Friday, March 11, 2022

When Churches Usurp The Jurisdiction God Gave To The Civil Government

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:


Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Waiting For God To Answer

 "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."

~ Arthur Pink, “The Life of Elijah"

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

The Christian Overwhelmingly Conquers All These Things

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.