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

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Rivers of waters

Psa 119:136  'Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law. '

The NAACP announced its support and backing of gay marriage today, siding with the President on this as though it were a civil rights matter.  The downward moral slide of society is picking up steam and resembles an avalanche. Where are the voices in the wilderness crying out His truth? Where are the men of God who will stand up and say 'Oh!! send me Lord, send me!!'?  How much time are we spending on our knees crying out to God for this nation? Sin is engulfing this nation, swallowing up America by leaps and bounds; even when voters reject gay marriage, somehow politicians and special interest groups push it down our throats anyway.  Are we to that point we find in Genesis 6:5, ' And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. ' It would seem we are very close to being there. It is heartbreaking to watch the undoing of this nation, mainly because I know what looms just around the corner...fierce, intense wrath from God who is holy and commands us not to lie with a male as one lies with a woman. This command has fallen on deaf ears, it's as though God never gave us a law to obey.
David states 'rivers of waters run down mine eyes', he was grieved over the sins of his people. Matthew Henry says "He wept not for his troubles, though they were many, but for the dishonour done to God. Note, The sins of sinners are the sorrows of saints. We must mourn for that which we cannot mend; the eye is the inlet and outlet of a great deal of sin, and therefore it ought to be a weeping eye'.
If David were here today living in America, he would be crying buckets of tears to the point of dehydration.  How should we react to the sins of this nation? I refer to commentary by Albert Barnes, 'On account of the sins, the follies, the stupidity, and the transgressions of people. So the Saviour wept over Jerusalem Luk_19:41; and so the apostle said that he had “great heaviness and continual sorrow” in his heart, on account of his “brethren,” his “kinsmen according to the flesh.” Rom_9:2-3. Such a feeling is right. There is nothing for which we should be excited to deeper emotion in respect to our fellow-men than for the fact that they are violators of the law of God, and exposed to its fearful penalty. There is nothing which more certainly indicates true piety in the soul than such deep compassion for people as sinners, or because they are sinners. There is nothing which is more certainly connected with a work of grace in a community, or revival of true religion, than when such a feeling pervades a church. Then Christians will pray; then they will labor to save sinners; then they will feel their dependence on God; and then the Spirit of God will descend and bless the efforts put forth for the salvation of people. It may be added, nothing is more remarkable than that pious people ordinarily feel so little on account of the danger of their friends and fellow-sinners - that the occasions are so rare on which they imitate the example of the psalmist and of the Saviour in weeping over the condition of a perishing world!

We cannot remain indifferent about this, nor can we expect to see changes made by the passing of laws. We must pray, and we must speak God's truth, regardless of what people may say. Remember, they are dead in sin, they are acting out of ignorance and have hardened hearts. Only God's grace and His truth can change a heart. Homosexuality is not a civil rights matter no more than adultery or pedophilia are civil rights issues. Sexual sin is not based on something we cannot help, it is based on our own forbidden lustful desires. We choose to be immoral with men, women,  or whatever.  Sexual sin must be addressed and combated with biblical truth as well as presenting the cross of Christ and the grace of God. We have to tell it like it is and call it what it abomination. This word - abomination- this is a very strong word.  The Hebrew word is tô‛êbah; Strongs defines it as something disgusting, detestable.  Brown-Driver-Briggs defines it as a disgusting thing.  We find this sin spoken out against in Leviticus 20:13 as well, ' If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.' This is from the NASB,  it is translated as a 'detestable act', but it comes from the same Hebrew word - tô‛êbah. Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary defines it as 'detestable thing, repulsive thing, tô‛êbah generally denotes persons or actions that are morally or religiously offensive to God'.  Webster's defines it as 'to hate, loathe'. God is repulsed by homosexuality and hates it passionately; it goes against the grain of His holiness which is why He commands all not to commit this abomination - we must clarify this when speaking to those caught in this bondage.   May we let our voices be heard, speaking truth boldly and in a loving way with our motive being for the saving of souls. May God have mercy on this nation, may He save sinners.


Christina said...

Excellent post dear sister. Now more than ever we need to preach a crucified Christ to a lost and dying world. Much love to you!

lyn said...

Amen Christina, America is treading on very thin ice concerning her sins against a holy God. How long will God hold back his wrath? We only have today, so time is of the essence.

Thank you dear sister for the visit, may He continue to bless you, and all who are secure in Christ.