Monday, May 8, 2017

Jesus

There are figure in the Bible admired for different qualities they have.
David a man after God's heart. Jesus knows the heart of the Father and pleased Him.
Solomon who was given wisdom yet Jesus displayed God's wisdom.
Samson who had physical strength yet had sin in his life. A Nazarite by vow. Jesus having greater strength that He will trod upon His enemies in the winepress of His Wrath.
Jesus is greater, He is the object of our faith. He is God in human flesh. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spirit Filled Christianity

I am reading a book by John MacArthur called Strange Fire. My opinions have long been that the Spirit has to be according to the parameters God sets forth in His Word. In the end the work of the Spirit has been to glorify Jesus Christ, the Son of God, second person of the Trinity. So in accordance to the Scriptures are these things going on in Charismatic churches a work of the Holy Spirit? The shaking? No. The falling back? No. If one looks at the Word it causes me to think more and more how good theology helps when faced with hardship and illness and even death.
1 Peter 1:6-9 NASB
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,  so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

Friday, April 14, 2017

At the cross

It was there
In the distance was seen
A saviour crucified for me

Where a father's wrath was satisfied
And sinners set free
Where the penalty was gone
Leaving righteousness in it place

Surely this was truly grace

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

April 3, 2017

After watching a biography of Hudson Taylor I was astounded and praising the Lord in his work of drawing people. People like Hudson Taylor, Andrew Murray, George Whitfield, George Mueller, and David Brainard counted their life as loss. American Christianity has comforts, distractions, entertainments, that may take one's attention from the plow. We must look to Christ. We must live in the truth of the Gospel. Everytime I watch a biography of believers long ago I want to have a faith like they did. May I and my brothers and sisters in the faith continue to grow and mature in our walk with the Lord.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Thoughts today March 14, 2017

There is a hymn I like among many songs I like called "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus".
"....to take Him at His word."
This is a struggle sometimes because I like certainty.
But in God's word it does not have conditions it just says. "Trust in the Lord."
It also asks one's soul to rest on the Lord.
So that is what I am seeking today.
Those who are believers are in a battle for faith each day but I rest upon this His promises are not idle, He shall not leave or depart from his bride.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

On the Solid Rock

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

I love this song, it points so poignantly at His immutability. He does not change. He is steadfast and thusly when we are abiding in him we will be unmoved as the home whose foundation is built upon the rock.

Matthew 7:24-25 NASB
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

I will by the work of the Holy Spirit hold fast to the Lord Jesus Christ through whom one is adopted by the Father who holds fast those who are called, and predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus. They shall not be shaken, through all life's circumstances.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A prayer

John 17:25-26 NASB
"O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."

How great is the love of the Father for us that the Son would pray such a thing for us. God listens to the righteous so then those who are born again according to the Spirit have this promise. We know that He came from the Father. So he will make known the Father's name to us and the love of the Father will be in us.
They will know us by the love we have for one another it says in 1 John, it will be because our love will not be as the world loves with its conditions. The love is patient and kind it does not boast or demand its own way, love bears all things,  love never fails.
God is faithful, he will do it.