard it. He who makes no honest endeavor to cast out sinful thoughts and evil imaginations, and who does not mourn over their presence, is a moral leper. He who makes no conscience of the workings of unbelief, the cooling of his affections, the surgings of pride, is a stranger to any work of grace in his soul. 

Not only does God bid thee to “keep thy heart,” but He requires that you do it “with all diligence”; that is, that you make it your main concern and constant care. The Hebrew word of “keep” signifies to “guard,” to watch over this heart (that is, the soul or inward man) as a precious treasure of which thieves are ever ready to rob thee. The devotions of your lips and the labors of your hands are unacceptable to the Lord if your heart is not right in His sight. What husband would appreciate the domestic attentions of his wife if he had good reasons to believe that her affections were alienated from him? 

God takes note not only of the matter of our actions, but the springs from which they are done and the design of the same. If we become slack and careless in any of these respects, it shows that our love is cooled and that we have become weary of God. The Lord God is He that “pondereth the heart” (Pro 24:12), observing all its motions. He knows whether your alms-deeds are done in order to be seen of men and admired by them, or whether they issue from disinterested benevolence. He knows whether your expressions of good will and love to your brethren are feigned or genuine! 

The Bible lays open, as no other book, the turpitude (shameful depravity) and horrid nature of sin as that “abominable thing” which God “hates” (Jer 44:4), and which we are to detest and shun. It never gives the least indulgence or disposition to sin, nor do any of its teachings lead to licentiousness. It sternly condemns sin in all its forms, and makes known the awful curse and wrath of God which are its due. It not only reproves sin in the outward lives of men, but discovers the secret faults of the heart, which is its chief seat. It warns against the first motions, and legislates for the regulating of our spirits, requiring us to keep clean the fountain from which are “the issues of life.” Its promises are made unto holiness, and its blessings bestowed upon “the pure in heart.” The ineffable (that which cannot be expressed) and exalted holiness of the Bible is its chief and peculiar excellence, as it is also the principal reason why it is disliked by the majority of the unregenerate. 

The Bible forbids all impure desires and unjust thoughts as well as deeds. It prohibits envy (Pro 23:17), and all forms of selfishness (Rom 15:1). It requires us to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and to perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2Co 7:1), and bids us to “abstain from all appearance of evil” (1Th 5:22). Heavenly doctrine is to be matched with heavenly character and conduct. Its requirements penetrate into the innermost recesses of the soul, exposing and censuring all the corruptions found there. The law of man goes no farther than “Thou shall not steal,” but that of God “Thou shalt not covet.” The law of man prohibits the act of adultery, but the Law of God reprehends (finds fault with, censures, blames) the looking upon a woman “to lust after her” (Mat 5:28). The law of man says, “Thou shalt not murder,” that of God forbids all ill-will, malice, or hatred (1Jo 3:15). It strikes directly at that which fallen nature most cherishes and craves. “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you” (Luk 6:26). It prohibits the spirit of revenge, enjoins the forgiveness of injuries, and, contrary to the self-righteousness of our hearts, inculcates humility. 

Such a task calls for divine aid, hence help and grace need to be earnestly and definitely sought of the Holy Spirit each day. Alas, so many today are just playing with the solemn realities of God, never embracing and making them their own. How about you, reader? Is this true of you? Selah. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Precious Blood of Christ

In 1 Peter 1:18 & 19 Peter reminds us that we "...were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." Never forget, nor be persuaded otherwise, that it was and is the precious and literal blood of Christ that washes away our sins---1 John1:7. Heb.9:22 tells us: "And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission." Heb. 10:4 says "For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins." So whose blood is it that remits our sins? Only the Blood of Jesus Christ, God in human flesh could ever suffice. Genuine believers know this, they cherish the fact of the ability of Christ's blood to wash away their sins. It is foundational to the Gospel to the point that without His shed blood there would be no Gospel, no "Good News", and no salvation for the lost. If Christ had died in any manner other than the Cross with all it's interconnected events (most especially the shedding of His blood) there would be no Gospel, no victory over His enemies, and certainly no salvation for man. There was no "Plan B." The Lamb of God was "slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev.13:8) and that in the specific manner in which He died and was raised again.

Yet we have within Christendom today men who go to great lengths to discount the shed blood of Christ as a "common thing." Some of these men are well respected, highly sought after, highly paid, internationally known, and above suspicion or reproach. Men like R B Thieme Jr. who took up his deceased father's mantle to spread his teachings; Wade Burleson of Istoria Ministries; and the champion of this teaching: John MacArthur. JM clearly and repeatedly refers to the blood of Christ as nothing more than a euphemism for His death and by doing so blatantly ignores specific Scriptures and the teaching of them. He makes statements like 'there is no saving efficacy in the fluid that came out of His body' and 'it's not His bleeding, but His dying.' And on the nausea goes. Listen to his own words from his own mouth at https://www.youtube.com'watch?v=TvRv7iShIZ4 and judge for yourself.

For a man of such supposed education, his supposed study of the Word of God, and all his "years of service" (the question is "who is JM serving?") and yet can so flagrantly ignore Scripture to come up with yet another heresy to his credit no doubt staggers the mind of some. JM has also stated in no uncertain terms that the blood of Jesus soaked into the ground, was not "collected in a vessel" and that His blood is forever lost---in the ground at Calvary. There are many other inane and biblically unsupportable statements that JM makes concerning the blood of Jesus. It makes one wonder if he has considered the ramifications of his careless words, because they are dire, damning, and eternal.

Let the Word of God speak and see for yourself who is right; JM or the Holy Spirit. Heb. 9 contains everything needed to destroy this nonsense of MacArthur and others, but they will not even consider these verses, much less the error and evil of their words. Consider the inspired text and decide for yourself who speaks God's Words and who lies. Heb. 9:11-14: "But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is not of this creation. Not with blood of bulls and goats, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption." If Christ's blood was not 'collected' but forever soaked into the ground, how could He have carried His own blood into the Most Holy Place of the tabernacle not made with hands? Continuing: "For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of an heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God."

Now to the dangerous and lethal ramifications of this teaching. The key phrase of the last quote is "who through the eternal Spirit" Never does a Member of the Trinity do anything alone, but always in complete agreement with each other, they act together. Think about the Creation, the Father created everything through the Son, as the Spirit brooded over the deep. So it is with the crucifixion. For those who wish to downplay the blood of Christ in any manner there are eternally damning consequences. Heb. 10:28 & 29 says "Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common ('unholy' KJV) thing and insulted the Spirit of grace?" Since Christ offered Himself (and His blood) through the eternal Spirit, it is blaspheme against the Holy Spirit to disparage the Savior's blood as MacArthur and others do even today. These men are not born again, there is no hope for them to ever become born again, so making a plea for repentance will fall upon deaf ears. Titus 1:10 &11 gives us instruction for prayer in this matter: that the mouths of these men may be stopped. This is not an 'accusation' but a simple statement of fact, they have already accused themselves of this blaspheme by their own words and all who adhere to this lie will give an account to the Judge in the Last Day at the Great White Throne Judgment. It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway, that all these men have done, all the supposed 'good teaching' they put forth, everything, all their books, CDs, whatever, belongs in the trash heap---forever.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Idols

Throughout history man has had the urge, the need to worship something or someone all in an effort to relieve the guilt of his sin. It didn't matter who or what the object of his worship was, just so long as it was not the God that created him. Adam worshipped himself, his pleasure, his lust, as he received and ate the forbidden fruit in order to remain with Eve (1 Tim. 2:14). And so the pattern was set and it continues unabated and enhanced to this day. There are so many idols in the world today it is impossible to list them all. The common thread of all idols is "anything/anyone but Jesus Christ, the Son of God." The human imagination inflamed by the lies of the wicked one have produced many an enticing figure, most, if not all, of these remain as objects of worship today.

Bringing this to the current day condition of what is claimed to be the "evangelical church" we find little to no worship of Christ in the Spirit. What we do find are untold numbers of false prophets, defended to the hilt by their 'faithful subjects' who, by the words of their own mouth, exhibit no love of the truth and certainly no love for the Lord Jesus Christ; their only real allegiance is for their idolized preacher. This can be seen by their ever escalating defense, adulation, and stubborn unwillingness to recognize their own error, thus perpetuating and increasing the stature of their idol in their own mind and the minds of their captive audience. It quickly becomes a "snowball rolling downhill" thing. Sadly, some genuine believers may be caught up in this evil, BUT when their heart is opened to the truth they will and do repent (Phil. 2:12 & 13). If simple defense of their idol does not silence the whistleblower, they soon resort to "character assassination" and if real stones where available they would 'dispatch' their opponent just like their counterparts did to Stephen, Paul, and untold others. So adamant is their defense of these idolized charlatans that they have become twofold more a child of hell than the man/woman who birthed them into this evil (Matt. 23:15).

The alarm that is sounded here includes EVERY national recognized, praised, and sought after preacher/preacherette of all the flavors of Christianity that the world is subjected to today. This is not a glib statement or one made in haste, but one borne of 'due diligence'. This conclusion was reached by listening to and reading the words of these false prophets that emanated from their own mouth, 'sermons' and books. Men John MacArthur whose litany of aberrant doctrine and outright heresy seems to only get larger. Most notable of which is his notion that a man can receive the mark of the beast and later be "saved" and his belief that the Blood of Jesus Christ is not an integral part of the Gospel, but some sort of side note. [More on than soon.] He is a double minded man as seen in his own words concerning the Sovereignty of God in the salvation of man. His idea of "Lordship Salvation" is nothing more than salvation by works carefully disguised as "truth." There is more, but the point is made. Most recently is James White who gladly welcomes an antichrist to spew his poison to the (supposed?) people of God. 'Supposed' because not only did White allow for his opponent's lies to go unchallenged, but the audience did as well. All of this was done in the 'name of evangelism' as Christ was 'left out in the cold.' So plug in any popular evangelical type and check them out for yourselves---you must go beyond the public persona and the hype given for the world and the 'church' to drool over. Dig beneath the surface and you will find that all possess huge egos that never get enough praise who invariably treat us to their own brand of false humility. All are bent toward ecumenicalism, some outright and some hide in the closet. All will leave the 'flock' (true believers) to the will of wolves, they, themselves being the chief wolf. They will trumpet themselves as the 'guardians and purveyors of the truth' all the while lacing what little 'truth' they may employ to deceive the masses. They will use flattery to disarm the rightful defenses of the wary. [Check out 'flattery' in a concordance and see how God hates it.] Even their attempt to "preach the Gospel" or give the illusion that they love the Lord Jesus is filled with double talk, ambiguity, and leaves the hearer more baffled than settled. Despite all their smooth words for public consumption their end game is deceit. Their refusal to hold their peers accountable for their errors is the same thing as denying the Lord Jesus. And so it is for the pew sitter. Though they claim to "preach Christ" the reality is that they deny Him by their complicity to error, their refusal to sound the alarm no matter who it is (especially when it's a 'friend'), and their hatred for those who dare to expose them. In all of this they exhibit one thing to the astute believer: their greed. Greed for praise from their peers and mostly from their underlings; the next book deal or conference invitation; but mostly for $$$. This pleases Christ, how? Rather than repent when exposed they will bend over backwards in their never ending quest to prove all their words are 'right.' By doing this they mock the Goodness of God (Rom. 2:4). Further, by doing this they not only mock His Goodness, but they deny Lord Jesus Christ Himself. "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven." [No finer recent example of a man denying Christ can be found as was seen in the silence of James White as an antichrist tried to mutilate the Gospel and the integrity of Jesus Christ.] Matt. 10:32 & 33. "For whosoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:38. The problem with false prophets is bad enough, but it would soon disappear if those who coddle them and give them money and support them in any way would wake up and stop. It is the wickedness and blindness of these 'supporters' that perpetuates the heretics.