“O my reader, be not deceived on this vital matter: to mortify the lusts of the flesh, to be crucified unto the world, to overcome the Devil, to die daily unto sin, and live unto righteousness, to be meek and lowly in heart, trustful and obedient, pious and patient, faithful and uncompromising, loving and gentle; in a word, to be a Christian, to be Christlike, is a task far, far beyond the poor resources of fallen human nature.”
Monday, July 18, 2022
Friday, March 11, 2022
When churches try to usurp God's assigned authority to the civil government (Rom. 13 & 1Peter 2:13-14), always ends badly.
Josh Root at Chandler's Village Church: https://theaquilareport.com/church-disciplines-wife-for-wanting-to-divorce-husband-who-admitted-paedophile-leanings/
Wednesday, March 02, 2022
"And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing" (1 Kings 18:43). Even Elijah was not always answered immediately, and who are we to demand a prompt answer to our first asking?....He was convinced that sooner or later God would grant his request, yet he was persuaded he should "give Him no rest" (Isa. 62:7). Six times the servant returned with his report that there was no portent of rain, yet the prophet relaxed not his supplication. And let us not be faint-hearted when no immediate success attends our praying, but be importunate, exercising faith and patience until the blessing comes..."Therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you" (Isa. 30:18). Why? To teach us that we are not heard for our fervour or urgency, or because of the justness of our cause: we can claim nothing from God—all is of grace, and we must wait His time. The Lord waits, not because He is tyrannical, but "that He may be gracious." It is for our good that He waits: that our graces may be developed, that submission to His holy will may be wrought in us; then He lovingly turns to us and says, "Great is thy faith, be it unto thee as thou wilt" (Matthew 15:28). "This is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything 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" (John 5:14, 15). God cannot break His own Word, but we must abide His time and, refusing to be discouraged, continue supplicating Him until He appears on our behalf."
Tuesday, March 01, 2022
The things brought to us by our Sovereign God and Great Shepherd of our souls, not only work for our good, that is, our sanctification, but also we overwhelmingly conquer them because of and through Christ the Lord and His victorious work on the cross (Rom. 8:29-30) and resurrection and return as victorious King of kings:
Rom 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
2Co 4:8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
Php 2:12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
God loves us to the end of our salvation, our glorification that results in His praise (Eph. 2). This is why the true Christian is never hopeless but instead has living hope in the Living Lord Jesus Christ, who intercedes on our behalf all the time, especially when the Accuser of the Brethren (even through his children) seeks to accuse us. We are now IN Christ with whom the Father is well pleased, and by whom the Father's wrath is appeased.
Wednesday, February 02, 2022
We've all had to deal with a plethora of homeless people and for those of us in Democrat run states and near Democrat cities, even more so. It's often caused conflict in me because on the one hand, Scripture says we're to be generous with what the Lord gives, giving to the poor when He leads and not abusing them or devaluing them since He created the poor and rich alike. On the other hand, most of the homeless today is really just another community, constituency, industry, or whatever you want to call it, where the homeless are typically (not always, but typically) drug users, thieves, sexually immoral, and lazy. Some are demon possessed. They take from the hard working, law abiding citizens. They are typically rebellious people who refuse to live according to our laws and policies, desiring to live on their own by their "own" rules.
Now things are so bad that they dump their feces and needles on the sidewalks, take over multiple blocks (some up to miles) with their trash and tents. They are often aggressive to the poor soul who has to pass by them, and frequently they attack others, usually again, passers-by. Leftists and liberals have refused to deal with the homeless problem and instead see them as a way to pretend to care, using them as a way to get money, and basically has turned the homeless into a constituency, creating laws they think are compassionate, but aren't--not for the homeless and not for the victims of their crimes--the law abiding citizens. It's big money to say you fight for the homeless.
Where else but in say, CA, Los Angeles, to be exact, will you find tens of thousands of homeless people who get free housing, free houses, free medical care, free food, free lawyers and activists, and never have to go to prison or be fined for violating the law (even keeping prohibited items like illegal drugs and guns in lockers in said homeless villages) while the rest of us face pay them for that AND we are charged or ticked or jailed for violations of the law?
There's something wrong here. And as I study through Proverbs I finally understood what I was trying to deal with in my mind regarding the conflicting issues.
Scripture makes a difference between the poor and needy (truly poor and truly needy) versus the sluggard. Most of what we see today in these big swaths of homeless are sluggards, refusing to work for their food. There's a huge difference between the man who was laid off of his job of multiple years and wants to find another job, and those who refuse to work (you can even throw in the welfare generations with this).
This isn't meant to be a detailed treatment of the issue, but to list Scriptures that DO deal with this issue. While I have looked up many of these verses, I'm not including the context here, but leave it to you to do a study of it yourself. This is just meant to show that there IS a difference between a truly poor or needy person and the lazy sluggard who refuses to work in order to eat.
I do believe that making welfare limited to two years and have obligations that go with it (work to get the money) would cause many to stop being lazy and take responsibility for their own lives and livelihood. Sometimes it's the action of working to get room and board that brings back "pride" or ownership in working an honest day for an honest wage and restores the "hope" back to the one who was caught in giving up.
What Scripture says about the poor:
Pro_14:31 He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
Pro 22:22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
Pro 22:23 For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.
Twelve times Proverbs talks about the sluggard.
Then there's the verses about the lazy:
Pro_10:26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy one to those who send him.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
“Amid the strange vicissitudes of life how comforting it is for the saint to be assured that "the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord" (Ps. 37:23).
Saturday, January 01, 2022